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CISD trustees approve budget

August 31, 2011

COAHOMA — Coahoma Independent School District trustees gave their stamp of approval to a new budget and tax rate for the coming fiscal year during their monthly meeting Tuesday evening.

The $7.4 million budget does feature a built-in shortfall of slightly more than $200,000, a result of a $500,000 reduction in state revenue this fiscal year.

Speed limit change going into effect

August 31, 2011

Texas is the last state in the nation to still lower speed limits at sundown, but that will change Thursday as a new law doing away with nighttime limits goes into effect.

House Bill 1353, passed by the 82nd Texas Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Perry, sets the speed limit at 70 mph for all vehicles, day and night.

In years past, trucks were limited to 65 mph at all times and both cars and trucks were limited to 65 mph at night.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

August 31, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• LIONSO LEE JIMENEZ III, 32, of 1508 Sycamore, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for robbery.
• ARMANDO JOSE CERVANTES, 19, of 1304 Madison, was arrested Tuesday on charges of harboring a runaway child and driving while license invalid – DWI related.
• BREANNA KAY MOORE, 18, of 1906 Eubanks, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for possession/purchase/consumption of tobacco by a minor.
• SABAA TEMPLETON, 25, of 914 E. Sixth St., was arrested Tuesday on a warrant from another agency.

August 30th

Voter registration deadline nears

August 30, 2011

The clock leading up to the Nov. 8 election is ticking away and area voters who aren't registered to vote or are unsure of their status have a little more than a month to prepare.

The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 8 election — which covers 10 proposed amendments, several of which could have a strong effect on veterans in the Crossroads area — is Oct. 11, according to Howard County Election Administrator Saundra Bloom.

Plants, trees not a lost cause just yet

August 30, 2011

No rain, no grass, little to no watering. With all the “nos,” it seems like it might be time to give up on your yard — but no, don't give up hope just yet.

Terri Johansen, owner of Johansen Landscape and Nursery, said the lack of rain and tight water restrictions don't have to put an end to all landscaping. “You can't just give up, which is what some people are doing,” Johansen said. “We have all invested too much time and we need to do what we can to maintain certain things.”

August 29th

Get your history on: Hangar 25 Air Museum in need of volunteers

August 29, 2011

Interested in history? Big Spring? Aviation? Military?
Hangar 25 Air Museum is looking for some folks who have a little spare time on their hands, according to board member Sherry Hodnett.
“Volunteers allow the director of the museum to get out in the public and do more PR (public relations) while not having to worry about all the other things getting done,” Hodnett said. “It also frees up time for the director to get out in the community and take part in programs informing people about the museum.”

Job well done

August 29, 2011

County Judge Mark Barr presents Howard County Volunteer Fire Chief Tommy Sullivan with an award in recognition of his dedication to the community and all his efforts with the volunteer fire department during Saturday night's Firemen Benefit — Auction and Dance.

Healthy Woman/Safe Kids team to help area families

August 29, 2011

Buckled up safely and ready to go — that was the message Saturday morning at the Safe Kids San Angelo program at Scenic Mountain Medical Center.
SMMC/Healthy Woman teamed up with Safe Kids in order to provide the Big Spring community with an opportunity to get children in proper car seats. Numerous volunteers, including Healthy Woman members, Big Spring Police Department, Department of Public Safety troopers, SMMC employees and Safe Kid representatives were on hand.

Police beat

August 29, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
• THOMAS DANIEL GONZALES, 30, of 609 E. 13th St., was arrested Saturday on a warrant from another agency.
• ADRIAN CARRILLO, 22, of 2610 Albrook, was arrested Saturday on a charge of public intoxication.
• JOSE LUIS RIVERA, 23, of 1900 Martin Luther King Blvd. Apt. 303, was arrested Saturday on warrants for theft and criminal trespass.
• ANTONIO JESSE ESCAMILLA, 27, of 2010 Loop Rd., was arrested Saturday on a warrant for no driver's license – when unlicensed.

August 27th

Alon makes payments to plaintiffs

August 27, 2011

Howard County Sheriff Stan Parker confirmed Friday damages awarded to three Crossroads residents as a result of the 2008 explosion at the Big Spring Refinery have been paid after a writ of execution was issued in the lawsuit.

Plaintiffs Beverly Smithie and Ron and Debra Walker were awarded more than $350,000 for property repair and medical expenses in 118th District Court in December after a jury found Alon USA — owner of the refinery — guilty of negligence in the accident that shook the Big Spring area Feb. 18, 2008.

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