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November 13th, 2010

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.

Trustees expect to hire construction manager

November 11, 2010

Big Spring Independent School District trustees are expected to name a construction manager for upcoming bond projects when they hold their regular monthly meeting at 5:15 p.m. today in the high school board room.

District officials received seven proposals from prospective managers to ramrod more than $50 million in construction projects that are scheduled to begin next spring, Superintendent Steven Saldivar said.

Child porn case nets local man prison time

November 11, 2010

A Big Spring man was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to a charge of child pornography in July.

Fabian Duke Trejo, 26, currently in custody, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 87 months in prison, to be followed by a 40-year term of supervised release, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. Trejo must also register as a sex offender.

November 10th

Investigation into youth's death continues

November 10, 2010

The Department of Family and Protective Services and Brazoria County law enforcement officials have begun an investigation into the death of a Howard County youth who died at a residential treatment center in Manvel Friday.

Michael Keith Owens, 16, died Friday at a Houston-area hospital. The preliminary cause of death, officials said, was believed to be asphyxiation although a final determination is awaiting results of an autopsy. DFPS officials said earlier this week that a preliminary investigation showed evidence of “restraint techniques” being used on Owens prior to his death.

Inmate shooting reported at Flightline Unit

November 10, 2010

Officials are declining comment about a shooting that reportedly occurred at a Geo Group (formerly Cornell Corrections) prison late Tuesday morning.

According to several sources, an inmate was accidentally shot just before noon Tuesday at the Flightline Unit, one of Geo's prison units in this area.

Big Spring Emergency Medical Service units responded to the scene and the prisoner was transported to an area hospital.

The inmate's wound was not believed to be life-threatening.

It is unknown at this time what prompted the incident.

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