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January 21st, 2011

16 indicted by grand jury

January 21, 2011

Burglaries, drug possession and driving under the influence dominated cases handed down Thursday by a Howard County grand jury.

Jurors true-billed 23 cases involving 16 individuals.

• Tyson Demetrious Barker, 20, currently being held at the Howard County Detention Center, possession of a prohibited weapon (third-degree felony), burglary of a habitation (second-degree felony) and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle (state jail felony).

Search continues for Hailey Dunn

January 21, 2011

COLORADO CITY — Both investigators and volunteers pushed forward today despite frigid temperatures in the search for 13-year-old Hailey Dunn, a search that has already spanned more than three weeks since the child's disappearance.

Searchers continued to comb fields and wooded areas near the Dunn home, looking for traces of the girl, including clothing and personal items.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

January 21, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
• ANTHONEY THOMAS MCGRUDER, 40, of 704 W. Eighth St., was arrested Thursday on a charge of possession of marijuana – two ounces or less.
• ADRIAN PATRICK VALENCIA, 22, of 908 S. Nolan, was arrested Thursday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid with a previous conviction.
• PRISCILLA LEANN TORRES, 28, of 1408 Wood St., was arrested Thursday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid with a previous conviction.

January 20th

Changes taking place in BSHS elective Bible course

January 20, 2011

Apparently reversing his stance from earlier in the day, Big Spring Independent School District Superintendent Steven Saldivar announced Wednesday afternoon that the elective Bible course offered at the high school will undergo a number of changes, including the instructor teaching it.

More join search for Dunn

January 20, 2011

COLORADO CITY — Two more organizations have joined the search for 13-year-old Hailey Dunn in hopes of unifying volunteers currently scouring the small West Texas town and outlying areas.

Officials from the Laura Recovery Center for Missing Children and the Klaas Kids Foundation reported this week they have joined the search for the 13-year-old Colorado Middle School student who was reported missing to police by her mother Dec. 27.

New director heralds Scouting's adventures

January 20, 2011

Being a Boy Scout was more than just a personal choice for Brian Sweeney. It was a family tradition.

Sweeney, the son and grandson of Eagle Scouts, was recently named Lone Star District Executive for the Buffalo Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America, meaning the 23-year-old Raleigh, N.C., native will oversee all Scouting programs in Big Spring.

Help for starting new businesses available

January 20, 2011

People wanting to start a new business in Howard County will soon have another helping hand.

The Big Spring Economic Development Corp. announced it has contracted with Entrepreneur Alliance of Amarillo to provide start-up help to those wishing to open their own businesses in the area.

Terry Wegman, BSEDC executive director, said the firm will open a temporary office in the Chamber of Commerce building around the first of February. Plans call for consultants to be available to the public approximately four days a month.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

January 20, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• GEOVANNI MIRANDA ORNALAS, 20, of 1206 Mesquite, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of no driver's license – when unlicensed.
• ROBERT RIVERA, 39, of 2538 Langley St., was arrested Wednesday on warrants from another agency (two counts), possession of drug paraphernalia (two counts) and speeding.
• STEVAN VALENCIA, 51, of 107 N.E. Eighth St., was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for failure to maintain financial responsibility.

January 19th

Odessa College targeted for closure under state budget plan

January 19, 2011

Howard College's president expressed shock and concern over preliminary state plans to suspend funding for four community colleges in Texas.

Four Texas two-year colleges — including Odessa College — would be closed to save $39 million in the next two-year state budget under a preliminary spending plan released Tuesday by House lawmakers.

Bible class prognosis uncertain

January 19, 2011

Despite comments to the contrary from members of the Howard County Bible Board — the organization responsible for funding the Bible class at Big Spring High School — school district officials say the program has not been shut down.

Big Spring Independent School District Superintendent Steven Saldivar said Tuesday the program, which teaches Bible studies as an elective, has not been shut down.

“We still have the course,” Saldivar said. “No changes have been made. Claims we have done away with the Bible class are not correct.”

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