October 5th, 2012
To kick off the weekend, we'll see a high near 73 with partly sunny skies. Winds will come from the northeast around 5 mph.
Tonight, expect a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, with a chance of showers after 1 a.m. It will be mostly cloudy with a low around 45, with northern winds around 15 to 20 mph. Gusts will top out as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 30%.
Head on over to weather.gov to learn more about the weekend cool-down.
The Pioneer Museum in Sweetwater has spent countless years preserving the history of the town and county as well as their citizens, but now the museum is in need of volunteers to continue that commitment.
Betty Turner, an employee with the Pioneer Museum, shared that any and all volunteers are welcome and encouraged to help. With a number of large and small projects to be done, the only thing missing are people to assist.
Highland ISD will be celebrating more than 75 years of educating students during their homecoming this weekend.
Highland began in 1936 as a group of smaller schools in the same area came together to form a larger school, including Champion and eventually Maryneal. The school now has its largest student body in history at just over 240 students pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Homecoming is usually held every four years at Highland.
Shown are the 2012 Blackwell Homecoming Court members including (back row) Ted Chambliss, Leonor Castelo, Mark Monroe, Tagen Cox, Cody Shamblin, Summer Mull, (front row) Craig Allen Guelker, Daniela Delgado, Konner Linebarger, Millie Bueno, Eli Boynton and Morgan Rasco.
Homecoming activities will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012. Registration and visitation will begin at 10 a.m. in the cafeteria. The parade will be at 1:30 p.m. and the Pep Rally will begin at 3 p.m.
The meal will be from 4-6 p.m. The introduction of players will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the game will begin at 7:30 p.m.
The Abilene Regional Airport hosted this month's Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce Coffee on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at the Chamber offices in Sweetwater.
Shown are Glenn Wortham and Kirstin Smith speaking at the latest Chamber Coffee event, hosted by Abilene Regional Airport.
Find more photos from the October Chamber Coffee in page 3 of Thursday's paper.
Many attended the third meeting of the Republican Women of West Texas, held at the Hall Law Firm in Sweetwater. About 18 new applications were turned in for the new group and officers were installed at the meeting.
Shown are officers being sworn in. Pictured from left to right are Kimberly McKinney, Vice President; Anne Kearney, President; Peggy Lofton, Secretary; and Amy Basye, Treasurer. They were sworn in by Grace Hefner of the Brown County Republican Women.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 44 calls for service, issued no citations and made four arrests on Oct. 2, 2012.
The SPD received 12, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Criminal mischief â€”Â 900 block of Locust.
â€˘ Forgery â€”Â Sweetwater area.
â€˘ Information only â€”Â 1700 block of Hailey.
â€˘ Fail to ID fugitive â€”Â 400 block of E. Third.
â€˘ Criminal trespass â€”Â Coral Cove.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Filmon Belay, 21 â€”Â Possession of marijuana.
â€˘Â Kenneth Speed, 30 â€”Â Warrant.
â€˘Â Cody Farley, 20 â€”Â Theft.
â€˘Â Lashondrick Richardson, 22 â€”Â Warrant.
Dorothy Faye Ford, age 56, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at her home. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 at First Baptist Church, with Reverend Philip Thomas officiating. McCoy Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Randi Chrishel Kirk Fernandez, 30, passed away Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 in Abilene.
Her memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, in the Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel, 5750 HWY 277 South in Abilene.
For the first time since coming to Sweetwater in 1990, your humble sports editor had no football team from Nolan County to cover in the high school playoffs this past season. In fact, there were few victories to write about as the countyâ€™s four schools won just one-fifth of their games (8-32) â€” and one of those was the result of a forfeit.
But there have been eight victories this season already and Sweetwater (2-3) is the only area team that hasnâ€™t already reached or exceeded its win total for last year.