May 11th, 2011
The Big Spring City Council approved first reading of an ordinance amending codes related to the municipal aquatic center â€” and setting admission and usage fees â€” Tuesday night on a 6-1 vote, as the facility is expected to open in approximately a month.
The amendments would rename the code from â€śComanche Trail Park Municipal Swimming Poolâ€ť to â€śBig Spring Family Aquatic Center,â€ť as well as establish fees for entrance, pavilion rental and other transactions involving the facility.
Both city council candidates who allegedly took illegal campaign contributions said Tuesday they did so without knowing they were breaking the law.
Marcus Fernandez, a candidate for District 1 in Saturday's city elections, and James Glen Carrigan, who is running for the District 3 seat, said they became aware they had possibly taken illegal contributions when Big Spring Mayor Tommy Duncan came under fire last week for accepting campaign contributions from two local corporations, Quad A Inc. and Hydro Dynamics.
As early voting in this year's municipal elections closed Tuesday, election official say more than 700 local residents have already cast their ballot in a contest that will decide the fate of proposed term limits for Big Spring City Council members.
Howard County Elections Administrator Saundra Bloom said the total number of early voting ballots collected is approximately 750, slightly higher than she had expected in the municipal contest.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ PEDRO SAUCEDO, 40, of Stanton, was arrested Tuesday on warrants for failure to control speed and failure to appear.
â€˘ REBECCA RIVAS, 32, of 1505 Johnson, was arrested Tuesday on warrants for no driver's license â€“ when unlicensed, failure to appear and two warrants from another agency.
The Howard County Sheriffâ€™s Office reported the following activity:
Note â€” Officials with the Howard County Jail reported having 73 inmates at the time of this report.
Jon Hargrove, 62, of Big Spring died Monday, May 9, 2011. His services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Kenneth Barton Howell, 76, of Big Spring died Monday, May 9, 2011, at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 12, 2011, at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Mark Lindsey, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home.
Mary Lou Chenault of Lubbock, formerly of Big Spring, departed this life Monday, May 9, 2011, at the age of 84.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at Combest Family Funeral Homes. Graveside services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, May 12, 2011, at Trinity Memorial Park in Big Spring.
Please celebrate the life of Mary Lou by visiting www.combestfamilyfuneralhomes.com
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ DANIEL RAYMOND LUTZ, 37, of Sarasota, Fla., was arrested Monday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€˘ KIMBERLY NICOLE RIOS, 24, of 1606 Bluebird, was arrested Monday on a warrant for criminal mischief.
â€˘ CHRISTOPHER RYAN COLEGROVE, 19, of 3209 Oasis Rd., was arrested Monday on warrants for theft, failure to appear and no safety belt.
â€˘ DANIEL MONTEZ VIERA SR., 23, of 1907 S. Main St., was arrested Monday on a warrant for criminal mischief.
LUBBOCK - Howard College was defeated 5-1 Monday by New Mexico Junior College in the Region V Baseball Tournament. The Hawks were to play Midland at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the double-elimination tournament being held at Dan Law Field in Lubbock.
Firefighters with the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department and Big Spring Fire Department spent much of Monday battling a blaze in the southeast portion of the county that destroyed at least 2,300 acres and several structures.
Firefighters responded to the Tubbs Addition â€” located approximately a mile south of Big Spring on U.S. Highway 87 â€” around 1 p.m. after a wildfire was reported in the area.