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June 27th, 2012

Thomas McLain Spell Jr.

June 27, 2012

DAINGERFIELD – Thomas McLain (Papa Tom) Spell Jr., 81, died Sunday, June 24, 2012, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Visitation will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 28, 2012, at Nail-Haggard Funeral Home, Daingerfield. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 29, 2012, at the Daingerfield Church of Christ with Tim Gibbs, Norman Miller and Andy Spell officiating. Burial will be held in Oakwood Cemetery in Jefferson under the direction of Nail-Haggard Funeral Home in Daingerfield.

He was born Dec. 7, 1930, in Stephenville, Texas, to Thomas and Viola Spell.

June 26th

Settles nearer to completion

June 26, 2012

It was like a a candle being placed atop a cake — although, in this case, the candle weighed more than four tons and the cake was 15 stories tall.

For more than three years, workers have been busy renovating the Settles Hotel, but most of that work has been hidden from public view. Monday, however, came the most visible signal yet that the historic hotel will return to the land of the living after being shuttered for the better part of three decades.

BSHS band director Harris declines Permian post

June 26, 2012

Not so fast now …

Days after tentatively agreeing to take the reins of the Odessa Permian High School band program, Big Spring High School Band Director Rocky Harris has decided to remain at his current position.

Harris, who has overseen the BSHS band program for the past 17 years, had tentatively agreed to take the Permian post last week, but reversed his decision Monday.

Bennie Maurine Pittman

June 26, 2012

Bennie Maurine Pittman, 58, of Big Spring died Sunday, June 24, 2012, in a Dallas hospital. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 28, 2012, at First Baptist Church of Big Spring with the Rev. Mark Lindsey, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at the funeral home.

She was born Jan. 18, 1954, in Fort Morgan, Colo., and married Gale Pittman.

Eugene Coleman

June 26, 2012

Eugene Coleman, 68, of Midland passed away Sunday, June 24, 2012. Memorial services will be held Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Chapel in Midland with the Rev. Joe Russo officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda Coleman; daughter, Heather Bothe; and sons, Blaine Coleman and Craig Coleman.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland.

June 25th

New schools near completion

June 25, 2012

Construction crews are sprinting toward the finish line in an effort to complete four new Big Spring elementary school campuses by early next month.

Big Spring Independent School District officials expect to take possession of the new schools by the middle of next month, officials said.

DeAnda wins BSISD runoff election

June 25, 2012

Retired teacher Pat DeAnda bested incumbent Maria Padilla to win the Big Spring Independent School District District 2 seat in Saturday's runoff election.

In extremely light voting, DeAnda edged Padilla by a 13-10 margin. Padilla had finished slightly ahead of DeAnda during the municipal election in May. However, since neither woman gained a majority of the vote total, a runoff election was ordered.

Padilla, first elected to the BSISD board in 2003, was seeking her fourth term as a trustee.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

June 25, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
• DUNCAN STUBBS SMYLY, 54, of Richamond, Va., was arrested Saturday on a charge of disorderly conduct – language.
• CHRISTINA MUNIZ, 29, of 610 N.W. Sixth St. Apt. 118, was arrested Saturday on warrants for driving while license invalid and failure to appear.
• OSCAR HERNANDEZ, 51, of 506 Sgt. Paredez, was arrested Saturday on charges of public intoxication and shoplifting – more than $50 and less than $500.

Rebecca Valencia

June 25, 2012

Rebecca Valencia, 95, of Big Spring died Friday, June 22, 2012, in Houston. Vigil services will be at 7 p.m. Monday at Myers & Smith Chapel. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Burial will be at Mt. Olive Memorial Park.

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