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October 29th, 2012

Sexual assault trial to begin

October 29, 2012

Jury selection is expected to begin in 118th District Court this morning in the trial of a Big Spring man charged with four counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child.
Hector Manuel Gonzales Jr., 33, of 3730 Adams St., was indicted by a Howard County grand jury in mid-April on four counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, all first-degree felonies.
According to the indictment, the incidents took place in 2010 with the first occurring March 1 and the last happening on or about Nov. 24.
The case was investigated by the Big Spring Police Department, according to court records.

Steer Band loses out on tie-breaker

October 29, 2012

LUBBOCK – The Big Spring High School Band was oh-so-close to earning a spot in the state marching contest, but close wasn't good enough in this case.
The Steer Band lost out on its ticket to state by tie-breaker at Saturday's Class 3A Area Marching Contest in Lubbock.
Lubbock Cooper, Abilene Wylie and Monahans finished first through third, respectively, to earn a spot in the University Interscholastic League state marching contest, which will be held in Austin next month.

October 26th

Salvation Army starts heater drive

October 26, 2012

The ability to stay warm when the mercury falls is something most Crossroads residents take for granted, but according to officials with the Big Spring Salvation Army, there are many within the community who struggle when the weather turns cold.

Bessie Flores, social worker for the local Salvation Army, said the weather — from the heat of summer to the freezing winters — poses a very real problem for many low-income residents, a problem that can turn deadly.

Howard College sets spook-tacular events

October 26, 2012

Ghosts, goblins and bears!
Howard College will have the Halloween spirit this year as it hosts trick or treaters on the HC Big Spring campus and a haunted house on the SouthWest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf campus.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

October 26, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• CHERYL ANN WILLIAMS, 53, of 9604 Gail Highway, was arrested Wednesday on charges of public intoxication and abandonment/endangerment of a child – criminal negligence.
• MICHAEL EVERET BARNETT, 24, of 207 Moore Rd., was arrested Wednesday on a warrant from another agency.
• THOMAS ROY WHITE, 21, of 400 N.W. Broadway in Coahoma, was arrested Wednesday on charges of theft of aluminum/bronze/copper/brass, failure to maintain financial responsibility and disregarding a stop sign.

October 24th

City OKs pact with Western Container

October 24, 2012

The Big Spring City Council gave the go ahead Tuesday night to contract with engineering firm Parkhill, Smith & Cooper to develop plans for an expansion of the building currently housing Western Container, estimated at 1,500 to 2,000 square feet.

The council approved the contract with Parkhill, Smith & Cooper for engineering and architectural services for the expansion on a unanimous vote.

According to City Attorney Linda Sjogren, the expansion will benefit both Western Container and the city of Big Spring.

State EDC head lauds Type A set-up

October 24, 2012

If Big Spring wants to remain a player in the economic development arena, it needs to keep its Economic Development Corp. under the current Type A set-up.

That was the message delivered by Carlton Schwab, president and chief executive officer of the Texas Economic Development Council, during a town hall meeting Tuesday evening at the Hall Center for the Arts.

October 22nd

Shootings rock the city

October 22, 2012

By BILL McCLELLAN
Managing Editor
Gunfire erupted Sunday morning in what appears to be two unrelated altercations that sent a couple of people to an area hospital.
The two were among three people injured in a drive by shooting about 2 a.m. in the 1400 block of Mesa.
Ines Jesus Gonzales, 25, of Big Spring suffered a bullet wound to his right forearm and was airlifted to Lubbock. David Garza Jr., 27, of Big Spring suffered a bullet wound to his left lower leg and another to his buttocks. He was also airlifted to a Lubbock hospital.

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.

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