August 1st, 2011
Tracy Holmes is a Kindergarten teacher at East Ridge Elementary and was named 2010-2011 Teacher of the Year at her respective school. All three of her years of teaching have been with Sweetwater ISD.
Holmes earned an Interdisciplinary Generalist (EC-4TH) degree at Hardin-Simmons University. She involves herself with community activities through First Baptist Church in Roby.
Her philosophy on an outstanding teacher might not be lengthy, yet Holmes' strong message has a great impact on students which spans the classroom and beyond.
We call them the dog days of summer, but how do dogs deal with the summer days (and other pets, too)? As the season drags on and the heat rises, pet owners can ensure the best care for their animals by taking a series of steps.
"The extreme summer temperatures we're seeing pose special risk for pets that owners should be aware of. Of course everyone is aware of the need for adequate water and shade and of the dangers of leaving pets in the car," said Dr. Jerod Peek, a local veterinarian from the East Ridge Veterinary Hospital.
Itâ€™s true that newborn babies are immune to many diseases because they have antibodies they got from their mothers. However, the duration of this immunity may last only a month to about a year. Further, young children do not have maternal immunity against some vaccine-preventable diseases, such as whooping cough.
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 2011 Sweetwater Mustangs tried to beat the heat when they took to the field early today to begin working out for the upcoming football season at the high school practice field. Practices also began today for football players at Roscoe, Highland and Blackwell as well as for the Sweetwater volleyball team.
The unofficial start of the 2011-12 high school sports season arrives Monday, as Nolan County football and volleyball athletes report for their first workouts.
Aug. 5 â€” at San Angelo Central (Scrimmage â€” F, JV, V)
Aug. 6 â€” at Wolfforth Frenship (Scrimmage â€” F, JV, V)
Aug. 9 â€” Seminole (F, JV, V)
Aug. 12 â€” Albany tournament (F, JV)
Aug. 12-13 â€” Abilene tournament (V)
Aug. 15 â€” at Grape Creek (F, JV, V)
Aug. 16 â€” Seminole/Midland Lee at Seminole (F, JV, V)
Aug. 19-20 â€” San Angelo tournament (V)
Aug. 20 â€“ Abilene tournament (F)
Aug. 23 â€” Water Valley/SA Lake View at Water Valley (F, JV, V)
Aug. 26-27 â€” Frenship tournament (V)
Aug. 30 â€” at Abilene Cooper (F, JV, V)
Sept. 2-3 â€” Lamesa tournament (JV)
Sept. 6 â€” Lamesa (F, JV, V)
The Texas Education Agency released school accountability ratings for 2011.
Highland School received the highest rating in Nolan County, receiving an Exemplary rating. Blackwell School received an Academically Acceptable rating and Roscoe Collegiate High School received a Recognized rating. Roscoe Elementary was Academically Acceptable and Hobbs Alternative Education Co-op received an AEA (Alternative Education Accountability) Academically Acceptable rating.
The theft of scrap metal has become a fast growing crime in Sweetwater according to Sweetwater Chief of Police Jim Kelley. Metals such as brass, copper, aluminum, nickel and stainless steel are being sought after by thieves looking to make money by selling it to recyclers.Â Items that are stolen have included gutters, window units, fence posts, gate doors, old appliances and junk cars.Â
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 80 calls for service, issued eight citations and made four arrests on July 28, 2011.
The SPD received 32, 911 calls.
â€¢ 1000 block of Lamar.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Sex offender's duty to register lifetime â€” Sweetwater.
â€¢ Theft â€” Sweetwater area.
â€¢ Assault â€” 900 block of Pine.
â€¢ Burglary of a vehicle/theft of firearm â€” 2400 block of Lamar.
â€¢ Burglary of a vehicle â€” 200 block of E. Arizona.
â€¢ Burglary of a vehicle â€” 200 block of SE Georgia.
â€¢ Burglary of a vehicle â€” 2100 block of E. Broadway.