Archive - Dec 8, 2010
More low-income children in the Sweetwater Independent School District (SISD) will have food on weekends during this school year, thanks to a generous donation from Tenaska, developer of the Trailblazer Energy Center, a $3.5 billion carbon capturing power plant proposed near Sweetwater.
Tenaska is donating $2,000 to expand the Sweetwater Backpack Buddies program, a non-profit volunteer agency that provides food to children identified as chronically hungry by the SISD staff and administration, announced Leah Andrews, the programâ€™s Sweetwater coordinator.
Twelve people were indicted during Grand Jury proceedings on Tuesday in Nolan County. Eight of the indictments were sealed.
Calandra Antionette Brown was indicted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second degree felony. According to court papers, Brown did knowingly threaten Ocie Lee Jennings with imminent bodily injury by swinging at Jennings with a tire iron and did use or exhibit the deadly weapon during the commission of the assault on Oct. 25, 2010.
This Christmas season will offer an opportunity for Sweetwater area residents as the combined choirs of First Baptist Church and Trinity Baptist Church will present performances of the musical work Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi. The concerts will feature the choirs under the direction of Music Ministers Jonathan Jones and Joshua Wright of First Baptist and Trinity Baptist respectively. They will be joined by an orchestra from Abilene as well as soloists Joy-Renee Blackstock and Camille Skye, both Sopranos of Abilene.
Stan Johnson was present on Monday at the County-City Library for a book signing of his new book, "'Y RECKON?". The book is a continuation of stories about farm, weather, cattle and horses, people he knows and country living in general. As the front of the book says, "If you think you recognize some of these people or places, you probably do." He also had available other book he's authored including "J'Ever Notice" andÂ "'Zat Right?". Johnson is shown above speaking with Olga Sutjipto about his books.
Gertrude Whittenburg, 94 of Midland, formerly of Sweetwater, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, at a Midland hospital. A service is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 10, 2010, at the 4th and Elm Street Church of Christ in Sweetwater under the direction of Piersall Benton Funeral Directors, 733 Butternut St. Abilene, TX. A visitation will be held Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. in the church parlor.
Though it was a short trip, Tuesday proved to be a long night for both Sweetwater High School varsity basketball teams at Merkel.
The SHS girls lost 54-29 to the Lady Badgers, who are currently ranked No. 7 among all Class 2A teams by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. Then the SHS boys â€” who just two weeks earlier had defeated Merkel 60-55 at Mustang Gym â€” fell victim to a horrible start and lost, 64-48. Both teams will get another shot at Merkel on Thursday, however, when they play first-round games at the Stanton tournament that runs through Saturday (see schedules below).
All four Sweetwater High School sub-varsity teams won their games at Merkel on Tuesday.
Sweetwaterâ€™s JV girls are now 10-0 this season after a 40-32 victory.
The teams were locked in a 20-20 tie at halftime, but Sweetwater limited Merkel to 12 points in the second half. Janell Walker scored 14 points to pace Sweetwater while Shelby Cason and Elise Lawrence scored eight points, Kelsi Crosson seven and Ashley Kincheloe three.
Sweetwaterâ€™s freshman girls are also having an excellent season.