Archive - 2013 - News Article
With less than 3 percent of registered Howard Countians casting a ballot during early voting, it's probably not out of line to say interest in Tuesday's constitutional amendments election is just about nil.
According to the county elections office, only 413 people cast a ballot during the early voting period, which ended Friday. Similar low-vote totals were coming in from across the state â€” typical for a constitutional amendments election.
The legacy continues.
The Forsan High School band is gearing up to make its eighth consecutive appearance at the state marching contest under the leadership of band director Jim Rhodes.
â€śWe're over the initial excitement and are now getting back to work to improve the show,â€ť Rhodes said. â€śThe students are working very hard. They are very focused, and they are wanting to improve, not just be satisfied that they got there.
Fourteen people were indicted during a Halloween Day session of the Howard Grand Jury Thursday:
â€˘ Amy Abrego, 32, 1905 Wasson No. 39, possession of a controlled substance (third degree felony).
â€˘ Paula J. Bulter, 44, currently in Travis County Jail, three counts of delivery of a controlled substance (offenses range from state jail felony to first degree felony).
â€˘ Latonya Cubit, 32, 600 Interstate 20 No. 123, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (both enhanced to first degree felonies).
Forget Black Friday â€” letâ€™s start shopping now.
The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce and local merchants are rolling out â€śThe 12 Days Before Black Fridayâ€ť event to in encourage residents to get shopping on their minds.
â€śThe Chamber Business Development Committee came up with the idea on how to get people to shop locally,â€ť said Debbye ValVerde, Chamber executive director. â€śWe want the community to see what unique shops we have now right in our backyard."
ABILENE, Texas â€” Aaron Charles Lustfeldt, 27, of Big Spring was sentenced Wednesday to 240 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in June to one count of receipt of child pornography.
Handing down the sentence was U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis, and announced by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. SaldaĂ±a of the Northern District of Texas.
Friday provides the final opportunity to vote early in the Nov. 5 Texas constitutional amendments election.
Polls â€” located in the Howard County Courthouseâ€™s election office â€” will open at 8 a.m. and close at 5 p.m.
Those choosing to cast a vote Friday or on Nov. 5 will be required to show photo identification, officials say.
Acceptable forms of photo ID are:
â€˘ Texas driverâ€™s license.
â€˘ Texas Election Identification Certificate (issued by Department of Public Safety).
â€˘ Texas personal identification card (issued by DPS).
â€˘ Texas concealed handgun license.
The Big Spring Economic Development Corparation gave heartfelt thanks to two board members whose terms had expired and welcomed two new faces at Tuesday night's meeting.
Dr. Keith Ledford and Justin Myers were given certificates of appreciation for their service to the EDC and Big Spring.
â€śIt has been a pleasure and an honor to serve on the board under the stewardship of Terry Wegman,â€ť said Dr. Ledford in his farewell address. To incoming board members Ledford gave this advice, â€śKeep in mind we have to be concerned with not only today, but with the future at hand. boom or bust.â€ť
Below is a list of supervised â€śsafe stopsâ€ť children can enjoy on Thursday, Oct. 31.
â€˘ H-E-B Grocery Store, 2000 Gregg, 5-8 p.m. Hot dogs, soft drinks and H-E-Buddy.
â€˘ Spring Creek Fellowship, Harvest Event, 5-7 p.m. at Spring Town Plaza.Â Free games and food.
â€˘ Monster Mash Festival and Trunk or Treat, St. Thomas Hall, 605 N. Main, 5-9 p.m., music and treats, games and prizes, 18-foot centipede, sponsored by the North Side Movement.
â€˘ Sequia Tubing Testers, 4014 Parkway, 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
â€˘ Marcy House, 2301 Wasson Road, 5:30 p.m.-?
During their regular board of trustees meeting Monday, Howard College officials announced plans that will be taking their well-known dental hygiene program a step further, thanks in great part to a generous donation from Marie Hall.
The gift will fund three phases of development that will include support for a dental faculty chair and a dental assisting faculty chair, faculty development and student support services, a simulation lab, extended online education courses, and satellite clinical sites.
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.