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August 22nd, 2012

Coahoma ISD approves $7.79 million budget

August 22, 2012

COAHOMA — Some Coahoma Independent School District residents will see an increase in their tax bill this coming fiscal year.

During their Tuesday night meeting, CISD trustees approved a budget and tax rate for the 2012-2013 fiscal year that will result in an increase in local revenue for the school district.

The tax rate will remain the same at $1.27 per $100 property valuation. Of that figure, $1.04 will be devoted to maintenance and operating costs, while the remainder is targeted for debt service.

Final arguments due in Lewis trial

August 22, 2012

Testimony in the trial of a 27-year-old Big Spring man facing multiple charges — including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon — is set to continue in 118th District Court this morning, as proceedings enter the second day.

Brian Christopher Lewis, 27, currently being held at the Howard County Detention Center, was indicted Feb. 3 on charges of deadly conduct, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

August 22, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• JOHN FLORES JR., 48, of 1517 Sycamore, was arrested Tuesday on charges of evading arrest or detention and failure to identify – giving false information.
• JOEY SHANE PEREZ, 38, of 1309 Sycamore, was arrested Tuesday on two warrants from other agencies.
• ISAAC NATHAN RIOS, 22, of 2000 E. 11th Place, was arrested Tuesday on two warrants from other agencies.
• CRIMINAL MISCHIEF was reported in the 3300 block of E. FM 700.

August 21st

Officials: Think safety around school zones

August 21, 2012

As area students prepare to go back to school for the fall semester, local emergency officials are urging parents and guardians to take time to ready children for their daily trek to class.

Big Spring Fire Department Chief Craig Ferguson said many children will be making the trip to school each day on foot and called for parents and motorists to do their part to watch out for local youth.

FISD prayer breakfast Friday; churches to host similar event

August 21, 2012

FORSAN — A new year of school is fast approaching and a nine-year tradition continues Friday in the Forsan Jr./Sr. High School cafeteria.

Forsan Superintendent Randy Johnson is extending an invitation to all residents of Howard County to attend the Forsan Superintendent's Prayer Breakfast, a tradition started when Johnson took over the head position.

“School has a lot of opportunity for crisis problems and conflict and I truly believe in the power of prayer,” Johnson said. “I think the start of a new year is a great time to join in prayer and ask for guidance.”

Police/Sheriff/EMS

August 21, 2012

The Howard County Sheriff's Office reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today (the county jail reported 78 prisoners):
• MICHAEL RAY WATSON, 36, was jailed on a warrant for failure to maintain financial responsibility.
• ROBERT RUBIN SANCHEZ, 48, was jailed on a charge of public intoxication.
• ROBERTO VALDEZ SALAZAR, 38, was jailed on a charge of driving while license invalid.
• CHRISTOPHER DESHON MINTER, 40, was jailed on a charge of driving while license invalid.

August 20th

UW announces $300,000 campaign goal

August 20, 2012

Let the campaign begin … well, almost.

United Way of Big Spring and Howard County hosted its annual campaign kickoff, Boots and Bling, Saturday night. During the event, the organization's new campaign goal — $300,000 — was announced through the words of Dr. Seuss.

“So let's get on our way of kicking of our campaign of $300,000,” Ann McClarty, United Way first vice president, said. “Will we succeed? Yes, we will succeed, 100 percent guaranteed.”

Money raised in the 2013 campaign will help support 16 local agencies:

SA school supply drive ends Friday

August 20, 2012

The local Salvation Army is currently taking applications for its annual back-to-school supply drive, as the charity hopes to send are children back to class with all the materials necessary for a successful school year.

According to Bessie Flores, social worker for the charity group, the Salvation Army will accept applications for assistance through the program through Friday, from 9 a.m. until noon at the Salvation Army office located at 811 W. Fifth St.

Police/Sheriff

August 20, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
• JAMIE JONES CHAPPELL, 35, of 1200 Madison, was arrested Sunday on a charge of public intoxication.
• SHAWN WILLIAM TOW, 27, of Oklahoma, was arrested Sunday on a charge of public intoxication.
• FREDERICK HERNANDEZ, 42, of 1405 S. Runnels, was arrested Sunday on warrants for driving while license invalid (two counts).
• CLIFTON LEWIS SCOTT, 35, of 538 Westover Rd. Apt. 206, was arrested Sunday on charges of assault – family violence and interfering with an emergency phone call.

August 18th

Jurors sought for assault trial

August 18, 2012

Jury selection in the trial of a 27-year-old Big Spring man facing multiple charges — including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon — is set to begin in 118th District Court Monday morning.
Brian Christopher Lewis, 27, currently being held at the Howard County Detention Center, was indicted Feb. 3 on charges of deadly conduct, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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