Archive - Dec 2012 - News Article
Four years and counting.
Healthy Woman â€“ a Scenic Mountain Medical Center resource â€“ has been active for four years and will be celebrating its anniversary Jan. 24 in the historic Hotel Settles. Tickets are set to go on sale Jan. 2 and will be $40 per person.
Jane Jenkins Herlong, motivational speaker and former Miss America Pageant contestant, will be delivering her speech â€śBare Feet to High Heels and the Flip-Flops In-Between.â€ť
Crossroads residents planning to make fireworks part of their New Year holiday celebration should use extreme caution, according to local fire officials, as dry conditions could quickly turn fun into tragedy.
According to Howard County Volunteer Fire Chief Tommy Sullivan, local officials will be relying on residents' good planning and safe practices this holiday season when it comes to fireworks, much like they did during the Independence Day holiday earlier this year.
Because of computer problems, police and sheriff reports were unavailable this morning.
The Big Spring Fire Department/Emergency Medical Service reported the following activity:
â€˘ MEDICAL was reported in the 1700 block of Lancaster. One person was transported to SMMC.
â€˘ TRAFFIC ACCIDENT was reported in the intersection of Owens and Benton. Two people were transported to SMMC.
â€˘ MEDICAL was reported in the 300 block of Veterans Boulevard. One person was transported to SMMC.
â€˘ TRAUMA was reported in the 1400 block of S. Aylesford. One person was transported to SMMC.
Those weren't elves scattering about Big Spring Friday, but they definitely qualified as Santa's helpers.
Volunteers with the Hometown Christmas program capped their third annual effort Friday, fanning out across the area, delivering Christmas presents to needy families and children.
Sixty families and about 400 people â€” roughly twice the number helped in 2011 â€” received gifts through the program this year, said volunteer Kathy Johnson.
Howard County commissioners voted unanimously Friday to adopt a road use agreement in hopes of sharing the mounting cost of rural road maintenance made necessary by the ongoing boom in the oilfield.
The court â€” with Precinct 1 Councilwoman Emma Brown absent â€” voted in favor of the agreement, which has been in the works for several months now, with the fees tacked on to county permits.
A late surge of giving has allowed the local Salvation Army to help almost as many â€śangelsâ€ť as it did last Christmas.
Around 400 area seniors and children and more than 100 needy families will receive holiday gifts through this year's Salvation Army Angel Tree program. That figure is slightly below 2011 totals, Angel Tree Coordinator Ada Lafler said.
O' Christmas tree, o' Christmas tree â€” to compost you are heading?
Not to sound all Scrooge-ish or anything, but as much as you enjoy looking at that Christmas tree and all those beautifully decorated packages in your living room, the simple fact is around this time next week, you'll be looking for ways to be rid of the things.
As they do annually at this time of year, Big Spring city officials have announced plans for helping local residents dispose of all the extra trash that accumulates in Christmas season.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ JOSHUA STEVEN WALKER, 22, of 1105 Pickens, was arrested Thursday on charges of driving while license suspended/invalid â€“ no insurance, failure to maintain financial responsibility, speeding in a school zone and driving while license invalid.
â€˘ TIFFANY ANN ELDER, 30, of 2600 Langley, was arrested Thursday on a charge of driving while license invalid.
With roads on their mind, Howard County commissioners will meet for the last time in 2012 Friday.
Among the agenda items is discussion and possible action regarding a proposed agreement aimed at requiring area trucking companies profiting from the boom in the oilfield to help finance the rehabilitation of numerous county roads.
Commissioners have been working on the pact for several months, said County Judge Mark Barr.
â€śOverall, the damage is estimated at approximately $22 million right now,â€ť Barr said. â€śThis isn't something we're going to be able to fix all at one time, obviously.â€ť
The holiday season is waxing and waning, in a manner of speaking, in Big Spring.
On the down side, you can still get your Christmas fix at the Heritage Museum, but only for one more day. On the positive side, however, another holiday tradition, the Comanche Trail Festival of Lights, is just picking up steam.
The museum's Christmas Tree Forest, featuring more than 50 individually decorated trees, will close Friday afternoon, Curator Tammy Schrecengost said.
The exhibit attracted hundreds of visitors this season.