September 13th, 2011
The Sweetwater Middle School seventh grade Red team was the only winner in season-opening football action this past Thursday as it defeated Levelland 36-0.
Jacoby Hunt ran for five touchdowns in the victory. His TD runs went for 14, 48, 28, 4 and 70 yards. In addition, Hunt had a 63-yard run to Levellandâ€™s 14-yard line to set up his first TD. Jordan McGee had a pair of two-point conversion runs and Daniel Olguin one.
Blackwell defeated Lueders-Avoca, 38-21, in its junior high football season opener this past Thursday.
The Sweetwater Mustangs are shown after their 27-8 win in Levelland, singing the school song.
An earthquake rattled portions of the Big Country early Sunday waking some people up a little earlier than they expected.
The U.S. Geological Survey reports a magnitude 4.4 earthquake shook the ground about 7:30 a.m. Sunday. Its epicenter was 11 miles northeast of Snyder. The 4.4 magnitude makes it the largest earthquake to occur in the Big Country in the last few years.
According to the USGS, people report feeling the earthquake from as far away as Irving, San Angelo, and Lubbock.
In honor of Grandparentâ€™s Day on Sunday, Sept. 11, the following Sweetwater ISD campuses are inviting grandparents to eat lunch on the following days.
East Ridge Elementary will host grandparents on Tuesday, Sept. 13. On Wednesday, Sept. 14, Sweetwater Intermediate will be open to grandparents.
The Kindergarten classes at Southeast Elementary will have grandparents to lunch on Thursday, Sept. 15, while the Southeast First Grade students and J.P. Cowen Early Childhood Center campuses will be open on Friday, Sept. 16.
The 2011-2012 Leadership Sweetwater class will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 13. The class will start the year with orientation at TSTC. Orientation will be facilitated by Melissa Howard.
Leadership Sweetwater is a nine-month course that educates the students about the inner workings and sometimes little-known facts about Sweetwater and the region. Each month the class will attend a different session. The course ends in May with a graduation ceremony and meal. The program is sponsored by the Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce.
On Monday, Sept. 12, afternoon television in the Big Country will get a lot more local when KTAB launches KTAB 4u. Hosted by KTABâ€™s Alex Hayes, KTAB 4u is a 30-minute locally produced lifestyle program that will focus on womenâ€™s issues.
â€śI canâ€™t tell you how many times local businesses have asked to be interviewed. KTAB 4 will give us an opportunity to interview local businesses which in turn will give them the chance to communicate to the local consumers in a way that has not been done before in the Big Country,â€ť said KTAB General Manager Eric Thomas.
Graveside services for William D. "Bill" Swartz, 71, of Sweetwater, will be held Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at 10 a.m. in Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene, Texas with Military Graveside Rites performed by the U.S. Army Military Honor Guard from Fort Hood, Texas with Chaplin Eddie Rivera officiating. Interment will follow under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Swartz died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene.
ROTAN â€” Charles Thornton, 70, died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at Rolling Plains Hospital in Sweetwater.Â Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Church of Christ in Rotan.Â Burial will follow at Belvieu Cemetery under the direction of Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home.Â Visitation will be from 5-6 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.
Funeral services for Sherion Mae Carter, 55, of Trent, will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, at McCoy Chapel of Memories with Pastor Eric von Atzigen officiating.
Carter died Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, in Abilene.
She was born Dec. 21, 1955, in Dallas County. She married James Michael Carter on May 10, 1980, in Dallas County. Sherion moved to Sweetwater in 1999 and was a homemaker. She graduated from Mesquite High School and was a Baptist.