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Andrews Couple Indicted in Connection With Murder of Their Own Son

A couple out of Andrews was indicted Thursday for the murder of their own son. An Andrews County grand jury handed down the indictment charging Julio Cardenas and Jennifer Elizabeth Muniz with capital murder. More>>

Hobbs Man Killed in Andrews County Accident

A Hobbs, New Mexico, man is dead and another is recovering following an afternoon accident in Andrews County. The accident happened Sunday afternoon just after 3 p.m. on State Highway 176, about 10 miles west of Andrews. More>>

Andrews Truck Reliever Route to Reopen in Mid-November

The reliever route in Andrews is set to reopen in just six weeks. The triple digit heat last summer caused the tar to come off the surface of the rock. More>>

Andrews Chamber Warning Residents About Electricity Scam

If you live in Andrews, the Andrews Chamber of Commerce wants to spread the word on an electricity scam. Someone is saying they are selling electricity for Direct Energy. More>>

City of Andrews Not Moving to Reverse Osmosis Water System

The City of Andrews has made a decision regarding the water supply. According to the utilities director, the city will not be going to a reverse osmosis water system. More>>

Man Injured in Andrews County Accident

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An accident in Andrews County on Monday morning sent one man to the hospital. The accident happened on Highway 385, near Southwest 8000, south of Andrews. More>>

Andrews Man Killed in Weekend Rollover Accident

An Andrews man is dead following a weekend rollover accident in Andrews County. The accident happened just before 5 a.m. Sunday morning on U.S. Highway 385, about 12 miles south of the Andrews city limits. More>>

Officials Identify Victims Killed in Fiery Andrews County Accident

DPS Troopers have identified two people that were killed in a fiery accident in Andrews County. Officials tell NewsWest 9, Emilio Jacob Santellano, 20, of Andrews and Danny Quade Nicar, 19, of Andrews, were both killed. More>>

Staff Shortage Affecting Mail Delivery in Andrews County

Residents in Andrews County may notice their mail arriving a little late. According to USPS local postal office officials, the Andrews Post Office is currently shorthanded. More>>

Seagraves Man Killed in Early Morning Accident

A Seagraves man is dead following an early morning accident in Andrews County. The accident happened just before 12:15 a.m. Monday on U.S. Highway 385, about six miles north of Andrews. More>>

Andrews Convenience Store Robbery Under Investigation

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Andrews Police are investigating following a robbery early Wednesday morning. The Andrews Police Department tells NewsWest 9, the robbery happened around 4 a.m. at the Allsup's store in the 800 block of North Main. More>>

1 Shot, 1 Arrested After Shooting at Andrews Country Club Parking Lot

A shooting took place in the parking lot of the Andrews County Club on Wednesday. The victim is in  a Lubbock hospital. The gunman is locked up. Police haven't said who the victim is, where he was shot, or what his condition is. More>>

80 Megawatt Solar Project Headed to Andrews County

Plans are in place to bring a solar farm to Andrews County. The $100 million investment will provide another option for electricity. More>>

Armed Robberies on the Rise in Andrews

The small community of Andrews is dealing with a dangerous problem. They're seeing a lot more armed robberies all over town. The police department says it's a problem they haven't had to face in over 30 years. More>>

Andrews ISD Educator "No Billed" Following Accusations of Student-Teacher Relationship

An Andrews ISD educator has been “no billed” by a grand jury. According to a press release sent to NewsWest 9, the teacher was “no billed” on Thursday. More>>

Four Members of the Cossacks Biker Gang Arrested in Andrews

In the wake of the gang violence in Waco, a few members of the Cossack motorcycle gang are in trouble in Andrews. Four members are behind bars and police are working to keep the gang off their streets. More>>

Case Involving Andrews Coach to be Presented to Grand Jury

A case involving an Andrews High School coach will be presented to a grand jury in a couple of weeks. Cannon McWilliams has been under investigation after being accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student. More>>

Repairs to Begin Soon For Damaged Reliever Route in Andrews

Repairs will be getting underway soon for the damaged reliever route in Andrews. On Wednesday, a pre-construction meeting will be held at city hall to officially start the project. More>>

One Killed, One Injured in Andrews County Rollover Accident

An Andrews man is dead and another Andrews man was injured in a rollover accident on Tuesday. The accident happened on State Highway 115, approximately 11 miles west of Andrews around 5 a.m. More>>

City of Andrews Urging Residents to Get Vaccinated

The City of Andrews is urging their community to get immunized. The Andrews County Health Department explained to NewsWest 9 that 60% of children 3 and under in Andrews County are not fully vaccinated. It's a problem that could spread quickly but officials are trying to change that. More>>

City of Andrews Spending Millions To Repair Reliever Route

It's been almost a year since the City of Andrews was forced to close down their reliever route after the asphalt started melting. But the town is expected to start finally repairs in May. More>>

Andrews Home Badly Damaged After Late Night Fire

A fire in Andrews left a home badly damaged on Monday night. Firefighters rushed to the scene in the 1100 block of 3rd Street around 10:30 p.m. More>>

Andrews Police Department Gets First Ever K-9 Unit

The Andrews Police Department just gained a new member of their squad but this officer is a little more "furrier" than most. After a generous donation, the department was able to purchase their first ever K-9 unit. More>>

Andrews ISD Becoming Technology Savvy in the Classroom

Andrews ISD has become technology savvy in their classrooms. The district said it gets their students excited to learn. More>>

Andrews Woman Killed, Two Others Injured in Morning Accident

An Andrews woman is dead and two others were injured following a morning accident in Gaines County on Thursday. More>>

Andrews ISD Responds to Child Abuse Allegations

It's a story NewsWest 9 first broke out of Andrews. More allegations of child abuse at the hands of special needs teachers. The aide who made the claims filed suit against the Andrews School District for being fired and now the district has formally responded. More>>

Authorities Investigating Student-Teacher Relationship in Andrews

It's a story you will only see on NewsWest 9. A source told NewsWest 9 about allegations of a student-teacher relationship out of Andrews. More>>

CASA in Andrews in Desperate Need of Volunteers

CASA is in need of volunteers across the entire Permian Basin but especially in Andrews. The small town had nearly 40 child abuse cases last year and they only have three volunteers. More>>

City of Andrews to Begin Accepting Paperwork for May Elections

The City of Andrews will start taking candidate packages on Wednesday for anyone wanting to run in the May elections. Two school board positions will be open and are three year term positions. More>>

UPDATE: Man Found Dead After Industrial Accident in Andrews County

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An Andrews man is dead following some type of industrial accident in Andrews County. According to a press release from the Andrews County Sheriff's Office, police responded to the industrial accident on the Merit BLK 9 SWD located southwest of Andrews after a co-worker found him. More>>

Two People Arrested for Andrews ATM Theft

Two people have been arrested for attempting to steal an ATM in Andrews. Police were called out to First Basin Credit Union in Andrews around 4:15 a.m. Monday morning when an alarm went off at the location. More>>

First Phase of Andrews Hospital Construction Completed

A new year, a new facility and this is just the beginning. The dawning of a healthier Andrews is underway. More>>

Three People Injured in Andrews County Accident

Three people are recovering following an evening accident in Andrews County on Tuesday night. The accident happened just after 7 p.m. on FM 181 about two miles south of State Highway 176. More>>

Andrews Chamber of Commerce Looking to Bring More Hispanic Cultural Events to Town

As the City of Andrews continues to grow so does the Hispanic population. As the city says, it's had quite the impact on the community. More>>

Andrews Police Catch Mother-Daughter Thieves

The Andrews Police Department busted some thieves over the weekend. The mother-daughter duo stole over $2,000 worth of merchandise and one the criminals is no stranger to our newscast. More>>

Three Killed, One Injured in Andrews County Accident

Three people are dead and another was injured following a morning accident in Andrews County on Saturday. The accident happened on State Highway 176, about six miles east of Andrews. More>>

Big Spring Man Killed Following Weekend Accident

A Big Spring man is dead following a weekend accident in Andrews County on Sunday. The accident happened on State Highway 176 about one mile east of Andrews around 2:15 p.m. More>>

Andrews Man Dies From Injuries After Motorcycle Accident

An Andrews man has died from his injuries following a motorcycle accident in Ector County last month. The accident happened on Highway 158 back on October 26. More>>

Survey Asking Andrews Residents What They Wish to See Come to Town

For the first time in more than 10 years, the City of Andrews is asking what people in town want to see come to their city. It's all a part of their strategic action plan. More>>

Andrews Mother Denied Child Pickup After Showing Mexican Passport As Identification

An Andrews mother was barred from picking up her son from school. She claims it's all because she didn't have a U.S. driver's license. More>>

Lawsuit Filed Regarding Andrews Truck Reliever Route

A lawsuit has been filed in connection with the Andrews truck reliever route asphalt issues. We're told the lawsuit was filed last week. More>>

Andrews Middle School Student Passes Away, Police Investigating as Unattended Death

Andrews Police are investigating after learning about the death of an Andrews Middle School student. We're told Valarie Stover passed away on Monday. More>>

Roads Closed Near Lakeside Park in Andrews

Mother Nature is leaving behind a lot of rain and some flooded streets. The Andrews Police Department tells NewsWest 9 that the roads around Lakeside Park are flooded in the area. More>>

Preschooler Left on Bus for Four Hours in Andrews, Parents File Police Report

Zereniti is a happy and healthy four-year-old girl, but earlier on Wednesday, she was drenched in sweat after spending four hours trapped on a school bus. More>>

Andrews Purchases New, Better Ambulances

Andrews is feeling the effects of a growing population and now the town's first responders need a little help of their own. More>>

Andrews Welcomes First Store Dedicated to Alcohol Consumers

Hot Rod's, it's something you wouldn't expect to see in Andrews. A town that until last November prohibited the sell of alcohol. More>>

Andrews Police Department Will Soon be Able to Take Patrol Cars Home

Some big changes are on the way for the Andrews Police Department. The squad is getting a new fleet of cars and officers will be able to take their vehicles home. More>>

Andrews Nuclear Waste Disposal Site To Get More Active

Andrews County is opening up its land to even more radioactive waste. It stems from changes made to the radioactive chemical disposal license attained by the Waste Control Specialists (WCS). More>>

City of Andrews to Become First Town in the State of Texas to Use New Water Treatment Technology

In 2006, new federal standards were created for the amounts of arsenic and fluoride that are allowed in drinking water. That meant Andrews was no longer in compliance. More>>

Andrews Native Starts Christian Concert Series to Help Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Suicide Video included

One man in Andrews is working to combat the high rate of teen suicide and pregnancy in town. He is doing so through christian music. More>>

Andrews Receives Big Donation to Go Towards Higher Education Students Video included

Thanks to the Heath Hamilton Memorial Association or HHMA, the City of Andrews has $132,942.42 more to invest in their students. More>>

Arrest Affidavit Reveals Details in the Murder of Ethan Cole Video included

What started out as a missing persons case in Andrews, soon turned into a capital murder investigation. More>>

Burn Ban Lifted in Andrews County

The burn ban has been lifted in Andrews County. The decision was made on Monday morning during the Commissioner’s Court Meeting. More>>

Andrews Chief of Police Talks About Arrests Made in the Murder of Ethan Cole Video included

More information is starting to come to light in the murder of 21-year-old Ethan Cole. 22-year-old Channance Emery York and 18-year-old Lauren Rennee Rodriguez were arrested Tuesday on capital murder charges in San Antonio. More>>

Equipment Failure to Blame For Power Outage in Andrews

Thousands of West Texans found themselves without power on Sunday in Andrews. ONCOR reported that about 6,000 residents were without electricity in north Andrews off of Highway 385. More>>

Andrews Truck Reliever Route to be Discussed at Upcoming City Council Meeting

The Andrews truck reliever route will be one of the main issues discussed at the next City Council meeting. City officials tell NewsWest 9, the council will hear from a third party engineer on June 26. More>>

Andrews County Officials, Residents Not Worried About WIPP Waste Storage Video included

Officials in Andrews County said they're not worried, even though five potentially explosive nuclear waste drums are being stored in their county at the Waste Control Specialist Site. More>>

Five Highly Acidic Radioactive Waste Containers Stored in Andrews, Spokesman Says Public is Not in Danger Video included

NewsWest 9 has new details on five potentially explosive containers of nuclear waste. Turns out, they are all being stored in Andrews County. That waste came from the Los Alamos National Laboratory. More>>

Scientists Identify Two Potentially Explosive Containers of Nuclear Waste Being Stored in Andrews County

Scientists have identified two potentially explosive containers of nuclear waste being stored in Andrews County. New Mexico’s Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn says the waste is from Los Alamos National Laboratory and is being temporarily stored at the Waste Control Specialists site in Andrews. More>>

Man Sentenced After 2012 Undercover Narcotics Operation in Andrews

A man arrested during an undercover narcotics operation in Andrews back in 2012 will spend the next 15 years behind bars. 20-year-old Eric Carrasco took a plea deal last month. More>>

Andrews Truck Reliever Route Closed Indefinitely Video included

The City of Andrews may be seeing heavier traffic soon. The new truck reliever route that was just opened within the last year has been blocked off after sustaining some pretty bad damage. More>>

City of Andrews Closing New Truck Route

NewsWest 9 has learned that the new truck route in Andrews has been closed due to asphalt bleeding. Officials say it will take days or possibly weeks to fix. We're told the route is not upholding to the standards they expected. More>>

City of Andrews Making a Big Splash With New Water Park Video included

The city of Andrews made significant upgrades to their community pool this year. The new water park turned out to be a big success the first day it was open. More>>

Burn Ban in Effect in Andrews

The burn ban in Andrews remains in effect even after the recent rains. The ban was enacted last week and will expire on August 24. More>>

Two People Arrested Following Fatal Hit and Run Accident, Murder in Andrews

Two people have been arrested in connection with a fatal hit and run accident in Andrews. The accident happened in the 4500 block of SE 1000, just after midnight Sunday morning. More>>

Andrews County Investigators Search For Suspect in Fatal Hit and Run Video included

A hit an run in Andrews early Sunday morning left one person dead, and the suspect is still out there. The Andrews County Sheriff's Office responded to the 4500 block of Southeast 1000, just after midnight. More>>

Substitute in Andrews Arrested After Looking at Pornography in Class Video included

Parents at Underwood Elementary in Andrews are outraged after they said their children came home and told them a substitute teacher was looking at pornography in class and now they want some answers. More>>

Andrews Substitute Teacher Arrested For Acting Inappropriately in Classroom Setting

One person was arrested on several charges after allegations were made that a substitute teacher was allegedly acting inappropriately in a classroom setting. On May 6, Andrews ISD Officials were notified of the situation and conducted an investigation into the allegations. More>>

Andrews Prepares To Elect a Mayor For The First Time in 17 Years Video included

It's been almost two decades since Andrews has had a mayoral election. But after the passing of their long time leader, Bob Zap, they'll be electing a new Mayor on Saturday. More>>

One Person Injured Following Afternoon Accident in Andrews County

One person was taken to the hospital following an accident in Andrews County. The accident happened at the intersection of FM 1788 and Highway 176 on Thursday evening. More>>

Officials Continue Search For Suspects in Connection With Car Vandalisms in Andrews

Authorities in Andrews are still searching for the people who vandalized dozens of cars over the weekend. 30 cars and trucks had their windows smashed over the weekend with either a BB gun, a bat or a pipe. More>>

New Love's Travel Stop Officially Opens in Andrews Video included

There's a new pit stop in Andrews. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Thursday morning for the new Love's Travel Stop. More>>

New Love’s Travel Stop Opens in Andrews

Andrews residents and travelers now have a new place to go to fill up in Andrews. A new Love’s Travel Stop opened in Andrews on Thursday. More>>

Andrews Looks Ahead to Next Election: Larry Brewer Decides to Run Video included

The primary elections came to an end on Tuesday but Andrews is already looking ahead to the upcoming elections in May. The small town is going to have some big decisions to make this year as they elect a new Mayor.  More>>

Friends, Colleagues Speak Out After Long Time Mayor of Andrews Dies

The small town of Andrews is mourning a big loss. On Saturday, Andrews Mayor Bob Zap, passed away after being hospitalized for about a week. More>>

Andrews Mayor Bob Zap Dies

We have new information on the death of Andrews Mayor Bob Zap. We're told Zap died on Saturday after battling an illness. NewsWest 9 sat down with Andrews City Manager, Glen Hackler, and we talked about the life and career of Mayor Bob Zap. More>>

City of Andrews Continues to Grow, Breaking Records

On Thursday night, the City Council heard from Andrews Economic Development on what's to come for this year and with new businesses popping up all around the town It's no surprise that last year the town broke their annual sales tax record by hundreds of thousands of dollars. More>>

Andrews County Commissioners Approve New Airport Hanger to Help With Economic Growth

It was a unanimous vote Monday morning in Andrews Commissioners Court. Commissioners approved $1,269,800 for a new hangar at the Andrews County Airport. More>>

New McAlister's Deli Opens in Andrews

There's a new deli for people in Andrews. McAlister’s officially opened their doors on Monday to celebrate the opening. More>>

Gun Rally in Andrews Had Message of Education, Peace

Saturday was the first rally held by the organization "Come And Take It" since Wednesday's incident where a member was arrested for disorderly conduct, displaying a weapon in a matter that would insight fear. More>>

Man Arrested for Openly Carrying Rifle, Andrews Police Chief Speaks Out

The man who was arrested after openly carrying his rifle in Andrews is speaking out. He said he shouldn't have been arrested because he was within his rights. Michael Keoughan said he was only exercising his right to bear arms when he was put in handcuffs Wednesday afternoon.
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Guns Rights Group Says Member Unlawfully Arrested for Carrying Rifle in Public

A fierce debate is heating up again in Andrews. A gun rights group is upset because one of their members was arrested on Wednesday afternoon after carrying around his rifle in public. The whole thing caused a nearby school to go on lockdown. More>>

Andrews Middle School Placed Under Brief Lockdown

Andrews Middle School was put on lockdown on Wednesday morning as a precaution. The school confirmed the lockdown to NewsWest 9. Officials say there was an incident that happened near the school involving police. More>>

Big Agenda Items for Andrews First City Council Meeting of 2014

The small town of Andrews is continuing to boom. On Thursday night, the City Council will hold their first meeting of the new year to discuss some hot topics. More>>

Andrews Police Have a Plan to Handle First New Year's Eve With Alcohol

The countdown to 2014 is on and as the clock gets closer to midnight many of us are celebrating with family and friends.
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"Right to Carry" Rally Shut Down By Andrews Police

The question of gun rights around the United States is a hot topic. For gun rights activists, like the 'Come and Take It Group,' the right to carry arms is in jeopardy. More>>

New Facebook Page Helps Find Sober Drivers For Locals in Andrews

It has only been a few days since convenience stores in Andrews were stocked with beer but some locals are already doing everything they can to prevent drinking and driving. The help is coming in an unusual way and it's all thanks to Facebook. More>>

Alcohol Available for Purchase in Andrews Convenience Stores For First Time Ever

History was made in the City of Andrews on Thursday. Alcohol is now stocked and ready for sale at local gas stations for the first time ever. More>>

City of Andrews Celebrates New Volunteer Firehouse

It's a volunteer fire department. But the City of Andrews and the county are giving it the treatment that they believe it deserves.
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  • Andrews City Mural Being Torn Down

    Andrews City Mural Being Torn Down

    Wednesday, April 8 2015 7:32 PM EDT2015-04-08 23:32:22 GMT
    The city mural illustrates the City of Andrews. Everything from its past to what the city is best known for is depicted in the painting. However, in few short weeks, the mural will be nothing but a memory.
    The city mural illustrates the City of Andrews. Everything from its past to what the city is best known for is depicted in the painting. However, in few short weeks, the mural will be nothing but a memory.
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