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February 15th, 2011

County preps for joint meeting

February 15, 2011

Utility usage, seal coating bids and jail issues topped the Howard County commissioners agenda Monday morning, as the court prepares for its joint meeting with the city of Big Spring Feb. 28 to discuss the possibility of combining the Sheriff's Department and Big Spring Police Department under one roof.

Commissioners touched upon the meeting scheduled later this month, which will include county and city officials. The joint meeting is set to discuss the possibility of housing both law enforcement agencies at the Howard County Jail and sharing resources.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

February 15, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
• THEODORE LEE FLORES, 32, of Levelland, was arrested Monday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid with a previous conviction.
• SCOTTY KEITH LEATHERWOOD, 45, of 1004 Sycamore, was arrested Monday on a warrant for speeding.
• SAMANTHA MARIE PAYNE, 27, of 303 E. Ninth St., was arrested Monday on a charge of possession of marijuana – two ounces or less.

February 14th

Police beat

February 14, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
• JOHNNY RAY PAYNE, 31, of 1509 E. Stadium, was arrested Saturday on warrants for public intoxication, being in the city park after hours and riding without a safety belt.
• GREGORY SHANE ROBERSON, 28, of 711 Washington, was arrested Saturday on warrants for assault – family violence and a warrant from another agency.
• IRMA MORIN YANEZ, 37, of 1610 Cardinal, was arrested Saturday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid with a previous conviction.

Pianist to perform here for CARE fund benefit

February 14, 2011

You might not expect to find an Italian pianist of international acclaim in the Crossroads area, but that will be exactly the case Feb. 25, as Francesco Attesti will perform a piano concert to benefit the local CARE Fund.

Attesti — who is considered one of the finest interpreters of the Romantic and early 20th Century Repertoire — will be performing a program largely based on the works of Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin at the Hall Center for the Arts on the Howard College campus at 7:30 p.m.

ISD funding a waiting game

February 14, 2011

Big Spring Independent School District officials are playing a financial waiting game of sorts as they try to determine just how big an economic impact the state's budget shortfall will have locally.

With Texas facing a projected budget shortfall in excess of $15 billion, it stands to reason that state aid to school districts such as BSISD will be reduced this coming fiscal year. The question local educators are facing is: How big will the reduction be?

February 12th

Symphony presents "Time Travels' Feb. 19

February 12, 2011

Two soloists will highlight “Time Travels,” Big Spring Symphony's third concert of the 2010-2011 season, titled “Home is Where the Heart Is.”

The performance is planned for 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, in the Big Spring High School Auditorium.

One featured guest artist is soprano Sarah Beckham of New York City, daughter of Big Spring native James Beckham. She will perform several of the most popular and familiar arias from the Opera repertoire, as well as one song from music theater.

Utility usage review on commissioners' agenda

February 12, 2011

Routine items top the agenda for Monday's meeting of the Howard County Commissioner's Court, including a review of utility usage at county facilities and approval of a contract with an electricity provider.

County Judge Mark Barr is expected to review utility usage at county buildings, as well as conduct an executive session to discuss real estate issues with the current Justice of the Peace office located in the city of Coahoma.

AARP Tax-Aide program Monday

February 12, 2011

As the April 15 deadline to file federal income tax returns looms on the horizon, one group of Big Spring volunteers is doing its part to help local residents prepare their returns and beat Uncle Sam's annual countdown.

Part of the annual AARP Tax-Aide program, program coordinator Gloria Hopkins said she and her band of volunteers are ready to continue filing returns Monday at the Big Spring Senior Center.

Police blotter

February 12, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity Friday and early Saturday:
• PATRICK RIOS JR., 21, 610 S. Goliad, was arrested on a charge of public intoxication.
• CARLOS MATA JR., 49, 1216 E. 16th, was arrested on a charge of public intoxication.
• MARY HELEN MATA, 46, 1216 E. 16th, was arrested on a charge of public intoxication.
• LISA MARIE MENDEZ, 43, 2603 Ent, was arrested on a charge of of driving while license suspended/invalid with previous conviction.
• MARK CLINTON ROBERSON, 20, Plano, was arrested on three warrants for burglary of a vehicle.

February 11th

BSISD to replace Moss Elementary

February 11, 2011

Make that four new elementary schools in Big Spring Independent School District's future.

BSISD trustees unanimously voted (with one abstention) during their Thursday night meeting to proceed with plans to replace Moss Elementary with a new campus.

When voters approved a $60 million bond issue in May 2010, school officials originally intended to simply renovate Moss, the newest of the current BSISD elementary campuses (it was constructed in 1965) and build three new elementary campuses to replace existing structures at Washington, Goliad and Marcy.

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