February 3rd, 2014
The Sweetwater Fastpitch Softball Association will have two more signups at the Fourth and Elm Church of Christ warehouse for girls 5-14 years of age. Signups will be held Tuesday, Feb. 4 and Friday, Feb. 7 from 6-8 p.m. on both nights. Please bring a copy of the childâ€™s birth certificate. For more information, call Tracy Villanueva at (325) 455-5485 or Gloria Martinez at (325) 721-8080. No late signups will be allowed.
The visiting teams from Highland emerged with a sweep on Friday against Roscoe in the teamsâ€™ District 13-1A doubleheader.
Highlandâ€™s girls clinched the 13-1A title with a 54-19 win, while Highlandâ€™s boys defeated Roscoe 36-33 to move into second place in 13-1A with three games left.
Blackwellâ€™s results at Bronte were not available at press time on Saturday.
Monday, Feb. 3-School closings and delays
Blackwell ISD-10 a.m. start, buses will run 2 hours late
Loraine ISD-10 a.m. start, buses will run 2 hours late. Staff to report at 9:30 a.m.
Roby ISD-10 a.m. start, buses will not run
Rotan ISD-10 a.m. start, buses will not run
Sweetwater ISD-10 a.m. start, buses will run 2 hours late
TSTC-Breckenridge campus is closed. Abilene and Sweetwater campuses will begin at 10 a.m. Brownwood campus opens at normal time.
Local WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) and Congressional Gold Medal Recipient, Mary Alice Putnam Vandeventer, passed away Tuesday, January 28, at the age of 90.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lueders Methodist Church, followed by graveside services and color guard in Throckmorton Cemetery at 2 p.m.
Her family requests donations to the WASP Museum in Sweetwater in lieu of flowers. Tankersley Funeral Home of Stamford coordinated her final arrangements.
As predicted, snow fell early Sunday morning in Nolan County, covering the town in white on Groundhog Day. A few residents and former residents had some input on Punxsutawney Phil's prediction of six more weeks of winter and the snowfall in town.
Adrian Mendez said, "I'm ready for spring!"
"There is a old wives tale that if it thunders in February, there will be a frost in April on that same day! Think this is as predictable as the groundhog, but either way I'm waiting to plant my spring flowers until April 4!" said Laura Gilbert.
Editor's Note: The following piece is a first-hand account written by the editor of The Punxsutawney Spirit, Zak Lantz. Zak was born and raised in Punxsutawney , and this account reflects more of a personal attachment to the holiday.
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. This morning, I looked down and noticed something I was wearing -- a press pass. Now, I know that it's part of my job to wear one, but it's not all that often at least not in these parts that I actually need one.
The March 4 primary election will be here before we know it, but several other deadlines are fast approaching.
At this time, voters can now start requesting a ballot by mail. However, the last day to register to vote is on Monday, Feb. 3.
The first day of early voting will be Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the County Clerk's office, which is located in the Nolan County Courthouse (100 East Third), Suite 108. The last day of early voting will be Friday, Feb. 28.
Funeral services for Sherman Carl Wade, 77, of Sweetwater will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at Broadway Baptist Church with Rev. Chris Stephens officiating. Interment will be at 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at Hopewell Cemetery near Liberty Hill, TX under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at McCoy Funeral Home.
Wade died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene.
Harold Carey, age 83, of Sweetwater, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 at Hendrick Medical Center.
Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at Garden of Memories with Joshuah Ellis officiating. Burial will follow. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.