August 13th, 2011
School is almost in session, but before those school bells ring, one more thing is left to complete the summertime schedule.
This year's Tax Free Weekend marks 13 annual weekends that Texas has been generating savings for families in the Lone Star State, which will take place on Friday, Aug. 19 through Sunday, Aug. 21. Originally set for the first weekend of August, the dates were pushed back in 2007 so that the three-day holiday would be closer to the beginning of the school year.
Roy Benjamine Conely, 79, of Phoenix, Ariz., was pronounced dead at Hendrick Medical Center by Dr. Jack Needham at 9:45 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011.
Conely was driving a 2005 Honda Odyssey east bound on Interstate 20 near mile marker 237 in Nolan County. The vehicle left the roadway, entering the center median and striking a concrete embankment at around 4 p.m. on Thursday. The weather was clear and the road was dry. Trooper Gilbert Valdez is investigating this crash.
Crane Service, Inc. will be lifting a huge chiller on the Angelo State University (ASU) campus starting on Monday, Aug. 15, 2011.
The company, which has an extension office in Sweetwater, is hoisting a 15,500 pound A/C Chiller above the San Angelo campus. The unit will be placed nearly a football field away from the crane.
WASP Madeline Sullivan Conley O'Donnell, a longtime resident of Menlo Park, California passed away peacefully on Aug. 4 at AlmaVia of San Francisco a few months after her 90th birthday.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1921, â€śMaddyâ€ť, was raised in Bellerose, Long Island, enlisted in the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP, Class 44-2) under Jacqueline Cochran and spent two years doing something she absolutely loved â€” flying. She flew mostly bombers (B-26 Marauders).
Mustang Moms have initiated a new program called "Adopt-A-Mustang." The program is designed to let students from kindergarten through sixth grade "adopt" either a varsity football player or a varsity volleyball player. Students have the chance to adopt a varsity football player or varsity volleyball player on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011 after Meet the Mustangs, which starts at 8:30 p.m. Registration will be held immediately after Meet the Mustangs at the bowl and costs $25.
The driver of a Honda Odyssey was airlifted via Native Air to Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene on Thursday afternoon around 5 p.m. The driver was said to have lost control of his vehicle, driving between the guardrails and off of an Interstate 20 bridge near Cemetery Road, just east of Roscoe. The vehicle impacted the concrete below the bridge and climbed up to the median before stopping. The driver was listed in stable condition.
Members of the Nolan County Foundation Board announced the awarding of six $2,000 grants to each of the Nolan County fire departments and a $10,000 challenge grant to the Pioneer City-County Museum. According to Jerry Riggs, President of the NCF, the awards are a part of a continuing program for the NCF to recognize worthwhile projects that will benefit all of Nolan County.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 38 calls for service, issued no citations and made no arrests on Aug. 10, 2011.
The SPD received 35, 911 calls.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had four calls for service, served eight civil papers and made no arrests on Aug. 10, 2011.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Transport â€”Â Acadia in Abilene.
â€˘Â Stranded motorist â€”Â I-20 west bound.
â€˘ Welfare concern â€”Â 1400 block of FM 1230.
â€˘ Inmate transport â€”Â Formby Unit.
Total in Custody: 42 (1 Taylor County)
Dr. James (Jim) Henderson Witt, 89, of Sherman, passed away peacefully on July 28, 2011, due to complications from a 10 year battle with Alzheimer's disease. Born in Mount Pleasant, Texas on Dec. 1, 1921, Jim was the son of Thelma Henderson Witt and Dr. James Estes Witt. He graduated from Mount Pleasant High School in 1939, attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas and graduated from Baylor Dental School in Dallas in 1944.
FRIDAY, AUG. 12
Sweetwater at Lubbock Cooper (scrimmage) starting at 6 p.m.
Highland hosts Panther Creek (scrimmage) starting at 6 p.m.
Blackwell hosts Jayton (scrimmage) starting at 6 p.m.
Sweetwater varsity at Abilene tournament.
Sweetwater JV and freshmen at Albany tournament.
SATURDAY, AUG. 13
Roscoe at Haskell (scrimmage) starting at 10 a.m.
Sweetwater varsity at Abilene tournament.