MLK Day prompts closures

Most area offices and agencies will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Day which commemorates the birthday and life's work of the civil rights leader and proponent of peaceful protest.According to officials with the city of Big Spring, all offices — including the landfill and compost facility — will be closed Monday in observance of the national holiday. There will be no sanitation pickup for the day, although police, fire and emergency services will operate as normal.Municipal offices are expected to reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday.Howard County offices will also be closed Monday and expected to reopen at their normal times Tuesday morning. The Howard County Sheriff's Office and other law enforcement services will remain on duty, however.Students at Big Spring Independent School District will get a day off from their studies Monday, as the school district observes the holiday. Classes will resume first thing Tuesday morning, according to district officials.Coahoma Independent School District, Forsan Independent School District and Sands CISD will all hold classes Monday, despite the holiday.Howard College students will get a day off from classes Monday and will resume Tuesday morning.At the age of 35, Martin Luther King Jr. was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize, leading a struggle for racial equality that doomed segregation and changed the face of the United States forever.On the evening of April 4, 1968, while standing on the balcony of his motel room in Memphis, Tenn., where he was to lead a protest march in sympathy with striking garbage workers of that city, King was assassinated.