October 14th, 2011
One of the basic necessities of life is water, but there are still nearly 1 billion people who have no access to sources of pure drinking water, making way for water borne illnesses to end the lives of nearly 5 million people a year.
To fix this problem sounds like a huge undertaking, but Dr. Ted Mettetal from the small town of Athens, Texas felt called to do something about it. It all started when Dr. Mettetal began going on short-term medical mission trips in the mid-1970s. â€śI found that everywhere you go, peopleâ€™s biggest problem is getting clean water,â€ť he said.
The Sweetwater City Commission met for their first meeting of the fiscal year on Tuesday morning, Oct. 11, 2011 at City Hall.
In attendance at the meeting were this year's Leadership Sweetwater participants, a civic program sponsored by the Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce. Jacque McCoy, executive director of the Chamber, presented the group as a whole before each member gave a personal introduction to the commission.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 51 calls for service, issued one citation and made three arrests on Oct. 12, 2011.
The SPD received 19, 911 calls.
â€˘ 1000 block of E. 12th.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Identity theft â€” 200 block of E. Fourth.
â€˘ Information only â€” 1400 block of Hughes.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Ashley Bohall, 26 â€” Warrant.
â€˘ Kari Southern, 33 â€” Public intoxication.
â€˘ James Wiens, 56 â€” Public intoxication/possession of controlled substance.
Archie J. Hunter â€“ Husband, daddy, papa, veteran, plowboy went to be with the Lord on Oct. 13, 2011. Archie was born May 27, 1932, to Harvid and Bertha Hunter. He graduated from Roscoe High School and attended UT Arlington on a football scholarship. He then served in the U.S. Army and played on the all Army team with Heisman Trophy winner Billy Vessels. He met and married Sherry L. Hunter while stationed at Fort Sill, OK, on Feb. 25, 1956, and loved her all his life. He then returned to college at Hardin Simmons University and was a star player for football great Coach Sammy Baugh.
Local sports fans will be treated to a double dose of Sweetwater vs. Big Spring today.
The schoolsâ€™ volleyball teams will meet in a Dis-trict 5-3A matchup that tips off at 5 p.m. at Mustang Gym, and the football game â€” also a District 5-3A contest â€” kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at Mustang Bowl.
Both Sweetwater teams need victories to keep realistic playoff hopes alive. The Sweetwater volleyball team brings a 1-3 district record into the match with four games remaining, while the football team is 0-1 in district and has three games left to play.
Several third grade students from East Ridge Elementary and fourth and fifth grade students from Sweetwater Intermediate School were treated to a special train ride on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Only 90 students were permitted to ride, as space was limited. The students were drawn for having perfect attendance for the first six weeks. Union Pacific provided the train ride.
Round two of the Big Country BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) Robotics competition is slated for Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sweetwater campus of TSTC (Texas State Technical College) West Texas.
Held in the Student Center, Practice Day will allow each team a chance to practice on the actual playing field, marking it as the first time the teams get to battle their competition.
Sweetwater Independent School District conducts a program for students with above average potential in academic and creative-productive thinking skills areas in grades K-12. This gifted education program is designed to challenge students to accelerate above and beyond the regular school curriculum.
What happens after a community is completely flattened by a tornado?Â How does the community rebuild?Â Where do you even start?Â It happened in Greensburg, Kansas in 2007 and the current Mayor of Greensburg will be the keynote speaker at the Annual Texas Midwest Conference to share the unbelievable story. Mayor Bob Dixson will have a message that every community leader will appreciate.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 46 calls for service, issued no citations and made no arrests on Oct. 11, 2011.
The SPD received 18, 911 calls.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had seven calls for service, served one civil paper and made no arrests on Oct. 11, 2011.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Stray livestock â€”Â I-20 south service road.
â€˘ Medical emergency â€”Â CR 108.
â€˘Â Close patrol â€”Â S. Blanco, Blackwell.
â€˘Â Inmate transport/medical â€”Â E. Arizona.
â€˘ Suspicious vehicle â€”Â I-20 MM 241 west bound.
â€˘Â Animal control â€”Â Ridge Crest Road.