JoAnn Howell-Mason, 66, of Big Spring died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at her residence. The family will receive friends from 6 P.M. until 8 P.M. Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Myers & Smith Chapel with Pastor Phil Babcock, pastor of New Testament Baptist Church of Midland, officiating. Graveside services will be held at 3 pm. at Resthaven North Cemetery in Midland, Texas.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ MICHAEL DEAN NALL, 34, of 4201 W. Highway 80 Apt. 5, was arrested Sunday on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and a warrant from another agency.
â€˘ ERNEST WILLIAM CLARK, 72, transient, was arrested Sunday on a charge of criminal trespass.
â€˘ DARRIN JAY CROOKS, 53, of 4200 Bilger, was arrested Sunday on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
â€˘ THEFT was reported:
In the 1500 block of Tucson.
In the 200 block of W. FM 700.
By STEVE REAGAN
Dedications, construction, elections, crime, death and drought â€” this was the year that was.
Soon after the calendar flipped to 2012, the Veterans Administration Medical Center was renamed after Big Spring's only Medal of Honor recipient, and just before the year drew to a close, a long-awaited re-opening nearly four decades in the making took place.
In between, there was 12 months full of news, good and bad, but no news was bigger in 2012 than what happened one night in early November when local residents headed to the polls.
It was a year full of surprises.
The biggest sports headline in the Crossroads may have been the 2012 NFL draft. Big Spring native and Texas A&M alum Ryan Tannehill was chosen as the eighth overall pick by the Miami Dolphins to add some stability to the vaunted quarterback position.
While the locals may have had faith in Tannehill, many sports world talking heads remained skeptical. Boy, were they wrong.
Tannehill may not have sizzled in the rookie record realm, but he showed he had the leadership qualities to direct a pro squad and the determination to win.
BRIDGEPORT â€” The Steers (5-12) met two larger schools Friday â€” Saginaw and Fort Worth Western Hills â€” and lost both outings as Big Spring dropped Game One to Saginaw 63-45 and Game Two to Western Hills 61-48.
Despite the mismatch in enrollment numbers, BSHS Head Coach Cliff
Thompson cited a lack of consistency as the reason for the losses.
â€śWe started off playing well against Saginaw, but then we had a terrible third quarter,â€ť Thompson said. â€śWe turned the ball over four or five times and (Saginaw) scored on all of them. We just didn't play all four quarters.â€ť
It may have taken six long years filled with skeptics and naysayers, but when the last few lights clicked on at the historic Hotel Settles during Friday night's opening ceremonies, Big Spring native Brint Ryan looked a lot like the cat who ate the canary.
Ryan â€” joined by his wife, five daughters and hundreds of friends, family and guests â€” hosted a private reception at the downtown landmark, including a lighting ceremony where onlookers got to see the hotel lit floor by floor, leading up to the large, red sign atop the building.
Faye Price, 87, of Austin and formerly of Big Spring, died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, in Austin. She fought a long, courageous battle with Alzheimerâ€™s. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at Trinity Memorial Park Peace Chapel with Bill Ivins, pastor of First United Methodist Church, officiating.
George G. Bass, 87, of Big Spring, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
For the second time in a century, the historic Settles Hotel will again open its arms to weary travelers tonight, as the downtown landmark marks its reopening with a special lighting ceremony.
With a public lighting ceremony slated for 7:30 p.m., the hotel â€” which is being operated by the La Corsha Hospitality Group â€” will see a rather unique set of visitors in the next couple of days, according to Publicity Specialist Ryann Collier.
Change, it seems, was a constant at the local VA medical center in 2012, starting with its name.
In January, the hospital officially changed its name to the George H. O'Brien Jr. VA Medical Center â€” in honor of the Big Spring native who received the Medal of Honor during the Korean War â€” and it seemed something new was popping up at the facility all the time after that.
â€śIt was the external event which kicked off a lot of change here,â€ť said Jamie Park, executive assistant to the medical center director.