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February 19th, 2013

Tuesday's local weather

February 19, 2013

Expect mostly sunny skies this morning with a high near 59. Winds will be from the east-southeast at 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Tonight, showers are likely with a possible thunderstorm. Otherwise, we'll see mostly cloudy skies with a low around 45 and southeastern winds at 15 to 20 mph. Gusts could top out at 25 mph; chance of rain is at 60%.
So when's our best chance for rain coming? Visit weather.gov to find out.

February 18th

Registration opens for Suddenlink charity fishing tournament

February 18, 2013

Registration opened for the fifth annual Suddenlink Open Tony Gibson Memorial Fishing Tournament, to be held Saturday, March 2, at the Concho Pavilion on Lake O.H. Ivie, 24282 County Road 4763, in Millersview. Once again Joe Thomas, host of “Stihl’s Reel in the Outdoors” on Outdoor Channel – America’s Leader In Outdoor TV, will award prizes and greet competitors.

RPMH hosts Second Treadmill Walkathon

February 18, 2013

For the second year in a row, Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH) will be hosting a 24-hour Treadmill Walkathon. The hospital announced that the event is scheduled to kickoff at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 22 and run through 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 23, at the hospital’s Cardiac Rehab Center.
As cardiovascular disease continues to be the leading cause of death in the United States, RPMH continues to raise awareness of cardiovascular diseases through community events such as the walkathon.

ShaQuita Bray: Classifieds Representative

February 18, 2013

If you've ever walked into the Sweetwater Reporter office and wondered who the smiling face is that greets you, wonder no more. That lovely lady is ShaQuita Bray.
Quita was born in Ft. Worth and grew up in Abilene where she attended Abilene High School. She moved to Sweetwater in 2006, and has remained here ever since.

Wildfire Training Class hosted at Sweetwater Fire Department

February 18, 2013

The Sweetwater Fire Department recently had a wildfire class put on by Texas A&M Extension Service. It was a week-long class, put on at the local fire station.
The class covered many topics, ranging from safety on the fire grounds, to what equipment to take on deployment, communications, fire behavior in the wildfire setting, managing risk and deploying a fire shelter. 

Public hearing held on right-of-way closures

February 18, 2013

A public hearing was held during February's Sweetwater City Commission meeting to consider requests for the abandonment and closure of two right-of-ways.
The first right-of-way is platted as a future dead-end street extension of Industrial Drive, which is currently undeveloped and located in the western portion of Lot 8 of the industrial park. A similar, yet developed, parallel dead-end street currently exists approximately 155 feet to the east.

Local Presidents' Day forecast

February 18, 2013

Your President's Day forecast is shaping up to be mostly sunny with a high near 65. Winds will be from the west-southwest around 15 mph, shifting to the north-northwest in the afternoon. Gusts could be as high as 20 mph.
Tonight, expect partly cloudy skies with a low around 38 and north-northwest winds around 5 to 15 mph. After midnight, they will become east-southeast winds.
Visit weather.gov to get an early week-long weather preview.

February 15th

Jaycees visit Capitol

February 15, 2013

Several Sweetwater Jaycees and Sweetwater Jaycee Roosters participated in the annual safety demonstrations and promoting the Sweetwater Jaycees 55th Annual World’s Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up. It all took place in the Open Rotunda at the Capitol in Austin.
Shown are Jaycees, including Danny Camacho, Melinda Gomez, David Sager, Riley Sawyers, Blake Stephens, and Scot VanAllen, with State Representative Susan King of District 71 and her staff.
See more photos on Page B1 of Sunday's edition.

First reading conducted on new RV ordinance

February 15, 2013

The Cline Shale oil development is slowly but surely making its way to Sweetwater, leading the city commissioners to approve some measures during their Tuesday meeting in order to stay ahead of the activity.
Approval was given to the first reading of an ordinance which will amend Chapter 19 of the city's Code of Ordinances entitled "Motor Vehicles and Traffic." Changes would be made in Article 6 ("Stopping, Standing and Parking"), Division 1 (Generally) of Chapter 19 by adding a variety of sections.

Trinity Baptist to host ‘Inspired’ conference

February 15, 2013

Everyone wants to be inspired. We all want to be motivated and challenged to be our best, fulfill our purpose and achieve our dreams. Beginning this Sunday, Feb. 17, Trinity Baptist Church will host a conference entitled “Inspired,” which is designed to do just that. Each night at 6:30 p.m. from Sunday through Wednesday, everyone in the community is invited to join in times of worship and celebration at Trinity Baptist Church located at the corner of Hailey and Santa Fe. Jon Randles will be the speaker for Inspired and these times promise to be a blessing for all who attend.

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