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August 4th, 2012
City administration and members of the Big Spring City Council will roll up their sleeves and delve into fiscal planning for the coming year during a special work session Monday evening, as the municipality looks to begin the process of nailing down its 2012-2013 budget.
Preparing the budget will mean much more than just crunching numbers, however, as the city will be facing a number of serious challenges in the coming years, a fact City Manager Gary Fuqua pointed out May 29, when the council and administration met during a preliminary budget work session.
Despite a year of disruptions, distractions and noise, Big Spring High School officials are keeping their eyes on the finish line.
With construction wrapping up on four new elementary campuses, the last remaining part of Big Spring Independent School Districtâs $60 million bond project is renovation at the high school. As part of the bond package, the school will receive a new roof, updated science labs and a remodeled fine arts wing.
Howard County commissioners are set to hold a special meeting Monday morning to discuss â and possibly take action on â the proposed 2012-2013 tax rate, the foundation for the courtâs fiscal plan for the coming year.
According to County Auditor Jackie Olson, the effective tax rate â the rate which would bring in the same levy as last year â is 30.9221 cents per $100 valuation. The rollback rate, which is comprised of the effective rate plus an 8 percent increase in the levy, has been calculated at 33.1460 cents per $100 valuation.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday:
â¢ JOSE ANTONIO NIETO, 31, of 2403 S. Main St., was arrested Friday on a charge of public intoxication.
â¢ CODY DEAN JAMES, 23, of Lamesa, was arrested Friday on charges of public intoxication and urinating in a public place.
â¢ MARGIE GREEN, 29, of 711 S. Johnson St., was arrested Friday on a charge of public intoxication.
â¢ ISRAEL MIRAMONTES, 28, of 411 N. Scurry St., was arrested Saturday, on a charge of evading arrest/detention previously convicted SJF.
The American Junior Rodeo Association has a new face, a local face, at least for awhile that is.
Anne-Marie Lugo, a 14-year-old Forsan High School student, was recently chosen to be featured on the AJRA 60th anniversary Dodge truck given away for the year. Though rodeo is a a big part of her life and her resume is full of accomplishments to prove it, her talents don't stop there.
âNot only has she been a winner at every stage at this point, but she has also been a fantastic example for her peers and regularly mentors younger girls,â Cindy Lugo, Anne-Marie's mother, said.
Many years of service were recognized as Lacy Edwards was honored as the Hangar 25 Air Museum July Veteran of the Month on Thursday morning.
Edwards, a Navy and Air Force veteran, received the honor at his home, because of medical reasons. The eventful, emotion-filled ceremony held meaning to all those attending.
âWe have been trying to honor him as veteran of the month for more than a year now,â Mike Tarpley, fellow veteran and member of the Veteran of the Month group, said. âOnce he finally agreed to be veteran of the month, cancer hit him.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
â¢ AVEL ABREO RAMIREZ, 65, of 1512 Wood, was arrested Thursday on charges of evading arrest or detention, public intoxication and theft (shoplifting).
â¢ JIMI LEE PAREDEZ, 25, of 105 W. Eighth St. Apt. C, was arrested Thursday on a warrant from another agency and warrants for interfering with an emergency phone call and criminal trespass and a charge of disorderly conduct â language.
A Big Spring man has been charged with aggravated assault â family violence after law enforcement official say he allegedly attacked his wife with a machete.
Michael Dale Preston, 28, of 401 Young, was arrested Tuesday by the Big Spring Police Department on a charge of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury â family violence. Preston also faces a warrant for revocation of probation for driving while intoxicated from Hockley County, according to officials with the Howard County Detention Center.
While the fate of the Texas Voter ID Law approved by the legislature in 2011 still appears to be up in the air, Howard County election officials are urging Crossroads voters to stay ahead of the curve and be prepared to show their identification in the upcoming November election.
The law â which was approved by the Texas Legislature last year but failed to garner necessary approval from the U.S. Department of Justice â went before the U.S. Supreme Court in early July, including a week of testimony by attorneys representing the Lone Star State.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
â¢ VALERIE MIRAMONTES GARCIA, 27, of 411 N. Scurry, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant from another agency.
â¢ MARTIN DIAZ JR., 19, of 1611 E. Fifth St., was arrested Wednesday on charges of evading arrest or detention, unlawfully carrying a weapon in a weapon-free zone and possession of marijuana in a drug free zone â two ounces or less.