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Sweetwater residents accept 'Ice Bucket Challenge'

August 27, 2014

You may have heard about the "Ice Bucket Challenge," which has been sweeping the nation for the past few weeks. Even in Sweetwater, dozens of people of all ages have accepted the frigid task in the hopes of spreading awareness about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
The challenge is simple: one must donate at least $100 to the ALS Foundation, or have a large, frigid bucket of ice water dumped over their head. Upon completing the challenge, that person can nominate others to complete the task.

Family RV will serve as sponsor for 10th annual Sammy Baugh Classic

August 27, 2014

Starting on Thursday, the high school football season will officially kick off in Sweetwater when the 10th annual Sammy Baugh Classic starts a three-day, three-game run at Mustang Bowl.
Grape Creek and Haskell meet Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Classic opener. On Friday, Sweetwater hosts Lubbock High with kickoff also set for 7:30 p.m. The Classic will then conclude its run Saturday when a pair of Class 6A schools — Lubbock Coronado and Weatherford — meet in an afternoon game at 3 p.m.

Wednesday's local weather

August 27, 2014

Today will be mostly sunny with a high near 96. Winds will be from the east at 5 to 10 mph.
Expect partly cloudy skies tonight, with a low around 74 and east-southeast winds around 10 mph. After 1 a.m., we'll have 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.
Learn more at weather.gov.

APPLAUSE music series coming to Sweetwater

August 26, 2014

Jim and Marjorie Wilks are welcomed by Richard Smola (Board President, far right) as the first members of the new Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium APPLAUSE music series.
This series, which will run from October 2014 to May 2015, includes five great shows. Anyone interested in joining can contact the Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce for more details.

Outstanding citizens, business nominations being taken until Friday

August 26, 2014

It's that time again to nominate the 2014 Outstanding Young Citizen, Outstanding Female Citizen, Outstanding Male Citizen and Business of the Year.

Commission leaves burn ban in place, mulls financial decisions

August 26, 2014

A lack of rain across Nolan County has forced the local commissioners court to leave the current burn ban in place.
More precipitation is needed, said members of the commission at Monday's meeting, before the panel can consider repealing the ban. The issue will be revisited at the group's next regular session.
A request was made by Precinct 2 Commissioner Terry Locklar to purchase a 90-inch contour/packer roller for road construction.

One transport made in wreck

August 26, 2014

Sweetwater Emergency Services transported the driver of the 18-wheeler shown after a wreck after 6 a.m. on Tuesday morning on FM 608, between Roscoe and Highland school.
The driver was unresponsive and was transported to Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital in guarded condition. The truck was carrying dry cement at the time of the crash.

Local weather for Tuesday

August 26, 2014

Today will be mostly sunny with a high near 97. Winds will be from the south around 5 mph, shifting to the east in the afternoon.
Expect partly cloudy conditions tonight, with a low around 74 and east-southeast winds at 5 to 10 mph.
Visit weather.gov to learn more.

First day of school for SISD

August 25, 2014

Students at Sweetwater Independent School District campuses, as well as Highland ISD and Blackwell ISD, began classes today for the 2014-2015 school year.
Shown is Tonya Casto’s first grade class putting up their backpacks before class.
Find more photos on Page 1 of Monday's edition.

Jim Wilks named President of Texas Lions Camp

August 25, 2014

Jim Wilks of Sweetwater was elected President of Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville during the camp’s Aug. 2 annual board meeting.

Local forecast for Monday

August 25, 2014

Today will be sunny with a high near 97. Winds will be from the south-southwest at 10 to 15 mph.
Expect mostly clear skies tonight, with a low around 74 and south-southeast winds at 5 to 15 mph.
Learn more at weather.gov.

Community Captains donate school supplies

August 22, 2014

The Sweetwater Community Captains recently hosted a school supply drive and collected enough supplies and money to give backpacks and supplies to students in grades Kindergarten through fifth grade. The supplies will be distributed to Sweetwater schools to be given to students in need. Shown above are (front) Lesleigh Hodges, Nick Williams, Aaron Morrison, Nicole Morrison, (back) Sweetwater ISD Superintendent Terry Pittman and Sweetwater ISD Assistant Superintendent Kathy Smartt.

Drivers Beware: School is back in session

August 22, 2014

School resumes Monday for most area schools, including Sweetwater Independent School District (SISD).
With that in mind, Sweetwater Police Chief Brian Frieda has a warning for motorists: "driver's beware."
"We've new kids coming into to Southeast (Elementary), we've got parents who will be delivering kids to Southeast for the first time," Frieda said. "There's a lot of one-ways hidden around various schools. You have to remember, school zones that are not on the state highway system do not have flashing yellow lights.

Blood drive in Sweetwater planned for Sept. 3

August 22, 2014

A community blood drive will be held at First Financial Bank in Sweetwater on Wednesday, Sept. 3. The Meek Blood Center bloodmobile will accept donations from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m.
"We are asking donors to please remember that the need for blood is constant. Even the regular of blood donors get busy in the summer with vacations and other activities and forget to donate blood. Blood donation only takes about an hour, and that hour could give someone else a lifetime," said Frances Baker, donor recruiter for Meek Blood Center.

Eleven units respond to grass fire

August 22, 2014

Firefighters battled a grass fire on CR 238 near CR 181 in the southwest part of Nolan County on Thursday. The blaze was started by a faulty electrical line going to a pump jack and burned approximately 20 acres.

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