July 8th, 2014
A community blood drive will take place in Sweetwater on Wednesday, July 9. The Meek Blood Center bloodmobile will be parked in the First Financial Bank parking lot from noon until 6 p.m.
â€śWe are asking donors to please remember that the need for blood is constant. Even the regular of blood donors get busy in the summer with vacations and other activities and forget to donate blood. Blood donation only takes about an hour, and that hour could give someone else a lifetime,â€ť said Frances Baker, donor recruiter for Meek Blood Center.
The public is invited to the Sweetwater Aglow International Lighthouse meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8, at the Holiday Inn Express. Come as the group continues their Bible study on Graham Cooke's Establishing a Kingdom Culture. For more information call 766-2245 or 338-8924.
Today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 96. South southeast wind 10 to 15 mph. Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low around 73. South southeast wind around 10 mph. Visit weather.gov to learn more.
Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital gave free watermelon to the public on the Fourth of July. The Jacques Family â€” Lindsey, Sean and their son, Aaron, enjoyed watermelon.
Find more photos on Page 1 of Monday's edition.
The Monsanto Fund has announced the finalists for this yearâ€™s Americaâ€™s Farmers Grow Rural Education grants. From January through March, farmers across the country nominated their local public school districts for the grants. Once nominated, these districts were eligible to submit completed grant applications in April.
Ray S. Gomez, age 52, of Sweetwater, passed away on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo.
A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 7, 2014 at Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home Chapel recited by Domingo Castillo.
Holy Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at Holy Spirit Parish (Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church) with Rev. Charles Okonkwo officiating. Burial will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
Funeral services for Frederick (Fred) Lloyd Smith, 72, of Abilene were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 6, 2014 at McCoy Chapel of Memories with Rev. Joel Tobey officiating.
Smith died Thursday, July 3, 2014 in Abilene.
He was born June 21, 1942 in Sweetwater. He went to New Hope Church and loved watching westerns and cleaning his car.
James Clift, a 2014 grad-uate of Sweetwater High School and former SHS athlete, has been named by the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Associ-ation to its Class 3A academic all-state team.
The honor is given to high school seniors who main-tained an overall grade-point average of 93 or above for their four years of high school, and who were members in good standing of their team at the time of nomination and of good moral character.
Clift was the only baseball player in Sweet-waterâ€™s district (4-3A) to receive THSBCA academic all-state honors.
A Mustang Golf Camp was held this past week at Sweetwater Country Club for ages 5 and up.
Seated from left are Kallen Moody, Kyland Smith, Alex Hall, Brayden Claborn, Braxton Smith, Sutton Templeton, Gibson Cherry, Rhyder Glass, Kreed Davis, Caden Wilburn; standing, Seth Davis, T.J. Henderson, Greg Paty, Crae Chapman, Garrison Eaker, Cooper Claborn, Kate Hall, Claire Paty and Anna Hall.
Today, July 7, the public is invited to a meet and greet for Dr. Ronald Morris, the new principal at Sweetwater High School. The event will be from 2-3 p.m. on Monday, July 7, at the SHS Library.
And this evening, the monthly Big Country Dance will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Nolan County Coliseum Annex and will feature the Dusty Creek Band.
Take a look at all of the upcoming local events in Page 2 of every edition.