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August 1st, 2012
The vote totals weren't overwhelming, but they were better than expected.
More than 1,100 Howard County voters went to the polls during Tuesday's state primary runoff election that resulted in Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz wresting the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate away from the presumptive favorite, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.
Although Howard County's vote total of 1,169 represented only 7 percent of the number of registered voters, it still came as a surprise to Election Administrator Saundra Bloom.
Seniors are taking over the Big Spring Family Aquatic Center every Tuesday morning.
A new exercise option for the older set in the community, low-impact senior citizen water exercise, was started a few weeks ago and has been growing in numbers.
Classes take place from 11 a.m. until noon Tuesday â€” at which time the aquatic center is closed to the public â€” and will continue until the closing day of the water park for the year. A lifeguard is on duty during this time. The class is open to senior citizens in the community age 50 and older.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ MICHAEL DALE PRESTON, 28, of 401 Young, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant from another agency and a warrant for aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury â€“ family violence.
â€˘ COLLIN PATRTICK WHITESEL, 26, of 2609 Wasson Rd. Apt. 72, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€˘ VALERIE MIRAMONTES GARCIA, 27, of 411 N. Scurry, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant from another agency.
COAHOMA â€” Area motorists traveling through this community, put away your smart phones and other electronic messaging devices. The city council has effectively banned texting and driving.
The first Crossroads community to join in what is becoming a statewide effort to stop motorists from texting while they are behind the wheel, the Coahoma City Council passed the measure during its July 26 meeting on a unanimous vote.
Howard County commissioners gave the go-ahead Monday morning to put a burn ban into effect, as local fire officials warn wildfire dangers are reaching critical levels with no immediate relief in sight.
Commissioners approved the county-wide ban â€” which will be in effect for 90 days, at the end of which the court will have the option to reinstate or dismiss the order â€” at the recommendation of Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tommy Sullivan.
According to Sullivan, the fire hazard in Howard County has reached extreme levels despite recent rains.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ ANDY DEMOND PIPER, 26, of 1217 W. Third St., was arrested Monday on warrants for driving while license invalid and failure to appear.
â€˘ ERICK SHERROD FRANKS, 37, of 2209 Cecilia St., was arrested Monday on charges of assault causing bodily injury and abandoning/endangering a child â€“ criminal negligence.
â€˘ BURGLARY OF A VEHICLE was reported in the 400 block of E. Fourth Street.
â€˘ CRIMINAL MISCHIEF was reported in the 1800 block of E. FM 700.
A light turnout is expected when Howard County voters go to the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots in the state primary runoff election.
Five statewide contests â€” four Republican and one Democratic â€” will be decided.
Locally, only one polling place will be open Tuesday. Voters can cast ballots at Dorothy Garrett Coliseum on the Howard College campus between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., officials said.
Despite a late surge, early voting in the races was extremely light, with fewer than 4 percent of registered voters casting ballots, County Election Administrator Saundra Bloom said.
FORSAN â€” No school administrator is ever going to feel good about losing revenue, but some losses end up stinging less than others, it seems.
Such is shaping up to be the case for Forsan Independent School District, which is dealing with a 3 percent cut in state revenue as it prepares a budget for the coming fiscal year. In addition, the district also is facing an increase in the â€śRobin Hoodâ€ť payment it must make to the state for being a so-called â€śproperty richâ€ť school district.
The 2010 case against a Big Spring man convicted of taking part in a home invasion in the 600 block of State has been submitted to a panel of judges with the 11th Court of Appeals in Eastland, Texas, but a resolution to the appeal could be as long as six months away, according to court officials.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ JOE ALBERT CANALES, 28, of 1201 S. Johnson, was arrested Sunday on charges of assault â€“ intentionally/recklessly impeding normal breathing or circulation â€“ family violence, parent contributing to the non-attendance (two counts) and bail jumping â€“ failure to appear.
â€˘ STEVEN VALENCIA GAMBOA, 28, of 506 N. Nolan, was arrested Sunday on a warrant from another agency and a warrant for driving while license invalid.