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DPS to be out in force Labor Day weekend

August 31, 2012

It's never a good idea to drink and drive, but law enforcement officials say it will be particularly foolish this weekend.

As it has in past years, the Texas Department of Public Safety will increase DWI patrols during the Labor Day holiday weekend, officials said. DPS troopers will focus DWI patrols in high-risk locations at times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent.

During the Labor Day enforcement effort last year, DPS troopers made more than 2,000 DWI arrests and approximately 550 of those were the direct result of the increased patrols, officials said.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

August 31, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• ROBERTO LAFUENTE, 28, of Del Rio, was arrested Thursday on a charge of driving while intoxicated.
• JOSE NICANOR GARFIAS III, 36, of 1204 S. Lancaster, was arrested Thursday on warrants from other agency (x2).
• LAURA LEUNA YANEZ, 33, of 1213 Mobile St., was arrested Thursday on charges of public intoxication and criminal mischief under $50.
• CARLEO BARRON, 33, of San Antonio, was arrested Thursday on a charge of public intoxication.

August 29th

Big Spring ISD looks to adopt budget, tax rate

August 29, 2012

Big Spring Independent School District trustees are expected to approve a budget and tax rate for the coming fiscal year when they hold a special meeting at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in the high school board room.

The new budget, officials say, is very similar to the previous package, with the obvious exception being that millions of dollars in construction bond money has been spent.

Construction resulting from the $60 million bond, approved by voters in 2010, is expected to wrap up by early next year.

Appraisal miscue has city rethinking tax rate

August 29, 2012

Big Spring City Council is faced with a tough fiscal decision in the coming weeks, as the municipality will have to choose between going more than 2 cents above the proposed tax rate or find a way to make up for more than $130,000 in lost revenue.

The proposed tax rate for the coming year — the rate published by the city and certified by the Howard County Appraisal District — is 86.5043 cents per $100 property valuation, council members were told Tuesday.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

August 29, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• ARTURO S. YANEZ, 59, of 502 State, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of public intoxication.
• MICHAEL LEE LOPEZ, 24, of 411 N. Scurry, was arrested Tuesday on warrants for failure to appear (two counts), expired motor vehicle inspection certificate and driving while license invalid.
• MICHAEL DEWAYNE NORRIS, 39, of 3500 W. Interstate Highway 20 Apt. 14, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of public intoxication.

August 28th

New leader for SWCID in place

August 28, 2012

After several months of searching for the right person to fit the bill, Howard College officials have announced the selection of Mary Karol Matchett as the new provost for their SouthWest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf campus.

Matchett, coming to SWCID from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology with more than 18 years of experience in the field of higher education, will be filling the position recently vacated by provost Mark Myers after his move back to the East Coast and the service of Dom Bonura as interim provost.

Heath clinic clientele, services continue to grow, CEO reports

August 28, 2012

A year has already gone by and client base continues to grow.

Howard County Health Care Center is moving forward and expanding services and staff.

Dr. Judith Madura, CEO of Howard County Community Health Clinic, spoke on progress made during the first year at the center during the State of the Community Series Part 3: Medical Update.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

August 28, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
• KEELIE BREANN PARKS, 21, of 1306 Monmouth, was arrested Monday on a charge of driving while intoxicated.
• TANEKIA CAMILE STEPHENSON, 20, of 1002 N. Main St. Apt. 47, was arrested Monday on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of alcohol by a minor.
• MARKUS DEWAYNE GRAVES, 27, of 1700 S. Johnson, was arrested Monday on a warrant from another agency and a charge of public intoxication.

August 27th

DAV chapter enjoying new 'home'

August 27, 2012

A new home, but the same important mission.
Since June, the local chapter of the Disabled American Veterans — Chapter 47 — has been meeting in a new building. The facility, once the Haven House, is located at 2204 Runnels.
“I was approached in February and asked if I knew of a use for the building that could benefit veterans,” Mike Tarpley, Chapter 47 DAV senior vice commander, said. “I told them I had an idea.”
The previous meeting location, 610 Abrams, was at the point of falling apart. Tarpley joked, “if the termites ever quit holding hands the building would fall over.

Vandals hit vets memorial

August 27, 2012

Local law enforcement is investigating a report of vandalism and theft at the Big Spring Vietnam Memorial believed to have occurred sometime between Friday night and Sunday morning.
Damage was reported in two areas of the memorial, including the helicopter display. According to law enforcement officials, items were also taken from the display, including a World War II web belt and canteen which were on display in the Fallen Soldier Memorial case.

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