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August 27th, 2012
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.
Be on the look out for a 20% chance of rain and thunderstorms today, as we'll see mostly sunny skies and a high near 94. Winds will be from the north-northwest at 5 to 10 mph, shifting to north-northeast during the morning.
Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low around 71. Winds will be from the north at 5 mph, becoming south after midnight.
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A significant change in bus routes will be made for this new school year within Sweetwater ISD (Independent School District). All of the busses will now be meeting at Sweetwater Middle School (SMS)--instead of the previous meeting spot of SHS (Sweetwater High School).
A "practice run" of the new improvement took place on Wednesday at the middle school. SISD Assistant Superintendent Kathy Smartt noted that one of the advantages of this improvement is that a large number of elementary students in town will be taken home before older students board the bus.
The New Teachers Luncheon was held on Friday, August 24, 2012 in the Center Seminar Room at the Sweetwater campus of TSTC (Texas State Technical College) West Texas.
The event was hosted by the Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce.
Executive Vice President of the Chamber, Jacque McCoy, welcomed the new teachers and their corporate sponsors, thanking the teachers for their work with the children of the school districts.
Sweetwater Independent School District Food Service Secretary Deanna Clowers and SISD Food Service Director Barbara Woolsey are shown preparing a grocery order the coming school year that will begin Monday, Aug. 27, 2012.
Starting this school year, school districts nationwide must meet new standards of nutrition for meals as part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which strives to provide all children with healthy school food.
Sweetwater Animal Control currently has four dogs available for adoption.
Available for adoption is a male Husky/Shepherd mix, a female border collie mix, a male chihuahua and a male mixed breed dog. According to Sweetwaterâ€™s animal control officer, Don Kite, animals that are picked up are kept for a minimum of three days, but he tries to keep them from a week to 10 days.
Dogs and cats are available for adoption for a $15 fee and the cost of getting the pet vaccinated for rabies.
The pets are required to have their vaccination before they leave to their new homes.
During the City Commission meeting held on Tuesday morning, August 21, a representative of the WASP (Women's AirForce Service Pilots) Museum gave a presentation on the proposed new construction that will expand the facilities.
A handout was given to the commissioners, which offered an outlook on the future of the facility and ideas on potential exhibits. At the present time, the museum is working with an architect and architect manager, both based out of the Dallas area.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 39 calls for service, issued no citations and made three arrests on Aug. 23, 2012.
The SPD received 20, 911 calls.
â€¢ 300 block of Pine.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Theft â€” 1300 block of E. Broadway.
â€¢ Theft â€” 400 block of NE Georgia.
â€¢ Burglary of a vehicle â€” 1600 block of Grand.
â€¢ Burglary of a habitation â€” 800 block of E. 14th.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Matthew McQueen, 21 â€” Burglary of a building.
â€¢ Merced Flores, 30 â€” Burglary of a building.