March 22nd, 2011
Economic and community development representatives from throughout the region met in Eastland on March 16, to sharpen their development skills.
A workshop entitled âSecrets of Economic Development Unveiledâ offered presentations by several E.D. specialists. Topics included: economic development programs and assistance available through the Governorâs Office; whatâs new in economic development; legislative update; prospecting for prospects and how to respond; and legalities that ED organization must follow.
Sweetwater Middle School had 13 students make it to State in Texas Math and Science Coaches Association (TMSCA). Students on the Number Sense Team are Annaliese Espinoza, sixth grade; Ashleigh Jimenez, seventh grade; Gabriel Lieja, sixth grade; and Cody Chapman, eighth grade.
Students on the Calculator Team are Annaliese Espinoza, sixth grade; Christa Martin, sixth grade; Cody Chapman, eighth grade; and Corynn Martin, eighth grade.
Students on the Math Team are Annaliese Espinoza, sixth grade; Marc Butler, seventh grade; Sarah Valdez, seventh grade; and Cody Chapman, eighth grade.
TUESDAY, MARCH 22
Sweetwater varsity at Wylie (district opener) starting at 4:30 p.m.
Sweetwater varsity at Wylie starting at 4:30 p.m.
Sweetwater JV at Wylie starting at 6:30 p.m.
Sweetwater middle school teams host Wylie 7th grade starting at 4 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23
Sweetwater varsity boys at Lamesa tournament.
THURSDAY, MARCH 24
Sweetwater varsity girls at Lamesa tournament.
Sweetwater 7th and 8th grade teams host Rattlesnake Relays.
Roscoe junior high teams at Roby Invitational.
Highland junior high teams at Roby Invitational.
The good news for the Sweetwater softball team is that the Lady Mustangs will have less than 24 hours to dwell on Mondayâs 11-9 defeat at Big Spring in their district opener.
Sweetwater (8-9 overall) is right back into 5-3A action when it plays at Wylie today beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Sweetwater trailed 7-6 when play resumed Monday against Big Spring with one out in Big Springâs half of the fourth inning â in a game that began Friday only to be suspended due to lightning and heavy rain.
Things have soured the past two weeks for Sweetwaterâs baseball team after a great start, but the one bright spot during its current slump came against Wylie in an 11-1 triumph.
Sweetwater (10-9-1) returns to Wylie for a rematch with the Bull-dogs at 4:30 p.m. today in the District 5-3A opener for both squads.
This has been an up-and-down year so far for the Mustangs, who got off to a 9-2-1 start only to drop seven of their last eight. Sweetwater ended its pre-district schedule by losing 6-0 to Class 2A Wall at Newman Park Friday.
CORPUS CHRISTI â Sweetwater High School senior Bri Munoz placed eighth at the Class 3A state powerlifting meet Friday.
Munoz, competing in the 105-pound weight class, lifted a total of 570 pounds and had personal bests in all three categories in her first trip to the state meet. She had a 210-pound squat, 110-pound bench press and 250-pound dead lift.
Sweetwaterâs other state competitor was also a sen-ior, Kelsey Painter, who was in the 132-pound weight class. Painter did not place, however, after she was disqualified in the squat. This was also the first state ap-pearance for Painter.
Sweetwater High School sent several boys powerlifters to Sundown earlier this month to compete in the Region I, Division II meet and four of them medaled. They are, front row from left, Jay Lomas, fifth place in the 123-pound weight class; Ryan Linebaugh, second place in the 165-pound weight class; Sam Nemir, first place (regional champion) in the 165-pound weight class; and Mateo Gonzales, fifth place in the 242-pound weight class. By finishing in the top two in their class, Nemir and Linebaugh advance to compete in the state meet this Saturday in Abilene.
Each year, continued cuts in education budgets have forced teachers to spend hundreds of their own dollars just to keep their rooms stocked with essential classroom supplies, like tablets, tape, glue and markers.
This year, employees at Georgia-Pacific's Sweetwater gypsum plant are helping. They collected and donated boxes of school supplies to J.P. Cowen, Southeast Elementary, East Ridge Elementary and Highland ISD. In addition to the boxes of supplies given by employees, the company also donated cases of other needed products including its office paper, paper towels and tissue products.
Nolan Nursing and Rehab welcomed the Gideons as they distributed 100 Bibles for each resident room. The Gideons have been in existence for over 100 years, and now is a worldwide organization that distributes Bibles in 190 different countries. Not only do the Bibles make their way to hotels, but also volunteers distribute them to schools, hospitals and nursing homes. The Bibles are now printed in 90 different languages. Gideon volunteer Jerry O'Briant reported that 78 million Bibles were distributed in 2009.
The first year West Texas Centers hosted Hoops, Dreams and Goals, no one expected it to become a yearly event.
But the wildly popular basketball tournament has become a tradition at West Texas Centers with no chance of it going away any time soon.
âI would say within the first hour, we were already talking about next year,â said Rodney Jones, West Texas Centers Chief Developmental Health Officer.
Hoops, Dreams and Goals is in its seventh year and still gaining steam.
And its no coincidence it coincides with the NCAA March Madness, West Texas Centers CEO Shelley Smith said.