January 17th, 2012
After losing District 5-3A contests to a pair of Wylie squads ranked in the stateâ€™s top 25 on Friday, the Sweetwater High School boys and girls will try again today as they entertain Big Spring. This time, the odds may be more favorable as Big Spring, like Sweetwater, is also winless in District 5-3A play.
The girls (0-2, 14-13) tip off at 6 p.m. against a Big Spring team that is also off to an 0-2 start, although the Lady Steers have an impressive 16-7 season record.
Big Spring has played a tougher schedule, facing No. 1-ranked Wylie and No. 7 Brownwood so far.
Holy Mass of Christian Burial for Emma R. Gutierrez, 66, of Sweetwater, will be held Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church with Father Charles Okonkwa officiating. Final disposition will be cremation under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
A Rosary will be recited on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. at McCoy Chapel of Memories, recited by Connie Palacios and Alicia Velez.
Gutierrez died Tuesday, Jan. 17 in Abilene.
Debi Cory D.O.N (Director of Nurses) is seen congratulating Brandie Howard, who has been recently promoted to the position of A.D.O.N. (Assistant Director of Nursing) at Sweetwater Healthcare Center.
Howard is a Sweetwater graduate both from Sweetwater High School and from Texas State Technical College. She has three children, and credits her father and grandfather as being her role models. She has been employed since 2007 with Sweetwater Healthcare Center as an LVN/charge nurse.
Starting on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, the ongoing construction at the Nolan County Courthouse will prompt some traffic changes.
Locust Street, from Broadway to Third, will be closed off. However, the north and south parking lots of the Courthouse will be open, as well as both parking lots at First Financial Bank.
Texas State Technical College Sweetwater will host a special discovery day on Friday, Jan. 27 for Veterans and their families.
VA support personnel, Veterans Services Officers, employers and TSTC faculty and staff will be on hand to answer questions. Tours of the Sweetwater campus will also be available. Food will be provided.
All active duty military,Â National Guard, reserve forces, military personnel that are separated, discharged or retired and military families are encouraged to attend.Â
The County-City Library is currently accepting donations of both adult and children hardback and paperback books, magazines and videos for the annual book sale which will be held Aug. 27 and 28 at the Nolan County Coliseum Annex.
Come to the garage door in the alley behind the library to unload the donations during business hours. Call 235-4978 a few minutes before arriving at the library to enable staff to be ready to help.
The hours of the library are Monday from 1-6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
AUSTIN â€“ The Texas Veterans Commission announces the availability of $3 million in grants to be awarded from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veteransâ€™ Assistance.
Grant funds will be awarded to qualified charitable organizations, Veterans Service Organizations and local government agencies to address issues affecting Veterans and their families.Â Services funded to date include transportation to medical facilities, counseling for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), housing assistance, short-term emergency financial needs, Veteran courts, legal assistance and career training.
Military graveside services for Rev. H. Floyd Shifflett, 85, of Sweetwater, will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, at Sweetwater Cemetery with Rev. Carolyn Easter officiating. Interment will follow under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home. Military graveside rites will be performed by the U.S. Army Honor Guard.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, from 6-8 p.m. at McCoy Funeral Home
Shifflett died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012 at Sweetwater Healthcare Center.
Holliday â€”Â Weldon Steen, 80, died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, in a Wichita Falls hospital. Visitation was from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15, in the fellowship hall of the First Baptist Church in Holliday. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 16, at Trent United Methodist Church in Trent, TX with Reverends Darryl Sewell and Norman Patton officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Starbuck Funeral Home of Merkel.
Mateo Gonzales of Sweetwater was among a handful of area high school football players to earn recognition on the All-Big Country Super Team announced Sunday by the Abilene Reporter-News.
The 5-10, 225-pound senior was named to the second team as a defen-sive lineman after recor-ding 43 solo tackles in-cluding 16 tackles for a loss, 32 assists and three sacks.