September 15th, 2012
The first case of West Nile virus, a disease carried by mosquitos, has been confirmed in Howard County.
According to Dr. Manuel Carrasco, who has been in practice in Big Spring since 1993, the first case was confirmed Thursday in an elderly patient.
â€śI have never heard of any case prior to this in the county. This is the first case that I am aware of,â€ť Dr. Carrasco said.
The patient was admitted to Scenic Mountain Medical Center and is doing well, at this point. According to reports, the patient had been bitten while in Colorado City.
Stephanie Ralyn Duffer, daughter of Kenneth Duffer and Vanessa McMurtry, was named Forsan High School homecoming queen during halftime ceremonies of the Forsan-Stanton football game Friday night. She is escorted by her father.
Big Spring Independent School District has a job for you â€” but only if you like kids, enjoy driving large vehicles and donâ€™t mind part-time pay.
Like other school districts in the West Texas area, BSISD is struggling with a shortage of bus drivers this year. The district, which normally employs 21 drivers, has had to make do with only 16.
Because of the driver shortage, the district has had to consolidate its bus routes, said Wayland Pierce, BSISD transportation director.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday:
â€˘ WALTER LYN TEMPLETON, 42, address unknown, was arrested Friday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€˘ HOLLY ANN RUSK, 34, of Snyder, was arrested Friday on a charge of theft between $50 and $500.
â€˘ LARRY DALE KING 29, of 1809 Mittel Avenue, was arrested Friday on charges of fail to appear and driving while license invalid.
â€˘ RODOLFO HERNANDEZ, 41, of 1222 E. 16th Street, was arrested Saturday on charges of evading arrest/detention and public intoxication.
Heather Ann Atkinson, 32, of Big Spring, died Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 in Kingfisher, Okla. Her services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Gary A. Harris, 69, of Big Spring, died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, at the Hospice House. He will lie in state Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, and Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
He was born April 17, 1943, in San Angelo, Texas to Marietta and J.B. Harris. He grew up in San Angelo, Texas and attended school there. He came to Howard County from Water Valley 12 years ago. He served in the Army Air Corps from 1960 until 1972. He had worked in the oil field, but was a plumber by trade. He enjoyed fishing and his dog Max.
Eduarda â€śEvelynâ€ť Flores, 79, of Big Spring entered into eternal peace Sept. 14, 2012. Visitation and Rosary will be held at Myers & Smith Chapel at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. A celebration of her life will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Park.
Mr. and Mrs. Kinley Sorrells of Comanche, Texas are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Kayla Nicole Sorrells to Cole Dean Romine, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacky Romine of Midland, Texas.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. Laura Mae Stuart, and the late Mr. Godfrey Stuart of Comanche, Texas and the late Mr. and Mrs. Troy Sorrells of Comanche, Texas.
The prospective groom is the grandson of Mrs. Donna Romine, and the late Mr. Jack Romine of Big Spring, Texas and the late Mr. and Mrs. Toots Hutto of Del Rio, Texas.
Bacterial meningitis vaccine requirements, low unemployment rates and a booming energy economy are just a few factors feeding into an enrollment decline of 299 students for the fall 2012 semester across the Howard College district, officials said.
The overall uncertified head count for this semester is 4,553 students, compared to 4,852 for the fall 2011 semester.
As mistakes go, this was a minor and inexpensive one.
In their rush to finish Big Spring Independent School District's four new elementary campuses before the start of this school year, work crews neglected to install wheelchair-accessible crosswalks in front of the new schools and now must go back and correct that oversight.
During their monthly meeting Thursday, BSISD trustees learned of the district's plan for installing the overlooked crosswalks.
Wayland Pierce, who has served as the district's liaison with construction crews during the project, made no excuses for the mixup.