May 8th, 2012
Karen Lee Jones Thompson O'Briant
May 17, 1952 - April 27, 2012
Karen Oâ€™Briant, beloved wife of Mickey Oâ€™Briant, passed away on Friday, April 27 at 2:30 p.m. in Richmond, VA after a long and arduous battle with breast cancer. Karen and her husband Mickey had been in Virginia Beach attending a class at Atlantic University when Karen became severely ill from sudden complications due to her cancer. Karen was 59 years old and she has been a long time resident of Sweetwater, TX.
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Public Safety today announced the implementation of new proof of residency requirements to obtain Texas driver licenses or identification cards effective May 7, 2012. The requirements, which only apply to first-time driver license and identification card applicants, are the result of legislation approved by the Texas Legislature.
U.S. Congressman Randy Neugebauer made a stop in Sweetwater on Thursday morning, May 3, 2012 for a "Coffee with the Congressman" event at JavaJax in downtown Sweetwater.
Through recent redistricting, Congressman Neugebauer represents District 19 of Texas which now covers Nolan County and spans from Lubbock to Abilene.
While Congress is currently in recess, Congressman Neugebauer noted that many important issues are before them and changes have to be made within the country.
This next week, as the nation celebrates National Hospital Week and National Nurses Week, May 6-12, Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH) will particularly focus on the incredible work nurses and hospital team members provide each day for the community.
The idea that "every child can be successful" is just one of the reasons that Courtney Martin was selected as the 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year for Southeast Elementary within the SISD (Sweetwater Independent School District).
Martin is a first grade teacher and has spent all five years of her teaching career with Sweetwater ISD. She attended Texas Tech University and Sul Ross University and has earned an Associate's degree in Science, a Bachelor of Human Science degree and a Master's in Education with Counseling.
John H.B. Roberts, 80, a long time resident of Dallas, died May 6, 2012 in Sweetwater Texas, his home since 1991.
A memorial service celebrating Johnâ€™s life will be held at the McCoy Chapel of Memories in Sweetwater, Texas, on Saturday May 12, 2012 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Curtis Ward officiating. There will be a visitation following the service at the funeral home.
Amelia Alvidrez Palacios, age 78, of Sweetwater, Texas, passed away on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at her residence.
A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home Chapel recited by Cecilia Rivera.
Holy Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church with Rev. Charles Okonkwo officiating. Burial will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
Phil Montoya, 57, was killed in a car accident in Utah on Saturday, April 21, 2012. He was a man of many interests and much intelligence, but more than anything, Phil was known as a friend. He grew up in Utah and settled in Texas after hitchhiking through most of the Western United States. He married and had two daughters, Traci and Lauren.
ABILENE â€” John Paul Cain of Sweetwater, who first made a name for himself as a college golfer at Texas Tech University and later as an amateur golfer and two-time winner on the Senior PGA Tour, will be among nine new inductees into the Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame on Monday.
The 11th annual Big Country Hall of Fame induction banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Abilene Civic Center.
Zach Harrell and John Ward are the new football offensive and defensive coordinators, respectively, at Sweetwater High School under Shane Mobley, who was hired in April to serve as Sweetwaterâ€™s head football coach and athletic director.