August 22nd, 2012
As part of the Sweetwater Independent School District convocation for faculty and staff, a "Mustang Olympics" competition was held at the end of the day at the Sweetwater High School Auditorium.
In a competition called Zesta Handball, three competitors per team had to eat three crackers, blow up a balloon, tie it off, run to a chair across the stage, sit on and bust the balloon before the next person on the team started.
Shown are Deana Gray with the Sweetwater High School Red Rocket Mustangs and Jimmy Bennett with the East Ridge Dream Team chowing down on their first crackers.
UPDATE: Karl and Carol have just announced lower prices ($15 or less, postage and insurance not included) on their auction items. Visit www.karlboyd.com and click on Karl's Korner to learn what's still listed.
When Karl and Carol Hoepfner--a retired couple from Rockport, TX and â€śWhataburgerâ€™s Biggest Fansâ€ť--made their stop at the Sweetwater location in November 2011, they were more than halfway done in their pursuit to visit every Whataburger restaurant in the country.
As of August 8, 2012, they made their 729th visit to Whataburger, thus completing their journey.
A historical plaque at Memorial Park in Roscoe commemorating the Bankhead Highway was dedicated on Tuesday morning, August 21.
Broadway Street â€” before being used as part of US Highway 80 and Interstate 20, was part of the Bankhead Highway, an early route that stretched from Washington, DC to San Diego, California.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 42 calls for service, issued no citations and made three arrests on Aug. 20, 2012.
The SPD received 24, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Unauthorized use of a vehicle/injury to elderly â€” 1000 block of W. Avenue C.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Jennifer Blackledge, 32 â€” Family violence assault.
â€˘ Jonathan Clappison, 37 â€” Family violence assault/impeding breath.
â€˘ Aaron Wehnes, 17 â€” No drivers license.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had 12 calls for service, served no civil papers and made no arrests on Aug. 20, 2012.
Ordra Fay Jones Smith, 83, of Roscoe went to be with her Lord and Savior on Aug. 22, 2012. She was born June 19, 1929, to Charlie Alford and Jettie Ordra Smith Jones. She was the youngest of six children. Ordra grew up in Fisher County and attended school at Hobbs and Sweetwater. She married Walter Lloyd Smith, Sr. on May 11, 1946, and to this union three children were born.
Giles Montgomery (second from left), Chad Copeland, Zach Harrell and Tony Cortez were among the new football coaches in Sweetwater who were introduced during â€śMeet the Mustangsâ€ť Saturday at the high school gym.
Today looks like the last day we'll be seeing a relief from the heat in Sweetwater. Expect mostly sunny skies and a high near 98 with winds from the south at 10 to 15 mph.
Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low around 70. Winds will be from the southeast at 10 to 15 mph.
Stay on top of your local forecast by heading on over to weather.gov.
Highland Independent School District will have their Meet the Teacher event from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23.
PTO members will be serving brisket sandwiches from 5:30-7 p.m.
Also, the Big Blue Preview will begin at 7 p.m. in the Activity Gym. Students are encouraged to bring their families to meet and greet each other and the Hornet athletes.
Sweetwater ISD prekindergarten classes are offered at J.P. Cowen Early Childhood Center in the mornings and afternoons. To be eligible for enrollment in a PK class, a child must be 3 or 4 years of age on Sept. 1 of the current school year and must:
1. Be unable to speak and comprehend the English language.
2. Be educationally disadvantaged (eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program).
3. Be homeless.
According to Sweetwater Chief of Police Brian Frieda, the preliminary autopsy results for the body found at Newman Park on Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, were revealed. The body was sent to Lubbock for an autopsy. The results of the autopsy indicated that the man found, Robert Owen Geiger, 67, of Sweetwater, died of self inflicted injuries made by three gunshots by a small caliber gun.
On Friday, midmorning, the Sweetwater Police Department received a call about an individual laying near the tank at Newman Park in Sweetwater with gunshot injuries.