Kamdyn Dane drops off a letter to Santa at the Sweetwater Reporter. Letters are due at the Sweetwater Reporter by Friday, Dec. 10, to make it in time to be mailed to the North Pole. The letters will be included in the special â€śLetters to Santaâ€ť section on Friday, Dec. 24.
Since 2004, Bahlman Cleaners has collected approximately 1,200 gently worn winter garments for men, women and children who otherwise would be without one, according to owner Janice Pridemore. Bahlman's mission is simple: anyone in the region in need of a coats shall receive one in possible.
A graveside service for Amalio Deanda, 63, of Roscoe, will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, at Roscoe Cemetery with Father Michael Rodriguez officiating. Interment will follow under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Deanda died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, in Abilene.
The Sweetwater Middle School seventh grade girls White team (shown) and eighth grade girls White team show off their hardware at the recent Big Spring tournament. Both of the SMS basketball teams finished as the consolation champions in their respective brackets at the three-day tournament, which ended this past Saturday.
Two area basketball teams, the Roscoe and Blackwell boys, won on Tuesday night.
Roscoeâ€™s boys (3-2) won at Baird 55-32 for their third consecutive victory after an 0-2 start, while the Blackwell boys (4-6) beat Trent 66-51 in their game.
But in girls action on Tuesday, Roscoe and Highland both lost heartbreaking games that went to overtime. Roscoe (4-5) fell to Baird 29-25, while Highland (4-6) lost to Albany 38-34.
Albany also won the boys game by defeating Highland 59-26.
More low-income children in the Sweetwater Independent School District (SISD) will have food on weekends during this school year, thanks to a generous donation from Tenaska, developer of the Trailblazer Energy Center, a $3.5 billion carbon capturing power plant proposed near Sweetwater.
Tenaska is donating $2,000 to expand the Sweetwater Backpack Buddies program, a non-profit volunteer agency that provides food to children identified as chronically hungry by the SISD staff and administration, announced Leah Andrews, the programâ€™s Sweetwater coordinator.
Twelve people were indicted during Grand Jury proceedings on Tuesday in Nolan County. Eight of the indictments were sealed.
Calandra Antionette Brown was indicted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second degree felony. According to court papers, Brown did knowingly threaten Ocie Lee Jennings with imminent bodily injury by swinging at Jennings with a tire iron and did use or exhibit the deadly weapon during the commission of the assault on Oct. 25, 2010.
This Christmas season will offer an opportunity for Sweetwater area residents as the combined choirs of First Baptist Church and Trinity Baptist Church will present performances of the musical work Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi. The concerts will feature the choirs under the direction of Music Ministers Jonathan Jones and Joshua Wright of First Baptist and Trinity Baptist respectively. They will be joined by an orchestra from Abilene as well as soloists Joy-Renee Blackstock and Camille Skye, both Sopranos of Abilene.
Stan Johnson was present on Monday at the County-City Library for a book signing of his new book, "'Y RECKON?". The book is a continuation of stories about farm, weather, cattle and horses, people he knows and country living in general. As the front of the book says, "If you think you recognize some of these people or places, you probably do." He also had available other book he's authored including "J'Ever Notice" andÂ "'Zat Right?". Johnson is shown above speaking with Olga Sutjipto about his books.
Gertrude Whittenburg, 94 of Midland, formerly of Sweetwater, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, at a Midland hospital. A service is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 10, 2010, at the 4th and Elm Street Church of Christ in Sweetwater under the direction of Piersall Benton Funeral Directors, 733 Butternut St. Abilene, TX. A visitation will be held Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. in the church parlor.