May 25th, 2011
he Big Spring City Council approved a $5 entry fee for the new municipal aquatic center on a 6-1 vote Tuesday night, paving the way for the facility to open its doors to the public in a few weeks.
The vote was one of the last for outgoing city council members Stephanie Horton and Joann Staulcup, who both voted in favor of the ordinance. Council members Gloria McDonald, Craig Olson, Terry Hansen and Mayor Tommy Duncan also gave the measure a nod of approval.
Big Spring High School has named Andrew James Fillingim as valedictorian for the class of 2011.
Doralee Newell, 76, of Glasscock County, died Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at her residence. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 27, 2011, at First Baptist Church in Garden City with the Rev. Herb McPherson officiating. Interment will follow at Garden City Cemetery.
Rickie Ballard, 55, of Big Spring, died Monday, May 23, 2011, at Scenic Mountain Medical Center. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Who says $21 million doesn't buy anything anymore?
As contractors reach the final phases of Howard College's $21 million campus renovation, officials are taking pride in the fact they were able to deliver on every project they envisioned.
In fact, they've done even more than originally planned.
Howard County commissioners approved a contract with Lubbock County Monday morning that would serve as a type of “insurance policy.”
The annual contract — which costs the county approximately $14,000 — secures Howard County a regional public defender necessary to try a capital murder case.
According to County Judge Mark Barr, the county has participated in the program during the past three years, and while $14,000 certainly isn't loose change, it's a pittance compared to what a capital murder case could cost the county.
Howard County drivers passing by Mt. Olive Cemetery on Texas Highway 350 may not have noticed the latest addition to the stone entrance gate, but the metal medallion mounted on the left side is the third step in the historic preservation of the cemetery.
Grady Independent School District has announced its 2011 valedictorian and salutatorian.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
â€¢ CHRISTINA LEANN GARZA, 27, of 1902 Mittel, was arrested Monday on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
â€¢ RICHARD HERNANDEZ MARTINEZ, 46, of 805 E. 15th St., was arrested Monday on charges of assault â€“ family violence and criminal mischief.
â€¢ JIMMY ENRIQUE ALATORRE, 20, of 1002 N. Main St. Apt. 66, was arrested Monday on a charge of injury to a child â€“ serious bodily injury.
â€¢ THEFT was reported in the 1300 block of E. 11th Place.
ROTAN â€” Ila Ozella (Tolan) Rivers, 95, died Friday, May 20, 2011, at Kent County Nursing Home in Jayton. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at Belvieu Cemetery under the direction of Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home.