April 24th, 2012
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.
A 51-year-old Big Spring man is in stable condition with a gunshot wound at Scenic Mountain Medical Center and the alleged shooter is in custody, police said this morning.
Genaro Castroena was shot in the abdomen during an argument that took place around 11:45 p.m. Saturday at 400 W. Fourth. He was rushed to the local hospital by ambulance.
According to police, the shooting suspect, 62-year-old Alberto Hernandez-Diaz, was taken into custody and transported to the Howard County Detention Center. He was waiting arraignment this morning.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ ALBERTO HERNANDEZ-DIAZ, 62, of 700 W. Fourth St., was arrested Sunday on a charge of assault-aggravated with deadly weapon.
â€˘ VICTOR ZAMORA HERNANDEZ,35, of 2505 Gunter Circle, was arrested Sunday on a charge of theft between $50 and $500 shoplifting.
â€˘ SAMMY FERRELL, 50, of 509 N. Johnson St., was arrested Sunday on a charge of criminal trespass-habitation/shelter.
Cool nighttime temperatures and West Texas wind didn't stop community members from showing their support for the Howard-Glasscock County Relay For Life 2012.
For 24 hours, Blankenship Field turned into a place of remembrance, celebration and hope in the fight against cancer. During wrap-up ceremonies Saturday morning, residents were able to see just how well their dedication paid off. The overall total raised â€” with more money still coming in and a few fundraisers leftâ€” was $157,706.43.