First Financial employees and bank donated to the Sweetwater Goodfellows organization for the Christmas holidays.Â
Pictured are Christie Galvan, Brandy Leek, Heather Andrews, Melissa Jacques and Debbie Anthony with the many toys and non-perishable food items donated.
Abilene â 169 students will graduate from Texas State Technical College West Texas on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. at the Abilene Civic Center. Among the graduates is the first class of Downhole Tool Technicians, 16 in all. Dustin K. Baker is graduating from the Downhole Tool program and he will represent the Sweetwater Campus as the graduation speaker during Thursdayâs ceremony. Baker and his fellow classmates are being snapped up by local oil and gas companies. The one-semester program began in August and was developed with input from oil and gas industry representatives and safety experts.
Texas Department of Transportation maintenance offices throughout the Abilene and Brownwood Districts are preparing for another winter storm expected to move into the area that could linger into the weekend.
According to the National Weather Service, temperatures are expected to drop rapidly, and some areas could see frozen precipitation. Sustained cold temperatures and several waves of precipitation are possible for several days. Travel could be extremely hazardous under these conditions.
Holy Mass of Christian Burial for Alex Morales, 62, of Sweetwater will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 9, 2103 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Deacon Bill Butler will officiate and interment will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
A Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at McCoy Chapel of Memories, recited by Joe Lopez.
Morales died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at Abilene Regional Hospital.
He was born July 17, 1951 in Rotan. He married Sylvia Velez in 1970 in Abilene.
Funeral services for Martha Norman of Sweetwater, are pending with McCoy Funeral Home.
Norman died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, in San Angelo.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.mccoyfh.com.
Gary Arlen Weaver, age 83, of Breckenridge (former resident of Lubbock), passed away on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital in Sweetwater.
As per his wishes, his body was donated for medical research. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at Elliott Street Church of Christ in Breckenridge with Mickie McKandles officiating. Local arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home of Sweetwater.
THURSDAY, DEC. 5
Sweetwater varsity girls and boys at Stanton tournament through Saturday, Dec. 7.
Sweetwater freshman and JV boys at Coleman tournament through Saturday, Dec. 7.
Sweetwater 7th and 8th grade âAâ and âBâ boys host tournament through Saturday, Dec. 7.
Sweetwater 7th and 8th grade âAâ girls at Slaton tournament through Saturday, Dec. 7.
Highland varsity girls and boys host Hilltop Clas-sic tournament through Saturday, Dec. 7.
Roscoe varsity girls and boys at Highlandâs Hilltop Classic tournament through Saturday, Dec. 7.
Sweetwater head football coach Shane Mobley knew big changes might be coming for his program starting with the 2014 season.
And Monday, the Univer-sity Interscholastic League made it official. Sweetwater â which dropped from Class 4A to 3A back in 2000 â will return to Class 4A for at least the next two years.
But this time, itâs because the UIL is renaming all of its classifications to include a Class 6A for the biggest schools. The Mustangs will be in Class 4A, Division II.
Two undefeated teams play here at 7 p.m. Friday as Shallowater and Graham meet in a Class 3A, Division II state quarterfinal at Mus-tang Bowl. Both squads have perfect 13-0 marks and were state-ranked at the end of the regular season.
If the expected icy weather doesnât interfere, all eight Nolan County high school varsity basketball teams â plus a handful of sub-varsity and junior high squads â will play in tournaments that are scheduled to begin today around the area.
The Sweetwater girls were scheduled to play twice today at Stantonâs tourney that ends Saturday, while the boysâ first tournament pool game at Stanton will be at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
The top three teams in each pool will advance to championship play on Sat-urday.