February 13th, 2013
Today's forecast is shaping up to be sunny with a high near 59. Winds will be from the west-southwest at 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight, expect clear skies with a low around 33, with south-southwest winds at 5 to 10 mph.
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Residents living in and around the Sweetwater community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. First United Methodist Church, located at 309 Cedar Street in Sweetwater, will host Life Line Screening on Saturday.
Heino Erichsen from The Woodlands participated in a Life Line Screening event in January of 2009 and learned that he had an abdominal aortic aneurism and a blockage of his carotid artery. He writes, "Thank you for saving my life!"
Four key points every person needs to know:
Local Girl Scout Troops have been supporting the deployed troops overseas.
All donations collected at the booth cookie sales are going towards buying cookies to be shipped out of Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, to then be shipped to troops overseas. Those who want to support the Girl Scouts and deployed troops can buy cookies and make a donation at booth sales.
An 18-wheeler carrying boxes of Angry Bird gummie candies wrecked on the West Interchange on Interstate 20 Tuesday morning.
Many of the sweet treats were spread across I-20, opened from hundreds of pouches, thrown out of their packaged boxes from the wreck.
The cause of the wreck is unknown. The road was wet from a slight drizzle.
During the Nolan County Commissioners meeting on Monday, approval was given to pay for the scanning of 62 deed record books to the company Scantiva from the records management fund.
According to Pat McGowan, the county clerk, 36,977 images were scanned. The county has been utilizing the work of Scantiva for some time, continuing with the recently completed work of the 62 books being digitized.
A fifty-percent discount was given to the county, bringing the fee to around $6,000. At this time, the records management fund has around $36,000 available.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 146 calls for service, issued 18 citations and made 12 arrests from Feb. 8-10, 2013.
The SPD received 43, 911 calls.
â€¢ 800 block of E. Arizona.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Duty upon striking â€”Â 1400 block of Hughes.
â€¢ Burglary of a building â€”Â 1200 block of W. Broadway.
â€¢ Burglary of a habitation with the intent to commit a felony â€”Â 500 block of E. Fourth.
â€¢ Theft â€”Â 900 block of Lamar.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Zamardrick Walker, 19 â€” Engaging in organized crime.
â€¢ Shamar Williams, 24 â€” City warrants.
You might think that the only local connection the Sweetwater girlsâ€™ basketball team has to Fort Stockton â€” which will be facing the Lady Mustangs in a Class 3A bi-district playoff at 6:30 p.m. today at Sonora â€” is that the schools were 4A district rivals for many years back in the â€˜80s and â€˜90s.
But it turns out that the Sweetwater-Fort Stockton connection is much closer, because the Prowlersâ€™ head coach has local ties.
Vic Ivy is now in his third year as head girls coach at Fort Stockton.
WINTERS â€” Defense has been a strength for this yearâ€™s Roscoe girls basketball team, and the Plowgirls were solid again in that area when the team faced Sterling City in a Class 1A, Division II bi-district matchup on Monday.
However, Sterling City was able to effectively shut down Roscoeâ€™s offense â€” especially in the final two quarters â€” enough to pull out a 32-29 victory and end the Plowgirlsâ€™ year.
The Sweetwater, High-land and Roscoe boys basketball teams wrap up their regular seasons today.
Sweetwater and Roscoe are through after today, but Highland is advancing to the playoffs which get started next week.
Sweetwater hosts Green-wood and Roscoe will enter-tain Westbrook. Both the Mustangs and Plowboys are 2-7 in their districts (4-3A and 13-A, respectively).
Highland (7-2) will play host to first-place Ira (9-0) in its finale.
The 2013 softball season officially starts today for Sweetwater High School as its varsity and JV will host Colorado City at 4:30 and 6 p.m., respectively.
Sweetwater is coming off a season where it made the playoffs for the first time since 1997. The basketball playoffs will delay the start of the season for a few players. Tony Heredia will make his Sweetwater coaching debut today, though he was also the head coach for three seasons at Sweetwater from 2002-04.