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April 7th, 2011

Brush fires roar through Crossroads

April 7, 2011

Howard County volunteer firefighters had their hands full Wednesday, as a pair of wildfires threatened vast amounts of the Crossroads area.

The first fire, reported at approximately 12:50 p.m. near Glasscock County on Highway 821, destroyed more than 350 acres, according to Volunteer Fire Chief Tommy Sullivan.

Commissioners begin redrawing county lines

April 7, 2011

Howard County commissioners began the arduous task of resetting precinct lines Wednesday morning in an effort to address disparities in the county's population identified in the 2010 Census.

Commissioners — with Precinct 1 Commissioners Emma Brown and Precinct 3 Commissioner Jimmie Long absent — met with Austin attorney Bob Bass, a partner with Allison Bass & Associates, to go over the changes in the population through the county's four precincts and look at possible ways to correct the issues.

Police association plans poker run

April 7, 2011

It's time to hit the road and make a poker run.

The Big Spring Police Association is gearing up for its first Santa's Spring Fling Poker Run and Craft Show. The poker run will take place in conjunction with Dee's Trade Show.

Registration will take place the day of the run, April 30 at 9 a.m. Registration will be at the Howard County Fair Barn and is $20 per bike and $10 per passenger.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

April 7, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• SABRINA VALENCIA MADRID, 26, of 1511 Princeton, was arrested Wednesday on warrants for failure to appear and driving while license invalid.
• JOHNNY LEE JOHNSON, 39, of 110 Lockhart, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for no driver's license – when unlicensed.
• BRANDON JOSEPH SCHEIRBECK, 37, of 2514 Chanute, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of public intoxication.
• TONY GARZA, 39, of Midland, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of public intoxication.

April 6th

Howard County man files suit in son's death

April 6, 2011

A Howard County man has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Daystar Residential Treatment Center in Manvel amid claims his teenage son was restrained and later died at the facility, which was already under heavy scrutiny from the state.

Michael Owens, 16, was pronounced dead at a Houston hospital Nov. 5, 2010, after struggling with staff members at the residential treatment center, where the boy had been a patient since March 2010.

Alcohol license request on hold for 30 days

April 6, 2011

A business located in the Big Spring Mall looking to obtain a license to sell alcoholic beverages had its request put on hold by county officials Tuesday, due to delinquent taxes owed by the owner of the mall facility.

County Judge Mark Barr, who was expected to make a judgment on whether or not to allow BSM Ice Cream and Coffee Shop to acquire a license to sell alcoholic beverages through the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, said he is giving the company that owns the mall 30 days to pay its back taxes before he will rule on the matter.

Healthy Woman to coincide with Health Fair

April 6, 2011

For the third year in a row, Scenic Mountain Medical Center’s April Healthy Woman event will be held in conjunction with the Big Spring Health Fair, scheduled for Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon in the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum.

The Healthy Woman Advisory Council invites the public to take advantage of the many free screenings being offered by Health Fair vendors.

Police beat

April 6, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• DANIEL LEE NOGGLER, 39, of 101 Moore Rd., was arrested Tuesday on a charge of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle.
• RANDY TIMOTHY ORTEGA, 33, of 704 S. Johnson, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant from another agency and warrants for speeding and failure to appear.
• RICHARD GENE ARMSTRONG, 32, of 203 Merrick Rd., was arrested Tuesday on warrants for expired motor vehicle inspection certificate and failure to appear.

April 5th

Commissioners eye redistricting

April 5, 2011

Howard County commissioners will meet with an Austin attorney in a special meeting Wednesday to discuss redistricting within the county's four precincts, a process made necessary by the latest census results.

According to County Judge Mark Barr, the 2010 Census identified some areas within the county where the population has become unbalanced, an issue the court will be expected to resolve by shifting precinct lines.

Seeing America — by foot

April 5, 2011

One day he just decided to start walking.

George Throop decided that it was time to answer a calling, step out of the normal and do something different than his usual day-to-day life.

“I was manager of security of a high-rise building and it took care of my needs, but I wanted something more,” Throop said.

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