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August 2nd, 2011
WASHINGTON — Emergency legislation to allow the government to borrow more money headed toward passage in the Senate today just hours before the national debt bumps against its ceiling.
Expected approval sends the bill to President Barack Obama, averting a potentially disastrous, first-ever government default and making a down payment toward taming out-of-control budget deficits.
"Finally Washington is taking responsibility for spending money it doesn't have," Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said at the start of debate.
Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. Tuesday:
â€˘ RICHARD LEE OLIVAS, 24, of 1600 Donley, was arrested Monday on a warrant from another agency.
â€˘ BRITTNEY JO HILGER, 17, of 3618 Hamilton, was arrested Monday on a charge of possession of marijuana â€” less than or equal to two ounces in a drug free zone.
â€˘ JOEY EUGENE MATA, 23, of 1103 W. Fifth, was arrested Monday on charges of theft â€” less than $50 shoplifting, violation protective order communicates ( two counts).
MIDLAND â€” The desert will be rocking for the 12th year at Rock the Desert 2011, Spirit in the Sky.
Rock the Desert 2011 has been scheduled Thursday through Saturday.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ JAY CLANTON BLACK, 36, of Whitney, Texas, was arrested Saturday on a charge of driving while intoxicated.
â€˘ ROBERT WILLIAM BARTON, 32, of 501 N.E. 10th St., was arrested Saturday on two warrants from another agency.
â€˘ DAVID ADAM MARTINEZ, 27, of 1002 N. Main St., was arrested Saturday on charges of failure to identify as a fugitive â€“ giving false information, possession of marijuana â€“ two ounces or less, possession of drug paraphernalia and a warrant from another agency.
A Big Spring teen was arrested and charged with indecency with a child â€“ sexual contact Saturday evening after law enforcement officers discovered a female victim under the age of 17 at his home, according to arrest records.
Andres Reyes Perches III, 17, was arrested Saturday night by the Howard County Sheriff's Office on a charge of indecency with a child â€“ sexual contact after law enforcement officers discovered Perches â€śin contactâ€ť with the female at his home.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday:
â€˘ CHRISTOPHER JAMES DUFORAT, 24, of Fort Stockton, was arrested Friday on a warrant from another agency and driving while license invalid-DWI related.
â€˘ MANUEL G. DEJESUS, 62, 1704 S. Scurry St. (rear), was arrested Friday on a charge of assault-family/household member and intentionally/recklessly impeding normal breathing or circulation.
â€˘ STEVEN ANTHONY ROBLES, 37, of 600 Johnson, was arrested Friday on a charge of assault: family violence causes bodily injury.
The Big Spring City Council will begin holding its annual budget work sessions Monday evening, as the government panel looks to solidify its fiscal plans for 2011-2012.
While budget sessions have traditionally been a time for council members to pitch their pet projects for the coming year, a lack of revenue â€” due in large part to the ongoing drought and lack of water sales â€” will most likely keep such plans on the back burner going into the next fiscal year.
Forsan Independent School District campuses received the highest academic ratings in Howard County, according to accountability figures released by the Texas Education Agency Friday.
For the third consecutive year, Elbow Elementary received TEAâ€™s highest rating of â€śExemplary,â€ť while the junior high/high school campusâ€™ rating was one step down at â€śRecognized.â€ť District-wide, Forsan ISD was rated Recognized, as well.
Those were the same ratings as the districts and campuses received the previous year.
Big Spring Independent School District was hammered in the latest round of school accountability ratings released by the Texas Education Agency Friday.
BSISD received a district-wide rating of â€śAcademically Unacceptable,â€ť the lowest of four possible TEA ratings. In addition, all but one local campusâ€™ academic performance was rated as unacceptable by the state education agency. Moss Elementary received a â€śAcademically Acceptableâ€ť rating from TEA.
Christmas may be a few months away still, but preparations for the 2011 Comanche Trail Festival of Lights are already glowing brightly.
“I think this will be the most spectacular presentation yet for our visitors,” said Pat Simmons, Festival of Lights founder. This year will bring back the poinsettias to Scenic Mountain.
According to Simmons, three years ago three poinsettias adorned the side of the mountain, but due to lack of power supply were taken down and haven't been included the past few years.