Archive - 2010 - News Article
Sweetwater Goodfellows work hard every year to provide toys and food for people in Nolan County that need assistance during the Christmas season.Â For the past 81 years, the Goodfellows have been spreading Christmas cheer to local families in need; this year, they are expanding that area and including all of Nolan County. Instead of only serving Sweetwater, they will now be taking on Roscoe, Maryneal, Nolan and Blackwell. Last year, the Goodfellows helped out almost 1,000 individuals between the 889 individuals signed up for Goodfellows and the 103 nursing home residents receiving sweatshirts.
Sweetwater Christian School students fill boxes for those less fortunate.Â The children have been learning about sharing during the Thanksgiving season.
Sweetwater Middle School coaches,Â Jill Locklar and Carla Lambert are the third Funderwear recipients for the 2010-2011 school year.Â Coach Locklar and Coach Lambert have Acquired the Fire by engaging, motivating and inspiring.
Their nomination stated, â€śThey put in many hours to see that the Friday Night Fight would be a success.Â They went above and beyond by connecting with Snyder.Â These two very special ladies put their whole heart into their efforts and do not expect anything in return.Â They just want a cure for cancer, especially Jill who has beaten this disease twice.â€ť
Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development (SEED), was recently honored as a recipient of the Expansion Solutions 2010 â€śTop Fiveâ€ť Award of Excellence in the Wind Energy category.Â Sweetwater, along with other Texas communities in Central West Texas and the Texas Panhandle areas, have become a hub for wind development and service companies.Â Sweetwater and Roscoe have been fortunate to have companies like EMA â€“ Eletromechanics LLC, Upwind Solutions, GE Wind Center, E.ON, Invenergy, Bluarc, Wind Energy Turbine Services, KR Wind, Cranes Services, Inc., Altezza, Fasenal, Advanced Turbine Service
UpWind Solutions had the Texas State Technical College mobile unit on site as part of their ongoing employee training.
According to service area manager for UpWind Solutions, Bryan Gregory, training must be done annually and new employees go through a four day course.
A representative of Tech Safety Lines (TSL) and a representative of TSTC were on hand to assist with the training. Joe Don Dutton, a contract worker for TSL and Dallas firefighter and Glen Bedgood from TSTC helped with the rescue training.
Under the nationâ€™s new health care reform plan, all Americans must have access to electronic medical records, or e-records, by 2014. Doctors not using e-records will lose a percentage of their Medicare reimbursement fees starting in 2015.
The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health has created the West Texas Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (WTxHITREC) to help physicians and other health care providers across West Texas adopt and use e-records in their practices.
As more than 40 million Americans and 3.3 million Texans are experiencing Thanksgiving travel, theyâ€™ll find falling gasoline prices. According to the AAA Texas Fuel Gauge report, the statewide average in Texas dropped four cents to $2.68 from $2.72 a gallon last week. Nationally the drop was two cents from $2.89 to $2.87.
Texas continues to be well below the national average, this week the difference is 19 cents.
Many local stores saw many customers early this morning for Black Friday sales. Stores were lined with customers and had extra help on the floors and at doors. Above, receipts were checked at a local retailer.
Tanner Crain and Sarah Witt were the two senior winners of $100 scholarship each from Panhandle Plains Management and Servicing Corporation. Their names were drawn on Nov. 11, at the conclusion of the financial aid meeting which was held in the high school library.
A live music performance will be available in Sweetwater this weekend on Friday and Saturday evenings, Nov. 26 and 27, at JavaJax Live Music Venue. A musical trio comprised of Lesley Sawyer, Brian McRae and Aaron Hatmaker will be performing. Sawyer is from Lubbock, while McRae and Hatmaker are from Austin. These multi-instrument musicians play at venues in the Texas/New Mexico region, recently performing in Ruidoso, New Mexico, Saxon Pub in Austin, the Cactus Theatre in Lubbock and many other venues.