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July 31st, 2013

Wednesday's local weather

July 31, 2013

Today will be sunny and hot with a high near 100, although heat index values could get as high as 103. Winds will be from the south-southwest around 5 to 10 mph, shifting to the north-northeast in the afternoon.
Expect partly cloudy skies tonight, with a low around 76 and northeast winds around 5 mph. After midnight, winds will become south-southeastern winds.
How long is the triple-digit heat here in the area? Find out at weather.gov.

July 30th

Wally Funk visits WASP Museum

July 30, 2013

The WASP Museum in Sweetwater recently received some special visitors when Wally Funk visited the museum with two of her flight students, Patty Herbel and Christi Yong.
"I just wanted to bring the girls with me so that we could visit the museum," said Funk.
Wally Funk has been flying professionally since 1957 and she has accumulated over 18,000 hours of flying time. "I have known about 120 WASPs in my 55 years of flying, so this is like homecoming for me," she said.

Linn David Taylor

July 30, 2013

Services for Linn David Taylor, 51, of New Braunfels, will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at Highland Heights United Methodist Church in Sweetwater with Rev. Don Boren officiating. Interment will follow at the Sweetwater Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater.
Visitation will be held Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, from 6-8 p.m. at McCoy Funeral Home.
Taylor died on Saturday, July 27, 2013, as a result of a motorcycle accident at University Hospital in San Antonio.

Tuesday's local weather forecast

July 30, 2013

Today will be mostly sunny and hot with a high near 101, although heat index values will be as high as 104. Winds will be from the south at 10 to 20 mph.
We'll also have a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms throughout the day before 8 p.m. Otherwise, expect partly cloudy conditions, with a low around 76 and south-southeast winds from 5 to 15 mph.
Visit weather.gov to learn more.

July 29th

Two major wrecks Monday, one fatal

July 29, 2013

One person was killed in a one vehicle crash at 10:30 a.m. on Monday in Nolan County.  The crash occurred on State Highway 70, 1.7 miles south of Mile Post 324, east of Sweetwater.

Technical college faces questions and a Paradigm Shift

July 29, 2013

SWEETWATER — Striking a tone that has become increasingly fashionable among Texas politicians, House Speaker Joe Straus urged his fellow lawmakers at the outset of this year’s legislative session to “expand opportunity in Texas this session by improving coordination among high schools, community and technical colleges and the private sector so that no young person feels destined to spend life drifting from one low-skilled, minimum-wage job to the next.”

USDA announces policy change for CRP emergency grazing

July 29, 2013

Nolan County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Dennis Cumbie announced that the Texas FSA State Committee revised a Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) emergency grazing policy that limited eligibility on acres grazed in previous fiscal years.
Based on a revised policy decision made by the Texas FSA State Committee, CRP acres grazed during fiscal year 2011 or 2012 will be considered eligible for emergency grazing if NRCS verifies, on a case-by-case basis, that the conservation cover will sustain grazing.

Nolan County TxDOT employees honored with service awards

July 29, 2013

Local employees of the Texas Department of Transportation were recently honored for their years of service to the agency.
Elmer Green Jr. (shown), an engineering technician for the Nolan County maintenance office, was recognized for his 25 years of service to the department.
Cammy Guelker, office manager and John Scifres, a transportation technician, each were honored for 15 years of service.

Michelle Elaine Brown

July 29, 2013

Funeral services for Michelle Elaine Brown, 50, of Rotan and formerly of Sweetwater, will be held on Friday, August 2, 2013 at 4th and Elm Church of Christ with Rev. Robert Carey officiating. Interment will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater.
A wake will be held on Thursday, August 1, 2013, at 7 p.m. at McCoy Funeral Home.
Brown died Friday, July 26, 2013 in Rotan.
She was born on December 3, 1962 in Sweetwater. She was married in Sweetwater.

John E. Dever, Jr.

July 29, 2013

Graveside services for John E. Dever, Jr., 80, of Lubbock, will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 29, 2013 in the Abernathy Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Abell Funeral Home and Flower Shop of Abernathy.
Mr. Dever died Thursday, July 25, 2013, in Lubbock.

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