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October 12th, 2013
Big Spring firefighter Justin Wolf addresses a group of Goliad Elementary kindergarteners during a National Fire Prevention Week demonstration at the school Thursday afternoon.
Brandon Iden and South Plains Implement were the major honorees at Thursdayâ€™s 22nd annual Ag Appreciation Luncheon.
Iden, a fourth-generation farmer/rancher, was named Ag Producer of the Year, while South Plains Implement was recognized as the Ag Business of the Year during the luncheon, sponsored by the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce and held at Howard Collegeâ€™s Broughton Agriculture Complex.
Iden graduated from Sands High School, then attended Howard College before graduating from Texas Tech with a bachelorâ€™s degree in agriculture education.
Forty-one down, nine to go.
Trustees with the Big Spring Independent School District were pleased to learn that officials plan to apply for only nine class-size waivers from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) this year.
â€śAs the result of (personnel) moves we made earlier this year â€” some of our staff members and some from new hires â€” we are requesting only nine class-size waivers as compared to 50 waivers that we applied for last year.â€ť said Chris Wigington, BSISD interim superintendent. â€śWithout the hires and the moves that we made, we would be requesting 29 waivers."
Officials with the Texas Secretary of State's office will be in Big Spring next week to provide help for people needing to obtain a voter identification card.
The Secretary of State, in conjunction with the Department of Public Safety, will set up two mobile stations to help people obtain an Election Identification Certificate free of charge, Howard County Election Administrator Saundra Bloom said.
STANTON â€” Sold out!
Old Sorehead Trade Days, which takes place this weekend, isnâ€™t sold out in terms of wares, antiques, handcrafted items and food (donâ€™t forget the corn dogs, kettle corn, turkey legs and funnel cakes) of course. But if youâ€™re a vendor looking for a place to do some business, youâ€™ll have to go on down the road. With 615 vendors already signed up for what organizers call â€ťthe best little show in West Texasâ€ť Stanton will definitely be bustinâ€™ at the seams.
Add in 30,000 expected visitors over the showâ€™s two-day run, and this town of 2,700 will swell indeed.
Big Spring State Hospital Superintendent Lorie Dunnam will be formally introduced to the public Thursday during an afternoon reception for hospital employees and invited guests.
The reception will be from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Big Spring State Hospitalâ€™s Allred Building Auditorium. A short recognition ceremony will be at 3:15 p.m.
Texas Department of State Health Services Commissioner Dr. David Lakey named Dunnam the superintendent of Big Spring State Hospital, effective Sept. 1.
Howard County commissioners voted to chop off $2,000 from a recently approved road access permit during a special meeting Monday.
In August, commissioners approved a fee of $4,500 for all new access entrances which intersect county roads for commercial purposes â€” except agricultural related industries. The construction of the entrances are required to conform with county road and bridge department requirements.
Big Spring will follow a new â€śroad mapâ€ť when dealing with future growth.
During its Monday meeting, the city council voted 5-0 (Mayor Larry McLellan and Raul Benavides were absent) to authorize a comprehensive overhaul of the city's master plan, which officials said will serve as a guidepost of sorts as the city deals with growth issues brought on by the shale oil boom and other factors.
Dog and cat owners have a chance to contribute to the community and save a little money as well when the Howard County Humane Society and Sierra Animal Clinic join together to host an animal immunization clinic.
â€śWe have a great turnout for this,â€ť said Jo Stone, Humane Society coordinator. â€śWe've already had six or seven calls so far, and we've just started to advertise.â€ť
Tuesday is the deadline to purchase a ticket for the 22nd annual Ag Appreciation Day luncheon, which will be held Thursday in the G.C. Broughton Ag Complex on the Howard College campus.
Tickets, $15 each, are available at the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce, Crop Production Services, Lone Star Bank, South Plains Implement and State National Bank. The deadline to obtain tickets and reserve a seat is 3 p.m.
All area farmers and producers eat free at the appreciation luncheon; however tickets are necessary so that a head count will be available.