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Bomb scare forces high school evacuation

December 18, 2012

Big Spring High School was evacuated Monday morning following a bomb threat, however, law enforcement officials say the call was a hoax.

According to Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer with the Big Spring Police Department, the call was received at 9:52 a.m. by local law enforcement dispatch.

“Dispatch received a 911 call from a male subject who claimed there was a bomb in the high school,” Everett said. “School officials were immediately notified and the building was evacuated. Officers responded to the scene and conducted a search of the premises.”

Salvation Army extends Angel Tree program until Wednesday

December 18, 2012

Coordinators with the local Salvation Army Angel Tree program say an over-abundance of angel cards has forced them to extend the annual effort until noon Wednesday in hopes of providing for area low income children and seniors.

According to Bessie Flores, a social worker with the local charity, there are approximately 90 angel cards left on the program's last tree, representing a tremendous shortfall for the holiday effort.

Police/Sheriff/EMS 12-18

December 18, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
• ERIN CLEO STANSBURY, 31, of Lawton, Okla., was arrested Monday on a charge of possession of marijuana – two ounces or less.
• AUSTIN JOHNSON, 23, of Dallas, Texas, was arrested Monday on a charge of public intoxication.
• BURGLARY OF A BUILDING was reported in the 600 block of E. Third Street.
• THEFT was reported in the 1300 block of Park Street.

The Howard County Sheriff’s Office reported the following activity:

Dorothy Barnett

December 18, 2012

Graveside services for Dorothy (Mrs. Berton) Barnett, 89, of Colorado City were set for noon Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, in the Colorado City Cemetery with the Rev. Mike Foster officiating. Services were under the care and direction of Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.

Mrs. Barnett died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 in a local nursing home.
Mrs. Barnett was born Sept. 27, 1923, in Houma, La., the daughter of Thomas and Cedie Hatch. She married Berton Barnett Aug. 23, 1944, in Pasadena, Calif.

John J. 'Jerry' White

December 18, 2012

John J. “Jerry” White, 92, of Big Spring died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home. His body will be in state at Myers & Smith Funeral Home Wednesday and Thursday. Graveside services with military honors will be at 2:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.

Joe Gomez

December 18, 2012

Joe Gomez, 52, of Big Spring died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at his residence. Vigil services will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Myers & Smith Chapel. Funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with the Rev. Bernard L. Gully officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Olive Memorial Park.

He was born Aug. 20, 1960, in Big Spring to Bertha and Ramiro Echavarria. He worked in the oilfield, Fiberglass systems and for more than 20 years for Jiffy Car Wash. He was a lifetime resident of Howard County except for a few years in Laredo. He was a Catholic.

Tommy David Smith

December 18, 2012

Tommy David Smith, 50, of Venus, Texas, formerly of Ackerly died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at a Fort Worth hospital after illness and injuries sustained in a fall. Services are planned for a later date.

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