Notable people are all around and once a year the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce gives the community an opportunity to recognize those key players.
Nominations for the 2012 Man and Woman of the Year are being accepted through the local chamber until 5 p.m. Jan. 9.
â€śThere are people all around us who are constantly working to make this community a better place,â€ť said Debbye ValVerde, chamber executive director. â€śMany of those people work in the background so as to go unnoticed, but little do they know someone is usually watching and noticing the amazing things they are doing.â€ť
It was a big year for Big Spring Independent School District â€” about 300,000 square feet big, to be exact.
That's the approximate square footage of the four new elementary campuses christened by BSISD this year as part of a $60 million construction bond approved by voters two years ago. In addition to the new schools, the high school and junior high received considerable renovation.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ ALISON LEA PLATTE, 19, of 416 Dallas, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of consumption of alcohol by a minor.
â€˘ TRACY LEE PATTERSON, 50, of 3801 County Road 2, was arrested Wednesday on warrants for expired motor vehicle inspection certificate, failure to maintain financial responsibility and failure to appear (two counts).
â€˘ JAMES ARTHUR WHITED, 47, of 309 W. Fifth St., was arrested Wednesday on a charge of public intoxication.
With her daughter and son-in-law by her side, Wanda Faye Haney, 85, of Muskogee, Okla., was welcomed into her eternal home Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. She was born Aug. 9, 1927, in Merkel, Texas, the daughter of Grant and Annie Lee (Martin) Riggan.
Carol Lewis, 58, of Big Spring died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo, Texas. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at Myers and Smith Chapel.
She was born Oct. 31, 1954, in Big Spring, Texas to Inez (Logan) and Carl Hollingsworth. She was a lifetime resident of Big Spring. She married Dalton Lewis on Dec. 15, 1995 in Big Spring. She was an office manager at Big Spring Housing Authority and was a Presbyterian.
Jo Ann Howell, 66, of Big Spring died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at her residence. Services are pending at Myers and Smith Funeral Home,
Rudy Hilario, 52, of Big Spring died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. Services are pending at Myers and Smith Funeral Home.
Four years and counting.
Healthy Woman â€“ a Scenic Mountain Medical Center resource â€“ has been active for four years and will be celebrating its anniversary Jan. 24 in the historic Hotel Settles. Tickets are set to go on sale Jan. 2 and will be $40 per person.
Jane Jenkins Herlong, motivational speaker and former Miss America Pageant contestant, will be delivering her speech â€śBare Feet to High Heels and the Flip-Flops In-Between.â€ť
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.