A 41-year-old man died early Christmas morning in a fire in his Sweetwater home.
According to Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden, firefighters received a call about smoke coming from a house on the 200 block of Lewis Front Street between 2 and 3 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. "People saw smoke coming from the house and called 9-1-1."
Shown are several eighth grade students who were chosen by their teachers as the third six weeks STAAR students for their hard work and dedication. They are Michael Lawrence, Alejandro Gamez, Abby Lynch, Jade Johnson, Brittany Jimenez, Brittany Presley, Kaylee Lantto, Savanna Kamer, Tonna Gilmore, Tierra Brown and Sandra Wise.
Attention agriculture and timber producers: Secure your sales tax exemption by getting your registration number before the Jan. 1, deadline. Under a new state law passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011, commercial agriculture or timber producers will need an Ag/Timber Number issued by the Comptrollerâ€™s office to make eligible sales tax-exempt purchases for their business beginning Jan. 1, 2012.
Sergio Leonel Rivera, 41, of Sweetwater, died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, at his residence in Sweetwater.
His body was cremated and his ashes will be returned to his home in Guatemala.
Verna Lee Allen, 89, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, peacefully in the Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital. Services will be Wednesday, Dec. 28, at McCoy Funeral Home, 401 East 3rd in Sweetwater, with Ron McElyea officiating. Burial will follow at the Nolan Cemetery in Nolan, TX.
Verna Hamrick was born on March 8, 1922, in Sweetwater, Texas. She was the middle of three children, one older brother, J.J. and younger sister Irene all raised in Clyde, TX. She married James T. (J.T.) Allen on March 16, 1941 in Baird, TX.
Mary Ruth Prather of Lubbock, Texas, passed away on Friday, Dec. 23, at the age of 77. She was born on March 10, 1934 to W.B. and Ruth Brown in Longworth, Texas. She attended schools in Sylvester and Roby, graduating from Roby High School in 1951. She attended Draughonâ€™s Business College in Abilene, but later found her true calling as an in-home child care provider. She married Gerald Prather on Nov. 23, 1954, in San Angelo, Texas. They moved to Sweetwater in 1958, where they raised their family and lived until 2008 when they moved to Lubbock.
Avondale Baptist Church
Merry ChristmasÂ to all from the Avondale Baptist Church family!Â Â We would like to invite everyone to come and worship with us.Â For this Sunday only we will only have one service.Â We will have morning worship at 10:50 a.m.Â This will be the only service we will have on Christmas Day.Â We are located at 1405 Hoyt Street.
Our regular Sunday schedule is coffee fellowship at 9:20 a.m., Bible study at 9:45 a.m., worship services at 10:50 a.m. and 6 p.m., choir practice at 7 p.m. On Wednesday evening we have On-Mission groups for all ages at 7 p.m.
Broadway Baptist Church
It was two weeks before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring except for Wranger the dog. He was crouched under the Christmas tree sniffing at all the packages that were already under the tree. He knew that one or more of them would be for him. He just couldnâ€™t tell which presents were his.
Wranger knew he was mostly good this year and especially during this holiday season. His â€śmotherâ€ť had to scold him only once so far because he had gotten a candy cane stuck in his white Shi-Tzu fur. She just had to snip a little of the fur to get the sticky bits out.
The Sweetwater girls basketball team won third place at Ballingerâ€™s tournament held in early December and the players and coaches posed afternward with their trophy. Sweetwater will resume play at a three-day tournament in Breckenridge this Wednesday through Friday. The Sweetwater boys are at Anson the same three days.
Sweetwaterâ€™s Candice Hernandez, left, and Alicia Finn were named to the all-tournament team at Ballingerâ€™s three-day event held earlier this month.