GRANBURY â€” Helen R. Allen, 80, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, at Skyvue Victoria Chapel. Burial will follow at Skyvue Memorial Gardens under the direction of Skyvue Funeral Home. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. on Friday.
Survivors include her daughter, Norma Spencer-Feuerborn and husband Charles; son, Vernon E. Johnston and wife Renee; sister, Faye Edmondson; grandchildren, Christopher and Ryan Elliott, and Sean Johnston; and seven great-grandchildren.
Sweetwater Animal Control currently has six pets available for adoption.
One of the adoptable pets is a white and brown male mixed breed dog. Another is a brown male chihuahua mix. Also available are two boxers, one male and one female, a female Alaskan Husky and a female German Shepherd.
According to Sweetwater's new 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.
CMS created the Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily and to help identify areas about which clients may want to ask questions.Â
Residents of Nolan Nursing and Rehabilitation in Sweetwater went on a special trip on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, to the home of Billy and Janice Boil. Residents enjoyed a tour of the Boil home, decorated floor to ceiling with Christmas cheer while enjoying hot chocolate and treats.
The annual Christmas parade, themed this year as "Under the Christmas Tree," has been rescheduled and will be starting at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12. The parade will begin at Higginbothamâ€™s and will continue to Pecan Street. Judging will be at 4 p.m. in the Higginbotham parking lot. Candy may be thrown carefully to the crowd.Â Entries are not required to be lighted, just decorated. Walking entries are welcome, as are strollers, dogs on a leash, skaters, those riding scooters, bicycles or go-carts.Â Small children must have an adult walking with them.
Texas State Technical College-West Texas held commencement exercise on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. Honor graduates were recognized at the ceremony.
Sweetwater Honor graduates included Theresa Cowart, Culinary Arts; Reid McIntyre, Wind Energy Technology; Dean Beard, Wind Energy Technology; Rusty Brown, Wind Energy Technology; Jonathan Gammell, Applied Engineering Technology; Ramiro Lopez, Applied Engineering Technology; Jesus Zubia, Applied Engineering Technology; Ashley Stroman, Software Business Accounting; and Russell Toner, Wind Energy Technology.
The Texas State Technical College Staff Senate organized a non-perishable food and toy drive to benefit the school's food pantry and the Sweetwater Goodfellows. Staff Senate members invited any and all to donate to the cause before donating the items to their respective entities on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011.
Last Friday the Sweetwater High School Band completed a whirlwind tour of five campuses in six hours, performing at Sweetwater Intermediate School, J.P. Cowen Early Childhood Center, East Ridge Elementary School, Southeast Elementary School and Sweetwater Middle School. The band performed for over 2000 students.
The band performed a variety of holiday favorites, including Leroy Andersonâ€™s Sleigh Ride. â€śIt was so neat watching the little kids faces when they heard the crack of a whip or the horse whinny,â€ť commented junior baritone soloist Laura Duclos.
Broadway Baptist Church in Sweetwater, located at 710 E. Third, will be celebrating its 80th anniversary this weekend with back-to-back special events.
On Dec. 10, 1931, eleven people met in an abandoned broom factory to begin an independent, mission-minded Baptist church. Nicknamed the â€śOld Mule Barnâ€ť for its structure and hay-covered floors, the members met there until a building was constructed on the same corner.