May 21st, 2013
The Big Country has an abundance of history, much of which centers on ranching and railroad, but what some residents might not realize is the importance the area played in World War II. From 1942 to 1944, Avenger Field in Sweetwater was home to the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots), a select group of brave and patriotic women who were trained to fly and ferry military aircraft between Air Force bases throughout the United States. Their dedication to country and love for the open sky freed male pilots for combat duties.
The Lunch and Learn Seminar on arthritis was held on Thursday at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH), as a packed house learned more about a condition that affects many people.
The free program was presented by Dr. Mark Seibel, an orthopedic surgeon at RPMH.
Arthritis is a generic, non-specific term which can be translated to be defined as "joint inflammation". The first part of the word, "arthr-," means joint, while "-itis" means inflammation.
Two rezoning requests recommended by the Planning & Zoning (P&Z) Commission were approved by the Sweetwater City Commission during their meeting last week. Prior to the approval, a public hearing was held for both requests.
The first request was to rezone a 29.544 acre tract from an E-1 dwelling district to an H business district. The area is more commonly recognized as 501 E. Bradford Lane, which is located east of the property owned by Devon Energy.
Initially, the item was originally slated to be a K zone, but a request by the P&Z changed it to be an H district.
FORT WORTH â€” Kenneth D. Talbot, 81, passed away Sunday, May 19, 2013 at his home in Fort Worth.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Newman Cemetery in Sweetwater.
Survivors include his wife, Gene Talbot of Fort Worth; sons, Danny Talbot of Azle and Michael Talbot of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Joe Don Talbot and Alisha Weatherford, both of Fort Worth; three great-grandchildren; sister, Vera Holloman of Sweetwater; brothers, Billy Ray Talbot of Sweetwater, Mike Talbot of Arlington and Olen Talbot of Vernon.
Arrangements are with Lucas Funeral Home in Hurst.
After winning a district co-championship and getting to the regional quarter-finals for only the third time since its baseball program was revived 25 years ago, Sweetwater has left its mark on the District 4-3A team as well. A total of nine players have earned recognition, two receiving top honors.
The Mustangsâ€™ junior first baseman, Greg Aiken, is the Defensive Player of the Year while sophomore pitcher-infielder J.P. Poe is the district Newcomer of the Year.
Today will be mostly sunny with a high near 87. Winds will be from the north around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Tonight, expect mostly clear conditions with a low around 64 and winds remaining from the north at 5 to 10 mph. In the evening, winds will become light and variable.
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Hailey Darlene Dunn was a cheerleader, saxophonist, on the softball and basketball teams, a doer and a leader. But it all ended mysteriously in December 2010 when the 13-year-old West Texas girl disappeared.
Through prayers, songs, pictures and shared memories, Hailey's friends, family and schoolteachers gathered Sunday at Colorado Middle School â€” where she was a student â€” to remember a young girl whose remains were found in March.
"Hailey was a doer. She set an example for others to follow. She will always be one of us in spirit," Mark Merrell, the middle school principal said.
National Junior Honor Society for the Sweetwater Middle School recently held its induction ceremony for new members at the First Presbyterian Church in Sweetwater.
Following an evaluation from the city engineers, Sweetwater will remain in Stage I of the city's Drought Contingency Plan.
As stated during City Manager Eddie Brown's report during the May meeting of the City Commission, Enprotec/Hibbs & Todd made the determination from its recent water availability assessment. Stage I involves limiting the use of water on a voluntary basis.
Carlos Xavier Alvarado, Sr., 63, of Sweetwater died on Sunday, May 19, 2013 in Abilene.
Rosary will be recited at McCoy Funeral Home at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2013 by Deacon Bill Butler, with Holy Mass of Christian Burial to be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Father Bush will officiate. Final disposition will be cremation. Arrangements are under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home of Sweetwater.
He was born on Jan. 20, 1950, in Sweetwater.