Archive - 2014

June 27th

Benjamin Campbell McRae

June 27, 2014

Sweetwater Rattlesnake Roundup Founder
July 18, 1928—June 21, 2014
Benjamin Campbell McRae, T/Sgt Retired USAF, 85, was promoted to his Heavenly Rest on June 21, 2014 surrounded by friends at home in Brookdale-Sterling Assisted Living, Lewisville, Texas. Since infancy, his membership was in the Presbyterian Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home in Lewisville, Texas.

Aglow International to host spaghetti dinner

June 27, 2014

Aglow International Sweetwater Community Lighthouse
Aglow International Sweetwater Community Lighthouse will be hosting a spaghetti dinner with entertainment for $7 on Thursday, July 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Lighthouse Assembly Fellowship Hall, located at 412 Newman Street. Place your order by calling Minnie at 338-8924; Linda at 338-7844; or Stefanie at 514-9526.

Broadway Baptist Church 

Local man remembered as loving father, grandfather, caring friend

June 27, 2014

Sweetwater resident 50-year-old Michael Berry will be remembered as a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend as many are mourning his death after an hours-long standoff took place in Sweetwater on Thursday.
Sweetwater Police Chief Brian Frieda confirmed that 50-year-old Michael Berry was shot and killed by officers after Berry fired shots at them.

One transported in wreck

June 27, 2014

One person was transported to Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital with non life threatening injuries after a wreck on East Broadway this morning just before 8 a.m.
According to emergency authorities, the vehicle shown was traveling east on Broadway when it hit a truck that was towing a trailer.

Some advice from the coach

June 27, 2014

Tayton Thompson of Sweetwater's 9-10 year-old all-star team gets some advice from coach Ron Atkins before going to bat in Thursday's District 5 Little League tournament game at Tuscola.
Four Sweetwater all-star teams are playing in tournaments at various Abilene-area locations. See Sports, online or in Page A10 of Friday's edition.

Joe Marvin Bentle

June 27, 2014

Funeral services for Joe Marvin Bentle, 50, of Sweetwater, are pending with McCoy Funeral Home.
Bentle died Thursday, June 26, 2014, at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital.
Online condolences may be expressed at

Richard Glen McIntire, Sr.

June 27, 2014

Funeral services for Richard Glen McIntire, Sr., 62, of Sweetwater, will take place at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 30, 2014, at Broadway Baptist Church with Rev. Chris Stephens officiating. Interment will follow at Roscoe Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
McIntire died Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at his home.
Online condolences may be expressed at

SW teams split to start bracket play

June 27, 2014

Sweetwater batted .500 to begin bracket play Thurs-day at separate District 5 Little League all-star tour-naments being held in the Abilene area. The 11-12 year-olds defeated Jim Ned 15-5, but the 9-10 year-olds lost their game to Jim Ned 13-10 to fall into the losers bracket and need a bounce-back win Saturday in order to avoid elimination.
Sweetwater’s 13-14 year-old Junior League all-stars will begin bracket play to-day. They will be playing Breckenridge at 8 p.m. at Abilene North.

Sweetwater's weekend weather

June 27, 2014

Today will be mostly sunny with a high near 92. Winds will be breezy and from the south-southeast at 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
Expect partly cloudy conditions tonight, with a low around 73 and breezy winds from the south-southeast at 20 to 25 mph. Gusts could get as high as 30 mph, and before 1 a.m. we'll have a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.
For the weekend, we'll see highs in the mid 90s and lows in the mid 70s. Winds will remain breezy throughout, with gusts as high as 40 mph.
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June 26th

Police: Sweetwater standoff suspect shot, killed, after firing at officers

June 26, 2014

Update: Sweetwater Police Chief Brian Frieda confirms that 50-year-old Michael Berry was shot and killed by officers after Berry fired shots at them.
Frieda says it was members of the Abilene Police Department's SWAT team that were forced to shoot Berry after the suspect in an early-morning theft opened fire on the officers. Abilene PD was called to help with the situation early Thursday afternoon after Berry brandished a gun in a threatening manner towards Sweetwater officers, according to Frieda.

The Sweetwater softball team, which swept Pampa 2-0 in its bi-district playoff, will be playing...
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