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Westbrook-Ream engagement

January 15, 2011

Gary and Deborah Westbrook of Victoria are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Melodi Westbrook of Midland, to Stacey Ream of Midland, son of Roddy and Jann Caffey of Big Spring and Jim and Marilyn Ream of Fort Worth.

The couple will marry at 6:30 p.m. on March 19, 2011, at Hummingbird House in Manchaca.

Melodi is a 1995 graduate of Victoria High School and a 2000 graduate of Austin Community College. She is employed by Synergy Physical Therapy in Odessa as a certified occupational therapy assistant working with the pediatric population.

Robertson-Villarreal engagement

January 15, 2011

Dinah and Larry Robertson of Trophy Club are proud to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Faith Robertson of Big Spring, to Dr. Marcus Villarreal of Big Spring, the son of Theresa Riggs of Denton and Andre Villarreal of Argyle.

The bride-to-be is a 1995 graduate of Justin Northwest High School and a graduate of Texas Tech University. She is currently employed by Dwain Fox P.C.

The prospective groom is a 1995 graduate of Denton High School and graduate of Texas Tech University and Parker Chiropractic College. He is currently employed by Back in Motion.

Casual cooking with Kris

January 13, 2011

Welcoming readers to my world where I enjoy simple, sometimes quick, but always delicious meals.

This week's recipe comes from the oh-I-haven't-had-a-chance-to-get-to-the-store section. I was pantry searching and revving up that thing called a thinking cap, which wore me out. I had no meat thawed out and takeout budget was empty, so after surveying the damage and lack of choices I discovered a twist on an old dish.

Oil spill life-threatening to water birds

January 11, 2011

The morning of Jan. 3 promised a return to some sort of normalcy. The holidays were now a pleasant memory. Awakening to the sunlight hitting our east windows was a reminder of a new day for 2005.

Halfway through a cup of coffee, the phone rang. Recognizing the game warden’s voice, I listened as he asked us to meet him in Stanton. The urgency of his request was understandable. Knowing about how long it would take him to drive from the Pecos River, we decided upon a meeting time.

Birth: Jake Roberts MacKenzie

January 8, 2011

Jake Roberts MacKenzie, a boy, was born Dec. 10, 2010, at Scenic Mountain Medical Center, weighing 7 pounds, 12 ounces and was 18-3/4 inches long. He is the son of Scott and Erin MacKenzie of Big Spring.

Grandparents are Wayne and Shelane Roberts of Big Spring and Finlay and Florence MacKenzie of Gresham, Ore.

He was welcomed home by older sibling Jacy Rhyan MacKenzie.

Birth: Baylee Lyn Denton

January 8, 2011

Baylee Lyn Denton, a girl, was born Dec. 30, 2010, at Midland Memorial Hospital, weighing 6 pounds, 6 ounces and was 19 inches long. She is the daughter of Justin and Kendra Denton of Midland.

Grandparents Lesa and Rick Gamble of Big Spring and Pam Rinehart and Dickie Denton of Midland.

She was welcomed home by older siblings Jake Denton and Paige Carille.

Griffith anniversary

January 8, 2011

Jay Maurice and Vivian Griffith celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, with a party hosted by friends.

Jay met Vivian Earwood in Sanderson and they were married Jan. 1, 1942, in San Antonio. They have spent most of their married lives in Big Spring.

Over the years, Jay worked for several railroads and retired in 1982. Vivian worked for the federal service and retired in 1976.

Archer-Bagwell engagement

January 8, 2011

Mandy and Tom Archer of Marion, Ark., are pleased to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Taylor Danielle Archer of Marion, Ark., to Jonathan Charles Bagwell of Little Rock, Ark., the son of Sue and Chuck Bagwell of Big Spring.

The bride-to-be is currently a fourth-year medical student at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and plans to enter a pediatrist practice.

Robertson-Villarreal engagement

January 8, 2011

Dinah and Larry Robertson of Trophy Club are proud to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Faith Robertson of Big Spring, to Dr. Marcus Villarreal of Big Spring, the son of Theresa Riggs and Andre Villarreal of Denton.

The bride-to-be is a 1995 graduate of Northwest High School and a graduate of Texas Tech University. She is currently employed by Dwain Fox P.C.

The prospective groom is a 1995 graduate of Denton High School and graduate of Texas Tech University and Parker Chiropractic College. He is currently employed by Back in Motion.

Bird Poop: Red-tailed hawk succumbs to its wounds

December 28, 2010

On call during the first weekend of December, the officer had gone to pick up a large hawk during the afternoon. After securing the raptor in his truck, he drove back to the shelter. The opportunity to handle such a bird reminded him of his days at the San Antonio zoo and other facilities.

After notifying the game warden, the officer was given our number to call. Since Odessa’s animal control was officially closed, we arranged to meet on Sunday morning.

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