Archive - 2013 - News Article
With less than a month to go, preparations for the annual Festival of Lights have gone past high gear and are safely into overdrive, organizers said.
The 17th annual Christmas season attraction, which attracts thousands of visitors to Comanche Trail Park, will run from Dec. 15-31 at Comanche Trail Park, longtime director Pat Simmons said.
But the attraction will get its unofficial start the evening of Thanksgiving, when the switches are thrown on several lighted poinsettias which will decorate the dam at Comanche Trail Lake.
The West Texas VA Health Care System announced Friday it will no longer provide acute inpatient services at the Big Spring VA Medical Center.
VA officials cited â€śa declining needâ€ť as the reason for dropping inpatient services.
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Running for the position of Howard County Judge may cost Kathryn Wiseman her job as justice of the peace.
County commissioners will hold a special meeting at 1 p.m. Monday, at which time they will meet in closed session to determine whether Wiseman must resign her position as JP of Precinct 1, Place 2.
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118th District Court Judge Tim Yeats has filed for re-election in the March primaries.
Yeats, who was first elected to the position in November 2010, filed with the Republican Party.
The 118th Judicial District Court is a court of general jurisdiction which hears criminal, civil and family law cases in Howard, Martin and Glasscock counties.
Trustees with the Big Spring Independent School District approved plans targeted to improve academic performance at the district and school level Thursday night.
â€śWe didnâ€™t get in this position overnight,â€ť said BSISD Interim Superintendent Chris Wigington. â€śThis is going to take a while for us to get back to where we need to be. I know everyone wants results now, and weâ€™re trying to get to that point, but it is going to take time.
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.