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12 indicted by grand jury

December 17, 2010

A Howard County grand jury handed down a dozen indictments Thursday morning, including several first-degree felonies.

Among those true billed were:

• Amber Ray Alexander, 31, of 1907 S. Runnels, theft less than $1,500 with two or more previous convictions (state jail felony).
• Ashley Michelle Batterton, 22, of 2609 Neill, possession of a controlled substance (state jail felony).
• Bobby Lynn Dykes Jr., 30, of 2627 Fairchild, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle (state jail felony).
• Christy Jo Clark, 37, of 6602 E. Robinson Rd., attempted aggravated robbery (second-degree felony).

Financial dark cloud looming over school districts

December 17, 2010

A storm is coming, and it has nothing to do with the weather.

Big Spring Independent School District officials are awaiting with a degree of trepidation the start of the 2011 session of the Texas Legislature. The reason? A projected multi-billion dollar state budget shortfall that's liable to have a chilling effect on any agency dependent on state funds.

BSISD Superintendent Steven Saldivar braced school trustees for some possible bad news during their monthly meeting Thursday night in the high school board room.

Marisa's dream deferred; academy makes it possible

December 17, 2010

A dream deferred is not always a dream denied.

Four years ago, Marisa Torres came oh, so close to a high school diploma, which would have been the first anyone from her family had ever earned. But some bad science scores on a state test denied her that diploma, so she walked away from school, and stayed away.

But Marisa took a second swipe at that elusive diploma this school year, and with the help of a new Big Spring High School program and some dedicated teachers — but mostly through her own determination — she collected that sheepskin.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

December 17, 2010

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
• ROBERT RUBEN SANCHEZ, 46, of 1023 Stadium Ave., was arrested Thursday on a charge of public intoxication.
• JOE CRUZ GUTIERREZ, 23, of 1010 N.W. Second St., was arrested Thursday on warrants for speeding in a school zone, no driver's license – when unlicensed and failure to appear (two counts).
• BURGLARY OF A VEHICLE was reported:
In the 3700 block of Hamilton.
In the 400 block of E. Fourth Street.
In the 1900 block of Wasson Road.

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