August 28th, 2012
Benita âBettyâ Martinez, 67, of Sweetwater, died Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene.
Her wishes were to be cremated. No other services are planned at this time.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.mccoyfh.com.
Shirley Faye Pendergrass, 69, of Port Arthur, died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, at Medical Center of Southeast Texas, Port Arthur. She was born June 2, 1943, to Helen Tait Fullwood and Wilson Fullwood, in Sweetwater, Texas. Shirley graduated from Sweetwater High School and moved to Port Arthur in 1963. She worked for Best Plumbing as a bookkeeper for over 10 years and after that worked alongside her husband at their automotive repair shop, H & B Automotive, from 1988 until 2008, when it closed. Shirley enjoyed bowling, fishing, gambling and spending time with her family and friends.
CLYDE â Lois Opal Pieper, 91, of Clyde died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, at a Baird care center. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in the Roscoe Cemetery with Dr. Toby Henson officiating under the direction of Bailey Howard Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at the funeral home.
Tuesday's local weather will bring in mostly sunny skies and a high near 91. Winds will be from the north at 10 to 15 mph; chance of showers and thunderstorms are at 20%.
Tonight, we'll have a 10% precipitation chance before 1 a.m., with partly cloudy skies and a low around 68. Winds from the north-northeast around 5 mph will become south after midnight.
Head over to weather.gov for more local weather information.
Dove Hunting season officially kicks off this Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. The season is open until Oct. 24, 2012, and runs again from Dec. 22, 2012 to Jan. 6, 2013. Nolan County Game Warden Jake Simmering would like to remind all hunters young and old, inexperienced and veteran, to be sure all guidelines and regulations are followed during this hunting season. Hunters can pick up the Outdoor Annual (free of charge) anywhere hunting and fishing licenses are sold â Higginbotham, Wal-Mart and The Medicine Place are places in Sweetwater as well as online at tpwd.state.tx.us.
To better meet the needs of potential students, the Texas State Technical College Sweetwater admissions office will be available evenings and weekends through Wednesday, Aug. 29. The office will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Texas State Technical College has a variety of programs, which in just a semester or two, can lead to top career possibilities. Call 235-7300 today or apply online at westtexas.tstc.edu.
PROGRAM - DEGREE OPTIONS
Wind Technology - 2 semesters
Solar Energy - 1 semester
Applied Engineering - 4 semesters
Automotive Tech. - 3 semesters
Today was the first day of school for students within the Sweetwater school district. A group of second graders gather in the cafeteria at East Ridge Elementary School on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, ready for the new school year.
Find more photos from the back-to-school action in today's paper.
Sweetwater Independent School District Superintendent Terry Pittman announced Saturday evening, Aug. 25, 2012, that the Tax Ratification Election (TRE) passed with a vote of 218 for and 9 against. Mr. Pittman has said that this election represented a veryÂ opportune time for the school district.
"With property values in the county having increasedÂ tremendously as of late, the passing of this TRE election has allowed SISD to make a beneficial shift to the funding structure and still lower the overall tax rate of the taxpayers."
Local businesses and churches were at Texas State Technical College in Sweetwater on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, to be part of the Community Connections Fair for new TSTC students and their families. New students moved into their dorms and attended orientation as well on Sunday.
Shown above is Mitch Moore with Ludlum Measurements speaking with a new student and family members at the Community Connections Fair.
Find more photos from the event in today's paper.
Despite persistent weather delays, Sweetwater got in 26 plays â 16 on offense and 10 on defense â in its final scrimmage Friday at San Angelo Lake View before play was halted.
The Mustangs produced an impressive 135 yards, 86 of it coming on 6-of-10 passing, with their new spread offense and scored against the Chiefs on a 7-yard run. Another Sweetwater drive reached Lake Viewâs 4-yard line before coming up short.
Sweetwater will host Eastland this Friday to begin the regular season.