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March 14th, 2015

Sexual abuse of a child charges

March 14, 2015

A Big Spring ISD employee has been put on administrative leave after he was arrested this week on a charge of sexual abuse of a child.
Clay Allan Gamble, 48, was arrested by Big Spring Police Monday on an Arlington, Texas warrant for continuous sexual abuse of a child: victim under 14 years of age.

See more on this story in Sunday's edition of the Big Spring Herald.

Early morning robbery

March 14, 2015

Big Spring Police are seeking information on an early morning robbery occurring in the Walmart parking lot Friday.
According to Big Spring Police Sgt. Tony Everett, officers responded to a call at 3:11 a.m. of a robbery taking place in the parking lot of Walmart.

See more on this story in the Sunday edition of the Big Spring Herald.

Big Spring native and long-time educator to be honor at State Captiol Wednesday

March 14, 2015

Long-time educator and Big Spring native Santos L. Lujan Jr. will be honored by the Texas House of Representatives at the state capitol Wednesday.
Representative Ryan Guillen, District 13 representative in the Rio Grand Valley area, introduced the House resolution and will perform the honors along with Speaker of the Houses Joe Strauss.

Read more in Sunday's Edition of the Big Spring Herald.

March 13th

Boil water notice lifted

March 13, 2015

No more boiling water.

That’s the word Big Spring public works officials received from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, which lifted the boil water notice residents have been subject to the past few days because of problems at the city water plant.

On Monday a mechanical failure at the city water department occurred which let too much “dirty water” throughout the water plant, prompting officials to issue a boil water notice to residents, said Johnny Womack, city public works director.

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

BSISD placed on academic probation

March 13, 2015

Big Spring ISD has slipped into accredited probationary status by the Texas Education Agency, a move that was not unexpected by district officials.

“This is not anything new,” said Heidi Wagner, district director of school improvement. “When we did not ‘meet standards’ as a district, we knew we would drop down in our accreditation status.”

March 12th

Boil water notice rescinded

March 12, 2015

Tuesday, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) required the city of Big Spring to issue a Boil Water Notice (BWN) to inform our customers that due to the presence of contaminants or an interruption in service, water from our system must be boiled prior to consumption.

"Our system has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore adequate pressure, disinfectant levels, and/or bacteriological quality and has provided TCEQ with testing results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling as of Thursday," a city press release stated.

Ex tax office clerk faces theft charges

March 12, 2015

A former Howard County Tax Collector's Office employee arrested Tuesday for theft by a public servant and tampering with governmental records has bonded out of the Howard County Jail.

Vanessa C. Olivas, 32, was released on two $2,500 bonds — one for each of her charges — Tuesday after she was arrested by Texas Rangers on warrants for tampering with governmental records and theft/more than $20,000 but less than $100,000 by a public servant. Howard County Justice of the Peace Robert Fitzgibbons set the bond.

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

Kiwanis' annual pancake supper Friday

March 12, 2015

Friday evening flapjacks, anyone?

The Kiwanis Club of Big Spring’s annual Pancake Supper, the club’s major fundraiser of the year, is expected to draw hundreds to Howard College’s cafeteria from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday.

For $6, attendees can eat their fill of pancakes, bacon and sausage. Tickets will be available at the door or through any club member.

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

March 11th

Big Spring Council approves public ban on electronic cigarette smoking

March 11, 2015

A divided Big Spring City Council decided Tuesday that smoking is smoking, whether it comes from tobacco or digital sources.
By the slimmest of margins, the council voted to extend the city’s smoking ban to include electronic vaping devices, more commonly known as electronic cigarettes. - for more in depth coverage, see today's edition of the Big Spring Herald.

Autopsy: Cervantes died from gun wounds

March 11, 2015

Preliminary autopsy reports found that 35-year-old Roy Cervantes died from multiple gunshots wounds.
Information released by the Hoaward County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday afternoon states that results from an autopsy performed in Lubbock Monday “confirmed that Cervantes died from multiple gunshots, prior to being placed on the railroad tracks.”
For more details, see Wednesday's Big Spring Herald.

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