Archive - 2013 - News Article
The Big Spring Refinery held its annual emergency response drill Thursday morning which involved a plethora of state, local and national agencies.
â€śItâ€™s an annual emergency response drill we have as part of our obligations with the Texas Railroad Commission since we have underground storage wells,â€ť said Randy Hillman, general manager of logistics at Alon USA Big Spring Refinery and a member of the incident command team. â€śItâ€™s a great way for us, Alon and for the community to be involved and train in the event of a real emergency,â€ť
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 â€śinterimâ€ť 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 arenâ€™t 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.
â€śWe've had eight so far,â€ť said Howard County Election Administrator Saundra Bloom, commenting on the first four hours of voting Monday. â€śThis is strictly for the constitutional amendments.â€ť
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.
H-E-B is giving area kids a chance to satisfy their artistic side, sweet tooth and love of Halloween, all at the same time. As an added bonus, they'll be giving to a good cause.
The grocery store will be the site of a â€śpumpkin patchâ€ť decorating event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25.
Gale Pittman, who heads up the store's bakery, said the produce department will line up pumpkins along the Lancaster Street side of the store. Children can then purchase and decorate a pumpkin for $3.48, with the proceeds going to the local United Way.
Fathers got to spend some quality carving time with their children at Washington Elementary Friday.
The school's â€śPumpkins With Popâ€ť event annually brings fathers to the campus to spend time with their kindergarten-age kids in a classroom setting, then try their hands at the latest jack o' lantern designs.
Everything is turning up pumpkins at Berea Baptist Church at 4204 Wasson Road. Pastor John McCullough and Jen Hollingsworth, event coordinator, pose in the patch Thursday afternoon, opening day for the holiday event. The patch will continue through Oct.31 â€” Monday through Saturday, noon until 8 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. â€” and offers a variety of child-friendly activities at no charge. For a full schedule, visit bereabigspring.com and click on the pumpkin patch link at the top of the page.
A Big Spring High School student was arrested for allegedly detailing how he intended to harm or kill Big Spring ISD personnel and students.
Michael Wayne Peterson, 17, 1104.5 Lancaster is free on $1,500 bail after being arrested on a charge of terroristic threat earlier this week.
Big Spring Police Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Tony Everett said the incident began at about 4 p.m. Tuesday when a journal containing â€śdisturbing informationâ€ť was found on a BSISD school bus.