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September 15th, 2012

West Nile confirmed in Howard County

September 15, 2012

The first case of West Nile virus, a disease carried by mosquitos, has been confirmed in Howard County.
According to Dr. Manuel Carrasco, who has been in practice in Big Spring since 1993, the first case was confirmed Thursday in an elderly patient.
“I have never heard of any case prior to this in the county. This is the first case that I am aware of,” Dr. Carrasco said.
The patient was admitted to Scenic Mountain Medical Center and is doing well, at this point. According to reports, the patient had been bitten while in Colorado City.

Bus drivers sought; apply now

September 15, 2012

Big Spring Independent School District has a job for you — but only if you like kids, enjoy driving large vehicles and don’t mind part-time pay.
Like other school districts in the West Texas area, BSISD is struggling with a shortage of bus drivers this year. The district, which normally employs 21 drivers, has had to make do with only 16.
Because of the driver shortage, the district has had to consolidate its bus routes, said Wayland Pierce, BSISD transportation director.

Police blotter 9-15-2012

September 15, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday:
• WALTER LYN TEMPLETON, 42, address unknown, was arrested Friday on a charge of public intoxication.
• HOLLY ANN RUSK, 34, of Snyder, was arrested Friday on a charge of theft between $50 and $500.
• LARRY DALE KING 29, of 1809 Mittel Avenue, was arrested Friday on charges of fail to appear and driving while license invalid.
• RODOLFO HERNANDEZ, 41, of 1222 E. 16th Street, was arrested Saturday on charges of evading arrest/detention and public intoxication.

September 14th

College enrollment takes a slight dip

September 14, 2012

Bacterial meningitis vaccine requirements, low unemployment rates and a booming energy economy are just a few factors feeding into an enrollment decline of 299 students for the fall 2012 semester across the Howard College district, officials said.

The overall uncertified head count for this semester is 4,553 students, compared to 4,852 for the fall 2011 semester.

Work crews to correct 'overlooked' campus details

September 14, 2012

As mistakes go, this was a minor and inexpensive one.

In their rush to finish Big Spring Independent School District's four new elementary campuses before the start of this school year, work crews neglected to install wheelchair-accessible crosswalks in front of the new schools and now must go back and correct that oversight.

During their monthly meeting Thursday, BSISD trustees learned of the district's plan for installing the overlooked crosswalks.

Wayland Pierce, who has served as the district's liaison with construction crews during the project, made no excuses for the mixup.

Police/Sheriff

September 14, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
• RILEY ERIK WOOD, 20, of 605 Highland, was arrested Thursday on a charge of evading arrest or detention.
• ANTHONY WAYNE MORRISON, 55, of 2911 W. Highway 80 Apt. 216, was arrested Thursday on a charge of public intoxication.
• ROBERT RUBEN SANCHEZ, 48, of 1023 Stadium, was arrested Thursday on a charge of public intoxication.

September 13th

Sadler: Experience is trump card in race

September 13, 2012

It's been a decade since Democrats have been much more than an afterthought in statewide races, but Paul Sadler believes he has the experience and the issues to buck that trend.

Now all he needs is money and exposure.

Sadler, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator, stopped in Big Spring during a swing through West Texas Tuesday, and took the opportunity to explain why people should vote for him rather than his better-known opponent, Republican Ted Cruz.

A South Texas native, Sadler touts his experience as a state representative as his biggest advantage over Cruz.

Forsan to hold 2012 homecoming

September 13, 2012

FORSAN — Forsan High School students and exes will be donning their best black and white duds as the school celebrates homecoming this week.

Few organized activities are planned for the celebration, although it is expected that several former classes will hold reunions throughout the week.

At the school, various dress up days were held this week. Friday, FHS will hold its annual “hall march” at 2:20 p.m., followed by the homecoming pep rally at 2:30 p.m. in the high school gymnasisum.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

September 13, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• FRANK HERNANDEZ, 42, of 311 N. Aylesford, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of public intoxication.
• JIM JASON COKER, 33, of 1312 Tucson, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of public intoxication.
• JOHN WEST RUSK, 43, of 1315 Mesquite, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of burglary of a vehicle.
• DAVID JOE VILLAREAL JR., 25, of 1312 Wood, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant from another agency.

September 12th

BSISD to ponder oil lease

September 12, 2012

In a very roundabout way, Big Spring Independent School District may be getting into the oil business.

BSISD trustees will discuss the possibility of leasing district land for oil exploration purposes when they hold their regular monthly meeting at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in the high school board room.

Business Manager Debbie Green said representatives of an oil company approached the school district with the intent to drill for oil on BSISD property near Knott.

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