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Neugebauer coming to Big Spring

August 31, 2013

Big Spring's congressman is in a listening mood.
Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Lubbock), will hold a “town hall listening session” at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Hall Center for the Arts on the Howard College campus.
Neugebauer is expected to update residents on recent happenings from the U.S. Congress, but will also answer questions from his constituents.

County fair to be more 'kid friendly'

August 31, 2013

Howard County Fair officials are making a special effort to reach out to children this year.
The fair, which runs from Sept. 26-28, will have special hours reserved solely for area elementary students, organizers said.
There will be no admission fee between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, and Friday, Sept. 27, said Sandy Stewart of the fair association.
“These hours are available only to the (county) elementary schools and are not our regular hours,” Stewart said. “Exhibits have been planned to entertain and educate the children.”

Car run in town

August 31, 2013

HERALD photo/Andreia Medlin
The 42nd Annual West Texas Rod Run and SonicCruise car show at Comanche Trail Park Saturday was a treat for car enthusiasts. Gary Brosh, South Central Division Safety Inspector for the vehicles featured in the show, inspects an entry owned by Bill Faulds Saturday morning.

August 30th

Holiday prompts office closings

August 30, 2013

There will be very little laboring on Labor Day for area municipal and education employees.

In observance of Labor Day, most municipal and county offices will be closed Monday, officials said.

The City of Big Spring will close all offices, including the landfill, on Monday, and there will be no sanitation pickup, according to a news release from City Manager Todd Darden.

Emergency services (police, fire and ambulance) will continue normal operations and the On-Call Emergency Utilities Department can be contacted at 264-2392.

August 29th

Dunnam named BSSH superintendent

August 29, 2013

Texas Department of State Health Services Commissioner Dr. David Lakey named Lorie Dunnam the superintendent of Big Spring State Hospital, effective Sunday.

Dunnam currently is the hospital’s assistant superintendent and oversees administration of the 200-bed facility, Big Spring’s largest employer.

Dunnam assisted long-time Superintendent Ed Moughon in managing more than 625 employees and a $29 million a year operating budget.

Moughon retired July 31 after serving as Big Spring State Hospital superintendent for 17 years.

Rod Run roars into town Friday

August 29, 2013

Let's go cruisin'.

The Big Spring Cruisers car, motorcycle and truck club will hold its 42nd annual Rod Run and Sonic Cruise beginning Friday evening and up to 100 of the finest vintage two -and-four-wheel vehicles from around West Texas and southeast New Mexico — along with their owners, of course — are expected to participate.

August 28th

Two killed on RR 33

August 28, 2013

GLASSCOCK COUNTY — Two people were killed and two injured late Monday in a three-vehicle crash about 10 miles north of Garden City.

According to traffic investigators, killed were 41-year-old Wilson “Tex” Edwards Jr., a graduate of Big Spring High School, and 30-year-old Alvis Linker of Duncan, Okla. The accident took place about 10:30 p.m. on Ranch Road 33.

Officials said the truck Edwards was driving crossed into oncoming traffic and struck a vehicle driven by 24-year-old Curtis Gaston of Big Spring. Gaston's vehicle went into the ditch and turned over.

Legislative reps update citizens on state affairs

August 28, 2013

“Water, water everywhere. Nor a drop to drink.” Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s  line from the “Ancient Mariner” would have been appropriate for a large part of a Town Hall Meeting held at the Hotel Settles Tuesday.

Referred to as“The best tandem in show business,” State Sen. Kel Seliger and State Rep. Drew Darby — Howard County's representatives in the state legislature — gave an optimistic recount of the 83rd Legislative session.

August 27th

Wigington named interim superintendent

August 27, 2013

Big Spring Independent School District trustees didn't have to look far to find an interim superintendent.

Trustees emerged from a 90-minute closed session Monday to name Chris Wigington, the district's director of student services, to temporarily replace former Superintendent Steven Saldivar.

Wigington was selected from among four candidates for the position, including BSISD Assistant Superintendent Danny Ferrell and Executive Director for Personnel and Instruction Ann McClarty.

His appointment was approved by a 6-1 vote from the board — the lone dissenter was trustee Pat DeAnda.

Commissioners back away from 6-cent tax hike

August 27, 2013

Howard County property owners apparently won't be in for as big an increase in their tax bills as originally feared.

During a budget work session Monday, county commissioners decided to back away from a 6-cent increase for the upcoming fiscal year.

Instead, consensus was reached of going with the “effective” tax rate of 36 cents per $100 valuation, which would raise the same amount of revenue as last year. That figure would still represent a 3-cent increase over the current rate, officials said.

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