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August 11th

Forsan ISD: Revenues up, tax rate down

August 11, 2012

FORSAN — School trustees here will work on fine-tuning the district’s budget for the coming fiscal year when they hold their regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the administration wing board room.
Forsan Independent School District Business Manager Dianna Walker said the school district is eyeing a $12 million budget for the coming year which will be fueled by a tax rate of $1.08 per $100 property valuation.

Budget Battles

August 11, 2012

It seems that if Howard College officials didn’t receive bad news on the financial front, they wouldn’t receive any news at all.
Trustees will hold a public hearing on the proposed tax rate and hear an update on efforts to craft a new budget when they meet at 12:30 p.m. Monday in the student union building’s Tumbleweed Room.
The proposed new tax rate — 17.66 cents per $100 valuation — is actually 6 cents lower than the current rate, but a $1 billion increase in the district’s certified valuations will result in the college pulling in more local tax money this coming fiscal year.

Police blotter 8-11-12

August 11, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday:
• SHIMEON RASHAD MAGERS, 29, of 1511 Tucson, was arrested Friday on warrants from other agency (x4).
• SHANE ALAN KNOWLTON, 26, of 3103 Sherrod, was arrested Friday on a warrant for failure to appear.
• FELIPE HERNANDEZ HERNANDEZ, 59, of 2707 Hernandez Rd., was arrested Friday on a warrant for driving while license invalid and fail to appear.
• STACY LYNN PENDLETON, 36, of 1800 S. Lancaster St., was arrested Friday on a charge of sex offenders duty to register life/annually.

August 10th

Local charged with assault & kidnapping

August 10, 2012

A 26-year-old Big Spring man is in the Howard County Detention Center, after authorities say he kidnapped a woman from a Midland bar Saturday and sexually assaulted her.

Jonathan Brandon Glenn, 26, of 601 State St., was arrested Thursday on charges of aggravated sexual assault and kidnapping.

According to Big Spring Police Chief Lonnie Smith, an adult female victim — with an address in Midland — reported the sexual assault and kidnapping around 12:30 p.m. Monday.

ISD addresses safety concerns, adds bus stops

August 10, 2012

Faced with the hazardous possibility of some students having to cross major traffic arteries on their way to school, Big Spring Independent School District officials have increased the number of bus stops for the coming year.

BSISD trustees learned of the new plan during their monthly meeting Thursday in the high school board room.

When the school district redrew its attendance zones earlier this year, officials quickly realized that some students would have to cross busy highways if they chose to walk to school.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

August 10, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
• CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL REECE, 34, of 1919 E. 11th Place, was arrested Thursday on warrants for expired motor vehicle inspection certificate, expired registration, speeding and failure to appear (three counts).
• SHIMEON RASHAD MAGERS, 29, of 1511 Tucson, was arrested Friday on warrants from other agency (x4).
• EDDIE GLENN OVERTON, 20, of 1808 N. CR 1330, was arrested Thursday on a charge of consumption of alcohol by a minor.

August 9th

ISDs fall short of fed standards

August 9, 2012

All three Howard County school districts received sub-par ratings in the latest round of federal accountability listings.

Almost three quarters of Texas' public school district failed to meet Average Yearly Performance (AYP) benchmarks this year, according to information released Wednesday by the Texas Education Agency.

TEA noted that only 28 percent of the state's school districts — and 44 percent of individual campuses — received passing AYP marks this year, a fact the agency blamed on a substantial increase in requirements.

Health care providers to get scrutiny

August 9, 2012

For those wanting to know where the medical community stands this year, the State of the Community Series Part 3: Medical Update — set for Aug. 21 — will provide that information.

Reports will be delivered by Ed Moughon, CEO of Big Spring State Hospital; Dr. Judith Madura, CEO of South Plains Rural Health Services; Larry Rodgers, CEO of Scenic Mountain Medical Center; and Dan Marsh, CEO of West Texas VA Health Care Systems.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

August 9, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
• SETH SAVAGE SLAYTON, 19, of 506 N. Second St., was arrested Wednesday on a charge of aggravated robbery.
• BERNARDO FRAUSTO PEREZ JR., 48, of 2910 Cherokee St., was arrested Wednesday on a charge of public intoxication.
• JENNIFER CANALES, 25, of 2605 W. Dow, was arrested Wednesday on charges of manufacture delivery of controlled substance between four grams and 200 grams, failed to maintain financial responsibility and no drivers license when unlicensed.

August 8th

New schools open to praise

August 8, 2012

It was equal parts grand opening and victory lap.

Big Spring Independent School District officials held ribbon cutting ceremonies Tuesday at the four new elementary campuses, a series of events which turned into a rolling celebration of a years-long process to make the new schools a reality.

Large crowds greeted officials at each school, and by the time the caravan reached its final stop, Marcy Elementary, the mood had turned quite celebratory.

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