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August 24th, 2011

City tax rate goes down

August 24, 2011

The city of Big Spring took a step forward Tuesday night in solidifying its proposed 2011-2012 budget and ad valorem tax rate, calling for a public hearing on the matter to be held during its next council meeting.

The proposed budget is based on a 94.95-cent per $100 valuation tax rate, a drop of 5 cents compared to last year's 99.95 cent rate. The proposed rate is also nearly 5 cents below the effective tax rate of 99.7 cents per $100 valuation.

Jury acquits man on aggravated assault charge

August 24, 2011

A 118th Judicial District Court jury Tuesday acquitted a Big Spring man of assaulting a woman with his automobile.

The jury deliberated about 30 minutes before finding Joseph Alton Murley not guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon at the end of the one-day trial.

Murley was accused of deliberately hitting a woman with his car in the 1300 block of Stanford on July 1, 2010. If convicted, he would have faced a prison term of between two and 20 years in state prison.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

August 24, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• LOGAN EARL ROSE, 29, of 1100 Nolan, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for disorderly conduct – fighting.
• ORLANDO SANCHEZ JR., 54, of 1407 Virginia, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid – no insurance.
• JOHNNY LEE RIOS, 26, of 710 Creighton, was arrested Tuesday on charges of driving while license suspended/invalid with a previous conviction and theft.

August 23rd

Shots fired in home

August 23, 2011

Local law enforcement officials are investigating a report of a foot chase that gave way to gunfire Monday morning in the 500 block of State Street.

According to Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer with the Big Spring Police Department, the altercation involved several black, male suspects.

Suspect sought in Martin County murder

August 23, 2011

MARTIN COUNTY — What is believed to have begun with an argument turned deadly during the weekend in Martin County, leaving one Lamesa man shot to death and a second on the run.

According to law enforcement officials, the shooting was reported at 8:51 a.m. Sunday when a local resident called 911 to say that someone had been shot at their residence in the 3100 block of County Road D 3600 in central Martin County.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

August 23, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
• SHOTS FIRED was reported:
In the 600 block of N. San Antonio Street.
In the 500 block of State Street.
• THEFT was reported:
In the 300 block of S. Owens.
In the 400 block of E. Fourth Street.
In the 700 block of Creighton.
In the 2500 block of Lynn Drive.
In the 1300 block of S. Gregg Street.
• BURGLARY OF A HABITATION was reported in the 200 block of E. 11th Place.
• BURGLARY OF A VEHICLE was reported in the 1400 block of N. Highway 87.

August 22nd

Junior high officials brace for influx of sixth-graders

August 22, 2011

Big Spring sixth-graders are moving up in the world.

Of all the changes that will take place at Big Spring Independent School District this school year — which begins Monday — the one that gains the most notice is all the construction projects going on at campus sites around town. But another change, this one not quite as noticeable, is the addition of sixth-graders to the junior high school population.

United Way announced $275,000 goal for 2011 campaign

August 22, 2011

United Way of Big Spring and Howard County announced its goal for the 2012 campaign Saturday night at the Boots and Bling event held at the Big Spring Country Club.

This year the 23-member-board is aiming to reach a goal of $275,000. Last year the goal was set at $250,000 and, through the help of board members and contributions from the community, was surpassed.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

August 22, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
• EDUARDO RAMIREZ GALLARDO, 51, of 806 Ohio, was arrested Saturday on a charge of driving while intoxicated (open container) – third or more offense.
• STEVEN RANDEL O'BRIEN, 49, of 2606 Hunter, was arrested Saturday on a charge of terroristic threats.
• ARL A. LINGER, 63, of New Mexico, was arrested Saturday on a charge of criminal trespass.
• SAMMY FERRELL, 49, of 509 N. Johnson, was arrested Saturday on a charge of public intoxication.

August 20th

College to OK budget, set tax rate

August 20, 2011

Howard College trustees are expected to formally approve the budget and tax rate for the coming fiscal year when they hold their monthly meeting at 12:30 p.m. Monday in the student union building’s Tumbleweed Room.
College officials have crafted a $36.6 million budget, which is almost $1.5 million less than the previous year. That decrease reflects both a loss of state revenue and the completion of bond-related renovation projects during the past few months.

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