May 18th, 2012
DALLAS (AP) â€” A jury has found a former Roman Catholic priest guilty of plotting the death of a man who accused him of sexual abuse.
According to the Dallas Morning News, the Dallas County jury of three men and nine women returned its verdict on John M. Fiala Thursday afternoon after a few hoursâ€™ deliberation. Then, testimony began in the penalty phase. Fiala could be sentenced to up to life in prison for solicitation of capital murder.
Temperatures are rising and the Salvation Army is asking for the communityâ€™s help.
Each year, the Salvation Army holds a fan drive in the summer and a heater drive in the winter with hopes of helping area residents keep cool and stay warm. The time has come to transition and gather fans for the upcoming summer months.
â€śWe have been doing this for at least 10 years and we continue to do it because there is always a need,â€ť Social Services Director Bessie Flores said.
Investigators with the Big Spring Police Department are still sifting through witness statements to determine the circumstances surrounding the death of 22-year-old Noe Sanchez, who was struck by a vehicle following gunfire Sunday in front of the Big Spring Mall.
According to Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer with the BSPD, the altercation involved a feud between two Big Spring families.
As if taking a cue from low turnouts in the recent municipal and school board elections, local election officials say voting in the political party primaries has been much slower than expected.
Early voting in the Republican and Democratic primaries got under way Monday.
â€śWe had 81 people come in on Monday and 61 on Tuesday. Things were moving just as slow on Wednesday,â€ť Bloom said. â€śThis is a lot slower than we were expecting.â€ť
Bloom said despite the lack of voters, the process has gone well.
LUBBOCK â€” It wasn't exactly how Howard College Head Baseball Coach Britt Smith wanted the season to end, but as he pointed out after the Hawks' 5-2 loss to the Cisco College Wranglers on Wednesday, â€śThese guys went 91-25 in two years. That's .800 baseball â€” you can't ask for much better than that.â€ť
One bad inning â€” the top of the second â€” would come back to haunt the Hawks as the normally dependable starting pitcher Logan Ehlers and the defense gave up five Cisco runs on five hits, a walk and an error.
â€ś(Ehlers) was on short rest,â€ť Smith said. â€śHe didn't have the same velocity.â€ť
While the focus of Tuesday nightâ€™s public meeting hosted by the Texas Department of Transportation was to introduce improvements to the coming U.S. Highway 87 relief route, that didnâ€™t stop local residents from showing their concern for the possible economic impact the route could have on Big Spring.
According to Blair Haynie, director of transportation planning and development for TxDOT, the public meeting was necessary because changes were made to the future roadwayâ€™s design.
Contributions to the community donâ€™t go ignored.
Friday at 6:30 p.m., Dr. Keith Graumann will be recognized for his contribution to the community at the Good Scout Award Dinner. Following the reception, dinner will be served and the program will begin at 7 p.m. at the Big Spring Country Club.
â€śA committee looks at several different people who have made contributions to the community and this year they selected Dr. Graumann,â€ť Brian Sweeney, district executive of Big Spring Boy Scouts of America, said. â€śHe has gone over the top the whole time he has been in the community.â€ť
Reorganization of the board is among the business set before Coahoma Independent School District trustees Thursday.
The board convenes at 7 p.m. in the faculty dining room at Coahoma Elementary School.
Early on, trustees will canvass last Saturdayâ€™s board election, which unofficially witnessed incumbents Brian Moore, Jody Reid and Alan Wright retain their seats, despite a chose challenge from Leslie Tindol, Gerald King and Paul Lewis.
Howard County commissioners met Monday morning to discuss a number of issues, but the state of county roadways â€” and the desperate need for their maintenance â€” took center stage.
Commissioners approved a resolution calling for the state of Texas to step in and assist counties with the high cost of road maintenance associated with the boom in the oilfield.