June 30th, 2014
An early morning fire that began around 5 a.m. on Monday engulfed a home near Fifteenth and Vine Streets in Sweetwater.
The house was a total loss and was caused by an electrical problem with an air conditioning unit that was in a front window of the home. The homeowner was not home at the time of the fire.
Shown are members of Dark Horse Roller Derby (DHRD), Amber Wingo and Jessica Parks, presenting a check to SNAP (Senior Nutrition Activities Program) Director Tonya Challis. Also pictured are (left to right) Pete Crain, Bill Conger, Wes Barns and Johnie Bailey.
Proceeds from the Oh Snap! Summer Slam, the most recent DHRD home game, went to the SNAP and Meals on Wheels Program.
"We really appreciate the donation," said Challis.
Graveside services for Bessie Ann Vaughn, 83, of Loraine, will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 30, 2014 at Loraine Cemetery. Eric von Atzigen will officiate and interment will follow under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Vaughn died Friday, June 27, 2014, at Valley Fair Lodge in Colorado City.
She was born July 27, 1930, in Loraine. She married Bill Vaughn in 1975 in Dublin, Texas.
Bessie lived in Loraine most of her life and was a homemaker. She was a graduated of Loraine High School and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Loraine.
Funeral services for Krisa Denise Shifflett, 38, of Odessa will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at McCoy Chapel of Memories. Rev. Carolyn Shifflett Easter will officiate and interment will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Visitation will be held Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at McCoy Funeral Home.
Shifflett died Monday, June 30, 2014 at Buana Vida Nursing Home in Odessa.
Funeral services for John H. Henley, Jr., 70, of Sweetwater, will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at McCoy Chapel of Memories. Reverend Wayne Kirk will officiate and interment will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Visitation will be Wednesday, July 2, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at McCoy Funeral Home.
Henley died Sunday, June 29, 2014 at his home.
He was born May 1, 1944 in Rotan. He married Mattie E. â€śSueâ€ť Underwood on Aug. 24, 1967 in Abilene.
Memorial services for Josephine Hill Henderson, 61, of Sweetwater, will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Kary Fry officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Henderson died Saturday, June 28, 2014, at her residence.
Andrew Melendez of the Junior Leaguers (ages 13-14, shown), Leo Holsey of the 9-10 year-olds and Antonio Heredia of the 11-12 year-olds were among Sweetwaterâ€™s pitchers this past weekend at various District 5 Little League all-star tournament games being played in the Abilene area.
Forms for Jump Rope Camp are due today, June 30. The camp will be held August 4-6 for students completing grades Kindergarten through fourth.
Third and fourth graders will attend from 9 a.m. to noon, and Kindergarten through second graders will attend from 1-3 p.m. Camp will be held at the Sweetwater Intermediate School gym.
Contact Rajeania Pittman for information at 338-4342 or e-mail email@example.com.
In addition, the 3rd Annual Teen Book Club will meet at the County-City Library today at 1:30 p.m.
Today will be sunny with a high near 97. Winds will be breezy and from the south at 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.
Expect clear conditions tonight, with a low around 74 and breezy winds from the south-southeast at 15 to 25 mph. Gusts could get as high as 35 mph.
Visit weather.gov to learn more.
Greg Aiken wonâ€™t be goi-ng far from home when he continues his baseball car-eer in college.
Aiken, a four-year starter at first base for Sweetwater who was the district MVP in his senior year, committed to play for McMurry University in Abilene after playing in a high school all-star game in Round Rock. There, he helped the North to an 8-1 win over the South all-stars at Dell Diamond, which also was home to the state high school baseball tournament in May.