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Ruben P. Torres

August 31, 2012

Ruben P. Torres, 79, of Big Spring died Thursday, August 30, 2012, at his residence. Vigil services will be at 7:00 p.m. Sunday at Myers & Smith Chapel. Funeral Mass will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Monsignor Bernard Gully officiating. Burial will be at Trinity Memorial Park.

Alvenia Mae 'Moma Beta' Messimer

August 31, 2012

Alvenia Mae "Moma Beta" Messimer, 99, of Big Spring, died Wednesday, August 29, 2012, in an Odessa hospital. Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM, Monday, September 3, 2012 at the Peace Chapel at Trinity Memorial Park with Dr. Jimmy Braswell, officiating.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Sunday, September 2, 2012, at the funeral home.

August 29th

Big Spring ISD looks to adopt budget, tax rate

August 29, 2012

Big Spring Independent School District trustees are expected to approve a budget and tax rate for the coming fiscal year when they hold a special meeting at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in the high school board room.

The new budget, officials say, is very similar to the previous package, with the obvious exception being that millions of dollars in construction bond money has been spent.

Construction resulting from the $60 million bond, approved by voters in 2010, is expected to wrap up by early next year.

Appraisal miscue has city rethinking tax rate

August 29, 2012

Big Spring City Council is faced with a tough fiscal decision in the coming weeks, as the municipality will have to choose between going more than 2 cents above the proposed tax rate or find a way to make up for more than $130,000 in lost revenue.

The proposed tax rate for the coming year — the rate published by the city and certified by the Howard County Appraisal District — is 86.5043 cents per $100 property valuation, council members were told Tuesday.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

August 29, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• ARTURO S. YANEZ, 59, of 502 State, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of public intoxication.
• MICHAEL LEE LOPEZ, 24, of 411 N. Scurry, was arrested Tuesday on warrants for failure to appear (two counts), expired motor vehicle inspection certificate and driving while license invalid.
• MICHAEL DEWAYNE NORRIS, 39, of 3500 W. Interstate Highway 20 Apt. 14, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of public intoxication.

Barbara Jean Vieira

August 29, 2012

Former Big Spring resident Barbara Jean Vieira, 77, of Weatherford, affectionately known as Grandma and Gigi, was granted her last wish — to join her husband in their mansion in the skies — on Aug. 27, 2012. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Memorial Park with Pastor Ron Liles officiating.

Guadalupe R. 'Lupe' Gonzales

August 29, 2012

Guadalupe R. “Lupe” Gonzales, 86, of Big Spring died Monday, August 27, 2012, at Scenic Mountain Medical Center. Vigil services were at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Myers & Smith Chapel. Funeral Mass will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Burial will be at Mount Olive Memorial Park.

August 28th

New leader for SWCID in place

August 28, 2012

After several months of searching for the right person to fit the bill, Howard College officials have announced the selection of Mary Karol Matchett as the new provost for their SouthWest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf campus.

Matchett, coming to SWCID from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology with more than 18 years of experience in the field of higher education, will be filling the position recently vacated by provost Mark Myers after his move back to the East Coast and the service of Dom Bonura as interim provost.

Heath clinic clientele, services continue to grow, CEO reports

August 28, 2012

A year has already gone by and client base continues to grow.

Howard County Health Care Center is moving forward and expanding services and staff.

Dr. Judith Madura, CEO of Howard County Community Health Clinic, spoke on progress made during the first year at the center during the State of the Community Series Part 3: Medical Update.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

August 28, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
• KEELIE BREANN PARKS, 21, of 1306 Monmouth, was arrested Monday on a charge of driving while intoxicated.
• TANEKIA CAMILE STEPHENSON, 20, of 1002 N. Main St. Apt. 47, was arrested Monday on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of alcohol by a minor.
• MARKUS DEWAYNE GRAVES, 27, of 1700 S. Johnson, was arrested Monday on a warrant from another agency and a charge of public intoxication.

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