January 23rd, 2013
Be careful this morning, as patchy fog will be in the area before 10 a.m. Otherwise, expect sunny skies with a high near 73, with south-southwestern at 15 to 20 mph. Gusts could be as high as 25 mph.
Tonight will be mostly clear with a low around 47. Winds will be from the south at 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Warm ups, cool downs--what's the West Texas weather going to do next? Find out at weather.gov.
Sweetwater will host more than 125 energy and infrastructure leaders from more than a dozen states around the USA on Wednesday and Thursday for the 5th annual Transmission Summit 2013 on the campus of Texas State Technical College West Texas. The 5th annual Transmission Summit is in the hub of Texasâ€™ $9 billion grid expansion and the worldâ€™s largest concentration of wind energy generation. The event includes project updates, business networking and industry sponsor exhibits. The event is sponsored by the Texas Wind Energy Clearinghouse.
Texas Midwest Community Network announces plans for Texas Midwest Day at the Capitol on Feb. 5. Community leaders from throughout the region are encouraged to participate.
â€śGenerally speaking, rural communities are at a disadvantage when it comes to influencing state lawmakers,â€ť says TMCN President Kathy Keane of Eden. â€śBy joining together, a larger group of rural delegates gets more attention and presents a stronger voice in Austin.â€ť
Law Enforcement Officials have arrested three individuals that were hiding in a house in southeast Colorado City in Mitchell County.Â
Early Monday morning, a Texas Highway Patrol Trooper had stopped a vehicle for speeding over one hundred miles an hour while traveling east near the Mitchell/Howard County line on Interstate 20. As the trooper approached the vehicle, the driver stepped out and began shooting.Â A pursuit ensued with the violator.Â The trooper lost sight of the vehicle near the community of Loraine in eastern Mitchell County.Â
USDA Texas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Executive Director James B. Douglass announced that 207 counties in Texas were declared a disaster on Jan. 9, 2013, due to drought and heat using the new, streamlined Secretarial Disaster Designation process. Under this designation, producers with operations in any of the 157 primary disaster counties or 50 contiguous disaster counties are eligible to apply for low interest emergency loans.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 162 calls for service, issued 14 citations and made 17 arrests from Jan. 18-20, 2013.
The SPD received 71, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Burglary of a vehicle â€”Â 1400 block of E. 12th.
â€˘ Credit/debit card abuse â€”Â 400 block of SE Georgia.
â€˘ Stalking â€”Â 800 block of San Carlos.
â€˘ Theft â€”Â 1400 block of Hailey.
â€˘ Burglary of a habitation â€”Â 700 block of Hill.
â€˘ Theft â€”Â 400 block of SE Georgia.
â€˘ Theft â€”Â 400 block of SE Georgia.
â€˘ Runaway â€”Â 1200 block of Towncreek.
â€˘ Trespassing â€”Â 1900 block of Chester.
Sandra Jean Blakeney passed away at her home on Monday, Jan. 22, 2013.
She was born June 9, 1946 in Edna, Texas to Clifton R. and Wilma Smith. She married Joel W. Blakeney on Nov. 10, 1966, in Midland, Texas. They had three sons, James E. Blakeney, Joel W. Blakeney and Robert C. Blakeney.
She was a member of the Word of God Church in Sweetwater, and a good Christian who was a devoted worker at her church. She considered members of the church to be her family and close friends. She also helped many people that were in need.
Holy Mass of Christian Burial for Robert P. "Bobby" Gomez, 61, of Sweetwater, will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church with Father Charles Okonkwo officiating. Interment will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
A Rosary will be recited by Lupe Medellin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at McCoy Chapel of Memories.
Gomez died Sunday, Jan. 20, at his home.
Jerry D. Heflin, 74, of Marble Falls, Texas, died Jan. 17, 2013. He was born April 29, 1938, in Girard, Texas to parents who were both of Native American ancestry. His father, W.T. Heflin was of Tonkawa ancestry and his mother, Lola Mae (Waldon) Heflin was Cherokee and Irish.
As a young man, Jerry served three years in the United States Army and received training in California and was later deployed to Korea where he served as a pilot for all types of water craft.
Bob Horn, 83, of Coahoma, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2012 atÂ Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 at the Fairview Cemetery in Hubbard, Texas.