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Howard County commissioners gave the go-ahead Monday morning to put a burn ban into effect, as local fire officials warn wildfire dangers are reaching critical levels with no immediate relief in sight.
Commissioners approved the county-wide ban â€” which will be in effect for 90 days, at the end of which the court will have the option to reinstate or dismiss the order â€” at the recommendation of Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tommy Sullivan.
According to Sullivan, the fire hazard in Howard County has reached extreme levels despite recent rains.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ ANDY DEMOND PIPER, 26, of 1217 W. Third St., was arrested Monday on warrants for driving while license invalid and failure to appear.
â€˘ ERICK SHERROD FRANKS, 37, of 2209 Cecilia St., was arrested Monday on charges of assault causing bodily injury and abandoning/endangering a child â€“ criminal negligence.
â€˘ BURGLARY OF A VEHICLE was reported in the 400 block of E. Fourth Street.
â€˘ CRIMINAL MISCHIEF was reported in the 1800 block of E. FM 700.
A light turnout is expected when Howard County voters go to the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots in the state primary runoff election.
Five statewide contests â€” four Republican and one Democratic â€” will be decided.
Locally, only one polling place will be open Tuesday. Voters can cast ballots at Dorothy Garrett Coliseum on the Howard College campus between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., officials said.
Despite a late surge, early voting in the races was extremely light, with fewer than 4 percent of registered voters casting ballots, County Election Administrator Saundra Bloom said.
FORSAN â€” No school administrator is ever going to feel good about losing revenue, but some losses end up stinging less than others, it seems.
Such is shaping up to be the case for Forsan Independent School District, which is dealing with a 3 percent cut in state revenue as it prepares a budget for the coming fiscal year. In addition, the district also is facing an increase in the â€śRobin Hoodâ€ť payment it must make to the state for being a so-called â€śproperty richâ€ť school district.
The 2010 case against a Big Spring man convicted of taking part in a home invasion in the 600 block of State has been submitted to a panel of judges with the 11th Court of Appeals in Eastland, Texas, but a resolution to the appeal could be as long as six months away, according to court officials.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ JOE ALBERT CANALES, 28, of 1201 S. Johnson, was arrested Sunday on charges of assault â€“ intentionally/recklessly impeding normal breathing or circulation â€“ family violence, parent contributing to the non-attendance (two counts) and bail jumping â€“ failure to appear.
â€˘ STEVEN VALENCIA GAMBOA, 28, of 506 N. Nolan, was arrested Sunday on a warrant from another agency and a warrant for driving while license invalid.
Red ink is trying to creep into Howard College's new budget.
Despite recent good financial news from the state of Texas, college officials are still faced with deficits as they prepare their new fiscal package, which will be the subject of a trustees' budget workshop set for 9:15 a.m. Monday in the student union building's Tumbleweed Room. The trustees' monthly meeting will follow the workshop at 12:15 p.m.
The flight may be over, but the lessons learned will continue.
Hangar 25 Air Museum recently concluded its 2012 session of Kid's Klub â€” Flight School. According to Museum Administrator Genevieve Stockburger, there were 28 children involved this year in the week long journey.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday:
â€˘ MARIO ROBERT OVALLE, 38, of 305 E. 19th, was arrested Friday on warrants for failed to maintain financial responsibility, fail to appear (two counts), no drivers license when unlicensed and warrant other agency (x2).
â€˘ JOE ROMERO GUERRA, 33, of Lubbock, was arrested Friday on a warrant from other agency.
â€˘ ZEON M. HERNANDEZ, 33, of Lubbock, was arrested Friday on driving while intoxicated and possession of controlled substance less than 28 grams.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ RUDY TREVINO, 49, of Lamesa, Texas, was arrested Thursday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€˘ JACOB ALEXANDER GALAN, 22, of 1607 S. Main St., was arrested Thursday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€˘ JESSICA MICHELLE CHAVERA, 31, of 1900 Martin Luther King Blvd. Apt. 201, was arrested Thursday on two warrants from other agencies and warrants for expired registration, expired driver's license and failure to appear (two counts).