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July 28th, 2011

Howard College wrestles with water rationing

July 28, 2011

Like practically everyone else in Big Spring, Howard College officials are struggling to find ways to get by with less water.

The college is looking at ways to abide by a recent 20 percent cut in water deliveries from Colorado River Municipal Water District and the city's mandate to limit outside watering to only one day, trustees learned during their Monday meeting.

Executive Vice President Terry Hansen said one of the problems the college is facing is that recent construction projects have skewed water usage figures.

Museum workshop teaching local youngsters some skills

July 28, 2011

Just because school's out doesn't mean the time for learning is over.

The Heritage Museum is taking a week of summer to teach youth something a little different than what they would normally learn in a classroom. For three days, 12 youngsters will learn how to crochet, embroider, simple sew, cook, decorate a cake and other types of artful skills.

Janet Abner, summer education projects coordinator for the museum, brought the idea to the table.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

July 28, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• MYRELL SIMPSON JR., 37, of 3210 Auburn, was arrested Wednesday on charges of failure to identify as a fugitive – giving false information and a warrant from another agency.
• THEFT was reported:
In the 3600 block of N. Highway 87.
In the 400 block of S. Gregg Street.
• BURGLARY OF A HABITATION was reported in the 1100 block of E. 14th Street.

The Howard County Sheriff’s Office reported the following activity:

July 27th

Valuations on the rise

July 27, 2011

An upward trend in minerals — along with a higher appraisal of the Big Spring Refinery — has most area taxing entities enjoying an increase in certified taxable values.

The Howard County Appraisal District released its 2011 certified values this week and the county saw a $418,379,799 increase in its valuations. Those figures are certified at $2,521,294,261 for 2011, compared to $2,102,914,462 the previous year.

Brett McKibben, HCAD chief, said the jump is due to increases in mineral values and higher valuations for the refinery.

Forsan ISD to name technology director

July 27, 2011

FORSAN — School trustees here will discuss personnel issues when they hold a short meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the administration wing board room.

Administrators will recommend a new district technology director and fifth grade math teacher to trustees during the meeting.

Shawn McVicars, who has been technology director at Buena Vista Independent School District the past six years, is on tap to replace Bob Fishback, who recently died after a three-year battle with cancer.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

July 27, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• OTIS JAMES PORTER, 28, of 2510 Hunter, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid with a previous conviction.
• CLAYTON WILLIAM WIGINGTON, 25, of 602 Highland, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of driving while intoxicated – second offense.
• THEFT was reported in the 400 block of E. Fourth Street.

The Howard County Sheriff’s Office reported the following activity:

July 26th

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.

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