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July 19th

ISDs enhance security

July 19, 2013

John Law will be a constant presence at Forsan and Coahoma school campuses starting this August.

Concerns about student and staff safety have reached new heights in the wake of school shootings across the country in recent months. While some Texas school districts are debating options such as arming teachers, both Coahoma and Forsan have instead chosen to go with a permanent law enforcement presence at their campuses.

July 18th

Former resident gets 15-year term in federal prison

July 18, 2013

A former Big Spring resident was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison — to be followed by eight years probation — by a U.S. District Judge this week after pleading guilty to receiving child pornography in March.

Christopher Aubrey Harlan, 27, formerly of Big Spring and believed most recently to have been residing in Central Texas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings after pleading guilty to one count of receiving child pornography, according to officials with the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Northern District of Texas.

Rains of little help to CRMWD reservoirs

July 18, 2013

Rains this week were good for farmers, gardeners and almost everyone else seeking a break from drought-like conditions. For the Colorado River Municipal Water District, however, the precipitation was of only modest benefit.

Parts of the Crossroads area have received more than 2 inches of rain since the start of the week, thanks to a low-pressure front that brought with it plenty of Gulf moisture. And while the slow, soaking rains were almost ideal for agriculture producers and will help green up area lawns, they didn't add much to CRMWD reservoirs.

July 17th

One dead after Tuesday rollover

July 17, 2013

A 56-year-old New Mexico woman was pronounced dead at the scene of a one-vehicle crash on State Highway 176 Tuesday morning after law enforcement officials say the vehicle she was traveling in rolled several times.

According to officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety, the accident was reported at 8:40 a.m. at a location on Highway 176, approximately 7/10 of a mile from mile marker 306, inside Howard County.

Rain brings much-needed moisture across West Texas

July 17, 2013

An “unusual” weather system that brought welcome relief from baking temperatures and parched conditions may stick around a day or two longer, officials say.

Crossroads residents have been sighing in relief the past few days because of the system, which has slashed temperatures and brought some much-needed precipitation to the area.

National Weather Service Meteorologist David Henrig said the cause of all this welcome weather is an upper-level low pressure system that's slowly making its way through this area.

July 16th

Nw Mexico woman killed in rollover

July 16, 2013

A 56-year-old New Mexico woman was pronounced dead at the scene of a one-vehicle crash on State Highway 176 Tuesday morning after law enforcement officials say the vehicle she was traveling in rolled several times.
Evangelina Ontiveros, 56, of Eunice, N.M., was pronounced dead at the scene by Howard County Justice of the Peace Quail Dobbs at approximately 9:30 a.m. Law enforcement officials said she was the only passenger in the vehicle not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
For the complete story, see Wednesday's edition of the Herald.

Housing shortage slams school districts

July 16, 2013

Anyone can tell you there's a housing shortage in this area, but nowhere is it more keenly felt than in the public school districts.

The recent oilfield-fueled hiring boom has brought lots of people into this area, but it has also dried up the list of available housing, and officials at Big Spring, Coahoma and Forsan school districts all agree it is hampering their efforts to hire new employees.

Parker, Smith honored for cooperation

July 16, 2013

Howard County Sheriff Stan Parker and newly retired Big Spring Police Department Chief Lonnie Smith got a hefty nod from local officials on both sides of the city and county lines Monday afternoon, as the two were honored with commemorative plaques at the Troy M. Hogue Law Enforcement Center.

July 15th

Harley group rides to stop child abuse

July 15, 2013

What would be cooler than an escort of the booming, clattering, deafening roar of several Harley Davidson riders to pretty much anywhere you went? How safe would you feel flanked by men and women in their leathers standing beside you while you testified against someone who hurt you?

Guardians of the Children is a nonprofit organization established to help abused children. The Wildcat chapter held a fundraiser Saturday to help aid in assisting children who have been abused. It was a little bit of fun for an important cause.

July 13th

Bond issue back on FISD agenda

July 13, 2013

FORSAN — Show them the money.
Forsan Independent School District trustees are expected to approve the sale of $23.8 million in construction bonds when they hold their regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the administration wing board room.
The construction bonds were approved by FISD voters in May, but trustee approval is needed before the issues are officially sold.
Among the projects which will be financed by the bond are:
• A new elementary campus, which will be located adjacent to the junior high/high school building in Forsan.
• A wastewater treatment plant

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