February 24th, 2014
ABILENE â€” The Highland girls basketball team can check one more thing off its to-do list for 2014.
Thanks to a 51-37 win over Garden City in Saturday's Region II-1A, Division II final at Abilene Christian University, the Lady Hornets are returning to the state tournament in Austin for the second straight year.
That leaves one final, ultimate goal â€” the school's first-ever state championship in basketball. It's a goal the team has set for itself ever since losing to Saltillo 41-19 in the state semifinals a year ago.
Highland students of all ages were at Abilene Christian Universityâ€™s Moody Coliseum on Saturday to cheer for the Highland girls basketball team as the Lady Hornets defeated Garden City 51-37 to advance to this weekâ€™s state tournament in Austin.
Find more photos on page 5 of today's edition.
Today will be mostly cloudy with a high near 62. Winds will be from the east-northeast at 5 to 10 mph, becoming south-southeast in the afternoon.
Expect mostly cloudy skies tonight, with a low around 52 and winds from the south-southeast at 5 to 10 mph. After midnight, we'll see patchy fog and a chance of drizzle.
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MONDAY, FEB. 24
Sweetwater JV hosts Abilene High sophomores, 6 p.m.
Blackwell girls will play at Eden tournament.
Sweetwater middle school teams at Snyder, 4 p.m.
Highland junior high teams (opener) at Westbrook.
TUESDAY, FEB. 25
Sweetwater varsity at Ranger Junior College JV, 4 p.m.
Blackwell boys will play at Eden tournament.
Sweetwater JV and varsity teams play at San Angelo Lake View at 5 and 6:30 p.m., respectively.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 26
Sweetwater JV and varsity girls and Highland teams will play at Baird tournament.
ABILENE â€” Theyâ€™ve often battled for district championships in the past.
But on Friday, the stakes were even higher for High-land and Roby as the two old rivals met in a Region II-1A, Division II girls semifinal at Abilene Christian Univer-sityâ€™s Moody Coliseum.
And unlike most of those earlier meetings, this one was no contest.
No. 2-ranked Highland (27-3) was in complete control from the opening tip, racing to a 12-0 lead before Roby got on the board with 4:57 left in the first quarter.
The Sweetwater Jaycees are gearing up for the 56th Annual Worldâ€™s Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up.
Media day is held a few weeks before the Round-Up every year where Miss Snake Charmer contestants are introduced to the media and the Jaycees demonstrate how to milk the snakes of their venom to make anti-venom. The Sweetwater Jaycees Rattlesnake Round-Up is an educational event held on the second weekend of March.
Broadway Baptist Church
A couple of weeks ago on what is famously known as â€śGround Hog Dayâ€ť in Punxsutawney, PA, Phil saw his shadow, which is supposed to mean six more weeks of winter.Â Honestly, it doesnâ€™t make me feel any better knowing winter will carry way into the month of March.Â
A groundbreaking ceremony took place on Thursday afternoon at 400 E. Avenue A in Sweetwater â€”Â the site for the new Sweetwater Police Department.
Sweetwater Chief of Police Brian Frieda and Sweetwater Mayor Greg Wortham spoke at the ceremony, saying that the new building has been a long time coming and construction is expected to be finished by December.
April 25-26 - Deep Creek Art Festival is now accepting applications for the Spring 2014 festival, April 25-26, 2014 in Snyder. Deadline for applications is March 15, 2014.
The Deep Creek Art Festival is a juried art festival. Jurors will select artists' in 14 categories: Painting, 2D Mixed Media, 3D Mixed Media, Clay, Digital, Drawings/Pastels, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metalwork, Photography, Sculpture and Wood. There is a $15 non-refundable fee per application.
Esperanza (Hope) Rodriquez, age 67, of Sweetwater, passed away on Feb. 19, 2014, at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo, Texas.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Johnny Guzman officiating. Burial will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.