May 9th, 2011
An investigation into the alleged acceptance of illegal campaign contributions will go forward, the district attorney has confirmed, while the official in question â€” Mayor Tommy Duncan â€” said he will accept responsibility for making a mistake.
â€śI met with the Texas Rangers and requested they investigate this matter throughly as to the mayor and the corporations,â€ť District Attorney Hardy Wilkerson said during a press conference Friday afternoon at the Howard County Courthouse.
Col. Kirk Lear (right), 314th Airlift Wing vice commander, presents a commanderâ€™s coin April 25, 2011, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., to Staff. Sgt. Cory Baker, a 714th Training Squadron military training leader, for his selection as the Combat Airlifter of the Week. Sergeant Baker has mentored more than 220 non-prior enlisted aviators and enforces strict Air Force standards and discipline. Baker is the son of Connie and Jessie Baker of Big Spring and was born and raised in Howard County.
Tommy and Laurie Melton of Odessa want to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristina Melton of Odessa to W.E. Tinkler of Midland.
The bride-elect is a 2003 graduate of Permian High School and a 2005 graduate of South Plains College and 2007 graduate of University of Texas in Arlington. She is employed as a fifth grade teacher at Goliad Elementary in Big Spring.
She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clois Snell of Coahoma.
Jay and Mona Davis of De Soto are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Erin Michelle to Paul Robert Haney of Dallas.Paul is the son of Robert and Suzanne Haney of Big Spring. The couple will exchange wedding vows June 6, 2011, in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
Erin is a 2000 graduate of Texas Christian Academy and is a candidate for spring graduation at the University of Texas at Arlington. She will receive a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology May 13. She is currently student teaching in Arlington ISD.
Luciann C. Cruz and Eric Conrad Barton both of Big Spring announce their engagement.
The bride-elect is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Cruz. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. I.R. Carrasco and the late Mr. and Mrs. Felipe Cruz Sr. all of Big Spring.
The groom-to-be is the son of Michelle Barton of Big Spring and Mr. and Mrs. Terry Barton of Pawnee. His grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William Huth of N.D. And Mr. and Mrs. Randall Barton of Pawnee.
Luciann is employed at Inspirations Flowers and Gifts and Eric is employed by Champion Technologies Inc.
Cassie D. Gibson, daughter of Diane Zant, of Big Spring and Joe Gover of Plano and granddaughter of Joe Don and Dena Zant completed basic combat training for the United States Army January 21, 2011, at Fort Jackson, S.C. She stayed there for advanced individual training for wheeled vehicle mechanic which she received distinguished honor graduate as a private first class April 21, 2011. She is stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C. With the 1st/7th Air Defense Patriot.
Becky Lynn Cheyne and Zachary Dean Chesworth exchanged wedding vows January 1, 2011. The ceremony was at First Baptist Church chapel in Big Spring. Dr. Mark Alexander of El Paso officiated.
Becky is the daughter of Keith and Vickie Cheyne of Big Spring, and the granddaughter of Red and Venitta Williams of Big Lake. Zachary is the son of Kelly and Jennifer Chesworth of Big Spring, and grandson of Lon Baucum of Abilene.
Maegan Guthrie of College Station served as matron of honor. Bridesmaids included Whitney Weir of Big Spring, Courtney Johnson of Lubbock and Amanda Heine of Bertram.
Vanessa Parra and Jacob Romero are getting married.
Vanessa is the daughter of Sandy Parra of Big Spring, and Juan Parra. She is the granddaughter of Urena Loya and the late Octavio Loya of Big Spring and Don Juan Parra of El Paso and the late Scorro Parra.
She graduated from Big Spring High School in 2003, Howard College in 2005, Baylor University in 2008 and received her masters degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009.
Information was turned over to the Howard County Sheriff's Office and Texas Rangers Thursday afternoon alleging Big Spring Mayor Tommy Duncan accepted illegal campaign contributions during his bid for the municipal office in 2010.
Campaign finance records submitted by Duncan to the City Secretary's office covering periods between March 30 and April 28 of 2010 list a pair of contributions from Hydro Dynamics Inc. and Quad A Inc., allegedly violating Sections 253.003 and 253.094 of the state's election code.
Officials with the Big Spring Police Department say they are investigating an e-mail alleging a former Big Spring Independent School District principal engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a student several years ago.
Karen Saunders, who was a teacher with Big Spring ISD for a number of years before taking over as principal at Kentwood Elementary, has been placed on paid administrative leave by Snyder ISD, where she is the principal at Snyder Elementary, according to recent reports.