August 20th, 2011
Howard College trustees are expected to formally approve the budget and tax rate for the coming fiscal year when they hold their monthly meeting at 12:30 p.m. Monday in the student union buildingâ€™s Tumbleweed Room.
College officials have crafted a $36.6 million budget, which is almost $1.5 million less than the previous year. That decrease reflects both a loss of state revenue and the completion of bond-related renovation projects during the past few months.
Howard County commissioners are expected to sign off on an agreement to help pay maintenance and utility costs at Big Spring State Park when they meet at 10 a.m. Monday on the third floor of the county courthouse.
The state park was caught in the wave of budget cuts coming out of Austin earlier this year and is in serious need of operating funds, officials said.
In response, county and city officials have crafted an interlocal agreement in which the two entities will contribute $10,000 each to help keep the park up and running.
Sometimes mere chance can lead to finding a place to call home.
Debbye ValVerde has been working at the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce for 20 years and looks forward to even more. After being at the Big Spring Herald for 10 years and having just married her husband, Larry, she decided the housewife role wasnâ€™t exactly what she wanted.
â€śI saw an ad in the newspaper and answered it. At the time I had no idea what a chamber did,â€ť ValVerde said. â€śI came in and I was told Iâ€™d start tomorrow and well, Iâ€™ve been here ever since.â€ť
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday:
â€˘ LIONSO LEE JIMENEZ III, 32, of 1508 Sycamore, was arrested Friday on charges of failure to identify giving false/fictitious information and possession of drug paraphernalia.
â€˘ ANGIE FAY BROOKS, 43, of 1712 E. 15th St., was arrested Friday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€˘ EDUARDO RAMIREZ GALLARDO, 51, of 806 Ohio St., was arrested Saturday on a charge of driving while intoxicated/open container (third offense).
William Henry Cox, MD, 79, of Big Spring, died Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011, at his residence. A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel. Funeral mass will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church with Monsignor Bernard Gully officiating. Interment will follow at Lamesa Memorial Park, Lamesa, Texas.
He was born Jan. 31, 1932, in Lubbock, Texas.
Gary Wollenzien, 61, of Fort Worth died Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011, in a Fort Worth hospice. A memorial service was held Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, at Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church in Haslet.
Gary was born Feb. 17, 1950, in Laramie, Wyo., to Bob and Geraldine Wollenzien. He married Bonnie Kay Fritzler on Sept. 2, 1972. He was retired following a 30-year career with the YMCA. He was employed by the Big Spring YMCA as an executive director from 1988 to 1998. While in Big Spring, he was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Thomas Anthony â€śHampâ€ť Burcham, 89, of Big Spring, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011, in a local hospital. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel with Gary Plew and Charlie Ackerson officiating. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Park.
There will be a visitation for family and friends from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, at the funeral home.
Townsend Madden Porras, son of Marcus and Chelby Porras of Big Spring, was born Aug. 15, 2011, at 10:07 p.m.
Townsend weighed 8 pounds 3 ounces and measured 19 Âľ inches.
His maternal grandparents are Armando and Suzanne Salgado of Big Spring and his paternal grandparents are Viana Porras and Luis and Lisa Porras all of Big Spring.
W.C. and Mary Odell of 3616 Parkway will be honored on their 70th wedding anniversary with a party hosted by Berea Baptist Church, 4202 Wasson Road in the church fellowship hall Aug. 28 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Everyone is invited, no gifts please, but cards will be accepted. W.C. Was born in Lenorah, Martin County, on Feb. 25, 1924. Mary B. Odell (Hildreth) was born in Big Spring on Aug. 3, 1924. They married in Big Spring on Aug. 3, 1941. They have lived in Big Spring, Cisco, El Paso, Lubbock, Tucumcari and Roy, N.M.
Nadine Hodnett celebrated her 100th birthday at the Park View Nursing Home Wednesday with family and friends. A lifelong resident of Texas, she has lived in Howard County since 1930. Her grandfather Alex Haynes came to Big Spring in 1904 and bought a section of land four miles north of town while her parents raised nine children in Fluvana. Her father, Henry Haynes was stationmaster for the Roscoe, Snyder and Pacific Railroad and her brothers farmed the section of land where they lived.