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February 2nd, 2011
The VA Medical Center's new Veteran's Healing Center offers more than just treatment to vets suffering from homelessness, substance abuse, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and mental illness — hope and home are also on the menu.
Open house and dedication for the new 40-bed facility was held Tuesday and officials touted it as an entirely new way to help treat veterans suffering from the above-listed conditions. The center is the direct result of a federal review conducted several years ago.
Veterans of the U.S. armed forces who died during the previous year will be honored Thursday morning during the Four Chaplains Memorial Service at First Baptist Church under the direction of the Big Spring VA Medical Center.
The memorial service — which is named after four U.S. Army chaplains who sacrificed their lives to save others when the U.S.A.T. Dorchester was sunk by a German U-boat in 1943 — will get under way at 11 a.m. In the main chapel at the local church, according to VA Chaplain Dean Thomas.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ MARIO GABRIEL ANASTACIO, 38, of 1511 S. Lancaster, was arrested Monday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€˘ RONALD LEE COVINGTON, 31, of 2704 Apache, was arrested Monday on a warrant for accident involving damage to a vehicle.
â€˘ BURGLARY OF A BUILDING was reported in the 2100 block of S. Gregg Street.
â€˘ BURGLARY OF A HABITATION was reported:
In the 4200 block of Hamilton.
In the 3600 block of Connally.
The Howard County Sheriffâ€™s Office reported the following activity:
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.
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.