March 10th, 2011
Officials with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are set to meet with representatives from Big Spring and Howard County Friday to discuss the rather uncertain future of the Big Spring State Park, which has been targeted by the legislature to be transferred out of state control.
The legislature is currently dealing with a massive budgetary shortfall that is expected to cut into the TPWD 2012-2013 budget by more than 20 percent, equalling a whopping $162 million cut to the department's estimated coffers.
The judges were cuckoo for “Cuckoo's.”
The Howard College Drama Department closed out its spring schedule by staging “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest” to highly positive reviews at the recent Texas community college theater festival.
Unlike the Academy Award winning movie — which at times resembled a comedy with dramatic overtones — HC's staging of the play flipped that around — deeply serious with a few light moments interspersed among the drama.
A reminder that Howard-Glasscock Relay For Life is only two months away came at a recent meeting when Co-chair Vicki Stewart unfurled banners announcing that the 2010 Relay was the top community per capita for the 2010 High Plains Division and placed in the top 10 nationwide per capita among relays.
Relay volunteers are proud to say that to garner such accolades with an event that was rained out and rescheduled indoors months later is “incredible.” In addition to the community awards,
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
â¢ RICHARD FLORES, 57, of 1200 Wood, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid with a previous conviction.
â¢ MICHAEL LASHAWN VANDERBILT, 17, of 2601 Albrook, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of possession of marijuana in a drug free zone â two ounces or less.
â¢ LISA MARIE SOLIS, 25, of 1106 Ridgeroad, was arrested Wedenesday on a warrant for failure to maintain financial responsibility.
A life of love, service, and adventure never seems long enough. Maurice (Mo) Gabriel Bennett, 70, led a life such as this. He was born June 3, 1940, in Raleigh, W.Va., to T.R. and Ocie Bennett. He left this world to be reunited with them March 7, 2011, while being cared for at Midland Memorial Hospital Hospice In-Care Unit. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Myers & Smith Chapel, with the Rev. Dennis Teeters officiating.
Johnny Moore, 74, of Big Spring, died Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at his residence. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
The Howard College Hawks are well-represented as the Western Junior College Athletic Conference honors were announced this week.
Probably the highest honor for Howard was Carlos Emory being named MVP of the conference. Shavon Coleman, Corey Stern and Joe Bright all earned honorable mention.
With little time left on the clock and the Hawk needing a big shot, Emory was often the go-to guy. The most memorable shot the sophomore took is probably the 3-pointer that gave the Hawks the lead at Midland College with 15 seconds left.
Faced with an uncertain financial future, Big Spring Independent School District officials are hitting the brakes temporarily on teacher contract renewals.
BSISD and other Texas school districts typically renew teacher contracts in March, but school trustees will discuss putting that action off for a month when they meet at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in the high school board room.
The Big Spring VA Medical Center will host a town hall meeting Thursday to discuss upcoming changes planned for the hospital in the coming year.
The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday in the outpatient lobby of the medical center, located at 300 Veterans Blvd.
Daniel Marsh, director of the West Texas VA Health Care System, said that WTVAHCS leadership will provide information regarding newly implemented programs, changes to existing programs and some future programs in the planning phase. Construction and staffing plans also will be shared.
Big Spring City Council took a step against unfunded state mandates during its meeting Tuesday night, approving resolutions supporting House Joint Resolution 56 and Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 17.
During its Feb. 22 meeting, the council had already approved first reading of the resolution supporting House Joint Resolution 56, which calls for a constitutional amendment prohibiting unfunded and underâfunded mandates passed down from the state level to city and county governments.