April 25th, 2012
After more than a month of negotiations, it appears the city of Big Spring and Alon USA â€” owner of the Big Spring Refinery â€” have been able to reach an agreement on raw water costs and price structures, as the city council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a new contract between the two entities.
The contract â€” which was originally signed in 1957 â€” has been updated during the years, with the most recent revision in 1997, when it was agreed the oil company would reimburse the city the same price it paid to the water district, plus 5 cents.
A memorial service for Richard V. Platzer, who died March 24, 2012, will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, 2012, at Myers & Smith Funeral Home in Big Spring.
He was born Nov. 25, 1944.
He is survived by his significant other, Cynthia â€śKandiâ€ť Clanton of Big Spring; two daughters; a son; and other family members and friends.
The New York-based Cassatt String Quartet will perform its sixth annual mini-residency, entitled â€śCassatt in the Basin,â€ť Sunday through Saturday, May 5, designed to give area students the opportunity to study with artist-teachers and develop chamber music audiences of the future.
According to Lynda L.Ciolek, spokesperson for the Quartet, the program â€” sponsored by the Ector County Independent School District's Education Foundation â€” continues work begun by the Cassatt String Quartet in November 2007.
Howard County commissioners gave the go-ahead Monday to accept a joint block grant that could help fund improvements for both the Howard County Sheriff's Office and Big Spring Police Department.
The funding â€” expected to total approximately $12,000 â€” is aimed at providing technical equipment for law enforcement agencies, according to Sheriff Stan Parker.
Austin, here they come.
Several Crossroads area students will be heading to the University Interscholastic League state academic meet later this spring, thanks to strong showings at this past weekend's regional events.
Big Spring High School's Shermila Kher qualified for the state meet in two events, placing first in Lincoln-Douglas Debate and second in persuasive speaking during the Region I-3A academic meet at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.
Kher will be joined in Austin by BSHS classmate Lacy McMurtrey, who finished second in literary criticism at the regional meet.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ KIRSTEN TASHAY LEWIS, 27, of 4102 Muir St., was arrested Monday on warrants for speeding in a school zone, failure to appear and criminal mischief â€“ more than $50 and less than $500.
â€˘ MARIO ILDEFONSO SALAZAR, 22, of 1604 E. 11th Place, was arrested Monday on charges of public intoxication and assault causing bodily injury â€“ family violence.
Jo Ann Avants passed away on April 20, 2012, in Fort Worth, Texas, at the age of 88. A service for relatives and friends will be held in the Fort Worth area at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home, Colleyvillle, Texas, on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at 12:30 p.m., with family visitation that day from 8-1 a.m. Interment will be in Big Spring, Texas, with a graveside service for friends at Trinity Memorial Park cemetery on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at 2 p.m.
Lewis Melvin â€śL.M.â€ť Newby Jr., 62, of Colorado City died Saturday, April 21, 2012, surrounded by family. He was a native and lifelong resident of Colorado City.
Freddie Hodnett, 61, of Big Spring died Sunday, April 22, 2012, in Covenant Medical Center, Lubbock, Texas. Freddie was born to Viola and Leonard Hodnett on Aug. 1, 1950, in Big Spring, Texas. Freddie graduated from Sands High School in 1969 and continued his education, training and certification in mechanics. He married Sandra Gail Nichols on March 5, 1971, in Knott, Texas, where they resided until 1998 and relocated to Big Spring.
The family will receive family and friends from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 23, 2012, at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory.
Big Spring residents will have an opportunity to voice their opinions regarding a proposed 4B project to overhaul the municipality's water and wastewater facilities using up to $13 million in economic development funding. The public hearing will be held Tuesday evening in city council chambers.