January 19th, 2011
Howard College's president expressed shock and concern over preliminary state plans to suspend funding for four community colleges in Texas.
Four Texas two-year colleges — including Odessa College — would be closed to save $39 million in the next two-year state budget under a preliminary spending plan released Tuesday by House lawmakers.
Despite comments to the contrary from members of the Howard County Bible Board — the organization responsible for funding the Bible class at Big Spring High School — school district officials say the program has not been shut down.
Big Spring Independent School District Superintendent Steven Saldivar said Tuesday the program, which teaches Bible studies as an elective, has not been shut down.
“We still have the course,” Saldivar said. “No changes have been made. Claims we have done away with the Bible class are not correct.”
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ RAYMON RAMIREZ RODRIGUEZ, 20, of 805 N. Scurry, was arrested Tuesday on warrants for expired license plate (seven counts), expired motor vehicle inspection certificate (three counts), bail jumping â€“ failure to appear (five counts), failure to control speed, no driver's license â€“ when unlicensed and speeding.
â€˘ STEVEN MAGANA, 32, of 1401 Mesquite, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for possession of marijuana â€“ two ounces or less.
Crazy for chemistry? Bats about botany?
The best science projects in Big Spring Independent School District will be on display Thursday when the district's annual science fair is held at Dora Roberts Community Center.
Students in grades 3 through 12 will vie for prizes and scholarships by displaying their talents in one of 18 science disciplines. Elementary students already have had their projects judged at the campus level, but their work will be on display, as well, said Darrell Ryan, science fair organizer.
Bentura Saldana, 62, of Big Spring, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, at Scenic Mountain Medical Center. Vigil services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Myers & Smith Chapel. Burial will be held Thursday at Roaring Springs Cemetery in Roaring Springs.
Mildred â€śMillieâ€ť Sevey, 84, of Big Spring, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at Select Specialty Hospital in Midland. 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 pm. Friday at Myers & Smith Chapel, with the Revs. Joel Miller and Johnnie Sevey officiating. Burial will be at Gail Cemetery in Gail.
David E. Clinkscales, 56, of Big Spring, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, in a Carlsbad, N.M., hospital. His services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Big Spring boys
More than anything, the first quarter of the Big Spring-Sweetwater game Tuesday in Steer Gym was an exhibition of athleticism on the Steersâ€™ part.
There was that uptempo style they like to run and a couple of missed dunks that had fans buzzing.
But forward Mike Menefield gave the fans what they wanted on a fast break with a two-handed jam that gave the Steers a 13-7 lead.
By then the Steers were well on their way to the 75-46 drubbing of the Mustangs in District 5-3A play.
COAHOMA â€” Coahoma head coach Kim Nichols continues to stress putting four quarters together as the Bulldogs dropped a District 3-2A contest to Denver City at home.
Tanner Ruizâ€™s 16 points werenâ€™t enough to keep the Bulldogs around in this game. The Bulldogs cut a deficit to seven twice late in the game, but Denver City was just too much.
Things havenâ€™t exactly gone the Bulldogsâ€™ way so far in district play with injuries, among other things, ailing the team, but Nichols said his group is still positive about halfway through district play.
Denver City 54, Coahoma 40
ROSWELL, N.M. â€” The Howard College menâ€™s basketball team wasnâ€™t at full strength for Mondayâ€™s game against New Mexico Military Institute, but the Hawks still came away with a 68-58 win to move to 3-0 in Western Junior College Athletic Conference play.
Carlos Emory was huge with 22 points and seven rebounds. He rarely missed, too, shooting 14 of 18 from the field. Shavon Coleman also had 22 points and Corey Stern chipped in 13 points.