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August 6th, 2014

Proposed city budget promises good things for residents, businesses

August 6, 2014

Big Spring city officials are proposing an increase in their tax levy for the next fiscal year, but they promise residents will get a good bang for their buck.

During the city council’s annual budget work, City Manager Todd Darden and his staff proposed a budget featuring a tax rate of 86.5043 cents per $100 property valuation, which is the same rate as the expiring budget. Because of a huge jump in property valuations, however, the rate is projected to bring in $826,000 more in revenue than it did last year.

For more of this story, read Wednesday's edition of the Herald.

James 'Jim' Reese

August 6, 2014

James “Jim” Reese, 83, of Big Spring, died Monday, August 4, 2014 in a Midland hospital. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday, August 7, 2014 at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel. Interment will follow at Mt. Olive Memorial Park.

Jim was born in Leaky, Texas, December 23, 1930 to James and Ruby Hill Reese. He lived in Leaky until the age of 16 when the family moved to Camp Mystic, a girls’ camp in Hunt, Texas. He lived there until September 13, 1948.

Averill Hale Badgett

August 6, 2014

Averill Hale Badgett “MaMaw,” 90, of Andrews, passed away Monday, Aug.4, 2014. The family will receive friends Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, from 6-8 p.m. at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home in Midland. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, at Alamo Heights Baptist Church in Midland. Burial will follow at Resthaven North in Midland.

Joseph LaMartina

August 6, 2014

Joseph LaMartina, 89, died Saturday at home in Garden City. He was born Feb. 1, 1925, in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Thomas and Josephine LaMartina, who came to America from Sicily, Italy, through Ellis Island. Joe had eight brothers and sisters who were all first generation Americans.

Paul Merrell

August 6, 2014

Paul Merrell, 61, of Big Spring, died Saturday Aug. 2, 2014. Private family services will be at a later date.

He was born to Angela Elizabeth and Henry Floyd Merrell in Big Spring March 13, 1953. He married Tina Rotenberry in Big Spring in November 1976. He was a lifetime resident of Big Spring. He worked all his life as a roughneck in the oilfield.

He is survived by his daughter Melissa Merrell of Midland, Texas; one sister Elizabeth Rasmus of Atlanta, Ga., and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one brother David Merrell.

Fabian Rio, Jr.

August 6, 2014

Fabian Rios, Jr., 18, of Big Spring, died Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Lubbock, Texas. Vigil services will be 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish. Interment will follow at Mt. Olive Memorial Park.
He was born Aug. 26, 1995, in Odessa, Texas and attended Big Spring schools.

Codine 'Dena' Bollinger Walden

August 6, 2014

Codine “Dena” Bollinger Walden, 97, died Saturday in a Lubbock nursing home. Due to family illnesses, funeral services have been postponed until 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15 at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel.

August 5th

2014 Big Spring Nationals enthusiasts receive helping hand from Russian followers

August 5, 2014

Big Spring Nationals coordinator Belinda Straub spent the better part of Monday afternoon watching one hang glider after another lift off the tarmac at the McMahon-Wrinkle Airport and Industrial Park and fade into the distance.

Even though she knows each would love to beat the others and take home the honor of winning one of the hangliding circuit’s premier events, she knows in her heart each is part of a huge international family all dedicated to the promotion of their sport.

For more of this story, read Tuesday's edition of the Herald.

$46K bond set for sex offender

August 5, 2014

A $46,000 bond has been set for a registered sex offender who was arrested Sunday on charges of burglary with intent to commit an assault and fleeing a police officer.

According the Howard County jail officials, Municipal Judge Tim Green set a $46,000 bond for Paul Hildreth, 45, during a hearing held Monday morning.

For more of this story, read Tuesday's edition of the Herald.

H.C. Rowden

August 5, 2014

H.C. Rowden, 80, of Big Spring, died Monday Aug. 4, 2014, at Scenic Mountain Medical Center. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Memorial Park with Eddy Pitchford of Coahoma Church of Christ officiating.

He was born June 10, 1934, in Big Spring to Ocie Magdalene and Charlie Lee Rowden. He was a lifetime resident of Howard County. He was a retired plumbing contractor and a member of Birdwell Lane Church of Christ.

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