May 3rd, 2013
The first playoff trip for Sweetwater High Schoolâ€™s baseball squad since 2004 is lengthy as the team goes to Crane High School to play Fabens in a best-of-3 bi-district series. Game 1 starts at 5 p.m. today, with Game 2 at 2 p.m. Saturday. Game 3, if necessary, gets started 30 minutes after the end of the second game.
It was a long road just to get here. After narrowly missing the playoffs a year ago, Sweetwater (15-13) was the district co-champion this season in 4-3A, where a single game separated the districtâ€™s top four teams.
Looks like we're in for a warm-up today, with a high near 65 and sunny skies. Winds will be from the west-northwest around 10 mph.
Tonight, expect mostly clear skies and a low around 43, with south-southwestern winds at 5 to 10 mph.
This weekend will continue to bring in warm temperatures, with highs in the mid-70s and lows ranging from the upper 40s and low 50s. Winds, however, will continue to remain from the north.
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Lulu's Super Mercado in Sweetwater is helping to paint the town purple this week with their building dĂ©cor and specials going on in the store.
Any $5 purchase gets customers a free purple nine ounce drink for coffee, water or soft drinks. The store is also giving away purple ribbons this week and every 100th customer will receive a door prize.
Customers can also make a donation to the American Cancer Society in the store and have their name put on a purple heart to be displayed in the store window.
Shown are employees Adriana Lopez, Patricia Wood and Linda Cano.
The Fire Marshal was in town Monday to inspect the remains of yet another fire, this one in a small wooded area just south of the former nursing home on Cypress and between it and Peppyâ€™s on Main Street.
City employee Eric Acosta was driving on Main Street Sunday about 11 p.m. and happened to notice the blaze. He and another city employee were able to put it out.
The fire appears to have been set. It is the third case of suspected arson to occur in a one block area. The other two are at the McBurnett house at 210 Cypress and the TreviĂ±o home at 211 Cypress.
Members of the Roscoe Fire Department received a page about a structure fire in Roscoe on Wednesday night at about 10:30 p.m., according to Roscoe Fire Chief Gary Armstrong. The Sweetwater Fire Department also responded to the fire.
The structure was on south FM 608, about a half of a mile outside of the Roscoe city limits. When fire fighters arrived at the scene, the structure was fully involved.
The owner of the home is currently in a retirement home and the house was unoccupied at the time of the fire.
During the recent Nolan County Forward Planning committee meeting at the Sweetwater Country Club, the topic of public safety was presented by Sweetwater Chief of Police Brian Frieda.
The meeting allowed for different entities within the county to come together to learn about the potential impact and consequences of the Cline Shale oil development.
Chief Frieda's report was based mostly on his recent conversation with a police chief from North Dakota, as the northern town has also been affected by the Bakken shale development.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 48 calls for service, issued no citations and made three arrests on April 30, 2013.
The SPD received 37, 911 calls.
â€˘ 9000 block of N. I-20.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Criminal mischief â€” 1000 block of View.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Richard Lopez, 55 â€”Â Warrants.
â€˘ Justin Tollison, 21 â€”Â Warrants.
â€˘ Kenedra Hill, 30 â€”Â Warrants.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had nine calls for service, no civil papers served and made three arrests on April 30, 2013.
Arrested by NCSO:
Four more Nolan County athletes have been added to the list of state track qualifiers by the University Interscholastic League.
In Class 3A, Nick Nemir of Sweetwater was announced Wednesday as the ninth, or wild card, qualifier in the boys 300-meter hurdles.
Also, three athletes were added in Class 1A, Division II â€” Matthew Lowry (boys high jump) and Mason Magness (boys pole vault) of Blackwell and Jesus Leanos (boys 3,200-meter run) of Roscoe. The state meet is set for May 10-11 in Austin.
We've made a complete 180 with today's weather, as the high will be 45 with mostly cloudy skies. It will also be windy with northern winds from 30 to 35 mph, gusting up to 45 mph. Chance of rain is 30%.
Tonight, expect partly cloudy skies with a low around 34. North winds will continue at 20 to 25 mph, decreasing to 10 to 25 mph after midnight. Gusts could be up to 35 mph.
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With the onset of spring, you will see a bounty of small zucchini at the farmers markets and grocery stores. When they are young spring squash, they are tender and delicious raw. With this vibrant lemon vinaigrette and other gifts of spring such as verdant herbs and sweet cherub tomatoes, this tastes like spring itself!
2 pounds small zucchini, trimmed
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons finely grated fresh lemon zest
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves