Archive - 2014

May 23rd

SISD to remodel fieldhouse, gym showers

May 23, 2014

Approval was given during Monday night's meeting of the Sweetwater ISD Board of Trustees toward the remodel of the Sweetwater High School field house and showers at the high school gym.
Sweetwater ISD Superintendent Terry Pittman showed photos to the board and discussed the project, in that since being built in 1982, no major work has been done at the field house.
The field house showers leak and out of the eighteen total showers, only around eight work. Typically, the showers are used when the district hosts football games for out of town guests.

New school zone to be implemented

May 23, 2014

A new school zone was approved to be implemented at the Sweetwater City Commission meeting held Tuesday at City Hall.
The approved, amended ordinance would provide a reduced speed limit on designated portions of Fifth Street, from its intersection with Elm Street to its intersection with Fowler Street. The establishment of the school zone would be done on an emergency basis--thus only one reading of the ordinance would take place--and a penalty would be executed for any violation.

Sweetwater FCA all-star participants

May 23, 2014

Seven graduating Sweetwater High School athletes will participate next month in an all-star sports festival that will have games in three area cities. The event, known as the Big Country Chevy Dealers FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) All-Star Festival, will be held from June 10-14.
From left are Micaela Reschman (volleyball), James Clift (baseball), Megan Carney (cheerleading), Kaleb Hoover (football), Kayla Chowning (cheerleading), Greg Aiken (baseball) and Caroline Lawrence (cheerleading).

Graduating seniors to be honored at local churches

May 23, 2014

Broadway Baptist Church 
Toby Keith wrote a song called “The American Soldier.” It tells of a soldier that is called to duty and says:
And I will always do my duty no matter what the price;
I’ve counted up the cost, I know the sacrifice.
Oh, and I don’t want to die for you, but if dyin’s asked of me,
I’ll bear the cross with honor, ‘cause freedom isn’t free.

Historic Ford Airliner visits Avenger Field in advance of WASP Homecoming

May 23, 2014

Sweetwater citizens were recently treated to a sight not likely seen above the city in decades as a 1929 Ford Tri-Motor airliner flew over the center of town. The plane pictured during refueling at Avenger Field was en route from Phoenix, Arizona to Mount Pleasant, Texas and landed shortly after 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6. The plane is owned and piloted by Scott Glover of Mount Pleasant. The Ford Tri-Motor is powered by three Wright Whirlwind R-975 radial engines of 330 horsepower each.

Cortez named Southeast Teacher of the Year, SISD Elementary Teacher of the Year

May 23, 2014

Amy Cortez was named Southeast Elementary's Teacher of the Year, and was also honored as the Elementary Teacher of the Year for Sweetwater ISD.
Cortez teaches Kindergarten and has been teaching for a total of eight years. Two of those years have taken place at Sweetwater ISD.
She attended Howard Payne University and Texas Tech University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Biology. She has been involved with the Texas Coaches Wives Association, as well as the District Council from 2012-2014.

Lake Sweetwater bait shop to close

May 23, 2014

The lease agreement between the City of Sweetwater and G.M. Morgan, Inc., the entity who is doing business at the city-owned property known as the Lake Sweetwater Bait Shop, was approved for bilateral termination during Tuesday's City Commission meeting.
The lake currently stands at 18% capacity, and golden algae in the area has made a significant, negative impact. In addition, one month at the bait shop only reported fifty dollars' worth of sales.

Local weekend weather preview

May 23, 2014

Today we'll see showers and thunderstorms likely, with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 79. Winds will be from the south-southeast at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Expect a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms tonight, mainly before 1am. Otherwise, it'll be mostly cloudy, with a low around 66 and southeast winds at 10 to 15 mph.
The chance for rain will be with us throughout the entire weekend, with highs in the low 80s and lows in the mid 60s. Winds will be from the south-southwest at 10 to 15 mph on Saturday and Sunday.

May 22nd

GT class tours Sweetwater

May 22, 2014

Shown is the Sweetwater Middle School eighth grade GT (gifted/talented) class as they took a historic tour of Sweetwater recently. They learned about the founding fathers of the community and their contributions to the downtown area.

City approves involvement in steering committees

May 22, 2014

During Tuesday's City Commission meeting, approval was given toward the city's involvement in two steering committees.
A resolution was adopted authorizing the city's participation in the Atmos Cities Steering Committee toward denying the rate increase requested by Atmos Energy. Sweetwater is one of about 160 cities on the committee, which regulates rates for natural gas.

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