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Crossing guard Delfina Rocha shepherds students across the street in front of Goliad Elementary this morning. Today was the first day of school in Big Spring, Coahoma and Forsan.
Howard College trustees are expected to formally adopt a budget and tax rate for the coming fiscal year when they meet at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the student union building's Tumbleweed Room.
College employees would see their annual income increase by at least $1,200 under the new budget.
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.
Howard County commissioners will continue hammering out a budget for the new fiscal year when they meet at 10 a.m. Monday on the third floor of the county courthouse.
More than a month remains before the county's new budget must be finalized, but commissioners have already given tentative approval to several features, including a pay raise for all county employees.
Love Our Lake volunteers from H-E-B participated in the clean up at Comanche Trail Park Saturday to prepare for the upcoming triathlon. Other sponsors included Taco Villa and Sonic. The event was a cooperative effort of Master Gardeners and Keep Big Spring Beautiful.
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Three Big Spring residents are in custody and charged with aggravated robbery after a alert police officer spied the vehicle in which they were traveling and executed a traffic stop.
Arrested were 21-year-old Eufemio Ortiz, a black male; 25-year-old Sunday Luna, a white male; and 28-year-old Ashley Luna, a white female. All three were booked into the county detention center.
Eleven people, including a Big Spring man charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, were indicted during Thursday's session of the Howard County Grand Jury.
Luis Alejandro Ramos, 24, currently in custody at the county jail, faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of the aggravated assault indictments. Those charges stem from two separate incidents which occurred earlier this year in Big Spring.
The state of Texas will get a black eye from some and heaps of praise from others regarding new laws that come into effect in a few days.
Switchblade knives? Theyâ€™ll be legal in Texas beginning Sept. 1.
Concealed Handgun Licenses? It will only take four hours of training â€” plus range time â€” to get a license now, not 10 as in the past.
Those are just two of many laws which go into effect the first day in September.
Hereâ€™s a look at just a few of them:
FORSAN â€” A new elementary school is about to go up in Forsan. Not surprisingly, so is district taxpayers' bills.
Forsan Independent School District officials are putting the final touches on a new budget that features employee pay raises, deficit spending and a notable spike in the tax rate.
When district voters approved a $23 million construction bond earlier this year, they also voted themselves a tax increase to pay for the improvements, and that process will begin when trustees formally approve the new budget and tax rate Tuesday.
Big Spring Independent School District trustees decided they're in no rush to name an interim superintendent.
After interviewing four candidates to temporarily replace departed Superintendent Steven Saldivar during a special meeting Tuesday evening, BSISD trustees announced they would put off hiring someone until later this month.
Saldivar, who has headed BSISD since 2008, announced his resignation earlier this month. He will become superintendent at Anthony ISD in far West Texas effective today.
COAHOMA â€” School teachers here will see a raise in salary and help with rising insurance costs under a new budget formally adopted by trustees Tuesday night.
Under the new budget, all teachers will receive a raise, but the biggest boost will be handed out to first-year teachers, who will see their salaries increase by $1,000 to $35,670, Superintendent Amy Jacobs said.