March 17th, 2011
Sweetwater firefighters, along with help from the Nolan Volunteer Fire Department, Maryneal Volunteer Fire Department and the Texas Forrest Service, extinguished a fire along Highway 70, just south of CR 153 on the Burwick Ranch, beginning at about 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The fire burned less than 100 acres and took 5-6 hours to extinguish. The fire was thought to be caused by a truck pulling a trailer with a blown out tire, according to Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden.
On Monday morning, March 14, the board of directors of SEED (Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development) met for its regular meeting at the Chamber of Commerce.
Only a few action items were presented at the meeting which were approved. Among them were the minutes for the February 2011 meetings, the financial statements from January 2011 and the payment of accounts payable.
Women Infants and Children (WIC) have teamed up with surrounding hospitals to help patients get the most out of their breastfeeding experience.
WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselors are professionally trained through the Texas Department of State Services WIC Counselors program curriculum. Counselors are carefully chosen for their own breastfeeding experience and employed by the WIC program to assist and encourage pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.
On display at the County-City Library during the month of March is the work of young talented artists within the Sweetwater school system. March is Youth Art Month.
CORPUS CHRISTI â€” Lola Pike McDonald passed away peacefully at the age of 80, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011, in Corpus Christi, TX surrounded by her loving family. After moving from Sweetwater, Lola lived in Fort Worth, TX for many years and later in Portland, TX with her daughter.
Service: Her body was cremated. A private graveside service will be held in Sweetwater, on Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the Sweetwater Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
Roy Thomas Horton, 94, of Sweetwater, formerly of Winnie and San Angelo, Texas, passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at the Nolan Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
A graveside service will be held at the Sinton Cemetery in Sinton, Texas, on Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 2 p.m. with Pastor Rick Vire officiating. McCoy Funeral Home of Sweetwater is in charge of arrangements.
Roy was born in Walcott, Arkansas, on Jan. 24, 1917 to Arthur Thomas and Rozeler Turner Horton. His early life was spent in Arkansas and Oklahoma before his family moved to San Patricia County in South Texas.
Sweetwater High Schoolâ€™s softball team tries for its second straight win when it hosts Levelland at 3 p.m. today after a 16-8 victory at Lamesa on Monday that improved the team to 8-7 this season. Sweetwater begins district play Friday when it goes to Big Spring for a 7 p.m. contest.
Seven players had multiple-hit games Monday at Lamesa. Keyli Turner had five hits and Kendra Crosson and Alicia Finn four each, while Suede Shirley, Taylor McKoy and Kinsey Browning had three hits and Kelsi Crosson two for the Lady Mustangs.
Sweetwaterâ€™s Alicia Finn smiles as she runs as she circles the bases following a home run that she hit at the Lady Mustangsâ€™ tournament in February. Finn was one of several Sweetwater players who had big offensive games in a 16-8 win at Lamesa on Monday. The team begins district play on Friday when the Lady Mustangs travel to Big Spring for a 7 p.m. game.
Former Sweetwater educator James Clayton Burns pled guilty on Tuesday to two counts of indecency with a child by contact during 32nd Judicial District Court proceedings under Judge Glen Harrison.
Burns was indicted in May on three counts â€” sexual assault, indecency with a child by contact and indecency with a child by exposure. He was later charged with the same charges from another victim. One complaint came from May 1997 from a 12-year-old victim and the other case came from April of 2002 from a 14-year-old victim.
An estimated crowd of 30,000 attended the 53rd Annual Sweetwater Jaycees World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up.
The total pounds of Western Diamondback Rattlesnake weighed totaled 1,841 pounds, a decrease from last year's total of 2,168 pounds. Those bringing in the most pounds of rattlesnake were first place Andy Lee, second place Eric Timaeus, third place Herbert Hoover, fourth place Jaeret Heiney and fifth place the Cliff Seekers. The longest rattlesnake was caught by Eric Timaeus and measured 78.5 inches long.