Archive - 2013
Incoming Sweetwater Middle School seventh graders received Apple iPads for the coming school year on Monday, making it seventh through tenth grade with the devices at Sweetwater ISD. Sixth graders will also receive iPads in the fall.
Shown is Daniel Mendoza receiving his iPad from SMS Technology Director Sue Schlueter on Monday.
The Sweetwater Reporter staff recently received awards from the West Texas Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.
The newspaper received two third place wins â€” one in photography and one in advertising composition and first place in the General Excellence Division.
Shown are (back row) staff writer Melissa Winslow, sports editor Ron Howell, (front row) managing editor Tatiana Rodriguez, publisher Glenn Stifflemire and staff writer Belinda Serrano.
U.S. Representative Randy Neugebauer visited with Sweetwater and Nolan County business leaders on Monday morning at Texas State Technical College. Neugebauer talked about redistricting concerns and updated everyone on happenings in Washington.
A major point of concern he brought up was the national debt. Neugebauer stated "People, including the government, need to learn how to live within their means. We must get our fiscal house in order."
During Monday afternoon's session of the Nolan County Commissioners' meeting, the commissioners met with Turner Construction and Wigington Hooker and Jeffry Architects in order to discuss and determine the GMP (guaranteed maximum price) for the Nolan County Sheriff's Office and Jail.
Mike Kaiman, the vice president/general manager of Turner Construction, offered a history of the project. In mid-2012, a budget was established at the total of $9.8 million for the sheriff's office and jail.
Sweetwater High Schoolâ€™s football players are shown here going through a conditioning drill this past Friday at Mustang Bowl, when the team had its first full contact drills in pads.
Sweetwater goes to Wichita Falls this Friday for its first preseason scrimmage. The Mustangs take on Hirschi, then have their final preseason skir-mish against San Angelo Lake View at the Bowl on Aug. 22.
The season starts Aug. 30 at Eastland.
GRAPE CREEK â€” The Sweetwater High School volleyball team opened its season with a 3-1 road win at Grape Creek on Monday.
After splitting the first two games of the match, Sweetwater â€” which has just two returning lettermen â€” took charge by beating Grape Creek 25-17 and 25-9 to claim the win.
Expect mostly sunny skies today with a high near 96. Winds will be from the south at 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight, we'll see a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Otherwise, we should see partly cloudy conditions, with a low around 71 and southern winds at 5 to 10 mph. After midnight, winds will shift to the northeast.
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Highland Independent School District will be hosting their annual Meet the Teacher night and Big Blue Preview on Thursday, Aug. 22. There will be several activities during the evening including a brisket sandwich meal, meet-and-greet with teachers and an introduction of the football players and cross-country runners.Â
From 5-7 p.m., the Highland PTO will be serving brisket sandwich meals in the cafeteria, $6 per plate for adults and $4 per plate for children fifth grade and younger. They will also have several door prizes.Â
Students at Roscoe Collegiate Independent School District began their school year this morning.
The school was eligible to apply for an early start waiver for the 2013-2014 School Year to assist in facilitating the Early College High School/STEM Academy.
The waiver is applicable for two instructional years and allows the district to start classes two weeks prior to the fourth Monday in August. Classes will conclude May 16, 2014.
The theft of scrap metal has become a fast growing crime in Sweetwater according to Sweetwater Chief of Police Brian Frieda. Metals such as brass, copper, aluminum, nickel and stainless steel are being sought after by those looking to make money by selling it to recyclers.Â Items that are stolen have included scrap iron, copper, irrigation pipe and items off of railroad tracks. "Some will park and walk up and down the railroad right-of-way to find metal items. Some are even pulling spikes from the tracks," said Frieda.