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Commissioners pass on fireworks ban

December 14, 2010

An apparent mix up in dates prevented Howard County commissioners from passing a ban on fireworks Monday morning, forcing officials to instead rely on informal requests that firework vendors not sell rockets that include sticks and fins.

Howard County Volunteer Fire Chief Tommy Sullivan informed commissioners of the situation Monday morning during the court's regular meeting.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

December 14, 2010

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
• ELIZABETH HOPE LAREZ, 34, of 1111 N. Goliad, was arrested Monday on a warrant for driving while license suspended/invalid with a previous conviction.
• AMBER RODRIGUEZ, 17, of 1003 N. Runnels, was arrested Monday on a charge of criminal trespass.
• JOE OLIVIO JR., 38, of 1109 S. Runnels, was arrested Monday on warrants for evading arrest or detention, failure to maintain financial responsibility and disregarding a stop sign.
• BURGLARY OF A VEHICLE was reported:

Juanita Smith

December 14, 2010

Juanita Smith, 85, of Midland, died Monday, Dec. 13, 2010, in a Midland hospital. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010, at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel with Dr. Randy Cotton, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Park.

Juanita Coffman

December 14, 2010

Juanita Coffman, 81, of Big Spring, died Monday, Dec. 13, 2010, at Regency Hospital in Odessa. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.

Frances E. Bartlett

December 14, 2010

Frances E. Bartlett, 80, of Lubbock, formerly of Big Spring, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010, at her residence. Her services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.

December 12th

Twice as nice: Garden City wins back-to-back titles

December 12, 2010

GARDEN CITY – At the beginning of the 2010 season, Ian Schaefer wasn’t quite sure the Garden City Bearkats would end up hoisting the UIL Six-Man Division I state championship trophy again.

At the very least, he didn’t want to make a bold prediction. But the more this team came together, got better every week and stayed focused, the more Schaefer knew the Bearkats were on to something special.

Players cherish Jones’ impact on Garden City

December 12, 2010

GARDEN CITY — Garden City football players talk about head coach Vance Jones like he’s a family member.

It’s just one way of putting his impact on the program in perspective.
“Coach Jones is like a second dad almost,” running back Josh Colunga said. “He’s been there for us on and off the field. He’s a great coach. He knows what he’s doing. He takes care of us a lot. I’m glad I did it under his judgement and his coaching staff. The rest of the coaches are awesome and I just want to say thank you to all of them.”

Area basketball: tournament recaps, Saturday scores for area squads

December 12, 2010

Big Spring Boys
2010 Sandhills Tournament
Big Spring 75, Midland Christian 21
Big Spring 55, Andrews 47
Big Spring, 47, Monahans 35
Greenwood 55, Big Spring 53 (OT)

Big Spring girls
2010 Sandhills Tournament
Big Spring 49, Alpine 11
Andrews 43, Big Spring 40
Big Spring 53, El Paso Bowie 43

Coahoma boys
Stanton Hoopstown Tournament
Coahoma 50, Midland Classical 47
OHS JV 58, Coahoma 45
Coahoma 73, Crane 43
Tahoka 68, Coahoma 47

Coahoma girls
2010 Sandhills Tournament
El Paso Bowie 51, Coahoma 38
Coahoma 48,. Pecos 32
Coahoma 48, Lamesa 42

Stanton boys

December 11th

Jury finds Alon USA negligent, awards $350,000 in damages

December 11, 2010

A 118th District Court jury awarded three Howard County residents a total of more than $350,000 for property repair and medical expenses incurred as a result of the February 2008 Alon Refinery explosion.

The jury verdict came at the end of a week-long civil trial Friday afternoon.

Plaintiffs Beverly Smithie and Ron and Debra Walker sued Alon USA to recoup property and medical expenses they sustained from the explosion, which occurred Feb. 18, 2008.

The jury found that Alon had been negligent in assisting the plaintiffs and awarded the following damages:

Commissioners to mull fireworks ban

December 11, 2010

Howard County commissioners are expected to consider a ban on fireworks Monday morning, approximately a month after the government panel issued a burn ban in hopes of staving off wildfires in the Crossroads area.

County Judge Mark Barr said the county is required to wait until the drought index in the Crossroads area reaches a specific level before issuing a fireworks ban, a level Howard County has already surpassed.

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