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September 22nd, 2012
A 54-year-old Big Spring man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday morning in 118th District Court, pleading guilty to one count of prohibited sexual conduct after law enforcement discovered he had fathered a child with his daughter.
Edgar Dale Whitt, 54, formerly of 4302.5 S. Highway 87 and currently in the custody of the Howard County Detention Center, had been indicted by a grand jury June 1 on two counts of prohibited sexual conduct and four counts of indecency with a child, all second-degree felonies.
Howard County commissioners will look to put the finishing touches on their 2012-2013 fiscal plan Monday, as the court looks to adopt its tax rate for the coming year.
The court â€” which approved its 2012-2013 budget during the Sept. 10 meeting â€” will consider adopting a tax rate of 33 cents per $100 valuation during the meeting.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday:
â€˘ ERNESTO ALONZO, 39, of 1900 Martin Luther King Blvd., was arrested Friday on a warrant for driving without being secured by safety belt.
â€˘ BRESHA DENAE RANDLE, 19, of 1805 Mittel Ave., was arrested Friday on warrants for fail to appear (x2), expired registration and failed to control speed.
â€˘ THEFT was reported:
In the 1600 block of E. Sixth.
In the 3500 block of E. I-20.
In the 1100 block of Hwy 176.
In the 300 block of S. Rex in Forsan.
Light the bonfire, strike up the band and don the black and gold â€” Big Spring homecoming time has arrived.
Big Spring High School 2012 homecoming celebrations kick into high gear tonight and continue with events scheduled through Saturday.
BSHS students have marked homecoming all week with themed â€śdress up days,â€ť but really get a chance to celebrate tonight at the annual bonfire rally. This year, the bonfire has been moved from the the old city compost facility to a vacant lot adjacent to Memorial Stadium. The event is scheduled to begin at around 8 p.m.
School enrollment is busting out all over, it seems.
Fueled by the oil industry hiring boom, most area public schools are seeing a surge in enrollment figures, officials confirmed.
Nowhere is the increase more notable than at Big Spring Independent School District, which is recording enrollment figures not seen in more than a decade.
The latest count shows 4,148 students enrolled at BSISD campuses, an increase of more than 200 from the same time last year â€” and that figure doesn't take into account more than 80 children enrolled in pre-kindergarten classes.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ JOSE MONTEMAYOR JR., 45, of 427 E. Davis Rd., was arrested Wednesday on a warrant from another agency and a warrant for speeding in a school zone.
â€˘ AMARIS BERNAL, 25, address unknown, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for theft â€“ more than $50 and less than $500.
â€˘ BURGLARY OF A HABITATION was reported:
In the 2500 block of Langley.
In the 3700 block of Dixon.
â€˘ ASSAULT was reported in the 2300 block of Kentucky.
â€˘ THEFT was reported in the 1900 block of Wasson.
Vocational training at Howard College has not only taken off, but is continuing to grow, according to the quarterly update received by the Big Spring Economic Development Corporation on Tuesday afternoon.
Kinsey Hansen, solid works representative for Howard College, reported that the summer cohort â€” May through August â€” had 31 students enrolled in 40 classes. All students completed the course, with 17 who have identified that their courses led to employment. Fall enrollment shows 68 students in 147 vocational training classes.
ACKERLY â€” The exes are coming home to Sands High School this week.
Sands will hold its quadrennial homecoming festivities, culminating with Friday nightâ€™s football vs. Highland.
As with many other high schools in the area, Sands will have themed â€śdress up daysâ€ť leading up to the weekend, when the majority of homecoming activities are scheduled:
â€˘ The schoolâ€™s drama club will hold a spaghetti supper from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday in the school cafeteria
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ BRANDON DAKOTA FEASTER, 20, of 1308 Ridgeroad, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia.
â€˘ TONYA LADAWN YAGER, 41, of 1904 Alabama, was arrested Tuesday on warrants for no driverâ€™s license â€“ when unlicensed and failure to maintain financial responsibility.
â€˘ BLAKE MICHAEL GEE, 30, of 512 Scott Dr., was arrested Tuesday on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.
With the bulk of the necessary construction nearly completed on the pipeline between the Ward County water well fields and the city of Odessa, officials with the Colorado River Municipal Water District say the new system could be ready for preliminary tests as early as late November.
According to CRMWD General Manager John Grant, approximately 85 percent of the construction of the pipeline has been completed, good news for the drought-stricken cities served by the local water district.