Archive - 2013
Sweetwater head football coach Shane Mobley knew big changes might be coming for his program starting with the 2014 season.
And Monday, the Univer-sity Interscholastic League made it official. Sweetwater â€” which dropped from Class 4A to 3A back in 2000 â€” will return to Class 4A for at least the next two years.
But this time, itâ€™s because the UIL is renaming all of its classifications to include a Class 6A for the biggest schools. The Mustangs will be in Class 4A, Division II.
Two undefeated teams play here at 7 p.m. Friday as Shallowater and Graham meet in a Class 3A, Division II state quarterfinal at Mus-tang Bowl. Both squads have perfect 13-0 marks and were state-ranked at the end of the regular season.
If the expected icy weather doesnâ€™t interfere, all eight Nolan County high school varsity basketball teams â€” plus a handful of sub-varsity and junior high squads â€” will play in tournaments that are scheduled to begin today around the area.
The Sweetwater girls were scheduled to play twice today at Stantonâ€™s tourney that ends Saturday, while the boysâ€™ first tournament pool game at Stanton will be at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
The top three teams in each pool will advance to championship play on Sat-urday.
Matt Lowry scored 24 points and Mason Magness added 14 as Blackwellâ€™s boys basketball team beat West-brook 55-30 on Tuesday, giving Blackwell a split of the doubleheader.
Wade Allen and Ethan Andrews (5 points), Jayden Jones (3 points) and Cole Alley (2 points) also scored for Blackwell, now 2-0 this season. But Westbrook won 36-30 over Blackwellâ€™s girls to prevent a sweep.
Blackwell (1-2) was paced by Hailey Bennettâ€™s 12-point effort while Stephanie Met-calf had nine, Brooklyn Harris and Shianne Solis four and Crystal Chavez one for the Lady Hornets.
Today, we'll have a chance of rain or freezing rain before noon, then a 60% chance of freezing rain and sleet. Expect cloudy and cold conditions, with the temperature falling to around 23 by 5pm. Wind chill values will be between 11 and 17, with north-northeast winds around 15 mph. Total daytime ice accumulations of 0.1 to 0.2 of an inch are possible, with little or no snow accumulation expected.
Wal-Mart has partnered with the West Texas Children's Advocacy Center (WTCAC) for the 2013 holiday season to provide a way for many children in the area to have a better Christmas.
Amy's Angel Tree at Wal-Mart represents children who have been served by the WTCAC this year. Each angel has a child's gender, age, clothing size and special needs, or a favorite toy or character that the child would like.
Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH) in conjunction with the Sweetwater Lions Club recently held an eye glasses drive in an effort to help those less fortunate have the opportunity to see better with corrective lenses. The two groupsâ€™ efforts resulted in 97 used eye glasses being collected.
Sweetwater Independent School District Superintendent Mr. Terry Pittman is pictured at the Superintendents' Student Advisory Meeting held each six weeks.
The meeting is held during lunch and representatives from grades 4 through 12 attend. The representatives were appointed by campus principals.
Issues are discussed and suggestions are made to insure that SISD stays Sweetwater Strong.
Elizabeth â€śBettyâ€ť Jane Walker, age 74, of Brownwood passed away Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 at Brownwood Regional Medical Center.
Services for Betty will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at Blaylock Funeral Home Chapel, with interment to follow at Indian Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Blaylock Funeral Home.
Michael Carter Payne, age 59, of Grapevine, (former resident of Nolan) passed away on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at Baylor Regional Medical Center in Grapevine.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Anson. Burial will follow. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
Michael was born on Oct. 2, 1954 in Plains, Texas to Walter Carter and Algia (Jones) Payne. He was a member of Nolan Baptist Church.