Sweetwater Reporter (Sweetwater, Tex.), Vol. 113, No. 302, Ed. 1 Sunday, November 6, 2011 Page: 3 of 20
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Sunday, November 6, 2011 ■ Page A3
GLENN W. MCDOWELL
A private service for Glenn W. McDowell, 70, of Pittsburg
will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5,2011, at Calvary
Chapel in Mt. Pleasant. Burial will follow at Nevills Chapel
Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant under the direction of Bates-
Cooper-Sloan Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant.
McDowell died Saturday, Oct. 29,
2011, in LongvieW-
He was born Nov. 30, 1940, in
Mulberry. He was a metal trades
teacher. He had received his
Bachelor's of Education degree
and had also been a machinist at
Campbell's Soup in Paris, Texas and
a truck drivel*.
Survivors include son, Terry
McDowell and wife Kris of Mt.
Pleasant; daughter, Robin Kidd and
husband Tim of Abilene; grand-
children, Jade Stevens ar hus-
band Joey, Kerry Roberts and hus-
band Dan, Laney McDowell, Jessie
McDowell, Shelby Kidd and Seth
Kidd; brothers, Scott McDowell and
wife Rose or Amarillo, Forrest McDowell of San Augustine
and Aubrey McDowell of Canyon; and sister, Dorothy
Helms of Roxton.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sylvia McDowell^
parents, George and Nora McDowell; brother, William
McDowell; brother-in-law, Lloyd Helms; and sisters-
in-law, Sherry McDowell, Ruth McDowell and Billie
LOUELLA DAVENPORT BYRNE HALL
Louella Byrne Hall lost her long fight with cancer Nov.
4, 2011; she is at peace with her lord and Savior. Louella
was 88 years, 25 days young, she was born Oct. 10,1923,
in Mertzon, Texas, to Lottie Stedham Davenport where
she lived till moving to Mitchell County. She joined the
First Christian Church at the age of 12 and was an active
member. She was an active member in the Colorado City
church and raised her family there as well, but she attend-
ed the First Methodist Church of Colorado City, then the
Westbrook church with her daughter.
She was a single mother with three young children,
Robert Haley, Ronald Haley, Sharon O'Neal and worked
as a telephone operator in Mertzon, Texas. She was intro-
duced to Bruce Byrne, Jr. by a girlfriend on the next ranch
over. They married in August of 1951 and moved to the
ranch south of Colorado City and became a family.
In 1954 along came a surprise, one more son, Byron B.
Byrne III, and then in i960 along came another surprise,
one more daughter, Datha C. Byrne
She has been active in several groups in Mitchell and
Scurry Counties. She was classroom mother for all the
kids classes, went on senior trips as sponsor, 4-H trips and
camps and stock show mother. She joined the Looney Club
Home Demonstration in 1951.
She served in offices, County and District levels both,
for some 60 years. She also joined the Eastern Star, some
28 years ago, an active member in Scurry and Mitchell
Counties, until they closed both chapters. She served on
the board of Directors at Lone Wolf Electric, from 1974-
"Maga" was what the grandkids, and great-grandkids,
as well as a fair amount of people that were connected to
her through the family and friends called her; She always
had cookies made with "Maga dust". If it could have been
bottled, she would have made a small mint. (I know that it
was the love she added, but the kids say other wise.)
She always had Hot Sauce, banana muffins and some
chocolate chip cookies made when you went to her house.
At holidays the "Maga Apple and Pecan Pies" if you wanted
some other kind it was your turn to make it. We all think
our mother's cooking is the best, but we all know that if
you had the privilege to eat her cooking, you know that she
After the passing of Byron Bruce Byrne, Jr. in October
1977 she worked as a checker at E Z Way Grocery until she
met N.F. "Punk" Hall and later married him in November
1984. She moved to Hermleigh, Texas where she lived until
the passing of "Punk Hall in March 1994. She returned to
the Ranch, south of Colorado City, Texas
She is survived by one brother, Buster Davenport of
Midland, Texas; one sister, Lucille Covey of Mertzon,
Texas; five sons, John D Hall, of Hermleigh, Robert Haley,
of Austin, Ronny and Laura Hall of Hermleigh, Ron and
Betty Haley of Garden Dale, Texas and Byron and Phyllis
Byrne of Colorado City, Texas; three daughters, Donna
Hall Beavers of Lubbock, Texas, Nikki Westcott Haley
Wilson of Las Lomas Ranch Hill Countiy, Texas and Datha
Byrne and Curtis Johnson of Colorado City, Texas; 28
grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; two nieces; and
We wish to celebrate her life. Please, in lieu of flowers,
make gifts to favorite charity in her name or Hendricks
Hospice or the Hendricks League House.
Thank you for caring about our family, the prayers have
been answered for peace and strength. May God bless all
Graveside services will be Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, at 2
p.m. at Colorado City Cemeteiy and family visitation will
be Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 from 4-6 p.m. at Kiker-Seale
Funeral Home in Colorado City.
Doctor in nurse retaliation
case gives up license
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A doctor accused of retaliating
against two nurses who made an anonymous complaint
about him o Texas medical regulators has agreed to give
up his medical license.
The nurses claimed Dr. Rolando G. Arafiles Jr. used
herbal remedies and had attempted to use hospital supplies
to perform at-home procedures.
Authorities sa\ that once Arafiles learned the medi-
cal board was looking into the complaint, he went to the
Winkler County sheriff, alleged harassment and asked him
to investigate who sent the letter. The nurses were fired
from Winkler County Memorial Hospital and charged with
felonies. Both were eventually cleared and settled with the
county, hospital and others for $750,000.
Arafiles signed an agreement Friday with the Texas
Medical Board, saying he will stop practicing medicine.
Prosecutor David Glickler has said he expects Arafiles to
plead guilty Monday in Kermit the case. Arafiles has been
charged with two counts of felony misuse of official infor-
mation and retaliation.
No phone number is listed for Arafiles in Victoria, where
he has been practicing medicine. He worked at Winkler
County Memorial Hospital in Kermit when the complaint
Former Winkler County Sheriff Robert Roberts and for-
mer Winkler County attorney Scott Tidwell have already
been convicted of retaliation 1 the case, Tidwell prosecut-
ed one of the nurses, who was acquitted. Charges against
the other were eventually dropped.
Roberts lost his job, was sentenced to 100 days in jail and
had to permanently surrender his peace officer's cense
Tidwell was sentenced to 10 years of probation and fined
$6,000. He was ordered to serve 120 days in jail as a condi-
tion of his probation.
Lawmakers passed a bill earlier this year that adds
protections from retaliation when nurses advocate for
patients. The bill provides immunity from criminal liability
or reporting unsafe care and increases administrative fines
to up to $25,000.
15 injured in
ACU bus crash
An Abilene Christian University sophomore was
killed Friday afternoon when the bus she was on
crashed on US Highway 83 in southern Runnels
Anabel Reid, 19, was pronounced dead at the scene
after the bus veered off the road on the two-lane high-
way between Ballinger and Paint Rock around 3:20
Witnesses said the bus was in a slight curve when
the driver lost control, hit a concrete culvert, then
flipped. The top of the bus was sheared off and several
passengers were ejected.
Inside the bus were 12 students, three faculty mem-
bers and the spouse of a faculty member. The remain-
ing 15 people on board the bus were taken to local
hospitals in ambulances and by helicopter.
The group was traveling from ACU to Medina Boys
Ranch in the Hill Country for a weekend mission trip.
"Students from our agriculture department who
would have been on their way to engage in a service
project to help folks at a children's home there," said
ACU spokesperson Grant Rampy.
ACU senior Lauren McDuff drove to the scene
from Abilene with a friend when she heard about the
"I know some people in the agriculture department.
Some of them are really good friends. It's hard to not
know whether or not they were on that bus," she said.
DPS troopers at the scene said they do not yet have
an official reason as to why the bus went off t a road-
way, but said there may have been gusty winds in the
area at the time.
The ACU community is mourning Reid's loss as they
pray for the 15 others. Her body was taken to a funeral
home in Ballinger and later to Abilene Professional
No other vehicles Were involved in the crash.
The following is the list of injured, date of birth,
hometown and hospital they were taken to:
• Shannon Medical Center, San Angelo, Texas
Emmett Miller, 11-16-47, Abilene
Pat Miller, 03-15-48, Abilene
• Community Hospital San Angelo, San Angelo,
James Cooke, 12-28-49, Abilene
Allison Dorshorst, 02-15-93, Colleyville, TX.
• Ballinger Memorial Hospital, Ballinger, Texas:
Micha [ Adam Nicodemus, 12-22-76, Abilene
Kathleen Henderson, 05-22-90, Rockport, TX
Jason Iris, 04-29-84, Bermuda
Mandy Wilson, 07-02-91, Walsenburg, CO
Tiffany Lutz, 06-28-90, Zelienople, PA
Anna Watson, 07-25-91, Kerrville, TX
Kendra Unamba, 08-06-91, Midlothian, TX
Hayley Wilkerson, 02-20-92, Ravenna, TX
• Hendrick Medical Center, Abilene, Texas
Merissa Ford, 09-03-92, Maple Valley, WA
Anna Ciufo, 05-31-93, The Woodlands, TX
Naomi Cruz, 10-20-92, Richmond, TX
Anabel Reid, 01-28-92, Petersburg, TX
Continued from page fl1
Whataburger journey began.
Their stop in Sweetwater is actually the 462nd place
to reach the goal of stopping at all 722 restaurants.
Whataburger spans over 10 states, mainly in the South,
from Georgia to Arizona.
And their celebrity status doesn't end in the US for
the Hoepfners. Among the seven television appear-
ances and a plethora oi newspaper interviews, the Air
Force Times as well as the London Daily Mail have also
chronicled their trek.
Most people would think the traveling would become
redundant, but Karl and Carol have always had a love for
traveling - at 75 and 73 years old, respectively.
"We feel half our age," said Karl.
Added Carol, "We're having a ball."
But how did they win the title of "Whataburger's
Biggesi Fan"? The Hoepfners entered the contest last
November and won after Karl, who is an author, wrote
the winning essay. This past April, they received their
award at the annual Whatagames.
Their prize consisted of winning $8,600 worth of gift
cards, but in the spirit of giving back, they only took one
thousand gift cards at $7 apiece to give to the home-
less and needy along their journey. Karl stated that just
last week, they were able to give away their last 25 gift
Also during the Whatagames, the Hoepfners shared
about the competition on how the top representatives
from the restaurants battle in a "stress tes1 of sorts. The
employees are given different situations to resolve and
compete in timing and food weight competitions, where
they can win prizes up to $50,000 for their location.
The Hoepfners appreciate Whataburger not only for
their food, but for their willingness to help others. While
in Sweetwater, they were given an older line of promo-
tional shirts. The shirts, along with other Whataburger
memorabilia they get along 1 le way, is put into an auc-
tion which benefits the Family Foundation.
In turn, the Family Foundation donates money to
Whataburger team members who fall into tough times.
When Hurricane Katrina hit and a number of stores
were shut down, the organization gave employees $250
a week as pay during their time off and even paid for
hotel and food expenses
The hospitality of the corporation — which the
Hoepfners praise as a family-owned and operated busi-
ness ■ has also made its way to each Whataburger. Karl
noted that at each location they are treated great and
Upon leaving Sweetwater, Karl and Carol were stop-
ping in locations in Abilene, Clyde and Brownwood
before heading out of the Big Countiy After a few
more stops, they would be back in Rockport, having
completed another leg of their trip which included f
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sick at game
HOUSTON (AP) - Two dozen people, many of them
students, became ill during a high school football game
after being exposed to an unknown substance.
The Houston Fire Department sent hazmat crews
to Barnett Stadium in southeast Houston Friday after
several Austin High band members became ill during a
game against Yates. A Houston school district spokes-
man told the Houston Chronicle that symptoms includ-
ed severe nausea, dizziness and vomiting.
Herbert Griffin, an assistant fire chief, said whatever
students were exposed to came fron the concessions
area, and no one was hospitalized. Griffin did not imme-
diately return a phone call from The Associated Press
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Culinary Specialist 1st Class (SW) Bobby Atkins
recently boarded the USS Carl Vinson to teach the
young Vinson sailors how to make homemade pizza.
He is shown above preparing vegetables for the pizza.
a learning experience not only for the sailors, but for Mr.
Assistant Supply Officer Lt. Cmdr. of the USS Vinson
Benjamin Sheinman applauded Mr. Atkins' teaching to
the young sailors, stating, "With this chance meeting he
brought a passion for cooking and a different perspec-
During his militaiy career, Mr. Atkins has served at
sea on he USS Okinawa and USS Iwo Jima, as well as
on shore with the Naval Mobile Command Battalion
One and Naval Network Warfare command in Norfolk,
Mr. Atkins is the son of the Rev. Robert and Linda
Sweet of Sweetwater and the late Bobby Atkins, Sr. He
is a 1985 graduate of Sweetwater High School who par-
ticipateci n football and other sports. After graduati ng,
Mr. Atkins enlisted in the United States Navy.
Culinary Specialist 1st Class (SW) Bobby Atkins
recently boarded the USS Carl Vinson to teach the
young Vinson sailors how to make homemade pizza.
He praised the "hardworking" sailor-cooks for their
"youth and motivation...a multi-talented group that
juggles many things at a time."
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