April 20th, 2013
Wind energy grew 28 percent in America last year, setting a new installation record and confirming its status as a mainstream energy source, according to the American Wind Energy Association's U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report for 2012, released on a webinar for association members and reporters.
On Jan. 1, Texas National Bank began a campaign to encourage their customers to go green and reduce the amount of waste sent to the local landfill. The movement prompted customers to switch from paper statements to e-statements, a secure and convenient alternative to receiving bank statements in the mail. Customers were given from Jan. 1 through March 31 to sign-up for e-statements, and in return Texas National Bank promised to award an iPad to one environmentally conscious and lucky customer. The campaign was a great success according to Mike Fernandez at Texas National Bank.
Jacque McCoy (left) and Jeff Howard (right) with the Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce and Visitorâ€™s Bureau present a check for $17,500 to Walt Harris, president of the West Texas Rodeo Association. McCoy thanked those that were present for their support in contributing to the local economy while they were in Sweetwater.
Fred Watson was born in Lufkin, TX on Sept. 1, 1931 and died on April 17, 2013.
He is survived by his children, David Watson of Sweetwater, Robert Watson of Midlothian, Kevin Watson and Angela Watson Pearce of Odessa; two brothers and two sisters, nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a son, Phillip Watson of Odessa.
Funeral services for Carolyn Price, 64, of Sweetwater are pending with McCoy Funeral Home.
Price died Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Sweetwater Healthcare Center.
Online condolences may be expressed at mccoyfh.com.
Many in Sweetwater remember this day 27 years ago, as a tornado took residents by surprise that April morning. The tornado that occurred about 7:15 a.m. affected about one-sixth of the city's population according to figures gathered by city and civil defense officials at that time. No warning was given by sirens.
A Nolan County Grand Jury indicted 12 people this past week. Four of those indictments were sealed. The following cases were true-billed:
Gustavo Lopez Cervantes, 36, from Wichita Falls, was indicted for intoxicated manslaughter, a second degree felony. Court documents state that Cervantes operated a motor vehicle while intoxicated on Nov. 23, 2012.
Cervantes was driving a 2002 Dodge Ram eastbound in the westbound passing lane of IH-20. He was wearing a seat belt.
As Nolan, Fisher and the surrounding counties â€” who are part of the Cline Shale â€” continue to prepare for and take part in the development, their hope is to learn from another major oil play in Texas: the Eagleford Shale.
During the quarterly luncheon of the Cline Shale Alliance, recently held at the Sweetwater TSTC (Texas State Technical College) campus, a presentation was given by Dwain Rogers from the Sustainable Energy Research Institute at the University of Texas-San Antonio.
Richard Davison, age 63, of Sweetwater, passed away on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital.
His body was cremated. No services are planned at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
Sweetwaterâ€™s 10-5 victory at Monahans clinched the baseball teamâ€™s first playoff berth in nine years.
The Mustangs can reach another goal â€” winning a district championship â€” with a victory over Wylie on Saturday afternoon.