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August 18th, 2011
With the start of school less than a week away, local school officials are notifying parents of qualifying families they still have time to register for free or reduced-priced meals for their children.
And the process is easier than one might expect.
Judi Rodriguez, director of food services for Big Spring Independent School District, said all applications for free or reduced-price meals will be submitted online. If parents don't have internet access at their homes, they can use computers set aside for their use at the BSISD food service office at 708 E. 11th Place.
Positive thinking was the focus of the August Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce board meeting, held Wednesday.
â€śWe need to start overcoming the negative thinking and we can start by focusing on the positives,â€ť Terri Johansen, chamber president, said. â€śWith all going on in the world it's easy to focus on the negative, especially with the lack of rain and school finances.â€ť
Debbye ValVerde, chamber executive director, delivered the financial report which showed a large profit from the carnival held in June.
School zone signs will start flashing again Monday as students head back to school.
This year, school zones have an added precaution â€” no cell phone usage. According to Municipal Court Judge Tim Green, the no cell phone usage was passed in the 2009 legislative session after the no-texting-while-driving passed both houses but was vetoed at the governor's desk.
â€śThe no cellphone usage in school zones was able to make it out, which makes it unique, considering the no-texting in all other areas was turned down,â€ť Green said.
United Way of Big Spring and Howard County is ready to slip on its boots and bling for the 2012 campaign.
Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Big Spring Country Club the United Way will kick off the campaign with a night of live music, a silent auction, cash bar and heavy hor d'oeuvres.
“It doesn't matter if you put on your tuxedo, a sundress or your boots and jeans. The main thing is to come out and support these agencies,” said Jeanie Coor, former United Way executive director.
When listing all the things parents can do for their children, properly installing a car seat usually doesn't come to mind.
But having the the right kind of car seat in your vehicle and, more importantly, making sure your child is properly restrained may be among the most important things parents ever do, officials say.
Car seat safety will be the topic for this month's Healthy Woman event, scheduled for 8 a.m. until noon Aug. 27 at the Scenic Mountain Medical Center north parking lot.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ GARY LEE MILLER, 43, of 1513 S. Main St., was arrested Tuesday on a warrant from another agency.
â€˘ PETE GUTIERREZ GONZALES, 59, of 2501 W. Hwy 80, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for theft over or equal to $50 and less than $500 all other.
â€˘ HECTOR CHRISTOPHER TREVINO, 30, of 1311 S. Scurry St., was arrested Wednesday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€˘ THEFT was reported in the:
1900 block of S. Gregg Street.
300 block of San Antonio Street.
200 block of W. FM 700
In response to a last-minute request for money, Howard County Commissioners agreed to shell out more than $100,000 to increase the county's contribution to the operation of the Big Spring Senior Center and the local ambulance service.
Although commissioners had “basically” set the county's budget for the coming fiscal year, they agreed to fund an additional $75,000 in senior center operations and $29,333 for ambulance services during their meeting Monday in the county courthouse.
The Big Spring Salvation Army post has welcomed two new majors — Orville and Debra Chambless.
The couple comes to Big Spring after serving five years at the Salvation Army station in Martinsville, Va.
“We had no inkling we were coming back to Texas,” Maj. Orville Chambless said. “It wasn't tough to hear, but it was unexpected.”
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 8 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ TYONNE MARQUIS BROWN, 25, of 702 Ohio, was arrested Saturday on a warrant for failed to maintain financial responsibility and expired registration.
â€˘ NICHOLES HERNANDEZ LIMON, 22, of 1407.5 S. Scurry, was arrested Saturday on charges of possession of dangerous drug, possession of controlled substance more than or equal to one gram and less than four grams, warrant from other agency, possession of alcohol by a minor and fail to appear.
West Texas Centers and Howard College are offering Mental Health First Aid Sept. 7 and 8 to people who are interested in knowing how to respond to people with mental health issues.
The two-day class will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Howard College Tumbleweed Room. The class costs $100. To register, contact the Howard College Registrarâ€™s Office at 432-264-5106
Mental Health First Aid helps those experiencing mental health problems before they seek professional help and support, said West Texas Centers CEO Shelley Smith, LMSW.