Archive - 2013
Mark A. Pattin, 50, of Big Spring died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, at Midland Memorial Hospital. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Cliffa Slate, 87, of Big Spring died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, in a local hospital. Her services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Big Spring Independent School District trustees didn't have to look far to find an interim superintendent.
Trustees emerged from a 90-minute closed session Monday to name Chris Wigington, the district's director of student services, to temporarily replace former Superintendent Steven Saldivar.
Wigington was selected from among four candidates for the position, including BSISD Assistant Superintendent Danny Ferrell and Executive Director for Personnel and Instruction Ann McClarty.
His appointment was approved by a 6-1 vote from the board â€” the lone dissenter was trustee Pat DeAnda.
Howard County property owners apparently won't be in for as big an increase in their tax bills as originally feared.
During a budget work session Monday, county commissioners decided to back away from a 6-cent increase for the upcoming fiscal year.
Instead, consensus was reached of going with the â€śeffectiveâ€ť tax rate of 36 cents per $100 valuation, which would raise the same amount of revenue as last year. That figure would still represent a 3-cent increase over the current rate, officials said.
Santos Diaz Lopez, 74, passed away Saturday, Aug.24, 2013, at his residence. Services for Mr. Lopez will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at The Church of the Blessed with Pastor Johnny Perez officiating. Burial will follow at Peaceful Gardens Memorial Park under the direction of Broadway Funeral Directors. Mr. Lopez will lie in state at The Church of the Blessed all day today with a Celebration of Life service being held tonight at 7 p.m.
Vicki Lynn Parks, 59, passed away at her home in Colorado Springs, Colo., Aug. 23, 2013, after a battle with brain cancer.
Cleta Barber, 66, of Stanton died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at her residence. She will lie in state at the funeral home Monday and Tuesday. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. David Harp, pastor, officiating.
She was born March 9, 1947, in Hobbs, N.M., and married Joe Barber in December of 1963 in Stanton, Texas.
Joe Thomas Swinney, 81, of Rising Star, formerly of Coahoma died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, in Sugar Land, Texas. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Coahoma Cemetery.
He was born Dec.30, 1931, in Bailey, Texas, to Eula (Freemon) and Jeff Swinney. He married Melva Jean Allen on Sept. 1, 1951, in Big Spring, Texas. He was an electrician by trade. He served as the mayor of Coahoma and mayor of Rising Star. He was a member of the Church of Christ.
Marijo Walker, 72, of Big Spring, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, in a Midland hospital after a two-year battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel with the Rev. Calvary Callender officiating. Entombment will follow at Trinity Memorial Park Masoleum.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug.26, 2013, at the funeral home.
Budget matters are expected to highlight Tuesday's Big Spring City Council meeting, slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers, located at 307 E. Fourth St.
Assistant Finance Director Don Moore will make a presentation of the proposed and effective tax rates during the meeting and council members are expected to approve Sept. 10 as the date for the first public hearing on the the proposed tax rate and budget.