June 25th, 2012
Construction crews are sprinting toward the finish line in an effort to complete four new Big Spring elementary school campuses by early next month.
Big Spring Independent School District officials expect to take possession of the new schools by the middle of next month, officials said.
Retired teacher Pat DeAnda bested incumbent Maria Padilla to win the Big Spring Independent School District District 2 seat in Saturday's runoff election.
In extremely light voting, DeAnda edged Padilla by a 13-10 margin. Padilla had finished slightly ahead of DeAnda during the municipal election in May. However, since neither woman gained a majority of the vote total, a runoff election was ordered.
Padilla, first elected to the BSISD board in 2003, was seeking her fourth term as a trustee.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ DUNCAN STUBBS SMYLY, 54, of Richamond, Va., was arrested Saturday on a charge of disorderly conduct â€“ language.
â€˘ CHRISTINA MUNIZ, 29, of 610 N.W. Sixth St. Apt. 118, was arrested Saturday on warrants for driving while license invalid and failure to appear.
â€˘ OSCAR HERNANDEZ, 51, of 506 Sgt. Paredez, was arrested Saturday on charges of public intoxication and shoplifting â€“ more than $50 and less than $500.
Rebecca Valencia, 95, of Big Spring died Friday, June 22, 2012, in Houston. Vigil services will be at 7 p.m. Monday at Myers & Smith Chapel. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Burial will be at Mt. Olive Memorial Park.
Graveside services for James Rogers, 63, of Brownwood, Texas, formerly of Big Spring, will be held 11 a.m.. Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at the Greenleaf Cemetery under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home. The family will receive friend from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.. Monday at the funeral home.
Mr. Rogers passed away Sunday, June 24, 2012, at Abilene Regional Medical Center.
He was born on July 31, 1948, in Dallas to Dee Lawson and Margaret Frances Pierce Rogers. He was a retired truck driver and had lived in Brownwood for the past 10 years. He previously lived in Big Spring.
Maurine Pittman, of Big Spring, died Sunday, June 24, 2012 in a Dallas hospital. Her services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Imagine your boss coming up to you and saying he was cutting your salary, only he wouldnâ€™t say how much your salary was getting cut or even when the cuts would take effect.
Now, try figuring out your household budget.
Thatâ€™s kind of the situation facing Howard College administrators as they start preparing their budget for the next fiscal year â€” they know theyâ€™re going to lose state appropriation money, but not how much or exactly when a final decision on those cuts will be handed down by state officials.
Rocky Harris, longtime head band director at Big Spring High School, has accepted the position as head band director at Permian High School, the Odessa American reported.
Shawn Bell, fine arts director for the Ector Independent School District, confirmed Friday that Harris had been offered the job, and had accepted it. He will replace Mike Watts, who served as Permian band director for the past 25 years before retiring at the end of the school year. A retirement party was held for Watts earlier this week, though the announcement of his retiring had been known for some time.
Howard County commissioners will have a number of issues to consider when they meet Monday morning, including moving a communications tower and addressing staffing issues at the local Department of Public Safety office.
According to County Judge Mark Barr, the court is expected to consider selecting another location for one of the countyâ€™s communication towers.
â€śThe tower is currently located on another tower, I believe on South Mountain,â€ť Barr said. â€śMy understanding is that tower has been condemned, so weâ€™ve been looking at other locations for it.â€ť