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November 20th, 2010
The Big Spring Independent School District's Career Academy, designed to give dropouts and at-risk students another chance at a diploma, is seeing the first fruits of its efforts.
Director Charlie Thomas said the academy, which opened its doors at the start of this school year, has already produced its first high school graduate.
â€śWe got our first graduate (Friday), plus we have a few kids who are getting pretty close,â€ť Thomas said.
The academy's first graduate will receive her diploma at Big Spring High School graduation ceremonies in May.
A Big Spring man indicted on federal child pornography charges in August was indicted on three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one count of continuous sexual assault of a child by a 118th District Court grand jury Thursday.
John Alan Conroy, 37, was first arrested by law enforcement officials July 3 on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child. Conroy was later taken into federal custody in Brownfield â€” where he remains â€” after allegations tied to the Dec. 27, 2009, incident identified in the federal indictment were made.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity Friday:
â€˘ SANDY RALPH DAVES,, 28, was arrested on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid with previous conviction.
â€˘ ANDREA DENISE ALENDER, 38, 1615 Cardinal, was arrested on two charges of theft.
â€˘ EDUARDO GALVAN, 17, 2611 Cindy, was arrested on a charge of racing on a highway.
â€˘ ASSAULT was reported in the 300 block of Aylesford.
â€˘ BURGLARY OF A HABITATION was reported in the 600 block of Drake and the 1400 block of Nolan.
Howard County commissioners are expected to reinstate a countywide burn ban Monday morning in hopes of averting possible disaster as fire officials warn that conditions are extremely dangerous.
Howard County Volunteer Fire Chief Tommy Sullivan said much-needed rain received earlier this year may have made the Crossroads area landscape more beautiful, but with the winter season approaching, the greenery is going brown.
It appears likely that a multi-billion shortfall in state revenue will force Howard College officials to trim their budget even more in the coming months.
College trustees will hear a report on the uncertain state of projected revenue when they hold their monthly meeting at 12:30 p.m. in the student union building's Tumbleweed Room.
The college's budget has already been trimmed by 10 percent because of projected shortfalls in state revenue, but now it appears those cuts may not be enough, said Dr. Cheryl Sparks, college president.
As this year's United Way campaign formally ends, officials expressed confidence that the drive's goal will be reached.
The annual campaign, which raises money for various service agencies in Howard County, is about three-quarters of the way to its $250,000 goal as it formally ends today, but several events in the coming months should help officials reach that mark, Executive Director Jeannie Coor said.
t's turkey time at the Big Spring Salvation Army, as the local charity prepares to open its arms â€” and its kitchen â€” to the community for its annual Thanksgiving dinner.
Prep work for the dinner is expected to get under way as early as Tuesday, according to Salvation Army Capt. Terri Cheshire, continuing daily until the Nov. 25 meal is ready to be served.
Practice won't just get you to the world famous Carnegie Hall, as local vocalists look to raise their voices and holiday spirits for the upcoming Living Christmas Tree with rehearsals slated Saturday morning and afternoon.
According to Program Coordinator Eddie Vandewalker, this year's presentation of the Living Christmas Tree will mark the 32nd year the event has been a part of the holiday tradition in the Crossroads area.
Big Spring City Attorney Linda Sjogren says the civil action lawsuit from the early 1980s that brought recent efforts to make revisions to the city's charter to a screeching halt may not be an enormous obstacle, after all.
Sjogren told members of the city council during a recent meeting her research into the matter looks promising for the city's efforts â€” led by newly elected Mayor Tommy Duncan â€” to put several charter revisions before Big Spring voters in May.
Time is running out for area residents looking to lend a helping hand to children in need, as Operation Christmas Child looks to wrap up its Big Spring program Monday.
Brenda Franklin, Operation Christmas Child relay center coordinator, said the local group is hoping to collect nearly 800 boxes this holiday season, a goal she believes the group will be able to exceed.