January 2nd, 2013
First Financial Bank has kept up a yearly tradition of handing out cans of black-eyed peas to customers in the drive through and inside the bank on New Yearâ€™s Eve.
Shown is Debbie Anthony giving a can of black-eyed peas to customer Saundra Rosas.
Denison â€” Mary Imogene Mathews Jones, age 87, passed from this life Monday, Dec. 31, 2012.
Mrs. Jones was born March 3, 1925, in Nolan County, Sweetwater, Texas the daughter of Roy Ellis and Mary Alpha (Gray) Mathews.
Pictured here from left are Zach Welch, David Welch, Jake Welch and Michael Welch at Prestonwood Stadium in Plano where Jakeâ€™s football team, the Chargers, recently won the sixth grade championship while being coached by Michael, his father and a former Sweeetwater High School and Baylor University star athlete.
Zach was the quarterback for his Shadowridge team that finished as the eighth grade runnerup in the Lewisville ISD.
David and his wife Judy, not pictured, still live in Sweetwater and are the parents of Michael Welch and the grandparents of Zach and Jake Welch.
It's cold again today, with a high near 44 and mostly sunny skies. We'll start out with calm winds, which will become north-northwestern winds around 5 mph in the morning.
Tonight, expect partly cloudy skies with a low around 26 and northern winds at 5 mph.
Be mindful of your pets, plants and pipes during these freezing low temperatures! Learn all about the local forecast by visiting weather.gov.
December 31st, 2012
Funeral services for Robert Callan Gabel, 80, of Sweetwater, will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2 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.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 1-2 p.m. at McCoy Funeral Home.
Gabel died Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, in Coleman, Texas.
The Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly Chamber Coffee at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 at Schlotzsky's Deli, located at 204 S.E. Georgia Ave.
Schlotzsky's Deli is owned and operated by Steve and Laurie Holcomb, with Cathy Peace as manager and Ronnie Young as assistant manager, along with 20 employees.
Schlotzsky's Deli offers a variety of products, including Cinnabon cinnamon rolls, breakfast sandwiches and burritos, sandwiches on fresh baked bread, pizzas, salads and soups.
New Year's Eve is a night to have fun and celebrate the coming year. However, safety is a must when participating in the festivities. Whether you're staying in and celebrating with friends and family, or you're traveling to a party or city bash, following a few safety tips will ensure that you're safe and sound when the clock strikes midnight, ringing in the New Year!
A local church youth group is offering middle school and high school students a new opportunity to ring in the New Year in a safe and fun setting.
The Salvage Yard is the sixth through twelfth grade student ministry at Emmanuel Fellowship Church in Sweetwater. The group will be sponsoring the "AllThingsNew - New Year's Eve Bash" on Monday, December 31 at the church, located at 1418 Hailey.
Doors to the event will open at 8 p.m. and there will be a $10 entry fee with food and drinks available. Each person will also be entered for chances to win door prizes, including $100 in cash.
Several times a year, members of the Sweetwater Police Department and the Nolan County Sheriff's Office participate in active shooter training while Sweetwater students are on vacation. Each year, the training takes place at a different school and officers train in tactical exercises on active shooter response.
TUESDAY, JAN. 1
Highland varsity girls and boys at Newcastle starting at 2 p.m.
THURSDAY, JAN. 3
Sweetwater boys will host Coahoma â€” freshmen at 4:30 p.m., JV at 6 p.m., varsity at 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, JAN. 4
Sweetwater girls at Big Spring (district openers) â€” JV at 5 p.m., varsity at 6:15 p.m., freshmen at 7:30 p.m.
Roscoe JV and varsity girls at Hermleigh (district openers), 5 and 6:15 p.m.
Highland varsity girls at Westbrook (district opener), 6:30 p.m.
Highland varsity boys host Paint Creek, 6:30 p.m.
Blackwell JV boys and varsity teams host Robert Lee starting at 5 p.m.