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December 18th

Santa Cossack comes to town

December 18, 2010

Santa didn't have his reindeer with him Saturday, but he had plenty of “hogs.”

The Harley-Davidson-riding Cossacks Motorcycle Club escorted Santa around town to help him dispense toys and food to needy families as part of the group's annual Christmas Toy Run Saturday morning.

Despite cold temperatures, a large contingent of riders were on hand to participate in the event, which the Cossacks have held for almost 20 years.

Police blotter

December 18, 2010

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity Friday and early Saturday morning:

• HERMENEJILDO OROSCO III, 45, 1011 N. Bell, was arrested on a charge of theft over $50/under $500 (shoplifting).
• CLINT ELLIOTT, 48, 202 Circle, was arrested on a charge of driving while license invalid/DWI related.
• IRENE RODRIQUEZ, 39, 4203 Muir, was arrested on a charge of driving while license invalid/suspended.
• BURGLARY OF A VEHICLE was reported in the 1900 block of Wasson.
• CRIMINAL MISCHIEF was reported in the 1800 block of Laurie and the 400 block of E. Fourth.

Bill Land

December 18, 2010

Bill Land passed away after a valiant fight with cancer Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, at the age of 76 at the VA Medical Center. Graveside service will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, at the Peace Chapel at Trinity Memorial Park.

LaNell Parks

December 18, 2010

LaNell Parks, 66, of Big Spring, died Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, in an Odessa hospital. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel with the Rev. Clydel Chapman officiating. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, at the funeral home.

Forsan boys, girls beat Coahoma in rivalry games

December 18, 2010

Coahoma-Forsan boys
FORSAN — A big third quarter and a little bit too much speed was Coahoma’s undoing as Forsan got a big 47-39 win in District 3-2A play over the Bulldogs Friday in Forsan.

The story for the Bulldogs was the way they came out in the second half.

It was tied at 14 heading into the third quarter, but the game got away from Coahoma a little bit. CHS head coach Kim Nichols said his players couldn’t keep up in transition in the third and most notably, Forsan’s Ty Johnson was tough to slow down.

Steers cruise past Merkel

December 18, 2010

Merkel was going toe-to-toe with Big Spring heading into the second quarter, but in a flash, it looked like that never happened.

A strong second-quarter run propelled Big Spring past Merkel Friday 70-43 in the Steers’ first home game in almost a month.

Luke Adams led with 19 points, but Tristian Clay and Marc Segundo were as impressive with 14 and 10, respectively.

December 17th

12 indicted by grand jury

December 17, 2010

A Howard County grand jury handed down a dozen indictments Thursday morning, including several first-degree felonies.

Among those true billed were:

• Amber Ray Alexander, 31, of 1907 S. Runnels, theft less than $1,500 with two or more previous convictions (state jail felony).
• Ashley Michelle Batterton, 22, of 2609 Neill, possession of a controlled substance (state jail felony).
• Bobby Lynn Dykes Jr., 30, of 2627 Fairchild, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle (state jail felony).
• Christy Jo Clark, 37, of 6602 E. Robinson Rd., attempted aggravated robbery (second-degree felony).

Financial dark cloud looming over school districts

December 17, 2010

A storm is coming, and it has nothing to do with the weather.

Big Spring Independent School District officials are awaiting with a degree of trepidation the start of the 2011 session of the Texas Legislature. The reason? A projected multi-billion dollar state budget shortfall that's liable to have a chilling effect on any agency dependent on state funds.

BSISD Superintendent Steven Saldivar braced school trustees for some possible bad news during their monthly meeting Thursday night in the high school board room.

Guards make dangerous backcourt for BSHS

December 17, 2010

The inside game with Cerbi Ritchey and Diamond Mayes is almost unstoppable and the same could be said for Valerie Ross and Mackenzie

Stone’s shooting efficiency.
If that’s sounds like a double-edged sword opponents want no part of, how much more dangerous are the Big Spring Lady Steers with speed in the backcourt?

The answer: very dangerous. At least that’s what head coach Mike Warren is counting on with LaShaunte Anderson, Bridgette Tuitt and Logan Yarbar.

Marisa's dream deferred; academy makes it possible

December 17, 2010

A dream deferred is not always a dream denied.

Four years ago, Marisa Torres came oh, so close to a high school diploma, which would have been the first anyone from her family had ever earned. But some bad science scores on a state test denied her that diploma, so she walked away from school, and stayed away.

But Marisa took a second swipe at that elusive diploma this school year, and with the help of a new Big Spring High School program and some dedicated teachers — but mostly through her own determination — she collected that sheepskin.

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