Hundreds of U.S. military personnel stationed overseas this Christmas season will receive some holiday cheer from area residents, thanks to a â€śgreatâ€ť response to the just-concluded Howard County's Christmas for Our Troops drive, organizers said.
Debbie Burrow, who led the drive, said almost 500 packages filled with holiday goodies, Christmas cards, toiletries and other items were mailed out this week.
Those items, plus the money to buy even more package-stuffers, were supplied by very generous Howard County residents, Burrow said.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ DARRYL LEE MILLER, 37, of 710 Pine, was arrested Thursday on a warrant for theft of service â€“ more than $500 and less than $1,500.
â€˘ LAPAUL ERIC SCAGGS, 36, of 510 S. Benton, was arrested Thursday on a charge of disorderly conduct â€“ language.
â€˘ THEFT was reported:
In the area of Kay Road.
In the 3300 block of E. FM 700.
â€˘ ASSAULT was reported in the 800 block of W. Eighth Street.
â€˘ BURGLARY OF A HABITATION was reported in the 1300 block of Lexington.
J. Juanita Bryant, 84, of Big Spring, Texas, went to be with the Lord on Dec. 4, 2012. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel with Doris Haynes officiating. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Park.
She was born in Loraine, Texas, on Dec. 1, 1928, to Clem and Cora Wilkerson. She married the love of her life, J. Weldon Bryant, on Aug. 9, 1974, and both were faithful members of First Baptist Church in Big Spring, where she sang in the senior adult choir.
Juanan L. Osborn, 92, of Big Spring died Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at her residence. Her services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Stephen "Steve" Johnson, 51, of Forsan died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Odessa. His services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
MONAHANS â€” Yaneira Tuitt banked 15 points as well as 10 rebounds and five blocks and Chellsie Clay added 11 points, four rebounds and three assists to guide the Lady Steers to a 39-24 tournament-opening win over Kermit.
BSHS (8-5) resumes play today in Monahans.
LAMESA â€” The Steers (4-5) will kick off their tournament today against Odessa Permian at 1:30 p.m. The Steers are coming off back-to-back overtime wins against San Angelo Lake View.
GAIL â€” The Buffaloes (4-1) pummeled New Home 48-18 in their first game in the Borden County Tournament.
A Big Spring man received three 30-year prison sentences after being convicted of child sexual abuse Wednesday.
Hector Manuel Gonzales Jr., 33, of 3730 Adams St., was assessed the sentences â€” along with a $10,000 fine â€” at the end of a two-day trial in 118th District Court.
He will serve the sentences concurrently. Under state law, he will not become eligible for parole until he has been in prison at least 15 years.
For the 26th consecutive year, First Church of the Nazarene will give visitors a step-by-step account of the birth, life and death of Jesus â€” all from the comfort of their automobiles.
FCN's annual Drive-Through Nativity, which annually draws thousands of visitors from across West Texas, will be held Friday through Sunday at the church, located at 1400 Lancaster.
Event times are from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. each night. Admission is free, although donations (which go toward future Nativity expenses) will be accepted.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ ROSHUN DONISHA VANDERBILT-MCGEE, 17, of 104 W. 24th St., was arrested Wednesday on charges of failure to maintain financial responsibility, expired registration, violation of driver's license restriction and driving without a safety belt.
RANGER â€” The Hawks remained perfect on the season as Howard College defeated Ranger College 84-70 Wednesday.
The 10-0 Hawks started slow, according to Head Coach Mark Adams, but picked up the pace when it was needed.
â€śIt was an important game for us against a very good Ranger team,â€ť Adams said. â€śIt was a hostile environment and we were down at halftime. They played really hard the second half and found a way to win.â€ť
Adams appreciated the test as the Hawks prepare for a tough conference schedule.