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August 28th, 2012
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.
Dove Hunting season officially kicks off this Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. The season is open until Oct. 24, 2012, and runs again from Dec. 22, 2012 to Jan. 6, 2013. Nolan County Game Warden Jake Simmering would like to remind all hunters young and old, inexperienced and veteran, to be sure all guidelines and regulations are followed during this hunting season. Hunters can pick up the Outdoor Annual (free of charge) anywhere hunting and fishing licenses are sold â€” Higginbotham, Wal-Mart and The Medicine Place are places in Sweetwater as well as online at tpwd.state.tx.us.
To better meet the needs of potential students, the Texas State Technical College Sweetwater admissions office will be available evenings and weekends through Wednesday, Aug. 29. The office will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Texas State Technical College has a variety of programs, which in just a semester or two, can lead to top career possibilities. Call 235-7300 today or apply online at westtexas.tstc.edu.
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Today was the first day of school for students within the Sweetwater school district. A group of second graders gather in the cafeteria at East Ridge Elementary School on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, ready for the new school year.
Find more photos from the back-to-school action in today's paper.
Sweetwater Independent School District Superintendent Terry Pittman announced Saturday evening, Aug. 25, 2012, that the Tax Ratification Election (TRE) passed with a vote of 218 for and 9 against. Mr. Pittman has said that this election represented a veryÂ opportune time for the school district.
"With property values in the county having increasedÂ tremendously as of late, the passing of this TRE election has allowed SISD to make a beneficial shift to the funding structure and still lower the overall tax rate of the taxpayers."
Local businesses and churches were at Texas State Technical College in Sweetwater on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, to be part of the Community Connections Fair for new TSTC students and their families. New students moved into their dorms and attended orientation as well on Sunday.
Shown above is Mitch Moore with Ludlum Measurements speaking with a new student and family members at the Community Connections Fair.
Find more photos from the event in today's paper.