June 20th, 2011
Big Spring and Howard County firefighters struggled against a huge wildfire that threatened homes and property ranging from Kentwood to the Driver Road area Monday.
No injuries were reported as of 8 p.m., but several structures were damaged and at least one was destroyed by the blaze.
Several Big Spring firefighting units rushed to the Kentwood subdivision to protect homes in that area of town, while county units were busy protecting homes in the vicinity of Driver Road.
Fred Graham, 71, of Tarzan died Monday, June 20, 2011, at his residence. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Tony Starr, 71, of Big Spring died Sunday, June 19, 2011, at Scenic Mountain Medical Center. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Charles Neill, 80, of Big Spring died Sunday, June 19, 2011, at Carlsbad, N.M. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Barbara Jean "Bobbie" Rainwater, 71, of Big Spring died Sunday, June 19, 2011, in a local hospital. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday, June 20, 2011, at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home.
Inez Garza, 81, of Big Spring died Friday, June 17, 2011, at Scenic Mountain Medical Center. Vigil services will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at Myers & Smith Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church with burial at Mount Olive Memorial Park.
Ruby Lee Harris Gray passed away Saturday, June 18, 2011, in a Roswell, N.M., nursing home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 21, 2011, at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com
On Thursday, June 16, 2011, Ruth Faye Steen, better known as Mema, left this earth to be with Jesus!
Arrangements are under the care of Hubbard Kelly Funeral Home. The family wishes to celebrate Ruthâ€™s life and their cherished memories at a remembrance service at 10 a.m. Monday, June 20, 2011, at Hubbard Kelly Funeral Home. Graveside services will immediately follow at Ackerly Cemetery.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
â€¢ KEITH GENE WILSON, 40, of 3703 Connally, was arrested Saturday on charges of disorderly conduct â€“ language and possession of a controlled substance.
â€¢ JUAN PAUL GARZA, 47, of 1507 Lincoln, was arrested Saturday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€¢ SCOTT HUNTER MANLY, 61, of Midland, was arrested Saturday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€¢ ERNESTO GALLEGOS, 31, of 4213 Hamilton, was arrested Saturday on charges of no driver's license â€“ when unlicensed and defective stop lamps.
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.