January 18th, 2013
At Santa Fe Lake in Sweetwater this week were a swoop of Sandhill Cranes. Hundreds of the birds could be seen in the water.
Sandhill Cranes breed from Siberia and Alaska east across Canada to the Hudson Bay and to western Ontario, with isolated populations in the Rocky Mountains, northern prairies, Great Lakes and in Mississippi, Georgia, and Florida. They spend their winters in California, and from Arizona to Florida.
They prefer marshes, prairie ponds and marshy tundra. They are also found on prairies and grain fields during migration.
Texans benefit every day from the tireless work and countless hours contributed by a group of more than 7,300 men and women in communities across the state. These local volunteers are elected by their constituents and receive no compensation for their work as public servants. These men and women are the school board members of Texas.
January is School Board Recognition Month and Sweetwater ISD will take this opportunity to thank these local leaders for devoting time to support public education and serve our local schools.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 45 calls for service, issued six citations and made one arrest on Jan. 16, 2013.
The SPD received 45, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Burglary of a vehicle â€”Â 1600 block of San Carlos.
â€˘ Aggravated assault of a child â€”Â Sweetwater.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Blake Linebaugh, 20 â€”Â Warrant.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had six calls for service, served no civil papers and made two arrests on Jan. 16, 2013.
Arrested by NCSO:
â€˘ Andron Lee Rains, 22, of Sweetwater â€”Â Warrants/burglary of a building x2.
James Palmer Bowman, Jr., 51, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 13, in Grantâ€™s Pass, Oregon.
He was born Feb. 3, 1961, in Minot, North Dakota to James Bowman and Florence (Betty) McCarty Bowman.
He is survived by his son, Christopher Bowman of Wichita Falls, Texas; sisters, Kathryn Shadley and husband Frank of Sweetwater, Sally Trafford and husband Richard of Sweetwater and Marjorie Winders and brother, Harry Bowman, both of Wichita Falls; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial service will be held at the Southside Baptist Church at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, in Wichita Falls.
Rannie Paul Hampton, age 63, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013.
Rannie has been Superintendent in Construction working for General Contractors in Texas, Egypt and Honduras after serving his country in the United States Marine Corps.
He is survived by his wife, Norma; and daughters, Barbara and Lauren Hampton; step daughter, Dierdre and husband Vince Harbal of Arlington; mother, Sarah R. Hampton; brothers, D. Mark and wife Jackie Hampton and Tim L. Hampton; uncle, Van and Neta Baucum, all of Sweetwater.
Going a collective 4-2 in district play after totalling just two wins a year ago is a good start. And todayâ€™s games at Abilene Wylie will provide yet another barometer for just how much Sweetwaterâ€™s varsity basketball teams have improved this season.
Sweetwaterâ€™s girls (3-1 in district) will tie Wylie (4-0) for the lead in District 4-3A if they can upset the Lady Bulldogs, the two-time defending state champions and currently ranked No. 18 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches poll.
Sweetwater beat Snyder 56-45 Tuesday, while Wylie defeated Greenwood (3-1) 69-43 in its last outing.
The Sweetwater junior varsity girls basketball team has a perfect 18-0 record overall and is 4-0 in District 4-3A play entering todayâ€™s 5 p.m. game at Abilene Wylie.
The team includes, front row from left, Maddie Jones, Lexi Castillo and Jasmine Reddic; middle row, Abby McPherson, Jaya Atkins, Nisha Williams, Gabby Reyes and Cierra Knox; and top row, coach Amy Clark, Bianca Castillo, Shaneese Brown, Morgan Whitley and manager Holly Johnson.
Sweetwater High Schoolâ€™s sub-varsity teams went 2-2 when they played at Snyder on Tuesday, with both girls teams winning.
Sweetwaterâ€™s JV girls are now 18-0 overall (4-0 district) after winning 41-27.
Cierra Knox had 12 points while Abby McPherson ad-ded nine points, Maddie Jones eight, Bianca Castillo and Shaneese Brown four and Gabby Reyes and Mor-gan Whitley two apiece for the Lady Mustangs.
Sweetwaterâ€™s freshman girls also won, 32-15, as they improved their records to 10-5 overall and 3-1 in district play.
Today, we'll see sunny skies and warmer temperatures with a high near 61. Winds will be from the south at 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Tonight, expect partly cloudy skies with a low around 38, and winds from the south at 10 to 15 mph.
Expect a copy-cat forecast for the weekend, with highs in the 60s and lows in the 30s. Learn all you need to know at weather.gov.
The local economic development group will continue to take part in the Cline Shale Sessions, as SEED (Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development) Executive Director Ken Becker outlined the next three months of the sessions during Monday's meeting of the SEED board of directors.
The January meeting, to be held in Snyder, will also consist of a dedication ceremony of a rail park. In February, the meeting will include assistance from former Sweetwater Mayor Rick Rhodes along with other state agencies.