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September 2nd, 2011

Officials promise a kid-friendly county fair

September 2, 2011

Not only can area residents count on the return of the Howard County Fair this year — Sept. 29-Oct. 1 — but parents will appreciate that it will more kid-friendly than ever.

“We took a year off, but we are coming back refreshed this year,” said John Nichols, Howard County Fair board member.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

September 2, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
• SARAH RENE OCONNOR, 29, of 3304 W. Highway 80 Apt. 5, was arrested Thursday on a charge of assault causing bodily injury.
• DANA RACHELLE LOCKHART, 27, of 1012 W. Third St., was arrested Thursday on a charge of evading arrest or detention.
• MARTIN ANTHONY RAMIREZ, 21, of 1601 Stadium, was arrested Thursday on warrants for disregarding a stop sign, failure to appear and failure to maintain financial responsibility (two counts).
• CRIMINAL MISCHIEF was reported:

September 1st

Fishing with your hands is just one of the new state laws that go into effect today

September 1, 2011

Nearly 1,500 new laws enacted during this year's session of the Texas Legislature went into effect today. Among the most notable changes are:

Speed limits

After Sept. 1, Texas highways will no longer have different speed limits during the day and at night. The new law also lets transportation officials raise limits to 75 mph in remote areas. (HB1353)

Lottery tickets

Grant promotes education and a brighter community

September 1, 2011

Keeping Big Spring beautiful is a community effort. no matter what the age of the volunteer.

Kristen Poffinbargar, a sophomore at Big Spring High School, recently started the beautification process of the east side entrance of Big Spring around Third Street and Tulane. Her efforts are aided by the receipt of the Conley Grant.

She was awarded the grant in July and began work on the project in August. In recognition of her efforts, she is receiving a $2,500 scholarship from former resident Jim Conley.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

September 1, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• JOSE ANTONIO NIETO, 31, transient, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of public intoxication.
• TAVARRES CORNEAL CASTON, 30, of Midland, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid with a previous conviction.
• DERRICK DAMOND WILBERT, 30, of 1207 Lamar, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.
• ASSAULT was reported:
In the 300 block of S. Aylesford.
In the 800 block of W. FM 700.

August 31st

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.”

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