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July 26th, 2011

Trustees give nod to no-frills budget

July 26, 2011

Consider it the “it could have been worse” budget.

Despite millions of dollars in lost state revenue, Howard College officials are proposing a budget that is balanced, maintains most current services and gives some area residents a tax break, to boot.

College trustees got their first good luck at the proposed 2011-2012 budget during a Monday morning workshop.

Big Spring receives help with reliever route funding

July 26, 2011

Howard County commissioners received some good news from officials with the Texas Department of Transportation and the Ports-to-Plains trade corridor Monday, as it appears matching funds for the reliever route planned for west of Big Spring to the tune of $500,000 will come from the state, not the county.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

July 26, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
• CYNTHIA RODRIGUEZ GARZA, 42, was arrested Monday on charges of public intoxication, defective turn signal lamps and failure to appear.
• JACOB JAY AGUIRRE, 30, of Stanton, was arrested Monday on a charge of possession of marijuana – two ounces or less.
• JAMES TANNER-CLARK BAILEY, 17, of 211 Wooten Rd., was arrested Monday on a charge of theft – shoplifting.
• THEFT was reported:
In the 200 block of N.E. Eighth Street.
In the 400 block of E. Fourth Street.

July 25th

New 'Life' for Runnels: Church has big plans for historic campus

July 25, 2011

For several years the old Runnels Junior High building sat vacant, but now it has new life pouring in.

Big Spring Independent School District decided to sell the property a few years ago to Life Church, and in the process, the building found not only a new owner, but a renewed purpose.

The winning bid —which included 10 acres and all five buildings on the property – was awarded for $10,000.

Atmos rate plan draws city’s ire

July 25, 2011

The city of Big Spring is expected to tell Atmos Energy to head back to the drawing board when it comes to rate increases, as the multi-city steering committee involved in the most recent rate reviews will issue a full denial to the natural gas company.

According to Peggy Walker, finance director for the city of Big Spring, the full denial will force Atmos to reconsider the rate increases it is asking for and make a new presentation during its annual system-wide rate review.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

July 25, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
• VICTOR GUTIERREZ, 34, of Planiview, was arrested Saturday on a charge of forgery of a financial instrument.
• JOSEPH HEATH GRIFFITH, 28, of 2609 Wasson Rd. Apt. 57, was arrested Saturday on a charge of disorderly conduct – exposing genitals/anus in public.
• ERNEST WILLIAM CLARK, 71, transient, was arrested Saturday on a charge of criminal trespass.

July 23rd

Scouts to collect tabs for Ronald McDonald House

July 23, 2011

The Lone Star District of the Buffalo Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America is working with the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge Aerie 3188 in Big Spring to collect pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Lubbock.
“The program is a way for people of all ages to support RMHC and make a difference for families and children,” said Brian Sweeney, Lone Star District executive.

Lawsuit charges Alon USA with negligence in 2008 explosion

July 23, 2011

Round two in the legal battle between Alon USA — owner of the Big Spring Refinery — and local residents claiming damages caused by the Feb. 18, 2008, explosion that rocked the Crossroads area to its core is expected to begin in 118th District Court with jury selection slated Monday morning.
The lawsuit — which names more than 150 plaintiffs — claims it was the negligence of Alon USA that caused the explosion, which occurred shortly after 8:20 a.m.

Port-to-Plains on table for county commissioners

July 23, 2011

An agreement between Howard County and West Texas Centers tops Monday’s agenda for county commissioners, as the court holds its regularly scheduled meeting.
Also part of the agenda, County Judge Mark Barr is expected to discuss renewal of the health and employee benefits pool, as well as meet with officials involved in the Ports-to-Plains project.

HC to slash $4 mil

July 23, 2011

The math is pretty simple — or simply depressing, depending on your point of view.
Howard College trustees will get their first look at a proposed budget for the coming fiscal year when they hold a workshop at 10 a.m. Monday in the Student Union Building’s Tumbleweed Room. The workshop will be followed by a trustee meeting scheduled for 12:30 a.m.
Because of significant cuts in state aid to the college this year, the budget promises to be beyond conservative, officials promise.
College President Dr. Cheryl Sparks listed the areas where Howard will lose significant chunks of state revenue:

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