August 14th, 2012
Even when it rains, area firefighters can't catch a break.
Lightning strikes are being blamed as the causes for a pair of wildfires that kept Howard County volunteer firefighters busy Sunday and Monday.
The first incident occurred at around 7:30 p.m. Sunday evening, when lightning sparked a grass fire along Elbow Creek Road near Lomax.
Tommy Sullivan, chief of the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department, said nine units â€” seven from his department and two from Glasscock County â€” battled the blaze for about four hours before it was extinguished.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ JOEL RAMOS, 27, of 1515 Sycamore Apt. A, was arrested Monday on a warrant from another agency.
â€˘ JOSIE RODRIGUEZ, 28, of 5010 Wasson Rd., was arrested Monday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€˘ ROY GUERERRO CERVANTES JR., 33, of 1304 Nolan, was arrested Monday on charges of resisting arrest, search or transportation and public intoxication.
â€˘ ALICE RIOS GUZMAN, 39, of 700 Douglas, was arrested Monday on a charge of public intoxication.
Howard Donnelly Johnson, 77, of Odessa passed away Aug. 10, 2012. He was born June 15, 1935, in Honey Grove, Texas, to Fannie and Edgar Johnson. The family later moved to Ackerly, Texas.
He was a successful businessman in the automobile industry in West Texas for 40 years. He was salesman of the month for thirteen years in a row at a local automobile dealership. His career consisted of participation in the automobile industry in Big Spring and culminated in Odessa with Car City/Wholesale Connection. Howard was also a 32nd degree Mason.
Martin R. Cerna, 62, of Big Spring died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, at Covenant Medical Center. Prayer services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, at Myers & Smith Chapel in Big Spring, Texas, with Bobby Rivera officiating. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, at Myers & Smith Chapel with Rudy Perez officiating. Burial will be at Mount Olive Memorial Park.
The Big Spring City Council is set Tuesday evening to consider final approval of an ordinance calling for a special election in November to consider nixing the existing Type A economic development sales tax and to replace it with a Type B corporation.
Learning more about the inner workings of a community doesn't have to be hard or impossible.
For those wanting to learn a little bit more, an opportunity is fast approaching â€” the next session of Leadership Big Spring is set to begin Sept. 13 and is open to 25 participants.
â€śTaking part in Leadership Big Spring is one way for members of the community to find out what's going on right in their own backyard,â€ť said Debbye ValVerde, executive director of the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ DAVID ADAM MARTINEZ, 28, of 608 Caylor, was arrested Sunday on a warrant from another agency.
â€˘ BILLY ALVARADO, 39, of 807 E. 14th St., was arrested Sunday on a charge of disorderly conduct â€“ language.
â€˘ THEFT was reported:
In the 1800 block of S. Gregg Street.
In the 700 block of W. Interstate Highway 20.
â€˘ CRIMINAL MISCHIEF was reported:
In the 1800 block of Young.
In the 100 block of W. 11th Place.
In the 3100 block of S. Highway 87.
Dr. James Warren Tipton â€śTonyâ€ť, 79, passed away at his home Saturday morning, Aug. 11, 2012. He was born April 4, 1933, in Jackson, Tenn. to James and Hilda Patrick Tipton.
Pedro Garcia, 55, of Big Spring, Texas, passed away Aug. 11, 2012, in a Midland hospital. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, in the chapel of Kiker-Seale Funeral Home, officiated by the Rev. Michael Udegbunam. Burial will follow at Mitchell County Cemetery with Kiker-Seale Funeral Home directing services.
Visitation will be held Tuesday until 8 p.m., with rosary at 7 p.m. at Kiker-Seale Funeral Home Chapel.
He was born Oct. 7, 1956 to Cecilio Garcia and Andrea De La Paz Garcia and worked as an operator in the oil fields.
Connie Farrington, 100, of Stanton, died Friday, Aut. 10, 2012, in a Midland hospital. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, at the Evergreen Cemetery Chapel in Stanton.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, at the funeral home.
Connie was born May 1, 1912, in Eastland, Texas and married Mary Alice Martin Dec. 22, 1940, in Stanton.
Connie loved to read the newspaper and farm and gin cotton. He may be best known for his love of playing dominoes.