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June 30th

CASA still in need of volunteers

June 30, 2014

CASA of West Texas is still in need of volunteers to help serve the 173 children currently involved in the courts system in the area.

Last year, more than 46,600 Texas children were in the child welfare system, waiting to be placed in permanent homes. Victims of abuse and neglect, these children were removed from their homes through no fault of their own and placed in the child welfare system.

Blood drive/picnic set for Wednesday

June 30, 2014

In hopes to continue to address the need for blood donations, Back in Motion will be the site of the next blood drive for the United Blood Services and at the same time the local business will be hosting a patient picnic.

The drive is set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at Back in Motion, 1113 S. Scurry St, and is in combination with an annual patient appreciation picnic.

June 28th

Funtastic Fourth has a lot of everything

June 28, 2014

Philexis Jackson lent her big voice Friday night to kick off the 12th annual Funtastic Fourth in downtown Big Spring.
The 14-year-old from Las Vegas belted out the national anthem on stage early Friday evening as part of the opening ceremonies, which included the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department color guard and the Young Marines, both presenting colors.

Grab a copy of the Herald for the entire article.

Of course, the show will go on

June 28, 2014

Thanks to a last-minute infusion of cash, the show will most definitely go on.
Preparations are almost complete for the 17th annual Pops in the Park celebration, which will be held July 3 at the Comanche Trail Park amphitheater.

Pick up a copy of the Herald for the rest of the article.

June 27th

TEA monitor: Reputation plagues BSISD

June 27, 2014

Big Spring Independent School District has a reputation problem, according to the Texas Education Agency monitor assigned to the district.

Happy holidays (but don’t drink and drive)

June 27, 2014

While county residents will be out celebrating the July 4 festivities, Howard County Sheriff’s Deputies will be on the roads to crack down on drunk driving.

“We want everyone to have reason to celebrate this holiday season,” said Howard County Sheriff Stan Parker. “But that means that drivers need to arrange for a safe and sober ride home.”

The enforcement period runs from June 27 to July 7.

For more of this story, read Friday's edition of the Herald.

June 26th

SMMC faces possible Medicare sanctions

June 26, 2014

Scenic Mountain Medical Center is one of more than 750 hospitals nationwide which have been targeted for potential Medicare sanctions because of unacceptably high rates of care-related infections.

Starting in October, SMMC could possibly lose 1 percent of its Medicare payments as a results of the infection finding by the Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program, which was created by federal law in 2010.

Electrical short sparks blaze at mobile home

June 26, 2014

A Howard County man lost his mobile home after an apparent electrical shortage sparked a fast-moving, early morning fire.

Firefighters responded to a call shortly after midnight Wednesday morning of a fire at a residence on South Anderson Road, said Howard County Volunteer Fire Chief Tommy Sullivan.

“Through the investigation, we think the fire was most likely caused by an electrical shortage,” Sullivan said.

For more of this story, read Thursday's edition of the Herald.

June 25th

Council members ponder ‘wish lists’ for fiscal year

June 25, 2014

Big Spring City Council members shared their wish lists for the upcoming budget cycle Tuesday and, not surprisingly, infrastructure improvements were at or near the top of everybody’s agendas.

Toward the end of their Tuesday meeting, council members were granted the opportunity to discuss their budget priorities for the coming fiscal year and they talked about a wide variety of subjects, including beautification, traffic safety and improving the quality of life for local residents.

Lawsuit puts roadwork on hold for now

June 25, 2014

Plans to use state money to help upgrade Howard County roads are proceeding, albeit at a much slower pace than officials anticipated.

The county is eligible for almost $4 million in grant money from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) for use in rehabilitating roads adversely effected by heavy oilfield traffic.

For more of this story, read Wednesday's edition of the Herald.

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