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April 5th, 2013

TSTC West Texas, industry partners create specialty oil and gas certificate

April 5, 2013

TSTC West Texas will be offering a new specialty certificate this fall, Downhole Tool Technician, pending approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Downhole Tool Technicians are in-demand locally due to the recent Cline Shale activity, as well as across Texas as shale operations continues to increase. According to a recent article in Forbes magazine, Texas today produces roughly 30% of the US natural gas and roughly 30% of US oil production. With the Cline Shale booming in West Texas, industry has expressed the need for qualified, trained technicians.

Camp Courage offers healing and hope for children suffering loss

April 5, 2013

Dealing with loss can be difficult for anyone, but children can find it especially challenging. Hendrick Hospice Care’s Camp Courage offers a place of healing and hope for area children suffering a loss of a loved one through death, divorce or other painful transition. Registration is now open for the camp scheduled for Saturday, June 1 through Tuesday, June 4. The camp is offered for third through 12th graders and is held in Lueders.

Blotters for April 3, 2013

April 5, 2013

The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 38 calls for service, issued no citations and made two arrests on April 3, 2013.

The SPD received 17, 911 calls.

Accidents:
• 2200 block of W. Broadway.

Calls for service:
• Theft — 1000 block of E. 13th.
• Forgery — 200 block of E. Arizona.
• Burglary of a habitation — 1700 block of Hailey.
• Graffiti — 1600 block of Newman.

Arrested by SPD:
• Billy Wade, 28 — Theft.
• Jan Hanten, 54 — Criminal trespass.

Local weekend weather

April 5, 2013

Friday's forecast is shaping up to be mostly sunny with a high near 79 and southern winds at 10 to 15 mph. Gusts could be as high as 20 mph.
Tonight, expect partly cloudy skies with a low around 54. Winds will be from the southeast at 15 to 20 mph.
Expect warm temperatures this weekend, with highs in the upper 80s and lows in the low 60s. Winds will be around 15 mph, but could gust up to 30 mph throughout Saturday and Sunday.
Get a full weekend preview now at weather.gov.

April 4th

WTCAC to host annual Child Abuse Awareness Banquet

April 4, 2013

The West Texas Children’s Advocacy Center is fast approaching their Annual Child Abuse Awareness Banquet. This year the banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, at the Nolan County Coliseum Annex and will have a guest speaker. Each year the WTCAC hosts the Child Abuse Awareness Banquet in an effort to raise the funds needed to support child abuse victims in the counties of Nolan, Scurry Mitchell, Fisher and Borden.
The mission of West Texas Children’s Advocacy Center is to provide intervention and victim services to child abuse victims and their non-offending family members.

Flashing for the library

April 4, 2013

Members of Sweetwater's Woman's Forum were hard at work on Wednesday — which was Library Tag Day — collecting money to be donated to the County-City Library.
The group collected close to $6,000 which will help fund the ebook program and summer reading programs this year. Donations can still be made to the library at 206 Elm Street, Sweetwater, TX 79556 or by calling 325-235-4978.
Shown is Woman's Forum member Lita McEachern flashing a sign from under her trench coat that reads, "Library Tag Day, Look Shocked, Don't Laugh! Just Donate, Thank U!"

Local child care providers recognized for achieving Texas Rising Star status

April 4, 2013

The Workforce Solu-tions of West Central Texas Board recently recognized 13 regional child care providers at their regular board meeting as having achieved Texas Rising Star (TRS) Provider status within the past year. A TRS Provider serves Texas Workforce Commission-subsidized children and voluntarily offers quality care that exceeds the State's Minimum Child Care Licensing Standards in areas such as health and safety, group size, child/staff ratios, caregiver training and age-appropriate curricula and activities.

Blotters for April 2, 2013

April 4, 2013

The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 44 calls for service, issued no citations and made one arrest on April 2, 2013.

The SPD received 28, 911 calls.

Calls for service:
• Harassment — 600 block of Sam Houston.
• Prowler — 1000 block of Locust.
• Prowler — 200 block of W. Texas.
• Criminal mischief — 1600 block of Grand.

Arrested by SPD:
• Male juvenile, 13 — Injury to a child.

The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had 10 calls for service, served five civil papers and made one arrest on April 2, 2013.

Arrested by NCSO:

Thursday's local weather

April 4, 2013

Expect mostly cloudy skies early on Thursday, but then a gradual clearing with a high near 65. Winds will be from the north-northwest at 5 mph.
Tonight will be mostly clear with a low around 44. Winds from the north-northeast at 5 to 10 mph will change to the south-southeast after midnight.
Head on over to weather.gov to learn more.

April 3rd

It’s fresh pea season! Enjoy making a minted pea soup

April 3, 2013

This recipe can be prepared in 45 minutes or less but may require additional sitting time.
Even though it might seem odd to use frozen peas during fresh pea season, they are infinitely easier to deal with than fresh peas in the pod — particularly when making a quick dish such as this soup whizzed up in a blender.
Yield: Makes about 8 cups
Ingredients
1 small onion
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 pounds frozen peas
5 cups chicken stock or low-salt broth
1 cup packed fresh mint leaves
1 cup heavy cream (or ‚ cup heavy cream mixed with 1/2 cup plain yogurt)
Directions

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