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Archive - May 2012

May 11th

BSISD joins other districts in questioning TAKS, STAAR

May 11, 2012

Big Spring public school trustees have joined hundreds of their colleagues across Texas in protesting the emphasis state officials place on high stakes testing.

Thursday, the Big Spring Independent School District board of trustees unanimously approved a resolution calling upon state legislators to re-evaluate the place tests such as the TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) and STAAR (State of Texas Academic Assessment and Readiness) have in determining student success and college readiness.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

May 11, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• DAVONTE DASHUN ANDERSON, 19, of 1020 Ridgeroad, was arrested Wednesday on warrants for failure to maintain financial responsibility, no driver's license – when unlicensed and failure to appear (two counts).
• KEVIN LAMONT WILLIAMS, 39, of Temple, Texas, was arrested Wednesday on warrants for possession of marijuana in a drug free zone – two ounces or less and a warrant from another agency.

LD (Sonny) Jackson

May 11, 2012

LD (Sonny) Jackson, 70, of Hillsboro died Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at his residence. Masonic graveside services will be held at noon Friday, May 11, 2012, at Ridge Park Cemetery in Hillsboro with John Milburn officiating. Visitation was from 9-11 a.m. Friday at Marshall & Marshall Funeral Directors in Hillsboro.

Don Cunningham

May 11, 2012

Don Cunningham, 71, of Big Spring, died Friday, May 11, 2012, at his residence. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.

May 10th

Man arrested for trying to steal cash register

May 10, 2012

A Big Spring man was arrested early this morning on a charge of robbery after investigators say he tried to steal a cash register from a convenience store on the city's north side.

Randy Joe Hurrington, 51, was booked into the county detention center by the Big Spring Police Department on a charge of robbery, according to law enforcement officials.

Boys & Girls Club offers summer child care

May 10, 2012

As area students hungrily await the end of the school year, many parents are faced with a child care dilemma during the summer months.

However, the Salvation Army's Boys and Girls Club may have the answer for many families. The local charity is preparing to kick off its annual summer program June 4.

Boys and Girls Club program director Sonnet Hildebrand said the program is expected to serve approximately 150 area children between the ages of 6 and 18 years, and with a new facility ready to go, the program will have even more to offer this year.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

May 10, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• DAVONTE DASHUN ANDERSON, 19, of 1020 Ridgeroad, was arrested Wednesday on warrants for failure to maintain financial responsibility, no driver's license – when unlicensed and failure to appear (two counts).
• KEVIN LAMONT WILLIAMS, 39, of Temple, Texas, was arrested Wednesday on warrants for possession of marijuana in a drug free zone – two ounces or less and a warrant from another agency.

Harold Glenn Henley

May 10, 2012

Harold Glenn Henley passed away May 9, 2012, after a lengthy illness. He was born Oct. 9, 1926, in Scurry County, Texas, to Thomas and Mamie Henley. He graduated from Ira High School in 1944 and served in the Army during World War II.

He met and married Joan Saunders in January of 1948 and they spent the next 18 months living on the river as river riders at Black Gap in Big Bend Park. After farming in Scurry County and two years in Garden City, he and Joan moved to Stanton in 1961 and remained there for 39 years.

Mayes signs with Oklahoma Wesleyan University

May 10, 2012

When introducing Diamond Mayes to the crowd who gathered to watch her sign a letter of intent to play basketball at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Big Spring High School Athletic Director Phillip Ritchey said “Diamond (Mayes) is what all Big Spring Steers — Lady Steers should be like.”

Mayes, who has played on the varsity basketball team for four years, as well as other sports, received a full scholarship to OWU.

What drew Mayes to the school was the similarities between there and Big Spring.

May 9th

Council denies Atmos rate hike request

May 9, 2012

Big Spring City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to deny a rate increase requested by Atmos Energy's West Texas Division estimated at $11.6 million, a move that will likely force the issue before the Texas Railroad Commission.

According to City Finance Director Peggy Walker, consultants brought in by a steering committee of cities effected by the proposed rate increase found the hike uncalled for, saying the energy giant could actually afford to lower rates.

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