April 30th, 2011
G.W. "Bill" Birrell, 89, of Big Spring died Friday, April 29, 2011, in a local nursing home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., May 2, 2011, at Nalley-Pickle Funeral Home Rosewood Chapel with the Rev. Sharon Wiese, pastor of First United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Park with military honors.
The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, May 1, 2011, at the funeral home.
Catherine Leubner of Big Spring and Kirby Dunn of Bowie announce their engagement.
Catherine is the daughter of John and Ruth Leubner of Big Spring and Kirby is the son of Chris and Karla Dunn of Bowie.
She is a 2009 graduate of Big Spring High School and is attending Wayland Baptist University.
The prospective groom is a 2006 graduate of Bowie High School and also attended Wayland Baptist University. He is employed at Harvest Christian Fellowship of Plainview.
The couple will exchange wedding vows on July 9, 2011, at Hillcrest Baptist Church.Â
Christina Hernandez Alcantar of Killeen and Guillermo Willie Alcantar of Sheppard AFB announce their engagement.
Christina is the daughter of Jose G. and Celia M. Hernandez of Killeen. She is the granddaughter of Jose G. and Juanita G. Hernandez and James L. and Celia R. Merritt, all of Eagle Pass.
Guillermo is the son of Richard Alcantar and Maria B. Alcantar of Big Spring. He is the grandson of of Ofelia Alcantar of Dallas and the late Perfecto and Rosa Baca and Guillermo Alcantar.
The bride-elect graduated Howard College with her associates of science degree.
A little bit of shopping and a little bit of fun.
Dee's Trade Show is in its fifth year and still bringing unique items to Howard County. The show began Saturday at the Howard County Fair Barn and continue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
âThis is a great time for everyone to come out and do their Mother's Day shopping,â show owner Denise McComb said.
McComb noted there are about 50 vendors this year selling items such as clothing, candles, interior decorations and much more.
âThere are lots of unique gift ideas here,â McComb said. âThere is something for everyone.â
More than a dozen arrests were made this week as part of an effort to seek out violent gang members with outstanding warrants and those involved in gang-related criminal activity, according to local law enforcement officials.
Part of ICE Surge 2011 and in support of Operation Community Shield, law enforcement officials with the Big Spring Police Department, Howard County Sheriffâs Office, Customs & Border Protection (Air/Marine) and Enforcement Removal Operations made 14 arrests between Tuesday and Thursday as a result of the investigation.
Stage 3 of the city of Big Spring's recently approved water conservation plan goes into effect Sunday, including a number of restrictions regarding outdoor water use, according to municipal officials.
The conservation plan â which calls for scheduled outdoor water usage to help the city cut water consumption by 10 percent â passed final reading April 26 on a unanimous vote from the Big Spring City Council.
Friday might be a time when most employees in the Crossroads area look toward the relaxation of the weekend, but that's a very unlikely scenario for firefighters with the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department and Big Spring Fire Department.
Firefighters with both agencies were kept busy Friday, as wildfires and grass fires in an around the Howard County area continued to threaten a number of homes and structures.
Early voting in Big Spring's municipal elections will kick off Monday as area voters prepare to weigh in on not only candidates, but proposed term limits for members of the city council.
Early voting will be held at the Howard County Courthouse and continue through May 10, according to Saundra Bloom, county elections administrator.
The surf will be up Saturday night at Dorothy Garrett Coliseum as the Big Spring Symphony, together with Jeans 'n Classics of Toronto, Canada, presents the music of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys.
"It should be a really good, clean, family kind of upbeat show,” said Dr. Keith Graumann, symphony conductor and director. “We'll have tables on the floor for anyone who would like table seating.”
For those in need of some retail therapy, this weekend is perfect timing.
Dee’s Trade Show will be at the Howard County Fair Barn Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This marks the fifth year for the show, according to Denise McComb, owner.
“Mother’s Day is right around the corner and there are numerous gifts to be found,” McComb said. “There are lots of unique arts and crafts this year.”