March 9th, 2011
BIG SPRING â€“ All the makings of a top-notch basketball tournament are in place for the Seventh Annual Hoops Dreams and Goals 2011 competition scheduled for March 25, at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum.
Teams from Big Spring to Pecos to Ballinger to Snyder will compete in a day of basketball tournament action beginning at 9 a.m. with the grand entrance, followed by a rousing welcome from West Texas Centers CEO Shelley Smith, LMSW.
East Ridge Elementary School is currently holding their annual penny drive. This year's proceeds will help fix the Sweetwater Fire Department's Freddie the Fire Truck. "Freddie broke last year and hasn't been safe to use since. It isÂ a significant amount of funding that is needed to fixÂ him or possibly replace him," said Crystal Rea, Second Vice President of East Ridge PTO. "We thought this would be a great fundraiser this year since Freddie is such a great asset to the community in teaching children fire safety."
James E. Harrell, age 55, of Sweetwater, passed away on Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at Hendrick Medical Center.Â
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 10, 2011, at Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Chris Stephens officiating.Â Burial will follow at Belvieu Cemetery in Rotan, Texas.Â Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.Â
James was born April 7, 1955 to John H. and Winnie Lou (Harris) Harrell.Â He worked as a machine operator at U.S. Gypsum for many years.Â He was a Baptist.Â Â
THURSDAY, MARCH 10
Sweetwater varsity at Abilene tournament through Saturday, March 12.
Sweetwater JV at San Angelo Lake View tournament through Saturday, March 12.
Sweetwater 7th and 8th grade teams at Clyde meet.
Roscoe varsity teams at Throckmorton meet.
Roscoe junior high teams at Hamlin meet.
Blackwell varsity teams host meet.
Blackwell junior high teams host meet.
Highland varsity teams at Blackwell meet.
Highland junior high teams at Blackwell meet.
FRIDAY, MARCH 11
Once again, Sweetwaterâ€™s Kris Mayes was his dominating self on the mound Tuesday against Midland Greenwood. And just for good measure, the Mustang pitcher brought a big bat to Newman Park as he led his team to a 3-0 victory.
Mayes (1-2) â€” who tossed an eight-inning one-hitter and struck out 16 in his most recent outing three days earlier at Sweetwaterâ€™s annual Wood Bat Classic, but took a hard-luck loss due to a couple of late errors â€” got the victory this time, though he was in a scoreless pitching duel for the first four innings. However, Mayes changed that with one swing of the bat.
The Sweetwater High School golf team shot a 668 total this past weekend at the Andrews Boys Classic to place seventh out of 20 teams.
Sweetwater, which hosts its annual invitational tournament starting Friday at Sweetwater Country Club, was tied for ninth after an opening 335 but moved up two places after a 333 on the final day at Andrews.
Sweetwater High Schoolâ€™s track teams went to Snyder to compete at a season-opening meet on Friday.
The SHS girls scored 52 points for a fifth-place finish in their division and were led by senior Jayci Shelton, who won both hurdles and placed in two other events.
Just slightly more than a week after devastating wildfire ripped through West Texas, forecasters are predicting similar conditions on Tuesday and encouraging residents in the affected area to be prepared to evacuate.
First Baptist Church in Sweetwater held a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house on Sunday afternoon, March 6, for its newly remodeled Education Building. The updated facility boasts amenities such as an elevator which makes the building accessible for everyone and the restoration of the original stairwell. Though the building was constructed over 90 years ago, the updates now allow the church to stand ready and capable for the future.
Errica Green, 29, went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 7, 2011, at Mitchell County Hospital. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, 2011, at Kiker-Seale Chapel. Rev. Faye Ross will officiate services. Interment will follow at Mitchell County Cemetery. All arrangements are under the care and direction of Kiker-Seale Funeral Home in Colorado City.