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August 15th

Domestic disturbance turns violent, 3 people seriously injured

August 15, 2013

Three Big Spring residents were seriously injured during a domestic disturbance that turned extremely violent Wednesday evening.

Big Spring police responded to the rear area of 406 Dallas in reference to a “shots fired” call shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday and discovered three people seriously injured, Big Spring Police Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Tony Everett said.

CRMWD officials deny giving V.V. Water Company ’cold shoulder’

August 15, 2013

The Colorado River Municipal Water District board of directors met Wednesday morning to discuss a number of issues, including potential litigation regarding tortious interference with a contract stemming from recent meetings and presentations by Beeville-based V.V. Water Company LLC.

The company — represented by John Littlejohn, owner and chief scientist and Joe Carter, managing director — made a public presentation at the Hall Center for the Arts last week and a second one Tuesday night during the meeting of the Big Spring City Council.

August 14th

Budget, superintendent search on BSISD agenda

August 14, 2013

A new budget and a new superintendent will be the main topics of conversation when Big Spring Independent School District trustees hold their monthly meeting at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in the high school board room.

BSISD has been in the market for a new superintendent ever since Steven Saldivar announced earlier this month he had accepted a similar position with Anthony ISD on the New Mexico border west of El Paso. Saldivar's hiring is expected to become official Tuesday.

Container home law receives council OK

August 14, 2013

The Big Spring City Council approved first reading of amendments to the municipal zoning ordinances to allow for the use of "intermodal shipping containers" as living quarters Tuesday night, tightening the city's control on the use of what city officials consider temporary housing.

The amendments — which provide for a number of requirements, including a special use permit and fencing around the sea container homes that abut property in use — were approved on a 6-1 vote, with District 1 Councilman Marcus Fernandez the lone dissenter.

August 13th

Standoff ends; two arrested

August 13, 2013

An eight-hour standoff with Big Spring police officers ended with the arrest of two people this morning.

Jesse Lopez, 45, and Teresa Lang, 30, were in custody following the standoff that began when Big Spring Police Department narcotics investigators, acting on a Crimestoppers tip, responded to Room 101 at the Plaza Inn, 700 W. Interstate 20, at about 6:30 p.m. Monday.

'Recovery Rally' preaches hope

August 13, 2013

Run into any Big Spring State Hospital employee in town and more than likely you will find them sporting green T-shirts with vivid neon accents.

To the untrained eye, it appears as a cute, catchy shirt, but to most Big Spring State Hospital employees it symbolizes something much more.

“I think any time any hospital employee sees that shirt they remember rally day,” said Mique Yarbar, Big Spring State Hospital programs manager.

City employees could see 6 percent pay boost

August 13, 2013

A tax rate identical to last year's and an increase in sanitation rates headlined Monday night's special meeting of the Big Spring City Council, as the municipality began its week-long trek to lay out its fiscal plan for 2013-2014.

August 12th

TEA: Improvement needed at BSISD

August 12, 2013

Accountability wise, work remains to be done at Big Spring Independent School District.

Three years after being tagged as “academically unacceptable” by the Texas Education Agency, BSISD fared little better In the revamped state accountability rankings — Big Spring was one of 80 school districts or charters in the state to receive a a rating of “improvement required,” the lowest of three possible ratings.
Almost 93 percent of school districts in the state received a “met standards” ranking, TEA officials said.

August 10th

County road use fees gaining strength

August 10, 2013

Further movement toward establishing a road use fee and finding a new justice of the peace will top the agenda when Howard County commissioners meet at 10 a.m. Monday in the third-floor courtroom of the county courthouse.
Commissioners will review a recent opinion from the Texas Attorney General's office that gives a green light — for the most part — to plans to charge a fee to oil field company trucks which use county roads. That money would be used to help pay for needed repairs to the deteriorating roads.

Company wants to pipe water to Big Spring and area

August 10, 2013

Water and oil don't mix. But with the current oil boom, companies in the business of supplying water to the masses are making a concerted effort to do so, even if it's only metaphorically.
John Littlejohn, owner and chief scientist (PhD from Harvard University in Geological Sciences) and executive head of and founder of V.V. Water Company, LLC, held a public meeting Thursday to propose building a pipeline that would supply West Texas with artesian spring water from the Edwards aquifer.

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