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January 10th, 2012

County OKs jail expenditures

January 10, 2012

Howard County commissioners approved a number of routine items Monday, including a $1,300 expenditure at the county jail that will make it easier to house inmates, according to jail officials.

According to Jail Administrator Mike Dawson, the inability to isolate water sources in jail cells — specifically to showers and sinks — has made it tough to house a smaller number of inmates than designed for the areas.

However, some rather inexpensive valves and some plumbing know-how will fix that problem, Dawson told commissioners.

Police/Sheriff

January 10, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
• WILLIAM SCOTT SIMPSON, 49, of 1300 Stanford, was arrested Monday on a charge of public intoxication.
• ARTHUR LYNN RICHARDSON, 48, of 906 Douglas, was arrested Monday on warrants for failure to maintain financial responsibility (two counts) and speeding.
• JUAN ARNULFO CARDINA, 26, of 109 Algerita, was arrested Monday on a warrant for driving while intoxicated – open container.

January 9th

18-wheeler, pickup collide

January 9, 2012

Council to mull special election

January 9, 2012

True to his word, Big Spring Mayor Tommy Duncan is set Tuesday night to request a special election be held in May to use economic development funds for an $11 million re-vamp of the city's water and wastewater facilities through a controversial 4B project.

Money matters top Forsan ISD's agenda in 2012

January 9, 2012

FORSAN — It's a new year, but many of the issues facing Forsan Independent School District in 2012 will be familiar ones.

Ask Superintendent Randy Johnson about what FISD is eyeing in t2012 and the first answer he will give you is the same that has concerned school districts the past few years — how to deal with shrinking state allocations.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

January 9, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
• LYNDSEY RACHELLE KELLY, 23, OF ODESSA, was arrested Sunday on charges of use or possession of illegal smoking materials and possession of drug paraphernalia.
• STEPHEN BRETT SISSON, 22, of Stanton, was arrested Sunday on charges of use or possession of illegal smoking materials, prohibited weapons and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Area schools to start classes later than usual Tuesday

January 9, 2012

Snowy weather has forced school district officials at Big Spring, Forsan and Coahoma to dismiss classes early today.

Classes at the three districts will let out at noon today and all athletic activities scheduled for tonight have been postponed until a later date or cancelled outright.

In addition, the monthly meeting of the Forsan ISD board of trustees scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight has been cancelled.

UPDATE (1:35 p.m.): Coahoma and Forsan officials said Tuesday classes will begin at 10 a.m.

January 7th

Next of kin sought for victim here

January 7, 2012

Local law enforcement officials say they have identified the man they believe was killed in a hit-and-run accident Thursday evening near the intersection of Sgt. Paredez and Trades Avenue on the city’s north side.
The victim was identified by the Big Spring Police Department as 62-year-old Eleutario Torres Padron. However, law enforcement officials are having some trouble locating the man’s family.

Fire Chief Jensen retires after 35 years on the job

January 7, 2012

Brian Jensen is retiring, but don’t expect him to take up a rocking chair anytime soon.
Jensen, chief of the Big Spring Fire Department, retired Friday after 23 years with BSFD and 35 years as a firefighter.
Along with his wife, Debbie, and their children, Jensen will relocate to Denton this summer to be closer to relatives.
At a reception in his honor Friday afternoon, Jensen said firefighting has been a very rewarding career.

Routine items to greet commissioners Monday

January 7, 2012

Howard County commissioners will face a routine agenda when they meet Monday afternoon.
Among the items expected to be considered by the court, commissioners are expected to meet with either Gene Valentini or Leslie Soto of the Lubbock County Juvenile Mediation Services regarding case management.
The court will also discuss the possible sale of property in the city of Coahoma, as well as meet in executive session with with County Attorney Josh Hamby, according to County Judge Mark Barr.

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