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April 11th, 2013

Candles lit at time of remembrance

April 11, 2013

The West Texas Children’s Advocacy Center (WTCAC) and High Sky Children's Ranch once again partnered to sponsor the Eighth Annual Family FunFair on Wednesday at the Nolan County Coliseum.
Many families, totaling about 400 people in attendance, enjoyed games and prizes from 27 agencies and food donated by the Sweetwater Kiwanis Club at the event.
The highlight of the event was the Time of Remembrance for child abuse victims. Local community leaders including District Attorney Ann Reed and local pastor Jeramy Thompson spoke at this event declaring April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. 

Fire consumes unoccupied home

April 11, 2013

The Sweetwater Fire Department responded to a house fire on the 500 block of Hill Street on Wednesday evening around 8:20 p.m.
The home was not occupied at the time, as the owners were fixing the home to be rented out in the future. The house is a total loss and Sweetwater Fire Marshal Richard Spradlin is investigating the cause of the blaze.
Shown are Lance Campbell, Chris Kiser and Grant Madden inspecting the floor of the house.

Lake Sweetwater bait shop discussed at city meeting

April 11, 2013

The Lake Sweetwater Bait Shop was a topic of discussion during Tuesday's City Commission meeting, as some action was taken on a couple of items.
Approval was given to renew the lease agreement on the bait shop with G.M. Morgan, Inc. Some changes have been proposed by the company, and as a result of the approval City Manager Eddie Brown will be able to negotiate the changes.
As the annual lease is about to expire, the proposed changes are for the lease to become a five-year agreement with an extension option. Other issues would need to be further discussed with the company and the city.

City, Taylor Electric establish agreement

April 11, 2013

An ordinance regarding Taylor Electric Cooperative was approved during Tuesday's city commission meeting.
Outlined in the ordinance was an agreement between the company and the City of Sweetwater, so that Taylor Electric can construct and maintain their lines with the necessary equipment. It also notes that the electric company can use city streets, alleys, highways and public grounds, while also establishing that the city will receive an annual payment for the usage.

Blotters for April 9, 2013

April 11, 2013

The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 41 calls for service, issued three citations and made two arrests on April 9, 2013.

The SPD received 15, 911 calls.

Calls for service:
• Reckless driving — 1200 block of Ragland.
• Theft — 600 block of Walnut.
• Theft — 400 block of W. Oklahoma.
• Harassment — 1100 block of Hickory.

Arrested by SPD:
• Clifton Forbes, 31 — Warrants.
• Keithunaya Evans, 35 — Theft.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had five calls for service, served seven civil papers and made two arrests on April 9, 2013.

Arrested by NCSO:

Thursday's local forecast

April 11, 2013

Expect sunny conditions today with a high near 69. Winds will be light and variable, becoming west-southwestern at 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight will be mostly clear with a low around 47 and western winds at 5 to 15 mph. Winds will shift in the evening to the southeast.
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April 10th

Southwest Pork Tacos Perfected

April 10, 2013

From coast to coast, every region of the country has its own tasty take on serving up their favorite pork chop dishes. This go-to protein is a versatile canvas for a wide range of mouthwatering flavors and techniques to drive taste buds wild.

WTCAC banquet focuses on the importance of investing in our children

April 10, 2013

Law enforcement, leaders in the community and volunteers who want to make a difference in children’s lives came together Tuesday night to support the West Texas Children’s Advocacy Center (WTCAC) during their annual Child Abuse Awareness Banquet held at the Nolan County Coliseum Annex.
The original speaker was unable to attend at the last minute, but Assistant District Attorney Barrett Thomas and WTCAC Executive Director Teresa Zarate filled in to talk to those in attendance about the difference WTCAC makes in the community and express appreciation for community support.

Mayor asks community to pray for rain

April 10, 2013

Sweetwater Mayor Greg Wortham is encouraging citizens to join him this Sunday in praying for much-needed rain.
At the Sweetwater City Commission meeting on Tuesday morning at City Hall, Mayor Wortham read a proclamation in which he is declaring Sunday as "A Day of Prayer for Rain".
The document outlined the need of rain within West Texas, which has been proven by the low lake levels. Additionally, the lack of rain has shown to be a fire hazard as wildfires have resulted in the area.

Public access TV station being considered by city

April 10, 2013

The City of Sweetwater is considering the development of a public access television station with some outside help, as discussion on the topic was held during Tuesday's city commission meeting.
Approval was given to allow City Manager Eddie Brown to negotiate an interlocal agreement with the local branch of Texas State Technical College (TSTC) for the TV station's establishment. Funding for the station would come from the "PEG" portion of the Cable Franchise "rental" payments--from funds already collected as well as future payments.

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