May 16th, 2013
Construction at the Nolan County Courthouse has been steady since work began on Monday, May 6.
The work is being done by Turner Construction, a San-Antonio based company, as the faĂ§ade of the courthouse will be completely reconstructed. At least two entries will remain open throughout the duration of the construction, which is expected to be completed sometime this fall.
At the Sweetwater City Commission meeting on Tuesday morning, recognition was given toward the state's proclamation of May 12-18, 2013 as Law Enforcement Week.
A proclamation from Texas Governor Rick Perry was read by Mayor Greg Wortham, which praised the men and women who dedicate their lives to protect the public through their heroic actions. This week allows for an annual tribute to fallen heroes, in which all of Texas is invited to honor those who lay down their lives for others.
This year's Future Sweetwater participants â made up of Sweetwater High School sophomores â graduated on Wednesday evening with a dinner and ceremony at Texas State Technical College.
Shown are graduates including Bailey Bernal, Gabby Reyes, Lauren Young, Ty Crain, Caroline Brennan, Alexis Castillo, Madison Jones, Abigail McPherson, Megan Holsey, Corynn Martin, Jasmine Reddic and Blake Cumbie.
Emily Beene Jones, 69, of Rowlett (formerly of Roby) passed away March 9, 2013, and was cremated.
A memorial service will be held 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Trinity Baptist Church with Rev. Ward Hayes officiating.
Emily was born Oct. 24, 1943 in Lockney, Texas to Foy and Paulene Beene. She was raised in Roby most of her childhood, where her father was a cotton farmer, graduating from Roby High School. She was a past member of First Baptist Church in Roby.
Emily worked for the Meadows Foundation in Dallas for over 30 years, retiring as executive vice president.
The Sweetwater baseball team has played its share of exciting games this season. Four of the Mustangsâ five postseason games â and all four victories â have been decided by two runs or less.
Two of the most drama-tic finishes came in March against Andrews, which will play Sweetwater in a best-of-3 regional quarterfinal starting with Game 1 Friday at Lubbock Christian Uni-versityâs Hays Field. In both cases, the visiting team had a big early lead, only to see the home team rally and pull out a walk-off victory in the final inning.
Blackwell and Highland this week recognized top athletes from the past year.
Highlandâs Lora Stewart and Ron Covington were the recipients of the Fighting Hornet award. Also, Hornet awards for the top girls athlete went to Stewart in cross country, Sierra Allen in basketball and Beth Richburg in track; and for the boys, Michael Hyde in football, Covington in basketball and Sheldon Hall in track.
A Lady Mustang Bas-ketball Camp will be held June 3-6 at the middle school gym on 305 Lamar Street. The camp is for students who have completed grades 2-8. Camp sessions will be from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $35 which in-cludes a T-shirt. Pre-regis-tration is appreciated.
A concession stand will be available. The campâs goal is to improve playersâ skills through instruction in individual skills and fun team competitions.
Expect sunny skies today with a high near 96. Winds will be from the west-northwest around 5 mph, becoming east in the afternoon.
Tonight will be mostly clear with a low around 68 with east-southeastern winds at 5 to 10 mph. After midnight, they will become light and variable.
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This is a quick, easy and refreshing salad. In the spring and summer, many grocery store will sell the cactus paddles already âde-spinedâ and cut. If you are more adventurous, go out and forage and collect your own! Select the fresh new growth on the Prickly Pear Cactus and remove using pliers, or tongs. Carefully trim off all the spines by sliding a knife flat across the surface. Search for how-to videos on YouTube.
1 pound (about 3 cups) cleaned, trimmed, sliced 1/4 cactus paddles (nopales)
4 Roma tomatoes, diced 1/4
1 small red onion, diced 1/4
This year's Leadership Sweetwater participants graduated on Tuesday evening with a dinner and ceremony at Texas State Technical College.