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June 14th

City, county to hold redistricting hearings

June 14, 2011

Howard County commissioners and the Big Spring City Council will both be holding public hearings Wednesday to address the coming shift in precinct and district lines, a by-product of the 2010 Census,

Howard County commissioners will be holding two meetings during the day, the first at 10 a.m. and the second at 6 p.m. Both meetings will be held in the commissioners courtroom, located on the third floor of the county courthouse. For more information on the county public hearings, contact the county judge's office at 264-2202.

State of Community series continues June 30

June 14, 2011

This time it's all about community education and medical updates.

The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce presents Part 2 of its State of the Community Series: Education/Medical Updates in the Cactus Room on the Howard College campus. The breakfast will be June 30, with the serving line opening at 7:30 a.m. and the presentations starting at 7:50 a.m.

“This time we are doing a breakfast in order to allow people to attend this and still make it to work,” said Debbye ValVerde, chamber executive director.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

June 14, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
• CRYSTAL CLEAR LEE, 28, of 905 N. Gregg St., was arrested Monday on a warrant for criminal mischief between $50 and $500.
• JOSE ANGEL URIAS, 18, of 206 Simer Rd., was arrested Monday on a warrant for racing on highway — acceleration contest.
• MARSHA DIANE CARTER, 34, of 5108 Dawson Rd., was arrested Monday on a warrant for speeding in school zone.
• EDWIN JAMES DEAN, 45, of 1403 S. Nolan St., was arrested Monday on a charge of disorderly conduct/language.

June 13th

2 killed in oilfield accident

June 13, 2011

Two Big Spring men were killed Saturday morning in an oilfield incident near Lamesa in Dawson County, the result of an accident on a Robinson Drilling Company platform.

Jason Bolt, 25, and Sandy Daves, 28, were killed when bushings on the oil rig they were working on failed, according to members of the victims' families.

Drought has CRMWD scrambling

June 13, 2011

For the Colorado River Municipal Water District, it's a matter of simple math — limited number of water sources plus limited pumping capacity equals reduced deliveries to customers.

CRMWD, which had already reduced deliveries to its member cities by 10 percent this summer, announced an additional 10 percent reduction effective July 1.

ALSA: Not just a car club anymore

June 13, 2011

It's not all about cars for the ALSA Car Club of Big Spring. It's about doing what they can to help the community.

ALSA members joined together for a community service project at the house of Mr. and Mrs. Santos Duron Saturday morning.

“We were presented with this project and all the members decided it would be something we could help out with,” president of ALSA Car Club in Big Spring, Michael Dutchover, said.

Council to consider appraisal district budget

June 13, 2011

The proposed 2012 budget for the Howard County Appraisal District will once again take center stage during Tuesday's meeting of the Big Spring City Council, as the government panel looks to make its disapproval of the fiscal plan official.

The council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in its chambers on East Fourth Street.

The council disapproved the proposed budget — which was presented at the May 24 meeting — on a 4-1 vote, citing a $15,000 raise in salary for Chief Appraiser Brett McKibben as the reason.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

June 13, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
• JOHN JOSEPH MOUNTNEY, 47, of Arkansas, was arrested Saturday on a charge of public intoxication.
• DALTON WILL WHITE, 34, of 410 Davis Rd., was arrested Saturday on a charge of driving while intoxicated (open container – second offense.
• ERNEST SAIZ JR., 49, of 1905 Wasson Rd., was arrested Saturday on warrants for no driver's license – when unlicensed, expired motor vehicle inspection certificate and failure to maintain financial responsibility.

June 9th

Barr to sign fireworks ban

June 9, 2011

Aside from the annual Pops in the Park show, it will be a fireworks-free Fourth of July in Howard County.

County Judge Mark Barr announced today he will sign a declaration Monday banning the sale, possession and use of fireworks in the county.

Worsening drought conditions, coupled with the increased threat of wildfires, have prompted the move, Barr said.

Seliger: Legislative session has been 'extremly difficult'

June 9, 2011

Nobody ever said being an elected official was easy, but this may have been the most difficult few months in Texas Sen. Kel Seliger's political life.

Seliger (R-Amarillo), Big Spring's representative in the Texas Senate, said he and his colleagues were forced to deal with several difficult challenges this year, starting with how to deal with a $27 billion shortfall in state revenue.

The deep cuts inflicted on almost every segment of the Texas budget are guaranteed to leave few people happy, he conceded.

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