Thanksgiving. Perhaps no other word is more effective for conjuring up visions of families gathered together, not only in prayer, thanking God for the blessings heâ€™s bestowed on them, but around an impressive larder of homemade foods.
Unfortunately for many, Thanksgiving is not such a time. Some find themselves alone and homebound. Others are too far from family and do not have the time off or money available to travel long-distance. And still others simply donâ€™t enjoy having plenty of anything and find themselves in need.
â€˘ The eight area high school students who received the Big Spring Optimist Club's annual Outstanding Student Awards. They are DeAnna Clare and Andrew Fillingim of Big Spring, Rachel Kennedy and Braden Iden of Coahoma, Regan Newsom and Zane Herrin of Forsan and morgan Yarbrough and Blake Thomasson of Sands.
â€˘ Big Spring High School senior Jackson Watkins, the son of Rick and Susan Watkins, who was named as the Howard County Republicans' Student of the Month and the Greater Big Spring Rotary Club's Outstanding Student of the Month.
While Thanksgiving has not yet arrived, the Salvation Army is hard at work locally getting ready for Christmas. Kettles are already in place at several Big Spring businesses and the Angel Trees are already up.
Let's do our part to make this a very Merry Christmas for everyone by stepping up and helping out those in need this holiday season.
After years of having taken advantage of Dine Out Day for United Way opportunities, many of us are familiar with satisfying our hunger in the process of helping raise money for United Way of Big Spring and Howard County.
Yet something relatively new along those lines â€” the Empty Bowls event â€” will make it's fourth appearance from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, as local United Way officials invite residents to help fill up empty bowls in a soup luncheon that will benefit this yearâ€™s United Way campaign, which has a goal of $250,000.
Ninety years ago come today, Armistice Day was celebrated for the first time. Then, as now, there was a great cause for the observation. At that time, World War I had ended just a year earlier and there was hope that â€śthe war to end all warsâ€ť would indeed be just that.
Sadly, that was not the case. Time and time again, Americaâ€™s men and women have been called to duty in defense of their land... in defense of the freedoms our ancestors fought to gain and preserve... in defense of our American way of life.
Ever wonder what it's like to be far from home and away from family and friends during the holidays? That's something military personnel serving in Iraq and Afghanistan will know all too well this year.
So the Christmas for our Troops Inc. gift drive, currently ongoing in Big Spring and other West Texas communities, is designed to send our military personnel a little bit of home for the holidays.
Debbie Burrow, local director for the drive, said the inspiration for the drive is simple â€” to let troops serving in combat zones that the folks back home haven't forgotten them.
While minor stomach aches from eating too much candy may be the most common hazard on Halloween, we should all remember that emergency physicians say they treat way too many children for serious injuries that could have been prevented.
The most common injuries on Halloween are eye injuries from sharp objects, burns from flammable costumes and injuries from collisions with motor vehicles, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).
To ensure a safer Halloween, parents and caregivers should follow important safety measures.