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A Howard County grand jury handed down a dozen indictments Thursday morning, including several first-degree felonies.
Among those true billed were:
â€˘ Amber Ray Alexander, 31, of 1907 S. Runnels, theft less than $1,500 with two or more previous convictions (state jail felony).
â€˘ Ashley Michelle Batterton, 22, of 2609 Neill, possession of a controlled substance (state jail felony).
â€˘ Bobby Lynn Dykes Jr., 30, of 2627 Fairchild, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle (state jail felony).
â€˘ Christy Jo Clark, 37, of 6602 E. Robinson Rd., attempted aggravated robbery (second-degree felony).
A storm is coming, and it has nothing to do with the weather.
Big Spring Independent School District officials are awaiting with a degree of trepidation the start of the 2011 session of the Texas Legislature. The reason? A projected multi-billion dollar state budget shortfall that's liable to have a chilling effect on any agency dependent on state funds.
BSISD Superintendent Steven Saldivar braced school trustees for some possible bad news during their monthly meeting Thursday night in the high school board room.
A dream deferred is not always a dream denied.
Four years ago, Marisa Torres came oh, so close to a high school diploma, which would have been the first anyone from her family had ever earned. But some bad science scores on a state test denied her that diploma, so she walked away from school, and stayed away.
But Marisa took a second swipe at that elusive diploma this school year, and with the help of a new Big Spring High School program and some dedicated teachers â€” but mostly through her own determination â€” she collected that sheepskin.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ ROBERT RUBEN SANCHEZ, 46, of 1023 Stadium Ave., was arrested Thursday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€˘ JOE CRUZ GUTIERREZ, 23, of 1010 N.W. Second St., was arrested Thursday on warrants for speeding in a school zone, no driver's license â€“ when unlicensed and failure to appear (two counts).
â€˘ BURGLARY OF A VEHICLE was reported:
In the 3700 block of Hamilton.
In the 400 block of E. Fourth Street.
In the 1900 block of Wasson Road.
FORSAN â€” School officials here are pointing with pride to a state report that indicates the district is getting a bang for its educational bucks.
As part of the state-mandated Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST), Forsan Independent School District's expenditures were compared to those of similarly sized districts across the state, and FISD came out the the highest-rated district of the group.
COAHOMA â€” Enrollment at Coahoma public schools is pretty much where officials expected it to be â€” and that's good news.
Coahoma ISD trustees will hear the latest enrollment news for the district when they hold their monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the administration board room.
â€śThere's not a whole lot to this meeting,â€ť Superintendent Randy Brown said. â€śIt's probably the last board meeting of the year and it's a fairly light agenda.â€ť
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ JULIAN PARRAS RAMIREZ, 45, of 800 N. Scurry, was arrested Wednesday on warrants for expired license plate and failure to appear.
â€˘ ADAM CHAVERA, 41, of 709 Willia, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for theft.
â€˘ PHILLIP SAMUEL LOZANO JR., 21, of 1905 Wasson Rd. Apt. 58, was arrested Wednesday on warrants for no driver's license â€“ when unlicensed and failure to appear.
â€˘ BRYAN LUKE TRAVIS, 29, of Odessa, was arrested Wednesday on warrants for theft and failure to appear.
First reading of a resolution that could allow voters to place term limits on city council members and mayors in the city's charter squeaked by on a 4-3 vote Tuesday night, as the Big Spring City Council moved forward with revisions to the municipal charter.
If adopted by Big Spring voters, the change would limit council members and mayors to no more than two three-year terms â€” or six years in office â€” before being required to sit out one three-year term to be eligible to run again.
Big Spring gained about 2,000 temporary residents Tuesday â€” with a heavy emphasis on the â€śtemporaryâ€ť part of the statement.
As part of an annual restocking effort, slightly more than 2,000 rainbow trout were released into Comanche Trail Lake Tuesday. Another 2,000 fish will be added in January.
The re-stocking effort is a continuation of a program that began about four years ago, said Debbie Wegman of the Visitors and Convention Bureau.
Big Spring City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the emergency reading of an ordinance making the sale, possession or use of salvia â€” a hallucinogenic plant native to Mexico â€” a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $2,000.
According to Big Spring Police Chief Lonnie Smith, the use of the drug â€” also known as Diviner's Sage, ska MarĂa Pastora and Seer's sage â€” has already caused a number of Crossroads residents to seek medical help after consuming the product.