October 10th, 2011
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.
ROTAN - Madilene (Kiker) Murphree, 85, passed away Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, at her residence in Hamlin.Â Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, at the First Baptist Church of Hamlin with Bro. Donny Harbers officiating and burial in Cottonwood Cemetery at Rough Creek.Â Arrangements are with Adams-Foster-Ray Funeral Home.
Sheri and Hunter Crawford just returned from the 13th Annual Texas Tattoo Roud-Up held in Dallas, Texas from Sept. 16-18. Hunter won his second trophy (Top Three Artist's Choice Best Traditional Small) for a boat motor he tattooed on Sheri â€” a boat motor strategically placed on her chest. Hunter won his first trophy at the San Angelo show in 2010. Sheri brought home four awards more to add to her collection. She won one of the Top Three Artist's Choice in Photo Realism and Patriotic categories and two of the Top Three Artist's Choice in the Unusual category.
Tiffany Hill, longtime resident of Sweetwater and Roscoe High School graduate was one of many applicants to take the entrance exam for a place at the Sweetwater Fire Department. According to Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden, 44 signed up to take the test. Only 33 of those showed up to take the written exam and 27 passed the test to go on to the physical agility test the next day. "Tiffany did exceptionally well, but fell just short of the time limit.Â She never gave up and completed the course where much bigger men did not finish the course," said Madden.Â
The fire department responded to a grass fire this week just west of the Nolan County complex fire that happened a few months ago.Â The fire was small and contained quickly thanks to the quick response of the Sweetwater Fire Department.Â Sweetwater Fire Departmentâ€™s new brush truck, Brush 6 responded along with Brush 5.Â The fire was started when high winds caused the power lines to get together.Â Shown is Sweetwater firefighter Pat Oâ€™Neal extinguishing the blaze.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 40 calls for service, issued no citations and made two arrests on Oct. 6, 2011.
The SPD received 19, 911 calls.
Arrested by SPD
â€˘ Richard Long, 22 â€”Â Possession of marijuana.
â€˘ Kenneth Randle, 51 â€”Â Warrant.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had seven calls for service, served one civil paper and made one arrest on Oct. 6, 2011.
Arrested by NCSO:
â€˘ Steve Alex Lopez, Jr., 23, of Sweetwater â€”Â Taylor County warrant/surety withdrawal.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Reckless driver â€”Â I-20 MM 249 east bound.
Myrtie Bredemeyer Ware
Myrtie Bredemeyer Ware, age 87, of Abilene, Texas, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011 at Hendrick Medical Center.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 10, 2011 at Highland Heights United Methodist Church in Sweetwater, Texas with Rev. James Baker and Rev. Chris Rodriguez officiating. Burial will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
Last Saturday the Sweetwater High School Band participated in the Buckaneer Band Festival in Breckenridge. Sweetwater was one of only three bands to earn a top rating at the contest. They received â€ś1sâ€ť from all three judges and also won â€śBest Overall Colorguardâ€ť of the competition. Finally, sophomore clarinetist Chrysten Ivy was named â€śMost Outstanding Soloistâ€ť of the entire event.
The Sweetwater Rifle and Pistol Club is sponsoring their second Rifle Sight-In Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011. Anyone going deer hunting next month will need to sight-in their rifle and are welcome to attend. SRPC will furnish the sight-in targets and man power to help sight-in firearms. The range entrance is just off Loop 170 (west of town) on Avenger Field Road to TSTC. For more information, call Carroll Kearney at 325-235-7572.
The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in Texas is $3.20, seven cents less than the average last week, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch.Â
The national average is $3.39, six cents less than last week.Â The statewide average price is 19 cents less than the national average.Â The most expensive gasoline average in the state is in El Paso at $3.33.Â Ft. Worth is reporting the least expensive average in the state at $3.07 for a gallon of regular unleaded. Sweetwaterâ€™s gas is currently $3.38 a gallon.