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November 20th, 2010

12 indicted on sex-related charges

November 20, 2010

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 — where he remains — after allegations tied to the Dec. 27, 2009, incident identified in the federal indictment were made.

Police blotter

November 20, 2010

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity Friday:
• SANDY RALPH DAVES,, 28, was arrested on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid with previous conviction.
• ANDREA DENISE ALENDER, 38, 1615 Cardinal, was arrested on two charges of theft.
• EDUARDO GALVAN, 17, 2611 Cindy, was arrested on a charge of racing on a highway.
• ASSAULT was reported in the 300 block of Aylesford.
• BURGLARY OF A HABITATION was reported in the 600 block of Drake and the 1400 block of Nolan.

Burn ban expected to be reinstated

November 20, 2010

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.

Howard College looks at belt-tightening measures

November 20, 2010

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.

November 19th

Director: United Way goal attainable

November 19, 2010

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.

SA needs volunteers to help with holiday meal

November 19, 2010

t's turkey time at the Big Spring Salvation Army, as the local charity prepares to open its arms — and its kitchen — 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.

Living Christmas Tree rehearsals set

November 19, 2010

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.

November 18th

Suit may not nix term limits

November 18, 2010

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 — led by newly elected Mayor Tommy Duncan — to put several charter revisions before Big Spring voters in May.

Boxes brighten holiday hopes

November 18, 2010

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.

Technology updates topic for Coahoma trustees

November 18, 2010

COAHOMA — School trustees here will receive a report on the state of the district's technology upgrades when they hold their regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. tonight in the administration building board room.

One of the many upgrades Coahoma Independent School District made during its $13 million renovation was to update classroom technology. But, as CISD Superintendent Randy Brown said, it's one thing to have the technology, it's another to know how to use it effectively.

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