July 26th, 2011
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.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ CYNTHIA RODRIGUEZ GARZA, 42, was arrested Monday on charges of public intoxication, defective turn signal lamps and failure to appear.
â€˘ JACOB JAY AGUIRRE, 30, of Stanton, was arrested Monday on a charge of possession of marijuana â€“ two ounces or less.
â€˘ JAMES TANNER-CLARK BAILEY, 17, of 211 Wooten Rd., was arrested Monday on a charge of theft â€“ shoplifting.
â€˘ THEFT was reported:
In the 200 block of N.E. Eighth Street.
In the 400 block of E. Fourth Street.
Tommy Glen Hildebrand, 62, of Big Spring passed from this life Friday, July 22, 2011, at Midland Memorial Hospital. Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and condolences may be sent to the family online at acreswestfuneral.com.
Ronald Wilcher, 52, of Lubbock died Saturday at University Medical Center in Lubbock. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
The Comanche Trail Ladies Golf Association met again this last week at the course for a little golf. In the individual play Monday, Joan Daniels recorded the low gross, while Shirley Long had the lowest net score. Betty Murphy had the fewest putts among the ladies.
Thursday, the ladies were joined by the men for a couples tournament. First place went to the team of Jimmy Foresyth, Deanna Foresyth, Joe Sharpnack and Patsy Sharpnack. The team came in four strokes under par during the nine hole outing.
For several years the old Runnels Junior High building sat vacant, but now it has new life pouring in.
Big Spring Independent School District decided to sell the property a few years ago to Life Church, and in the process, the building found not only a new owner, but a renewed purpose.
The winning bid —which included 10 acres and all five buildings on the property – was awarded for $10,000.
The city of Big Spring is expected to tell Atmos Energy to head back to the drawing board when it comes to rate increases, as the multi-city steering committee involved in the most recent rate reviews will issue a full denial to the natural gas company.
According to Peggy Walker, finance director for the city of Big Spring, the full denial will force Atmos to reconsider the rate increases it is asking for and make a new presentation during its annual system-wide rate review.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ VICTOR GUTIERREZ, 34, of Planiview, was arrested Saturday on a charge of forgery of a financial instrument.
â€˘ JOSEPH HEATH GRIFFITH, 28, of 2609 Wasson Rd. Apt. 57, was arrested Saturday on a charge of disorderly conduct â€“ exposing genitals/anus in public.
â€˘ ERNEST WILLIAM CLARK, 71, transient, was arrested Saturday on a charge of criminal trespass.
Robert "Kent" Cearley, 68, of San Angelo died Friday, July 22, 2011, at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel with the Rev. Elwin Collom, pastor of Hillcrest Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will follow at Coahoma Cemetery.