Archive - May 2013 - News Article
Three years after being swept into office on promises of lower taxes, improvements to infrastructure and giving voters an increased voice in major city issues, Big Spring Mayor Tommy Duncan is leaving office figuring he batted three-for-three.
On the eve of his surrendering the mayor's gavel to Larry McLellan, Duncan points with pride to the fact that the city made major movement on what he considered the key issues facing the municipality.
Big Spring businessman Larry McLellan delivered a convincing victory in Saturday night's election for the mayoral seat on the city council, edging out challenger Roger Rodman with more than 65 percent of the city-wide vote.
McLellan led Rodman 698 ballots to 282 ballots â€” a whopping 70.15 percent to 28.52 percent â€” following the release of early voting totals just after the polls closed at 7 p.m. Rodman would close the gap only marginally by the end of the night, however, with McLellan taking the final victory with 66.63 percent (1,074 ballots) to Rodman's 31.33 percent (505 ballots).
Forsan Independent School District voters overwhelmingly supported a $23.8 million bond election to construct a new elementary school building and make renovations at the high school and junior high campus, approving the measure by more than 81 percent.
The new Colorado River Municipal Water District water reclamation plant is up and running, according to district officials, as the facility goes through a 30-day run to make sure all of the â€śbells and whistlesâ€ť are operating as planned.
CRMWD Manager John Grant said the facility â€” located on the city's east side, near the municipal animal shlter â€” is fully operational and adding approximately 2 million gallons of reclaimed water to the district's raw water supply each day.
FORSAN â€” Although the amount of state money they will receive this year is yet to be determined, school trustees here will begin addressing budget matters for the coming fiscal year when they hold their regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the administration wing board room.
Specifically, the school board will begin looking at two areas which make up the lion's share of the budget â€” salaries and health insurance for employees.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. May 11, 2013 and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ JUSTIN M. RAMIREZ, 25, of 710 Willia was arrested Friday on a warrant from another agency.
â€˘ SAMMEAL RAY GRAY, 29, of 1405 Settles was arrested Friday on a charge of disorderly conduct language.
â€˘ FRANKLIN LAMARR CURTIS, 47, of 808 W. Third was arrested Friday for having stood in roadway to solicit ride (contributions, employment or business).
â€˘ AMANDA JO MASSEY, 24, of 2438 Whitmire, Midland was arrested Friday on a charge of public intoxication.
Saturday will mark area residents' final opportunity to weigh in on municipal and school board elections, as polls open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. around the Crossroads community.
According to officials with the Howard County Elections Administrations, polls will be located at the following locations:
Coahoma Independent School District Races â€” Coahoma Community Center
Big Spring races â€” Dorothy Garrett Coliseum, on the Howard College campus
Forsan races and Precincts 205-208 â€” Forsan High School
Forsan Precincts 33, 304 â€” Elbow Elementary School
Annalise O'Connell received the President's Award as top student at SouthWest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf during the SWCID Awards Convocation Thursday evening.
The President's award is annually based on academic excellence, participation in all facets of student life, leadership in extra-curricular activities and college spirit, said Howard College President Dr. Cheryl Sparks, who presented the award.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ ANTONIO JARROD MOORE, 23, of Marlin Falls, Texas, was arrested Thursday on a warrant from another agency.
â€˘ CODY JAMES CALHOUN, 21, of 2102 S. Scurry, was arrested Thursday on a warrant for failure to maintain financial responsibility.
â€˘ ALFONSO GARCIA RAMOS JR., 26, of 2604 Dow, was arrested Thursday on a charge of violation of a protective order.
Need a quick but lasting gift for Mother's Day? Look no further than the Green Thumb Cottage.
The Cottage, located at 1604 W. Fourth Street in Big Spring, is home of the Howard County Master Gardeners, who will be holding their annual spring sale this weekend.
Time and date for the event is 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday.
â€śWe know people are busy, and sometimes Mother's Day can sneak up on them. We also know a potted plant or a tree that will keep on living and giving is one of the best gifts we can give that special mom,â€ť said Julie Coates, the organization's president.