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September 25th

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.

No arrests in Sand Springs shooting death

September 23, 2013

SAND SPRINGS — Howard County Sheriff's deputies continue investigating a shooting Saturday morning which took the life of a 50-year-old man here.

Deputies, who have been interviewing witnesses, are waiting on autopsy results from the body of Bobby Reed, who was sent to Lubbock following the shooting.

September 21st

City, West Texas Centers sign agreement

September 21, 2013

A year-long planning effort involving West Texas Centers, the city of Big Spring and Scenic Mountain Medical Center culminated in last week’s signing of a lease agreement bringing an innovative treatment center to Big Spring for people living with mental illness.
West Texas Centers will move its Howard County Mental Health Center from downtown to the Malone and Hogan Clinic on or before April 1.
Scenic Mountain Medical Center will begin remodeling the first floor of the Malone and Hogan Clinic in early winter 2013 making way for the new clinic.

Forsan homecoming queen

September 21, 2013

HERALD photo/Bruce Schooler

Chandler Freeman, escorted by her father, Kevin Freeman, smiles after being named Forsan High School homecoming queen Friday night .

Commissioners to adopt tax rate

September 21, 2013

Howard County commissioners are expected to formally approve a 3-cent tax rate increase when they meet at 10 a.m. Monday on the third floor of the county courthouse.

For more, check out the Herald weekend edition or the e-edition.

One dead of gunshot wound

September 21, 2013

SAND SPRINGS — Howard County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting early Saturday which left one man dead.
At 2:30 a.m., deputies were advised of an assault at 8705 Gillem Road in Sand Springs. When they arrived on the scene, investigators found that 50-year-old Bobby Reed had died of a gunshot wound.

For more, see the weekend edition of the Herald, or the e-edition.

September 20th

Big Spring man charged with shooting girlfriend

September 20, 2013

A Big Spring teenager is in critical condition and her boyfriend is in custody following a Thursday evening shooting.

Abigail Valencia, 17, was airlifted to University Medical Center in Lubbock shortly following the shooting, which occurred shortly before 6:45 p.m. Thursday in east Big Spring.

Big Spring Police Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Tony Everett said police responded to the Scenic Mountain Medical Center emergency room in reference to a gunshot victim. Upon arrival, they found Valencia suffering from a single gunshot wound to the left side of her head.

Remington replicas grace future park at the Hotel Settles

September 20, 2013

The Settles Hotel has attracted a lot of visitors since it reopened late last year — including a pair of cowboys on horseback.

As part of ongoing renovation and landscaping in the lot adjacent to the hotel, replicas of two Frederic Remington statues were relocated to the lot east of the hotel Monday, Settles Manager Bill Cole said.

The two bronze sculptures outside the Settles are titled “Cowboy” and “The Rattlesnake.”

September 19th

Municipal court packing up for ‘new’ digs at courthouse

September 19, 2013

It's almost moving day for Big Spring's municipal court.

Judge Tim Green and his staff are preparing to leave their current headquarters at 305 Johnson and move to the third floor of the Howard County Courthouse. There, they will occupy the former office of the district clerk and share courtroom space with county commissioners, the attorney general's office and Child Protective Services.

The move will begin Monday and is scheduled to be complete by the end of the week, Green said.

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