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July 30th, 2011
Forsan Independent School District campuses received the highest academic ratings in Howard County, according to accountability figures released by the Texas Education Agency Friday.
For the third consecutive year, Elbow Elementary received TEAâ€™s highest rating of â€śExemplary,â€ť while the junior high/high school campusâ€™ rating was one step down at â€śRecognized.â€ť District-wide, Forsan ISD was rated Recognized, as well.
Those were the same ratings as the districts and campuses received the previous year.
Big Spring Independent School District was hammered in the latest round of school accountability ratings released by the Texas Education Agency Friday.
BSISD received a district-wide rating of â€śAcademically Unacceptable,â€ť the lowest of four possible TEA ratings. In addition, all but one local campusâ€™ academic performance was rated as unacceptable by the state education agency. Moss Elementary received a â€śAcademically Acceptableâ€ť rating from TEA.
Christmas may be a few months away still, but preparations for the 2011 Comanche Trail Festival of Lights are already glowing brightly.
“I think this will be the most spectacular presentation yet for our visitors,” said Pat Simmons, Festival of Lights founder. This year will bring back the poinsettias to Scenic Mountain.
According to Simmons, three years ago three poinsettias adorned the side of the mountain, but due to lack of power supply were taken down and haven't been included the past few years.
Texas parents with children getting ready to head back to class in a few weeks have most likely faced plenty of challenges this summer, and, from a fiscal standpoint, paying for school supplies and clothing may be one of the toughest.
However, the state of Texas is hoping to ease the burden Aug. 19-21 with its annual Tax Free Holiday, a three-day opportunity for parents and guardians to skip the sales taxes on many of the back-to-school items they purchase each year.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ TAMARA KAY WINK, 46, of Houston, was arrested Thursday on a charge of disobeying a police officer.
â€˘ STEVE ALLAN HANNABASS, 53, of 821 W. Eighth St., was arrested Thursday on warrants for failure to signal lane change, expired registration and failure to maintain financial responsibility.
â€˘ ASSAULT was reported in the 1700 block of S. Lancaster.
â€˘ THEFT was reported in the 2600 block of Carol Dr.
â€˘ BURGLARY OF A HABITATION was reported in the 1100 block of Runnels St.
Like practically everyone else in Big Spring, Howard College officials are struggling to find ways to get by with less water.
The college is looking at ways to abide by a recent 20 percent cut in water deliveries from Colorado River Municipal Water District and the city's mandate to limit outside watering to only one day, trustees learned during their Monday meeting.
Executive Vice President Terry Hansen said one of the problems the college is facing is that recent construction projects have skewed water usage figures.
Just because school's out doesn't mean the time for learning is over.
The Heritage Museum is taking a week of summer to teach youth something a little different than what they would normally learn in a classroom. For three days, 12 youngsters will learn how to crochet, embroider, simple sew, cook, decorate a cake and other types of artful skills.
Janet Abner, summer education projects coordinator for the museum, brought the idea to the table.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ MYRELL SIMPSON JR., 37, of 3210 Auburn, was arrested Wednesday on charges of failure to identify as a fugitive â€“ giving false information and a warrant from another agency.
â€˘ THEFT was reported:
In the 3600 block of N. Highway 87.
In the 400 block of S. Gregg Street.
â€˘ BURGLARY OF A HABITATION was reported in the 1100 block of E. 14th Street.
The Howard County Sheriffâ€™s Office reported the following activity:
An upward trend in minerals — along with a higher appraisal of the Big Spring Refinery — has most area taxing entities enjoying an increase in certified taxable values.
The Howard County Appraisal District released its 2011 certified values this week and the county saw a $418,379,799 increase in its valuations. Those figures are certified at $2,521,294,261 for 2011, compared to $2,102,914,462 the previous year.
Brett McKibben, HCAD chief, said the jump is due to increases in mineral values and higher valuations for the refinery.
FORSAN — School trustees here will discuss personnel issues when they hold a short meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the administration wing board room.
Administrators will recommend a new district technology director and fifth grade math teacher to trustees during the meeting.
Shawn McVicars, who has been technology director at Buena Vista Independent School District the past six years, is on tap to replace Bob Fishback, who recently died after a three-year battle with cancer.