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December 10th

Job corps providing hope, home to woman

December 10, 2011

Dreams do come true, just ask local resident Mary Witkowski.
Witkowski entered the Spring of Siloam Christian Women’s Job Corps this fall and has received training in various areas. According to Tina Buchanan, director of Spring of Siloam, Witkowski will be entering classes at Howard College this upcoming semester.
“This is a big project that will end up putting into the community,” Buchanan said.

Police blotter

December 10, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday:
• STEVEN VALENCIA GAMBOA, 28, of 506 N. Nolan, was arrested Friday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid with previous conviction.
• LOUIS ANTONIO SILVA, 23, of 1210 Lindbergh, was arrested Friday on a charge of possession of controlled substance less than one gram.
• DAVID GARZA JR., 26, of 1905 Wasson Rd., was arrested Friday on a charge of public intoxication.

December 9th

Turf's up! BSISD to install new field at Memorial Stadium

December 9, 2011

Memorial Stadium is getting a major facelift.

During their Thursday night meeting, Big Spring Independent School District trustees voted to set aside $825,000 in reserve funds to purchase and install artificial turf for the stadium.

But a new playing field is only the first of several upgrades planned for the 60-year-old stadium. In the near future, school district officials plan to replace the stadium's restrooms and concession stands and significantly upgrade its field house and press boxes.

Robbery suspect arrested

December 9, 2011

A Big Spring woman, arrested and charged with the Tuesday morning aggravated robbery of a 7-Eleven, is still in custody and has been charged with other crimes, according to Big Spring police.

As of this morning, Deborah Kay Cantu, 46, of 419 Dallas Apt. B, remained in the custody of the Howard County Detention Center. Bond has been set at $75,000 for the aggravated robbery and $2,000 each for two counts of burglary of a vehicle.

Police/Sheriff

December 9, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
• JAMIE EULALA CHANDLER, 38, of San Angelo, was arrested Thursday on a charge of hindering apprehension/prosecution of a known felon.
• ROBERT RUBEN SANCHEZ, 47, of 1405 Wood, was arrested Thursday on a charge of public intoxication with three prior convictions.
• MICHAEL EVERET BARNETT, 24, of 207 Moore Rd., was arrested Thursday on a warrant from another agency.
• NICOLAS GRAIG MILLS, 31, of 614 Steakley, was arrested Thursday on a warrant for driving while license invalid.

December 8th

Annual Tour of Homes Sunday

December 8, 2011

This year, five Big Spring couples are opening their homes and spreading Christmas cheer as part of the 2011 Tour of Homes.

“There is a great variety of homes this year. Each house brings something different and they are all pretty neat,” Eulaine McIntosh, president of the Big Spring Symphony Guild, said.

Area residents will have an opportunity to tour these five homes from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Boys & Girls Club opening soon

December 8, 2011

Completion is on the horizon.

It may be a little more than 90 days behind the expected date, but the end is finally in sight.

Construction on the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club started around February of this year and the keys to the building will be received Monday, according to Maj. Orville Chambless.

“We are real excited about the possibilities, not only to expand the programs we have now, but also for the ability to offer new programs to the community,” Chambless said.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

December 8, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• MAX DALE ELLSWORTH, 47, of 1811 Nolan, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant from another agency.
• JOVITA RODRIGUEZ, 32, of 1701 Runnels, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid with a previous conviction.
• BURGLARY OF A HABITATION was reported in the 800 block of Magnolia.

The Howard County Sheriff’s Office reported the following activity:
Note — Officials with the Howard County Jail reported having 61 inmates at the time of this report.

December 6th

Woman dies in house fire

December 6, 2011

Officials are investigating the cause of a house fire that claimed the life of a Big Spring woman early today.

Dora Lewis, no age given, was declared dead at Scenic Mountain Medical Center from injuries sustained in the fire, Big Spring Fire Marshal Carl Condray said.

Fire and emergency medical service units responded to the 900 block of E. 12th Street at approximately 3:40 a.m. today to find a residence fully engulfed by flames. The fire was brought under control within an hour, but firefighters remained on the scene until shortly after 6 a.m. to guard against flare-ups.

Robbery suspect sought

December 6, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department is investigating a robbery that took place during the early morning hours today at a 7-Eleven convenience store.

According to Sgt. Tony Everett, BSPD public information officer, the robbery was reported at approximately 3:09 a.m. at the local convenience store, located at 1801 S. Gregg St.

“Officers were dispatched to the store in reference to a robbery,” Everett said. “Officers were advised by the clerk that a Hispanic female had just robbed the store. She was described as heavy-set, wearing blue jeans, a dark jacket and a toboggan.

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