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Thelma Fern Smith

October 31, 2011

Thelma Fern Smith, 88, of Big Spring died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at her residence. Her services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.

Kevin Kyle Shoemaker

October 31, 2011

Kevin Kyle Shoemaker, 53, of Stanton died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, in a Midland hospital. His services are pending with Gilbreath Funeral Home in Stanton.

J.V. Anderson

October 31, 2011

J.V. Anderson, 93, of Big Spring died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, at Scenic Mountain Medical Center. The family will receive friends from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Mt. Olive Memorial Park with the Rev. Carroll Kohl officiating.
He was born Nov. 12, 1917. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving as a medic in the Calvary. He married Maxine McGee on Jan. 18, 1941. They owned several businesses in Big Spring. She preceded him in death Jan. 12, 2006. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

Victor Garza

October 31, 2011

Victor Garza, 81, of Big Spring died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, in a local nursing home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel. Interment will follow at Mt. Olive Memorial Park.
Rosary services will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel.
He was born Jan. 4, 1930, in Karnes City, Texas, and married Aurora Perez on Nov. 23, 1947, in Big Spring, Texas. She preceded him in death May 11, 1993.

Robert 'Pepper' Martin

October 31, 2011

Robert “Pepper” Martin, 89, passed away Friday, Oct. 28, 2011. Pepper was born July 22, 1922, in Big Spring. He eloped with his high school sweetheart, Hope Sisson, in 1941. From 1943 to 1945 he served in the South Pacific during World War II.
A minor league baseball player and manager early in life, Pepper made his career in bowling and was instrumental in starting Columbia Bowling Industries. Later in life, Pepper developed a passion for horses and opened Alamo Stud Farm.
After the death of his wife in 1995, Pepper married Beth Holden in 1997.

Baby beaten; local couple charged

October 31, 2011

A local couple was arrested Friday on charges stemming from the alleged beating of a 1-year-old girl, according to investigators with the Big Spring Police Department.
Johnny Michael Edmondson II, 21, of 300 S. Tulane, was arrested Friday by the BSPD on a charge of injury to a child with intent to case bodily injury. Also arrested was the girl's mother, Vanessa Ann Armendarez, 26, also of 300 S. Tulane. She was jailed on a charge of abandoning/endangering a child – imminent danger of bodily injury.

Police Beat

October 31, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
• MICHAE DWAYNE RENTERIA, 42, of 1514 E. 17th St., was arrested Sunday on warrants for possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to appear (two counts) and driving while license invalid.
• LAQUANTHUS LAMAR RANDALL, 21, of 2524 Hunter, was arrested Sunday on a charge of possession of a dangerous drug.
• BLANCA ESTHELA FERNANDEZ-FAZ, 43, of 710 E. 14th St., was arrested Sunday on a charge of public intoxication.

October 29th

Enrollment growth has SWCID officials looking for dorm space

October 29, 2011

After more than 30 years, SouthWest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf is about to become a property owner.

SWCID, the nation's largest community college for the deaf and hard of hearing, has been leasing its property from the U.S. Department of Education, but that situation is about to change.

Dr. Cheryl Sparks, president of Howard College, which oversees SWCID operations, said the school is close to completing a transaction that will make the junior college district owners of most of the SWCID property.

Officials: Make safety a priority this Halloween

October 29, 2011

As ghouls and goblins of all shapes and sizes get ready to take to the neighborhoods of Big Spring and Howard County to trick-or-treat Monday, local officials are urging parents and guardians to stick to general safety guidelines to keep children safe.

According to Big Spring Fire Marshal Carl Condray, safety for trick-or-treaters begins with their costumes.

Police blotter

October 29, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday:
• JACOB MARTINEZ SEPULUEDA, 23, of 1701 Kentucky, was arrested Friday on a warrant for speeding.
• CALEB LEE HALLFORD, 18, of 10 Kenley Lane, was arrested Friday on a charge of possession of marijuana more than two ounces and less than or equal to four ounces.
• TONYA LEA SENTER, 34, of 4109 Parkway Rd., was arrested Friday on a warrant from other agency.

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