December 9th

All-district dominance

December 9, 2014

It comes as no surprise that the All-District 2-4A, Division II football team is loaded with Mustangs.
After a season that saw an outright district championship, unbeaten regular season and trip to the state quarterfinals, 24 Sweetwa-ter players have been given some kind of all-district recognition for their outstand-ing achievements.

Read more in Tuesday's edition in SPorts.

Tuesday's local events

December 9, 2014

Today, December 9, the RPMH Diabetic Support Group will meet at 2 p.m. They will be meeting in the hospital cafeteria for a Christmas party.
The Sweetwater Jaycees have hooked up a direct line to the North Pole again this year. Call in will be tonight from 6-8 p.m. Children are welcome to call and let Santa know what they want for Christmas. The numbers to call are 236-5812, 725-0113 or 933-9855.
Also, the Sweetwater Aglow Community Lighthouse will have their meeting at 7 p.m. at Lighthouse Assembly of God Church, located at 412 Newman. Speaking will be Minnie Castro from the Aglow Team.

Local weather for Tuesday

December 9, 2014

We'll see some patchy fog before 10 a.m, which will lead in to partly sunny skies and a high near 65. Winds will be from the south around 5 mph.
Expect mostly cloudy conditions tonight, with a low around 48 and south-southeast winds at 5 to 10 mph.
Visit to learn more.

December 8th

Giving a bicycle for Christmas? Don’t forget the helmet

December 8, 2014

Bicycles are always a popular gift at Christmas time, and many parents are shopping now for that perfect new bicycle for their child – maybe even their first bicycle. This is an excellent opportunity to teach children about the importance of wearing a helmet to protect their head. According to National Safe Kids, helmets can reduce the risk of severe brain injury by up to 88%, but only 45% of children wear bike helmets. Safe Kids also reports that bicycles are associated with more injuries in children than any other product except automobiles.

TSTC hosts toy drive for Sweetwater Goodfellows

December 8, 2014

The Sweetwater campus held a toy drive to help Goodfellows this holiday season. Employees and PTK student organization assisted in the drive. Pictured from left to right are Maria Aguirre, David Whitlock-PTK, Marisol Solis, Karen Waller, Ian Robertson, Irene Gill, Jan Harvey, Monica Wagner, Kristin Smith (Goodfellows representative) Jennifer Rosas, Edwin Chavez-PTK, Joni Coons and Rick Nelson.

Goodfellows distribute toys

December 8, 2014

The Sweetwater Goodfellows held their toy distribution on Friday, helping many families with Christmas toys for children of Nolan County that they might not have otherwise. Many volunteers — including individuals, organizations and businesses, contributed their time at the distribution and Christmas party. See more photos in today's edition.

Melinda Michelle Torres

December 8, 2014

Melinda Michelle Torres was serenaded by Angels on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014.
A Celebration of Melinda’s life will be on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 at 12 noon at Holy Spirit Parish Catholic Church with Reverend Father Charles Okonkwo and Reverend Father Michael Rodriguez officiating, directed by McCoy Funeral Home. A Rosary will be on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 at 7 p.m. at McCoy Funeral Home Chapel of Memories.

John Wesley Strother

December 8, 2014

At his request, funeral services will not be held for John Wesley Strother, 73, who passed away at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. He will be cremated.

Frances Garcia Martinez

December 8, 2014

Holy Mass of Christian Burial for Frances Garcia Martinez, 83, of Loraine, will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church with Father Michael Udegbunam officiating. Interment will follow at Loraine Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
A Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, at McCoy Chapel of Memories.
Martinez died Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in Lubbock. She was born Nov. 19, 1931, in Edna.

Mary Helen Bridges

December 8, 2014

Mary Helen Bridges, age 97, of Sweetwater, Texas, passed away on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 P.M., Thursday, December 11, 2014 at First Baptist Church with Rev. Malcolm Brown officiating. Interment will be at Garden of Memories in Sweetwater. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.

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