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August 6th

Commissioners to discuss 911 budget

August 6, 2011

Howard County commissioners will meet Monday morning to discuss a number of topics, including approval of the 2011-2012 budget for the county's 911 emergency district and an update of ongoing work with the Lubbock Dispute Resolution Office.

Commissioners are expected to meet with Crystal Collins and Gene Valentini from the Lubbock-based dispute resolutions group, a program the county has been involved with for some time now.

The court is also expected to meet with Howard County 911 Director Tommy Sullivan regarding his agency's proposed 2011-2012 budget.

August 5th

Strain on power grid increasing; rolling blackouts possible

August 5, 2011

Water's not the only thing that could be in short supply this summer.

The record-breaking string of triple-digit-temperature days this summer has put an increasing strain on the state's electricity grid. And that strain is getting close to the breaking point.

Officials with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which oversees the state's power grid, came close to ordering rolling blackouts because of low electricity reserves Thursday. And that action is still very possible if demand remains at such high levels.

Thursday standoff ends with arrest

August 5, 2011

A Big Spring man was arrested Thursday after law enforcement officials say he allegedly pointed a handgun at an officer during an alcohol-fueled altercation in the 700 block of N.W. Eighth Street.

Julian Jay Torres, 18, of 500.5 N.W. Seventh St., was arrested Thursday on charges of deadly conduct, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and resisting arrest, search or transportation.

According to Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer with the Big Spring Police Department, officers were called to the scene of the incident to find Torres allegedly waving a gun around.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

August 5, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
• JOHNNY REX DAVIS, 41, of Midland, was arrested Thursday on charges of aggravated assault and criminal mischief – more than $1,500 and less than $20,000.
• GILBERT RECIO JR., 38, of 1007 Wood, was arrested Thursday on a charge of public intoxication.
• JULIAN JAY TORRES, 18, of 500.5 N.W. Seventh St., was arrested Thursday on charges of deadly conduct, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and resisting arrest, search or transportation.

August 4th

Hang gliding competition returning to Big Spring

August 4, 2011

McMahon-Wrinkle Airpark will again be host for the United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding National competition, scheduled this year for Aug. 14-21.

“It's unusual to have these competitions in the same place so it really is a big deal that Big Spring keeps having them,” said Terry Wofford, event coordinator. “This is a good way to get our town name out there past the perimeter of Texas.”

Student registration set for BSISD

August 4, 2011

Ready or not, here it comes.

A new school years begins Aug. 22 and Big Spring Independent School District officials have announced dates and times for student registrations, schedule pick-ups and orientations.

All elementary campuses (grades kindergarten through 4) will hold orientations and “meet the teacher” events Aug. 18. The times for each campus are:

• Bauer — 5:30 p.m.
• Kentwood — 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
• Marcy — 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
• Moss — 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (students will attend classes this school year at the Goliad Intermediate campus)

Police/Sheriff/EMS

August 4, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• ANTHONY JOSEPH AZUL, 27, of 1516 Sycamore, was arrested Wednesday on warrants for driving without safety belt secured, failure to appear (three counts), operating a motor vehicle with the wrong registration and no driver's license – when unlicensed.
• CHELSEA LEE HOLMES, 28, of 2611 Fairchild, was arrested Wednesday on charges of theft – shoplifting, no safety belt – child less than 17 years of age (three counts) and driving while license invalid.
• THEFT was reported:

August 3rd

Alon plaintiffs awarded $66,000

August 3, 2011

For the second time since the 2008 explosion that rocked the Big Spring Refinery, a Howard County jury found owner Alon USA guilty of negligence and awarded local residents damages but failed to find gross negligence.

CISD board to begin superintendent search

August 3, 2011

COAHOMA — For the third time in the past six years, Coahoma Independent School District is in the market for a superintendent.

Trustees will begin the process of replacing Dr. Randy Brown when they hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the administration building board room.

Brown, CISD's superintendent for the past three years, is resigning his position effective Aug. 22 to accept a similar post at Snyder ISD.

His departure was greeted by a mixture of appreciation and sadness.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

August 3, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
• RICHARD LEE OLIVAS, 24, of 1600 Donley, was arrested Monday on a warrant from another agency.
• BRITTNEY JO HILGER, 17, of 3618 Hamilton, was arrested Monday on a charge of possession of marijuana — less than or equal to two ounces in a drug free zone.
• JOEY EUGENE MATA, 23, of 1103 W. Fifth, was arrested Monday on charges of theft — less than $50 shoplifting, violation protective order communicates ( two counts).

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