June 1st, 2011
Tina Mata fixes the gown of her daughter, Abigail Fierro, before Big Spring High Schoolâ€™s graduation ceremonies at Dorothy Garrett Coliseum Friday night.
Cub Scout Justin Raymond takes part in the placing of the flags at Trinity Memorial Cemetery Saturday morning. Every year the scouts get together and recognize veterans who gave their lives by placing flags on their gravesite for Memorial Day. Two local ceremonies are planned for Monday to commemorate those who gave their lives in service to our country. At 11 a.m., the Big Spring Vietnam Memorial will mark its 20th anniversary with a program feturing guest speakers Sonny Choate and Tim McKinnon. Trinity Memorial Parkâ€™s annual Memorial Day observance is scheduled for 2 p.m.
A couple of Big Spring natives reunited in a special way recently, and â€” thanks to reality television â€” the whole nation can share the moment.
U.S. Army Sgt. Garrett Huitt, his wife April and their children Aaric and Kendall will be featured in the TLC broadcast of â€śSurprise Homecomingâ€ť Monday night at 9 p.m. Central Time.
The series, which is hosted by Billy Ray Cyrus, features surprise military homecomings. The hour-long show features three such â€śreunions,â€ť including the Huwitt family homecoming that took place March 15.
Brody Manddler Bretz was born May 10, 2011, at 9:48 p.m. to Timothy and Laura Brets of Big Spring. He weighed 7 pounds 3 ounces and was 20 Âľ inches long.
His maternal grandparents are Carol Snelgrave of Arlington, Kans., and Rocky Varioles of Oskaloosa, Iowa. His paternal grandparents are Charisse and Doug Everett of Anadarko, Okla., and the late Billy Bretz.
He was welcomed home by his big brother, Gage Bretz.
David Michael Sikes, 18, of Coahoma will be formally installed as an Eagle Scout during a Court of Honor ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, June 3, 2011, at First United Methodist Church in Big Spring.
Sikes, who has been a scout for the past six years, is the son of David and Kay Sikes of Coahoma.
Kelly Wingert and John Stewart announce the birth of their son, Gauge Austin Wayne Stewart. He was born May 1, 2011, and weighed 6 pounds 8 ounces. He was 18 Â˝ inches long.
His grandparents are Chris and Karen Wingert of Big Spring and Debra and David Stewart of Seguin. His great-grandparents are Cad and Anne Wingert of Big Spring and Charles and Linda Towne of Houston.
Gauge was welcomed home by his big brother, Walker.
Mariah Kay Olague and Alton Lamonte McGruder, both of Big Spring, will exchange wedding vows June 11, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Mt. Bethal Baptist Church.
The bride-elect is the daughter of Tom and Debra Olague of Big Spring and the granddaughter of Maria Florez, the late Fermin Florez Sr. and Elvira Olague and the late Tomas Olague Sr., all of Big Spring.
She is a Big Spring High School graduate.
The groom-to-be is the son of Beverly Easley and the grandson of Dorthy Wooden and James Jasper McGruder Wooden, both of Big Spring.
He is a Big Spring High School graduate.
Rory Kristen Matthews and Asa James Wheeler, both of Big Spring, exchanged wedding vows April 30, 2011, at College Baptist Church.
Rory is the daughter of Gordon and Kathy Daniels of Big Spring and the late Kenneth Matthews. She is the granddaughter of Lyndon and Joyce Priest, JoNell Daniels and Charles and Jewell Matthews, all of Big Spring.
She is attending Howard College and works at Anthony Hunt Library.
The groom is the son of Jennifer Walker of Kennadale and the grandson of Duncan and Mary Wheeler of San Antonio. He is attending Howard College and works at Sears.
Sammie and Connie Ford Buchanan of Big Spring will celebrate their 50th anniversary June 1, 2011.
The couple married in Coahoma and had two children, Sammie Don Buchanan Jr. and wife, Paris, of Austin; and Vickie Buchanan Engel and husband, Todd, of San Angelo. They have three grandchildren, Rae Dawn Buchanan of San Antonio; Amy Catherine Engel, who is attending Texas Tech in Lubbock and Alyson Renae Engel of San Angelo.