Skip Burcham, who maintains the lighted display at the water tower, proclaiming Big Spring as the Lighted Poinsettia Capital of Texas. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, some 18,400 vehicles pass the display a day. That’s quite an advertisement for our city!EVERYONE WHO CONTRIBUTED to the Operation Christmas Child program that collected 1,021 shoe boxes full of gifts for needy boys and girls around the world. That’s outstanding, Howard County!HANNAH TUCKER and BAILEY GRANT from Robert Etheridge Junior High in Coahoma and FALON NEWTON from Forsan High School who performed in the 61st H-E-B Holiday Parade in Houston on Thanksgiving Day. What a treat.GARDEN CITY HIGH SCHOOL’S football team, which will face Follett in the state six-man semifinals at 8 p.m. Saturday in Seymour. Go, Bearkats!TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS who have worked tirelessly to make sure that several Christmas events planned for this weekend are a success. We thank you all.