Roscoe Girl Scout Troop #7305 recently held a toy drive. Pictured left to right are Leandra DeLeon, Haylee Schriber, Jaleigh Morales, Logan Wicker, Taylor Chavez and standing is Veronica Cuellar. Toys are donated to Roscoe's Spirit of Christmas program.
It was a last-minute decision by Rachel Ramirez to enter her husband, Antonio, into the â€śLight My Home for the Holidays,â€ť a contest sponsored by KTXS and WTU Retail Energy. â€śGood thing she did,â€ť he said.
Abilene resident Antonio Ramirez, 43, was chosen as the winner of one yearâ€™s worth of free electricity from WTU during the annual KTXS Christmas Lights Parade on Nov. 29. His free year, up to $3,000, begins in January.
Ramirez, a truck driver, said the announcement came as a big surprise and a great relief.
Shown are officers of the Sweetwater High School National Honor Society. An induction ceremony was held on Nov. 17, 2011, at the SHS Auditorium. Shown from left to right are (guest speaker) Levi Peck; Ryan Mercer, Treasurer; Alicia Finn, Historian; Leah Armstrong, Secretary; Gabriel Medellin, Vice President; and Carly Johnson, President.
For children and adolescents whose lives were affected by this year's Texas wildfires, the holiday season may bring added anxiety, especially if they lost their home, pets, or treasured possessions and holiday keepsakes.
In some instances children may be experiencing survivor guilt because their home was left unharmed in the wildfires, while those of friends or family were completely destroyed.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 42 calls for service, issued four citations and made three arrests on Dec. 14, 2011.
The SPD received 21, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Theft â€” 600 block of Lamar.
â€˘ Theft â€” 600 block of Lamar.
â€˘ Burglary of a vehicle/criminal mischief â€” 1500 block of James.
â€˘ Information only â€” 900 block of Roscoe.
â€˘ Obstruction/retaliation â€” 100 block of Bales.
â€˘ Information only â€” 200 block of E. Fourth.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Christian Coppler, 30 â€” Driving while license invalid.
â€˘ Cody Farley, 19 â€” Warrant.
â€˘ Olga Torrez, 18 â€” Warrants.
William "Bill" W. Adkins, age 80, of Sweetwater, Texas, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 at Hendrick Medical Center.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at Broadway Baptist Church with Rev. Chris Stephens officiating. Burial will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
Bill was born Feb. 21, 1931, in Loco, Texas. He was a truck driver for many years before retiring. He also was a member of Broadway Baptist Church.
Sweetwaterâ€™s boys basket-ball teams will be at home today, while the girls travel to Ballinger.
The Mustangs (5-9) will try to end a three-game los-ing streak when they play host to Bangs starting at 7:30 p.m. Freshman and JV games are also on tap today at 4:30 and 6 p.m.
The 2011 Mighty Mite Mustangs had seven players participate in the WTYFA All-Star Football Game in Abilene on December 4, 2011. All seven of the youngsters represented Sweetwater with pride and left an impression on the Abilene coaches. It was a wonderful experience for the kids and the parents.
Carla Araguz (shown) and Jaden Dogget both performed for Star Search judges on Tuesday, Dec. 13. Carla sang â€śSuds in a Bucketâ€ť and Jaden performed a dance routine to â€śBaby, Babyâ€ť by Justin Bieber. Both contestants advanced to the final round.
The City Commission met for their final regular meeting of 2011 on Tuesday morning, December 13, 2011 at City Hall.
City Manager Eddie Brown, in his report to the commission, noted that sales tax revenue for the month of November increased over the same period last year by $109,042.26.
He stated that he and the city staff have been looking into the situation and have been working with the State Comptroller to determine if the numbers are possibly an error. However, on Tuesday afternoon, the State Comptroller's office confirmed to city staff that the sales tax numbers are valid.