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July 15th, 2011

Clay Lease fire still burning; 80 percent contained

July 15, 2011

Firefighters are gradually gaining the upper hand against a fire that has consumed more than 5,000 acres in eastern Howard County, but the blaze is expected to continue through the weekend.

Meanwhile, fires consumed two abandoned structures but caused no injuries in Big Spring late Thursday and early today.

United Way getting new director

July 15, 2011

United Way of Big Spring and Howard County is saying goodbye to Jeanie Coor, executive director for the past two years, and welcoming Sandy Stewart as the its new director.

“The United Way is a great organization and I regret having to leave, but I know it is being turned over to good hands,” said Coor.

The transition comes due to a family move for Coor, but she will continue to help Stewart throughout the Boots and Bling 2012 campaign kickoff. No final date has been set for Coor yet, but Stewart is already taking on tasks.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

July 15, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
• JEAN JAVIER MATA, 17, of 2522 Gunter, was arrested Thursday on a warrant from another agency.
• WILLIAM COLE LAFON, 66, transient, was arrested Thursday on a charge of disorderly conduct – exposing genital/anus in public.
• SEAN PARKER BAXTER, 19, of 3509 E. Interstate Highway 20 14A, was arrested Thursday on a warrant from another agency.
• GAUDY LYNN COX, 47, of Weatherford, was arrested Thursday on a warrant from another agency.

July 13th

Water restrictions tightened

July 13, 2011

Big Spring City Council members gave the go-ahead for even tougher restrictions on water use Tuesday, as municipal officials continue to describe conservation efforts as “shooting at a moving target.”

The council gave the green light to several conservation methods to be implemented by City Manager Gary Fuqua, including another decrease in the number of days allowing outdoor water use — including watering lawns — and implementation of a hotline for city residents to report infractions.

Wildfire partially contained

July 13, 2011

Howard County's long, hot summer continues.

A trio of wildfires scorched thousands of acres in the eastern half of the county Tuesday, resulting in two volunteer firefighters being sent to a local hospital.

The largest of the three blazes — in the vicinity of Garrett Ranch in eastern Howard County — consumed more than 3,000 acres and was only partially contained at midday today.

Howard County Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tommy Sullivan said a downed oil company power line sparked the fire.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

July 13, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• GLORIA KATHLEEN LUNA, 43, of 637 Manor, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of possession of marijuana – two ounces or less.
• EUGENE DAVID MANRIQUEZ, 51, of 637 Manor, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of possession of marijuana – two ounces or less.
• ERNEST WILLIAM CLARK, 71, transient, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of criminal trespass.
• BURGLARY OF A VEHICLE was reported in the 1800 block of Duquoin Place.
• CRIMINAL MISCHIEF was reported in the 3600 block of Calvin.

July 12th

Big Spring native killed in Afghanistan

July 12, 2011

Funeral services will be Wednesday in Louisiana for a Big Spring native who was killed in action in Afghanistan.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Michael “Mickey” Jonathan Garcia, 27, was killed July 4 during an attack on his unit in Wardac Province, Afghanistan.

A&M Club's annual fundraiser Friday, Saturday

July 12, 2011

Consider it a two-day celebration of all things Aggie.

The Howard County A&M Club will hold its 12th annual scholarship fundraiser Friday and Saturday, and organizers promise a variety of events for the fans of the maroon and white of Texas A&M.

Money raised during the two-day event will go toward funding scholarships for Howard County students attending the university.

“We currently support nine students with 15 endowed scholarships,” said Corey Green, an organizer of the event. “We hope to add two more endowed scholarships this year.”

Police/Sheriff/EMS

July 12, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
• JESUS CERVANTES JR, 29, of 3619 Connally St., was arrested Monday on a charge of public intoxication.
• LORENZO DELUNG WESLEY, 34, of 601 N. Scurry St., was arrested Monday on a charge of evading arrest/detention, assault: family violence threat or offensive touch.
• ROBERT RUBEN SANCHEZ, 47, of 1023 Stadium Avenue, was arrested Monday on a charge of public intoxication.

July 11th

Water top topic on council agenda

July 11, 2011

Water will be the topic of choice during Tuesday night's meeting of the Big Spring City Council, as the group is expected to discuss ways to keep up with recent decreases in water deliveries by the Colorado River Municipal Water District.

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