Archive - 2013
Viola Sue Hankins lived 70 wonderful years. After her brave fight with breast cancer in 2006, her strong will to live and unwavering faith in God carried her through; until her battle resumed and on Oct. 7, 2013, she passed away at her home in Cloudcroft, N.M.
Sue was born Feb. 28, 1943, in Ft. Worth to Eugene and Mary Loraine Bristow. She had two sisters, Winona Jamison and Helen Hargett; her parents and Winona preceded her in death.
Joe K. Smith, 77, of Abilene, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 at Wisteria Place Nursing Center. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road. A committal service will follow at noon at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene. The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.
Kimberly Dunn is one of three female artists performing for the Sweetest Day Benefit Concert Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium. The three young women represent multiple genres of music, offering a variety of entertainment to music lovers â€“ pop, soul and Texas country.
The Trinity Baptist Church Family welcomes Dr. Ken Lyle, Sr. as Interim Pastor, effective Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. â€śBro. Kenâ€ť was born in Houston. He has been married to his beautiful wife, Judy, for 56 years. The Lyles have four married children, Christine Waddail, Sandra Hammack, Dr. Ken Lyle, Jr. and Scott Lyle. They have 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Bro. Ken and Judy live in Abilene where they enjoy reading, writing and travel.
Amanda Morrow (right) is the newest member to be inducted to the Sweetwater Kiwanis Club. She is shown receiving her membership certificate from Mitch Moore, club president.
Also, the Kiwanis Club recently inducted new officers to the club for the 2013-2014 year. The induction ceremony was led by William Smith, the Lieutenant Governor for Division 35.
Officers inducted were Jerrie Gee (president), Chris Stephens (vice president), Rachel Newberry (secretary), and Jared Monday (treasurer). Find photos of the induction ceremony on Page 3 of today's edition.
The Sweetwater City Commission held a brief discussion on Tuesday on the bids for the construction of a new police department.
During the September 10 meeting, six bids were opened, with the price ranging from $5.3 to $6.7 million. The item was tabled at that meeting, however, in order for the architect to review the bids in detail.
At Tuesday's meeting, City Manager Eddie Brown expressed that the bids came in higher than expected, which left the commissioners with the option to accept the low bid or reject all of the bids. Thus, approval was given to reject the bids.
Graveside services for Carl Wayne Tyler, 75, of Abilene, formerly of Sweetwater, will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 at Sweetwater Cemetery. Robert Murphy will officiate with interment to follow under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13 at McCoy Funeral Home.
Tyler died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 at Abilene Regional Medical Center in Abilene.
He was born Oct. 28, 1937 in Sweetwater. He married Clara Tyson on Nov. 11, 1958 in Sweetwater.
FRIDAY, OCT. 11
Sweetwater varsity plays at Snyder (district opener), 7:30 p.m.
Roscoe varsity will host Albany, 7:30 p.m.
Blackwell varsity hosts Highland, 7:30 p.m.
Sweetwater freshman, JV and varsity teams play at Snyder â€” varsity begins at 5 p.m., freshmen and JV begin at 6:15 p.m.
SATURDAY, OCT. 12
Highland and Blackwell runners will compete at Water Valley meet.
One of the biggest high school rivalries in West Texas â€” Sweetwater vs. Snyder â€” takes place today in Snyder on two fronts.
While the Sweetwater-Snyder football matchup at 7:30 p.m. is sure to get more attention, in part because it is the District 4-3A opener for both teams, the volleyball match involving the two schools â€” which tips off at 5 p.m. â€” is just as critical.
In both cases, the winner will get an early leg up on one of the four playoff spots in the district â€” up from three in the past â€” while the loser will have to work a bit harder in order to get into the postseason.