June 20th, 2011
More than 100 vendors have signed up to participate in this year's Funtastic Fourth Festival, sponsored by Alon USA and the Downtown Revitalization Association.
The event is planned for Saturday, July 2 in downtown Big Spring and will feature live bands, a pet parade and pet contest, hot dog eating contest, food and wares vendors, a washer pitching tournament, children's play area and more, according to organizers.
A wildfire reported Sunday morning in the Silver Heels area torched an estimated 35 acres and destroyed a shed before firefighters were able to douse the flames, according to Howard County Volunteer Fire Department officials.
The fire was reported in the area between Driver Road and Chaparral Road at approximately 10:30 a.m., according to HCVFD Chief Tommy Sullivan.
Amateur astronomers and local residents will get a chance to turn their sights toward the heavens Saturday as officials with the Big Spring State Park prepare for their annual Stargazing Party atop the local landmark.
â€śSunset is approximately 9 p.m. and there will be a program as soon as it gets dark enough to see the projection, which is usually between 9:20 and 9:30 p.m.,â€ť said Park Manager Ron Alton. â€śI'm going to ask the astronomy club members to bone up on their constellations so we can point some of them out.â€ť
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Lakeview School had its 14th reunion at La Vedera Club Friday and Saturday. Students were able to meet up with old friends and recall memories of the school they once attended. Pictured are Cyneather Woodruff (center) mistress of ceremonies, speaking with Lucile Foster (right) and Alvin King.
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Children and adults were able to enjoy the splash area in the new Big Spring Family Aquatic Center during the facility's grand opening Saturday afternoon. The new aquatic center includes a splash area, leisure pool, two slides and a lazy river. Admission is $5 a person. The center is open from noon until 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Three former employees accused of stealing money from Specs and Co. were among 31 people indicted by the Howard County Grand Jury Thursday.
Big Spring residents Frances Alcantar, 32, Amy Castillo, 36, and Katie Richters, 24, were indicted on a total of four counts of theft over $1,500/under $20,000, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years imprisonment.
Howard County residents will soon be able to take advantage of another provider of accessible primary health care.
The Howard County Health Center is set to open July 5. This will be the third location South Plains Rural Health Services, Inc. has opened since its inception in 1986. Other locations include Levelland and Lamesa.
Once fully operational the Big Spring location will offer medical, dental and pharmacy services.
As the Big Spring Film Society gears up for its July 1 screening of the 1985 classic “Back to the Future” — the opening of the group's summer screening series — the organization is still in need of volunteers to help with this year's scheduled events.
The local organization is looking for volunteers to help plan and execute the screening, which will kick off the society's 2011 season, according to Big Spring Film Society spokesman and coordinator Brandon Johnson.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday:
â€˘ ROBERTO VASQUEZ II, 19, of 3610 Hamilton St., was arrested Friday on a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.
â€˘ KEVIN SHEA BOYCE, 32, of 2902 E. Cherokee St., was arrested Friday on charges of tampering/fabricating physical evidence; possession of marijuana less than or equal to two ounces.
â€˘ SIMON ARENIVAZ, 20, of 2603 Ent Dr., was arrested Friday on a charge of consumption of alcohol by a minor.
Inez Garza, 81, of Big Spring, died Friday, June 17, 2011 at Scenic Mountain Medical Center.Â Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.