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March 22nd, 2011
Economic and community development representatives from throughout the region met in Eastland on March 16, to sharpen their development skills.
A workshop entitled â€śSecrets of Economic Development Unveiledâ€ť offered presentations by several E.D. specialists. Topics included: economic development programs and assistance available through the Governorâ€™s Office; whatâ€™s new in economic development; legislative update; prospecting for prospects and how to respond; and legalities that ED organization must follow.
Sweetwater Middle School had 13 students make it to State in Texas Math and Science Coaches Association (TMSCA). Students on the Number Sense Team are Annaliese Espinoza, sixth grade; Ashleigh Jimenez, seventh grade; Gabriel Lieja, sixth grade; and Cody Chapman, eighth grade.
Students on the Calculator Team are Annaliese Espinoza, sixth grade; Christa Martin, sixth grade; Cody Chapman, eighth grade; and Corynn Martin, eighth grade.
Students on the Math Team are Annaliese Espinoza, sixth grade; Marc Butler, seventh grade; Sarah Valdez, seventh grade; and Cody Chapman, eighth grade.
Each year, continued cuts in education budgets have forced teachers to spend hundreds of their own dollars just to keep their rooms stocked with essential classroom supplies, like tablets, tape, glue and markers.
This year, employees at Georgia-Pacific's Sweetwater gypsum plant are helping. They collected and donated boxes of school supplies to J.P. Cowen, Southeast Elementary, East Ridge Elementary and Highland ISD. In addition to the boxes of supplies given by employees, the company also donated cases of other needed products including its office paper, paper towels and tissue products.
Nolan Nursing and Rehab welcomed the Gideons as they distributed 100 Bibles for each resident room. The Gideons have been in existence for over 100 years, and now is a worldwide organization that distributes Bibles in 190 different countries. Not only do the Bibles make their way to hotels, but also volunteers distribute them to schools, hospitals and nursing homes. The Bibles are now printed in 90 different languages. Gideon volunteer Jerry O'Briant reported that 78 million Bibles were distributed in 2009.
The first year West Texas Centers hosted Hoops, Dreams and Goals, no one expected it to become a yearly event.
But the wildly popular basketball tournament has become a tradition at West Texas Centers with no chance of it going away any time soon.
â€śI would say within the first hour, we were already talking about next year,â€ť said Rodney Jones, West Texas Centers Chief Developmental Health Officer.
Hoops, Dreams and Goals is in its seventh year and still gaining steam.
And its no coincidence it coincides with the NCAA March Madness, West Texas Centers CEO Shelley Smith said.
Shown are Andy Polnack, Annette Creed, Stan Creed, Zack Creed, Matt Polnack and Derek Creed. Zack Creed showed a Reserve Grand Champion Gilt at the San Angelo Livestock Show. He is a previous San Angelo Stock Show Reserve Breed Champion.
High Sky Children's Ranch and West Texas Children's Advocacy Center are agencies committed to helping families of the Nolan, Scurry, Fisher and Mitchell County communities to stop child abuse. Five years ago both agencies decided that more needed to be done to assure that the communities become aware that child abuse was a problem. It was found that the general public and some community leaders were unaware that child abuse existed and needed to be reported. HSCR and WTCAC decided to work together to help stop child abuse and involve local community leaders and other agencies.
Is there any better way to follow Spring Break than with musical artists and concerts from all over Texas? Yes! With musical artists and concerts from all over Texas that come to Sweetwater. The Sweetwater Music Festival will be Tuesday, March 22, through Saturday, March 26, throughout the city of Sweetwater.
Shown at the San Antonio Livestock Show are Jennie Wann, Michael Massey, Megan Wilcox, Seth Wilcox and Zachary Wilcox, Nolan County Extension Agent. Michael Massey received Champion Hampshire.
Local 4-H members did well at recent livestock shows. Shown at the Fort Worth Livestock Show are Mac Smith, Michael Massey, Zachary Wilcox, Nolan County Extension Agent, Judge Galen McCane, Kaylee Martin, Deddie Marin, Don Martin, Megan Wilcox and Tanner Martin. Kaylee Martin received Reserve Grand Champion.