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May 7th, 2012
The Big Spring City Council is expected to deny a rate increase requested by Atmos Energy's West Texas Division during its meeting Tuesday night, a move city officials say is necessary due to a breakdown in negotiations.
The council gave final approval to suspend the rate increase by a unanimous vote in late February, a move designed to give the city time to study the request, according to City Finance Director Peggy Walker.
Early voting totals are down in this year's municipal contest, according to local election officials, with just two days left to cast early ballots next week.
Early voting polls netted just 778 ballots â€” 678 in-person and 100 mail-in ballots â€” during the first five days of early voting, according to Howard County Elections Administrator Saundra Bloom, less than what she had expected in the contest.
â€śConsidering the volatility of the 4B tax project on the ballot, I had really expected to see higher totals by this point,â€ť Bloom said.
Ready the sparklers and the aerials, planning for Pops in the Park is under way.
Tuesday, July 3 will once again be the date for the celebration. However, the show will start at 6:30 p.m., 30 minutes later than normal.
â€śWe don't know how much difference it will make, but we are hoping temperatures will be a little bit cooler,â€ť Jan Hansen, Pops in the Park chairman said.
Another change taking place this year will be the partnership with a new fireworks company out of Fort Worth. This year Atlas will be providing the fireworks used in the display.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. Saturday:
â€˘ MAURICIO BLANCAS-VALLADARES, 35, of 2309 Richmond Dr., was arrested Thursday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€˘ ROXANNE BLACKWELL, 38, of 801 E. 14th St., was arrested Thursday on a warrant for fail to display drivers license, expired registration, failed to maintain financial responsibility, safety belt child under 17, fail to appear.
â€˘ JORGE LIMA-MONDRAGON, 37, of 1425 Japonica Ln., was arrested Thursday on a charge of public intoxication.
Officials with the Big Spring Police Department say Wednesday's arrest of a pair of alleged counterfeiters could be tied to recent reports of fake bills in other Permian Basin cities, however, it's too early in the investigation to know for sure.
James Anthony Griego, 17, was arrested Wednesday and booked into the county detention center Thursday by the BSPD on a charge of forgery of a government instrument after police officials say he and a juvenile suspect tried to pass counterfeit $100 bills at the Wal-Mart SuperCenter.
Big Spring Symphony Guild is getting â€śDressed to a Teaâ€ť on May 12 in support of the Big Spring Symphony and Orchestra.
An auction item preview will kickoff tea time at 11:30 a.m. at the First Christian Church.
â€śThis is an event for all ages and those attending will be able to enjoy an elegant, fun environment,â€ť Eulaine McIntosh, guild president, said.
Atendees will be able to share in Victorian trivia and hear about the history behind tea parties. Ellen Austin, Dressed to a Tea chair and event organizer, will be sharing her experiences in tea parties.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ JOSIE RODRIGUEZ, 28, of 5010 Wasson Rd., was arrested Thursday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€˘ KENNY MATTHEW CARROLL, 30, of 906 S. Nolan St., was arrested Thursday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€˘ BOBBY LEE AGUERO JR., 29, of 1402 Mt. Vernon, was arrested Thursday on a charge of driving while intoxicated second offense.
â€˘ SCOT JUDSON SHEPPARD, 47, of 301 Jill Rd., was arrested Thursday on a charge of deadly conduct discharge firearm hab/building/vehicle.
Dotty for dachsunds? Psyched about shih tzus? Wowed by Welsh corgis?
Hundreds of this region's best show dogs will put their best paws forward this weekend at the Big Spring Kennel Club's annual Dog Show, set for Saturday and Sunday at Dorothy Garrett Coliseum.
The 42nd annual show opens at 8 a.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
Betty Kelley, one of the event's organizers, said high gasoline prices will probably hold down entries, but added that she still expects more than 400 dogs, some from as far away as Arizona, to participate this weekend.
Howard County Elections Administrator Saundra Bloom says early voting has gotten off to a slow start in the May 12 municipal election, a surprising fact considering what's at stake in this year's municipal election.
By the way, polls will be open until 7 this evening at the county courthouse.
â€śWe opened up Monday with approximately 150 votes,â€ť Bloom said. â€śTuesday we had about 126 ballots, which was much slower than what we were expecting. Wednesday was around the same neighborhood. I'm not sure why things are moving so slowly.â€ť
Great artists have to start somewhere.
Heritage Museum and Big Spring High School art students are running with that idea. The Big Spring High School Student Art Show will be on display in the museum gallery until May 15.
During this time, the public will have access to viewing more than 100 works from local students.
â€śThe works are examples of various assignments given throughout the school year,â€ť said BSHS Art Teacher Judy Tereletsky. â€śEach student was asked to pick at least one item to display.â€ť