December 28th, 2012
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.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ JAMES ARTHUR WHITED, 47, of 309 W. Fifth St., was arrested Thursday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€˘ CURTIS THOMPSON, 53, of 500 S. Goliad, was arrested Thursday on charges of possession of a controlled substance (two counts), possession of marijuana â€“ two ounces or less and tampering/fabricating physical evidence.
â€˘ THOMAS ALLEN YOUNG, 17, of 1425 E. Sixth St. Apt. 15, was arrested Thursday on a charge of possession of marijuana in a drug free zone â€“ two ounces or less.
Augustine â€śTeloâ€ť Cantu, 67, of Big Spring died Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at Scenic Mountain Medical Center. He will lie in state from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Vigil services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Myers & Smith Chapel with Deacon Johnny Arguello, officiating.
He was born March 27, 1945, in Ozona, Texas, to Victoria (Mendez) and Domingo Cantu. He lived most of his life in Howard County. He was a truck driver and had worked for Price Construction.
Rudy Hilario, 52, of Big Spring died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. Prayer services will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at Myers & Smith Chapel. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Myers & Smith Chapel with Pastor Reynaldo Bennett officiating. Burial will be at Mount Olive Memorial Park.
Joe Martin Doporto, 55, of Big Spring died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, in Arlington, Texas. Vigil services will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at Myers & Smith Chapel. Funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Msgr. Bernard L. Gully officiating. Burial will be at Mount Olive Memorial Park.
Faye Price, 87, of Austin, formerly of Big Spring died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Roland Gore, 60, of Big Spring, died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 at Scenic Mountain Medical Center. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Notable people are all around and once a year the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce gives the community an opportunity to recognize those key players.
Nominations for the 2012 Man and Woman of the Year are being accepted through the local chamber until 5 p.m. Jan. 9.
â€śThere are people all around us who are constantly working to make this community a better place,â€ť said Debbye ValVerde, chamber executive director. â€śMany of those people work in the background so as to go unnoticed, but little do they know someone is usually watching and noticing the amazing things they are doing.â€ť
It was a big year for Big Spring Independent School District â€” about 300,000 square feet big, to be exact.
That's the approximate square footage of the four new elementary campuses christened by BSISD this year as part of a $60 million construction bond approved by voters two years ago. In addition to the new schools, the high school and junior high received considerable renovation.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ ALISON LEA PLATTE, 19, of 416 Dallas, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of consumption of alcohol by a minor.
â€˘ TRACY LEE PATTERSON, 50, of 3801 County Road 2, was arrested Wednesday on warrants for expired motor vehicle inspection certificate, failure to maintain financial responsibility and failure to appear (two counts).
â€˘ JAMES ARTHUR WHITED, 47, of 309 W. Fifth St., was arrested Wednesday on a charge of public intoxication.