April 4th, 2014
USA Rail Terminals announces the planned opening of â€śEskota Road Rail Terminalâ€ť located to serve the Cline Shale, Wolfcamp and the Eastern Shelf of the Permian Basin. It is the only rail terminal location in west Texas that has the unique capability of accessing two Class 1 railroads, the BNSF and the UP. Located five miles east of Sweetwater and north of Interstate 20 on Eskota Road, this location is one of a kind for west Texas. Phase 1 will include some five miles of new track with additional track being added in later phases.
The Sweetwater Choral Booster Club will have a car wash fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, at Mustang Car Wash, located at 1351 Hailey Street. A full service detail and wash will be provided.
All proceeds will benefit the Sweetwater Middle School and Sweetwater High School choirs for their upcoming festival trips.
Bluebonnets are in full bloom in Sweetwater. Local photographer Ryan Smith caught the above photo of a bee landing on one.
Services for Ricky Apalonio Amaya, 53, of Dallas, formerly of Sweetwater, will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at McCoy Chapel of Memories with Rev. Chris Stephens officiating. Interment will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater.
Amaya died on April 3, 2014 in Abilene.
He was born on Oct. 11, 1960 in Sweetwater. He grew up in Sweetwater attending Sweetwater schools and has lived in Dallas for the past 15 years. He is a U.S. Army veteran and was an auto mechanic. He was a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Parish.
A memorial service for Reba Willene Browning, 69, will be held on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Lamar Street Baptist Church with Rev. Clay Jacobson and Rev. Eric Horton officiating, under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater. She was cremated.
She died on April 3, 2014 at Nolan Nursing and Rehab.
She was born on Nov. 20, 1944 in Sweetwater. She married Jerry Browning on July 3, 1965 in Sweetwater.
After losing to Wylie last Friday, Sweetwaterâ€™s baseball and softball teams are home again to face Snyder today with both hoping to reverse their recent District 4-3A fortunes. The baseball team is 2-2 but has lost two straight; the softball team is off to an 0-5 district start.
Sweetwaterâ€™s Kaleb Hoo-ver and Dylan Bennett were second team picks on the Abilene Reporter-Newsâ€™ Class 3A All-Big Country boys basketball team an-nounced today.
It was the third such honor for Hoo-ver, who this season aver-aged 10.8 points, 6.3 reb-ounds and two steals per game. Bennett averaged 10.7 points and seven reb-ounds per game.
Today will be sunny with a high near 70. Winds will be from the northeast at 10 to 15 mph.
Expect mostly cloudy conditions tonight, with a low around 47 and east-southeast winds around 10 mph.
We'll have some rain chances throughout the entire weekend, ranging from 20 to 30%. Expect highs in the mid-60s/lower 70s, with lows in the mid-40s. Winds will remain from the east-southeast through Sunday evening, until they shift to the north-northeast.
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The Nolan County United Way's Charles Roberson Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, May 17, 2014, with a 9 a.m. shotgun start at the Sweetwater Country Club.
The tournament will benefit Nolan County United Way's nine local agencies: Big Country Medical Reserve Corps, Boy Scouts, Cancer Services Network, Gateway Family Services, Girl Scouts, SNAP, Sweetwater BackPack Buddies, West Texas Children's Advocacy Center and Women's Resource Center.
Pre-registration fees are $200 per team or $50 per individual. The cost to register at the tournament will be $240 and $55, respectively.
Sharrie Lyon, certified teacher of the visually impaired, was presented with the Julia L. Young Award in Austin, Texas on March 28, 2014, by the Texas Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired. This prestigious award is in honor of Julia L. Young, who provided leadership in the development of the visually handicapped childrenâ€™s program of the Texas commission for the Blind. This award is presented annually to an individual who has done outstanding work with visually impaired children in Texas.