Sweetwater Reporter (Sweetwater, Tex.), Vol. 111, No. 148, Ed. 1 Sunday, May 10, 2009 Page: 3 of 18
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Sunday, May 10, 2009 ■ Page A3
Holy Mass of Christian burial for Marcella Aguilar, 83, of
Sweetwater, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 11, 2009, at
Immaculate Heart of Marv Catholic Church with Father
Michael Rodriguez officiating. Buria! will
follow at Sweetwater Cemetery under the
direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday,
May 10, 2009, at McCoy Chapel of
Memories, recited by Connie Palacios.
Aguilar died Thursday, May 7,2009, in
She was born Oct. 31, 1925, in
Sweetwater. She married .Joe J. Aguilar
April 28, 1941, in Sweetwater. She was a
housewife and had lived in Sweetwater all
her life. She was a member of the
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic
Church and the Guadalupana women’s
organization in church.
Survivors include one daughter,
Frances Gloria and husband Lime of
Sweetwater; two sons, Joe Aguilar of Farmers Branch and Pete
Aguilar of Dallas; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchil-
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe J. Aguilar
Sept. 12, 2005; one daughter, Anita Aguilar Feb. 24, 2006; two
grandsons; seven brothers; two sisters; and her parents,
Eluterio and Eduvigen Aguilar.
Pallbearers will be Felix Olvera, Angel Olvera, Gilbert Olvera,
Edward Olvera, Tommy Olvera and Mario Gomez.
AM MIL: LEE AMOS
Long time resident of Sweetwater and a long time employee
of Southwestern Bell, Ammie Lee Amos, entered interest in San
Jose, Calif, at the age of 88.
Beloved mother of Helen Opong- Kesse of Accra Ghana, West
Africa and Earsie, Mike, of San Jose, Calif; and Mary Kirkendall
of Modesto, Calif.
A funeral services was held on Friday, may 8,2009, at 2 p.m.
at Oak Hill Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Wiley College or
Sesa Woruban Incorporated.
BENE'ITA MARIE KEMP
Graveside services for Benetta Marie Kemp, 56, of
Sweetwater, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9, 2009, at
Roscoe Cemetery, with Pastor Gregory Ayers officiating. Burial
will follow with the Nolan County Honor
Guard, under the direction of Cate-
Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
Family will receive friends from 6-8
p.m. at the funeral home on Friday, May
Kemp died Thursday, May 7, 2009 at
Abilene Regional Medical Center.
She was horn Oct. 30,1952, in Loraine.
She was a member of Highland Heights
United Methodist Church. She was a IJ.S.
Army Veteran and worked for the U.S.
Dept, of the Army for several years in the
civilian personnel office in Stuttgort,
Germany. After working in Stuttgort,
Germany, she returned back to
BENETTA MARIE KEMP Swee twater and started working for
l.udlum Measurements before having to
retire for medical reasons. She fought a courageous battle with
cancer the last few years.
Survivors include two brothers, Benjamin B. Kemp and wife
Jimmie of Andrews and Botha Anton Kemp of Evansville, Ind.;
one sister, Melvina Crouch and husband Gary of San Antonio;
one nephew; and six nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bertie Marie Kemp
and Benjamin B. Kemp; and one niece, Nicole Denise Kemp.
Man shot while off-roading
upgraded to serious
IK )l ISTON (AP) (Jneoffour 1 louston-area people allegedly shot
In a married couple who thought the group was trespassing on their
property has been upgraded to serious condition.
Spokeswoman Alex Rodriguez ot the Memorial Hermann-1 exits
Medical Center said 30-year-old Patrick Cammack was in serious
condition after being shot in the head late Thursday. I le had been in
critical condition Friday.
Rixlriguez said she had no information on 7-year-old Donald
Coffey Jr., who also was shot in the head and listixl in critical condi-
Cammack and 1 Guild, along with Donald Coffey Sr. and his 5-
vear-old daughter, I Jestiny, were off-roading near it residential ana
late Thursday when they were shot after stopping their vehicles near
the Trinity River so the children could go to the bathroom.
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3. Discuss and consider approval of a new Emergency
4. Consider approval to advertise for bids for flex base (road
5. Consider approval to advertise for bids for AC 10 and #4
crushed rock for seal coating.
6. Consider approval to advertise for bids for fuel.
7. Consider approval to advertise for bids for a new or used
mowing tractor for Precinct #4.
8. Consider approval to use records management funds to
upgrade computer system for court collections office.
9. Consider approval to use technology funds to upgrade com-
puter system for the J P’s office.
10. Consider approval of a request from the sheriffs office to
trade surplus items of county property (used guns) for items of
"like kind" (new g ins) to GT Distributors in accordance with Sec.
263.152(2) of the I/x'al Government Code, with the difference to
be paid from the sheriffs ding forfeiture fund.
11. Consider approval of a report from Sheriff Warren of
upcoming expenditures to be paid from the sheriffs drug forfei-
12. Consider approval to order a local option election on Nov.
10, 2009 to legalize the sale of alcoholic beverages, including
13. Consider approval to lift bum ban for Nolan County.
Obama channels consumers'
rage, pushes Congress for
credit card legislation
WASHINGTON (AP) — Putting himself on the side of fuming con-
sumers, President Barack ()bama is pushing Congress to send him leg-
islation by Memorial Day tliat would put a tighter rein on the credit
"Americaus know that they have a res|xjasi!lility to live within their
means and pay what they owe," ()bama said in his weekly radio and
Internet address released Saturday. "But they also have a right to not
get ripped off by the sudden rate hikes, unfair penalties and hidden fees
that nave become all-too common."
Obama lias prominently lobbied for a bill calling for a credit card
crackdown. It already has clean'd the I louse and awaits action in the
Senate. But there's no certainty Congress will deliver by the end of the
Credit-caul executives maintain that new restrictions could backfire
on consumers, making it harder for banks to offer credit or put credit
out of reach for many Borrower, 'they also contend tliat the sweeping
rules already ordered by the Federal Reseive, beginning next year,
address many of the consumer-protection concerns expressed by the
president and members of Congress.
Jhe bill's boosters are tapping into public anger over corporate
excesses and the conduct of companies receiving billions of dollars in
Flu exposes flaws in Mexico's health care system
Associated Press Writer
MEXICO CITY (AP)
Mexicans will do almost any-
thing to avoid a public hospital
emergency room, where ailing
ratients may languish for
lours slumped on cracked
linoleum floors that smell of
sweat, sickness and pine-
Many don't see doctors at
all, heading instead to the clerk
at the corner pharmacy for
advice on coping with a cold or
So it's no surprise that when
a dangerous new swine flu
virus began to sweep across
Mexico, many waited too long
to seek medical help — more
than a week on average,
according to federal Health
Secretary Jose Angel Cordova.
These initial delays compli-
cated treatment, possibly
explaining why 48 of the
world's 50 confirmed swine flu
deaths occurred in Mexico.
It also made it more difficult
for Mexico to recognize the
outbreak for what it was. Bv
the time Cordova announced a
swine flu epidemic on April 23,
the virus had already spread
across the country and
Mexico's big cities have
fancy private hospitals stocked
with modern equipment and
staffed with U.S. board-certi-
fied specialists. Americans
increasingly come to Mexico
for good care at low prices. The
best of the public system is
world-class too, with top doc-
tors at elite centers for special-
But Mexico's everyday pub-
lic hospital system is in crisis.
Some patients suspected of
having swine flu told The
Associated Press that public
hospitals turned them away or
forced them to wait for hours
for treatment even after the
government declared a nation-
Those who sought help
before the alert often arriv-
ing with headaches, high
fevers and difficulty breathing
encountered baffled doctors
who had not been warned to
watch for a new virus.
Mexicans navigate a patch-
work of public and private hos-
pital systems. There are hospi-
tals for government employees
and hospitals for workers
enrolled in government health
plans through private employ-
ers. Most patients have to go to
a hospital tied to a specific
"If someone is sick, he can't
simply say, 'I’m going to the
doctor' or 'I'm going to the
hospital,' because it depends
on whether he has Social
Security or if he has to go to
another institution," said Dr.
Malaquias Lopez Cervantes, a
leading epidemiologist at
"And if he comes (to the
wrong hospital), somebody is
going to tell him that he does-
n't have the right to be treat-
While access to health care is
a right enshrined in the
Mexican constitution, millions
of Mexicans have no health
insurance at all.
Mexico spends only 6.6 per-
cent of its gross domestic
product on health care — less
than half the U.S. figure. No
country' in the 30-nation
Organization for Economic
Cooperation and Development
puts a smaller share of public
money into its health care sys-
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United Fresh convention.
Bixler has been with
Brookshire Grocery Co. for seven
wars and currently selves as pro-
duce manager at Brookshires in
Sweetwater. He was honored at
the United Fresh annual conven-
tion in bis Vegas on April 22-24.
Since 1928, Brookshire
(hxKviy (’<». has ojxmti’don the
primiple 0/ 'putting people first
customers and employees.
Knownforfiiendly service, clean
stores and sttvny community
supixirt IlCC has expanded its
ivtail opmitions to four states
Texas, hntisiana. Arkansas and
Mississippi with tIvve distribu-
tion tenters and setvn manufac-
turing facilities. Tor more infor-
mation. visit wuw.brook-
z\ Thank You to All Those W ho
Supported IA in Manx Ubv.v Alter the
Toss of Ruben Herrera:
We. the family of Ruben Herrera
would like to express our heart fell
gratitude to the many people for
their thoughts and their prayers during
this most difficult time. We thank all the
people w ho sent us flowers, cards, and
food. Ruben meant so much to us and
will be forever in our hearts
We will always remember your kind
expressions of comfort in our time ol
• TJutn/t 1/011 /timl/pf,
■ 77ie (A'//Ac/i Titerrera • TTuni/if
That means the hospitals
serving most of Mexico's 44
million poor are often crowd
ed, ill-equipped and staffed
with harried, underpaid staff
working for a dizzying array of
It's so crowded, confusing
and bureaucratic that the poor
are more likely to head for a
pharmacy, hoping to find a
cheap remedy for "gripe" (pro-
nounced GREE-pay) - a word
that can cover anything from a
mild cold to a deadly flu.
Most pharmacies dole out
antibiotics and a host of other
powerful drugs without a pre-
scription. That encourages
Mexicans to self-medicate,
relying on a counter clerk's
suggestion, dosing themselves
with whatever worked the last
time they had a fever and wait-
ing a day or two to see what
Some pharmacies even
drum up business by tacking a
doctor's office onto the side
offering basic checkups for as
little as 25 pesos ($2) - still
roughly half a day's pay for a
In Mexico City's working-
class Padierna neighborhood,
Dr. Oscar Aguilera sees
patients in a small office at the
back of a discount pharmacy,
with an open-air waiting room
behind a row of graffiti-tagged
Even in normal times, most
of his patients come in with a
cold or a flu. Most now show
no signs of swine flu, he said,
but "20 percent show some
symptoms and we send them
to the hospital."
Following the public alert on
April 23, fear has driven
patients to his office even at
the slightest symptom.
Mexicans with flu symptoms
might have sought better care
far earlier if the public health
care system had done the same
kind of flu surveillance com-
mon in the U.S. and other
Mexico keeps close watch on
dangerous tropical diseases
such as dengue, nut epidemiol-
ogists pav less attention to flu,
just one class of viruses con-
tributing to Mexico's 23 mil-
lion annual cases of respirato-
Mexican doctors "really
were not trained thinking of
the existence of influenza" as a
specific threat, Lopez
In all of 2008, Mexico's offi-
cial epidemiological bulletin
reported only 151 confirmed
cases of flu. By comparison,
U.S. officials ran tests that con-
firmed nearly 40,000 flu cases
last season. Mexico has about
a third the population of the
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Cate-Spencer & Trent
The West Texas Children’s Advocacy
Center would like to thank the following
individuals and businesses for their
Sweetwater Steel • Sweetwater Rotary dub
Sweetwater Lions Club • Sweetwater Jaycees &
Shane & Dee Dee Smith • ILL IS.
EON Climate & Renewables
Texas National Bank
I h<* Medicine Place • Peter Lope/. • Midwest I mam < ( rpt n ation
Kenny Maxwell • Harp Vending • I' ulh r 1 - »< »ds • Luis Sn<’ 1 arrillo
Big Country I let I n» • Mi k< ■ I I«»11 \ I a ini 1 \
KICIICCX LLC • Hut k‘s Sit aks & Bat IS <.)tu -V.. k-t sliil'is
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We would also like to thank: The Masoni. Lodge, l'DC|. BAC A.
The Nolan County Coliseum, Buhha and Debra Dennis. Highland
Heights Methodist Church, Colonial Hill Baptist ( lunch. Kmart
Pharmacy. McDonalds. Walmart and Kiwanis ( lul> tor ih> u
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Children’s Advocacy Center
Serving Nolan, Mitchell, fisher.
Scurry & Borden ( (unities
317 Oak Street • Sweetwater, Texas 7955b
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