January 14th, 2011
Big Spring Independent School District trustees authorized the sale of the final block of voter-approved construction bonds during their regular meeting Thursday evening.
Voters approved the issuance of $60 million in bonds in May, and almost $53 million of those were sold in September.
However, officials held $6.7 million in bonds in abeyance, hoping to qualify for financing under the Qualified School Construction Bond program, a federally-backed system which features ultra-low interest rates.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ DAVID WAYNE CROW, 23, of 617 S. McEwen, was arrested Thursday on a charge of possession of marijuana â€“ more than four ounces, less than five pounds.
â€˘ ASSAULT was reported in the 600 block of E. Sixth Street.
The Howard County Sheriffâ€™s Office reported the following activity:
Note â€” Officials with the Howard County Jail reported having 58 inmates at the time of this report.
Myrl Fitzhugh, 92, formerly of Big Spring died Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, in an Abilene hospital. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at the First United Methodist Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory.
Mary "Neni" 'Doporto, 70, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, at her residence. Vigil Services will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at Myers & Smith Chapel. Funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial at Mt. Olive Memorial Park. Arrangements are by Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Big Spring guards Valerie Ross and Mackenzie Stone live behind the 3-point line.
The two await the moment defenses present an opportunity and leave one of them open, and once Ross and Stone get started, itâ€™s hard to stop them.
â€śWhen me and Mackenzie are in, we just click,â€ť Ross said. â€śItâ€™s not competition, but when she makes one, I want to make one. It just helps us out.â€ť
HOBBS, N.M. â€” The Howard College womenâ€™s basketball team scratched and clawed its way back into a tough game against New Mexico Junior College Thursday night, but ultimately, a few key turnovers doomed the Hawks in a 76-70 loss in overtime.
The Hawks (15-4, 1-1 in WJCAC play) were down by 10 deep into the second half, but made a push to tie the game at the end of regulation. The Lady T-Birds (15-3, 1-0) had a chance to steal the win with the last shot of the second half, but as soon as that was off the mark, Howard had a chance.
While the Coahoma boys are coming off their first win in District 3-2A play, the girls are hoping to get the bad taste out of their mouths from Tuesdayâ€™s loss to Lubbock Roosevelt. Both teams are on the road against Colorado City today. The girls play at 6 p.m. And the boys at 7:30 p.m.
Both Forsan teams couldnâ€™t get wins over Stanton at home, but theyâ€™ll have a chance for redemption at Slaton today. The girls play at 6 p.m. and the boys at 7:30 p.m.
After practice Thursday, Big Spring guard Luke Adams and boysâ€™ basketball coach Cliff Thompson caught themselves in a conversation, mapping out different scenarios of how the Steers can clinch a playoff berth or, even better, win District 5-3A.
Actually, itâ€™s been a recurring topic among the Steers this week.
Howard College womenâ€™s basketball head coach Earl Diddle believes New Mexico Junior College is the team to beat in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference.
Thereâ€™s reason to believe him, too, the way he describes the Lady Thunderbirds.
â€śI really feel that theyâ€™re one of the top teams in the league,â€ť Diddle said. â€śThey beat South Plains by 20 in the (WJCAC Pre-Conference Tournament). They pose a lot of problems for us. They shoot the 3 well and they have very, very good inside play. So they pose a lot of problems for everyone in the league.â€ť
According to Colorado City officials, Shawn Adkins has been named a “person of interest” by investigators in the recent disappearance of 13-year-old Hailey Darlene Dunn, but no arrests have been made at this time.
Dunn was last seen walking from her home in northern Colorado City to a friend's house about 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 27, according to initial police reports.