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August 7th, 2015

BSISD climbs out of TEA doghouse

August 7, 2015

Big Spring ISD officials announced Thursday they feel confident the district will be back to accredited status by the spring after receiving the district’s official rating by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) this week.
“Our district will receive ‘met standards’ by TEA which should lead to us back into fully accredited status by the spring,” said George Bancroft, Big Spring ISD community relations coordinator. “To our understanding, we will also not be assigned another monitor from TEA.”

For the full article, see Friday's print edition of the Big Spring Herald

BSISD expects tight fiscal year

August 7, 2015

Big Spring ISD will be dealing with a leaner budget this year, joining school districts around the Permian Basin “tightening their belts” as the oil and gas production sector continues through a slow down.
According to officials, Big Spring ISD board of trustees will hold a public hearing at 5:15 p.m. Thursday to hear public comment on the proposed 2016 tax rate of $1.4195 per $100 valuation. That breaks down to $1.119 per $100 valuation for maintenance and operations (M&O)and 30 cents for debt service.

August 5th

College trustees take aim at new budget

August 5, 2015

Howard College trustees will hammer out the details for the 2015-2016 budget when they meet with college officials for a workshop Thursday morning.

As has been the trend for the past several years, trustees will review a much tighter, leaner budget a result from another loss of state funding mainly due the college’s declining enrollment figures.

After the close of the last funding round in June, Howard College lost $1.4 million of state monies with the San Angelo campus taking the majority of the hit.

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

SMMC under new corporate umbrella

August 5, 2015

Scenic Mountain Medical Center will be one of 38 hospitals along with Quorum Health Resources, a hospital management and consulting business, to be split off from its parent company Community Health Systems (CHS) into a new publicly traded hospital company.

CHS, the No. 2 U.S. publicly traded hospital operator according to Reuters news service, announced Monday it planned to spin off the hospitals and management company into Quorum Health Corporation.

Suspect charged in two burglaries

August 5, 2015

A Big Spring man is in custody after being charged with burglarizing two local businesses.

Corey Preston Hoffpauir, 39, was arrested by Big Spring police this week and charged with the recent burglaries of Richard Cauley’s dentist office and Inspirations Flowers.

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

August 4th

With rain's passing, hang gliding competition should pick up

August 4, 2015

Two days of rain were wonderful for lawns and lakes, but not so good for hang gliders.

Competition at the U.S. Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association’s 2015 national meet in Big Spring slowed to a virtual crawl because of some out-of-season weather.

Rain storms moved in Sunday, causing the pilots to call off the competition just a little over an hour after starting said Belinda Boulter, spokeswoman for the hang gliding competition.

August 3rd

Ports to Plains official touts I-27 extension

August 3, 2015

Local efforts to extend Interstate 27 through the Crossroads area are bearing fruit, bit by little bit, officials say.

Michael Reeves, president of the Ports to Plains Alliance, was in Big Spring Friday to give local supporters of the idea a combination update/pep talk on the status of projects which should give a boost to communities along the Ports to Plain corridor, a 2,300-mile stretch of highways connecting Canada, the United States and Mexico.

Analysts: Gas prices heading down

August 3, 2015

2015’s second half represents a strong commitment that motorists will spend even less on gasoline this year than they did in 2014.

GasBuddy experts say that before Christmas, as many as 20 states could have average gas prices below $2 per gallon as the national average for December slips to $1.98.

“We’re confident that our projections give consumers more than accuracy; we think they’ll help them identify some savings that should come in handy at Thanksgiving and Christmas,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.

August 1st

Hang Gliding competitions takes flight this weekend

August 1, 2015

Up, up and away the hang gliders will be ... for the next week.
The 2015 Hang Gliding Nationals are under way in Big Spring at the McMahon-Winkler airport.
Saturday was set aside for practice. Competitors used the time to check out the conditions and test their equipment for any fine tuning needs.
The competition officially begins Sunday.

A natural calling

August 1, 2015

A career in teaching never entered Ryan Ward’s thoughts concerning his long-term career goals, however perceptions change in an instant.
When Ryan walked out of his Washington Elementary fourth grade classroom on his first day as a teacher, he knew he had found his life’s calling. Every day in the classroom since has just been a validation.
“Teaching has changed my life, my world and I love every minute of it,” the 27-year-old said.

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