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October 12th

Community Fund to receive millions of dollars

October 12, 2013

Thanks to a donation which will bring millions of dollars into its coffers, the Big Spring Community Foundation's future just took a turn for the brighter.
President Drew Mouton announced Thursday the foundation has been named beneficiary of a trust fund established by the A.K. Guthrie estate. The fund is expected to bring between $15 million and $20 million to the foundation during the next 20 years.

For the entire story, pick up a copy of the Herald print or e-edition.

Fire Prevention Week

October 12, 2013

Big Spring firefighter Justin Wolf addresses a group of Goliad Elementary kindergarteners during a National Fire Prevention Week demonstration at the school Thursday afternoon.

October 11th

Top ag producer, business named

October 11, 2013

Brandon Iden and South Plains Implement were the major honorees at Thursday’s 22nd annual Ag Appreciation Luncheon.

Iden, a fourth-generation farmer/rancher, was named Ag Producer of the Year, while South Plains Implement was recognized as the Ag Business of the Year during the luncheon, sponsored by the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce and held at Howard College’s Broughton Agriculture Complex.

Iden graduated from Sands High School, then attended Howard College before graduating from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture education.

Waiver applications headed to TEA

October 11, 2013

Forty-one down, nine to go.

Trustees with the Big Spring Independent School District were pleased to learn that officials plan to apply for only nine class-size waivers from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) this year.

“As the result of (personnel) moves we made earlier this year — some of our staff members and some from new hires — we are requesting only nine class-size waivers as compared to 50 waivers that we applied for last year.” said Chris Wigington, BSISD interim superintendent. “Without the hires and the moves that we made, we would be requesting 29 waivers."

October 10th

Voter ID help offered

October 10, 2013

Officials with the Texas Secretary of State's office will be in Big Spring next week to provide help for people needing to obtain a voter identification card.

The Secretary of State, in conjunction with the Department of Public Safety, will set up two mobile stations to help people obtain an Election Identification Certificate free of charge, Howard County Election Administrator Saundra Bloom said.

More than 600 vendors are expected in Stanton for Trade Days

October 10, 2013

STANTON — Sold out!

Old Sorehead Trade Days, which takes place this weekend, isn’t sold out in terms of wares, antiques, handcrafted items and food (don’t forget the corn dogs, kettle corn, turkey legs and funnel cakes) of course. But if you’re a vendor looking for a place to do some business, you’ll have to go on down the road. With 615 vendors already signed up for what organizers call ”the best little show in West Texas” Stanton will definitely be bustin’ at the seams.

Add in 30,000 expected visitors over the show’s two-day run, and this town of 2,700 will swell indeed.

October 9th

Dunnam reception Thursday

October 9, 2013

Big Spring State Hospital Superintendent Lorie Dunnam will be formally introduced to the public Thursday during an afternoon reception for hospital employees and invited guests.

The reception will be from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Big Spring State Hospital’s Allred Building Auditorium. A short recognition ceremony will be at 3:15 p.m.

Texas Department of State Health Services Commissioner Dr. David Lakey named Dunnam the superintendent of Big Spring State Hospital, effective Sept. 1.

County lowers road access permit

October 9, 2013

Howard County commissioners voted to chop off $2,000 from a recently approved road access permit during a special meeting Monday.

In August, commissioners approved a fee of $4,500 for all new access entrances which intersect county roads for commercial purposes — except agricultural related industries. The construction of the entrances are required to conform with county road and bridge department requirements.

October 8th

City to overhaul master plan

October 8, 2013

Big Spring will follow a new “road map” when dealing with future growth.

During its Monday meeting, the city council voted 5-0 (Mayor Larry McLellan and Raul Benavides were absent) to authorize a comprehensive overhaul of the city's master plan, which officials said will serve as a guidepost of sorts as the city deals with growth issues brought on by the shale oil boom and other factors.

Humane Society fundraiser slated here on Saturday

October 8, 2013

Dog and cat owners have a chance to contribute to the community and save a little money as well when the Howard County Humane Society and Sierra Animal Clinic join together to host an animal immunization clinic.

“We have a great turnout for this,” said Jo Stone, Humane Society coordinator. “We've already had six or seven calls so far, and we've just started to advertise.”

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