Archive - Jun 2013 - News Article
It's a return engagement five years in the making.
A little bit of â€śGlee,â€ť a bit of â€śStompâ€ť and a lot of high-octane energy will return to Big Spring's annual Pops in the Park celebration when Vocal Trash performs here for the first time since 2008.
The group has been described as â€śGlee meets Stomp,â€ť but its shows defy easy descriptions, even to group members. Mixing a capella vocals, the occasional guitar or trumpet and high-tempo percussion playing on trash cans and whatever else is handy, the group is understandably difficult to label.
Big changes are coming for the Howard-Glasscock Relay For Life. The community wrap up held Thursday was hopeful to say the least, but the American Cancer Society has directed its focus on research, which means some programs fell by the wayside.
Elisha Moberly, health initiative staff from the Odessa ACS, gave an emotional account of the changes that will take effect July 31. Although the programs were funded by private donors, ACS has discontinued the breast prosthesis and bras program as well as the gas cards that were made available to those who couldnâ€™t afford to travel for treatment.
Funtastic Fourth gets under way this evening. The two-day event will continued until about midnight, the resume Saturday morning with a full day of activities, including lots of music and vendors.
It all takes place in downtown Big Spring.
Opening ceremonies, 6 p.m.
Music by Del Castillo, Mad Mexicans & Extremo, beginning at 6 p.m.
Beer sales 6-11:30 p.m.
Many of the vendors will be open.
Food, craft and merchandise vendors throughout the day.
There's only a week to go before the fireworks literally start.
The 16th annual Pops in the Park Independence Day celebration, featuring music, food, fun and fireworks, is set for next Wednesday at the Comanche Trail Park Amphitheater.
While the highlight of the evening will undoubtedly be the annual fireworks display â€” complete with musical accompaniment from the Big Spring Symphony â€” there will be lots more for people to enjoy, Pops Committee Chairperson Kelly Seales said.
Texas voters looking to cast a ballot in upcoming elections can prepare to pony-up a picture ID, as a landmark Supreme Court ruling issued this week will allow the state to activate its controversial voter ID law, according to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.
After the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the formula that determines which states must petition Washington before making elections changes, Abbott said Texas' voter ID law would take effect immediately.
COAHOMA â€” Richie Ewing was among the best of the best at the recent University Interscholastic League State Solo and Ensemble contest.
Ewing, a sophomore baritone for the Coahoma High School choir, earned a Divison I rating (the highest possible) rating at the state contest, but his excellence didn't stop there â€” his judge rating him as an â€śoutstanding performerâ€ť at the contest, held in Pflugerville.
To put that achievement into context, Lewis was among 305 of an estimated 24,000 contest participants to receive that distinction, CHS Choir Director Sandy Wallace said.
The Big Spring City Council received an update on issues surrounding the municipal landfill during Tuesday night's meeting and the prognosis is anything but sunny.
According to Interim City Manager Todd Darden, the landfill has reached a critical point where the influx of materials â€” much of which is coming from construction and commercial entities â€” is cutting the life of the facility in half.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ DANIEL RUSSELL QUALLS, 34, of 2602 Dow, was arrested Tuesday on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.
â€˘ BILLY BOB ALVARADO, 34, of 1704 Virginia, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of criminal trespass.
â€˘ JESSICA RENEE ORSAK, 24, of 701 Settles, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant from another agency.
Howard County commissioners gave the go-ahead to sell a county-owned tract of land on the north side of Big Spring during their Monday meeting, a prospect that could have a new hotel going up in the area.
The tract of land â€” a half-block near the county's Road and Bridge Administration office in the north part of the city â€” has been the focus of attention several times in the past several months, as real estate developers have approached the court about purchasing and developing the property.