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Archive - Oct 2013

October 23rd

Williams named BSPD chief

October 23, 2013

Take the “interim” off of Chad Williams' job title.

Big Spring City Manager Todd Darden announced Tuesday that Williams was selected over two other finalists to be the new chief of the Big Spring Police Department.

Williams has been serving as interim chief of the department since Lonnie Smith's resignation earlier this year.

He and fellow BSPD lieutenants Lance Telchik and Robert Fitzgibbons were the three finalists for the position, Darden said.

Big Spring girls, boys claim District 4-3A titles

October 23, 2013

Both Big Spring cross country teams earned first place finishes at the District 4-3A meet held at Comanche Trail Park Monday.

Faith Roberson was bested only by Wylie’s Hannah Sanchez, coming in second overall with a time of 12:13.53. Karina Alvarado claimed fourth place and Hannah Alsobrooks came in ninth to lead the Lady Steers, who edged Monahans 48-49.

Rounding out the pack was Kaitlyn Matthews (11), Dyrshae Vanderbilt (22), Rikki Salgado (23) and Valerie Goodblanket (28).

October 22nd

County backs down on road fees

October 22, 2013

Howard County officials have decided that maybe road access permits aren’t such a good idea, after all.

Faced with the threat of litigation from oil businesses and other commercial entities, commissioners voted unanimously Monday to rescind a recently approved road access permit program.

Earlier this year, commissioners approved a $4,500 fee for commercial interests wishing to build driveways and other access points onto county roads. After several business concerns complained that the fee was excessive, commissioners later reduced the fee to $2,500.

Early voting begins

October 22, 2013

A light turnout Monday marked the first day of early voting in Howard County for the Nov. 5 constitutional amendments election.

“We've had eight so far,” said Howard County Election Administrator Saundra Bloom, commenting on the first four hours of voting Monday. “This is strictly for the constitutional amendments.”

So far, 13 people have cast early ballots for the state-wide election which will decided nine constitutional amendments. Early voting continues through Nov 1. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at the election office in the Howard County Courthouse.

Mary Helen Axtens Smith

October 22, 2013

Mary Helen Axtens Smith, 95, of Stamford, formerly of Lubbock and Big Spring, passed away Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 in Stamford. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at Mount Olive Cemetery in Big Spring with the Rev. Paul Wright officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Kinney-Underwood Funeral Home in Stamford.

October 21st

Council to mull rate increase

October 21, 2013

Big Spring City Council members will consider a proposed rate increase by Atmos Energy when they meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers 307 E. Fourth.

Atmos officials have proposed increasing the natural gas company's rates by 18.41 percent for residential customers and 4.24 percent for commercial entities in the company's West Texas division, which includes Big Spring, Midland, Odessa, Lubbock, Amarillo and several other municipalities. If approved, this will increase the company's revenue by more than $12 million annually.

HEB to unveil pumpkin patch

October 21, 2013

H-E-B is giving area kids a chance to satisfy their artistic side, sweet tooth and love of Halloween, all at the same time. As an added bonus, they'll be giving to a good cause.

The grocery store will be the site of a “pumpkin patch” decorating event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25.

Gale Pittman, who heads up the store's bakery, said the produce department will line up pumpkins along the Lancaster Street side of the store. Children can then purchase and decorate a pumpkin for $3.48, with the proceeds going to the local United Way.

Jessie Lee White

October 21, 2013

Jessie Lee White, 99, of Stanton, died Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at her residence. Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at the Evergreen Cemetery Chapel with the Rev. David Harp officiating.

Jessie was born Dec. 12, 1913 to Perry and Nellie Martin in Palestine, Texas.

She is survived by four sons, Edward (Sonny) Henson and wife, Teri of Stanton, Earl Henson of Spokane, Wash., Bobby Henson and wife, Carol of Ben Brook, and Jimmy Shaw and wife, Linda of Midland; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

George V. Hernandez

October 21, 2013

George V. Hernandez, 45, of Big Spring died Saturday Oct. 19, 2013 at his residence. Vigil service will be Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Myers & Smith Chapel. Funeral mass will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with the Rev. Bernard L. Gully officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Olive Memorial Park.

Jesus "Jesse" Armendariz

October 21, 2013

Jesus "Jesse" Armendariz, 54, of Big Spring died Saturday Oct. 19, 2013 at Midland Memorial Hospital. Vigil service will be 7 p.m. Wednesday at Myers & Smith Chapel. Funeral mass will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Mount Olive Memorial Park.

He was born Aug. 12, 1959, in Big Spring to Dora and Jose Armendariz. He was a lifetime resident of Big Spring. He married Erlinda Martinez Feb. 12, 2000, in Big Spring. He worked for Fiberglass Systems in Big Spring and for Continental Products in Odessa.

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