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October 25th

BSISD trustees give high five to Wigington

October 25, 2013

Trustees with the Big Spring Independent School District are clearly satisfied with the performance of Interim Superintendent Chris Wigington and are ready to continue with his leadership for some time.

Drill helps ensure safety prepardness at refinery

October 25, 2013

The Big Spring Refinery held its annual emergency response drill Thursday morning which involved a plethora of state, local and national agencies.

“It’s an annual emergency response drill we have as part of our obligations with the Texas Railroad Commission since we have underground storage wells,” said Randy Hillman, general manager of logistics at Alon USA Big Spring Refinery and a member of the incident command team. “It’s a great way for us, Alon and for the community to be involved and train in the event of a real emergency,”

Don Edds

October 25, 2013

Donald L. “Don” Edds, age 75, of Lake Brownwood, Texas formerly of Midland, Texas, passed away Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 at his residence. Cremation is under the direction of the Heartland Funeral Home of Early, Texas.

Heartland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

Forsan Cross Country — District champ again

October 25, 2013

LUBBOCK — Forsan brought home its sixth straight district championship after edging No. 2 Sundown Wednesday at Mae Simmons Park.

Jeremy Cervantes led the Buffaloes — as well as the entire field — with a first place finish. Tyler Evans came in second overall and Matthew Mims placed third as Forsan runners populated the top spots. Justin Goff also turned in a top 10 performance, finishing ninth. Cody Tanis earned a 15th place finish and Joshua Evans and Granger Newton claimed 18th and 20th, respectively, giving FHS a point total of 27 to rival Sundown's 34.

October 23rd

Council nixes garbage rate hike again

October 23, 2013

The second verse was the same as the first.

After plenty of impassioned — and sometimes heated — debate during their Tuesday meeting, the Big Spring City Council once again voted against raising the garbage collection fees for local residents and businesses.

The same four council members who voted down the measure in September — Marcus Fernandez, Carmen Harbour, Glen Carrigan and Marvin Boyd — voted against the rate hike, while Mayor Larry McLellan was joined by Bobby McDonald and Raul Benavides is supporting the increase.

Williams named BSPD chief

October 23, 2013

Take the “interim” off of Chad Williams' job title.

Big Spring City Manager Todd Darden announced Tuesday that Williams was selected over two other finalists to be the new chief of the Big Spring Police Department.

Williams has been serving as interim chief of the department since Lonnie Smith's resignation earlier this year.

He and fellow BSPD lieutenants Lance Telchik and Robert Fitzgibbons were the three finalists for the position, Darden said.

Big Spring girls, boys claim District 4-3A titles

October 23, 2013

Both Big Spring cross country teams earned first place finishes at the District 4-3A meet held at Comanche Trail Park Monday.

Faith Roberson was bested only by Wylie’s Hannah Sanchez, coming in second overall with a time of 12:13.53. Karina Alvarado claimed fourth place and Hannah Alsobrooks came in ninth to lead the Lady Steers, who edged Monahans 48-49.

Rounding out the pack was Kaitlyn Matthews (11), Dyrshae Vanderbilt (22), Rikki Salgado (23) and Valerie Goodblanket (28).

October 22nd

County backs down on road fees

October 22, 2013

Howard County officials have decided that maybe road access permits aren’t such a good idea, after all.

Faced with the threat of litigation from oil businesses and other commercial entities, commissioners voted unanimously Monday to rescind a recently approved road access permit program.

Earlier this year, commissioners approved a $4,500 fee for commercial interests wishing to build driveways and other access points onto county roads. After several business concerns complained that the fee was excessive, commissioners later reduced the fee to $2,500.

Early voting begins

October 22, 2013

A light turnout Monday marked the first day of early voting in Howard County for the Nov. 5 constitutional amendments election.

“We've had eight so far,” said Howard County Election Administrator Saundra Bloom, commenting on the first four hours of voting Monday. “This is strictly for the constitutional amendments.”

So far, 13 people have cast early ballots for the state-wide election which will decided nine constitutional amendments. Early voting continues through Nov 1. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at the election office in the Howard County Courthouse.

Mary Helen Axtens Smith

October 22, 2013

Mary Helen Axtens Smith, 95, of Stamford, formerly of Lubbock and Big Spring, passed away Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 in Stamford. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at Mount Olive Cemetery in Big Spring with the Rev. Paul Wright officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Kinney-Underwood Funeral Home in Stamford.

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