Smiles and warm feelings aren't the only things generated by the Christmas holiday, as officials with the city of Big Spring prepare for a major influx of something else this weekend: garbage.
Wrapping paper, bows, boxes and other holiday leftovers will likely fill city sanitation containers across the Crossroads area. However, the city will be placing additional trash containers in several locations in an effort to accommodate the holiday load, according to Assistant City Manager Todd Darden.
The patients at Big Spring State Hospital this month experienced many of the same traditions and activities that their friends and family shared this holiday season.
And in so doing, hopefully it will help them in their recovery as they work toward returning home.
Patients were treated to Christmas parties, treats of hot chocolate and other goodies, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, music, presents and a re-enactment of the nativity scene.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity Thursday and early Friday:
â€¢ JONATHON MICHAEL PAUL, 30, 605 Circle, was arrested on charges of driving while license invalid/previous conviction, criminal mischief over $500/under $1,500, failure to maintain financial responsibility and a warrant from another agency.
â€¢ ADRIAN PATRICK VALENCIA, 22, 908 S. Nolan, was arrested on a charge of driving while license suspended/previous conviction.
â€¢ LEONARD GUZMAN, 24, 1504 Vines, was arrested on a warrant from another agency.
Alisha Ann Brewer, 32, of Big Spring died Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, at her residence after a long illness. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Myers & Smith Chapel with the Rev. Courtney Ballard, pastor of the Cowboy Church, officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Olive Memorial Park.
Patricia T. Smith (Punkin Sawyers), 57, of Midland, passed away Dec. 22, 2010, at her residence. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, at 1 p.m. at Kelview Heights Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry Berry, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow at 3:30 p.m. at the Garden City Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Local shoppers aren't necessarily buying more this Christmas, but they appear to be shopping at home, which has Big Spring retailers happy.
An informal survey of several local businesses shows an increase in holiday sales over last year. While several businessmen declined comment, citing company policy, others said it appears that Howard County residents are shopping Big Spring first.
The world-famous Harlem Ambassadors basketball squad will be coming to the Crossroads area in February, part of a community project the Big Spring Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club is putting together for area children.
According to Sonnet Hildebrand, director of the local Boys and Girls Club, the Ambassadors are slated to perform Feb. 23, but before the first slam dunk can be driven home, her and her staff will have to raise funds for the project.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€¢ HENRY JOHN RAYMOND, 37, of 1905 Wasson Rd., was arrested Wednesday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€¢ MARK TIMOTHY STANLEY, 49, of 1800 S. Lancaster, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of criminal trespass.
â€¢ RAYMOND JOSEPH BONNER, 29, of San Angelo, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of driving while license invalid â€“ DWI related.
â€¢ LETISHA KAY MENDEZ, 29, of 1905 Wasson Rd. Apt. 25, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid â€“ no insurance.
William "Bill" J. Jackson, 93, of Big Spring, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, in a Midland hospital. His services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Doris Vieregge, 68, of Big Spring, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, in a Midland hospital. Her services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.