The Daily Press Big Spring Herald | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-12-24T11:24:15-05:00 of Lights goal in sight2014-12-24T11:24:15-05:002014-12-24T11:24:15-05:00Copyright 2010 Big Spring HeraldThe 18th edition of the Festival of Lights is attracting visitors at a record pace so far, and its busiest days are still ahead, longtime Director Pat Simmons said.Big Spring, TXNo author availableFestival of Lights goal in sightBig Spring OK’d to tear down show barns2014-12-23T11:49:12-05:002014-12-23T11:49:12-05:00Copyright 2010 Big Spring HeraldDuring their Monday meeting, county commissioners approved a $25,000 bid for the demolition of the three show barns adjacent to the main fair building in west Big Spring.Commissioners awarded the bid to M. Hastey Construction of Plainview.Big Spring, TXNo author availableBid OK’d to tear down show barnsBig Spring closings approach2014-12-23T11:48:01-05:002014-12-23T11:48:01-05:00Copyright 2010 Big Spring HeraldHoward County offices will close at noon Christmas Eve, Wednesday, and stay closed until 8 a.m. Monday morning, Dec. 29. On Christmas Eve, city of Big Spring offices will close at 3 p.m. and not reopen until 8 a.m., Monday, Dec. 29. Big Spring, TXNo author availableHoliday closings approachBig Spring Army distributes toys2014-12-22T11:52:31-05:002014-12-22T11:52:31-05:00Copyright 2010 Big Spring HeraldThe Salvation Army distributed Angel Tree gifts Saturday at the Spring Town Plaza. This year, the SA campaign received donations for 580 children and seniors. Pictured are front row, David Tidwell; back row, left, Christie Larson, SA board member; Trev Larson; Timothy Larson; Cynthia Salazar, who was picking up gifts for her children; SA Capt. Missy Romack; and Breanna Cordero, SA volunteer.Big Spring, TXNo author availableSalvation Army distributes toysBig Spring up at Coahoma ISD2014-12-22T11:49:43-05:002014-12-22T11:49:43-05:00Copyright 2010 Big Spring HeraldAccording to Dr. Amy Jacobs, Coahoma ISD superintendent, 888 students were enrolled in the district at the end of November, an increase of 20 from the same time last year.Big Spring, TXNo author availableEnrollment up at Coahoma ISDBig Spring, 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