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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Robin Williams was the Most Popular Google Search Term of 2014

December 17, 2014

According to Google, which released a report Tuesday on the top trending terms of the year, the top term overall was "Robin Williams," after the well-known and popular comedian died in August. No. 2 was "World Cup," the global soccer tournament held in Brazil in June. Third on the list was "Ebola," the highly contagious virus.

Archery range moves closer to Sweetwater

December 17, 2014

The archery range which has been located near Lake Trammell for many years has been moved closer to Sweetwater. The range and its maintenance is a cooperative effort between Sweetwater Bow Hunters Association, Sweetwater Jaycees, Sweetwater Roosters, 4H and Nolan County.

Read more in Wednesday's edition.

Coliseum, TNB host open house events

December 17, 2014

The Nolan County Coliseum (shown) and Texas National Bank held their respective Open House events on Tuesday. Refreshments and fellowship were enjoyed by many at the Coliseum, while guests were treated to a performance by Cornerstone Christian School at Texas National Bank.

Find more photos on page 3 of Wednesday's edition.

Mumps: Sweetwater-Nolan County Health Department's monthly focus on diseases

December 17, 2014

Mumps is a contagious disease that is caused by the mumps virus. Mumps typically starts with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite, and is followed by swelling of salivary glands. Anyone who is not immune from either previous mumps infection or from vaccination can get mumps.

Read more in Wednesday's edition.

Wednesday's local weather

December 17, 2014

Today, we'll have a 30 percent chance of showers with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 55. Winds will be from the south-southeast at 10 to 15 mph.
Those mostly cloudy skies will remain tonight, with a low around 44 and south-southeast winds around 10 mph. Winds will shift to the southwest after midnight.
Visit weather.gov to learn more.

Many participate in parade of lights

December 16, 2014

Many businesses, organizations and individuals participated in this year’s Sweetwater Parade of Lights on Monday evening. Sweetwater’s Outstanding Citizens and Business of the Year were parade marshals and Santa finished the parade.

See more photos in today’s edition.

Tuesday's local activities

December 16, 2014

Today, December 16, Doug Sitter State Farm will host the Third Annual Cocoa with Santa.
Residents are invited to visit Santa, enjoy free cookies and cocoa and register to win prizes. The event will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. at Doug Sitter State Farm on Lamar Street.

Local forecast for Tuesday

December 16, 2014

Today will be mostly sunny with a high near 52. Winds will be from the north-northeast at 5 to 10 mph.
Expect mostly cloudy skies tonight, with a low around 42 and southeastern winds at 5 to 10 mph.
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TSTC graduation ceremony tonight

December 15, 2014

(West Texas) – The Texas State Technical College fall graduation ceremony will be held at the Abilene Civic Center on Monday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m.
There will be 155 graduates with 81 graduating with an Associate of Applied Science degree (13 Associate Degree Nursing) and 74 Certificates of Completion will be awarded.
There will be 15 graduates receiving Board of Regents – 4.000 GPA every term; 49 graduates receiving With Honors – 3.500-3.999 Cumulative GPA; 25 Phi Theta Kappa Honors; and seven Wind Energy graduates will receive The Texas Skills Standards Board – Recognized Credential Seal.

Large oil and gas pipeline south of Sweetwater

December 15, 2014

A large Sunoco oil pipeline is being laid, with sites visible on the south side of I-20 towards Roscoe and west of highway 70 south of Sweetwater.
Though contractors at the sites are tight-lipped, the line is likely a part of Sunoco's Permian Express II project, which its website shows is slated to run through Nolan County.

Scout builds flight simulator for WASP Museum

December 15, 2014

When Kyle Brauneck needed to complete a major project in his quest to become an Eagle Scout, he contacted the National WASP WWII Museum.
Museum director Michael Ables had the perfect task in mind: to build a World War II-era flight simulator to be displayed on the exhibit floor in Hangar One.

Read more in Monday's edition.

TSTC nursing students pinned during ceremony

December 15, 2014

The Texas State Technical College-West Texas 2014 vocational nursing class was honored with a pinning ceremony on Friday at First Presbyterian Church in Sweetwater.

Local activities for Monday

December 15, 2014

Today, December 15, Richard Fergeson State Farm will host a Night With Santa event from 4:30-6 p.m.
The public is invited to attend and enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies and take a free photo with Santa. Photos will be printed and given to the families.
Mustang Youth Basketball will hold signups at Rolling Plains Hospital’s conference room (located at the front of the hospital) for the 2015 league from 5:30-7:30 p.m. There will be no late registrations this year.

Monday's local forecast

December 15, 2014

Today will be sunny with a high near 62. Winds will be from the west-northwest at 5 to 15 mph.
Expect mostly clear skies tonight, with a low around 36 and north-northeast winds at 5 to 10 mph.
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Buck's to expand its bar, Sweetwater nightlife

December 13, 2014

Popular Sweetwater eatery Buck's Steaks & Bar-B-Que began work this past week on what will be its second major expansion in under two years.
This time, the restaurant — located at 103 SW Georgia Avenue — will be adding on to its bar and dance floor area, which will more than quadruple the establishment's current tap room occupancy.
Since the completion of the first expansion — which added a room that was partitioned off from the restaurant to accommodate drinking patrons — manager Mike Buckner said business has been booming.

See the full story in our weekend edition.

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