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January 17th, 2011

Man and Woman of the Year nominations due Tuesday

January 17, 2011

Nominations for Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce's Man and Woman of the Year come to a close Tuesday.
If you know someone who went out of their way to make Big Spring and Howard County a better place to be in 2010, the time to help them get some recognition is now. The application process began earlier this month.
The actual banquet is set for Feb. 3.

Girl Scout cookies to go on sale

January 17, 2011

Have a sweet tooth? Want to help area youth? Want to satisfy both desires at the same time?
The Girl Scouts of America will start their annual cookie sale later this month, which means area residents will have ample opportunity to both indulge their appetite and support an organization that helps prepare girls to be leaders in society.
The annual sale begins in Big Spring Jan. 22, said Janice Hogan, membership manager for the Girls Scouts of the Desert Southwest region.

January 15th

Found skull human, sheriff confirms

January 15, 2011

Officials with the Howard County Sheriff's Office confirmed Friday that a skull discovered Dec. 20 north of Big Spring is indeed human, as investigators wait for more details from anthropology experts involved in the case.

Sheriff Stan Parker said Friday the skull is human, but more telling details — age, sex, race — will come once anthropologists examine the remains.

Member cities face cut in water deliveries from CRMWD

January 15, 2011

Barring some heavy rains in the near future, Colorado River Municipal Water District member cities will have to make do with less water this year.

CRMWD General Manager John Grant confirmed Friday that maximum water deliveries to member cities will be cut by 10 percent effective Feb. 1.

Two of the water district's four main sources of water — Lakes Thomas and Spence — are at critically low levels, leaving Lake Ivie and the Ward County underground water well fields as CRMWD's only dependable sources of water, Grant said.

Authorities search landfill for missing 13-year-old

January 15, 2011

COLORADO CITY — The search for 13-year-old Hailey Dunn expanded Friday to include a landfill in Abilene.

According to reports by television news station KTXS, search personnel were spotted through the news outlet's tower camera, located in the northern part of Abilene.

Colorado City Manager Pete Kampfer confirmed that investigators — utilizing cadaver dogs provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice — were searching the facility.

Cadaver dogs are canines that have been trained to detect human bodies or remains.

MLK march planned Monday evening

January 15, 2011

More than 40 years after his untimely death, area residents will once again remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday evening when they take to the street bearing the civil rights leader's name for the annual march.

And while the day — recognized as a national holiday — will mean time off for many area employees and employers, march coordinators are encouraging area residents to make it a day on, not a day off.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. and walkers will head west on Martin Luther King Boulevard to FM 700, where the group will hold a prayer.

Police blotter

January 15, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity Friday and early Saturday:
• RANDALL SCOTT MARTIN, 31, Amarillo, was arrested on a charge of driving while license invalid/no insurance.
• ASSAULT was reported in the 600 block of Elgin and the 2000 block of Goliad.
• CRIMINAL MISCHIEF was reported in the 1000 block of N. Main.
• THEFT was reported in the 1700 block of Gregg.

January 14th

Rebuild vs. renovate: BSISD officials debate Moss future

January 14, 2011

Big Spring school officials want very much to add a fourth new elementary campus to their upcoming construction list.

Officials discussed the possibility of replacing Moss Elementary with a new campus during Thursday's meeting of the Big Spring Independent School District board of trustees.

When voters approved a $60 million bond proposal in May 2010, plans called for three new elementaries to replace existing campuses at Washington, Marcy and Goliad.

Trustees OK sale of last block of construction bonds

January 14, 2011

Big Spring Independent School District trustees authorized the sale of the final block of voter-approved construction bonds during their regular meeting Thursday evening.

Voters approved the issuance of $60 million in bonds in May, and almost $53 million of those were sold in September.

However, officials held $6.7 million in bonds in abeyance, hoping to qualify for financing under the Qualified School Construction Bond program, a federally-backed system which features ultra-low interest rates.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

January 14, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
• DAVID WAYNE CROW, 23, of 617 S. McEwen, was arrested Thursday on a charge of possession of marijuana – more than four ounces, less than five pounds.
• ASSAULT was reported in the 600 block of E. Sixth Street.

The Howard County Sheriff’s Office reported the following activity:
Note — Officials with the Howard County Jail reported having 58 inmates at the time of this report.

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