April 30th, 2011
More than a dozen arrests were made this week as part of an effort to seek out violent gang members with outstanding warrants and those involved in gang-related criminal activity, according to local law enforcement officials.
Part of ICE Surge 2011 and in support of Operation Community Shield, law enforcement officials with the Big Spring Police Department, Howard County Sheriffâ€™s Office, Customs & Border Protection (Air/Marine) and Enforcement Removal Operations made 14 arrests between Tuesday and Thursday as a result of the investigation.
Stage 3 of the city of Big Spring's recently approved water conservation plan goes into effect Sunday, including a number of restrictions regarding outdoor water use, according to municipal officials.
The conservation plan â€” which calls for scheduled outdoor water usage to help the city cut water consumption by 10 percent â€” passed final reading April 26 on a unanimous vote from the Big Spring City Council.
Friday might be a time when most employees in the Crossroads area look toward the relaxation of the weekend, but that's a very unlikely scenario for firefighters with the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department and Big Spring Fire Department.
Firefighters with both agencies were kept busy Friday, as wildfires and grass fires in an around the Howard County area continued to threaten a number of homes and structures.
Early voting in Big Spring's municipal elections will kick off Monday as area voters prepare to weigh in on not only candidates, but proposed term limits for members of the city council.
Early voting will be held at the Howard County Courthouse and continue through May 10, according to Saundra Bloom, county elections administrator.
The surf will be up Saturday night at Dorothy Garrett Coliseum as the Big Spring Symphony, together with Jeans 'n Classics of Toronto, Canada, presents the music of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys.
"It should be a really good, clean, family kind of upbeat show,” said Dr. Keith Graumann, symphony conductor and director. “We'll have tables on the floor for anyone who would like table seating.”
For those in need of some retail therapy, this weekend is perfect timing.
Dee’s Trade Show will be at the Howard County Fair Barn Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This marks the fifth year for the show, according to Denise McComb, owner.
“Mother’s Day is right around the corner and there are numerous gifts to be found,” McComb said. “There are lots of unique arts and crafts this year.”
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ STEVEN RAY EVANS, 22, of 1103 E. Sixth St., was arrested Thursday on charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and burglary of a habitation.
â€˘ JOE LYNN PAYNE, 40, of Odessa, was arrested Thursday on charges of resisting arrest, search or transportation and public intoxication.
â€˘ REBECCA NICOLE RODRIQUEZ, 24, of 300 Furrh in Coahoma, was arrested Thursday on two warrants from another agency.
Fostering is about family and creating a special bond.
A World for Children, a foundation aimed at finding “forever families” for children referred through Child Protective Services, held an appreciation luncheon for its foster families Thursday at St. Mary's Episcopal Church.
“Without foster families we wouldn't be an agency,” said Isaac Miramontes, foster home developer. “We truly appreciate what these families do for us.”
Mamie Madry, 100, of Arlington, formerly of Big Spring died Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at her daughter's residence in Arlington. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, 2011, at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel with the the Rev. Gene Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Olive Memorial Park.
Douglas Nichols, 68, of Big Spring died Tuesday, April 26, 2011, in San Angelo. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Friday at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Myers & Smith Chapel with Ken McMeans, pastor of College Baptist Church, officiating.