Archive - Aug 2013
(Irving, TX) - Every fall, more than 55 million children across the United States head back to school.Â With 13 percent of those children typically walking or biking to their classes, AAA Texas warns drivers to be especially vigilant for pedestrians before and after school hours.Â The afternoon hours are particularly dangerous â€“ over the last decade, more than one-fourth of child pedestrian fatalities occurred between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Most Texas schools start up again on August 26, so AAA Texas recommends the following tips to drivers:
(Sweetwater) - Texas State Technical College West Texas (TSTC) and Petroleum Education Council Safety Management (PEC) have joined forces to create a pipeline of well-trained, credentialed workers for the Oil & Gas Industry in Texas. TSTC will teach PECâ€™s â€śOil Field Preparation Systemâ€ť (OFPS) which is a job readiness program that prepares job seekers for the oil and gas industry. This safety-based job readiness program prepares job seekers for work in the industry on land and offshore.
Once again the Nolan County Soil and Water Conservation District has made a donation to the Kids On the Land (KOL) program and fully supports the mission of KOL and the concept of bringing agricultural education to life while out on the land. Mandi Ligon, District Conservationist in the Sweetwater office, has also provided support and leadership for the program at the 69 Ranch.
OVALO:Â Jack W. Hancock, 98, passed away Wednesday August 22, 2013Â at his ranch in Ovalo. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at the First Baptist Church, Tuscola, with burial to follow in the Tuscola Cemetery. Pastor Dewayne Bush officiating, directed by Fry~Bartlett Funeral Home, Tuscola. A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, August 24, 2013 at the funeral home.
The spread offense was a big change for Sweetwaterâ€™s football program when it was installed by newly-hired head coach Shane Mobley a year ago.
But it seems the Mustang players are finally adapting â€” even having fun with it.
After managing just one score in its opening scrimmage at Wichita Falls Hir-schi, Sweetwaterâ€™s offense scored on its first two plays against San Angelo Lake View in Thursdayâ€™s final scrimmage at the Bowl. And both scores came in spec-tacular fashion.
Today will be mostly sunny with a high near 93. Winds will be from the south-southeast at 5 to 10 mph, and after 4 p.m. we'll see a 20% chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms.
Expect those rain chances to continue through 10 p.m.; otherwise we'll have partly cloudy conditions with a low around 72. Winds will be from the southeast at 5 to 10 mph.
On Saturday, we'll have a 10% chance of precipitation, while on Sunday, it will bump up to 20%. Weekend highs will be in the low 90s with lows in the low 70s.
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CHILDRESS â€” Back-to-school means back-to-traffic, and as students return to the classroom this fall, the Texas Department of Transportation calls on drivers to â€śDrive Friendly. Drive Safe.â€ť to reduce crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists.
Sweetwater ISD held a Red Run on Monday morning to help start the school year off strong. Faculty and staff members, as well as students and community members were invited to the 8 a.m. run.
All who attended showed their school spirit by wearing red and white. Dye stations were set up along the route to throw red powder at the runners, covering them head to toe by the end of the race.
Shown, Superintendent Terry Pittman spoke briefly before the start of the run.
It's time to lace up those running shoes for a good cause--the 2013 Sweetwater Heart Walk.
The event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 14 at the Sweetwater Mustang track field. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., with the walk starting at 9 a.m.
The local Heart Walk, a fundraising initiative which supports the American Heart Association (AHA), has been taking place for over 20 years. Two years ago, the walk was changed from its spring schedule to become a fall venue, according to event coordinator Jerrie Gee.
TEMPLE, TX â€” State Representative Susan King will be the featured speaker at the West Texas Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (WTASWCDS) meeting August 27. The meeting will be held at the Texas State Technical College in Sweetwater with registration starting at 9 a.m.
â€śBeginning at 10:00 a.m. and prior to the business session, soil and water conservation district directors attending the meeting will be given a tour of the National Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP) WWII Museumâ€ť said Johnny Ussery, President of the WTASWCDS.