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July 7th, 2011

Campaign contribution probe wrapping up

July 7, 2011

Law enforcement officials involved in the ongoing investigation into alleged illegal campaign contributions accepted by a trio of Big Spring City Council members say the cases could go to the district attorney in as little as two weeks.

Big Spring Mayor Tommy Duncan, along with newly elected District 1 Councilman Marcus Fernandez and District 3 Councilman Glen Carrigan, are currently under investigation by the Texas Rangers for allegations they each accepted campaign contributions from a pair of corporations, Quad A Inc. and Hydro Dynamics.

Forsan ISD to give pay raises

July 7, 2011

FORSAN — Forsan Independent School District officials are dipping into their rainy day fund to help pay for pay raises and employee insurance costs this coming school year.

School trustees recently decided to go ahead with plans for modest pay raises for teachers and other district employees this year, despite drastic cuts in state aid that will hit the district the next two fiscal years.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

July 7, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
Note: The BSPD reported no arrests for the corresponding times.
• THEFT was reported:
In the 1800 block of S. Gregg Street.
In the 500 block of W. Eighth Street.
In the 1300 block of S. Birdwell Lane.
• ASSAULT was reported in the 400 block of E. Fourth Street.

The Howard County Sheriff’s Office reported the following activity:
Note — Officials with the Howard County Jail reported having 67 inmates at the time of this report.

July 6th

EMS excavates man from cab following wreck

July 6, 2011

A man was airlifted from the scene of a one-vehicle rollover Tuesday morning on N. McGregor Road approximately one mile from Interstate Highway 20 after emergency responders spent nearly an hour trying to free him from the wreckage.

The victim — whose identity was not released at the scene — was driving a tractor trailer owned by Britt Trucking on N. McGregor Road when the truck and flatbed trailed left the roadway, rolling onto the driver side and partially on the roof.

District to absorb state shortfall

July 6, 2011

When considering their next budget, Big Spring Independent School District officials can at least say that things could be worse.

BSISD, like other Texas school districts, will have to cope with a significant loss of revenue, thanks to the state legislature's decision to slash $4 billion in aid to schools over the next two years.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

July 6, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• BRANDI NICOLE RIGDON, 20, of 1416 Stadium, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of consumption of alcohol by a minor.
• LEROY COLEMAN, 22, of 2510 Hunter Dr., was arrested Tuesday on a warrant from another agency.
• LAURA DEANNA HERNANDEZ, 27, of Austin, was arrested Tuesday on warrants for no driver's license – when unlicensed and failure to appear.

Lois Rhoton

July 6, 2011

Lois Rhoton, 84, of Luther died Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at Scenic Mountain Medical Center. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 7, 2011, at Mt. Olive Memorial Park with Derrick Looney officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.

Al Clanton

July 6, 2011

Al Clanton, 86, of Big Spring died Saturday, July 2, 2011, at Hospice House in Odessa. Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.

July 5th

How difficult will it be for you to cut 20 percent off your water consumption this summer?

July 5, 2011

Fireworkds show 'pops' at city park

July 5, 2011

Pops in the Park went off with a bang this year.

Despite the dry conditions, Crossroads residents were able to enjoy a safe fireworks display Sunday evening in Comanche Trail Park.

“Everything was well thought out, well planned and well executed,” Howard County Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tommy Sullivan, said. “We knew we could take care of it.”

Pops began with a performance by the Fab4 Beatles tribute band and was followed by a presentation of the colors ceremony and music from the Big Spring Symphony.

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