Archive - 2014 - News Article
Approval was given during Monday night's meeting of the Sweetwater ISD Board of Trustees toward the remodel of the Sweetwater High School field house and showers at the high school gym.
Sweetwater ISD Superintendent Terry Pittman showed photos to the board and discussed the project, in that since being built in 1982, no major work has been done at the field house.
The field house showers leak and out of the eighteen total showers, only around eight work. Typically, the showers are used when the district hosts football games for out of town guests.
A new school zone was approved to be implemented at the Sweetwater City Commission meeting held Tuesday at City Hall.
The approved, amended ordinance would provide a reduced speed limit on designated portions of Fifth Street, from its intersection with Elm Street to its intersection with Fowler Street. The establishment of the school zone would be done on an emergency basis--thus only one reading of the ordinance would take place--and a penalty would be executed for any violation.
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Toby Keith wrote a song called âThe American Soldier.âÂ It tells of a soldier that is called to duty and says:
And I will always do my duty no matter what the price;
Iâve counted up the cost, I know the sacrifice.
Oh, and I donât want to die for you, but if dyinâs asked of me,
Iâll bear the cross with honor, âcause freedom isnât free.
Sweetwater citizens were recently treated to a sight not likely seen above the city in decades as a 1929 Ford Tri-Motor airliner flew over the center of town. The plane pictured during refueling at Avenger Field was en route from Phoenix, Arizona to Mount Pleasant, Texas and landed shortly after 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6. The plane is owned and piloted by Scott Glover of Mount Pleasant. The Ford Tri-Motor is powered by three Wright Whirlwind R-975 radial engines of 330 horsepower each.
Amy Cortez was named Southeast Elementary's Teacher of the Year, and was also honored as the Elementary Teacher of the Year for Sweetwater ISD.
Cortez teaches Kindergarten and has been teaching for a total of eight years. Two of those years have taken place at Sweetwater ISD.
She attended Howard Payne University and Texas Tech University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Biology. She has been involved with the Texas Coaches Wives Association, as well as the District Council from 2012-2014.
The lease agreement between the City of Sweetwater and G.M. Morgan, Inc., the entity who is doing business at the city-owned property known as the Lake Sweetwater Bait Shop, was approved for bilateral termination during Tuesday's City Commission meeting.
The lake currently stands at 18% capacity, and golden algae in the area has made a significant, negative impact. In addition, one month at the bait shop only reported fifty dollars' worth of sales.
Today we'll see showers and thunderstorms likely, with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 79. Winds will be from the south-southeast at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Expect a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms tonight, mainly before 1am. Otherwise, it'll be mostly cloudy, with a low around 66 and southeast winds at 10 to 15 mph.
The chance for rain will be with us throughout the entire weekend, with highs in the low 80s and lows in the mid 60s. Winds will be from the south-southwest at 10 to 15 mph on Saturday and Sunday.
Shown is the Sweetwater Middle School eighth grade GT (gifted/talented) class as they took a historic tour of Sweetwater recently. They learned about the founding fathers of the community and their contributions to the downtown area.
During Tuesday's City Commission meeting, approval was given toward the city's involvement in two steering committees.
A resolution was adopted authorizing the city's participation in the Atmos Cities Steering Committee toward denying the rate increase requested by Atmos Energy. Sweetwater is one of about 160 cities on the committee, which regulates rates for natural gas.
Julie Cypert, a teacher at Sweetwater Middle School, is one of 10 teachers from across the country to be selected by Georgia-Pacific to attend Keystone Science School's 2014 Key Issues Institute: Bringing Environmental Issues to the Classroom this summer in Silverthorne, Colorado. The teachers are from Georgia-Pacific facility communities in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Texas and Wisconsin.