The 2012-2013 budget for the Sweetwater Independent School District (SISD) was approved during the SISD Board of Trustees' meeting, held at noon on Thursday, August 30, 2012.
The budget had already been presented at a recent workshop held on August 15, which was based on the passing of the Tax Ratification Election. While several changes were listed for the new budget, one of the significant differences was that there would be an increase for all pay scales.
The local branch of TSTC (Texas State Technical College) West Texas held an Automotive Technology Open House on Thursday morning, August 30, 2012 to feature their new Alternative Fuel Simulators.
Starting with this fall semester, students in the Automotive Technology program will receive training in diagnostics, service and repair of light duty diesel, fuel /electric and compressed natural gas vehicles. Simulators include a Ford light diesel truck, GM light diesel truck, Toyota Prius Hybrid and a compressed natural gas engine.
A Labor Day event, â€śBurgers Buy the Pool,â€ť will be held on Monday, Sept. 3. This event is being held as a fundraiser, hosted by JavaJax in Sweetwater, for the Nolan County Girl Scouts to help with their efforts in restoring the swimming pool at Camp Boothe Oaks. Improvements to the pool are necessary in order for the Girl Scouts to have an energy efficient, ADA compliant swimming pool that would draw full enrollment for a Summer Resident Girl Scout Camp to once again be held at the local camp facility.
Nolan County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Dennis Cumbie, reminds producers that they have until Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, to purchase coverage through the Noninsurable Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP). The sales closing date is actually Sept. 1, 2012, but producers have until Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, to purchase coverage this year because Sept. 1 falls on a weekend and the following Monday is a holiday.
NAP provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory or prevented planting occur due to normal disasters.
BROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCH
Americans are a people of spectators. We sit and watch ball games, television programs and movies.Â This mind set has slipped into our churches where we hire pastors and staff and then show up on Sunday morning, sit with arms folded, and say, â€śOkay, show me what you got!â€ťÂ Itâ€™s like the family that visited the church and then at home the dad said, â€śThe preacher was too boring.â€ťÂ The mom said, â€śThe music was too loud.â€ť The teenager said, â€śThe youth were snobs,â€ť but the little boy said, â€śI thought it was a pretty good show for a quarter.â€ťÂ
This yearâ€™s Sammy Baugh Classic began yesterday, Thursday, Aug. 30, as the Roscoe Plowboys challenged the DeLeon Bearcats. The Plowboys were defeated 38-6 at the game.
Jenny Johnson, MD, a sports medicine physician and a 2000 graduate of Sweetwater High School, has returned to the area to work at Texas Sport and Spine in Abilene.
Jenny graduated Cum Laude from Texas Christian University, achieving Departmental Honors in Neuroscience, and she knew that she wanted to pursue medicine. She then attended Texas Tech University School of Medicine where she was invited to join the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and was voted â€śBest Personalityâ€ť in her graduating medical class in 2008.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 46 calls for service, issued two citations and made no arrests on Aug. 29, 2012.
The SPD received 18, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Burglary of a building â€”Â 200 block of W. First.
â€˘ Credit card abuse â€”Â 1200 block of Grand.
â€˘ Family violence assault/impede breath â€”Â 1400 block of Hughes.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had four calls for service, served no civil papers and made two arrests on Aug. 29, 2012.
Arrested by NCSO:
â€˘ Preston Allen White, 23, of Merkel â€” Warrant/violation of probation.
Vela Hall Alexander Evans died Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, at Hendrick Hospice. Memorial graveside services will be held Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Restland Cemetery, in Gatesville, Texas. McCoy Funeral Home of Sweetwater, Texas is in charge of arrangements.
CLYDE â€” Vivian Elease Brown Seaton, 82, of Clyde, died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, at her home. Services will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, at Bailey-Howard Funeral Home Chapel in Clyde. Burial will be in the Clyde Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31, at the funeral home.