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January 3rd, 2013

Mrs. Billy Carl 'Ruth' Bates

January 3, 2013

Mrs. Billy Carl "Ruth" Bates of Coahoma, Texas, passed away to be with her Lord on Dec. 31, 2012, after a lengthy illness. She was a resident of Howard County beginning in 1955 and was a member of the Coahoma United Methodist Church for the duration of that time.

Nellie Ruth Backlin (Bates) was born Oct. 20, 1918, in Oakes, N.D., to Swedish immigrant parents. She was the eldest of five children born to Fredolf and Anna Backlin. She attended school at the Verner Community one-room country school house near the family farm through the eighth grade.

Mary F. Burt

January 3, 2013

Mary F. Burt, 87, of Big Spring died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at her residence. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at the Trinity Baptist Church with Dr. Randy Cotton officiating. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home.

She was born Nov. 7, 1925, in Snyder, Texas, and married Jimmy G. Burt on Feb. 28, 1946, in Snyder, Texas. He preceded her in death Nov. 23, 2009.

January 2nd

Supremacist propaganda shocks family

January 2, 2013

One Big Spring family woke up Monday morning to what they considered to be an alarming situation — a self-proclaimed “socialist” group touting neo-Nazis propaganda and symbols had left flyers at their home.

According to the local resident — who asked to not be identified to prevent retaliation from the group — discovery of the material was a shock.

Pay your property taxes by Jan. 31 ... or else

January 2, 2013

Area residents who haven’t paid their property taxes have until the end of the month to ante up their 2012 tabs or face penalties and interest, according to local officials.

Area property owners can avoid the annual last-minute dash to pay their taxes by getting them out of the way early in the month, said former County Tax Assessor Kathy Sayles.

Vernon Permenter

January 2, 2013

Vernon Permenter, 63, of Big Spring, died Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at his residence. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at Mount Olive Memorial Park with Dr. Doug Shelley, pastor of East Side Baptist Church, officiating.

N. Ruth Bates

January 2, 2013

N. Ruth Bates, 94, of Coahoma, died Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, in a local nursing home. Her services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.

Mary F. Burt

January 2, 2013

Mary F. Burt, 87, of Big Spring, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at her residence. Her services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.

J. B. Shewmake

January 2, 2013

J. B. Shewmake, 78, of McKinney, formerly of Big Spring, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, in a McKinney nursing home. His services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.

December 31st, 2012

Roland 'Ro' Gore

December 31, 2012

Roland "Ro" Gore, 60, of Big Spring died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at Scenic Mountain Medical Center. Vigil services will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at Myers & Smith Chapel. Family visitation will begin directly following the vigil until 9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Crime taints Big Spring in 2012

December 31, 2012

Looking back, 2012 was a turbulent year for the Crossroads area as numerous high profile incidents and court cases found their way into the headlines.
The Big Spring Police Department had its hands full early, as the investigation into the shooting death of a 27-year-old Crossroads man began New Year Day. Christopher Castanuela, 27, of Big Spring was pronounced dead at Scenic Mountain Medical Center emergency room shortly after 6 a.m. Jan. 1 by Howard County Justice of the Peace Quail Dobbs, who later ordered an autopsy.

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