January 23rd, 2013
B.J. (Bill) Lawhon, age 84, of Sweetwater, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at Abilene Regional Medical Center.
Masonic graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at Garden of Memories with the Sweetwater Masonic Lodge #571 A.F. and A.M. officiating. Burial will follow. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
William Hollis Robison, age 82, of Salado, Texas, passed away peacefully on Jan. 20, 2013. He was born on Sept. 9, 1930, to William and Laura Mae Robison in the small town of Shallowater, Texas. After several moves in his childhood, the family made Sweetwater, Texas their home. He attended Sweetwater High School and served as Senior Class President in 1948. From there, he attended McMurray College in Abilene where he worked as a soda jerk at the local drug store.
To say Sweetwater and Big Spring have been even-ly matched district rivals this season might qualify as an understatement.
The Lady Mustangs had to survive two last-second Big Spring shot attempts to pull out a 35-33 victory at Big Spring in the teamsâ€™ district 0pener Jan. 4.
But on Tuesday, it was the Lady Steers turn to deal some heartache as they held on for a 41-40 overtime win at Mustang Gym, leaving both teams 3-3 and tied for third in District 4-3A with four games left.
Prior to last Fridayâ€™s game at Wylie, the Sweetwater boys had won eight of nine games while scoring 6o or more points in three of their first four games of 2013.
But the Mustangs (12-10, 1-3) have faltered offensive-ly of late, managing just 64 total points in their last two contests. And after a 49-39 loss to Big Spring here on Tuesday, Sweetwater badly needs to regain its shooting touch in a hurry if it hopes to be a factor in District 4-3A play.
Nolan County teams went 3-for-4 in District 13-A, Division II basketball play on Tuesday.
Highlandâ€™s teams swept their doubleheader at home vs. Westbrook. However, Roscoeâ€™s teams had to set-tle for a split against Herm-leigh in their twinbill, with the girls getting the win.
Led by a sensational 34-point effort from Sierra Allen, the Highland girls pulled away in the second half to beat Westbrook 56-33 and move to 6-0 in district. Highland led just 28-24 at halftime.
Be careful this morning, as patchy fog will be in the area before 10 a.m. Otherwise, expect sunny skies with a high near 73, with south-southwestern at 15 to 20 mph. Gusts could be as high as 25 mph.
Tonight will be mostly clear with a low around 47. Winds will be from the south at 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Warm ups, cool downs--what's the West Texas weather going to do next? Find out at weather.gov.
Sweetwater will host more than 125 energy and infrastructure leaders from more than a dozen states around the USA on Wednesday and Thursday for the 5th annual Transmission Summit 2013 on the campus of Texas State Technical College West Texas. The 5th annual Transmission Summit is in the hub of Texasâ€™ $9 billion grid expansion and the worldâ€™s largest concentration of wind energy generation. The event includes project updates, business networking and industry sponsor exhibits. The event is sponsored by the Texas Wind Energy Clearinghouse.
Texas Midwest Community Network announces plans for Texas Midwest Day at the Capitol on Feb. 5. Community leaders from throughout the region are encouraged to participate.
â€śGenerally speaking, rural communities are at a disadvantage when it comes to influencing state lawmakers,â€ť says TMCN President Kathy Keane of Eden. â€śBy joining together, a larger group of rural delegates gets more attention and presents a stronger voice in Austin.â€ť
Law Enforcement Officials have arrested three individuals that were hiding in a house in southeast Colorado City in Mitchell County.Â
Early Monday morning, a Texas Highway Patrol Trooper had stopped a vehicle for speeding over one hundred miles an hour while traveling east near the Mitchell/Howard County line on Interstate 20. As the trooper approached the vehicle, the driver stepped out and began shooting.Â A pursuit ensued with the violator.Â The trooper lost sight of the vehicle near the community of Loraine in eastern Mitchell County.Â
USDA Texas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Executive Director James B. Douglass announced that 207 counties in Texas were declared a disaster on Jan. 9, 2013, due to drought and heat using the new, streamlined Secretarial Disaster Designation process. Under this designation, producers with operations in any of the 157 primary disaster counties or 50 contiguous disaster counties are eligible to apply for low interest emergency loans.