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June 16th, 2011

78th annual rodeo begins tonight

June 16, 2011

For decades, rodeo has been home to some of the funniest acts in the world of entertainment.

For the last few years, none has been better than Keith Isley, and he’s got the hardware to prove it. Each of the last two ProRodeo seasons, Isley has earned the coveted Triple Crown by sweeping the awards in all the categories for which he is recognized – Clown of the Year, Coors Man in the Can and Comedy Act of the Year.

City, county mull new district lines

June 16, 2011

Officials with Howard County and the city of Big Spring began the arduous task of redrawing precinct and district boundaries Wednesday, a process made necessary by the shifts in population identified in the 2010 Census.

Howard County commissioners met with Robert T. Bass — an attorney with Allison, Bass and Associates LLP — during a special-called meeting Wednesday morning to discuss the process by which the political lines must be drawn according to federal law.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

June 16, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• DAVID ORTIZ, 41, of 105 N.E. 10th St., was arrested Wednesday on a charge of public intoxication.
• IDA JOYCE JONES, 44, of 5907 N. Service Rd. Apt. 18, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid – no insurance.
• MARTIN ALVARADO, 30, of 1603 Cardinal, was arrested Wednesday on warrants for driving while license invalid (two counts), failure to appear and no driver's license – when unlicensed.

June 15th

Aquatic center opens Saturday

June 15, 2011

The time has come to make that first splash in to the new aquatic center at Comanche Trail Park.

The 43rd annual Splash In at the Big Spring Aquatic Center will be from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

“After months of anticipation, the day is finally here and we are excited for the grand opening of the aquatic center to the public,” said Debbie Wegman, Big Spring Convention and Visitors Bureau director.

Council again rejects appraisal district budget

June 15, 2011

The Big Spring City Council gave the Howard County Appraisal District's proposed 2011-2012 budget a stamp of disapproval for the second time Tuesday night, once again citing a salary increase for Chief Appraiser Brett McKibben as the reason.

The council voted 6-1 in favor of disapproving the budget, a move made necessary by state law, according to City Finance Director Peggy Walker.

Thursday is Dollar Night at rodeo

June 15, 2011

Great things often happen during the Big Spring Cowboy Reunion and Rodeo.

This year, the volunteers who produce the annual event have designated opening night as a way to give back — to the fans who make the rodeo a success and to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, an endowment that offers financial assistance for contestants sidelined due to injury.

Board to discuss budget cycle

June 15, 2011

Cuts in state financing may not be as bad as Big Spring Independent School District officials initially feared, but will still be significant.

BSISD trustees will discuss the coming budget cycle when they hold their regular monthly meeting at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in the high school board room.

Texas legislators will likely cut $4 billion in aid to school districts when they approve a two-year state budget in the coming weeks.

If that figure holds, BSISD will lose $3 million in state aid for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 budget cycles.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

June 15, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• GREGORY D. WILLMAN, 27, of Kentucky, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of evading arrest or detention.
• RAMONDA LYNN JONES, 30, of 1315 E. 11th Place, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of hindering officers discharging official duties.
• JESSICA BLANCO, 29, of 305 E. 19th St., was arrested Tuesday on charges of dog or cat running at large (two counts).
• EDWIN JAMES DEAN, 45, of 1403 S. Nolan, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of disorderly conduct – language.

June 14th

No fireworks on the Fourth, county says

June 14, 2011

Howard County commissioners approved a county-wide ban on fireworks Monday in hopes of staving off a wave of grass and wildfires during the July 4 holiday.

According to County Judge Mark Barr, the ban — which was signed into effect via a disaster declaration — was approved by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, extending what would have been a 60-hour ban until July 5.

City, county to hold redistricting hearings

June 14, 2011

Howard County commissioners and the Big Spring City Council will both be holding public hearings Wednesday to address the coming shift in precinct and district lines, a by-product of the 2010 Census,

Howard County commissioners will be holding two meetings during the day, the first at 10 a.m. and the second at 6 p.m. Both meetings will be held in the commissioners courtroom, located on the third floor of the county courthouse. For more information on the county public hearings, contact the county judge's office at 264-2202.

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