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August 28th

Leadership Big Spring deadline extended

August 28, 2014

Although the formal deadline to register for this fall’s Leadership Big Spring has passed, officials will still accept applications for a few more days.

As of this morning, 12 people have signed up for LBS, a nine-month class (the group meets once a month) that gives applicants a better understanding of the inner workings of this community.

Applications will be accepted until Sept. 8. Cost is $400 for chamber members and $600 for non-members.

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

Museum plans local fundraiser in September

August 28, 2014

Art and wine. A tremendous combination.

Looking at art and appreciating it can be a little mentally taxing at times. But with a glass of good wine and fellow art connoisseurs as company can make looking at art a lot more fun. On Sept. 13, the Heritage Museum invites everyone to attend the 2014 Endowment Campaign kick-off.

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

August 27th

VIDEO: Big 12 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Montage

August 27, 2014

VIDEO: Big 12 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Montage
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has raised nearly $80 million over the last month. These viral videos have been sweeping Big 12 campuses, as administrators and coaches have been heavily involved in raising awareness and money.

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.

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