September 1st, 2011
Nearly 1,500 new laws enacted during this year's session of the Texas Legislature went into effect today. Among the most notable changes are:
After Sept. 1, Texas highways will no longer have different speed limits during the day and at night. The new law also lets transportation officials raise limits to 75 mph in remote areas. (HB1353)
Keeping Big Spring beautiful is a community effort. no matter what the age of the volunteer.
Kristen Poffinbargar, a sophomore at Big Spring High School, recently started the beautification process of the east side entrance of Big Spring around Third Street and Tulane. Her efforts are aided by the receipt of the Conley Grant.
She was awarded the grant in July and began work on the project in August. In recognition of her efforts, she is receiving a $2,500 scholarship from former resident Jim Conley.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€¢ JOSE ANTONIO NIETO, 31, transient, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€¢ TAVARRES CORNEAL CASTON, 30, of Midland, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid with a previous conviction.
â€¢ DERRICK DAMOND WILBERT, 30, of 1207 Lamar, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.
â€¢ ASSAULT was reported:
In the 300 block of S. Aylesford.
In the 800 block of W. FM 700.
James Thomas Childers passed away Aug. 30, 2011, at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas. A public viewing will be held Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Midway Baptist Church in Coahoma, Texas. Church services will be held at 2 p.m. with interment following at Coahoma Cemetery.
Richard M. Haro, 51, of Big Spring died Monday, Aug. 29, 2011. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, at Myers & Smith Chapel with Pastor Ken McMeans officiating. Private services and burial will be held at a later date.
COAHOMA — Coahoma Independent School District trustees gave their stamp of approval to a new budget and tax rate for the coming fiscal year during their monthly meeting Tuesday evening.
The $7.4 million budget does feature a built-in shortfall of slightly more than $200,000, a result of a $500,000 reduction in state revenue this fiscal year.
Texas is the last state in the nation to still lower speed limits at sundown, but that will change Thursday as a new law doing away with nighttime limits goes into effect.
House Bill 1353, passed by the 82nd Texas Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Perry, sets the speed limit at 70 mph for all vehicles, day and night.
In years past, trucks were limited to 65 mph at all times and both cars and trucks were limited to 65 mph at night.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€¢ LIONSO LEE JIMENEZ III, 32, of 1508 Sycamore, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for robbery.
â€¢ ARMANDO JOSE CERVANTES, 19, of 1304 Madison, was arrested Tuesday on charges of harboring a runaway child and driving while license invalid â€“ DWI related.
â€¢ BREANNA KAY MOORE, 18, of 1906 Eubanks, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for possession/purchase/consumption of tobacco by a minor.
â€¢ SABAA TEMPLETON, 25, of 914 E. Sixth St., was arrested Tuesday on a warrant from another agency.
IOWA PARK â€“ Chris Linn Gartman, 56, passed away Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, in Wichita Falls, Texas. Funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, at Lakeview Church of God in Iowa Park, Texas, with Pastor Ted Gray officiating. Allen Davis will give the eulogy. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, in Oliver Springs Cemetery, Gorman, Texas, under the direction of Dutton Funeral Home of Iowa Park.
Ruth Jamison, 61, of Big Spring died Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011, at her residence. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.