January 19th, 2013
The Board of Directors of First Financial Bank, N.A., has announced that Thea Serrano has joined First Financial as Assistant Vice President and Consumer Lender.
â€śThea will be an outstanding addition to our lending team. Her hometown roots and local contacts will allow her to serve our market extremely well,â€ť said Kirby Andrews, President and CEO of the Sweetwater region.
Memorial services for Martha Jean Elliott, 54, of Sweetwater, will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at McCoy Chapel of Memories with Rev. Phillip Thomas officiating. Final disposition will be cremation under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Elliot died Saturday, Jan. 19, at her home in Sweetwater.
She was born Aug. 2, 1958 in Big Spring. Martha was a homemaker and had been living in Sweetwater since 2002, before moving from Midland, Texas where she lived for several years.
The annual Sweetwater Jaycees Miss Snake Charmer Scholarship Pageant is a time where young ladies from throughout the Big Country come together to compete for scholarship money. At last year's pageant, the theme for the night was Wings Across America in honor of the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots).
The annual pageant will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at the Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium. The pageant is open to all girls between the ages of 16-19 who live within a 75 mile radius of Sweetwater.
At Santa Fe Lake in Sweetwater this week were a swoop of Sandhill Cranes. Hundreds of the birds could be seen in the water.
Sandhill Cranes breed from Siberia and Alaska east across Canada to the Hudson Bay and to western Ontario, with isolated populations in the Rocky Mountains, northern prairies, Great Lakes and in Mississippi, Georgia, and Florida. They spend their winters in California, and from Arizona to Florida.
They prefer marshes, prairie ponds and marshy tundra. They are also found on prairies and grain fields during migration.
Texans benefit every day from the tireless work and countless hours contributed by a group of more than 7,300 men and women in communities across the state. These local volunteers are elected by their constituents and receive no compensation for their work as public servants. These men and women are the school board members of Texas.
January is School Board Recognition Month and Sweetwater ISD will take this opportunity to thank these local leaders for devoting time to support public education and serve our local schools.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 45 calls for service, issued six citations and made one arrest on Jan. 16, 2013.
The SPD received 45, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Burglary of a vehicle â€”Â 1600 block of San Carlos.
â€˘ Aggravated assault of a child â€”Â Sweetwater.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Blake Linebaugh, 20 â€”Â Warrant.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had six calls for service, served no civil papers and made two arrests on Jan. 16, 2013.
Arrested by NCSO:
â€˘ Andron Lee Rains, 22, of Sweetwater â€”Â Warrants/burglary of a building x2.
James Palmer Bowman, Jr., 51, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 13, in Grantâ€™s Pass, Oregon.
He was born Feb. 3, 1961, in Minot, North Dakota to James Bowman and Florence (Betty) McCarty Bowman.
He is survived by his son, Christopher Bowman of Wichita Falls, Texas; sisters, Kathryn Shadley and husband Frank of Sweetwater, Sally Trafford and husband Richard of Sweetwater and Marjorie Winders and brother, Harry Bowman, both of Wichita Falls; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial service will be held at the Southside Baptist Church at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, in Wichita Falls.
Rannie Paul Hampton, age 63, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013.
Rannie has been Superintendent in Construction working for General Contractors in Texas, Egypt and Honduras after serving his country in the United States Marine Corps.
He is survived by his wife, Norma; and daughters, Barbara and Lauren Hampton; step daughter, Dierdre and husband Vince Harbal of Arlington; mother, Sarah R. Hampton; brothers, D. Mark and wife Jackie Hampton and Tim L. Hampton; uncle, Van and Neta Baucum, all of Sweetwater.
Going a collective 4-2 in district play after totalling just two wins a year ago is a good start. And todayâ€™s games at Abilene Wylie will provide yet another barometer for just how much Sweetwaterâ€™s varsity basketball teams have improved this season.
Sweetwaterâ€™s girls (3-1 in district) will tie Wylie (4-0) for the lead in District 4-3A if they can upset the Lady Bulldogs, the two-time defending state champions and currently ranked No. 18 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches poll.
Sweetwater beat Snyder 56-45 Tuesday, while Wylie defeated Greenwood (3-1) 69-43 in its last outing.