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July 22nd, 2011

BSISD finalizes redistricting map

July 22, 2011

After three months of sometime-intensive effort, Big Spring Independent School District officials have a new voting-district map they believe will receive federal and public approval.

Trustees discussed the new map, which is designed to increase minority representation on the school board, during their Thursday meeting at the high school board room.

Area native co-authors book on farm life

July 22, 2011

Agriculture is an important part of our world, especially in a lot of West Texas communities. Just how important that role is is portrayed in a new book, “Agriculture on the High Plains.”

Samantha Yates Borgstedt, a Texas Tech graduate and employee of Cotton Economics Research Institute, teamed with Darren Hudson, Director of Cotton Economics Research Institute at Texas Tech, to compile a book highlighting the importance of the agricultural industry.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

July 22, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
• JAMES BRYAN KEITH HAMMONDS, 21, of 2611 Dow, was arrested Thursday on two warrants from other agencies.
• ERNEST WILLIAM CLARK, 71, transient, was arrested Thursday on a charge of public intoxication.
• ASHLEY NICOLE RUNCIE, 23, of 1308 Jeffery Rd., was arrested Thursday on a charge of theft.
• ZACHARY THOMAS WALSH, 19, of Bronte, was arrested Thursday on charges of use or possession of illegal smoking materials and use or possession of illegal smoking paraphernalia.

July 21st

Industry on stage in Chamber program

July 21, 2011

Industry takes center stage Aug. 10 as the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce gets ready to present the third program in its State of the Community series in the Howard College Cactus Room.

Representatives from Alon USA, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the GEO Group Inc. and WETT — Wind Energy Transmission Texas — will be part of the program. Also scheduled is a presentation on Scenic Mountain Medical Center, which was originally scheduled for Part 2 of the series, but was delayed because of a scheduling conflict.

Salvation Army preparing for back-to-school drive

July 21, 2011

The Salvation Army is kicking off its Back to School Drive.

The program is aimed at providing local, low-income school age children and their families with essential supplies as the school year approaches. “

We are looking to the generosity of the community to be able to help with this year's program,” Maj. Orville Chambless said.

According to Chambless, the program is set to help an estimated 400 students, depending on the donations received.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

July 21, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• JAMES WILLIAM HALE JR., 58, of 1809 Mittel, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of assault of a public servant.
• CRIMINAL MISCHIEF was reported in the 2600 block of Chanute.
• BURGLARY OF A HABITATION was reported in the 3000 block of Navajo.

The Howard County Sheriff’s Office reported the following activity:
Note — Officials with the Howard County Jail reported having 71 inmates at the time of this report.

July 20th

Alon worker escapes serious injury in accident

July 20, 2011

A man was transported to a Lubbock hospital from the Big Spring Refinery shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday after suffering second-degree burns over his body from an accident involving a water leak, according to officials with Alon USA.

The man — whose namewas witheld by the oil company — is an operator at the refinery and an Alon USA employee, according to Refinery Vice President Jimmy Crosby.

Crosby said the employee was burned by hot water and transported by ambulance to the burn unit at University Medical Center in Lubbock.

BSISD board to hear redistricting plan

July 20, 2011

After months of effort, Big Spring Independent School District officials believe they have a redistricting plan that will pass federal muster.

BSISD trustees will hear details of the proposed redistricting when they hold their monthly meeting at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in the high school board room.

Members of the BSISD Redistricting Advisory Committee will present details on the plan, which was mandated by population and ethnic changes reflected in the 2010 Census.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

July 20, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• ESTEVAN VALENCIA JR., 30, of 1110 E. 13th St., was arrested Tuesday on warrants for failure to maintain financial responsibility, failure to appear and junk vehicle.
• WILLIAM COLE LAFON, 66, transient, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of criminal trespass.
• SHAWN MICHAEL OVERTON, 23, of 1706 Johnson, was arrested Tuesday on warrants for safety belt not secured, driving while license invalid and bail jumping – failure to appear on fine only (six counts).

July 19th

Penalties in store for those who violate water restrictions

July 19, 2011

Reservoirs aren't the only things running low these days, as city officials warn that residents caught violating water restrictions in the face of a region-wide shortage are going to find patience for their wasteful ways a long-gone commodity.

Chad Averette, director of the city's Code EnforcmentOffice, said the city will be taking a zero-tolerance approach to violations to mandatory water restriction.

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