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A natural calling

August 1, 2015

A career in teaching never entered Ryan Ward’s thoughts concerning his long-term career goals, however perceptions change in an instant.
When Ryan walked out of his Washington Elementary fourth grade classroom on his first day as a teacher, he knew he had found his life’s calling. Every day in the classroom since has just been a validation.
“Teaching has changed my life, my world and I love every minute of it,” the 27-year-old said.

Attacking the invasive saltceda

August 1, 2015

This past year’s rains may have set back a long-term program to combat the invasive, water thirsty saltcedar plant temporarily, but experts believe once nature takes its natural course the program will be back in full force.
Tamarix Ramosissima (tamarisk) or the more common name, Saltcedar, are evergreen or deciduous shrubs or trees that grow 1-18 m in height and form dense thickets.

July 31st

Food drive to benefit St. Vincent de Paul

July 31, 2015

As shoppers hit the stores in the coming days taking advantage of back-to-school savings, a Big Spring business is hoping they will add a few canned good to their carts.

IntergraCare Home Health is holding a nonperishable food drive for the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry during the month of August.

“We are taking any non-perishables,” said Tiffany Diaz, Big Spring IntegraCare Home Health Director. “Around the holidays, there is a lot of activity with food drives, but about now, these food pantries shelves are getting a little bare.”

Firefighters learn driving techniques during training course

July 31, 2015

Fighting fires is hazardous enough — it wouldn’t do to get into a wreck on the way to one.

Personnel with the Big Spring and Howard County Volunteer fire departments are training in the parking lot of Hanger 25 for the next few days.

FD International is a company that travels across the United States teaching firefighters different techniques to driving a fire truck under different weather and road conditions.

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

VIDEO: Should college football playoffs include 64 teams?

July 31, 2015

Should college football add 64 teams to the playoffs?

July 29th

City holding fiscal line with proposed budget

July 29, 2015

There’s not a lot of changes coming in Big Spring city operations, if the proposed budget for the coming fiscal year is any indication.

During Tuesday’s city council budget workshop, staff proposed a budget strikingly similar to the current fiscal package.

Drought's over, but officials still encourage conservation

July 29, 2015

The weather is hot, hot, hot but, thanks to Mother Nature, the Crossroads area is not as severely dry as it has been in the past.

Heavy rains in September and May have brought much of the state of Texas out, at least for now, from under drought conditions. The rains in September alone resurrected Lake J.B. Thomas, which had become essentially dry in the last number years.

Even with the bountiful rain, the city of Big Spring still continues to request its citizens to voluntarily limit and conserve water.

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

July 28th

Hang gliding competition to begin this weeken

July 28, 2015

This weekend will begin the 2015 Hang Gliding National competition.
Hang gliders have been coming to Big Spring since 2001 thanks to the weather and the community said Belinda Boulter, spokesperson for the 2015 Hang Gliding Nationals.

July 27th

Number crunching time: Big Spring city council to tackle budget Tuesday

July 27, 2015

City officials will begin fine-tuning the FY 2016 budget when they hold a workshop with the city council at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers, 307 E. Fourth.
This is the first of four scheduled budget workshops this week; however, if the council follows past history, it will likely be the only session.
Council members gave their input on what they’d like to see included in the coming budget earlier this summer, and infrastructure — streets, water and sewer lines and the like — headlined most of the wish lists:

For more, see Monday's edition of the Big Spring Herald.

July 25th

Sales tax holiday should give back-to-school shoppers a break

July 25, 2015

With August just around the corner, parents and students will be, or are now, heading to the stores for the traditional shopping trip for back to school clothes and supplies.

In an effort to help mitigate the dent to families monthly finances, the state of Texas will once again hold the annual sales tax holiday. This year, the sales tax holiday is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 7-9.

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

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