Archive - 2013 - News Article
While implementation of a three-phase plan to enhance the dental hygiene program at Howard College dominated trusteesâ attention Monday, the board addressed other issues as well, including enrollment.
Student enrollment is down 9 percent district wide, said college officials, who presented certified fall enrollment numbers. Contact hours â numbers the state uses to determine funding â Big Spring, Lamesa and San Angelo campus saw an 11 percent drop while the SouthWest Institute for the Deaf showed a 3 percent increase.
And the band plays on.
Forsan High School Band steps on to state while the Coahoma High School ended it's marching contest season Saturday.
Earning top honors at Area Class 1A contest, Forsan qualified for its eighth consecutive trip to University Interscholastic League (UIL) state contest under the leadership of band director of Jim Rhodes. The band placed first in the finals held in Ratliff Stadium, Odessa.
Coahoma band had a little further to go â Amarillo â for Class 2A Area competition.
It's amazing what you can create with nothing more than a knife, a piece of a wood and the right attitude.
That's the message the Mustang Draw Woodcarvers Club will be spreading when they host their annual Show and Sale starting Monday at the Dora Roberts Community Center.
The annual event serves as both a showcase of club members' talents and a teaching experience. On one hand, the public will get a chance to view some of the finest wood carvings to be found in this area. On the other, they can try their hand at the craft themselves.
Trustees with the Big Spring Independent School District are clearly satisfied with the performance of Interim Superintendent Chris Wigington and are ready to continue with his leadership for some time.
The Big Spring Refinery held its annual emergency response drill Thursday morning which involved a plethora of state, local and national agencies.
âItâs an annual emergency response drill we have as part of our obligations with the Texas Railroad Commission since we have underground storage wells,â said Randy Hillman, general manager of logistics at Alon USA Big Spring Refinery and a member of the incident command team. âItâs a great way for us, Alon and for the community to be involved and train in the event of a real emergency,â
The second verse was the same as the first.
After plenty of impassioned â and sometimes heated â debate during their Tuesday meeting, the Big Spring City Council once again voted against raising the garbage collection fees for local residents and businesses.
The same four council members who voted down the measure in September â Marcus Fernandez, Carmen Harbour, Glen Carrigan and Marvin Boyd â voted against the rate hike, while Mayor Larry McLellan was joined by Bobby McDonald and Raul Benavides is supporting the increase.
Take the âinterimâ off of Chad Williams' job title.
Big Spring City Manager Todd Darden announced Tuesday that Williams was selected over two other finalists to be the new chief of the Big Spring Police Department.
Williams has been serving as interim chief of the department since Lonnie Smith's resignation earlier this year.
He and fellow BSPD lieutenants Lance Telchik and Robert Fitzgibbons were the three finalists for the position, Darden said.
Howard County officials have decided that maybe road access permits arenât such a good idea, after all.
Faced with the threat of litigation from oil businesses and other commercial entities, commissioners voted unanimously Monday to rescind a recently approved road access permit program.
Earlier this year, commissioners approved a $4,500 fee for commercial interests wishing to build driveways and other access points onto county roads. After several business concerns complained that the fee was excessive, commissioners later reduced the fee to $2,500.
A light turnout Monday marked the first day of early voting in Howard County for the Nov. 5 constitutional amendments election.
âWe've had eight so far,â said Howard County Election Administrator Saundra Bloom, commenting on the first four hours of voting Monday. âThis is strictly for the constitutional amendments.â
So far, 13 people have cast early ballots for the state-wide election which will decided nine constitutional amendments. Early voting continues through Nov 1. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at the election office in the Howard County Courthouse.
Big Spring City Council members will consider a proposed rate increase by Atmos Energy when they meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers 307 E. Fourth.
Atmos officials have proposed increasing the natural gas company's rates by 18.41 percent for residential customers and 4.24 percent for commercial entities in the company's West Texas division, which includes Big Spring, Midland, Odessa, Lubbock, Amarillo and several other municipalities. If approved, this will increase the company's revenue by more than $12 million annually.