January 3rd, 2012
John C. Wilkinson, 73, of Sweetwater, Texas, passed away on Jan. 1, 2012, at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at McCoy Chapel of Memories under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home. Rev. Keith Clifton and Rev. Jerry Payne will be officiating. A family visitation will be held Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, from 7-8:30 p.m.
Funeral services for Joe Garcia, 65, of Spring Texas, formerly of Sweetwater, will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, at McCoy Chapel of Memories with Military Graveside Rites at Sweetwater Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home. Father Dennis Bosley will officiate.
A wake will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012 at McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater.
Garcia died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, in Houston, Texas.
December 31st, 2011
On June 14-17, 2012, Abilene will host Artfully Abilene's "Children's Art & Literacy Festival" (CALF) featuring Dr. Seuss.
This idea emanated from the The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature (NCCIL) planned exhibition of the original illustrations from "The Lorax" on June 1 - August 31, 2011. To enhance this Seussian experience we have also secured funding for "The Art of Dr. Seuss Retrospective", as well as the Seuss Sculpture Touring Garden.
Weather across West Central Texas can change dramatically and is typically characterized by flash floods, drought, wildfires, hail, winter storms and tornadoes. 2011 will go down as the hottest summer on record. Below are five of the most significant weather events for 2011 that impacted the region from the National Weather Service Office in San Angelo.
1. Drought, wildfires and heat in West Central Texas; 2011.
2. Powerful winter storm and cold in Abilene and Big Country, Feb. 1-4, 2011.
3. Abilene hail storm, April 24, 2011.
3. Clyde downburst; May 1, 2011.
Senior Vice President of First Financial Trust & Asset Management Janis McDowell gives a can of black-eyed peas to Kaitlinn Reed and Regina Scott at the First Financial Bank motor bank in Sweetwater. Each year, FFB gives the cans to customers to celebrate the new year.
Senior Vice President of First Financial Trust & Asset Management Wayne Chowning gives a can of black-eyed peas to Boo Nemir at the First Financial Bank motor bank in Sweetwater. Each year, FFB gives the cans to customers to celebrate the new year.
TUESDAY, JAN. 3
Sweetwater teams host Roby â€” JV girls and boys at 4 p.m. (both gyms), varsity girls at 5:15 p.m., varsity boys at 6:30 p.m.
Roscoe teams host Eula â€” JV girls at 4 p.m., JV boys at 5:15 p.m., varsity girls at 6:30 p.m., varsity boys at 8 p.m.
Highland JV boys and varsity girls and boys host Loraine starting at 4 p.m.
Blackwell varsity girls and boys host Paint Rock start-ing at 6:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, JAN. 5
Sweetwater 7th and 8th grade â€˜Aâ€™ boys play at Wall tournament.
Roscoe 8th grade teams host tournament.
Highland junior high teams host Westbrook starting at 6 p.m.
Sweetwater High Schoolâ€™s varsity basketball teams did well at their holiday tournaments that were held this past Wednesday through Friday, finishing with a 6-3 overall record.
Alicia Finn of Sweetwater has been named to the Texas Girls Coaches Association Class 3A academic all-state team in volleyball.
The academic all-state teams are selected from athletes and members of the support staff who are graduating seniors. Honorees must have an overall grade-point average of 94 or higher for grades 9-11, and must be a varsity participant in good standing and be of good moral character.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 53 calls for service, issued four citations and made three arrests on Dec. 29, 2011.
The SPD received 23, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Theft â€” 1300 block of Hailey.
â€¢ Burglary of a habitation â€” 700 block of W. Colorado.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Shontyeisha Brock, 21 â€” Criminal trespassing.
â€¢ Charlene Carrington, 50 â€” Criminal trespassing.
â€¢ Eristeo Palacios, 32 â€” Warrants.