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November 15th, 2010

Christmas For Our Troops deadline nearing

November 15, 2010

Area residents hoping to spread a little Christmas cheer to U.S. military service personnel serving overseas have a little more than two weeks left to donate to Christmas For Our Troops Inc.

Debbie Burrow, local director for the drive, said local response has been good to date and that volunteers will be soliciting gifts and monetary donations through Dec. 1.

The inspiration for the drive is simple, she said — the desire to let troops serving in combat zones that the folks back home haven't forgotten them.

Sheriff's log

November 15, 2010

The Howard County Sheriff's Office reported the following activity (76 prisoners were reported in the county jail):
• SHIMEON RASHAD MAGERS, 27, was jailed on charges of no insurance, no seat belt, failure to maintain financial responsibility, no valid inspection sticker and two counts of failure to appear.
• STEPHEN KYLE GAY, 26, was jailed on a charge of driving while license invalid/previous conviction.
• THADDEUS RASHAD MCCALISTER, 22, was jailed on a charge of minor in possession of alcoholic beverage.

Police blotter

November 15, 2010

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity Sunday:
• JENNY MARIE LYON, 36, 1425 E. Sixth No. 102, was arrested on a warrant for failure to maintain financial responsibility and failure to appear.
• BEVERLY RYNEL ARMSTRONG, 48, 821 W. Eighth, was arrested on charges of driving while license suspended/invalid and altered/obscured/wrong license plate.
• MARIA GUADALUPE CAVAZOS, 35, San Angelo, was arrested on a warrant for no driver's license and failure to maintain financial responsibility.

November 13th

'Birdie' debuts this weekend

November 14, 2010

Care for a bit of Birdie?

The Big Spring High School drama and choir departments will team up this weekend to present “An Evening of Bye Bye Birdie” in the high school auditorium.

Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is free but donations will be accepted.

The students will perform excerpts from the popular Broadway musical, in which a famous rock star (think Elvis Presley circa 1958) travels to a small town in Ohio to make his farewell TV performance before being drafted into the Army.

Area students honored by Optimists

November 14, 2010

Eight area students received a major pat on the back as they were named winners of the Big Spring Optimist Club's annual Outstanding Student Awards.

DeAnna Clare and Andrew Fillingim of Big Spring High School, Rachel Kennedy and Brayden Iden of Coahoma High School, Regan Newsom and Zane Herrin of Forsan High School and Morgan Yarbrough and Blak Thomasson of Sands High School were named winners of the awards, club officials announced.

To be considered for the award, students must excel in the areas of academics, extra-curricular activities and community service.

Police blotter

November 14, 2010

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity Friday:
• SUSAN OVERTON, 24, 1408 E. Sixth, was arrested on a charge of driving while license invalid.
• ROSENDO JIMENEZ JR., 19, 2410 Runnels, was arrested on charges of public intoxication and evading arrest/detention.
• RODOLFO HERNANDEZ JR., 40, 1306 Tucson, was arrested on a charge of driving while license invalid/previous conviction.
• CHRISTOPHER DAVID GONZALES, 35, Midland, was arrested on a warrant from another agency.

November 12th

Community says 'thank you' to veterans

November 12, 2010

United States military veterans received a 300-person strong “thank you” from the community Thursday morning.

The annual Community-Wide Veteran's Day observance included patriotic music and speeches from local dignitaries. Most of all, however, attendees were urged to thank this country's veterans for their service and sacrifice.

Lubbock firm hired to manage BSISD construction projects

November 12, 2010

Big Spring Independent School District will hire a Lubbock firm to oversee several school construction projects over the course of the next couple of years.

Lee Lewis Construction of Lubbock was awarded the “construction manager at risk” contract over six other submissions by BSISD trustees during their Thursday night meeting.

The firm will supervise more than $60 million in construction projects at BSISD the next two years, including construction of three new elementary buildings and extensive renovations at two other campuses.

BSISD officials dispel rumor of gun, shooting at high school

November 12, 2010

Big Spring Independent School District officials were busily dousing rumors about a high school student bringing a gun to school this morning.

Assistant Superintendent Danny Ferrell said today any reports of that nature were categorically false.

"Any rumors about a student bringing a gun to school are false. Any rumors about a shooting at the school are false," Ferrell said. "We received an anonymous threat (Thursday) ... and extra security has been brought in to deal with that threat."

November 11th

Commissioners to canvass election results

November 11, 2010

Howard County commissioners will hold a special meeting Friday morning to canvass the results of the Nov. 2 general election, a contest that will provide a pair of new faces to the court in 2011.

Slated for 8:30 a.m. in the commissioners courtroom — located on the third floor of the Howard County Courthouse — commissioners are expected to sign off on the results.

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