May 14th, 2012
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.
Don Cunningham, 71, of Big Spring, Texas, went to be with the Lord on May 11, 2012, at his residence. The family will receive friends Sunday, May 13, 2012, from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Myers & Smith Chapel with the Rev. Jim Binnix, officiating. Burial will follow at Trinity Memorial Park.
Shamar Myles, 26, of Big Spring, died Friday, May 11, 2012, at Scenic Mountain Medical Center. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
SAN ANTONIO â€“ Reggie Halfmann of Garden City, Texas, was selected to receive the 2012 All American Scholar Award sponsored by Catholic Life Insurance, the nationâ€™s eighth largest fraternal life insurer. Each year, Catholic Life awards 35 scholarships worth $1,000 each to graduating high school seniors who excel in their academic studies and dedicate themselves to making a difference in their communities through active volunteerism.
Big Spring voters will get one last chance to weigh in on this year's municipal elections Saturday, as the fate of a proposed overhaul of the municipality's water and wastewater facilities using up to $13 million in economic development funds hangs in the balance.
With polls in the Big Spring municipal election set to open at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., local election officials are hoping for a heavy turnout to make up for the lighter-than-expected balloting received during early voting.