Sweetwater Reporter (Sweetwater, Tex.), Vol. 114, No. 264, Ed. 1 Wednesday, November 21, 2012 Page: 3 of 10
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FELICE NESBITT ADAMS
Felice Nesbitt Adams, 82 of Arlington, Texas passed
away on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 after a brief illness.
She was born in Big Springs, Texas on Aug. 24, 1930
to C.E. and Modena Nesbitt. Felice graduated from
Colorado High School in Colorado
City, Texas. She attended Hardin
Simmons University in Abilene,
Texas. It was there she met the
love of her life and married W.C.
"Dub" Adams on Jan. 23, 1950.
They resided in Sweetwater, Texas
until moving to Arlington, Texas in
1966. Felice was a long time mem-
ber of Park Row Church of Christ.
"Auntie", as she was known to her
family, will be remembered for her
kind and gentle spirit, gardening,
bird watching and fishing.
She is survived by her husband
W.C. "Dub" Adams; her cousin,
Cindy O'Shea; her brothers and
sisters-in-law Glen and Wanda
Adams, Roland and Laveta Poe,
Ira and Lauretta Adams; her nieces
and nephews Deborah Poe, Gary Adams, Danny Poe,
Larry Adams, Teresa Adams Agler, Felecia Adams
Rankin, Blake Adams, Amy Adams, Ellison and Felice’s
lifelong friend Clara Ann Bruce.
Pallbearers are Blake Adams, Bryce Adams, Roger
Bruce, Wes Agler, Larry Adams and James Wagoner.
The family will be accepting guests at Moore Funeral
Home on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 6-8 p.m. A funeral
service will be held in Felice's honor in the Chapel at
Moore Funeral Home on Friday, Nov. 16, at 12:30 p.m.
with interment to follow at Moore Memorial Gardens.
Sally Davis of Blackwell, TX passed away on Nov.
17, 2012. Sally is survived by two daughters, Dianne
and husband Eric McWhorter of Blackwell, TX and
Stephanie and husband Greg Smith of Bakersfield,
CA; and two granddaughters, Amanda McWhorter and
In honoring Sally’s wishes, no service will be held. In
lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be
made to the American Cancer Society.
JOHN MELTON TROTTER
Funeral services for John Melton Trotter, 56, of
Sweetwater, are pending with McCoy Funeral Home.
Melton died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, in
Toys and food needed for
It is that time of year again and the Sweetwater
Goodfellows are getting ready to help Nolan County
families in need have a better Christmas. Sweetwater
Goodfellows provides food and toys to families with
children and individuals in need during the Christmas
Sweetwater Goodfellows boxes for the food and toy
drive can be found at KXOX Radio, First Financial
Bank, Nolan County Courthouse, Higginbotham (Radio
Shack), Sweetwater TA, Sweetwater Reporter, Oak Street
Salon, SLJ Embroidery and Gifts, Texas State Technical
College and all local schools. Firemen will be picking up
the donations as needed and the boxes will be out until
Wednesday, Dec. 5.
The annual Sweetwater Goodfellows toy drive at Wal-
Mart is set for Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Last year, Sweetwater Goodfellows helped more than
700 individuals in Nolan County. If you would like to
make a donation to the Sweetwater Goodfellows, send it
to P.O. Box 1148, Sweetwater, TX 79556. To volunteer or
for more information, call 236-9712.
Bealls, continued from Page 1
As an added incentive, the first 25 early bird shoppers
who make it to store right as it opens on Thursday and
on Friday will receive a surprise scratch-off card with
“We know our customers are eager to get a head start
on their holiday shopping and find the most exciting
deals available,” said Michael Glazer, president and
CEO of Stage Stores Inc., the parent company of Bealls.
“Bealls is the go-to store for brand name merchandise
and, by opening our doors in advance of the Black
Friday rush, we are accommodating those customers
who want to get started as early as possible and capture
as many deals as they can.”
Sweetwater Bealls store manager Jennifer Lotzenhiser
stated, "We have more merchandise and more of a selec-
tion for this event and the holiday season, including
many gifts. The door busters for the event are amazing
and we have many more caring associates that want to
help when our customers come through that door."
Stage Stores, Inc. brings nationally-recognized brand
name apparel, accessories, cosmetics and footwear for
the entire family to small and mid-size towns and com-
munities through more than 800 stores located in 40
states. The company operates its stores under the five
names of Bealls, Goody’s, Palais Royal, Peebles and
Stage. For more information about Stage Stores, visit
the company’s website at www.stagestoresinc.com.
FFA, continued from Page 1
advancing to state is Kyle Lambert, who placed second
in Job Interview. He will compete at the state con-
test on Nov. 29, in Huntsville at Sam Houston State
Other teams placing at the area event were the Senior
Quiz team, earning fifth place. The team is made up of
Sean Morrow, Mackensey Hayes, Cody Chapman and
Two teams placed sixth—the Senior Chapter
Conducting team consisting of Sean Morrow, Mackensey
Hayes, Kyle Lambert, Blake Young, Larissa Locklar,
Camyron Jones and Stephen May; and the Senior Skills
team, which included Caroline Brennan, Blake Young,
Stephen May and Jay Lomas.
According to Sweetwater High School Ag advisor Cory
Rains, each contest had 14 teams competing, all of which
had advanced to the area meet from their own districts.
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Nolan County United
Way supports nine
local agencies includ-
ing Senior Nutrition
(SNAP), West Texas
Family Services, Girl
Scouts, Boy Scouts and
Big Country Medical
Reserve Corps. The two
School District and
Rolling Plains Memorial
Hospital, are currently
running their cam-
paigns, Give Where
You Live. Pictured
is Sweetwater Middle
School sixth grader,
Skye Bishop, making
her contribution to
United Way. Skye is the
daughter of Paul and
Army veteran drove float in Texas parade crash
MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — The driver
of a parade float filled with wounded
veterans and their spouses that was
struck by a freight train in West Texas
is an Army veteran himself who is "in
shock" over the accident that killed four
people, an attorney said Tuesday.
Dale Andrew Hayden was driving
a flatbed truck that investigators say
edged across a railroad crossing despite
warning signals of a fast approaching
train, Hayden's attorney, Hal Brockett
"Words can't express the sorrow and
remorse for the people who got hurt
and killed," Brockett said in an inter-
The revelation of who the driver was
came as the National Transportation
Safety Board conducted a sight distance
test at the crash site. A train and a truck
similar to those involved in the accident
were driven across the site at various
intervals, and the railroad crossing was
Four veterans were killed in the col-
lision in Midland on Thursday. Sixteen
people were injured.
Investigators say the float began
crossing the train tracks even though
warning bells were sounding and the
crossing lights were flashing. A Union
Pacific train travelling at more than 60
mph ran into the truck as the occupants
scrambled to jump to safety.
Hayden, who has a military career
spanning more than three decades,
now works as a truck driver for Smith
Industries, an oilfield services com-
pany. Brockett said the company placed
Hayden on medical leave.
Hayden is "kind of catatonic" and not
ready to be interviewed, Brockett said.
"He's just very much in shock."
Doug Fletcher, a Dallas attorney rep-
resenting Smith Industries, said Hayden
is an Army reservist who has been driv-
ing for the company for two years and
may have driven in the parade before.
Hayden is undergoing "profession-
al counseling," Fletcher said. "He is
Fletcher said the company is tak-
ing steps to protect the driver after he
received "some hate emails."
No one responded to a knock on
the door at a mobile home listed as
Hayden's residence Tuesday.
At the NTSB sight distance test, a
train pulling 10 cars rolled through
the intersection, then was backed up
about a half mile and driven right to
the threshold of the crossing. The train
wasn't traveling at the same speed as
the one that crashed Thursday. The
same type of simulation was undertak-
en with the truck. NTSB investigators
in yellow vests took photos.
Reporters watched from a parking
lot that still has the painted outlines
of where bodies were thrown from the
Midland police also are investigating
the crash, but it's not clear what, if any,
criminal charges will be filed.
"I really can't speculate as to what
any charges might be," said the coun-
ty's district attorney, Teresa Clingman,
because the police "investigation is not
John Klassen, the U.S. attorney in
Midland, said he's unaware of any fed-
eral criminal authorities investigating
According to the NTSB, the railroad
crossing warning system was activated
20 seconds before the accident, and the
guardrail began to come down seven
seconds after that.
But some Midland residents have
said there isn't enough time between
when the signal begins and the trains
arrive. They say guardrails aren't com-
pletely down by the time a train comes
The Union Pacific freight train head-
ing to Louisiana was estimated to be
going at 62 mph at the time of the
The veterans had been invited to
Midland, a transportation and com-
merce hub in the West Texas oilfields,
for a three-day weekend of hunting and
shopping in appreciation of their ser-
vice. A local charity, Show of Support,
had organized the trip, parade and
other festivities. Show of Support offi-
cials have declined to identify the driv-
Killed were Marine Chief Warrant
Officer 3 Gary Stouffer, 37; Army Sgt.
Maj. Lawrence Boivin, 47; Army Sgt.
Joshua Michael, 34; and Army Sgt.
Maj. William Lubbers, 43.
According to Army records, Hayden
holds the rank of staff sergeant, and
his occupational specialty is light wheel
He began his military career as an
active-duty soldier from 1980 to 1988.
He did two stints in the Oklahoma
National Guard in the 1990s before
signing up again for the Army Reserve
in December 2003, according to Army
records. He served in Iraq until March
2005 and was deployed to Afghanistan
in 2009 until the following September.
His awards include an Afghanistan
campaign medal with a campaign star,
an Army commendation medal, an
Army achievement medal and a com-
bat action badge.
SISD, continued from Page 1
start a new system.
Sweetwater ISD Superintendent Terry Pittman noted
that the AYP ratings are becoming "unrealistic expec-
tations" as the state continues to raise the bar. Over
600 local school systems are being represented in this
particular lawsuit; another lawsuit—regarding school
finance—has been filed, with 900 school districts being
Pittman stated that this particular lawsuit will hope-
fully inform state legislators that "enough is enough"
with the unattainable standards being set for students.
As part of the current AYP, Sweetwater ISD recently
completed a district snapshot to comply with the dis-
trict's standing ratings.
Several area school districts have also joined, includ-
ing Abilene ISD, who is making an effort to involve local
groups. Approval was given to join the lawsuit, in which
each school district will have to pay a fee that will go
toward legal costs.
In other action items, the Policy Update 95, which
affects local policies, was presented and approved.
Among the changes in the policy were employment
issues for non-renewals and resignations, public com-
plaints and grievances, retention, the district name, and
In addition, three delinquent tax lot bids were pre-
sented to the board which all proved to be unique situa-
tions. The first bid was approved, with the understand-
ing that the entire payment would be made toward it.
The second bid did not meet the specified require-
ments and was not accepted, but the third bid was
approved, subject to legal matters being resolved and
releases being completed and filed.
Approval was also given to the consent agenda, which
was made up of the minutes of the October 15 meeting,
the investment statement and the October 2012 finan-
cial statement and bills.
And while no action was taken, the board looked
over five proposed district calendars for the 2013-
2014 school year. Each calendar started on the fourth
Monday in August on the 26th—the earliest a school
year can begin according to state law—but each boasted
different holiday schedules.
However, after some discussion, it was determined
to bring two calendars to the staff to get their opinion.
Following a decision from the district staff, the board
will then come back at a later date to approve one calen-
dar for the upcoming school year.
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