February 3rd, 2012
âComing Homeâ âŠ not only what author, Kathleen Rigdon Highley is doing, but it's also the title of her new novel.
Highley âÂ a West Texas native â was raised in Big Spring and graduated from Big Spring High School and Howard College. She will be on hand for a book signing at Inspirations Flowers and Gifts on Saturday, Feb. 11. Her book signing will take place from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Van Cliburn gold medalist Hauchen Zhang will be the featured performer when the Big Spring Symphony Orchestra takes the stage Saturday night, but the audience is sure to enjoy other classical music in the show, too, said Dr. Keith Graumann, conductor.
âI think we have put together a very enjoyable evening. This is a concert that will have a lot of emotion, both power and a delicate touch,â Graumann said.
John Robert Smithwick, 20, died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, in Houston, Texas.
Mass of Christian burial will be held Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, at 2 p.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church with Father John Guzaldo officiating. Visitation will be held Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Connally/Compton Funeral Directors and rosary recited at 5 p.m.
John was born Sept. 6, 1991, to Danny and Maria Lourdes Garcia Smithwick in Houston, Texas. He was a resident of Waco and graduated from A.J. Moore Academy in 2011.
Charles Ray âCharlieâ Seals, 68, of Coahoma died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at his residence. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Myers & Smith Chapel with burial at Coahoma Cemetery.
He was born June 15, 1943, in Stamford to Oleain and Charlie Seals. He married Nona Gilbert on March 2, 1963, in San Angelo. They moved to Howard County 40 years ago from Post. He worked at Howard College, retiring after 23 years. He was a member of Grace Fellowship Church of God.
Albert âBetoâ Chavarria, 58, of Big Spring died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa. Prayer services will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, at Myers & Smith Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Myers & Smith Chapel with Michael Villareal officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Olive Memorial Park.
He was born Nov. 18, 1953, in Big Spring to Sara and Eulalio Chavarria. He was a lifetime resident of Big Spring and worked as a roustabout in the oil field. He married Maria Holguin on Aug. 6, 2011, in Big Spring. He was a Christian.
Heading into Thursday's season opener, Britt Smith was counting on pitching to be a strength for the Howard College baseball team.
So far, so good.
Five Howard pitchers combined to surrender only one earned run as the Hawks opened their season with a 7-4, 10-0 doubleheader sweep of Frank Phillips College at Jack Barber Field Thursday afternoon.
Mark Adams has long been an advocate of defense first in basketball, but even he approved of the offensive fireworks the Howard College Hawks set off inside Garrett Coliseum Thursday night.
A scorching first half paved the way for Howard to take a 71-54 win over New Mexico Junior College in Western Junior College Athletic Conference men's basketball action Thursday night.
The win improved the Hawks to 15-5 overall and 4-2 in WJCAC play, while NMJC dropped to 15-6, 3-3.
Big Spring at Andrews Invitational.
Frank Phillips College at Howard College (DH), noon.
Lamar College at Howard College (DH), 1:30 p.m.
Big Spring at Brownwood, 6 p.m.
Lubbock Roosevelt at Coahoma, 6:30 p.m.
Stanton at Forsan, 6:30 p.m.
Big Spring at Brownwood, 7:30 p.m.
Lubbock Roosevelt at Coahoma, 8 p.m.
Stanton at Forsan, 8 p.m.
Big Spring at Andrews Invitational.
Howard College at Frank Phillips College, 5:45 p.m.
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) â Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his lair to "see" his shadow on Thursday, in the process predicting six more weeks of winter.
But, at this rate, that might not be so bad.
The groundhog made his "prediction" on Gobbler's Knob, a tiny hill in the town for which he's named about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.
Temperatures were near freezing when he emerged at dawn â unseasonably warm â and were forecast to climb into the mid-40s in a winter that's brought little snow and only a few notably cold days to much of the East.
Preliminary autopsy reports show no signs of foul play in the death of a Big Spring man discovered Jan. 2 in a ditch, according to investigators, but a cause of death can't be determined until toxicology reports are finalized.
The body of Jose Regalado, 70, was discovered near the 1100 block of West FM 700 shortly after 11 a.m., according to Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer with the Big Spring Police Department.