Here’s some local news:

Calvary Christian Academy School has launched a fundraising effort called “Feed the Need”, that is focused on packing 8,500 meals for Haiti and 1,500 meals for Grant County. School staff and students are assembling bulk ingredients into containers for shipment. According to a release, the school has raised over $29,000 since the program launch on November 3rd and hopes to reach their target of $50,000 by December 7th. The fundraiser also aims to assist in expanding the school which at this time is running at full capacity.

A man charged with murder and leaving the scene of an accident has been denied release pending trial by District Court Judge J.C. Robinson. Donald Vincent, has been held without bond at the Grant County Detention Center since June regarding an accident causing great bodily harm and ultimately the death of Clyde Perry. The incident occurred on F Street in Silver City on June 22nd. The detective assigned to the case reported that more evidence needs to be tested before being submitted to the court.

Deming residents, Don and Cheryl Hartman, were named Farm Family of the Year at the 101st annual meeting of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau. Don is President of the Luna County Farm Bureau and Cheryl is a district representative for the Women’s Leadership Program and recently become a member of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s Outreach Team. The Hartmans have received many awards over the years that include: Conservation Farmer of the Year; Outstanding Farmers of America National Winner; Luna County Outstanding Ag Family of the Year; and Border Foods Extra Mile Award. The New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau was founded in 1917 and is comprised of farmers, ranchers and those interested in private property rights and a local food supply.

Students from Snell Middle School competed in the New Mexico Electric Car Challenge in Albuquerque earlier this month. The students who take part in the Science Tech class and MESA at Snell, had to research, design, test, and compete with electric cars, in addition to presenting an oral report about their project to the judges. Snell’s three teams advanced to the finals with Team One placing first in design, first in the race, and first overall. Over fifty student teams competed in the event from all over New Mexico which was sponsored by Sandia National and Los Alamos National Laboratories. Congratulations to the competing Snell students and their and Science Tech teacher and MESA advisor, Cindy Lee.