Archive - 2013
After a long battle with illness, Fred Byron Park left this world to be with his Lord on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. Fred was born July 3, 1942, in Big Spring, Texas. He was a graduate of Forsan High School. Over the years Fred lived in many places, always to return to the Big Spring area.
At the time of his death, Fred lived in Coahoma, Texas. Fred worked in the oil fields of West Texas for the majority of his life. His knowledge, expertise and devotion to his duties will be missed.
Michael Eugene (Bull) Masters, 52, died Sunday, April 28, 2013, after a brief illness with cancer. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 3, 2013, at Johnsonâ€™s Funeral Home with interment to follow in Water Valley Memorial Cemetery.
Mike was born Jan. 4, 1961, in Big Spring, Texas, to Dewey Bannister and Dixie Luce Bannister. He married Charla Dawn Berry on Feb. 21, 2009, in Bridgeport, Texas.
Lillian Brewer, 83, of Big Spring, died Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at her residence. Her services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Early voting in this year's municipal and school board elections remains slow and steady, according to county election officials, as voters look to decide a number of local contests.
Howard County Elections Administrator Saundra Bloom said voting was fairly strong Monday, which marked the opening of early voting across the state.
Area educators are casting a wary eye at new school accountability ratings announced by the Texas Education Agency.
TEA Commissioner Michael L. Williams announced the four components that will be part of the new 2013 state accountability system for school districts, campuses and charters in Texas. The first ratings under this system will be issued by the Texas Education Agency this August.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ JOHNNY RODRIGUEZ, 23, of 2526 Ent Dr., was arrested Tuesday on warrants for driving while license invalid and failure to appear.
â€˘ HEATHER L. MAY, 28, of Joliet, Ill., was arrested Tuesday on charges of shoplifting and possession of marijuana â€“ two ounces or less.
â€˘ MARTY DEWAYNE RICHTER, 45, of 120 Moore Rd., was arrested Tuesday on a charge of criminal trespass of a habitation/shelter.
Michael "Bubba" Birmelin, 32, of Big Spring was found on April 28, 2013, in Big Spring. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Myers & Smith Chapel with the Rev. Joel Miller officiating.
He was born Aug. 31, 1980, in Big Spring. He worked in the oil field. He was a lifetime resident of Big Spring and was a Baptist.
Fred Park, 70, of Coahoma died Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at his residence. His services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Human remains discovered Sunday in a ravine east of the Walmart SuperCenter have been identified as a Big Spring man who was reported missing by family members early this month, according to law enforcement officials.
The remains were identified as 32-year-old Michael Birmelin of Big Spring, according to Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer with the Big Spring Police Department. The announcement was made Monday during a press conference at the Troy M. Hogue Joint Law Enforcement Center.
Water seemed to be the topic of choice Monday morning, as the Howard County commissioners court held a public hearing on a number of proposed regulations designed to address the housing boom in the county created by the ongoing boom in the oil field.
While no one spoke against the changes, concerns regarding a regulation that would have any operator of a RV or mobile home park serving more than 14 water users designated as a public water source drew questions from several people in the audience.