March 1st, 2011
Turning off the highway, his truck crossed a cattle guard, then headed west. Billowing clouds of caliche dust from the surface of the ranch road followed his vehicle as he headed toward a distant house, barn, and other structures.
Soon he slowed and drove down into a wash area. As he came out of the dry streambed, the dust that had overcome his truck started to settle on the road ahead. As he waited for it to clear, he noticed a large grayish bird standing near an old mesquite.
Jessie Bell, 83, of Big Spring, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at her residence. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel with her son-in-law, Brother Tom Carter of Unchained Life Ministries, the Rev. Doug Shelley and the Rev. Walter McCall, officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Olive Memorial Park.
Mikel Stevan Irons, beloved father, brother, uncle, cousin and friend, passed away Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, at home in Midland at the age of 60. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Midland. The service will be officiated by Bishop Jim Dorff and Dr. Randal Everett. Mikeâ€™s family will receive friends on Tuesday, March 1, 2011, from 6â€“7 p.m. at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home, located at 3800 N. Big Spring in Midland.
Marilou Staggs Snyder, 73, long-time resident of Denton passed away Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011 at her home in Keller. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 5, 2011, in the Chapel of Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home, 705 N. Locust, in Denton. Dr. Larry Reynolds will officiate the service. Interment will be at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery, where she will join her husband.
Mary Lou Simonek, 75, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, in Haltom City. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 3, 2011, at First Baptist Church of Stanton with the Rev. Bob Porterfield, pastor of West Kentucky Baptist Church in Midland, officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery of Stanton.
Ramon Ortiz Sr., 78, of Laredo, formerly of Big Spring died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in Laredo. Services and burial will be in Laredo.
ODESSA â€” The Howard College womenâ€™s basketball team thought it was in the Region V Tournament after beating Frank Phillips to end the regular season.
They had to play one more game, however.
The Hawks beat New Mexico Junior College 66-61 Monday in Odessa in a game that determined which team will go to the Region V Tournament, which begins Thursday.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ ALBERT MARTINEZ JR., 32, of 2412 Runnels, was arrested Saturday on a charge of assault â€“ family violence.
â€˘ JOHN HENRY CHAPPELL, 34, of 1510 Todd Rd., was arrested Saturday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€˘ LARRY GARCIA, 49, of 906 S. Runnels, was arrested Saturday on a charge of driving while intoxicated.
Mary Lou Simonek, 75, of Haltom City, formerly of Stanton, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, at her residence. Her services are pending with Gilbreath Funeral Home of Stanton.
Ronald â€śRonnieâ€ť Erwin Suggs, 67, of Big Spring, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, at Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Myers & Smith Chapel. Burial with military honors will be at 2 p.m. at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.