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December 12th

Players cherish Jones’ impact on Garden City

December 12, 2010

GARDEN CITY — Garden City football players talk about head coach Vance Jones like he’s a family member.

It’s just one way of putting his impact on the program in perspective.
“Coach Jones is like a second dad almost,” running back Josh Colunga said. “He’s been there for us on and off the field. He’s a great coach. He knows what he’s doing. He takes care of us a lot. I’m glad I did it under his judgement and his coaching staff. The rest of the coaches are awesome and I just want to say thank you to all of them.”

Area basketball: tournament recaps, Saturday scores for area squads

December 12, 2010

Big Spring Boys
2010 Sandhills Tournament
Big Spring 75, Midland Christian 21
Big Spring 55, Andrews 47
Big Spring, 47, Monahans 35
Greenwood 55, Big Spring 53 (OT)

Big Spring girls
2010 Sandhills Tournament
Big Spring 49, Alpine 11
Andrews 43, Big Spring 40
Big Spring 53, El Paso Bowie 43

Coahoma boys
Stanton Hoopstown Tournament
Coahoma 50, Midland Classical 47
OHS JV 58, Coahoma 45
Coahoma 73, Crane 43
Tahoka 68, Coahoma 47

Coahoma girls
2010 Sandhills Tournament
El Paso Bowie 51, Coahoma 38
Coahoma 48,. Pecos 32
Coahoma 48, Lamesa 42

Stanton boys

December 11th

Jury finds Alon USA negligent, awards $350,000 in damages

December 11, 2010

A 118th District Court jury awarded three Howard County residents a total of more than $350,000 for property repair and medical expenses incurred as a result of the February 2008 Alon Refinery explosion.

The jury verdict came at the end of a week-long civil trial Friday afternoon.

Plaintiffs Beverly Smithie and Ron and Debra Walker sued Alon USA to recoup property and medical expenses they sustained from the explosion, which occurred Feb. 18, 2008.

The jury found that Alon had been negligent in assisting the plaintiffs and awarded the following damages:

Commissioners to mull fireworks ban

December 11, 2010

Howard County commissioners are expected to consider a ban on fireworks Monday morning, approximately a month after the government panel issued a burn ban in hopes of staving off wildfires in the Crossroads area.

County Judge Mark Barr said the county is required to wait until the drought index in the Crossroads area reaches a specific level before issuing a fireworks ban, a level Howard County has already surpassed.

College aims for June completion date on renovations

December 11, 2010

Check off another construction project at Howard College.

The college's administration building is once again open for business after workers recently completed extensive renovation of the facility. That work is part of more than $20 million in renovation projects ongoing across the Birdwell Lane campus.

College trustees will hear about the state of renovation when they hold their monthly meeting at 12:30 p.m. Monday in the student union building's Tumbleweed Room.

Police blotter

December 11, 2010

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity:
• MARK ANTHONY SALAZAR, 20, 212 E. Robinson, was arrested on a warrant charging driving while intoxicated.
• MONA ALICIA SALDANA, 25, 1400 Virginia, was arrested on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid.
• SOMER DANAE LANCASTER, 32, 1804 N. FM 700, was arrested on three warrants from other agencies.
• RENE ANGEL VALDEZ JR., 49, 2205 Johnson, was arrested on a charge of public intoxication.
• TONGCHEN LIU, 28, Ithica, N.Y., was arrested on a charge of hindering officers from discharging official duties.

Laura Jeane Wingo-Peffer

December 11, 2010

Laura Jeane Wingo-Peffer died Friday, Dec. 10, 2010. Family viewing and visitation will be held at Myers & Smith Funeral Home on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Services will be held at Myers & Smith Chapel at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. Laura will be laid to rest next to her father, Thomas Wingo, at Calvary Hill Cemetery in Humble at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010.

Olga Hernandez

December 11, 2010

Olga Hernandez, 55, of Big Spring, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, at Scenic Mountain Medical Center. Vigil services will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at Myers & Smith Chapel. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Viola Higgins Shortes

December 11, 2010

Viola Higgins Shortes, 96, died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, in a Sterling City nursing home. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010, at the Peace Chapel at Trinity Memorial Park with the Rev. R.T. Havener officiating.

Helen Bagnall

December 11, 2010

Helen M. Bagnall, 87, of Big Spring, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, in a local nursing home. Her services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.

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