April 9th, 2014
Today will be sunny with a high near 86. Winds will be from the south at 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Expect mostly clear conditions tonight, with a low around 59 and breezy winds from the south at 15 to 20 mph.
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Sweetwater has seen slight rain and thunder and lightning to go along with it in the past few days.
Local photographer Ryan Smith captured this shot of lightning on Hailey Street in Sweetwater on Sunday evening.
The West Texas Barrel Racing Association was presented with $2,500 checks from both the Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce and Nolan County Coliseum Board during the WTBRA's Extravaganza held this past weekend at the coliseum.
Presenting the checks were Kirk Maberry (left), representing the coliseum board and the Chamber, and Jeff Howard (far right), manager of the coliseum. Among those pictured from the WTBRA are president Jenny Bufkin, awards director Amanda Maxfield, vice president GiGi Robinson and secretary Laura Johnson.
Update: The next Sweetwater 2020 meeting will be next Tuesday, April 15 (rescheduled from tonight due to schedule conflicts at the Nolan County Coliseum Annex, auditorium etc. The April 15 meeting will be at the classrooms at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (enter through the admissions area near the Emergency Room) from 6-8 pm.
The West Texas Childrenâ€™s Advocacy Center is fast approaching their Annual Child Abuse Awareness Banquet. This year the banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, at the Nolan County Coliseum Annex and will have a guest speaker. Each year the WTCAC hosts the Child Abuse Awareness Banquet in an effort to raise the funds needed to support child abuse victims in the counties of Nolan, Scurry, Mitchell, Fisher and Borden.
Don Leland Brock, 84, of Sweetwater, passed away Monday, April 7, 2014 at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital. His wishes were to be cremated and buried in the Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene, Texas. No further services are planned.
He was born Oct. 17, 1929, in Sweetwater. He married Marie Rosseau on Oct. 1, 1954, in Lovington, New Mexico. He was a member and past Master of Sweetwater Masonic Lodge #571. Don was the warehouse superintendent for Domtar Gypsum for many years. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Funeral services for H.H. â€śLindyâ€ť Lindemann, Jr., 81, of Abilene, formerly of Sweetwater, will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at McCoy Chapel of Memories. Rev. Chris Stephens will officiate and interment will follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home. Masonic Graveside Rites will be performed by Sweetwater Lodge #571.
The family will receive friends at McCoy Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 from 6-8 p.m.
Lindemann died Monday, April 7, 2014 at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene.
Karan Ann Richardson, 49, passed away in Gorman, Texas on April 5, 2014.
Karan, the second of two children, was born Sept. 20, 1965, in Taylor County to Charles Essary and Emma (Reeves) Essary. She was married to Lance Richardson on July 1, 1998.
Karan Richardson is survived by daughter, Lauren Miller; step daughter, Beaty Richardson; step son, Cal Richardson; brother, Christopher Essary; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Richardson was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Emma Essary.
Lance Mark Richardson, 49, of Gorman, passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014 in Gorman, Texas.
A memorial service for Lance will be held Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Edwards Funeral Home Chapel in Eastland, TX.
Lance was born March 23, 1965 in Hale Center, TX to Philip and Elaine Richardson. He graduated from Mineral Wells High School. He attended Texas Tech in Lubbock and worked at the University Medical Center. He married Karan Ann on July 1, 1998.
He also worked at the Rolling Plains Hospital in Sweetwater and most recently he worked at Eastland Memorial Hospital.
ARLINGTON â€” Raymond Jack Swaim, 88, passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014.
Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway in Arlington with Pastor David Hargrove officiating. Interment will follow at 1:30 p.m. in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, Dallas, Lane C. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial gifts may be made to Northwest Christian Church, 1001 N. Davis, Arlington, Texas 76012.