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November 22nd

Weekend outlook for Sweetwater

November 22, 2013

Today we'll see freezing rain likely before noon, along with sleet later in the day. Expect cloudy and cold conditions with a high near 29, with the wind chill between 15 and 20. Winds will be blustery from the north at 15 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%, with the total daytime ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible and little to no snow accumulation expected.

November 21st

Regional art show this weekend

November 21, 2013

The West Texas Art Guild is having its annual Regional Art Show on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Civic Center in Colorado City.
Artwork can be brought and entered into the show from 8-10 a.m. Entry fee per piece is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.
Ribbons and prize money will be awarded by the judge, Dianna Lee Jones from San Angelo. Categories include: oil / acrylics, watercolor, dry media (pastel, pencil, etc.), photography, and 3-D (jewelry, sculpture, etc.).

TSTC welcomes new instructors

November 21, 2013

Texas State Technical College (TSTC) West Texas has hired two new instructors. James Beall has joined the Wind Energy Program and is teaching several subjects, including Electricity Principals and Wind Power Delivery. Beall received an Associates degree from TSTC in 2011, where he graduated with honors. "I'm looking forward to sharing my experiences and knowledge with my students," said Beall. "My goal is to get them properly trained and out into the work field." Beall lives in Sweetwater and has two children, Jason, 10 and Joseph, 9.

New businesses welcomed to Sweetwater

November 21, 2013

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Wednesday morning for Rolling Plains RV Park and Mr. C's Asphalt and Maintenance, located at 9909 South I-20 (west of the TA Travel Center) between exits 240 and 242. Pictured center are Jennifer Speed and Rose Carroll, owner of Rolling Plains RV Park and Sweetwater RV Park. Rose is from the Fort Worth and Mission, Texas areas. She is involved in a total of nine RV parks with her family. "We wanted to fix the park up to help fill the housing need when the oil boom really hits," said Rose about Rolling Plains RV Park.

SNAP building now complete

November 21, 2013

The SNAP (Senior Nutrition Activities Program) building is finally completed and is ready to welcome back its patrons.
On Wednesday, the final items were being moved into the new facility, according to SNAP director Tonya Challis. She expressed the staff's excitement to finally move into the building.
Operations will resume on Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. — their typical hours of business, with lunch being served at noon. On Friday, SNAP will hold its annual Thanksgiving lunch.

Sweetwater ISD prepares for next school year

November 21, 2013

Sweetwater ISD is already making preparations for the next school year, as proposed calendars were presented to the Board of Trustees during their meeting on Monday evening.
With the district's use of Flex Days, one calendar option resulted in classes ending in June since the Flex Days were placed at the end of the school year. The other option, which was amended by the board, included a Labor Day holiday and an early release day the day before Thanksgiving, with the year ending in May.

Thursday's local forecast

November 21, 2013

Today will be mostly cloudy with a high near 75. Winds will be from the south-southwest at 10 to 15 mph, and after noon we'll have a slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

November 20th

TSTC West Texas receives TWC funds for oil and gas workforce training

November 20, 2013

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) recently awarded $1,498,860 in Skills Development job training grants to eight community colleges across the state, including Texas State Technical College West Texas. These grants will help support the colleges’ ability to address the training needs of oil and gas exploration employers in the Cline and Permian Shales.

SFD hires three firefighters

November 20, 2013

The Sweetwater Fire Department is welcoming three new firefighters to the station.
Zachary Williams of Hawley, Texas is one of three new additions to the Sweetwater Fire Department. Williams, a firefighter and paramedic who studied at Cisco College and Texas State Technical College, was influenced by his father, Tommy, who retired from the Abilene Fire Department after 18 years. Williams is married to Lacy, and the couple have a two-year-old named Bryson.

Wednesday's weather for Sweetwater

November 20, 2013

Today will be partly sunny with a high near 73. Winds will be breezy and from the south at 15 to 20 mph.
Tonight, expect a 20% chance of showers and mostly cloudy skies. The low will be around 61 wit southern winds around 15 mph.
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