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February 24th, 2011

LDS luminary to help dedicate local chapel

February 24, 2011

Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be in Big Spring Saturday and Sunday to dedicate the new Big Spring Chapel.

While it is rare for one of the three-member First Presidency (which is the presiding organization over the 14 million member worldwide church) to attend this kind of event, President Uchtdorf is making the trip because of his ties to the area.

Piano concert to benefit CARE fund

February 24, 2011

Italian pianist Francesco Attesti will lend a helping hand to the Crossroads area Friday, as the internationally acclaimed artist performs a concert benefitting the local CARE fund.

Set for 7:30 p.m. at the Hall Center for the Arts — located on the Howard College campus — the show will feature Attesti performing several works by Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin, according to CARE fund spokesman and concert coordinator Tommy Churchwell.

“When we say he's internationally acclaimed, we mean it,” Churchwell said.

BSISD spellers heading to regional bee

February 24, 2011

Big Spring Independent School District spellers are hoping seven is a very lucky number this weekend.

BSISD will be represented by seven youngsters when they participate in the Scripps-Howard Regional Spelling Bee, scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday on the Midland College campus.

The seven students qualified for Saturday's event by winning spelling contests at their respective campuses, said Robin Ritchey, BSISD spelling bee coordinator.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

February 24, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• DEBRA DENISE AUSBIE, 49, of 1501 Tucson, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant from another agency.
• AMANDA LEOS, 27, of 1504 Chickasaw, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for open container in a motor vehicle – passenger.
• DOUGLAS ARNOLD, 36, of 405 W. Seventh St., was arrested Wednesday on a warrant from another agency.
• RICKY RICARDO LOPEZ, 21, of 601 Caylor, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.

February 23rd

I-20 rollover claims man's life

February 23, 2011

A Mississippi man was pronounced dead at the scene of a one-vehicle rollover Tuesday morning near the 184 mile marker of Interstate Highway 20.

Emergency personnel — including the Big Spring Fire Department, Howard County Sheriff's Office and Texas Department of Public Safety — responded to the crash, which happened near the highway overpass east of Exit 184, at approximately 10 a.m.

According to DPS Trooper Jared Bratcher, who is in charge of the investigation, the victim was 43-year-old Charles Corbin of Gulfport, Miss.

Kids getting a new clubhouse

February 23, 2011

A new future is under construction.

Lee George Construction began work on the new Boys and Girls Club building Tuesday. Expected time frame for completion is six to eight months.

“Despite several major technical challenges which have delayed the start of construction, the Salvation Army is now confident that we can provide the community of Big Spring the best building possible,” Capt. Edgar Cheshire, commanding officer of the Big Spring Salvation Army, said.

City tells Austin: No more unfunded mandates

February 23, 2011

The Big Spring City Council approved a resolution Tuesday supporting House Joint Resolution 56, a bill currently being considered by the Texas Legislature that would — by constitutional amendment — outlaw unfunded or under-funded mandates in the Lone Star State.

Specifically, the amendment would prohibit unfunded and under‐funded mandates passed down from the state level to city and county governments.

Investigators search landfill in Big Spring

February 23, 2011

A search of the Big Spring Landfill Tuesday by law enforcement officials failed to turn up new evidence in the case of missing 13-year-old Hailey Dunn, the Colorado City teen who has been missing nearly two months now.

The Big Spring Police Department, along with investigators from other law enforcement officials from the surrounding area, used dogs to search the facility for anything tied to the girl's disappearance.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

February 23, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• BEVERLY RYNEL ARMSTRONG, 49, of 821 W. Eighth St., was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance.
• ROY JUNIOR HULIN, 50, of 2911 W. Highway 80 Apt. 105, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of possession of a controlled substance in a drug free zone.
• GERALD RAY KING, 31, of 2512 Dow, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid – no insurance.
• THEFT was reported:
In the 400 block of E. Fourth Street.

February 22nd

Fire threat on the rise

February 22, 2011

If Howard County Volunteer Fire Chief Tommy Sullivan and his band of firefighters seem a bit weary these days, there's good reason.

The volunteer fire department has been called to numerous grass fires — despite an ongoing county-wide burn ban.

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