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December 27th

VA renaming slated Jan. 18

December 27, 2011

VA Medical Center officials have finalized plans to rename the facility after Big Spring's lone Medal of Honor recipient.

The hospital will be officially renamed the George H. O'Brien Jr. VA Medical Center during ceremonies scheduled for Jan. 18, said Iva Jo Hanslik, community relations director for the VAMC.

Legislation to rename the center after George H. O'Brien Jr. passed Congress earlier this year and was signed into law by President Obama in October, and local officials had planned to officially rename the facility on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

December 27, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
• JEREMY JOHN MILLER, 34, of 1425 E. Sixth St. Apt. 2, was arrested Friday on two warrants from other agencies and a charge of operating motor vehicle with wrong registration.
• JOHN MICHAEL WILKINSON, 26, of 2304 E. FM 700, was arrested Friday on two warrants from other agencies.
• DAVID C. GANDARA, 33, of 805 W. Seventh St., was arrested Friday on a charge of public intoxication.

December 23rd

A time of good cheer, but also to beware

December 23, 2011

Santa won’t be the only one making a list and checking it twice this season, as local law enforcement officials warn residents to be extra-vigilant against burglars and other criminals looking to cash in on the holiday.

According to officials with the Big Spring Police Department, the number of reports of burglary of a habitation increase during the holiday season, as criminals look to fill their stockings with other people’s gifts.

St. Nick to visit Festival of Lights gift shop tonight

December 23, 2011

There is one last chance to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Santa will be at the Comanche Trail Festival of Lights Gift Shop tonight from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. before he heads back to the North Pole.

The Big Spring Symphony Guild has teamed up with the Festival of Lights to provide items for the gift shop. Symphony Guild will offer ornaments, aprons and Nutcracker shirts. The Festival of Lights is selling poinsettia shirts, ornaments and light pins.

Schooler Photography will be on hand for those wanting to get photos with Santa. There is no charge for visiting with Santa.

Police blotter

December 23, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
• REBECCA NICOLE RODRIQUEZ, 25, of 1405 Settles, was arrested Thursday on charges of failure to identify – giving false information, dog or cat running at large and a warrant from another agency.
• THEFT was reported:
In the 100 block of N. First Street in Coahoma.
In the 700 block of W. Interstate Highway 20.
• ASSAULT was reported in the 2500 block of Wasson Road.

December 22nd

Chamber wraps up another year, plans for future

December 22, 2011

The year is wrapping up for everyone, including the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber president Terri Johansen presided over her last meeting Wednesday afternoon.

“It has been a joy,” Johansen said. “If it wasn't for the great staff I wouldn't have been able to do this. The chamber has some gems working here.”

Travelers: Check the weather first

December 22, 2011

As motorists look to hit Texas highways this holiday season, local and state law enforcement officials are warning drivers to take precautions when getting behind the wheel.

According to Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer with the Big Spring Police Department, one of the things travelers should check before pulling out of the driveway is the weather.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

December 22, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• LAURA CONTRERAS STARR, 32, of 2506 Carlton, was arrested Wednesday on warrants for failure to report change of address/name and failure to appear.
• JESSE TONY REYES JR., 25, of 803 E. 20th St., was arrested Wednesday on a warrant from another agency.
• MICHAEL JAMES FLORES, 35, of 3007 Cactus Dr., was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for failure to maintain financial responsibility.

December 21st

Officials open book on library idea

December 21, 2011

County and college officials are going to take a long, hard look at combining library services under one roof.

Library consolidation was the main topic of discussion during Tuesday's Howard College trustee meeting, and about the only thing that was decided was that a lot more information will be needed before a decision is made on the matter.

County Judge Mark Barr, county commissioners and County Librarian Hollis McCright joined trustees for the discussion, which College President Dr. Cheryl Sparks described as exploratory only.

Holidays prompt closings

December 21, 2011

As area residents prepare to celebrate the Christmas holiday this weekend, many area businesses and agencies are preparing to take time off from their routines to spend with their family and friends.

The city of Big Spring will close all offices, including the municipal landfill, Friday and Monday in observance of the Christmas holiday. There will be no sanitation pick-up Friday or Monday, as well. Business is expected to resume at normal hours Tuesday morning.

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