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January 7th, 2012

Fire Chief Jensen retires after 35 years on the job

January 7, 2012

Brian Jensen is retiring, but don’t expect him to take up a rocking chair anytime soon.
Jensen, chief of the Big Spring Fire Department, retired Friday after 23 years with BSFD and 35 years as a firefighter.
Along with his wife, Debbie, and their children, Jensen will relocate to Denton this summer to be closer to relatives.
At a reception in his honor Friday afternoon, Jensen said firefighting has been a very rewarding career.

Routine items to greet commissioners Monday

January 7, 2012

Howard County commissioners will face a routine agenda when they meet Monday afternoon.
Among the items expected to be considered by the court, commissioners are expected to meet with either Gene Valentini or Leslie Soto of the Lubbock County Juvenile Mediation Services regarding case management.
The court will also discuss the possible sale of property in the city of Coahoma, as well as meet in executive session with with County Attorney Josh Hamby, according to County Judge Mark Barr.

January 6th

One dead after apparent hit and run

January 6, 2012

Law enforcement officials with the Big Spring Police Department say they are investigating what appears to be the hit and run death of a man near the intersection of Sgt. Paredez and Trades Avenue on the city's north side sometime Thursday night.

According to Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer with the BSPD, investigators are not releasing the name of the victim pending notification of next of kin, which has not yet been confirmed.

Nominations due now for Man, Woman of Year

January 6, 2012

Nominations for Man and Woman of the Year are being accepted through Monday at the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Man and Woman of the Year will be announced during the annual Chamber banquet Jan. 31. Any member of the Chamber can make a nomination, but it must be submitted in written form.

All nominations will need to be approved by the selection committee in order to ensure the relevant information is received about the nominee.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

January 6, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
• DUSTIN WAYNE OLSEN, 28, of 3800 Noble Dr. in Snyder, was arrested Thursday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid with a previous conviction.
• NATIVIDAD TREVINO ROBLES, 36, of 2202 S. Runnels, was arrested Thursday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid with a previous conviction.
• FELIPE HERNANDEZ HERNANDEZ, 58, of 2707 Hernandez Rd., was arrested Thursday on two warrants from two other agencies.

January 5th

HC to expand in San Angelo

January 5, 2012

Howard College is expanding its presence in San Angelo.

HC officials have announced their intentions to accommodate the college’s fastest-growing campus by increasing classroom and lab space in San Angelo.

Taxpayers can breathe easy, though — no tax dollars will be used in the expansion, officials promise.

Rapid growth in San Angelo — enrollment there has more than doubled in the past few years — means Howard is outgrowing its current quarters at the West Texas Training Center.

Judge Barr sees positive 2012 for county

January 5, 2012

Elevated mineral and oil valuations have the coming year looking good, according to Howard County Judge Mark Barr, who said the county still faces a number of serious — yet manageable — issues.

One of those issues, according to Barr, will be the state of county roads, most notably those traveled by oil and energy companies on the counties outer edges.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

January 5, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• JOMAR DEMOND ADAMS, 29, of 505 S. Young, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance in a drug free zone.
• KODY CHANCE JACKSON, 26, of 3217 Fenn St., was arrested Wednesday on warrants for possession of marijuana – two ounces or less in a drug free zone, failure to maintain financial responsibility, failure to appear and driving while license invalid.

January 4th

Tax-Aide program gearing up; classes to begin for volunteers

January 4, 2012

While officials at the U.S. Internal Revenue Service scramble to prepare for the 2011 tax season, one local team of volunteers is well on its way to helping residents file their 2011 tax returns.

Part of the annual AARP Tax-Aide program, program volunteer and co-coordinator Gloria Hopkins said she and the band of volunteers will begin training for the tax season in time to begin preparing tax returns Jan. 30.

United Way anticipates banner year

January 4, 2012

Generosity and hard work are just a couple of characteristics Big Spring and Howard County United Way board members saw in the community during 2011. Their hopes for seeing that again in 2012 are rather high.

“I believe 2012 will be a great year,” Executive Director Sandy Stewart said. “Many lives will be enriched due to the hard work and generosity of this community.”

Stewart stepped into the executive director position in July after the previous director, Jeanie Coor, stepped down due to her family relocating to Lamesa.

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