August 20th, 2012
The Big Country Wheat Conference, conducted biennially by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, will be held Aug. 23 in the Big Country Hall located on the Taylor County Exposition Center grounds, 1982 Lytle Way in Abilene.
On-site registration will start at 7:30 a.m. The conference will end at 4 p.m.
Graveside services for Robert Owen Geiger, 67, of Sweetwater, will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, at Colorado City Cemetery. Rev. Paul Smith will officiate and interment will follow under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Geiger died Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, in Sweetwater.
He was born Sept. 2, 1944, in Colorado City, Texas.
He is survived by his brother, Dale Geiger and wife Leslie of Colorado City; sister, Joyce Shoemaker of Colorado City; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George William and Gladys Bell.
Shane Mobley didnât get to see as much of his team as he had hoped due to lightning and rain that halted Sweetwaterâs season-opening scrimmage against Wichita Falls Hirschi after 55 minutes here Saturday.
But the new Sweetwater head football coach still saw some encouraging signs when the Mustangs were on the field, especially on the offensive side of the ball.
NEW ORLEANS â Ex-Sweetwater High and University of Texas-El Paso star Joseph Banyard, now with the New Orleans Saints, played in his third exhibition game Friday as the Saints lost to the Jack-sonville Jaguars 27-24.
Banyard, who recently signed a three-year con-tract with the Saints as a rookie free agent, finished the game with 6 yards rushing on two carries and also caught two passes for 17 yards. It was the first time Banyard had not led the team in rushing during exhibition play. Banyard has rushed for 51 yards on 14 carries and also caught four passes for 20 yards in three games.
Roscoeâs football team played its first of two scrimmages on Friday, when it hosted Haskell on Plowboy Fieldâs new turf which was installed after last season.
The scrimmage was delayed almost an hour due to threatening weather in the area but still drew a good turnout.
Also, Blackwell held its first scrimmage Friday when the Hornets traveled to Hermleigh while both Sweetwater and Highland were scheduled to hold their first scrimmages Saturday.
For many families, the "back to school" journey is a financially trying time--especially for families with more than one child. This year, various churches are doing their part by holding school supply drives to get the school year started on a positive note for families in need.
Shorie Henderson, a member of Emmanuel Fellowship, has organized a school supply drive to benefit anyone in need from kindergarten through high school age students.
The Texas National Bank Board of Directors recently elected Mike Fernandez as Vice President. The election was announced today by Bill Johnson, President and CEO. Fernandez is expected to be involved in the bankâs financial operations as well as lending according to Johnson. Mike comes to Sweetwater from San Antonio where he served as Bank Officer / Credit Analyst for Plains Capital Bank.
On August 25, 2012, voters will have a chance to head to the polls for the Tax Ratification Election (TRE) for Sweetwater ISD (Independent School District).
Early voting on the TRE started on Wednesday, August 8 and will continue through Tuesday, August 21, 2012. Early voting hours will last from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the SISD Administration Building located at 207 Musgrove.
On the day of the SISD Tax Ratification Election--on Saturday, August 25, voters can cast their ballot at the Sweetwater Middle School, located at 305 Lamar, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Another âAll Class Reunionâ for Homecoming 2012 is planned for Saturday, Sept. 8, from 2 p.m. to midnight at the Sweetwater High School Cafeteria.
Jeff Stein of Radio KXOX will be emcee, and Big Boys BBQ will cater the supper at 5:30 p.m. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. and a short program will be held at 5 p.m. After the barbecue supper, J.B. Cloud of Radio KBCY, Abilene, will serve as D.J. for the music and dance beginning at about 7:30 p.m. The D.J. will present music from the 50âs to the present.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 55 calls for service, issued two citations and made one arrest on Aug. 16, 2012.
The SPD received 27, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â˘ Criminal mischief â 900 block of Lamar.
â˘ Criminal mischief â 400 block of Robert Lee.
â˘ Theft â 900 block of Circle Drive.
Arrested by SPD:
â˘ Rene Villa, 40 â Driving while intoxicated.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had 11 calls for service, served no civil papers and made two arrests on Aug. 16, 2012.
Arrested by DPS: