August 26th, 2011
A storm packing high winds blew through Sweetwater on Thursday afternoon, leaving a trail of damage behind.
Winds toppled power lines on Interstate 20, temporarily closing the highway. The roof of 7-11 along Interstate 20 was blown off into the Highland Heights United Methodist Church parking lot and a wreck also occurred on Interstate 20 about the same time. The interstate was blocked for some time due to the downed power line.
The Sweetwater Reporter was recently denied sideline access to Sweetwater Mustang home football games by Sweetwater Independent School District Superintendent Terry Pittman. Ron Howell, sports editor for the Reporter, was contacted this past Monday by Pittman and told that the Reporter would not be allowed to have its contract photographer on the sidelines for the game. However, Pittman would not reveal the reason for this decision to Howell.
Laura Gilbertâs name was drawn as the winner of the Texas Rangers Prize Package from Meek Blood Center. The prize package included four tickets to see the Rangers play the L.A. Angels on Aug. 26, a one night hotel stay and a $50 debit card. Laura is a mail carrier and a two gallon donor withÂ Meek Blood Center.
Nolan County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Dennis Cumbie, urges producers who want to purchase coverage through the Noninsurable Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) to do so before the sales closing date of Sept. 1, 2011.
NAP provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory or prevented planting occur due to normal disasters.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 50 calls for service, issued three citations and made no arrests on Aug. 24, 2011.
The SPD received 19, 911 calls.
â˘ 300 block of E. Avenue A.
Calls for service:
â˘ Theft âÂ 1000 block of View.
â˘ Criminal trespass âÂ 600 block of Pecan.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had four calls for service, served five civil papers and made no arrests on Aug. 24, 2011.
Calls for service:
â˘ Court Bailiff â County Court at Law.
â˘ Stranded motorist âÂ I-20 east bound.
â˘Â Illegal dumping âÂ CR 105.
The Roscoe Plowboys and Blackwell Hornets are both entering this season with several young players who have little or no varsity experience, but neither team will be getting a break in their opener.
Roscoe, which has just four seniors on its 31-player roster, travels to Albany tonight for its opener that will kick off at 7:30 p.m.
On June 11, 2011, students from Team Chip Tae Kwon Do Sweetwater tested for promotion in rank.
The City Commission met for a brief meeting on Tuesday morning, Aug. 23, 2011 at City Hall.
The only action item on the agenda was for the first reading of an Ordinance fixing and levying the rate of 48 cents per $100 valuation, which was approved to be adopted. Two public hearings were held on the matter before today's action, and it was noted that the tax rate has seen no change in the past six years.
The final reading will now take place at the next city meeting slated for Tuesday morning, Sept. 13.
Mustang Moms will be holding a Tailgate Party before the football game against Vernon on Friday, Aug. 26, from 5:30-6:20 p.m. During this time, Little Mustangs will be able to pick up their Adopt-a-Mustang t-shirt and picture button. Juice pouches, chips and snacks will be handed out along with t-shirts and buttons. Mustang Moms are asking that the Little Mustangs show up at the track parking lot promptly at 5:30 p.m. as there are 44 t-shirts and buttons to be passed out.
On Monday, Sept. 12, afternoon television in the Big Country will get a lot more local when KTAB launches KTAB 4u. Hosted by KTABâs Alex Hayes, KTAB 4u is a 30-minute locally produced lifestyle program that will focus on womenâs issues.
âI canât tell you how many times local businesses have asked to be interviewed. KTAB 4 will give us an opportunity to interview local businesses which in turn will give them the chance to communicate to the local consumers in a way that has not been done before in the Big Country,â said KTAB General Manager Eric Thomas.