March 28th, 2012
Graveside services for Mary Lois Barham, 101, of Sweetwater, will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2012, at Garden of Memories. Her great-grandson, Jeffrey Hampton, will officiate and interment will follow under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends at McCoy Funeral Home on Friday evening, March 30, from 5-7 p.m.
Barham died Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at Nolan Nursing and Rehab in Sweetwater.
The all-important district season starts today for the Sweetwater High School girls golf team when it plays the first leg of its tournam-ent at Wylie.
The final two legs of the 54-hole event will be played April 2 at Big Spring and April 9 at Brownwood.
The SHS boys golf team begins district play when it plays the first leg of its tournament Thursday in Snyder. Sweetwater hosts the second leg on April 3, and the final leg will be on April 10 at Wylie.
The Sweetwater High School boys golf team shot 324 on March 21 to tie Levelland for first place at Lamesaâ€™s one-day tournament, but lost a scoreboard playoff and claimed second place. Pictured from left are team mem-bers Guy Bond (94), Mason Andrews (82), Ryan Mercer (80), Dylan Torres (84) and Alex Castillo (78).
Three members of Sweetwaterâ€™s team were among the top 10 medalists in the entire tournament with Castilloâ€™s second-place finish being the highest. Mercer placed sixth and Andrews 10th among medalists.
Tickets are now on sale for the Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet which is scheduled for May 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Abilene Civic Center. Among those who will be honored at the dinner and induction ceremony are John Paul Cain of Sweetwater.
Deadlines are April 13 to order a table and April 27 for non-reserved seating. Tables or tickets may be purchased by calling (325) 668-3685. Forms are avail-able at the Big Country Hall of Fame Museum in Abilene or at www.bigcountryhalloffame.org.
Sweetwater High Schoolâ€™s varsity tennis team won a number of medals when it competed recently at a tournament in Levelland.
Chris Hernandez and Madison Meneses teamed to win first place in mixed doubles, while the girls doubles team of Addisyn Cleck-ler and Jenny Medellin took second place after advancing to the tournament finals.
The boys doubles team of Bryan Vause and Isaiah Hernandez was fourth and Stephen Shipp placed sixth in boys singles, while Teresa Perez-Poe and Kristen Casto were sixth and seventh, re-spectively, in girls singles.
Sweetwaterâ€™s JV baseball team won against Jim Ned and Abilene High in recent action at Newman Park.
Sweetwater beat Jim Ned 11-3 on March 17 and out-scored Abilene High 16-6 on March 24.
Hayden Reeves went 4-for-4 with a triple, and he and Daven Alvarez scored three runs to pace Sweetwa-terâ€™s victory over Jim Ned. Also hitting safely were J.P. Poe, Alvarez, Mike McCoy, Sean Norman and Isaiah McGee. Duanta Williams threw a seven-inning complete game with five strikeouts for the win.
The trial against Robert Williams began on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 in the 32nd Judicial District Court with presiding judge Glen Harrison.
Williams is charged with engaging in organized criminal activity as part of the crack cocaine distribution house on 1110 Runnels which was busted by local and area authorities on October 6, 2010.
Jury selection began Tuesday morning, with the final twelve jurors being selected shortly after 2 p.m. Opening statements were heard starting around 3:30 p.m. from District Attorney Ann Reed for the state and David Thedford for the defense.
Four people have recently entered guilty pleas during 32nd Judicial District Court proceedings with District Attorney Ann Reed and Assistant District Attorney Barrett Thomas prosecuting and Judge Glen Harrison presiding.
On Monday, March 26, Leo Garcia PeÃ±a, with attorney Tom Watson, pled guilty to aggravated assault with a serious bodily injury, a second degree felony. Court documents state that PeÃ±a hit a family member with his fist, breaking the victim's jaw on April 13, 2009.
A 30 mile-per-hour limit was approved to be set for Nolan County Road 277 during the county commissioners' meeting on Monday, March 26, 2012 at the Nolan County Courthouse.
Though no residents from the area were in attendance at the meeting, Precinct 3 commissioner Terry Locklar presented the information given to him. The narrow road has seen increased traffic from trucks in oil field work, which has brought a concern to parents in the area.
Doug Sitter State Farm, one of two State Farm agencies in Sweetwater, has recently opened an office in the community. The Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce honored the new office with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, March 23, 2012. The local office is located at 208 Lamar Street.
Shown right are Doug and Brandi Sitter, along with their children, Maddox and Chloe and employee Danica Hickson, accepting their first dollar from Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Brenda Stirl.