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April 25th, 2011

Helping Special Olympics

April 25, 2011

HERALD Photo/Thomas Jenkins
Area motorcycle enthusiasts gather around a group of custom cycles during a festival to benefit the Special Olympics sponsored by local federal prison contractor Geo Saturday afternoon. The even featured live music and a poker fun run for riders.

Council to put finishing touches on water ordinance

April 25, 2011

The Big Spring City Council will attempt to put the finishing touches on its summer plan to decrease water consumption Tuesday night.
The measure — which calls for scheduled outdoor water usage to help the city cut water consumption by 10 percent — passed first reading April 12 on a unanimous vote.

According to Assistant City Manager Todd Darden, Stage 3 of the plan includes a number of restrictions — aimed mainly at outdoor water usage, such as watering lawns, washing cars and filling swimming pools — which are expected to go into effect May 1.

Fund-raiser set to help kids attend camp

April 25, 2011

The Salvation Army's Boys and Girls Club of Big Spring will be holding a community yard sale Saturday, May 21, to raise much-needed funds to send local youngsters to camp in June.

Sonnet Hildebrand, director of the local Boys and Girls Club, said the yard sale is slated for 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Salvation Army office, located at 811 W. Fifth St., and will help give children within the Boys and Girls Club program a chance to attend a five-day camp.

Police beat

April 25, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 8 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
• MARIO ILDEFONSO SALAZAR, 21, of 1604 E. 11th Place, was arrested Saturday on a charge of public intoxication.
• LORENZO TORRES RAMIREZ, 26, of 410 W. Eighth St., was arrested Saturday on charges of criminal mischief (two counts) and a warrant from another agency.
• CYNTHIA JEAN WHITE, 46, of 5203 Sterling, was arrested Saturday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid – no insurance.

April 23rd

Howard College expected to raise tuition, fees

April 23, 2011

Howard College trustees will vote on recommended tuition and fee increases when they hold their monthly meeting at 12:30 p.m. Monday in the Student Union Building's Tumbleweed Room.

College President Dr. Cheryl Sparks said a likely loss of more than $1 million in current state funding has prompted officials to recommend the rate hikes.

Under the proposed state budget recently approved by the Texas House of Representatives, the local college district would lose $1.6 million in current state funding. That loss would come on top of cuts already mandated by the legislature, Sparks said.

Beach Boys coming to Garrett Coliseum

April 23, 2011

The Big Spring Symphony Orchestra, in conjunction with Jeans ‘n Classics of Toronto, Canada, will present the music of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys in concert April 30 in the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum.

“We’re fortunate to have such a gifted group of musicians come to Big Spring and play the music of Endless Summer,” said Dr. Keith Graumann, symphony conductor.

Police beat

April 23, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday:
• JOSE NICANOR GARFIAS III, 34, of 1204 S. Lancaster, was arrested Friday on charges of criminal mischief and public intoxication.
• JULIE LACHELLE LAWSON, 27, of 2911 W. Highway 80 Apt. 248, was arrested Friday on warrants for failure to appear (nine counts), rodent control and accumulated items/weeds/rubbish (two counts).
• RICHIE KARL ROMINE, 22, of 510 Donley, was arrested Friday on two warrants from another agency.

April 22nd

Odessa forensics center closes, leaving Howard County in lurch

April 22, 2011

The last-minute closing of the Permian Basin Forensic Center — which had been providing autopsies for Howard County since Texas Tech University shut down its forensic services department — has local officials scrambling to procure necessary services.

According to Justice of the Peace Kathryn Wiseman, her office was notified Tuesday the Odessa-based center would be closing its doors the following day for a number of different reasons.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

April 22, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
• CHRIS ALAN NIX, 27, of 428 Hillside Dr., was arrested Thursday on a warrant from another agency.
• DANIEL BRADLEY GRISSOM, 21, of Clyde, was arrested Thursday on a charge of driving while license invalid – DWI related.
• LORIE ANN AVINA, 39, of 1901 S. Runnels, was arrested Thursday on a warrant from another agency.
• VICENTA JULIA SALAZAR, 41, of 212 E. Robinson, was arrested Thursday on a charge of theft – shoplifting.

Weekend happenings

April 22, 2011

• First Church of the Nazarene community wide Easter egg hunt, at the Old Settler’s Pavilion in Comanche Trail Park at 10 a.m. Saturday. After the hunt, hot dogs and refreshments will be provided.

•GEO is sponsoring Saturday’s Glitter-N-Chrome Easter Fun Run, a fund-raiser at the Hog Heaven Party Barn to benefit Special Olympics. Activities begin with a poker run at 11 a.m., a car, pickup and motorcycle show at noon and live bands at 3 p.m.

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