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Mental health focus for VA rehab center

January 31, 2011

West Texas VA Health Care System officials will cut the ribbon on their new residential rehabilitation trentment center Tuesday.

The “Veteran Healing Center,” which will provide treatment for veterans suffering from drug and alcohol abuse and mental illness, will be formally dedicated during ceremonies at the center, located on the northwest section of the VA Medical Center campus, at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Parking will be available in the employee parking lot adjacent to Ryan Street.

ISDs brace for financial storm

January 31, 2011

Public school educators in Howard County are bracing for a chilly spring, financially speaking.

With the state facing a $15 billion shortfall, it stands to reason that financial aid to public school districts will be reduced this year, so it's not a question of if the fiscal news coming out of Austin will be bad, but how bad that news will be.

January 29th

Our day in Austin: Final day to register is Monday

January 29, 2011

Howard County residents will get one last chance to take advantage of a chartered bus going to the state capitol Feb. 9 for Howard County Day at the State Capitol, as the deadline to sign up has been moved to Monday at 5 p.m.

Area residents wanting to avoid the long drive to Austin have until the end of the business day Monday to sign up for a special chartered bus making the trip, according to Teresa Darden, executive assistant with the Big Spring Economic Development Corporation.

Chili 101: Have fun!

January 29, 2011

The secret ingredients at Saturday morning's Eagles Lodge benefit chili cook-off weren't so much meat and spices as they were having fun and helping others.

More than 30 teams entered this year's cook-off, which raises funds for West Texas Center's Children-In-Need Fund, and while while they were all vying for awards, competition wasn't the main force driving their efforts.

City looks to save some cash

January 29, 2011

Big Spring City Council this week acted on a measure that might help take a small bite out of the city's bond debt, a move that could save taxpayers between $5,000 and $25,000 a year.

The council met with Lubbock-based First Southwest representative Eric Macha regarding general obligation bonds that were issued in 2002. According to Macha, the bonds — which if left on their current course will be paid off in 2014 — are eligible to be refinanced at a lower interest rate that could save the city thousands of dollars during the next three years.

McClellan named managing editor

January 29, 2011

Long-time Big Spring Herald employee Bill McClellan has been named managing editor, Publisher Ron Midkiff announced Friday.

As managing editor, McClellan will oversee all aspects of newsroom operations at the Herald.

“We considered several candidates for the position, but we feel Bill, with his knowledge of and familiarity with this area, was the perfect fit for the job,” Midkiff said.

January 28th

The search for Hailey Dunn

January 28, 2011

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.

Property tax deadline approaching

January 28, 2011

Time is quickly running out for are residents who haven't paid their 2010 property taxes, with Monday being the last day to ante up before accruing penalties and interest.

Area property owners have until 5 p.m. Monday to pay their property taxes or have their payment post marked, according to County Tax Assessor Kathy Sayles.

Healthy Woman celebrates second anniversary

January 28, 2011

Think you are the only one with problems? Guess what? You're not.

That was the message nationally-known motivational speaker Lisa Smartt relayed at the Healthy Woman second anniversary celebration held Thursday night at the Dora Robert Community Center.

ROTC cadets pay visit to Hangar 25 Air Museum

January 28, 2011

A bit of the U.S. Air Force's past and future intersected at Hangar 25 Air Museum Thursday afternoon.

The museum, which commemorates the history of the Army Air Force Bombardier School and Webb Air Force Base in Big Spring, played host to a large group of cadets who participate in the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Course program at Midland High School.

The Junior ROTC students visited the museum to learn more about Air Force history in general and Webb Air Force Base history in particular.

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