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October 28th

Forsan band qualifies for state marching contest

October 28, 2013

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 — Amarillo — for Class 2A Area competition.

October 26th

Cutting up! Woodcarvers show begins Monday

October 26, 2013

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.

October 25th

BSISD trustees give high five to Wigington

October 25, 2013

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.

Drill helps ensure safety prepardness at refinery

October 25, 2013

The Big Spring Refinery held its annual emergency response drill Thursday morning which involved a plethora of state, local and national agencies.

“It’s an annual emergency response drill we have as part of our obligations with the Texas Railroad Commission since we have underground storage wells,” said Randy Hillman, general manager of logistics at Alon USA Big Spring Refinery and a member of the incident command team. “It’s a great way for us, Alon and for the community to be involved and train in the event of a real emergency,”

October 23rd

Council nixes garbage rate hike again

October 23, 2013

The second verse was the same as the first.

After plenty of impassioned — and sometimes heated — 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 — Marcus Fernandez, Carmen Harbour, Glen Carrigan and Marvin Boyd — voted against the rate hike, while Mayor Larry McLellan was joined by Bobby McDonald and Raul Benavides is supporting the increase.

Williams named BSPD chief

October 23, 2013

Take the “interim” 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.

October 22nd

County backs down on road fees

October 22, 2013

Howard County officials have decided that maybe road access permits aren’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.

Early voting begins

October 22, 2013

A light turnout Monday marked the first day of early voting in Howard County for the Nov. 5 constitutional amendments election.

“We've had eight so far,” said Howard County Election Administrator Saundra Bloom, commenting on the first four hours of voting Monday. “This is strictly for the constitutional amendments.”

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.

October 21st

Council to mull rate increase

October 21, 2013

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.

HEB to unveil pumpkin patch

October 21, 2013

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 “pumpkin patch” 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.

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