August 26th, 2014
A lack of rain across Nolan County has forced the local commissioners court to leave the current burn ban in place.
More precipitation is needed, said members of the commission at Monday's meeting, before the panel can consider repealing the ban. The issue will be revisited at the group's next regular session.
A request was made by Precinct 2 Commissioner Terry Locklar to purchase a 90-inch contour/packer roller for road construction.
Sweetwater Emergency Services transported the driver of the 18-wheeler shown after a wreck after 6 a.m. on Tuesday morning on FM 608, between Roscoe and Highland school.
The driver was unresponsive and was transported to Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital in guarded condition. The truck was carrying dry cement at the time of the crash.
Graveside services for Peggy Lee Hoyle, 63, of Blackwell, will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 at Blackwell Cemetery with Rev. Daniel Dotson officiating. Interment will follow at Blackwell Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater.
A visitation will be held from 7-8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28, at McCoy Funeral Home at 401 East Third Street in Sweetwater.
She died on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at her residence.
She was born on Dec. 7, 1950 in Ponoma, Calif. She married Johnnie Carol Hoyle on July 7, 1972 in Fort Stockton.
Johnnie Jo (Joni) McMillin, age 86, of Mesquite, Texas, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 at Willow Bend Nursing & Rehab in Mesquite, Texas.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 at Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Matt McGowen officiating.
Burial will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 from 6-8 p.m.
Today will be mostly sunny with a high near 97. Winds will be from the south around 5 mph, shifting to the east in the afternoon.
Expect partly cloudy conditions tonight, with a low around 74 and east-southeast winds at 5 to 10 mph.
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Students at Sweetwater Independent School District campuses, as well as Highland ISD and Blackwell ISD, began classes today for the 2014-2015 school year.
Shown is Tonya Castoâ€™s first grade class putting up their backpacks before class.
Find more photos on Page 1 of Monday's edition.
Jim Wilks of Sweetwater was elected President of Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville during the campâ€™s Aug. 2 annual board meeting.
Services for Nettie Ruth Newman, 71, of Sweetwater, will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 at McCoy Chapel of Memories with Mike Crowley officiating. Interment will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater.
A visitation will be held on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at McCoy Funeral Home.
She died on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 at Hendrick Medical Center.
She was born on March 3, 1943 in Sweetwater. She married Mannon Newman on Jan. 2, 1960 at Fourth and Elm Church of Christ in Sweetwater.
A pair of Sweetwater High School football players are on the All-Big Country preseason Super Team that was announced Sunday by the Abilene Reporter-News.
Sweetwater High Schoolâ€™s varsity volleyball team won three of its six matches over the weekend at San Angeloâ€™s two-day tournament.
The Lady Mustangs, who are 9-7, will host Graham and Breckenridge Tuesday before a one-week break.