February 8th, 2011
High Sky Children's Ranch, Inc. in Midland opened its doors in 1963 under the direction of a concerned citizen, Joan Nobles, as a home for girls who had no place to go. In 1985, they changed their license to accept both boys and girls, enabling them to keep sibling groups together. High Sky was re-licensed yet again in 1987 as a treatment facility to work with more traumatized, higher level of care children and later as a therapeutic foster care. The programs provide a structure with life skills as well as therapeutic services.
The February art exhibit at the County-City Library is a quilling display by Betty Oliver of Abilene.
Oliver began quilling in 2004, when her husband first became ill. "I had seen the work in art digest books for many years and thought it was interesting. When my husband got sick I decided to take up the art because he would get anxious when I left the room. I purchased the materials I needed for the art and worked on it while I stayed in the room with my husband."
Oliver has been an artist for many years, specializing in oil paintings before she went to quilling.
TUESDAY, FEB. 8
Sweetwater varsity girls at Brownwood (season finale), 5 p.m.
Sweetwater varsity boys at Brownwood, 6:30 p.m.
Roscoe JV and varsity teams host Stamford starting at 4 p.m.
Blackwell varsity teams at Sterling City starting at 6:30 p.m.
Highland varsity teams have open date.
THURSDAY, FEB. 10
Sweetwater 7th and 8th grade boys host Snyder, 5 and 6:15 p.m.
FRIDAY, FEB. 11
Sweetwater boys have open date.
Roscoe JV and varsity boys at Munday starting at 5 p.m.
Highland JV and varsity boys host Hermleigh starting at 6:30 p.m.
Returning to their home court for one final time â€” and less than 48 hours after a heart-breaking defeat at their gym Saturday to Big Spring that basically eliminated them from playoff contention â€” the Sweetwater girls basketball team had to deal with state-ranked Wylie.
As expected, the No. 14 Lady Bulldogs (8-0 district, 20-13) won, 58-38.
But the Lady Mustangs (1-6), after a rough first half, regrouped rather impressively and held their own with Wylie over the final two periods.
The Sweetwater boys basketball team unveiled a new lineup against first-place Wylie here Monday as a pair of recent JV callups, Ryan Linebaugh and Kyle McSherry, started for the first time. The Mustangs also got a 20-point effort for the second straight game from junior guard Taylor Jones, who had 22 after dropping a season-high 28 on Big Spring just two nights earlier.
Both Blackwell junior high boys basketball teams ended their seasons recently. The â€˜Aâ€™ boys team finished as Zone 1 runner-up and was fourth overall in District 12-A, Division II with a 6-4 record.
After a 10-day layoff caused in part by the snowy and icy weather that struck the area last week, Sweetwater High School's basketball teams finally returned to action Saturday to host Big Spring in a varsity doubleheader at Mustang Gym. Unfortunately, the visiting teams won both games. Pictured for Sweetwater is Gabriel Medellin. Both teams host Wylie today, making up games that were originally scheduled this past Friday only to be cancelled. See a full report on both of the games in Sports.
(Photo by Betsy Howe)
The Sweetwater Intermediate School Jump Rope Team will be jumping Monday, Feb. 7, at the Sweetwater High School girl's and boy's varsity basketball games at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Wednesday at Abilene Christian University at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at the Texas Tech vs. A&M men's game at noon. The team is shown performing at Western Texas College in Snyder.
Francisca Alcala, age 87, of Sweetwater, passed away Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital.
A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, at Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home Chapel, recited by Maria AcuÃ±a.
Holy Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church with Rev. Michael Rodriguez officiating followed by burial at Sweetwater Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
Once the Sweetwater boys basketball team finally got back into action Saturday after a 10-day layoff, it faced the unenviable task of trying to contain a very talented Big Spring team and standout guard Luke Adams.
The Steers, as expected, won convincingly (85-60) at Mustang Gym and Adams was amazing, hitting six treys and scoring 47 points as Big Spring moved to 4-1 in district while Sweetwater â€” which hosts Wylie in a makeup game at 7:30 p.m. today â€” stayed winless (0-5) in District 5-3A.
Sweetwater, though, was a lot tougher out than the Steers probably expected.