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May 23rd, 2011

Aquatics Center to get second look by council

May 23, 2011

Big Spring City Council is expected to put the finishing touches on ordinances and the fee schedule for the new municipal aquatic center Tuesday night, just in time for the facility’s grand opening next month.
First reading of the amendments to the city code and ordinances passed on a 6-1 vote May 10, with District 2 Councilman Manuel Ramirez Jr. the lone dissenter.
At the heart of Ramirez’s argument against the fee schedule is the proposed $5 entrance fee for swimmers age 3 years and up, a sharp increase from the $2 fee charged before the municipal swimming pool was closed.

May 21st

26 indicted by grand jury

May 21, 2011

A former Howard County employee accused of tampering with government records was among 27 people indicted during this week's session of the county grand jury.

Jamie R. Weaver, 35, of Forsan, stands charged of two counts of tampering with a governmental record and two counts of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.

Forsan ISD faces price hikes

May 21, 2011

FORSAN — Increases in salaries, health insurance and cafeteria costs will be the focus of Forsan Independent School District trustees when they hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the administration wing board room.

FISD Superintendent Randy Johnson said the district has received notification that employee health insurance costs will increase in the coming school year.

College eyes low-performing programs

May 21, 2011

In tough economic times, college programs must be more than educational — they also have to be efficient. After all, what good is a class if no one takes it?

Howard College trustees will receive a report on three low-performing programs when they hold their monthly meeting at 12:30 p.m. Monday in the Student Union Building's Tumbleweed Room.

County likely to renew public defender agreement

May 21, 2011

Capital murder cases can end up costing county governments a significant amount of money, so Howard County commissioners have purchased an insurance policy of sorts to help keep those costs down in the future.

When they convene at 10 a.m. Monday, commissioners are expected to renew an agreement with Lubbock County which provides public defenders for capital murder defendants.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

May 21, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday:
• PAUL LEE BERRINGER, 40, of 4053 Vicky St., was arrested Friday on charge of driving while intoxicated/MB.
• LEE TORRES ESCOBAR, 32, of 811 E. 16th St., was arrested Friday on two warrants from other agencies.
• GARY DEAN WATKINS, 39, of 1744 Purdue, was arrested Friday on charge of burglary of habitation and intend to other felony.

May 19th

EDC assists business, entity

May 19, 2011

Big Spring Economic Development Corporation has entered into an agreement to help a local business with its expansion plans.

Terry Wegman, executive director of the BSEDC, said the board has agreed to help John Crane Solutions, a manufacturer of fiberglass sucker rods for the oil field industry.

“They are in expansion mode at this point and are looking to add 18,000 square feet,” Wegman said. “The project is estimated to be over $1 million and will increase production.”

Neugebauer speaks on debt; gives thanks to firefighters

May 19, 2011

U.S. Congressman Randy Neugebauer made a stop in Big Spring Wednesday during his tour through Texas.

Neugebauer dropped by the monthly Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce board meeting and was speaker at a Town Hall Meeting, which took place at the Hall for the Arts at Howard College.

“Randy makes every attempt to reach out to his constituency and is always there when we need him,” Dr. Cheryl Sparks, president of Howard College, said. “We are always pleased to have him.”

Pastor pleads guilty to solicitation charge

May 19, 2011

An Ackerly preacher recently pleaded guilty to two counts of online solicitation of a minor — a third-degree felony — in 118th District Court, part of a plea agreement with the district attorney's office.

George Ray McMorris Jr., 40, of 101 Ave. B in Ackerly, was indicted in November on three counts of online solicitation of a minor.

According to Assistant District Attorney Robin Orr, McMorris accepted a plea agreement, pleading guilty to two counts while the third count was dropped. “

May 18th

Coahoma announces top graduates

May 18, 2011

Coahoma High School has named Josh Castilaw as its 2011 valedictorian and Michael Weihert as salutatorian.

Castilaw is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Castilaw and Mr. and Mrs. Dale Coates. During his high school career he served as freshman class president. He was a student council representative for three years and served as student council president his senior year. He also served as senior class president. He was in National Honor Society for three years and received the John Philip Sousa Award this year. He also made the “A” honor roll.

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