February 17th, 2011
The fire that burned in South Fisher County on Monday and Tuesday continued to be monitored on Wednesday and control is expected by Friday evening, according to The State of Texas State Operations Center (SOC). Roby, Rotan, Hamlin, Lake Sweetwater, Nolan, Roscoe Volunteer Fire Departments, Sweetwater, Snyder Fire Departments, Fisher County Road and Bridge Department, Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol and Texas Forest Service responded to the fire. Above, a Texas Forest Service helicopter helps control hot spots of the fire on Wednesday afternoon.
The Blackwell boys bas-ketball team fell to No. 1-ranked Bronte, 59-30, in its season finale Tuesday.
Caleb Jeter had 17 points for the Hornets, who finished 10-19 overall, 3-11 district. Bronte is 27-2, 14-0. Caleb Magness had seven points and Mason Magness had six points.
The Nolan County Grand Jury handed down 17 indictments on Tuesday with 10 of those indictments sealed. Five of those indictments stemmed from a crack cocaine distribution house being busted in Sweetwater on Oct. 6, 2010.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas â€” With much of the state covered in parched, brown grass and brush, Texas Forest Service is warning residents who live along and west of the I-35 corridor to be prepared for dangerous wildfires this week.
Weather conditions are expected to worsen on Wednesday and Thursday as a low pressure system moves over a dry line hovering over the Western Plains. Wind speeds are expected to pick up and relative humidity levels are expected to drop â€” two key ingredients for dangerous fire weather.
McKinney â€” Oneda â€śAunt Dodoâ€ť Thompson, 98, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, in a McKinney hospital.Â Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Merkel with Reverend Jimmy Griffith officiating, directed by Starbuck Funeral Home of Merkel.Â
Oneda was born Sept. 12, 1912, the first child of James and Etta (Shouse) McWilliams at Shep in Nolan County.Â She married E.R. â€śShortyâ€ť Thompson June 18, 1938. He preceded her in death May 23, 1997.
With one of its most boisterous crowds of the year in attendance, the Sweetwater boys basketball team hoped to upset Snyder in its finale Tuesday at Mustang Gym and end on a high note, while denying the Tigers a chance at a playoff spot.
But the Mustangs, as has been the case throughout district play and for most of the season, simply didnâ€™t have enough firepower to pull it off. Snyder, on the other hand, gradually warmed up as the game progressed and pulled away in the second and third quarters for a 68-38 victory.
The Sweetwater freshman boys basketball team pulled away in the second half to defeat Snyder, 63-48, in season-ending action Tuesday at Mustang Gym.
Kaleb Hoover had 17 points, Marquees Jenkins 15 and Dylan Bennett 14 for the Ponies, who trailed 11-10 after one quarter and led by just 22-19 at halftime. But Sweetwater (17-4 overall, 4-2 district) took charge with a 23-11 third-quarter run to open a 45-30 lead going into the final period. Tre Taylor had eight points, Deandre Gatson seven and Quentin Wetsel two.
The Sweetwater High School boys golf team shot a two-day total of 683 to place eighth out of 21 teams at the Big Spring Invitational tournament last weekend.
Individually, Ryan Mercer shot 75-75-150 for a sixth-place medalist finish. As a team, Sweetwater shot 344 on Friday and 339 on Sat-urday. Big Spring won the team title (622) followed by Abilene Cooper (632), Snyder (639), Wylie (640), Plainview (647), San Angelo Central (674), Midland Lee (682) and Sweetwater.
Sweetwaterâ€™s baseball team beat Fort Stockton 8-0 and San Angelo Lake View 10-4 in its first scrimmage of the season Saturday at Big Spring. Kris Mayes cracked a two-run, first-inning homer against Fort Stockton and was also the starting pitcher, allowing just one hit in three innings before Sterling Reeves pitched a scoreless and hitless fourth. Sweetwater out-hit Stockton 14-5.
The Sweetwater softball team lost to Jim Ned, 8-2, in its season-opening game on Tuesday at Jim Ned.
The Lady Mustangs were held scoreless until a two-run sixth inning, while Jim Ned built a 6-0 lead by scoring single runs in the second, third and fourth and three runs in the fifth. Kendra Crosson and Taylor McKoy had RBI hits for Sweetwater and Suede Shirley finished 3-for-3 with three stolen bases, while on the mound McKoy pitched the first four innings and Alicia Finn worked the final two. McKoy finished with five strikeouts and Finn three, and McKoy allowed just three hits.