November 23rd, 2012
Expect sunny skies with a high near 61 on this Black Friday, with north-northeast winds at 15 to 20 mph, decreasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Gusts could be as high as 30 mph.
Tonight will be clear with a low around 34. Winds from the north-northeast will be at 5 mph, shifting to the south after midnight.
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When Black Friday started in the 1960s, as a means to ring in the Christmas shopping season, retailers hoped to move their finances from the â€średâ€ť to the â€śblackâ€ť. But fifty years later, businesses are almost foregoing the original plans and beginning their sales after the Thanksgiving meal on Thursday night.
In Sweetwater, Wal-Mart will have three different times for shoppers to take advantage of their sales, as the first will kick off at 8 p.m. on Thursday, followed by a 10 p.m. sale. At 5 a.m. on Friday, they will once again open their doors to offer even more savings to customers.
"We've got another holiday to worry about," a young boy once said. "It seems Thanksgiving Day is upon us."
Those words come from none other than the perennial pessimist, Charlie Brown, from the 1973 classic film carrying his namesake about the November holiday. And for anyone who is a child at heart, the all-too-familiar story gives a history lesson on the most popular Thanksgiving celebration while giving a glimpse into how Americans today observe the holiday.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 42 calls for service, issued two citations and made three arrests on Nov. 20, 2012.
The SPD received 29, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Burglary â€”Â 400 block of E. 13th.
â€˘Â Forgery â€”Â Sweetwater area.
â€˘Â Sexual assault â€”Â Sweetwater area.
â€˘Â Theft â€”Â 400 block of NE Georgia.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Dalton Dauel, 21 â€”Â Warrant.
â€˘Â James Hand, 47 â€”Â Warrants/possession of marijuana.
â€˘ Lynne Looby, 57 â€”Â Criminal trespass.
Former Sweetwater ISD superintendent Steve Maikell was in Austin last weekend to see the first Formula One race on American soil since 2007 and submitted these pictures to the Reporter.
Shown below during the final qualifying is eventual race winner Lewis Hamilton, who on Sunday drove his McLaren car to victory in the U.S. Grand Prix. Hamilton held off Sebastian Vettel for the final 14 laps to capture his fourth victory of the 2012 season.
The race was held on Austinâ€™s new $400 million Circuit of the Americas track that was completed this past June.
On your Thanksgiving Thursday, expect warm temperatures with partly sunny skies and a high near 76. Winds will be from the south at 10 to 20 mph.
It will be partly cloudy this evening, with a low around 46. Winds will be from the south at 5 to 15, shifting to the north after midnight. Gusts could top out at 20 mph.
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You want to bring out the best for your next holiday gathering, ensuring a memorable meal for family and friends. With a few simple tips and easier-than-you-think recipes, you can do just that.
--Prep the Night Before â€” Save time by chopping vegeÂtables or prepping glazes the day before. For example, prepare the spread for Goat Cheese Bruschetta with Berry-Thyme Spread the night before. The day of the party, toast baguette slices 10 minutes before guests arrive, and the deliÂcious appetizer will come together in minutes.
Avoid a turkey-induced nap and get some holiday shopping done early by visiting Bealls on Thanksgiving night, Nov. 22, from 8 p.m. to midnight. In response to excited customers who want to jump start their Black Friday shopping, the retailer is giving shoppers an early opportunity to take advantage of deals and giveaways that have typically been reserved for Black Friday. With over 300 â€śdoor busterâ€ť sales in small electrics, cosmetics, footwear, toys, jewelry and more, Bealls anticipates a good showing on its first-ever Thanksgiving night opening. Bealls will re-open at 6 a.m.
The Sweetwater ISD Board of Trustees took steps for the district to join the TACS (Texas Association of Community Schools) AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) lawsuit during their meeting held on Monday night, November 19 at the Administration Building.
AYP is used as an accountability resource to evaluate public school campuses and districts, in accordance to the federally-mandated No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.
Several Sweetwater Intermediate School students competed in the UIL competition held earlier this month.