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August 20th, 2011
Howard College trustees are expected to formally approve the budget and tax rate for the coming fiscal year when they hold their monthly meeting at 12:30 p.m. Monday in the student union buildingâ€™s Tumbleweed Room.
College officials have crafted a $36.6 million budget, which is almost $1.5 million less than the previous year. That decrease reflects both a loss of state revenue and the completion of bond-related renovation projects during the past few months.
Howard County commissioners are expected to sign off on an agreement to help pay maintenance and utility costs at Big Spring State Park when they meet at 10 a.m. Monday on the third floor of the county courthouse.
The state park was caught in the wave of budget cuts coming out of Austin earlier this year and is in serious need of operating funds, officials said.
In response, county and city officials have crafted an interlocal agreement in which the two entities will contribute $10,000 each to help keep the park up and running.
Sometimes mere chance can lead to finding a place to call home.
Debbye ValVerde has been working at the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce for 20 years and looks forward to even more. After being at the Big Spring Herald for 10 years and having just married her husband, Larry, she decided the housewife role wasnâ€™t exactly what she wanted.
â€śI saw an ad in the newspaper and answered it. At the time I had no idea what a chamber did,â€ť ValVerde said. â€śI came in and I was told Iâ€™d start tomorrow and well, Iâ€™ve been here ever since.â€ť
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday:
â€˘ LIONSO LEE JIMENEZ III, 32, of 1508 Sycamore, was arrested Friday on charges of failure to identify giving false/fictitious information and possession of drug paraphernalia.
â€˘ ANGIE FAY BROOKS, 43, of 1712 E. 15th St., was arrested Friday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€˘ EDUARDO RAMIREZ GALLARDO, 51, of 806 Ohio St., was arrested Saturday on a charge of driving while intoxicated/open container (third offense).
New school years often mean changes, and the one that starts here Monday is no different.
And while most of the changes are somewhat subtle and not always noticeable to the general public, the biggest change at Big Spring Independent School District will be obvious to everyone.
Construction on four new elementary campuses, part of a $60 million renovation of the school district's infrastructure, will be in full swing during the coming school year and officials are promising to do everything they can to keep disruptions and inconveniences to a minimum.
Summertime is almost over, but that doesn't mean fun at the pool has to stop entirely.
The Big Spring Family Aquatic Center will be changing hours of operation, but won't be closing just yet. After this weekend, the aquatic center will be closed during the week and open only on weekends. New hours will be 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through the end of September, according to Terri Telchick, assistant city manager secretary.
â€śWe are looking forward to keeping this successful summer going,â€ť Telchick said. â€śWe want to have summer last as long as possible.â€ť
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ GILBERT RECIO JR., 38, of 1007 Wood, was arrested Thursday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€˘ DAVID REY GONZALES, 40, of 404 NE 10th St., was arrested Thursday on a warrant from another agency.
â€˘ GLORIA ORALIA GUTIERREZ, 21, of 2505 March St., was arrested Thursday on a warrant for disorderly conduct by fighting.
â€˘ SAMMY FERRELL, 49, of 509 N. Johnson St., was arrested Thursday on charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct language.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ HECTOR CHRISTOPHER TREVINO, 30, of 1311 S. Scurry St., was arrested Wednesday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€˘ ANASTASIA LEONICIA LOZANO, 24, of 605 Holbert, was arrested Wednesday on warrants for failure to appear (two counts), safety belt child under 17, no drivers license when unlicensed and warrant from other agency (two counts).
With the start of school less than a week away, local school officials are notifying parents of qualifying families they still have time to register for free or reduced-priced meals for their children.
And the process is easier than one might expect.
Judi Rodriguez, director of food services for Big Spring Independent School District, said all applications for free or reduced-price meals will be submitted online. If parents don't have internet access at their homes, they can use computers set aside for their use at the BSISD food service office at 708 E. 11th Place.
Positive thinking was the focus of the August Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce board meeting, held Wednesday.
â€śWe need to start overcoming the negative thinking and we can start by focusing on the positives,â€ť Terri Johansen, chamber president, said. â€śWith all going on in the world it's easy to focus on the negative, especially with the lack of rain and school finances.â€ť
Debbye ValVerde, chamber executive director, delivered the financial report which showed a large profit from the carnival held in June.