January 4th, 2013
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.
Thatâ€™s 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-terâ€™s Mustangs began 2013 by beating Coahoma for their sixth straight win. And as the final 66-37 score will attest, it wasnâ€™t 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.
Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital welcomed the 2013 New Year Baby on at 6:55 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 1.
Clarissa Nicholee Martinez weighed eight pounds, four ounces and was 20.25 inches long. She is the daughter of Courtney and Imelda Martinez of Roscoe. She was also welcomed by a brother, Julian Martinez, 3. Grandparents are Martina and Juan Herrera of Roscoe, Melody Martinez of Sweetwater and the late Robert Martinez.
Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital recently implemented a new tobacco-free policy on all campuses, effective Jan. 1, 2013.
Hospital leaders say the new policy reflects the health system's mission, "We are eliminating tobacco-use on our properties to provide a healthy and safe environment for employees, patients and visitors and to promote positive health behaviors," said Donna Boatright, administrator at RPMH.
Residents of Nolan Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Sweetwater celebrated with refreshments, ginger ale and games focused on well wishes for 2013.
Pictured is Ella Sedberry in the spirit of the new year.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 107 calls for service, issued 12 citations and made four arrests from Dec. 31, 2012 to Jan. 1, 2013.
The SPD received 41, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Information â€”Â 500 block of Locust.
â€¢ Theft â€”Â 400 block of NE Georgia.
â€¢ Harassment â€”Â 1200 block of Corral.
â€¢ Unauthorized use of a vehicle â€”Â 1100 block of Locust.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ James Rainey, 23 â€” Warrants.
â€¢ Joshua McQueen, 18 â€” Warrants/disorderly conduct/resisting.
â€¢ Billy Espinoza, 36 â€” Public intoxication.
Sweetwaterâ€™s boys, winners of five straight, will try to stay hot when they start 2013 basketball action by facing Coahoma at 6 p.m. today at Mustang Gym.
The Mustangs (9-7) beat Colorado City 45-42 in their last home game Dec. 18 to start the streak and won all four games at Ansonâ€™s hol-iday tournament that ended on Saturday.
Kaleb Hoover scored 16 points, Rhett Torres 13 and Dylan Bennett 11 in Satur-dayâ€™s 61-53 victory over Merkel in the title game as Sweetwater got some revenge for a loss to Merkel in early December.
The winter weather is definitely here today, with a high near 38 and mostly cloudy skies. Winds will be from the north-northeast around 10 mph.
Tonight will bring some changes, as we'll have a 50% chance of snow after 9 p.m. Accumulations could possibly stand at less than half an inch.
Expect cloudy skies this evening and a low around 27 with northeast winds around 5 mph. After midnight, the winds will shift to the southeast.
Remember the pets, pipes and plants during the freeze and always take caution when traveling through wintry weather! Learn all about the forecast now at weather.gov.