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August 5th, 2011
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.
COAHOMA — For the third time in the past six years, Coahoma Independent School District is in the market for a superintendent.
Trustees will begin the process of replacing Dr. Randy Brown when they hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the administration building board room.
Brown, CISD's superintendent for the past three years, is resigning his position effective Aug. 22 to accept a similar post at Snyder ISD.
His departure was greeted by a mixture of appreciation and sadness.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ RICHARD LEE OLIVAS, 24, of 1600 Donley, was arrested Monday on a warrant from another agency.
â€˘ BRITTNEY JO HILGER, 17, of 3618 Hamilton, was arrested Monday on a charge of possession of marijuana â€” less than or equal to two ounces in a drug free zone.
â€˘ JOEY EUGENE MATA, 23, of 1103 W. Fifth, was arrested Monday on charges of theft â€” less than $50 shoplifting, violation protective order communicates ( two counts).
COAHOMA — Dr. Randy Brown, superintendent of Coahoma Independent School District the past three years, is resigning to accept a similar position in Snyder.
Snyder ISD trustees unanimously named Brown the “lone finalist” for their superintendent post during their Monday meeting. The school district must wait a state-mandated 21 days before making the hiring official. Brown replaces Mark Eads, who resigned in May to become superintendent at San Marcos ISD.
Brown's first official day on the job at Snyder will be Aug. 22.