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February 15th, 2011
A large grass fire in Fisher County burned about 400 acres on Monday afternoon according to authorities. Smoke filled the air in Sweetwater, due to yesterday's high winds. No residences were lost, but a number of barns and horse pens were lost due to the flames burning the tall, dry grass. Authorities say that there were two separate fires burning in the area and the cause of the fires in unknown.
Sweetwaterâ€™s historic Municipal Auditorium will host a live Broadway musical on Saturday evening, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. when â€śGodspellâ€ť takes the stage.
â€śGodspellâ€ť is a production of Abilene High Schoolâ€™s drama department and choir, and is directed by Clay Freeman. Freeman was Sweetwater High Schoolâ€™s drama director in the 1970s and took Sweetwater students to second place in state theater competition in 1973.
The 2011 Sweetwater Jaycees Miss Snake Charmer Scholarship Pageant contestants met on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at Texas State Technical College for a tea and learned the ins and outs of the pageant. The annual pageant will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at the Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium. This year, the Jaycees will have $2,500 in scholarship money available to the winners. A total of $1,250 will be awarded to Miss Snake Charmer while $600 will be presented to the first runner-up. The second runner-up will receive $400 and the talent competition winner will receive $250.
The National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA), a department of ACT, Inc., recognized Sweetwater Independent School District for having three schools in their district make the 2010 NCEA Higher Performing Schools List. The following schools received the honor and Higher Performing (HP) recognition in the following areas:
â€˘ Southeast Elementary School, Math and Reading - Higher Performing in all areas;
â€˘ Sweetwater Intermediate School, Math and Reading;
â€˘ Sweetwater Middle School, Social Studies.
Texas Alumni Football is coming to the Abilene area in April. Former high school players from Sweetwater and other neighboring schools are expected to put on the pads again with former teammates to comprise up to 12 alumni teams. The games are open to all alumni and the ages of the players will likely range from nineteen to mid-forties. Alumni teams will play an alumni team from their rival school.
ABILENE, TX â€” Keller Williams Realty Plano Market Center announced that McClure, REALTORS & Calvin & Co. Real Estate joined the company, bringing 24 agents with them. The office will continue to operate under the Plano Market Center brand out of 3157 South 27th in Abilene. The integration of the new agents into the Keller Williams Realty office was effective February 1, 2011.
The Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce will again be furnishing a shuttle bus that will travel to the Nolan County Coliseum from the hotels and motels, and from the South side of Nolan County Courthouse, Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13 during the Rattlesnake Round-Up.
City and Rural Rides (CARR) will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday and continue every hour until the last pick up is made at the Coliseum at 5 p.m. On Sunday, the shuttle will start at 9 a.m. and run every hour until the last pick up at the Coliseum at 4 p.m. There is no charge for riding the shuttle.
By Belinda Serrano
The 2010 report on racial profiling in Sweetwater was briefly presented during the City Commission meeting on Feb. 8. The Racial Profiling Policy, which lists racial profiling statistics, was adopted on Nov. 13, 2001 by the City of Sweetwater.
Each year, a report is completed, noting the contact made between a person and an officer of the Sweetwater Police Department. A Racial Profiling form is completed by the officer and the information is compiled and made into statistics.
The PTO at Southeast has starred again. With fundraising profits, the PTO made it possible for the students of Southeast Elementary to have a covered walkway into the building which will help protect them in inclement weather. Shown admiring the new awning are PTO president Sandy Gallegos along with PTO member Melissa Contreras.
Sweetwater High School junior Carly Johnson was crowned and named Yucca Queen on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, at the Sweetwater High School Auditorium. She is the daughter of Craig and Nancy Johnson. She is shown with her escort, Sam Nemir.