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Career academy produces its first graduate

November 20, 2010

The Big Spring Independent School District's Career Academy, designed to give dropouts and at-risk students another chance at a diploma, is seeing the first fruits of its efforts.

Director Charlie Thomas said the academy, which opened its doors at the start of this school year, has already produced its first high school graduate.

“We got our first graduate (Friday), plus we have a few kids who are getting pretty close,” Thomas said.

The academy's first graduate will receive her diploma at Big Spring High School graduation ceremonies in May.

12 indicted on sex-related charges

November 20, 2010

A Big Spring man indicted on federal child pornography charges in August was indicted on three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one count of continuous sexual assault of a child by a 118th District Court grand jury Thursday.

John Alan Conroy, 37, was first arrested by law enforcement officials July 3 on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child. Conroy was later taken into federal custody in Brownfield — where he remains — after allegations tied to the Dec. 27, 2009, incident identified in the federal indictment were made.

Police blotter

November 20, 2010

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity Friday:
• SANDY RALPH DAVES,, 28, was arrested on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid with previous conviction.
• ANDREA DENISE ALENDER, 38, 1615 Cardinal, was arrested on two charges of theft.
• EDUARDO GALVAN, 17, 2611 Cindy, was arrested on a charge of racing on a highway.
• ASSAULT was reported in the 300 block of Aylesford.
• BURGLARY OF A HABITATION was reported in the 600 block of Drake and the 1400 block of Nolan.

Burn ban expected to be reinstated

November 20, 2010

Howard County commissioners are expected to reinstate a countywide burn ban Monday morning in hopes of averting possible disaster as fire officials warn that conditions are extremely dangerous.

Howard County Volunteer Fire Chief Tommy Sullivan said much-needed rain received earlier this year may have made the Crossroads area landscape more beautiful, but with the winter season approaching, the greenery is going brown.

Howard College looks at belt-tightening measures

November 20, 2010

It appears likely that a multi-billion shortfall in state revenue will force Howard College officials to trim their budget even more in the coming months.

College trustees will hear a report on the uncertain state of projected revenue when they hold their monthly meeting at 12:30 p.m. in the student union building's Tumbleweed Room.

The college's budget has already been trimmed by 10 percent because of projected shortfalls in state revenue, but now it appears those cuts may not be enough, said Dr. Cheryl Sparks, college president.

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