January 18th, 2013
Rannie Paul Hampton, age 63, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013.
Rannie has been Superintendent in Construction working for General Contractors in Texas, Egypt and Honduras after serving his country in the United States Marine Corps.
He is survived by his wife, Norma; and daughters, Barbara and Lauren Hampton; step daughter, Dierdre and husband Vince Harbal of Arlington; mother, Sarah R. Hampton; brothers, D. Mark and wife Jackie Hampton and Tim L. Hampton; uncle, Van and Neta Baucum, all of Sweetwater.
Going a collective 4-2 in district play after totalling just two wins a year ago is a good start. And todayâ€™s games at Abilene Wylie will provide yet another barometer for just how much Sweetwaterâ€™s varsity basketball teams have improved this season.
Sweetwaterâ€™s girls (3-1 in district) will tie Wylie (4-0) for the lead in District 4-3A if they can upset the Lady Bulldogs, the two-time defending state champions and currently ranked No. 18 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches poll.
Sweetwater beat Snyder 56-45 Tuesday, while Wylie defeated Greenwood (3-1) 69-43 in its last outing.
The Sweetwater junior varsity girls basketball team has a perfect 18-0 record overall and is 4-0 in District 4-3A play entering todayâ€™s 5 p.m. game at Abilene Wylie.
The team includes, front row from left, Maddie Jones, Lexi Castillo and Jasmine Reddic; middle row, Abby McPherson, Jaya Atkins, Nisha Williams, Gabby Reyes and Cierra Knox; and top row, coach Amy Clark, Bianca Castillo, Shaneese Brown, Morgan Whitley and manager Holly Johnson.
Sweetwater High Schoolâ€™s sub-varsity teams went 2-2 when they played at Snyder on Tuesday, with both girls teams winning.
Sweetwaterâ€™s JV girls are now 18-0 overall (4-0 district) after winning 41-27.
Cierra Knox had 12 points while Abby McPherson ad-ded nine points, Maddie Jones eight, Bianca Castillo and Shaneese Brown four and Gabby Reyes and Mor-gan Whitley two apiece for the Lady Mustangs.
Sweetwaterâ€™s freshman girls also won, 32-15, as they improved their records to 10-5 overall and 3-1 in district play.
Today, we'll see sunny skies and warmer temperatures with a high near 61. Winds will be from the south at 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Tonight, expect partly cloudy skies with a low around 38, and winds from the south at 10 to 15 mph.
Expect a copy-cat forecast for the weekend, with highs in the 60s and lows in the 30s. Learn all you need to know at weather.gov.
The local economic development group will continue to take part in the Cline Shale Sessions, as SEED (Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development) Executive Director Ken Becker outlined the next three months of the sessions during Monday's meeting of the SEED board of directors.
The January meeting, to be held in Snyder, will also consist of a dedication ceremony of a rail park. In February, the meeting will include assistance from former Sweetwater Mayor Rick Rhodes along with other state agencies.
Kaegan Jeffrey is shown during the steer show at the Nolan County Livestock Show that kicked off Wednesday.
The show continues tonight and runs through this weekend.
On Monday morning at the Nolan County Commissioners' meeting, action was taken to approve an order authorizing the issuance of the second bond for the county projects.
This general obligation (GO) bond is for the 2013 year and was approved at $5,730,000. On the agenda, the amount was not to exceed $5,870,000.
Vince Viaille from Specialized Public Finance, Inc. and Tom Pollan from Austin were in attendance at the meeting to present the information to the commissioners.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 60 calls for service, issued nine citations and made five arrests on Jan. 15, 2013.
The SPD received 32, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Burglary of a vehicle â€”Â 1600 block of San Carlos.
â€¢ Credit/debit card abuse â€”Â 1600 block of Bristol.
â€¢ Family violence assault â€”Â 700 block of Pease.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Male juvenile, 12 â€”Â Assault.
â€¢Â Jacob Aguilar, 17 â€”Â Warrant.
â€¢Â Patrick Gonzales, 17 â€”Â Warrant.
â€¢Â Whitney Byram, 25 â€”Â Driving while license invalid/warrant.
â€¢Â Levi Cockrill, 21 â€”Â Theft.
Sweetwaterâ€™s Isaiah McGee (4) is guarded by Snyderâ€™s Malik Davis during the teamsâ€™ district game in Snyder on Tuesday.
Sweetwater goes to Wylie on Friday.