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April 7th, 2012

Tax help deadline Monday

April 7, 2012

Monday will be area residents' last chance to get free assistance with filing their tax returns from the annual AARP Tax Aid program, as the April 17 federal deadline to file forms quickly approaches.

According to program coordinator Ray Alexander, it has been a busy tax season for him and his team of volunteers, and with just days left to file federal returns, the last-minute rush will be on for many Crossroads residents.

Academics team wins district title

April 7, 2012

Hail to the champs.

Spurred by dominating showings from its speech and journalism teams, Big spring High School claimed the District 5-3A title at this week's University Interscholastic League Spring Academic Meet at the BSHS campus.

Big Spring totaled 456 points to edge Abilene Wylie (424.5 points), while Snyder (363 points) finished third. This is BSHS' first academic district crown since moving down to Class 3A in 2010.

Elbow students get hands-on look at high-tech future

April 7, 2012

LEGOs + robots = learning?

Elbow Elementary students are working — not playing (OK, maybe a little play) — with LEGOs and robots while gaining an insight into engineering.

For the first time, GT (gifted and talented) students in grades second through fifth at Elbow are taking part in the LEGO Robotics Challenge. Students traveled to the Texas Tech campus in Lubbock on March 24 to participate in a practice run and will return for actual competition April 21. There will be about 65 elementary teams competing.

Police blotter

April 7, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday:
• LAFAWN FAYE CANTU, 39, 507 W. Fourth St., was arrested Friday on charges of unauthorized use of motor vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia.
• PETER MANUEL CANDELARIA, 24, of 1600 S. Nolan St., was arrested Friday on a charge of theft between $50 and $500.
• EUGENE SCOTT, 62, of 1511 Tuscon Rd., was arrested Friday on charges of driving while license invalid and failure to appear.

April 6th

Additional charges filed against Whitt

April 6, 2012

A charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child has been filed against the 54-year-old Big Spring man who was arrested in mid-March on charges of abandoning/endangering a child – criminal negligence and prohibited sexual conduct – incest, according to investigators.

Memorial Stadium project on track, officials say

April 6, 2012

These days, Memorial Stadium looks more a gravel pit than a place to play football, but all that will change in the coming weeks.

Workers are approaching the final stages of installing a $758,000 artificial playing surface at Memorial, along with other renovation projects at the stadium.

The field installation began earlier this year and is expected to be completed by late May, Assistant Superintendent Danny Ferrell said.

Police blotter

April 6, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
• ESTEVAN VALENCIA JR., 31, of 1110 E. 13th St., was arrested Thursday on a warrant for theft – more than $500 and less than $1,500.
• ERNEST WILLIAM CLARK, 71, transient, was arrested Thursday on a charge of criminal trespass.
• ADRIANNA BIANCA GARZA, 20, of 703 W. 18th St., was arrested Thursday on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol by a minor.

April 5th

PD: Phone call was a hoax

April 5, 2012

Officials with the Big Spring Police Department say an emergency phone call received Wednesday afternoon reporting a possible homicide in the 600 block of Caylor was a hoax, although the matter is still under investigation.

According to Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer with the BSPD, officers responded to the scene after a man called 911 saying he had killed someone.

“Dispatch received the call from an inactivated cell phone,” Everett said Wednesday afternoon. “A male subject advised that he had killed someone at 601 Caylor, repeated the message and hung up.”

Hotel Settles reconstruction moving along

April 5, 2012

A piece of history will soon come back to life in Big Spring, with a little modern twist. According to Bill Cole, Hotel Settles director of operations, construction is moving along and a “soft” opening is set for August.

For 30 years, Hotel Settles — which shut its doors in 1982 — has been closed to the public, but by the end of this year, the majestic building will again be reopened. The Healthy Woman Advisory Council had the privilege Wednesday afternoon of having the first “official” meeting in the hotel.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

April 5, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• ANDREA DENISE ALENDER, 40, of 1615 Cardinal St., was arrested on charge of public intoxication.
• TRAVIS RUSSELL MCKISKI, 24, of 801 W. Marcy, was arrested on a warrant from other agency.
• TAKIRA NICOLE GREEN, 21, of 8100 W. Elizabeth Ln. of Fort Worth, was arrested on two warrants from other agency.
• JOSEPH DEWAYNE RICHTER, 25, of 904 S. Nolan St., was arrested on a charge of assault: family violence threat or offensive touch.

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