This year's campaign for the Nolan County United Way (NCUW) is "Give Where You Live," so that the local organization can continue their commitment to local service. The 2012 goal has been set at $85,000, in which all funds raised will stay in the county to help nine local agencies.
Making up the agencies are the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, SNAP (Senior Nutrition Activities Program), Cancer Services Network, Gateway Family Services, Sweetwater BackPack Buddies, the West Texas Children's Advocacy Center (WTCAC), the Big Country Medical Reserve Corps, and the Women's Resource Center.
Sweetwater High School will honor its 2012 fall sports athletes with a banquet Thursday, Jan. 10 starting at 6 p.m. at the Nolan County Coliseum annex.
Athletes in football, cross country and volleyball will be recognized for their hard work and dedication. Also, Sweetwaterâ€™s cheerleaders and trainers will be intro-duced and thanked for their support. A highlight video will be shown. The Mustang Booster Club will also have a silent auction to support the athletes. Tickets are $12 and available until Monday, Jan. 7 at 4 p.m. at the high school fieldhouse, and will not be sold at the door.
DEC. 17 â€” VS. BIG SPRING
7th grade Red 23,
Big Spring 14
Sweetwater individual scoring: Texas Williams 11, Jessica Poe 6, Angela Blueford 2, Sonora Medellin 2, Eva Ornelas 2.
Big Spring 16,
7th grade White 3
Sweetwater individual scoring: Latimer Burnett 2, Dharma Hernan-dez 1.
8th grade Red 21,
Big Spring 10
Sweetwater individual scoring: Kensi Chowning 12, Stephanie Castillo 4, Maddie Berry 3, Davina Walker 2.
Big Spring 20,
8th grade White 11
Sweetwater individual scoring: Amber Smith 7, Sonya Sanchez 2, Danielle Vega 2.
DEC. 13 â€” AT WYLIE
Wylie 32, 7th grade Red 12
Baby, it's cold outside!!
With early morning temps in the teens, expect your Wednesday forecast to be partly sunny with a high near the freezing mark at 32. Wind chills will be as low as 9 degrees, with northern winds from 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable.
Tonight will be mostly cloudy with a low around 25. Winds will be from the south at 5 to 15 mph.
Remember to check on those pets, plants and pipes during freezing weather! Visit weather.gov to learn more about the local outlook.
On Saturday evening, Dec. 22, a line of cars were parked on the 900 block of Silas Street to greet Santa and Mrs. Claus. The two, played by Ted and Peggy Kimbrell, gave out cupcakes and punch to children who came to visit their lighted home. Shown visiting Santa are Mitzi Kirby with her sons, James and Hayden. â€śThis is our gift to the community and to God to celebrate Jesusâ€™ birthday,â€ť said Mrs. Kimbrell.
Christmas came early to the two bicycle drawing winners at Sweetwater Christian School. Kaegan Gomez and Mason Blueford were the winners of the Christmas drawing. The bicycles were donated by the Sweetwater Wal-Mart.
A local church youth group is offering middle school and high school students a new opportunity to ring in the New Year in a safe and fun setting.
The Salvage Yard is the sixth through twelfth grade student ministry at Emmanuel Fellowship Church in Sweetwater. The group will be sponsoring the "AllThingsNew - New Year's Eve Bash" on Monday, December 31 at the church, located at 1418 Hailey.
Doors to the event will open at 8 p.m. and there will be a $10 entry fee with food and drinks available. Each person will also be entered for chances to win door prizes, including $100 in cash.
"Isn't there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?" asked a little block-headed boy in the 1965 classic carrying his namesake, A Charlie Brown Christmas, by Charles M. Schultz.
Ask anyone this question and you will probably get a different answer each time. But the timeless holiday movie shares what we hope Christmas to be, what it has become and what it really is about.
Jack Straub, 95, of De Leon, Texas passed away on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at De Leon Nursing and Rehab. Jack was born on Nov. 23, 1917, in Salisbury, Missouri to Elmer Harrison Straub and Estelle Camille Jackson. He married Evelyn Straub on May 23, 1980.
Sweetwater Intermediate School fifth grade students, Hailey Orozco, Bailey Sager and Samantha Bugarin were doing their part to help the Sweetwater community. They passed United Way buckets around the school collecting money for the charity. Not pictured is Bailey Sager.