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August 8th

Two West Nile cases confirmed locally

August 8, 2013

There have been at least two confirmed cases of West Nile Virus within the city limits of Big Spring, according to a report from the Texas Department of State Health Services issued Wednesday.

The Texas Department of State Health Services notified officials with the city of Big Spring regarding the confirmed cases, according to a press release issued by Big Spring Fire Department Chief Craig Ferguson this morning.

Fire destroys Coahoma residence

August 8, 2013

COAHOMA — An early afternoon fire here Wednesday destroyed a trailer home, but its occupants fortunately escaped injury.

The fire started shortly after 2 p.m. in the 300 block of Hoover Avenue. Several units from the Howard County Volunteer and Big Spring fire departments arrived shortly thereafter to find the home engulfed in flames.

HCVFD Chief Tommy Sullivan said the fire appeared to have started in the living room area and quickly spread to all other areas of the trailer home.

Beulah Mae Stoeger

August 8, 2013

Beulah Mae Stoeger, 90, of Odessa, formerly of Big Spring died Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, in an Odessa hospital. Her services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.

Martin C. Meissner

August 8, 2013

Martin C. Meissner was born in Midland County to Gustav and Alma Meissner and grew up on a farm with his parents, four sisters and two brothers. He was baptized at, confirmed at and attended Grace Lutheran Church. Martin attended Prairie Lee School as a young child and graduated from Midland High School. Martin then went to college at Tarleton State and Texas Tech, where he took part in Army ROTC.

Forsan gears up for football

August 8, 2013

FORSAN — Quality, not quantity. That's what Forsan Head Football Coach Jason Phillips is working with this year as he prepares his team for another season in what is quickly becoming one of the most competitive Class A districts in the state — one which includes two-time defending state champion Stamford and Anson, who compiled a 10-2 record and finished with a top 10 ranking.

As for the Buffaloes, they earned a playoff berth in 2012, but were ousted in the bi-district round by Quanah. Phillips' goal is to take his team deeper into the postseason.

August 7th

Comanche Trail Golf Course City Championship Tournament Results

August 7, 2013

The Comanche Trail City Championship Tournament — where Big Spring's best golfers compete for bragging rights on the links in a decades-old event — was held over the weekend.

Pro Shop Manager Linda Summersell said it was a successful tourney, as always.

“We had a real good turnout,” she remarked. “Even with the women. We had more praticipate than usual. Everyone had a real good time and it all turned out well.”

2 killed in copter mishap

August 7, 2013

MARTIN COUNTY — Two men fell to their deaths Monday morning at a location in northern Martin County — approximately halfway between Big Spring and Lamesa — while working on power lines, tethered to a helicopter, according to local law enforcement officials.

David Edward Oliveira, 26, of Turlock, Calif., and Christopher Geoffrey Breed, 27, of Moscow, Idaho, were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, near County Roads 4501 and 4200, according to officials with the Martin County Sheriff's Office.

College trustees OK staff, faculty raises

August 7, 2013

Howard College trustees gave tentative approval to across-the-board pay raises for district personnel during a combination budget workshop-regular meeting Tuesday.

College employees would see their annual income increase by at least $1,200 under the new budget, which will not be formally approved until Aug. 27.

Faculty can expect annual salary increases of between $1,389 and $1,857, depending on their contracts, while other employees will see significant pay raises also, College President Dr. Cheryl Sparks said.

Juan M. Rodriguez

August 7, 2013

Juan M. Rodriguez, 85, of Big Spring died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, at his residence. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at the Holy Trinity Catholic Parish. Interment will follow at Mt. Olive Memorial Park.

A vigil service was held Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel.
He was born March 30, 1928, in Big Spring, Texas, and married Maria Escovedo on Oct. 29, 1954, in Big Spring, Texas. She preceded him in death Jan. 26, 2005.

Don Yates

August 7, 2013

Don Yates, 86, died Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, in Weatherford. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at Victory Baptist Church. Visitation will be held 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, at White's Funeral Home in Weatherford. Interment will follow at Annetta Cemetery.

Don was born June 12, 1927, in Big Spring to Arthur and Nettie Yates. He spent most of his life in Big Spring, before moving to Weatherford 13 years ago. Don was an active member of the Victory Baptist Church.

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