Archive - Sep 10, 2013
As they have for the past seven years, area residents will gather to remember Howard County servicemen who have fallen during conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The â€śMemorial at the Plaza,â€ť set for 5 p.m. Wednesday at Spring Town Plaza (formerly Big Spring Mall), will honor not only local servicemen, but all those lost in the terror attacks of 12 years ago, organizers said.
After almost a year of study and discussion, Howard County officials are going to implement a usage fee on county roads.
Effective Oct. 1, any commercial or agriculture entity which creates an access point utilizing county roads will be required to to purchase a $4,500 usage permit from the county. There will be no charge for pre-existing access points, officials said.
Howard County commissioners decided to spend some money now in the hopes of getting even more money in the near future.
During their regular meeting Monday morning, commissioners unanimously voted to set aside $150,000 for legal and administrative fees to participate in the County Transportation Infrastructure Fund Grant Program.
During the most recent session of the Texas Legislature, the state senate appropriated $225 million in grants to be used by counties whose roads infrastructure had been adversely affected by the recent oil boom.
Barbara Ann Schafer, 77, of Garden City died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at her residence after a long battle with COPD. Graveside funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at the Garden City Cemetery.
She was born Jan. 21, 1936, in Fort Worth, Texas, and married Charlie Joe Schafer Feb. 14, 1951 in Big Spring, Texas.
She and her family moved from Odessa to Beaumont, Texas, in 1966. After retiring in 1993, she and Charlie moved to Glasscock County, where her husband had property and built a home there.
Chester B. Fikes, 80, died at his home in Big Spring, Texas, on Sept. 5, 2013.
Chester was born May 12, 1933, in Merkel, Texas, to O.J. Fikes and Margaret Hudson Fikes. He worked for El Paso Natural Gas Co.
Survivors include his daughter, Patricia Holt of Big Spring; and two sons, Gary Fikes of Abilene, Texas, and Kevin Fikes of Odessa, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, at Starbuck Funeral Home in Merkel. Interment will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Merkel.
John Allan Guthrie, 84, formerly of Coahom,a died Monday Sept.9, 2013, in Tomball, Texas. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Salem Cemetery. Arrangements are by Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Please pay your respects online at www.myersandsmith.com