November 25th, 2011
Black Friday crowds gathered early in Sweetwater with people looking for great deals during the holiday season. Above, shoppers sit in an isle at Sweetwaterâ€™s Wal-Mart waiting for the midnight sale of laptop computers. Some brought their own chairs to wait for the great deals at local stores. Radio Shack, Sears and Bealls also opened early on Black Friday.
The Sweetwater Jaycees hosted their annual Thanksgiving Day Feed at the fellowship hall at First United Methodist Church. Shown above are several Jaycees close to the end of the feed.
On a clear November day in 1911 the news of Robert Fowlerâ€™s approach in the Cole Flyer preceded him causing great excitement in the small West Texas town of Sweetwater. In fact, a holiday had been declared for the occasion and schools were even closed so everyone could witness the incredible landing of an airplane in an open field about a mile south of town.
Kyle Blaylock, age 39 of Bartlett, Texas, (former resident of Odessa, Texas), passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011 at Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Texas.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, at Blackwell First Baptist Church with Rev. John Curry officiating. Burial will follow at Blackwell Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of
Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
Dorothy M. Redden 84, loving mother and grandmother, of Midland passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011.
Dorothy was born on Dec. 15, 1926, to Archie Q. Self and Ella Callen (England) Self in Sweetwater, Texas. There was nothing that Dorothy held closer to her heart than her family and her faith. Dorothy was a member of Kelview Heights Baptist Church of Midland and a former member of Broadway Baptist Church in Sweetwater, Texas. She was also a member of AT&T Pioneers.
Wanda Faye Dunn was born on April 16, 1934, in Loraine, Texas. She passed away on Nov. 22, 2011, at Rolling Plans Memorial Hospital at 77.
Wanda graduated from Roscoe High School and devoted much of her life as a homemaker and later in life enjoyed working at Motts in Sweetwater, Texas, helping customers with fabrics and sewing notions.
She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Wanda is preceded in death by her parents, Robert Martin and Faye Martin; and brother, Robert Martin, Jr.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 39 calls for service, issued no citations and made three arrests on Nov. 22, 2011.
The SPD received 10, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Interference with child custody â€” 200 block of E. Fourth.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Michael Diggs, 25 â€” Criminal mischief.
â€¢ Patrick Hutson, 32 â€” Driving while intoxicated/driving with license invalid.
â€¢ Anthony Hunter, 23 â€” Warrants.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had nine calls for service, served three civil papers and made one arrest on Nov. 22, 2011.
Arrested by NCSO:
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 78 calls for service, issued one citation and made five arrests on Nov. 23 and 24, 2011.
The SPD received 33, 911 calls.
â€¢ 600 block of Grape.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Theft â€” 400 block of NE Georgia.
â€¢ Information only â€” 200 block of Fisher.
â€¢ Burglary of vehicle â€” 600 block of W. Third.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Dequion Carrington, 17 â€” Escape/evading.
â€¢ Jane Martinez, 49 â€” Public intoxication.
â€¢ Enrique Martinez, 49 â€” Public intoxication.
â€¢ Paul John Castaneda, 39 â€” Criminal trespass.
Retailers are making it even easier this year for shoppers to pull an all-nighter from Thanksgiving Thursday to Black Friday.
The unofficial holiday began in the 1960s to usher in the beginning of the Christmas shopping season, allowing for businesses to move from the "red" to the "black" in their financial records. Today, the rush of the sales and crowds in the stores have allowed for outlets to expand their early-morning hours even into the late night prior to Black Friday.
An emotional crowd gathered at the 32nd Judicial District Courtroom on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, during pre-trial proceedings presided over by Judge Glen Harrison.