Archive - Feb 2011 - News Article
Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors were on hand at Sweetwater Auto-Tire on Tuesday for a ribbon cutting and open house for the new business. The business is located at 1509 Lamar Street and provides auto services including oil changes and unlocking vehicles and provides new and used tires including Firestone, Bridgestone, Goodyear, Cooper and more. Owners are Bill and Candace Jones and the manager is Manny Gutierrez. They can be reached at 325-236-8180.
The National Weather Service in San Angelo issued a special weather statement for area cities including Sweetwater, Roby, Rotan and Abilene.
Another arctic front with an ice, sleet and snow mix is possible tonight and early Wednesday across West Central Texas.
Sweetwater Regional Federal Credit Union personnel were commended for their quick thinking and safety procedures in keeping a troubled woman from entering the establishment on Thursday.
According to Sweetwater Chief of Police Jim Kelley, a woman was trying to gain access to the building on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011. The woman was said to have a note, back pack and stun gun knuckles in her possession.
"The personnel at Sweetwater Regional Federal Credit Union took every necessary step to keep the woman out of the building," said Chief Kelley.
High Sky Children's Ranch, Inc. in Midland opened its doors in 1963 under the direction of a concerned citizen, Joan Nobles, as a home for girls who had no place to go. In 1985, they changed their license to accept both boys and girls, enabling them to keep sibling groups together. High Sky was re-licensed yet again in 1987 as a treatment facility to work with more traumatized, higher level of care children and later as a therapeutic foster care. The programs provide a structure with life skills as well as therapeutic services.
The February art exhibit at the County-City Library is a quilling display by Betty Oliver of Abilene.
Oliver began quilling in 2004, when her husband first became ill. "I had seen the work in art digest books for many years and thought it was interesting. When my husband got sick I decided to take up the art because he would get anxious when I left the room. I purchased the materials I needed for the art and worked on it while I stayed in the room with my husband."
Oliver has been an artist for many years, specializing in oil paintings before she went to quilling.
After a 10-day layoff caused in part by the snowy and icy weather that struck the area last week, Sweetwater High School's basketball teams finally returned to action Saturday to host Big Spring in a varsity doubleheader at Mustang Gym. Unfortunately, the visiting teams won both games. Pictured for Sweetwater is Gabriel Medellin. Both teams host Wylie today, making up games that were originally scheduled this past Friday only to be cancelled. See a full report on both of the games in Sports.
(Photo by Betsy Howe)
The Sweetwater Intermediate School Jump Rope Team will be jumping Monday, Feb. 7, at the Sweetwater High School girl's and boy's varsity basketball games at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Wednesday at Abilene Christian University at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at the Texas Tech vs. A&M men's game at noon. The team is shown performing at Western Texas College in Snyder.
Education is 44% of the state budget. With the projected deficits in the State of Texas current budget, school leaders across the state are busy brainstorming on how education can survive the inevitable cuts. Sweetwater ISD could suffer as much as a million dollar shortfall for at least the next two years.
Today's Sweetwater-Wylie basketball games at Mustang Gym have been cancelled due to the weather and rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 7. The JV girls and boys will play their games at 4:30 p.m., while the varsity girls and freshman boys will play at 6 p.m. and the varsity boys and freshman girls will tip off at 7:30 p.m.
Many 18-wheelers slowly drove along Interstate 20 on Thursday night. With temperatures remaining below freezing, it'll be at least another day until the roads clear up. As TxDOT has warned this week, don't travel unless you need to. Crews are working to clear accidents, but they keep happening, so it's very slow going for the drivers on Interstate 20 in Nolan, Taylor and Callahan Counties.