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August 6th, 2011
The Big Spring City Council will begin holding its annual budget work sessions — which were originally slated for last week and postponed — Monday evening as the municipality tries to get a handle on its fiscal plan for 2011-2012.
And while budget sessions have traditionally been a time for council members to pitch their pet projects for the coming year, a lack of revenue — due in large part to the ongoing drought and lack of water sales — will most likely keep such plans on the back burner going into the next fiscal year.
An important piece of Big Spring history is sitting in a warehouse while it waits for repair. The question city officials are asking is when the repairs will come.
The Statue of Liberty replica that once stood in front of the Municipal Auditorium was damaged by a wind storm this past spring and was removed from its post until repairs could be made.
Howard County commissioners will meet Monday morning to discuss a number of topics, including approval of the 2011-2012 budget for the county's 911 emergency district and an update of ongoing work with the Lubbock Dispute Resolution Office.
Commissioners are expected to meet with Crystal Collins and Gene Valentini from the Lubbock-based dispute resolutions group, a program the county has been involved with for some time now.
The court is also expected to meet with Howard County 911 Director Tommy Sullivan regarding his agency's proposed 2011-2012 budget.
Water's not the only thing that could be in short supply this summer.
The record-breaking string of triple-digit-temperature days this summer has put an increasing strain on the state's electricity grid. And that strain is getting close to the breaking point.
Officials with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which oversees the state's power grid, came close to ordering rolling blackouts because of low electricity reserves Thursday. And that action is still very possible if demand remains at such high levels.
A Big Spring man was arrested Thursday after law enforcement officials say he allegedly pointed a handgun at an officer during an alcohol-fueled altercation in the 700 block of N.W. Eighth Street.
Julian Jay Torres, 18, of 500.5 N.W. Seventh St., was arrested Thursday on charges of deadly conduct, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and resisting arrest, search or transportation.
According to Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer with the Big Spring Police Department, officers were called to the scene of the incident to find Torres allegedly waving a gun around.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ JOHNNY REX DAVIS, 41, of Midland, was arrested Thursday on charges of aggravated assault and criminal mischief â€“ more than $1,500 and less than $20,000.
â€˘ GILBERT RECIO JR., 38, of 1007 Wood, was arrested Thursday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€˘ JULIAN JAY TORRES, 18, of 500.5 N.W. Seventh St., was arrested Thursday on charges of deadly conduct, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and resisting arrest, search or transportation.
McMahon-Wrinkle Airpark will again be host for the United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding National competition, scheduled this year for Aug. 14-21.
“It's unusual to have these competitions in the same place so it really is a big deal that Big Spring keeps having them,” said Terry Wofford, event coordinator. “This is a good way to get our town name out there past the perimeter of Texas.”
Ready or not, here it comes.
A new school years begins Aug. 22 and Big Spring Independent School District officials have announced dates and times for student registrations, schedule pick-ups and orientations.
All elementary campuses (grades kindergarten through 4) will hold orientations and â€śmeet the teacherâ€ť events Aug. 18. The times for each campus are:
â€˘ Bauer â€” 5:30 p.m.
â€˘ Kentwood â€” 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
â€˘ Marcy â€” 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
â€˘ Moss â€” 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (students will attend classes this school year at the Goliad Intermediate campus)
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ ANTHONY JOSEPH AZUL, 27, of 1516 Sycamore, was arrested Wednesday on warrants for driving without safety belt secured, failure to appear (three counts), operating a motor vehicle with the wrong registration and no driver's license â€“ when unlicensed.
â€˘ CHELSEA LEE HOLMES, 28, of 2611 Fairchild, was arrested Wednesday on charges of theft â€“ shoplifting, no safety belt â€“ child less than 17 years of age (three counts) and driving while license invalid.
â€˘ THEFT was reported:
For the second time since the 2008 explosion that rocked the Big Spring Refinery, a Howard County jury found owner Alon USA guilty of negligence and awarded local residents damages but failed to find gross negligence.