February 13th, 2012
The Nolan County West Texas Groundwater Conservation District is offering "water smart tips" for water efficiency in and around the home.
The Texas State Water Plan, from the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), projects that by 2050, the state's population will increase by 90%, bringing total municipal water demand to increase by 67%.
And even though water savings projected by conservation will stand at 13.5% by that time, only 75% of the projected water demand will meet the water supply from existing sources.
Last Saturday Sweetwater High School Band member Crysten Ivy gave the performance of a lifetime, performing with the Texas All-State Band in San Antonio. The concert was witnessed by an enthusiastic audience of several thousand music educators, family members and supporters. It was the culmination of the annual Texas Music Educators Convention, which involves more than 10,000 elementary music teachers and band, choir and orchestra directors.
Two college students are lucky to be alive after icy roads caused a major accident near Sweetwater on Interstate 20, according to KTXS.
The students were heading to Lubbock when the driver hit a patch of ice causing her to lose control.
Her mustang hit the concrete median, ricocheted off and slid under an 18-wheeler.
Sweetwater emergency service personnel responded to the wreck. The passenger had to be pulled out of the vehicle through the window.
Alice K. Sanders, age 64, passed away Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, in Odessa, TX. She was born May 9, 1947, in Oceanside, Calif. to Walter B. and Annabell (Whitney) Boen.
Alice was a member of the Church of God in Kermit, TX and liked going on church retreats.Â She liked talking on the phone and keeping up with the family.Â She loved being a grandma, and was known as â€śGranny Aliceâ€ť to her grandkids.
It took a tiebreaker this past season to keep Sweet-waterâ€™s softball team from getting a shot at the pro-gramâ€™s first playoff berth since the 1990s.
However, that hurdle may be cleared in 2012 with 11 returning lettermen â€” five of whom won all-district recognition â€” on this seasonâ€™s 13-player roster. Still, the team will be young with only three seniors, along with eight juniors and two freshmen.
First-year coach Robert Williams is excited about that potential as the Lady Mustangs prepare for their season opener at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday against Winters.
MONDAY, FEB. 13
Bi-district playoff: Highland girls vs. Sterling City (Class 1A, Division II), 7 p.m., Winters.
TUESDAY, FEB. 14
Sweetwater varsity at Midland Lee (scrimmage), 4:30 p.m.
Sweetwater boys at Snyder â€” freshmen at 4:30 p.m., JV at 6 p.m., varsity at 7:30 p.m.
Highland JV and varsity boys host Roby starting at 5 p.m.
Blackwell varsity boys host Bronte, 6:30 p.m.
Sweetwater JV and varsity teams host Winters (season openers), 4 and 5:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, FEB. 16
Sweetwater varsity at Abilene tournament.
Sierra Allen scored 25 points for the Highland girls Friday in their playoff warmup game against New Home that was held in Hermleigh, but the Lady Hornets still lost by a score of 43-38.
Highland (22-8) held leads of 11-5 and 21-18 after the first two periods but New Home led 32-30 entering the final stanza.
The Blackwell boys got their first district victory on Friday, as the Hornets defeated Veribest 48-35 in a game at Veribest. Mason Magness scored 13 points to pace Blackwell in the win that leaves both teams 1-12 in District 12-A, Division II.
Mark Monroe had nine, Jordan Fields and Jayden Jones seven, Bennie Wester five, Ted Chambliss three and Wade Allen two.
However, the Roscoe and Highland boys both lost.
The Plowboys (1-9 district) ended their season by losing to Munday 71-28 and Highland (3-8 district) fell against Hermleigh 57-43.
Highlandâ€™s junior high girls basketball team beat Hermleigh 27-22 and Trent 32-28 to win first place honors at a tournament held in Trent on Jan. 28.
Highland built a big half-time lead (18-6) and held on to beat Hermleigh, but had to rally to beat Trent after trailing 16-15 at halftime. Hannah Allen had 10, Sydny Helbert eight, Kailee Hall six and Kelsi Johns three against Hermleigh while no individual scores against Trent were given.
The Sweetwater Middle School boys defeated Snyder in three games Feb. 6. The eighth grade Red (42-21), eighth grade White (28-13) and seventh grade Red (23-18) won, while the seventh grade White lost 28-7.