Archive - Aug 2011 - News Article
City Manager Gary Fuqua presented the Big Spring City Council with the proposed 2011-2012 budget during a work session Monday, and much like life in sweltering West Texas has been, it was a good news and bad news fiscal situation.
The proposed budget is based on a 94.95-cent per $100 valuation tax rate, a drop of 5 cents compared to last year's 99.95 cent rate.
Students and parents may like some of the changes Big Spring Independent School District Food Services has in store for the coming year.
But one major change won't make anyone happy.
When students return to classes Aug. 22, they'll notice some changes to the fare they're offered in the cafeterias. Meals will now feature more vegetables, fresh fruits and other additions designed to make the meals both nutritious and appealing.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
â€¢ANTONIO PARADEZ FLORES, 49, of 1602 Sycamore, was arrested Monday on warrants for driving while license invalid and failure to appear.
â€¢ROMERO VILLARREAL, JR., 26, of 1412 Wood St., was arrested Monday on a warrant from another agency.
â€¢MARIO ROBERT OVALLE, 37, of 305 E. 19th St., was arrested Monday on a warrant for failure to maintain financial responsibility.
â€¢THEFT was reported in the 900 block of Runnels Street.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 8 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
â€¢ KRISTINA FELICIDAD HEALY, 21, of 1900 Martin Luther King Blvd. 512, was arrested Saturday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€¢ TONY MOJICA CASTELLANO, 37, of 1503 S. Scurry, was arrested Saturday on a charge of driving while intoxicated/second offense.
â€¢ JOSHUA WILLIAM LUCERO, 23, of 2104 Johnson, was arrested Saturday on a charge of driving while intoxicated â€“ open container.
An Alon USA employee suffered minor burns late Friday night after a gas compressor exploded, according to officials at the Big Spring Refinery.
Vice President of Refining Jim Crosby told local media outlets during the weekend the fire started at the refineryâ€™s hydrocracking unit at approximately 11:50 p.m. Friday.
Crosby said the fire took approximately 40 minutes to extinguish. One employee was burned in the altercation and received first-aid treatment on the scene. The employee was not transported to a hospital, however.
The Big Spring City Council will meet Tuesday evening â€” prior to continued budget work sessions â€” to discuss a number of issues, including final reading of a denial of a proposed rate increase from Atmos Energyâ€™s West Texas Division.
The Council voted unanimously July 26 to deny the proposed rate increase from natural gas provider Atmos Energy, saying not only is the rate hike unwarranted, a rate decrease is in order.
Itâ€™s not just taking the oath, but living up to it that makes a difference.
This is the second year for the Good Scout Award Dinner, scheduled for Thursday and this year the winner of the award is doubley special. This year, two people are being honored with this award â€” John and Cynthia Scott â€” not just one. Hayes Stripling was the recipient at the 2010 Good Scout Award Dinner.
Sometimes cleaning out the closest can be a good thing.
Crossroads residents joined together Saturday morning â€” July 30 â€” at the Community Wide Yard Sale held in the Big Spring Herald parking lot in support of the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department. Eleven vendors set up in the north parking lot from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. Through their efforts, $714 was raised.
There were garage sale items, arts and crafts and more. Members of the volunteer fire department were also on hand during the event.
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.