Archive - Nov 2013 - News Article
Almost 200 Howard County families are depending on you for a merry Christmas.
That's roughly the number of people who have applied for the Salvation Army's annual Angel Tree program, which solicits Christmas gifts for needy children and seniors in this area.
Ada Lafler of the local Salvation Army office said 133 families registered their children for the program, while about 50 seniors applied.
â€śActually, that number is a little bit more than last year,â€ť Lafler said.
Don't know what to do with that ancient computer or that out-of-date printer? Put a green thumb on it, so to speak.
The city of Big Spring and Keep Big Spring Beautiful will team up for their annual e-waste collection Friday and Saturday at the city landfill on East FM 700.
Big Springâ€™s Economic Development Corp. is going into the rail business â€” in a manner of speaking.
The local city council capped more than a year of EDC planning and negotiation Tuesday by giving formal approval to a $493,000 rail line construction project at the McMahon-Wrinkle Airpark.
The agreement between EDC and the city will expand the rail line at the airpark and is part of an overall plan by the corporation to enhance rail service in the area.
There might be oil out by them thar runways.
Big Spring City Council gave its blessing Tuesday to an agreement which will allow oil and gas exploration at the McMahon-Wrinkle Airpark.
The council authorized City Manager Todd Darden to negotiate with representatives of Veritas Energy Partners (headquartered in San Antonio and Midland) on a contract which would allow the firm to explore 1,500 acres of the airpark for oil and gas. The agreement includes production clauses in case the company would want to commence drilling operations.
With prayer, song and food, Howard County gave thanks to its veterans Monday.
This year's Veteran's Day Ceremony â€” co-hosted by Howard College and the local VA Medical Center at Dorothy Garrett Coliseum â€” provided a solemn and sincere forum for Howard County residents to say thanks to those who have served in the military.
â€śFrom Bunker Hill to Baghdad, we are their beneficiaries,â€ť ceremony emcee John Fisher said of the debt owed to our veterans.
VAMC Chief of Staff Dr. Raul Zambrano, the event's featured speaker, tried to put that debt into perspective.
Atmos Energy's proposed rate hike probably won't be going into effect as soon as the company would like.
When Big Spring's City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, it will consider an emergency resolution suspending the Nov. 22 effective date of Atmos' proposed rate increase.
Atmos recently filed a proposed rate hike with the state railroad commission which, if approved, would increase the company's annual revenue by $12 million.
An appointment to the 911 Communications District board of directors is expected to highlight a routine meeting of the Howard County Commissioners Court Tuesday.
The meeting will convene at 10 a.m. Tuesday on the third floor of the county courthouse.
Howard County has two representatives, each of whom serve two-year terms, on the board. Also, the cities of Big Spring, Coahoma and Forsan all name representatives to the body.
St. Mary's Epsicopal Church will host its 12th Annual St. Andrews Day Celebration this Sunday.
Featured professional performers are Pipers E.J. Jones, Doug Frobese, Richard Kean and drummer Stephen Cameron.
All four musicians have competed on the international level, including at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, on multiple occasions.
At 7 p.m., The bagpipers will enter St. Maryâ€™s playing â€śHighland Cathedralâ€ť and â€śAmazing Graceâ€ť and will play a medley of traditional Scottish tunes as part of the service. The service concludes with a drum solo by Cameron.
â€śIt's absolutely free!â€ť
Newly appointed Herald general manager Rick Nunez wants everyone to know there are absolutely no fees to enter the Herald's 28th Annual Christmas Parade.
â€śWe've had more and more entries as we get closer to the deadline,â€ť said Nunez, â€śBut there is still plenty of time to enter and it's free to enter. There are no fees at all.â€ť
â€śThe deadline is Nov. 15, to enter a float to be judged,â€ť Nunez said, â€śThe parade will be held Dec. 7, and we welcome all entries.â€ť
Traffic at the site of a collapsed overpass bridge on Interstate 20 could resume normal operations sooner than originally anticipated, transportation officials said.
The FM 2566 overpass bridged collapsed onto the westbound lane of the interstate at mile marker 170 after it was struck by an 18-wheeler late Tuesday. No major injuries were reported, but the collapse forced traffic in both directions to be rerouted.