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March 15th, 2011

Thomason files for council

March 15, 2011

The May race for the District 3 seat on the Big Spring City Council got a last minute candidate Monday, as Shannon Thomason — chairman of the local Concerned Citizens Council — tossed his political hat in the ring.

Most recently, Thomason ran unsuccessfully for the mayor's seat on the council in 2010, garnering 153 ballots — 5.34 percent — in his bid for the position. Thomason also ran for the mayoral seat in 2007, losing to longtime mayor Russ McEwen with 467 ballots, accounting for approximately 23 percent of the vote.

Booth space available for annual health fair

March 15, 2011

Time to get healthy.

The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce 29th Annual Health Fair is set for 8 a.m until noon Saturday, April 9. The health fair will take place at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum.

This year the theme is “Sowing the seeds to good health.” Booth reservation is $100 though March 25 — the final day to reserve space for the event.

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March 14th

Council to sign off on election for term limits

March 14, 2011

Big Spring voters will get the chance to vote on term limits for elected city officials in the May municipal elections, as the city council is expected to certify the results of a recent petition to force the change to the city charter to the polls.

The Big Spring City Council will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. today to certify the results and call for the election, which will be held May 14.

Big Spring girl killed in ATV accident

March 14, 2011

A 9-year-old Big Spring girl was killed Sunday afternoon near Lake Texoma in Marshall County, Okla., after an all-terrain vehicle overturned and rolled over her, according to officials with the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety.

Summer Rain Quillen was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which happened on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property near Lake Texoma, approximately six miles south of Kingston, Okla.

Chamber series to offer educaion on Big Spring

March 14, 2011

It's all about education and communication.

The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce is trying something a little different. This year, a state of the Community Series luncheon will take place in four parts, with the first part at noon, March 29 at the Dora Roberts Community Center. The entire series is aimed at educating local residents about the community, by hearing from the entities involved.

“There are so many entities that play a big part and we thought it was time to bring them to the forefront,” said Debbye ValVerde, Chamber executive director.

Police Beat

March 14, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
• MELISSA GAY YOUNG, 41, of 1700 W. Third St., was arrested Saturday on a charge of public intoxication.
• DOMINICK RENE CERVANTES, 17, of 1900 Winston, was arrested Saturday on a charge of possession of marijuana – two ounces or less.
• MATTHEW LUIS ALMAZAN, 24, of 3607 Dixon, was arrested Saturday on a warrant for no driver's license – when unlicensed.

March 12th

Officials: Joint operation of park a 'viable option'

March 12, 2011

Following a meeting with officials from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, city and county representatives say the two local governments will be working together to keep the Big Spring State Park — which has been targeted for closure by the state — open and operating.

County Judge Mark Barr said Friday he feels like it's certainly a viable option for the city and county to work together to keep the facility, which has been a Big Spring landmark and tourist destination for many years, from falling prey to state budget cuts.

Commissioners to meet Monday

March 12, 2011

The agenda for Monday morning's meeting of the Howard County commissioners court includes a number of routine items, including discussion of county ordinances.

Precinct 2 County Commissioner Donnie Baker has asked that the discussion — centering around ordinances within the county — be placed on the agenda.

Martin County grand jury no-bills deputy

March 12, 2011

STANTON — A Martin County grand jury chose not to indict a Midland law enforcement officer involved in the January shooting death of a 54-year-old man following a standoff near Lenorah.

According to 118th District Attorney Hardy Wilkerson, the grand jury declined to indict the officer that shot and killed Lonny Martin following a brief chase on Highway 176 on Jan. 23.

Three Big Spring teens arrested on gun, drug charges

March 12, 2011

Three Big Spring teenagers were arrested in Lamesa earlier this week on gun and drug charges following a routine traffic stop, according to law enforcement officials.

Anselmo Vega Jr., 17, was arrested on a charge of theft of a firearm Monday in the city of Lamesa, located approximately one hour northwest of Big Spring. At the time of this report, Vega was still in the custody of the Dawson County Jail.

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