Archive - Nov 2012 - News Article
Officials with the Big Spring Fire Department are knocking on wood, and with good reason.
The seasonal upswing in the number of house fires the city of Big Spring and outlying areas normally see thanks to the holiday and colder weather has yet to arrive, according to Fire Marshal Carl Condray, but the good luck doesn't usually last.
Grinches, Scrooges and other assorted humbug sorts will be advised to stay away from Big Spring next weekend.
The Christmas season arrives with a purpose this coming weekend, with parades, lighting displays, concerts and several other activities filling the schedule.
of the Lights
The first of the holiday events will be Friday evening, when the local VA Medical Center hosts its annual tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m.
With temperatures soon to dip below freezing, Assistant City Manager Todd Darden said local residents can protect their property â€” and more to the point, their water lines â€” by taking precautions.
â€śThat means leaving your hot and cold water dripping just enough to keep the pipes from freezing, as well as insulating any exterior pipes or fixtures,â€ť said Darden.
Howard County commissioners are to meet Monday morning to deal with a rather routine agenda.
Commissioners are to meet with County Auditor Jackie Olson to discuss invoices, purchase requests and proposed budget amendments. Olson will present the court with consideration of copier leases.
County Treasurer Teresa Thomas is to present personnel considerations, while Road and Bridge Administrator Brian Klinksiek will deliver an update on county road maintenance and pipeline crossings.
For some Crossroads residents, a hot, home-cooked Thanksgiving meal is simply out of reach, both financially and physically. However, the Big Spring Area Salvation Army will be reaching out to those folks this week, as the local charity presents its annual holiday meal.
While the effort reaches out to low-income families, the hungry and others, it all begins with hard work from numerous volunteers.
With Black Friday just days away, many Crossroads residents are gearing up for a day of shopping with friends and family. However, law abiding citizens won't be the only ones looking to check off names on their Christmas lists; law enforcement officials say it will likely be a busy day for criminals.
Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer with the Big Spring Police Department, said thieves will be out and about Friday â€” as well as the rest of the holiday season â€” just waiting to fill their stockings with ill-gotten gains.
The Howard County Sheriff's Office reported the following activity Monday (71 prisoners were reported at the county jail):
â€˘ BENNIE ANDRESS ROBINSON, 43, was jailed on a sentence for possession of marijuana.
â€˘ TRINITY RENEE TERRAZAS, 20, was jailed on a charge of issuance of a bad check.
â€˘ JAIME CRUZ, 45, was jailed on capias warrants charging expired driver's license, hindering an officer, disregarding a stop sign and violating promise to appear.
â€˘ ADELA PEREZ DEANDA, 44, was jailed on a charge of expired registration.
Herald photo / Thomas Jenkins
Johnny Womack, environmental services and assistant director of public works with the city of Big Spring, sorts through items collected through the annual e-waste recycling program. Womack said the items collected will be recycled, preventing unwanted â€” and sometimes hazardous â€” items from being dumped in the municipal landfill.
The Big Spring City Council voted unanimously to rename the Big Spring Aquatic Center the Russ McEwen Aquatic Center in honor of the former mayor during a special meeting held Saturday afternoon.
The motion to rename the facility was made by District 4 Councilman Bobby McDonald.
Former mayor McEwen, who passed away at his home Oct. 21, heavily supported the aquatic center project, which was opened to the public last summer.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ JERRY MITCHELL MARCON, 20, of Snyder, Texas, was arrested Sunday on a warrant for criminal mischief.
â€˘ NICKOLAS VANCE JONES, 20, of 304 Circle, was arrested Sunday on four warrants from other agencies and a warrant for speeding in a school zone.
â€˘ BURGLARY OF A VEHICLE was reported in the 800 block of W. Interstate Highway 20.
â€˘ ASSAULT was reported in the 800 block of W. FM 700.
â€˘ CRIMINAL MISCHIEF was reported in the 1000 block of N. Runnels.