February 20th, 2013
BALLINGER â€” They may not be state-ranked, but the Highland girls basketball team knows how to take down a top-25 opponent.
When the Lady Hornets got in foul trouble in the second half while trying to protect a lead, they relied on two Ds â€” defense and a very effective delay game â€” and clutch free throw shooting to secure a 40-32 victory over No. 16-ranked Water Valley on Tuesday at Ballinger High School.
Highland (29-4) will face Baird in the regional semifinals at Abilene Christian University at 7 p.m. Friday â€” a team the Lady Hornets defeated 43-28 back in late November.
BALLINGER â€” The Highland boys relied largely on their defense to get them into the Class A playoffs this season. It wasnâ€™t enough, however, to overcome an anemic offensive effort in Fridayâ€™s bi-district game vs. Robert Lee as the Steers built a first-half lead and held on for a 37-22 victory at Ballinger High School.
District 13-A, D-II runnerup Highland (15-15) held only one lead, 4-3, in the first minute of the second quarter. Yes, 4-3.
Expect a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms today, as we'll see cloudy skies and a high near 57. It'll also be breezy, with winds from the east-southeast at 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
Tonight, showers and thunderstorms are likely, with mostly cloudy skies and a low around 42. Winds will be from the east-southeast around 20 mph, becoming south-southwest after midnight. Gusts could top out at 30 mph; chance of rain is 70%.
Learn all you need to know now at weather.gov.
(West Texas) â€“ Reality Education for Drivers will be at TSTC West Texas Campuses for their YOLO (You Only Live Once) campaign. The group is bringing awareness to the dangers of texting and driving. Donâ€™t believe how dangerous it is? Test it out yourself in the texting and driving simulator this week at a TSTC campus near you. Sweetwater Campus: Tuesday, February 19, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Student Center Concourse
Abilene Campus: Wednesday, February 20, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Conference Room
Seventy-five East Ridge students collected over $3,000 to donate to the American Heart Association during their recent "Jump Rope for Heart" event.
The five students with the largest donations were: (back row) Katie Reed, Jaxon Gilmore, Paula Tovar, and (front row) Aubrey Galindo and Christyn Allen.
Thanks to all the children who participated in helping this worthwhile organization!
During the February meeting of the Sweetwater City Commission, Eddie Brown stated in his monthly City Manager's report that Code Enforcement and building inspections have show an increase in activity, as oil-related business continues to expand. Seeing the most growth has been Bradford Lane and Interstate 20.
A multitude of information has been presented during the Cline Shale meetings held in surrounding counties for the past few months, in which the February meeting was held in Colorado City.
"We don't know what to expect," said Brown in regards to change.
Mayor Greg Wortham, SEED Executive Ken Becker, SEED Marketing Dir. Kirstin Smith, and Jeff Howard from TSTC joined more than 100 people representing cities in the Texas Midwest region in Austin on Feb. 5th participating in â€śTexas Midwest Day at the Capitolâ€ť. Representatives for the Sweetwater Rattlesnake Roundup were at the Capitol promoting the annual event and were able to take time to join the TMCN group for photos.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 150 calls for service, issued nine citations and made 10 arrests from Feb. 15-18, 2013.
The SPD received 60, 911 calls.
â€˘ 1700 block of Lamar.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Indecency with a child by contact â€”Â 1000 block of Silas.
â€˘ Duty on striking unattended vehicle â€”Â 500 block of E Alabama.
â€˘ Criminal mischief â€”Â Coral Cove.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Cory Martin, 35 â€” Driving while intoxicated, third or more.
â€˘ Juan Leanos, 22 â€” City warrants.
â€˘ Decoreyon Thomas, 21 â€” Possession of marijuana.
Funeral services for Wynona SoRelle Pickett, 86, of Sweetwater, will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at McCoy Chapel of Memories with Rev. Mike Crowley officiating. Interment will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at McCoy Funeral Home.
Pickett died Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, in Sweetwater.
Note: There may be additional basketball playoff games later this week.
TUESDAY, FEB. 19
Class 1A, Division II girls regional quarterfinal: Highland vs. Water Valley, 6:30 p.m., Ballinger High School.
Class 1A, Division II boys bi-district: High-land vs. Robert Lee, 8 p.m., Ballinger High School.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20
Sweetwater JV boys at Lamesa tournament.
THURSDAY, FEB. 21
Sweetwater varsity will play at Granbury tournament through Saturday, Feb. 23.