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August 16th, 2012

Tax-free weekend upon us

August 16, 2012

If you purchase clothes for your school-aged children this weekend, you won't have to pay state sales tax. But if you want to materials to sew clothes for your children ... well, you're gonna pay.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday are the dates for this year's Sales Tax Holiday in Texas. State officials anticipate shoppers will save an estimated $64.8 million in state and local sales taxes over the three-day period.

Shoppers can save money on everything from pens, jeans and shoes to backpacks and other items priced under $100.

Funds lacking for Texas roads, Rep. Darby says

August 16, 2012

Big Spring residents found out during the Texas Good Roads conference that within the next year and a half, there will be no new money for Texas roadways.

A tour of Texas brought State Rep. Drew Darby to Big Spring on Wednesday afternoon to address this transportation funding issue.

Since 2001, the federal government has increased its debt by 234 percent as a result of wars and other circumstances, according to Darby. In that same time period, the state government has increased its debt 281 percent. Total numbers of debt have gone from $17 billion in debt to $41 billion.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

August 16, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• WESLEY WADE RAWLS, 22, of 100 N. Cottonwood, was arrested Wednesday on charges of possession of marijuana – two ounces or less, possession of drug paraphernalia and terroristic threat.
• JOE LUIS RODRIGUEZ, 19, of 604 Holbert, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for theft.

August 15th

EDC issue going before voters

August 15, 2012

Big Spring voters will decide the future of the Big Spring Economic Development Corporation, the city council assured Tuesday.

The Big Spring City Council gave final approval to a measure calling for an election to be held in November, giving voters the opportunity to nix the existing Type A economic development corporation and replace it with a Type B corporation.

Tarpley honored with Patriot of the Year award

August 15, 2012

Local veteran Mike Tarpley was recently recognized as the 2012-13 Patriot of the Year.

The award was presented to Tarpley by the Military Order of the Purple Heart on Aug. 11 in Austin.

“At first when I received this award it was something I couldn't tell anyone about, I was too emotional about it,” Tarpley said. “This is a pretty big honor to me. For the state of Texas to recognize what I do.”

Police/Sheriff/EMS

August 15, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• STEVE ALLEN CRIM, 61, of San Angelo, Texas, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of public intoxication.
• MICHELLE REYES GRANADO, 20, of 1611 Donley, was arrested Tuesday on warrants for violation of school rules (two counts) and juvenile curfew violation.
• DORA CARRION ALVARADO, 41, of Lamesa, Texas, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of theft (shoplifting) – more than $50 and less than $500.

August 14th

Swimming accident victim dies Monday

August 14, 2012

An Odessa woman died Monday at a Lubbock hospital from injuries sustained in a near-drowning accident at Moss Creek Lake Sunday afternoon.

Wendy Barcomb, 50, of Odessa died Monday from her injuries, said Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer for the Big Spring Police Department.

According to Everett, emergency responders were dispatched to Moss Creek Lake at 3:06 p.m. Sunday after Barcomb became unresponsive in the water.

Lightning sparks two fires in county

August 14, 2012

Even when it rains, area firefighters can't catch a break.

Lightning strikes are being blamed as the causes for a pair of wildfires that kept Howard County volunteer firefighters busy Sunday and Monday.
The first incident occurred at around 7:30 p.m. Sunday evening, when lightning sparked a grass fire along Elbow Creek Road near Lomax.

Tommy Sullivan, chief of the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department, said nine units — seven from his department and two from Glasscock County — battled the blaze for about four hours before it was extinguished.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

August 14, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
• JOEL RAMOS, 27, of 1515 Sycamore Apt. A, was arrested Monday on a warrant from another agency.
• JOSIE RODRIGUEZ, 28, of 5010 Wasson Rd., was arrested Monday on a charge of public intoxication.
• ROY GUERERRO CERVANTES JR., 33, of 1304 Nolan, was arrested Monday on charges of resisting arrest, search or transportation and public intoxication.
• ALICE RIOS GUZMAN, 39, of 700 Douglas, was arrested Monday on a charge of public intoxication.

August 13th

Council to consider special election

August 13, 2012

The Big Spring City Council is set Tuesday evening to consider final approval of an ordinance calling for a special election in November to consider nixing the existing Type A economic development sales tax and to replace it with a Type B corporation.

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