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July 1st, 2011

McKinney to highlight festival

July 1, 2011

By the time Mark McKinney takes the stage Saturday night, Funtastic Fourth Festival board members will already know if this year’s downtown celebration will be the best yet. McKinney, a Big Spring native, is icing on the proverbial Independence Day cake. Even if Independence Day is really Monday.

Trustees ditch high school laptop program

July 1, 2011

Out with the laptops, in with the e-pads. And throw in some COWs for good measure.

During their Thursday night meeting, Big Spring Independent School District trustees approved a pilot program that will drastically change the technology that high school students get their hands on this coming school year.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

July 1, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
• MICHAEL ANDREW MARTINEZ, 26, of 503 E. 17th St., was arrested Thursday on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
• LOYD VINCENT HARGROVE, 45, of Eddy, was arrested Thursday on a charge of public intoxication.
• RONALD LEE BURTON JR., 33, of 1412 Tucson, was arrested Thursday on a charge of public intoxication.
• BRITTANI MARIE COFFMAN, 19, of Odessa, was arrested Friday on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol by a minor.
• BURGLARY OF A VEHICLE was reported:

June 30th

Two killed in separate accidents

June 30, 2011

At least two people were killed Wednesday afternoon in a pair of traffic accidents involving tractor trailers, as law enforcement officials investigate crashes on Interstate Highway 20 and U.S. Highway 350.

The first accident was reported near the intersection of U.S. Highway 350 and Piper Road shortly after noon. Lois Rhoton, 84, of Big Spring was pronounced dead at Scenic Mountain Medical Center by Justice of the Peace Bennie Green approximately an hour after the accident, according to law enforcement officials.

Highland Parade Monday

June 30, 2011

Patriotism isn't just for adults.

For more than 30 years, the Highland July 4 Parade has shown that you don't have to be a grownup to show your love for all things red, white and blue.

The annual parade will be held along Highland Drive Monday morning, said Melanie Laudermilk, one of the event's organizers.

The parade, featuring children decked out in all kinds of patriotic regalia, begins at 10 a.m. Monday at the intersection of Highland and Robb drives and will end at the intersection of Highland and Goliad.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

June 30, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• MARGARITA OLIVAREZ RAMIREZ, 28, of 2200 S. Nolan, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for failure to maintain financial responsibility.
• KIMBERLY NICOLE GUTIERREZ, 21, of 1900 Martin Luther King Blvd. Apt. 614, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for speeding.
• DEBRA LYNN KNOTT, 49, of 106 E. 22nd St., was arrested Wednesday on a charge of public intoxication.
• PRISCILLA ANN LIVESAY, 24, of Lubbock, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.

June 29th

City council tightens water use restrictions

June 29, 2011

Beginning Friday, municipal water customers will be forced to cut back their outdoor water use yet again to make way for an overall 20 percent decrease in deliveries by the Colorado River Municipal Water District.

The Big Spring City Council approved the revision to its current Drought Contingency Plan — which is currently in Stage 3 — by a unanimous vote to decrease the number of days city water customers can water lawns and utilize water for outdoor activities and usages from three days each week to two days.

BSISD committee, board meet Thursday

June 29, 2011

Big Spring Independent School District officials hope to put the final touches on plans for new single-member district boundaries Thursday.

BSISD's Redistricting Advisory Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. Thursday to hammer out final recommendations for the new boundaries, then will present those findings to the board of trustees when that body meets in special session at 5:15 p.m.

Both meetings will be held in the Big Spring High School board room. The public is invited to provide input at both meetings.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

June 29, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• JAY FRANK OLIVAS, 21, of 2001 N. Salem Rd., was arrested Tuesday on charges of criminal trespass of a habitation/shelter and public intoxication.
• CRYSTAL LASHEL COBLE, 24, of 1510 S. Nolan, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for no dog or cat vaccination (rabies).
• CHRISTOPHER BENNETT WOOTEN, 50, of 301 State, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of public intoxication.

June 28th

Fire, heat threat won't deter Pops

June 28, 2011

Pops in the Park is going to keep its pop this year, officials have decided.

Organizers for the Sunday celebration held an emergency meeting Monday to address fire safety issues surrounding the $40,000 fireworks display and decided that the event will go on as originally planned.

Jan Hansen, chairman of the Pops organizing committee, said all necessary steps will be taken to make the fireworks show as safe as possible.

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