Archive - Aug 28, 2012 - News Article
Labor Day weekend is the traditional sign of the end of summer and the unofficial start of fall. It also means the start of the 2012 high school football season.
For Sweetwater, fans get an extra treat starting Thursday as the eighth annual Sammy Baugh Classic begins its three-day run at Mustang Bowl with four games on tap this year. Serving as the co-sponsors for 2012 will be Family RV Center and First Financial Bank.
Texas State Technical College is rolling out the red carpet on Thursday, Aug. 30, to welcome the arrival of new hands-on tools in the Automotive Technology shop. The public is welcome to attend and receive hands-on demonstrations of four state-of-the art trainers (two light diesels, one hybrid and one compressed gas). There will be a short program at 10 a.m. Representative Susan King, TSTC Chancellor Mike Reeser and TSTC West Texas President Gail Lawrence will make remarks.
Students at Sweetwater Middle School had a surprise waiting for them Monday at a back-to-school opening assembly. A lecture on classroom discipline was suddenly interrupted by a flash mob of teachers dancing to Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'."
Sweetwater Middle School principal Jeff Withrow said that he wanted to do something exciting and different for the students this year.
Two local churches â€” Emmanuel Fellowship Church and Lamar Street Baptist Church â€”Â got together this year to host a school supply drive for local students in need in Kindergarten through high school. Their goal was to help at least 50 students and their goal was exceeded.
During the Nolan County Commissioners' meeting on Monday morning, August 27 at the Nolan County Courthouse, the first public hearing on the proposed property tax rate for 2012-2013 was held, with no input given.
The proposed tax rate was presented at the August 16 meeting at .394635 (39 cents) per $100 valuation--a combination of the general fund rate of .340670 and the farm to market fund rate of .053965 (both per $100 valuation).
The second public hearing on the issue was then approved by the commissioners for their next meeting scheduled for Monday, September 10, 2012.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 123 calls for service, issued six citations and made six arrests from Aug. 24-26, 2012.
The SPD received 72, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Credit card abuse â€”Â Sweetwater.
â€˘Â Class A assault â€”Â 800 block of Circle Drive.
â€˘Â Unauthorized use of a vehicle â€”Â 400 block of E. Avenue D.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Daniel Jones, 22 â€”Â Possession of marijuana.
â€˘Â Sipriano Ybarra, 63 â€”Â Family violence assault.
â€˘Â Jonathan Barton, 48 â€”Â Nolan County Sheriff's Office warrant.
â€˘Â Lacey Vornkahl, 19 â€”Â Criminal mischief.
â€˘ Bay Velasquez, 32 â€”Â Warrants.
Tuesday's local weather will bring in mostly sunny skies and a high near 91. Winds will be from the north at 10 to 15 mph; chance of showers and thunderstorms are at 20%.
Tonight, we'll have a 10% precipitation chance before 1 a.m., with partly cloudy skies and a low around 68. Winds from the north-northeast around 5 mph will become south after midnight.
Head over to weather.gov for more local weather information.