July 9th, 2011
It's a profession he stumbled into, but one he has come to enjoy.
Clipper Strickland, the new optometrist at The Eye Associates, was attending McMurry University when he just happened to go into optometry. After receiving his bachelor of science degree at McMurry, he continued his education at the Univeristy of Houston College of Optometry.
â€śThere's really no profound story on how I came to be in this profession,â€ť Strickland said. â€śI just happened to stumble into it and I have enjoyed it ever since.â€ť
It's not a surprise local firefighters have been busy this year.
Due to all the grassfires, especially the most recent Boykin Road Fire and South Mountain Fire, the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department, surrounding county volunteer fire departments, Big Spring Fire Department and Texas Forest Service have been putting in long hours to ensure the safety of Crossroads residents.
In honor of all their hard work, numerous people and organizations have joined together to put on a Firemen Benefit, Auction and Dance.
A Friday evening accident caused the two occupants of a Silver Ford Ranger to be flown to Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.
The one-vehicle rollover occurred in the east bound lanes of I-20 about 5 miles outside Big Spring around 7 p.m. A male and female passenger â€” names unknown and not released by DPS officials at the time â€” were treated on scene before being flown to the hospital.
Two ambulances and two Air Evac helicopters were called to the scene, as well as the Howard County Sheriff's Office, Big Spring Fire Department and DPS.
For Big Spring's freshman state representative, a lot of good things were accomplished during this year's session of the Texas Legislature.
Jim Landtroop (R-Plainview) proudly pointed to a balanced budget and bills he said advanced the conservative agenda that best reflects Texans' wishes as he looked back on the Legislature's 2011 session, his first as the District 85 representative.
But he conceded some bad was sprinkled in with the positive accomplishments.
Howard County and surrounding residents now have one more option when it comes to health care.
The Howard County Health Center, located at 1300 S. Gregg, officially opened its doors this week. The center provides general health care, including pap smears and well health checks.
According to Clinic Manager Joyce Nelson, the clinic also has a focus on diabetes.
“We treat anyone from infants to adults,” Nelson said.
Who ya' gonna call?
If you happen to be in the downtown area July 15 it will most likely be the Ghostbusters, as the Big Spring Film Society gets ready to screen the 1984 classic featuring Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. The second flick in the film society's summer screening program, “Ghostbusters” — written by Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd and Rick Moranis and directed by Ivan Reitman — marks an important milestone for both the local film society and its chairman.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ ANSELMO JOEL ONTIVEROS JR., 25, of 4213 Hamilton, was arrested Thursday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€˘ ERNEST WILLIAM CLARK, 71, transient, was arrested Thursday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€˘ ASHLEY ELAINE ELLISON, 23, of 1902 Mittel, was arrested Thursday on warrants for driving while license invalid, failure to appear (two counts) and open container in a motor vehicle â€“ driver.
Law enforcement officials involved in the ongoing investigation into alleged illegal campaign contributions accepted by a trio of Big Spring City Council members say the cases could go to the district attorney in as little as two weeks.
Big Spring Mayor Tommy Duncan, along with newly elected District 1 Councilman Marcus Fernandez and District 3 Councilman Glen Carrigan, are currently under investigation by the Texas Rangers for allegations they each accepted campaign contributions from a pair of corporations, Quad A Inc. and Hydro Dynamics.
FORSAN — Forsan Independent School District officials are dipping into their rainy day fund to help pay for pay raises and employee insurance costs this coming school year.
School trustees recently decided to go ahead with plans for modest pay raises for teachers and other district employees this year, despite drastic cuts in state aid that will hit the district the next two fiscal years.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
Note: The BSPD reported no arrests for the corresponding times.
â€˘ THEFT was reported:
In the 1800 block of S. Gregg Street.
In the 500 block of W. Eighth Street.
In the 1300 block of S. Birdwell Lane.
â€˘ ASSAULT was reported in the 400 block of E. Fourth Street.
The Howard County Sheriffâ€™s Office reported the following activity:
Note â€” Officials with the Howard County Jail reported having 67 inmates at the time of this report.