May 28th, 2011
The Third Annual df Ranch Triathlon will take place on Sunday, June 5, from the Lake Sweetwater public boat ramp starting at 8:30 a.m. The triathlon will consist of a 500m swim, 14 mile bike and a 5k run. This year there is a new addition to the race. It is labeled the Land Lovers division. This accommodates athletes who don't want to swim. A designated swimmer will complete the swim for them, and then, the athlete will take off from transition and complete the race on the bike and the run side by side with the rest of the triathletes.
Pictured at the Nolan County Cruisers Classic Car Show are Sonja Sanchez, Peggy Parrott, Teresa Zarate and Natile Woodrow. The car show was held on Saturday, May 14 at the Nolan County Courthouse. Proceeds from the event went to the West Texas Children's Advocacy Center. See more car show photos inside.
Several Sweetwater High School students received National Professional Certification in Customer Service by passing an industry-driven assessment. This new professional certification is based on national skill standards recognized by high performance employers from the retail, wholesale, personal services and real estate industries as critical to customer service success. The computer-based assessment required these certified individuals to respond to real-world job-related situations, using knowledge and skills widely recognized as important in high-performance workplaces.
The SHS Choir who performed at the Winspear Opera House Choir Festival in Dallas brought home two choral trophies for their performance. All three judges awarded the choir their first trophy for an "Outstanding Choral Performance" in the Choir Festival. The judges also gave the SHS Choir a total score that awarded them the second trophy for being "Runner Up in the Best of Class" for their performance scores.
Senior Airman Janell Lopez, daughter of Joanna and Mark Wofford of Sweetwater, flew in the fighter plane belonging to U.S. Forces Garrison Command 643rd Regional Support Group, Kandahar, Afghanistan. She is a Certified Taser Instructor and was awarded Airman of the Month during her Kandahar, Afghanistan deployment. She also received the CLS (Combat Lifesaver) Certified Most Outstanding Instructor Award for Security Forces and the Tuskegee Airman award while deployed in Iraq. She was awarded the Elizabeth N. Jacobson Award. She was hand selected of 170 students, Coined for Excellence by Col.
Manuela Villa DeLaCruz
Holy Mass of Christian Burial for Manuela Villa DeLaCruz, 85, of Sweetwater, will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 30, 2011, at Holy Family Catholic Church with Father Michael Rodriguez officiating. Interment will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 29, 2011, at McCoy Chapel of Memories, recited by Pauline Gauna and Connie Palacios.
Mike Welch, a Sweetwater native who during his high school days helped lead the Mustangs to their only state football title in school history in 1985 and later starred at Baylor University, was inducted recently into the Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame along with nine others during a banquet ceremony that was held at the Abilene Civic Center.
Highland seniors Landon Rowlett (left) and Callie Sandusky received the Fighting Hornet Award at the schoolâ€™s athletic banquet held recently.
Blackwell High School athletes were honored at an end-of-year banquet recently and several got top awards.
Caleb Jeter and Jennifer Allen were chosen respectively as the schoolâ€™s outstanding overall boys and girls athletes.
Caleb Magness was top boys athlete in basketball and golf and shared tennis honors with Brandon Elliott, and Mason Magness was top athlete in track. Hadley Holland received the football honor, while Brandon Elliott received the Fighting Hornet award. Caleb Magness won the Monte Pillion Award and Jayden Jones was named as Newcomer of the Year.
Connor Stafford of Sweet-water and Caden Smith of Roscoe will participate in the 12th annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes Myrle Greathouse All-Star Classic football game this Saturday, June 4 at 7 p.m. at Abileneâ€™s Shotwell Stadium.