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August 29th, 2011

Healthy Woman/Safe Kids team to help area families

August 29, 2011

Buckled up safely and ready to go — that was the message Saturday morning at the Safe Kids San Angelo program at Scenic Mountain Medical Center.
SMMC/Healthy Woman teamed up with Safe Kids in order to provide the Big Spring community with an opportunity to get children in proper car seats. Numerous volunteers, including Healthy Woman members, Big Spring Police Department, Department of Public Safety troopers, SMMC employees and Safe Kid representatives were on hand.

Police beat

August 29, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
• THOMAS DANIEL GONZALES, 30, of 609 E. 13th St., was arrested Saturday on a warrant from another agency.
• ADRIAN CARRILLO, 22, of 2610 Albrook, was arrested Saturday on a charge of public intoxication.
• JOSE LUIS RIVERA, 23, of 1900 Martin Luther King Blvd. Apt. 303, was arrested Saturday on warrants for theft and criminal trespass.
• ANTONIO JESSE ESCAMILLA, 27, of 2010 Loop Rd., was arrested Saturday on a warrant for no driver's license – when unlicensed.

August 27th

Alon makes payments to plaintiffs

August 27, 2011

Howard County Sheriff Stan Parker confirmed Friday damages awarded to three Crossroads residents as a result of the 2008 explosion at the Big Spring Refinery have been paid after a writ of execution was issued in the lawsuit.

Plaintiffs Beverly Smithie and Ron and Debra Walker were awarded more than $350,000 for property repair and medical expenses in 118th District Court in December after a jury found Alon USA — owner of the refinery — guilty of negligence in the accident that shook the Big Spring area Feb. 18, 2008.

Lady Liberty to get a facelift

August 27, 2011

Repairs are finally beginning on Lady Liberty and before long she will be back where she belongs — in front of the Municipal Auditorium.

After a few chance circumstances, Terry Kessler, owner of Hester's Mechanical Contractors Inc., decided to not only take a look, but agreed to help repair the Statue of Liberty replica that was toppled from its perch in front of the auditorium earlier this year.

Police blotter

August 27, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday:
• DON LLOYD BROOKS, 45, of 1304 Wood, was arrested Friday on a charge of public intoxication.
• NOLAN-CASEY RAYMOND-LU MOORE, 22, of 600 Avondale, was arrested Friday on charges of possession of marijuana less than or equal to two ounces and disorderly conduct/noise.
• AMBER RENEE RAMIREZ, 27, of 611 N. San Antonio, was arrested Friday on charges of driving while license invalid and failure to appear.

Police blotter

August 27, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity:
• DON LLOYD BROOKS, 45, of 1304 Wood, was arrested Friday on a charge of public intoxication.
• NOLAN-CASEY RAYMOND-LU MOORE, 22, of 600 Avondale, was arrested Friday on charges of possession of marijuana less than or equal to two ounces and disorderly conduct/noise.
• AMBER RENEE RAMIREZ, 27, of 611 N. San Antonio, was arrested Friday on charges of driving while license invalid and failure to appear.
• RHONDA JONES MITCHELL, 47, of Sweetwater, was arrested Friday on a charge of public intoxication.

August 26th

Alon sues appraisal district again

August 26, 2011

Attorneys for Alon USA — owner of the Big Spring Refinery — have filed a lawsuit in 118th District Court against the Howard County Appraisal District contesting the most recent valuation of the facility, which was placed at approximately $215 million.

Chief Appraiser for the district Brett McKibben confirmed Thursday he has been told the suit has been filed, but said neither he nor the appraisal district have been served with legal papers concerning the matter.

McIntosh named to BSISD school board

August 26, 2011

You can toss out the “Vacancy” sign in front of the Big Spring Independent School District board room.

BSISD trustees voted unanimously during their Thursday meeting to name the Rev. Kenneth McIntosh the school district's representative from District 3.

McIntosh, a native of Tulsa, Okla., has been pastor of Big Spring's First Christian Church for the past five years. He replaces Alan Partee, who declined to seek re-election, on the school board.

The position had been vacant since the May general election.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

August 26, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
• ASHLEY ELAINE ELLISON, 24, of 3700 Connally, was arrested Thursday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid – no insurance.
• STEPHEN KYLE GAY, 27, of 3700 Connally, was arrested Thursday on warrants for failure to maintain financial responsibility, failure to appear (two counts) and expired registration.
• RAMON MAGALLANES, 18, of 1511 Vines, was arrested Thursday on warrants for driving without a safety belt and failure to appear.

August 25th

A mother's nightmare: Hartford's son missing for eight years

August 25, 2011

It's been eight years since former Big Spring resident Deanna Hartford saw her son, Arlin Bynum, but that hasn't stopped her and other family members from continuing to seek closure in his missing person case.

“We want to know what happened to our son and why,” Hartford said. “We are over the hate, anger and the bitterness we have felt for more than seven years. I know, in my heart, Arlin would not want me to feel that way. He was so full of life and everyone was his friend. He loved people.

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