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June 30th, 2012

Pops organizers hashing out final details

June 30, 2012

With less than a week to go, plans for Pops in the Park are coming together.
During the last meeting before Pops takes place Tuesday at the amphitheater, committee members finalized plans for the annual event which will be celebrating its 15th year.
“We hope everyone comes out to join us for this extra special milestone anniversary event,” Kelly Grant, Pops in the Park co-chair said. “It will be a memorable event for the community with similarities from previous years and a few new additions.”

Police blotter 6-30-2012

June 30, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday:
• KRYSTAL LYNN DEHOYOS, 23, of 1308 Wood, was arrested Friday on a warrant for safety seat system-child younger than eight or less than 4’9” tall.
• LUIS ARRIAGA, 49, of 905 Second #12, was arrested Friday on a charge of public intoxication.
• JOEL BARRERA, 28, of 308 E. St. Anna, was arrested Friday on a warrant from other agency and evading arrest/detention.

June 29th

Police/Sheriff/EMS

June 29, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
•RICHARD LEONARD MOYA, 37, of 610 Caylor Dr., was arrested Thursday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid with previous conviction.
• JOHN SCOTT BRICKER, 38, of 1203 N. FM 700 9, was arrested Thursday on a warrant for driving while license invalid (two counts).
• AMANDA LYNN MORROW, 33, of 8900 S. Service Rd., was arrested Thursday on a warrant from other agency (x2).

Local man killed in Andrews County accident

June 29, 2012

A Big Spring man was killed and another injured early Thursday morning in a three-vehicle crash in Andrews County on U.S. Highway 176 approximately eight miles east of FM 1788.

According to accident reports filed with the Regional Department of Public Safety Office in Midland, the accident was reported at approximately 7:38 a.m.

Zachary Dane Shepphard, 21, formerly of Sweetwater and who, according to unconfirmed reports, had just recently moved to the Big Spring area, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by Andrews County Justice of the Peace Mary Jane Baeza.

ISD busy filling teacher vacancies

June 29, 2012

Like many businesses in West Texas, Big Spring Independent School District is having to fight the competition for workers.

BSISD trustees learned during their special meeting Thursday that the district is facing a slightly larger-than-normal number of staff vacancies this summer. And the major reason for that, officials speculated, is simple economics.

“We can't compete with salaries paid in Midland and Odessa and some other areas,” BSISD Superintendent Steven Saldivar told trustees. “We lost some very good teachers this past year, and we're very concerned about that.”

June 28th

Funtastic Fourth returns Saturday

June 28, 2012

Area residents can get a jump start on the upcoming July 4 holiday this weekend.

The 10th Annual Alon USA/Alon Brands Funtastic Fourth, presented by the Downtown Revitalization Association, will be held Saturday in the area surrounding the Howard County Courthouse.

Admission is free to the event, which will last from 10 a.m. until midnight.

Organizers promise a day filled with music, fun and food.

People can get a sneak peek of sorts Friday, when festival organizers preview a new event — the Swifty Swine pig races — at 7 p.m. in Heart of the City Park.

Officials: 2012 Relay for Life raised $165,000

June 28, 2012

That's a wrap.

The 2012 Relay For Life community wrap-up event took place Tuesday in Garrett Hall at First United Methodist Church. A total $165,447.28 has been raised to date, officials said.

“The season doesn't officially wrap up until Aug. 31, and we will take money until that time,” Relay For Life Chairman Manny Negron said. “This year we fell short of our set money goal, but we reached our goal at the same time … we were able to touch the lives of several survivors, caregivers, family members and community members.”

Police/Sheriff/EMS

June 28, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• JASON RANDALL PORTER, 24, of 502 N. Runnels, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of public intoxication.
• DIMITRI ANDREW LEOS, 20, of 710 E. 17th St., was arrested Wednesday on a charge of consumption of alcoholic beverage by a minor.
• ALYSSA CRISELDA LOPEZ, 23, of 4204 Dixon, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of public intoxication.
• YENISSIA RAMERIZ VIERA, 27, of 1401 N. Highway 87, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of public intoxication.

June 27th

Water use down so weekly hours go up

June 27, 2012

Municipal water customers in Big Spring will get an additional two hours to water their lawns beginning this week. City manager Gary Fuqua announced Tuesday night water consumption has fallen well below limits set by the local water district.

According to Fuqua, the Colorado River Municipal Water District recently set the city's water consumption limit at 6.3 million gallons per day.

Freedom Parade on tap July 7

June 27, 2012

The city of Coahoma will have the final patriotic word this Independence Day holiday, as the small West Texas hamlet gets ready to present its annual Freedom Parade on Saturday, July 7.

According to Coahoma Mayor Warren Wallace, the parade will kickoff in the Coahoma High School Stadium parking lot, located adjacent to First Street.

“This year we'll be doing the judging a little bit different than we have in years past,” Wallace said. “This year we'll actually do the judging before the parade begins, so the parade entries will need to be in place and ready to be judged by 9:20 a.m.

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