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December 29th

Police: Don't drink and drive

December 29, 2010

Law enforcement officials want area drivers to have a safe — and sober — New Year's Eve celebration. But those officials added that people who might be tempted to celebrate a bit too much should reconsider.

Area police, sheriff deputies and state troopers will be out in force through New Year's Eve, and they will not be looking kindly on those who are drinking and driving.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

December 29, 2010

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity Tuesday and early Wednesday:
• MELVIN WILLIAM BIDDLE, 48, 908 W. Fourth, was arrested on a charge of public intoxication.
• DAVID LYNN DOW, 27, 1402 Tucson, was arrested on a charge of criminal trespass.
• JAMES CARSON, 50, 200 N. Scurry, was arrested on two warrants from other agencies.
• ASHLEY CASSAREZ LUNA, 26, 406 S. Douglas, was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated/second offense.
• BURGLARY OF A HABITATION was reported in the 100 block of Lockhart.
• THEFT was reported in the 1700 block of Johnson.

December 28th

Tax deadline nears

December 28, 2010

Area residents who haven’t paid their property taxes have until the end of January to ante up their 2010 tabs or face penalties and interest, according to local tax officials.

Area property owners can avoid the annual last-minute dash to pay their taxes by getting them out of the way early in the month, according to County Tax Assessor Kathy Sayles.

Special bins are for trash and not trees

December 28, 2010

Time is running out for area residents looking to get rid of their mountain of Christmas trash — wrapping paper, boxes, bows — without a trip to the landfill.

Trash containers set up last week in the parking lots of Coronado Plaza, Big Spring Mall, College Park Shopping Center, Howard County Fair Barn and in the 700 block of N. Gregg Street are set to be removed Wednesday, according to officials with the city of Big Spring.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

December 28, 2010

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
• GRACIELA LEAL, 39, of 505 S. Aylesford, was arrested Monday on a warrant for of failure to maintain financial responsibility.
• CODY NICOLAS SPOLLINO, 23, of 3910 Parkway, was arrested Monday on warrants for possession of marijuana – two ounces or less and delivery of marijuana – less than ¼ ounce.
• RODOLFO GONZALES JR., 49, of 1601 Johnson, was arrested Monday on a warrant from another agency.
• CRIMINAL MISCHIEF was reported:
In the 3200 block of Drexel.

December 24th

Cotton crop 'better than average,' officials agree

December 24, 2010

Observers of the area agriculture scene agree: This year's cotton crop could have better, but it could have been worse, too.

A crop that's been called “better than average” and is bringing in record prices is winding its way through area cotton gins, meaning that area producers can soon put a bow on this year's efforts.

Christmas brings joy, abundance of trash

December 24, 2010

Smiles and warm feelings aren't the only things generated by the Christmas holiday, as officials with the city of Big Spring prepare for a major influx of something else this weekend: garbage.

Wrapping paper, bows, boxes and other holiday leftovers will likely fill city sanitation containers across the Crossroads area. However, the city will be placing additional trash containers in several locations in an effort to accommodate the holiday load, according to Assistant City Manager Todd Darden.

Holidays fun, therapeutic for BSSH patients

December 24, 2010

The patients at Big Spring State Hospital this month experienced many of the same traditions and activities that their friends and family shared this holiday season.

And in so doing, hopefully it will help them in their recovery as they work toward returning home.

Patients were treated to Christmas parties, treats of hot chocolate and other goodies, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, music, presents and a re-enactment of the nativity scene.

Police blotter

December 24, 2010

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity Thursday and early Friday:
• JONATHON MICHAEL PAUL, 30, 605 Circle, was arrested on charges of driving while license invalid/previous conviction, criminal mischief over $500/under $1,500, failure to maintain financial responsibility and a warrant from another agency.
• ADRIAN PATRICK VALENCIA, 22, 908 S. Nolan, was arrested on a charge of driving while license suspended/previous conviction.
• LEONARD GUZMAN, 24, 1504 Vines, was arrested on a warrant from another agency.

December 23rd

Retailers: Shoppers buying locally

December 23, 2010

Local shoppers aren't necessarily buying more this Christmas, but they appear to be shopping at home, which has Big Spring retailers happy.

An informal survey of several local businesses shows an increase in holiday sales over last year. While several businessmen declined comment, citing company policy, others said it appears that Howard County residents are shopping Big Spring first.

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