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September 4th, 2012
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, for a new barbecue restaurant in Roscoe, the Blackland Smokehouse.Â
The restaurant is located on the north side of Broadway in downtown Roscoe between The Wildflower Boutique and Memorial Park.
Even though Labor Day is the unofficial kick-off to fall, today's temperatures make it seem like we're in the middle of summer! Expect a high near 100 today with sunny skies, with winds from the south at 10 to 15 mph and gusts as high as 20 mph.
Tonight will be mostly clear with a low around 76. Winds will be from the south-southeast at 10 to 15 mph.
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In September 2012, Katherine Dickson and her family opened the gates of the 69 Ranch near Maryneal to fourth grade students from Roscoe, Highland and Blackwell to engage them in the Kids on the Land (KOL) program. Peggy Maddox, former Sweetwater Independent School District SEEK teacher and now Director of Kids of the Land program for Holistic Management International developed the program which provides a day of hands-on activities to help students reconnect to the land where they live.
A singer/songwriter with local ties--who made it big on the national circuit--is making an international resurgence.
Royce Porter was born on April 1, 1939 in Roscoe but was raised in Sweetwater. He graduated Newman High School in 1957 and immediately pursued his dream, moving to Houston to record some albums with his friend and fellow Sweetwater resident, the late Ray Doggett.
However, in 1958 he was drafted into the Navy and served for the next two years. Following his military service, Porter returned to Sweetwater and then attended college at Hardin-Simmons University from 1964-1968.
The annual Jamaica (pronounced Hah-my-kah) festival at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Sweetwater raised funds for the parish on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012. The event featured an array of food, refreshments, games for all ages and music. Shown is Braelyn Gaytan fishing for a prize at one of the booths at the Jamaica. Running the booth were Carolyn Flores and Sierra Flores.
The Sweetwater Mustangs defeated the Eastland Mavericks 23-13 on Friday evening, Aug. 31, 2012, at the Sammy Baugh Classic at Mustang Bowl.
The Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for those to be honored as Outstanding Young Citizen, Outstanding Female Citizen and Outstanding Male Citizen for 2012. Nominations are also being accepted for Sweetwater's Business of the Year award.
Deadline for submission of nominations is 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7. Honorees will be announced at the annual Chamber Banquet planned for Monday, Sept. 24.
Due to the recent redistricting process, Nolan County has once again been put into US District 19 instead of being split between Districts 19 and 11. The voter registrar's office is in the process of consolidating voting precincts 10 through 14 back into their original precincts before the 2009 redistricting.
The 2012-2013 budget for the Sweetwater Independent School District (SISD) was approved during the SISD Board of Trustees' meeting, held at noon on Thursday, August 30, 2012.
The budget had already been presented at a recent workshop held on August 15, which was based on the passing of the Tax Ratification Election. While several changes were listed for the new budget, one of the significant differences was that there would be an increase for all pay scales.
The local branch of TSTC (Texas State Technical College) West Texas held an Automotive Technology Open House on Thursday morning, August 30, 2012 to feature their new Alternative Fuel Simulators.
Starting with this fall semester, students in the Automotive Technology program will receive training in diagnostics, service and repair of light duty diesel, fuel /electric and compressed natural gas vehicles. Simulators include a Ford light diesel truck, GM light diesel truck, Toyota Prius Hybrid and a compressed natural gas engine.