Archive - Dec 24, 2013
"Isn't there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?" asked a little block-headed boy in the 1965 classic carrying his namesake, A Charlie Brown Christmas, by Charles M. Schultz.
Ask anyone this question and you will probably get a different answer each time. But the timeless holiday movie shares what we hope Christmas to be, what it has become and what it really is about.
After we rolled into the sleepy little town of Sweetwater, Texas, from New Mexico, the natives looked happy to see us, which was a surprise. Pretty soon after our wind-driven trip, we were lassoed by matrons wanting to use us for their annual Tumbleweed Snowmen displays. Shorty, my sidekick, was placed atop Betsy, my medium-size girlfriend of many miles. I was the base of this new operation, I guess because I am quite rotund.
Shown are Mrs. Claus and Santa Claus, also known as Peggy and Ted Kimbrell of Sweetwater, visiting Goodwill in Sweetwater this week. The couple posed for photos with many of the children of the community and the store also offered free photos, taken by Roxsand Lecroy.
The staff and students at Cornerstone Christian School want to wish everyone a heartfelt Merry Christmas!
Roy Howard Tucker, age 76, of Fort Stockton, passed away Dec. 22, 2013, after a brief battle with cancer. Howard was born Aug. 23, 1937, in Blackwell to W.O. and Mary Blair Tucker. He married Leona Mae Backhaus on Jan. 9, 1958, in Roscoe. Howard worked as a construction inspector for the Texas Highway Department in Sweetwater, Stanton and Fort Stockton, where he retired after 36 years of employment. He was an Elder of Faith Lutheran Church in Fort Stockton for 45 years. He also served for many years on the Board of El Buen Vecino, the Fort Stockton Christian Thrift Store.
Suddenlink in Sweetwater has once again donated to the West Texas Children's Advocacy Center. Pictured are Madison Black and Teresa Zarate with WTCAC and Mark Crain, Leticia Morales, Marla Reddic and David Weaver all with Suddenlink. This is the fourth year for Suddenlink to donate to the WTCAC.
Pictured are Paul Romero and Dietary Supervisor, Brenda Hollis. Romero was named the 2013 RPMH February Employee of the Month and was voted Employee of the Year by his co-workers. He has been with RPMH since January 2001. He and his wife Michelle live in Sweetwater and have four children, Bianca, Nick, Aaron and Lindsey.
Pictured are Donna Boatright, Administrator; Dody Barnes, Heartbeat Award Winner; and Kirby Andrews, RPMH Board Member. The Heartbeat Award was presented to the Education/Infection Control Department, ran solely by Dody Barnes, RN. Heartbeat winners are recognized for their outstanding skills in customer service by promoting teamwork, courtesy, respect and dignity for others. Education/Infection Control was one of 20 departments nominated by the RPMH staff for this honor.
The Nolan County Commissioners met on Monday morning, in which approval was given for the County Treasurer to upgrade and purchase a new computer for her office.
The original intention was to upgrade the current computer to Windows 7, but due to the fact that the computer is seven years old and has a CD drive that does not work, it was recommended that the computer be replaced. The system currently used in the office, Windows XP, will soon become obsolete.
Memorial services for Cody Paul Pierce, 36, of Sweetwater will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at New Cherry Hill Baptist Church in Mauriceville, Texas. Arrangements are under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Pierce died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, in Sweetwater. He was born July 15, 1977, in Crockett, Texas.
Cody married Christina Carver on Aug. 13, 2010, in Crockett, Texas. He loved to read and loved computers.