May 7th, 2012
Phil Montoya, 57, was killed in a car accident in Utah on Saturday, April 21, 2012. He was a man of many interests and much intelligence, but more than anything, Phil was known as a friend. He grew up in Utah and settled in Texas after hitchhiking through most of the Western United States. He married and had two daughters, Traci and Lauren.
ABILENE â€” John Paul Cain of Sweetwater, who first made a name for himself as a college golfer at Texas Tech University and later as an amateur golfer and two-time winner on the Senior PGA Tour, will be among nine new inductees into the Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame on Monday.
The 11th annual Big Country Hall of Fame induction banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Abilene Civic Center.
Zach Harrell and John Ward are the new football offensive and defensive coordinators, respectively, at Sweetwater High School under Shane Mobley, who was hired in April to serve as Sweetwaterâ€™s head football coach and athletic director.
Four Sweetwater residents had top-two finishes at the 37th annual Colorado River Bike Fest held April 28 in Ballinger.
Francisco Herrera won the 5K bike rideâ€™s men adult division (ages 18-59) and Cassie Reyes was second in the women adult division (18-59). Michelle Mabrey won the women adult division (18-59) in the 5K event and Kirk Maberry was second among men in the 60K event.
On May 17, 2012 in Abilene, Dow AgroSciences will be introducing The New Standard in Mesquite Control. Mesquite is one of the toughest, most invasive brush species in the world. Left alone, it tends to increase in density and detrimental effect. It thrives â€“ even through drought â€“ on 74 million acres of the Southwest, most of that in Texas.
Emogene (Jean) M. Dannelley, age 83, of Abilene, Texas (former resident of Sweetwater, Texas) went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, May 4, 2012.
Her body was cremated. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at Garden of Memories with Dusty Lovell officiating. Burial will follow at Garden of Memories. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
An estimated 150 acres of land burned just off of Interstate 20 on Friday afternoon. The blaze began when an 18-wheeler overheated a wheel bearing, causing it to lose a front wheel and start a fire in the median, which spread to the field north of the interstate, according to Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden. Many entities assisted in extinguishing the blaze with it spreading due to 99 degree weather with 12 percent humidity and 19 mile per hour winds.
Sweetwater and the surrounding area has been "going buggy" with an increase of moths in the area.
According to KTXS, the rise of the insects has been due in part to a succession of humidity, rain and extreme heat. From cars, homes and all over, the moths are known to hide in cracks and crevices.
Bill Lewis with Lewis Pest Control said that the increase is also due in part to a number of types of moths--including cutworm moths--laying eggs. While they do not pose any kind of real threat, Lewis says that the "bothersome" pests are only of concern when taking part in outdoor events.
SWEETWATER â€“ The Texas AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a rangeland recovery program from 6-8:30 p.m. May 8 in the Nolan County Courthouseâ€™s third floor meeting room.
Sweetwater Animal Control currently has two dogs available for adoption.
Available for adoption is a mother Pekingese mix and her female puppy. According to Sweetwaterâ€™s animal control officer, Don Kite, animals that are picked up are kept for a minimum of three days, but he tries to keep them from a week to 10 days.
Dogs and cats are available for adoption for a $15 fee and the cost of getting the pet vaccinated for rabies.
The pets are required to have their vaccination before they leave to their new homes.