July 28th, 2011
Juanita Richter, 90, of Midland passed away Wednesday, July 27, 2011. She was born April 2, 1921. The family will receive friends for visitation Thursday, July 28, 2011, from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. A graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 29, 2011, at Resthaven Memorial Park in Midland.
Belia Diaz Landin, 80, of Big Spring died Thursday, July 28, 2011, at her residence. Her services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
An upward trend in minerals — along with a higher appraisal of the Big Spring Refinery — has most area taxing entities enjoying an increase in certified taxable values.
The Howard County Appraisal District released its 2011 certified values this week and the county saw a $418,379,799 increase in its valuations. Those figures are certified at $2,521,294,261 for 2011, compared to $2,102,914,462 the previous year.
Brett McKibben, HCAD chief, said the jump is due to increases in mineral values and higher valuations for the refinery.
FORSAN — School trustees here will discuss personnel issues when they hold a short meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the administration wing board room.
Administrators will recommend a new district technology director and fifth grade math teacher to trustees during the meeting.
Shawn McVicars, who has been technology director at Buena Vista Independent School District the past six years, is on tap to replace Bob Fishback, who recently died after a three-year battle with cancer.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ OTIS JAMES PORTER, 28, of 2510 Hunter, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid with a previous conviction.
â€˘ CLAYTON WILLIAM WIGINGTON, 25, of 602 Highland, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of driving while intoxicated â€“ second offense.
â€˘ THEFT was reported in the 400 block of E. Fourth Street.
The Howard County Sheriffâ€™s Office reported the following activity:
Ronald Wilcher, 52, of Lubbock died Saturday, July 23, 2011, at University Medical Center. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 28, 2011, at Mount Olive Memorial Park with Courtney Ballard, pastor of Cowboy Church, officiating.
Santiago Valencia, 81, of Big Spring died Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at Scenic Mountain Medical Center. Services are pending at Myers and Smith Funeral Home.
John and Diana Dodd, proprietorsâ€™ of Big Spring Bowl-A-Rama, presented a $500.00 check to Pastor Rob Dalsing and the members of Birdwell Lane Baptist Team for capturing the crown as League Champions at the bowling alley recently.
During the entire 10 week event, despite being in 5th place at the end of week three, with only seven weeks remaining, they never became discouraged or lost their positive attitude of â€śwe can do itâ€ť.Asit turned out, they were right.
Consider it the “it could have been worse” budget.
Despite millions of dollars in lost state revenue, Howard College officials are proposing a budget that is balanced, maintains most current services and gives some area residents a tax break, to boot.
College trustees got their first good luck at the proposed 2011-2012 budget during a Monday morning workshop.
Howard County commissioners received some good news from officials with the Texas Department of Transportation and the Ports-to-Plains trade corridor Monday, as it appears matching funds for the reliever route planned for west of Big Spring to the tune of $500,000 will come from the state, not the county.