March 1st, 2011
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.
Big Spring is one of those places that seems to hold memories for a lot of people; even those who live a world away.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, made a special visit to Big Spring last weekend. Uchtdorf came back for his visit almost 50 years to the day that he first arrived in Big Spring.
â€śI was in the cockpit as we landed, on runway 17, and it was like a coming home,â€ť Uchtdorf said. â€śI had taxied down that runway and taken off numerous times, learning how to do it better.â€ť
Fueled by high winds and plenty of dry grass, wildfires raged throughout Howard County and West Texas Sunday.
At least four homes north of Big Spring were lost when a grass fire erupted in the area of Hilltop and Jonesboro roads around 2 p.m. Sunday, authorities said.
The fire forced the evacuation of residents in the area and a total of of 80 homes were threatened by the blaze.
Aside from the lost homes, about 30 acres burned in that fire, according to a news release from the Texas State Lone Star Management team.
Worrying about what others would think was the last thing on the minds of 11 Coahoma elementary students.
What started as an idea of one fourth grader, Jaxon Muller, turned into a group of kids showing their support for Coahoma elementary physical education coach Deana Clark. Clark was diagnosed with breast cancer and has started rounds of chemotherapy. Due to the treatments she has lost her hair.
Howard County commissioners and members of the Big Spring City Council will hold a joint meeting Monday to discuss possible plans to house the sheriff's office and police department at the newly-built County Jail, a move officials from both sides say could help streamline both law enforcement agencies.
Howard County commissioners will meet Monday at 3 p.m. to handle a number of routine agenda items, including presentation of a comprehensive financial report for 2010.
Don Stephens, CPA, is expected to present the annual financial report at the meeting, which is being held a little more than two hours prior to a joint meeting between commissioners and officials with the Big Spring City Council.