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September 22nd, 2014

Local weather for Monday

September 22, 2014

Today, we'll have a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, with partly sunny skies and a high near 81. Winds will be from the northeast at 5 to 10 mph.
Those rain chances will remain tonight, with mostly cloudy conditions and a low around 64. Winds will come from the southeast at 5 to 10 mph.
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Fracking Nolan County: The pros and the cons

September 22, 2014

Economic impacts vs. Environmental impacts
The short-term economic impacts in the area due to fracking are certain to be positive.
An increase in population means a wider tax base, which in turn means more funds for public works. The availability of high-paying jobs helps to lift communities out of poverty and reduces unemployment rates. The more businesses which come in, the more diverse the local economy becomes. There are a lot of reasons to smile when a boom hits.

Sweetest Day Festival set for Oct. 11

September 22, 2014

With a name like Sweetwater, it makes sense for the city to celebrate the Sweetest Day holiday.
This sentiment is expressed by Scott Morgan of Morgan Real Estate, who headed up last year's Sweetest Day Benefit Concert. This year, he has recruited Melonnie Hicks of the Pioneer Museum to help plan a Sweetest Day Festival.
The celebration will take place on Saturday, Oct. 11, at Newman Park from 2-6 p.m.

Read the full story in our weekend edition.

Home Free concert to benefit Cornerstone Christian School

September 22, 2014

Cornerstone Christian School is partnering with a nationally recognized music group for an incredible fundraising opportunity.
Home Free, the a cappella country band who took home the title of Season 4 champion in NBC's "The Sing-Off," will be in concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Moody Coliseum, located on the campus of Abilene Christian University. All proceeds from the concert will go toward the local Christian school.

Read the full story in our weekend edition.

Josh Abbott Band to release new album

September 22, 2014

This Tuesday, Texas country music fans can look forward to the release of the Josh Abbott Band's latest project. The Josh Abbott Band is well-known for their hits "Taste," "Oh Tonight" featuring rising country music artist Kacey Musgraves and "Touch" — which included actress Melissa Rycroft in the music video.
But fans in Sweetwater can take pride in one of their own making it big as the band prepares for its first nationally-released album. The drummer of the band, Edward Villanueva, is a 2005 graduate of Sweetwater High School.

Read the full story in our weekend edition.

September 19th

Avondale Baptist to have work day Saturday

September 19, 2014

The following churches are highlighted in this week's Religion section: Avondale Baptist Church, Broadway Baptist Church, Emmanuel Fellowship Church, First Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, First United Methodist Church, Highland Heights United Methodist Church, Trinity Baptist Church and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormons).

See the full story in Friday's print edition.

Sweetwater Tractor Supply to host Pet Appreciation Week event Saturday

September 19, 2014

Tractor Supply Co. in the Sweetwater area will host family and pet activities Saturday, Sept. 20, as part of Pet Appreciation Week.
Held Sept. 17-21, Pet Appreciation Week or P.A.W. is Tractor Supply's annual event to celebrate pets and introduce families to the joy of owning animals.

Read the full story in Friday's print edition.

Construction underway on first compressed natural gas station in Sweetwater

September 19, 2014

Amp Trillium, LLC, the joint venture between ampCNG and Trillium CNG™, announced that construction has begun on the first public access compressed natural gas (CNG) station in the city of Sweetwater. Located at 9409 S. I-20 Frontage Road, the amp Trillium station will service Class-8 trucks as well as any CNG vehicle. It will be the fourth of seven public fueling stations to be built as part of a previously announced agreement with Dairy Farmers of America and Select Milk Producers to convert a portion of their diesel fleets to CNG-powered trucks. The station is set to open in late October.

Fracking Nolan County: The pros and the cons

September 19, 2014

Nolan County is no stranger to energy innovation. Oil derricks and pump jacks have dotted the rugged landscape for as long as most residents can remember. When wind energy was embraced by the area, the countryside gave way to towering turbines.
There is a different kind of boom which has begun here recently.
It too, involves extracting oil from the depths of the earth. But instead of drilling vertically into the ground until hitting pay dirt, alternative methods are being utilized such as horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing — more commonly known as fracking.

Weekend events in Sweetwater

September 19, 2014

Tonight, the Sweetwater Kiwanis Club will host their annual Pancake Supper at the SHS Cafeteria, just before the Sweetwater vs. Snyder football game. Serving will be from 5-7 p.m.
Take out orders are welcome. Tickets can be purchased from any Kiwanis Club member or at the door the night of the supper.

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