Friends and family members who confine themselves to their homes and donât want to participate in holiday preparations need encouragement from loved ones to involve themselves in the season.
Many people feel sad during the holidays because of recent losses, time and financial stresses, and unrealistic expectations, said Robin Riha, LMSW, Big Spring State Hospital director of Social Work Services.
Howard College and Howard County officials are exploring the possibility of combining the two entities' library facilities under one roof.
College trustees and county commissioners will hear a report on the idea when trustees hold their monthly meeting at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Student Union Building's Tumbleweed Room.
College President Dr. Cheryl Sparks said the idea hatched a few weeks ago when officials were discussing the best ways to use a $250,000 gift from the Maria Hogue estate to improve the college library.
Local resident Larry Torres has filed to run for the Precinct 1 seat on the Howard County commissioners on the Democratic ticket, with Monday the most recent deadline for political hopefuls to file to run in the upcoming March primaries.
Secret Santas are popping up everywhere.
Local resident Lupe Castro received an early Christmas present Friday afternoon when she was informed her layaway had been taken care of.
âIt truly is a blessing,â Castro said. âIt is a rare thing to see, but itâs nice to see there are still people out there with caring hearts.â
Wal-Mart Assistant Manager Erica Rodriques said the anonymous donor walked in and expressed the desire to pay for 22 layaways.
Lakeview Headstart, located at 1107 N.W. Seventh, had to shut their doors early Thursday.
Throughout the day, there had been a faint gas odor and for safety concerns Site Director Dominga Shockley decided it was in the best interest to go ahead and send students home for the day until the problem could be found and repaired.
According to Shockley, the problem was fixed by 5 p.m. Thursday. Classes went on as usual Friday, with an early release scheduled for the holiday break.
Classes at Lakeview Headstart will resume Jan. 2, 2012.
Robert E. âDogâ Jones Sr., 64, of Big Spring, died Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, at his residence. His services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Johnnie L. Mondey, 70, of Big Spring, died Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, at Scenic Mountain Medical Center. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Joseph Garcia Luna, âJo Jo,â age 22, of Odessa died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, at his home. He was born in Odessa on Feb. 17, 1989. He worked as a waiter at Tequila Tonyâs Mexican Restaurant.
Survivors include his father, Gilbert Luna and wife Rosa Garcia; mother, Cynthia Ann (Garcia) Ponce and husband Luis; maternal great-grandparents, Sabino and Josefa Garcia; maternal grandmother, Mary Jo Pineda; paternal grandmother, Felicita L. Valenzuela; and an uncle, Luis Luna, all of Odessa.
Bill Bennett, 80, of Sand Springs, died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, in a local hospital. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at Midway Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Binnix officiating. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Park.
Bill was born March 22, 1931, in Vincent, Texas, and married Johnnie Padgett on Oct. 7, 1950 in Forsan.
He was employed for 36 years at the Cosden Refinery, now Alon USA, as an operator.
He was a member of Midway Baptist Church.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday:
â˘ TAMMY KAY LOCKHART, 35, of 1106 W. Third St. 13, was arrested Friday on a warrant on assault by contact.
â˘ TONY ELBERT MCBEE, 46, of 1706.5 Johnson St., was arrested Friday on a warrant from another agency.
â˘ JONATHON MICHAEL PAUL, 31, of 605 Circle, was arrested Friday on a warrant for criminal mischief.
â˘ CODY KYLE WITT, 26, of 1605 Johnson, was arrested Friday on a charge of disregard a red light.