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January 7th, 2013
Jeff Watts, a paramedic at the Sweetwater Fire Department, recently graduated from Trainingdivision.com in Crowley, TX. Watts comes from a long line of firefighters. His grandfather, Sidney Watts, was the founder of the Shelby Volunteer Fire Department in Medina, NY. His father, Gary Watts, is still a part of that volunteer fire department, along with some uncles and cousins.
The deadline for jobless Texans to qualify for emergency unemployment insurance benefits has been extended to Jan. 1, 2014. Federal legislation signed by President Barack Obama on Jan. 2, 2013 will extend benefits to approximately 120,000 Texans who would have otherwise exhausted their unemployment benefits on Dec. 31, 2012. Claimants should continue to request unemployment benefit payments on their scheduled day.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) was called to the scene of a fatal crash in Jones County on U.S. Highway 180, one mile west of the intersection with Farm Road 600 at 1:45 a.m. Sunday morning.
Expect mostly sunny skies and a high near 54 today, with south-southeast winds at 10 to 15 mph.
Tonight will be mostly cloudy with a low around 34. Winds will be from the southeast at 5 to 10 mph.
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People in Sweetwater have heard the rumors, but now it's a reality that could bring in hundreds of jobs.Â
It's being referred to as the Cline Shale and much similar to whatâ€™s been happening in the oil industry in areas like Midland-Odessa is beginning to happen right here in the Big Country.
Sweetwater has long been known for its wind turbines, but lately there has been talk of another type of machinery headed that way.
"There's been a lot of talk about oil companies coming in," said one Sweetwater resident.
They're calling it the next oil boom.
Shown are (from left to right) Ken Becker, Goodfellows; Jay Cole, Infigen Purchasing Agent; Michael Jimenez, Infigen Plant Manager for Sweetwater 4 & 5 Wind Farms; and Troy Ryan, Infigen Plant Manager for Sweetwater 1,2 & 3 Wind Farms. Infigen recently gave a $5,000 donation to the Sweetwater Goodfellows, who help families in need with food and toys during the holiday season. Financial donations can be made any time of the year and can be sent to Sweetwater Goodfellows, P.O. Box 1148, Sweetwater, TX, 79556.
Teachers can play a significant role in helping students learn the importance of making informed monetary decisions. As a member of The Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT), Texas National Bank was presented with the opportunity to nominate a teacher in the community who is currently promoting financial literacy.
Over $14,000 was raised for the American Heart Association by Nolan County residents, organizations and businesses in 2012, including money from the annual Nolan County Heart Walk. Money raised for the American Heart Association goes towards research about heart disease.
One local man "walked the walk" at the Nolan County Heart Walk as he has been fighting heart disease for many years.
On the first day of every month during the school year, Sweetwater Independent School District students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear college shirts to promote furthering students' education. Shown are Inez Perez and Rebecca Moreno of east Ridge Elementary supporting their schools.
For many people, their birthday celebration allows friends and family an opportunity to celebrate their life. But for one local, her 35th birthday gave her a chance to give back to the community.
Heather Gesin got an idea to take part in thirty-five random acts of kindness a month before her birthday from Pinterest, the social media site that shares recipes, crafts and other ideas among friends and followers.