Archive - 2013
Sweetwater ISD is already making preparations for the next school year, as proposed calendars were presented to the Board of Trustees during their meeting on Monday evening.
With the district's use of Flex Days, one calendar option resulted in classes ending in June since the Flex Days were placed at the end of the school year. The other option, which was amended by the board, included a Labor Day holiday and an early release day the day before Thanksgiving, with the year ending in May.
Gary Donald Blair, formerly of Sweetwater, died at his residence in North Carolina.
He has gone to meet his maker and is now reunited with his late wife Karen Blair. He will be deeply missed. He wasn't just our brother, he was our best friend.
He loved hunting and old cars. He was born Oct. 28, 1959 in Rotan, moved to Sweetwater for a while and then moved to Dallas. He finally moved to North Carolina where he lived for 16 years and passed away.
It shouldnâ€™t come as a big surprise that a change has forced Blackwellâ€™s football team to make some last-minute adjustments. Itâ€™s been happening all year.
On Wednesday, it was announced that the Hor-netsâ€™ playoff game against Grandfalls-Royalty would be played today in Rankin â€” 24 hours earlier than scheduled â€” due to icy weather forecasts for Friday.
Blackwell (10-1) had to cancel three of its 10 regular-season games, managing to reschedule only one, so the shuffle is nothing new. And head coach Clint Lowry says his team looks forward to continuing its best playoff run in 17 years.
Mustang Bowl is hosting a pair of playoff games this week, starting today with a Class 1A, Division I area matchup between Wind-thorst and Sundown that will kick off at 6:30 p.m.
The second playoff game is a Class 2A, Division I area game between Denver City and Bangs at 7:30 p.m. Fri-day.
Bangs (8-3) is coming to Mustang Bowl for the sec-ond straight year. In 2012, the Dragons played here in the area round against Idalou and won, 23-6, to advance to regionals before losing to Eastland.
The Blackwell girls bas-ketball team began its 2013-14 season Tuesday with a convincing 58-26 victory on the road at Loraine.
Stephanie Metcalf paced Blackwell with 13 points and Halee Sanderson had 12. Brooklyn Harris added nine, Hailey Bennett and Shianne Solis six, Crystal Chavez and Abby Gott five and Brena Robison two. Blackwell led 15-3, 30-9 and 46-18 at the end of the quarter breaks.
Today will be mostly cloudy with a high near 75. Winds will be from the south-southwest at 10 to 15 mph, and after noon we'll have a slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Blackwell's Six-Man, Division II regional playoff game against Grandfalls-Royalty has been moved up one day due to the anticipated bad weather this weekend.
According to Blackwell head coach Clint Lowry, the game will now be played at 7 p.m. Thursday in Rankin. Grandfalls-Royalty will be considered the home team.
Both teams are 10-1 this season. Grandfalls-Royalty is ranked No. 2 in the state and Blackwell is ranked No. 10.
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) recently awarded $1,498,860 in Skills Development job training grants to eight community colleges across the state, including Texas State Technical College West Texas. These grants will help support the collegesâ€™ ability to address the training needs of oil and gas exploration employers in the Cline and Permian Shales.
The Sweetwater Fire Department is welcoming three new firefighters to the station.
Zachary Williams of Hawley, Texas is one of three new additions to the Sweetwater Fire Department. Williams, a firefighter and paramedic who studied at Cisco College and Texas State Technical College, was influenced by his father, Tommy, who retired from the Abilene Fire Department after 18 years. Williams is married to Lacy, and the couple have a two-year-old named Bryson.
Sweetwater swept its first boys-girls basketball doubleheader of the season on Tuesday, as both squads won their games at Early.
The boys rallied for a 58-50 win in their opener. The girls also won, 52-48, in a game that saw Sweetwater shoot an amazing 52 free throws â€” though the Lady Mustangs made just 23.
Sweetwater girls 52, Early girls 48
Taylor McPherson, who by herself attempted 24 free throws, scored 19 points to pace Sweetwater (2-2).