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November 23rd, 2011

College enrollment up slightly

November 23, 2011

Fall enrollment news was mostly positive for Howard College, officials disclosed.

The junior college district had 4,852 students enrolled at all campuses, an increase of slightly more than 1 percent from this time last year, College President Dr. Cheryl Sparks said.

Most of the increase can be attributed to enrollment spikes at SouthWest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf and the district's Lamesa campus; enrollment at the Big Spring and San Angelo campuses were fairly static compared to the previous fall.

The bird is the word at the Salvation Army

November 23, 2011

The Big Spring Salvation Army and its team of volunteers will wrap up preparations for Thursday’s Thanksgiving dinner today, as the local charity looks to celebrate the holiday with all the annual fun and fare.

According to Salvation Army Social Worker Bessie Flores, preparation work for the annual meal — which began earlier this week — is expected to be completed this afternoon, but for area residents hoping to lend a helping hand this holiday, there’s still time left.

African Children's Choir to perform at First Presbyterian

November 23, 2011

Children’s voices will ring Dec. 6 at First Presbyterian Church when the African Children’s Choir takes the stage yet again.

The 38th African Children’s Choir has started its 2011 tour and will be stopping in Big Spring as well as Washington, Idaho, Montana, Arizona and Louisiana before the tour wraps up.

“These kids are fantastic. They are a lively, energetic bunch,” tour guidance leader Sara Gordon said.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

November 23, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• MARCUS JOE ANDERSON, 30, of 3306 Auburn, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of failure to identify as a fugitive – giving false information.
• AVEL ABREO RAMIREZ, 64, of 1512 Wood, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of public intoxication.
• ALBERT DAMARKUS SMITH, 17, of 2902 E. Cherokee, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of possession of marijuana – more than two ounces and less than four ounces.

November 22nd

Don’t let thieves rob your holidays

November 22, 2011

As the annual holiday retail season prepares to kick off with Black Friday, area law enforcement officials are warning shoppers to be vigilant of would-be thieves and robbers when doing their Christmas shopping.

Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer with the Big Spring Police Department, said thieves will be out and about this holiday season, just waiting to fill their stockings with ill-gotten gains.

St. Mary’s celebrates annual festival, 125th anniversary

November 22, 2011

St. Mary's the Virgin Episcopal Church parish ended its year-long 125th Anniversary celebration Sunday night, right back at the beginning with a packed house for the St. Andrew's Day Evening Prayer and Scottish Music Festival.

The parish kicked off its celebration at last year's St. Andrews Day, an event that draws an audience from around West Texas, and wrapped up by celebrating another milestone, the 10th anniversary of the popular festival to celebrate the domination's historical ties to the Scottish Church.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

November 22, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
• MONICA ANN ROJERO, 26, of Odessa, was arrested Monday on two warrants for harassment.
• JAMES THOMAS SMITH, 57, of 109.5 S. Main St., was arrested Monday on a charge of public intoxication.
• ADAM ABRAHAM JUAREZ, 34, of 1310 Stanford, was arrested Monday on two warrants for failure to maintain financial responsibility.
• THEFT was reported:
In the 1400 block of E. 18th Street.
In the 200 block of W. FM 700.
• FORGERY was reported in the 2000 block of E. FM 700.

November 21st

Local woman killed in accident

November 21, 2011

A Big Spring woman was killed early Sunday morning when the vehicle she was traveling in was involved in a crash on FM 700 near the entrance to Scenic Mountain Medical Center.
Deborah Ann Lewis, 46, was killed when the 2007 Nissan Maxima she was traveling in hit a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban head-on, according to law enforcement officials, with the accident reported just moments after midnight Sunday.

Police beat

November 21, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
• GUADALUPE HINOJOS, 38, of 707 Magnolia, was arrested Sunday on warrants for terroristic threat of a family/household and criminal mischief – more than $50 and less than $500.
• DERRICK TODD DRAKE, 25, of 1515 Stadium, was arrested Sunday on charges of resisting arrest, search or transportation and possession of drug paraphernalia.
• CINDY CHRANE CASPER, 50, of 2300 Lynn, was arrested Sunday on charges of resisting arrest, search or transportation and disorderly conduct – language.

United Way exceeds goal

November 21, 2011

And the numbers are in …
Blitz Day ended the 2012 Big Spring and Howard County United Way campaign Friday afternoon. The campaign, which started Sept. 1, concluded after three months with an expected goal of $275,000 being exceeded. As of Friday afternoon, the total amount collected was $294,000.
“It has been a wild ride, but we made it and ended up exceeding our numbers,” said Wayland Pierce, United Way president. “We have surpassed our goal, ended on a good note and still have monies trickling in.”

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