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June 23rd, 2012
Imagine your boss coming up to you and saying he was cutting your salary, only he wouldnâ€™t say how much your salary was getting cut or even when the cuts would take effect.
Now, try figuring out your household budget.
Thatâ€™s kind of the situation facing Howard College administrators as they start preparing their budget for the next fiscal year â€” they know theyâ€™re going to lose state appropriation money, but not how much or exactly when a final decision on those cuts will be handed down by state officials.
Rocky Harris, longtime head band director at Big Spring High School, has accepted the position as head band director at Permian High School, the Odessa American reported.
Shawn Bell, fine arts director for the Ector Independent School District, confirmed Friday that Harris had been offered the job, and had accepted it. He will replace Mike Watts, who served as Permian band director for the past 25 years before retiring at the end of the school year. A retirement party was held for Watts earlier this week, though the announcement of his retiring had been known for some time.
Howard County commissioners will have a number of issues to consider when they meet Monday morning, including moving a communications tower and addressing staffing issues at the local Department of Public Safety office.
According to County Judge Mark Barr, the court is expected to consider selecting another location for one of the countyâ€™s communication towers.
â€śThe tower is currently located on another tower, I believe on South Mountain,â€ť Barr said. â€śMy understanding is that tower has been condemned, so weâ€™ve been looking at other locations for it.â€ť
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday:
â€˘ DANNYE JOLENE STANSBERRY, 37, of 358 PR 6907, was arrested Friday on a warrant from other agency and possession of marijuana less than or equal to two ounces.
â€˘ SONYA GAY BIDDLE, 42, of 908 W. Fourth St., was arrested Friday on charges of public intoxication, possession of controlled substance less than 28 grams (two counts) and possession of dangerous drug.
A Howard County grand jury handed down more than a dozen indictments in 118th District Court Thursday afternoon, including true bills for first-degree felony charges of attempted robbery and sexual assault of a child.
Among those indicted Thursday was 51-year-old Randy Joe Hurrington, currently being held at the Howard County Detention Center, who was true billed on a charge of attempted robbery, a first-degree felony (enhanced).
Area residents will get an opportunity to enjoy the rings of Saturn this weekend â€” compliments of the Big Spring State Park â€” as the local facility prepares to host its annual Stargazing Party atop Scenic Mountain Saturday.
â€śSunset is approximately 9 p.m. and there will be a program as soon as it gets dark enough to see the projection, which is usually between 9:20 and 9:30 p.m.,â€ť said Park Manager Ron Alton. â€śI'm going to ask the astronomy club members to bone up on their constellations so we can point some of them out.â€ť
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ JEAN LOUISE NOGGLER, 41, of 800 Settles, was arrested Thursday on warrants for stop, stand or park within an intersection and failure to maintain financial responsibility.
â€˘ BOBBY HAROLD DAVIS, 37, of 3303 Cornell, was arrested Thursday on a charge of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance.
â€˘ MANUEL ROMERO LOZANO III, 39, of 2504 Chanute, was arrested Thursday on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia and a warrant from another agency.
A Big Spring man pleaded guilty to a charge of sexual abuse of a child (continuous) â€“ age 14 years or less in Collins County last week, with sentencing in the case slated for Aug. 9, according to court records.
Michael Dale Hodnett, 48, formerly of Farmersville, Texas, and currently residing at 301 W. Robinson, was arrested July 13, 2010, by the Howard County Sheriff's Office on a Collin County warrant for aggravated sexual assault of a child.
COAHOMA â€” School district officials here have filled one administrator position and are zeroing in on filling another.
Coahoma Independent School District Superintendent Amy Jacobs said today that Brett Ramsey, who has been middle school principal at Eastland ISD the past five years, has been hired to be the new principal at Ethridge Junior High School.
Ramsey succeeds Ted Hallford, who served as junior high school principal for one year.
Jacobs was enthusiastic about Ramsey's hiring.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ ADAM MARCUS ORRANTIA, 24, of 500 E. 11th Place, was arrested Wednesday on warrants for driving while license suspended/invalid with a previous conviction and three warrants from other agencies.
â€˘ JOSEPH ALTON MURLEY, 33, of 1405 Tucson, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid with a previous conviction.
â€˘ MARCUS ARMENDAREZ, 48, of 1008 N. Gregg St., was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia.