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August 15th, 2012

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.

Leadership Big Spring application deadline approaches

August 13, 2012

Learning more about the inner workings of a community doesn't have to be hard or impossible.

For those wanting to learn a little bit more, an opportunity is fast approaching — the next session of Leadership Big Spring is set to begin Sept. 13 and is open to 25 participants.

“Taking part in Leadership Big Spring is one way for members of the community to find out what's going on right in their own backyard,” said Debbye ValVerde, executive director of the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

August 13, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
• DAVID ADAM MARTINEZ, 28, of 608 Caylor, was arrested Sunday on a warrant from another agency.
• BILLY ALVARADO, 39, of 807 E. 14th St., was arrested Sunday on a charge of disorderly conduct – language.
• THEFT was reported:
In the 1800 block of S. Gregg Street.
In the 700 block of W. Interstate Highway 20.
• CRIMINAL MISCHIEF was reported:
In the 1800 block of Young.
In the 100 block of W. 11th Place.
In the 3100 block of S. Highway 87.

August 11th

County continues work on new financial package

August 11, 2012

Howard County commissioners will continue to fine-tune their FY 2012-2013 budget when they hold their regular meeting at 10 a.m. Monday on the third floor of the county courthouse.
Commissioners have already given a tentative OK to a new tax rate of 33 cents per $100 valuation, a decrease of more than 10 cents from the previous rate. However, because of a sharp increase in the county’s property valuations, the new rate will bring in more tax revenue this year, County Auditor Jackie Olson said.

Forsan ISD: Revenues up, tax rate down

August 11, 2012

FORSAN — School trustees here will work on fine-tuning the district’s budget for the coming fiscal year when they hold their regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the administration wing board room.
Forsan Independent School District Business Manager Dianna Walker said the school district is eyeing a $12 million budget for the coming year which will be fueled by a tax rate of $1.08 per $100 property valuation.

Budget Battles

August 11, 2012

It seems that if Howard College officials didn’t receive bad news on the financial front, they wouldn’t receive any news at all.
Trustees will hold a public hearing on the proposed tax rate and hear an update on efforts to craft a new budget when they meet at 12:30 p.m. Monday in the student union building’s Tumbleweed Room.
The proposed new tax rate — 17.66 cents per $100 valuation — is actually 6 cents lower than the current rate, but a $1 billion increase in the district’s certified valuations will result in the college pulling in more local tax money this coming fiscal year.

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