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BY TATIANA
RODRIGUEZ
Managing Editor
On Friday, Jan. 6, 2012,
the Sweetwater Police
Department led a search
along with the Nolan
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Michael Ledbetter
Members of the Sweetwater Police Department, Nolan County Sheriffs Office, 32nd Judicial District Attorney's Office investigators
and the Department of Public Safety execute a search warrant at 209 E. Avenue B in Sweetwater on Friday afternoon. Five were
arrested and charges with engaging organized criminal activity.
Photo by Tatiana Rodriguez
Highland ISD hires
new superintendent
Maria Wood
During a called School Board meeting
held on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, Highland
ISD School Board voted to hire Duane
Hyde as their new Superintendent.
Hyde was previously in the position of
the school's Secondary Principal, a posi-
tion that he has held since 2005. Prior
to that, he had also been principal for
Merkel ISD and for Blackwell CISD. His
experience also includes math teacher,
coach and Athletic Director.
Hyde holds a Bachelor of Science
degree from Angelo State University and
a Master of Education degree from Sul
Ross State University. He obtained his
Superintendent Certification in 2004
from the University of Texas Permian
Basin.
As a 1985 graduate of Highland ISD, Mr.
Hyde is familiar with the school and sur-
rounding community. "I'm excited about
this opportunity, and look forward to
continuing Highland's standard of excel-
lence," said Hyde following the Board
meeting Monday night. Hyde fills the
position formerly held by Guy Nelson.
Volunteers needed For
local Relay For Life
The American Cancer
Society is seeking volun-
teers in Nolan County -
cancer survivors, caregiv-
ers, community leaders,
anyone wanting to make
a difference in the fight
against cancer - to orga-
nize and recruit fundrais-
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nity support, coordinate
logistics, seek refresh-
ments and prizes, plan
entertainment and lend a
hand to ensure the suc-
cess of the 2012 event.
The Relay For Life of
Nolan County supports
the American Cancer
Society's mission of sav-
ing lives by helping peo-
ple stay well, by helping
people get well, by find-
ing cures and by fighting
back against the disease.
It brings together friends,
families, businesses,
hospitals, schools, faith-
based groups ... people
from all walks of life - all
aimed at celebrating the
lives of those who have
had cancer, remembering
those lost, and fighting
back against the disease.
"Relay is all about com-
munities uniting with the
Society and supporting its
efforts to create a world
with less cancer and more
birthdays," said Jacque
Thweatt, Community
Manager of Development.
"We need volunteers to
help this year by joining
the planning committee
for Relay For Life. Without
additional volunteers, this
event may not happen. It
is because of the preced-
ing volunteers that cer-
tain types of cancer are
now highly treatable, even
curable. With more help,
we will continue to save
lives and win the fight."
Want to learn more?
American Cancer Society
staff and volunteers will be
available to answer ques-
tions and provide further
details on the 2012 meet-
ing at the Nolan County
Coliseum Annex on
Wednesday, Jan. 11, from
11 am to 2 p.m. You can
also call Jacque Thweatt
at 325-672-0994.
For more information
about Relay For Life, visit
relajforlife.org. To learn
more about the American
Cancer Society or to get
help, call us anytime, day
or night, at 1-800-227-
2345 or visit cancer.org.
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SPD investigates home invasion
BY TATIANA RODRIGUEZ
Managing Editor
The Sweetwater Police Department
is currently investigating a robbery
that took place over the weekend on
the 1900 block of Chester Street in
Sweetwater.
On Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, officers
responded to the home in which three
people allegedly entered the home of
an 82-year-old man by kicking the back
door open, held him against the wall
and took items from his home.
Items stolen include money, a watch
and several other items. No arrests
have been made in the case, but officers
continue to investigate.
Priest warns other exas
students don t get lost
CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN
Associated Press
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - With
friends and family still demanding justice
for a Texas eighth-grader shot by police
after he pointed a pellet gun at them, a
neighborhood priest struck a different
tone Saturday, urging teens at his funeral
to learn from the experience and "get out
of trouble."
The Rev. Jorge Gomez spoke in English
and Spanish to an estimated 500 people
who packed a Brownsville church for the
funeral of 15-year-old Jaime Gonzalez.
Police say Gonzalez was shot twice in the
torso Wednesday morning after refusing
officers' repeated requests to drop what
was later identified as a pellet gun.
Gomez saved his most poignant remarks
during the funeral for Gonzalez's contem-
poraries. Dozens of them filled pews at
the church just one block from the teen's
home and wore matching white t-shirts
with his photograph on the back.
The priest thanked them for their gen-
erosity — kids from the neighborhood
ran a car wash to raise money for funeral
expenses — and urged them to continue
in that spirit.
"I implore you young people, learn from
this experience," Gomez said. "It is not
easy to be a teenager... but it does not last
forever."
He added, "Young people, I invite you to
get out of trouble. Don't get lost."
Gomez and others have said the neigh-
borhood is a tough place to grow up. There
are many single-parent homes and some
gang problems. Neither was an issue in
Gonzalez's case though, Gomez said ear-
lier in the week.
Gonzalez was a dr um major at Cummings
Middle School and active in his church.
His parents and former teachers have said
he was not perfect, but his problems were
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