This year's campaign for the Nolan County United Way (NCUW) is "Give Where You Live", which focuses on serving local entities.
Wendy Smartt is the group's Executive Director, and she leads a board of volunteers from the community who hope to impact the community through a caring power. The organization is run solely on pledges.
To donate to the Nolan County United Way, a one-time donation can be given by a payroll deduction or a quarterly basis. These donations allow the NCUW to reach thousands within the county by supporting nine agencies.
The Sweetwater Municipal Band will once again entertain a crowd at the Municipal Auditorium with their annual Christmas concert Thursday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy classic and contemporary Christmas tunes from an experienced group of musicians, along with a new vocalist. Local singer Rebekah Chrismer will perform with the band for the first time for their Christmas concert, and Larissa Place, who sang a few tunes with the band last year, will sing a few with them this year as well.
In an effort to motivate Sweetwater High School students to apply themselves and earn high grades, Texas National Bank has established an award they call â€śGood Grades Pay.â€ť The concept is simple, make the A Honor Roll for a six week period and have your name entered into a drawing to win $50. The pool of names is separated by grade so that one A Honor Roll student from each grade will win $50 for a total give away of $200 every six weeks.
Sweetwater City Manager Eddie Brown gave his report during the December meeting of the City Commission, outlining a variety of issues and upcoming projects.
Due in part to available capital improvement funds, planning is underway for work to be done at the Sweetwater Police Station. A contract was recently signed by the city with Wiginton Hooker Jeffry Architects, P.C.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 159 calls for service, issued 22 citations and made eight arrests from Dec. 14-16, 2012.
The SPD received 71, 911 calls.
â€˘ 1300 block of E 14th.
â€˘ 100 block of NE Georgia.
â€˘ 900 block of Lamar.
â€˘ 1600 block of Santa Fe.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Criminal mischief â€” 200 block of SE Georgia.
â€˘ Family violence assault â€” 300 block of W Alabama.
â€˘ Assault family violence â€” 800 block of San Carlos.
â€˘ Runaway â€” 1600 block of Morris.
â€˘ Terroristic threat â€” 900 block of Lamar.
â€˘ Credit card abuse â€” 200 block of NE Georgia.
Two Sweetwater High School sub-varsity basketball teams kept their unbeaten records intact this past weekend with road wins. Sweetwaterâ€™s JV girls are now 13-0 after winning 39-24 at Graham on Satur-day and the freshman boys are 5-0 after winning 37-28 at Bangs on Friday.
Unseasonably warm weather is in the area for Tuesday, as it will be sunny with a high near 74. Winds will be from the west-southwest at 10 to 15 mph.
Tonight will be mostly clear with a low around 50, with south-southwest winds around 10 mph.
Visit weather.gov to get an early preview of this week's forecast.
Members of the Nolan County Foundation are encouraging non-profit organizations who need financial assistance in select projects to contact the NCF for challenge grants. According to Jerry Riggs, President of the NCF, the Board recently met to discuss on-going projects and to see out other identified projects that could qualify for funding. Two recent challenge grants of $5,000 each were awarded to the Girl Scouts of America, Camp Boothe Oaks and the SNAP program.
Christmas is a special time and many people show their pride by lighting their yards and homes. The Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce wants to reward the best of the best.
The Chamber will be sponsoring the annual residential lighting contest for the Sweetwater and Roscoe communities. A group of judges will drive around town Dec. 17-19, to judge all homes entered in the contest with Christmas decorations and lights on display.
Eljen Technology in Sweetwater is beginning to make a real mark on the world of radiation detection with its advances in plastic scintillation material. The company, a subsidiary of Ludlum Measurements, was recently recognized as a collaborator on a project that was named one of the R&D 100 for 2012.
The R&D 100 Awards is a list of the top 100 research and development projects named annually by the R&D Magazine, a research and development publication that serves research scientists, engineers, and technical staff members at laboratories worldwide.