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January 9th, 2015

Things to know today

January 9, 2015

Some of the stories that will be talked about today: House Republicans are on track to pass legislation to authorize the construction of the contentious Keystone XL oil pipeline. It's still not immediately clear even within the Obama administration whether rogue hackers or other governments disrupted North Korea's networks last month. Obama administration officials are not providing any details about the proposal to give every American student two years of community college for free... no word on where the money would come to pay for it.

Property tax deadline looms

January 9, 2015

One of January’s colder realities (in a figurative sense, anyway) is that property owners need to pay their tax bills by the end of the month.

Homeowners have until Feb. 2 (Jan. 31, the traditional deadline, falls on a Saturday) to pay their tax bills without penalties or interest, said Diane Carter, Howard County tax assessor/collector.

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

TxDOT urges caution on roads

January 9, 2015

ABILENE — In preparation for this week’s expected winter weather, TxDOT’s Abilene district, which includes Big Spring and Howard County, is pre-treating priority roadways in an effort to reduce potential ice accumulation that could cause hazardous driving conditions.

Priority roadways are identified based on traffic type and volume, and include Interstate 20 throughout the district.

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

Steers' game with Fort Stockton cancelled

January 9, 2015

The Big Spring High School Steers will have to wait a few more days to return to the basketball court.
Due to inclement weather conditions in West Texas, Big Spring and Fort Stockton school officials announced on Friday morning that the non-district game scheduled for tonight had been cancelled. According to weather reports, road conditions in the area are expected to deteriorate today, creating unsafe driving conditions.
Big Spring is scheduled to return to play on Jan. 16 in Levelland.

January 8th

Hawks, Lady Hawks return to WJCAC action tonight vs. SPC

January 8, 2015

Finally!
The Howard College men’s and women’s basketball teams will return to Western Junior College Athletic Conference action for the first time in more than a month tonight when they host South Plains College in the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum. The games are scheduled to tip off at 5:45 p.m. with the women’s matchup.

January 7th

WTC offering mental health first aid course

January 7, 2015

West Texas Centers and Howard College are offering a Mental Health First Aid training session to people who are interested in knowing how to respond to people in a mental health crisis.

This class will be offered January 20th from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Howard College Warren Center, Big Spring campus. An hour will be set aside for lunch. Lunch will not be provided. To register, contact the Howard College Registrar’s Office at 264-5072.

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

Second-half surge lifts Mustangs past Steers, 52-47

January 7, 2015

Andrews knocked down 17 free throws and raced to a 52-47 come-from-behind win over the Big Spring Steers in non-district basketball action.
Overall, Andrews made 17 of 27 free throw attempts in the contest. In contrast, Big Spring went to the charity stripe just 14 times in the contest, making six.

Silver Wings Ball set for Saturday

January 7, 2015

Tickets are rapidly disappearing for the first black-tie event in Big Spring this year.

By Tuesday morning, only 40 tickets were left for the Silver Wings Ball, a semi-formal affair held annually to benefit the Hangar 25 Air Museum, according to Amber Stokes, museum director.

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

January 6th

Gas price plunge continues

January 6, 2015

Average retail gasoline prices in Texas have fallen 6.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.97 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 13,114 gas outlets in Texas.

This compares with the national average that has fallen 7.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.19 a gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

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

AARP tax aid on tap

January 6, 2015

Although the infamous April 15 Tax Day is more than four months away, volunteers with the local AARP tax assistance program are already preparing for what maybe an interesting season.

This year is the first time the penalty for the Affordable Care Act kicks in. Taxpayers who did not have medical coverage in the past year will have to pay a penalty that may impact their tax refund. How it will is still a question.

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

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