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February 28th, 2012

Did you file a 2008 income tax return? If not, you could be in for extra cash

February 28, 2012

According to local tax officials, some area residents may have a rather sizable refund coming to them — they just aren't aware of it.

Refunds totaling more than $1 billion may be waiting for as many as 1 million people throughout the nation who did not file a federal income tax return for 2008, according to AARP Tax-Aide Coordinator Ray Alexander. However, any hope of collecting that money will vanish in April.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

February 28, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. Tuesday:
•RENE SALAZAR-PEREZ, 26, of 610 S. Douglas St., was arrested Monday on a charge of public intoxication.
• LANCE BRANDEN LOVELACE, 40, of 410 W. Cuthbert Apt. F, Odessa, was arrested Monday on charges of unlawfully carrying a weapon, evading arrest/detention, resist arrest search or transport deadly weapon and failure to identify giving false/fictitious info.

February 27th

Police beat

February 27, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
• CASEY DON ROBERTS, 18, of 5300 N. County Rd. 57, was arrested Sunday on a charge of public intoxication.
• JAVIER MANZANA PINEDA, 31, of 821 W. Sixth St., was arrested Sunday on a charge of driving while intoxicated.

Jury selection begins in sexual assault of a child case

February 27, 2012

Jury selection in the trial of a 60-year-old Big Spring man indicted on charges of indecency with a child and aggravated sexual assault of a child began this morning in 118th District Court.
Ernesto Dutchover Garcia, 1300 E. 11th Place, was indicted Nov. 18, 2010, on four counts of indecency with a child (second-degree felony), three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child (first-degree felony) and a charge of continuous sexual assault of a child (first-degree felony).

February 25th

Man indicted on charge of scalding 1-year-old

February 25, 2012

STANTON — A Martin County man who allegedly held a 1-year-old under scalding water was indicted by a Martin County grand Jury this week on a third-degree felony charge of injury to a child.
Dominick Robert Peña, 24, of 706 N. Gray in Stanton, was indicted on a single charge of injury to a child during the grand jury’s Thursday session.

Expert: Seat belt safety crucial in saving lives

February 25, 2012

Car seats are one more way to keep children safe — as long as they are used properly.
Scenic Mountain Medical Center Healthy Woman program has teamed up with Safe Kids of San Angelo for the second year to bring the free Car Seat Check to Big Spring. This year, the car seat check will coincide with the annual health fair, scheduled April 14 at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum.
“Through this partnership with SMMC Healthy Woman, we are able to educate these families,” Catie Wiedenhofer, representative of Safe Kids San Angelo, said. “To them, this is truly invaluable.”

Court to hear routine fair

February 25, 2012

Howard County commissioners face a rather brief — and routine — agenda when they meet Monday morning.
Commissioners are expected to meet with County Treasurer Teresa Thomas to discuss routine personnel considerations.
Also during the meeting, the court will meet with County Auditor Jackie Olson who will brief the commissioners regarding invoices, purchase requests and budget amendments.
County Road and Bridge Administrator Eddy Jameson is to discuss possible pipeline crossings and make a report regarding road maintenance within the county.

Tax-Aide going well, officials say

February 25, 2012

Officials with the annual AARP Tax-Aide program say tax preparations and filings have gone smoothly so far, and with the April tax deadline looming on the horizon, expect things to only get busier in the weeks to come.
According to program coordinator Ray Alexander, he and his team of volunteers have been serving between 30 and 40 tax filers each.

February 24th

Rumor dispelled over voter cards

February 24, 2012

Local election officials say recent rumors that millions of Texans are having their voter registration invalidated because of ongoing litigation surrounding redistricting in the Lone Star State aren't true.

According to Howard County Elections Administrator Saundra Bloom, a whirlwind of rumors — mostly in the form of e-mails — have been brought to her attention claiming voters are having their registration status invalidated.

Go Red: Doctors focus on No. 1 killer, heart disease

February 24, 2012

Heart health was the focus Thursday afternoon at the Go Red event and luncheon, sponsored by Scenic Mountain Medical Center's Healthy Woman program.

Doctors Rudy and Chris Haddad were guest speakers and focused on bringing attention to the No. 1 killer of women.

According to American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading killer of women and is the cause of one in three deaths each year.

“Since 1984, more women than men have died from cardiovascular disease,” Dr. Rudy Haddad said. “African Americans are at a higher risk as are Latinos than Caucasian.”

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