February 17th, 2011
In an effort to make up for an anticipated budget shortfall, Big Spring public school officials are offering personnel a de facto early resignation bonus.
Any Big Spring Independent School District employee who announces his or her resignation prior to March 1 will receive a one-time payment of $1,000, BSISD Chief Financial Officer Sandra Waggoner said.
Mike Eggleston had lots of stories from his days as a Texas peace officer, but it took a nudge from his wife to put those stories on paper.
Eggleston, whose career in law enforcement included a stint with the Big Spring Police Department, was at the Heritage Museum Wednesday to sign copies of “Distorted Pillars,” a fictionalized account of some of the events in his career.
Written under his pen name, Mike McKee, the book follows the career of Mike Evans, who strikes out at anything he considers unethical, unfair or unpatriotic.
Mark your calendars, numerous events are coming up in the next two months. Upcoming events were the main focus of the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce board's meeting Wednesday.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ RICKY BOB YANEZ, 25, of 1302 Sycamore, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant from another agency and a warrant for resisting arrest, search or transportation.
â€˘ ZACKARY BENNETT WATKINS, 25, of 908 Mountain Park, was arrested Wednesday on warrants for expired license plate and failure to appear.
â€˘ JACOB DANIEL PETROWSKI, 21, of 2803 Apache, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant from another agency.
Cory Lee Puga, 19, of Big Spring died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at University Medical Center in Lubbock. Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Myers & Smith Chapel. Funeral mass will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial at Trinity Memorial Park.
Sandra De La Garza Ramirez, 44, of Big Spring died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at Midland Memorial Hospital. Vigil services will be at 4 p.m. Thursday at Myers & Smith Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
ACKERLY — School trustees here will decide whether to call for a May 14 bond election when they hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the district board room.
Trustees will explore two possible bond options during the meeting. The first would ask voters for $1 million to upgrade the campus' heating and cooling systems, while the second option would be for $2 million, which would pay for the HVAC upgrades, three new buses and a new track surface.
Superintendent Wayne Blount said trustees would discuss both options Thursday.
COLORADO CITY — Frustration continues to mount among friends and family still hoping for the safe return of 13-year-old Hailey Dunn, who went missing from her home here Dec. 27.
Dunn has been the focus of a region-wide search since her mother, Billie Dunn, reported her missing to the Colorado City Police Department Dec. 28. Searches of fields and abandoned structures have been conducted in Colorado City, as well as numerous nearby communities, including Dunn, Abilene, Odessa and Big Spring.
Candidate filings have been few and far between in area school trustee races.
Monday was the first day for prospective candidates to file for the May 14 school board elections and few people have thrown their hats into the ring as of yet.
School districts in Big Spring, Coahoma, Forsan, Stanton and Ackerly will hold trustee elections this May. Candidates have until March 14 to file their paperwork to get their names on the ballot. Filings can be done at the respective districts' business offices during normal operating hours.
A suspect in the June 5 home invasion in the 600 block of State Street was arrested and charged with aggravated robbery Tuesday, bringing the total number of arrests in the case to more than a half-dozen.
Aaron Joe Guzman, 19, was arrested Tuesday by the HCSO on a Big Spring Police Department warrant for aggravated robbery and a motion to revoke probation for possession of a controlled substance, according to law enforcement officials.