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June 16th, 2011

City, county mull new district lines

June 16, 2011

Officials with Howard County and the city of Big Spring began the arduous task of redrawing precinct and district boundaries Wednesday, a process made necessary by the shifts in population identified in the 2010 Census.

Howard County commissioners met with Robert T. Bass — an attorney with Allison, Bass and Associates LLP — during a special-called meeting Wednesday morning to discuss the process by which the political lines must be drawn according to federal law.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

June 16, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• DAVID ORTIZ, 41, of 105 N.E. 10th St., was arrested Wednesday on a charge of public intoxication.
• IDA JOYCE JONES, 44, of 5907 N. Service Rd. Apt. 18, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid – no insurance.
• MARTIN ALVARADO, 30, of 1603 Cardinal, was arrested Wednesday on warrants for driving while license invalid (two counts), failure to appear and no driver's license – when unlicensed.

Sandy Daves

June 16, 2011

Sandy Daves, 28, of Sand Springs died as a result of an accident while working on an oil rig Saturday. He passed away in Lubbock at UMC Hospital on June 11, 2011. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 17, 2011, at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel with the Rev. Charles Harrington, pastor of First Church of God, officiating. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Park.

Brent David Wood

June 16, 2011

Brent David Wood, 24, died Tuesday morning, June 14, 2011, at his residence. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 17, 2011, at First Baptist Church in Big Spring with the Rev. Raye Nell Dyer of Nashville, Tenn., officiating. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel.

June 15th

Aquatic center opens Saturday

June 15, 2011

The time has come to make that first splash in to the new aquatic center at Comanche Trail Park.

The 43rd annual Splash In at the Big Spring Aquatic Center will be from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

“After months of anticipation, the day is finally here and we are excited for the grand opening of the aquatic center to the public,” said Debbie Wegman, Big Spring Convention and Visitors Bureau director.

Council again rejects appraisal district budget

June 15, 2011

The Big Spring City Council gave the Howard County Appraisal District's proposed 2011-2012 budget a stamp of disapproval for the second time Tuesday night, once again citing a salary increase for Chief Appraiser Brett McKibben as the reason.

The council voted 6-1 in favor of disapproving the budget, a move made necessary by state law, according to City Finance Director Peggy Walker.

Thursday is Dollar Night at rodeo

June 15, 2011

Great things often happen during the Big Spring Cowboy Reunion and Rodeo.

This year, the volunteers who produce the annual event have designated opening night as a way to give back — to the fans who make the rodeo a success and to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, an endowment that offers financial assistance for contestants sidelined due to injury.

Board to discuss budget cycle

June 15, 2011

Cuts in state financing may not be as bad as Big Spring Independent School District officials initially feared, but will still be significant.

BSISD trustees will discuss the coming budget cycle when they hold their regular monthly meeting at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in the high school board room.

Texas legislators will likely cut $4 billion in aid to school districts when they approve a two-year state budget in the coming weeks.

If that figure holds, BSISD will lose $3 million in state aid for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 budget cycles.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

June 15, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• GREGORY D. WILLMAN, 27, of Kentucky, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of evading arrest or detention.
• RAMONDA LYNN JONES, 30, of 1315 E. 11th Place, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of hindering officers discharging official duties.
• JESSICA BLANCO, 29, of 305 E. 19th St., was arrested Tuesday on charges of dog or cat running at large (two counts).
• EDWIN JAMES DEAN, 45, of 1403 S. Nolan, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of disorderly conduct – language.

Alta B Franks

June 15, 2011

Alta B Franks went to be with the Lord on Monday, June 13, 2011, at her residence in Midland. Services will be held at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, June 16, 2011, at 1 p.m. with Dr. John Gerlach, Pastor of Crestview Baptist Church of Midland, officiating. Burial will be at Lamesa Memorial Park in Lamesa.

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