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December 20th

Thomas, Perry honored for volunteer service to VAMC

December 20, 2014

Two Big Spring VA Medical Center volunteers received a warm thank you for their years of service.
Dean Thomas and Gerald Perry received Quilts of Valor in recognition of their service to veterans.
Thomas served as a chaplain at the local VAMC for many years before retiring, but still volunteers his service to the chaplain’s department, while Perry travels from Odessa at least once a week to help transport veterans to and from doctor’s appointments in the VAMC’s service area.
The quilts were sewn by Kathy McFarland and Lois Cunningham.

See More in Sunday's Big Spring Herald.

Commissioners to meet Monday

December 20, 2014

Howard County commissioners are expected to decide the final fate of the old show barns at the fairgrounds when they hold their final meeting of the year at 10 a.m. Monday on the third floor of the county courthouse.
Commissioners recently decided to advertise for bids to demolish most of the show barns at the fairgrounds, located adjacent to the Big Spring Rodeo Bowl.
The metal buildings, constructed in the mid to late 1950s, were rarely used outside of some annual stock shows, and even those have relocated to other venues, Howard County Judge Mark Barr said.

December 19th

Man, Woman of Year nominations accepted

December 19, 2014

ber of Commerce Man and Woman of theYear is about to honor those who make a lasting difference in the community and are chosen from nominations by Chamber members.

“If you know someone who should be recognized for their work in the community but you are not a Chamber member, please call me anyway,” said Debbye ValVerde, Chamber executive director.

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

December 18th

Schools dismiss Friday, city, county set days off

December 18, 2014

Area public school and Howard College students will head into the mid-term break Friday.

Coahoma and Forsan schools will get a 30-minute jump on Big Spring students as both school districts will release students from classes at noon Friday. Big Spring ISD will release students at 12:30 p.m. All three public schools will suspend classes until Jan. 6, when the spring semester begins. Area teachers will need to report back to their campuses Jan. 5 for in-service training.

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

Local cotton crop can’t overcome drought, rain

December 18, 2014

Mother Nature was not kind to area cotton growers this year.

In many cases, Howard County cotton farmers are experiencing yields that are lacking in both quantity and quality, and experts are pointing their fingers at the weather as the main culprit.

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

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Robin Williams was the Most Popular Google Search Term of 2014

December 18, 2014

December 17th

Local United Way nears $330,000 goal

December 17, 2014

Oh, so close.

The United Way of Big Spring and Howard County is only 12 percent away from achieving its $330,000 goal for the 2014 campaign.

“We still have the potential to make our goal,” said Sandy Stewart, United Way executive director. “We set our goal each year based on what our agencies need to be able to provide their services. Our figures are based on real numbers.”

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

Festival of Lights aglow again

December 17, 2014

The Comanche Trail Festival of Lights is off to a roaring start, officials said.

More than 2,700 people have visited during the first two nights of the 18th Christmas season event, which annually attracts thousands to Comanche Trail Park.

Festival of Lights will be on display until Dec. 31, according to officials.

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

December 16th

SWCID to get some much-needed housing

December 16, 2014

Howard College officials are taking steps to ease a housing crunch at SouthWest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf.

During their Monday meeting, college trustees approved a plan officials hope will soon result in three housing “pods” being constructed at SWCID.

Each of the three pods will consist of five 900-square-foot cottages, which will each house a family, or four students, College President Dr. Cheryl Sparks said.

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

KWAB transmission tower to be demolished Friday

December 16, 2014

The demolition of the old KWAB-TV transmission tower just east of Memorial Stadium will be akin to folding a piece of paper — except the “paper” is 500 feet long and weighs several thousand pounds.

The tower, the last vestige of the TV station that served Big Spring for more than 20 years, will come down Friday morning in a demolition that will feature no explosions and very little drama, officials say.

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

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