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February 4th, 2011
Former Big Spring mayor Russ McEwen and longtime Big Spring Refinery administrator Verna Davis were named the 2010 Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce Man and Woman of the Year Thursday night, as the organization celebrated another year of promoting Crossroads businesses.
Jeanie Knocke, the 2009 Chamber Woman of the Year, presented the award to Davis, lauding the Big Spring woman for her hard work and determination to make the Crossroads area a better place to live.
Service and sacrifice were honored during the Four Chaplains Memorial Service Thursday at First Baptist Church.
The service, hosted by the VA Medical Center, honored all area veterans who had died in the preceding 12 months.
The Four Chaplains Memorial is named after four U.S. Army chaplains who sacrificed their lives to save others when the U.S.A.T. Dorchester, which was carrying more than 900 U.S. troops, was attacked and sunk by a German U-boat off the coast of Greenland in 1943.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, introduced legislation Thursday to rename the VA Medical Center at Big Spring as the “George H. O’Brien Jr. Medical Center.”
O’Brien was a U.S. Marine Corps officer who received the Medal of Honor, the highest military decoration in the country, for his actions in the Korean War.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ MEGAN KIYOKO KARWEDSKY, 19, of 3607 Hamilton, was arrested Thursday on a warrant for burglary of a vehicle.
â€˘ MONICA ROSE CERVANTES, 20, of 1217 W. Third St., was arrested Thursday on warrants for driving while license invalid, driving while license suspended/invalid with a previous conviction, failure to identify â€“ giving false information, failure to appear, no driver's license â€“ when unlicensed and two warrants from another agency.
A reward has been offered for information leading to the whereabouts and/or safe return of 13-year-old Hailey Dunn of Colorado City, who has been missing since Dec. 27. Call the Colorado City Police Department at (325) 728-5294 with information.
Officials with the Settles Hotel Development Company say they have a tight schedule ahead of them, but still expect to have the renovation of the historic Settles Hotel completed by the end of 2011.
Kris Ryan, SHDC manager, said the project has faced some hurdles recently — including freezing weather — but is making a great deal of progress.
West Texas Centers and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 3188 raised $10,680 during Ninth Annual Children-In-Need Chili Cook-off Jan. 29 at the Eagles Lodge.
Close to 40 cooks participated in the cook-off, which awarded prizes to the top 10 entrants.
The chili cook-off has grown in popularity as evidenced by the number of participants and visitors who pay to sample the chili, said Landon Sturdivant, West Texas Centers Chief Operating Officer.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
Note â€” No arrests were reported for the corresponding period.
â€˘ STOLEN VEHICLE was reported in the 400 block of E. Fourth Street.
â€˘ HIT AND RUN was reported in the 3600 block of La Junta Drive.
â€˘ HARASSMENT was reported in the 1800 block of Hearn.
The Howard County Sheriffâ€™s Office reported the following activity:
Note â€” Officials with the Howard County Jail reported having 63 inmates at the time of this report.
Rolling 15-minute blackouts began early this morning through much of the Crossroads area as the Electric Reliability Council of Texas implemented outages statewide in response to high demand following an ice storm.
Oncor spokeswoman Jaeamy Molina said the structured outages began around 6 a.m. She told The Associated Press that the Dallas-based utility is complying with a power emergency declared by ERCOT, which operates the electric grid and manages the deregulated market for 75 percent of Texas.
The VA Medical Center's new Veteran's Healing Center offers more than just treatment to vets suffering from homelessness, substance abuse, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and mental illness — hope and home are also on the menu.
Open house and dedication for the new 40-bed facility was held Tuesday and officials touted it as an entirely new way to help treat veterans suffering from the above-listed conditions. The center is the direct result of a federal review conducted several years ago.