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August 2nd, 2012

Machete-wielding man accused of assaulting wife

August 2, 2012

A Big Spring man has been charged with aggravated assault – family violence after law enforcement official say he allegedly attacked his wife with a machete.

Michael Dale Preston, 28, of 401 Young, was arrested Tuesday by the Big Spring Police Department on a charge of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury – family violence. Preston also faces a warrant for revocation of probation for driving while intoxicated from Hockley County, according to officials with the Howard County Detention Center.

Get voter ID while still time

August 2, 2012

While the fate of the Texas Voter ID Law approved by the legislature in 2011 still appears to be up in the air, Howard County election officials are urging Crossroads voters to stay ahead of the curve and be prepared to show their identification in the upcoming November election.

The law — which was approved by the Texas Legislature last year but failed to garner necessary approval from the U.S. Department of Justice — went before the U.S. Supreme Court in early July, including a week of testimony by attorneys representing the Lone Star State.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

August 2, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• VALERIE MIRAMONTES GARCIA, 27, of 411 N. Scurry, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant from another agency.
• MARTIN DIAZ JR., 19, of 1611 E. Fifth St., was arrested Wednesday on charges of evading arrest or detention, unlawfully carrying a weapon in a weapon-free zone and possession of marijuana in a drug free zone – two ounces or less.

Maria Holguin Chavarria

August 2, 2012

Maria Holguin Chavarria, 48, of Big Spring, died Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at her residence. Prayer services will be at 8 p.m. Thursday, August 2, 2012 at Myers & Smith Chapel. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Myers & Smith Chapel. Burial will be at Mount Olive Memorial Park.

She was born Aug. 1, 1963 in Stanton, Texas, to Teresa and Cruz Holguin. She has been a lifetime resident of Howard County. She married Albert Chavarria Aug. 6, 2011 in Big Spring. He preceded her in death on Jan. 31, 2012. She was a homemaker and a Christian.

August 1st

Cruz, Sadler win runoffs

August 1, 2012

The vote totals weren't overwhelming, but they were better than expected.

More than 1,100 Howard County voters went to the polls during Tuesday's state primary runoff election that resulted in Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz wresting the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate away from the presumptive favorite, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

Although Howard County's vote total of 1,169 represented only 7 percent of the number of registered voters, it still came as a surprise to Election Administrator Saundra Bloom.

Senior citizens taking advantage of swim park

August 1, 2012

Seniors are taking over the Big Spring Family Aquatic Center every Tuesday morning.

A new exercise option for the older set in the community, low-impact senior citizen water exercise, was started a few weeks ago and has been growing in numbers.

Classes take place from 11 a.m. until noon Tuesday — at which time the aquatic center is closed to the public — and will continue until the closing day of the water park for the year. A lifeguard is on duty during this time. The class is open to senior citizens in the community age 50 and older.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

August 1, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• MICHAEL DALE PRESTON, 28, of 401 Young, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant from another agency and a warrant for aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury – family violence.
• COLLIN PATRTICK WHITESEL, 26, of 2609 Wasson Rd. Apt. 72, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of public intoxication.
• VALERIE MIRAMONTES GARCIA, 27, of 411 N. Scurry, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant from another agency.

Donna Sue Franklin

August 1, 2012

Donna Sue Franklin, 59, of Big Spring died Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at her residence. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at College Baptist Church. Burial will be in Trinity Memorial Park.

Annie Pearl Blake

August 1, 2012

Annie Pearl Blake, 72, of Louisiana died Friday, July 27 at 3:15 a.m at Odessa Medial Center.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Myers and Smith Funeral Home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Myers and Smith Funeral Home.
She was born May 25, 1938, to Daisy Mae Burns and Ethel Gibson. She married George Lee Blake in 1960 and they lived in Southern California. Annie worked at Hewlett Packard for 30-plus years and retired to Big Spring, Texas, in 2004.

Billy Strickland

August 1, 2012

Billy Strickland, 54, of Stanton died Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in a local hospital. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at Evergreen Cemetery Chapel with pastor Jana Jobe officiating.

Billy was born Oct. 3, 1957, in Terry County, Texas, and married Mary Shiflet on Oct. 27, 2001, in Stanton. He worked as a roustabout and mechanic.

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