November 23rd, 2012
November is American Diabetes Month, and to acknowledge this Alice Velez from the Diabetic Outreach Program at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital will be at the health department on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 8:30 a.m. until noon to check blood glucose and answer any questions you may have regarding diabetes. Pamphlets and materials will be available.
First Presbyterian Church in Sweetwater is welcoming a new face to their congregation and the community: their pastor.
Pastor Kary Fry from Bronte comes to the church after almost a year of work from the Pastor Nominating Committee. Making up the committee is chairman Ruthann Campbell, Keith Brock, Jeannette Bryant, Buck Cason and Richard Smola.
"We believe that God has led us together in finding Pastor Fry to receive our call," the committee stated. "She has been interviewed and highly approved by our Presbytery Committee on Ministry."
In Sweetwater, several stores opened early to welcome shoppers to their Black Friday sales on Thursday evening. Wal-Mart had three different times for shoppers to take advantage of their sales, as the first kicked off at 8 p.m. on Thursday, followed by a 10 p.m. sale, as well as on 5 a.m. on Friday.
Another local store offering earlier sales was Bealls, with their first year to offer early savings starting on Thanksgiving night at 8 p.m. On Black Friday, they also opened early at 6 a.m. for door-buster sales and will remain open until 9 p.m.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 68 calls for service, issued no citations and made two arrests from Nov. 21-22, 2012.
The SPD received 33, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Unattended death â€”Â 300 block of Poplar.
â€˘Â Burglary of a habitation â€”Â 1000 block of W. 6th.
â€˘Â Counterfeiting â€”Â Sweetwater.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Adam Jacob Aguilar, 17 â€”Â Warrants.
â€˘Â Darrel Mosher, 31 â€”Â Warrants/driving while license invalid.
The Sweetwater FFA chapter competed at the Area II Leadership Development Contest on Saturday, Nov. 17, at Howard Junior College. The chapter was well represented by four teams consisting of 12 members. These students advanced to the Area round of competition by placing in the top two of their event at the district level. Kyle Lambert placed second in Job Interview, advancing to the state contest in Huntsville on Nov. 30.
The Nolan County United Way (NCUW) is promoting their yearly campaign with the theme "Give Where You Live".
Their commitment to serve local entities is spear-headed by Wendy Smart, the Executive Director of the NCUW. Running solely on pledges, a board of volunteers from the community hope to impact the community with a caring power.
To donate to the local United Way, a one-time donation can be given through a payroll deduction or a quarterly basis. Each donation helps thousands of people in the area through nine agencies, who undergo an annual interview process.
Expect clear skies on Sunday with a high near 75. Winds from the south-southwest at 15 to 20 mph could bring gusts as high as 30 mph.
It will be mostly clear tonight, with a low around 47 and south-southwest winds around 15 mph. Gusts will top out at 25 mph.
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On Saturday, it will be sunny with a high near 66. Winds will be from the south at 5 to 15 mph.
Tonight, expect clear skies with a low around 47, and southern winds at 10 to 15 mph. Gusts will be as high as 20 mph.
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Expect sunny skies with a high near 61 on this Black Friday, with north-northeast winds at 15 to 20 mph, decreasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Gusts could be as high as 30 mph.
Tonight will be clear with a low around 34. Winds from the north-northeast will be at 5 mph, shifting to the south after midnight.
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When Black Friday started in the 1960s, as a means to ring in the Christmas shopping season, retailers hoped to move their finances from the â€średâ€ť to the â€śblackâ€ť. But fifty years later, businesses are almost foregoing the original plans and beginning their sales after the Thanksgiving meal on Thursday night.
In Sweetwater, Wal-Mart will have three different times for shoppers to take advantage of their sales, as the first will kick off at 8 p.m. on Thursday, followed by a 10 p.m. sale. At 5 a.m. on Friday, they will once again open their doors to offer even more savings to customers.