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July 20th, 2012

Hang gliding championships begin this weekend

July 20, 2012

The McMahon-Wrinkle Airpark will quickly turn into a beehive of activity this weekend, as the U.S. Hang Gliding and Paragliding Competition looks to take to the skies Sunday through Saturday, July 28.

The Big Spring Airport and local airpark have been the backdrop for a number of world and national championship hang gliding competitions hosted by the U.S. Hang Gliding Championships, drawing hundreds of competitors from all over the world.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

July 20, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
• GILBERT RECIO, 38, of 1007 Wood, was arrested Thursday on a charge of public intoxication.
• MICHAEL SCOTT WATTS, 27, of 303 Vikki Rd., was arrested Thursday on a charge of failure to display court order (occupational license).
• NANCY ANN ARENIVAZ, 45, of 910 S. Nolan, was arrested Thursday on a charge of public intoxication.

Virgie M. Mazy

July 20, 2012

Virgie M. Mazy, 91, completed her journey on this world Monday, July 16, 2012. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2012, at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Faith, located at 5701 Hwy. 277 South with Wes Terry officiating. Burial will follow in Elmwood Memorial Park. A visitation will be held Friday evening from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Marlene Riffe

July 20, 2012

Marlene Riffe, 58, of Forsan died Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Coahoma Cemetery.

She was born Oct. 19, 1953, in Big Spring, Texas, to Melva and Joe Swinney. She was a lifetime resident of Howard County. She was a bus driver for Forsan Independent School District. She loved her grandchildren, reading and sewing.

Ulysses Mathews Jr.

July 20, 2012

Ulysses Mathews Jr., 55, of Big Spring died Monday, July 16, 2012, at Midland Memorial Hospital. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Sunday, July 22, 2012, at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Myers & Smith Chapel with Wendell Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Trinity Memorial Park.

July 19th

Ferguson tabbed as new fire chief

July 19, 2012

City officials announced this week Craig Ferguson will step in as fire chief for the Big Spring Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services, taking over for Brian Jensen, who retired from the position in January.

Big Spring City Manager Gary Fuqua made the announcement Wednesday, ending the search that began when Jensen retired after more than 23 years with the BSFD.

According to Fuqua, Ferguson was chosen by the Big Spring Selection Committee for the position from more than 28 applicants.

Coahoma ISD wrangling with shortfall

July 19, 2012

COAHOMA — School officials here are trying to be creative in dealing with an anticipated budget shortfall.

With Coahoma Independent School District expecting to lose more than $275,000 in state revenue support this coming fiscal year, administrators are looking for ways to save money while maintaining current programs and services.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

July 19, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• CORY JOHN DEWART, 21, of Childress, Texas, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant from another agency.
• ARTHUR LYNN RICHARDSON, 48, of 906 S. Douglas, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of public intoxication.
• GUADALUPE DEANDA, 24, of 1211 Lloyd, was arrested Wednesday on five warrants from other agencies.
• DOLORES MORA JENNINGS, 25, of 1503 Sycamore Apt. B, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of assault – family violence.
• THEFT was reported:

Marlene Riffe

July 19, 2012

Marlene Riffe, 58, of Forsan died Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Coahoma Cemetery.

She was born Oct. 19, 1953, in Big Spring, Texas, to Melva and Joe Swinney. She was a lifetime resident of Howard County. She was a bus driver for Forsan Independent School District.

Jeffery David Stevenson

July 19, 2012

Jeffery David Stevenson, 40, of Big Spring, Texas, died Monday, July 16, 2012, in San Marcos, Texas.

He was born Aug. 26, 1971 in Big Spring, the son of David Stevenson of New Matamoras, Ohio, and Mary Stevenson of Barto, Pa.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Josh Moore; paternal grandfather, William Stevenson and maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William Bard.

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