"Isn't there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?" asked a little block-headed boy in the 1965 classic carrying his namesake, A Charlie Brown Christmas, by Charles M. Schultz.
Ask anyone this question and you will probably get a different answer each time. But the timeless holiday movie shares what we hope Christmas to be, what it has become and what it really is about.
Jack Straub, 95, of De Leon, Texas passed away on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at De Leon Nursing and Rehab. Jack was born on Nov. 23, 1917, in Salisbury, Missouri to Elmer Harrison Straub and Estelle Camille Jackson. He married Evelyn Straub on May 23, 1980.
Sweetwater Intermediate School fifth grade students, Hailey Orozco, Bailey Sager and Samantha Bugarin were doing their part to help the Sweetwater community. They passed United Way buckets around the school collecting money for the charity. Not pictured is Bailey Sager.
Sweetwater Middle School Student Council and the TLC class collected canned goods for the Nolan County food pantry. Pictured are Josh Rosas, Ms. Tammy Wood, Artyss Smith and Megan Davis.
A district snapshot was recently conducted within Sweetwater ISD (Independent School District), in which the recently-received results were presented at the December meeting of the SISD Board of Trustees.
Along with this first matter, two other reports were presented during the meeting, in which all three required no action from the board. The district snapshot took place to comply with the state's AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) results.
The 31st annual Spirit of Christmas Food Drive will soon be complete, and Brookshireâ€™s and Super 1 Foods stores and partnering service groups and food pantries expect to provide a little more than 19,000 boxes of food for families in need throughout Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas.
Volunteers have packed food in boxes provided by the grocery company and all will complete the distribution of those before Christmas, along with 19,000-plus coupons for a free roasting henâ€”also provided by BGC.
Max Sturdivant of Waco, passed away Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.
Services were at 3 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17, at Sparks Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Linda Wimberley and Rev. Delbert Taylor officiating. Burial was at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation was from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Bellmead Funeral Home.
Just a few words are needed to describe 1st Sgt Franklin D. Hyde (USAR, ret); using the words of Col. P. Mallory, Brig. Commander: â€śproficient, calm in crisis, a trusted counselor, stern disciplinarian yet extremely fair to his soldiers.Â He could always be counted on to state his views even though they may not be popular.â€ťÂ
Funeral services for Don L. Graham, 55, of Roscoe, will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 27, at First United Methodist Church in Sweetwater with Rev. Brian Brownlow officiating. Interment will follow at Loraine Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home. Full honors will be held by the Texas Department of Public Safety Honor Guard at the graveside.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 26, at McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater.
Graham died Saturday, Dec. 22, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene.
Bernie R. Free
Bernie R. Free, 82, of Westminster, CO passed away on Dec. 13, 2012.
He is survived by his wife, Sue Free, of Westminster, CO; and his daughter, Rhonda Free, of Boulder, CO.
His son, Randy, preceded him in death in 1995.Â
A private memorial service will be held.