November 13th, 2012
Veterans who reside at Nolan Nursing and Rehab in Sweetwater were honored with an appreciation plaque ceremony on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. Pictured is Steve Allen, Horace Hoskins, Mark Bolton and Billy Brice. Veterans who were unable to attendÂ theÂ ceremony were John Jordan and Willie Hanley.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) recently hosted its annual Safety Awards Banquet to recognize employees for outstanding efforts in vehicle, equipment and personal safety. Employees from the Nolan County maintenance section were recognized for their years of service as safe operators (no vehicle or equipment incidents) and no injury. Employees receiving awards included Joe Ashley, Danny Escobar, Elmer Green Jr., Randy Griffith, Cammy Guelker, Melissa Hinckley, Jeffery Lay, Pio MuÃ±oz, Virgil Pruitt, Mike Rosas, Sergio Ruiz, John Scifres and Kenneth Terry.
Team includes 96 employees in Abilene, Snyder and Sweetwater
Suddenlinkâ€™s Abilene-Snyder-Sweetwater team has won an award for the highest customer satisfaction scores of any Suddenlink cable system, based on company surveys conducted the past year.Â
Chairman and CEO Jerry Kent, Chief Operating Officer Tom McMillin and West Region Senior Vice President of Operations Dave Gilles recently visited Abilene to present the award to Suddenlinkâ€™s local team, led by Director of Operations Jason Gebhart.
Anita Ruth Cave Sowders, 79, died Nov. 11, 2012. She was born Sept. 7, 1933, in Wingate and grew up there and graduated from Winters High School. She was married to Bill Hamilton and later to Alvin Sowders. He preceded her in death in 1991. She was a CNA and a member of the Eastern Star for 50 plus years. She was a Baptist.
She is survived by four children, John Hamilton and wife Connie of Sweetwater, Carole Allen and husband Lonnie of Blackwell, Susan Hamilton of Abilene and Vivian Martinez and husband Joe of Waco; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
The Roscoe and Highland girls were winners in area basketball action Saturday.
Roscoe improved to 2-0 with a narrow 28-26 win at Coahoma, while Highland squared its record at 1-1 as the Lady Hornets beat Eula 41-25.
Both of Roscoeâ€™s wins have been by just two points. The leading scorers against Coahoma were Faith Boren with six points and Mirian Solis with five. Roscoe put together a second-half rally after being held scoreless in the second quarter and trailing 14-11 at halftime.
TUESDAY, NOV. 13
Sweetwater girls at Wichita Falls Hirschi â€” JV at 5 p.m., varsity at 6:30 p.m., freshmen at 7:30 p.m.
Roscoe girls host Robert Lee â€” JV at 5 p.m., varsity at 6:15 p.m.
Highland JV and varsity teams host Aspermont (season openers for boys) starting at 4 p.m.
Blackwell varsity girls host Hermleigh (season opener), 6:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, NOV. 15
Sweetwater 7th and 8th grade â€˜Aâ€™ boys host TLCA in season openers at 5 and 6 p.m., respectively.
Sweetwater freshman girls play at Abilene High tournament through Satur-day, Nov. 17.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 120 calls for service, issued four citations and made five arrests from Nov. 9-11, 2012.
The SPD received 63, 911 calls.
â€¢ 1100 block of E. Broadway.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Family violence assault â€” 1600 block of Grand.
â€¢ Burglary of a vehicle â€” 100 block of E. Louisiana.
â€¢ Theft â€” 200 block of E. New Mexico.
â€¢ Unattended death â€” 1300 block of Tonkawa.
â€¢ Interfere with emergency call â€” 700 block of E. Avenue D.
â€¢ Theft â€” 300 block of NE Georgia.
â€¢ Theft â€” 400 block of NE Georgia.
â€¢ Theft â€” 1200 block of Lubbock.
Blackwellâ€™s 58-54 Six-Man win over Panther Creek this past Friday means the Hornets will be taking on Loraine in the bi-district playoffs this Friday.
The teams will meet at 7 p.m. at Hermleigh, with Blackwell considered the home team. The winner will advance to face either Welch Dawson or Balmorhea in the area round.
Blackwell, the runnerup in District 8, Division II, is 5-5 overall. Loraine, which beat Trent 48-34 to claim the District 7 title, is 6-4.
Blackwellâ€™s victory this past week put the Hornets in the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
Both main lanes of westbound Interstate 20 at the US 84 overpass in Nolan County are scheduled for a temporary closure for preliminary work to replace the bridge that was damaged after a collision in late September.
Westbound Interstate 20 will be closed the week of Monday, Nov. 12.Â Traffic will be detoured to US 84 Business and routed around the overpass before being directed back to westbound I-20.Â The three-quarter mile detour is the same route that was used immediately following the collision. Signs, cones and message boards will be in place to direct drivers.
Shown is Celia Pietzch with the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #109 of Sweetwater. Pietzch was at K-Mart in Sweetwater on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, distributing poppies. Proceeds from the donations for the poppies are used for rehabilitation and welfare programs for veterans. The poppies are made by hospitalized and disabled veterans as a form of physical and psychological therapy.