May 1st, 2013
With the onset of spring, you will see a bounty of small zucchini at the farmers markets and grocery stores. When they are young spring squash, they are tender and delicious raw. With this vibrant lemon vinaigrette and other gifts of spring such as verdant herbs and sweet cherub tomatoes, this tastes like spring itself!
2 pounds small zucchini, trimmed
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons finely grated fresh lemon zest
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
The Texas A&M Agrilife Extension office in Nolan County will host a free Do Well, Be Well With Diabetes event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday at the Sweetwater-Nolan County Health Department. Before the activities begin, free blood glucose checks will be given from 8:30-9 a.m.
Local doctor Larry E. McEachern, M.D. will kick off the event with his program, "What is diabetes?"
Speakers will also include Ted Bayse, owner and pharmacist at The Medicine Place. He will explain medication. He will speak from 10:15-11 a.m.
In honor of the National Day of Prayer, the community of Sweetwater is invited to participate in a 12-hour prayer vigil at the Sweetwater Prayer Center at 1418 Hailey Street.Â Everyone is welcome to participate any time from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, to unite in prayer for the nation and community.Â Prayer stations will be set up following the 7X7 prayer model providing opportunities to pray for government, education, church, family, media, business and military.
Many homes and businesses around Nolan County are painting the town purple to celebrate cancer survivorship, remember loved ones lost to the disease, honor caregivers and join Nolan County's fight against cancer.
An update from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) was given during Friday's meeting of the Nolan County Forward Planning Committee, held at the Sweetwater Country Club.
The meeting was held in order for various community leaders to learn more and take proactive measures as the Cline Shale oil development makes its way to Sweetwater and the surrounding cities within the county.
The two representatives from TxDOT first discussed different projects that are currently being undertaken. As always, safety is the utmost concern.
Hampton Inn in Sweetwater is currently putting on a food drive in which employees, guests and members of the community are encouraged to donate nonperishable food items to the drive. All food collected will be donated and distributed by Nolan County United Way.
As an added incentive to donate to the cause, for every five cans donated to the drive, a raffle ticket will be placed in a drawing for a Jambox speaker.
According to General Manager Adrian Solano, the hotel is putting on the food drive as a part of Founders Day for the company, Hersha Hospitality.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 58 calls for service, issued four citations and made four arrests on April 29, 2013.
The SPD received 21, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Criminal mischief â€” 1600 block of E. Broadway.
â€¢ Burglary of a building â€” 700 block of E. Third.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ James Raney, 23 â€”Â Burglary of a building/warrants.
â€¢ Jean Raven, 25 â€”Â Warrants.
â€¢ Female juvenile â€”Â Warrants.
â€¢ Female juvenile â€”Â Warrants.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had 10 calls for service, five civil papers served and made one arrest on April 29, 2013.
Today will be mostly sunny with a high near 91 and winds from the south-southwest at 15 to 20 mph. In the afternoon, the winds will decrease to 5 to 10 mph. After 2 p.m. we'll see a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms also.
After 8 p.m., the precipitation chances will increase to 40%. Otherwise, expect mostly cloudy conditions with a low around 41. A cold front will change the winds to the north from 25 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph.
So how long will this cold front affect us? Visit weather.gov to find out.
The Sweetwater High School baseball and softball teams have announced the dates, times and locations for their playoff games this week.
Sweetwater's baseball team (15-13) has decided on a best-of-3 bi-district series with Fabens at Crane High School. Game 1 will be Friday at 5 p.m., followed by the second game on Saturday at 2 p.m. Game 3, if needed, starts 30 minutes after the second game ends. The Sweetwater-Fabens winner advances to the area playoffs against Pampa next week.
The Nolan County Forward Planning Committee met on Friday at the Sweetwater Country Club, which brought community leaders from various fields together to discuss the impact and consequences from the incoming Cline Shale oil development.