October 7th, 2011
The all-important district season finally starts tonight for Sweetwater and Roscoe, while Blackwell and High-land have two more weeks before playing their first of just three district contests.
Sweetwater goes to Wylie for a District 5-3A matchup of teams with 3-3 records.Tonightâ€™s contest will kick off at 7:30 p.m. at Wylie.
Sweetwater will be trying to break out of its two-game losing streak, while Wylie ended a two-game skid by beating Lubbock Estacado last week. Sweetwater is also seeking its first district win in nearly two years.
Sweetwater has recently fallen victim to a rash of vehicle burglaries in the northeast side of town. According to Sweetwater Chief of Police Jim Kelley, the burglaries began on Sunday, being the night with the most vehicle burglaries so far at 15 reported that evening. On Monday, four vehicle burglaries were reported and two vehicle burglaries were reported on Tuesday. Two were reported last night. Reports came from the 1700 block of Hailey, 1500 block of E. 12th, 1400 block of James, 1500 block of James, 1500 block of Josephine and the 1600 block of Grand.
Community members gathered at the Sweetwater Reporter for the monthly Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce Coffee hosted by Abilene Regional Airport on Wednesday, Oct. 5. Shown is Sweetwater Reporter advertising manager Gloria Rudel as she gives a tour of the press room at the event.
This is the first year Highland chose to participate in the Texas Teacher of the Year selection, and their teacher, Tammy Carper, was chosen as Elementary Teacher of the Year for Region 14.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 48 calls for service, issued three citations and made one arrest on Oct. 4, 2011.
The SPD received 16, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Burglary â€” 1500 block of Vards Lane.
â€¢ Burglary â€” 1500 block of Vards Lane.
â€¢ Burglary â€” 1300 block of James.
â€¢ Information only â€” 1400 block of Grand.
Arrested by SPD
â€¢ Steven Opry, 26 â€”Â Warrant.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had seven calls for service, served no civil papers and made two arrests on Oct. 4, 2011.
Arrested by NCSO:
â€¢ Timothy Ray Falls, 62, Homeless â€”Â Judgment.
The non-district portion of the schedule is finally over. On Friday, the serious part begins as Sweetwater and Wylie match identical 3-3 records at 7:30 p.m. at Wylie â€” with the hope of going 1-0 in District 5-3A and taking an important step toward a playoff berth.
For Sweetwater, this will also be a chance to take a step toward re-establishing itself as a district contender for the first time in three years. The Mustangs have just one district win since 2008. So a victory, especially over a perennially-tough Wylie squad, would be huge for the program.
First Downs â€” 96; Rushes-yards â€” 227-1019; Passing yards â€” 682; Total yards â€” 1701 (283.5 avg.); Passing â€” 52-95-6; Fumbles-Lost â€” 14-7; Penalties-Yards â€” 42-351; Points scored â€” 110 (18.3 avg.).
First Downs â€” 76; Rushes-yards â€” 184-704; Passing yards â€” 745; Total yards â€” 1449 (241.5 avg.); Passing â€” 66-129-5; Fumbles-Lost 7-2; Penalties-Yards â€” 39-317; Points allowed â€” 101 (16.8 avg.).
Nolan County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Farm Loan Manager Justin B. Holland announced that the loan limit for the Guaranteed Loan Program will increase to $1,214,000. The limit is adjusted annually based on the "Prices Paid to Farmers Index," compiled by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
For the second year in a row, there will be two back-to-back fundraising events associated with the Round-Up for Rehab in Sweetwater to raise dollars for the West Texas Rehabilitation Center. A Shrimp Peel dinner and auction will be held at the Nolan County Annex on Tuesday evening, Oct. 25, the night before the sale at Sweetwater Auction which will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 26.
A Firefighter's and First Responder's Appreciation Dinner and Silent Auction will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011 at the Nolan County Coliseum Annex starting at 6 p.m. It will be sponsored by the Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce.
The event will serve two purposes: to honor all area firefighters and first responders for their tireless efforts in protecting the community and to raise funds for the groups as well.
"We are honoring all first responders in Nolan County with a complimentary dinner for them, their spouse and the children living at their home," said event coordinators.