Archive - 2013 - News Article
Early voting in the May 11 municipal and school elections began today at the Howard County Courthouse.
Qualified voters can cast their ballot during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday through May 7.
Extended voting â€” from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. â€” will be held Tuesday and again May 2.
A foot pursuit of a theft suspect led to a grisly discovery by Big Spring police early Sunday afternoon, as they found the decomposed remains of an unidentified male.
Police were called to the Walmart Supercenter just after noon Sunday in reference to a theft.
â€śUpon arrival, officers became involved in a foot chase with the female suspect,â€ť said Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer for the Big Spring Police Department.
A Big Spring woman was pronounced dead at the Howard County Detention Center early Wednesday morning after being arrested on a charge of public intoxication, according to law enforcement officials.
Stephanie Elaine Baker, 32, of 1606 Settles, was arrested at approximately 9:11 p.m. Tuesday at a location in the 2300 block of Wasson Road by Big Spring Police Department officers, arrest reports stated.
According to Sheriff Stan Parker, the local woman was then transported to the county lockup.
Preparations for this year's Funtastic Fourth downtown celebration are starting to pick up steam.
The 11th annual event, sponsored by the Downtown Revitalization Association in conjunction with Alon USA/Alon Brands, will be held June 28-29 on Scurry and Main streets between Third and Second, organizers said.
There will be food, vendor booths, games and children's rides aplenty, but most of all, there will be music â€” lots and lots of music.
Allen Johnson and Christy Brorman, two of the event's organizers, said several music acts are lined up for the two-day festival.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ BRENDA GONZALES, 38, of 1210 Sycamore, was arrested Wednesday on warrants for speeding, no driver's license â€“ when unlicensed and failure to appear (two counts).
â€˘ CHRISTINA MARIE ROJAS, 26, of 1503 W. Cherokee, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant from another agency.
â€˘ JUSTIN KYLE DAHMER, 24, of 2313 Gunter, was arrested Wednesday on warrants for failure to maintain financial responsibility and bail jumping â€“ failure to appear (fine only).
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ ALFONSO GARCIA POSADA, 47, of Austin, Texas, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€˘ TERELL HOUSTON, 21, of 2609 Hunter Dr., was arrested Tuesday on a charge of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance.
â€˘ STEPHANIE ELAINE BAKER, 32, of 1606 Settles, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€˘ MARY BETH KLINGENBERG, 27, of 1104.5 S. Nolan, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of public intoxication.
Faced with the high probability of more cuts in state money in its future, Howard College will raise certain tuition and fee rates this coming fall.
College trustees unanimously voted in favor of the increases during their monthly meeting Monday afternoon.
Howard has absorbed $2 million in cuts in state appropriations the past five years and even more are likely on the horizon â€” College President Dr. Cheryl Sparks said the Texas House version of the state's new budget calls for a $371,000 cut in state appropriations over the next two years.
FORSAN â€” If voters approved a $23 million construction bond at Forsan Independent School District, only a tiny portion of the costs will be shouldered by residents.
Voters were given a breakdown of anticipated bond costs during a public hearing on the matter at the junior high/high school auditorium Monday evening.
The $23.8 million bond would finance construction of a new elementary school, as well as renovations at the secondary campus. Voters will decide the issue's fate May 11.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ ROBERTO GARZA JR., 29, of 1700 S. Main St., was arrested Monday on warrants for no driver's license â€“ when unlicensed, expired motor vehicle inspection certificate, expired registration and failure to appear (three counts).
â€˘ ANDREW RAMIRO GUTIERREZ, 21, of 3604 Hamilton, was arrested Monday on a warrant from another agency.
â€˘ JUSTIN WILLIAM GONZALES, 20, of 1112 Mulberry, was arrested Monday on a warrant for duty on striking fixture or landscaping.
The Big Spring City Council is set to meet Tuesday evening, with final approval of an agreement between the municipality and the county to fund the opening and construction of a new city landfill topping the agenda.
The resolution â€” which includes an inter-local agreement with Howard County to provide for sharing of the costs of land acquisition, permitting, operation, ownership, closure and post closure of a new municipal landfill â€” has been at the center of turmoil between the two governments since the city council approved first reading of the measure March 26.