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May 17th, 2012
As if taking a cue from low turnouts in the recent municipal and school board elections, local election officials say voting in the political party primaries has been much slower than expected.
Early voting in the Republican and Democratic primaries got under way Monday.
â€śWe had 81 people come in on Monday and 61 on Tuesday. Things were moving just as slow on Wednesday,â€ť Bloom said. â€śThis is a lot slower than we were expecting.â€ť
Bloom said despite the lack of voters, the process has gone well.
While the focus of Tuesday nightâ€™s public meeting hosted by the Texas Department of Transportation was to introduce improvements to the coming U.S. Highway 87 relief route, that didnâ€™t stop local residents from showing their concern for the possible economic impact the route could have on Big Spring.
According to Blair Haynie, director of transportation planning and development for TxDOT, the public meeting was necessary because changes were made to the future roadwayâ€™s design.
Contributions to the community donâ€™t go ignored.
Friday at 6:30 p.m., Dr. Keith Graumann will be recognized for his contribution to the community at the Good Scout Award Dinner. Following the reception, dinner will be served and the program will begin at 7 p.m. at the Big Spring Country Club.
â€śA committee looks at several different people who have made contributions to the community and this year they selected Dr. Graumann,â€ť Brian Sweeney, district executive of Big Spring Boy Scouts of America, said. â€śHe has gone over the top the whole time he has been in the community.â€ť
Reorganization of the board is among the business set before Coahoma Independent School District trustees Thursday.
The board convenes at 7 p.m. in the faculty dining room at Coahoma Elementary School.
Early on, trustees will canvass last Saturdayâ€™s board election, which unofficially witnessed incumbents Brian Moore, Jody Reid and Alan Wright retain their seats, despite a chose challenge from Leslie Tindol, Gerald King and Paul Lewis.
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.