November 7th, 2011
After an oh-so-close loss last week, Highland ended its 2011 football season on Friday with a 48-33 victory over Hermleigh.
The Hornets rallied from a 14-6 deficit with a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter for a 20-14 halftime lead, and never trailed again as they finished 3-7 overall and 1-2 in District 6, Divi-sion I six-man play.
The 2011 football season ended for Blackwell and Roscoe on Friday, and both finished rebuilding years on a losing note.
Roscoe had its best de-fensive effort of the year, but lost 12-2 at Rotan to finish a winless campaign at 0-10 (0-5 in District 7-1A, Division II). Roscoe led 2-0 after a first-period safety when Eric Padilla recorded a tackle in the end zone, but Rotan scored the next 12 points and held on for the win.
Snyder easily defeated Big Spring 49-7 Friday for the outright District 5-3A title, while Wylie took the No. 2 spot with a 36-16 win over Brownwood and will be the districtâ€™s Division I (big school) representative. Snyder and Brownwood will be in the Division II playoffs.
In District 7-1A, Divi-sion II, Crosbyton won the outright title by beating Ralls 49-21. Hamlin and Ralls claimed the other two berths. Hamlin was a 67-26 winner over Roby in its season finale.
Monday in Sweetwater is expected to be windy with scattered thunderstorms, possibly severe in the afternoon. Storms may produce large hail and strong winds. High around 75F. Winds S at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
The forecast for Monday night is variable clouds and windy with scattered thunderstorms. A few storms may be severe. Low 53F. Winds SSW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
A local resident is making waves and food, all at the same time.
Culinary Specialist 1st Class (SW) Bobby Atkins recently boarded the USS Carl Vinson to teach the young Vinson sailors how to make homemade pizza. His 17 years of Navy service has given him numerous opportunities to teach culinary arts to junior Sailors.
Mr. Atkins praised the "hardworking" sailor-cooks for their "youth and motivation...a multi-talented group that juggles many things at a time."
Rockport, Texas residents Karl and Carol Hoepfner â€” officially named "Whataburger's Biggest Fans" by the restaurant â€”Â stopped into the Sweetwater location on Friday morning, Nov. 4, 2011 during their tour to visit every single Whataburger site.
Wearing their Whataburger shirts, bracelets and â€”Â most notably, their blue hats speckled with the pins mimicking the stickers on specially made orders ("no onions", "mustard", etc.), the couple recounted their journey from overnight pastime to journey of a lifetime.
Crews began removing night and truck speed limit signs in TxDOTâ€™s 13-county Abilene District on Friday, Nov. 4.
The 65 mph nighttime and truck speed limit was eliminated by HB 1353 enacted by the 82nd Legislature. Although the law went into effect Sept. 1, signs are just now coming down because the removal had to be scheduled by contract throughout the entire state, said Roy Wright, P.E., Transportation Operations Director for TxDOTâ€™s Abilene District.
Louella Byrne Hall lost her long fight with cancer Nov. 4, 2011; she is at peace with her lord and Savior. Louella was 88 years, 25 days young, she was born Oct. 10, 1923, in Mertzon, Texas, to Lottie Stedham Davenport where she lived till moving to Mitchell County. She joined the First Christian Church at the age of 12 and was an active member. She was an active member in the Colorado City church and raised her family there as well, but she attended the First Methodist Church of Colorado City, then the Westbrook church with her daughter.
A Celebration of Life service for 19-year-old Anabel Reid will be held Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Broadway Church of Christ in Lubbock, Texas.
She died Friday of injuries from the one-vehicle bus accident that sent 16 people from ACU to area hospitals.
As of Saturday evening, seven remained hospitalized, three in critical condition.
An Abilene Christian University sophomore was killed Friday afternoon when the bus she was on crashed on US Highway 83 in southern Runnels County.
The annual Texas State Technical College Health Fair was held Thursday, Nov. 3 at the TSTC Student Center. Members of the community were invited out to receive free information and health screenings such as blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol readings.