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July 11th

Boot scootin' just got better

July 11, 2013

The Big Spring Senior Citizens Center has a shiny new dance floor, and officials there are eager to show it off to the public.

The center will hold a “grand re-opening” dance to celebrate the new floor Friday, Aug. 9, from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.. The dance, featuring live country-western music, is free to the public and refreshments will be served, Director MaryJo Toomire said.

A portion of the roof over the dance area collapsed under the weight of heavy snow 17 months ago, resulting in major damage to the floor, Toomire noted.

Long time BSSH administrator retiring

July 11, 2013

Longtime Big Spring State Hospital Superintendent Ed Moughon has announced his retirement after serving at the facility in various capacities for 25 years.

Moughon, 64, will step down at the end of the month. He has played an integral role in not only keeping the hospital in Big Spring, but turning it into a model facility.

July 10th

City council: Temporary housing ordinance passes first reading

July 10, 2013

Big Spring City Council approved first reading of an ordinance designed to define and shape the use of modular homes, temporary workforce housing and “man camps” on a 4-3 vote Tuesday night, much to the chagrin of at least one local family.

The ordinance — which was commissioned by the council in hopes of limiting the damaging effects of the oil boom associated with the Cline Shale discovery — takes a number of steps to regulate how the “man camps” and other temporary housing will be used within the city limits.

Superintendent contract, pay raises on trustees' agenda

July 10, 2013

Big Spring public school trustees will revisit Superintendent Steven Saldivar's contract situation when they hold their monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the high school board room.

Trustees raised some eyebrows in June when they declined without comment to extend Saldivar's contract following their annual evaluation of his job performance. The non-action was notable because it is standard operating procedure for school boards to add at least one year to a superintendent's contract following a satisfactory evaluation.

July 9th

TxDOT approves funds for 12-plane T hangar

July 9, 2013

More expansion is coming to the Big Spring Airport.

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) recently approved a grant of $1.2 million to finance the construction of a T hangar to be located in the southwest portion of the airport.

Unlike conventional hangars, which house several aircraft in a common space, T hangars are partitioned so that planes have their own private spaces.

There are currently three such hangars on the east side of the airport and Airport Director Jim Little said they are old and figuratively bursting at the seams.

County OKs measures dealing with oilfield boom-related housing issues

July 9, 2013

Howard County commissioners unanimously approved revisions to the county's Flood Damage Prevention Order and subdivision and manufactured home rental community regulations Monday, making efforts to deal with the boom brought about by the Cline Shale formation.

Aided by Charles R. Kimbrough, an attorney with Austin-based Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP, the commissioners court has been working through the changes for several months now.

July 8th

Council to elect mayor pro-tem

July 8, 2013

Big Spring City Council will meet Tuesday to consider a number of issues, including a second attempt at electing a mayor pro-tem.
The council first attempted to elect a mayor pro-tem — a council member designated to stand-in for the mayor when necessary — during its June 25 meeting, with District 1 Councilman Marcus Fernandez absent.
Fernandez and newly elected District 5 Councilman Raul Benavides were both nominated for the position, however, a vote yielded a tie vote of three ballots per nominee. Mayor Larry McLellan called for the election to be postponed until Tuesday night's meeting.

Then and Now is the theme of the 80th Old Settler's Reunion

July 8, 2013

STANTON — Then and Now.
That's the theme for the 80th annual Old Settler's Reunion, which will be held Saturday in downtown Stanton.
Then and Now is a fitting theme, organizers say.
“We are celebrating a time of growth and prosperity, as well as remembering our predecessors who made it possible,” said Kristi Peterson, who is helping coordinate the event.
The traditional parade will begin at 10 a.m., and dedicated tof Bob and Mary Haislip, parade marshals for 2013.

July 6th

Texas Highways features Hotel Settles, Big Spring

July 6, 2013

The Hotel Settles — and Big Spring — are getting some more statewide publicity.

The “Postcard” section of Texas Highways' August edition contains a feature on the Settles with an invitation to visit other local attractions.

County to consider regs for influx of housing

July 6, 2013

Howard County commissioners are to consider revisions to their Flood Damage Prevention Order and proposed subdivision and manufactured home rental community regulations Monday, moving forward with efforts to protect county residents in the face of the oil boom.

Monday's meeting is to get under way at 10 a.m. in the commissioners courtroom, located on the third floor of the county courthouse.

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