Archive - Aug 13, 2012 - News Article
Many local firemen worked on the fire shown on FM 2035 near County Road 190 on Sunday evening. All of the local departments were out on different fires at different times in the evening working on lightning fires.
Mulberry Canyon Volunteer Fire Department, Trent Volunteer Fire Department and Sweetwater Fire Department were working on the fire shown.Â Some of the others included west of Blackwell, southwest of Nolan, west of Trent near the school and others on the west side of Taylor County.Â
About 100 people lined the walls outside of the new Sweetwater Goodwill location at 701 E. Broadway on Saturday morning before its 10 a.m. Grand Opening. "I think this is great," said one waiting customer Arlene Hartman. "I can come in and shop, go to Sonic and get me a drink and then go back to my shop," she added. Hartman is the owner of Arlene's Second Hand Rose and Arlene's Books.
No injuries were reported from a wreck that occurred on Lamar Street on Sunday morning, Aug. 12, 2012, according to Sweetwater Emergency Services Manager Grant Madden.
The wreck involved a Jeep driving north on Lamar Street and a Kia that failed to yield right-of-way from Jenny George Lane. The Jeep, which contained two people, overturned. One person was in the Kia.Â
The Roscoe Fire Department responded to a commercial motor vehicle accident at 6 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, at the intersection of Highway 84 and CR 111.
The driver of the vehicle was transported toÂ Rolling Plans Memorial Hospital by the Sweetwater Fire Department. The vehicle was transporting milk at the time of the accident.
Monday's weather in Sweetwater is looking good with a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mostly sunny skies and a high near 98. Winds will be from the northeast at 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight, expect mostly clear skies and a low around 72, with eastern winds at 5 to 10 mph. Keep an eye on the skies in your neck of the woods by visiting weather.gov.
A local business was robbed on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, when a woman did not like the price of an item she planned to purchase.
According to Lt. Randy Hanes of the Sweetwater Police Department, a woman entered a business on the 1400 block of Hailey Street in Sweetwater and became upset when she learned the price of an item she had ordered. "There was a dispute over the payment of the property and an altercation ensued."
The start of the school year always brings about change, but one significant change this year will be evident in the cafeterias within Sweetwater ISD (Independent School District)--along with other school cafeterias throughout the entire country.
First Lady Michelle Obama has made waves during this presidential term through her "Let's Move" campaign--a program incepted to fight childhood obesity. With this movement, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 was incepted and signed. And starting this school year, school districts nationwide must meet the new standards of nutrition for meals.
Two people were jailed after entering pleas to Judge Glen Harrison during 32nd Judicial District Court proceedings on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. District Attorney Ann Reed and Assistant District Attorney Barrett Thomas prosecuted the cases.
Brock Ethan Walker, along with his attorney, Kristen Postell, pled guilty to evading arrest with a vehicle, a third degree felony. For his plea, Walker received six years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He will also have to pay a $3,000 fine, $309 in court costs and $500 in attorney's fees.
Q: What is a TRE?
A: TRE is the abbreviation for Tax Ratification Election. After passage of House Bill 1 (HB1) in 2006, state law requires a school district to ask the local voters to ratify or approve any M&O tax rate above $1.04. The law allows local school boards to set an M&O rate up to $1.17. SISDâ€™s board has set our local M&O rate at $1.095.
Q: How much additional revenue will the district realize for a 3.5 cent increase in our M&O tax rate?