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College enrollment takes a slight dip

September 14, 2012

Bacterial meningitis vaccine requirements, low unemployment rates and a booming energy economy are just a few factors feeding into an enrollment decline of 299 students for the fall 2012 semester across the Howard College district, officials said.

The overall uncertified head count for this semester is 4,553 students, compared to 4,852 for the fall 2011 semester.

Work crews to correct 'overlooked' campus details

September 14, 2012

As mistakes go, this was a minor and inexpensive one.

In their rush to finish Big Spring Independent School District's four new elementary campuses before the start of this school year, work crews neglected to install wheelchair-accessible crosswalks in front of the new schools and now must go back and correct that oversight.

During their monthly meeting Thursday, BSISD trustees learned of the district's plan for installing the overlooked crosswalks.

Wayland Pierce, who has served as the district's liaison with construction crews during the project, made no excuses for the mixup.

Police/Sheriff

September 14, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
• RILEY ERIK WOOD, 20, of 605 Highland, was arrested Thursday on a charge of evading arrest or detention.
• ANTHONY WAYNE MORRISON, 55, of 2911 W. Highway 80 Apt. 216, was arrested Thursday on a charge of public intoxication.
• ROBERT RUBEN SANCHEZ, 48, of 1023 Stadium, was arrested Thursday on a charge of public intoxication.

Velma Campbell

September 14, 2012

Velma Campbell, 82, of Big Spring was surrounded by her family as she passed to her heavenly home Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Myers & Smith Chapel with the Rev. Mark Lindsey, pastor of First Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will follow at Trinity Memorial Park.

She was born April 24, 1930, to Jewell and Orville Gressett in Sterling County, Texas. She grew up in Broom and has been in Big Spring most of her life.

Gary A. Harris

September 14, 2012

Gary A. Harris, 69, of Big Spring died Thursday, Sep. 13, 2012, at the Hospice House. He will lie in state Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, and Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.

He was born April 17, 1943, in San Angelo, Texas, to Marietta and J.B. Harris. He grew up in Water Valley and attended school there. He came to Howard County from Water Valley 12 years ago. He served in the Army Air Corps from 1960 until 1972. He had worked in the oil field but was a plumber by trade.

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