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August 13th, 2012

Leadership Big Spring application deadline approaches

August 13, 2012

Learning more about the inner workings of a community doesn't have to be hard or impossible.

For those wanting to learn a little bit more, an opportunity is fast approaching — the next session of Leadership Big Spring is set to begin Sept. 13 and is open to 25 participants.

“Taking part in Leadership Big Spring is one way for members of the community to find out what's going on right in their own backyard,” said Debbye ValVerde, executive director of the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

August 13, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
• DAVID ADAM MARTINEZ, 28, of 608 Caylor, was arrested Sunday on a warrant from another agency.
• BILLY ALVARADO, 39, of 807 E. 14th St., was arrested Sunday on a charge of disorderly conduct – language.
• THEFT was reported:
In the 1800 block of S. Gregg Street.
In the 700 block of W. Interstate Highway 20.
• CRIMINAL MISCHIEF was reported:
In the 1800 block of Young.
In the 100 block of W. 11th Place.
In the 3100 block of S. Highway 87.

August 11th

County continues work on new financial package

August 11, 2012

Howard County commissioners will continue to fine-tune their FY 2012-2013 budget when they hold their regular meeting at 10 a.m. Monday on the third floor of the county courthouse.
Commissioners have already given a tentative OK to a new tax rate of 33 cents per $100 valuation, a decrease of more than 10 cents from the previous rate. However, because of a sharp increase in the county’s property valuations, the new rate will bring in more tax revenue this year, County Auditor Jackie Olson said.

Forsan ISD: Revenues up, tax rate down

August 11, 2012

FORSAN — School trustees here will work on fine-tuning the district’s budget for the coming fiscal year when they hold their regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the administration wing board room.
Forsan Independent School District Business Manager Dianna Walker said the school district is eyeing a $12 million budget for the coming year which will be fueled by a tax rate of $1.08 per $100 property valuation.

Budget Battles

August 11, 2012

It seems that if Howard College officials didn’t receive bad news on the financial front, they wouldn’t receive any news at all.
Trustees will hold a public hearing on the proposed tax rate and hear an update on efforts to craft a new budget when they meet at 12:30 p.m. Monday in the student union building’s Tumbleweed Room.
The proposed new tax rate — 17.66 cents per $100 valuation — is actually 6 cents lower than the current rate, but a $1 billion increase in the district’s certified valuations will result in the college pulling in more local tax money this coming fiscal year.

Police blotter 8-11-12

August 11, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday:
• SHIMEON RASHAD MAGERS, 29, of 1511 Tucson, was arrested Friday on warrants from other agency (x4).
• SHANE ALAN KNOWLTON, 26, of 3103 Sherrod, was arrested Friday on a warrant for failure to appear.
• FELIPE HERNANDEZ HERNANDEZ, 59, of 2707 Hernandez Rd., was arrested Friday on a warrant for driving while license invalid and fail to appear.
• STACY LYNN PENDLETON, 36, of 1800 S. Lancaster St., was arrested Friday on a charge of sex offenders duty to register life/annually.

August 10th

Local charged with assault & kidnapping

August 10, 2012

A 26-year-old Big Spring man is in the Howard County Detention Center, after authorities say he kidnapped a woman from a Midland bar Saturday and sexually assaulted her.

Jonathan Brandon Glenn, 26, of 601 State St., was arrested Thursday on charges of aggravated sexual assault and kidnapping.

According to Big Spring Police Chief Lonnie Smith, an adult female victim — with an address in Midland — reported the sexual assault and kidnapping around 12:30 p.m. Monday.

ISD addresses safety concerns, adds bus stops

August 10, 2012

Faced with the hazardous possibility of some students having to cross major traffic arteries on their way to school, Big Spring Independent School District officials have increased the number of bus stops for the coming year.

BSISD trustees learned of the new plan during their monthly meeting Thursday in the high school board room.

When the school district redrew its attendance zones earlier this year, officials quickly realized that some students would have to cross busy highways if they chose to walk to school.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

August 10, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
• CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL REECE, 34, of 1919 E. 11th Place, was arrested Thursday on warrants for expired motor vehicle inspection certificate, expired registration, speeding and failure to appear (three counts).
• SHIMEON RASHAD MAGERS, 29, of 1511 Tucson, was arrested Friday on warrants from other agency (x4).
• EDDIE GLENN OVERTON, 20, of 1808 N. CR 1330, was arrested Thursday on a charge of consumption of alcohol by a minor.

August 9th

ISDs fall short of fed standards

August 9, 2012

All three Howard County school districts received sub-par ratings in the latest round of federal accountability listings.

Almost three quarters of Texas' public school district failed to meet Average Yearly Performance (AYP) benchmarks this year, according to information released Wednesday by the Texas Education Agency.

TEA noted that only 28 percent of the state's school districts — and 44 percent of individual campuses — received passing AYP marks this year, a fact the agency blamed on a substantial increase in requirements.

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