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April 19th, 2012

Dan Whitaker

April 19, 2012

Dan Whitaker, 71, of Big Spring, died Wednesday, April 18, 2012, in a local hospital. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, April 20, 2012, at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home.

He was born Dec. 25, 1940, in Littlefield, Texas. He farmed and ranched in the Vincent Community until 1980, when he moved to Nashville, Tenn. He returned to Big Spring in 2007.

Eunice Choate

April 19, 2012

Eunice Choate of Big Spring died Wednesday, April 18, 2012. Her services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.

Ruben Earl Steadmon

April 19, 2012

Ruben Earl Steadmon, 87, of Big Spring died Wednesday, April 18, 2012 in a local nursing home. His services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.

Amos Johnson

April 19, 2012

Amos Johnson, 82, of Big Spring, died Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at Scenic Mountain Medical Center. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.

Howard Hawk Noatala leads nation in JUCO homers

April 19, 2012

What wears red and black, leads the nation in home runs and can strike out three opposing batters in a row? If you are a fan of Howard College softball, you would know the answer is Olive Noatala.

Noatala, a sophomore at Howard College is leading the nation (yes, the nation), in National Junior College Athletic Association play with 26 dingers.

Three of them were hit Wednesday during a doubleheader at Foundation Field against Frank Phillips College. Noatala also produced nine RBIs on the day bringing her total for the season to 74 — also on the nation’s leaderboard.

Hawks soar past Plainsmen, Noatala hits walk-off grand slam

April 19, 2012

Spectators at Foundation Field not only saw a doubleheader Wednesday at which the Howard College Hawk softball squad trounced Frank Phillips College 11-3 the first game and 12-0 the second, but were also treated to a homerun display — eight to be exact — by Hawk batters including a walk-off grand slam by the NJCAA home run leader, Olive Noatala, which ended the first game in dramatic fashion.

After falling behind 2-0 to the Plainsmen early in Game One, the HC hitting engine apparently just needed to warm up a little before cranking out the runs.

April 18th

Best of the best: College honors top students

April 18, 2012

Cynthia Pinch was named Howard College's outstanding student of the year during its annual awards convocation at Garrett Coliseum Tuesday evening.

Finch, a sophomore from Niles, Mich., majoring in Modern Languages, has achieved several milestones while attending Howard. She is currently president of the Student Government Association, is on the Dean's List with a 3.25 grade point average and is active in dance, theater and band. She also serves as resident assistant and the women's dormitory and has been named to Who's Who Among Junior College Students.

Coahoma trustees eye rule waiver

April 18, 2012

COAHOMA — School trustees are expected to approve a resolution setting aside the “15 percent rule” for a year when they hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the administration building board room.

The “15 percent rule” is a buzz phrase much used in public school circles lately and relates to a requirement of the new state standardized test, the STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness).

Simply put, the rule states that STAAR end of course test scores for high school students will count for 15 percent of their total grade in that class.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

April 18, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• JOEY EUGENE MATA, 24, of 1 Courtney Place Apt. 402, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant from another agency and a warrant for burglary of a vehicle.
• ABEL LOZANO TORRES, 23, of 1611 Donley St., was arrested Tuesday on warrants for no driver's license – when unlicensed and failure to appear.
• CLIFFORD PAUL COOPER, 39, of 1213 Harding St., was arrested Tuesday on warrants for dog or cat running at large (two counts) and failure to appear (two counts).

William M. 'Bill' Skiles

April 18, 2012

William M. "Bill" Skiles, 95, of Big Spring died Sunday, April 15, 2012, in a local hospital. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 20, 2012, at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel with Dr. Randy Cotton, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Park.

Bill was born Nov. 28, 1916, in Rough Creek Community, Texas, and married Alyene M. Bennett on Jan. 28, 1956, in Lovington, N.M. She preceded him in death April 1, 2010.

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