January 7th, 2011
COLORADO CITY — The search for 13-year-old Hailey Darlene Dunn, missing for more than a week, continued Thursday with help from the FBI and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers.
A DPS helicopter assisted in the search Thursday afternoon, officials said.
Meanwhile, Hailey's mother, Billie Jean Dunn, told CNN television personality Nancy Grace that both she and her boyfriend, Shawn Adkins, had failed polygraph tests. She alluded that both she and her boyfriend had been on medication, which may have skewed the results.
There is definitely anticipation in the air at Howard College this year.
As Howard heads toward a notable anniversary, officials say there's much to celebrate in 2011, but there's a few things to worry about, as well.
Chief among the worries facing Howard is the “state of the state” — how the economic downturn will effect the amount of state financial aid the college receives.
Big Spring girlsâ€™ basketball coach Mike Warren knows not many are picking the Lady Steers to win District 5-3A. The â€śfavoritesâ€ť title belongs to their opponents at 6 p.m. today at Abilene Wylie.
Warren is more comfortable in the role of spoiler and believes his team has a chance to turn some heads,too.
â€śI think itâ€™s up for grabs and I think Wylieâ€™s going to get beat,â€ť he said of how District 5-3A might play out. â€śI think anything can happen. I think Brownwood can knock off Wylie and we can, too. I think itâ€™s important to win your home games and defend your home court.
While officials at the U.S. Internal Revenue Service scramble to prepare for the 2011 tax season, one local woman and her troop of volunteers are well on their way to helping residents file their 2010 tax returns.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity Thursday and early Friday:
â€˘ ASHLEY ANN GONZALEZ, 23, 1424 E. Sixth, was arrested on charges of driving while license suspended/invalid with previous conviction, failure to maintain financial responsibility, and failure to appear.
â€˘ ADRIAN PATRICK VALENCIA, 908 S. Nolan, was arrested on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid with previous conviction.
â€˘ GUSTAVO CHON MARQUEZ, 50, 1007 E. 14th, was arrested on charges of burglary of a building, evading arrest/detention and public intoxication.
Grover C. Shanks Jr. died Jan. 5, 2011. Visitation with the family will be 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, at Sunset Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, with Johnny Touchstone, Edmond Wheeles and Weeks DuBose officiating. Burial will be at Trinity Memorial Cemetery at 3 p.m. Saturday in Big Spring.
Della Brooks, 93, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, at her daughter's home. Her services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Erlinda Gonzales, 48, of Big Spring died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at Hospice House in Odessa. Vigil services will be at 8 Pp.m. Thursday at Myers & Smith Chapel. Funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial at Trinity Memorial Park.
Al Valdes Sr., 83, of Kingsland, formerly of Big Spring, passed away Jan. 4, 2011. He was born in Havana, Cuba and immigrated to the United States in 1946 to play professional baseball.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday Jan. 8, 2011, at the First United Methodist Church in Big Spring. An online guest register may be signed at www.putnamfunerals.com.
COLORADO CITY â€” The investigation into the disappearance of a 13-year-old Colorado City girl has gained national attention, thanks to coverage by TV personality and former violent crime prosecutor Nancy Grace, as investigators continue to try to determine if the girl has met with foul play.
Hailey Darlene Dunn, an eighth grade student at Colorado Middle School, was last seen walking from her home in northern Colorado City to a friend's house about 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 27, according to Interim Colorado City Police Chief John Bivins.