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The Texas Legislature may not be in session, but that doesn't mean state representatives don't have work to do.
Kel Seliger, Big Spring's representative in the Texas Senate, was in town Tuesday to discuss a variety of issues — including education finance and water — with the local Young Republicans organization.
Sen. Seliger (R-Amarillo), said how the state finances schools in the future will be perhaps the most critical issue facing the legislature when it reconvenes in 2013.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ ARTURO VASQUEZ, 42, of 907 N. Main St., was arrested Monday on a charge of driving while license suspended or invalid with a previous conviction.
â€˘ CHRISTOPHER FITZGERAL CARVER, 47, of Abilene, was arrested Monday on a warrant from another agency.
â€˘ LARRY JOHNATHAN LEE, 45, of 7400 S. Service Rd., was arrested Monday on warrants for failure to appear (two counts), driving while license invalid and failure to yield the right-of-way at stop intersection.
The Big Spring City Council is expected to approve final reading of a resolution streamlining the way the Big Spring Economic Development Corporation will deliver its quarterly reports to the governing body during its meeting Tuesday evening.
Under the existing requirements, the Big Spring EDC Board of Directors are required to meet with the city council during their quarterly meetings, according to EDC Director Terry Wegman.
Fifteen years and going strong.
The Festival of Lights at Comanche Trail Park will be turned on again starting Thursday and stay lit until Dec. 31.
“This all started as I was riding on a float in the parade one year and a lady asked me why they don’t light up the park,” Festival of Lights founder Pat Simmons said. “I don’t know who they are, but I told her I would look into it.”
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ RICHARD GLENN SPINKS, 38, of Odessa, was arrested Sunday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€˘ LEROY ELMER DOLLEY, 42, of 7000 I-20 S. Service Rd., was arrested Monday on a charge of driving while license invalid.
â€˘ STEVEN LOYD BATEMAN, 32, of 800 S. Nolan St., was arrested Sunday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€˘ KYLE LARAND COMBS, 40, of Waskom, was arrested Sunday on a charge of driving while intoxicated â€“ third or more offense.
A Big Spring man and woman were indicted on charges of injury to a child and abandoning/endangering a child by a Howard County grand jury this week, charges stemming from the alleged Oct. 28 beating of a one-year-old female.
Johnny Michael Edmondson II, 21, of 300 S. Tulane (currently being held at the county jail in lieu of $25,000 bond), was indicted on charges of injury to a child (first-degree felony) and injury to a child (two counts, both third-degree felonies).
FORSAN â€” This Early College High School idea seems to be catching on.
Four days after Big Spring Independent School District trustees discussed the possibility of establishing an Early College High School program, their counterparts in Forsan will do the same when they hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the administration wing board room.
Dreams do come true, just ask local resident Mary Witkowski.
Witkowski entered the Spring of Siloam Christian Womenâ€™s Job Corps this fall and has received training in various areas. According to Tina Buchanan, director of Spring of Siloam, Witkowski will be entering classes at Howard College this upcoming semester.
â€śThis is a big project that will end up putting into the community,â€ť Buchanan said.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday:
â€˘ STEVEN VALENCIA GAMBOA, 28, of 506 N. Nolan, was arrested Friday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid with previous conviction.
â€˘ LOUIS ANTONIO SILVA, 23, of 1210 Lindbergh, was arrested Friday on a charge of possession of controlled substance less than one gram.
â€˘ DAVID GARZA JR., 26, of 1905 Wasson Rd., was arrested Friday on a charge of public intoxication.
Memorial Stadium is getting a major facelift.
During their Thursday night meeting, Big Spring Independent School District trustees voted to set aside $825,000 in reserve funds to purchase and install artificial turf for the stadium.
But a new playing field is only the first of several upgrades planned for the 60-year-old stadium. In the near future, school district officials plan to replace the stadium's restrooms and concession stands and significantly upgrade its field house and press boxes.