Sweetwater Reporter (Sweetwater, Tex.), Vol. 112, No. 043, Ed. 1 Tuesday, January 5, 2010 Page: 1 of 10
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New ear baby born to Gomez amily
The first baby born in Sweetwater for 2010 is Cayden Madden Gomez, born to Jason
and Yvette Gomez of Sweetwater. Cayden has two siblings, Corbin and Clarissa.
Cayden was born Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital.
House fire contained
responded to a house fire
at 709 Walnut Monday
evening. Nobody was in
the home during the fire
and the cause was said to
be a wood burning stove.
According to Fire Chief
Grant Madden, a wood
burning stove had been
installed in the home
the day before and was
put too close to the wall.
the blaze to one room in
the home and a part of
The winter months are
a time of the year when
the threat of home fires
Almost one-third of
all home fires occur dur-
ing the winter, accord-
ing to the National Fire
resulting in billions of
dollars in property dam-
age, as well as thousands
of injuries and deaths.
Fires can stem from
many sources includ-
ing too many plugs in
an outlet, portable heat-
ing devices or fireplaces.
However, there are pre-
cautions that homeown-
ers can take to keep their
homes and families safe
this chilly season.
"When heating a home
in the winter, it is impor-
tant to remember not to
overload the extension
cord. Some extension
cords are only made to
carry a small electrical
load and they are the ones
that are cheap and easy
to obtain. The cords that
are made to carry more
electrical load cost more
and are harder to find,"
said Sweetwater Fire
Chief Grant Madden.
He said that many fires
• See FIRE page 3
BY TATIANA RODRIGUEZ
Jason and Yvette Gomez of Sweetwater welcomed
their son, Cayden Madden Gomez at 3:37 p.m. on Friday,
Jan. 1, 2010, at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital. He is
the first baby of the new year to be born in Sweetwater.
Cayden weighed six pounds and was 19.5 inches long.
He has one brother, Corbin and one sister, Clarissa.
As always, many businesses generously contributed
gifts to the New Year baby and family. Donations are as
Follows: Advantage Office Supplies, stationary and enve-
lopes; Alice Rhodes/Mary Kay, complimentary facial and
gifts; Bealls, diaper bag; Becca's Special Effects, coupon
for a free haircut; Big Boy's Barbecue, two brisket plates
and two medium drinks; Brookshire's, $30 gift card;
Buck's Steak House, $20 gift card; Casa Morales, free
meal for mom; City Library/SLJ Embroidery and gifts,
bib; Dandy Western Wear, picture frame; Domino's
Pizza, large pizza and order of lava cakes; Don Chuy,
$25 Wal-Mart gift card; Doris' Sweet Shop, 9 x 13
cake; Dorothy's Beauty Shop, 10% off a haircut; First
Financial Bank, $50 savings bond; The Flower Box,
stuffed bear and picture frame; Gems and Gold Jewelry,
ring; Hair by Tammy/Tammy Teague, hair product
and haircut; Hair by Tammy/Katie Walker, hair prod-
uct and comb; Hair by Tammy/Melissa Gillespie, hair
products; Hastings, $10 gift card; Hendrick Medical
Supply, two packages of wet wipes; Hibbit Sports, duffle
bag, football, basketball and two baseball pens; K-M art,
diapers; La Cocina, free meal for two; Latria's, blanket
and pillow; Ludlum's, $20 cash; Maloney Pharmacy,
four $25 gift certificates; McGlothlin Medical Supply,
ear thermometer and pacifiers; Nu-Tone Cleaners, $15
gift certificate; Pizza Hut, large pizza; Rolling Plains
Memorial Hospital, special delivery package; Sassy Fox,
haircut with highlights; Schlotzsky's Deli, small sand-
wich or salad, chips and drink; Sears, laundry soap;
Skeet's Texas Grill, $20 gift certificate; Subway, five free
six-inch sandwiches; Sweetwater Floral, stuffed animal
(duck); Sweetwater Frame and Art Galley, couponfor $ro
off any purchase; Sweetwater Reporter, free six-month
• See BABY page 3
Three enter guilty pleas
BY TATIANA RODRIGUEZ
Three people entered guilty pleas to Judge Glen
Harrison during 32nd Judicial Court proceedings
Shakevia Shanell Jennings pled guilty to credit card
abuse, a state jail felony. The date of offense was Jan. 7,
2008. Jennings received two years confinement in the
State Jail Division of the Texas Department of Criminal
Justice and had that sentence probated to two years.
She will have a pay a fine of $1,000, $305 in court costs
and $500 in court-appointed attorney fees. She will
also have to pay restitution to First Financial Bank in
Sweetwater, $22; Check Mart, $28.53; and Domino's
Pizza, $70.99. She will also have to serve 120 hours of
Audrey Renea Chase pled guilty to aggravated assault
with a deadly weapon, a second degree felony. For the
guilty plea, Chase received four years of community
• See PLEAS page 3
red Barta visits ■
BY CASEY LARUE COVINGTON
Tred Barta, who hosts The Best and Worst of Tred
Barta on the Versus Channel, was in Sweetwater last
week to learn a thing or two about roping.
Tred Barta is a hunter, fisherman and general out-
doorsman. As a fisherman, Tred has amassed several
world records, some still current. He is best known in
this area for catching more Big Eye tuna on rod and reel
than any other man alive.
"It's not how big your trophy is, it's what it means to
you," Tred Barta began. "May 6, of this year, I had just
gotten back from a ride with my beautiful wife, and my
leg went gimp. Six days later, I was paralyzed from the
waist down, and then the next day I was paralyzed from
the chest down," Barta explained. "They had originally
thought I suffered a spinal stroke caused by a rare, blood
disorder called Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia, but
they still aren't for sure what it is," Tred Barta said.
After this tragedy Tred Barta was determined to
keep on living like he had before. At the Nolan County
Coliseum, Barta accomplished greatness. Riding his
personal horse — whom he has been working with for
months — with a saddle made like a seat and strap to
help him stay in the seat; Barta was determined to learn
He was only able to use his upper body strength to
swing the rope, but after a few lessons he had it down.
He accomplished exactly what he wanted to.
"I got a rope on a steer going two miles per hour and
tomorrow it will be going four miles per hour," Barta
said, with great accomplishment.
Tred Barta of the Versus Channel was in Sweetwater last week to learn about rop-
ing. Barta, a hunter, fisherman and general outdoorsman got the chance to learn to
rope at the Nolan County Coliseum.
Photo by Casey LaRue Covington
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