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April 26th, 2012

Spark believed to be cause of fire

April 26, 2012

Volunteer firefighters battled a blaze west of Big Spring Wednesday that scorched hundreds of acres but did not result in any injuries or significant property damage.

A spark from a passing train is the likely cause of the fire, which began around noon Wednesday near Bates Road just west of the Big Spring city limits.

“After that, the winds picked up the fire and pushed it in several directions,” said Tommy Sullivan, chief of the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department.

College testing water wells

April 26, 2012

Part of Howard College's effort to reduce its reliance of city water supplies has become reality.

After several long months of testing and drilling, the college's Big Spring campus now has water wells that are operational and tied into the existing underground irrigation loop that previously carried raw water from CRMWD.

Travis Lee Hart

April 26, 2012

On April 24, 2012, Travis Lee Hart, 69, of Midland, Texas, closed his eyes in peace and went to see his Jesus, leaving behind a hole in our hearts that will never again be filled by a twinkle in his eye, his old fashioned redneck humor and his never dying love for his family and grandchildren. He was born to Arvin and Lillian Dovie Hart on Aug. 24, 1942, in Big Spring, Texas.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

April 26, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• JOSE LUIS RIVERA, 24, of 1900 Martin Luther King Blvd. Apt. 303, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant from another agency.
• MELVIN RAY DICKERSON JR., 20, of 1900 Martin Luther King Blvd., was arrested Wednesday on warrants for failure to maintain financial responsibility and bail jumping – failure to appear.
• DONALD RAY RODDY, 49, of Marlin, Texas, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant from another agency.
• STOLEN VEHICLE was reported in the 400 block of S. Bell.

Forsan tennis stars prepare for trip to state

April 26, 2012

Forsan seniors Sydney Holdampf and Kyle Stevenson have both been to the state tennis tournament in Austin before.

Although both of them were eliminated from play in the first round, they believe the experience will help them deal with the mental challenge of competing at such a level when they return to the University of Texas campus to take the courts once again April 30-May 1.

Holdampf and Stevenson played well throughout the year, leading Forsan to a first place finish in district and a second place showing at the regional meet where they each won in straight sets.

Big Spring golfers to tee off at state tourney in Austin

April 26, 2012

Big Spring High School's 21-year drought is over. That's how long it has been since a BSHS golf squad has made an appearance at the state golf tournament.

The Jimmy Clay Golf Course — one of the toughest in the state — in Austin awaits the team. As well as the top high school golfers in the state.

But if you ask Coach Chris Joslin, he would tell you that this is a special year on the links for the Steers golfers.

“All of the kids played really well all year,” Joslin said. It's an exciting time for Big Spring. We feel like all five guys are going to compete.”

Howard College woman's hoopsters sign to universities

April 26, 2012

Zeslie Johnson, Kali Jerrell and Brushea Daniels of Howard College signed letters of intent to play basketball at their respective future schools Wednesday in the Hawk Room at the Dorothy Garret Coliseum on the HC campus. Each of the student-athletes received full scholarships, and are ready to take their educations — as well as their game — to the next level.

Jerrell, who signed with Stephen F. Austin University, said she has enjoyed the change Big Spring offered her.

April 25th

Police/Sheriff/EMS

April 25, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• ERICK SHERROD FRANKS, 37, of 1425 E. Sixth St. Apt. 34, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of public intoxication.
• JESSIE RAGELIO GAMEZ, 28, of 1605 Lincoln, was arrested Tuesday on warrants for safety belt – child under 17 years of age, failure to appear (two counts) and driving while license invalid.
• JONATHAN ARISPE, 20, of 1325 Pine St. in Colorado City, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of theft of service – more than $20 and less than $500.

Citzens speak in favor of 4B project during public hearing

April 25, 2012

If Tuesday night's public hearing is any indication, Crossroads residents are firmly behind the 4B project to overhaul the municipality's water and wastewater facilities using up to $13 million in economic development funding set to go before voters next month.

More than a half-dozen area residents spoke in favor of the project during Tuesday night's meeting of the Big Spring City Council, which held a public hearing regarding the proposed project.

City, Alon OK water agreement

April 25, 2012

After more than a month of negotiations, it appears the city of Big Spring and Alon USA — owner of the Big Spring Refinery — have been able to reach an agreement on raw water costs and price structures, as the city council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a new contract between the two entities.

The contract — which was originally signed in 1957 — has been updated during the years, with the most recent revision in 1997, when it was agreed the oil company would reimburse the city the same price it paid to the water district, plus 5 cents.

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