May 7th, 2011
Vanessa Parra and Jacob Romero are getting married.
Vanessa is the daughter of Sandy Parra of Big Spring, and Juan Parra. She is the granddaughter of Urena Loya and the late Octavio Loya of Big Spring and Don Juan Parra of El Paso and the late Scorro Parra.
She graduated from Big Spring High School in 2003, Howard College in 2005, Baylor University in 2008 and received her masters degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009.
Information was turned over to the Howard County Sheriff's Office and Texas Rangers Thursday afternoon alleging Big Spring Mayor Tommy Duncan accepted illegal campaign contributions during his bid for the municipal office in 2010.
Campaign finance records submitted by Duncan to the City Secretary's office covering periods between March 30 and April 28 of 2010 list a pair of contributions from Hydro Dynamics Inc. and Quad A Inc., allegedly violating Sections 253.003 and 253.094 of the state's election code.
Officials with the Big Spring Police Department say they are investigating an e-mail alleging a former Big Spring Independent School District principal engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a student several years ago.
Karen Saunders, who was a teacher with Big Spring ISD for a number of years before taking over as principal at Kentwood Elementary, has been placed on paid administrative leave by Snyder ISD, where she is the principal at Snyder Elementary, according to recent reports.
Were it said that Big Spring has something to bark about this weekend, well, someone might be hanging their head in shame. Certainly, there would be no tail-wagging over that bad pun.
What is happening, however, is an event in its 41st year — the Big Spring Kennel Club Dog Show. Once again it is being held at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum on the Howard College campus. Admission is free and the show, or shows — the event is actually two separate dog shows — begin at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. The coliseum doors will open at 8 a.m.
STANTON â€” The Texas High School Track and Field Meet is one high-stakes event, but Adam Montez just may be pressure-proof.
After all, the Stanton High School senior has already thrived under one of the most pressure-packed situations a track and field runner can find himself in.
At last week's Region I-2A track meet in Odessa, a false start disqualified Montez from the 400-meter run final, meaning he went into the 800-meter run facing his last chance to qualify for the state meet.
No pressure, right?
LUBBOCK â€” The Howard College Hawks have made their name with hitting this softball season, but it was pitching and defense that saved the day Thursday.
The Hawks escaped a no-out, bases-loaded jam in the first inning, then turned things over to the pitching combo of Sandra Serna and Selina Mitchell en route to a 4-3 victory over Midland College in a second-round Region V West tournament game at Lubbock Christian University.
Never, never give up.
That was the motivation for Big Spring Independent School District Superintendent Steven Saldivar. Wednesday morning, S
aldivar, school board members and students were able to witness the groundbreaking for one of four new elementary schools approved by voters.
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Friday and Saturday, the Howard/Glasscock Relay For Life will once again take the track at Blankenship Field just east of Big Spring High School.
Teams and committee members will begin setting up campsites after school Friday afternoon.
Opening ceremonies are at 8 p.m., followed by the Survivors’ and Caregivers’ Lap and balloon release. Survivors are treated to a reception and given tickets for meals at the various food booths.
Lurlene F. Gregg, 78, of Odessa died Tuesday, May 3, 2011, in an Odessa hospital. Graveside funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2011, at the Evergreen Cemetery in Stanton.
Anyone who has watched the Howard College softball team knows that, to a large degree, the Hawks will go as far as their bats will take them this postseason.
Fueled by one of the most potent offensive attacks in team history, the Hawks finished third in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference with a 19-6 mark, and they hope their bats remain hot as they prepare to open play at the Region V Softball Tournament, which begins Thursday at Lubbock Christian University.