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June 22nd, 2011

Boykin Road fire contained, officials say

June 22, 2011

A wildfire south of Big Spring that burned thousands of acres and destroyed two homes over the course of two days has been contained, firefighters said.

Exhausted crews were keeping watch over isolated “hot spots” this morning to avoid flare-ups of the fire, which burned up to 6,000 acres of land in an area roughly stretching from South Mountain to the Silver Heels subdivision, said Tommy Sullivan, chief of the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department.

“Not all of it is out, but we do have it contained,” Sullivan said.

Family fun promised at carnival

June 22, 2011

Games, rides and cotton candy mean only one thing — the carnival is returning to Big Spring.

The Pride of Texas Carnival will be open at from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. today through Sunday at the College Park Shopping Center, located at Fourth and Birdwell. The event is being brought to the community by the carnival, shopping center and Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce.

“This is something we are all working together on in order to bring a fun event to the community,” said Debbye ValVerde, chamber executive director.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

June 22, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• MICHAEL DAVID BOOTH, 21, of 1408 Robin, was arrested Tuesday on six warrants from other agencies.
• ALEX MARK HUCKABEE, 20, of 107 W. Ninth in Forsan, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of possession of marijuana – two ounces or less.
• PATRICK AARON RAMIREZ, 19, of 508 Abrams, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of burglary of a habitation – assault.

Freddie Graham

June 22, 2011

Freddie Graham, 71, of Tarzan died Monday, June 20, 2011, at his residence. The family will receive friends from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Graveside services with military honors will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Evergreen Cemetery in Stanton with Derrick Looney and Leandro Gonzales officiating.

Cindy Moore

June 22, 2011

Cindy Moore, 57, of Big Spring died Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at her residence. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.

June 21st

Fire on the mountain: 15,000 acres scorched by blaze

June 21, 2011

A pair of wildfires destroyed more than 15,000 acres of land and at least two homes Monday, as firefighters prepare for even more devastation today.

The first fire was reported early Monday afternoon near Cauble Road in the southwest portion of the county, according to Howard County Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tommy Sullivan.

“The Cauble Road fire destroyed about 400 acres,” Sullivan said. “We were really lucky with that one because we were able to stop it right at the roadway. If it had jumped across, we would be talking about a lot more acres of land than we are now.”

Friendly rivals run for Dunn, disabled vets

June 21, 2011

It's a competition between Army and Marines — well, sort of.

Odis Franklin, former Army Sergeant, and Bill Markunas, former Marine Sergeant, will be taking part in the Ironman 70.3 competition in Lubbock June 26.

“We have a little joke going, it's to see who's better, the Army or the Marines,” Franklin said jokingly.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

June 21, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
• KEITH ALLEN MYRICK, 23, of 1610 N. Midway Rd., was arrested Monday on a charge of driving while license invalid/suspended with a previous conviction.
• PETER MANUEL CANDELARIA, 23, of 1217 W. Third St., was arrested Monday on a charge of poissession of a controlled substance.
• KRYSTAL EVE YANEZ, 22, of 1408 Oriole, was arrested Monday on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.

Tony Starr

June 21, 2011

Tony Starr, 71, of Big Spring died Sunday, June 19, 2011, at Scenic Mountain Medical Center. The family will receive friends from 7:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Funeral services with military honors will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Myers & Smith Chapel with Courtney Ballard officiating. Burial will follow at Trinity Memorial Park.

Charles (Charlie) Neill

June 21, 2011

Charles (Charlie) Neill, 80, of Coahoma died Sunday, June 19, 2011 at his daughter’s residence in Carlsbad, N.M. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Funeral services with military honors will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Myers & Smith Chapel with the Rev. Walter McCall officiating. Burial will be at Trinity Memorial Park.

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