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December 15th

Child brightens soldiers' holidays

December 15, 2011

When little Celestina Vela decided to spread some Christmas cheer, she didn't mess around.

Celestina, a 6-year-old first-grader at Bauer Elementary, was so moved by the plight of soldiers who will have to spend Christmas away from home that she decided to do something to cheer them up.

So she sent them Christmas cards — lots and lots of Christmas cards.
Over the course of a few weeks, Celestina and her family collected more than 1,000 holiday greeting cards to send to U.S. military personnel serving overseas.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

December 15, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• JONATHAN MICHAELS SHORTEN, 24, of Houston, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant from another agency and a warrant for hindering officers discharging official duties.
• CLARISSA DEAN, 32, of 2609 Wasson Rd. Apt. 2, was arrested Wednesday on six warrants from other agencies.
• JESSEE CASTUITO DELEON JR., 43, of 1705 Highway 176, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.

December 14th

Busted

December 14, 2011

A search warrant executed in the 1600 block of Lark Street late Tuesday afternoon yielded two arrests and a substantial amount of narcotics, according to officials with the Big Spring Police Department.
Gabriel Aguilar, 34, of 1612 Lark, was arrested and charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance – more than 400 grams. Also arrested was Jesse Deleon, 43, of Big Spring, who was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Water scarce below ground as well as above, council told

December 14, 2011

For those currently hoping the city of Big Spring might be sitting atop a hidden, plentiful aquifer of ground water, much like an oasis amid drought-stricken West Texas, Parkhill, Smith & Cooper Engineer Butch Davis laid those hopes to rest during Tuesday night’s meeting of the city council.
Davis, working under contract with the city to develop a emergency water supply plan, said the Crossroads area — much like the rest of the Permian Basin — is just as parched and dry underground as it is above.

Mayor wants 4B funds to pay for facility upgrades

December 14, 2011

While the fact officials with the city of Big Spring are eyeing an $11 million overhaul of municipal water and waste water facilities may not come as a surprise to area residents, how Mayor Tommy Duncan currently proposes the city pay for those improvements just might.

Click! Time to turn on Festival of Lights

December 14, 2011

Ready … set … light.
The Festival of Lights will light up Comanche Trail Park starting Thursday.
The annual trail of lights will be illuminated in the park each night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. until Dec. 31. Last year, more than 20,000 people came from 38 states and 14 countries to view the lights.
“I am hoping to have 25,000 people come through this year,” said Pat Simmons, Festival of Lights founder.

December 13th

County OKs partial fireworks ban

December 13, 2011

rea residents looking to celebrate the Christmas and New Year holidays this year will have to do so without the help of “rockets' red glare,” as Howard County commissioners approved a ban on rockets and other finned fireworks Monday.

Commissioners voted unanimously — with Precinct 2 Commissioner Donnie Baker making the motion, which received a second from Precinct 4 Commissioner John Cline — in favor of the ban in hopes of staving off what County Judge Mark Barr said has become an unfortunate tradition in the county.

Schools top Seliger's agenda

December 13, 2011

The Texas Legislature may not be in session, but that doesn't mean state representatives don't have work to do.

Kel Seliger, Big Spring's representative in the Texas Senate, was in town Tuesday to discuss a variety of issues — including education finance and water — with the local Young Republicans organization.

Sen. Seliger (R-Amarillo), said how the state finances schools in the future will be perhaps the most critical issue facing the legislature when it reconvenes in 2013.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

December 13, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
• ARTURO VASQUEZ, 42, of 907 N. Main St., was arrested Monday on a charge of driving while license suspended or invalid with a previous conviction.
• CHRISTOPHER FITZGERAL CARVER, 47, of Abilene, was arrested Monday on a warrant from another agency.
• LARRY JOHNATHAN LEE, 45, of 7400 S. Service Rd., was arrested Monday on warrants for failure to appear (two counts), driving while license invalid and failure to yield the right-of-way at stop intersection.

December 12th

Council faces routine agenda Tuesday

December 12, 2011

The Big Spring City Council is expected to approve final reading of a resolution streamlining the way the Big Spring Economic Development Corporation will deliver its quarterly reports to the governing body during its meeting Tuesday evening.

Under the existing requirements, the Big Spring EDC Board of Directors are required to meet with the city council during their quarterly meetings, according to EDC Director Terry Wegman.

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