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December 29th

Taxing times: To avoid penalty, pay property taxes by Jan. 31

December 29, 2011

Area residents who haven’t paid their property taxes have until the end of January to ante up their 2011 tabs or face penalties and interest, according to local tax officials.

Area property owners can avoid the annual last-minute dash to pay their taxes by getting them out of the way early in the month, said County Tax Assessor Kathy Sayles.

Trout restocking to resume at park

December 29, 2011

Summer isn't the only time for fishing, especially if you are angling for rainbow trout.

Comanche Trail Lake will receive the second group of rainbow trout from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on Jan. 12.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

December 29, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• KRYSTAL KAY HENDERSON, 26, of 1600 Brown, was arrested Wednesday on warrants for no driver's license – when unlicensed (two counts), failure to appear (four counts), failure to maintain financial responsibility, driving while license invalid and expired registration.
• MICHAEL ANGELO GARZA, 23, of 601 N.W. Fifth St., was arrested Thursday on a charge of evading arrest or detention.
• BURGLARY OF A COIN OPERATED MACHINE was reported in the 1500 block of E. Marcy.

December 28th

Feds OK BSISD district maps

December 28, 2011

Big Spring Independent School District officials have received federal approval of its new single-member district maps.

BSISD Business Manager Debbie Green said the district recently received a “notice of no objection” to its redistricting plan from the U.S. Department of Justice, meaning the new boundaries will take effect in time for the 2012 trustee elections.

Population and demographic shifts forced the school district to make changes to its single-member districts. Since the 2000 Census, that all-important demographic makeup has changed well beyond federally approved limits.

Scam alert: Sheriff's office warns of bogus telephone calls

December 28, 2011

Officials with the Howard County Sheriff's Office say area residents should remain vigilant as they investigate reports of a possible phone scam where callers are identifying themselves as county employees.

According to Sheriff Stan Parker, the calls have come from a number identified as “private” by caller identification services.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

December 28, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• MARK ANTHONY MOLINA, 47, of 502 E. 11th Place, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of assault causing bodily bodily bodily injury – family violence.
• VALERIE MICHELLE MARTINEZ, 23, of 4101 Parkway, was arrested Tuesday on warrants for speeding and failure to appear.
• GILES RAY HORTON, 48, of 2510 Peach St., was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for expired motor vehicle inspection certificate.

December 27th

Coming soon to a ballot box near you: Brown vs. Torres

December 27, 2011

When the Democratic primary polls open in April, longtime incumbent Howard County Precinct 1 Commissioner Emma Brown will take on challenger Larry Torres for the Democratic nomination to represent the seat on the ballot in November.

Assuming a Republican challenger doesn't file before the primaries, the fate of the seat could be decided in April, as the winner of the election would go unopposed in November.

VA renaming slated Jan. 18

December 27, 2011

VA Medical Center officials have finalized plans to rename the facility after Big Spring's lone Medal of Honor recipient.

The hospital will be officially renamed the George H. O'Brien Jr. VA Medical Center during ceremonies scheduled for Jan. 18, said Iva Jo Hanslik, community relations director for the VAMC.

Legislation to rename the center after George H. O'Brien Jr. passed Congress earlier this year and was signed into law by President Obama in October, and local officials had planned to officially rename the facility on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

December 27, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
• JEREMY JOHN MILLER, 34, of 1425 E. Sixth St. Apt. 2, was arrested Friday on two warrants from other agencies and a charge of operating motor vehicle with wrong registration.
• JOHN MICHAEL WILKINSON, 26, of 2304 E. FM 700, was arrested Friday on two warrants from other agencies.
• DAVID C. GANDARA, 33, of 805 W. Seventh St., was arrested Friday on a charge of public intoxication.

December 23rd

A time of good cheer, but also to beware

December 23, 2011

Santa won’t be the only one making a list and checking it twice this season, as local law enforcement officials warn residents to be extra-vigilant against burglars and other criminals looking to cash in on the holiday.

According to officials with the Big Spring Police Department, the number of reports of burglary of a habitation increase during the holiday season, as criminals look to fill their stockings with other people’s gifts.

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