Archive - Jul 6, 2011
Later this week, an important decision will be made about who will care for a 4-year-old boy found along the side of Interstate 20.
Angel Flores was found in Sweetwater covered in cactus spines. He was then taken to a Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital where he has been recovering.
Police say his father, Carlos Rico, choked him and left him to die on the side of the road.
Rico says a divine power told him to kill his son. He's behind bars on $500,000 bond, charged with attempted capital murder.
Community connections extend beyond a townâ€™s physical limits. Those connections extend the hand of friendship and care during times of hardship.
The First Salem Lutheran Church in Roscoe collected funds during the Easter holidays to help those in Colorado City who lost their homes during the February wildfire.
â€śThese are very caring, very good, generous folks who are always looking for a way to give and share,â€ť Howell Martin, pastor said.
Martin, who is a coach and sixth grade science teacher at Colorado Middles School, was well acquainted with the fire situation in Colorado City.
Evangelical Methodist Church invites everyone to hear David and Debbie Hawk speak at the church, located at 700 Lamar Street, on Monday, July 13, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. They are missionaries to El Salvador. Debbie is the daughter of William and Joyce Mayo of Sweetwater. Shown are the Hawks, Debbie, Blake, David, Kaitlin and Taylor.
Three people pled guilty to Judge Glen Harrison during 32nd Judicial District Court proceedings on Tuesday.
Kenneth Gene Wiley pled guilty to theft over $100,000 but less than $200,000, a second degree felony. For his plea, Wiley received 10 years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, probated for 10 years. He will have to pay a $2,000 fine, $309 in court costs and $193,354.29 in restitution to GE Energy. He will also have to serve 240 hours of community service.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 202 calls for service, issued 29 citations and made nine arrests from July 1-4, 2011.
The SPD received 69, 911 calls.
â€˘ 800 block of E. 17th.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Runaway â€”Â 400 block of Seaton.
â€˘ Theft â€”Â 400 block of NE Georgia.
â€˘ Counterfeiting/Forgery â€”Â 100 block of NW Georgia.
â€˘ Assault â€”Â 100 block of E. Broadway.
â€˘ Information report â€”Â 1100 block of Mulberry.
â€˘ Information report â€”Â 600 block of E. Arizona.
â€˘ Accident involving damage to a vehicle â€”Â 800 block of E. 17th Street.
â€˘ Theft â€”Â 1700 block of Lamar.
A memorial service for Wesley M. Huffstutler, 71, of Sweetwater, will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 9, 2011, at Faith Harvest Pentecostal Church. Interment will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Huffstutler died Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital.
ROTAN - Alene (Mitchell) Donham, 91, died Sunday July 3, 2011, at Fisher County Hospital.Â Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday July 7, 2011, at the Church of Christ in Rotan. Burial will follow at Roby Cemetery under the direction of Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home.
Mary Louise Welch declared her independence from old age and frail health, passing away peacefully on Monday morning, July 4, 2011, at the age of 89 years. Louise was born in Gorman, Texas on Sept. 27, 1921 and grew up in Maryneal and Sweetwater, Texas. Louise married Charles Stamps in 1946. They had one child, Jennifer, born in 1949. In 1951, Louise married Jack Welch and they had one child, Sam Jackson Welch, who was born in 1954. Louise worked hard her entire life and eventually retired in 1996 at the age of 75.
Ira Lena Simmons, age 97, of Sweetwater, Texas, went to be with her Lord and Savior onÂ Sunday, July 3, 2011.Â Â Â
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 7, 2011, at East Hill Cemetery in Fort Stockton, Texas.Â Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
Funeral services for Johnna Puckett Reynolds will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, July 8, 2011, at First Baptist Church in Sweetwater, located at 213 E. Third Street.