January 8th, 2013
Expect a 50% chance of showers today with cloudy skies and a high near 47. Winds will be from the east at 5 to 10 mph, shifting to the north-northeast in the afternoon.
Tonight, we're looking at a 90% chance of showers and possibly a thunderstorm, some of which could produce heavy rainfall. The low will be around 41 with north winds at 10 to 15 mph. Gusts could be as high as 20 mph.
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Jeff Watts, a paramedic at the Sweetwater Fire Department, recently graduated from Trainingdivision.com in Crowley, TX. Watts comes from a long line of firefighters. His grandfather, Sidney Watts, was the founder of the Shelby Volunteer Fire Department in Medina, NY. His father, Gary Watts, is still a part of that volunteer fire department, along with some uncles and cousins.
The deadline for jobless Texans to qualify for emergency unemployment insurance benefits has been extended to Jan. 1, 2014. Federal legislation signed by President Barack Obama on Jan. 2, 2013 will extend benefits to approximately 120,000 Texans who would have otherwise exhausted their unemployment benefits on Dec. 31, 2012. Claimants should continue to request unemployment benefit payments on their scheduled day.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) was called to the scene of a fatal crash in Jones County on U.S. Highway 180, one mile west of the intersection with Farm Road 600 at 1:45 a.m. Sunday morning.
Oletta (Leta) Storch was born Oct. 13, 1923, and passed away on Jan. 5, 2013. She was married to the love of her life, Dick Storch. As a loving mother and friend to many, Leta showed her love by cooking and supporting people around her. She was active in her communities and loved teaching Sunday school in the Methodist church. She was multi-talented. In business, she was a realtor, a broker, dental and medical assistant and often created many recipes as a Weight Watcherâ€™s supervisor.
TUESDAY, JAN. 8
Sweetwater girls host Greenwood â€” JV at 5 p.m., varsity at 6:15 p.m., freshmen at 7:30 p.m.
Sweetwater boys at Lake View â€” freshmen & JV at 6:30 p.m. (Junior High gyms), varsity at 8 p.m. (High School gym)
Roscoe JV and varsity girls host Westbrook, 5 and 6:15 p.m.
Highland JV and varsity girls will host Ira starting at 5 p.m.
Highland varsity boys at Paint Creek, 8 p.m.
Blackwell JV boys and varsity teams at Bronte starting at 5 p.m.
THURSDAY, JAN. 10
Sweetwater 7th and 8th grade â€˜Aâ€™ and â€˜Bâ€™ girls play at San Angelo Lincoln, 5 and 6 p.m.
BIG SPRING â€” Visiting Sweetwater out-scored Big Spring in only one of the four eight-minute quarters the teams played when they opened District 4-3A basketball play on Friday.
Still, the Lady Mustangs did just enough to outlast the Lady Steers, 35-33, in a game that was in doubt until the final seconds.
Sweetwaterâ€™s big quarter came in the second when it blanked Big Spring 12-0 to take a 20-11 halftime lead.
But the Lady Mustangs actually ran off 19 straight points â€” beginning late in the first quarter and ending early in the third stanza â€” to turn an 11-5 deficit into a 24-11 advantage.
The Roscoe and Highland girls tipped off District 13-A, Division II basketball play with lopsided victories on the road Friday.
Roscoe routed Hermleigh 75-34, while Highland was a 53-21 winner at Westbrook. Roscoe and Highland share the early district lead with Ira, which beat Loraine 63-41 in its opener.
The 75 points was the highest output of the season for the Plowgirls (12-8), whose 41-point victory just missed equalling a season-best margin. Individually, Roscoe got scoring from nine different players.
Sweetwater High School will honor its 2012 fall sports athletes with a banquet Thursday, Jan. 10 starting at 6 p.m. The banquet will be held 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 introduced and thanked for their support.
A highlight video will be shown at the banquet and the Mustang Booster Club will also have a silent auction during the banquet to support the athletes.
Six senior football athletes from Sweetwater and two from Roscoe have garnered academic all-state recogni-tion from the Texas High School Coaches Association. The eight athletes are listed:
Alex Garcia: Class 3A, 2nd team
Kyle Lambert: Class 3A, 2nd team
Ryan Linebaugh: Class 3A, 2nd team
Cole Maxwell: Class 3A, 2nd team
Sean Morrow: Class 3A, 2nd team
Nick Nemir: Class 3A, Honorable mention
Jose Rangel: Class 1A, Division 2; 1st team
Brant Burnett: Class 1A, Division 2; Honorable mention