January 3rd, 2012
Within the last decade wind turbines have sprung up through most of the wide stretches of landscape in our area.
Government tax credits and subsidies, have largely contributed to this new age renewable energy boom, however an expiration for a certain tax credit could abruptly end the latest surge.
The wind energy impact on the Big Country is evident.
"Truck drivers, welders, steel workers... people all across Texas in particular," explained Sweetwater Mayor and Executive Director of the Texas Wind Energy Clearing House, Greg Wortham.
Funeral services for Donna Jean Dowty, 80, of Colorado City, will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, at First Assembly of God Church in Colorado City with Rev. Mike Foster officiating. Interment will follow at Colorado City Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at First Assembly of God Church in Colorado City.
Dowty died Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at Mitchell County Hospital.
John C. Wilkinson, 73, of Sweetwater, Texas, passed away on Jan. 1, 2012, at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at McCoy Chapel of Memories under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home. Rev. Keith Clifton and Rev. Jerry Payne will be officiating. A family visitation will be held Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, from 7-8:30 p.m.
Funeral services for Joe Garcia, 65, of Spring Texas, formerly of Sweetwater, will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, at McCoy Chapel of Memories with Military Graveside Rites at Sweetwater Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home. Father Dennis Bosley will officiate.
A wake will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012 at McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater.
Garcia died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, in Houston, Texas.
December 31st, 2011
On June 14-17, 2012, Abilene will host Artfully Abilene's "Children's Art & Literacy Festival" (CALF) featuring Dr. Seuss.
This idea emanated from the The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature (NCCIL) planned exhibition of the original illustrations from "The Lorax" on June 1 - August 31, 2011. To enhance this Seussian experience we have also secured funding for "The Art of Dr. Seuss Retrospective", as well as the Seuss Sculpture Touring Garden.
Weather across West Central Texas can change dramatically and is typically characterized by flash floods, drought, wildfires, hail, winter storms and tornadoes. 2011 will go down as the hottest summer on record. Below are five of the most significant weather events for 2011 that impacted the region from the National Weather Service Office in San Angelo.
1. Drought, wildfires and heat in West Central Texas; 2011.
2. Powerful winter storm and cold in Abilene and Big Country, Feb. 1-4, 2011.
3. Abilene hail storm, April 24, 2011.
3. Clyde downburst; May 1, 2011.
Senior Vice President of First Financial Trust & Asset Management Janis McDowell gives a can of black-eyed peas to Kaitlinn Reed and Regina Scott at the First Financial Bank motor bank in Sweetwater. Each year, FFB gives the cans to customers to celebrate the new year.
Senior Vice President of First Financial Trust & Asset Management Wayne Chowning gives a can of black-eyed peas to Boo Nemir at the First Financial Bank motor bank in Sweetwater. Each year, FFB gives the cans to customers to celebrate the new year.
TUESDAY, JAN. 3
Sweetwater teams host Roby â€” JV girls and boys at 4 p.m. (both gyms), varsity girls at 5:15 p.m., varsity boys at 6:30 p.m.
Roscoe teams host Eula 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 JV boys and varsity girls and boys host Loraine starting at 4 p.m.
Blackwell varsity girls and boys host Paint Rock start-ing at 6:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, JAN. 5
Sweetwater 7th and 8th grade â€˜Aâ€™ boys play at Wall tournament.
Roscoe 8th grade teams host tournament.
Highland junior high teams host Westbrook starting at 6 p.m.
Sweetwater High Schoolâ€™s varsity basketball teams did well at their holiday tournaments that were held this past Wednesday through Friday, finishing with a 6-3 overall record.