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November 24th, 2010
It's that time again. Time to wake up early, wait in line and see what Black Friday deals you can get.
Black Friday has been a yearly event, since the 1960s, but hasn't always meant what it means now. In the beginning, Black Friday was coined to describe the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. Once retailers noticed that they could entice customers to their stores with major sales, the shopping extravaganza began.
For anyone who's an avid viewer of the annual Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special, you might have an idea about how the first Thanksgiving celebration came about. Linus Van Pelt recalled the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621 with Indian chief Massasoit, Governor William Bradford and Captain Miles Standish. But, for the history buff, there was one Thanksgiving celebration that was held before.
The weather may be getting colder, but the moisture doesn't seem to be coming just yet. The area is still dry and the burn ban was left on at the regular Nolan County Commissioner's meeting on Monday, at least for the time being.
The topic of electricity was a hot one. Two presentations on possible ways to lower electricity costs were heard at the meeting; Bob Forman presented for Priority Power Management Company and Lee Washington also presented.
Wal-Mart has partnered with West Texas Children's Advocacy Center to provide a way for many children in the area to have a better Christmas. Angels on a Christmas tree at Wal-Mart represent children who have been served by the WTCAC this year. Each angel has a child's gender, ages, sizes and special needs or a favorite toy of character that the child would like.
East Ridge Elementary School collected overÂ 2,000 items for their Fill the Boot Food Drive in November. Mrs. Brennanâ€™s first grade class collected 435 items. They earned a popcorn party. East Ridge would like to thank all of the parents, students and staff for all their help.
Texas Education Agency recently announced its 2010 District Gold Performance Acknowledgement Awards. The awards are as follows:
â€¢ Sweetwater ISD: (1) Recognized District; Social Studies-Commended Performance
â€¢ Sweetwater High School: (1) Academically Acceptable Campus; Social Studies-Commended Performance
â€¢ Sweetwater Middle School: (2) Recognized Campus; Writing-Commended Performance; Social Studies-Commended Performance
â€¢ East Ridge Elementary: (2) Exemplary Campus; Reading/English Language Arts â€“ Commended Performance; Mathematics - Commended Performance
Sweetwater Christian School held an open house on Sunday in their new building. Recently, Sweetwater Christian School was able to move into their new building, which was made possible through the donations of Mr. Cyrus Dale McCreight. McCreight made the donation and gave the glory to God and in recognition of his mother, who opened the first private pre-school in Sweetwater. A plaque, dedicated to Mr. Dale, will hang in the entrance of the new school. Tours of the school were given and refreshments were served at the event.
Brookshire Grocery Company's 29th annual Spirit of Christmas Food Drive continues in approximately 150 supermarkets in 116 cities and towns throughout Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas.
The stores are collecting donations of non-perishable foods and teaming up with a wide variety of service organizations, food banks and volunteers to distribute food to families who need assistance.
Last year more than 500,000 pounds of food were collected and donated to more than 16,000 families in need.
Judge Glen Harrison heard two guilty pleas, in the 32nd Judicial District Court of Nolan County last week.
John Corry Hafner entered a plea of guilty to the charge of driving while intoxicated with a child passenger. The offense, which occurred on March 31, 2009, carries the classification of a state jail felony. Punishment can range from imprisonment in a state jail division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for any term of not more than two years or less than 180 days and/or an optional fine not to exceed $10,000.
Henrietta the Thanksgiving Turkey made her annual appearance last week at J.P. Cowen Early Childhood Center.Â Although this is her first time at J. P. Cowen, this is her 17th arrival in Sweetwater with her first appearance being at Philip Nolan in 1993.Â Pictured with the famous turkey is Sweetwater ISD Maintenance and Transportation Director Scott Lambert, Vera Ellen McCombs and Billie Joe McCombs.