Archive - Aug 2013 - News Article
It seems like every store has some kind of back-to-school sale, so why shouldn't the state of Texas get into the act?
Parents shopping for back-to-school items for their children â€” and others just looking to save a little money â€” will get a helping hand from the state as its annual Tax Free Holiday kicks off today and runs through Sunday.
As in previous years, most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 will be exempt from sales and use taxes â€” including those sold online, by telephone or mail â€” which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend.
Despite some rough weather conditions Tuesday afternoon â€” including lightning and heavy rains â€” the 2013 U.S. National Hang Gliding Championship remains on-track to wrap up one of its best years Saturday at the McMahon-Wrinkle Airpark.
According to U.S. National Hang Gliding organizer Belinda Boulter, the pilots â€” more than 40, including competitors from the U.S., Mexico and Guatemala â€” continue to enjoy amazing flying conditions in and around the Crossroads area.
There have been at least two confirmed cases of West Nile Virus within the city limits of Big Spring, according to a report from the Texas Department of State Health Services issued Wednesday.
The Texas Department of State Health Services notified officials with the city of Big Spring regarding the confirmed cases, according to a press release issued by Big Spring Fire Department Chief Craig Ferguson this morning.
COAHOMA â€” An early afternoon fire here Wednesday destroyed a trailer home, but its occupants fortunately escaped injury.
The fire started shortly after 2 p.m. in the 300 block of Hoover Avenue. Several units from the Howard County Volunteer and Big Spring fire departments arrived shortly thereafter to find the home engulfed in flames.
HCVFD Chief Tommy Sullivan said the fire appeared to have started in the living room area and quickly spread to all other areas of the trailer home.
MARTIN COUNTY â€” Two men fell to their deaths Monday morning at a location in northern Martin County â€” approximately halfway between Big Spring and Lamesa â€” while working on power lines, tethered to a helicopter, according to local law enforcement officials.
David Edward Oliveira, 26, of Turlock, Calif., and Christopher Geoffrey Breed, 27, of Moscow, Idaho, were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, near County Roads 4501 and 4200, according to officials with the Martin County Sheriff's Office.
Howard College trustees gave tentative approval to across-the-board pay raises for district personnel during a combination budget workshop-regular meeting Tuesday.
College employees would see their annual income increase by at least $1,200 under the new budget, which will not be formally approved until Aug. 27.
Faculty can expect annual salary increases of between $1,389 and $1,857, depending on their contracts, while other employees will see significant pay raises also, College President Dr. Cheryl Sparks said.
If it seems like the skies above Big Spring are busier than usual, it's not your imagination, as the 2013 U.S. National Hang Gliding Championship continues at the McMahon-Wrinkle Airpark.
According to U.S. National Hang Gliding organizer Belinda Boulter, with just two days under the pilots' belts, the championship is shaping up to be an amazing time for all involved.
The following areas will be closed for crosswalk painting from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday:
â€˘ Birdwell Lane, from Harvard to Stadium.
â€˘ The intersection of Mt. Vernon and Washington streets.
All traffic will be detoured during this time period.
For more information, contact Big Spring city offices at 264-2376.
After having to ask employees to do more for less the past few years, Howard College trustees are looking to reverse that trend.
When trustees hold their annual budget workshop at 10 a.m. Tuesday, they will take a long, hard look at giving faculty and staff a raise for the first time in three years.
An early morning house fire Saturday claimed the life of a Big Spring man.
Big Spring Fire Department units were called to the 200 block of N.E. Sixth to battle the fire at about 5 a.m. Saturday, according to information released from BSFD Chief Craig Ferguson.
When firefighters arrived, they found house engulfed in flames, Ferguson said.
Rescue crews made entry into the house and found Manuel Cervantes, 61, still inside. They then pulled Cervantes from the building and transported him to Scenic Mountain Medical Center's emergency room.