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July 27th, 2011
An upward trend in minerals — along with a higher appraisal of the Big Spring Refinery — has most area taxing entities enjoying an increase in certified taxable values.
The Howard County Appraisal District released its 2011 certified values this week and the county saw a $418,379,799 increase in its valuations. Those figures are certified at $2,521,294,261 for 2011, compared to $2,102,914,462 the previous year.
Brett McKibben, HCAD chief, said the jump is due to increases in mineral values and higher valuations for the refinery.
FORSAN — School trustees here will discuss personnel issues when they hold a short meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the administration wing board room.
Administrators will recommend a new district technology director and fifth grade math teacher to trustees during the meeting.
Shawn McVicars, who has been technology director at Buena Vista Independent School District the past six years, is on tap to replace Bob Fishback, who recently died after a three-year battle with cancer.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ OTIS JAMES PORTER, 28, of 2510 Hunter, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid with a previous conviction.
â€˘ CLAYTON WILLIAM WIGINGTON, 25, of 602 Highland, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of driving while intoxicated â€“ second offense.
â€˘ THEFT was reported in the 400 block of E. Fourth Street.
The Howard County Sheriffâ€™s Office reported the following activity:
Consider it the “it could have been worse” budget.
Despite millions of dollars in lost state revenue, Howard College officials are proposing a budget that is balanced, maintains most current services and gives some area residents a tax break, to boot.
College trustees got their first good luck at the proposed 2011-2012 budget during a Monday morning workshop.
Howard County commissioners received some good news from officials with the Texas Department of Transportation and the Ports-to-Plains trade corridor Monday, as it appears matching funds for the reliever route planned for west of Big Spring to the tune of $500,000 will come from the state, not the county.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ CYNTHIA RODRIGUEZ GARZA, 42, was arrested Monday on charges of public intoxication, defective turn signal lamps and failure to appear.
â€˘ JACOB JAY AGUIRRE, 30, of Stanton, was arrested Monday on a charge of possession of marijuana â€“ two ounces or less.
â€˘ JAMES TANNER-CLARK BAILEY, 17, of 211 Wooten Rd., was arrested Monday on a charge of theft â€“ shoplifting.
â€˘ THEFT was reported:
In the 200 block of N.E. Eighth Street.
In the 400 block of E. Fourth Street.
For several years the old Runnels Junior High building sat vacant, but now it has new life pouring in.
Big Spring Independent School District decided to sell the property a few years ago to Life Church, and in the process, the building found not only a new owner, but a renewed purpose.
The winning bid —which included 10 acres and all five buildings on the property – was awarded for $10,000.
The city of Big Spring is expected to tell Atmos Energy to head back to the drawing board when it comes to rate increases, as the multi-city steering committee involved in the most recent rate reviews will issue a full denial to the natural gas company.
According to Peggy Walker, finance director for the city of Big Spring, the full denial will force Atmos to reconsider the rate increases it is asking for and make a new presentation during its annual system-wide rate review.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ VICTOR GUTIERREZ, 34, of Planiview, was arrested Saturday on a charge of forgery of a financial instrument.
â€˘ JOSEPH HEATH GRIFFITH, 28, of 2609 Wasson Rd. Apt. 57, was arrested Saturday on a charge of disorderly conduct â€“ exposing genitals/anus in public.
â€˘ ERNEST WILLIAM CLARK, 71, transient, was arrested Saturday on a charge of criminal trespass.
The Lone Star District of the Buffalo Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America is working with the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge Aerie 3188 in Big Spring to collect pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Lubbock.
â€śThe program is a way for people of all ages to support RMHC and make a difference for families and children,â€ť said Brian Sweeney, Lone Star District executive.