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.
Local sports fans who are needing their high school football fix and don't want to travel can watch the Mules play the Cardinals tonight.
Football teams from Muleshoe and Melissa will be in Sweetwater today for a Class 2A, Division I state semifinal playoff starting at 7 p.m. at Mustang Bowl.
Tickets for the playoff game will be sold for $7 each at the gate.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 60 calls for service, issued 12 citations and made one arrest on Dec. 7, 2011.
The SPD received 19, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Theft â€” 900 block of Lamar.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Danny Nichols, 53 â€” Public intoxication.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had five calls for service, served one civil paper and made one arrest on Dec. 7, 2011.
Arrested by NCSO:
â€˘ Teresa Vera Guajardo, 23, of Sweetwater â€” Warrant/silent abusive calls to 911 service.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Close patrol â€” Highway 70 South.
James Albert Jones, age 72, of Blackwell, Texas passed away on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, at his residence.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at Blackwell Cemetery with Rev. John Curry officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.