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May 12th, 2011

The man to beat

May 12, 2011

What do you do after you've won it all?

You try to win it all again, of course.

One year after winning gold at the Texas state high school track meet, Big Spring High School senior Mike Menefield will try to duplicate the feat when he competes in the Class 3A triple jump and long jump at the state track meet Friday in Austin.

Helsley named teacher of the year

May 12, 2011

Washington Elementary School fourth grade teacher Beccie Helsley was honored with the MiraBeau B. Lamar Outstanding Teacher Recognition Award Thursday afternoon.

Helsley has been a teacher for the past 39 years. She has taught 33 years for the Big Spring Independent School District and 29 of those years at Washington Elementary.

The teacher of the year award is awarded each year to one teacher from the district and is decided by a nomination. This is the first year that a teacher at Washington Elementary has received this award.

Letter carriers food drive is Saturday

May 12, 2011

Area post offices and the West Texas Food Bank are joining together to collect food, in order to help those in need.

Saturday, mail carriers will pick up bags of food placed by mailboxes, as part of the National Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive put on by the National Association of Letter Carriers.

“This is our largest food drive of the year,” Earl Graham,food bank resource coordinator, said. “Our largest collection of food comes from the post office than any other source.”

Police Beat

May 12, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• GARY JOSEPH LIMONES, 30, of Odessa, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid with a previous conviction.
• CLINTON AARON MUSE JR., 60, of 700 Ohio, was arrested Wednesday on charges of possession of a controlled substance, expired driver's license and failure to appear.
• DONALD GREY MCCOMMONS, 71, of 1404 Lexington, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.

May 11th

Aquatic center fees, schedule get nod from council

May 11, 2011

The Big Spring City Council approved first reading of an ordinance amending codes related to the municipal aquatic center — and setting admission and usage fees — Tuesday night on a 6-1 vote, as the facility is expected to open in approximately a month.

The amendments would rename the code from “Comanche Trail Park Municipal Swimming Pool” to “Big Spring Family Aquatic Center,” as well as establish fees for entrance, pavilion rental and other transactions involving the facility.

Candidates say they were unaware

May 11, 2011

Both city council candidates who allegedly took illegal campaign contributions said Tuesday they did so without knowing they were breaking the law.

Marcus Fernandez, a candidate for District 1 in Saturday's city elections, and James Glen Carrigan, who is running for the District 3 seat, said they became aware they had possibly taken illegal contributions when Big Spring Mayor Tommy Duncan came under fire last week for accepting campaign contributions from two local corporations, Quad A Inc. and Hydro Dynamics.

Early voting went well, administrator says

May 11, 2011

As early voting in this year's municipal elections closed Tuesday, election official say more than 700 local residents have already cast their ballot in a contest that will decide the fate of proposed term limits for Big Spring City Council members.

Howard County Elections Administrator Saundra Bloom said the total number of early voting ballots collected is approximately 750, slightly higher than she had expected in the municipal contest.

Police Beat

May 11, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• PEDRO SAUCEDO, 40, of Stanton, was arrested Tuesday on warrants for failure to control speed and failure to appear.
• REBECCA RIVAS, 32, of 1505 Johnson, was arrested Tuesday on warrants for no driver's license – when unlicensed, failure to appear and two warrants from another agency.

The Howard County Sheriff’s Office reported the following activity:
Note — Officials with the Howard County Jail reported having 73 inmates at the time of this report.

May 10th

Police Beat

May 10, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
• DANIEL RAYMOND LUTZ, 37, of Sarasota, Fla., was arrested Monday on a charge of public intoxication.
• KIMBERLY NICOLE RIOS, 24, of 1606 Bluebird, was arrested Monday on a warrant for criminal mischief.
• CHRISTOPHER RYAN COLEGROVE, 19, of 3209 Oasis Rd., was arrested Monday on warrants for theft, failure to appear and no safety belt.
• DANIEL MONTEZ VIERA SR., 23, of 1907 S. Main St., was arrested Monday on a warrant for criminal mischief.

Fire destroys buildings, 2,300 acres

May 10, 2011

Firefighters with the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department and Big Spring Fire Department spent much of Monday battling a blaze in the southeast portion of the county that destroyed at least 2,300 acres and several structures.

Firefighters responded to the Tubbs Addition — located approximately a mile south of Big Spring on U.S. Highway 87 — around 1 p.m. after a wildfire was reported in the area.

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