June 18th, 2013
The winners of the Chip Off The Ol' Block contest, sponsored by the Sweetwater Reporter, were Nathan and Kamryn Wiltse.
In honor of Father's Day, Wiltse won a prize package from Higginbotham, Just Cuts and Buck's Steaks and Bar-B-Que.
The Texas Department of State Health Services has confirmed the stateâ€™s first case of West Nile illness of the season. DSHS is urging people to take precautions to reduce the risk of contracting West Nile virus, a mosquito-borne illness.
West Nile illness was confirmed in an adult male from Anderson County. The patient is recovering from the neuroinvasive form of the disease. Additional details about the patient are not being released to protect the patientâ€™s identity.
Jerren Villa (fourth from right), a recent Sweetwater High School graduate, is shown here receiving a $1,000 scholarship from the Sweetwater Fastpitch Softball Association.
Pic-tured with Villa from left are SFSA board members Matt Weaver, Eli Espin-oza, Haylee Owen, Tracy Villanueva, Delores Gut-ierrez, Chris Gomez and Adrian Gomez.
Villa was a first team all-district infielder this past season for the SHS softball team, which won its first playoff game in school history and advanced to the Class 3A area playoffs.
Today, expect partly sunny skies with a high near 91. Winds will be from the east at 5 to 10 mph, and we'll also have a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.
Tonight, our precipitation chances increase to 30 percent, mainly after 8pm. Otherwise it will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 72 and southeast winds around 5 mph.
How long are the rain chances in play? Visit weather.gov to find out.
Shown are members of the first place team in the Nolan County Crime Stoppers Golf Tournament including Michael Longoria, Chino DeLeon, Steve Chapman and David Shumaker.
The second place team in the Nolan County Crime Stoppers Golf Tournament included Mark Garcia, Alex Garcia and David Garcia.
The last place team in the Nolan County Crime Stoppers Golf Tournament included team members Jimmy Moses, Pio MuĂ±oz, Nicholas Anthony and Frank Conard.
Find photos on Pages 1 and 2 of today's edition.
The Sweetwater Kiwanis Club and Sweetwater Lake & Marina are coming together to host a Kids Fishing Tournament on Saturday, July 20 at the Lake Sweetwater Boat Ramp.
The event will run from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., with lunch and prizes to follow.
There will be a $5 entry fee per participant, which will cover the costs for lunch, gifts and prizes. Prizes will be awarded for the Biggest Fish, Smallest Fish and Outstanding Angler to the following age groups: 3 to 5 year olds, 6 to 8 year olds, 9 to 12 year olds and 13 to 16 year olds.
This afternoon, we'll see a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1pm. Otherwise, it will be mostly sunny with a high near 96 and winds from the south around 15 mph. Gusts will be as high as 25 mph.
Tonight, the rain chances bump up to 50% and we'll have mostly cloudy conditions with a low around 72. Winds will remain from the south at 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
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Funeral services for Stephanie Denise Reep, 39, of Fort Worth, formerly of Sweetwater, will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at McCoy Chapel of Memories. Rev. Keith Clower will officiate and interment will follow at Roby Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends at McCoy Funeral Home on Monday, June 17 from 6-8 p.m.
Reep died Saturday, June 15, 2013 in Fort Worth.
She was born Jan. 28, 1974 in Abilene. Stephanie graduated from Southwest High School in Fort Worth. She lived in Fort Worth the past 25 years and in Sweetwater before that.
Donna G. (Waits) Shuler went to be with her Lord and Savior on June 13, 2013. She was born to Frances (Waits) Bearden and the late Eugene P. Waits in Sweetwater on Nov. 2, 1948.
Bobbie Null, age 78 of Sweetwater, passed away on Sunday, June 16, 2013 at Hendrick Medical Center.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June l8, 2013 at Avondale Baptist Church with Rev. Terry White officiating. Burial will follow at Garden of Memories. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.