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February 20th, 2013
The annual Sweetwater Jaycees Miss Snake Charmer Scholarship Pageant is a time where young ladies from throughout the Big Country come together to compete for scholarship money. At last year's pageant, the theme for the night was Wings Across America in honor of the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots).
The annual pageant will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at the Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium. The pageant is open to all girls between the ages of 16-19 who live within a 75 mile radius of Sweetwater.
The Highland girls basketball team posed with its trophy on Tuesday after beating Water Valley, 40-32, in a Class 1A, Division II regional quarterfinal playoff game in Ballinger.
The win sends the Lady Hornets into the regional semifinals where they will play Baird at 7 p.m. Friday in Abilene.
The Highland boys lost their bi-district game to Robert Lee, 37-22, in Ballinger in the second half of Tuesdayâ€™s doubleheader.
See stories on both games in the Sports section on the website or in Page 7 of today's print edition.
The Sweetwater Independent School District (SISD) Board of Trustees approved an increase to the student travel meal allowance during their meeting held on Monday night at the Administration Building.
With the current prices standing at $5 for a day trip and $6 per meal on an overnight trip, the district's meal allowance can barely keep up with the rising costs to pay for a standard meal. Thus, a dollar increase to both prices was proposed.
While in its early stages, preliminary concept plans for a new Police Station were presented during the February meeting of the Sweetwater City Commission by Police Chief Brian Frieda.
As a result of available capital improvement funds, it was announced at the December 2012 meeting that a contract was signed by the city with Wiginton Hooker Jeffry Architects, P.C. for work to be done on a police station. Since that time, the architects have constructed a concept plan for the city.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 35 calls for service, issued one citation and made one arrest on Feb. 18, 2013.
The SPD received 46, 911 calls.
â€˘ 900 block of Neff.
â€˘ 900 block of Lamar.
â€˘ 100 block of Musgrove.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Criminal trespass â€”Â 1200 block of Ragland.
â€˘ Assault â€”Â 100 block of Industrial.
â€˘ Theft â€”Â 100 block of E Fourth.
â€˘ Unattended death â€”Â 800 block of E Thirteenth.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Female juvenile, 16 â€” Violate terms of release.
Expect a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms today, as we'll see cloudy skies and a high near 57. It'll also be breezy, with winds from the east-southeast at 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
Tonight, showers and thunderstorms are likely, with mostly cloudy skies and a low around 42. Winds will be from the east-southeast around 20 mph, becoming south-southwest after midnight. Gusts could top out at 30 mph; chance of rain is 70%.
Learn all you need to know now at weather.gov.
(West Texas) â€“ Reality Education for Drivers will be at TSTC West Texas Campuses for their YOLO (You Only Live Once) campaign. The group is bringing awareness to the dangers of texting and driving. Donâ€™t believe how dangerous it is? Test it out yourself in the texting and driving simulator this week at a TSTC campus near you. Sweetwater Campus: Tuesday, February 19, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Student Center Concourse
Abilene Campus: Wednesday, February 20, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Conference Room
Seventy-five East Ridge students collected over $3,000 to donate to the American Heart Association during their recent "Jump Rope for Heart" event.
The five students with the largest donations were: (back row) Katie Reed, Jaxon Gilmore, Paula Tovar, and (front row) Aubrey Galindo and Christyn Allen.
Thanks to all the children who participated in helping this worthwhile organization!
During the February meeting of the Sweetwater City Commission, Eddie Brown stated in his monthly City Manager's report that Code Enforcement and building inspections have show an increase in activity, as oil-related business continues to expand. Seeing the most growth has been Bradford Lane and Interstate 20.
A multitude of information has been presented during the Cline Shale meetings held in surrounding counties for the past few months, in which the February meeting was held in Colorado City.
"We don't know what to expect," said Brown in regards to change.
Mayor Greg Wortham, SEED Executive Ken Becker, SEED Marketing Dir. Kirstin Smith, and Jeff Howard from TSTC joined more than 100 people representing cities in the Texas Midwest region in Austin on Feb. 5th participating in â€śTexas Midwest Day at the Capitolâ€ť. Representatives for the Sweetwater Rattlesnake Roundup were at the Capitol promoting the annual event and were able to take time to join the TMCN group for photos.