While the Christmas holiday is accompanied by a number of familiar sights and sounds in the Crossroads area â€” Christmas trees, festive lighting, candy canes and nativity scenes â€” it simply wouldn't be the same without the tolling bells and red kettles of the Salvation Army.
Time is running out for area residents hoping to get tickets for the 32nd annual First United Methodist Church Living Christmas Tree, which will help kick the holiday season into high gear this weekend.
According to Program Coordinator Eddie Vandewalker, performances will begin with a formal dress rehearsal at 2 p.m. Saturday, which will be open to the public.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ ROBERT DUANE BUCK, 41, of 1101 E. 15th St., was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for assault â€“ family violence.
â€˘ BRUCE ERVIN ESSIX, 44, of 1304 Ridgeroad, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of driving while license invalid.
â€˘ BENJAMIN FRANKLIN REYNOLDS, 65, of 101 Carey, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of theft of service.
â€˘ HENRY TREVINO FRANCO JR., 19, of 507 N.W. 10th St., was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for consumption of alcohol by a minor.
Festus McElreath, 78, of Big Spring passed from this life Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2010, at Midland Memorial Hospital. Services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Trinity Baptist Church with the Rev. Randy Cotton and the Rev. David McElreath officiating. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Park with services under the direction of Henderson Funeral Home of Coleman. The family will receive friends Thursday from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Nalley Pickle Welch Funeral Home.
Dennis Ringener, 59, of Stanton, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, in an Odessa hospital. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, at the Downtown Church of Christ, Stanton, with Kendall Tomlinson, minister, officiating. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Park, Big Spring.
Geraldine Hill, 61, of Big Spring died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, at her residence. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Park.
GREENWOOD â€” Cerbi Ritchey was the go-to player when it mattered most and Greenwood probably knew that.
The Rangerettes just couldnâ€™t do much about it.
The Lady Steers edged Greenwood in a 45-41 victory on the road thanks to nine points in overtime , six of which were from Ritchey.
In total, Ritchey had 21 points and Mackenzie Stone had 11 to lead the way. Stone had a team-high seven rebounds and Diamond Mayes had six boards.
Mayes and Ritchey in the post is becoming a lethal combination for head coach Mike Warren.
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The Howard-Glasscock Relay For Life has been exceeding expectations for years.
Now, if it can only avoid foul weather.
Relay For Life, a highly successful fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society, will hold its 2011 event a week earlier than normal in hopes of avoiding rainy weather that has plagued the event in recent years, it was announced during a Tuesday night kickoff reception.
The 2011 RFL will be held May 6 and 7 at Blankenship Field, said Vickie Stewart and Diane Wood, co-chairs for the event.
The Christmas season in Big Spring will start with a bang this weekend.
The Big Spring VA Medical Center will kick-start a weekend full of Christmas activities when it holds its 18th annual â€śLighting of the Lightsâ€ť ceremony Friday. The event, which will conclude with the lighting of thousands of lights decorating the hospital, will begin at 6 p.m.
Because of ongoing construction in the main lobby, the event will be moved to the hospital's out-patient lobby.