Archive - 2012 - News Article
There were Harleys in place of reindeer, the low-pitched rumble of motorcycles instead of the high-pitched jingle of sleigh bells and with Santa Claus otherwise engaged, Jeremy Klaus donned the famous red suit and became Santa â€śKlaus.â€ť
But make no mistake â€” Christmas came to a dozen Big Spring families Saturday.
For the 21st year, members of the local Cossack Motorcycle Club hopped on their Hogs and spread holiday cheer to needy children and their families as part of their Bikes for Tykes Toy Run.
Three Howard County residents were killed Thursday morning when the SUV they were traveling in was hit by an oilfield pumper truck near the intersection of FM 846 and U.S. Highway 87.
According to officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety, the accident was reported at 5:18 a.m. at the intersection, located approximately 10 miles from Big Spring.
Light the lights.
Comanche Trail Park will be transformed to a Christmas wonderland starting Saturday when the Festival of Lights begins its annual holiday run.
Hundreds of exhibits featuring more than a million lights will be on display. Themes range from traditional holiday scenes to patriotic displays, with a little West Texas flavor thrown in for good measure, organizers promise.
In a bit of a milestone for what has become historic drought conditions for West Texas and the immediate area, Big Spring City Council approved moving from Stage 3 of its drought contingency plan to Stage 2, switching from mandatory water restrictions to voluntary conservation efforts.
According to Assistant City Manager Todd Darden, the Colorado River Municipal Water District â€” which distributes raw water to several West Texas cities, including Big Spring â€” has lifted its restrictions on supplied water.
Area educators are getting a better idea about what will be expected from students taking state standardized tests.
Big Spring Independent School District trustees will hear a report on changes in the state of Texas' accountability system when they hold their monthly meeting at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in the high school board room.
The state recently switched the standardized tests it requires of Texas public school students â€” going with the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test for grades 3 through 8 and end of course exams for high school students.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ JASON DAVID LEE, 32, of 1503 Sycamore Apt. A, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for expired registration.
â€˘ JOSHUA ALLEN NOBLE, 26, of 3716 Hatch St., was arrested Tuesday on charges of public intoxication, resisting arrest, search or transportation, criminal mischief â€“ more than $500 and less than $1,500, criminal mischief â€“ less than $50 and burglary of a habitation â€“ assault.
Each year, Spring Tabernacle Ministries hands out hundreds â€” if not thousands â€” of toys to make the Christmas season more exciting and gleeful for children in the Big Spring area. This year will be no different.
â€śWe're thrilled about all the good gifts supplied by people and donations of funds which have allowed us to purchase gifts for the children,â€ť said Mona Lue Tonn, pastor of Spring Tabernacle, located at 1209 Wright St. in west Big Spring.
Howard County commissioners discussed implementing a new computer software system for county offices Monday, a move officials say will need to be put into motion quickly, thanks to a lengthy waiting list.
According to County Judge Mark Barr, the proposed software is manufactured by Tyler Technologies, the same company that supplies the government body's current software.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ JOSHUA SEAN RESNICK, 31, of 405 Young, was arrested Monday on a charge of forgery.
â€˘ ZZACKRAY ALLEN RHODES, 20, of 602 E. 17th St., was arrested Monday on seven warrants from other agencies.
â€˘ CRIMINAL MISCHIEF was reported in the 2600 block of Barksdale.
â€˘ FORGERY was reported in the 1800 block of S. Gregg Street.
The Howard County Sheriffâ€™s Office reported the following activity:
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ HOLSTON BANKS III, 21, of 1905 Donley, was arrested Sunday on a charge of harboring a runaway child.
â€˘ MARIA C. HERNANDEZ, 26, OF HOBBS, N.M., was arrested Sunday on a warrant from another agency.
â€˘ JOSE ANGEL CASTILLO, 57, of 3500 E. Interstate Highway 20, was arrested Sunday on a charge of driving while intoxicated â€“ second offense.