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March 4th, 2011

42nd annual Gem and Mineral Show this weekend

March 4, 2011

t's the club's only fund-raiser of the year but considering the Big Spring Prospector's Club Gem and Mineral Show is in its 42nd season, it must be a successful one.

“It enables us to pay the utilities, purchase new saw blades or grinding wheels, make repairs, things like that. The money we raise at the show keeps us going,” explains Barbara Carter, the club's vice president. “It's a lot of work, but it's worth it.”

VAMC to host town hall meeting

March 4, 2011

The Big Spring VA Medical Center will host a town hall meeting Thursday to discuss upcoming changes planned for the hospital in the coming year.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday in the outpatient lobby of the medical center, located at 300 Veterans Blvd.

Daniel Marsh, director of the West Texas VA Health Care System, said that WTVAHCS leadership will provide information regarding newly implemented programs, changes to existing programs and some future programs in the planning phase. Construction and staffing plans also will be shared.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

March 4, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
• CHARLIE JAKE TURNER, 31, of 900 S. Aylesford, was arrested Thursday on a warrant for aggravated robbery.
• YESINIA GARZA PENA, 28, of 107 E. 25th St., was arrested Thursday on two warrants from another agency.
• DONNIE RODRIGUEZ JR., 19, of 2005 S. Runnels, was arrested Thursday on a charge of evading arrest or detention with a previous conviction.
• JOSE RODRIQUEZ, 46, of 1609 Harding, was arrested Thursday on a charge of public intoxication.

March 3rd

Hoops, Dreams and Goals set for March 25

March 3, 2011

All the makings of a top-notch basketball tournament are in place for the Seventh Annual Hoops Dreams and Goals 2011 competition scheduled for March 25 at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum.

Teams from Big Spring to Pecos to Ballinger to Snyder will compete in a day of basketball tournament action beginning at 9 a.m. with the grand entrance, followed by a welcome from West Texas Centers CEO Shelley Smith.

Skywarn classes March 10

March 3, 2011

Would you know what to do if severe weather threatened the Crossroads area?

That’s the question the National Weather Service is hoping area residents will ask themselves, as the service prepares to hold its annual Skywarn classes throughout West Texas, including March 10 in the Big Spring City Council Chambers, located at 307 E. Fourth Street.

Set for 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., local emergency response officials say the SkyWarn class is a great way to brush up on your bad-weather skills.

College enrollment on the rise

March 3, 2011

Following on the heels of an increase in fall enrollment, the spring semester for Howard College has set yet another record for the district with spring enrollment numbers at 5,115.

“Reaching the 5,000 enrollment mark for the district is an outstanding achievement for Howard College,” said Dr. Cheryl T. Sparks, President. “This growth is the result of a tremendous amount of work on all campuses and shows the effectiveness of our partnerships throughout the region.”

Police/Sheriff/EMS

March 3, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• PETER MARQUEZ LARA, 40, of 1104 E. 11th Place, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant from another agency.
• LETICIA KAY CANTU, 35, of 904 Rosemont, was arrested Wednesday on warrants for hindering officers discharging official duties and driving without a safety belt.

March 2nd

Are you prepared for fire?

March 2, 2011

Would you know what to do if a wildfire was bearing down on your home, forcing you and your family to evacuate?

The recent rash of wildfires in and around the Howard County area has many local residents asking that very question, as dry conditions and high winds aren't likely to go away anytime soon.

Big Spring Fire Marshal Carl Condray said the vital strategy area residents can take to protect themselves and their families during an evacuation is to prepare ahead of time.

Fire threatens festival lights

March 2, 2011

Fifteen years almost went up in smoke this week. T

he warehouse containing lights, displays and other items used in the annual Comanche Trail Festival of Lights was in the path of flames during Sunday's west side fire. Because of firefighters' quick response, the warehouse did not receive any damage, but light displays outside were burned.

“Thank the Lord and the firefighters that more damage wasn't done,” Pat Simmons, founder of the Festival of Lights, said Tuesday. “The damage could have been a lot worse.”

Homebound vets get some help

March 2, 2011

If patients can't get to the clinic, then the clinic will go to the patients.

That's the reasoning behind the VA Medical Center's Home Based Primary Care Program, which is designed to provide clinical medical services to home-bound veterans.

The program, which began locally last April, currently serves 39 veterans living within a 60-mile radius of the Big Spring VA Medical Center.

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