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March 11th, 2011

Former resident to sign copies of her book Saturday

March 11, 2011

Some nightmares last years, but they all eventually end.

Laura Proctor's nightmare was a parent's worst — her 9-year-old daughter, Christie, was abducted and murdered in the 1980s — and the ramifications lasted for more than a decade.

Proctor, a Big Spring native, wrote about her figurative trip to hell and back in “Desperate Enough To Win,” and will sign copies of her book Saturday in Big Spring Mall.

BSISD to begin campus demolition

March 11, 2011

The first outward sign of Big Spring Independent School District construction projects will soon be evident.

During their Thursday meeting, BSISD trustees approved a bid of slightly less than $200,000 to demolish the old College Heights Elementary building, the first of a myriad of projects that will keep contractors and construction workers busy for most of the next two years.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

March 11, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
• CEDRIC RAY JEFFERSON, 49, of 2911 W. Highway 80 Apt. 204, was arrested Thursday on a charge of possession of a controlled substance in a drug free zone.
• TODD WILLIAM COKER, 19, of 210 Moore Rd., was arrested Thursday on warrants for driving while license invalid (two counts), disobeying an official traffic device, failure to appear (9 counts) and three warrants from another agency.

March 10th

State park on legislative hit list

March 10, 2011

Officials with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are set to meet with representatives from Big Spring and Howard County Friday to discuss the rather uncertain future of the Big Spring State Park, which has been targeted by the legislature to be transferred out of state control.

The legislature is currently dealing with a massive budgetary shortfall that is expected to cut into the TPWD 2012-2013 budget by more than 20 percent, equalling a whopping $162 million cut to the department's estimated coffers.

'Cuckoo's Nest' earns accolades at state festival

March 10, 2011

The judges were cuckoo for “Cuckoo's.”

The Howard College Drama Department closed out its spring schedule by staging “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest” to highly positive reviews at the recent Texas community college theater festival.

Unlike the Academy Award winning movie — which at times resembled a comedy with dramatic overtones — HC's staging of the play flipped that around — deeply serious with a few light moments interspersed among the drama.

Local Relay For Life recognized among best

March 10, 2011

A reminder that Howard-Glasscock Relay For Life is only two months away came at a recent meeting when Co-chair Vicki Stewart unfurled banners announcing that the 2010 Relay was the top community per capita for the 2010 High Plains Division and placed in the top 10 nationwide per capita among relays.

Relay volunteers are proud to say that to garner such accolades with an event that was rained out and rescheduled indoors months later is “incredible.” In addition to the community awards,

Police/Sheriff/EMS

March 10, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• RICHARD FLORES, 57, of 1200 Wood, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid with a previous conviction.
• MICHAEL LASHAWN VANDERBILT, 17, of 2601 Albrook, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of possession of marijuana in a drug free zone – two ounces or less.
• LISA MARIE SOLIS, 25, of 1106 Ridgeroad, was arrested Wedenesday on a warrant for failure to maintain financial responsibility.

March 9th

Teacher contracts up in the air

March 9, 2011

Faced with an uncertain financial future, Big Spring Independent School District officials are hitting the brakes temporarily on teacher contract renewals.

BSISD and other Texas school districts typically renew teacher contracts in March, but school trustees will discuss putting that action off for a month when they meet at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in the high school board room.

VA sets town hall meeting

March 9, 2011

The Big Spring VA Medical Center will host a town hall meeting Thursday to discuss upcoming changes planned for the hospital in the coming year.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday in the outpatient lobby of the medical center, located at 300 Veterans Blvd.

Daniel Marsh, director of the West Texas VA Health Care System, said that WTVAHCS leadership will provide information regarding newly implemented programs, changes to existing programs and some future programs in the planning phase. Construction and staffing plans also will be shared.

Council approves mandate resolution

March 9, 2011

Big Spring City Council took a step against unfunded state mandates during its meeting Tuesday night, approving resolutions supporting House Joint Resolution 56 and Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 17.

During its Feb. 22 meeting, the council had already approved first reading of the resolution supporting House Joint Resolution 56, which calls for a constitutional amendment prohibiting unfunded and under‐funded mandates passed down from the state level to city and county governments.

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