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January 8th

Texas Tech president speaks at SHS

January 8, 2013

Sweetwater High School students were given the opportunity on Monday morning, January 7 to learn about the importance of higher education and more about Texas Tech University during an assembly featuring the interim president of the campus, Dr. Lawrence Schovanec.
Dr. Schovanec highlighted two points in his speech: for students to consider the advantages of a college education as well as the possibility of attending the Lubbock school.

Blotters for January 4-6, 2013

January 8, 2013

The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 121 calls for service, issued 15 citations and made five arrests from Jan. 4-6, 2013.

The SPD received 24, 911 calls.

Accidents:
• Coral Cove.
• 2200 block of W. Broadway.

Calls for service:
• Fraud — 1400 block of Grand.
• Criminal mischief — 900 block of Brookside.
• Theft — 1500 block of Neff.
• Duty upon striking an unattended vehicle — 800 block of E. 14th.
• Family violence assault — 1700 block of Hailey.
• Criminal mischief — Sweetwater.
• Duty upon striking an unattended vehicle — 1100 block of Beall.

Tuesday's wet weather

January 8, 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.
Visit weather.gov to learn more about the potential precipitation chances.

January 7th

Two local firefighters graduate from academy

January 7, 2013

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.

Emergency unemployment insurance benefits deadline extended

January 7, 2013

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.

Two cousins killed, father/son injured in one vehicle crash

January 7, 2013

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.

Monday's local weather

January 7, 2013

Expect mostly sunny skies and a high near 54 today, with south-southeast winds at 10 to 15 mph.
Tonight will be mostly cloudy with a low around 34. Winds will be from the southeast at 5 to 10 mph.
Visit weather.gov to learn all you need to know about the local forecast.

January 5th

Nolan County could hold the next big oil boom

January 5, 2013

People in Sweetwater have heard the rumors, but now it's a reality that could bring in hundreds of jobs. 
It's being referred to as the Cline Shale and much similar to what’s been happening in the oil industry in areas like Midland-Odessa is beginning to happen right here in the Big Country.
Sweetwater has long been known for its wind turbines, but lately there has been talk of another type of machinery headed that way.
"There's been a lot of talk about oil companies coming in," said one Sweetwater resident.
They're calling it the next oil boom.

Infigen donates to Goodfellows

January 5, 2013

Shown are (from left to right) Ken Becker, Goodfellows; Jay Cole, Infigen Purchasing Agent; Michael Jimenez, Infigen Plant Manager for Sweetwater 4 & 5 Wind Farms; and Troy Ryan, Infigen Plant Manager for Sweetwater 1,2 & 3 Wind Farms. Infigen recently gave a $5,000 donation to the Sweetwater Goodfellows, who help families in need with food and toys during the holiday season. Financial donations can be made any time of the year and can be sent to Sweetwater Goodfellows, P.O. Box 1148, Sweetwater, TX, 79556.

TNB nominates Skylar Houston for Teaching Excellence Award

January 5, 2013

Teachers can play a significant role in helping students learn the importance of making informed monetary decisions. As a member of The Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT), Texas National Bank was presented with the opportunity to nominate a teacher in the community who is currently promoting financial literacy.

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