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January 19th

Numbers down, quality up at science fair

January 19, 2013

The quantity of entries may have been down, but the quality was as high as ever at the Big Spring Independent School District Science Fair Friday, officials said.

For various reasons, fewer entries were received this year, said Darrell Ryan, coordinator of the event.

“Because of scheduling changes at the junior high, we had fewer students participate,” Ryan said. “And the high school sponsor is fighting an illness, so we didn't have any entries from there to judge (Friday).”

But a decrease in numbers didn't take away from the quality of the entries, Ryan added.

BSISD to host anti-bullying program Tuesday

January 19, 2013

The good news for anyone facing bullying is there's an effective way to fight back — and it doesn't involve fighting at all.

“The Scary Guy,” who has presented anti-bullying programs across the country, will bring his message to Big Spring High School's auditorium at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The event is free to the public.

MLK Day prompts closures

January 19, 2013

Most area offices and agencies will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Day which commemorates the birthday and life's work of the civil rights leader and proponent of peaceful protest.

According to officials with the city of Big Spring, all offices — including the landfill and compost facility — will be closed Monday in observance of the national holiday. There will be no sanitation pickup for the day, although police, fire and emergency services will operate as normal.

Municipal offices are expected to reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

January 17th

Filing season for municipal candidates to open soon

January 17, 2013

In approximately two weeks, political hopefuls all over the Crossroads area will have the chance to toss their hats in the ring for municipal elections slated for May 11.

In the city of Big Spring, seats held by Mayor Tommy Duncan and District 5 Councilman Craig Olson will be up for grabs, according to officials with city secretary's office. The first day to file to run in all municipal elections is Jan. 30.

Those looking to get a jump on the filing process can download applications and necessary forms from the Texas Secretary of State website, located at www.sos.state.tx.us

Saldivar: School trustees play vital role

January 17, 2013

Consider the school board member — he or she is responsible for many vital decisions concerning your child's education, spends who knows how many hours getting up to speed on a labyrinth of local, state and federal regulations and probably at least that long explaining the district's position on issues to parents and other interested observers.

By the way, they don't get paid for their trouble, either.

Seems like giving them a special month is the least we can do.

Police/Sheriff/EMS 1-17

January 17, 2013

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• KIMBERLY NICOLE HERNANDEZ, 29, of 3617 Hamilton, was arrested Wednesday on warrants for child less than 17 years old riding without a safety belt (two counts), leaving unattended child in a motor vehicle, driving while license invalid, unlawful dog or cat tethering, dog or cat running at large, failure to appear (four counts) and no driver's license – when unlicensed.
• JUAN ANTONIO HERNANDEZ, 41, of San Antonio, Texas, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of public intoxication.

January 16th

Fight the flu: Some sensible precautions you can take

January 16, 2013

The flu virus is being tracked in approximately half the counties in Texas, with many county health departments already reporting the number of hospital and doctor visits for influenza higher than last year's totals, according to recent reports from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

While having the flu may mean an inconvenient, indoor vacation for a couple of days to most, those considered to be at high-risk for the virus should take measures to protect themselves, according to Big Spring Fire Department and EMS Chief Craig Ferguson.

Coahoma ISD trustees to discuss safety procedures

January 16, 2013

COAHOMA — Student safety and school security will be the main topics of discussion when Coahoma Independent School District trustees hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the administration building board room.

In the wake of the Newtown, Conn., School shootings which claimed 20 first-graders and six educators last month, student safety has become of prime concern for both parents and education professionals.

“I've said it before: Our job is to educate our students, but our No. 1 goal is to ensure their safety,” CISD Superintendent Amy Jacobs said.

January 15th

Forsan ISD looks for answers in Newtown's wake

January 15, 2013

FORSAN — When it comes to student safety and security procedures, Forsan Independent School officials don't consider “good” good enough.

A review of safety and security protocols in the school district left officials giving FISD a passing grade, but they were quick to add improvements could and probably will be made — up to and including the possibility of arming district personnel.

Ethics commission finds against councilman Fernandez

January 15, 2013

The Texas Ethics Commission has issued a note of final resolution in the complaint against Big Spring District 1 Councilman Marcus Fernandez claiming the local politician illegally accepted campaign contributions during his 2011 bid for office.

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