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January 8th, 2011

Howard County residents join in search effort

January 8, 2011

COAHOMA — The fact is as cold as Saturday morning's temperatures — Hailey Dunn could be just about anywhere. But neither that fact nor the chilly weather was going to stop a group of area residents from searching for her, anyway.


About 30 people gathered Saturday in this community, located about 25 miles west of the missing Colorado City teenager's home, to begin scouring Howard County for the girl.

Forsan school trustees meet Monday

January 8, 2011

FORSAN — School district trustees here will consider improvement to district-owned housing when they hold their regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the administration building board room.


Forsan Independent School District currently provides 14 houses on a reduced-rent basis to administrators and other extra-duty personnel such as coaches and band directors. But age is starting to catch up to those dwellings, Superintendent Randy Johnson said.

Police investigating 2 robberies

January 8, 2011

Big Spring Police Department officers are searching for suspects who committed two early-Friday morning robberies in east Big Spring.


A taxi driver and 7-Eleven store clerk were robbed at gunpoint between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. Thursday, according to information released by BSPD Public Information Officer Tony Everett.

Commissioners to consider library lighting

January 8, 2011

Howard County commissioners will likely seek bids to improve lighting at the county library when they hold their regular meeting at 10 a.m. Monday on the third floor of the courthouse.


County Judge Mark Barr said poor lighting in some areas of the library — such as the children's area — is a cause for concern.


“Those areas (of the library) are pretty dark,” he conceded. “If we're going to do something about it, we need to make sure we do it right.”

Police beat

January 8, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity Friday and early Satuday:
• JOE LOPEZ BERNAL, 49, 1106 E. 15th, was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated/third or more offense.
• ELIDA HERNANDEZ, 52, 1106 E. 15th, was arrested on a charge of public intoxication.
• DANNY ZAMBRANO, 41, 1502 Sycamore, was arrested on a charge of public intoxication.
• VIRGINIA MARTINEZ ZAMBRANO, 40, 505 S. Goliad, was arrested on a charge of public intoxication.
• ASHLEY LEE RAMOS, 26, 505 S. Goliad, was arrested on a charge of public intoxication.

January 7th

Missing girl update: Mom, boyfriend fail polygraph tests

January 7, 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.

Good new, bad news for college in 2011

January 7, 2011

There is definitely anticipation in the air at Howard College this year.


Trepidation, too.


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.

Tax return help available through AARP program

January 7, 2011

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.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

January 7, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity Thursday and early Friday:
• 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.
• ADRIAN PATRICK VALENCIA, 908 S. Nolan, was arrested on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid with previous conviction.
• GUSTAVO CHON MARQUEZ, 50, 1007 E. 14th, was arrested on charges of burglary of a building, evading arrest/detention and public intoxication.

January 6th

Missing girl case getting national attention

January 6, 2011

COLORADO CITY — 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.

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