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Big Spring Herald (Newspaper) - March 2, 1990, Big Spring, Texas Big Spring Hidayat the Crossroads of West Texas March 2, 1990 18 pages 2 sections vol. 62 no. 233 35 newsstand a 25c Home delivered on the Side Here come the judge big Spring a newly sworn in 118th District court judge Robert Moore Iii takes a seat in the judge s chair. Moore was sworn in thursday by James Gregg who retired after to years As District judge. Foul distractions Herald photo by Tim Appel Howard College cheerleaders Kurt Henry left and Hal Barrix attempt to distract a South Plains free throw shooter during the contest Between the Hawks and the texans thursday evening. Despite the display South Plains went on to beat Howard College 74-73, and take Over first place in the league. For additional details of the game see sports. Jury begins deliberations in husbands murder trial by Bradley Worrell staff writer Colorado City a Mitchell county District court jury began deliberations this morning in the Tammy Gray murder trial with attorneys from both sides appealing to jurors to use common sense in reaching their decision. Defense attorney Michael Mcleaish told 32nd District court jury that the physical evidence supports murder defendent Travis Dale Gray a claims that his wife died of an accidental drowning in the Waters of Lake Colorado City. Mcleaish repeated testimony by Robert Bright a forensic pathologist from san Antonio that injuries to Tammy Gray a body in the june 1988 incident were the result of efforts by Travis Gray and the medical personnel to save Tammy Gray a life. Mcleaish said former Dallas county medical examiner or. Patrick Besant Matthews the pathologist who performed the autopsy on Tammy Gray a body failed to explore All possibilities for Tammy Gray a death. Also he said Besant Matthews did not have Tammy Gray a medical records which Bright testified showed a history of fainting spells Tammy Gray had suffered from since age to. Mcleaish said there is no evidence to support the pros ecu Mcleaish asked jurors to be reasonable in their conclusion when deciding whether Travis Gray was responsible for the death of his wife. A this Case needs to be decided on the evidence does it compell you to destroy two lives a a a Michael Mcleaish defense attorney Tiona a theory that Travis Gray strangled his wife. He also questioned How Travis Gray could effectively strangle a wife who outweighed him by 50 pounds. Mcleaish told jurors if someone was attempting to drown them a you would fight like hell. You would fight like tigers to save yourself. If you have any Power to fight you re going to Mcleaish also reminded the jury that Tammy Gray a body might not have sunk because Travis Gray was trying to save her when she died. A that might have been the exact minute she drowned. That a entirely possible a a he said. Besant Matthews had testified that drowning victims usually sink. Mcleaish asked jurors to be reasonable in their conclusion when deciding whether Travis Gray was responsible for the death of his wife. A this Case needs to be decided on the evidence a a he said. A does it compell you to destroy two lives a a in his closing remarks Gary Barger assistant 32nd District attorney said evidence does indicate there was a struggle in the Lake. He said bruises on Tammy Gray a body and mud deposits under her nails Are evidence she was trying to free herself. A we done to know what was said but the physical evidence indicates a murder was committed a Barger said. Barger defended Besant Matthews As a qualified forensic pathologist saying Besant Matthews has years of training and a trial Page 10-a Combine Green to reveal plans Herald staff report big Spring mayor Max Green is expected to say on monday whether he will resign from office. Green has called a press conference for to . Monday presumably to announce whether he will fight a recall election against him or resign. Green has until monday to Tell City officials of his decision. A recall election petition against Green was certified by the City Secretary a office earlier this week. That validation of the petition began a five Day waiting period to allow Green to make a decision. If Green does not resign the City Council will Call an election not less then to Days and not More than 20 Days after mondays deadline. City officials Are preparing plans for an election although City manager bal Boyd said preparations Are being made too in Case Green resigns. A we Are proceeding according to the anticipation that we will have a recall Page 10-a schools save Money by Erin Blair staff writer Stanton a Texas legislators have suggested consolidating Small school districts As a Way to get better value for each education Dollar spent but superintendents of Small schools in Sand Springs and Lenorah Arentt convinced its a Good idea. A in order for Sands to consolidate wed have to be forced a said James Blake Sands schools superintendent. A a we re a Small school but a Good school and that a backed up by All the accreditation reports. We have a Good environment and a great staff. A i done to think Well see any forced consolidations but some districts with less than too pupils or some very poor districts might find it advantageous to consolidate. A if anything the state will be looking at smaller schools even More a Blake said. A we can con a schools Page 10-a a City Tumbleweed fun to begin rolling Herald staff report Colorado City gunfights cow Chip throwing egg pitching Hor shoe pitching and a $200 prize for the largest Tumbleweed Are All expected As part of the Tumbleweed festival in Colorado City a fort Wood Complex on saturday. A variety of events entered around a Tumbleweed theme will be featured said Billy Wood owner of Woods boots and the fort Wood Complex. The crowning event of the Days activity will be the judging the biggest Tumbleweed with a $200 prize to the Winner. A a Well judge biggest Tumbleweed anybody can enter it. It does no to have to be from Mitchell county it can be from Howard county or Martin county or anywhere on the planet a Wood said. The biggest Tumbleweed so far he said is 34va feet around. A pair of Laredo Roper boots will be Given to the a ugliest person bringing in a Tumbleweed he said. Judging for the events will be by big Spring radio personality Tumbleweed Smith he said. Other activities scheduled for the Day include a a fat person contest with weigh in at 11 30 . The Winner will receive an All you can eat sirloin dinner at Mac Michael so festival Page 10-a to the hoop big Spring a the Hawks Terrence Lewis sear Ches for a Lane to the Basket during Howard s game with South Plains thursday night. The Hawks lost 74-73, to the tex ans. For Story see Page la. Absentee voting big Spring the Howard county clerks office will be open from 9 . Until 5 saturday to give registered voters a Chance to vote in the March 13 state and county primary county clerk Margaret Ray said today. Absentee voting currently totals 217 votes cast in the democratic primary and 117 votes in the Republican primary. Veterans counselling Odessa a a newly opened Center at the University of Texas of the permian Basin pro Vides Cou seling services for veterans and their families. The Center located in room 379 at a Tab provides assistance information and referral in employment drug and alcohol treatment marital counselling benefits Legal and Post traumatic stress. The service is free and is sponsored by the department of veterans affairs formerly the veterans administration. Alberto Cordova mss will staff the service which is open on thursdays from pm. To 4 30 . Anyone needing More information can Contact or. James Olson at 367-2328 or the Midland vet Center at 697-8222. Local weather forecast for the big Spring area fair tonight and saturday. Lows tonight mostly in the 30s. Highs saturday in the 60s. The High yesterday was 41, the Low was 28. Associated press photo Drivers began walking off the Job shortly after 1 01 . Bus Drivers Call strike staff and wire reports greyhounds 6,300 Drivers went on strike Early today at the nations Only nationwide bus company stopping their buses outside terminals and stranding thousands of travellers. There was no picketing on Friday in front of the greyhound trailways lines station in big Spring. There Are no Union employees at the station an employee there said. The station manager Paul Deboskie declined to comment on the strike other than to say that greyhound routes available at his station have been reduced to one time a Day going East or West. The walkout Over wages began a strike Page 10-a Dallas a greyhound bus Drivers carry protest signs and Block a bus from entering the greyhound terminal Early Friday morning. Census Job Howard county the . Census Bureau has issued another Call for additional county residents to apply for jobs still open. Applicants for the temporary positions must 18 or older a . Citizen have a valid Drivers License and a social Security card. Applicants also must take a written test. The work consists of driving or walking in designated areas of the county to follow up on addresses that do not respond to the census questionnaire. Clerical workers Are also needed in the District office. Census work will last Between two and eight weeks for most workers. They will receive $5 an hour plus mileage for any official use of a private vehicle. County residents interested in applying for the temporary positions should Contact the big Spring Texas employment commission 310 Owens st., at 267-7437

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