You know it's almost Christmas in Sweetwater when Coach David Mayes has his lights up counting down the days to the 25th of December.
But how did the yearly tradition begin? Sweetwater resident Kandy Myers was curious â€” just as most of us are â€” and took her investigation directly to the Mayes to find out how the countdown started.
The Roscoe American Legion Unit #227 Women's Auxiliary recently donated a check to the West Texas Children's Advocacy Center to help a family with Christmas gifts this holiday season. Shown are Amanda Fullwood with WTCAC and Kristi Williams with the Auxiliary, presenting the check.
Santa traveled a long distance in his scooter to visit the residents at Sweetwater Healthcare Center. Friends, family, staff and residents celebrated the season earlier this week and opened gifts with Santa.
With a top-notch headliner, great sponsors and wonderful donors, this yearâ€™s 41st annual West Texas Rehabilitation Centerâ€™s telethon promises to be the best yet. At seven oâ€™clock on Saturday, Jan. 22, the popular country group Diamond Rio will step into the spotlight at REHAB 2011. Suddenlink Communications and gridSMART/AEP Texas are the official sponsors and, as they have for many years, Area-Wide Phone Books is also helping underwrite the show as a contributing sponsor. The Host Hotel for the Telethon is the MCM Elegante Suites.
First Financial Bank had their open house from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Dec. 21. Those who attended the event enjoyed traditional gingerbread, wassail and Christmas music.
Sweetwater Regional Federal Credit Union recently sponsored a Christmas contest for Southeast Elementary. Pictured are each grade level winner with their $25 Wal-Mart card. Shown from left to right are Justin Jimenez, Addison Torres, Tyler Warner and Ethan Boswell.
Linda Martin Fry, 66, of Dallas and formerly of Sweetwater, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, at a Dallas hospital.
She will be cremated. There will be a private family graveside service at a later date.
Fry was born Oct. 17, 1944, in Brady, Tx. She was a member of Broadway Baptist Church. Fry was a 1963 graduate of Sweetwater High School and attended Western Texas College in Snyder. She was a lifelong resident of Sweetwater and had lived in Abilene and Amarillo at different times and worked as a bookkeeper for A.I.G.
Jack Poe of Sweetwater recently recorded a hole in one while playing at Sweetwater Country Club. Poe made his ace on the No. 17 hole using an 8-iron. His feat was witnessed by Randy May, Wayne Chowning and Bobby Baucum.
The Woodmen of the World Lodge #136 of Abilene recently donated many items to the Sunrise Villa senior citizen complex in Sweetwater as part of the Assist Our Community (AOC) project.
Kathryn and John Pendergrass of Sweetwater are members of the Abilene lodge and were the coordinators of this donation.
The Sweetwater Kiwanis Club weekly meeting last week had guest Helen Manroe, representative of Tenaska, as their program. She went into more details of what Tenaska is all about and the next steps for the project. These steps are to include finding a water resource for the plant, detailed engineering plans and to get the federal government to create a policy on what the value would be to catch carbon dioxide for a plant of this size. The Kiwanis Board also decided to donate $300 to a needy family for clothing and coats to brighten their Christmas holiday.