The Daily Press Sweetwater Reporter | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-04-16T16:54:33-04:00 woman killed Tuesday in accident outside Roby2014-04-16T16:54:33-04:002014-04-16T16:54:33-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterBrenda Karen Rainey, 61, of Sweetwater was driving west on HWY 180 around 7:30 Tuesday night when she was struck by a man driving a pickup heading east.He crossed the center stripe, hitting Rainey’s vehicle head-on. Rainey was pronounced dead at the scene.The driver of the pickup was taken to UMC Lubbock Hospital for serious / incapacitating injuries. Sweetwater, TXbigcountryhomepage.comLocal woman killed Tuesday in accident outside RobySweetwater of Sweetwater raises money for Meals on Wheels2014-04-16T11:53:01-04:002014-04-16T11:53:01-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterTwenty three local food establishments participated in this year’s event, with all types of food represented. According to SNAP director, Tonya Challis, the crowd numbered at about 350 and helped to raise about $3,568 for the non-profit organization. SNAP feeds over 200 seniors per day either through home delivery or at its Elm Street location. Challis said that more and more people need SNAP’s services as the economy takes hits and food prices continue to rise. “The money we raised helps offset the difference between what the state pays and what it actually costs to feed them the meals,” she said.Challis gives credit to all the businesses and people who made this year’s event possible saying, “Everybody was great. The vendors that showed up, all my volunteers, and everyone who came to eat. It took us all to make it happen.”"Also, a special thank you goes out to Casa Morales for donating the bicycles for the drawing at the Taste of Sweetwater," said Challis.Sweetwater, TXTatiana RodriguezTaste of Sweetwater raises money for Meals on WheelsSweetwater Roberson Memorial Golf Tournament slated for May2014-04-16T11:50:25-04:002014-04-16T11:50:25-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterThe tournament will benefit Nolan County United Way's nine local agencies: Big Country Medical Reserve Corps, Boy Scouts, Cancer Services Network, Gateway Family Services, Girl Scouts, SNAP, Sweetwater BackPack Buddies, West Texas Children's Advocacy Center and Women's Resource Center.Pre-registration fees are $200 per team or $50 per individual. The cost to register at the tournament will be $240 and $55, respectively.The tournament format will be a four-person scramble. Registration includes greens fee, cart rental and lunch. Mulligans are $10 and can be purchased at registration.A $20,000 hole-in-one cash prize (winner/charity split) is available for hole #2 at the tournament--169 yards for men or 154 yards for women. A golf vacation for two will be offered on holes #7, 14 and 17 (distance of 166 yards or more).Sweetwater, TXNo author availableCharles Roberson Memorial Golf Tournament slated for MaySweetwater commissioners discuss pending project from TxDOT road grant2014-04-16T11:49:05-04:002014-04-16T11:49:05-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterCounty Attorney Lisa Peterson shared that the county received $751,155, an increase from the $675,000 they were expecting to receive. While the application is available online, some issues were noted which led to concerns from the county's legal team.The commissioners gave approval to give County Judge Tim Fambrough the ability to sign any documentation at the recommendation of Peterson, so that special meetings would not have to be called. All items would be reviewed by Peterson before any signature would be given.Also during the meeting, approval was given for Peterson's office to replace a desktop and laptop in order to comply with state Windows 7 requirements. The purchase and installation of the equipment would be done through Your Way Computer Tech Team.The contract between Nolan County and Abilene Regional Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Inc. for in-kind match-for office space was approved as well, which was tabled at the previous regular meeting to review the document.In addition, approval was given to award several bids for various items. The bid from Vulcan was accepted for 70,000 tons of grade 3 or 4 crushed rock, while Heartland Asphalt will provide approximately 165,000 gallons of AC5 paving materials and unspecified amount of MC30, and two bids were awarded--for #1 grade from West Texas Rock Resources and #2 grade from Mine Services--for crushed 1 3/4 minus flex based road base materials.As approved by the commissioners, the burn ban for Nolan County will remain in effect until the next meeting, and the minutes from the March 24 and April 3 meetings were approved. Sweetwater, TXBelinda SerranoCounty commissioners discuss pending project from TxDOT road grantSweetwater's local weather2014-04-16T09:03:25-04:002014-04-16T09:03:25-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterExpect partly cloudy conditions tonight, with a low around 52 and breezy winds from the south-southeast around 20 mph.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableWednesday's local weatherSweetwater team competes in state tournament2014-04-15T11:51:06-04:002014-04-15T11:51:06-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterDestination Imagination is an educational program where student teams use creativity and team work to solve problems and present the solutions.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableDI team competes in state tournamentSweetwater bunny to be at Doug Sitter State Farm2014-04-15T11:49:55-04:002014-04-15T11:49:55-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater Reporter"We have so much fun doing this every year. We love seeing so many adorable children so excited to see the Easter bunny and pick out a treat from her basket. And sometimes we even have an adult or two that joins in on the fun," said Doug Sitter.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableEaster bunny to be at Doug Sitter State FarmSweetwater works with area colleges to collaborate on regional education, workforce initiatives2014-04-15T11:48:13-04:002014-04-15T11:48:13-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterA number of initiatives were proposed including a Regional Transfer Agreement that will align classes and programs across the region to simplify transference among regional partners.  The concept of curriculum alignment was discussed in depth by regional partners who heard from Linda Head, Associate Vice Chancellor of Workforce Education at Lone Star College System in Southeast Texas, on the increasing demand to approach employer needs from a regional, state and even national perspective. “We have to work together to create regional and state collaborations among the leading community colleges in Texas, and build state-wide programs of study to develop core skills required by our employers in order for our students to be viable job candidates,” explained Linda Head. Encouraging participants in the Consortium to address industry’s perspective she said, “A machine operator in West Texas is required by the employer to have the same core skills as a machine operator in Houston. Therefore, why would we have different certificate and degree programs? Although the drilling site might be in West Texas, the U.S. recruiters could be in Houston. The employer sees us as one educational partner rather than multiple, individual entities. Let's do this for our students and for our employers. It is imperative for the state's economy that we work on this as one voice.”The colleges also discussed the creation of Regional Centers of Excellence in Energy Education. Dr. Ian Roark, WTxEC Chair of the Education and Workforce Development Committee and Dean of Career, Technical and Workforce Education at Odessa College described the concept, “Each Regional Center will have a specific disciplinary focus and will serve as the focal-point for curriculum development, educator training, regional coordination, and collaborative agreements facilitating the alignment of curricula and programs for greater regional cohesion for students and employers.” The need for this can’t be understated. As the energy industry continues to grow, education and workforce must be positioned to respond. “Through these Regional Centers of Excellence and the subsequent regional coordination, the Area 2 colleges will be able to more readily and quickly adapt to the ever-changing needs of our employers,” said Dr. Roark. The first Regional Center of Excellence is being piloted at Odessa College in the area of Instrumentation, Process Control, and Automation Technology.  Texas State Technical College (Sweetwater) is also developing a Regional Center in the field of Safety Technology.WTxEC has proposed the formation of Regional Advisory Councils. The Councils will be formed to further align curricula and educational programming with industry needs and expectations, thus playing a key part in mobilizing education and workforce to meet the needs of employers, as well as ensuring the success of Regional Centers of Excellence. These Regional Advisory Councils will be discipline specific and will serve to inform the regional curriculum alignment process that will occur through the Regional Centers of Excellence.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableWTEC works with area colleges to collaborate on regional education, workforce initiativesSweetwater forecast for Tuesday2014-04-15T09:01:33-04:002014-04-15T09:01:33-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterExpect mostly clear conditions tonight, with a low around 44 and south-southeast winds at 10 to 15 mph. Gusts could get as high as 25 mph.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableLocal forecast for TuesdaySweetwater students place in Academic UIL competition2014-04-14T13:31:12-04:002014-04-14T13:31:12-04:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterJonathon Browning received third place in Spelling and was named a State Alternate.Members of the second place team in Social Studies included Cody Kincheloe (fifth place in Social Studies), Eathen Speer (fourth place in Social Studies), Austin Watts and Francisco Olguin.Members of the second place team in Journalism included Rachel Gray (first place in News, first place in Headlines and second place in Editorials), Allison Winslett, (fifth place in Feature), Taylor McPherson, Caroline Lawrence (fourth place in Feature) and Larissa Locklar.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableSHS students place in Academic UIL competitionSweetwater