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July 28th, 2011

Howard College wrestles with water rationing

July 28, 2011

Like practically everyone else in Big Spring, Howard College officials are struggling to find ways to get by with less water.

The college is looking at ways to abide by a recent 20 percent cut in water deliveries from Colorado River Municipal Water District and the city's mandate to limit outside watering to only one day, trustees learned during their Monday meeting.

Executive Vice President Terry Hansen said one of the problems the college is facing is that recent construction projects have skewed water usage figures.

Museum workshop teaching local youngsters some skills

July 28, 2011

Just because school's out doesn't mean the time for learning is over.

The Heritage Museum is taking a week of summer to teach youth something a little different than what they would normally learn in a classroom. For three days, 12 youngsters will learn how to crochet, embroider, simple sew, cook, decorate a cake and other types of artful skills.

Janet Abner, summer education projects coordinator for the museum, brought the idea to the table.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

July 28, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• MYRELL SIMPSON JR., 37, of 3210 Auburn, was arrested Wednesday on charges of failure to identify as a fugitive – giving false information and a warrant from another agency.
• THEFT was reported:
In the 3600 block of N. Highway 87.
In the 400 block of S. Gregg Street.
• BURGLARY OF A HABITATION was reported in the 1100 block of E. 14th Street.

The Howard County Sheriff’s Office reported the following activity:

Santiago 'Chago' Valencia

July 28, 2011

Santiago “Chago” Valencia, 81, of Big Spring died Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at Scenic Mountain Medical Center. Prayer services will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Myers & Smith Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 29, 2011, at Myers & Smith Chapel with Reynaldo Bennett, pastor of Lighthouse Restoration Center, officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olive Memorial Park.

Juanita Richter

July 28, 2011

Juanita Richter, 90, of Midland passed away Wednesday, July 27, 2011. She was born April 2, 1921. The family will receive friends for visitation Thursday, July 28, 2011, from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. A graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 29, 2011, at Resthaven Memorial Park in Midland.

Belia Diaz Landin

July 28, 2011

Belia Diaz Landin, 80, of Big Spring died Thursday, July 28, 2011, at her residence. Her services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.

July 27th

Valuations on the rise

July 27, 2011

An upward trend in minerals — along with a higher appraisal of the Big Spring Refinery — has most area taxing entities enjoying an increase in certified taxable values.

The Howard County Appraisal District released its 2011 certified values this week and the county saw a $418,379,799 increase in its valuations. Those figures are certified at $2,521,294,261 for 2011, compared to $2,102,914,462 the previous year.

Brett McKibben, HCAD chief, said the jump is due to increases in mineral values and higher valuations for the refinery.

Forsan ISD to name technology director

July 27, 2011

FORSAN — School trustees here will discuss personnel issues when they hold a short meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the administration wing board room.

Administrators will recommend a new district technology director and fifth grade math teacher to trustees during the meeting.

Shawn McVicars, who has been technology director at Buena Vista Independent School District the past six years, is on tap to replace Bob Fishback, who recently died after a three-year battle with cancer.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

July 27, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• OTIS JAMES PORTER, 28, of 2510 Hunter, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid with a previous conviction.
• CLAYTON WILLIAM WIGINGTON, 25, of 602 Highland, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of driving while intoxicated – second offense.
• THEFT was reported in the 400 block of E. Fourth Street.

The Howard County Sheriff’s Office reported the following activity:

Ronald Wilcher

July 27, 2011

Ronald Wilcher, 52, of Lubbock died Saturday, July 23, 2011, at University Medical Center. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 28, 2011, at Mount Olive Memorial Park with Courtney Ballard, pastor of Cowboy Church, officiating.

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