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June 16th, 2011
Officials with Howard County and the city of Big Spring began the arduous task of redrawing precinct and district boundaries Wednesday, a process made necessary by the shifts in population identified in the 2010 Census.
Howard County commissioners met with Robert T. Bass — an attorney with Allison, Bass and Associates LLP — during a special-called meeting Wednesday morning to discuss the process by which the political lines must be drawn according to federal law.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€¢ DAVID ORTIZ, 41, of 105 N.E. 10th St., was arrested Wednesday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€¢ IDA JOYCE JONES, 44, of 5907 N. Service Rd. Apt. 18, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid â€“ no insurance.
â€¢ MARTIN ALVARADO, 30, of 1603 Cardinal, was arrested Wednesday on warrants for driving while license invalid (two counts), failure to appear and no driver's license â€“ when unlicensed.
The time has come to make that first splash in to the new aquatic center at Comanche Trail Park.
The 43rd annual Splash In at the Big Spring Aquatic Center will be from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
“After months of anticipation, the day is finally here and we are excited for the grand opening of the aquatic center to the public,” said Debbie Wegman, Big Spring Convention and Visitors Bureau director.
The Big Spring City Council gave the Howard County Appraisal District's proposed 2011-2012 budget a stamp of disapproval for the second time Tuesday night, once again citing a salary increase for Chief Appraiser Brett McKibben as the reason.
The council voted 6-1 in favor of disapproving the budget, a move made necessary by state law, according to City Finance Director Peggy Walker.
Great things often happen during the Big Spring Cowboy Reunion and Rodeo.
This year, the volunteers who produce the annual event have designated opening night as a way to give back — to the fans who make the rodeo a success and to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, an endowment that offers financial assistance for contestants sidelined due to injury.
Cuts in state financing may not be as bad as Big Spring Independent School District officials initially feared, but will still be significant.
BSISD trustees will discuss the coming budget cycle when they hold their regular monthly meeting at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in the high school board room.
Texas legislators will likely cut $4 billion in aid to school districts when they approve a two-year state budget in the coming weeks.
If that figure holds, BSISD will lose $3 million in state aid for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 budget cycles.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€¢ GREGORY D. WILLMAN, 27, of Kentucky, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of evading arrest or detention.
â€¢ RAMONDA LYNN JONES, 30, of 1315 E. 11th Place, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of hindering officers discharging official duties.
â€¢ JESSICA BLANCO, 29, of 305 E. 19th St., was arrested Tuesday on charges of dog or cat running at large (two counts).
â€¢ EDWIN JAMES DEAN, 45, of 1403 S. Nolan, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of disorderly conduct â€“ language.
Howard County commissioners approved a county-wide ban on fireworks Monday in hopes of staving off a wave of grass and wildfires during the July 4 holiday.
According to County Judge Mark Barr, the ban — which was signed into effect via a disaster declaration — was approved by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, extending what would have been a 60-hour ban until July 5.
Howard County commissioners and the Big Spring City Council will both be holding public hearings Wednesday to address the coming shift in precinct and district lines, a by-product of the 2010 Census,
Howard County commissioners will be holding two meetings during the day, the first at 10 a.m. and the second at 6 p.m. Both meetings will be held in the commissioners courtroom, located on the third floor of the county courthouse. For more information on the county public hearings, contact the county judge's office at 264-2202.
This time it's all about community education and medical updates.
The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce presents Part 2 of its State of the Community Series: Education/Medical Updates in the Cactus Room on the Howard College campus. The breakfast will be June 30, with the serving line opening at 7:30 a.m. and the presentations starting at 7:50 a.m.
“This time we are doing a breakfast in order to allow people to attend this and still make it to work,” said Debbye ValVerde, chamber executive director.