February 21st, 2013
February is American Heart Month to observe this occasion Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital will be at the Sweetwater-Nolan County Health Department (SNCHD), located at 301 E. 12th, on Thursday, Feb. 21, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. to offer free cholesterol screenings. There will be pamphlets and information available on cholesterol.
We'll see sunny skies today with a high near 62, but we'll also have windy conditions. Winds will be from the southwest at 25 to 30 mph, increasing to 30 to 35 mph in the morning. Patchy blowing dust is expected after 1 p.m. and gusts could be as high as 50 mph.
Tonight, expect mostly clear skies with a low around 29 and breezy. Winds from the west-southwest at 20 to 25 mph will change to northern winds at 10 to 15 mph in the evening. Gusts could top out at 30 mph.
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Here are three basic muffin recipes that we teach here at TSTC Culinary. They are very easy, and you can make them any flavor you like simply by adding any of the following:
Pumpkin puree with pumpkin pie spices
They are nicer if you sprinkle the top with a course sugar before you bake them----gives them a crunch and a sparkle.
Hint: Cake flour makes these really light and fluffy!
Basic Muffin Recipe
Sweetwater Animal Control currently has four dogs available for adoption.
Available for adoption is a male labrador mix puppy, a male terrier mix, a female chihuahua mix and a male chihuahua-pug mix.
According to Sweetwaterâ€™s animal control officer, Don Kite, animals that are picked up are kept for a minimum of three days, but he tries to keep them from a week to 10 days.
Dogs and cats are available for adoption for a $15 fee and the cost of getting the pet vaccinated for rabies.
The pets are required to have their vaccination before they leave to their new homes.
The annual Sweetwater Jaycees Miss Snake Charmer Scholarship Pageant is a time where young ladies from throughout the Big Country come together to compete for scholarship money. At last year's pageant, the theme for the night was Wings Across America in honor of the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots).
The annual pageant will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at the Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium. The pageant is open to all girls between the ages of 16-19 who live within a 75 mile radius of Sweetwater.
The Highland girls basketball team posed with its trophy on Tuesday after beating Water Valley, 40-32, in a Class 1A, Division II regional quarterfinal playoff game in Ballinger.
The win sends the Lady Hornets into the regional semifinals where they will play Baird at 7 p.m. Friday in Abilene.
The Highland boys lost their bi-district game to Robert Lee, 37-22, in Ballinger in the second half of Tuesdayâ€™s doubleheader.
See stories on both games in the Sports section on the website or in Page 7 of today's print edition.
The Sweetwater Independent School District (SISD) Board of Trustees approved an increase to the student travel meal allowance during their meeting held on Monday night at the Administration Building.
With the current prices standing at $5 for a day trip and $6 per meal on an overnight trip, the district's meal allowance can barely keep up with the rising costs to pay for a standard meal. Thus, a dollar increase to both prices was proposed.
While in its early stages, preliminary concept plans for a new Police Station were presented during the February meeting of the Sweetwater City Commission by Police Chief Brian Frieda.
As a result of available capital improvement funds, it was announced at the December 2012 meeting that a contract was signed by the city with Wiginton Hooker Jeffry Architects, P.C. for work to be done on a police station. Since that time, the architects have constructed a concept plan for the city.
Mary Etta Oâ€™Donald, 94, passed away Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at Hendrick Medical Center.Â Services will be at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Roby Church of Christ with Darrell â€śSpeedyâ€ť Hart officiating.Â Burial will follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Sweetwater, directed by Abilene Funeral Home.Â Viewing will be Thursday from noon until service time at the church in Roby.
Mrs. Oâ€™Donald was born Sept. 7, 1918, in Fisher County, Texas to the late Watson Mann and Martha Cary McCain.Â She was a member of the Roby Church of Christ.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 35 calls for service, issued one citation and made one arrest on Feb. 18, 2013.
The SPD received 46, 911 calls.
â€˘ 900 block of Neff.
â€˘ 900 block of Lamar.
â€˘ 100 block of Musgrove.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Criminal trespass â€”Â 1200 block of Ragland.
â€˘ Assault â€”Â 100 block of Industrial.
â€˘ Theft â€”Â 100 block of E Fourth.
â€˘ Unattended death â€”Â 800 block of E Thirteenth.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Female juvenile, 16 â€” Violate terms of release.