The Daily Press Big Spring Herald | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-12-20T14:26:36-05:00, Perry honored for volunteer service to VAMC2014-12-20T14:26:36-05:002014-12-20T14:26:36-05:00Copyright 2010 Big Spring HeraldDean Thomas and Gerald Perry received Quilts of Valor in recognition of their service to veterans.Thomas served as a chaplain at the local VAMC for many years before retiring, but still volunteers his service to the chaplain’s department, while Perry travels from Odessa at least once a week to help transport veterans to and from doctor’s appointments in the VAMC’s service area.The quilts were sewn by Kathy McFarland and Lois Cunningham.See More in Sunday's Big Spring Herald.Big Spring, TXBY STEVE REAGAN, Staff WriterThomas, Perry honored for volunteer service to VAMCBig Spring to meet Monday2014-12-20T14:24:40-05:002014-12-20T14:24:40-05:00Copyright 2010 Big Spring HeraldCommissioners recently decided to advertise for bids to demolish most of the show barns at the fairgrounds, located adjacent to the Big Spring Rodeo Bowl.The metal buildings, constructed in the mid to late 1950s, were rarely used outside of some annual stock shows, and even those have relocated to other venues, Howard County Judge Mark Barr said.“They’ve just become very dilapidated,” he said. “The plumbing is shot, you can’t keep them cool in the summer or warm in the winter and people don’t want to use them anymore.”Demolition should be fairly straightforward, although the county will have to pay for asbestos abatement before the buildings can be torn down.Board members with the Howard County Fair and Big Spring Rodeo associations have been discussing what to do with the site once the buildings are demolished. Barr said one possibility is to tear them down to the concrete bases and construct open-air pavilions in their place.“But that will be entirely up to the fair and rodeo boards,” he added.In other business Monday, commissioners will consider:• Personnel matters.• Invoices, purchase requests and budget amendments.• Bids for seal coating.Big Spring, TXBY STEVE REAGAN, Staff WriterCommissioners to meet MondayBig Spring, Woman of Year nominations accepted2014-12-19T11:26:34-05:002014-12-19T11:26:34-05:00Copyright 2010 Big Spring Herald“If you know someone who should be recognized for their work in the community but you are not a Chamber member, please call me anyway,” said Debbye ValVerde, Chamber executive director.Big Spring, TXNo author availableMan, Woman of Year nominations acceptedBig Spring dismiss Friday, city, county set days off2014-12-18T12:07:11-05:002014-12-18T12:07:11-05:00Copyright 2010 Big Spring HeraldCoahoma and Forsan schools will get a 30-minute jump on Big Spring students as both school districts will release students from classes at noon Friday. Big Spring ISD will release students at 12:30 p.m. All three public schools will suspend classes until Jan. 6, when the spring semester begins. Area teachers will need to report back to their campuses Jan. 5 for in-service training.Big Spring, TXNo author availableSchools dismiss Friday, city, county set days offBig Spring cotton crop can’t overcome drought, rain2014-12-18T12:05:21-05:002014-12-18T12:05:21-05:00Copyright 2010 Big Spring HeraldIn many cases, Howard County cotton farmers are experiencing yields that are lacking in both quantity and quality, and experts are pointing their fingers at the weather as the main culprit.Big Spring, TXNo author availableLocal cotton crop can’t overcome drought, rainBig Spring OF THE DAY: Robin Williams was the Most Popular Google Search Term of 2014 2014-12-18T09:21:07-05:002014-12-18T09:19:14-05:00Copyright 2010 Big Spring HeraldBig Spring, TXNo author availableVIDEO OF THE DAY: Robin Williams was the Most Popular Google Search Term of 2014 Big Spring United Way nears $330,000 goal2014-12-17T12:31:10-05:002014-12-17T12:30:36-05:00Copyright 2010 Big Spring HeraldThe United Way of Big Spring and Howard County is only 12 percent away from achieving its $330,000 goal for the 2014 campaign. “We still have the potential to make our goal,” said Sandy Stewart, United Way executive director. “We set our goal each year based on what our agencies need to be able to provide their services. Our figures are based on real numbers.”Big Spring, TXNo author availableLocal United Way nears $330,000 goalBig Spring of Lights aglow again2014-12-17T12:31:54-05:002014-12-17T12:29:12-05:00Copyright 2010 Big Spring HeraldMore than 2,700 people have visited during the first two nights of the 18th Christmas season event, which annually attracts thousands to Comanche Trail Park.Festival of Lights will be on display until Dec. 31, according to officials.Big Spring, TXNo author availableFestival of Lights aglow againBig Spring to get some much-needed housing2014-12-16T12:21:31-05:002014-12-16T12:21:31-05:00Copyright 2010 Big Spring HeraldDuring their Monday meeting, college trustees approved a plan officials hope will soon result in three housing “pods” being constructed at SWCID.Each of the three pods will consist of five 900-square-foot cottages, which will each house a family, or four students, College President Dr. Cheryl Sparks said.Big Spring, TXNo author availableSWCID to get some much-needed housingBig Spring transmission tower to be demolished Friday2014-12-16T12:19:19-05:002014-12-16T12:19:19-05:00Copyright 2010 Big Spring HeraldThe tower, the last vestige of the TV station that served Big Spring for more than 20 years, will come down Friday morning in a demolition that will feature no explosions and very little drama, officials say.Big Spring, TXNo author availableKWAB transmission tower to be demolished FridayBig Spring