A new group has started in Howard County. It is made up of people of all ages and genders who want to be better than they are. The focus of the fledgling organization is to engage in meaningful discussions that promote personal growth. Additionally, the yet to be named organization will plan and execute worthwhile activities within the community. There is no membership fee and attendance is not taken. The only requirements are that you be positive or want to be more positive than you are, consider yourself to be a good person but want to be better than you are, and that you have a desire to help others be better too. Childcare is available during the discussion time if you let us know. Topics to be avoided include Religion and Politics, though we can dance around them.
The unnamed group is being sponsored by the local Masons and it meets in the Masonic Lodge on the court square. It is not necessary that you have any masonic affiliation to participate in this Growth Group. All Covid-19 safety protocols will be followed as defined by local, state, and federal authorities. At this time refreshments will not be served but you are welcome to bring your own and not share. The next meeting is Sept. 17, 2020, at 7 p.m. at 219 South Main Big Spring, Texas. For more information write to Colonel.Allen.M.Morris@ Gmail.com or just come to the meeting.
• The Coahoma Ag program is collecting donations of non-perishable goods to help with the ongoing relief efforts for the victims of Hurricane Laura through Friday, Sept. 4. Some items needed are blankets, clothes, canned beans, canned pasta, pet food, cleaning supplies, medical supplies, baby wipes, and cases of bottled water. Other suggestions include dry cereal, canned fruits, canned vegetables, canned juice, ready to eat canned soups and meats, peanut butter, crackers, nuts, granola and energy bars, rice, pasta, pasta sauce, seasoning, and oats. First aid and cleaning supplies would be welcome including first aid kits, toilet paper, moist towelettes, garbage bags, dish soap, aluminum foil, paper towels, paper plates and cups, food storage bags or containers, flashlights, tool kits, mosquito repellent, rain gear, plastic sheeting, rope, duck tape, manual can opener, and strikeanywhere matches.
Also appreciated would be donations of baby supplies such as diapers, wipes, formula or baby food, bottles, and rash ointment. Pet supplies are also needed including pet food, leashes and collars, water and food bowls, and carriers. Items can be dropped off at the Coahoma High School Ag building. For more information, contact Ashley Pierce at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 9/11 Memorial Service is set for 6 p.m. Sept. 11 at SpringCreek Fellowship. The community is invited to attend.
• West Region Cotton Marketing Update: U.S. Market Outlook is set for Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 7 a.m. To find out more information or to register, contact the Howard County Extension Office for more details or for assistance with these meetings.
• Coahoma Lion’s Club Trade Day will be held Sept. 26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Downtown Coahoma. There will be food, arts & crafts, antiques, collectibles, clothing, and more. This will be in conjunction with Coahoma City Wide Garage Sale. Please practice social distancing at six feet and face masks are recommended. For more information, call 432-394-4287.
• The Life Center in Big Spring is helping moms and dads with a Diaper Day Giveaway! Call for a five minute phone appointment and a pickup time for free diapers, wipes and formula. 432-606-5041.
• The Senior Supper Club has come out of hibernation to resume its normal Tuesday evening dinners. The Come-One-Come-All group will be meeting on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. and orders will be placed around 5:30 p.m. after much socializing from a distance. The Senior Supper Club is an informal group of folks from Howard County who meet at least weekly and sometimes more for Dutch-Treat food at different area restaurants. Sometimes the group also meets for cards, dominoes, or desserts and fellowship. For more information, contact Colonel.Allen.M.Morris@Gmail. com.
• St. Vincent de Paul will be open the following dates beginning May 2020. Food distribution will take place the second Thursday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and other assistance will take place the third Thursday of each month from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Both distributions will take place at 1009 Hearn at SVDP Building.
• Isaiah 58 will be open on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. further notice, for the safety of their volunteers and those they serve. Those receiving services are asked to enter the parking lot on 9th Street and exit onto Scurry. Please bring a form of identification with you to pick up food. Masks are required and those receiving food boxes will need to place boxes in their own vehicles until further notice. All these efforts are being put in place to help slow the spread and ensure the safety of those volunteering and those receiving services.
• City of Big Spring offices will remain open by appointment and electronic means only effective Sunday, March 22, at midnight. These offices include: City Hall (432-264-2401); Finance Department (432-264-2513); Public Works Department (432-264-2501); Human Resources Department