Archive - 2013 - News Article
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.
Local volunteers are banding together to tackle litter at Comanche Trail Lake, as part of the Love Our Lake and the Keep Texas Waterways Clean programs.
Keep Big Spring Beautiful will conduct a cleanup with the help of volunteers Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Dora Roberts Community Center.
Keep Big Spring Beautiful is committed to keeping the Comanche Trail Lake clean, not only to protect and restore it for us, and future generations, but to get the lake area cleaned for the Comanche Warrior Triathlon.
HERALD photo / Thomas Jenkins
Two Big Spring residents were killed late Friday evening when the vehicle they were in rolled several times along Interstate 20.
Thirty-year-old Reginald Vanderbilt and 40-year-old Tashanna Forman were pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Kathryn Wiseman shortly after 11 p.m.
The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce has extended its deadline for applications for the Big Spring Leadership program, set to begin Sept. 12 at the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce.
â€śWe still have space available and we would like to have anyone join us who can,â€ť said Debbye ValVerde, chamber executive director.
Deadline for applications to be turned is now 3 p.m. Sept, 5.
This program is designed to increase leadership skills and learn more about the community. We are anticipating another successful year.
With the Labor Day holiday right around the corner, the Texas Department of Transportation is aiming to curb drunk driving by giving potential offenders a look at the hardships they can face if they get behind the wheel while intoxicated.
Part of TxDOT's â€śDrink. Drive. Got to Jailâ€ť campaign, the state agency will be touring Texas college campuses with its portable simulated jail cells in hopes of conveying the harsh reality of being arrested for driving while intoxicated.
Needed repairs at the city water treatment plant will force Big Spring officials to ban all non-essential water use for a 36-hour period beginning Wednesday evening.
â€śIn order for the City of Big Spring to perform essential upgrades to the water treatment plant, we will perform a 36-hour shutdown on water treatment services,â€ť states a news release from Big Spring city offices. â€śTo ensure that there is sufficient water for basic living necessities, the city manager will temporarily ban all non-essential water uses beginning Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, at 9 p.m.â€ť
The local United Way campaign won't begin in earnest until September, but officials will kick off the drive Saturday, they said.
Executive Director Sandy Stewart said the kickoff for the 69th annual campaign will begin at 6 p.m. at the Big Spring Country Club and will feature live music, food and a silent auction.
â€śI just want to say the we are all looking forward to another successful campaign with the strong support of our community,â€ť Stewart said. â€śI am so proud to be a part of an organization and a community that does so much for so many.â€ť