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August 6th

Tax free weekend begins this Friday

August 6, 2014

Starting on Friday, citizens all across the Lone Star State will have the opportunity to save some money on their back-to-school shopping during Tax-Free Weekend.
The three days of savings — which runs through Sunday, Aug. 10 — will be the sixteenth time Texas offers its residents a slight break in their school supply and clothing purchases.
Items eligible for tax-free savings must be priced under $100. Once again, lay-away plans can be used this year to take advantage of the tax-free savings, as noted on the State Comptroller's website.

Nolan County lakes still suffering from droughts

August 6, 2014

Despite heavy rainfall in the area during the late spring and early summer months, lake levels in Nolan County still remain critically low.
The last of the water in Lake Trammell, located about 10 miles south of Sweetwater, dried up in November of 2012, leaving the future of the reservoir — which was built in 1920 as a solution to the city's water woes — uncertain.

Local student raises money for children’s hospital

August 6, 2014

On his eighth birthday, Joshua Hale did not wish to play with his friends or have a pool party — he had one wish and that was to have a lemonade stand to raise $100 for Hendrick Children's Hospital in Abilene.
On Friday, Josh and his parents, Kyle and Recia Hale — along with family and friends, put together an elaborate lemonade stand on East Broadway, in front of the Gallery Warehouse Furniture parking lot.

Volleyball camp starts today

August 6, 2014

Today, August 6, marks the start of a three-day volleyball camp at the Sweetwater Middle School gym for students who are entering grades 4-8, from 4-6:30 p.m.
A fee will be charged and includes a T-shirt. Pre-registration is greatly appreciated. A concession stand will be open for snacks and drinks.
The goal of this year’s camp is to improve players’ skills in volleyball for the upcoming season with instruction through games and fun. Please contact Jill Locklar at (325) 320-4800 or Nancy Escobar at (325) 236-5939.

Sweetwater's weather for Wednesday

August 6, 2014

Today will be mostly sunny and hot with a high near 98. Winds will be from the south at 10 to 15 mph.
Expect partly cloudy conditions tonight, with a low around 75 and southeast winds around 10 mph.
Visit weather.gov to learn more.

August 5th

Local Love’s to open Microtel in Sweetwater

August 5, 2014

Love’s Travel Stops is expanding its business plan to include the hospitality business.
Love’s has built their first Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham in Pecos, Texas. This property opened in the spring of 2014. Love’s second location is in Sweetwater. The Sweetwater project has broken ground and is expected to be open in early spring of 2015.

Traffic advisory announced for I-20

August 5, 2014

Starting today, expect lane closures and delays on westbound I-20 near Sweetwater for approximately 10 days while repairs are completed on the SH70 overpass bridge.
Westbound lanes will be closed between exits 246 and 247 during this time.

Jump rope camp readies SIS students for performances

August 5, 2014

The Sweetwater Intermediate School jump rope team has come a long way in 20 years.
What used to be a simple extracurricular activity is now a halftime spectacle at venues as hallowed as the AT&T Center — home of NBA champion San Antonio Spurs, Texas Tech, Baylor University, where the team performed during the women's NCAA championship, to name a few.
A jump rope camp is being held at SIS this week, where current and soon-to-be jumpers can learn the "ropes" in preparation for the upcoming shows.

Sweetwater ISD to host Chamber Coffee

August 5, 2014

The Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly Chamber Coffee at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the SISD Sweetwater High School Library, located at 1205 Ragland. The SHS Library is owned by local taxpayers and is operated by Superintendent Terry Pittman. The on-site manager is SHS Principal Dr. Ron Morris. "Educating the future of Sweetwater kids is our business!"
The SHS Library has over 100 years of pride, progress and tradition and serves the students of Sweetwater and Nolan County. SISD currently employees 380.

Tuesday's local forecast

August 5, 2014

Today will be mostly sunny with a high near 94. Winds will be from the southeast around 10 mph.
Expect partly cloudy conditions tonight, with a low around 73 and east-southeast winds around 10 mph.
Visit weather.gov to learn more.

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