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October 23rd

Council nixes garbage rate hike again

October 23, 2013

The second verse was the same as the first.

After plenty of impassioned — and sometimes heated — debate during their Tuesday meeting, the Big Spring City Council once again voted against raising the garbage collection fees for local residents and businesses.

The same four council members who voted down the measure in September — Marcus Fernandez, Carmen Harbour, Glen Carrigan and Marvin Boyd — voted against the rate hike, while Mayor Larry McLellan was joined by Bobby McDonald and Raul Benavides is supporting the increase.

Williams named BSPD chief

October 23, 2013

Take the “interim” off of Chad Williams' job title.

Big Spring City Manager Todd Darden announced Tuesday that Williams was selected over two other finalists to be the new chief of the Big Spring Police Department.

Williams has been serving as interim chief of the department since Lonnie Smith's resignation earlier this year.

He and fellow BSPD lieutenants Lance Telchik and Robert Fitzgibbons were the three finalists for the position, Darden said.

October 22nd

County backs down on road fees

October 22, 2013

Howard County officials have decided that maybe road access permits aren’t such a good idea, after all.

Faced with the threat of litigation from oil businesses and other commercial entities, commissioners voted unanimously Monday to rescind a recently approved road access permit program.

Earlier this year, commissioners approved a $4,500 fee for commercial interests wishing to build driveways and other access points onto county roads. After several business concerns complained that the fee was excessive, commissioners later reduced the fee to $2,500.

Early voting begins

October 22, 2013

A light turnout Monday marked the first day of early voting in Howard County for the Nov. 5 constitutional amendments election.

“We've had eight so far,” said Howard County Election Administrator Saundra Bloom, commenting on the first four hours of voting Monday. “This is strictly for the constitutional amendments.”

So far, 13 people have cast early ballots for the state-wide election which will decided nine constitutional amendments. Early voting continues through Nov 1. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at the election office in the Howard County Courthouse.

October 21st

Council to mull rate increase

October 21, 2013

Big Spring City Council members will consider a proposed rate increase by Atmos Energy when they meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers 307 E. Fourth.

Atmos officials have proposed increasing the natural gas company's rates by 18.41 percent for residential customers and 4.24 percent for commercial entities in the company's West Texas division, which includes Big Spring, Midland, Odessa, Lubbock, Amarillo and several other municipalities. If approved, this will increase the company's revenue by more than $12 million annually.

HEB to unveil pumpkin patch

October 21, 2013

H-E-B is giving area kids a chance to satisfy their artistic side, sweet tooth and love of Halloween, all at the same time. As an added bonus, they'll be giving to a good cause.

The grocery store will be the site of a “pumpkin patch” decorating event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25.

Gale Pittman, who heads up the store's bakery, said the produce department will line up pumpkins along the Lancaster Street side of the store. Children can then purchase and decorate a pumpkin for $3.48, with the proceeds going to the local United Way.

October 19th

'Pumpkins with Pop' puts kids, dad together

October 19, 2013

Fathers got to spend some quality carving time with their children at Washington Elementary Friday.
The school's “Pumpkins With Pop” event annually brings fathers to the campus to spend time with their kindergarten-age kids in a classroom setting, then try their hands at the latest jack o' lantern designs.

Berea Pumpkin Patch open

October 19, 2013

Everything is turning up pumpkins at Berea Baptist Church at 4204 Wasson Road. Pastor John McCullough and Jen Hollingsworth, event coordinator, pose in the patch Thursday afternoon, opening day for the holiday event. The patch will continue through Oct.31 — Monday through Saturday, noon until 8 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. — and offers a variety of child-friendly activities at no charge. For a full schedule, visit bereabigspring.com and click on the pumpkin patch link at the top of the page.

October 18th

Student arrested on terroristic threat charge

October 18, 2013

A Big Spring High School student was arrested for allegedly detailing how he intended to harm or kill Big Spring ISD personnel and students.

Michael Wayne Peterson, 17, 1104.5 Lancaster is free on $1,500 bail after being arrested on a charge of terroristic threat earlier this week.

Big Spring Police Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Tony Everett said the incident began at about 4 p.m. Tuesday when a journal containing “disturbing information” was found on a BSISD school bus.

Junior high raises monies for breast cancer awareness

October 18, 2013

As the principal of Big Spring Junior High School, Dalia Benavides serves as the school's strict disciplinarian and leader. When it came down to seeing through on a promise, she kissed a pig.

BSJHS held its annual Pink-Out rally Thursday afternoon, a breast cancer awareness event and school pep rally to energize junior steer athletes in their game against Snyder held later that night.

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