August 31st, 2012
FORT STOCKTON - The Big Spring Steers halted a 12-game losing streak stretching back two years as they opened the 2012 football season with a 49-0 thumping of Fort Stockton Friday night.
Game details will be in the weekend edition of the Herald.
MIDLAND â€” Howard County rivals Forsan and Coahoma met Thursday at the ASCO Football Madness opener at Grande Communications Stadium, in what was the first football game played in the state for the 2012 season.
The Buffaloes and Bulldogs battled through early afternoon heat, cramps and dehydration issues, and a scoreboard that failed during the first quarter, leaving both teams coaches to manage the time without an official time clock.
When the smoke cleared, Forsan was the victor, narrowly defeating Coahoma â€” who won least year's meeting by a point â€” 30-27.
As far as problems go, it's a good one for the local school district to have.
Big Spring Independent School District trustees learned during Thursday's special meeting enrollment has spiked significantly from the same time last year.
Superintendent Steven Saldivar told the school board first-week enrollment figures for the 2012-2013 school year showed 4,028 students enrolled locally, a jump of 153 from last year at this time.
It's never a good idea to drink and drive, but law enforcement officials say it will be particularly foolish this weekend.
As it has in past years, the Texas Department of Public Safety will increase DWI patrols during the Labor Day holiday weekend, officials said. DPS troopers will focus DWI patrols in high-risk locations at times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent.
During the Labor Day enforcement effort last year, DPS troopers made more than 2,000 DWI arrests and approximately 550 of those were the direct result of the increased patrols, officials said.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€¢ ROBERTO LAFUENTE, 28, of Del Rio, was arrested Thursday on a charge of driving while intoxicated.
â€¢ JOSE NICANOR GARFIAS III, 36, of 1204 S. Lancaster, was arrested Thursday on warrants from other agency (x2).
â€¢ LAURA LEUNA YANEZ, 33, of 1213 Mobile St., was arrested Thursday on charges of public intoxication and criminal mischief under $50.
â€¢ CARLEO BARRON, 33, of San Antonio, was arrested Thursday on a charge of public intoxication.
Patricia Singleton of Midland, formerly of Oâ€™Donnell, died Aug. 28, 2012 at the age of 67. She was born in Oâ€™Donnell on July 13, 1945 to Edward and Bulah Mae (Taylor) Summers.
Patricia married Bobby Gene Shubert on June 10, 1967 in Gatesville, Texas. She then married Everett Singleton in 2005 in Coahoma. Patricia was a homemaker and member of the Oâ€™Donnell Church of Christ.
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, 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.
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.
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 â€” the rate published by the city and certified by the Howard County Appraisal District â€” is 86.5043 cents per $100 property valuation, council members were told Tuesday.