The City of Sweetwater business offices will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 in observance of the Christmas holidays and Jan. 1, for New Yearâ€™s Day.
There will be no residential refuse collection on Tuesday, Dec. 24, or Wednesday, Dec. 25, as well as Wednesday, Jan. 1, New Yearâ€™s Day. All residential containers will be serviced during the remainder of those days during that work week.
The Citizens Drop-Off-Center and Type-IV Landfill will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 24, and Wednesday, Dec. 25, and also on Wednesday, Jan. 1.
Three reports were presented and approved at the Monday night meeting of the SISD (Sweetwater Independent School District) Board of Trustees.
A public hearing was included as part of 2012-2013 TAPR (Texas Academic Performance Report) report, but no public input was heard. This report is similar to the previous AEIS (Academic Excellence Indicator System) reports, but is now under a different name.
Firefighters responded to a house fire on Silas Street in Sweetwater around 11 p.m. Tuesday night. According to the Fire Chief Grant Madden, as well as the owner of the home, the cause of the fire was a candle that was left burning throughout the night.
According to Chief Madden, the owner of the home says that her power was turned off and that is the reason why she had candles burning. Before she went to sleep, she blew out the candles with the exception of one.
She and her grandchild were the only people in the home and they both escaped without injuries.
Dance students with the Sweetwater Performing Arts Center will be performing again with the Municipal Band for a few songs during the band's annual Christmas concert. Shown is a performance from 2012.
Several vocalists and the Greater Zion Baptist Church Choir will participate this year as well. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium.
Admission is free, but donations of canned goods will be accepted.
Irene Pendergrass, age 90, of San Angelo (former resident of Nolan, Texas), passed away on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, in San Angelo.
Funeral services are pending at Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
Colleen Leonor Bishop, age 85, of Snyder, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital in Sweetwater, after a lengthy illness.
Services for Mrs. Bishop will be held on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home withÂ her grandsonsÂ officiating. Interment will follow at Hillside Memorial Gardens under the direction of Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home.
The all-District 7-1A, Division II football team has been released, and Roscoe quarterback Cutter Davila, wide receiver Shelton Toli-ver, defensive end Seb-astian Benivamondez and utility player Jesus Leanos â€” are all on the first team.
Also, Max Nemir was named as 7-1Aâ€™s co-defen-sive newcomer of the year.
Leanos and Rafael Aguayo are on the 7-1A second team at two positions each â€” Leanos at receiver and cornerback, and Aguayo at both receiver and inside linebacker. Honorable mention was given to defensive tackle Zack Longoria.
Blackwell split a District 14-1A basketball doubleheader against Paint Rock on Tuesday.
The boys, who are 7-2 overall, began district with a 68-37 win. Matt Lowry had 25 points to pace the victo-ry. Mason Magness added 14, Jayden Jones 13, Ethan Andrews 12 and Wade Allen four. Blackwell led 24-19 at halftime, then turned it on by outscoring Paint Rock 44-18 in the second half.
The Roscoe boys basket-ball team lost a 44-38 de-cision to Haskell on Tues-day in Roscoe.
The Plowboys, now 1-7 overall, led 33-32 after three periods â€” only to fall victim to a Haskell surge in the final quarter. Roscoeâ€™s Jesus Leanos led all scorers as he poured in 20 points.
Roscoe held a 13-10 lead after the first period, and the Plowboys led 25-22 at halftime.
Roscoe also got eight points from Javier Leanos, who is Jesusâ€™ brother, six points from Luis Villa and four points by Kevin Lavalais.
Today will be partly sunny with a high near 73. Winds will be breezy from the south-southwest at 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.
Expect mostly cloudy skies tonight, with a low around 46 and southern winds around 10 to 15 mph. After midnight, winds will shift to the west.
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