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November 16th

WTVAHC providing inpatient care no longer

November 16, 2013

The West Texas VA Health Care System announced Friday it will no longer provide acute inpatient services at the Big Spring VA Medical Center.
VA officials cited “a declining need” as the reason for dropping inpatient services.

For the rest of the story, check out the e-edition or pick up a copy of the Herald newspaper.

Wiseman's future as JP in question

November 16, 2013

Running for the position of Howard County Judge may cost Kathryn Wiseman her job as justice of the peace.
County commissioners will hold a special meeting at 1 p.m. Monday, at which time they will meet in closed session to determine whether Wiseman must resign her position as JP of Precinct 1, Place 2.

For the rest of the story, check out the e-edition or the Herald newspaper.

November 15th

Judge Yeats is seeking a 2nd term

November 15, 2013

118th District Court Judge Tim Yeats has filed for re-election in the March primaries.

Yeats, who was first elected to the position in November 2010, filed with the Republican Party.
The 118th Judicial District Court is a court of general jurisdiction which hears criminal, civil and family law cases in Howard, Martin and Glasscock counties.

Academic performance major focus for BSISD, trustees told

November 15, 2013

Trustees with the Big Spring Independent School District approved plans targeted to improve academic performance at the district and school level Thursday night.

“We didn’t get in this position overnight,” said BSISD Interim Superintendent Chris Wigington. “This is going to take a while for us to get back to where we need to be. I know everyone wants results now, and we’re trying to get to that point, but it is going to take time.

November 14th

Help an Angel this Christmas season

November 14, 2013

Almost 200 Howard County families are depending on you for a merry Christmas.

That's roughly the number of people who have applied for the Salvation Army's annual Angel Tree program, which solicits Christmas gifts for needy children and seniors in this area.

Ada Lafler of the local Salvation Army office said 133 families registered their children for the program, while about 50 seniors applied.

“Actually, that number is a little bit more than last year,” Lafler said.

Take your tech trash to the landfill this weekend

November 14, 2013

Don't know what to do with that ancient computer or that out-of-date printer? Put a green thumb on it, so to speak.

The city of Big Spring and Keep Big Spring Beautiful will team up for their annual e-waste collection Friday and Saturday at the city landfill on East FM 700.

November 13th

Rail line project heading down the tracks

November 13, 2013

Big Spring’s Economic Development Corp. is going into the rail business — in a manner of speaking.

The local city council capped more than a year of EDC planning and negotiation Tuesday by giving formal approval to a $493,000 rail line construction project at the McMahon-Wrinkle Airpark.

The agreement between EDC and the city will expand the rail line at the airpark and is part of an overall plan by the corporation to enhance rail service in the area.

Council OKs oil exploration at airpark

November 13, 2013

There might be oil out by them thar runways.

Big Spring City Council gave its blessing Tuesday to an agreement which will allow oil and gas exploration at the McMahon-Wrinkle Airpark.

The council authorized City Manager Todd Darden to negotiate with representatives of Veritas Energy Partners (headquartered in San Antonio and Midland) on a contract which would allow the firm to explore 1,500 acres of the airpark for oil and gas. The agreement includes production clauses in case the company would want to commence drilling operations.

November 12th

Veterans honored

November 12, 2013

With prayer, song and food, Howard County gave thanks to its veterans Monday.

This year's Veteran's Day Ceremony — co-hosted by Howard College and the local VA Medical Center at Dorothy Garrett Coliseum — provided a solemn and sincere forum for Howard County residents to say thanks to those who have served in the military.

“From Bunker Hill to Baghdad, we are their beneficiaries,” ceremony emcee John Fisher said of the debt owed to our veterans.

VAMC Chief of Staff Dr. Raul Zambrano, the event's featured speaker, tried to put that debt into perspective.

November 11th

City seeks to delay Atmos hike

November 11, 2013

Atmos Energy's proposed rate hike probably won't be going into effect as soon as the company would like.
When Big Spring's City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, it will consider an emergency resolution suspending the Nov. 22 effective date of Atmos' proposed rate increase.

Atmos recently filed a proposed rate hike with the state railroad commission which, if approved, would increase the company's annual revenue by $12 million.

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