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Firefighters get the boot, raise funds to fight MD

September 1, 2012

“Fill the Boot!” was the cry heard from Big Spring firefighters Saturday.
Members of the BSFD stood at the intersection on Gregg Street in hopes of raising funds in the battle against muscular dystrophy.
“This is a really good cause and we are proud to be able to support it,” BSFD Lt. Greg McAlister said.
All funds raised Saturday will remain local and provide support for families dealing with muscular dystrophy — a group of inherited disorders involving muscle weakness and loss of muscle tissue, which progressively can get worse over time.

9-1 police blotter

September 1, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday:
• KELVIN WAYNE FLARITY, 19, of 608, Steakley, was arrested Friday on warrants for failed to maintain financial responsibility, fail to appear and expired motor vehicle inspection certificate.
• PAUL Q-L ORTEGA, 33, of 605 W. Sixth, was arrested Friday on warrants for disorderly conduct by fighting and fail to appear.
• JAMES CARSON, 51, of 200 N. Scurry St., was arrested Friday on a charge of public intoxication.

August 31st

Big Spring ISD sees surge in enrollment

August 31, 2012

As far as problems go, it's a good one for the local school district to have.

Big Spring Independent School District trustees learned during Thursday's special meeting enrollment has spiked significantly from the same time last year.

Superintendent Steven Saldivar told the school board first-week enrollment figures for the 2012-2013 school year showed 4,028 students enrolled locally, a jump of 153 from last year at this time.

DPS to be out in force Labor Day weekend

August 31, 2012

It's never a good idea to drink and drive, but law enforcement officials say it will be particularly foolish this weekend.

As it has in past years, the Texas Department of Public Safety will increase DWI patrols during the Labor Day holiday weekend, officials said. DPS troopers will focus DWI patrols in high-risk locations at times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent.

During the Labor Day enforcement effort last year, DPS troopers made more than 2,000 DWI arrests and approximately 550 of those were the direct result of the increased patrols, officials said.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

August 31, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• ROBERTO LAFUENTE, 28, of Del Rio, was arrested Thursday on a charge of driving while intoxicated.
• JOSE NICANOR GARFIAS III, 36, of 1204 S. Lancaster, was arrested Thursday on warrants from other agency (x2).
• LAURA LEUNA YANEZ, 33, of 1213 Mobile St., was arrested Thursday on charges of public intoxication and criminal mischief under $50.
• CARLEO BARRON, 33, of San Antonio, was arrested Thursday on a charge of public intoxication.

August 29th

Big Spring ISD looks to adopt budget, tax rate

August 29, 2012

Big Spring Independent School District trustees are expected to approve a budget and tax rate for the coming fiscal year when they hold a special meeting at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in the high school board room.

The new budget, officials say, is very similar to the previous package, with the obvious exception being that millions of dollars in construction bond money has been spent.

Construction resulting from the $60 million bond, approved by voters in 2010, is expected to wrap up by early next year.

Appraisal miscue has city rethinking tax rate

August 29, 2012

Big Spring City Council is faced with a tough fiscal decision in the coming weeks, as the municipality will have to choose between going more than 2 cents above the proposed tax rate or find a way to make up for more than $130,000 in lost revenue.

The proposed tax rate for the coming year — the rate published by the city and certified by the Howard County Appraisal District — is 86.5043 cents per $100 property valuation, council members were told Tuesday.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

August 29, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• ARTURO S. YANEZ, 59, of 502 State, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of public intoxication.
• MICHAEL LEE LOPEZ, 24, of 411 N. Scurry, was arrested Tuesday on warrants for failure to appear (two counts), expired motor vehicle inspection certificate and driving while license invalid.
• MICHAEL DEWAYNE NORRIS, 39, of 3500 W. Interstate Highway 20 Apt. 14, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of public intoxication.

August 28th

New leader for SWCID in place

August 28, 2012

After several months of searching for the right person to fit the bill, Howard College officials have announced the selection of Mary Karol Matchett as the new provost for their SouthWest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf campus.

Matchett, coming to SWCID from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology with more than 18 years of experience in the field of higher education, will be filling the position recently vacated by provost Mark Myers after his move back to the East Coast and the service of Dom Bonura as interim provost.

Heath clinic clientele, services continue to grow, CEO reports

August 28, 2012

A year has already gone by and client base continues to grow.

Howard County Health Care Center is moving forward and expanding services and staff.

Dr. Judith Madura, CEO of Howard County Community Health Clinic, spoke on progress made during the first year at the center during the State of the Community Series Part 3: Medical Update.

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