Archive - 2012 - News Article
The Big Spring City Council is expected to approve the emergency reading of a resolution moving the city from State 3 to Stage 2 of the municipality's drought contingency plan during its Tuesday meeting, making water conservation by city customers voluntary instead of mandatory.
The city has been in Stage 3 of its drought contingency plan for several months now, since the Colorado City Municipal Water District made multiple restrictions to water consumption by its municipal customers due to the extremely low levels of its water reservoirs.
FORSAN â€” School trustees here hope to hire a contractor to oversee renovation of the high school field house when they hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the administration wing board room.
Forsan Independent School District officials included $1 million in this year's budget to pay for the renovation, which is expected to begin sometime next spring.
Software will be on the minds of Howard County commissioners Monday morning, as the court meets to discuss a number items, including a possible upgrade to the programs used by county departments at the courthouse.
Commissioners are expected to discuss â€” and possibly take action â€” regarding a proposed upgrade to the computer systems utilized by a number of different county offices. According to county officials, the upgrade would help bring the systems more up-to-date, as well as allow different departments to better share information and data.
Today marks a first for the Crossroads area, as the Big Spring Police Department made its final move into the Troy M. Hogue Joint Law Enforcement Center, placing all local law enforcement agencies under the same roof.
The BSPD â€” which joins the Howard County Sheriff's Office at the newly constructed facility â€” announced this week the move marks the closure of the previous police department building, located in downtown Big Spring.
Hundreds of U.S. military personnel stationed overseas this Christmas season will receive some holiday cheer from area residents, thanks to a â€śgreatâ€ť response to the just-concluded Howard County's Christmas for Our Troops drive, organizers said.
Debbie Burrow, who led the drive, said almost 500 packages filled with holiday goodies, Christmas cards, toiletries and other items were mailed out this week.
Those items, plus the money to buy even more package-stuffers, were supplied by very generous Howard County residents, Burrow said.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ DARRYL LEE MILLER, 37, of 710 Pine, was arrested Thursday on a warrant for theft of service â€“ more than $500 and less than $1,500.
â€˘ LAPAUL ERIC SCAGGS, 36, of 510 S. Benton, was arrested Thursday on a charge of disorderly conduct â€“ language.
â€˘ THEFT was reported:
In the area of Kay Road.
In the 3300 block of E. FM 700.
â€˘ ASSAULT was reported in the 800 block of W. Eighth Street.
â€˘ BURGLARY OF A HABITATION was reported in the 1300 block of Lexington.
A Big Spring man received three 30-year prison sentences after being convicted of child sexual abuse Wednesday.
Hector Manuel Gonzales Jr., 33, of 3730 Adams St., was assessed the sentences â€” along with a $10,000 fine â€” at the end of a two-day trial in 118th District Court.
He will serve the sentences concurrently. Under state law, he will not become eligible for parole until he has been in prison at least 15 years.
For the 26th consecutive year, First Church of the Nazarene will give visitors a step-by-step account of the birth, life and death of Jesus â€” all from the comfort of their automobiles.
FCN's annual Drive-Through Nativity, which annually draws thousands of visitors from across West Texas, will be held Friday through Sunday at the church, located at 1400 Lancaster.
Event times are from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. each night. Admission is free, although donations (which go toward future Nativity expenses) will be accepted.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ ROSHUN DONISHA VANDERBILT-MCGEE, 17, of 104 W. 24th St., was arrested Wednesday on charges of failure to maintain financial responsibility, expired registration, violation of driver's license restriction and driving without a safety belt.
Jury selection is expected to begin in 118th District Court this morning in the trial of a Big Spring man who is charged with four counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child.
Hector Manuel Gonzales Jr., 33, of 3730 Adams St., was indicted by a Howard County grand jury in mid-April on four counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, all first-degree felonies.