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Man gets 240 months for child porn charges

October 31, 2013

ABILENE, Texas — Aaron Charles Lustfeldt, 27, of Big Spring was sentenced Wednesday to 240 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in June to one count of receipt of child pornography.

Handing down the sentence was U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis, and announced by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Friday last day of early voting for Nov. 5 election

October 31, 2013

Friday provides the final opportunity to vote early in the Nov. 5 Texas constitutional amendments election.

Polls — located in the Howard County Courthouse’s election office — will open at 8 a.m. and close at 5 p.m.

Those choosing to cast a vote Friday or on Nov. 5 will be required to show photo identification, officials say.

Acceptable forms of photo ID are:

• Texas driver’s license.
• Texas Election Identification Certificate (issued by Department of Public Safety).
• Texas personal identification card (issued by DPS).
• Texas concealed handgun license.

October 30th

Duo step down from EDC board

October 30, 2013

The Big Spring Economic Development Corparation gave heartfelt thanks to two board members whose terms had expired and welcomed two new faces at Tuesday night's meeting.

Dr. Keith Ledford and Justin Myers were given certificates of appreciation for their service to the EDC and Big Spring.

“It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve on the board under the stewardship of Terry Wegman,” said Dr. Ledford in his farewell address. To incoming board members Ledford gave this advice, “Keep in mind we have to be concerned with not only today, but with the future at hand. boom or bust.”

Halloween safe stops

October 30, 2013

Below is a list of supervised “safe stops” children can enjoy on Thursday, Oct. 31.

• H-E-B Grocery Store, 2000 Gregg, 5-8 p.m. Hot dogs, soft drinks and H-E-Buddy.
• Spring Creek Fellowship, Harvest Event, 5-7 p.m. at Spring Town Plaza. Free games and food.
• Monster Mash Festival and Trunk or Treat, St. Thomas Hall, 605 N. Main, 5-9 p.m., music and treats, games and prizes, 18-foot centipede, sponsored by the North Side Movement.
• Sequia Tubing Testers, 4014 Parkway, 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
• Marcy House, 2301 Wasson Road, 5:30 p.m.-?

October 29th

Donation will allow Howard College dental program to expand

October 29, 2013

During their regular board of trustees meeting Monday, Howard College officials announced plans that will be taking their well-known dental hygiene program a step further, thanks in great part to a generous donation from Marie Hall.

The gift will fund three phases of development that will include support for a dental faculty chair and a dental assisting faculty chair, faculty development and student support services, a simulation lab, extended online education courses, and satellite clinical sites.

Student numbers down a bit at HC; not unexpected

October 29, 2013

While implementation of a three-phase plan to enhance the dental hygiene program at Howard College dominated trustees’ attention Monday, the board addressed other issues as well, including enrollment.

Student enrollment is down 9 percent district wide, said college officials, who presented certified fall enrollment numbers. Contact hours — numbers the state uses to determine funding — Big Spring, Lamesa and San Angelo campus saw an 11 percent drop while the SouthWest Institute for the Deaf showed a 3 percent increase.

October 28th

Forsan band qualifies for state marching contest

October 28, 2013

And the band plays on.

Forsan High School Band steps on to state while the Coahoma High School ended it's marching contest season Saturday.

Earning top honors at Area Class 1A contest, Forsan qualified for its eighth consecutive trip to University Interscholastic League (UIL) state contest under the leadership of band director of Jim Rhodes. The band placed first in the finals held in Ratliff Stadium, Odessa.

Coahoma band had a little further to go — Amarillo — for Class 2A Area competition.

October 26th

Cutting up! Woodcarvers show begins Monday

October 26, 2013

It's amazing what you can create with nothing more than a knife, a piece of a wood and the right attitude.
That's the message the Mustang Draw Woodcarvers Club will be spreading when they host their annual Show and Sale starting Monday at the Dora Roberts Community Center.
The annual event serves as both a showcase of club members' talents and a teaching experience. On one hand, the public will get a chance to view some of the finest wood carvings to be found in this area. On the other, they can try their hand at the craft themselves.

October 25th

BSISD trustees give high five to Wigington

October 25, 2013

Trustees with the Big Spring Independent School District are clearly satisfied with the performance of Interim Superintendent Chris Wigington and are ready to continue with his leadership for some time.

Drill helps ensure safety prepardness at refinery

October 25, 2013

The Big Spring Refinery held its annual emergency response drill Thursday morning which involved a plethora of state, local and national agencies.

“It’s an annual emergency response drill we have as part of our obligations with the Texas Railroad Commission since we have underground storage wells,” said Randy Hillman, general manager of logistics at Alon USA Big Spring Refinery and a member of the incident command team. “It’s a great way for us, Alon and for the community to be involved and train in the event of a real emergency,”

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