Archive - 2014 - News Article

March 2nd

Disappointment for Lady Hornets as season ends

March 2, 2014

Highland seniors Beth Richburg and Sierra Allen console each other after the Lady Hornets' basketball season ended Friday with a 53-45 loss to Calvert in the Class 1A, Division II state semifinals at Austin. Highland, which advanced to the state tournament for the second straight year, finishes 28-4. See a story on the game and many more pictures from the tournament in today's Sports section on Pages B1-B3.

Grass fire burns 1220 acres

March 2, 2014

Area firefighters were still battling hot spots on Saturday morning near CR 175 in Nolan County after a grass fire began around 2:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon with high winds contributing to the spread of the blaze. The fire is located just above Nolan near the intersection of CR 174 and CR 175.
"As of this morning there is no smoke in the air, but there are still hot spots that crews are finishing," said Matthew Lanier, Wildland Urban Interface Specialist with the Texas A&M Forest Service.

Jamison encourages community to vote

March 2, 2014

Connie Broadwell Jamison is a candidate for Nolan County District Clerk.
Sweetwater is her hometown and she is a graduate of Sweetwater High School and Columbia Secretarial College. She is the daughter of R.E. and Charlie Broadwell, and she has two sisters, Patricia "Treet" Broadwell and Deb Veal; one brother, Richard Broadwell; one sister-in-law, Vicki Broadwell; and one brother-in-law, David Veal.

February 28th

Trinity Baptist to call Pastor

February 28, 2014

Broadway Baptist Church 
According to an article, Henry Ford asked some engineers to box the transmissions for his Model-T Fords in certain sized boxes. He gave meticulous dimensions and material instructions for these boxes. The builders were confused, but they did as they were told. 
When the transmissions were delivered, the factory workers took apart the boxes and used them for the floorboards!  Mr. Ford was thinking ahead! 

Subject captured after hour-long manhunt

February 28, 2014

On Thursday morning, Feb. 27, 2014, at about 10:07 a.m., Deputy Duwon Sterling with the Nolan County Sheriff's Office responded to a call of someone burning trash or debris at 125 Loop 170, also known as Avenger Field Road inside the city limits of Sweetwater.

A special first pitch

February 28, 2014

The Sweetwater High School baseball team held a brief ceremony on Thursday to honor Wes Bishop, the former director of physical therapy at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital, who died last October.
Bishop’s wife Margaret came out to throw the first pitch prior to the Mustangs’ game against Pampa, before receiving a baseball autographed by members of the team.
This year’s annual Wood Bat Classic was renamed the Wes Bishop Wood Bat Classic, honoring a man who made numerous contributions to Sweetwater’s baseball program and was also a youth baseball coach here for 20 years.

Local weekend weather outlook

February 28, 2014

Today will be sunny, with a high near 83 and breezy winds from the west at 15 to 25 mph. Gusts will get as high as 35 mph.
Expect partly cloudy skies tonight, with a low around 50 and southern winds at 10 to 15 mph.
For the weekend, we'll warm up again on Saturday, but a wind shift from the north on Saturday night will result in a high near 49 on Sunday. Sunday night's low will be below freezing.
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February 27th

USG sponsoring Winter Olympic athletes

February 27, 2014

Everyone wants to win. Whether it's to attain victory, maintain a winning streak or to overcome the odds, the goal is to succeed. Especially in business.
The local Sheetrock company United States Gypsum, or USG, has a plan to win. And according to Jeff Grimland, the new plant manager at USG in Sweetwater, one way the company wants to implement the plan is through a new brand logo and tagline.
The new logo boasts two building blocks that represent who they are. The red block exudes confidence, while the gray block stands for humility.

Lady Hornets will face lightning-quick Calvert in state semis on Friday

February 27, 2014

The Highland girls basketball team has faced a lot of shorter teams — most much shorter — on its way to a second straight appearance at the state tournament held in Austin.
Garden City, whom the Lady Hornets defeated 51-37 in the regional finals at Abilene Christian University, was the latest team to have trouble dealing with a Highland team that has four starters who stand 5-10 or taller.

Nolan County farmer supports local school through America’s Farmers Grow Communities

February 27, 2014

Local farmer Randy Petty has directed a $2,500 donation to the Cornerstone Christian School. Funded by America’s Farmers Grow Communities, the donation will help the school purchase new technology for kindergarten and first grade classes.
Thanks to the support of farmers across the country, more than $3.2 million is being directed to nonprofits in 1,289 counties in 39 states.

The Sweetwater High School junior varsity volleyball team is in action today, hosting Levelland at...
The Sweetwater Middle School eighth grade White football team won big, 36-0, at Andrews on Thursday...
Sweetwater High School lost to Snyder in a district varsity tennis match here on Saturday. See...


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