William "Bill" W. Adkins, age 80, of Sweetwater, Texas, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 at Hendrick Medical Center.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at Broadway Baptist Church with Rev. Chris Stephens officiating. Burial will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
Bill was born Feb. 21, 1931, in Loco, Texas. He was a truck driver for many years before retiring. He also was a member of Broadway Baptist Church.
Sweetwaterâs boys basket-ball teams will be at home today, while the girls travel to Ballinger.
The Mustangs (5-9) will try to end a three-game los-ing streak when they play host to Bangs starting at 7:30 p.m. Freshman and JV games are also on tap today at 4:30 and 6 p.m.
The 2011 Mighty Mite Mustangs had seven players participate in the WTYFA All-Star Football Game in Abilene on December 4, 2011. All seven of the youngsters represented Sweetwater with pride and left an impression on the Abilene coaches. It was a wonderful experience for the kids and the parents.
Carla Araguz (shown) and Jaden Dogget both performed for Star Search judges on Tuesday, Dec. 13. Carla sang âSuds in a Bucketâ and Jaden performed a dance routine to âBaby, Babyâ by Justin Bieber. Both contestants advanced to the final round.
The City Commission met for their final regular meeting of 2011 on Tuesday morning, December 13, 2011 at City Hall.
City Manager Eddie Brown, in his report to the commission, noted that sales tax revenue for the month of November increased over the same period last year by $109,042.26.
He stated that he and the city staff have been looking into the situation and have been working with the State Comptroller to determine if the numbers are possibly an error. However, on Tuesday afternoon, the State Comptroller's office confirmed to city staff that the sales tax numbers are valid.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 46 calls for service, issued one citation and made zero arrests on Dec. 13, 2011.
The SPD received 27, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â˘ Theft â 100 block of S Hopkins.
â˘ Assault â 300 block of Lamar.
â˘ Theft â 1600 block of Cypress.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had eight calls for service, served one civil paper and made two arrests on Dec. 13, 2011.
Arrested by NCSO:
â˘ Herlinda Alvarez Arizmendi, 48, of Snyder â Warrant/theft by check.
â˘ Felipe DeJesus Aguinaga, 33, of Dallas â Warrant/motion to revoke probation.
Joe Calvin âShortyâ Blackburn, Jr. passed away on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at Shannon Memorial Hospital in San Angelo, Texas.
Funeral services will be Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, at McCoy Chapel of Memories at 10 a.m. with Rev. Daniel Dotson Officiating. Interment will be beside his wife at Blackwell Cemetery directed by McCoy Funeral Home. There will be a family visitation on Sunday evening at McCoy Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m.
Shorty was born to Joe C. Blackburn, Sr. and Esther Fannin on Jan. 1, 1929. This coming new year he would have been 83 years old.
Four Blackwell Hornet sophomore football players have earned second team all-district six-man honors in District 8, Division II.
Chosen on offense were Mason Magness at wide receiver and Jayden Jones at running back. Also named were Kaleb Edwards at cornerback and Ted Chambliss as a defensive lineman.
Roscoeâs teams split their basketball doubleheader at Albany on Tuesday, while the Highland and Blackwell girls both came away with victories in their respective district openers.
Roscoeâs girls beat Albany 33-32 in a double-overtime thriller to improve to 8-6, but the state-ranked Albany boys easily won against the Roscoe boys, 56-12. Black-wellâs girls beat Veribest 37-10, and the state-ranked Highland girls beat Herm-leigh 44-25.
Breckenridge led 17-4 at halftime, then held off a mild comeback for a 28-20 win on Tuesday over Sweetwaterâs JV boys. But the freshman boys won their game, 33-20, at Breckenridgeâs gym.
The JV boys (10-4) out-scored Breckenridge 8-2 in the third quarter to get within eight points, 19-12, but couldnât maintain their momentum. Quentin Wet-sel had seven points to lead Sweetwater while Marquees Jenkins and Trey Taylor had four, Deandre Gatson three and Brandon Sutton two.