June 13th, 2012
On June 14-17, 2012, Abilene will host Artfully Abilene's "Children's Art & Literacy Festival" (CALF) featuring Dr. Seuss.
This idea emanated from the The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature (NCCIL) planned exhibition of the original illustrations from "The Lorax" on June 1-Aug. 31, 2011. To enhance this Seussian experience they have also secured funding for "The Art of Dr. Seuss Retrospective," as well as the Seuss Sculpture Touring Garden.
Several of Highland's National Honor Society members participated in the recent Relay for Life in Sweetwater.
Highland's team name was 'The Olympians'. Their motto was "Go for the Gold - Fighting for a Cure."
The team was made up of National Honor Society members Haley Hill, Brenden Huckabee, Kara Hughey, Jessica McCain, Brianne O'Ryan, Jordan Rowan, Putri Soedarsono, Lora Stewart and Julia Tibbit. The team captain was the NHS advisor, Leigh Petty.
A public hearing was held during the regular monthly meeting of the Sweetwater City Commission on Tuesday morning, June 12, 2012 at City Hall.
The open forum was the first of two regarding the proposed annexation of a 53.14 acre tract of land, located at the northeast corner of the intersection of Hopkins Road and Interstate 20. The petition is from Love's Truck Stop for an incoming site.
The Nolan County Commissioners approved for a change to be made on Southern Heights Road during their regular meeting on Monday morning, June 11, 2012, held at the Nolan County Courthouse.
Robert Smith, a resident on the road, spoke to the commissioners about an ongoing problem which has been tolerated for at least the past 20 years. He said that he has seen several cars go airborne on the road, with other vehicles going through fences and even into a ditch.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 51 calls for service, issued seven citations and made two arrests on June 11, 2012.
The SPD received 21, 911 calls.
â˘ 1600 block of Lamar.
â˘ 200 block of Arizona.
Calls for service:
â˘ Forgery âÂ Sweetwater.
â˘Â Debit/credit card abuse âÂ Sweetwater.
Arrested by SPD:
â˘ Chad Stanglin, 36 âÂ Duty upon striking.
â˘ Shawn Garza, 20 âÂ Warrants.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had 11 calls for service, served one civil paper and made one arrest on June 11, 2012.
Arrested by NCSO:
Graveside services for Leon âCottonâ Rawlings, 80, of Sweetwater, will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2012, at Sweetwater Cemetery with Gary Ruffin officiating. Interment will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Visitation will be Friday, June 15, 2012, from 6-8 p.m. at McCoy Funeral Home.
Rawlings died Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital.
He was born Sept. 29, 1921 in Troup, TX. He lived in Sweetwater since 1943. He co-owned and operated Short Stop Grocery in Sweetwater for several years.
Philip Enoch Teague ended his 94-year earthly journey and was promoted to glory on June 12, 2012. He passed away in Duncan, Okla. from congestive heart failure and complications of old age.
Philip was born Sept. 12, 1917, near Comanche, Okla. to Fred William and Alvurney May Emert Teague. He married Willie Ruth Bahlman, his wife of 68 years, in Wilmeth, Texas, on Dec. 19, 1943. The family moved to Sweetwater, Texas in 1948, where they lived south of the city until 2010 when they moved to Oklahoma to be near their son.
Rondald Hendrix, age 76, known as âPapa Ronâ of Gatesville, passed away on Monday, June 11, 2012 in Gatesville.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at the Restland Cemetery in Gatesville, with Rev. Willie Clarke officiating.Â The family will receive visitors from 5-7 p.m. on Friday at Scottâs Funeral Home.
He is survived by his sons, Ruben Hendrix and wife Kim of Gatesville, Ronnie Hendrix of Abilene, Casey Hendrix and wife LaDonna of Midland; daughter, Carrie Hendrix of Midland; numerous step children; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Amber Hernandez, a freshman Sweetwater High School art student of teacher Scharles Kelley, was presented with a resolution for advancing to the state VASE (Visual Arts Scholastic Event) competition.
Amber was honored during a meeting of the Sweetwater ISD School Board. She is shown (right) with Mrs. Kelley.
The Sweetwater Kiwanis Club is joining forces with Pappy's Bait and Grill Shop to sponsor a Kids Fishing Tournament to be held on Saturday, June 16, 2012.
The event will be held at the Lake Sweetwater Boat Ramp, with the competition running from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
The entry fee is $5 per entrant, which includes lunch, gifts and prizes that will take place after the tournament. Prizes will be awarded for the Biggest Fish, Smallest Fish and Outstanding Angler to the following age groups: 3 to 5 year olds, 6 to 8 year olds, 9 to 12 year olds and 13 to 16 year olds.