April 5th, 2013
Demolition of the McDonaldâ€™s restaurant in Sweetwater began this week with the large playland toy coming down.
The new McDonald's is planning to have a new indoor toddler play area and games for children. The restaurant closed on March 31 and plans are to re-open in July or early August.
TSTC West Texas will be offering a new specialty certificate this fall, Downhole Tool Technician, pending approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Downhole Tool Technicians are in-demand locally due to the recent Cline Shale activity, as well as across Texas as shale operations continues to increase. According to a recent article in Forbes magazine, Texas today produces roughly 30% of the US natural gas and roughly 30% of US oil production. With the Cline Shale booming in West Texas, industry has expressed the need for qualified, trained technicians.
Dealing with loss can be difficult for anyone, but children can find it especially challenging. Hendrick Hospice Careâ€™s Camp Courage offers a place of healing and hope for area children suffering a loss of a loved one through death, divorce or other painful transition. Registration is now open for the camp scheduled for Saturday, June 1 through Tuesday, June 4. The camp is offered for third through 12th graders and is held in Lueders.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 38 calls for service, issued no citations and made two arrests on April 3, 2013.
The SPD received 17, 911 calls.
â€¢ 2200 block of W. Broadway.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Theft â€”Â 1000 block of E. 13th.
â€¢ Forgery â€”Â 200 block of E. Arizona.
â€¢ Burglary of a habitation â€”Â 1700 block of Hailey.
â€¢ Graffiti â€”Â 1600 block of Newman.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Billy Wade, 28 â€”Â Theft.
â€¢ Jan Hanten, 54 â€”Â Criminal trespass.
Scharlos Jo Monks passed from this life April 4, 2013 at the age of 83 in a Sweetwater hospital. She was a long time resident of both Colorado City and Sweetwater.
Services will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday April 6, 2013 at 4th and Elm Church of Christ with Michael Crowley and Jerry Turner officiating. Burial will follow in the Colorado City Cemetery.
Athletes in softball, base-ball, golf and tennis see district action for Sweetwater today, while Highland will be hosting a pre-district meet which Roscoe and Blackwell will also attend.
And that will be just the start of very busy weekend for Nolan County athletes as district golf and tennis are also on tap Saturday, plus the junior high teamsâ€™ season-ending district meet.
Sweetwaterâ€™s softball and baseball teams go to Snyder for key District 4-3A games when they return from a seven-day break today.
The action begins with Sweetwater and Snyder battling for the outright 4-3A lead in the softball race at 5 p.m. Both have 4-1 records and a one-game lead over two teams after the first half of district play. Right behind are Greenwood and Big Spring, each at 3-2. Sweetwater beat Snyder, 11-8, when the teams began district play on March 15 at Sweetwater. The Lady Mus-tangsâ€™ only district loss has been against Greenwood.
Kaleb Hoover of Sweet-water has been named to the Abilene Reporter-News All-Big Country boys bas-ketball team for Class 3A, while his Sweetwater teammate Dylan Bennett received honorable mention to the Class 3A boys team.
Hoover, a 6-1 junior for-ward, also made the team as a sophomore. He averaged 16.4 points and eight rebounds in earning first team all-district honors. Hoover as a sophomore was named the district newcomer of the year. This season, he shot 41 percent from the field and 61 percent at the line after getting a late start due to an injury.
Friday's forecast is shaping up to be mostly sunny with a high near 79 and southern winds at 10 to 15 mph. Gusts could be as high as 20 mph.
Tonight, expect partly cloudy skies with a low around 54. Winds will be from the southeast at 15 to 20 mph.
Expect warm temperatures this weekend, with highs in the upper 80s and lows in the low 60s. Winds will be around 15 mph, but could gust up to 30 mph throughout Saturday and Sunday.
Get a full weekend preview now at weather.gov.
The West Texas Childrenâ€™s Advocacy Center is fast approaching their Annual Child Abuse Awareness Banquet. This year the banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, at the Nolan County Coliseum Annex and will have a guest speaker. Each year the WTCAC hosts the Child Abuse Awareness Banquet in an effort to raise the funds needed to support child abuse victims in the counties of Nolan, Scurry Mitchell, Fisher and Borden.
The mission of West Texas Childrenâ€™s Advocacy Center is to provide intervention and victim services to child abuse victims and their non-offending family members.