March 8th, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) â€” The largest solar storm in five years was due to arrive on Earth early Thursday, promising to shake the globeâ€™s magnetic field while expanding the Northern Lights.
The storm started with a massive solar flare earlier in the week and grew as it raced outward from the sun, expanding like a giant soap bubble, scientists said. When it strikes, the particles will be moving at 4 million mph.
â€śItâ€™s hitting us right in the nose,â€ť said Joe Kunches, a scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder, Colo.
Bruce Thomas, 63, of Big Spring died Monday, March 5, 2012, at Midland Memorial Hospital. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Howard College vs. Weatherford College, Region V junior college tournament, 2 p.m., Rip Griffin Center, Lubbock Christian University.
Big Spring High School Varsity Tournament (Steers vs. Monahans, 7 p.m.), Steer Park.
Big Spring High School Varsity Tournament (Steers vs. Levelland, 7 p.m.), Steer Park.
Frank Phillips College at Howard College (DH), 1 p.m.
Big Spring at Snyder tournament, times TBA.
Coahoma at Crane, 6:30 p.m.
Forsan at Lamesa, 6:30 p.m.
Think you have what it takes to be a storm spotter?
Area residents can find out Thursday night, as the National Weather Service will present its annual Skywarn class at 7 p.m. at the City Council Chambers â€” located at 307 E. Fourth St.
While the Crossroads area enjoyed a rather tame severe weather season last year, officials with the National Weather Service say the Boy Scout mantra is one to live by: Always be prepared.
A half-million-dollar grant could have McMahon-Wrinkle Airpark closer to playing with the big boys, and have a direct impact on Big Spring and the Crossroads area.
Airpark Manager Jim Little confirmed that the Texas Transportation Division has awarded a $500,000 grant to construct a fuel farm at the airpark.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ FRANCISCO GENE REYES, 20, of 125 Jonesboro Rd., was arrested Tuesday on a charge of possession of marijuana â€“ two ounces or less.
â€˘ THEFT was reported in the 3200 block of Avenue C.
â€˘ CRIMINAL MISCHIEF was reported:
In the 600 block of E. 12th Street.
In the 900 block of Nolan Street.
The Howard County Sheriffâ€™s Office reported the following activity:
Note â€” Officials with the Howard County Jail reported having 63 inmates at the time of this report.
Ioma Shaw, 82, of Big Spring died Monday, March 5, 2012, in a Midland hospital. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 9, 2012, at the 14th and Main Church of Christ with Rick Cunningham officiating. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8, 2012, at the funeral home.
Sammie Estelle Meeks, 72, of Big Spring died Saturday, March 3, 2012, at her residence. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 10, 2012, at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel with the Rev. Ken McMeans officiating. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, March 9, 2012, at the funeral home.
Mickie Sue Haynes, 66, of Big Spring died Tuesday, March 6, 2012, in a local hospital. Her services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
A quartet of Big Spring High School basketball players received first team recognition on the All-District 5-3A team which was announced this week.
Seniors Cerbi Ritchey and Bridgette Tuitt were named to the girls first team, while senior Marc Segundo and junior Chazzell Robertson were named to the boys first team.
Ritchey and Tuitt were mainstays on a BSHS squad that finished third in District 5-3A and advanced to the second round of the state playoffs.