Archive - 2010 - News Article
Tuesday night was certainly a good night for Republican candidates â€” both incumbents and challengers â€” in Howard County, as GOP politicians swept the contested races countywide.
In the race for Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Place 2, Republican incumbent Kathryn Wiseman held on to her seat with 2,819 ballots, accounting for 63.48 percent of the ballots cast. Democratic challenger Ricky Hughes garnered 36.52 percent of the vote with 1,622 ballots in the contest.
Area residents have about a month remaining to donate Christmas gifts to U.S. soldiers serving overseas in combat zones.
The Christmas for our Troops Inc. gift drive, currently ongoing in Big Spring and other West Texas communities, is collecting gifts to ensure that this nation's troops aren't ignored during the upcoming holiday season.
Debbie Burrow, local director for the drive, said volunteers will be soliciting gifts and monetary donations through Dec. 1.
Burrow said the entire purpose of the drive is simple.
With polls opening at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning, Howard County voters will be expected to go to the polls to determine the outcome of several key state and local races.
Many voters will find the Precinct 2 race for Howard County commissioners on their ballot, as as Republican nominee Donnie Baker faces Democratic nominee Jim Sinclair. Incumbent Jerry Kilgore lost the contest for the Republican party's nod in March.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ SASHA LATOYA HICKMAN, 22, of 711 Johnson, was arrested Saturday on warrants for failure to maintain financial responsibility (three counts), failure to appear (seven counts), disregarding a stop sign, backed so as to interfere (or without safety), speeding in a school zone and no driver's license when unlicensed.
â€˘ CHARLES RAY KUYKENDALL, 19, of 1406 S. Nolan, was arrested Saturday on charges of failure to identify â€“ giving false information and consumption of alcohol by a minor.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity Friday:
â€˘ VALERIA MONTEMAYOR MATA, 34, 2522 Gunter, was arrested on a warrant charging failure to maintain financial responsibility and failure to appear, and a warrant from another agency.
â€˘ CARTER WESLEY HAHN, 20, San Antonio, was arrested on a charge of evading arrest/detention using a vehicle.
â€˘ JOHNNY RAY PAYNE JR., 31, 1509 Stadium, was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated.
With low temperatures expected to dip into the lower 40s this weekend â€” and expected to continue falling by midweek â€” many area residents will firing-up their heating units, a task local officials say could turn dangerous if certain precautions aren't taken.
Big Spring Fire Marshal Carl Condray said the first cold-snap of the fall season usually signals an upswing in the number of fire- and smoke-related calls he and the firefighters with the Big Spring Fire Department respond to.
Howard County election officials say early voting totals are down compared to the 2006 contest, but are hopeful for a strong turnout Tuesday when polls open at 7 a.m.
By mid-Friday, early voting totals were almost 500 ballots down compared to the 2006 general election, according to Howard County Elections Administrator Saundra Bloom, accounting for approximately 17 percent of the registered voters in the county.
The Young Eagles have been grounded â€” for this year, anyway.
The Hangar 25 Air Museum youth group was scheduled to take to the skies Saturday in free flights provided by area pilots, but a lack of available aircraft has grounded the program for this year, said Joe Hayes, executive director of the museum.
As ghouls and goblins of all shapes and sizes get ready to take to the neighborhoods of Big Spring and Howard County to trick-or-treat this Halloween holiday, local officials are urging parents and guardians to stick to general safety guidelines to keep children safe.
According to Big Spring Fire Marshal Carl Condray, safety for trick-or-treaters begins with their costumes.
FORSAN â€” School officials here are waiting to see if recent efforts to â€śgo greenâ€ť â€” become more energy efficient â€” will help the district â€śsee greenâ€ť â€” in other words, save money.
For more than a year, Forsan Independent School District crews have been installing systems designed to make campus buildings more energy efficient. Those steps ranged from installing light bulbs that use less energy to using motion detection sensors which allow lights to dim when spaces are not being occupied.