An area family is doing their part to help a relative recover from a serious wreck.
The family of Michael McFaul will be holding three events on Saturday, December 14 in Roscoe. All proceeds from the events will be given to his benefit account, which was established in order to provide financial support for McFaul's rising medical expenses as well as the growing cost of airfare to send family to be by his side for emotional and physical support.
McFaul is currently in the Grady Hospital Burn Unit in Atlanta, GA. His family resides in Texas, which is over 1,100 miles away.
Zeravla Entertainment presents "Christmas with Thoze Guyz and Friends", which will be held on Saturday, December 7 at Rattlers Pool Hall.
Doors will open at 7 p.m. Admission to the event can either be a $5 toy, or $5 worth of canned goods (with receipt), or $10 cash, with all proceeds benefitting the children of Sweetwater.
The concert will feature Thoze Guyz, Anjelique, Los Cruizers and Grupo Viento. Learn more about the first two acts by following them on Twitter, @thozeG and @anjeliquemusic.
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 Thursdayâ€™s 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 Ann Green Norman, 60, of Sweetwater will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at McCoy Chapel of Memories. Pastor Sharron Brown, Rev. William Jackson, Rev. Tommie Jackson and Rev. John Hamilton will officiate. Interment will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Norman died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at Shannon Hospital in San Angelo.
She was born Jan. 21, 1953, in Sweetwater. She married K.C. Norman on April 19, 1969, in Sweetwater. Martha was a member of Holy Temple of Christ Church.
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 â€˜Aâ€™ and â€˜Bâ€™ boys host tournament through Saturday, Dec. 7.
Sweetwater 7th and 8th grade â€˜Aâ€™ 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 Highlandâ€™s 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, itâ€™s 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.