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August 16th, 2011
In response to a last-minute request for money, Howard County Commissioners agreed to shell out more than $100,000 to increase the county's contribution to the operation of the Big Spring Senior Center and the local ambulance service.
Although commissioners had “basically” set the county's budget for the coming fiscal year, they agreed to fund an additional $75,000 in senior center operations and $29,333 for ambulance services during their meeting Monday in the county courthouse.
The Big Spring Salvation Army post has welcomed two new majors — Orville and Debra Chambless.
The couple comes to Big Spring after serving five years at the Salvation Army station in Martinsville, Va.
“We had no inkling we were coming back to Texas,” Maj. Orville Chambless said. “It wasn't tough to hear, but it was unexpected.”
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 8 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
â€¢ TYONNE MARQUIS BROWN, 25, of 702 Ohio, was arrested Saturday on a warrant for failed to maintain financial responsibility and expired registration.
â€¢ NICHOLES HERNANDEZ LIMON, 22, of 1407.5 S. Scurry, was arrested Saturday on charges of possession of dangerous drug, possession of controlled substance more than or equal to one gram and less than four grams, warrant from other agency, possession of alcohol by a minor and fail to appear.
West Texas Centers and Howard College are offering Mental Health First Aid Sept. 7 and 8 to people who are interested in knowing how to respond to people with mental health issues.
The two-day class will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Howard College Tumbleweed Room. The class costs $100. To register, contact the Howard College Registrarâ€™s Office at 432-264-5106
Mental Health First Aid helps those experiencing mental health problems before they seek professional help and support, said West Texas Centers CEO Shelley Smith, LMSW.
As the fiscal dust surrounding the 82nd Texas Legislative Session settles, it appears the Big Spring State Park has avoided the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's budgetary axe, saved by an inter-local agreement between Howard County and the city of Big Spring.
Both local governments have agreed to chip in $10,000 each â€” to be paid the TPWD â€” to help fund the continued operation of the Big Spring State Park.
For years, hang glider pilots have raved about the hospitality they find in Big Spring. Saturday night, they displayed some generosity of their own.
On the eve of the U.S. Hang Gliding Association National Championship, The Cloudbase Foundation, a charitable group financed through hang glider pilot donations, gave away $6,000 to three local organizations which specialize in helping children.
Howard College trustees Friday approved a plan to supplement the college's water usage by drilling several water wells on campus.
The action, which was taken during a special meeting of trustees Friday, means college officials will spend up to $125,000 in the coming months drilling, casing and completing six water well at various spots on the Birdwell Lane campus.
The college, along with everyone else in West Texas, has bee looking for ways to best deal with a prolonged drought that has resulted in water deliveries being cut by 20 percent in recent months.
Howard County commissioners will hold a special meeting Monday morning to discuss a number of items, the most pressing being a recent appeal from the city of Big Spring for the county to delve even further into its coffers to support inter-local programs.
According to County Judge Mark Barr, commissioners will be discussing a number of requests the city has made for funding for projects, including the operation of the Big Spring Senior Citizen Center, ambulance service and the eventual closure and construction of a new municipal landfill.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday:
â€¢ LUIS ALEJANDRO RAMOS, 22, of 2911 W. Hwy 80 141, was arrested Friday on a charge of possession of marijuana less than or equal to two ounces.
â€¢ KODY CHANCE JACKSON, 25, of 3217 Fenn St., was arrested Friday on charges of possession of controlled substance less than one gram, expired motor vehicle inspection certificate, failure to appear (five counts), speeding, expired drivers license, driving while license invalid and failed to maintain financial responsibility.
No one likes being labeled “unacceptable,” and that applies to school districts as well as individuals.
Big Spring Independent School District has been saddled with an “academically unacceptable” rating ever since the Texas Education Agency school accountability ratings were released July 29. Thursday, school officials briefed trustees on how they intend to shed that label.