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April 29th, 2015

Alcohol proposal gaining support

April 29, 2015

No drinking allowed — not yet, anyway.

While a plan to allow alcohol consumption in the city’s smaller neighborhood parks remains tabled for now, support for the idea is definitely picking up steam.

During their Tuesday meeting, Big Spring City Council members discovered overwhelming support for a proposal to allow alcohol consumption at the La Familia Pavilion at Andries Park in north Big Spring.

For more of this story, read Wednesday's edition of the Herald.

Council restricts pets at amphitheater

April 29, 2015

More pilots are welcome at city owned property — pets, not so much.

Big Spring’s City Council took action Tuesday night which cleared the way for more airplane hangar space at the local airport, while also declaring a piece of city property off-limits to animals.

In the past, pets have been allowed at the city amphitheater during community activities such as Pops in the Parks, but that’s about to change.

For more of this story, read Wednesday's edition of the Herald.

Program targets first-year college students

April 29, 2015

In hopes of creating an enhanced experience for first time college students, Howard College officials are designing a new program they hope will provide opportunities to help those students become more engaged and focused on education.

Cindy Smith, Howard College director of effectiveness and information, gave an overview of LEADS (Learn, Experience, Achieve, Define, Success) Your Way to college trustees Monday afternoon.

For more of this story, read Wednesday's edition of the Herald.

April 28th

Council to consider alcohol consumption at neighborhood parks

April 28, 2015

The Big Spring City Council will revisit the idea of allowing alcohol consumption in neighborhood parks when they meet at 5:30 p.m. today in council chambers, located at 307 E. Fourth.

Currently, the city doesn’t allow either the sale or consumption of alcoholic beverage in its smaller “neighborhood” parks — so-called because of their location adjacent to residential areas. However, an idea to allow sales and consumption at the Mi Familia pavilion at Andries Park was floated before the council this month, and was met with general support.

Trustees vote to eliminate 7 San Angelo campus positions

April 28, 2015

Facing significant loss of state funding and declining enrollment, Howard College trustees eliminated seven positions on the San Angelo campus Monday.

“Those are not decisions taken lightly and it grieves me to have to make that recommendation,” Howard College President Dr. Cheryl Sparks said to trustees after making the recommendation to cut the positions from the upcoming budget.

For more of this story, read Tuesday's edition of the Herald.

Repair work to result in low water pressure

April 28, 2015

Contractors with the City of Big Spring are replacing water valves, beginning Wednesday, April 29, 2015. The following areas will be affected:

• Birdwell Lane east to Baylor Blvd. and;
• Kentucky Way north to I-20 South Service Road

Persons in this area will experience little to no water pressure. Contractors will continue working until all repairs are complete. For more information, call 264-2501.

April 27th

Gas prices increase by average of 5 cents in past week

April 27, 2015

Average retail gasoline prices in Texas have risen 5.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.32 a gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 13,114 gas outlets in Texas.

This compares with the national average that has increased 8.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.54 a gallon, according to gasoline price website

For more of this story, read Monday's edition of the Herald.

Child abuse awareness activities on tap

April 27, 2015

Child abuse and sexual assault are very real issues in Howard County, officials say, which is why several local organizations and businesses have come together to help raise awareness in the community.

April 25th

HC Trustees to consider eliminating faculty positions at the SA campus

April 25, 2015

Howard College trustees will be facing some tough choices at the district’s San Angelo campus budget as declining student enrollment and dwindling state funds are forcing faculty layoffs.
According to Howard College President Dr. Cheryl Sparks, the district’s administration will recommend cutting seven positions from next year’s budget to trustees Monday at the board meeting. Five of those positions are currently filled and those affected have been notified by district officials, Sparks said, while two others are currently vacant.

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