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December 18th

Schools dismiss Friday, city, county set days off

December 18, 2014

Area public school and Howard College students will head into the mid-term break Friday.

Coahoma and Forsan schools will get a 30-minute jump on Big Spring students as both school districts will release students from classes at noon Friday. Big Spring ISD will release students at 12:30 p.m. All three public schools will suspend classes until Jan. 6, when the spring semester begins. Area teachers will need to report back to their campuses Jan. 5 for in-service training.

For more of this story, read Thursday's edition of the Herald.

Local cotton crop can’t overcome drought, rain

December 18, 2014

Mother Nature was not kind to area cotton growers this year.

In many cases, Howard County cotton farmers are experiencing yields that are lacking in both quantity and quality, and experts are pointing their fingers at the weather as the main culprit.

For more of this story, read Thursday's edition of the Herald.

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December 18, 2014

December 17th

Local United Way nears $330,000 goal

December 17, 2014

Oh, so close.

The United Way of Big Spring and Howard County is only 12 percent away from achieving its $330,000 goal for the 2014 campaign.

“We still have the potential to make our goal,” said Sandy Stewart, United Way executive director. “We set our goal each year based on what our agencies need to be able to provide their services. Our figures are based on real numbers.”

For more of this story, read Wednesday's edition of the Herald.

Festival of Lights aglow again

December 17, 2014

The Comanche Trail Festival of Lights is off to a roaring start, officials said.

More than 2,700 people have visited during the first two nights of the 18th Christmas season event, which annually attracts thousands to Comanche Trail Park.

Festival of Lights will be on display until Dec. 31, according to officials.

For more of this story, read Wednesday's edition of the Herald.

December 16th

SWCID to get some much-needed housing

December 16, 2014

Howard College officials are taking steps to ease a housing crunch at SouthWest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf.

During their Monday meeting, college trustees approved a plan officials hope will soon result in three housing “pods” being constructed at SWCID.

Each of the three pods will consist of five 900-square-foot cottages, which will each house a family, or four students, College President Dr. Cheryl Sparks said.

For more of this story, read Tuesday's edition of the Herald.

KWAB transmission tower to be demolished Friday

December 16, 2014

The demolition of the old KWAB-TV transmission tower just east of Memorial Stadium will be akin to folding a piece of paper — except the “paper” is 500 feet long and weighs several thousand pounds.

The tower, the last vestige of the TV station that served Big Spring for more than 20 years, will come down Friday morning in a demolition that will feature no explosions and very little drama, officials say.

For more of this story, read Tuesday's edition of the Herald.

December 15th

Gas prices continue to plunge

December 15, 2014

Average retail gasoline prices in Texas have fallen 7.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.35 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 13,114 gas outlets in Texas.

This compares with the national average that has fallen 8.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.57 a gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

For more of this story, read Monday's edition of the Herald.

December 13th

VA gets thumbs up from audit panel

December 13, 2014

Big Spring VA Medical Center has passed muster following a second round of investigations targeting unacceptable wait times for patients, officials confirmed Friday.
Back in June, the Big Spring VA's audit results revealed that the hospital was ranked last for patient wait times for those trying to make primary care appointments. The facility was also suspected of being deceptive, or using secret waiting lists, for patients.

Pick up a copy of Sunday's Herald for the rest of the story.

Can you spare a quarter?

December 13, 2014

Bernie Buffone is on a mission to raise funds for St. Jude's Hospital one quarter at a time.
“Everybody has a quarter in their pocket,” Buffone said with his no nonsense, Pennsylvanian accent. “I want everybody to send in a quarter to St. Jude's Hospital under Kitten Run 2, so we get the credit for it. This is not about stars asking the public for $19 a month. I need it form the American working people. Everyone has a quarter in their pocket.”

See Sunday's Herald for the entire article.

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