Larry Othel Barnhill passed away Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 at his residence in Winters, Texas. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 at the Texas Veterans Cemetery in Abilene, Texas under the direction of Winters Funeral Home with Rev. Ronnie Freeman of Trent First Baptist Church officiating.
Senior offensive lineman Malcolm Jackson of Sweetwater received all-state honorable mention to the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors Class 3A football team that was released Tuesday.
The 5-7, 260-pounder earned all-district honors in November. He was one of 14 players from District 5-3A who received all-state recognition.
Brownwood kicker Mat-thew McCrane, Big Spring punter Devin Roberson and Brownwood defensive back Kevin Vaccaro made the second team.
Sweetwaterâ€™s Kaleb Hoo-ver and Alicia Finn both had big individual games on the road in non-district basketball action Tuesday, but only Finnâ€™s team was able to pick up a victory.
Finn scored a career-high 30 points, and also grabbed 13 rebounds while getting five steals as Sweetwater defeated Lamesa, 51-44, thanks to a huge rally in the fourth quarter. A 21-8 finish allowed the Lady Mustangs to overcome a 36-3o deficit after three periods and get their third straight win.
An area contractor will be making an appearance on a national Emmy award-winning reality show.
Charles Ray Nichols, owner of Nichols Contracting in Abilene, will be assisting Ty Pennington and the gang from "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition". Mr. Nichols and his team will venture to Bastrop County as they help rebuild the home of a volunteer firefighter who lost her home and art studio during the September blazes.
Completing a whirlwind tour by county officials throughout Nolan County, the 5th and final community information hearing was held last Thursday night at the Nolan County Coliseum Annex in Sweetwater.
Two important topics were covered in each of these community meetings with the first being necessary repairs to the exterior of the Nolan County Courthouse and the second covering the need for a new Nolan County Jail and Sheriffâ€™s Office. While both matters are very important, this article addresses the second issue of the jail and sheriffâ€™s office.
The West Texas VA Health Care System has increased transportation services available for Veterans in the 53,000 mile catchment area that lack reliable transportation or otherwise cannot get themselves to their scheduled appointments.
Shown are the East Ridge Elementary School Star Search competitors. Back row: Sydni Jackson, Samantha Lawhon and Thomas Hernandez. Front row: Kylie Reyes, MacKenzie Hawkins, Hannah Boone, Cameron Coldiron, Alyson Moore, Ramiro Lopez Jr. and Rachael Sparks.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 127 calls for service, issued 10 citations and made eight arrests from Dec. 9-11, 2011.
The SPD received 55, 911 calls.
â€˘ 600 block of E Broadway.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Burglary of vehicle x2 â€” 1600 block of Grand.
â€˘ Burglary of vehicle â€” 800 block of E 15th.
â€˘ Theft/motorcycle â€” 1800 block of Henderson.
â€˘ Theft â€” 400 block of NE Georgia.
â€˘ Cruelty to animals â€” 1600 block of E 13th.
â€˘ Information only â€” 200 block of Jenny George.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Branden Almanza, 20 â€” Warrant/evading with previous conviction.
TUESDAY, DEC. 13
Sweetwater girls at Lamesa â€” freshmen and JV at 5 p.m., varsity at 6:30 p.m.
Sweetwater boys at Breckenridge â€” freshmen at 4:30 p.m., JV at 6 p.m., varsity at 7:30 p.m.
Roscoe teams at Albany â€” JV girls at 4 p.m., JV boys at 5:15 p.m., varsity girls at 6:30 p.m., varsity boys at 8 p.m.
Highland varsity girls at Hermleigh (district opener), 6:30 p.m.
All other Highland teams are open.
Blackwell varsity girls at Veribest (district opener), 6:30 p.m.
Blackwell varsity boys are open.
THURSDAY, DEC. 15
Sweetwater 7th and 8th grade boys host Snyder, 5 and 6:15 p.m.
The Sweetwater girls go to Lamesa and the boys travel to Breckenridge, while four other area high school basketball teams teams are also on the road today.
Roscoe has a varsity dou-bleheader at Albany, while the Highland and Blackwell girls will begin district play at Hermleigh and Veribest, respectively. The boys teams have an open date.
Sweetwaterâ€™s boys (5-8) lost to Coahoma, 51-47, when they wrapped up play at the three-day Stanton tournament Saturday.