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No surprise, county burn ban in effect

July 31, 2012

Howard County commissioners gave the go-ahead Monday morning to put a burn ban into effect, as local fire officials warn wildfire dangers are reaching critical levels with no immediate relief in sight.

Commissioners approved the county-wide ban — which will be in effect for 90 days, at the end of which the court will have the option to reinstate or dismiss the order — at the recommendation of Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tommy Sullivan.

According to Sullivan, the fire hazard in Howard County has reached extreme levels despite recent rains.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

July 31, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
• ANDY DEMOND PIPER, 26, of 1217 W. Third St., was arrested Monday on warrants for driving while license invalid and failure to appear.
• ERICK SHERROD FRANKS, 37, of 2209 Cecilia St., was arrested Monday on charges of assault causing bodily injury and abandoning/endangering a child – criminal negligence.
• BURGLARY OF A VEHICLE was reported in the 400 block of E. Fourth Street.
• CRIMINAL MISCHIEF was reported in the 1800 block of E. FM 700.

CGA hands out 16 scholarships

July 31, 2012

The tradition of giving back to the youth in the community continued Sunday for the Chicano Golf Association as the organization presented 16 scholarships to recent graduating seniors.

In the 40 years that the association has been active in the Howard County community, it has presented more than $100,000 in scholarships and thousands more in other community donations.

Aristeo Hernandez

July 31, 2012

Aristeo Hernandez, 81, of Big Spring died Monday, July 30, 2012, at his residence. Vigil services will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at Myers & Smith Chapel. Funeral mass will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Msgr. Bernard L. Gully officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olive Memorial Park.

Donna Franklin

July 31, 2012

Donna Franklin, 59, of Big Spring died Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at her residence. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.

CGA gives 16 scholarships

July 31, 2012

The tradition of giving back to the youth in the community continued Sunday for the Chicano Golf Association as the organization presented 16 scholarships to recent graduating seniors.
In the 40 years that the association has been active in the Howard County community, it has presented more than $100,000 in scholarships and thousands more in other community donations.

July 30th

Aristeo Hernandez

July 30, 2012

Aristeo Hernandez, 81, of Big Spring died Monday, July 30, 2012, at his residence. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.

Ronald Louis Jones

July 30, 2012

Ronald Louis Jones, 57, of Big Spring died Thursday, July 26, 2012, at Scenic Mountain Medical Center. Private family viewing will be Tuesday, July 31, 2012, from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Public viewing will be held from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Tuesday at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. No other services have been planned.
He was born Jan. 20, 1955, to Mary and Johnny Jones in Seagraves, Texas. He had been a resident of Howard County for 30 years.

Light voter turnout expected for runoff

July 30, 2012

A light turnout is expected when Howard County voters go to the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots in the state primary runoff election.
Five statewide contests — four Republican and one Democratic — will be decided.
Locally, only one polling place will be open Tuesday. Voters can cast ballots at Dorothy Garrett Coliseum on the Howard College campus between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., officials said.
Despite a late surge, early voting in the races was extremely light, with fewer than 4 percent of registered voters casting ballots, County Election Administrator Saundra Bloom said.

Valuations to help FISD through tough times

July 30, 2012

FORSAN — No school administrator is ever going to feel good about losing revenue, but some losses end up stinging less than others, it seems.
Such is shaping up to be the case for Forsan Independent School District, which is dealing with a 3 percent cut in state revenue as it prepares a budget for the coming fiscal year. In addition, the district also is facing an increase in the “Robin Hood” payment it must make to the state for being a so-called “property rich” school district.

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