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January 27th, 2011

Ticket deadline nears for Chamber banquet

January 27, 2011

Tickets for next week's Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce banquet are still available, but won't be for long, organizers say.

The deadline to purchase tickets for the Feb. 3 banquet is 5 p.m. Friday.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

January 27, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity Wednesday and early Thursday:
• BRUCE ERVIN ESSIX, 44, 408 S. Douglas, was arrested on two warrants for manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance.
• ERNEST ENRIQUE SILVAS, 26, 1408 Sycamore, was arrested on a warrant for manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance.
• AMMIE LEE HOWELL, 32, 1507 Hilltop, was arrested on a warrant for manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance.
• MICHAEL LEE RAWLS, 31, 1803 Morrison, was arrested on a warrant for prostitution and a warrant from another agency.

January 26th

Law enforcement administrative services may be centered at county jail

January 26, 2011

The Howard County Jail could soon be the center of law enforcement efforts in Big Spring, as city and county officials prepare to meet to mull over the idea of housing the Sheriff's Office and Police Department in the same facility.

City Manager Gary Fuqua informed the Big Spring City Council Tuesday night recent talks between the city and county administrations could help the municipality solve a longstanding problem.

Over the top: United Way exceeds its $250,000 goal

January 26, 2011

The United Way of Big Spring and Howard County did a victory lap during its annual business meeting Tuesday evening.

Despite a struggling economy — and bucking the trend of the past few years — the 2010 UW drive exceeded its goal of $250,000, which left both campaign officials and the agencies that receive funds from the organization in a celebratory mood.

Wayland Pierce, first vice president of the 2010 campaign, said $252,000 has been raised to date, with the promise of even more to come within the next few months.

Friends 'turned loose' to raise funds

January 26, 2011

The Friends of the State Park are about “to be turned loose” to officially raise funds for a new nature center at the park.

For more than a year, the group has been advocating the construction of a combination nature/visitor center at the state park, an addition they believe would draw more visitors to this area.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

January 26, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• KRYSTAL MARIE SERVANTES, 22, of 1503 Lexington, was arrested Tuesday on warrants for no driver's license when unlicensed, failure to appear, failure to provide a safety deat system for a child and a warrant from another agency.
• CLARA RAMIREZ RANGEL, 36, of 1902 S. Johnson, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of driving while license invalid/suspended with a previous conviction.

Dunn case: Memphis lead invalid

January 26, 2011

COLORADO CITY — Investigators working on the disappearance of 13-year-old Hailey Darlene Dunn confirmed an recent out-of-state lead in the case was invalid, as the search for the girl continues into its fourth week.

According to Pete Kampfer, city manager and media liaison for the search, investigators were looking into a possible lead in the case in Memphis, Tenn. However, Kampfer confirmed this week the lead was determined to be invalid.

January 25th

Colleges get new life under state Senate budget bill

January 25, 2011

Four Texas community colleges facing closure will escape the axe under a preliminary Texas budget submitted by state senators Monday.

The four institutions, which include Odessa College, would have had their state funding eliminated under the House version of the budget, which was released last week. Under the Senate version, however, funding has been restored.

Cook-off to benefit WTC Children in Need fund

January 25, 2011

Chili, not chilly.

The weather forecast for Saturday's West Texas Centers Children-In-Need chili cook-off calls for sunny skies and a high temperature in the low 70s — balmy for winter standards.

Organizers are hoping the good weather brings out the cooks and the “tasters” to this year's event, the ninth annual benefit, hosted by the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 3188.

National groups pull out of search for Dunn

January 25, 2011

COLORADO CITY — Investigators say the search for 13-year-old Hailey Dunn is still going strong despite the departure of two national volunteer programs from the effort during the weekend.

Officials from the Laura Recovery Center for Missing Children and the Klaas Kids Foundation left Colorado City following the weekend, after spending several days organizing volunteer search parties.

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