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June 26th, 2012

Settles nearer to completion

June 26, 2012

It was like a a candle being placed atop a cake — although, in this case, the candle weighed more than four tons and the cake was 15 stories tall.

For more than three years, workers have been busy renovating the Settles Hotel, but most of that work has been hidden from public view. Monday, however, came the most visible signal yet that the historic hotel will return to the land of the living after being shuttered for the better part of three decades.

BSHS band director Harris declines Permian post

June 26, 2012

Not so fast now …

Days after tentatively agreeing to take the reins of the Odessa Permian High School band program, Big Spring High School Band Director Rocky Harris has decided to remain at his current position.

Harris, who has overseen the BSHS band program for the past 17 years, had tentatively agreed to take the Permian post last week, but reversed his decision Monday.

June 25th

New schools near completion

June 25, 2012

Construction crews are sprinting toward the finish line in an effort to complete four new Big Spring elementary school campuses by early next month.

Big Spring Independent School District officials expect to take possession of the new schools by the middle of next month, officials said.

DeAnda wins BSISD runoff election

June 25, 2012

Retired teacher Pat DeAnda bested incumbent Maria Padilla to win the Big Spring Independent School District District 2 seat in Saturday's runoff election.

In extremely light voting, DeAnda edged Padilla by a 13-10 margin. Padilla had finished slightly ahead of DeAnda during the municipal election in May. However, since neither woman gained a majority of the vote total, a runoff election was ordered.

Padilla, first elected to the BSISD board in 2003, was seeking her fourth term as a trustee.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

June 25, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
• DUNCAN STUBBS SMYLY, 54, of Richamond, Va., was arrested Saturday on a charge of disorderly conduct – language.
• CHRISTINA MUNIZ, 29, of 610 N.W. Sixth St. Apt. 118, was arrested Saturday on warrants for driving while license invalid and failure to appear.
• OSCAR HERNANDEZ, 51, of 506 Sgt. Paredez, was arrested Saturday on charges of public intoxication and shoplifting – more than $50 and less than $500.

June 23rd

Money woes at Howard

June 23, 2012

Imagine your boss coming up to you and saying he was cutting your salary, only he wouldn’t say how much your salary was getting cut or even when the cuts would take effect.
Now, try figuring out your household budget.
That’s kind of the situation facing Howard College administrators as they start preparing their budget for the next fiscal year — they know they’re going to lose state appropriation money, but not how much or exactly when a final decision on those cuts will be handed down by state officials.

Harris hired by Permian

June 23, 2012

Rocky Harris, longtime head band director at Big Spring High School, has accepted the position as head band director at Permian High School, the Odessa American reported.
Shawn Bell, fine arts director for the Ector Independent School District, confirmed Friday that Harris had been offered the job, and had accepted it. He will replace Mike Watts, who served as Permian band director for the past 25 years before retiring at the end of the school year. A retirement party was held for Watts earlier this week, though the announcement of his retiring had been known for some time.

County looking at new location for com tower

June 23, 2012

Howard County commissioners will have a number of issues to consider when they meet Monday morning, including moving a communications tower and addressing staffing issues at the local Department of Public Safety office.
According to County Judge Mark Barr, the court is expected to consider selecting another location for one of the county’s communication towers.
“The tower is currently located on another tower, I believe on South Mountain,” Barr said. “My understanding is that tower has been condemned, so we’ve been looking at other locations for it.”

Police blotter 6-9-2012

June 23, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday:
• DANNYE JOLENE STANSBERRY, 37, of 358 PR 6907, was arrested Friday on a warrant from other agency and possession of marijuana less than or equal to two ounces.
• SONYA GAY BIDDLE, 42, of 908 W. Fourth St., was arrested Friday on charges of public intoxication, possession of controlled substance less than 28 grams (two counts) and possession of dangerous drug.

June 22nd

Grand jury hands down indictments

June 22, 2012

A Howard County grand jury handed down more than a dozen indictments in 118th District Court Thursday afternoon, including true bills for first-degree felony charges of attempted robbery and sexual assault of a child.

Among those indicted Thursday was 51-year-old Randy Joe Hurrington, currently being held at the Howard County Detention Center, who was true billed on a charge of attempted robbery, a first-degree felony (enhanced).

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