September 8th, 2012
Tough competition on the gridiron Friday made it a rather long night for all three of Nolan Countyâ€™s area football teams.
Blackwell, which was coming off its first Six-Man win on the field in nearly two years with a season-opening victory over Westbrook the previous week under new head coach Clint Lowry, was defeated 56-30 by Jayton.
Highland and Roscoe, who like Blackwell are going through the rebuilding process with several young players, were shut out on Friday. Highland lost to Sterling City by a score of 50-0, while Roscoe lost 40-0 at Irion County.
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is now accepting applications for Emergency Farm Loans resulting from damages and losses caused by drought occurring from January 1, 2012 and continuing.
These two 1962 graduates of Sweetwater (Newman) High School celebrated their 50th year reunion with old classmates this weekend. Pictured are Betty Jamison Swann, the 1962 homecoming queen, and Dr. Bud Alldredge, who was chosen Mr. Mustang that year. They helped crown Courtnie Thompson, who was chosen Friday as the 2012 homecoming queen at halftime of the football game held at Mustang Bowl between Sweetwater and Andrews.
During the SISD (Sweetwater Independent School District) Board of Trustees meeting held on Thursday, August 30, one of the items discussed was the campus and AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) ratings.
The state has recently raised the bar considerably in their specific standards. This past year, students--overall--were to meet the goal of an 87% passing rate or higher in Reading/English-Language Arts and an 83% passing rate or higher for Math in the new STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness).
During the Wednesday afternoon faculty meeting at Sweetwater Middle School, the teachers were given some great news that will once again make a huge impact at SMS.
The seventh graders are getting iPads.
Sweetwater High School Senior Courtnie Thompson was crowned the 2012 Homecoming Queen on Friday night, Sept. 7, 2012, during halftime of the homecoming football game. She is the daughter of Erica Hunt and Junior Hunt. She is shown with her escort, Romello Taylor. Thompson was crowned by the 1962 Homecoming Queen Betty Jamison Swann and the 1962 Mr. Mustang Buddy Alldredge.
William Richard â€śBillâ€ť Norred died Sept. 6, 2012, in Dallas. Norred was a longtime resident of Sweetwater, having moved to a retirement community in 2003.
Norred was born in Snyder, Texas on Oct. 15, 1929, the son of the late Albert and Faye Norred of Sweetwater. He graduated from Sweetwater High School and the University of Texas. He served in the United States Army during the Korean conflict, and in 1953 went into business with his father in the Buick-Cadillac dealership in Sweetwater. He sold Norred Motor Co. in 1975 and worked for the next 25 years for Ludlum Measurements.
Aglow International Sweetwater Community Lighthouse will host their monthly meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, 300 SE Georgia Avenue.
On Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, many members of the 1962 class of Sweetwater High School will gather in Sweetwater to celebrate their 50th year reunion. This Homecoming will being at the Exes Tea and Pep Rally at Sweetwater High School for those classmates who have come in for Friday's activities.
The Dual Credit Program at Sweetwater High School has been around for many years. In fact, SHS was one of the very first high schools in West Texas to partner with a college. The original partnership was with Texas State Technical College right here in Sweetwater. Many students took advantage of this program for many years and continue to do so now with the partnership of Western Texas College. WTC accredits the academic core courses, while TSTC continues its support by sponsoring specialty technology courses.