August 7th, 2012
The Sweetwater Independent School District completed a process last year which included public input, surveys and a committee of students, parents, teachers, principals and administrators to come up with an improved dress code for Sweetwater ISD schools. "We began with a public forum months ago where the students modeled standard attire. Although standard attire did not receive the majority of votes, a definite majority supported change," stated Assistant Superintendent Kathy Smartt. "The committee worked diligently to address the specific concerns of sagging and cleavage.
The 2012 Jump Rope Camp is off to a great start. The camp began Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, with 29 children in the morning class and 29 in the afternoon class.
This is Rajeania Pittman's 12th year to coach the Jump Rope Team. Overall, the Jump Rope program has been going on for over 20 years, with this being the sixth year for the camp.
Instructors at the afternoon camp were Sarah Tegethoff, Madison Meneses, Carly Johnson and Bryce Hamilton.
One person entered a guilty plea during 32nd Judicial District Court proceedings on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012.
Patrick Lemone Hutson, Sr., with attorney Jacob Blizzard, pled guilty to family violence assault, a third degree felony, which occurred on May 19, 2012.
For his plea, Hutson received three years of community supervision. He will have to pay a $1,000 fine, $309 in court costs and $500 in attorney's fees. He will also have to serve 160 hours of community service and shall attend and successfully complete the Male Batterers Intervention Program.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 140 calls for service, issued four citations and made 13 arrests from Aug. 3-5, 2012.
The SPD received 76, 911 calls.
â€¢ 400 block of Hailey.
â€¢ 100 block of W. Arkansas.
â€¢ 100 block of NE Georgia.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Runaway â€” 800 block of E. Alabama.
â€¢ Assault â€” 1600 block of Grand.
â€¢ Burglary of a building â€” 1300 block of W. Broadway.
â€¢ Criminal mischief â€” 1300 block of W. Broadway.
â€¢ Burglary of a vehicle x2 â€” 1300 block of W. Broadway.
â€¢ Family violence assault â€” 1300 block of Walnut.
Floyd M. Leach, age 90, went home to be with his Lord Jesus on Saturday, August 4, 2012.
He was born April 14, 1922 to Gilbert R. and Vada (Morris) Leach in Phelan, Texas. He married Nell Ruth Bullock on May 4, 1942 in Colorado City, Tx.
He joined the U.S. Army Air Force on Oct. 19, 1942, and was shipped out to India where he was attached to the 333rd Airdrome Squadron. He was in aircraft maintenance during the war. After the war he came home and attended Texas Tech under the GI Bill, where he earned a degree in accounting.
Some of Roscoeâ€™s football players are shown on Monday morning going through their opening practices for the 2012 season.
In his first NFL game Sunday in Canton, Ohio, ex-Sweetwater High star Joseph Banyard ran for a team-high 18 yards on five carries as New Orleans Saints beat the Arizona Cardinals 17-10 in the season-opening Hall of Fame exhibition game.
In addition to his running, the 213-pound Banyard caught one pass for negative-3 yards and also spent some time on defense, as he recorded two solo tackles.
It's another hot one out there today, as Sweetwater is looking at mostly sunny skies and a high of 101. Winds will be from the south at 5 to 10 MPH. We're also expected to have a 20% chance of precipitation that could come in the form of isolated showers and thunderstorms.
We keep those rain chances throughout the evening, with a low of 76 and partly cloudy skies. Winds will be light and variable, shifting to the south at 10 to 15 mph.
Learn more about your local weather at weather.gov.
Sweetwater Municipal Swimming Pool lifeguards Zack Longoria (left) and Jonathan Carr (right) paddle along on a surf board with their friend Cody Meyers (center) on a hot summer day.
AARP Driver Safety Program is giving a special offer to all teachers and personnel employed by the school system, as well as all who are retired, to take the Driver Safety Course for $5.
The course is good for three years and those who complete the course could get up to 10% off on car insurance. Call your insurance agent for information as to how much you could save.
Sweetwater Independent School District is sponsoring the classes which will be held on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at the Sweetwater High School. The building is located at the corner of Crane and 12th Street.