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May 2nd, 2011

Astronaut coming to Big Spring

May 2, 2011

NASA’s most experienced astronaut is visiting Big Spring Independent School District and the public is invited.

Dr. Story Musgrave, the only astronaut to serve on all of the shuttles, will visit with students and give a public presentation about his time on missions in outer space. The public presentation will be at 7 p.m. May 17 in the Big Spring High School auditorium. A question and answer session will follow.

State hospital security officer gets a new kidney

May 2, 2011

Terry Watkins will tell you straight up that it’s his fault he needed a new kidney.

He didn’t take care of his diabetes or his hypertension.

That oversight forced a kidney shutdown, requiring years of dialysis and a kidney transplant.

The Big Spring State Hospital security officer spent two years on the waiting list, always apprehensive, always waiting, always hopeful.
“Each time the phone rang, you were just on edge,” he said. “You were a little excited.”

Police beat

May 2, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
• MELISSA GUADALUPE GOMEZ, 27, of 1700 N. FM 700, was arrested Saturday on a warrant from another agency and warrants for expired motor vehicle inspection certificate and operating an unregistered motor vehicle.
• SEAN CHASE CRAWFORD, 24, of Midland, was arrested Saturday on a warrant for theft of service.
• DAVID ADAM MARTINEZ, 26, of 1002 N. Main St. (apartment number not provided), was arrested Saturday on a charge of failure to display driver's license.

April 30th

Dee's Trade Show opens at Fair Barn

April 30, 2011

A little bit of shopping and a little bit of fun.

Dee's Trade Show is in its fifth year and still bringing unique items to Howard County. The show began Saturday at the Howard County Fair Barn and continue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

“This is a great time for everyone to come out and do their Mother's Day shopping,” show owner Denise McComb said.

McComb noted there are about 50 vendors this year selling items such as clothing, candles, interior decorations and much more.
“There are lots of unique gift ideas here,” McComb said. “There is something for everyone.”

14 alleged gang members arrested

April 30, 2011

More than a dozen arrests were made this week as part of an effort to seek out violent gang members with outstanding warrants and those involved in gang-related criminal activity, according to local law enforcement officials.

Part of ICE Surge 2011 and in support of Operation Community Shield, law enforcement officials with the Big Spring Police Department, Howard County Sheriff’s Office, Customs & Border Protection (Air/Marine) and Enforcement Removal Operations made 14 arrests between Tuesday and Thursday as a result of the investigation.

Water restrictions begin

April 30, 2011

Stage 3 of the city of Big Spring's recently approved water conservation plan goes into effect Sunday, including a number of restrictions regarding outdoor water use, according to municipal officials.

The conservation plan — which calls for scheduled outdoor water usage to help the city cut water consumption by 10 percent — passed final reading April 26 on a unanimous vote from the Big Spring City Council.

No rest for weary firefighters

April 30, 2011

Friday might be a time when most employees in the Crossroads area look toward the relaxation of the weekend, but that's a very unlikely scenario for firefighters with the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department and Big Spring Fire Department.

Firefighters with both agencies were kept busy Friday, as wildfires and grass fires in an around the Howard County area continued to threaten a number of homes and structures.

Early voting polls open Monday

April 30, 2011

Early voting in Big Spring's municipal elections will kick off Monday as area voters prepare to weigh in on not only candidates, but proposed term limits for members of the city council.
Early voting will be held at the Howard County Courthouse and continue through May 10, according to Saundra Bloom, county elections administrator.

April 29th

Surf's up: Symphony to present Beach Boys' music

April 29, 2011

The surf will be up Saturday night at Dorothy Garrett Coliseum as the Big Spring Symphony, together with Jeans 'n Classics of Toronto, Canada, presents the music of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys.

"It should be a really good, clean, family kind of upbeat show,” said Dr. Keith Graumann, symphony conductor and director. “We'll have tables on the floor for anyone who would like table seating.”

Dee's Trade Show opens two-day run Saturday

April 29, 2011

For those in need of some retail therapy, this weekend is perfect timing.

Dee’s Trade Show will be at the Howard County Fair Barn Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This marks the fifth year for the show, according to Denise McComb, owner.

“Mother’s Day is right around the corner and there are numerous gifts to be found,” McComb said. “There are lots of unique arts and crafts this year.”

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