Yesterday marked Easter Sunday across the city and many headed to their local churches to celebrate. An Easter sunrise service started the day for many as the Salvation Army and several other organizations hosted an outdoor service on the Willike Ranch just west of the city as they have done for more than 30 years. The Easter season also had children of all ages searching for easter egg candy at various easter egg hunts organized around the area.
Early Voting for the May 4th election begins today. Voting will be conducted at 113 West Beauregard in the Election Office. Hours this week are from 8 am till 5 pm, and next week Monday and Tuesday from 7 to 7. The deadline for a ballot by mail request to be received is Tuesday. On the ballot is one contested SAISD Trustee Race, and School Board Trustees for Wall and Veribest school districts. Election Day is Saturday, May 4th and 18 countywide polling places will be open. A few locations have been relocated for this election. For more information call 325-659-6541
A Thursday morning burglary apprehension leads to arrests in the Rose murder investigation. San Angelo Police were called to an apartment burglary and apprehended two fleeing suspects. They were taken into custody at gunpoint and had three firearms and suspected Methamphetamine. The men were identified as 20-year-old Brian Garcia and 18-year-old Jacob Martinez. Later Detectives developed probable cause to believe Garcia and Martinez were involved in the April 2nd murder of Kristian Rose. Officials searched two residences and obtained warrants of arrest for Garcia and Martinez for the charge of Murder. Additional charges are pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation.
The Nationwide wave of Social Security imposter scams has reached Tom Green County. Claiming to be a government authority is a way that scammers trick people, often senior citizens, into sending money. In the past few months, Social Security imposter reports have greatly increased. The Inspector General of Social Security is warning citizens about a caller-ID “spoofing” scheme misusing the Social Security Office of the Inspector General’s Fraud Hotline phone number. OIG employees do not place outgoing calls from the Fraud Hotline 800 number. Citizens should not engage with these calls, provide personal information, or send money to the caller via pre-paid gift or Visa cards.
The United Way of the Concho Valley is hoping to make a difference in the lives of former military members. This year’s "Day of Caring" theme will be “Operation Hope Delivered.” It's scheduled for Friday, May 10th and sponsored by H-E-B. They are soliciting help from the community in gathering new household and personal items to be placed in baskets and delivered to veterans beginning May 17th. A list of items accepted and collection locations is posted on the United Way’s website. Cash Donations for supplies may be brought to the United Way office at 955 Turner Street anytime before May 10th.
The San Angelo Elks are partnering with the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of the Concho Valley for a drug take-back program on April 27th. This program allows citizens to properly dispose of unneeded, expired, or other people’s drugs. From 10 am to 2 pm, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council, located at 3553 West Houston Harte will have experts on hand to take back all prescription drugs that citizens wish to dispose of.
San Angelo Police arrested two men for drugs during a traffic stop today (Tuesday). The Street Crimes Division directed a stop on a Honda Accord in the 7 hundred block of McCann. the Officers arrested 33-year-old Gabriel Lopez, who was wanted on warrants for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Going Off Bond for Criminal Trespass. The driver, 41-year-old Robert Perez was wanted for a Parole Violation. Police located and seized about thirty-four grams of suspected Methamphetamine, along with narcotics paraphernalia.
Wednesday, May 1st is Silver Bluebonnet Day at the San Angelo State Park. It is sponsored by Bryant Better Hearing and Hosted by Friends of the park. It's a free day for Seniors ages 60 and up and enter through the South gate. Registration is from 9 am till about 1 PM. There will be educational displays, Tours of the Longhorn, Bison and plants. There will be entertainment along with lunch. RSVP by Monday, April 29th to 656-4322.
The Stephens Central Library is inviting everyone to Celebrate Earth Day next Monday (4-22). Learn how to save energy, water, money and the Earth, with local businesses and organizations. Residents can also explore environmentally friendly careers with area employers. This event is part of the NASA at My Library Grant that the county library received earlier this year. Student groups are invited to participate and the group with the most attendees will win a pizza party for their organization, up to a 2 hundred dollar value. Groups will sign in and state the group you are representing at the event. The fair runs from 4 to 7 pm on Monday and is free.
The DOWNTOWN STROLL presented by Downtown San Angelo, Inc. and The Cultural Arts District will be Thursday evening. The city trolley will run from 6 - 9 pm. This month’s theme is “Stroll Eggstravaganza”, and the featured venue is the Association of Asian American Women, 528 Orient. Participating Venues include Casa Decor, Lion’s Club, ASU Graphic Design Club, the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Coop Gallery, Stango’s Coffee Shop, San Angelo Art Club, and the Stephens Library. For questions about the downtown stroll contact the office at (325) 655-2345 and access your stroll map at "downtown san angelo dot com."
Volunteers are needed the annual City Neighborhood Paint Blitz on Saturday, April 27th. This year’s effort will target homes in the Belaire neighborhood. Volunteers age 15 and older are welcome. No painting experience is necessary, and supplies and tools will be provided. The yearly Blitz helps prevent blight in residential areas by sprucing up the homes of low-income residents. To sign up or for more information, contact Bob Salas at 325-655-0824.
Students who will be attending Kindergarten or Prekindergarten this fall are invited to visit their elementary schools during the week of May 6th through the 10th to enroll during the annual SAISD Kindergarten/Prekindergarten Round-Up. Registering students early allows parents and students the opportunity to visit the campus, meet the office staff, and ask any questions they may have. Parents can register their students at their home campus on any of those days between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.
The Clarion Call for fourteen thousand Christians is slated for May 4th at San Angelo Stadium. Churches of all denominations across the Concho Valley have banded together to host the Clarion Call. Gates will open at 6 pm for an evening filled with music and inspirational speakers including Bishop Michael Sis, Bishop Joseph Garlington, Minister Gloria Pope as well as NFL and University of Texas star quarterback Colt McCoy. Anyone is welcome to attend at San Angelo Stadium on May 4th at 6 pm.
Fort Concho celebrates San Angelo’s diverse agricultural heritage on Saturday, April 27th, with a wide assortment of exhibits, demonstrations and children’s activities at its annual Frontier Day. Billed as a fun-filled morning for families at America’s best preserved frontier fort, the 2019 edition of Frontier Day will be from 7:30 a.m. until noon at Fort Concho and admission is free. San Angelo’s Lions Clubs will host a pancake breakfast with sausage and beverages at the event from 7:30 a.m.-11 a.m. The cost is $6 per person. Frontier Day is Fort Concho’s second-largest event behind its annual Christmas celebration.
The Concho Valley C.A.R.E.S. Coalition, The Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council, San Angelo Police, and partners will host a Prescription Drug Take-Back event on Saturday, April 27th, from 10 am till noon at ADACCV Cotton Lindsey Center at 3553 Houston Harte. The event is in conjunction with the National RX Take Back Day! Anyone can drop off unused or expired prescriptions or over the counter medications for proper disposal at no cost. Illegal substances, syringes/needles, inhalers or glass containers are not accepted.
Human trafficking survivor Tonya Stafford will be speaking in San Angelo on April 16th at the Stephens Central Library as part of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Stafford was 13 years old when she was sold by her mother for drug money. She has founded It's Going To Be OK, Inc. whose mission is to seek and create a just world where women, children, and all vulnerable adults are safe, respected, and valued. Businesses and/or individuals that would like to help sponsor the event can contact Dawn at "dsmith at open arms cv dot org" or by calling 325-655-2000. Stafford will be speaking starting at 1 pm on April 16th.
The City and Habitat for Humanity are looking for volunteers for the annual Neighborhood Paint Blitz on Saturday, April 27th. This year’s effort will target homes in the Belaire neighborhood. Volunteers age 15 and older are welcome. No painting experience is necessary, and all supplies and tools will be provided. Volunteers will be fed breakfast and lunch. The Neighborhood Paint Blitz is a yearly effort to prevent blight in residential areas by sprucing up the homes of low-income residents, most of whom are elderly and disabled. Individuals and teams are being enlisted. To sign up or for more information, contact Bob Salas, director of the City’s Neighborhood and Family Services at 325-655-0824.
The 14th Annual West Texas Boys Ranch Sporting Clay Shoot will be held on Saturday, May 18th, at the San Angelo Claybird Association. They are raffling a Sig Sauer 1911 45 Caliber "We The People" Edition Pistol. Chances on 2 Gun Boards & Mulligans will be available for purchase the day of the shoot for $20. You can register for the shoot, purchase a sponsorship, buy raffle tickets, t-shirts, and reserve carts by going to "WTBR dot Org".
Shannon Women and the San Angelo Performing Arts Center present "Friends and a Flick," monthly free movie night at the SAPAC Brooks & Bates Theatre, 82 Gillis St. This month’s “Friends and a Flick” is scheduled for Tuesday April 23rd at 7 pm. Hosted by Shannon radiologist, Dr. Michelle Snuggs this month’s film will be "When Harry Met Sally." Each monthly event features a different movie selected and hosted by a Shannon physician. Concessions are available.