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August 13th, 2015

Hit-and-run suspect arrested

August 13, 2015

The man wanted for the June hit-and-run death of Teddy Diaz was captured in Fort Worth, authorities say.

Bradley Cecil Segars, 45, was arrested prior to boarding a bus on Camp Bowie Boulevard around noon Wednesday, according to information released by the Big Spring Police Department.

A warrant for Segars’ arrest was issued two weeks ago, charging him with manslaughter in the June 7 hit-and-run death of Diaz, 47, of Big Spring.

For more of this story, read Thursday's edition of the Herald.

August 12th

Emerson escorted out of city council meeting

August 12, 2015

A local man active in a campaign to lower local and county taxes was escorted from Tuesday’s Big Spring City Council meeting after he was not allowed to publicly address his concerns.

Scott Emerson, who has vigorously campaigned against recent increases in both property valuations and taxes resulting from those increases, was escorted out of council chambers after a sharp verbal exchange with Mayor Larry McLellan.

Police to cite Family Dollar over faulty alarm system

August 12, 2015

A buggy alarm system is about to land Family Dollar officials in legal hot water.

Big Spring Police Chief Chad Williams said the department will begin issuing citations against the store because of its alarm system, which has been the source of several complaints.

The alarm at the store, located on FM 700, has been a nightly nuisance for Big Spring residents living in the general vicinity for the past several days.

For more of this story, read Wednesday's edition of the Herald.

BSISD trustees set hearing on tax rate

August 12, 2015

Big Spring ISD trustees will hold a public hearing Thursday for the proposed 2015-2016 tax rate and budget before heading into their monthly meeting.

The proposed tax rate for 2016 is $1.4195 per $100 valuation. That breaks down to $1.119 per $100 valuation for maintenance and operations (M&O)and 30 cents for debt service. That is higher than year’s number at $1.36 per $100 valuation for M&O and debt service but Big Spring ISD officials said the new rate will still bring in less projected tax revenue than last year.

For more of this story, read Wednesday's edition of the Herald.

August 10th

Production up, gas prices down

August 10, 2015

Average retail gasoline prices in Texas have fallen 5.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.39 a gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 13,114 gas outlets in Texas. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.60 a gallon.

Including the change in gas prices in Texas during the past week, prices Sunday were 89.6 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 17.7 cents per gallon lower than a month ago.

For more of this story, read Monday's edition of the Herald.

SMMC, Marcy Place provide school supplies to 150+ students

August 10, 2015

Scenic Mountain Medical Center and Marcy Place helped more than 150 students with school supplies during the End of Summer Health Splash health fair.

“We are very excited about the turnout that we had during our End of Summer Health Splash. We are even more excited that we were able to help as many students as we did. Of course, none of this would have been made possible without the community support and our wonderful vendors,” Erica Cervantes, Marcy Place Community Relations Manager, said.

August 8th

BSISD meets TEA academic standards

August 8, 2015

It is official.
Public school ratings released by the Texas Education Agency Friday confirm earlier statements by Big Spring ISD officials — the district received a “met standards” rating.
It was welcomed news for the district’s teachers, staff and administrators who had been operating under a negative cloud as a designated low academic performing school district for the last five years.

Farewell hang gliders See you next year!

August 8, 2015

As the week comes to a close, so does the 2015 Big Spring Nationals hang gliding competition.
This competition, consisted of 32 people this year and most of them were from the U.S.A. However, there were also some competitors from Norway, Austria, Netherlands and Great Britain according to the Airtribune website.

August 7th

BSISD climbs out of TEA doghouse

August 7, 2015

Big Spring ISD officials announced Thursday they feel confident the district will be back to accredited status by the spring after receiving the district’s official rating by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) this week.
“Our district will receive ‘met standards’ by TEA which should lead to us back into fully accredited status by the spring,” said George Bancroft, Big Spring ISD community relations coordinator. “To our understanding, we will also not be assigned another monitor from TEA.”

For the full article, see Friday's print edition of the Big Spring Herald

BSISD expects tight fiscal year

August 7, 2015

Big Spring ISD will be dealing with a leaner budget this year, joining school districts around the Permian Basin “tightening their belts” as the oil and gas production sector continues through a slow down.
According to officials, Big Spring ISD board of trustees will hold a public hearing at 5:15 p.m. Thursday to hear public comment on the proposed 2016 tax rate of $1.4195 per $100 valuation. That breaks down to $1.119 per $100 valuation for maintenance and operations (M&O)and 30 cents for debt service.

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