The Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce announced its Lighting Contest Winners. They are as follows:
North of Broadway and East of Hailey:
First Place: Crystal Meneses (Anna and George Underwood) at 1419 Edgewood.
Second Place: Chris Hamlin at 1001 Lou Ave.
North of Broadway and West of Hailey:
First Place: Antonio Padilla at 1110 Crane Street
Second Place: Buddy and Minnie Cortez at 904 Elm Street.
South of Broadway and East of Lamar:
First Place: Debra & John Soto 507 East New Mexico
Second Place: Donna DeLaCruz/Samantha Dent.
South of Broadway and West of Lamar:
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) is currently in the process of reviewing options for a new in-car video system. According to Sweetwater Police Chief Brian Frieda, the system currently used is in need of replacement due to a shortened shelf life due to the impact felt on the electronics when riding over train tracks.
Sweetwater received a slight amount of snow on Thursday evening and early Friday morning, making it the first snow for 2013 and covering Sweetwater neighborhoods with a hint of white.
Today's forecast is mostly cloudy, with a high near 39. South wind is expected to be around 10 mph, according to the national Weather Service in San Angelo.
The Nolan County Soil and Water Conservation District is offering low-cost Afghan Pine seedlings and wildlife packets for spring planting. These trees can be used to establish windbreaks and for protective screens.
They will be taking orders through Feb. 1, 2013. There is a limited supply so place your order soon.
For more information on ordering these seedlings, contact the Nolan County SWCD at 325-235-4485 ext. 116 or e-mail them at email@example.com.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 50 calls for service, issued no citations and made two arrests on Jan. 2, 2013.
The SPD received 17, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â¢ Criminal mischief âÂ 1300 block of E. Broadway.
â¢ Theft of firearm âÂ 1400 block of Grand.
â¢ Theft âÂ 2200 block of E. Broadway.
â¢ Family violence assault âÂ 1600 block of Josephine.
â¢ Theft âÂ 400 block of NE Georgia.
Arrested by SPD:
â¢ Charlie Sifford, 34 â Criminal trespassing/theft.
â¢ Vicky Lynn Jeffries, 51 â Driving while license invalid.
Bertha Mae âPreciousâ Staten 59, of Sweetwater passed away on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at her residence.
She was a longtime employee of Walls Industrial, Sweetwater Retirement Center and Sweetwater ISD.
A wake will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at McCoy Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Frankie Santiago, Rev. Jerry Jordan, Rev. Tommy Jackson, Rev. Robert Carey and Rev. Homer Reddic officiating. Interment will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Sweetwater girls at Big Spring (district openers) â JV at 5 p.m., varsity at 6:15 p.m., freshmen at 7:30 p.m.
Roscoe JV and varsity girls at Hermleigh (district openers), 5 and 6:15 p.m.
Highland varsity girls at Westbrook (district opener), 6:30 p.m.
Highland varsity boys host Paint Creek, 6:30 p.m.
Blackwell JV boys and varsity teams host Robert Lee starting at 5 p.m.
The start of a new year means the high school bas-ketball season is about to enter the critical stage.
Thatâs certainly true for Nolan County as girls teams from Sweetwater, Highland and Roscoe all begin district play tonight.
Sweetwater (14-9) plays at Big Spring (11-10) start-ing at 6:15 p.m. It will be the first game of 2013 for the Lady Mustangs, who have been idle since going 2-2 at the Slaton tournament this past weekend.
Sweetwater opened the tournament with victories over Tahoka (52-30) and Petersburg (48-33), but lost to Slaton 49-32 and Whitharral 44-22 in its last two games.
On Thursday, Sweetwa-terâs Mustangs began 2013 by beating Coahoma for their sixth straight win. And as the final 66-37 score will attest, it wasnât close.
The wintry weather is here and today we have a 20% chance of light snow before noon. Otherwise, we'll have mostly cloudy skies with a high near 40 and southern winds at 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low around 27. Winds will be from the south-southwest at 10 mph.
The weekend is shaping up to offer highs in the mid-50s and lows just under the freezing mark in the high 20s. Get a preview of the entire outlook at weather.gov.