February 15th, 2011
The Nolan County Commissioners' Court met for its regular meeting on Monday morning, Feb. 14 at the Nolan County Courthouse.
Various approvals were made at the meeting regarding equipment, including replacing the current Guardian courthouse security equipment with a new system from Centurion Wireless security systems.
A large grass fire in Fisher County burned about 400 acres on Monday afternoon according to authorities. Smoke filled the air in Sweetwater, due to yesterday's high winds. No residences were lost, but a number of barns and horse pens were lost due to the flames burning the tall, dry grass. Authorities say that there were two separate fires burning in the area and the cause of the fires in unknown.
The Sweetwater High School girls placed first and the boys were fourth on Saturday at the Clyde powerlifting meet. Sweetwater hosts a qualifying meet this Saturday.
Three Nolan County high school boys basketball teams get to play the role of spoiler when they end their regular seasons today, although one of them still has a shot at advancing to the postseason playoffs.
The Highland girls basketball team has had three different head coaches in the past three years. But the program continues to be one of the most successful in West Texas at any level.
Highland (19-11), which was the District 11-A, Division II runnerup this season with a 10-2 record, is about to make its 10th consecutive playoff appearance. The Lady Hornets will take on Robert Lee (19-10), the third-place team from District 12-A, Division II, in a bi-district matchup at 7 p.m. today in Bronte.
Sweetwaterâs historic Municipal Auditorium will host a live Broadway musical on Saturday evening, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. when âGodspellâ takes the stage.
âGodspellâ is a production of Abilene High Schoolâs drama department and choir, and is directed by Clay Freeman. Freeman was Sweetwater High Schoolâs drama director in the 1970s and took Sweetwater students to second place in state theater competition in 1973.
The 2011 Sweetwater Jaycees Miss Snake Charmer Scholarship Pageant contestants met on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at Texas State Technical College for a tea and learned the ins and outs of the pageant. The annual pageant will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at the Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium. This year, the Jaycees will have $2,500 in scholarship money available to the winners. A total of $1,250 will be awarded to Miss Snake Charmer while $600 will be presented to the first runner-up. The second runner-up will receive $400 and the talent competition winner will receive $250.
The National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA), a department of ACT, Inc., recognized Sweetwater Independent School District for having three schools in their district make the 2010 NCEA Higher Performing Schools List. The following schools received the honor and Higher Performing (HP) recognition in the following areas:
âą Southeast Elementary School, Math and Reading - Higher Performing in all areas;
âą Sweetwater Intermediate School, Math and Reading;
âą Sweetwater Middle School, Social Studies.
Texas Alumni Football is coming to the Abilene area in April. Former high school players from Sweetwater and other neighboring schools are expected to put on the pads again with former teammates to comprise up to 12 alumni teams. The games are open to all alumni and the ages of the players will likely range from nineteen to mid-forties. Alumni teams will play an alumni team from their rival school.
A graveside service for Jimmie Watson "Jim" Brown, 85, of Sweetwater will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, at Sweetwater Cemetery with Lloyd Harris officiating. Interment will follow under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Brown died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at his home.