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September 28th

Not your grandma's swing

September 28, 2013

Carnival goers enjoy the rides during this year's event, held in conjunction with the Howard County Fair. The carnival and fair wrap up Saturday night.

Ag appreciation event upcoming

September 28, 2013

It’s that time of year! Ag Appreciation Day is just around the corner.
All area farmers and producers will be guests of honor at the 22nd Annual Ag Appreciation Day on Thursday, Oct. 10.
“The Chamber is excited to announce that this year’s event will be held in the newly built G.C. Broughton Ag Complex on the Howard College Campus,” said Debbye ValVerde, chamber executive director.

Man shot dead; deputy on leave

September 28, 2013

Texas Rangers are investigating the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man by a Howard County deputy sheriff early Friday.
Caleb Hector died at Scenic Mountain Medical Center Friday morning after being shot during an altercation with Deputy Sheriff Alfredo Hilario, according to information released by County Sheriff Stan Parker.
Parker said the shooting occurred after Hilario responded to a 911 call at a residence south of Big Spring around 2 a.m. Friday.

For the entire story, see the Herald weekend edition.

September 27th

Deputy kills 19-year-old; Texas Rangers investigating

September 27, 2013

A 19-year-old Howard County resident was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy in an early Friday incident.

Howard County Sheriff Stan Parker said the shooting occurred after Deputy Alfredo Hilario responded to a 911 call at a residence south of Big Spring around 2 a.m. today.

"According to the preliminary investigation, the deputy encountered an armed man and shot the individual," Parker said. The man, 19-year-old Caleb Hector, died later in the morning at Scenic Mountain Medical Center.

Sand Springs shooting probe nears completion, sheriff says

September 27, 2013

The investigation into the Saturday shooting death of a 50-year-old man in Sand Springs is nearing completion, law enforcement officials say.

According to reports, at 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Howard County sheriff's deputies were advised of an assault at 8705 Gillem Road in Sand Springs. When they arrived on the scene, investigators found that the 50-year-old Bobby Reed had died of a gunshot wound.

County Sheriff Stan Parker said in a Thursday news release that, “at this point, it has been determined that there had been a domestic/family altercation that led up to the shooting.”

September 26th

Water woes alleviated somewhat

September 26, 2013

Is the drought over?

“Absolutely not.”

That was the response from John Grant, general manager of the Colorado River Municipal Water District, when asked about the recent rainfall and the rise in lake levels according to the CRMWD weekly report.

“We were fortunate last fall,” said Grant about the runoff Big Spring received at the end of September. As far as the drought is concerned Grant said that we are not quite out of the woods yet.

“We're in better shape than we were last year, but we have a long way to go,” the director explained.

(Ball) Storm is brewing

September 26, 2013

A storm is coming.

The United Way of Big Spring and Howard County, with the assistance of Bill Price and his helicopter, will host the West Texas Ball Storm, a unique community event involving a deluge of golf balls being dropped from 100 feet in the air via helicopter.

Golf balls can be purchased at the United Way office located at 215 West Third Street or from any United Way board member.

The price of a ball is $20 each or six can be purchased for $100. Each ball will be numbered and collected to be dropped from a helicopter at 100 feet onto Blankenship field above the pin.

September 25th

Attempted murder, robbery charges result in indictments

September 25, 2013

Two Big Spring men who allegedly participated in the armed robbery of a local store in June were among 13 people indicted during Tuesday's session of the Howard County Grand Jury.

Eufemio Ortiz Jr., 21, and Sunday C. Luna, 26, both currently incarcerated in the Howard County Detention Center, were indicted on first-degree aggravated robbery charges for their alleged roles in the Aug. 22 stick-up of the Boost Mobile store on FM 700.

Garbage fee hike trashed

September 25, 2013

Big Spring City Council has done an about-face on plans to increase garbage collection fees this year.

Two weeks after tentatively approving monthly increases of $3 for residences and $5 for businesses, the council voted 4-to-3 to nix the idea during their regular meeting Tuesday evening.

Marcus Fernandez, the lone council member to vote against the fee increase two weeks ago, was joined by colleagues Carmen Harbour, Glen Carrigan and Marvin Boyd in defeating the measure. Mayor Larry McLellan and council members Bobby McDonald and Raul Benavides voted for the fee increase.

September 23rd

Assault charge upgraded to murder

September 23, 2013

A Big Spring teenager who was allegedly shot by her boyfriend Thursday evening has died, officials said.

Abigail Valencia, 17, died early Saturday at University Medical Center in Lubbock, said Tony Everett, Big Spring Police Department public information officer.

Dakota Aguiano, 19, who had been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in Valencia's shooting, had his charges upgraded to murder this morning, Everett said. Anguiano remains in custody at the Howard County Detention Center.

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