Crossroads residents planning to make fireworks part of their New Year holiday celebration should use extreme caution, according to local fire officials, as dry conditions could quickly turn fun into tragedy.
According to Howard County Volunteer Fire Chief Tommy Sullivan, local officials will be relying on residents' good planning and safe practices this holiday season when it comes to fireworks, much like they did during the Independence Day holiday earlier this year.
Because of computer problems, police and sheriff reports were unavailable this morning.
The Big Spring Fire Department/Emergency Medical Service reported the following activity:
â€˘ MEDICAL was reported in the 1700 block of Lancaster. One person was transported to SMMC.
â€˘ TRAFFIC ACCIDENT was reported in the intersection of Owens and Benton. Two people were transported to SMMC.
â€˘ MEDICAL was reported in the 300 block of Veterans Boulevard. One person was transported to SMMC.
â€˘ TRAUMA was reported in the 1400 block of S. Aylesford. One person was transported to SMMC.
Gabriel Ezilas Viera, infant son of Vicki and Adam Viera, of Big Spring, died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, at Myers & Smith Chapel. Burial will follow at Mount Olive Memorial Park.
He was born Oct. 3, 2012 in Lubbock, Texas.
Joe Doporto Jr., 54, of Fort Worth, formerly of Big Spring died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, in Fort Worth. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Augustine Cantu, 67, of Big Spring died Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at Scenic Mountain Medical Center. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
FORSAN â€” The Buffaloes will be losing some gridiron stalwarts this year, including quarterback Marcus Cervantes, safety Trevor Burchett and runningback Brendan Roman.
Luckily for Head Football Coach Jason Phillips, he has more all-district selections expected to return next year than are graduating.
â€śWe had a good senior class this year,â€ť Phillips said. â€śEspecially with all the injuries â€” most of them were to seniors â€” but they were a big part of our success and helped us build our program. I am proud of those guys.â€ť
BIG SPRING â€” The Steers (5-10), lost a hard-fought battle to Seminole on Friday at Steer Gym, 66-59. Steer varsity will look to get back in action with a win at the Bridgeport Tournament, which is set to begin Friday against an opponent to be announced.
The Lady Steers are off until Thursday, when they travel to Lubbock for the Caprock Tournament. BSHS will face Tulia at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Lubbock Coronado.
FORSAN â€” The Buffaloes found themseleves in a dogfight with Colorado City on Friday.
Those weren't elves scattering about Big Spring Friday, but they definitely qualified as Santa's helpers.
Volunteers with the Hometown Christmas program capped their third annual effort Friday, fanning out across the area, delivering Christmas presents to needy families and children.
Sixty families and about 400 people â€” roughly twice the number helped in 2011 â€” received gifts through the program this year, said volunteer Kathy Johnson.
Howard County commissioners voted unanimously Friday to adopt a road use agreement in hopes of sharing the mounting cost of rural road maintenance made necessary by the ongoing boom in the oilfield.
The court â€” with Precinct 1 Councilwoman Emma Brown absent â€” voted in favor of the agreement, which has been in the works for several months now, with the fees tacked on to county permits.