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January 20th, 2011

Help for starting new businesses available

January 20, 2011

People wanting to start a new business in Howard County will soon have another helping hand.

The Big Spring Economic Development Corp. announced it has contracted with Entrepreneur Alliance of Amarillo to provide start-up help to those wishing to open their own businesses in the area.

Terry Wegman, BSEDC executive director, said the firm will open a temporary office in the Chamber of Commerce building around the first of February. Plans call for consultants to be available to the public approximately four days a month.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

January 20, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• GEOVANNI MIRANDA ORNALAS, 20, of 1206 Mesquite, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of no driver's license – when unlicensed.
• ROBERT RIVERA, 39, of 2538 Langley St., was arrested Wednesday on warrants from another agency (two counts), possession of drug paraphernalia (two counts) and speeding.
• STEVAN VALENCIA, 51, of 107 N.E. Eighth St., was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for failure to maintain financial responsibility.

January 19th

Odessa College targeted for closure under state budget plan

January 19, 2011

Howard College's president expressed shock and concern over preliminary state plans to suspend funding for four community colleges in Texas.

Four Texas two-year colleges — including Odessa College — would be closed to save $39 million in the next two-year state budget under a preliminary spending plan released Tuesday by House lawmakers.

Bible class prognosis uncertain

January 19, 2011

Despite comments to the contrary from members of the Howard County Bible Board — the organization responsible for funding the Bible class at Big Spring High School — school district officials say the program has not been shut down.

Big Spring Independent School District Superintendent Steven Saldivar said Tuesday the program, which teaches Bible studies as an elective, has not been shut down.

“We still have the course,” Saldivar said. “No changes have been made. Claims we have done away with the Bible class are not correct.”

Police/Sheriff/EMS

January 19, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• RAYMON RAMIREZ RODRIGUEZ, 20, of 805 N. Scurry, was arrested Tuesday on warrants for expired license plate (seven counts), expired motor vehicle inspection certificate (three counts), bail jumping – failure to appear (five counts), failure to control speed, no driver's license – when unlicensed and speeding.
• STEVEN MAGANA, 32, of 1401 Mesquite, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for possession of marijuana – two ounces or less.

BSISD science fair Thursday

January 19, 2011

Crazy for chemistry? Bats about botany?

The best science projects in Big Spring Independent School District will be on display Thursday when the district's annual science fair is held at Dora Roberts Community Center.

Students in grades 3 through 12 will vie for prizes and scholarships by displaying their talents in one of 18 science disciplines. Elementary students already have had their projects judged at the campus level, but their work will be on display, as well, said Darrell Ryan, science fair organizer.

January 18th

Film Society hits the airwaves

January 18, 2011

For many, movie soundtracks are hidden deftly in the background of films, a presence that is often forgotten in the midst of a summer blockbuster or a tearful reunion between silver screen characters.

For others, however, the soundtracks stand on their own, at the very least conveying the emotions and memories of films through theme songs.

Who could forget the Imperial March from the Star Wars saga, or the upbeat theme from the Indiana Jones series?

Heavy hearts: Volunteers keep searching for Hailey Dunn

January 18, 2011

Searchers from Big Spring, Coahoma and other Howard County communities turned their attention Monday morning to northern Highway 350 in the search for 13-year-old Hailey Darlene Dunn, as the girl's recent disappearance continues to weigh heavy on the minds of most West Texans.

Heather Maddox of Big Spring and DeNeise Coates of Coahoma — joined by other area volunteers — traveled the road between Ira and Big Spring Monday, according to Maddox.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

January 18, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
• BERTHA SUSAN GARCIA, 39, of 100 N.W. Third St., was arrested Monday on a charge of speeding.
• BONNIE JANE KLAASSEN, 51, of 1500 Sycamore, was arrested Monday on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.
• MICHAEL WILSON CARL, 27, of 117 Davis Rd., was arrested Tuesday on a warrant from another agency and a charge of possession of a controlled substance.

January 17th

Police blotter Jan. 17, 2011

January 17, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
• ROXANA PAYAN, 21, of Odessa, was arrested Saturday on a charge of driving while intoxicated.
• RUBEN ANTHONY GONZALES, 27, of Midland, was arrested Saturday on warrants for driving while license invalid with a previous suspension or conviction and theft.
• ANTHONY ROBERT SANCHEZ JR., 24, of 2813 Coronado, was arrested Saturday on a warrant from another agency.

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