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February 1st, 2011
Recent mild winter weather came to a close in the Crossroads area Monday evening as a massive winter storm caused temperatures to drop throughout the area.
Residents woke up to a formidable dusting of snow, prompting most public schools to delay classes, then cancel them altogether. Big Spring, Coahoma, Forsan, Grady and Sands school districts all canceled classes, as did Howard College.
Throughout Big Spring, private schools and clinics either delayed opening or decided to remain closed.
With low temperatures dipping well below freezing this week, many area residents will be looking for some extra warmth, a search fire department officials say can turn deadly if precautions aren’t taken.
Big Spring Fire Marshal Carl Condray said there are many different types of secondary heating, ranging from portable electric units to wood-burning stoves, but the most common causes of fires involving them are avoidable.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ CHRISTOPHER BENNETT WOOTEN, 50, of 1700 Runnels, was arrested Saturday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€˘ GAUDY LYNN COX, 47, of Weatherford, was arrested Saturday on a charge of driving while license invalid â€“ DWI related.
West Texas VA Health Care System officials will cut the ribbon on their new residential rehabilitation trentment center Tuesday.
The â€śVeteran Healing Center,â€ť 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.