March 6th, 2012
Graveside services for Ricky Rivera, 47, of Sweetwater, will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, 2012, at Nolan Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home. Val Morin will be officiating.
Rivera died Monday, March 5, 2012, in Abilene.
He was born Dec. 1, 1964, in Sweetwater. He married Kelli Ensminger on June 25, 1989, in Sweetwater. Ricky worked for Mercer Well Services in the oil field and was a graduate of Sweetwater High School. He had moved back to Sweetwater two years ago from Arlington, Texas.
Martha Edna Scarborough, age 94, of Arlington, Texas (former resident of Sweetwater, Texas), passed away Monday, March 5, 2012, at Arlington Memorial Hospital in Arlington, Texas.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at Normandy Avenue Church of Christ with Mike Ensminger officiating. Burial will follow at Slaterâs Chapel Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
Patti Nelms Bedford, wife to David Bedford, mother to Beau, Rachel and Alexis Bedford and daughter of Dewey and Doris Nelms, went to meet her Savior on Saturday, March 3. Patti leaves a legacy of boldness, sincerity, compassion and most of all, love.
Merkel â Alton Glinn Best, 67, died Sunday, March 4, 2012, in a local hospital. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 7, at the McBee Cemetery in Taylor County with Reverend Johnny Warren officiating, directed by Starbuck Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 6- p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.
A total of seven Sweetwa-ter High School basketball players have been given all-District 5-3A recognition for their outstanding play this past season.
Senior Alicia Finn was named to the 5-3A girls all-district first team for the second straight year. Also, junior Kendra Crosson earned second team all-district honors, while senior Candice Hernandez was given all-district honorable mention.
Granger Smith has been honing his craft of singing and songwriting since his early teens and has continued to grow in his musicianship, exploding onto the Texas red dirt music scene.
âSleeping On The Interstateâ is the single from SmithâsÂ most recent album, Poets & Prisoners and landed in the Top Ten on the Texas Music Chart. This comes on the heels of an impressive list of previous hits for Smith. In 2008, he debuted âColorblind,â which immediately landed right into the top Top 10. When his 2009 album, Don't Listen to the Radio released, so did five more chart topping hits.
Southeast Elementary School celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday in many ways with many special visitors reading Dr. Seuss books to students on Friday, March 2, 2012. Shown, students in Mrs. Peggy Martinâs first grade class ate green eggs and ham. The Cat in the Hat also stopped in at Southeast Elementary on Friday to visit with students.
Big Country Biggest Loser Winner is coming to the Big Country for those who want to boost their New Year's Resolutions and are getting ready for summer and swimsuit season locally, as well as compete for a cash prize.
The contest, sponsored by the Big Country Medical Reserve Corps, The Sweetwater-Nolan County Health Department, Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital, Rolling Plains Rural Health Clinic, Texas State Technical College and the Sweetwater Reporter will be from March 19 to May 14 with registration dates from March 5-15.
Warm weather is right around the corner, which is all the more reason to get outside and be active. A great way to get some exercise and have fun is going for a bike ride. Did you know, every year, 350,000 children under age 15 go to hospital emergency rooms with bike-related injuries. Of that number, 130,000 children suffer head injuries and an estimated 200 die. By wearing a helmet, a child can reduce their risk of injury by as much as 85 percent. The single most effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from bicycle crashes is a helmet.
After compiling a 3-1 record during the teamâs first homestand of the 2012 baseball season while hosting its Wood Bat Classic, Sweetwater hits the road today for a 7 p.m. game at Midland Greenwood.
After picking up three straight wins at the Classic held at Newman Park by an aggregate score of 28-2, Sweetwater lost in its final game Saturday to the Ran-ger Junior College JV, 12-8.
The Mustangs (5-4-1) started out their tournament Friday with shutout wins over both Post (14-0) and Wall (2-0), then routed Clyde 12-2 Saturday before losing to Rangerâs JV team.