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June 29th, 2012

ISD busy filling teacher vacancies

June 29, 2012

Like many businesses in West Texas, Big Spring Independent School District is having to fight the competition for workers.

BSISD trustees learned during their special meeting Thursday that the district is facing a slightly larger-than-normal number of staff vacancies this summer. And the major reason for that, officials speculated, is simple economics.

“We can't compete with salaries paid in Midland and Odessa and some other areas,” BSISD Superintendent Steven Saldivar told trustees. “We lost some very good teachers this past year, and we're very concerned about that.”

June 28th

Funtastic Fourth returns Saturday

June 28, 2012

Area residents can get a jump start on the upcoming July 4 holiday this weekend.

The 10th Annual Alon USA/Alon Brands Funtastic Fourth, presented by the Downtown Revitalization Association, will be held Saturday in the area surrounding the Howard County Courthouse.

Admission is free to the event, which will last from 10 a.m. until midnight.

Organizers promise a day filled with music, fun and food.

People can get a sneak peek of sorts Friday, when festival organizers preview a new event — the Swifty Swine pig races — at 7 p.m. in Heart of the City Park.

Officials: 2012 Relay for Life raised $165,000

June 28, 2012

That's a wrap.

The 2012 Relay For Life community wrap-up event took place Tuesday in Garrett Hall at First United Methodist Church. A total $165,447.28 has been raised to date, officials said.

“The season doesn't officially wrap up until Aug. 31, and we will take money until that time,” Relay For Life Chairman Manny Negron said. “This year we fell short of our set money goal, but we reached our goal at the same time … we were able to touch the lives of several survivors, caregivers, family members and community members.”

Police/Sheriff/EMS

June 28, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• JASON RANDALL PORTER, 24, of 502 N. Runnels, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of public intoxication.
• DIMITRI ANDREW LEOS, 20, of 710 E. 17th St., was arrested Wednesday on a charge of consumption of alcoholic beverage by a minor.
• ALYSSA CRISELDA LOPEZ, 23, of 4204 Dixon, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of public intoxication.
• YENISSIA RAMERIZ VIERA, 27, of 1401 N. Highway 87, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of public intoxication.

June 27th

Water use down so weekly hours go up

June 27, 2012

Municipal water customers in Big Spring will get an additional two hours to water their lawns beginning this week. City manager Gary Fuqua announced Tuesday night water consumption has fallen well below limits set by the local water district.

According to Fuqua, the Colorado River Municipal Water District recently set the city's water consumption limit at 6.3 million gallons per day.

Freedom Parade on tap July 7

June 27, 2012

The city of Coahoma will have the final patriotic word this Independence Day holiday, as the small West Texas hamlet gets ready to present its annual Freedom Parade on Saturday, July 7.

According to Coahoma Mayor Warren Wallace, the parade will kickoff in the Coahoma High School Stadium parking lot, located adjacent to First Street.

“This year we'll be doing the judging a little bit different than we have in years past,” Wallace said. “This year we'll actually do the judging before the parade begins, so the parade entries will need to be in place and ready to be judged by 9:20 a.m.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

June 27, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• CHARLIE LEON RHODES, 24, of Arkansas, was arrested Tuesday on charges of bribery, failure to identify – giving false information and accident involving damage to a vehicle – more than $200.
• MICHAEL ANGELO DORADO, 21, of Seminole, Texas, was arrested Tuesday on two warrants from other agencies.

June 26th

Settles nearer to completion

June 26, 2012

It was like a a candle being placed atop a cake — although, in this case, the candle weighed more than four tons and the cake was 15 stories tall.

For more than three years, workers have been busy renovating the Settles Hotel, but most of that work has been hidden from public view. Monday, however, came the most visible signal yet that the historic hotel will return to the land of the living after being shuttered for the better part of three decades.

BSHS band director Harris declines Permian post

June 26, 2012

Not so fast now …

Days after tentatively agreeing to take the reins of the Odessa Permian High School band program, Big Spring High School Band Director Rocky Harris has decided to remain at his current position.

Harris, who has overseen the BSHS band program for the past 17 years, had tentatively agreed to take the Permian post last week, but reversed his decision Monday.

June 25th

New schools near completion

June 25, 2012

Construction crews are sprinting toward the finish line in an effort to complete four new Big Spring elementary school campuses by early next month.

Big Spring Independent School District officials expect to take possession of the new schools by the middle of next month, officials said.

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