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November 22nd, 2013
Wars and natural disasters dominate the worldâ€™s daily headlines, but behind the scenes and far from the spotlight, hunger and preventable diseases claim the lives of more than 20,000 of the worldâ€™s children every day. Nearly 1 billion people go hungry every day. More than 6 billion live on the planet. One in six will go hungry tonight.
A local man died Thursday morning from his injuries sustained in a vehicle accident.
Around 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, James Vasquez, 55, of Sweetwater was struck by a vehicle when he was crossing north on Broadway near Locust on a motorized wheelchair. The vehicle was proceeding east bound on Broadway according to the Sweetwater Police Department.
Vasquez was taken to Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital by the Sweetwater Fire Department. He was later taken to Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene where he died from his injuries on Thursday morning.
The Nolan County Board of Realtors made a donation to the Nolan County Goodfellows in the amount of $500.Â Shown from left to right are Kay Aiken, NCBR President; Ken Becker, Goodfellows VP/Treasurer; and Scott Morgan, NCBR Treasurer.
The Sweetwater Rotary Club also made a donation to the Nolan County Goodfellows in the amount of $500.
A campus report on Sweetwater Middle School was heard during Monday night's meeting of the Sweetwater ISD (Independent School District) Board of Trustees.
Principal Jeff Withrow gave the report, in which he recapped that last year changes were made to incorporate a positive climate. Through the introduction of new initiatives, a dramatic yet good change was seen, which has continued into the start of this year.
Today we'll see freezing rain likely before noon, along with sleet later in the day. Expect cloudy and cold conditions with a high near 29, with the wind chill between 15 and 20. Winds will be blustery from the north at 15 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%, with the total daytime ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible and little to no snow accumulation expected.
The West Texas Art Guild is having its annual Regional Art Show on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Civic Center in Colorado City.
Artwork can be brought and entered into the show from 8-10 a.m. Entry fee per piece is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.
Ribbons and prize money will be awarded by the judge, Dianna Lee Jones from San Angelo. Categories include: oil / acrylics, watercolor, dry media (pastel, pencil, etc.), photography, and 3-D (jewelry, sculpture, etc.).
Texas State Technical College (TSTC) West Texas has hired two new instructors. James Beall has joined the Wind Energy Program and is teaching several subjects, including Electricity Principals and Wind Power Delivery. Beall received an Associates degree from TSTC in 2011, where he graduated with honors. "I'm looking forward to sharing my experiences and knowledge with my students," said Beall. "My goal is to get them properly trained and out into the work field." Beall lives in Sweetwater and has two children, Jason, 10 and Joseph, 9.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Wednesday morning for Rolling Plains RV Park and Mr. C's Asphalt and Maintenance, located at 9909 South I-20 (west of the TA Travel Center) between exits 240 and 242. Pictured center are Jennifer Speed and Rose Carroll, owner of Rolling Plains RV Park and Sweetwater RV Park. Rose is from the Fort Worth and Mission, Texas areas. She is involved in a total of nine RV parks with her family. "We wanted to fix the park up to help fill the housing need when the oil boom really hits," said Rose about Rolling Plains RV Park.
The SNAP (Senior Nutrition Activities Program) building is finally completed and is ready to welcome back its patrons.
On Wednesday, the final items were being moved into the new facility, according to SNAP director Tonya Challis. She expressed the staff's excitement to finally move into the building.
Operations will resume on Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. â€” their typical hours of business, with lunch being served at noon. On Friday, SNAP will hold its annual Thanksgiving lunch.
Sweetwater ISD is already making preparations for the next school year, as proposed calendars were presented to the Board of Trustees during their meeting on Monday evening.
With the district's use of Flex Days, one calendar option resulted in classes ending in June since the Flex Days were placed at the end of the school year. The other option, which was amended by the board, included a Labor Day holiday and an early release day the day before Thanksgiving, with the year ending in May.