Big Spring City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the emergency reading of an ordinance making the sale, possession or use of salvia â€” a hallucinogenic plant native to Mexico â€” a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $2,000.
According to Big Spring Police Chief Lonnie Smith, the use of the drug â€” also known as Diviner's Sage, ska MarÃa Pastora and Seer's sage â€” has already caused a number of Crossroads residents to seek medical help after consuming the product.
It is still several months before actual ground-breaking, but Big Spring Independent School District officials are busy preparing for the start of $63 million in construction projects that will affect every campus.
BSISD trustees will receive an update on those preparations when they hold their monthly meeting at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in the high school board room.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€¢ JOHNNY RAY PAYNE JR., 31, of 1509 Stadium, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of driving while license invalid â€“ DWI related.
â€¢ LEAH YVONNE DAVIDSON, 56, of 1205 Ridgeroad, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of failure to identify.
â€¢ GARY RAYANDO FRENCH, 31, of 2607 Central, was arrested Tuesday on charges of assault by contact and interference with an emergency phone call.
â€¢ SAUNDRA JO GARRARD, 36, of 1107 Wood, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of theft â€“ shoplifting.
Funeral services for Robbie Piner Kilgore, 85, of Lamesa will be held Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Lamesa with Bro. Daniel Armstrong officiating. Burial will follow in Lamesa Memorial Park under the direction of Branon Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Branon Funeral Home.
D. Kay Shaw, 87, of Denton, formerly of Big Spring died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at her daughter's residence in Denton. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel with Ralph Anderson, minister of Birdwell Lane Church of Christ, officiating. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Park.
Bernard "Bernie" Wanderer, 74, of Big Spring died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at his residence. Graveside funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, at the Peace Chapel at Trinity Memorial Park with Dr. Randy Cotton officiating.
Juanita (Nita) Coffman, 81, of Big Spring died Monday, Dec. 13, 2010, at Regency Hospital in Odessa. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday at Myers & Smith Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Myers & Smith Chapel with the Rev. Randy Cotton, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Olive Memorial Park. The family will be at 1314 W. Leatherwood.
Elizabeth Ann Wasson Olufsen, 90, of Denton, formerly of Big Spring died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010. She was born in Big Spring Oct. 26, 1920, and grew up in Maryland. She and her husband, George Olufsen, moved to Denton, in 1969, where she resided until her death. She was preceded in death by her husband and sons, Rick and Lee. She is survived by her daughters, Ann Bradbury, Lora Miller and Bebe Olufsen.
Thomas Craig (T.C.) Tubb, 88, of Midland died Monday, Dec. 13, 2010, at his residence. His services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland.
The District 5-3A honors for football were announced Monday with Brownwood being the last team knocked out of the playoffs.
The Big Spring Steers had 12 players earn honors, four of them on first team all-district.
Receiver Mike Menefield, offensive lineman Jackson Watkins, defensive end Devante Lloyd and safety Dennis Merworth earned first team
all-district honors. Merworth also earned a nod for honorable mention at receiver.