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April 15th, 2011

Candidates speak out during debate

April 15, 2011

Despite drawing only three candidates, Thursday night's debate for city council hopefuls managed to heat up the races for the District 1 and District 3 seats on the government panel, with attention turning to term limits, the tax rate and municipal spending.

District 3 candidates Shannon Thomason and Glen Carrigan — along with a last minute-statement from write-in candidate Oscar Velasco — joined District 1 hopeful Marcus Fernandez to take part in the debate, which was fueled by questions submitted by e-mail and mail.

Tea Party rally Saturday

April 15, 2011

Howard County Conservatives will host a Tea Party rally from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Heart of the City Park.

The event is informal. Those attending may want to bring refreshments and lawn chairs.

“This is an opportunity for all citizens to become better informed on the critical issues facing our country and what they can do to make a difference,” said Bo Fryar, event organizer.

Special guests will be State Rep. Jim Landtroop and Dr. Donald May. Local conservative candidates will also be present at the rally, according to Fryar.

April 14th

Big Spring has disaster response plan

April 14, 2011

Hurricanes and tsunamis may not be on the list of disasters likely to occur in West Texas, but it doesn't mean there are no emergency situations or damaging factors.

Big Spring, as small and secluded as it is, has an emergency plan set in place — almost 900 pages of preparation and procedure, to be exact.

According to Big Spring Police Department Lt. Terry Chamness, emergency management coordinator, the state provides guidelines and each county sets up its own emergency response plans.

Mission center offers food, clothing, counseling

April 14, 2011

Centro Familiar Cristiano Mission Center is extending a helping hand.

It is still in its early stages, but the mission center is offering food, clothing, spiritual help and friendship.

“It's not a religious thing, it's just a Christian thing to do,” said Pedro Tobias, mission center director.

Grady students set for regional meet

April 14, 2011

Grady High School will send a number of students to the University Interscholastic League Regional Academic Meet, to be held Saturday on the Abilene Christian University campus.

Grady students and the event or events in which they will compete are:

April 13th

Water use restrictions coming

April 13, 2011

As expected, Big Spring City Council approved final reading of a water conservation plan Tuesday night, as well as first reading of a resolution enacting Stage 3 of the plan, which calls for scheduled outdoor water usage to help the city cut water consumption by 10 percent.

The council approved both measures on unanimous votes in hopes of bringing the current water shortage in West Texas to the forefront of Crossroads consumers' minds.

World for Children hopes to create foster families

April 13, 2011

A World For Children is doing its best to ensure that every child knows a loving, safe world.

The organization's focus is on establishing foster families for children who are in situations of abuse or neglect.

“We license foster parents,” said Carey Hartin, case management supervisor. “We believe in open hearts and open homes. We are looking for those who will help, love and take care of them until they are ready to go to the next step, whether that be back home or get adopted.”

Candidate debate: Who will show?

April 13, 2011

As Thursday's debate for candidates vying for the District 1 and District 3 seats on the Big Spring City Council nears, organizers with the political event say it's still unclear which political hopefuls will be participating.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

April 13, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• ROBERT RUBEN SANCHEZ, 46, of 1023 Stadium, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of public intoxication.
• FORTUNATO BARRIENTES JR., 17, of 1501 Wood, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of evading arrest or detention.
• ISAAC DANIEL PLATT, 22, of 200 E. 11th Place, was arrested Tuesday on warrants for use or possession of illegal smoking paraphernalia, failure to appear and fraudulent use or possession of identifying information.

April 12th

Soaring fuel prices cloud budget plans

April 12, 2011

Howard County officials began fiscal planning for the coming year Monday with a budget workshop, as commissioners and department heads continue to look cautiously toward the state legislature.

County Judge Mark Barr and county commissioners met with Eddy Jameson, road and bridge administrator for the county, Monday to discuss the coming year and possible budgetary challenges facing the government agency.

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