January 5th, 2011
Shown is one of the new transmission towers being installed at the east entrance to Sweetwater off of I-20. This is part of the Texas Public Utility Commission's (PUC) $5 billion transmission line expansion to move West Texas wind power toward North Texas and Houston. These lines and routes were established as part of the Competitive Renewable Energy Zone (CREZ). Oncor was one of the successful bidders to build the lines. Of the $5 billion dollar project, Oncor received $1.34 billion for their part of the construction and installation of the new transmission lines.
A broken water line from the second floor of Adkins Supply in Sweetwater flooded the lower level area of the building on Tuesday. A water cleaning crew was cleaning up the water damage that covered the lower level flooring throughout the day.
Jeremy Maxwell, 29, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, at an Abilene medical center.
Born in Aurora, Colo. on June 14, 1981, Jeremy was the son of Billy Patrick Maxwell and Janet Marie May Maxwell. He married Kami Shea Alexander on June 28, 2003 in Abilene, and moved from Sweetwater to Abilene eight years ago. He was a member of Broadview Baptist Church in Abilene.
Jeremy had struggled for the past five years as a quadriplegic as the result of a near fatal car accident in San Angelo, Texas when he was a student at Angelo State University.
ROBY â The Sweetwater girls basketball team is star-ting out 2011 the way it finished in 2010.
And the Lady Mustangsâ 42-30 win on Tuesday at Roby came against a peren-nial state power.
Sweetwater (15-9) trailed only once â at 7-6 â against the Lady Lions, who came into the contest ranked No. 6 in Class 1A, Division II.
Tuesdayâs victory was the ninth in the last 10 games for Sweetwater, which goes to Mineral Wells Friday before tipping off District 5-3A play next week at home against Snyder.
ROBY â Since a 4-1 start, little has gone right for the Sweetwater boys basketball team in the past month.
But that changed, at least for one night, on Tuesday when the Mustangs visited Roby and won 43-40.
Sweetwaterâs 6-8 senior post, Paxton Kelley, scored 19 points as the Mustangs (6-12) won for only the second time in 13 games.
Roby led 7-6 after one quarter, but Kelley hit three straight baskets to fuel an 8-0 run at the start of the second period and Sweetwa-ter led 19-16 at halftime.
As stated in Brookshireâs Thanks A Million Collect And Win Game rules, if specific prizes werenât claimed during the contest period, there would be random drawings held Dec. 10 among all eligible sweepstakes entries received in the Food Club Carnival Cruise Sweepstakes, and Kim Lewis from Sweetwater, Texas, has won the Ford F-150 prize valued at $50,000.
The Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce will have their monthly coffee event at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, at the Nolan County Coliseum, located at 1699 Cypress Street in Sweetwater. Use the East entrance to the Coliseum. The Nolan County Coliseum is a beehive of activity virtually every weekend of the year. Not only does it host the Sweetwater Jaycees Worldâs Largest annual Rattlesnake Round-Up, but it also has livestock shows, cutting horse shows, rodeos, civic events, arts and crafts shows, specialty products expositions and a variety of community events.
Funeral services for Gordon Dean "Pop" Bales, 84, of Sweetwater, will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, at McCoy Chapel of Memories with Rev. Jimmy Don Bennett officiating. Interment will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home. The Nolan County Honor Guard will perform military graveside rites.
All eight Nolan County high school varsity basketball teams start the 2011 portion of their seasons today, although a few of them have only been idle for a few days.
In non-district action, the Sweetwater boys and girls go to Roby while both Roscoe teams will travel at Eula for their final pre-district tuneups.
The Highland boys and girls will play their first District 11-A, Division II doubleheader when they bus to Loraine, and Blackwellâs boys and girls have a District 12-A, Division II doubleheader at Paint Rock.
TUESDAY, JAN. 4
Sweetwater at Roby â JV girls at 4 p.m., JV boys at 5 p.m. varsity girls at 6:30 p.m., varsity boys at 8 p.m.
Sweetwater freshman girls host Roscoe, 5 p.m.
Roscoe JV and varsity teams at Eula starting at 4 p.m.
Highland JV and varsity teams at Loraine starting at 4 p.m.
Blackwell JV girls and varsity teams at Paint Rock starting at 5 p.m.
THURSDAY, JAN. 6
Sweetwater 7th and 8th grade âBâ girls host tournament through Saturday, Jan. 8.
Sweetwater 7th and 8th grade âAâ boys and girls at Wall tournament through Saturday, Jan. 8.