April 22nd, 2014
In the 1930s the U.S. experienced some of the worst dust storms recorded in history. Protection of topsoil became a priority and as a result, soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs) were formed so landowners could work together at the local level to solve a major problem. With the emphasis on "going green" these days, soil and water conservation districts are as important as ever.
Just what is a soil and water conservation district?
Rafael Valdez â€” I donâ€™t own a car. I walk to work. I use public transportation. Before my bicycles were stolen, Iâ€™d ride them daily. America can not sustain its present course and we are about to find out the hard way.
Rosemary Chris Schmitt â€” Going to plant some trees and flowers.
Nicole Garcia McArthur â€” Planting my own veggie garden so Iâ€™m going to eat what I grow.
Susan Conner-Ellenburg â€” I started a worm farm. They eat all your leftovers and you use their castings for fertilizer. I also started an herb garden and Iâ€™m growing flowers.
Members of Dark Horse Roller Derby recently cleaned up their stretch of highway for the Adopt-A-Highway program.
They cleaned the two mile stretch of Loop 170 in front of the WASP Museum, heading towards Texas State Technical College and ending by the Elks Lodge.
Pictured are Tiffany Cabral, Betty Carter, Melissa Winslow, Jessica Galindo, Tonya Osteen and Amber Wingo.
Earth Day is April 22 and everyone in Sweetwater can easily do their part to help the environment. If you were unaware, Sweetwater has a refuse disposal and recycling drop-off center located at 807 W. Broadway and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The drop-off center provides a spot for area residents and businesses to take their refuse for transit to a certified disposal site.
The Sweetwater Jaycees hosted their annual Easter egg hunt at Fraley Park for children of the community.
Hundreds of plastic treat-filled eggs and many other Easter prizes were sought after at the hunt. Several of the eggs contained tickets for prizes such as Easter baskets.
Shown is Sweetwater Jaycees President Clint Parks spreading out Easter eggs before the hunt. See more photos on Page 10.
Funeral services for Armando Alvarez Acosta, 77, of Sweetwater will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at McCoy Chapel of Memories. Rev. Wayne Kirk will officiate. Acosta's wishes were to be cremated.
Acosta died Sunday, April 20, 2014 at his residence.
He was born Feb. 6, 1937, in Tynan, Texas. He married Belen Garza Mermella on May 12, 1977 in Lubbock.
He lived in Sweetwater since 1978. He worked in the cotton industry in Lubbock and Sweetwater for over 40 years. He enjoyed watching sports and most of all telling stories of his childhood.
Betty Jo Mash, 85, passed away in Whitney, Texas, April 20, 2014.
Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Old Perry Cemetery in Moody, Texas. The family will receive visitors from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Connally Compton Funeral Directors.
Betty was born in El Paso, Texas on March 8, 1929 to Lee and Annie Mae Clanton of Fort Worth, Texas. Betty was a member of Bosqueville Baptist Church when she went to heaven. She had three sisters and four brothers.
A number of athletes from Roscoe, Blackwell and Highland have qualified to compete in the Region II-A, Division II track meet — to be held at Angelo State University this Friday and Saturday — as the result of top-four finishes last Friday at the 13A-14A area meet held in Highland.
Despite winning 68 per-cent of its games this sea-son, the Sweetwater base-ball team needs at least one more victory to assure itself of a trip to the playoffs.
A win at Snyder in todayâ€™s 7 p.m. regular season finale guarantees the Mustangs â€” 4-5 in District 4-3A, 17-8 overall â€” no worse than a third-place tie with Monahans, which like Snyder is also currently at 4-5. Monahans will host Greenwood (1-8) today.
Wylie (8-1) and Big Spring (6-3) are guaranteed playoff berths. Sweetwater, Snyder and Monahans are fighting for the other two spots.
Today will be sunny with a high near 85. Winds will be from the east at 5 to 10 mph.
Expect partly cloudy skies tonight, with a low around 61 and southeast winds at 10 to 15 mph.
Visit weather.gov to learn more.