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June 17th, 2014
The requirements for eighth graders regarding math and Algebra 1 were discussed during the Superintendent's Report at last week's meeting of the Sweetwater ISD Board of Trustees.
Several area schools were polled on whether their eighth graders took algebra, with a majority of schools not offering the class. Most districts have students take the course in high school, while a few other schools with either combine eighth grade math and Algebra 1, or offer Algebra 1 as an elective.
Board members of the Nolan County Foundation recently approved a donation of $2,000 to Kids on the Land, a children's program for grades K-6. According to Homer Taylor, President and Executive Director of the NCF, the board acted on the request for funding after hearing a presentation by Peggy Maddox, Executive Director of the program. She was assisted in the presentation by Katherine Dickson from the 69 Ranch.
A public hearing was held at last week's City Commission meeting on the recommendation from the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) commission regarding a request to rezone some land from a dwelling district (zone 'A') to a business district (zone 'D').
The tract of land is 28.856 acres and is more commonly known as 304 SE Georgia. The request for the rezoning came from PAK Harris Enterprises.
City Services Director Kirk Harris shared that at the P&Z meeting held on June 6, a unanimous vote was given for the zoning change, which also had to be presented to the commissioners.
Today will be mostly sunny with a high near 91. Winds will be breezy and from the south around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. After 4 p.m., we'll have a 20% chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms.
The rain chances will remain through this evening, with a low around 27 and mostly cloudy skies. Winds will remain from the south at 15 to 20 mph.
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The Sweetwater Fire Department hosted their annual Fill the Boot drive to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association this past Friday and Saturday.
Firefighters collected donations at the intersection of Elm Street and Broadway on Friday and at the intersection of NW Georgia and Lamar, just off I-20 on Saturday.
Shown is Todd Donham collecting a donation on Friday.
A bid was awarded for the road base for the Hunter water well field at Tuesday's City Commission meeting.
Only one bid was received and opened, which came from West Texas Rock Resources in Roscoe at the cost of $9.94 per ton. The bid met the specifications from the TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) and was recommended for acceptance.
There was an excellent turn out recently at the bicycle rodeo held at 4th and Elm in the First Baptist Church parking lot. There were many volunteers from many different agencies that helped to make it a truly wonderful event.Â
Today will be partly sunny with a high near 94. Winds will be breezy and from the south at 15 to 20 mph.
Expect partly cloudy conditions tonight, with a low around 72 and breezy winds from the south at 15 to 20 mph. Gusts will get as high as 30 mph.
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An update on the Nolan County Coliseum was given at the SEED (Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development) board of directors meeting held Monday by Coliseum Manager Jeff Howard.
The Coliseum was built in 1959, with the Annex built in 1961. The multi-purpose event center has played host to a wide variety of events, including rodeos, equestrian shows, livestock shows, rattlesnake roundups, banquets, trade shows, weddings, and much more.
There are five full-time employees at the Coliseum, with one part-time employee. Additional part-time employees are hired for some events.
Sweetwater Healthcare Center is celebrating CNA (Certified Nurse Assistant) Week, June 12 through 19, by having their residents present awards. The facility is also introducing their new Director of Nurses, Valerie Pruitt, who is from the community.
Pruitt graduated from Loraine High School and is also a double graduate of TSTC for both her LVN in 1997 and RN in 2010. She worked in long-term care as an ADON for 10 years, then assisted with the nursing program and CNA program at TSTC, and later spent three years in Hospice.