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As the Comanche Trail Festival of Lights enters the home stretch of its 14th annual run, almost 20,000 people have visited the holiday attraction, officials say.
Pat Simmons, who has directed the event since its inception, said 19,435 people have toured the festival as of Tuesday morning. The busiest night was Christmas Eve, when more than 2,200 people came through the gates at Comanche Trail Park.
People from 36 states and 12 countries have visited the event, Simmons said.
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.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity Tuesday and early Wednesday:
â€˘ MELVIN WILLIAM BIDDLE, 48, 908 W. Fourth, was arrested on a charge of public intoxication.
â€˘ DAVID LYNN DOW, 27, 1402 Tucson, was arrested on a charge of criminal trespass.
â€˘ JAMES CARSON, 50, 200 N. Scurry, was arrested on two warrants from other agencies.
â€˘ ASHLEY CASSAREZ LUNA, 26, 406 S. Douglas, was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated/second offense.
â€˘ BURGLARY OF A HABITATION was reported in the 100 block of Lockhart.
â€˘ THEFT was reported in the 1700 block of Johnson.
Area residents who havenâ€™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.
Time is running out for area residents looking to get rid of their mountain of Christmas trash â€” wrapping paper, boxes, bows â€” 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.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ GRACIELA LEAL, 39, of 505 S. Aylesford, was arrested Monday on a warrant for of failure to maintain financial responsibility.
â€˘ CODY NICOLAS SPOLLINO, 23, of 3910 Parkway, was arrested Monday on warrants for possession of marijuana â€“ two ounces or less and delivery of marijuana â€“ less than ÂĽ ounce.
â€˘ RODOLFO GONZALES JR., 49, of 1601 Johnson, was arrested Monday on a warrant from another agency.
â€˘ CRIMINAL MISCHIEF was reported:
In the 3200 block of Drexel.
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 â€śbetter than averageâ€ť 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.
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.
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.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity Thursday and early Friday:
â€˘ 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.
â€˘ ADRIAN PATRICK VALENCIA, 22, 908 S. Nolan, was arrested on a charge of driving while license suspended/previous conviction.
â€˘ LEONARD GUZMAN, 24, 1504 Vines, was arrested on a warrant from another agency.