April 21st, 2011
JOSHUA â€” Lori Lynn McKenzie, 36, of Joshua, an Ellis County deputy sheriff, left this life to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, in Fort Worth.
Memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 22, 2011, at First United Methodist Church in Joshua.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ellis County Sheriff Officerâ€™s Association or First United Methodist Church of Joshua Food Pantry.
Ryan Mercer of Sweetwa-ter is a single shot out of the lead at the Region I-3A golf tournament in Lubbock after the first round of play.
Mercer shot 72 Wednes-day at Meadowbrook Can-yon Course and trails only Perrytonâ€™s Hunter Wade. The tournament wraps up today and if Mercer puts together another solid round, he has a chance to advance to the Class 3A state tournament in Austin that is set for May 12-13.
This is Mercerâ€™s third straight trip to regionals. The top two teams and the top two individuals not on a qualifying team advance to the state tournament.
Highlandâ€™s Ron Covington and Ethan Wilson teamed up to place fourth in JV boys doubles at the district tennis tournament.
After a first-round bye, they lost to Enriquez-McEl-rath of Santa Anna 8-0 before falling to Lopez-Sor-rells of Hermleigh, 8-5, in the third-place match.
Highland JH girls
are 1st, JH boys 3rd at district track meet
Highlandâ€™s junior high girls were district champs and the boys placed third at their season-ending meet held in Roby. Individual results for the Highland athletes who placed follow:
The Nolan County Grand Jury handed down 10 indictments on Tuesday , April 19, 2011, with eight of those indictments sealed. One of those indictments stemmed from a crack cocaine distribution house being busted in Sweetwater on Oct. 6, 2010.
Indicted for engaging in organized criminal activity was Robert Larry Williams. The offense is classified as a first degree felony, enhanced with two prior convictions, which could get him 25 years to life in prison. His bond was set at $25,000.
Williams' prior convictions included forgery in 1985 and aggravated assault in 1991.
The first annual Spring Fling Coloring Contest and Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest was held in downtown Roscoe at the Roscoe Emporium on April 16. Local students turned in coloring sheets prior to the contest and created sidewalk chalk art for the day's art contest. Winners of the contest are shown above including Temy Teel, John Robert O'Callaghan, Rhonda Stratton, Joseph Collins, Gabriel Alcala, Celinda Alcala, Kristina Rando, K'Den Stone, Larkyn O'Callaghan, Adison Torres and Alison Torres. Not shown are other winners, Hoyt Mulanax, Luke Wilson and Jake Wilson.
Mike Briggs will have a special history display at the County-City Library during the month of April which is Confederate History Month. He will be displaying the history of Texas as a Confederate state. The display will be set up on the bulletin board in the front of the library. The hours for the library are Monday from 1-6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 35 calls for service, issued six citations and made one arrest on April 18, 2011.
The SPD received 13, 911 calls.
â€˘ 400 block of E. Broadway.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Credit/debit card abuse â€” 100 block of NW Georgia.
â€˘ Criminal mischief â€” 500 block of E. Broadway.
â€˘ Assault â€” 600 block of E. New Mexico.
â€˘ Aggravated sexual assault â€” Sweetwater area.
â€˘ Unattended death â€” 300 block of Hightower.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Bennie Walker, 47 â€” Warrants.
J. Vaughn Brown, 86, of Colorado City passed away, Sunday, April 17, 2011 at Midland Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 20,2011, at Kiker-Seale Chapel, with Rev. Jerry Moore officiating. Family visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at the funeral home. All arrangements are under the care and direction of Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.
Funeral services for Robert â€śBobâ€ť Gordon Campbell, 80, of Roscoe, will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 22, 2011, at First Baptist Church in Roscoe with Rev. Adam Davis officiating. Interment will follow at Roscoe Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Visitation will be held from 7-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, 2011, at McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater.
Campbell died Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital in Sweetwater.
Born April 12, 1923 in Delight Arkansas, Verna Lee Reed lived a life in honor to God. At 1:51 p.m., April 19, 2011, Jesus fulfilled his promise and returned to earth to escort Verna home completing her life goal of returning to heaven. After 88 years seven days, Verna is now joining her husband James, parents, brothers Willie and Dewey â€śJackâ€ť Nelms, and other family and friends in her new home.