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December 6th

Frankie Eugene Barton, Jr.

December 6, 2012

Graveside services for Frankie Eugene Barton, Jr., 51, of Sweetwater, will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, at Sweetwater Cemetery. Rev. Mike Sells will officiate with interment to follow under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Barton died Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital.
He was born Feb. 4, 1961 in Brownfield, Texas. Frankie was a member of Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ.

Highland Hilltop Classic schedule

December 6, 2012

TODAY’S SCHEDULE
GIRLS
2 p.m. — Robert Lee vs. Sands (Game 1)
3:30 p.m. — Garden City vs. Jayton (Game 2)
3:30 p.m. — Eldorado vs. Trent (Game 3)
6:30 p.m. — Blackwell vs. Roscoe (Game 4)
6:30 p.m. — Highland vs. Game 1 winner (Game 5)
BOYS
5 p.m. — Garden City vs. Jayton (Game 1)
5 p.m. — Trent vs. Robert Lee (Game 2)
8 p.m. — Blackwell vs. Roscoe (Game 3)
8 p.m. — Baird vs. Highland (Game 4)
FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE
GIRLS
2 p.m. — Game 4 loser vs. Game 1 loser (Game 6)
3:30 p.m. — Game 3 loser vs. Game 5 loser (Game 7)
3:30 p.m. — Game 2 winner vs. Game 4 winner (Game 8)

Three teams win

December 6, 2012

The Highland girls picked up their 10th win while the Roscoe boys got into the win column for the first time on Tuesday night.
Highland’s girls improved to 10-2 as they rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit for a 62-50 win on the road at Albany. Highland trailed 31-21 at halftime, but then cut Albany’s lead to 40-38 after three quarters and used a 24-10 finish to get the victory. Sierra Allen led Highland by scoring 18 points while her sister, Hannah Allen, added 16. Sydny Helbert and Beth Richburg had nine points, Lora Stewart with six and Kaylee Martin and Madison Moseley two.

Thursday's local weather

December 6, 2012

Today will be mostly sunny with a high near 75. Winds will be from the south-southwest at 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Tonight, expect partly cloudy skies with a low around 42. Winds will be from the south-southwest around 5 mph and after midnight, they will come from the north-northeast.
Get all of your local weather info right now at weather.gov.

December 5th

Oven-Baked Butternut and Sage Polenta

December 5, 2012

Oven baked polenta is a great hassle-free way to enjoy this hearty Italian side dish.  This version with classic winter flavors of sage and nutmeg is comforting and aromatic, vibrant enough to serve along grilled sausages and game, subtle enough to serve with braised short ribs or osso buco.  To make it even easier, substitute canned pumpkin for the butternut.

Ingredients:
2 Tbsp butter, divided
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 small butternut squash  (big enough to yield about 1.5 cups)
4 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup stone-ground cornmeal polenta (not instant or pre-cooked polenta)

HOBY Ambassador, alternate named at SHS

December 5, 2012

Sweetwater High School Sophomore Colten Scott was recently named as the 2012-2013 HOBY Leadership Ambassador and Sandra Garcia was selected as the HOBY Leadership Ambassador alternate for the upcoming Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar held annually in El Paso, Texas.
These students were selected on their outstanding written and oral skills, character and leadership abilities. The HOBY Leadership seminar focuses on providing outstanding high school students with an unparalleled opportunity to make a difference in today's world.

Sweetwater Christian School students donate toys to Sweetwater Goodfellows

December 5, 2012

Santa stopped in to check on all the good boys and girls at Sweetwater Christian School. Pictured with their donations to Sweetwater Goodfellows are Kaydence Tilly, Makenzie Norman, Halley Nixon, Santa, Reece Kidd, Brady Kilgore and Amare Arrevlo.
The Sweetwater Goodfellows distribution will be from 9-11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, at the Lamar Street Baptist Church recreation building at 513 Lamar Street.
A Christmas party with Santa will follow distribution for the children from 3:45-4:45 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, at Lamar Street Baptist Church (only for families with children).

Shannon Clinic welcomes Sweetwater providers, new location

December 5, 2012

Shannon Clinic is excited to announce that it will be expanding its services to the Sweetwater market next year. Shannon has reached an agreement with Rolling Plains Rural Health Clinic to join the Shannon Clinic organization. The agreement will be effective March 1, 2013. It will include the addition of seven providers to Shannon Clinic along with the existing Rolling Plains Clinic building which will be re-branded with the Shannon Clinic name.
The providers joining Shannon Clinic include:
• Frederick Kassis, M.D. – Internal Medicine;
• George Lindsey, D.O. – Family Practice;

Toiletry donations sought

December 5, 2012

The West Texas Children’s Advocacy Center and Doug Sitter State Farm are taking donations of toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste, mouthwash, etc.) for the families served by the WTCAC this year.
Donations will be taken at the Doug Sitter State Farm office, located at 208 Lamar Street through Thursday, Dec. 19, and then the center will be distributing them to the families for Christmas.
Donations can also be dropped off at the West Texas Children's Advocacy Center, located at 317 Oak Street.

Blotters for December 3, 2012

December 5, 2012

The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 41 calls for service, issued no citations and made two arrests on Dec. 3, 2012.

The SPD received 37, 911 calls.

Calls for service:
• Criminal mischief — 600 block of E Third.
• Robbery — 1800 block of E Broadway.

Arrested by SPD:
• James Hand, 47 — Public intoxication/resisiting/criminal mischief/terroristic threat to public servant.
• Robert McBride, 20 — Assault family violence impede breath/circulation.

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