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August 3rd

One dead in Saturday house fire

August 3, 2013

An early morning house fire Saturday claimed the life of a Big Spring man.

Big Spring Fire Department units were called to the 200 block of N.E. Sixth to battle the fire at about 5 a.m. Saturday, according to information released from BSFD Chief Craig Ferguson.

When firefighters arrived, they found house engulfed in flames, Ferguson said.

Rescue crews made entry into the house and found Manuel Cervantes, 61, still inside. They then pulled Cervantes from the building and transported him to Scenic Mountain Medical Center's emergency room.

Hang glider championships begin Sunday

August 3, 2013

It's a bird, it's a plane it's … a hang glider?

It may sound a bit strange — especially along the West Texas skyline — but it's likely the case, as the 2013 U.S. National Hang Gliding Championship prepare to get under way Sunday at the McMahon-Wrinkle Airpark.

Marking the 11th year in a row the championship has been held in the Crossroads area, more than 40 hang glider pilots from all across the nation — as well as the world — are expected to take to the skies for the week-long event.

August 2nd

Foul play not found in deaths of local women

August 2, 2013

The bodies of two Big Spring women who were discovered in the bathroom of their home Monday afternoon died of natural causes, according to law enforcement officials.

Autopsies on 83-year-old Helen Thomason and her daughter, 51-year-old Carol Thomason were performed Wednesday, according to officials with the Big Spring Police Department.

Howard College breaking ground for San Angelo expansion

August 2, 2013

SAN ANGELO — Growing pains ... not a bad thing to have at all if you are the San Angelo campus of Howard College.

Thanks to the record growth over the last several years, the campus is finally getting two new buildings. The official ground breaking is set for 4 p.m. Wednesday at the West Texas Training Center campus on U.S. Highway 67.

August 1st

BSISD to begin search for new superintendent

August 1, 2013

Big Spring Independent School District trustees will soon begin searching in earnest for a new superintendent.

Current Superintendent Steven Saldivar, who headed BSISD since 2008, announced Tuesday he will be leaving within the next few weeks to accept a similar position with Anthony ISD. Saldivar's hiring at Anthony is expected to become official Aug. 20.

“He helped our school district,” Board President Irene Rodriguez said. “I have nothing but good things to say about Steven … and I wish him and his family the best at Anthony.”

United Way kickoff coming up

August 1, 2013

The tradition stays alive as the United Way of Big Spring and Howard County gear up for the 69th annual campaign kick-off Aug. 17 at the Big Spring Country Club, starting at 6 p.m.

“As always, the entire board is ready to jump feet first into what we are expecting to be another successful campaign,” said Ann McClarty, United Way of Big Spring and Howard County president.

Tickets are $25 per person. Due to the venue, there will be limited seating. The evening will include heavy hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, live music from Freeride and a silent auction.

July 31st

Home destroyed in Tuesday blaze, one injured

July 31, 2013

An early morning fire Tuesday destroyed a Big Spring home and sent a local resident to the hospital.

The fire occurred around 5 a.m. in the 200 block of Hillcrest in west Big Spring, Fire Marshal Carl Condray said.

The fire apparently started in the garage area of the split-level, ranch style home and was discovered by one of the home's occupants as they were leaving for work. The timing of the discovery was extremely crucial in saving the residents' lives, Condray said, because the fire quickly spread and soon engulfed the home.

Man jailed on OCA charges

July 31, 2013

A Big Spring man was arrested Tuesday at a residence in the 2500 block of Dow on a charge of engaging in organized criminal activity.

Christopher Bedford, 33, of 2513 Dow, was charged with engaging in organized criminal activity in connection with several reports of forgery and passing counterfeit checks, according to law enforcement records. Bedford is being held at the Howard County Detention Center awaiting arraignment.

July 30th

Bodies discovered in home

July 30, 2013

Investigators with the Big Spring Police Department made a grisly discovery Monday afternoon, as the bodies of two female subjects were discovered at a home in the 1400 block of Stadium.

According to police officials, the bodies — which were heavily decomposed — are believed to be 83-year-old Helen Thomason and her daughter, 51-year-old Carol Thomason.

Officers were dispatched to 1420 Stadium at approximately 4 p.m. Monday, according to Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer with the BSPD.

Saldivar named superintendent at Anthony ISD

July 30, 2013

Big Spring Independent School District Superintendent Steven Saldivar announced this morning he has accepted the chief administrator's post at Anthony ISD in far West Texas.

Saldivar, who recently submitted his resignation here, was named “lone finalist” for the superintendent position at Anthony during that school district's board meeting Monday. His hiring will become official after a mandatory three-week waiting period.

He first interviewed for the position two weeks ago, then was called back for a second interview last week before being named the lone finalist.

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