The Daily Press Sweetwater Reporter | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-08-20T11:41:19-04:00 Arrington: upcoming election ‘critical’ for region2014-08-20T11:41:19-04:002014-08-20T11:41:19-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterThe field vying for the Senate District 28 seat visited Sweetwater on Tuesday. The seat became vacant when former Sen. Robert Duncan took the reins as chancellor at Texas Tech University.Republican Jodey Arrington is considered to be one of the frontrunners in the race, and one of his opponents is fellow Republican Charles Perry, a 1980 Sweetwater High School graduate. Former Sweetwater mayor Greg Wortham is running on the Democratic ticket.Arrington, a native of Plainview, has served alongside former President George W. Bush both during his tenure as Texas governor, and later as commander in chief. During an interview with Arrington, he said there are two main issues driving his campaign: border security and water viability."There is no question the system is broken," Arrington said of the immigration process. "You have a demand for a better life in Central and South America. They're risking their lives to come all the way here to have a slice of the American dream."The problem, according to Arrington, is that state and federal budgets are stretched thin and the taxpayer is already facing a heavy burden."Do we believe Congress will fix that?" Arrington asked. "It's a constitutional responsibility of our federal government to secure the borders. Obviously, they aren't doing a very good job of it, so it falls on Texas."Solutions to the border problem offered by Arrington range from a "boots on the ground" deterrence approach to "turning off the magnets" — eliminating taxpayer funded entitlements available to illegal immigrants.Conserving and protecting water in West Texas is paramount to ensuring its success as droughts have decimated local water supplies throughout Arrington's would-be district, which comprises 51 counties."If we don't fight for and secure our water needs, West Texas will dry up and blow away," he said.Allowing individual counties and municipalities to make decisions about water conservation and usage is important, Arrington said. Otherwise, he warned, politicians representing urban districts could try to reroute West Texas water to metropolitan areas.When asked why Nolan County residents should vote for him over Perry or Wortham, Arrington said it all goes back to his roots."I grew up in Plainview, Texas," Arrington said. "It's a farming and faith based community, not much different than Sweetwater. The people and the culture are very similar."Arrington also prides himself on bipartisanship."Everything is politicized. Americans are sick of it," Arrington said. "Our elected officials don't work well together and solve any problems. We still have hope for our great state, that we can come together and solve our problems, irrespective of our backgrounds and ideology.""Look at my record," Arrington continued. "When I was chief of staff at the FDIC, we downsized the FDIC by tens of millions of dollars. I have a record of conservative leadership. I don't care if someone has a 'D' or an 'R' or an 'I' next to their name, if they will work to protect our property and our water rights and keep Austin out of managing our water and they will help support our schools and the things that matter in West Texas, then I call them friends and allies."To me, what it boils down to, is I think West Texans want leadership over politics. I think most Americans want that. I have proven and have a record of working with others to get things done, whether that was bringing thousands of students and billions of dollars to West Texas (during his post as vice chancellor at Tech), or downsizing the FDIC, or helping President Bush assemble his leadership teams for agriculture and energy."Arrington also views education as one of the best ways to guarantee a state's future success."My mother was a public school teacher and I am a product of public schools." he said. Sweetwater, TXBrian McCormackJodey Arrington: upcoming election ‘critical’ for regionSweetwater ISD Red Run slated for Friday2014-08-20T11:39:26-04:002014-08-20T11:39:26-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterParticipants are invited to complete the course by walking, running, riding or by joining the cheering crowd to encourage everyone to celebrate and have the "happiest experience ever. If you plan to get powder on you, wear white that you don't mind staining with red. Wear a shower cap, mask or headband if you wish. Bring a towel for your car seat."Everyone in the community is invited to join this celebration. "Come ready to enjoy yourself and have fun!"Richard Fergeson State Farm Insurance will once again provide the water tent and Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital has expressed an interest in having a tent. Any businesses or individuals who would like to provide a tent or services are welcome to join. The course begins and ends at the Championship sign at Mustang Bowl. There is also an alternate Route B for those that need a shorter distance, but one color station will be missed.Sweetwater ISD is also excited about the opportunity to personalize the meet the teacher experience this year. Between Aug. 15-Aug. 22, Kindergarten through fifth grade students can look forward to their teacher dropping by for a short visit. "Parents have reached out every year by attending back to school events and we wish to repay that commitment by coming to the homes."Sweetwater, TXNo author availableSweetwater ISD Red Run slated for FridaySweetwater Chaos to be held tonight2014-08-20T08:58:49-04:002014-08-20T08:58:49-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterSweetwater, TXNo author availableSuper Chaos to be held tonightSweetwater's local weather2014-08-20T08:56:30-04:002014-08-20T08:56:30-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterExpect partly cloudy conditions tonight, with a low around 72 and breezy winds remaining from the south at 10 to 20 mph.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableWednesday's local weatherSweetwater transported in morning wreck2014-08-19T11:38:37-04:002014-08-19T11:38:37-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterSweetwater, TXNo author availableTwo transported in morning wreckSweetwater indicted by Nolan County Grand Jury2014-08-19T11:35:01-04:002014-08-19T11:35:01-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterFelipe Ramirez III was indicted for manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, a first degree felony, for an offense that occurred in February 2014. According to court documents, Ramirez knowingly possessed, with the intent to deliver, methamphetamine, in the amount of more than four grams, but less than 200 grams. His bond was set at $25,000.Markes D. Buchanan was indicted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second degree felony. Court documents state that on July 2, 2014, Buchanan lacerated his victim's face and also cut her right thumb with a knife. His bond was set at $15,000.Jonathan Scott Granado was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, namely cocaine, a state jail felony. Court documents state that Granado possessed less than one gram of cocaine on Oct. 4, 2013. His bond was set at $7,500.Benito Alaniz was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, namely methamphetamine, a state jail felony. Court documents state that Alaniz possessed less than one gram of methamphetamine on Oct. 27, 2013. His bond was set at $7,500.Marlo Theodore Jackson was indicted for unlawful carrying of a weapon on alcohol premises, a third degree felony. Court documents state that Jackson carried a semi-automatic pistol on Wal-Mart premises on May 13, 2014. His bond was set at $7,500.Joshua C. Jones was indicted for sex offenders duty to register for 10 years, a state jail felony. Jones failed to register with local law enforcement — where he resided or intended to reside for more than seven days — as required because of a reportable adjudication for aggravated indecent liberties with a child. His bond was set at $7,500.Edward Ban Weldy was indicted for evading arrest detention with a vehicle, a third degree felony. His bond was set at $7,500.Kendrick Michael Davis was indicted for possession of marijuana, a state jail felony. Court documents state that Davis possessed less than five pounds, but more than four ounces of marijuana on April 9, 2014. His bond was set at $5,000.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableTwenty indicted by Nolan County Grand JurySweetwater ISD releases dress code2014-08-19T11:33:24-04:002014-08-19T11:33:24-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterPants, shorts, slacks, skorts and skirts: • Must be worn at the natural waist (no more than one size larger than the natural waist size). • Belts must be worn appropriately in belt loops and at the natural waist. • Extremely torn/unhemmed clothing will not be permitted. • Pants may have no holes showing skin. All holes revealing skin must be mended with a like-colored material patch. • Shorts, skorts, dresses and skirts may end no more than three inches above the top of the kneecap. If garments have slits, the top of the slit must not be more than three inches above the top of kneecap. • Sleepwear, including pajama pants, is not permitted. Tops, Shirts: • No halter tops, tube tops, or tops with the shoulder straps less than one inch wide. • No tops that show cleavage, which is defined by the Webster’s Dictionary as the depression between a woman's breasts especially when made visible by a low-cut neckline. • No nude or see-through tops, including sheer garments, without proper underclothing that meets the dress code. • All racer/razor back tops must have all other straps covered beneath the shirt, unless the undershirt follows the dress code. • Tops and bottoms must meet at the waist and can not reveal bare skin, or midriff, while the student is sitting. • No tall t-shirts, unless deemed size appropriate by the principal or designee. • All boys’ shirts must have sleeves. • No clothing or jewelry is allowed that advertises, depicts or advocates tobacco, alcohol, drugs, illegal substances, gangs, has sexual representations or connotations or displays lewd or offensive statements. References to death, murder or suicide are prohibited. Shoes: • Specifically prohibited footwear is bathroom slippers (without a hard sole) or footwear not intended for outdoors wear. • Any shoes that are deemed unsafe are prohibited. Accessories: • No hats, caps, sweat bands, visors or any other type of head covering, including hoodies. • No visible piercing of the body except for girls’ ears. Boys are not allowed to wear earrings or studs. • No visible gauging or spacers. • No visible tattoos. • No dog collars, choker-chains, any spiked metal necklaces, wallet chains, wrist bands, or safety pins. Chains on pants or other garments are prohibited. • Bandanas are not allowed on campus. Hair and Grooming: • Students must wear their hair clean and well groomed at all times. • Extreme modes of hair design, including Mohawks or color, will not be permitted. • Faux-hawks must not exceed two inches. • Hair must be styled so that eyebrows are visible and hair does not hide the eyes. • Only natural hair colors will be permitted. • Facial hair, including beards, mustaches and sideburns, extending below the earlobes is prohibited. Any style in hair or dress that is extreme or inappropriate to the point that causes undue or critical attention to the wearer is subject to question and approval by administration. Students who violate the dress code will be referred to the principal’s office. The final decision regarding a dress code violation is at the discretion of the campus principal or designee. Students who violate the dress code will be referred to the principal’s office. The final decision regarding a dress code violation is at the discretion of the campus principal or designee. Employee Dress Code Sweetwater, TXNo author availableSweetwater ISD releases dress codeSweetwater's forecast for Tuesday2014-08-19T08:55:24-04:002014-08-19T08:55:24-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterExpect to see mostly cloudy skies again tonight, with a low around 72 and southern winds remaining at 10 to 15 mph.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableSweetwater's forecast for TuesdaySweetwater voting begins next week for special election2014-08-18T16:18:20-04:002014-08-18T11:50:29-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterThose running for the position are former Texas Tech Vice Chancellor Jodey Arrington, Wolfforth resident Epifanio Garza, former Sweetwater Mayor Greg Wortham and State Rep. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock.The County Clerk's Office wants to remind voters that the September election is special-called. The regular general election will still be held on Tuesday, Nov. 4.The final day for the County Clerk to receive applications to vote by mail is Friday, Aug. 29.Early voting for the special election will be held on Monday, Aug. 25 through Friday, Sept. 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the County Clerk's office, located inside the Nolan County Courthouse in Suite 108.Election Day for the special election will then take place on Tuesday, Sept. 9, with polls open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.The County Clerk's office wants to remind voters about the new voter ID law, which requires one of the following forms of identification before a person is allowed to vote. The ID is necessary even if a voter has their voter registration card on hand.The types of ID that will be accepted are:• Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS);• Texas Election Identification Certificate issued free of charge by DPS (a new ID, which is not your voter registration card);• Texas personal ID card issued by DPS;• Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS;• US Military ID card containing person’s photograph;• US citizenship certificate containing person’s photograph, or;• US Passport.Anyone with questions regarding the election can contact County Clerk Pat McGowan at 325-235-2462, 235-4635 or by email at Listed below are the polling places in Nolan County for the Tuesday, September 9 special election:Pct. # 1Broadway Baptist Church710 East ThirdSweetwater, Texas 79556Pct. # 2Trinity Baptist Church1503 Crescent Dr.Sweetwater, Texas 79556Pct. # 3Lamar Street Baptist Church513 Lamar StreetSweetwater, Texas 79556Pct. # 4Evangelical Methodist Church700 LamarSweetwater, Texas 79556Pct. # 5Nolan/Divide Community Center1742 FM 126Nolan, Texas 79537Pct. # 6Roscoe Community Center100 Bois D’ArcRoscoe, Texas 79545Pct. # 7Blackwell School610 North Alamo Ave.Blackwell, Texas 79506Pct. # 8Maryneal Community Center210 WalnutMaryneal, Texas 79535Pct. # 9Avondale Baptist Church1405 Hoyt StreetSweetwater, TXBelinda SerranoEarly voting begins next week for special electionSweetwater’s recognized by American Legion2014-08-18T11:49:29-04:002014-08-18T11:49:29-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterSweetwater, TXNo author availableBrookshire’s recognized by American LegionSweetwater