February 19th, 2011
2011 Media Day for the World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up was held on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, at a local hunting lodge. The Miss Snake Charmer pageant will be held Thursday, March 10, 2011 and the Sweetwater Jaycees World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up will be Friday, March 11-13, 2011. Sweetwater Jaycees David Sager and Riley Sawyers teach the crowd safety around Western Diamondback Rattlesnake at Media Day.
In January, Portia Linebaugh, nurse at Sweetwater Intermediate School (SIS), Linda Kite at the Sweetwater-Nolan County Health Department (SNCHD) and Alice Velez with the Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital Diabetes Outreach Program conducted their annual diabetes screening/survey at the fourth grade level. There are approximately 200 fourth grade students at SIS and 110 students participated in the screening.
CÃ©sar Caro, Rotary District 5130 Governor will present a district report at the Sweetwater Rotary Club meeting at noon on Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at Texas State Technical College in the meeting room north of the cafeteria. Caro is the first Rotary District Governor from Sweetwater in 39 years.
Grace Legate Kreger Bernard passed away on Feb. 16, 2011.
Grace was born on April 8, 1913 to Willis Kreger and Amanda Legate Kreger. Her father was a minister at the Burkburnet, TX Church of Christ and Amanda was a teacher, both educated at Gunter Christian College and Thorp Springs Christian College. Grace was the oldest of four children and later two half sisters. She attended grade school at Tioga, TX, graduating from Burkburnet High School in 1930.
Eva Jacques, age 92, of Sweetwater, Texas, passed away, Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital.Â
A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011, at Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home Chapel, recited by Maria AcuÃ±a.Â
Holy Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic ChurchÂ
with Rev. Michael Rodriguez officiating.Â Burial will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery.Â Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.Â
Eldorado-Auti "Sonny" Turner, 77, of Eldorado, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, in Austin. Funeral services will be held Sunday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m. at the Eldorado Cemetery Chapel. Burial will follow in Eldorado Cemetery.
Depending on how you look at it, the improve-ment in the Sweetwater baseball program the past two years has been either modest or significant.
The half-full view says that the Mustangs â€” who start their season Tuesday by hosting San Angelo Lake View at 6:30 p.m. â€” won six times as many district games as in 2007 and â€˜08 combined. However, Sweetwaterâ€™s district rec-ord was still just 3-7 in both â€˜09 and â€˜10.
But there is good reason to believe that 2011 will be the breakthrough season that leads to a return to the playoffs for the first time since 2004.
GRADY â€” Itâ€™s probably not the way they prefer to do it, but the Highland girls basketball team has discovered a winning formula in the playoffs.
The Lady Hornets, for the second time in as many postseason games, found themselves trailing with one quarter to play Friday against Wink. But just as it had done three nights earlier against Robert Lee, Highland staged a furious fourth-quarter rally to pull out a 47-41 victory.
TUESDAY, FEB. 22
Sweetwater JV and varsity teams host San Angelo Lake View (season openers), 4 and 6:30 p.m.
Blackwell girls play at Robert Lee tournament.
Sweetwater JV and varsity teams play at Hawley, 6 and 7:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 23
Sweetwater JV boys play at Lamesa tournament.
Blackwell boys play at Robert Lee tournament.
THURSDAY, FEB. 24
Sweetwater varsity plays at San Angelo Lake View tournament.
Sweetwater JV plays at Big Spring tournament.
Sweetwater varsity boys play at Brownwood tournament.
One person was airlifted by helicopter on Wednesday after an 18-wheeler crashed on the East Interchange in Sweetwater. According to Emergency Services Director Grant Madden, there were two people in the truck. The driver of the truck began coughing violently and passed out. The co-driver was belted in the passenger side of the truck and could not reach over to gain control of the truck. According to Madden, when the driver woke up, he over corrected and slid off of the road and wrecked. He was listed in stable condition. The co-driver did not sustain any injuries.