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January 19th, 2012

O’Brien name graces VAMC

January 19, 2012

The Big Spring VA Medical Center officially became the George H. O’Brien VA Medical Center Wednesday, as dignitaries, veterans and others gathered to pay tribute to a man who was praised as a husband, father, grandfather, friend, patriot and an American hero.

O’Brien, who died in 2005 at the age of 78, is the only Big Spring resident to receive the Medal of Honor, the most prestigious award that can be bestowed on a U.S. serviceman, according to Daniel Marsh, medical center director.

4-year-old airlifted after wreck

January 19, 2012

A 4-year-old child was air-lifted to University Medical Center in Lubbock this morning following a rollover accident on Interstate Highway 20 near the 174 mile marker.

The accident was reported shortly after 8 a.m. when emergency responders were dispatched to a location on the north service road near Interstate Highway 20 across from the Big Spring Department of Public Safety Office.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

January 19, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• BECKY ANN ZUBIATE, 28, of 1905 Wasson Rd. 45, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for assault: causes bodily injury.
• LARRY YBARRA, 42, of 1506 Wood St., was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for driving while license suspended/invalid previous conviction.
•CRIMINAL MISCHIEF was reported in the 5100 block of E. FM 846.
• THEFT was reported:
In the 200 block of W. Third Street.
In the 500 block of Highland Drive.

January 18th

Settling in: Hotel renovations proceeding

January 18, 2012

More than five years — and $25 million — after announcing their plans to renovate the historic downtown Settles Hotel, Big Spring natives Brint and Kristopher Ryan may be close enough to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

However, after plenty of missed deadlines already behind them, Kris Ryan, general manager of the Settles Hotel Development Company and overseer of the restoration project, said any projected completion date is a nightmare just waiting to happen when dealing with a project of this magnitude.

Water main break cancels out classes

January 18, 2012

No school, but this time it wasn't because of ice and snow.

A 20-inch main water break, which occurred Tuesday night on the north side of the Big Spring High School campus, caused the Big Spring Independent School District and Howard College campus to cancel classes for the day.

“We discovered the issue about 6:30 this morning when a parent called, which caused us to discover the break,” Director of Maintenance and Transportation at BSISD Wayland Pierce said.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

January 18, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• CHRISTINA JEAN DIAZ, 28, of 610 N.W. Eighth St., was arrested Tuesday on a warrant from another agency and a warrant for no driver's license – when unlicensed.
• MICHAEL THOMAS MERRILL, 33, of New Orleans, La., was arrested Tuesday on a charge of public intoxication and use or possession of illegal smoking paraphernalia.

January 17th

VAMC renaming ceremony Wednesday

January 17, 2012

The time is here …

Wednesday, the VA Medical Center's name will officially become the George H. O'Brien Jr. VA Medical Center. A special ceremony is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m., following a reception at 3:30 p.m.

“We're excited that this has become a reality and we will be honored to recognize such a distinguished veteran who was raised in the Big Spring community,” Iva Jo Hanslik, public affairs officer at VAMC, said.

Venue change for symphony

January 17, 2012

The gold medalist of the Van Cliburn piano competition, Hauchen Zhang, will perform with the Big Spring Symphony Orchestra in Garrett Hall of the First Methodist Church at 8 p.m. Feb. 4.

The event was to have taken place in the Municipal Auditorium, but due to a delay in construction, it was moved to Garrett Hall. Zhang, of China, is the first gold medalist to perform with the orchestra.  

Dr. Keith Graumann, conductor, said several Van Cliburn finalists have played in Big Spring, but added, “It is really special to have the gold medalist.”

Police/Sheriff/EMS

January 17, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
• ANNALISA IVANKA LEVARIO, 21, of 405 Pennsylvania, was arrested Monday on a charge of driving while intoxicated – blood alcohol more than .15.
• CESAR MARTINEZ, 29, of 307 N.E. 10th St., was arrested Monday on a charge of public intoxication.
• CLARISSA BRIONNE TORRES, 22, of 1803 Alabama, was arrested Monday on a charge of public intoxication.
• JESUS CERVANTES JR., 30, of 110 N.W. Fourth St., was arrested Monday on a charge of criminal mischief.

January 16th

Burn ban revoked? Decision to come Tuesday

January 16, 2012

According to Howard County Volunteer Fire Chief Tommy Sullivan, county officials will likely lift the existing burn ban during Tuesday morning's meeting of the commissioners court, marking the first time in more than a year-and-a-half since the Crossroads hasn't been under such a ban.
Sullivan said considerable rain showers — not to mention snowfalls, which just recently melted off — have at least temporarily slaked the thirst in the county's brushlands, giving local land owners a much-needed window to perform some upkeep.

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