Archive - 2010 - News Article
Most municipal and school operations will shut down for the Thanksgiving weekend, officials announced.
Except for emergency services, City of Big Spring offices will be closed Thursday and Friday. This includes trash collection and landfill operations. Offices will resume normal operations Monday.
The same holds true for Howard County offices, which will close at 3 p.m. today and remain closed through the weekend. These include the library and senior center. Emergency services will remain open, officials said.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ EDWARD JOSEPH BATEMAN, 20, of 2513 Chanute, was arrested Tuesday on warrants for failure to appear (four counts), speeding, expired motor vehicle inspection certificate and failure to maintain financial responsibility.
â€˘ ERICKA KRYSTLE GONZALEZ, 20, of 1605 Kentucky Way, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of possession of marijuana â€“ two ounces or less.
â€˘ THEFT was reported:
In the 600 block of W. Interstate Highway 20.
In the 1900 block of E. FM 700.
As city officials continue efforts to bring revisions to the municipality's charter to local voters in May, many area residents may be asking themselves with one very important question: what are initiatives and referendums?
Brought to the Big Spring City Council by newly-elected Mayor Tommy Duncan, the city staff has been asked to research the possible use of term limits, initiatives and referendums in the Crossroads area.
Howard County commissioners approved a 90-day burn ban Monday morning as the amount of dry grass and brush â€” coupled with high winds â€” threatens to turn the Crossroads area into a tinder box.
The court approved the ban by a unanimous vote after County Volunteer Fire Chief Tommy Sullivan explained the danger posed by reckless burning in the area.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ LOGAN EARL ROSE, 28, of 1509 Stadium, was arrested Monday on a charge of disorderly conduct â€“ fighting.
â€˘ PHILLIP JON ROSE, 27, of 1614 E. 15th St., was arrested Monday on a charge of disorderly conduct â€“ fighting.
â€˘ JOHN THOMAS MARTINEZ, 24, of 4203 Wasson Rd., was arrested Monday on charges of assault â€“ family violence and assault by contact.
â€˘ ALFONSO VERGARA-HERNANDEZ, 47, of 208 E. 17th St., was arrested Monday on a charge of unlawful restraint.
The Big Spring Independent School District's Career Academy, designed to give dropouts and at-risk students another chance at a diploma, is seeing the first fruits of its efforts.
Director Charlie Thomas said the academy, which opened its doors at the start of this school year, has already produced its first high school graduate.
â€śWe got our first graduate (Friday), plus we have a few kids who are getting pretty close,â€ť Thomas said.
The academy's first graduate will receive her diploma at Big Spring High School graduation ceremonies in May.
A Big Spring man indicted on federal child pornography charges in August was indicted on three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one count of continuous sexual assault of a child by a 118th District Court grand jury Thursday.
John Alan Conroy, 37, was first arrested by law enforcement officials July 3 on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child. Conroy was later taken into federal custody in Brownfield â€” where he remains â€” after allegations tied to the Dec. 27, 2009, incident identified in the federal indictment were made.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity Friday:
â€˘ SANDY RALPH DAVES,, 28, was arrested on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid with previous conviction.
â€˘ ANDREA DENISE ALENDER, 38, 1615 Cardinal, was arrested on two charges of theft.
â€˘ EDUARDO GALVAN, 17, 2611 Cindy, was arrested on a charge of racing on a highway.
â€˘ ASSAULT was reported in the 300 block of Aylesford.
â€˘ BURGLARY OF A HABITATION was reported in the 600 block of Drake and the 1400 block of Nolan.
Howard County commissioners are expected to reinstate a countywide burn ban Monday morning in hopes of averting possible disaster as fire officials warn that conditions are extremely dangerous.
Howard County Volunteer Fire Chief Tommy Sullivan said much-needed rain received earlier this year may have made the Crossroads area landscape more beautiful, but with the winter season approaching, the greenery is going brown.
It appears likely that a multi-billion shortfall in state revenue will force Howard College officials to trim their budget even more in the coming months.
College trustees will hear a report on the uncertain state of projected revenue when they hold their monthly meeting at 12:30 p.m. in the student union building's Tumbleweed Room.
The college's budget has already been trimmed by 10 percent because of projected shortfalls in state revenue, but now it appears those cuts may not be enough, said Dr. Cheryl Sparks, college president.