November 5th, 2011
Rockport, Texas residents Karl and Carol Hoepfner â€” officially named "Whataburger's Biggest Fans" by the restaurant â€”Â stopped into the Sweetwater location on Friday morning, Nov. 4, 2011 during their tour to visit every single Whataburger site.
Wearing their Whataburger shirts, bracelets and â€”Â most notably, their blue hats speckled with the pins mimicking the stickers on specially made orders ("no onions", "mustard", etc.), the couple recounted their journey from overnight pastime to journey of a lifetime.
Crews began removing night and truck speed limit signs in TxDOTâ€™s 13-county Abilene District on Friday, Nov. 4.
The 65 mph nighttime and truck speed limit was eliminated by HB 1353 enacted by the 82nd Legislature. Although the law went into effect Sept. 1, signs are just now coming down because the removal had to be scheduled by contract throughout the entire state, said Roy Wright, P.E., Transportation Operations Director for TxDOTâ€™s Abilene District.
Louella Byrne Hall lost her long fight with cancer Nov. 4, 2011; she is at peace with her lord and Savior. Louella was 88 years, 25 days young, she was born Oct. 10, 1923, in Mertzon, Texas, to Lottie Stedham Davenport where she lived till moving to Mitchell County. She joined the First Christian Church at the age of 12 and was an active member. She was an active member in the Colorado City church and raised her family there as well, but she attended the First Methodist Church of Colorado City, then the Westbrook church with her daughter.
A Celebration of Life service for 19-year-old Anabel Reid will be held Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Broadway Church of Christ in Lubbock, Texas.
She died Friday of injuries from the one-vehicle bus accident that sent 16 people from ACU to area hospitals.
As of Saturday evening, seven remained hospitalized, three in critical condition.
An Abilene Christian University sophomore was killed Friday afternoon when the bus she was on crashed on US Highway 83 in southern Runnels County.
The annual Texas State Technical College Health Fair was held Thursday, Nov. 3 at the TSTC Student Center. Members of the community were invited out to receive free information and health screenings such as blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol readings.
Several have recently entered guilty pleas to Judge Glen Harrison during 32nd Judicial District Court proceedings, prosecuted by District Attorney Ann Reed and Assistant District Attorney C. Barrett Thomas.
From this week:
Daylight saving time is coming to an end. Time will revert back to standard time on Sunday, Nov. 6. All clocks will need to be set back one hour. The standard time to change clocks, according to the Daylight Saving Time Web site, is at 2 a.m. The 2 a.m. changeover was chosen to ensure as little disruption as possible. At this time, most people are at home and when train travel was a major factor, the fewest trains were running at this time. The early morning time also prevents the time change from changing days, which would happen if the change occurred at midnight or 1 a.m.
The West Texas Art Guild is sponsoring its Third Annual Regional Art Show at the Civic Center in Colorado City on Saturday, Nov. 19. The show is unique in that it lasts only one day so that artists can enter their artwork that morning, have it judged and pick it up that afternoon. Prizes will be offered and there will be five categories: Watercolor, oils/acrylics, dry media, photography and 3-D.
Carolyn Walker will be giving a painting demonstration in acrylics and this is for any interested persons. The demonstration will take place in the Civic Center and will be starting at 10 a.m.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 55 calls for service, issued two citations and made one arrest on Nov. 2, 2011.
The SPD received 21, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Burglary of a vehicle â€”Â 1700 block of Hailey.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Terry Bradley, 38 â€”Â Warrants.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had eight calls for service, served 13 civil papers and made two arrests on Nov. 2, 2011.
Arrested by NCSO:
â€˘ David Lee Shout, 20, of Sweetwater â€”Â Warrant/motion to revoke probation.
â€˘ Juan Martin Vina, 47, of Rotan â€”Â Warrant/parole violation.
There is always excite-ment and hope that good things will happen when the high school football season rolls around in August, and in that sense, at least, 2012 has been like any other year. This time around, there was hope that Nolan Countyâ€™s four teams would all exceed the expectations â€” in this case, the lack of expecta-tions â€” of the so-called ex-perts. However, it hasnâ€™t happened. In fact, victories have been hard to come all year while the losses have piled up. Only Sweetwater (4-6) has won more than twice.