Archive - Dec 27, 2013 - News Article

Account set up for victim of house fire

December 27, 2013

Several upcoming fundraisers have been planned for local resident Sheila Williams, who recently lost her house in a fire in mid-December.
One of the fundraisers will be held in Big Spring, while two benefits are scheduled to take place in Abilene.
Since the incident, Williams has been able to stay at a local hotel with her granddaughter, as she is the sole caretaker of the 21-month old girl. There was no insurance on the house, which was considered a total loss.
According to responders of the fire, the power had been turned off at the house. Thus, candles were burning in the house.

Supporting Sweetwater globally

December 27, 2013

Marc Blackburn does not live in Sweetwater, nor has he ever lived in Sweetwater, but he sure does love this sweet city! According to his sister, Tanja Jennings, who resides in Nolan and works in Sweetwater, Blackburn — a resident of Keller, Texas — likes to represent Sweetwater wherever he goes. Jennings says that Blackburn has many Sweetwater shirts that he has purchased or have been given to him and his family as gifts. “He comes in during the Rattlesnake Round-Up and always wants to pick out a new Sweetwater shirt. He just really loves it here.”

Students bring Christmas spirit to nursing home

December 27, 2013

Sweetwater High School Spanish Club students visited Nolan Nursing and Rehab this holiday season to bring Christmas cheer to residents and staff as they decked the halls, decorating doors and walls, as well as decorating a large Christmas tree. Shown are students (back row, from left to right) Victor Garcia, Jennifer Medellin, Cheyenne Smith, Taya Santiago, Kala Wofford, Angellica Collier, Karla Knight (nursing home activity director), Kaitlyn Thompson, Staci Galindo, (seated, from left to right) Katherine Toland, Tina Melendez, Tuff Saunders and Jenny Medellin.

Student New Year’s Eve Bash planned at Emmanuel Fellowship Church

December 27, 2013

Emmanuel Fellowship Church
We invite you to join us this Sunday at Emmanuel Fellowship Church. Our Sunday morning services are combined for the month of December, so we will meet together this week at 11 a.m. We will enjoy warm fellowship, dynamic worship, a life-giving message, as well as top-notch children’s ministry and nursery care for children up to fifth grade.
This week, we will be preparing our hearts for the new year. Come join us to get things started right in 2014!

Newspapers in Education helps local students

December 27, 2013

A community paper like the Sweetwater Reporter becomes part of the lives of those in the cities reached. Every family collects clippings of times when their children, extended family or loved ones are featured on a story or a photograph. This is what the Sweetwater Reporter strives to provide.

SHS students make All-Region Band

December 27, 2013

On Dec. 14, six students from the Sweetwater High School band traveled to Idalou High School for the All-Region Band auditions and all six students made the band.
Shown (from left to right) are Clay Kitchens-7th place trumpet, advanced to Area; Chase Scott-3rd place saxophone, advanced to Area; Alexis Martinez-17th place clarinet; Crysten Ivy-1st place clarinet, advanced to Area; Keegan Valdez-11th place clarinet, advanced to Area; and Steven Le-3rd place french horn, advanced to Area.

Applications for conservation programs being accepted at Nolan County NRCS office

December 27, 2013

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) District Conservationist Mandi Ligon announces applications for funding opportunities with the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) are currently being accepted at the NRCS offices located at 103 West Florida.

Sweetwater's weekend weather

December 27, 2013

Today will be sunny with a high near 55. Winds will be from the west-southwest around 5 mph, becoming calm in the morning.
Expect mostly clear conditions tonight, with a low around 34 and south-southeast winds at 5 to 10 mph. After midnight, winds will shift to the southwest.
For the weekend, we'll see a high near 56 on Saturday, although a cold front will come in to bring Sunday's high to 42. Weekend lows will be in the low to upper 20s, and winds throughout the weekend will shift from the south-southwest to the north on Sunday, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
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