Improvements to the city's infrastructure took the spotlight Tuesday night as members of the Big Spring City Council presented pet projects they would like to see addressed in the city's 2012-2013 budget.
The council heard a presentation from City Manager Gary Fuqua during the special meeting regarding the city's accomplishments during the past fiscal year, as well as some of the major challenges the municipality will be facing when it begins the arduous task of preparing the coming year's budget.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ CHRISTOPHER NEWTON VINES, 28, of 2411 S. Main, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of driving while intoxicated.
â€˘ DAINA CAROL PEUGH, 34, of 1511 Stadium, was arrested Wednesday on charges of theft less than $50 shoplifting, theft less than $50 all other, fail to appear and warrant other agency.
â€˘ CODY DEJUAN HAWKINS, 29, of 810 Cherry, was arrested Thursday on a warrant from other agency.
Paula Bayes Parker Raef, 62, of Amarillo passed away on May 25, 2012, from injuries sustained from a car accident.
Paula was born June 29, 1949, in San Antonio to George and Betty Raef. She worked as a cable repairman for Southwestern Bell in Big Spring for many years before moving to Amarillo. She worked for the City of Amarillo as a journeyman electrician until her death.
Big Spring Police officer watches as the fire department battles a house fire at 13th and Runnels on Thursday afternoon. No injuries reported as 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Not surprisingly, incumbents had their way at ballot boxes throughout Howard County on election day, though a few will have an opponent in the November general election.
Incumbent Emma Pugh Brown held off challenger Larry Torres, 56 votes to 41, to earn the Democratic nomination for Precinct 1 County Commissioner. She'll face Oscar M. Garcia in November. Garcia outvoted Edwin O. â€śEdâ€ť Ware, 112 to 98, to win the Republican nomination.
In the only other locally contest race, incumbent Sheriff Stan Parker hammered challenger M.O. Horton, 1,801 votes to 366 in the Republican Primary.
The Big Spring City Council and city administration met Tuesday evening in a specially called meeting to begin work on the 2012-203 budget, a process that began with City Manager Gary Fuqua going over some of the challenges facing the municipality in the coming year.
As in past years, Tuesday night's meeting marks the beginning of the budgetary process for the city, as Fuqua went over a number of issues that continue to task city coffers and resources. One of the most pressing issues, according to the city manager, is employee turnover.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ DIMITRI ANDREW LEOS, 20, of 710 E. 17th St., was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for consumption of alcohol by a minor.
â€˘ KAMEO TREVON HOLLOWAY, 18, of 710 E. 17th St., was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for no driver's license â€“ when unlicensed.
â€˘ ROBERT RUBEN SANCHEZ, 47, of 1023 Stadium, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€˘ LATRICIA NICOLE TERRY, 30, of Waco, Texas, was arrested Tuesday on two warrants from other agencies.
â€˘ CRIMINAL MISCHIEF was reported:
The Howard College Hawks baseball team â€” who finished with a 45-12 record â€” might not have reached all of their season goals, but the squad has been showered with recognition from both the Western Junior College Athletic Conference (WJCAC) and Region 5.
The 2012 WJCAC All-Conference team recognized three players while also giving the nod to Coach Britt Smith as the WJCAC Coach of the Year as he led the team to a record four consecutive conference championships.
A Snyder mother and daughter reported missing Wednesday from Colorado City were located safely Saturday near the Houston area, according to law enforcement officials.
Brittany Hill, 23, and her 2-year-old daughter, Khloe Wheeler, were reported missing Wednesday afternoon to law enforcement in Colorado City while the pair were visiting family members in the area.
Wednesday's report also set off a search for Hill's boyfriend, 21-year-old Rosendo Gonzales, who, according to a statement issued by Colorado City Police Chief Roy Owens, has a violent history with the Snyder woman.
Donâ€™t forget to vote today in the party primary elections. Polls opened at 7 a.m. and will close at 7 p.m.
Polls are in the following locations:
â€˘ Precincts 11-14 (including 12A), 16, 103 and 104 vote at the County Road and Bridge Office, located at 1000 N. San Antonio.
â€˘ Precincts 24-26, 205 and 208 vote at the Big Spring Mall, located at 1801 E. FM 700.
â€˘ Precincts 207 and 207C vote at the Coahoma Community Center, located at 306 North Avenue in Coahoma.
â€˘ Precincts 32-35 and 304 vote at First Baptist Church, located at 705 W. FM 700.