MARTIN COUNTY â€” Two men fell to their deaths Monday morning at a location in northern Martin County â€” approximately halfway between Big Spring and Lamesa â€” while working on power lines, tethered to a helicopter, according to local law enforcement officials.
David Edward Oliveira, 26, of Turlock, Calif., and Christopher Geoffrey Breed, 27, of Moscow, Idaho, were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, near County Roads 4501 and 4200, according to officials with the Martin County Sheriff's Office.
Howard College trustees gave tentative approval to across-the-board pay raises for district personnel during a combination budget workshop-regular meeting Tuesday.
College employees would see their annual income increase by at least $1,200 under the new budget, which will not be formally approved until Aug. 27.
Faculty can expect annual salary increases of between $1,389 and $1,857, depending on their contracts, while other employees will see significant pay raises also, College President Dr. Cheryl Sparks said.