August 1st, 2012
The vote totals weren't overwhelming, but they were better than expected.
More than 1,100 Howard County voters went to the polls during Tuesday's state primary runoff election that resulted in Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz wresting the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate away from the presumptive favorite, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.
Although Howard County's vote total of 1,169 represented only 7 percent of the number of registered voters, it still came as a surprise to Election Administrator Saundra Bloom.
Seniors are taking over the Big Spring Family Aquatic Center every Tuesday morning.
A new exercise option for the older set in the community, low-impact senior citizen water exercise, was started a few weeks ago and has been growing in numbers.
Classes take place from 11 a.m. until noon Tuesday â€” at which time the aquatic center is closed to the public â€” and will continue until the closing day of the water park for the year. A lifeguard is on duty during this time. The class is open to senior citizens in the community age 50 and older.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€¢ MICHAEL DALE PRESTON, 28, of 401 Young, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant from another agency and a warrant for aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury â€“ family violence.
â€¢ COLLIN PATRTICK WHITESEL, 26, of 2609 Wasson Rd. Apt. 72, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€¢ VALERIE MIRAMONTES GARCIA, 27, of 411 N. Scurry, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant from another agency.
Donna Sue Franklin, 59, of Big Spring died Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at her residence. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at College Baptist Church. Burial will be in Trinity Memorial Park.
Annie Pearl Blake, 72, of Louisiana died Friday, July 27 at 3:15 a.m at Odessa Medial Center.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Myers and Smith Funeral Home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Myers and Smith Funeral Home.
She was born May 25, 1938, to Daisy Mae Burns and Ethel Gibson. She married George Lee Blake in 1960 and they lived in Southern California. Annie worked at Hewlett Packard for 30-plus years and retired to Big Spring, Texas, in 2004.
Billy Strickland, 54, of Stanton died Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in a local hospital. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at Evergreen Cemetery Chapel with pastor Jana Jobe officiating.
Billy was born Oct. 3, 1957, in Terry County, Texas, and married Mary Shiflet on Oct. 27, 2001, in Stanton. He worked as a roustabout and mechanic.
Maria Chavarria, 58, of Big Spring died Tuesday at her residence. A prayer service will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday at Myers & Smith Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Myers & Smith Chapel. Burial will follow in Mount Olive Memorial Park.
Arrangements are by Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Pay your respects online at www.myersandsmith.com
COAHOMA â€” Area motorists traveling through this community, put away your smart phones and other electronic messaging devices. The city council has effectively banned texting and driving.
The first Crossroads community to join in what is becoming a statewide effort to stop motorists from texting while they are behind the wheel, the Coahoma City Council passed the measure during its July 26 meeting on a unanimous vote.
Howard County commissioners gave the go-ahead Monday morning to put a burn ban into effect, as local fire officials warn wildfire dangers are reaching critical levels with no immediate relief in sight.
Commissioners approved the county-wide ban â€” which will be in effect for 90 days, at the end of which the court will have the option to reinstate or dismiss the order â€” at the recommendation of Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tommy Sullivan.
According to Sullivan, the fire hazard in Howard County has reached extreme levels despite recent rains.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
â€¢ ANDY DEMOND PIPER, 26, of 1217 W. Third St., was arrested Monday on warrants for driving while license invalid and failure to appear.
â€¢ ERICK SHERROD FRANKS, 37, of 2209 Cecilia St., was arrested Monday on charges of assault causing bodily injury and abandoning/endangering a child â€“ criminal negligence.
â€¢ BURGLARY OF A VEHICLE was reported in the 400 block of E. Fourth Street.
â€¢ CRIMINAL MISCHIEF was reported in the 1800 block of E. FM 700.