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April 11th, 2012

Volunteers to squash litter bugs

April 11, 2012

Residents will get a chance to get “trashy” Saturday, as Keep Big Spring Beautiful and local volunteers get ready to clean up the Crossroads area during the annual Don't Mess With Texas Trash-Off.

Trash-Off Coordinator Pat Simmons said there are a number of ways area residents and groups can get involved in the effort, whether it's tackling a piece of their own property or joining with other volunteers to spruce up an area in the community.

April 10th

Forsan ISD to assess facilities

April 10, 2012

FORSAN — School officials here will soon take the first step in what will be more than a year-long process of evaluating the state of school facilities.

During their monthly meeting Monday evening, Forsan Independent School District trustees discussed commissioning a facilities study within the next few months to assess the need for modernizing campus buildings.

Vandals strike park's totem pole again

April 10, 2012

For the second time in less than five years, the historic totem pole at Comanche Trail Park has come under attack by vandals.

According to officials with the city of Big Spring, damage to the local landmark was discovered Monday.

“The pole was intact Saturday morning, so it had to be done some time between Saturday night and Monday morning,” said Kenny Davis, municipal landfill director.

“It appears to have been done by either a kid or a small man or teen using a hatchet, not an axe. I'm fairly sure if they had used an axe they would have brought the entire totem pole down.”

Police/Sheriff/EMS

April 10, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. Tuesday:
• ERNEST WILLIAM CLARK, 71, transient, was arrested Monday on charges of criminal trespass/property/building/aircraft/vehicle and public intoxication with three prior convictions.
• PATRICK ALLEN GLENN,50, of 914 E. Sixth Street, was arrested Monday on a charge of public intoxication.
• GINA GAINES GIBSON, 39, of 600 W. I-20 115, was arrested Monday on a warrant from other agency.

April 9th

Some serious horsing around

April 9, 2012

Easter may be the season of the bunny, but kids at Washington Elementary School were learning about horses last week.
Anne-Marie Lugo — an eighth grader at Forsan Junior High School — and her mother, Cindy, visited with the kindergartners about animal needs.
“The students in Mrs. (Yvonne) Loya's class sent us a very nice letter and asked if we would come and speak to them,” Cindy said.
During the afternoon presentation, Anne-Marie and her mother spoke about the basic needs of a horse, proper etiquette when around a horse and answered any questions the students had.

Museum on museums: Exhibit opens Tuesday

April 9, 2012

Museums are known to hold history, all kinds of history. Sometimes, they have the opportunity to tell a little of their own.
The newest exhibit at the Heritage Museum, 'Our Houses of History: Portraits of Rural Texas Museums,” will do just that.
“Our former museum curator, Beth Williams Purcell, has compiled photographs displaying the history and importance of museums,” said Tammy Schrecengost, museum curator.
The photographic display will open with a meet and greet reception with Purcell, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Police beat

April 9, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
• TRESSA SUE MILAN, 33, of Fort Stockton, was arrested Saturday on a charge of public intoxication.
• AMANDA LEE NIETO, 18, of 1400 Virginia, was arrested Saturday on warrants for expired motor vehicle inspection certificate and failure to appear.
• ROBERT RUBEN SANCHEZ, 47, of 1023 Stadium, was arrested Saturday on a charge of public intoxication.
• ERNEST WILLIAM CLARK, 71, transient, was arrested Saturday on a charge of criminal trespass.

April 7th

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.

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