Today will be mostly sunny with a high near 75. Winds will be from the south-southwest at 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Tonight, expect partly cloudy skies with a low around 42. Winds will be from the south-southwest around 5 mph and after midnight, they will come from the north-northeast.
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Oven baked polenta is a great hassle-free way to enjoy this hearty Italian side dish. Â This version with classic winter flavors of sage and nutmeg is comforting and aromatic, vibrant enough to serve along grilled sausages and game, subtle enough to serve with braised short ribs or osso buco. Â To make it even easier, substitute canned pumpkin for the butternut.
2 Tbsp butter, divided
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 small butternut squash Â (big enough to yield about 1.5 cups)
4 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup stone-ground cornmeal polenta (not instant or pre-cooked polenta)
Sweetwater High School Sophomore Colten Scott was recently named as the 2012-2013 HOBYÂ Leadership Ambassador and Sandra Garcia was selected as the HOBY Leadership Ambassador alternate for the upcoming Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar held annually in El Paso, Texas.
These students were selected on their outstanding written and oral skills, character and leadership abilities. The HOBY Leadership seminar focuses on providing outstanding high school students with an unparalleled opportunity to make a difference in today's world.
Santa stopped in to check on all the good boys and girls at Sweetwater Christian School. Pictured with their donations to Sweetwater Goodfellows are Kaydence Tilly, Makenzie Norman, Halley Nixon, Santa, Reece Kidd, Brady Kilgore and Amare Arrevlo.
The Sweetwater Goodfellows distribution will be from 9-11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, at the Lamar Street Baptist Church recreation building at 513 Lamar Street.
A Christmas party with Santa will follow distribution for the children from 3:45-4:45 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, at Lamar Street Baptist Church (only for families with children).
Shannon Clinic is excited to announce that it will be expanding its services to the Sweetwater market next year. Shannon has reached an agreement with Rolling Plains Rural Health Clinic to join the Shannon Clinic organization. The agreement will be effective March 1, 2013. It will include the addition of seven providers to Shannon Clinic along with the existing Rolling Plains Clinic building which will be re-branded with the Shannon Clinic name.
The providers joining Shannon Clinic include:
â€¢ Frederick Kassis, M.D. â€“ Internal Medicine;
â€¢ George Lindsey, D.O. â€“ Family Practice;
The West Texas Childrenâ€™s Advocacy Center and Doug Sitter State Farm are taking donations of toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste, mouthwash, etc.) for the families served by the WTCAC this year.
Donations will be taken at the Doug Sitter State Farm office, located at 208 Lamar Street through Thursday, Dec. 19, and then the center will be distributing them to the families for Christmas.
Donations can also be dropped off at the West Texas Children's Advocacy Center, located at 317 Oak Street.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 41 calls for service, issued no citations and made two arrests on Dec. 3, 2012.
The SPD received 37, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Criminal mischief â€”Â 600 block of E Third.
â€¢ Robbery â€”Â 1800 block of E Broadway.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ James Hand, 47 â€” Public intoxication/resisiting/criminal mischief/terroristic threat to public servant.
â€¢ Robert McBride, 20 â€” Assault family violence impede breath/circulation.
THURSDAY, DEC. 6
Sweetwater varsity girls and boys at Stanton tournament through Saturday, Dec. 8.
Highland varsity girls and boys will host Hilltop Classic through Saturday, Dec. 8.
Roscoe varsity girls and boys will play at Highlandâ€™s Hilltop Classic through Saturday, Dec. 8.
Blackwell varsity girls and boys will play at Highlandâ€™s Hilltop Classic through Saturday, Dec. 8.
FRIDAY, DEC. 7
Sweetwater freshman and JV boys host Breckenridge, 5:30 and 7 p.m.
Sweetwater 7th and 8th grade boys â€˜Bâ€™ teams host tournament through Saturday, Dec. 8.
SATURDAY, DEC. 8
(Sweetwater varsity girls, boys)
9 a.m. â€” Lamesa vs. Midland Classical (Game 1)
Noon â€” Tahoka vs. Midland Christian (Game 3)
3 p.m. â€” Sweetwater vs. Coahoma (Game 5)
6 p.m. â€” Greenwood JV vs. Stanton (Game 7)
10:30 a.m. â€” Coahoma vs. Tahoka (Game 2)
1:30 p.m. â€” Sands vs. Sweetwater (Game 4)
4:30 p.m. â€” Permian JV vs. Midland High JV (Game 6)
7:30 p.m. â€” Midland Classical vs. Stanton (Game 8)
9 a.m. â€” Game 5 loser vs. Game 7 loser (Game 13)
Noon â€” Game 1 loser vs. Game 3 loser (Game 9)
Sweetwater High Schoolâ€™s basketball teams made the short trip to Merkel on Tuesday and lost both ends of their doubleheader.
Merkel girls 55, Sweetwater girls 19
Merkel, ranked No. 1 in Class 2A, defeated Sweet-water (7-6) for the second time in five days. The Lady Badgers won 47-33 when the teams met last Friday at Ballingerâ€™s three-day tour-nament in a game Sweetwa-ter led at halftime. But it was never a contest this time as Merkel (14-0) led 14-4, 31-8 and 45-12 at the breaks.