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May 11th, 2012

BSISD joins other districts in questioning TAKS, STAAR

May 11, 2012

Big Spring public school trustees have joined hundreds of their colleagues across Texas in protesting the emphasis state officials place on high stakes testing.

Thursday, the Big Spring Independent School District board of trustees unanimously approved a resolution calling upon state legislators to re-evaluate the place tests such as the TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) and STAAR (State of Texas Academic Assessment and Readiness) have in determining student success and college readiness.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

May 11, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• DAVONTE DASHUN ANDERSON, 19, of 1020 Ridgeroad, was arrested Wednesday on warrants for failure to maintain financial responsibility, no driver's license – when unlicensed and failure to appear (two counts).
• KEVIN LAMONT WILLIAMS, 39, of Temple, Texas, was arrested Wednesday on warrants for possession of marijuana in a drug free zone – two ounces or less and a warrant from another agency.

May 10th

Man arrested for trying to steal cash register

May 10, 2012

A Big Spring man was arrested early this morning on a charge of robbery after investigators say he tried to steal a cash register from a convenience store on the city's north side.

Randy Joe Hurrington, 51, was booked into the county detention center by the Big Spring Police Department on a charge of robbery, according to law enforcement officials.

Boys & Girls Club offers summer child care

May 10, 2012

As area students hungrily await the end of the school year, many parents are faced with a child care dilemma during the summer months.

However, the Salvation Army's Boys and Girls Club may have the answer for many families. The local charity is preparing to kick off its annual summer program June 4.

Boys and Girls Club program director Sonnet Hildebrand said the program is expected to serve approximately 150 area children between the ages of 6 and 18 years, and with a new facility ready to go, the program will have even more to offer this year.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

May 10, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• DAVONTE DASHUN ANDERSON, 19, of 1020 Ridgeroad, was arrested Wednesday on warrants for failure to maintain financial responsibility, no driver's license – when unlicensed and failure to appear (two counts).
• KEVIN LAMONT WILLIAMS, 39, of Temple, Texas, was arrested Wednesday on warrants for possession of marijuana in a drug free zone – two ounces or less and a warrant from another agency.

May 9th

Council denies Atmos rate hike request

May 9, 2012

Big Spring City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to deny a rate increase requested by Atmos Energy's West Texas Division estimated at $11.6 million, a move that will likely force the issue before the Texas Railroad Commission.

According to City Finance Director Peggy Walker, consultants brought in by a steering committee of cities effected by the proposed rate increase found the hike uncalled for, saying the energy giant could actually afford to lower rates.

Old schools come down as new campuses going up

May 9, 2012

One of the surest signs construction of new school buildings in Big Spring is nearing completion is the campuses they are replacing are about to be demolished.

Big Spring Independent School District trustees are expected to approve bids for the demolition of Washington and Marcy elementaries when they hold their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday in the high school board room.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

May 9, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• JOHN MARTINEZ RAMIREZ JR., 45, of 1516 Sycamore St. A, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant from other agency.
• CHRISTOPHER OBELL VANOVER, 34, of 1806 Winston, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of assault/aggravated with deadly weapon.
• JOHN ANTHONY MIER, 23, of 800 W. Marcy Drive 1, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of manufacture/deliver controlled substance more than four grams and less than 200 grams.

May 8th

Complaint against Yeats dismissed

May 8, 2012

The Texas Ethics Commission has dismissed the complaint filed against 118th District Court Judge Timothy Yeats, which alleged campaign finance violations committed during his 2010 bid for the bench.

Yeats was notified by mail this week the complaint — filed in February by Jim Doyle of Conroe, Texas, a member of the Texas Ethics Advisory Board, a political action committee (PAC) — had been dismissed and no fines or penalties were assessed.

Carrier food drive Saturday

May 8, 2012

Big Spring Post Office is providing an opportunity for residents to help their neighbors via the mail this weekend and it won't even cost postage.

It's the 20th annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive and it takes place Saturday during letter carriers' normal delivery runs.

Need a reminder? Well, remember those post cards the NALC used to send out before every food drive? Forget 'em.

“Instead of post cards, the AARP donated brown paper bags which we will place in everybody's mailbox Thursday,” said Candace Williams, letter carrier and food drive coordinator.

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