Archive - May 2011 - News Article
Who says $21 million doesn't buy anything anymore?
As contractors reach the final phases of Howard College's $21 million campus renovation, officials are taking pride in the fact they were able to deliver on every project they envisioned.
In fact, they've done even more than originally planned.
Howard County commissioners approved a contract with Lubbock County Monday morning that would serve as a type of “insurance policy.”
The annual contract — which costs the county approximately $14,000 — secures Howard County a regional public defender necessary to try a capital murder case.
According to County Judge Mark Barr, the county has participated in the program during the past three years, and while $14,000 certainly isn't loose change, it's a pittance compared to what a capital murder case could cost the county.
Howard County drivers passing by Mt. Olive Cemetery on Texas Highway 350 may not have noticed the latest addition to the stone entrance gate, but the metal medallion mounted on the left side is the third step in the historic preservation of the cemetery.
Grady Independent School District has announced its 2011 valedictorian and salutatorian.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
â¢ CHRISTINA LEANN GARZA, 27, of 1902 Mittel, was arrested Monday on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
â¢ RICHARD HERNANDEZ MARTINEZ, 46, of 805 E. 15th St., was arrested Monday on charges of assault â family violence and criminal mischief.
â¢ JIMMY ENRIQUE ALATORRE, 20, of 1002 N. Main St. Apt. 66, was arrested Monday on a charge of injury to a child â serious bodily injury.
â¢ THEFT was reported in the 1300 block of E. 11th Place.
The Crossroads area will be the place to be this summer, as the Big Spring Film Society announces its summer line-up, including WestFest, a two-day event combining movies and music thatâs sure to be a hit with the whole family.
Itâs about bringing the unforgettable experience home.
Local resident Karen Ivy is working with Center for Cultural Interexchange to ensure area residents are able to experience different cultures without ever having to leave home. For the past three years, Ivy has been serving as area coordinator and as a host family.
âI wanted to have the experience of being able to teach them (the students) about American culture,â Ivy said. âItâs a chance to share our life experiences.â
Big Spring City Council is expected to put the finishing touches on ordinances and the fee schedule for the new municipal aquatic center Tuesday night, just in time for the facilityâs grand opening next month.
First reading of the amendments to the city code and ordinances passed on a 6-1 vote May 10, with District 2 Councilman Manuel Ramirez Jr. the lone dissenter.
At the heart of Ramirezâs argument against the fee schedule is the proposed $5 entrance fee for swimmers age 3 years and up, a sharp increase from the $2 fee charged before the municipal swimming pool was closed.
A former Howard County employee accused of tampering with government records was among 27 people indicted during this week's session of the county grand jury.
Jamie R. Weaver, 35, of Forsan, stands charged of two counts of tampering with a governmental record and two counts of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.
FORSAN — Increases in salaries, health insurance and cafeteria costs will be the focus of Forsan Independent School District trustees when they hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the administration wing board room.
FISD Superintendent Randy Johnson said the district has received notification that employee health insurance costs will increase in the coming school year.