August 6th, 2011
The Big Spring City Council will begin holding its annual budget work sessions — which were originally slated for last week and postponed — Monday evening as the municipality tries to get a handle on its fiscal plan for 2011-2012.
And while budget sessions have traditionally been a time for council members to pitch their pet projects for the coming year, a lack of revenue — due in large part to the ongoing drought and lack of water sales — will most likely keep such plans on the back burner going into the next fiscal year.
An important piece of Big Spring history is sitting in a warehouse while it waits for repair. The question city officials are asking is when the repairs will come.
The Statue of Liberty replica that once stood in front of the Municipal Auditorium was damaged by a wind storm this past spring and was removed from its post until repairs could be made.
Howard County commissioners will meet Monday morning to discuss a number of topics, including approval of the 2011-2012 budget for the county's 911 emergency district and an update of ongoing work with the Lubbock Dispute Resolution Office.
Commissioners are expected to meet with Crystal Collins and Gene Valentini from the Lubbock-based dispute resolutions group, a program the county has been involved with for some time now.
The court is also expected to meet with Howard County 911 Director Tommy Sullivan regarding his agency's proposed 2011-2012 budget.
Lynda Sliger, 72, of Big Spring, died Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, in a Midland hospital. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel with Jim Sliger officiating.
Dennis F. Sullivan, 63, of Big Spring, died Saturday, July 30, 2011 at his residence. Graveside services with military honors will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene.
Water's not the only thing that could be in short supply this summer.
The record-breaking string of triple-digit-temperature days this summer has put an increasing strain on the state's electricity grid. And that strain is getting close to the breaking point.
Officials with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which oversees the state's power grid, came close to ordering rolling blackouts because of low electricity reserves Thursday. And that action is still very possible if demand remains at such high levels.
A Big Spring man was arrested Thursday after law enforcement officials say he allegedly pointed a handgun at an officer during an alcohol-fueled altercation in the 700 block of N.W. Eighth Street.
Julian Jay Torres, 18, of 500.5 N.W. Seventh St., was arrested Thursday on charges of deadly conduct, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and resisting arrest, search or transportation.
According to Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer with the Big Spring Police Department, officers were called to the scene of the incident to find Torres allegedly waving a gun around.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
â€¢ JOHNNY REX DAVIS, 41, of Midland, was arrested Thursday on charges of aggravated assault and criminal mischief â€“ more than $1,500 and less than $20,000.
â€¢ GILBERT RECIO JR., 38, of 1007 Wood, was arrested Thursday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€¢ JULIAN JAY TORRES, 18, of 500.5 N.W. Seventh St., was arrested Thursday on charges of deadly conduct, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and resisting arrest, search or transportation.
Angelita Gulieta Heredia Alvarez, 66, of Big Spring died Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, at Parkview Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Vigil services will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church with Deacon Johnny Arguello officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olive Memorial Park.
Lynda F. Sliger, 72, of Big Spring died Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, in a Midland hospital. Her services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.