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January 5th, 2011

BSISD officials to consider fourth new elementary campus

January 5, 2011

Big Spring Independent School District officials are looking at the possibility of adding another new elementary campus to current construction plans.

Back in May, voters authorized $63 million in construction projects, which included three new elementary campuses and extensive renovation at Moss Elementary.

Officials say, however, the the difference, cost-wise, between renovating Moss and replacing it with a new building has shrunk to the point that they may be able to justify the construction of a fourth new elementary campus.

Baby New Year arrives

January 5, 2011

He tried really hard to arrive on New Year’s Day, but just missed the mark.


Cash Wallis, son of Mary and Stephen Wallis of Big Spring, became Howard County's first baby of 2011 when he was born at 12:58 a.m. Sunday at Scenic Mountain Medical Center (SMMC).


Weighing in at a healthy 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and measuring 20 inches long, baby Cash will be welcomed home by his two big brothers, Colten and Cade.  

Festival of Lights visitor total tops 22,000

January 5, 2011

Comanche Trail Festival of Lights officials are celebrating what they called the successful conclusion of the event's 14th annual run.


More than 22,000 people from 38 states and 14 countries passed through Comanche Trail Park to view the Christmas holiday event, which ended Dec. 31.
“We didn't get the 25,000 visitors I had hoped for, but maybe next year,” said Pat Simmons, long-time festival director.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

January 5, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• RICKY BOB YANEZ, 25, of 1302 Sycamore, was arrested Tuesday on warrants for theft with a previous conviction, terroristic threat and harassment.
• ALEXANDRA ELIZABETH BROWN, 20, of 1306 Tucson, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant from another agency and warrants for no driver's license – when unlicensed and speeding in a school zone.
• SHAQUITA BRIZHAY SNEED, 20, of Snyder, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of no driver's license – when unlicensed.

January 4th

Sheriff awaiting test results on possible skull fragment

January 4, 2011

Law enforcement officials say they are still waiting on preliminary findings from the laboratory examining what is believed to be a piece of a human skull discovered Dec. 20 in Howard County.


Howard County Sheriff Stan Parker said he had hoped to have a preliminary report on the skull last week, but as of yet the laboratory examining the evidence has not yet released any information.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

January 4, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
• MELISSA GAY YOUNG, 41, of 1700 W. Third St., was arrested Monday on a charge of public intoxication.
• LUIS MIGUEL LOPEZ, 27, of 907 S. Bell, was arrested Monday on a warrant for harassment.
• STACY RONALD, 34, of 1906 Alabama, was arrested Monday on a warrant for assault causing bodily injury.
• ERNEST SARMIENTO, 39, of 1405 N.W. Park St., was arrested Monday on a warrant for operating an ATV on a roadway.

January 3rd

Colorado City teen missing

January 3, 2011

COLORADO CITY —A week has now gone by since 13-year-old Hailey Dunn of Colorado City disappeared while walking to a friend's house, and that has her family and many residents of the community concerned.
A prayer vigil for the missing teenager was held Sunday night at Colorado Middle School and about 750 people gathered to pray for her safe return home. Meanwhile, a reward for information leading to Hailey's return has grown from $1,000 to $10,000.

Police Blotter 01-03-11

January 3, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
• ANASTACIO GARAY JR., 30, of 509 E 18th St., was arrested Saturday on a charge of driving while intoxicated.
• FRANK HERNANDEZ JR., 18, of 5105 Dawson, was arrested Saturday on a charge of evading arrest or detention.
• JAMES LEE OVERTON, 19, of 1408 E. Sixth St., was arrested Saturday on a charge of consumption of alcohol by a minor.
• LUIS RIOS CANALES III, 26, of 905 E. 16th St., was arrested Saturday on a charge of assault – family violence.

January 1st

Top 10 of '10

January 1, 2011

In a year where money was tight — not just for individuals, but for businesses, organizations, governments, you name it — local school district taxpayers decided to open wide their wallets.

Big Spring Independent School District voters' decision to approve more than $60 million in school construction projects was the top story of the year in the Crossroads area.

December 31st, 2010

Club needs more donations to secure Ambassadors' visit

December 31, 2010

The director of the local Boys and Girls Club said donations are still needed to bring the Harlem Ambassadors to town in February.

Sonnett Hildebrand said the club plans to stage a basketball game between the Ambassadors and a group of local players Feb. 23 at Dorothy Garrett Coliseum.

Aside from displaying their basketball skills, the Ambassadors will also visit local schools and present their “Stay in School, Stay Off Drugs” program, Hildebrand said.

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