April 15th, 2011
Despite drawing only three candidates, Thursday night's debate for city council hopefuls managed to heat up the races for the District 1 and District 3 seats on the government panel, with attention turning to term limits, the tax rate and municipal spending.
District 3 candidates Shannon Thomason and Glen Carrigan — along with a last minute-statement from write-in candidate Oscar Velasco — joined District 1 hopeful Marcus Fernandez to take part in the debate, which was fueled by questions submitted by e-mail and mail.
Howard County Conservatives will host a Tea Party rally from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Heart of the City Park.
The event is informal. Those attending may want to bring refreshments and lawn chairs.
â€śThis is an opportunity for all citizens to become better informed on the critical issues facing our country and what they can do to make a difference,â€ť said Bo Fryar, event organizer.
Special guests will be State Rep. Jim Landtroop and Dr. Donald May. Local conservative candidates will also be present at the rally, according to Fryar.
Allen William Gerhart, 80, of Odessa passed away April 13, 2011, at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 16, 2011, at Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home Chapel.
Travis N. Rushing, 71, of Big Spring died Friday, April 15, 2011, in a local hospital. His services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Hurricanes and tsunamis may not be on the list of disasters likely to occur in West Texas, but it doesn't mean there are no emergency situations or damaging factors.
Big Spring, as small and secluded as it is, has an emergency plan set in place — almost 900 pages of preparation and procedure, to be exact.
According to Big Spring Police Department Lt. Terry Chamness, emergency management coordinator, the state provides guidelines and each county sets up its own emergency response plans.
Centro Familiar Cristiano Mission Center is extending a helping hand.
It is still in its early stages, but the mission center is offering food, clothing, spiritual help and friendship.
“It's not a religious thing, it's just a Christian thing to do,” said Pedro Tobias, mission center director.
Grady High School will send a number of students to the University Interscholastic League Regional Academic Meet, to be held Saturday on the Abilene Christian University campus.
Grady students and the event or events in which they will compete are:
Elizabeth Torres, 57, of Big Spring died Monday, April 11, 2011, at her residence. Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 16, 2011, at Myers & Smith Chapel.
SNYDER â€” Quality trumped quantity.
The Big Spring boys' track team didn't have have the numbers heading into the District 5-3A track meet, but the Steers definitely had the star power, which was enough to allow them to edge Brownwood for the league title here Wednesday.
The Steers amassed 186 points, compared to 182 for Brownwood. Abilene Wylie was third with 148 points.
As expected, Big Spring City Council approved final reading of a water conservation plan Tuesday night, as well as first reading of a resolution enacting Stage 3 of the plan, which calls for scheduled outdoor water usage to help the city cut water consumption by 10 percent.
The council approved both measures on unanimous votes in hopes of bringing the current water shortage in West Texas to the forefront of Crossroads consumers' minds.