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Donations to the 30th annual Spirit of Christmas Food Drive have been phenomenal and tens of thousands of families in the Ark-La-Tex will receive food this year from the effort.
The food drive is sponsored by Brookshire Grocery Company stores, along with many service organizations, food pantries, school groups and other businesses and volunteers.
Southeast Elementary School first graders put on quite a Christmas show, âThe Littlest Christmas Tree,â with many of the students in costumes with speaking and singing parts. Many attended the play at the Sweetwater High School Auditorium on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011.
Shown from left to right are Ken Becker; Amanda Ferguson, Administrative Assistant, Sweetwater Wind 4 & 5; and Michael Jimenez, Sweetwater Wind 4 & 5 Site Manager. A donation of $5,011 was given by Infigen Energy, Sweetwater 4 & 5 to the Sweetwater Goodfellows.
Roscoe Girl Scout Troop #7305 recently held a toy drive. Pictured left to right are Leandra DeLeon, Haylee Schriber, Jaleigh Morales, Logan Wicker, Taylor Chavez and standing is Veronica Cuellar. Toys are donated to Roscoe's Spirit of Christmas program.
It was a last-minute decision by Rachel Ramirez to enter her husband, Antonio, into the âLight My Home for the Holidays,â a contest sponsored by KTXS and WTU Retail Energy. âGood thing she did,â he said.
Abilene resident Antonio Ramirez, 43, was chosen as the winner of one yearâs worth of free electricity from WTU during the annual KTXS Christmas Lights Parade on Nov. 29. His free year, up to $3,000, begins in January.
Ramirez, a truck driver, said the announcement came as a big surprise and a great relief.
Shown are officers of the Sweetwater High School National Honor Society. An induction ceremony was held on Nov. 17, 2011, at the SHS Auditorium. Shown from left to right are (guest speaker) Levi Peck; Ryan Mercer, Treasurer; Alicia Finn, Historian; Leah Armstrong, Secretary; Gabriel Medellin, Vice President; and Carly Johnson, President.
For children and adolescents whose lives were affected by this year's Texas wildfires, the holiday season may bring added anxiety, especially if they lost their home, pets, or treasured possessions and holiday keepsakes.
In some instances children may be experiencing survivor guilt because their home was left unharmed in the wildfires, while those of friends or family were completely destroyed.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 42 calls for service, issued four citations and made three arrests on Dec. 14, 2011.
The SPD received 21, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â¢ Theft â 600 block of Lamar.
â¢ Theft â 600 block of Lamar.
â¢ Burglary of a vehicle/criminal mischief â 1500 block of James.
â¢ Information only â 900 block of Roscoe.
â¢ Obstruction/retaliation â 100 block of Bales.
â¢ Information only â 200 block of E. Fourth.
Arrested by SPD:
â¢ Christian Coppler, 30 â Driving while license invalid.
â¢ Cody Farley, 19 â Warrant.
â¢ Olga Torrez, 18 â Warrants.
The 2011 Mighty Mite Mustangs had seven players participate in the WTYFA All-Star Football Game in Abilene on December 4, 2011. All seven of the youngsters represented Sweetwater with pride and left an impression on the Abilene coaches. It was a wonderful experience for the kids and the parents.
Carla Araguz (shown) and Jaden Dogget both performed for Star Search judges on Tuesday, Dec. 13. Carla sang âSuds in a Bucketâ and Jaden performed a dance routine to âBaby, Babyâ by Justin Bieber. Both contestants advanced to the final round.