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March 13th, 2015

BSISD placed on academic probation

March 13, 2015

Big Spring ISD has slipped into accredited probationary status by the Texas Education Agency, a move that was not unexpected by district officials.

“This is not anything new,” said Heidi Wagner, district director of school improvement. “When we did not ‘meet standards’ as a district, we knew we would drop down in our accreditation status.”

March 12th

Boil water notice rescinded

March 12, 2015

Tuesday, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) required the city of Big Spring to issue a Boil Water Notice (BWN) to inform our customers that due to the presence of contaminants or an interruption in service, water from our system must be boiled prior to consumption.

"Our system has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore adequate pressure, disinfectant levels, and/or bacteriological quality and has provided TCEQ with testing results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling as of Thursday," a city press release stated.

Ex tax office clerk faces theft charges

March 12, 2015

A former Howard County Tax Collector's Office employee arrested Tuesday for theft by a public servant and tampering with governmental records has bonded out of the Howard County Jail.

Vanessa C. Olivas, 32, was released on two $2,500 bonds — one for each of her charges — Tuesday after she was arrested by Texas Rangers on warrants for tampering with governmental records and theft/more than $20,000 but less than $100,000 by a public servant. Howard County Justice of the Peace Robert Fitzgibbons set the bond.

For more of this story, read Thursday's edition of the Herald.

Kiwanis' annual pancake supper Friday

March 12, 2015

Friday evening flapjacks, anyone?

The Kiwanis Club of Big Spring’s annual Pancake Supper, the club’s major fundraiser of the year, is expected to draw hundreds to Howard College’s cafeteria from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday.

For $6, attendees can eat their fill of pancakes, bacon and sausage. Tickets will be available at the door or through any club member.

For more of this story, read Thursday's edition of the Herald.

March 11th

Big Spring Council approves public ban on electronic cigarette smoking

March 11, 2015

A divided Big Spring City Council decided Tuesday that smoking is smoking, whether it comes from tobacco or digital sources.
By the slimmest of margins, the council voted to extend the city’s smoking ban to include electronic vaping devices, more commonly known as electronic cigarettes. - for more in depth coverage, see today's edition of the Big Spring Herald.

Autopsy: Cervantes died from gun wounds

March 11, 2015

Preliminary autopsy reports found that 35-year-old Roy Cervantes died from multiple gunshots wounds.
Information released by the Hoaward County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday afternoon states that results from an autopsy performed in Lubbock Monday “confirmed that Cervantes died from multiple gunshots, prior to being placed on the railroad tracks.”
For more details, see Wednesday's Big Spring Herald.

Man on the run: World War II veteran on cross-country trek

March 11, 2015

From sea to shining sea, that is the goal of 91-year-old WWII veteran Ernest “Ernie” Andrus. - Read more about Andrus' mission in today's Big Spring Herald.

Accreditation update on BSISD agenda

March 11, 2015

An update on the Big Spring ISD’s accreditation warned status is on tap at the next board of trustees meeting Thursday. - See more in today's Big Spring Herald.

City: Boil water rule remains in effect

March 11, 2015

The boil water notice issued by the city of Big Spring is excepted to continue through at least early this evening as officials await the results of the first test. - See more about this story in today's Big Spring Herald.

City OKs SOC request to hold training exercise in area

March 11, 2015

It will be, officials said, unlike any war game you’ve ever seen. In fact, you probably won’t see it.

Big Spring City Council members Tuesday gave their blessing to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command to stage training exercises in this area this summer. But if you’re expecting tanks or fighter jets swarming the area, you’re in for a disappointment.

The exercise, code-named Jade Helm, will be conducted in this area for roughly five weeks in August and September, said Thomas Meade, who helped plan the training exercise.

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