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Leave the driving to us. That's the message officials with the Big Spring Economic Development Corporation and Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce are spreading across the Crossroads area, as both agencies prepare to converge on the state capitol for Howard County Day at the State Capitol Feb. 9. Designed to increase awareness of the Howard County area in the state legislature, the trip — which is made every other year — includes a number of activities area residents won't want to miss out on, according to Terry Wegman, executive director of the Big Spring EDC. “They will read the resolution on the floor of the House and Senate proclaiming Feb. 9 Howard County Day in Austin,” said Wegman. “We'll have lunch at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Austin, as well as have a Coke and Blue Bell Ice Cream reception, followed by a group photo on the Capitol steps.” Area residents wanting to avoid the long drive to Austin have until Friday to sign up for a special chartered bus making the trip, according to Teresa Darden, executive assistant with the EDC. “We're asking everyone to register at the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce, regardless of how they are getting there or when they are leaving,” said Darden. “The deadline to pay for a bus ticket or to order a lunch is Friday. If you're not taking the bus but want to have a box lunch waiting for you, it's $10.” According to Darden, the chartered bus will leave the east parking lot at Howard College's Dorothy Garrett Coliseum at 4:30 a.m. “It's $40 to take the bus, and that included transportation to and from the capitol and a box lunch while we're there,” Darden said. “Food and drinks on the bus will be the responsibility of those traveling, and on the way back we'll be stopping off at Coopers Barbecue, which will be Dutch treat. We expect to arrive back at Howard College at approximately 11 p.m.” For more information on Howard County Day at the State Capitol, call Big Spring EDC at 264-6032 or the Big Spring Chamber at 263-7641.
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