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May 14th, 2011
Information pertaining to alleged illegal campaign contributions accepted by a pair of candidates vying for seats on the Big Spring City Council this weekend was turned over Friday to local law enforcement on the advice of legal officials with the Texas Press Association.
According to campaign finance reports filed with City Hall, Marcus Fernandez, candidate for District 1 in Saturdayâ€™s city elections, and James Glen Carrigan, who is running for the District 3 seat, both accepted contributions from two corporations, Quad A Inc. and Hydro Dynamics.
Former Big Spring resident Mark J. Silen has had his book â€śThe Perfect Time, the Universal Calendarâ€ť published. The book details a simple method of marking time. The system consists of 52 weeks, times 7 days equals 364 days. Silen is a resident of San Angelo. His book is available online and at most major bookstores.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ RUSSELL CHANCE RAYMOND, 17, of 447 Armstrong, was arrested Thursday on a charge of criminal trespass.
â€˘ LETICIA SANDI, 38, of 708 Lorilla, was arrested Thursday on a charge of no driver's license â€“ when unlicensed.
â€˘ TERESA ANN LIFF, 54, of 902 Timothy Lane, was arrested Thursday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€˘ ATHEA RYANNE DARROW, 26, of 704 Willia, was arrested Thursday on warrants for no driver's license â€“ when unlicensed and a warrant from another agency.
Polls are set to open Saturday at 7 a.m. in this year's municipal election, which includes two seats on the Big Spring City Council and the fate of a proposed charter amendment that would place term limits on the mayor and council members.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum, according to Howard County Elections Administrator Saundra Bloom.
What do you do after you've won it all?
You try to win it all again, of course.
One year after winning gold at the Texas state high school track meet, Big Spring High School senior Mike Menefield will try to duplicate the feat when he competes in the Class 3A triple jump and long jump at the state track meet Friday in Austin.
Washington Elementary School fourth grade teacher Beccie Helsley was honored with the MiraBeau B. Lamar Outstanding Teacher Recognition Award Thursday afternoon.
Helsley has been a teacher for the past 39 years. She has taught 33 years for the Big Spring Independent School District and 29 of those years at Washington Elementary.
The teacher of the year award is awarded each year to one teacher from the district and is decided by a nomination. This is the first year that a teacher at Washington Elementary has received this award.
Area post offices and the West Texas Food Bank are joining together to collect food, in order to help those in need.
Saturday, mail carriers will pick up bags of food placed by mailboxes, as part of the National Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive put on by the National Association of Letter Carriers.
â€śThis is our largest food drive of the year,â€ť Earl Graham,food bank resource coordinator, said. â€śOur largest collection of food comes from the post office than any other source.â€ť
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ GARY JOSEPH LIMONES, 30, of Odessa, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid with a previous conviction.
â€˘ CLINTON AARON MUSE JR., 60, of 700 Ohio, was arrested Wednesday on charges of possession of a controlled substance, expired driver's license and failure to appear.
â€˘ DONALD GREY MCCOMMONS, 71, of 1404 Lexington, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.
The Big Spring City Council approved first reading of an ordinance amending codes related to the municipal aquatic center â€” and setting admission and usage fees â€” Tuesday night on a 6-1 vote, as the facility is expected to open in approximately a month.
The amendments would rename the code from â€śComanche Trail Park Municipal Swimming Poolâ€ť to â€śBig Spring Family Aquatic Center,â€ť as well as establish fees for entrance, pavilion rental and other transactions involving the facility.
Both city council candidates who allegedly took illegal campaign contributions said Tuesday they did so without knowing they were breaking the law.
Marcus Fernandez, a candidate for District 1 in Saturday's city elections, and James Glen Carrigan, who is running for the District 3 seat, said they became aware they had possibly taken illegal contributions when Big Spring Mayor Tommy Duncan came under fire last week for accepting campaign contributions from two local corporations, Quad A Inc. and Hydro Dynamics.