February 28th, 2014
On Thursday morning, Feb. 27, 2014, at about 10:07 a.m., Deputy Duwon Sterling with the Nolan County Sheriff's Office responded to a call of someone burning trash or debris at 125 Loop 170, also known as Avenger Field Road inside the city limits of Sweetwater.
The Sweetwater High School baseball team held a brief ceremony on Thursday to honor Wes Bishop, the former director of physical therapy at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital, who died last October.
Bishopâ€™s wife Margaret came out to throw the first pitch prior to the Mustangsâ€™ game against Pampa, before receiving a baseball autographed by members of the team.
This yearâ€™s annual Wood Bat Classic was renamed the Wes Bishop Wood Bat Classic, honoring a man who made numerous contributions to Sweetwaterâ€™s baseball program and was also a youth baseball coach here for 20 years.
Robert M. Gonzales, Sr., age 88, of Sweetwater, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 at Hendrick Medical Center.
Funeral services are pending at Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
Reverend John Jenkins Lewis, 96, passed away on Feb. 27, 2014, at his residence. Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at McCoy Chapel of Memories with Pastor Homer Reddic and Pastor Houston McLendon officiating. A Wake will be held at 11 a.m. until service time on Saturday March 8, 2014 at McCoy Funeral Home. Graveside services will take place at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 10, 2014, at Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene, Texas under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.mccoyfh.com.
It doesnâ€™t take many runs to give James Clift a comfortable lead when he pitches against Pampa.
He needed just one when he threw the opening game for Sweetwaterâ€™s baseball team Thursday at its newly named Wes Bishop Wood Bat Classic at Sportsmanâ€™s Park. But Clift got four runs while pitching a no-hitter against Pampa, the first of his varsity career.
Clift is now 3-0 over Pampa in the past year. This was his second straight shutout since last March when he pitched Sweetwater to a 6-2 win over Pampa at the 2013 Wood Bat Classic.
Today will be sunny, with a high near 83 and breezy winds from the west at 15 to 25 mph. Gusts will get as high as 35 mph.
Expect partly cloudy skies tonight, with a low around 50 and southern winds at 10 to 15 mph.
For the weekend, we'll warm up again on Saturday, but a wind shift from the north on Saturday night will result in a high near 49 on Sunday. Sunday night's low will be below freezing.
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Everyone wants to win. Whether it's to attain victory, maintain a winning streak or to overcome the odds, the goal is to succeed. Especially in business.
The local Sheetrock company United States Gypsum, or USG, has a plan to win. And according to Jeff Grimland, the new plant manager at USG in Sweetwater, one way the company wants to implement the plan is through a new brand logo and tagline.
The new logo boasts two building blocks that represent who they are. The red block exudes confidence, while the gray block stands for humility.
Here is the schedule for the Wes Bishop Wood Bat Classic baseball tournament being held at Sportsman Park through Saturday, March 1.
Due to a mixup, the wrong tournament schedule was printed in today's Reporter sports section and we regret the error.
Sweetwater's first game will be played at 6:30 p.m. today against Pampa. The tournament was renamed this year to honor Wes Bishop, the former longtime director of physical therapy at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital and an avid supporter of youth sports in Sweetwater, who died this past October.
THURSDAY, FEB. 27
The Highland girls basketball team has faced a lot of shorter teams â€” most much shorter â€” on its way to a second straight appearance at the state tournament held in Austin.
Garden City, whom the Lady Hornets defeated 51-37 in the regional finals at Abilene Christian University, was the latest team to have trouble dealing with a Highland team that has four starters who stand 5-10 or taller.
Local farmer Randy Petty has directed a $2,500 donation to the Cornerstone Christian School. Funded by Americaâ€™s Farmers Grow Communities, the donation will help the school purchase new technology for kindergarten and first grade classes.
Thanks to the support of farmers across the country, more than $3.2 million is being directed to nonprofits in 1,289 counties in 39 states.