August 13th, 2012
The start of the school year always brings about change, but one significant change this year will be evident in the cafeterias within Sweetwater ISD (Independent School District)--along with other school cafeterias throughout the entire country.
First Lady Michelle Obama has made waves during this presidential term through her "Let's Move" campaign--a program incepted to fight childhood obesity. With this movement, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 was incepted and signed. And starting this school year, school districts nationwide must meet the new standards of nutrition for meals.
Two people were jailed after entering pleas to Judge Glen Harrison during 32nd Judicial District Court proceedings on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. District Attorney Ann Reed and Assistant District Attorney Barrett Thomas prosecuted the cases.
Brock Ethan Walker, along with his attorney, Kristen Postell, pled guilty to evading arrest with a vehicle, a third degree felony. For his plea, Walker received six years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He will also have to pay a $3,000 fine, $309 in court costs and $500 in attorney's fees.
Q: What is a TRE?
A: TRE is the abbreviation for Tax Ratification Election. After passage of House Bill 1 (HB1) in 2006, state law requires a school district to ask the local voters to ratify or approve any M&O tax rate above $1.04. The law allows local school boards to set an M&O rate up to $1.17. SISDâ€™s board has set our local M&O rate at $1.095.
Q: How much additional revenue will the district realize for a 3.5 cent increase in our M&O tax rate?
In his previous tour of duty here from 2004 through 2007, Shane Mobley served as a top assistant for a high school football program that perennially ranked among the most successful not only in Class 3A but the entire state of Texas.
And since his return to Sweetwater in April, this time as the Mustangsâ€™ head coach, Mobley has been consumed with getting the program back to that level.
After a quarter century of excellence starting in 1984 in which Sweetwater missed the playoffs only three times, the Mustangs have gone just 9-21 the past three seasons with no post-season appearances.
Liz Miller is beginning her 10th year as Sweetwaterâ€™s head volleyball coach, and her 2012 team â€” which will tip off play on Monday by hosting Grape Creek at 6:15 p.m. â€” also has a great deal of returning experience.
Of the teamâ€™s 12 players, eight are seniors and five of them â€” or 83 percent of the starting rotation â€” earned all-district honors in 2011.
Furthermore, all five â€” middle blockers Kathleen Campbell and Shelby Cason, outside hitters Kel-si Crosson and Kendra Crosson and setter Suede Shirley â€” have at least two years of varsity experience.
Several individuals re-ceived awards at the con-clusion of the two volley-ball camps that were held this past week at Sweet-water Middle School.
The awards were pre-sented by camp coaches Carla Lambert, Sandra Graham and Jill Locklar. Winners are as follows:
Top server â€” Elli Lehnert
Top passer â€” Mia Valdez
Self bump champion â€” Amber Knox
Self bump game winner â€” Madison Mims
Shagger girls â€” Hannah Mobley, Megan Kirkland, Michiah Royal
Mighty Lady Mustang â€” Faith Santiago
Perfect Form Award â€” Kara Lehnert
Top hitters â€” Julia Rees and Riley Dodd
The Sweetwater Middle School gym welcomed a large number of students when it hosted two volleyball camps this past week.
Pictured above are those attending the afternoon camp. In no particular order are Elli Lehnert, Kaci Webb, Megan Kirkland, Hannah Mobley, Kyrsten Smith, Kolbi Turner, Faith Santiago, Riley Dodd, Amber Knox, Madison Mims, Michaela Currie, Kaitlyn Chance, Mia Valdez, Michiah Royal, Marissa (Pookie) Villanueva, Emma Dent, Julia Rees, Cyera Prepon, Lauren Brown and Kara Lehnert.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 39 calls for service, issued two citations and made one arrest on Aug. 9, 2012.
The SPD received 24, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Burglary of a vehicle â€” 1700 block of Hailey.
â€¢ Burglary of a vehicle â€” 1700 block of Hailey.
â€¢ Burglary of a vehicle â€” 1300 block of Josephine.
â€¢ Robbery â€” 1400 block of Hailey.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Erica Caballero, 34 â€” Warrant.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had 12 calls for service, served five civil papers and made two arrests on Aug. 9, 2012.
Arrested by NCSO:
Aglow International Sweetwater Community Lighthouse will host the "Back to School Prayer Walk" on Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Lighthouse Assembly of God Church, 412 Newman Street.Â We will gather at the church for a short Word and some praise and worship before we go out and cover our schools with prayer. Refreshments will be served afterwards in the fellowship hall.
PleaseÂ come and support our schools, andÂ our children. For more information, call 338-8924.
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The Sweetwater Fire Department has recently promoted one of its own to Assistant Fire Chief. Paul King is the newest supervisor of his shift after the retirement of Jim Porter after 35 years of service.
King is an Intermediate Emergency Medical Technician and a firefighter, who has been with the Sweetwater Fire Department for 11 years.