July 16th, 2013
Several local churches came together this past week to take part in this year's Sweetwater Outreach Week. Two houses were painted and several lawns were mowed around town for people in need.
According to Jamie Witt, this year's Sweetwater Outreach Week coordinator, the event began about six years ago at Fourth and Elm Church of Christ. "Our outreach minister at the time, Doug Crum, began the project and got other local churches involved with it and we are just trying to keep it going each year."
Jerry Smith and Mike Sode of Lansing, Mich., are on an 8,500 mile bicycle ride to raise awareness for at-risk youth and youth obesity. They are creating hope and inspiring the world by traveling through the 25 fattest cities, according to the Men's Fitness Magazine 2012 list, ending at The Biggest Loser Ranch in Los Angeles, Calif.
NOLAN COUNTY â€“ Both main lanes of westbound I-20 at the US 84 overpass in Nolan County are scheduled for closure July 17-18 for ongoing bridge replacement work.
Westbound I-20 will be closed during the afternoon of July 17 to allow crews to pour the deck of the new bridge. All interstate lanes are expected to be open by the afternoon of July 18. The entire project is expected to be completed by early fall.
The showers and thunderstorms continue today, as the precipitation chances climb up to 90%. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. The high will be near 77, with south-southeast wind around 5 mph. In the afternoon, the winds will come from the east-northeast.
Expect a 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms tonight, with cloudy skies and a low around 66. Winds will come from the north-northeast around 5 mph, shifting to the east after midnight.
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Two local women have fulfilled a dream and opened a children's boutique in Sweetwater â€”Â The Princess and the Frog. "We have always wanted to open a children's boutique," said co-owner Misty Humphreys.
Humphreys and co-owner Shorie Henderson hosted a Grand Opening for their store, located at 1408 E. Broadway, Suite 1 (east entrance), with face painting and a bounce house for children attending the event.
The two will be running the store, along with Henderson's daughter, Skye Henderson.
Sweetwater City Commissioners met on Tuesday for their regular session and approved the minutes for the meeting held on June 11. The city commissioners then received the proposed 2013-2014 budget draft for review and discussion. The investment report for the quarter ending June 30 was approved as well.
Gil Cherry (right), President of the Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce, presents a donation to the Big Country Cutting Horse Association.
This event is held at the Nolan County Coliseum and brings into Sweetwater between 400-500 people who sleep, eat and shop in Sweetwater.
Today we have a 70% chance of showers and thunderstorms, with some of the storms possibly producing heavy rainfall. Expect cloudy skies with a high near 72 and a north-northeast wind around 10 mph. Gusts could be as high as 20 mph.
The rain chances bump up to 80% tonight, with some storms producing heavy rainfall. The low will be around 65 with an east-northeast wind at 5 to 10 mph.
How long will the rain chances last? Find out at weather.gov.
Enrollment numbers for teams are in parentheses. The top four teams from each Class 3A district qualify for the playoffs; the two largest enrollments go to the Division I bracket and the two smaller schools go to Division II. In Class 1A, the top three teams in each district in both divisions â€” built off enrollment figures determined before the season â€” make the playoffs.
1. Abilene Wylie (927)
2. Monahans (556)
3. Sweetwater (548)
4. Snyder (710)
5. Mid. Greenwood (494)
6. Big Spring (982)
DISTRICT 7-1A, DIV. II
1. Albany (142.5)
2. Hamlin (142)
The Sweetwater Kiwanis Club and Sweetwater Lake & Marina will be holding a Kids Fishing Tournament on Saturday, July 20 for children ages 3-16.
The fishing tournament will be held from 8-10:30 a.m. at the Lake Sweetwater boat ramp, with lunch and prizes to follow.
Participants can pre-register for the event at the Sweetwater Lake & Marina or register on the morning of the tournament.
For more information and entry fee prices, interested persons should call (325) 235-1223.