Mayor asks community to pray for rain

Sweetwater Mayor Greg Wortham is encouraging citizens to join him this Sunday in praying for much-needed rain.At the Sweetwater City Commission meeting on Tuesday morning at City Hall, Mayor Wortham read a proclamation in which he is declaring Sunday as "A Day of Prayer for Rain".The document outlined the need of rain within West Texas, which has been proven by the low lake levels. Additionally, the lack of rain has shown to be a fire hazard as wildfires have resulted in the area.The proclamation stated that the drought can be overcome through God's help. Thus, Wortham concluded, everyone is welcome to pray in their churches and homes on Sunday for the "heavenly gift" of rain.And at the state level, Sunday will also kick off a week-long observance, as Texas Governor Rick Perry has proclaimed April 14-20 as Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.During the local meeting on Tuesday, the City Commission recognized the 911 and dispatch personnel of the Sweetwater Police Department. Brian Frieda, the Sweetwater Chief of Police, praised the "tireless efforts" of those who serve in this capacity, calling it an "overlooked position".One member of this group, Cory Stroman, was in attendance at the meeting. Recognition was given to Stroman as well as Yolanda Sadler, Carla Hebert, Belindia Seale, and Andrea Rivera.