February 1st, 2011
Recent mild winter weather came to a close in the Crossroads area Monday evening as a massive winter storm caused temperatures to drop throughout the area.
Residents woke up to a formidable dusting of snow, prompting most public schools to delay classes, then cancel them altogether. Big Spring, Coahoma, Forsan, Grady and Sands school districts all canceled classes, as did Howard College.
Throughout Big Spring, private schools and clinics either delayed opening or decided to remain closed.
With low temperatures dipping well below freezing this week, many area residents will be looking for some extra warmth, a search fire department officials say can turn deadly if precautions aren’t taken.
Big Spring Fire Marshal Carl Condray said there are many different types of secondary heating, ranging from portable electric units to wood-burning stoves, but the most common causes of fires involving them are avoidable.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ CHRISTOPHER BENNETT WOOTEN, 50, of 1700 Runnels, was arrested Saturday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€˘ GAUDY LYNN COX, 47, of Weatherford, was arrested Saturday on a charge of driving while license invalid â€“ DWI related.
William L. "Sunny" Edwards, 92, of Big Spring, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, in a local hospital. His services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Benigna Montez, 81, of Stanton, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, in a Big Spring hospital. Her services are pending with Gilbreath Funeral Home of Stanton.
West Texas VA Health Care System officials will cut the ribbon on their new residential rehabilitation trentment center Tuesday.
The â€śVeteran Healing Center,â€ť which will provide treatment for veterans suffering from drug and alcohol abuse and mental illness, will be formally dedicated during ceremonies at the center, located on the northwest section of the VA Medical Center campus, at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Parking will be available in the employee parking lot adjacent to Ryan Street.
Public school educators in Howard County are bracing for a chilly spring, financially speaking.
With the state facing a $15 billion shortfall, it stands to reason that financial aid to public school districts will be reduced this year, so it's not a question of if the fiscal news coming out of Austin will be bad, but how bad that news will be.
Dorothy Newby, 82, of Big Spring, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, in a local hospital. Graveside funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, at the Peace Chapel at Trinity Memorial Park with Eddy Pitchford, minister of the Coahoma Church of Christ, officiating.
Howard County residents will get one last chance to take advantage of a chartered bus going to the state capitol Feb. 9 for Howard County Day at the State Capitol, as the deadline to sign up has been moved to Monday at 5 p.m.
Area residents wanting to avoid the long drive to Austin have until the end of the business day Monday to sign up for a special chartered bus making the trip, according to Teresa Darden, executive assistant with the Big Spring Economic Development Corporation.
The secret ingredients at Saturday morning's Eagles Lodge benefit chili cook-off weren't so much meat and spices as they were having fun and helping others.
More than 30 teams entered this year's cook-off, which raises funds for West Texas Center's Children-In-Need Fund, and while while they were all vying for awards, competition wasn't the main force driving their efforts.