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Term limits vote gets preliminary OK

December 15, 2010

First reading of a resolution that could allow voters to place term limits on city council members and mayors in the city's charter squeaked by on a 4-3 vote Tuesday night, as the Big Spring City Council moved forward with revisions to the municipal charter.

If adopted by Big Spring voters, the change would limit council members and mayors to no more than two three-year terms — or six years in office — before being required to sit out one three-year term to be eligible to run again.

It's something to trout about

December 15, 2010

Big Spring gained about 2,000 temporary residents Tuesday — with a heavy emphasis on the “temporary” part of the statement.

As part of an annual restocking effort, slightly more than 2,000 rainbow trout were released into Comanche Trail Lake Tuesday. Another 2,000 fish will be added in January.

The re-stocking effort is a continuation of a program that began about four years ago, said Debbie Wegman of the Visitors and Convention Bureau.

No salvia here, council says

December 15, 2010

Big Spring City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the emergency reading of an ordinance making the sale, possession or use of salvia — a hallucinogenic plant native to Mexico — a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $2,000.

According to Big Spring Police Chief Lonnie Smith, the use of the drug — also known as Diviner's Sage, ska María Pastora and Seer's sage — has already caused a number of Crossroads residents to seek medical help after consuming the product.

BSISD board to hear preconstruction update

December 15, 2010

It is still several months before actual ground-breaking, but Big Spring Independent School District officials are busy preparing for the start of $63 million in construction projects that will affect every campus.

BSISD trustees will receive an update on those preparations when they hold their monthly meeting at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in the high school board room.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

December 15, 2010

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• JOHNNY RAY PAYNE JR., 31, of 1509 Stadium, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of driving while license invalid – DWI related.
• LEAH YVONNE DAVIDSON, 56, of 1205 Ridgeroad, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of failure to identify.
• GARY RAYANDO FRENCH, 31, of 2607 Central, was arrested Tuesday on charges of assault by contact and interference with an emergency phone call.
• SAUNDRA JO GARRARD, 36, of 1107 Wood, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of theft – shoplifting.

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