January 9th, 2013
With many residents of the Big Country and Heartland shaking the cobwebs out of their umbrellas this week, TxDOT is reminding drivers to stay safe on the road during wet weather. Here are a few safety tips:
â€¢ Slow down and increase following distance. It takes longer to stop on wet pavement. Donâ€™t follow trucks or buses too closely to avoid spray from their tires. Watch for brake lights ahead.
The Leadership Sweetwater class of 2012-2013 gathered for their healthcare session on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital.
The group had the chance to tour the facility including the admission department, pharmacy, physical therapy department, cardiac rehabilitation department, surgery department, cardiopulmonary department, radiology department and laboratory.
A public hearing was held at City Hall during the Sweetwater City Commission meeting on Tuesday morning, January 8, to consider a recommendation from the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission regarding a request to rezone a 7.01 acre tract of land--known as 411 E. Bradford Lane--from a dwelling district (zone E-1) to an industrial district (zone K).
The P&Z met on January 4, 2013 to discuss the matter and unanimously approved to make the change. One citizen offered input on the matter during Tuesday's meeting, a resident of Bradford Lane named Beverly Madden.
Heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires during the winter months. According to the National Fire Protection Association, half of all home heating fires occur in December, January and February.
According to Sweetwater Fire Marshal Richard Spradlin, there are several ways to prevent winter house fires. "Keep anything that can burn at least three feet from heating equipment such as a furnace, woodstove or portable heater."
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 38 calls for service, issued two citations and made three arrests on Jan. 7, 2013.
The SPD received 19, 911 calls.
â€¢ 300 block of Crane.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Theft â€”Â 1900 block of Lamar.
â€¢ Burglary of a building â€”Â 200 block of Lewis Front.
â€¢ Aggravated robbery â€”Â 800 block of Circle.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Tyson Engel, 24 â€” Evading/theft.
â€¢ Tanner Engel, 22 â€” Interfering.
â€¢ Jarrod Plemmons, 26 â€” Public intoxication.
Ruby Kathryn McMickle, age 84, of Gonzales, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at Texan Nursing and Rehab.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at Gonzales Memorial Park with Rev. Chester McCown officiating. Burial will follow. Arrangements are under the direction of Seydler- Hill Funeral Home of Gonzales, Texas.
THURSDAY, JAN. 10
Sweetwater 7th and 8th grade â€˜Aâ€™ and â€˜Bâ€™ girls play at San Angelo Lincoln, 5 and 6 p.m.
Roscoe junior high teams play at Westbrook starting at 5 p.m.
Highland junior high teams (except 8th grade girls) play at Ira starting at 5 p.m.
Blackwell junior high teams at Paint Rock starting at 6 p.m.
FRIDAY, JAN. 11
Sweetwater girls host Monahans â€” JV at 5 p.m., varsity at 6:15 p.m., freshmen at 7:30 p.m.
Sweetwater boys host Monahans (district opener) â€” JV at 5 p.m., freshmen at 6:15 p.m., varsity at 7:30 p.m.
After taking a five-point lead (38-33) early in the fourth quarter of Tuesdayâ€™s key District 4-3A contest with Midland Greenwood, Sweetwaterâ€™s girls saw their hopes of a a 2-0 start and a share of the district lead slip away here Tuesday.
Greenwood rallied to go on an 11-2 run and stun the Lady Mustangs, 44-40, to improve to 2-0 in district.
SAN ANGELO â€” The Sweetwater boys won their seventh straight game on Tuesday, but just barely. The Mustangs escaped with a thrilling 60-58 road win at San Angelo Lake View to improve to 11-7 overall.
Kaleb Hoover scored a season-high 23 points, including a tie-breaking layup as time ran out, to give Sweetwater the victory in its final tuneup for the start of District 4-3A action that begins Friday.
Sweetwater led 47-37 en-tering the fourth quarter after outscoring Lake View 24-13 in the third stanza, but the Chiefs rallied and tied it at 58 on a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left.
Sweetwaterâ€™s junior varsity girls made it 16 straight wins without a loss here on Tuesday as the Lady Mus-tangs crushed Greenwood, 53-23, to also improve to 2-0 in district play.
Shaneese Brown had 14 points and Bianca Castillo and Maddie Jones 10 for Sweetwater, while Cierra Knox had seven, Lexi Cast-illo five, Abby McPherson four, Morgan Whitley two and Nisha Williams one. The team also won 45-32 in its district opener at Big Spring on Friday as Brown scored 18, McPherson 12, Knox and Jones four, Jasmine Reddic three and Bianca Castillo two.