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1 Big Thing: State Champion Christoval OAP to perform encore performance at Brooks and Bates Theatre on Friday
The news: Over the weekend, Christoval's One Act Play took home the state title for 2A with their play, The Red Suitcase. Ben McCann who played Pogue received Best Performer honors while Stella McDaniel, who played Grandmother, and Zachary Kelly, who played Bud, both were named to the all star cast.
The cast, led by teacher Travis Harris, announced an encore performance on Friday, May 12th at the Brooks and Bates Theatre at 7:30 PM.
Why this matters: In West Texas, the fine arts often do not receive the same amount of attention as athletics. However, when a small school like Christoval wins state, it is a big deal.
The perfomance on Friday has a $10 suggested donation. Those donations will go towards purchasing State championship rings.
2. Angelo State announces details about Spring Commencement
The news: Over a thousand students from Angelo State University are set to participate in five spring commencement ceremonies on May 12-13 at the Junell Center/Stephens Arena on 2235 S. Jackson St. The graduates will receive 28 doctoral degrees, 345 master's degrees, and 709 bachelor's degrees.
Friday, May 12, Commencement Ceremonies:
- 5 p.m. - Graduates of the College of Education and of the College of Graduate Studies and Research in education fields
- 7:30 p.m. - Graduates of the Archer College of Health and Human Services and of the College of Graduate Studies and Research in health and human services fields
Saturday, May 13, Commencement Ceremonies:
- 10 a.m. - Graduates of the College of Science and Engineering and of the College of Graduate Studies and Research in science and engineering fields
- 1 p.m. - Graduates of the Norris-Vincent College of Business and of the College of Graduate Studies and Research in business fields
- 4 p.m. - Graduates of the College of Arts and Humanities and of the College of Graduate Studies and Research in arts and humanities fields
3.Catch Me Up
- For the first time since 1927, the Texas House of Representatives expelled one of their members when it removed former Rep. Bryan Slaton after a report showed that he had an inappropriate relationship with one of his interns. The vote was unanimous with Drew Darby being one of the votes for expulsion. Slaton gave alcohol to one of his interns and slept with her on the evening of April 1st. Although he resigned on Monday, the House led by Andrew Murr (and his iconic handlebar mustache) voted to expel him to strip him of benefits which he would have still had due to being a holdover. Several members of the House noted that Slaton, a former youth pastor and one of the most conservative representatives, expressed no remorse for his decision.
- Admitted liar and "Jew-ish" Congressman George Santos has been charged by federal prosecutors in New York according to CNN and the New York Times. Santos was elected into the House of Representatives in November. Later that month, the New York Times revealed that Santos had lied about having a college education, working at Goldman Sachs and Citibank, and playing college volleyball. The charges are unclear but will become known later today according to CNN. According to his own financial disclosures, Santos went from having a salary of $55,000 in 2020 to loaning himself $750,000 as a campaign loan last year. (NYT)
- A federal jury found Donald Trump liable for sexually abusing and defaming E. Jean Carroll and ordered him to pay $5 million in damages, after a civil trial in which the advice columnist alleged the former president raped her in a Manhattan department store nearly 30 years ago. The jury, following a two-week civil trial, didn’t find that Mr. Trump committed rape but found it more likely than not that he sexually abused Ms. Carroll in a dressing room of Bergdorf Goodman, sometime around 1996. Jurors also found that Mr. Trump defamed Ms. Carroll in comments he made denying her allegations, which she first made publicly in 2019. Trump will be interviewed by former Daily Caller reporter and CNN host Kaitlan Collins for a CNN Townhall on Wednesday night. (WSJ)
4. ICYMI: A Former NFL Player Persuaded Politicians That His Child ID Kits Help Find Missing Kids. There’s No Evidence They Do.
Former Standard-Times reporter Kiah Collier along with ProPublica released a deep-dive into this issue. San Angelo is mentioned a couple of times.
At least 11 states have agreed to distribute fingerprinting kits sold by Kenny Hansmire’s National Child Identification Program. Some are spending millions even though similar kits are available for free.
Last fall, millions of public school children in Texas brought home envelopes that bore the state seal and read, “A gift of safety, from our family to yours.”
Tucked into each envelope were an inkpad and a piece of paper prompting parents to take their children’s fingerprints, record their physical attributes and get a DNA sample by having them suck on the corner of the form.
Every envelope also came with a warning: “Over 800,000 children are missing every year — that’s one every 40 seconds.”
The fingerprinting kits were produced by the National Child Identification Program, a Waco, Texas-based company that has persuaded lawmakers and attorneys general in at least 11 states to provide the kits, at times spending millions of dollars purchasing them. In Texas alone, lawmakers allocated about $5.7 million on kits for all students in kindergarten through eighth grade. They are currently considering funding additional kits for the next two years.
But similar kits are available for free from nonprofit and governmental entities, and claims made by the company about the number of missing children and the effectiveness of such kits are exaggerated, according to missing child and law enforcement experts.
Catherine Webber Lewis (Hutchison/Taylor), of San Angelo, Texas passed quietly into the arms of her Heavenly Father on May 4, 2023.
She was born July 23, 1943 in Edinburgh, Scotland to William and Charlotte Hutchison. She attended and graduated high school in Edinburgh.
She married James Taylor in Edinburgh Scotland in August of 1962 and had two adored children, Scott and Sherry Taylor. Cathy was a proud military wife and home maker.
Gary Lee Wilson, 67, of San Angelo went to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 7, 2023, in San Angelo. Gary was born June 29, 1955, in San Angelo Texas, to Hamilton Wilson, Jr. and Billie Scurlock Wilson.
He grew up in San Angelo and graduated from Central High School. He then served his country honorably in The United States Navy for 15 years. He worked as a corrections officer for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and retired from there.
6. Happening Today
- 10:00 AM - Stories, Songs, & Surprises at Stephens, Children's Story Room, Stephens Central. Every Wednesday at 10 and 10:30 am we gather in the Story Room at Stephens Central for stories and music for preschoolers. Join us for a raucous story that's bound to tickle your funny bone!
- 10:30 AM - Stories, Songs, & Surprises at StephensLocation: Children's Story Room, Stephens Central
Every Wednesday at 10:30 am we gather in the Story Room at Stephens Central for stories and music for preschoolers. Join us for a raucous story that's bound to tickle your funny bone!
- 3:30 PM - Tail-waggin' Tutors, Location: Children's Department, Stephens Central. Our library is going to the dogs! Come red to a furry friends every Monday-Thursday from 3:30-4:30 in the Stephens Children's Department downtown. This is a drop-in activity--no registration or card required.
- 3:45 PM - Therapaws, Angelo West Branch, 3013 Vista Del Arroyo. Join us each Wednesday at AWB as we welcome these furry friends to the library! These shaggy pals love to be read to, played with, and talked to--come visit and get to know them.
- 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM - Author visit: Dr. Linda Bond presents Arthur Stilwell's Dream of Steam, Location: Sugg Terrace at Stephens Central. Join us out on the Terrace this evening as we welcome talented local author Dr. Linda Bond. Linda will talk to us about her book, Arthur Stilwell's Dream of Steam, which will be available for purchase.
- Thursday, 6:30 PM - ASU Baseball vs Lubbock Christian
- Thursday, 10 AM - 4 PM - San Angelo Travel Fair, Fort Concho Stables, In celebrations of Travel and Tourism week we are highlighting San Angelo's tourism attractions and partners. Stop by and learn all about the great things there are to do, see San Angelo through the eyes of a tourist!
- Friday, 7:30 PM - Christoval State Champion One Act Play Encore, Brooks and Bates Theatre, $10 suggested donation that will go to purchase of state championship rings
7. A look back at San Angelo through the eyes of Texas Archives of the Moving Image
While researching for a future story, I found this incredible video about San Angelo from archives in Austin. I think you'd enjoy this.