August 9th, 2013
Wal-Mart is supporting Sweetwater Independent School District in a unique way this weekend.
Friday through Sunday, they have asked for a Sweetwater ISD bus to be parked in front of Wal-Mart.Â They are adding a banner that says Fill the Bus for Our Kids.Â
They are encouraging people to buy school supplies and leave them on the bus for students at Sweetwater ISD. The supplies will be donated to each campus.
Last nightâ€™s thunderstorm in Sweetwater produced high winds that caused the destruction of a Sweetwater familyâ€™s home after the winds blew down their trailer on the corner of Coke and Louisiana.
Three people lived in the house but were not home at the time and no injuries were reported. William Lybarger says that his family has lived in the home for 10 years.
The trailer home was paid off, but the family had no insurance on the home. The familyâ€™s neighbors hope to set up a benefit bank account for the family.
Expect mostly sunny skies today with a high near 97. Winds will be from the west at 5 to 10 mph, becoming north-northeastern in the afternoon.
After 1 p.m., we'll have a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms, which will last through 1 a.m. Otherwise, we'll see partly cloudy conditions with a low around 73. Winds will be from the east-northeast from 5 to 10 mph.
This weekend, expect highs in the mid to upper 90s with lows in the mid 70s. Winds will vary throughout the weekend but will reach up to 15 mph.
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Sweetwater High School and Sweetwater Middle School cheerleaders recently attended Universal CheerleadingÂ AssociationÂ camp in San Angelo. Â
The SHS cheerleaders won many blue superior ribbons in dance and cheer. SHS was named camp champions in the varsity division in cheer, game dayÂ preparation and fight song.
"The SHS cheerleaders worked extremely hard and are ready for football season," said Kassidi Seaton, cheer sponsor.Â "Big Red, Katie Fox, attended camp with the cheerleaders and learned many new skits and techniques." Â
22-year-old Nicholas Barton of Sweetwater, a paramedic with the Sweetwater Fire Department, was critically injured in a motorcycle wreck on Wednesday morning in Fisher County.
Barton was eastbound on his motorcycle on FM 57 at 9:15 a.m. A westbound Dodge Ram pickup turned in front of Barton, and the motorcycle collided with the passenger side of the Dodge.
Barton was taken to University Medical Center in Lubbock in critical condition.
Nolan County Attorney Administrative Assistant Kandy Myers recently retired from her position at the Nolan County Courthouse after 13 years of service.
She is shown with her family at a retirement reception held in her honor. Pictured are Melissa Foerster, Colton Foerster, Kandy Myers, Cody Myers, Audrey Foerster, Roger Myers and Kimberly Foerster.
See more photos on Page 11 of Thursday's edition.
Eliseo V. Gomez, age 83, of Sweetwater, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 at his residence.
A rosary will be held Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at 7 p.m. at Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Chapel, recited by Lupe Medellin.
Holy Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, with Rev. Charles Okonkwo officiating. Burial will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
Today will be mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 100 and southern winds around 10 to 15 mph. After 1 p.m., we'll have a 20% chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms.
Those rain chances will remain in the area until 1 a.m.; otherwise expect mostly cloudy conditions with a low around 75. Winds will be from the south at 10 to 15 mph.
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Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, Chamber members, community members, friends and family helped to mark the official opening of the new Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital Physicians Clinic with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday morning.
Doctors who will be in the new clinic are Dr. Robert Eaker, Dr. Summer Walthall, Dr. Tim Jones, Dr. Ron Dennis and Family Nurse Practitioner Marcie Crisp.
Three people have recently entered pleas during 32nd Judicial District Court proceedings.
Oscar Charles Walton was sentenced to four years of community supervision after he pleaded guilty to fraudulent use of identifying information, a state jail felony. He will also have to pay a $4,000 fine, $343 in court costs and $500 in attorney's fees. Walton will also have to serve 120 hours of community service.