March 9th, 2012
Kayla Chowning was crowned Miss Snake Charmer Thursday night at the Municipal Auditorium. A sophomore at Sweetwater High School, she is the daughter of Wayne and Ann-G Chowning. Pageant coordinators said she is one of the youngest contestants to have won the title.
Another scam has hit the Sweetwater community in the form of donation jars being placed at several local businesses.
As Sweetwater celebrates the festivities of the 54th Annual Worldâ€™s Largest Rattlesnake Round-up, local snakes will also begin to emerge from winter hibernation. Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH) urges the community to know how to respond to snakebites.
Many different types of snakes can be found in Nolan County; some with poisonous venom that can have debilitating or even deadly consequences.
Rattlesnake Round-up weekend is full of fun and excitement, which can leave residents a little worn out. The Monday after it may seem a little harder to wake up, but to make matters worse, this weekend is the beginning of daylight saving time.
Saturday night when you lay down, after this long weekend, make sure to set your clocks one hour forward.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 60 calls for service, issued seven citations and made three arrests on March 7, 2012.
The SPD received 31, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Family violence assault â€”Â 1400 block of Hughes.
â€˘ Assault â€”Â 1400 block of Hughes.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Shawn Garza, 20 â€” Purchase/furnish alcohol.
â€˘ Elio Garza, 24 â€” Purchase/furnish alcohol.
â€˘ Christina Delacruz, 31 â€” Public intoxication.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had nine calls for service, served six civil papers and made one arrest on March 7, 2012.
Arrested by NCSO:
Holy Mass of Christian Burial for James Daniel Lujan, 31, of Mexia, Texas, will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church with Father Michael Udegbunam officiating. Interment will follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
A Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 12, 2012, at McCoy Chapel of Memories.
Lujan died Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Limestone Medical Center in Groesbeck, Texas.
The most important thing I could leave my loved ones and friends, if it were within my power, which it is not, would be faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Although that is within the power of the Creator and Lord God of the universe alone to give, I would urge all my family and friends, if they have not done so already, to flee to the Savior in repentance and faith. Let my death be an occasion of reminder that life is short. Do not wait until it is too late. May God grant you grace to do so.
Note: Some of the events listed may have been cancelled after the newspaper went to press today due to bad weather.
FRIDAY, MARCH 9
Sweetwater varsity at Abilene tournament has been cancelled due to rain and cold weather.
Sweetwater boys qual-ifiers will compete at Region I, Division 2 meet in Sundown.
Sweetwater varsity hosts Vernon, 4 p.m. (cancelled due to rain and cold weather).
Sweetwater JV and varsity boys at Big Spring Invitational meet (cancelled due to rain and cold weather).
Highlandâ€™s Sierra Allen has been named the all-District 11-1A, Division II MVP, while teammate Kara Hughey also was named to the all-district team and three other Highland players â€” Beth Richburg, Lora Stewart and Megan Thompson â€” got all-district honorable mention.
In addition, Allen received an even bigger honor as she was named first team all-state by the Texas Six-Man Coaches Association. Allen and Hughey have also both been named first team all-region by the Texas Six-Man Coaches Association.
Four girls will be repre-senting Sweetwater High School on March 17 at the state powerlifting meet in Corpus Christi after top-two finishes at regionals.
Loni Mendez, Joslyn Rosas, Cari Aguilar and Lexie Perez will go to state after qualifying at the regional meet held in Monahans, while Alexis Thompson qualified as a state alternate after garnering a third-place regional finish.