Archive - 2014
Many traveled to Sweetwater to attend the Sweetwater Jaycees 56th Annual Worldâ€™s Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up. Many media outlets also visited, including Univision, a large Spanish station. Roger Ramirez, with the Lente-Viajero show, interviewed Sweetwater Jaycees Melinda Gomez and Pascual Ortiz for the show.
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, so Hendrick Cancer Center of Abilene will be at the Sweetwater-Nolan County Health Department, located at 301 E. 12th in Sweetwater from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, March 13. They will be offering the fecal occult blood test. A new easier and more accurate test will be used this year. The fecal occult blood test is a simple at-home procedure that checks a stool sample for hidden blood, which can be a sign of cancer, polyps or other internal disorders.
Jerod Peek has announced he will seek re-election to the Sweetwater City Commission for the fourth precinct in the May 10, city election. Peek, who is completing his fourth term on the commission, has filed the necessary paperwork with the city.
Nolan County United Way along with co-sponsors; Smartt Move, LLC and WETS, Inc.Â are set to kick off the Nolan County United Way's Third AnnualÂ Rattlesnake Round-Up Gun Raffle, benefiting NCUW's nine local agencies and the thousands of Nolan County residents they support.Â These agencies are Boy Scouts of America-Texas Trails Council, Cancer Services Network, Gateway Family Services, GirlÂ Scouts-Caprock Council,Â Medical Reserve Corp, Sweetwater Back Pack Buddies, SNAP, West Texas Children's Advocacy Center and Women's Resource Center.
Snyder High School junior Hannah Smith was crowned Miss Snake Charmer 2014 during the Sweetwater Jaycees annual Miss Snake Charmer scholarship pageant Thursday night at the Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium. Smith is the daughter of Ben and Christy Smith of Snyder.
Smith also tied with Crysten Ivy in the talent portion of the competition with her rendition of â€śMy Hallelujah Songâ€ť. Ivy performed a song on her clarinet.
Caroline Lawrence, a senior at Sweetwater High School, was selected as first runner-up by the judges. She is the daughter of Jay and Carolyn Lawrence of Sweetwater.
Rattlesnake Round-up weekend is full of fun and excitement, which can leave residents a little worn out. The Monday after it may seem a little harder to wake up, but to make matters worse, this weekend is the beginning of daylight saving time.
Saturday night when you lay down, after this long weekend, make sure to set your clocks one hour forward.
Reverend John Jenkins Lewis, 96, passed away on Feb. 27, 2014, at his residence. Services will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at McCoy Chapel of Memories with Pastor Homer Reddic and Pastor Houston McLendon officiating. A Wake will be held at 11 a.m. until service time on Saturday March 8, 2014, at McCoy Funeral Home. Graveside services will take place at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 10, 2014 at Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene, Texas under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Philadelphia â€” Hannelore Carpenter (nee Hett) formerly of Philadelphia and Bad Homburg, Germany, passed away on Saturday, March 1, 2014. She was the widow of Frank Lewis Carpenter of Philadelphia.
She is survived by her children, Frank, Mark, John, Steven, Robert and Annette, as well as 11 grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Dennis Rescue Squad, 833 Main St., West Dennis, MA 02670 or a charity of your choice.
Services will be held in Philadelphia.
Penny Baucom, age 62, of Nolan, passed away on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home Chapel with Richard Petree officiating. Burial will follow at Blackwell Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development (SEED) and NTE Energy hosted a luncheon at the Sweetwater Country Club on Tuesday to introduce the Pecan Creek Energy Center project to various leaders in Sweetwater and Nolan County.
The plant will be located on Highway 70, 18 miles south of Sweetwater. The 200-300 MW natural gas electric generating peaking facility will be one of the most reliable and clean sources of capacity and energy in ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas).