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June 27th

Water use down so weekly hours go up

June 27, 2012

Municipal water customers in Big Spring will get an additional two hours to water their lawns beginning this week. City manager Gary Fuqua announced Tuesday night water consumption has fallen well below limits set by the local water district.

According to Fuqua, the Colorado River Municipal Water District recently set the city's water consumption limit at 6.3 million gallons per day.

Freedom Parade on tap July 7

June 27, 2012

The city of Coahoma will have the final patriotic word this Independence Day holiday, as the small West Texas hamlet gets ready to present its annual Freedom Parade on Saturday, July 7.

According to Coahoma Mayor Warren Wallace, the parade will kickoff in the Coahoma High School Stadium parking lot, located adjacent to First Street.

“This year we'll be doing the judging a little bit different than we have in years past,” Wallace said. “This year we'll actually do the judging before the parade begins, so the parade entries will need to be in place and ready to be judged by 9:20 a.m.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

June 27, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• CHARLIE LEON RHODES, 24, of Arkansas, was arrested Tuesday on charges of bribery, failure to identify – giving false information and accident involving damage to a vehicle – more than $200.
• MICHAEL ANGELO DORADO, 21, of Seminole, Texas, was arrested Tuesday on two warrants from other agencies.

June 26th

Settles nearer to completion

June 26, 2012

It was like a a candle being placed atop a cake — although, in this case, the candle weighed more than four tons and the cake was 15 stories tall.

For more than three years, workers have been busy renovating the Settles Hotel, but most of that work has been hidden from public view. Monday, however, came the most visible signal yet that the historic hotel will return to the land of the living after being shuttered for the better part of three decades.

BSHS band director Harris declines Permian post

June 26, 2012

Not so fast now …

Days after tentatively agreeing to take the reins of the Odessa Permian High School band program, Big Spring High School Band Director Rocky Harris has decided to remain at his current position.

Harris, who has overseen the BSHS band program for the past 17 years, had tentatively agreed to take the Permian post last week, but reversed his decision Monday.

June 25th

New schools near completion

June 25, 2012

Construction crews are sprinting toward the finish line in an effort to complete four new Big Spring elementary school campuses by early next month.

Big Spring Independent School District officials expect to take possession of the new schools by the middle of next month, officials said.

DeAnda wins BSISD runoff election

June 25, 2012

Retired teacher Pat DeAnda bested incumbent Maria Padilla to win the Big Spring Independent School District District 2 seat in Saturday's runoff election.

In extremely light voting, DeAnda edged Padilla by a 13-10 margin. Padilla had finished slightly ahead of DeAnda during the municipal election in May. However, since neither woman gained a majority of the vote total, a runoff election was ordered.

Padilla, first elected to the BSISD board in 2003, was seeking her fourth term as a trustee.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

June 25, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
• DUNCAN STUBBS SMYLY, 54, of Richamond, Va., was arrested Saturday on a charge of disorderly conduct – language.
• CHRISTINA MUNIZ, 29, of 610 N.W. Sixth St. Apt. 118, was arrested Saturday on warrants for driving while license invalid and failure to appear.
• OSCAR HERNANDEZ, 51, of 506 Sgt. Paredez, was arrested Saturday on charges of public intoxication and shoplifting – more than $50 and less than $500.

June 23rd

Money woes at Howard

June 23, 2012

Imagine your boss coming up to you and saying he was cutting your salary, only he wouldn’t say how much your salary was getting cut or even when the cuts would take effect.
Now, try figuring out your household budget.
That’s kind of the situation facing Howard College administrators as they start preparing their budget for the next fiscal year — they know they’re going to lose state appropriation money, but not how much or exactly when a final decision on those cuts will be handed down by state officials.

Harris hired by Permian

June 23, 2012

Rocky Harris, longtime head band director at Big Spring High School, has accepted the position as head band director at Permian High School, the Odessa American reported.
Shawn Bell, fine arts director for the Ector Independent School District, confirmed Friday that Harris had been offered the job, and had accepted it. He will replace Mike Watts, who served as Permian band director for the past 25 years before retiring at the end of the school year. A retirement party was held for Watts earlier this week, though the announcement of his retiring had been known for some time.

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