November 22nd, 2013
RANKIN â€” After winning the coin flip, Blackwell elected to receive the ball to start Thursdayâ€™s Six-Man Division II regional playoff against Grandfalls-Royalty.
Only one problem. The Hornets failed to recover the onside kickoff and the Cowboys scored to go ahead 6-0. And it got worse.
Grandfalls-Royalty â€” ranked No. 2 in Six-Man Division II â€” tried and recovered two more onside kickoffs, and scored after both of them, to take a 21-0 lead before the Hornets finally got possession.
ABILENE â€” They may play in the stateâ€™s smallest classification, but on Thurs-day the Highland girls bas-ketball team â€” ranked No. 1 in Class 1A, Division II â€” proved that it could more than hold its own against much bigger schools at the Polk-Key City Classic.
Highland ran its record to 7-0 by beating Class 4A El Paso Irvin 42-21 and Class 5A Odessa Permian 55-51 on the first day of the tour-nament, which ends Satur-day. In doing so, the Lady Hornets reached todayâ€™s championship semifinals.
Sundown scored all the points it would need with touchdowns on its first two possessions Thursday, and used it as a springboard to a 28-7 win over Windthorst in the teamsâ€™ Region I-A area playoff at Sweetwaterâ€™s Mustang Bowl.
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.
Gary Donald Blair, formerly of Sweetwater, died at his residence in North Carolina.
He has gone to meet his maker and is now reunited with his late wife Karen Blair. He will be deeply missed. He wasn't just our brother, he was our best friend.
He loved hunting and old cars. He was born Oct. 28, 1959 in Rotan, moved to Sweetwater for a while and then moved to Dallas. He finally moved to North Carolina where he lived for 16 years and passed away.