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May 9th, 2011

Council to meet on ordinance, aquatics center

May 9, 2011

The Big Spring City Council will entertain a number of amendments to its Code of Ordinances Tuesday, including a change to its Business and Occupations section to help prevent the sale of stolen goods to secondhand stores.

According to Big Spring Police Chief Lonnie Smith, the amendment would provide a number of processes designed to prevent the sale of stolen goods and promote the recovery of such items.

Two BSHS students bring home gold

May 9, 2011

All Big Spring High School Speech and Debate coach Jennifer Adams wanted for her birthday was for one of her students to win a University Interscholastic League academic state gold medal. Turns out, her birthday was twice as nice.

Big Spring High School students Jessica Rubio placed first in Persuasive Speaking and Shermila Kher placed first in Lincoln-Douglas Debate at the 101st Annual UIL State Tournament.

“We felt we had a really good shot at winning at least one gold medal,” Adams said. “These two girls have been performing well all year.”

Funfastic Fourth is back

May 9, 2011

Funtastic Fourth, Big Spring's downtown festival celebrating God and the nation's independence, is back, albeit with some “new” twists.

“We have a new, energized board, new excitement and a new format this year,” said Allan Johnson, president of the Downtown Revitalization Association, which puts on the daylong celebration.
There's another new aspect to Funtastic Fourth. This year, the date will change.

Weekend Police Beat

May 9, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday:
• VALERIE MIRAMONTES GARCIA, 26, of 807 N. Scurry St., was arrested Friday on a warrant for harassment.
• COREY ERIK RAMEY, 23, of 3304 W. Hwy 80 30, was arrested Friday on charge of purchase/furnish alcohol for a minor.
• ROBERT ANTHONY GRIEGO, 21, of 807 N. Scurry St., was arrested Friday on a warrant for fail to appear.
• RUBY MUNOZ, 41, of 1429 E. Sixth 32, was arrested Friday on a charge of possession marijuana less than or equal to two ounces.

Big Spring happy to go to the dogs

May 9, 2011

It's all about the dogs at this show.

The Big Spring Kennel Club Dog Show is at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum through Sunday. The show starts at 9 a.m., breaks for lunch and picks back up at 12:45 p.m. with group judging.

Dog owners and breeders have gathered in Big Spring for the 41st annual dog show. There were 280 dogs from Texas, 31 from New Mexico, 10 from Oklahoma and countless others from as far away as Connecticut, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Michigan, Louisiana, Arkansas, Colorado, Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington.

Relay effort raises $170,000 so far

May 9, 2011

Strong wind and the threat of rain didn't deter swashbuckling Relay For Life participants at Blankenship Field Friday and Saturday, who learned their efforts raised more than $170,000 in the fight against cancer.

The unofficial total was announced after the final lap Saturday at $172,073.15, with money from the silent auction, basket auction and underwriters still coming in. The final amount will be made public June 2 at First United Methodist Church's Garrett Hall, when the Howard/Glasscock ACS will have its community wrap up event.

Rangers get go-ahead to investigate mayor

May 9, 2011

An investigation into the alleged acceptance of illegal campaign contributions will go forward, the district attorney has confirmed, while the official in question — Mayor Tommy Duncan — said he will accept responsibility for making a mistake.

“I met with the Texas Rangers and requested they investigate this matter throughly as to the mayor and the corporations,” District Attorney Hardy Wilkerson said during a press conference Friday afternoon at the Howard County Courthouse.

May 6th

Mayor may have accepted illegal contributions

May 6, 2011

Information was turned over to the Howard County Sheriff's Office and Texas Rangers Thursday afternoon alleging Big Spring Mayor Tommy Duncan accepted illegal campaign contributions during his bid for the municipal office in 2010.

Campaign finance records submitted by Duncan to the City Secretary's office covering periods between March 30 and April 28 of 2010 list a pair of contributions from Hydro Dynamics Inc. and Quad A Inc., allegedly violating Sections 253.003 and 253.094 of the state's election code.

PD investigates e-mail claim about former principal

May 6, 2011

Officials with the Big Spring Police Department say they are investigating an e-mail alleging a former Big Spring Independent School District principal engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a student several years ago.

Karen Saunders, who was a teacher with Big Spring ISD for a number of years before taking over as principal at Kentwood Elementary, has been placed on paid administrative leave by Snyder ISD, where she is the principal at Snyder Elementary, according to recent reports.

Kennel Club planning dog-gone good time

May 6, 2011

Were it said that Big Spring has something to bark about this weekend, well, someone might be hanging their head in shame. Certainly, there would be no tail-wagging over that bad pun.

What is happening, however, is an event in its 41st year — the Big Spring Kennel Club Dog Show. Once again it is being held at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum on the Howard College campus. Admission is free and the show, or shows — the event is actually two separate dog shows — begin at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. The coliseum doors will open at 8 a.m.

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