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May 15th, 2012
Howard County commissioners met Monday morning to discuss a number of issues, but the state of county roadways â€” and the desperate need for their maintenance â€” took center stage.
Commissioners approved a resolution calling for the state of Texas to step in and assist counties with the high cost of road maintenance associated with the boom in the oilfield.
Most Crossroads area residents born before the 1970s remember something about the Vietnam War.
Some of them fought. Others nursed the wounded â€” and there were a lot of wounded.
Some lost fathers, sons or brothers. For some, whose friends or family members went Missing in Action or became Prisoners of War, there has been no resolution. Some, who returned home only to be shunned by their fellow countrymen, were left with an emptiness too vast to fill.
Those who feel passionate about the Port-to-Plains truck reliever route around Big Spring should attend a public meeting here Tuesday.
The Texas Department of Transportation will hold the hearing at the Dora Roberts Community Center. Those attending will be able to view exhibits as early as 5 p.m. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting will get underway at 6:30 p.m.
The Big Spring Police Department is investigating an altercation at the Big Spring Mall Sunday evening that claimed the life of a 22-year-old local man.
Noe Sanchez, 22, was pronounced dead at the scene by Howard County Justice of the Peace Kathryn Wiseman, according to law enforcement officials, after being struck by a vehicle.
Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer for the BSPD, said officers were dispatched to the Big Spring Mall parking lot â€” near the Family Dollar entrance â€” at approximately 6:40 p.m. in reference to a report of shots fired.
The city of Big Spring will be able to move forward with its proposed $13 million overhaul of the municipality's water and wastewater facilities utilizing economic development funding. Voters overwhelmingly approved the measure during Saturday's citywide election.
The measure passed with 1,182 ballots in favor, making up a whopping 71.51 percent of the vote, with 471 casting their ballot against the proposition, accounting for 28.49 percent of the tally.
Final results in this year's Big Spring municipal election: Proposed 4B Water/Wastewater Project -- 72 percent in favor, 28 percent against ... City Council District 4 race -- Bobby McDonald 51 percent, Loretta Farquhar 49 percent.
Final results for the Big Spring ISD school board trustee Place 2 Race -- Maria V. Padilla, 39 percent ; Pat Deanda, 37 percent; Edwin O. Ware 24 percent. According to school district officials, a run off election between Padilla and Deanda will be scheduled in in the coming weeks.
Area election officials won't have much time to breath following this weekend's municipal elections, as early voting in this year's political party primaries is set to begin Monday morning at 8 a.m.
The primaries â€” normally conducted in March, but held up this year due to federal lawsuits pertaining to the statewide redistricting process â€” have been pushed back several times until officials finally settled on May 29.
FORSAN â€” Forsan Independent School District trustees will likely commission a facilities study when they hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the administration wing board room.
Trustees are expected to approve the hiring of Mike Brooks from the Texas Association of School Boards to conduct the study, which will be used to determine what, if any, renovations are needed to bring FISD campuses up to standard.
â€śWe've got a variety of issues we're dealing with,â€ť FISD Superintendent Randy Johnson said. â€śAnd a lot of those maintenance issues and concerns are at Elbow (Elementary).â€ť
County road maintenance will likely be the topic of choice Monday when the Howard County commissioners meet, as the court is expected to look at different ways to pay for some much needed repairs to its roadways.
The court is expected to discuss â€” and possibly take action on â€” road use agreements during the meeting, according to County Judge Mark Barr, as the county looks to address a growing problem with its county roads.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday:
â€˘ BURGLARY OF HABITATION was reported:
In the 1500 block of Sycamore Street B.
In the 1300 block of Stadium.
â€˘ THEFT was reported in the 1800 block of S. Gregg Street.