Archive - Dec 27, 2011

Man dies in Christmas fire

December 27, 2011

A 41-year-old man died early Christmas morning in a fire in his Sweetwater home.
According to Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden, firefighters received a call about smoke coming from a house on the 200 block of Lewis Front Street between 2 and 3 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. "People saw smoke coming from the house and called 9-1-1."

STAAR students chosen at SMS

December 27, 2011

Shown are several eighth grade students who were chosen by their teachers as the third six weeks STAAR students for their hard work and dedication. They are Michael Lawrence, Alejandro Gamez, Abby Lynch, Jade Johnson, Brittany Jimenez, Brittany Presley, Kaylee Lantto, Savanna Kamer, Tonna Gilmore, Tierra Brown and Sandra Wise.

Get ready Texas: Registering for agriculture sales tax exemption

December 27, 2011

Attention agriculture and timber producers: Secure your sales tax exemption by getting your registration number before the Jan. 1, deadline. Under a new state law passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011, commercial agriculture or timber producers will need an Ag/Timber Number issued by the Comptroller’s office to make eligible sales tax-exempt purchases for their business beginning Jan. 1, 2012.

Sergio Leonel Rivera

December 27, 2011

Sergio Leonel Rivera, 41, of Sweetwater, died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, at his residence in Sweetwater.
His body was cremated and his ashes will be returned to his home in Guatemala.

Verna Allen

December 27, 2011

Verna Lee Allen, 89, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, peacefully in the Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital. Services will be Wednesday, Dec. 28, at McCoy Funeral Home, 401 East 3rd in Sweetwater, with Ron McElyea officiating. Burial will follow at the Nolan Cemetery in Nolan, TX.
Verna Hamrick was born on March 8, 1922, in Sweetwater, Texas. She was the middle of three children, one older brother, J.J. and younger sister Irene all raised in Clyde, TX. She married James T. (J.T.) Allen on March 16, 1941 in Baird, TX.

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