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October 22nd, 2012

Former mayor McEwen dies

October 22, 2012

Russ McEwen, longtime businessman and former councilman and mayor, died Sunday at his home. He was 63 years old.
A lifelong resident and Big Spring High School graduate, McEwen for-med the Russ McEwen Agency in 1975. He ser-ved as a city councilman from 1981 until 1988 and as mayor from 2000 until 2010. Under his leadership, the community expanded the youth sports complex on Interstate 20, made numerous downtown renovations and built the water park in Comanche Trail Park.

Council to discuss energy pact, hear economic development info

October 22, 2012

By THOMAS JENKINS
Staff Writer
The Big Spring City Council will have a number of routine items before it when it meets Tuesday evening, including final approval of a franchise agreement with Atmos Energy Corporation.
The council approved first reading of the agreement during its Oct. 9 meeting on a unanimous vote.
The agreement — which expires at the end of October — is for 10 years and will net the city $170,000 annually, according to City Finance Director Peggy Walker.

Police Beat

October 22, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:

• GARRETT WAYNE ROBBINS, 18, of 138 Jonesboro, was arrested Sunday on two warrants from other agencies.
• EDDIE JAY WHITE, 20, of 1501 W. Cherokee, was arrested Sunday on a warrant for disregarding a stop sign.
• CLAUDIA C. LUJAN-RECIO, 21, of 1005 S. Nolan, was arrested Sunday on a charge of driving while intoxicated.
• ANTONIO GARCIA JR., 24, of 1208 Wood, was arrested Sunday on charges of driving while intoxicated, in park after hours and failure to appear.

October 20th

Early voting begins Monday

October 20, 2012

Ready ... set ... vote!

Crossroads residents will get the chance to have their democratic voices heard in a number of local, state and national elections, as early voting gets under way Monday morning in the Howard County Elections Administration Office.

Polls will be located in the elections office — located on the third floor of the county courthouse — and will be open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, until early voting wraps up Friday, Nov. 2.

Garden City residents take to the streets in clean-up effort

October 20, 2012

GARDEN CITY — There's an unwelcome newcomer to this Glasscock County community, and many residents are doing their best to get rid of the visitor.

One attraction Garden City residents have always taken pride in is the community's appearance. In recent years, however, people have noticed an appreciable uptick in the amount of trash accumulating in the area.
“We'd never had this problem before,” said County Judge Kim Halfmann. “So, we set out to do something about it.”

Police blotter 10-20

October 20, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday:
• GILBERT BUSTAMANTE GONZALES, 23, of 607 W. Ninth St., was arrested Friday on warrants for expired registration and failure to maintain financial responsibility.
• LUIS MIGUEL LOPEZ, 29, of 907 Bell, was arrested Friday on warrants for driving while license invalid, failure to appear and harassment.
• AMBER RODRIGUEZ, 19, of 820 Timothy, was arrested Friday on warrants for no driver's license – when unlicensed and failure to yield the right-of-way at an intersection.

October 19th

EDC forum scheduled for Tuesday

October 19, 2012

The case for keeping Big Spring's Economic Development Corp. a Type 4A operation will be made during a forum at the Hall Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Carlton Schwab, president and chief executive officer of the Texas Economic Development Council, will speak on the importance and future of economic development in the state during the forum.

On Nov. 6, local voters will be asked to decide whether to change EDC's mandate from Type A, which finances only economic development projects, to Type B, which will also help fund community improvement projects.

Sea containers being converted to housing units

October 19, 2012

With oil production booming in the Permian Basin region, the influx of workers has created a housing shortage in Big Spring and surrounding areas.

One local company, Big A Properties, has found a creative way to ease the burden.

Shipping crates — just like the ones you see on giant cargo ships and on the backs of 18-wheel trucks on the highway — are being converted into living quarters in nearby San Angelo to be rented or sold here in Big
Spring.

Police/Sheriff/EMS 10-19

October 19, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
• JAMIE RAE NELSON, 36, of 1909 Monticello, was arrested Thursday on warrants for expired registration (three counts), failure to maintain financial responsibility, driving while license invalid (two counts) and failure to appear (two counts).
• LAUREN RACINE SMITH, 25, of 1501 S. Scurry, was arrested Thursday on charges of assault – family violence and criminal mischief – more than $50 and less than $500.

October 18th

Volunteers needed: Boys and Girls Club looking for helping hands

October 18, 2012

The new Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club has the kids, space and planned activities — but it's still missing a very important ingredient.

The club, which opened this summer, is the newest and one of the biggest clubs of its kind in Texas. Within its walls, there are rooms for dance and music lessons, video games and other activities designed for local children.

But most of those rooms are darkened and unused right now for a very important reason — there aren't any volunteers to man them.

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