August 9th, 2011
City Manager Gary Fuqua presented the Big Spring City Council with the proposed 2011-2012 budget during a work session Monday, and much like life in sweltering West Texas has been, it was a good news and bad news fiscal situation.
The proposed budget is based on a 94.95-cent per $100 valuation tax rate, a drop of 5 cents compared to last year's 99.95 cent rate.
Students and parents may like some of the changes Big Spring Independent School District Food Services has in store for the coming year.
But one major change won't make anyone happy.
When students return to classes Aug. 22, they'll notice some changes to the fare they're offered in the cafeterias. Meals will now feature more vegetables, fresh fruits and other additions designed to make the meals both nutritious and appealing.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ANTONIO PARADEZ FLORES, 49, of 1602 Sycamore, was arrested Monday on warrants for driving while license invalid and failure to appear.
â€˘ROMERO VILLARREAL, JR., 26, of 1412 Wood St., was arrested Monday on a warrant from another agency.
â€˘MARIO ROBERT OVALLE, 37, of 305 E. 19th St., was arrested Monday on a warrant for failure to maintain financial responsibility.
â€˘THEFT was reported in the 900 block of Runnels Street.
Fresh off of a weekend filled with scrimmage action, the Lady Steers will be on the road tonight as they head east to take on the Eagles of Abilene High School. The game is scheduled for a 5 p.m. start in Abilene, preceded by JV and freshman games.
The Lady Steers take the court this year with an experienced team, having lost only three players to graduation this last summer. Head Coach Lynn Osborne said she was ready to get the girls on the court and see what they could do.
Everette Eugene Wise Jr., 46, of Big Spring died Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, in a local hospital. No services are planned at this time.
Survivors include one daughter, Samantha Wise of Midland; his mother and step-father, Linda and Kenneth Dearman of Midland; two brothers, Eddie â€śRabbitâ€ť Wise of Midland and Butch Wise of Dallas; and one sister, Elizabeth Godman of California.
He was preceded in death by his father, Everett Eugene Wise Sr.
Arrangements under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 8 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ KRISTINA FELICIDAD HEALY, 21, of 1900 Martin Luther King Blvd. 512, was arrested Saturday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€˘ TONY MOJICA CASTELLANO, 37, of 1503 S. Scurry, was arrested Saturday on a charge of driving while intoxicated/second offense.
â€˘ JOSHUA WILLIAM LUCERO, 23, of 2104 Johnson, was arrested Saturday on a charge of driving while intoxicated â€“ open container.
An Alon USA employee suffered minor burns late Friday night after a gas compressor exploded, according to officials at the Big Spring Refinery.
Vice President of Refining Jim Crosby told local media outlets during the weekend the fire started at the refineryâ€™s hydrocracking unit at approximately 11:50 p.m. Friday.
Crosby said the fire took approximately 40 minutes to extinguish. One employee was burned in the altercation and received first-aid treatment on the scene. The employee was not transported to a hospital, however.
The Big Spring City Council will meet Tuesday evening â€” prior to continued budget work sessions â€” to discuss a number of issues, including final reading of a denial of a proposed rate increase from Atmos Energyâ€™s West Texas Division.
The Council voted unanimously July 26 to deny the proposed rate increase from natural gas provider Atmos Energy, saying not only is the rate hike unwarranted, a rate decrease is in order.
Itâ€™s not just taking the oath, but living up to it that makes a difference.
This is the second year for the Good Scout Award Dinner, scheduled for Thursday and this year the winner of the award is doubley special. This year, two people are being honored with this award â€” John and Cynthia Scott â€” not just one. Hayes Stripling was the recipient at the 2010 Good Scout Award Dinner.
Sometimes cleaning out the closest can be a good thing.
Crossroads residents joined together Saturday morning â€” July 30 â€” at the Community Wide Yard Sale held in the Big Spring Herald parking lot in support of the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department. Eleven vendors set up in the north parking lot from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. Through their efforts, $714 was raised.
There were garage sale items, arts and crafts and more. Members of the volunteer fire department were also on hand during the event.