The Daily Press Sweetwater Reporter | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-07-11T15:52:44-04:00's weather forecast2014-07-11T15:52:44-04:002014-07-11T15:52:44-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterSweetwater, TXNo author availableFriday's weather forecastSweetwater promotes Lara to VP and Consumer Lender 2014-07-10T14:23:09-04:002014-07-10T12:19:32-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater Reporter“With his lending background and expertise, Orlando will make a great addition to our lending team and to our community,” said Kirby Andrews, President and CEO of First Financial Bank, Sweetwater Region. Lara graduated from McMurry University with a Bachelor of business administration degree in 2004. He began his career in the banking industry in 2005, serving as a senior credit manager for another area financial institution. Lara joined First Financial Bank, Abilene region, as a loan processor in 2010 and was promoted to consumer lender in 2011. He and his wife, Sarah, have two children and are members of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish. Lara has also done volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity and Hendrick Home for Children. First Financial Bank, N.A. is a wholly owned subsidiary of First Financial Bankshares, Inc. Headquartered in Abilene, Texas, First Financial Bankshares is a financial holding company that operates 12 banking regions with 60 locations in Texas including Abilene, Acton, Albany, Aledo, Alvarado, Boyd, Bridgeport, Brock, Burleson, Cisco, Cleburne, Clyde, Decatur, Eastland, Fort Worth, Glen Rose, Granbury, Grapevine, Hereford, Huntsville, Keller, Mauriceville, Merkel, Midlothian, Mineral Wells, Moran, Newton, Odessa, Orange, Port Arthur, Ranger, Rising Star, Roby, San Angelo, Southlake, Stephenville, Sweetwater, Trent, Trophy Club, Vidor, Waxahachie, Weatherford and Willow Park. The Company also operates First Financial Trust Sweetwater, TXNo author availableFFB promotes Lara to VP and Consumer Lender Sweetwater joins TNB as Senior Vice President2014-07-10T13:22:35-04:002014-07-10T12:18:43-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterAs Senior Vice President, Bibb’s primary responsibilities include servicing existing customers and developing new relationships in Nolan County and the surrounding communities while also assisting in the overall management of the bank’s loan and investment portfolios. Bibb attended Tarleton State University, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Finance, and he comes to Texas National Bank with eight years of banking experience, most of which has been spent in West Texas. Johnson said, “Hiring Chris is a real win for Texas National Bank and Sweetwater. He brings a considerable amount of enthusiasm, ambition and knowledge to our team. In the short time he has been here, Chris has already made quite the name for himself in the community. During his first week on the job he gave one of our customers a ride to the dealership in Snyder to pick up a vehicle we financed; we call that full service banking.”Chris is a Texas native and a lifelong Texas resident having lived in Blanco, Dimmitt, Comanche, Munday and Snyder among other places. His wife, Crystal, is a native of Marfa and earned her Bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas-Permian Basin and her Master’s and Counselor’s degrees from SulRoss State University. The couple has a two year old daughter, Cambree, and they are expecting another child in October. Bibb said, “I couldn’t be more excited about joining the Texas National Bank team. They are the epitome of a true community bank. Their recent growth, progressive nature and their flexibility in serving their customers are what attracted me. I see a bright future for the bank, a future of which I want to be a part.” Throughout his professional career, Bibb has been active in the Lion’s Club, Rotary Club, Young Farmers of America, Men’s Golf Association, local chambers of commerce, youth football coaching and other civic activities. Sweetwater, TXNo author availableBibb joins TNB as Senior Vice PresidentSweetwater ISD now offering tuition-supported pre-kindergarten2014-07-10T12:00:20-04:002014-07-10T12:00:20-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater Reporter• Children must be three years of age on or before Sept. 1 to register.• Children must fit the profile of a regular education student. Special Education students are served in the district through the appropriate placement.• This is an educational program taught by a certified teacher.• The program will follow the 177 day school calendar, and will be half-day, from 8-11 a.m. All SISD holidays will be observed. All delayed starts and/or early releases by SISD will also be observed.• Parents must provide transportation.• Registration began at the SISD Administration Building on Wednesday, July 9. There are 15 openings and they will be filled on a first come, first served basis.Please bring the following documents to registration:• Photo Identification of parent/guardian enrolling student, showing name, address and date of birth (driver’s license, passport, etc.);• Child’s birth certificate;• Child’s Social Security card;• Current immunization record signed by physician.Tuition is $175 a month per student for the children of SISD employees and $200 a month per student for all others. A $100 application fee is payable by check at registration and will be deducted from the total tuition. Sweetwater, TXNo author availableSweetwater ISD now offering tuition-supported pre-kindergartenSweetwater forecast for Thursday2014-07-10T11:41:21-04:002014-07-10T11:41:21-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterSweetwater, TXNo author availableWeather forecast for ThursdaySweetwater bridge overpass closed2014-07-09T14:27:14-04:002014-07-09T14:27:14-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterSweetwater, TXNo author availableI-20 bridge overpass closedSweetwater pets available for adoption at animal shelter2014-07-09T14:09:38-04:002014-07-09T14:09:38-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterAvailable for adoption is a male shepherd mix and a female shih tzu.According to Sweetwater’s animal control officer, Don Kite, animals that are picked up are kept for a minimum of three days, but he tries to keep them from a week to 10 days.Dogs and cats are available for adoption for a $15 fee and the cost of getting the pet vaccinated for rabies.The pets are required to have their vaccination before they leave to their new homes.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableTwo pets available for adoption at animal shelterSweetwater Trammell bait shop to be torn down2014-07-09T14:05:26-04:002014-07-09T14:05:26-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterIt was agreed to use the Tommy Morris Agency to represent the City of Sweetwater for health insurance plans for its employees. The agency has been helping the city for the past several years. "We appreciate the appointment and will do the best we can representing the City of Sweetwater and its employees," said Tommy Morris. The City Commission then authorized the staff to receive competitive sealed proposals on self insured group health, dental and life insurance employee benefits.Approval was given for $22,237.34 to be used for the Hunter well field project piping and pumping. Authorization was then given to tear down the bait house at Lake Trammell due to the continued deterioration from vandalism. The restrooms were torn down for similar reasons. The City Commission is considering initiating the annexation proceedings to annex all property within the boundaries of Avenger Field and Texas State Technical College. Annexation of the entire area could take up to three years, with the majority of the area outside the City of Sweetwater water area. Water and sewer development would be extremely complicated.Commissioners also opened discussion to determine the boundaries of an additional annexation extending west to Blackland Road (CR 105), bounded on the south side by a line east to west that is 500 feet south of CR 256 and bounded on the north by an east to west line 500 feet north of CR 274. Ultimate annexation might not include that entire territory, but immediate control is being considered of development throughout that corridor for industrial, commercial and sexually oriented business development. The dates for the public hearings on the proposed annexation authorized by the City Commission are August 12 and 14.The City Commission adopted and accepted an ordinance amending Chapter 15 entitled "Housing" of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Sweetwater. Article III was added, entitled "Sex Offender Housing." The City is working to incorporate the ordinance to follow the State of Texas law regarding sex offenders and housing. No actions were taken regarding provisions of 551.071 of the Texas Government Code to consult with the City Attorney regarding pending or threatened litigation and 551.072 to deliberate regarding the purchase and/or lease of real property.City Manager Eddie Brown then gave his report. The 2014-2015 Budget Proposal meeting will be held August 12. Several meetings will be scheduled in August to comply with Truth-in-Taxation Laws. Brown went on to advice the Commissioners to consider the nomination of two SEED (Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development) board members at a future meeting for a three year term beginning October 1, 2014 as the terms for David Welch and Bill Johnson will expire. Brown also noted that there will be a West Texas Legislative Summit from August 5-7 in San Angelo.Sweetwater resident Ricky Painter then gave a short speech about the clean up Lake Sweetwater beach project. Painter and several community members have started the project to beautify and make it a place people want to visit. "My dad taught me how to fish at Lake Sweetwater," Painter said. "Lots of people I've talked to said their dad or grandpa taught them how to fish out there as well. It's something worth fixing up." Long term goals for the project include new playground equipment, a boat ramp with handicap access and new restrooms. The first step that needs to be taken, though, is plowing up the beach area. "We don't have to replace the sand," said Painter. "The sand is there already. We just need to plow up the beach to get at it." Sweetwater, TXNo author availableLake Trammell bait shop to be torn downSweetwater Cornerstone Fellowship to host VBS2014-07-09T13:58:31-04:002014-07-09T13:58:31-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterSweetwater, TXNo author availableSweetwater Cornerstone Fellowship to host VBSSweetwater's forecast for Wednesday2014-07-09T11:48:10-04:002014-07-09T11:48:10-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterSweetwater, TXNo author availableSweetwater's forecast for WednesdaySweetwater