May 23rd, 2012
The Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce membership appreciation luncheon was held on Friday, May 18, 2012 at The Center at Texas State Technical College.
Jacque McCoy, the Chamber's Executive Director, welcomed the group before turning the luncheon over to Rodney Foster, the President of the Chamber board who also served as master of ceremonies. An invocation was given by Carolyn Lawrence, and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Vickie May.
The new SHS athletic director and head football coach Shane Mobley was the guest speaker at a recent meeting of the local Kiwanis chapter. The noon-time meeting was held at Bee's DÃ©cor in downtown Sweetwater.
Joining Mobley at the meeting were his two coordinator coaches, Zach Harrell and John Ward, who were introduced to the Kiwanis group. The Harrell family has left a large imprint within Texas high school football, while Ward--who is also a pastor--has over twenty years of coaching experience at the high school and collegiate level.
Last week auditions were held for Drum Majors of the Sweetwater Mighty Mustang Band. Students turned in teacher references, wrote essays and memorized a piece of music with which they demonstrated their conducting technique. Two students were selected to lead the 2012 marching band.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 53 calls for service, issued seven citations and made five arrests on May 21, 2012.
The SPD received 20, 911 calls.
â€¢ 2000 block of Lamar.
â€¢ 2100 block of Lamar.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Criminal mischief â€” 1100 block of W. Arkansas.
â€¢ Burglary â€” 1600 block of Bowie.
â€¢ Sexual assault â€” Sweetwater.
â€¢ Burglary of a building â€” 1700 block of Lou.
â€¢ Theft â€” 200 block of Lamar.
â€¢ Theft â€” 600 block of W. Colorado.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Carlos Serrano, 35 â€” Warrant.
â€¢ Ronald Bell, 42 â€” Public intoxication.
The 2012 Sweetwater High School baseball team had 11 of its players receive all-district baseball honors in a season that saw them compete for the playoffs until losing a one-run lead in the last inning of their final game with Big Spring.
Pitcher James Clift, first baseman Greg Aiken, catcher Sean Morrow and outfielder Willie Norman made the first team. Aiken also made the first team in 2011. Morrow and Norman were named first team after being second-team picks in 2011, and Clift was also named to the all-district first team for the first time.
Sweetwater High School is announcing the top ten graduates from the Class of 2012.
1) Nate Hardin--100.964
2) Alicia Finn--100.759
3) Molly Fincher--100.600
4) Erica Rea--99.357
5) Ryan Mercer--99.232
6) Marisa Morgan--97.887
7) Shelby Ezzell--97.750
8) Taylor Jones--97.212
9) Bryson Wallace--96.810
10) Carly Johnson--96.552
Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas announced that 39 Roscoe Collegiate High School students earned a National Career Readiness Certificate in May. Upperclassmen took three sections of the national assessment to measure their skills in the foundational areas of Reading for Information, Applied Mathematics and Locating Information. Based on their results, students were awarded a certificate in one of four levels: bronze, silver, gold or platinum. This certificate serves as a common language between employers, job seekers, educators and economic developers.
The Area 2 FFA Convention was held at the local TSTC (Texas State Technical College) West Texas campus at the Center on Friday, May 18, 2012.
Students all the way from El Paso and across Texas to Haskell were in attendance, interviewing for scholarship awards and outstanding student awards in their respective grade levels.
Attendees were also involved with proficiency awards for excellence in certain agricultural fields and participated in speaking events to qualify and advance to the state level convention.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 142 calls for service, issued 21 citations and made seven arrests from May 18-20, 2012.
The SPD received 77, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Credit card abuse â€” 800 block of E. Louisiana.
â€¢ Criminal mischief â€” 1100 block of 12th.
â€¢ Burglary of a habitation â€” 1400 block of Hughes.
â€¢ Criminal mischief â€” 1600 block of Grand.
â€¢ Burglary of a vehicle â€” 100 block of Tonkawa.
â€¢ Burglary of a vehicle â€” 1600 block of Josephine.
â€¢ Criminal mischief â€” 1000 block of Lamar.
â€¢ Criminal mischief â€” 1500 block of Neff.
Funeral services for Melvin Thomas "MT" Wilkinson, Jr., 75, of Sweetwater, will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, 2012, at McCoy Chapel of Memories with Rev. Eric Horton officiating. Interment will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 23, 2012, from 7-9 p.m. at McCoy Funeral Home.
Wilkinson died Monday, May 21, 2012, at his home in Sweetwater.