February 28th, 2011
Fueled by high winds and plenty of dry grass, wildfires raged throughout Howard County and West Texas Sunday.
At least four homes north of Big Spring were lost when a grass fire erupted in the area of Hilltop and Jonesboro roads around 2 p.m. Sunday, authorities said.
The fire forced the evacuation of residents in the area and a total of of 80 homes were threatened by the blaze.
Aside from the lost homes, about 30 acres burned in that fire, according to a news release from the Texas State Lone Star Management team.
Tibby and Rory Niehues of Garden City would like to announce the engagement of their daughter Megan Elizabeth Niehues to Alex Clay Halfmann, both of Garden City.
Megan was a 2005 graduate of Garden City High School and received her doctorate of physical therapy from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in August 2010. She is currently employed by Geriatric Physical Therapist in Lubbock.
Christopher Warren Golding and Tana Marie Bradley, both of Big Spring, exchanged wedding vows at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 14, 2011 at the Dora Roberts Community Center in Big Spring. The two were united as one by C.E. (Mike) Thomas III.
The bride is the daughter of Mark and Terrie Bradley. She was born in Sweetwater and raised in Sand Springs. The maid of honor: was Kandi Campbell.
The groom is the son of Rick and Carol Golding. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Madera, CA. Chris became a resident of Big Spring in 2008. The best man was Tyler Bradley.
Worrying about what others would think was the last thing on the minds of 11 Coahoma elementary students.
What started as an idea of one fourth grader, Jaxon Muller, turned into a group of kids showing their support for Coahoma elementary physical education coach Deana Clark. Clark was diagnosed with breast cancer and has started rounds of chemotherapy. Due to the treatments she has lost her hair.
Howard County commissioners and members of the Big Spring City Council will hold a joint meeting Monday to discuss possible plans to house the sheriff's office and police department at the newly-built County Jail, a move officials from both sides say could help streamline both law enforcement agencies.
Howard County commissioners will meet Monday at 3 p.m. to handle a number of routine agenda items, including presentation of a comprehensive financial report for 2010.
Don Stephens, CPA, is expected to present the annual financial report at the meeting, which is being held a little more than two hours prior to a joint meeting between commissioners and officials with the Big Spring City Council.
Several Crossroads residents arrested on felony narcotic warrants in January were indicted by a Howard County grand jury Thursday, part of a six-month investigation into the traffic of drugs in the Big Spring area.
Among those indicted as part of the Jan. 26 bust were:
• Bonnie Sue Birmelin, 50, currently being held at the county jail, delivery of a controlled substance (second-degree felony) and Possession of a controlled substance (state jail felony).
The news might not be getting any better, but at least the picture is getting clearer.
Howard College's financial options for the coming fiscal year don't necessarily look better than they did a few weeks ago, but at lest officials have a better idea of where things stand.
Those options will be discussed with college trustees when they hold their monthly meeting at 12:320 p.m. Monday in the Student Union Building's Tumbleweed Room.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday:
â€¢JASON EARNEST KEY, 28, of 602 George Street, was arrested Friday on a warrant for dog or cat running at large.
â€¢ OSWALDA MARTINEZ, 57, of 2501 Kelly Circle, was arrested Friday on a charge of assault â€“ family violence causing bodily injury.
â€¢ JESSE JAMES COLLINS, 23, of 405 N. Scurry, was arrested Friday on charges of assault of a public servant, public intoxication, disorderly conduct/language.
â€¢ BURGLARY OF HABITATION was reported in the 200 block of Circle Drive.
Dora Court Morehouse of Big Spring, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, in a Big Spring hospital. Graveside funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at Trinity Memorial Park.