October 4th, 2012
For the first time since coming to Sweetwater in 1990, your humble sports editor had no football team from Nolan County to cover in the high school playoffs this past season. In fact, there were few victories to write about as the countyâ€™s four schools won just one-fifth of their games (8-32) â€” and one of those was the result of a forfeit.
But there have been eight victories this season already and Sweetwater (2-3) is the only area team that hasnâ€™t already reached or exceeded its win total for last year.
Members of this yearâ€™s Sweetwater High School varsity tennis team are, front row kneeling from left, Kristen Casto, Vida Gamez, Kayla Sage, Teresa Perez-Poe, Brianna Hicks, Jenny Medellin, Gewel Cherry; standing, Keygan Valdez, Michael Redondo, Stephen Shipp, Zac Bax, Isaiah Hernandez, Bryan Vause and Billy Reeves.
ABILENE â€” Sweetwaterâ€™s volleyball team lost to No. 1-ranked Wylie in three games by scores of 17-25, 11-17, 17-25 in the teamsâ€™ District 4-3A match on Tuesday.
Sweetwater fell to 21-13 overall, 1-3 in district. Wylie is 31-4 and 4-0. Sweetwater goes to Midland Greenwood (17-17, 1-3) for its next match Friday.
In Sweetwaterâ€™s match against Wylie, Kendra Cros-son had eight kills and 10 digs; Kathleen Campbell had six kills; Kelsi Crosson had five kills and 12 digs; Suede Shirley finished with 23 kill assists and four digs; and Shelby Cason had four kills as well as three digs.
Thursday's weather will be mostly sunny with a high near 80. Winds from the south-southwest around 10 to 15 mph will become north-northeast in the afternoon.
Tonight, expect partly cloudy skies with a low around 54. Winds will be from the north at 5 to 10 mph.
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The Sweetwater Chuck Wagon Gang has been around for quite some time and has served many Nolan County crowds, as well as other crowds when the Gang used to travel. The Gang specializes in cooking brisket, steak, potato salad, ranch style beans and other items. "We specialize in chuck wagon-style cooking," said member Tom Henderson. "We also pride ourselves in feeding many in a short period of time."
Sweetwater Independent School District Assistant Superintendent Kathy Smartt announced earlier that the first early release day for students will be coming up on Monday, Oct. 8.Â
Campus dismissal times are as follows:
â€¢ J.P. Cowen and Southeast Elementary â€” 12:15 p.m.
â€¢ East Ridge Elementary â€” 12:20 p.m.
â€¢ Sweetwater High School â€” 12:50 p.m.
â€¢ Sweetwater Intermediate â€” 12:55 p.m.
â€¢ Sweetwater Middle School â€” 1 p.m.
The Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains will be having a "Sundae Fun!" event on Sunday, October 7th at Camp Boothe Oaks.
"Join us as we make sundaes and discuss the Girl Scout program in Nolan County," said event organizers. "We are looking for K-12 girls to join the troops, as well as any adults who may want to become more involved."
In the program, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives, like leadership and strong values. Annual membership dues are $12.
The Region 14 Education Service Center (who gets the grant for Headstart) recently bought four iPads per Headstart classroom at J.P. Cowen Early Childhood Center.Â
Lenior Peterson was the Region 14 representative who made this happen for Sweetwater. There are six Headstart classrooms in all in Sweetwater so there are 24 new iPads for Headstart students to learn on at the school.
Shown are students in Mrs. Susie Kamer's Headstart class in centers using the iPads.
Linda Linn will be at the County-City Library in Sweetwater on Oct. 9, 16, and 23 to teach a Telling Our Stories workshop. The previousÂ class, held in February, had their stories made into a book.Â "We hope toÂ add the stories from this class to the book that is in the library from the previous class," said Becky Brock, Library Director.
The workshop is free and open to anyone of any age. No sign-up is necessary; just show up to any class on either Oct. 9, 16, or 23. Linda says "When you think about writing your life story, it can be overwhelming."
Sharron Davis,Â WASP Museum Director, recentlyÂ presented a replica Silver Wings pinÂ to C.S. Wilkins, a founding board member of the National WASP WWII Museum at the Colorado City ISD Wall of Honor Ceremony.
Mr. Wilkins, a graduate of Colorado City High School was honored for his meritoriousÂ military service andÂ other outstanding achievements.Â As a young high school student, C.S. would hitch-hike from Colorado City to Avenger Field to watch the WASP in training there and was inspired by them to become a pilot himself.Â