April 23rd, 2012
Campers, trailers, tents and barbecue pits could be seen all around the camp grounds at Lake Sweetwater this past weekend, April 20-22, 2012, for the 11th Annual Jaycee Roosters Motorcycle Rally and Cook-Off.
Cooks entered in several different categories including brisket, pork spare ribs, chicken and beans.
The results are as follows:
1. Justin Jones
2. Gary Watson
3. Dana Reed
4. Mike Calvio
5. Bobby McMorris
6. Riley Sawyers
7. Tony Terry
8. Dewayne Bowen
9. Michael Jones
10. Stewart Williams
Pork Spare Ribs
1. Riley Sawyers
2. Wayne Jones, Jr.
3. Jim Bailey
The Abilene Campus of Texas State Technical College West Texas will host a College Preview and Open House on Tuesday, April 24. The event, held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., is open to the public. TSTC West Texas advisors will lead participants on a campus tour where they will meet top-notch faculty and have the opportunity to check out first-hand the wind turbine mobile trainer the Wind Technology students train on. "Here at TSTC West Texas, we are proud to provide our students with more hands-on training than any other college in the area," said event coordinators.
On Wednesday, middle school bands from across West Texas participated in UIL Concert and Sight Reading Competition. The Sweetwater Middle School Band earned a first division plaque on their prepared music event, which was performed at Abilene Cooper High School.
âI was really pleased with how they did,â commented SMS band director Ross Grant. âThe kids really rose to the challenge. One of our pieces, âAdrenaline Engines,â was also performed by 5A Abilene High Schoolâs second band. It is actually a high school piece. Our students really pulled it off.â
Sedan â Margaret Irene Conner, 64, of Sedan, Kansas formerly of Sweetwater, passed away Friday, April 20, 2012 at her home in Sedan.
She was born March 11, 1948, in Shidler, Okla. to Henry Coleman Smith and Billie Jean (Burke) Smith. She grew up in the Shidler area before moving to Sweetwater, Texas where she graduated from high school in 1966. After high school she married Gene Shaffer and they later divorced in 1980.
After escaping a bases-loaded jam in the top of the sixth and scoring the go-ahead run in the bottom of the inning, the chances of Sweetwaterâs baseball team getting into the Class 3A playoffs were looking good here Friday night.
But a 3-2 lead evaporated when visiting Big Spring came up with three runs in the top of the seventh, and the Steers held on for a 5-3 win at Newman Park to bring a heartbreaking end to the Mustangsâ season.
The USDA Farm Service Agency is working harder than ever to assist new farmers and ranchers to succeed. Acting Texas FSA Executive Director James B. Douglass recently unveiled a new Land Contract Guarantee Program and several other tools designed to help beginning farmers and ranchers build the foundation for a successful career in agriculture.
SWEETWATER â The Texas AgriLife Extension Service office in Nolan County will host a training session beginning at 9 a.m.Â followed by testing at 1 p.m. on April 25th for persons seeking a Texas Department of Agriculture private applicator license.
The training will be conducted in the Texas State Technical College, Temple Dickson Building, Room 140.Â
âThis is only for persons who donât have a valid license and not for those needing continuing education units,â said Zachary Wilcox, AgriLife Extension agent in Nolan County.
Freshman art student Amber Hernandez advanced from the regional level to the State Visual Art Scholastic Event with her "Watercolor Hands". The event was held at Bryan High School April 13-14 where there were 1400 high school art entries from all over the state. Amber medaled with a superior rating. This is the first year Sweetwater High School has been represented by a freshman at State VASE. In 2007 Jacob Gamel received the highest award of Gold Seal for his charcoal "Self Portrait".
Gold & Silver Buyers, the largest purchaser of precious metals in the state of Texas is expanding into the Big Country, with a new location in Abilene at 3458 Catclaw (between AAA Vacuums and City Nails) and a location in Sweetwater, scheduled to open next month at 309 North East Georgia Street (next to Check âN Go).Â
Linda Yvonne Tidwell, 63, of Abilene and formerly of Roscoe, died Thursday, April 19, 2012, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene.
Mrs. Tidwell was cremated and no services are planned at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.