August 15th, 2011
Joel Diaz Lopez, 63, of Big Spring died Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center. A prayer service will be at 7 p.m. Monday at Myers & Smith Chapel. Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Myers & Smith Chapel with the Rev. Reynaldo Bennett, pastor of Light House Restoration Center, officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Mt. Olive Memorial Park.
Lyndon Gene Priest, 74, of Big Spring went home to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Sunday morning, Aug. 14, 2011. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at College Baptist Church with the Rev. Ken McMeans officiating. Graveside services with military honors will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Sweetwater Cemetery.
Howard College trustees Friday approved a plan to supplement the college's water usage by drilling several water wells on campus.
The action, which was taken during a special meeting of trustees Friday, means college officials will spend up to $125,000 in the coming months drilling, casing and completing six water well at various spots on the Birdwell Lane campus.
The college, along with everyone else in West Texas, has bee looking for ways to best deal with a prolonged drought that has resulted in water deliveries being cut by 20 percent in recent months.
Howard County commissioners will hold a special meeting Monday morning to discuss a number of items, the most pressing being a recent appeal from the city of Big Spring for the county to delve even further into its coffers to support inter-local programs.
According to County Judge Mark Barr, commissioners will be discussing a number of requests the city has made for funding for projects, including the operation of the Big Spring Senior Citizen Center, ambulance service and the eventual closure and construction of a new municipal landfill.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday:
â€¢ LUIS ALEJANDRO RAMOS, 22, of 2911 W. Hwy 80 141, was arrested Friday on a charge of possession of marijuana less than or equal to two ounces.
â€¢ KODY CHANCE JACKSON, 25, of 3217 Fenn St., was arrested Friday on charges of possession of controlled substance less than one gram, expired motor vehicle inspection certificate, failure to appear (five counts), speeding, expired drivers license, driving while license invalid and failed to maintain financial responsibility.
Pascuala G. Ruiz, 82, of Coahoma died Friday, Aug. 12, 2011, at University Medical Center in Lubbock.Â
Vigil Services will be at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Myers & Smith Chapel. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Josephâ€™s Catholic Church in Coahoma with Msgr. Bernard L. Gully officiating. Burial will be at Coahoma Cemetery.
A charity rag ball tournament is being held in Snyder to raise funds for a youth there. Four-year-old Xavier Molinar lost his mother Regina in a recent car accident.
The funds from the tournament will go into an account for young Xavier for his future college funds.
The Aug. 19 tournament will be played at Winston Field in Snyder, starting at 7 p.m., with registration being held between 5 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Directors of the benefit tournament are expecting a first place pay out of up to $2,500.
No one likes being labeled “unacceptable,” and that applies to school districts as well as individuals.
Big Spring Independent School District has been saddled with an “academically unacceptable” rating ever since the Texas Education Agency school accountability ratings were released July 29. Thursday, school officials briefed trustees on how they intend to shed that label.
The search for a new school trustee continues at Big Spring Independent School District.
Officials have been unsuccessful in their efforts to find a replacement for District 3 trustee Alan Partee, who declined to seek re-election in May.
District 3 covers an area which includes the Coronado Hills and Indian Hills subdivisions, as well as homes in the general vicinity of the VA Medical Center.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
â€¢ TYRE COLE WATTS, 26, of 5101 Fisher, was arrested Thursday on charges of criminal mischief more than $50 and less than $500 and criminal trespass/habitation/shelter.
â€¢ CIERRA KASHA BUTLER, 25, of 1425 E. Sixth 19, was arrested Thursday on warrants for expired registration and failure to appear.
â€¢ CALVIN GEORGE BUTLER III, 24, of 1606 E. Sixth St., was arrested Thursday on a warrant for driving while license invalid