February 18th, 2013
If you've ever walked into the Sweetwater Reporter office and wondered who the smiling face is that greets you, wonder no more. That lovely lady is ShaQuita Bray.
Quita was born in Ft. Worth and grew up in Abilene where she attended Abilene High School. She moved to Sweetwater in 2006, and has remained here ever since.
The Sweetwater Fire Department recently had a wildfire class put on by Texas A&M Extension Service.Â It was a week-long class, put on at the local fire station.
The class covered many topics, ranging from safety on the fire grounds, to what equipment to take on deployment, communications, fire behavior in the wildfire setting, managing risk and deploying a fire shelter.Â
A public hearing was held during February's Sweetwater City Commission meeting to consider requests for the abandonment and closure of two right-of-ways.
The first right-of-way is platted as a future dead-end street extension of Industrial Drive, which is currently undeveloped and located in the western portion of Lot 8 of the industrial park. A similar, yet developed, parallel dead-end street currently exists approximately 155 feet to the east.
Funeral services for Craig Parker, 42, of Sweetwater, will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 at McCoy Chapel of Memories with Rev. Tommie J. Jackson officiating. Interment will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Visitation and wake will be held on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 at McCoy Chapel of Memories from 6-8 p.m.
Parker died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene.
Victor Hartgraves, age 83, of Sweetwater, Texas, passed away on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital.
Funeral Services are pending at Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
John Thomas Hyde, 67, of Nolan, passed away Saturday, February 16, 2013 at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital. Funeral Services will be Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at First Baptist Church in Sweetwater. Rev. Billy Oliver will be officiating funeral services, with Rev Vic Meyer assisting. There will be a visitation on Monday, February 18, 2013 from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at McCoy Funeral Home.
William (Bill) Parker Blackley, 43, of Roscoe, TX passed away Saturday, February 16, 2013 at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital in Sweetwater, TX of an apparent heart attack.
Bill was born September 20, 1969 in Bryan, TX and moved to Roscoe, TX with his parents, Jim and Kay Blackley, in 1975.
Bill graduated from Roscoe High School in 1988. He studied at Western Texas College in Snyder, TX before completing a Bachelorâ€™s of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Spanish from Sul Ross University in Alpine, TX.
Pauline Smith Heine, age 105, passed away Friday, February 15, 2013, at Sweetwater Healthcare in Sweetwater, Texas.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, February 19, at the Church of Christ in Roscoe, Texas, with Royce Clay, Jr. and Dan Boren officiating. Interment will follow at the Roscoe Cemetery. McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater is in charge of arrangements.
Ray Allen Holtman, 71, of Ballinger, Texas passed away Saturday afternoon, February 16, 2013 at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene.
He was born May 21, 1941 to Ben Henry and Annie Marie (Kahlig) Holtman on the family farm at Olfen. He went to school there and farmed in the area. He was an avid fisherman and hunter and had a great love for his community and people, never hesitating to help in any manner he could.
Your President's Day forecast is shaping up to be mostly sunny with a high near 65. Winds will be from the west-southwest around 15 mph, shifting to the north-northwest in the afternoon. Gusts could be as high as 20 mph.
Tonight, expect partly cloudy skies with a low around 38 and north-northwest winds around 5 to 15 mph. After midnight, they will become east-southeast winds.
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