Memorial services for Ruby Mildred Crawford, 94, of Sweetwater will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, with Pastor Dennis Bosley officiating. Her body will be cremated under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Crawford died Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at Nolan Nursing and Rehab.
She was born June 10, 1919 in Galitan, MO. She married Hoyt G. Crawford on June 6, 1938 in Alamogordo, N.M.
ROSCOE â€” James Troy Rayburn of Milton, Florida passed away Dec. 2, 2013, at the age of 65 years. Jim was born Nov. 23, 1948, in Roscoe, Texas, to Gene and Camille Rayburn.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his paternal grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Rayburn and his maternal grandparents Troy and Callie Norris.
Expect a 20 percent chance of showers before noon; otherwise we'll see mostly cloudy skies gradually becoming sunny with a high near 60. Winds will be breezy from the south southwest at 15 to 20 mph.
Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 31 and south-southwest winds at 10 to 15 mph. After midnight, winds will shift to the north-northwest.
This weekend, we'll see sunny skies but a slight cooling on Saturday with a high near 45. A warm up will come around on Sunday, with a high near 60. Expect weekend lows in the upper 20s/low 30s.
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Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service announced that the 2013 Abilene Area Pecan Show will be held Wednesday, Dec. 18. Residents of Callahan, Jones, Shackelford, Nolan, Fisher and Taylor Counties are invited to submit their pecans for competition and judging.
To enter the 2013 Abilene Area Pecan Show, submit 42 nuts of each pecan variety in a resealable, plastic bag to the Taylor County Extension Office. Entries are now being accepted however, all entries are due to the Taylor County Extension Office by 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13.
Norma Bonner was the guest speaker at Christmas Story Hour at the County-City Library.
Bonner read Pete Saves Christmas, Bear Stays Up For Christmas, Gingerbread Boy and The Night Before Christmas at the end of which Santa Claus came out to visit with the children.
The library staff provided kids with the snowman crafts (made from paper plates) and goody bags with candy, goldfish crackers, notepad and pencil. "Friends of the Library" provided home-made cookies and milk for refreshments.
Find more photos in Thursday's edition.
Brenda Hollis, dietary director at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital, was the speaker at this month's Lunch and Learn seminar. The topic discussed was how to manage diabetes during the holiday season. Hollis had these tips for diabetics during this time of year:
â€¢ Weight management. Focus on weight management rather than weight loss.
â€¢ Exercise. Plan time for exercise. Exercise helps relieve holiday stress and prevents weight gain.
â€¢ Meals. Do not skip meals. Skipping breakfast or lunch before a big holiday dinner actually may cause one to overeat.
During Tuesday's City Commission meeting, reappointments were approved for continued service on some civic boards.
Elsie Pierce and Carol Cain will begin new terms as city appointees to the County-City Library board, which will expire on December 31, 2016. Both individuals were cited as dedicated members.
The Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development (SEED) board of directors approved the purchase of some property at their meeting on Monday morning, which was then approved by the City Commission at their Tuesday morning meeting.
At Monday's SEED meeting, the board reviewed the Phase One study results from the Stevens property on West Broadway, located across from the Sweetwater Cattle Auction. This particular study makes sure that there are no pending environmental issues, and the report came back clean.
THURSDAY, DEC. 12
Sweetwater 7th grade â€˜Aâ€™ and â€˜Bâ€™ girls host Wylie at 5 and 6:15 p.m., respectively.
Sweetwater 8th grade â€˜Bâ€™ and â€˜Aâ€™ girls host Wylie at 5 and 6:15 p.m., respectively.
Sweetwater 7th grade â€˜Aâ€™ and â€˜Bâ€™ boys play at Wylie at 5 and 6:15 p.m., respectively.
Sweetwater 8th grade â€˜Bâ€™ and â€˜Aâ€™ boys play at Wylie at 5 and 6:15 p.m., respectively.
Blackwell junior high girls and boys play at Veribest starting at 6 p.m.
Roscoe varsity boys will host tournament.
FRIDAY, DEC. 13
Sweetwater boys host Bangs â€” freshmen at 5 p.m., JV at 6:30 p.m., varsity at 8 p.m.
The Blackwell girls tipped off District 14-A, Division II basketball play on Tuesday with a 37-22 home win over Veribest. Hailey Bennett and Brooklyn Harris each had 10 points for the Lady Hornets (3-2 overall), who led just 11-9 at halftime but used a 17-6 third-quarter surge to pull away.
Stephanie Metcalf scored eight points, Halee Sander-son five and Shianne Solis and Bailey McGlothlin had two points for Blackwell, which will have a much tougher district assignment on Friday when it hosts Garden City, which is currently ranked No. 6 in Class 1A, Division II.