As far as problems go, it's a good one for the local school district to have.
Big Spring Independent School District trustees learned during Thursday's special meeting enrollment has spiked significantly from the same time last year.
Superintendent Steven Saldivar told the school board first-week enrollment figures for the 2012-2013 school year showed 4,028 students enrolled locally, a jump of 153 from last year at this time.
It's never a good idea to drink and drive, but law enforcement officials say it will be particularly foolish this weekend.
As it has in past years, the Texas Department of Public Safety will increase DWI patrols during the Labor Day holiday weekend, officials said. DPS troopers will focus DWI patrols in high-risk locations at times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent.
During the Labor Day enforcement effort last year, DPS troopers made more than 2,000 DWI arrests and approximately 550 of those were the direct result of the increased patrols, officials said.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ ROBERTO LAFUENTE, 28, of Del Rio, was arrested Thursday on a charge of driving while intoxicated.
â€˘ JOSE NICANOR GARFIAS III, 36, of 1204 S. Lancaster, was arrested Thursday on warrants from other agency (x2).
â€˘ LAURA LEUNA YANEZ, 33, of 1213 Mobile St., was arrested Thursday on charges of public intoxication and criminal mischief under $50.
â€˘ CARLEO BARRON, 33, of San Antonio, was arrested Thursday on a charge of public intoxication.
Patricia Singleton of Midland, formerly of Oâ€™Donnell, died Aug. 28, 2012 at the age of 67. She was born in Oâ€™Donnell on July 13, 1945 to Edward and Bulah Mae (Taylor) Summers.
Patricia married Bobby Gene Shubert on June 10, 1967 in Gatesville, Texas. She then married Everett Singleton in 2005 in Coahoma. Patricia was a homemaker and member of the Oâ€™Donnell Church of Christ.
Ruben P. Torres, 79, of Big Spring died Thursday, August 30, 2012, at his residence. Vigil services will be at 7:00 p.m. Sunday at Myers & Smith Chapel. Funeral Mass will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Monsignor Bernard Gully officiating. Burial will be at Trinity Memorial Park.
Alvenia Mae "Moma Beta" Messimer, 99, of Big Spring, died Wednesday, August 29, 2012, in an Odessa hospital. Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM, Monday, September 3, 2012 at the Peace Chapel at Trinity Memorial Park with Dr. Jimmy Braswell, officiating.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Sunday, September 2, 2012, at the funeral home.
Big Spring Independent School District trustees are expected to approve a budget and tax rate for the coming fiscal year when they hold a special meeting at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in the high school board room.
The new budget, officials say, is very similar to the previous package, with the obvious exception being that millions of dollars in construction bond money has been spent.
Construction resulting from the $60 million bond, approved by voters in 2010, is expected to wrap up by early next year.
Big Spring City Council is faced with a tough fiscal decision in the coming weeks, as the municipality will have to choose between going more than 2 cents above the proposed tax rate or find a way to make up for more than $130,000 in lost revenue.
The proposed tax rate for the coming year â€” the rate published by the city and certified by the Howard County Appraisal District â€” is 86.5043 cents per $100 property valuation, council members were told Tuesday.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ ARTURO S. YANEZ, 59, of 502 State, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€˘ MICHAEL LEE LOPEZ, 24, of 411 N. Scurry, was arrested Tuesday on warrants for failure to appear (two counts), expired motor vehicle inspection certificate and driving while license invalid.
â€˘ MICHAEL DEWAYNE NORRIS, 39, of 3500 W. Interstate Highway 20 Apt. 14, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of public intoxication.
Former Big Spring resident Barbara Jean Vieira, 77, of Weatherford, affectionately known as Grandma and Gigi, was granted her last wish â€” to join her husband in their mansion in the skies â€” on Aug. 27, 2012. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Memorial Park with Pastor Ron Liles officiating.