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June 21st, 2011

Fire on the mountain: 15,000 acres scorched by blaze

June 21, 2011

A pair of wildfires destroyed more than 15,000 acres of land and at least two homes Monday, as firefighters prepare for even more devastation today.

The first fire was reported early Monday afternoon near Cauble Road in the southwest portion of the county, according to Howard County Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tommy Sullivan.

“The Cauble Road fire destroyed about 400 acres,” Sullivan said. “We were really lucky with that one because we were able to stop it right at the roadway. If it had jumped across, we would be talking about a lot more acres of land than we are now.”

Friendly rivals run for Dunn, disabled vets

June 21, 2011

It's a competition between Army and Marines — well, sort of.

Odis Franklin, former Army Sergeant, and Bill Markunas, former Marine Sergeant, will be taking part in the Ironman 70.3 competition in Lubbock June 26.

“We have a little joke going, it's to see who's better, the Army or the Marines,” Franklin said jokingly.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

June 21, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
• KEITH ALLEN MYRICK, 23, of 1610 N. Midway Rd., was arrested Monday on a charge of driving while license invalid/suspended with a previous conviction.
• PETER MANUEL CANDELARIA, 23, of 1217 W. Third St., was arrested Monday on a charge of poissession of a controlled substance.
• KRYSTAL EVE YANEZ, 22, of 1408 Oriole, was arrested Monday on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.

June 20th

Fire rages south of Big Spring; threatens Kentwood area

June 20, 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.

Police Beat

June 20, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
• KEITH GENE WILSON, 40, of 3703 Connally, was arrested Saturday on charges of disorderly conduct – language and possession of a controlled substance.
• JUAN PAUL GARZA, 47, of 1507 Lincoln, was arrested Saturday on a charge of public intoxication.
• SCOTT HUNTER MANLY, 61, of Midland, was arrested Saturday on a charge of public intoxication.
• ERNESTO GALLEGOS, 31, of 4213 Hamilton, was arrested Saturday on charges of no driver's license – when unlicensed and defective stop lamps.

Festival draws more than 100 visitors so far

June 20, 2011

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.

Silver Heels fire extinguished

June 20, 2011

A wildfire reported Sunday morning in the Silver Heels area torched an estimated 35 acres and destroyed a shed before firefighters were able to douse the flames, according to Howard County Volunteer Fire Department officials.
The fire was reported in the area between Driver Road and Chaparral Road at approximately 10:30 a.m., according to HCVFD Chief Tommy Sullivan.

Plan to visit the stars Saturday

June 20, 2011

Amateur astronomers and local residents will get a chance to turn their sights toward the heavens Saturday as officials with the Big Spring State Park prepare for their annual Stargazing Party atop the local landmark.
“Sunset is approximately 9 p.m. and there will be a program as soon as it gets dark enough to see the projection, which is usually between 9:20 and 9:30 p.m.,” said Park Manager Ron Alton. “I'm going to ask the astronomy club members to bone up on their constellations so we can point some of them out.”

Lakeview Reunion

June 20, 2011

HERALD photo/Amanda Moreno
Lakeview School had its 14th reunion at La Vedera Club Friday and Saturday. Students were able to meet up with old friends and recall memories of the school they once attended. Pictured are Cyneather Woodruff (center) mistress of ceremonies, speaking with Lucile Foster (right) and Alvin King.

Family Aquatic Center opens

June 20, 2011

HERALD photo/Amanda Moreno
Children and adults were able to enjoy the splash area in the new Big Spring Family Aquatic Center during the facility's grand opening Saturday afternoon. The new aquatic center includes a splash area, leisure pool, two slides and a lazy river. Admission is $5 a person. The center is open from noon until 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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