Archive - Aug 2012
It was equal parts grand opening and victory lap.
Big Spring Independent School District officials held ribbon cutting ceremonies Tuesday at the four new elementary campuses, a series of events which turned into a rolling celebration of a years-long process to make the new schools a reality.
Large crowds greeted officials at each school, and by the time the caravan reached its final stop, Marcy Elementary, the mood had turned quite celebratory.
Big Spring Independent School District trustees will get an update on ongoing construction projects around the district when they hold their monthly meeting at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in the high school board room.
The construction, funded by a $60 million bond approved by voters in May 2010, will result in four new elementary schools and significant renovations at the high school and junior high.
To use a racing analogy, the projects aren't exactly at the finish line yet, but they've definitely reached the home stretch.
Annette Howard, 75, of Big Spring, died Tuesday, August 7, 2012, at her residence. Her services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Lacy Edwards, 69, of Big Spring, died Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, at his residence. The family will receive friends from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Myers & Smith Chapel with Rick Cunningham and Patrick Robinson officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Trinity Memorial Park.
Big Spring city officials are adopting a â€śjust say noâ€ť approach to tax increases this coming year.
The city council gave its tentative approval to a new budget that is both balanced and features a slight dip in the tax rate during its annual workshop Monday night.
Among other things, the new budget features a pay raise for employees (the first in two years), $500,000 for water line replacement, set-aside money to purchase property for landfill use and almost $4 million designated for water purchases.
Howard County commissioners approved a slight increase in the tax levy during their budget workshop Monday morning.
Commissioner gave a tentative OK to a new tax rate of 33 cents per $100 valuation, a sharp decrease from 43.7 cents the previous year. Because of of higher property valuations, however, the new rate will bring in more tax money.
The higher levy will not automatically translate into increased tax bills, County Judge Mark Barr quickly noted.
â€śSome people will see a tax decrease,â€ť he said. â€śMineral values account for more than half of the tax (levy) increase.â€ť
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ NICOLE ASHLEE WADE, 26, of Odessa, was arrested Monday on a charge of graffiti-pecuniary loss less than $500.
â€˘ RACHEL RAMIREZ RODRIGUEZ, 33, of 1002 N. Main St. 1, was arrested Monday on a warrant for no drivers license when unlicensed, bail jumping/failure to appear/fine only (two counts), failed to maintain financial responsibility.
â€˘ THEFT was reported:
In the 600 block of N.E. Second Street.
In the 1700 block of S. Monticello.
In the 800 block of W. Sixth.
Sharon Gonzalez, 64, of Big Spring, died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in Lubbock, Texas. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Myers & Smith Chapel with the Rev. Pat Ray, pastor of Prairieview Baptist Church, and Herb McPherson, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olive Memorial Park.
She was born Aug. 28, 1947, to Pat and Russell Wetmore in Glendale, Calif. She married Juan Gonzalez on Feb. 14, 1979, in Big Spring, Texas. She has been a resident of Howard County for 34 years. She was a member of Prairieview Baptist Church. She was a homemaker.
Lacy Edwards, 69, of Big Spring died Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, at his residence. The family will receive friends from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Myers & Smith Chapel with Rick Cunningham and Patrick Robinson officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Trinity Memorial Park.
Having struggled through last summer to meet water allotments set by the Colorado City Municipal Water District, made necessary by the ongoing drought, this season has served as a marked contrast for the city of Big Spring, as the municipality continues to stay well below the district's restrictions.
According to Assistant City Manager Todd Darden, the most water the city â€” including municipal raw water consumer Alon USA â€” has used this summer is 5.7 million gallons in a day, well below the 6.3 million gallons per day allocated by CRMWD.