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The Texas DPS on patrol west of San Angelo, Texas. (LIVE! Photo/Joe Hyde)

DPS: Distracted Driver Slams Big Pickup into Back of School Bus

by Joe Hyde

Jan 30, 2015

A Grape Creek ISD school bus was rear-ended early Friday morning while transporting school children to school.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Grape Creek ISD’s yellow 2001 International School Bus was northbound on Fruitland Road, but stopped awaiting the right-of-way to turn right onto FM 2105.

Dr. Carol Ann Bonds and Congressman Mike Conaway at the annual chamber banquet. (LIVE! Photo/Amanda Henson)

Chamber Names 2014 Citizen of the Year

by Chelsea Reinhard

Jan 30, 2015

“I knew it from birth,” Dr. Carol Ann Bonds said Thursday night, radiantly beaming with joy and emotion as photos and flashes snapped around her.

Clutching a shining wooden plaque with her name engraved in large, golden letters on the plate affixed to the board, Bonds smiled and searched for words.

“For the first time in over 60 years, I’m speechless,” she said.

A damaged guardrail could have caused the TDCJ bus to plummet from the bridge on Jan. 14. (Photo/TxDPS)

Report Indicates Prison Bus Plummeted due to Damaged Guardrail

by Chelsea Reinhard

Jan 30, 2015

A preliminary highway report released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) this week indicates that the Penwell prison bus crash might have proved fatal due to a damaged guardrail on I-20.

Drug bust in Amarillo (contributed, TxDPS)

DPS: NYC-Bound Drug Runner with $834k in Heroin, Meth and Cocaine Busted

by Joe Hyde

Jan 30, 2015

AMARILLO – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) conducted a traffic stop Wednesday on IH-40, yielding over five pounds of cocaine valued at over $316,000 along with four pounds of heroin valued at over $514,000. Also seized was 21 grams of methamphetamine with a value over $4,000.

Tai Chi

Local Tai Chi Instructor Speaks of Life-Saving "Push"

by Amanda Henson

Jan 30, 2015

When considering a Tai Chi class, one may feel intimidated by visions of ninja warriors in the cover of night gliding over roof tops, samari swords blazing.  While Hollywood lends to the imagination, Steve Haidinger at Concho Yoga and Tai Chi at 227 North Main St. sheds light on the reality.

Krokodil is a new designer drug that rots people's flesh.

Within the Jaws of "Krokodil"

by Lares Deces

Jan 30, 2015

In 1979, during the Soviet-Afghan War, the Mujahidin insurgency utilized its opium trade as the means to fund their defense against the Soviet invasion. The war would continue for the next nine years, as poppy cultivation flourished, presenting the opportunity for  a thriving illegal drug trade, locally and abroad.

LIVE! Photo/John Basquez

Hastings Closed for the Next Hour Due to Smoke Smell

by Amanda Henson

Jan 29, 2015

The odor of smoke has temporarily closed Hastings this afternoon, as crews survey electrical lines.

At approximately 9:46 a.m. the San Angelo Fire Department received a call for a structure fire located at the entertainment store. The store employees noticed the smell of smoke coming from the electrical room on the northwest side of the store, and immediately called the fire department.

Tap water (contributed, Wikipedia)

City Water Bill Payment Options Limited During Computer Upgrade

by Joe Hyde

Jan 29, 2015

The City of San Angelo’s online and phone options for paying a monthly municipal utility statement (aka “the water bill”) will be unavailable from 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, through 8 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2, as computer systems are upgraded.

Customers have three other options for paying their municipal utility statement:

San Angelo Police Department patrol badge.

DPS Jails Two Wanted for Money Laundering

by Chelsea Reinhard

Jan 29, 2015

Two out-of-towners were picked up by DPS on Wednesday for warrants out of Eastland County and booked into the county jail at just after 5:30 p.m. The man and woman, 25-year-old Michael Angelo Garcia and 26-year-old Hillary Denise Zuniga, were both wanted for money laundering >/= $20k<$100k, a third-degree felony. Both are currently being held in lieu of a $7,500 surety bond.

The Office bar is hosting speed dating on Feb. 14.

Local Bar to Host Speed Dating on Valentine's Day

by Chelsea Reinhard

Jan 29, 2015

Singles looking for an office romance will have the opportunity to start 20 on Valentine’s Day this year, when the Office Bar holds an hour and a half session of speed dating on Feb. 14.

Moving On Up! Veteran's County Services Office Gets Scenery Change

by Amanda Henson

Jan 29, 2015

The Veteran's County Service Office located in the Judge Edd B. Keyes building downtown will soon be relocating to a better-suited environment in the Texas Workforce Solutions Building at 202 Henry O. Flipper St.

Renovations are currently taking place at the Keyes building, which requires a change in venue for some offices housed there.

The record cover for the Tone Pirates' "Best of Texas Live!"

San Angelo Band Debuts Their Live Record Tonight at The Cactus

by Joe Hyde

Jan 29, 2015

Tonight, the Tone Pirates take a stage at the Cactus Hotel to introduce their new record, The Best of Texas Live! Pirates lead singer Dan Carroll describes the project as a tribute to the musical heritage of San Angelo as much as it is of Texas. That’s why each of the covers performed live on the record were picked.

Carolina Angela de la Garza De Witt and her patron saint ,Santa Angela.

Feast of Santa Angela Honors Benevolent Women

by Amanda Henson

Jan 29, 2015

It was a small gathering Tuesday night in the River Room at the San Angelo Visitor's Center for the Feast of Santa Angela. This year's guest speakers were Most Rev. Michael D.Pfeifer, O.M.I. and Gus Clemens, local historian.  

LIVE! Photo/Amanda Henson

Firemen Extinguish Third Flaming Vehicle in Three Days

by Chelsea Reinhard

Jan 28, 2015

San Angelo firefighters have just extinguished yet another flaming vehicle, this time located on Loop 306 near College Hills and the Concho Educators building. 

According to Fire Marshal Ross Coleman, firefighters received the call just before 5 p.m. this afternoon and responded to the scene between Southwest and College Hills, where they found a burning 2000 Chevy Sonic.