Archive - 2013 - News Article

BridgeTex Pipeline construction begins in surrounding counties

December 31, 2013

The BridgeTex Pipeline is a joint venture between Magallan Midstream Partners (MMP) and Occidental Petroleum. Magallan is constructing the pipeline to transport crude oil from the Permian Basin to the Houston area and will also be the pipeline operator. The project consists of approximately 450 miles of 20” to 24” pipe from Colorado City to Houston with a capacity of 300,000 barrels per day. Construction is expected to be complete by July 2014. Shown is construction in southern Fisher County crossing under Highway 70.

Lamar, Arizona intersection to be four-way stop as signal work begins

December 31, 2013

TxDOT is planning signal work this week at Arizona Avenue near Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital as work progresses on the Lamar Street (SH 70) reconstruction project.
The intersection at Lamar and Arizona will temporarily be posted as a four-way stop beginning Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 to allow crews to replace the existing traffic signals. Warning signs will be posted to alert traffic of the change. Traffic flow and access in the vicinity of the hospital will be maintained at all times.
The new signals should be installed and functioning within about a week.

New Year's Eve local forecast

December 31, 2013

Today will be sunny with a high near 56, with wind chill values between 20 and 30 early on. Winds will be from the south at 10 to 15 mph.
For your New Year's Eve forecast tonight, expect mostly clear conditions with a low around 35. Winds will be breezy with a south-southwest wind at 10 to 20 mph.
Learn more now at weather.gov.

December 30th

Two-vehicle accident on US-277 kills one driver

December 30, 2013

A two-vehicle accident outside of Abilene kills one driver early Sunday afternoon.
According to DPS, a pickup truck heading northbound on US-277 (eight miles south of Abilene) lost control on icy road conditions around 2:30 p.m. The driver struck a guardrail, crossed over the center stripe and crashed into an SUV heading southbound.
The driver of the SUV, 53-year-old Randall Castleberry of Abilene died after the vehicle went over the bridge. Castleberry was pronounced dead at the scene by Judge Doan before 3 p.m. Two other passengers including a 7-year-old were treated for stable injuries.

Three years later: Still no arrest in Hailey Dunn case

December 30, 2013

It's a story that received national attention: the disappearance of 13-year-old Hailey Dunn from her Colorado City home in December 2010.
For over two years, volunteers and law enforcement officials searched for the teenager, hoping she would be found alive. In March of this year, a rock collector discovered human remains in a dried-up portion of Lake JB Thomas in Scurry County, about 20 miles from Hailey's home. A month later, the remains were confirmed to be those of Dunn.

Robbery at 7-11

December 30, 2013

A local convenience store was the location of a robbery over the weekend.
According to Sweetwater Chief of Police Brian Frieda, a call was received around 1:05 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 29. The call reported a possible aggravated robbery at the 7-11 store located at 1400 Hailey.
As noted in the initial report, the store clerk stated that a male entered the store, dressed in black and wearing a black ski mask. He was also brandishing a weapon.

Blowout causes truck fire

December 30, 2013

An 18-wheeler's tire blow-out led to a fire recently on Interstate 20 west of Roscoe.
According to emergency and fire authorities, bales of hay caught fire in the back of an 18-wheeler when the truck had a blow-out. The fire got into the middle of the hay bales and many were strewn across the median to ensure that the fire would stop.
A truck from Comanche came to haul the hay bales to rest of their way to their destination.

Longtime Sweetwater optometrist dies Friday

December 30, 2013

Dr. John R. Cox III, 81, of Sweetwater passed away on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 at Shannon Hospital in San Angelo.
Private family graveside services were held at noon on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Sweetwater Cemetery with a family member officiating. Services were under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater.
He was born on July 14, 1932, in Sweetwater. He married Martha Yvonne Grissom on July 2, 1959, in Post.

Monday forecast for Sweetwater

December 30, 2013

Today will be sunny with a high near 49. Wind chill values will between 18 and 28 early. Winds will be from the west-southwest around 5 mph, shifting to the east-southeast in the afternoon.
Expect clear conditions, with a low around 32 and calm winds becoming west-northwestern around 5 mph after midnight.
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December 27th

Account set up for victim of house fire

December 27, 2013

Several upcoming fundraisers have been planned for local resident Sheila Williams, who recently lost her house in a fire in mid-December.
One of the fundraisers will be held in Big Spring, while two benefits are scheduled to take place in Abilene.
Since the incident, Williams has been able to stay at a local hotel with her granddaughter, as she is the sole caretaker of the 21-month old girl. There was no insurance on the house, which was considered a total loss.
According to responders of the fire, the power had been turned off at the house. Thus, candles were burning in the house.

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