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June 22nd, 2011
A wildfire south of Big Spring that burned thousands of acres and destroyed two homes over the course of two days has been contained, firefighters said.
Exhausted crews were keeping watch over isolated â€śhot spotsâ€ť this morning to avoid flare-ups of the fire, which burned up to 6,000 acres of land in an area roughly stretching from South Mountain to the Silver Heels subdivision, said Tommy Sullivan, chief of the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department.
â€śNot all of it is out, but we do have it contained,â€ť Sullivan said.
Games, rides and cotton candy mean only one thing â€” the carnival is returning to Big Spring.
The Pride of Texas Carnival will be open at from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. today through Sunday at the College Park Shopping Center, located at Fourth and Birdwell. The event is being brought to the community by the carnival, shopping center and Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce.
â€śThis is something we are all working together on in order to bring a fun event to the community,â€ť said Debbye ValVerde, chamber executive director.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ MICHAEL DAVID BOOTH, 21, of 1408 Robin, was arrested Tuesday on six warrants from other agencies.
â€˘ ALEX MARK HUCKABEE, 20, of 107 W. Ninth in Forsan, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of possession of marijuana â€“ two ounces or less.
â€˘ PATRICK AARON RAMIREZ, 19, of 508 Abrams, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of burglary of a habitation â€“ assault.
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.
â€śThe Cauble Road fire destroyed about 400 acres,â€ť Sullivan said. â€śWe 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.â€ť
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.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ 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.
â€˘ PETER MANUEL CANDELARIA, 23, of 1217 W. Third St., was arrested Monday on a charge of poissession of a controlled substance.
â€˘ KRYSTAL EVE YANEZ, 22, of 1408 Oriole, was arrested Monday on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.
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.
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.
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.