More affordable housing is coming soon near to downtown, Yesterday the city council approved a zone change to allow multifamily residential housing to be built on 2-acres on Oakes Street, across from Fort Concho. There are plans to build a 40 unit complex on the land with construction to start in a few months. The area will have a gated entrance and sidewalks. City officials say affordable housing is much needed as the city grows.
City officials say construction is ready to begin on the Ave. P detention pond project. The city will be holding a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Ave. P project site which is located off Old Knickerbocker Rd. near Ener-Tel Services and O’Reilly Auto Parts. This ceremony is open to the public. The contractor on the project is Darnell Construction. Construction is expected to begin in the next 30 days beginning with utility relocations and pond excavation which is expected to take approximately 6 months. Once those phases are completed it will then shift to construction of the outfall structure. The total project is expected to take 18 months providing favorable weather conditions.
Residents can offer their thoughts on a proposed housing development competing for state tax credits during a town hall meeting on Thursday, January 30th. The forum will be at 6 p.m. at the McNease Convention Center. Citizens will hear details about the proposed project vying for funding. The housing proposal is for Walnut Trails by Trinity Housing Development, LLC., at the corner of Houston Harte and Northwest Drive, with 48 to 60 units planned.
Final preparations are underway for this year's San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo. With an all-new Carnival, the Sneak-a-Peek and First Rodeo performance are set for Thursday, January 30th. This will be the 88th annual Rodeo. This year’s rodeo will include 12 performances and the Xtreme Bulls performance, along with events such as saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling and women’s barrel racing. In all the events, there will be about a thousand contestants. For complete information go to "San Angelo Rodeo dot com".
A unanimous vote of the San Angelo city council Tuesday morning brought approval to purchase portable traffic signals to install at the intersection of South Koenigheim and West Harris. The normal signal was damaged in an accident in early January and since then, there have been numerous accidents after stop signs were installed for Harris Street traffic. The cost of the temporary signals is nearly 75 thousand dollars. They will likely be installed in the next couple of weeks.
The Angelo State University Planetarium will present 14 different full-dome public astronomy shows during its early spring 2020 schedule beginning Thursday, (Jan 23), in the Vincent Building. The Planetarium shows will run every Thursday at 7 and 8 p.m. through March 5th. Two different shows will be presented each Thursday to give viewers the opportunity to see a larger variety of shows during the semester. All the shows are open to the public with admission prices of $3 for adults and $2 for children, active military and senior citizens. ASU students, faculty and staff are admitted free.
A long tradition of honoring the memory and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior continued yesterday and through the weekend in San Angelo. The activities, sponsored by the local Martin Luther King Junior Association, culminated with an ecumenical service at the County Library yesterday. The events were held to honor the work of Dr. King and to share the history of the Civil Rights Movement and achievements in the last 50 years.
A local group is holding a prayer vigil on Wednesday, the anniversary of the controversial Roe Verses Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the U.S. 47 years ago. The group "Defenders of Life" is inviting anyone to attend the pro-life silent vigil at noon on Wednesday on the lawn of the Tom Green County Courthouse.
The business of weddings was on full display yesterday as hundreds of brides and grooms to be attended the 29th annual West Texas Bridal Showcase at the McNease Convention Center. The afternoon had many booths and activities to showcase every aspect of planning a memorable wedding.
A pickup crash into a drainage ditch was fatal for the driver early Sunday morning. Police were called out about 7:45 a.m.to the 52 hundred block of Ben Ficklin Road for the report of a single-vehicle crash. The driver, 38-year-old Tyler Grappe, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say He was traveling westbound around 4:00 a.m. when his truck left the roadway and collided with the median and a utility pole before coming to rest on the embankment.
The widely acclaimed New York based Cassatt String Quartet will perform at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts with esteemed clarinetist, Oskar Espina-Ruiz as part of the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts’ 2019- 2020 San Angelo Chamber Music Series. The program is titled Beethoven: Before and Beyond - A 250th Birthday Celebration. The concert will take place next Sunday (1-26) at 2 p.m. at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by mailing in the order form that can be found on the SAMFA website at www.samfa.org.
Late last week the news came that a San Angelo resident claimed a top prizewinning ticket worth 5 million dollars in the Texas Lottery scratch ticket game Premier Play. The prize winner had bought the ticket an Eden Texas Convenience Store. The winner wanted to remain anonymous, according to Lottery Officials. They said that was the first of three top prizes worth 5 million dollars to be claimed in the game.
Former San Angelo Police Chief, Tim Vasquez was charged in federal court Friday on one count of receipt of a bribe by an agent of an organization receiving federal funds and three counts of honest services mail fraud. Vasquez's arrest is the result of over four years of investigation between the Texas Rangers and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case is continuing with the San Angelo Police department cooperating with federal authorities.
On Thursday evening the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division conducted a stabbing investigation at the Crestwood Apartments in the 31 hundred block of West Beauregard. The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim of the stabbing, a 27-year-old San Angelo man, had been assaulting a 35-year-old woman when the woman’s juvenile son stabbed the man in an effort to end the assault on his mother. The man was transported to Shannon Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. The police are continuing their investigation.
Yesterday a County Deputy stopped a vehicle for a violation near the 13 hundred block of North Chadbourne. The driver was identified as Channing Tate. A city police K-9 was called in, and the dog alerted for the presence of narcotics. The deputy found containers of illegal narcotics, syringes with drugs and a bag containing methamphetamine. Tate was arrested for Manufacture and Delivery of a Controlled Substance.
On Wednesday a Tom Green County Deputy stopped a vehicle near the 74 hundred block of Rust Road for a traffic violation. The driver was identified as Jonathan Allen. A consent to search was obtained and a search was conducted. Allen was found to be in possession of 5 point 51 grams of methamphetamine. He was arrested for Possession Of a Controlled Substance.
The cause of an early morning house fire yesterday is being investigated as firefighters were called to the blaze. The fire was at an unoccupied house on Avenue L, near South Chadbourne, behind the Concho Pearl Ice House. The home was a complete loss. There were no reported injuries and the house was demolished late yesterday morning.
The Kara Smiles Fund is once again sponsoring the 3rd annual Moebius Fun Run & Walk. They want to raise awareness and money for Moebius Syndrome, a rare neurological condition that primarily affects the muscles that control facial expressions and eye movement. It will be on Saturday, January 25th at Harmon Park on River Drive. It is a 5K and 1-mile fun run and walk starting at 9 am. Race-day registration at 8:15 for 30 dollars and 15 for kids.
The 2nd annual Back the Badge Clay Shoot will be held on March 28th at the San Angelo Claybird Association facility. The shoot, designed as a fundraising effort in support of the San Angelo Police Department and the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office, will be limited to 300 shooters. Lunch will be provided, along with door prizes and auction items. For more information or to register visit "sabtb dot org".
The annual San Angelo National Prayer Breakfast is coming Thursday, February 6th at the McNease Convention Center. Doors open at 6 a.m. The featured speaker will be actress Lisa Whelchel. She also is an author and artist. She is best known for her 9-year role as the preppy and wealthy "Blair Warner" on the popular TV Series "The Facts of Life." Tickets are 5 dollars and are available in the San Angelo Visitor's Center. For more information call Lori Francks @ (325) 234-0375.