August 22nd, 2011
Big Spring sixth-graders are moving up in the world.
Of all the changes that will take place at Big Spring Independent School District this school year — which begins Monday — the one that gains the most notice is all the construction projects going on at campus sites around town. But another change, this one not quite as noticeable, is the addition of sixth-graders to the junior high school population.
United Way of Big Spring and Howard County announced its goal for the 2012 campaign Saturday night at the Boots and Bling event held at the Big Spring Country Club.
This year the 23-member-board is aiming to reach a goal of $275,000. Last year the goal was set at $250,000 and, through the help of board members and contributions from the community, was surpassed.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ EDUARDO RAMIREZ GALLARDO, 51, of 806 Ohio, was arrested Saturday on a charge of driving while intoxicated (open container) â€“ third or more offense.
â€˘ STEVEN RANDEL O'BRIEN, 49, of 2606 Hunter, was arrested Saturday on a charge of terroristic threats.
â€˘ ARL A. LINGER, 63, of New Mexico, was arrested Saturday on a charge of criminal trespass.
â€˘ SAMMY FERRELL, 49, of 509 N. Johnson, was arrested Saturday on a charge of public intoxication.
Nita Ellison, 58, of Big Spring died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, at Scenic Mountain Medical Center. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
SAN ANGELO â€” L.D. Whitton Sr., 75, of San Angelo, Texas, passed away Friday, Aug. 19, 2011. Visitation was held Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, with family present from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, August 22, 2011, at Edmund Blvd. Baptist Church with burial to follow at Lawnhaven Memorial Garden. Services are under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home/Sherwood Way.
Dorothy Stripling, 81, of Big Spring, died Monday, August 22, 2011, at her residence. Her services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory.
Howard College trustees are expected to formally approve the budget and tax rate for the coming fiscal year when they hold their monthly meeting at 12:30 p.m. Monday in the student union buildingâ€™s Tumbleweed Room.
College officials have crafted a $36.6 million budget, which is almost $1.5 million less than the previous year. That decrease reflects both a loss of state revenue and the completion of bond-related renovation projects during the past few months.
Howard County commissioners are expected to sign off on an agreement to help pay maintenance and utility costs at Big Spring State Park when they meet at 10 a.m. Monday on the third floor of the county courthouse.
The state park was caught in the wave of budget cuts coming out of Austin earlier this year and is in serious need of operating funds, officials said.
In response, county and city officials have crafted an interlocal agreement in which the two entities will contribute $10,000 each to help keep the park up and running.
Sometimes mere chance can lead to finding a place to call home.
Debbye ValVerde has been working at the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce for 20 years and looks forward to even more. After being at the Big Spring Herald for 10 years and having just married her husband, Larry, she decided the housewife role wasnâ€™t exactly what she wanted.
â€śI saw an ad in the newspaper and answered it. At the time I had no idea what a chamber did,â€ť ValVerde said. â€śI came in and I was told Iâ€™d start tomorrow and well, Iâ€™ve been here ever since.â€ť
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday:
â€˘ LIONSO LEE JIMENEZ III, 32, of 1508 Sycamore, was arrested Friday on charges of failure to identify giving false/fictitious information and possession of drug paraphernalia.
â€˘ ANGIE FAY BROOKS, 43, of 1712 E. 15th St., was arrested Friday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€˘ EDUARDO RAMIREZ GALLARDO, 51, of 806 Ohio St., was arrested Saturday on a charge of driving while intoxicated/open container (third offense).