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August 5th, 2015

SMMC under new corporate umbrella

August 5, 2015

Scenic Mountain Medical Center will be one of 38 hospitals along with Quorum Health Resources, a hospital management and consulting business, to be split off from its parent company Community Health Systems (CHS) into a new publicly traded hospital company.

CHS, the No. 2 U.S. publicly traded hospital operator according to Reuters news service, announced Monday it planned to spin off the hospitals and management company into Quorum Health Corporation.

Suspect charged in two burglaries

August 5, 2015

A Big Spring man is in custody after being charged with burglarizing two local businesses.

Corey Preston Hoffpauir, 39, was arrested by Big Spring police this week and charged with the recent burglaries of Richard Cauley’s dentist office and Inspirations Flowers.

For more of this story, read Wednesday's edition of the Herald.

August 4th

With rain's passing, hang gliding competition should pick up

August 4, 2015

Two days of rain were wonderful for lawns and lakes, but not so good for hang gliders.

Competition at the U.S. Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association’s 2015 national meet in Big Spring slowed to a virtual crawl because of some out-of-season weather.

Rain storms moved in Sunday, causing the pilots to call off the competition just a little over an hour after starting said Belinda Boulter, spokeswoman for the hang gliding competition.

August 3rd

Ports to Plains official touts I-27 extension

August 3, 2015

Local efforts to extend Interstate 27 through the Crossroads area are bearing fruit, bit by little bit, officials say.

Michael Reeves, president of the Ports to Plains Alliance, was in Big Spring Friday to give local supporters of the idea a combination update/pep talk on the status of projects which should give a boost to communities along the Ports to Plain corridor, a 2,300-mile stretch of highways connecting Canada, the United States and Mexico.

Analysts: Gas prices heading down

August 3, 2015

2015’s second half represents a strong commitment that motorists will spend even less on gasoline this year than they did in 2014.

GasBuddy experts say that before Christmas, as many as 20 states could have average gas prices below $2 per gallon as the national average for December slips to $1.98.

“We’re confident that our projections give consumers more than accuracy; we think they’ll help them identify some savings that should come in handy at Thanksgiving and Christmas,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.

August 1st

Hang Gliding competitions takes flight this weekend

August 1, 2015

Up, up and away the hang gliders will be ... for the next week.
The 2015 Hang Gliding Nationals are under way in Big Spring at the McMahon-Winkler airport.
Saturday was set aside for practice. Competitors used the time to check out the conditions and test their equipment for any fine tuning needs.
The competition officially begins Sunday.

A natural calling

August 1, 2015

A career in teaching never entered Ryan Ward’s thoughts concerning his long-term career goals, however perceptions change in an instant.
When Ryan walked out of his Washington Elementary fourth grade classroom on his first day as a teacher, he knew he had found his life’s calling. Every day in the classroom since has just been a validation.
“Teaching has changed my life, my world and I love every minute of it,” the 27-year-old said.

Attacking the invasive saltceda

August 1, 2015

This past year’s rains may have set back a long-term program to combat the invasive, water thirsty saltcedar plant temporarily, but experts believe once nature takes its natural course the program will be back in full force.
Tamarix Ramosissima (tamarisk) or the more common name, Saltcedar, are evergreen or deciduous shrubs or trees that grow 1-18 m in height and form dense thickets.

July 31st

Food drive to benefit St. Vincent de Paul

July 31, 2015

As shoppers hit the stores in the coming days taking advantage of back-to-school savings, a Big Spring business is hoping they will add a few canned good to their carts.

IntergraCare Home Health is holding a nonperishable food drive for the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry during the month of August.

“We are taking any non-perishables,” said Tiffany Diaz, Big Spring IntegraCare Home Health Director. “Around the holidays, there is a lot of activity with food drives, but about now, these food pantries shelves are getting a little bare.”

Firefighters learn driving techniques during training course

July 31, 2015

Fighting fires is hazardous enough — it wouldn’t do to get into a wreck on the way to one.

Personnel with the Big Spring and Howard County Volunteer fire departments are training in the parking lot of Hanger 25 for the next few days.

FD International is a company that travels across the United States teaching firefighters different techniques to driving a fire truck under different weather and road conditions.

For more of this story, read Friday's edition of the Herald.

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