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September 12th, 2012

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.

Council OKs tax rate

September 12, 2012

Despite repeatedly pointing out the effective tax rate previously published was incorrect, the Big Spring City Council voted 6-1 Tuesday night to approve first reading of the levy in an effort to meet the state-mandated deadline for having the fiscal element in place.

The council — with District 4 Councilman Bobby McDonald the lone dissenter — approved first reading of the proposed tax rate of 86.5043 cents per $100 property valuation, a rate that will likely leave the municipality with a budgetary shortfall estimated at $130,000 to deal with in the coming year.

September 11th

3 teens make bond in vandalism case

September 11, 2012

Three of the four Big Spring teens arrested Monday in connection with August's vandalism of the local Vietnam Memorial have been released on bond, according to law enforcement officials.

Four teens — all students at Big Spring High School — were arrested Monday morning as a result of the investigation into the vandalization, which is believed to have happened the weekend of Aug. 25.

Those arrested were:

Book sale begins this weekend

September 11, 2012

Book lovers will think they have found nirvana — rows and rows of literature, some in hard cover, some in paperback, all cheaply priced.

The Friends of the Howard County Library's annual book sale will be held this weekend, and organizers promise to have something for just about every fan of the written word.

Sale hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the library, located at 500 S. Main.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

September 11, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
• AUTHUR MORENO ORTEGA, 49, of 603 S. Bell, was arrested Monday on a warrant from another agency.
• DIMITRI ANDREW LEOS, 20, of 314 N.E. Eighth St., was arrested Monday on warrants for consumption of alcohol by a minor and failure to appear.
• ANDREW AGUIRRE DUENES, 38, of 700 N. Moss Lake Rd., was arrested Monday on a warrant for interfering with an emergency phone call.

September 10th

City council to adopt tax rate

September 10, 2012

The city administration will recommend the Big Spring City Council move forward with the published effective tax rate when it meets Tuesday evening, forcing the municipality to absorb a tax foul-up in the coming year estimated at $130,000.
The proposed tax rate — the rate published by the city and certified by the Howard County Appraisal District — is 86.5043 cents per $100 property valuation.

9/11 ceremony set Tuesday at mall

September 10, 2012

Crossroads area residents have an opportunity to honor fallen heroes Tuesday with the fifth 9/11 ceremony at the Big Spring Mall.
More than 250 people attended the brief ceremony last year. This year's ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. Special speaker will be Big Spring resident two-star General Major Eddy Spurgin. Other local dignitaries will participate.
Mike Tarpley, Vietnam veteran who has conducted each of the 9/11 ceremonies, said it is crucial we remember our veterans and what they have done.

Police beat

September 10, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
• LLOYD PHILLIP HANSARD, 27, of 804 W. Interstate Highway 20, was arrested Sunday on a charge of public intoxication.
• MASON JACK SNOW WILBANKS, 33, of 1202 E. Third St., was arrested Sunday on charges of failure to identify – giving false information, resisting arrest, search or transportation and assault – family violence.
• JOSE ORTEGA, 20, of 1111 E. 14th St., was arrested Sunday on a charge of consumption of alcohol by a minor.

Local teens arrested for Memorial vandalism

September 10, 2012

Four Big Spring teens were arrested this morning in connection with the recent vandalization of the local Vietnam Memorial.
According to law enforcement officials, the arrests included:
• Devan James Clark, 17, on charges of criminal mischief – damage to school, church or monument and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair.
• Anthony Alphonso Lewis, 17, on a charge of criminal mischief – damage to school, church or monument.

September 8th

Forsan ISD mulls new campus

September 8, 2012

FORSAN — No one is using the words “bond election” just yet, but Forsan Independent School District officials are studying the very real possibility of asking voters to approve construction of a new elementary school.

When they meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the administration wing board room, FISD trustees will consider hiring a financial advisor to help them with details pertaining to a possible bond election which could be called for sometime in 2013.

School district officials have been considering replacing Elbow Elementary for some time, Superintendent Randy Johnson said.

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