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May 9th, 2012

Old schools come down as new campuses going up

May 9, 2012

One of the surest signs construction of new school buildings in Big Spring is nearing completion is the campuses they are replacing are about to be demolished.

Big Spring Independent School District trustees are expected to approve bids for the demolition of Washington and Marcy elementaries when they hold their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday in the high school board room.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

May 9, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• JOHN MARTINEZ RAMIREZ JR., 45, of 1516 Sycamore St. A, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant from other agency.
• CHRISTOPHER OBELL VANOVER, 34, of 1806 Winston, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of assault/aggravated with deadly weapon.
• JOHN ANTHONY MIER, 23, of 800 W. Marcy Drive 1, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of manufacture/deliver controlled substance more than four grams and less than 200 grams.

May 8th

Complaint against Yeats dismissed

May 8, 2012

The Texas Ethics Commission has dismissed the complaint filed against 118th District Court Judge Timothy Yeats, which alleged campaign finance violations committed during his 2010 bid for the bench.

Yeats was notified by mail this week the complaint — filed in February by Jim Doyle of Conroe, Texas, a member of the Texas Ethics Advisory Board, a political action committee (PAC) — had been dismissed and no fines or penalties were assessed.

Carrier food drive Saturday

May 8, 2012

Big Spring Post Office is providing an opportunity for residents to help their neighbors via the mail this weekend and it won't even cost postage.

It's the 20th annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive and it takes place Saturday during letter carriers' normal delivery runs.

Need a reminder? Well, remember those post cards the NALC used to send out before every food drive? Forget 'em.

“Instead of post cards, the AARP donated brown paper bags which we will place in everybody's mailbox Thursday,” said Candace Williams, letter carrier and food drive coordinator.

Police/Sheriff

May 8, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
• LYNDON TRENT FRALEY, 52, of 1506 Stadium, was arrested Monday on warrants for failure to signal turn and failure to yield right-of-way to emergency vehicle.
• ALBERTO RIVAS, 53, of 306 N.E. Sixth St., was arrested Monday on a warrant from another agency.
• SHAYNE CHRISTOPHER HUDGINS, 42, of 1425 E. Sixth St. Apt. 12, was arrested Monday on a warrant from another agency.

May 7th

SMMC plans open house Thursday

May 7, 2012

Convenience and quality care are two qualities Scenic Mountain Medical Center hopes to exhibit this week..
SMMC will be hosting an open house from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday, There will be a ribbon cutting as well.
“We want to invite the public to come out and see our remodel,” said SMMC Marketing Director Kim Howell. “We want to remind people we are here, but also show people what all we have to offer.”

Big Spring State Hospital to honor volunteers

May 7, 2012

Ed Moughon knows the importance of volunteers.
“Big Spring State Hospital patients are provided exemplary care by the hospital’s more than 600 employees.
But the volunteers provide the warm touches that personalize their care and take it to a higher level,” Moughon, state hospital superintendent, said.
“The hospital’s volunteers are integral to the hospital’s day-to-day success, Their contributions are noticed daily, and once a year hospital employees publicly honor the more than 50 volunteers.”

Police beat

May 7, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
• BILLY MANN KIRK, 66, of 627 State, was arrested Saturday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid with a previous conviction.
• RICHARD JAMES WHITE JR., 35, of 315 E. Alice, was arrested Saturday on charges of public intoxication and possession of a controlled substance.
• ROLANDO ZAMORA JR., 22, of 1612 Bluebird, was arrested Saturday on warrants for disregarding a stop sign, failure to appear (two counts) and no safety seat system for child.

City council to deny Atmos request

May 7, 2012

The Big Spring City Council is expected to deny a rate increase requested by Atmos Energy's West Texas Division during its meeting Tuesday night, a move city officials say is necessary due to a breakdown in negotiations.
The council gave final approval to suspend the rate increase by a unanimous vote in late February, a move designed to give the city time to study the request, according to City Finance Director Peggy Walker.

May 5th

Early voting light, officials say

May 5, 2012

Early voting totals are down in this year's municipal contest, according to local election officials, with just two days left to cast early ballots next week.

Early voting polls netted just 778 ballots — 678 in-person and 100 mail-in ballots — during the first five days of early voting, according to Howard County Elections Administrator Saundra Bloom, less than what she had expected in the contest.

“Considering the volatility of the 4B tax project on the ballot, I had really expected to see higher totals by this point,” Bloom said.

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