Archive - 2014

December 12th

This weekend's weather outlook

December 12, 2014

This morning, we'll see patchy fog before 10am; otherwise, we should have partly sunny skies and a high near 68. Winds will be from the south-southwest at 5 to 15 mph.
Expect mostly cloudy conditions tonight, with a low around 55 and southern winds around 10 mph.
For the weekend, we'll have highs in the upper 60s with lows in the upper 50s dropping down to the low 40s on Sunday night. Starting on Saturday evening, rain chances will enter the area but will clear out by Sunday night.
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December 11th

Leadership Sweetwater tours local plants during economy session

December 11, 2014

During the economy session of Leadership Sweetwater, the class toured Buzzi Unicem, USA in Maryneal and United States Gypsum (USG) in Sweetwater.
Shown are USG Plant Manager Jeff Grimland, Chris Bibb, USG General Foreman Russell Davis, Mary Reeves, Sylvia Lomas, Tatiana Rodriguez, Stacy Dove, Debbie Johnson, Larissa Place, Andy Vaselaar, Jared Kupcak, Michael Ables, Orlando Lara, Dr. Ron Morris and USG Service and Quality Manager David Sanchez.

Texas Workforce Commission honors regional collaboration with $30,000 award

December 11, 2014

Recently, the West Texas Energy Consortium (WTxEC or Consortium) received the “Industry Sector Outreach Award” from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) at the Annual State Conference in Grapevine. Honoring significant workforce efforts in targeted occupations and positive impacts made to employers, the award includes a $30,000 endowment and recognizes the success experienced in just one short year with the Consortium’s exceptional, integrated approach.

Read more in Thursday's edition.

Leigh Byrd

December 11, 2014

Leigh Byrd, age 66, of Sweetwater, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 at her residence.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 at Fourth & Elm Church of Christ with Mike Crowley officiating. Burial will follow at White Church Cemetery in Taylor County, Texas. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.

Betty L. Wortham

December 11, 2014

Betty L. Wortham, age 78, of Sweetwater, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 at Sweetwater Healthcare Center.
Her body will be cremated. A memorial services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.

Local and area hoop teams go to tournaments

December 11, 2014

Sweetwater’s boys and girls participate in Stanton’s basketball tournament starting today, while Roscoe’s boys host their Blackland-Divide Invitational. The Highland boys are also in the field for the latter event.

Read more in Thursday's edition.

Thursday's local forecast

December 11, 2014

Today, we'll have some patchy fog before 9 a.m. Otherwise, we'll see mostly cloudy skies with a high near 63 and south-southwest winds around 5 mph.
Expect mostly cloudy conditions tonight, with a low around 53 and south-southwest winds at 5 to 10 mph. After midnight, some patchy fog will roll into the area.
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December 10th

TSTC students honored at award ceremony

December 10, 2014

Student award winners for the Fall 2014 semester at Texas State Technical College in Sweetwater were recently announced. Students are nominated by peers, faculty and staff at Texas State Technical College.

Find out who the recipients were in Wednesday's edition.

Zimmerman named WTCAC executive director

December 10, 2014

The West Texas Children's Advocacy Center (WTCAC) welcomed a new executive director last week.
Kelsey Zimmerman, a Nolan County native, has been tapped to run the organization, which specializes in conducting forensic interviews of children who are suspected of having had physical or sexual abuse.

Read more in Wednesday's edition.

Donald Lester Goodrich

December 10, 2014

A remembrance service for Donald Lester Goodrich, 70, of Sweetwater, will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 at Greater Zion Baptist Church with Reverend Robert Carey officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Goodrich died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital in Sweetwater.
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