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August 27th

Clean sweep: Council removes EDC board of directors

August 27, 2014

Faced with what they described as a drastic situation at the local Economic Development Corporation, the Big Spring City Council devised an equally drastic solution.

In an emotionally charged council chamber Tuesday evening, the council voted by a 5-to-2 margin to remove the EDC board of directors — Don Avant, Nati Saldivar, Frances Hobbs, Jim DePauw and Scott MacKenzie.

Mayor Larry McLellan was joined by council members Raul Marquez Jr., Justin Myers, Bobby McDonald and Raul Benavides in voting to oust the board, while Carmen Harbour and Marvin Boyd voted against the action.

Council raises trash collection fees

August 27, 2014

An unfortunate fact Big Spring residents are only too aware of is that trash costs money — and it’s about to get even more expensive.

Spurred on by the need to pay for a new landfill, Big Spring City Council members approved new trash collection rates by a 6-to-1 vote during their Tuesday night meeting. Marvin Boyd was the only council member who voted against the measure.

August 26th

City council fires EDC board

August 26, 2014

Citing a "dysfunctional" atmosphere at the Big Spring Economic Development Corporation, the local city council voted 5-2 Tuesday evening to remove the EDC's board of directors.

Mayor Larry McLellan was joined by council members Justin Myers, Raul Marquez Jr., Bobby McDonald and Raul Benavides in voting to oust the EDC board, while Carmen Harbour and Marvin Boyd voted against the action.

McLellan said city officials will accept applications for the EDC board over the next few weeks. He hopes to have a new board in place sometime in late September.

College art department receives Raku art supplies

August 26, 2014

Through a generous donation by Big Spring resident Woodie Fowler, the Howard College Art Department received various ceramics art supplies totaling about $350-$400 in molds, greenware and bisqueware. The items will be used for the Raku workshops scheduled for the fall and spring semesters.

County recalculates tax rate, sets hearings

August 26, 2014

Blame it on the computers.

Howard County commissioners were forced to refigure the county’s proposed tax rate for the new fiscal year Monday morning and the main culprit, it turned out, was faulty software.

A glitch in the computer system at the county tax appraisal district resulted in incorrect information being passed on to the area’s taxing entities, forcing all of them to go back to the drawing board and determine new tax rates for the coming 12 months.

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

August 25th

Council to consider removal of EDC board

August 25, 2014

A tug of war which has developed between the Big Spring City Council and the Economic Development Council Board of Directors may have reached its breaking point.

When the city council meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, it will consider the possible removal and replacement of EDC board members.

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

Gas prices continue downward slide

August 25, 2014

Average retail gasoline prices in Texas have fallen 2.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.24 a gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 13,114 gas outlets in Texas.

This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.43 per gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

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

August 23rd

Taking a bath

August 23, 2014

Raul Sanchez and Jonathan Granados take advantage of the mild weather to wash their cars Saturday.

Cleaning up the lake

August 23, 2014

Keep Big Spring Beautiful volunteers Angie and K’Leigh Williams pick up trash at Comanche Trail Lake during Clean The Lake Day early Saturday.

HERALD photo/Andreia Medlin

August 22nd

Names released of pair killed in oil field accident

August 22, 2014

WESTBROOK — The identification of two men who were killed in an oilfield-related accident in Mitchell county have been released by the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office.

Harvey Ray McKinney, 35, and Laban Michael Robokoff, 24, both of the Midland/Odessa area and both employees of Midland-based Rayco of Midland, died after being electrocuted when their truck came into a contact with a power line, according to Mitchell County Sheriff Patrick Toombs.

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

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