Santa and his entourage â€” reindeer and elves â€” encourage Texans to have fun through the holidays. But, you better look out because he wonâ€™t be the only one watching.
The Texas Department of Transportation will partner with law enforcement across the state to communicate important travel messages to keep citizens safe through the holidays. And, law enforcement will be working overtime to find and arrest folks who drive impaired.
TxDOT says follow some simple travel tips to make sure you arrive safely, and for goodness sake, donâ€™t drink and drive.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ SAMUEL RAY SEGUNDO III, 19, of 503 Washington Blvd., was arrested Tuesday on a charge of consumption of alcohol by a minor.
â€˘ JIMMY RAY WATSON, 19, of 2601 Chanute, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of consumption of alcohol by a minor.
â€˘ CHRISTOPHER KENT BROOKS, 20, of 2309 Allendale, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of consumption of alcohol by a minor.
â€˘ HUTTON TAYLOR EVANS, 19, of 3103 Mountain Shadow, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of consumption of alcohol by a minor.
Jack Hanson, 87, of Big Spring died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, at the Veterans Administration Hospital. The family will receive friends from 6: p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Myers & Smith Chapel with the Rev. Elwin Collum and Jackie Hanson officiating. Burial will be at Trinity Memorial Park.
Coahoma quarterback Tanner Ruiz and Stanton linebacker Grayson Gray won District 2-2A Offensive and Defensive MVP honors with the all-district selections being announced this week.
The Coahoma Bulldogs, including Ruiz, had 12 players earn honors.
Dakota Griffith was named first team running back, Hunter Williams was named first team tight end and Josh Castilaw, off his all-state selection, was named first team center.
Justin Coker nabbed second team fullback and Sheigh Cravens was second team receiver. Jacob Echavarria made the second team as an offensive lineman.
Officials with the Howard County Sheriff's Office are investigating the discovery of what may be part of a human skull Monday morning in the northern part of the county.
According to Sheriff Stan Parker, his office received a tip regarding the item around 11 a.m. Monday, but declined to go into detail as to the location of the find.
Most municipal and county offices will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Christmas holiday, officials announced.
The city of Big Spring will close all offices, including the landfill and compost facility, according to a news release. There will be no sanitation pickups on these days.
In addition, city offices will be closed Friday, Dec. 31, in observance of the New Year's Day Holiday.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ PATRICK KESLER, 32, of 1600 Lancaster, was arrested Monday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid with a previous conviction.
â€˘ JUAN ANTONIO SALAZAR, 17, of 703 W. 18th St., was arrested Monday on charges of reckless damage or destruction and consumption of alcohol by a minor.
â€˘ MARIO ILDEFONSO SALAZAR, 21, of 1604 E. 11th Place, was arrested Monday on a charge of reckless damage or destruction.
Maria G. Padron, 75, of Big Spring died Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, at Scenic Mountain Medical Center. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Myers & Smith Chapel with Pastor Burt Gusman officiating.
Michael Garcia, 58, of Big Spring died Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, in a local hospital. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel with the Rev. Dwayne Wheat officiating. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Crematory.
Virginia â€śVirgieâ€ť Munoz, 53, of Big Spring died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, at Scenic Mountain Medical Center. Vigil Services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Myers & Smith Chapel. Funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial at Mt. Olive Memorial Park.