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December 19th

Blue Christmas is reality for many

December 19, 2011

Friends and family members who confine themselves to their homes and don’t want to participate in holiday preparations need encouragement from loved ones to involve themselves in the season.
Many people feel sad during the holidays because of recent losses, time and financial stresses, and unrealistic expectations, said Robin Riha, LMSW, Big Spring State Hospital director of Social Work Services.

Shared library? College, county considering it

December 19, 2011

Howard College and Howard County officials are exploring the possibility of combining the two entities' library facilities under one roof.
College trustees and county commissioners will hear a report on the idea when trustees hold their monthly meeting at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Student Union Building's Tumbleweed Room.
College President Dr. Cheryl Sparks said the idea hatched a few weeks ago when officials were discussing the best ways to use a $250,000 gift from the Maria Hogue estate to improve the college library.

December 17th

Torres files for Precinct 1 seat

December 17, 2011

Local resident Larry Torres has filed to run for the Precinct 1 seat on the Howard County commissioners on the Democratic ticket, with Monday the most recent deadline for political hopefuls to file to run in the upcoming March primaries.

Secret Santa pays off customers' layaway

December 17, 2011

Secret Santas are popping up everywhere.
Local resident Lupe Castro received an early Christmas present Friday afternoon when she was informed her layaway had been taken care of.
“It truly is a blessing,” Castro said. “It is a rare thing to see, but it’s nice to see there are still people out there with caring hearts.”
Wal-Mart Assistant Manager Erica Rodriques said the anonymous donor walked in and expressed the desire to pay for 22 layaways.

Gas leak prompts school closure

December 17, 2011

Lakeview Headstart, located at 1107 N.W. Seventh, had to shut their doors early Thursday.
Throughout the day, there had been a faint gas odor and for safety concerns Site Director Dominga Shockley decided it was in the best interest to go ahead and send students home for the day until the problem could be found and repaired.
According to Shockley, the problem was fixed by 5 p.m. Thursday. Classes went on as usual Friday, with an early release scheduled for the holiday break.
Classes at Lakeview Headstart will resume Jan. 2, 2012.

Police Blotter

December 17, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday:
• TAMMY KAY LOCKHART, 35, of 1106 W. Third St. 13, was arrested Friday on a warrant on assault by contact.
• TONY ELBERT MCBEE, 46, of 1706.5 Johnson St., was arrested Friday on a warrant from another agency.
• JONATHON MICHAEL PAUL, 31, of 605 Circle, was arrested Friday on a warrant for criminal mischief.
• CODY KYLE WITT, 26, of 1605 Johnson, was arrested Friday on a charge of disregard a red light.

December 16th

Coahoma council tables zoning plan

December 16, 2011

COAHOMA — The Coahoma City Council is taking a “slow and steady” approach to adopting the first-ever zoning maps for this community.

The council tabled plans to vote on adopting the maps during its Thursday meeting, giving city officials more opportunities to fine-tune the proposal and address concerns raised by residents during a series of public meetings on the subject.

Two more arrested in drug sweep

December 16, 2011

Investigators with the Big Spring Police Department Narcotics Division made two more arrests Thursday afternoon, bringing this week's total to 19 collars since local, state and federal law enforcement agencies began rounding up alleged traffickers earlier this week.

Dijuan Ausbie, 23, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. Also arrested was Tina Ausbie, 24, who was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

December 16, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
• THOMAS RAY CAMARILLO, 38, of 413 S. Fifth St. in Coahoma, was arrested Thursday on a charge of public intoxication.
• STEVEN VALENCIA GAMBOA, 28, of 506 N. Nolan, was arrested Thursday on charges of public intoxication and expired registration.
• JULIAN JAY TORRES, 18, of 500.5 N.W. Seventh St., was arrested Thursday on a charge of consumption of alcohol by a minor.

December 15th

Drug sweep results in 15 arrests

December 15, 2011

More than a dozen arrests were made Wednesday during a drug sweep carried out through Big Spring by local, state and federal law enforcement officers, which also netted a large quantity of drugs and cash.

Those arrested include:

• Laquanthus Lamar Randall, 21, of 2524 Hunter, possession of a controlled substance – probation revocation.
• Ruby G. Hernandez, 28, of 1401 Dixie, delivery of marijuana.
• Brian Christopher Lewis, 27, of 505 Young St., delivery of a controlled substance.
• John Allen Silen, 20, of 3224 Cornell, manufacture/delivery of a simulated controlled substance.

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