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January 18th, 2011

Heavy hearts: Volunteers keep searching for Hailey Dunn

January 18, 2011

Searchers from Big Spring, Coahoma and other Howard County communities turned their attention Monday morning to northern Highway 350 in the search for 13-year-old Hailey Darlene Dunn, as the girl's recent disappearance continues to weigh heavy on the minds of most West Texans.

Heather Maddox of Big Spring and DeNeise Coates of Coahoma — joined by other area volunteers — traveled the road between Ira and Big Spring Monday, according to Maddox.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

January 18, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
• BERTHA SUSAN GARCIA, 39, of 100 N.W. Third St., was arrested Monday on a charge of speeding.
• BONNIE JANE KLAASSEN, 51, of 1500 Sycamore, was arrested Monday on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.
• MICHAEL WILSON CARL, 27, of 117 Davis Rd., was arrested Tuesday on a warrant from another agency and a charge of possession of a controlled substance.

January 17th

Police blotter Jan. 17, 2011

January 17, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
• ROXANA PAYAN, 21, of Odessa, was arrested Saturday on a charge of driving while intoxicated.
• RUBEN ANTHONY GONZALES, 27, of Midland, was arrested Saturday on warrants for driving while license invalid with a previous suspension or conviction and theft.
• ANTHONY ROBERT SANCHEZ JR., 24, of 2813 Coronado, was arrested Saturday on a warrant from another agency.

West Texas Centers to expand treatment for PTSD

January 17, 2011

West Texas Centers will expand its care for people living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In addition to the weekly support group meetings held at the VA Hospital, West Texas Centers will host Peer to Peer meetings for men and women who have or believe they may have PTSD.
The meetings will also be open to family members, West Texas Centers CEO Shelley Smith said.

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.

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