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December 8th

Annual Tour of Homes Sunday

December 8, 2011

This year, five Big Spring couples are opening their homes and spreading Christmas cheer as part of the 2011 Tour of Homes.

“There is a great variety of homes this year. Each house brings something different and they are all pretty neat,” Eulaine McIntosh, president of the Big Spring Symphony Guild, said.

Area residents will have an opportunity to tour these five homes from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Boys & Girls Club opening soon

December 8, 2011

Completion is on the horizon.

It may be a little more than 90 days behind the expected date, but the end is finally in sight.

Construction on the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club started around February of this year and the keys to the building will be received Monday, according to Maj. Orville Chambless.

“We are real excited about the possibilities, not only to expand the programs we have now, but also for the ability to offer new programs to the community,” Chambless said.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

December 8, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• MAX DALE ELLSWORTH, 47, of 1811 Nolan, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant from another agency.
• JOVITA RODRIGUEZ, 32, of 1701 Runnels, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid with a previous conviction.
• BURGLARY OF A HABITATION was reported in the 800 block of Magnolia.

The Howard County Sheriff’s Office reported the following activity:
Note — Officials with the Howard County Jail reported having 61 inmates at the time of this report.

December 6th

Woman dies in house fire

December 6, 2011

Officials are investigating the cause of a house fire that claimed the life of a Big Spring woman early today.

Dora Lewis, no age given, was declared dead at Scenic Mountain Medical Center from injuries sustained in the fire, Big Spring Fire Marshal Carl Condray said.

Fire and emergency medical service units responded to the 900 block of E. 12th Street at approximately 3:40 a.m. today to find a residence fully engulfed by flames. The fire was brought under control within an hour, but firefighters remained on the scene until shortly after 6 a.m. to guard against flare-ups.

Robbery suspect sought

December 6, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department is investigating a robbery that took place during the early morning hours today at a 7-Eleven convenience store.

According to Sgt. Tony Everett, BSPD public information officer, the robbery was reported at approximately 3:09 a.m. at the local convenience store, located at 1801 S. Gregg St.

“Officers were dispatched to the store in reference to a robbery,” Everett said. “Officers were advised by the clerk that a Hispanic female had just robbed the store. She was described as heavy-set, wearing blue jeans, a dark jacket and a toboggan.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

December 6, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
Note: No arrests were reported for the corresponding times.
• BURGLARY OF A HABITATION was reported in the 1000 block of E. 16th Street.
• THEFT was reported:
In the 1400 block of Lexington.
In the 1100 block of N. Lamesa.
In the 200 block of W. Third Street.
• ASSAULT was reported:
In the 3600 block of W. Highway 80.
In the 1400 block of S. Benton.
In the 1800 block of N. Highway 87.
• CRIMINAL MISCHIEF was reported in the 1900 block of Wasson Road.

December 5th

Snowy weather hits Crossroads area

December 5, 2011

A sudden onslaught of winter weather turned the historic spring in Comanche Trail Park into a snowy wonderland overnight, as lower temperatures and high humidity dropped several inches of snow on the Crossroads area during the early morning hours Monday.
More snow is expected throughout today, with the high temperature only expected to creep above freezing at 33 degrees. Tonight's low could dip as low as 26 degrees. Similar temperatures — without the snow — are being forecast for Tuesday — with temperatures expected to begin warming up Wednesday and Thursday.

Thousands attend community parade

December 5, 2011

Herald Staff Report

As anticipated, thousands of people lined Gregg and Scurry streets Saturday for the annual Big Spring Herald Community Christmas Parade.
Hundreds more participated in the event, riding on floats — elaborate and simple — walking, or manning cars, bicycles, motorcycles and horses.
GEO Group won the Grand Marshal's award. Western Container won the Publisher's Award and Midway Baptist received Best of Show.

December 3rd

Big Spring Herald Community Christmas Parade winners named

December 3, 2011

HERALD photo/Thomas Jenkins
GEO Group won the Grand Marshal's award in Saturday's Big Spring Herald Community Christmas Parade. Western Container won the Publisher's Award and Midway Baptist received Best of Show. Look in Monday's edition of the Herald for more photos.

County likely to extend burn ban

December 3, 2011

If your Christmas or New Years celebration plans include rockets or finned fireworks, you may want to think again.
Howard County Judge Mark Barr said Friday he plans to propose an extension to the existing burn ban and a nix on finned fireworks and rockets going into the Christmas and New Year holidays during the commissioners’ Dec. 12 meeting in hopes of staving off wildfires in the coming months.
Barr said the county must have the fireworks ban in place no later than Dec. 15.

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