April 30th, 2012
Each day people take a spoon of food and put it in their mouth. Where does all of that food come from? How does it get from the soil to the spoon? It is a long process that depends on many people across the country and sometimes around the world.
Responsible land management and care of our soil makes it possible to feed a population that is increasing, while agricultural land is decreasing.
National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities. This yearâ€™s NIIW was April 21-28. Infants are particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases; that is why it is critical to protect them through immunizations. Each day, nearly 12,000 babies are born in the United States who will need to be immunized against 14-vaccine-preventable diseases before age two.
Cisco College offers their second annual Rural Leadership Program for people from the Big Country who are interested in becoming more proactive in todayâ€™s changing world.
James Thomas â€śJ.T.â€ť Allen, 94, died April 30, 2012, peacefully at his home. Services will be Thursday, May 3, at 10 a.m. at McCoy Funeral Home, 401 East 3rd in Sweetwater, with Ron McElyea officiating. Burial will follow at the Nolan Cemetery in Nolan, TX under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
J.T. was born on Jan. 1, 1918, in Sweetwater, Texas. He was the youngest child of Henrietta King Allen and Rowe Allen.
Holy Mass of Christian Burial for Gumecinda "Cindy" DeLoera Limones, 74, of Sweetwater, will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, with Father Charles Okonkwa officiating. Interment will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
A Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 30, 2012 at McCoy Chapel of Memories by Pauline Gauna and Connie Palacios.
Limones died Saturday, April 28, 2012, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene.
Joetta Lynn (Fisher) Daniel, 64, passed away peacefully April 26, 2012. Joetta was born on Sept. 13, 1947, in San Antonio, TX to Leola Hartgraves and William Fisher. She had an adventurous childhood throughout West Texas, with her three brothers. She graduated from Sweetwater High School in 1964. She earned a Bachelorâ€™s degree in English and Grammer from Mary Hardin Baylor University in Belton, TX. She spent several years teaching high school English and nine years with Sprint Corporation, until 1995 when she became a full time provider for Ashlee Daniel.
GRAHAM â€” A big reason Sweetwater ended a 15-year softball playoff drought this year was its hitting.
But the Lady Mustangs met their match Saturday, as they were held to two hits by Iowa Park in a 9-0 win that ended their season.
LUBBOCK â€” Sweetwa-terâ€™s Nick Nemir was fourth in the boys 300-meter hur-dles Saturday after record-ing a time of 39.88 seconds at the Region I-3A track meet which was held at Texas Tech University.
Nemir, the only Sweet-water boys athlete to place, was 1.06 seconds behind second-place Blake Eschbach of Glen Rose. The top two in each event advance to the state track meet May 11-12 in Austin.
Nemir also went to regionals in the 30o hurdles last year but did not make the finals.
Ex-Sweetwater star Joe Banyard is now an undrafted free agent with the NFLâ€™s Jacksonville Jaguars after being offered a contract by the team Saturday.
Banyard, a running back at the University of Texas-El Paso the past two years, was picked up along with his UTEP teammate Antwon Blake. In addition, UTEPâ€™s Donovan Kemp was signed by the Dallas Cowboys and a fourth UTEP player, Matt Camilli, signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.
These Blackwell High School athletes competed in the Region II-A track meet at Abilene Christian University this weekend. From left are Jayden Jones (boys 100 dash, long jump and pole vault), Mark Monroe (boys 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles), Mason Magness (boys pole vault) and Stephanie Metcalf (girls long jump).