Archive - Sep 2013 - News Article
Those of us who are old enough remember where we were and what we were doing the fateful day of Sept. 11, 2001.
A day that would change all of our lives and the lives of our progeny. Security has taken up residence in almost every nook and cranny of our lives and the feeling that our shores were secure is long gone.
But as guest speaker, Mike Meinen, U.S. Army OIF, said at the 9/11 Memorial At The Plaza Wednesday, â€śAmericans do not cower or bow down to her enemy,â€ť Meinen commented. â€śThat quality is rare in the citizens of other countries.â€ť
Homecoming celebrations at Big Spring High School will kick into high gear tonight and continue into the weekend.
School officials will literally light a match to homecoming festivities tonight when they ignite a bonfire located at the field west of the Little League baseball park on the Howard College campus. The bonfire will be lit between 8 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.
Unfortunately, garbage is expensive â€” and it's about to become even more so for Big Spring residents.
During their regular meeting Tuesday evening, the Big Spring City Council approved on first reading an ordinance that would increase sanitation collection fees by $3 a month for residential customers and $5 a month for businesses.
Residential customers will now pay $15.50 a month for trash collection, while commercial customers will pay $18.50 under the new fee schedule, which was approved by a 6-1 vote by the council (District 1's Marcus Fernandez voted against the measure).
Here is a schedule of events for Homecoming Week at Big Spring High School:
8:15 p.m. â€” Bonfire at the field west of the American Little League Park on the Howard College campus.
3 p.m. â€” Pep rally at high school gym.
4:30 p.m. â€” Homecoming parade begins at 11th and Donley; parade will proceed west on 11th to Goliad, then north to Eighth, east to Owens and south to the high school.
7:15 p.m. â€” Coming Home Queen named, Memorial Stadium.
7:30 p.m. â€” Homecoming game vs. San Angelo Lake View; homecoming king and queen will be crowned at halftime.
As they have for the past seven years, area residents will gather to remember Howard County servicemen who have fallen during conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The â€śMemorial at the Plaza,â€ť set for 5 p.m. Wednesday at Spring Town Plaza (formerly Big Spring Mall), will honor not only local servicemen, but all those lost in the terror attacks of 12 years ago, organizers said.
After almost a year of study and discussion, Howard County officials are going to implement a usage fee on county roads.
Effective Oct. 1, any commercial or agriculture entity which creates an access point utilizing county roads will be required to to purchase a $4,500 usage permit from the county. There will be no charge for pre-existing access points, officials said.
Howard County commissioners decided to spend some money now in the hopes of getting even more money in the near future.
During their regular meeting Monday morning, commissioners unanimously voted to set aside $150,000 for legal and administrative fees to participate in the County Transportation Infrastructure Fund Grant Program.
During the most recent session of the Texas Legislature, the state senate appropriated $225 million in grants to be used by counties whose roads infrastructure had been adversely affected by the recent oil boom.
FORSAN â€” School trustees here will consider purchasing housing for school personnel when they hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the administration wing board room.
Forsan Independent School District currently provides 14 â€śextremelyâ€ť low-rent homes for extra-duty personnel â€” coaches, band directors and other teachers who spend a lot of extra time on campus. Now, the school board will explore the possibility of adding two more homes to the list.
Howard County commissioners are expected to give final approval to the budget for the coming fiscal year when they meet at 10:30 a.m. Monday on the third floor of the county courthouse.
Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the new budget and tax rate during the meeting, then are expected to vote on approval of the budget. The tax rate will be formally adopted Sept. 23.
The proposed county budget will feature several new expenditures, including $500,000 to pay the county's share of costs for a new landfill and an increase of more than $240,000 to help pay for ambulance services.