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March 1st, 2012

Deidra Whatley

March 1, 2012

Deidra Whatley, 84, of Bandera, formerly of Big Spring died Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at Bandera Rehabilitation and Health Center. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Myers & Smith Chapel with burial at Trinity Memorial Park.

Deidra was born July 10, 1927, at Texon, Texas, to Mildred and A.O. Vanderford. She was a resident of Big Spring since 1938, graduating from Big Spring High School in 1943 at the age of 15.

Mary Ann Baker

March 1, 2012

Born to a West Texas pioneer family in February of 1936, Mary Ann Baker peacefully left this world in the same month as her birth.

She was born Feb. 17, 1936, to Lanham Brown and Mary Lois Hodnett in Howard County. The elder sister to Guy Hodnett of Sand Springs and to the late Roger "Butch" Hodnett of Vincent, she attended school with them in Coahoma. There she met the love of her life and was later wed to Bobby Gene Baker, who still resides in Sand Springs.

Ruben David Thomas

March 1, 2012

Ruben David Thomas, 85, of Big Spring died Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at Hospice House in Odessa. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Mount Olive Memorial Park.

He was born Feb. 2, 1927, in Boyle County, Ky. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He owned a mowing and lawn service.

He is survived by three brothers, Don Thomas, Jimmy Thomas and Mike Thomas, all of Sweetwater; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Billy Gene Dykes

March 1, 2012

Billy Gene Dykes, 84, of Big Spring died Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2012, at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel with the Rev. Elwin Collom officiating. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Park.

Billy was born Aug. 18, 1927, in Boswell, Okla. and married Sybil Kennedy. She preceded him in death Aug. 3, 2000. Billy served his country in both the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion.

Judy Tucker

March 1, 2012

Judy Tucker, 56, of Midland County, formerly of Big Spring died Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, at her residence. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.

Victoria Escovedo

March 1, 2012

Victoria Escovedo, 71, of Big Spring died Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, at Hospice of Midland Inpatient Unit. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.

Crossroads softball tournament starts today

March 1, 2012

Local softball lovers will find themselves close to nirvana starting today.

Thirty teams from across West Texas, including the host Big Spring Lady Steers and the Forsan Lady Buffaloes, will converge on the Roy Anderson Complex for the three-day Tournament At The Crossroads, which runs through Saturday.

The Lady Steers (5-5) will open play in Pool C, along with Alpine, Jim Ned, Fort Stockton, Odessa Permian and Lubbock Estacado. Forsan will play in Pool B, which also includes Andrews, Midland Lee junior varsity, Levelland, Hawley and Odessa.

March 1 sports calendar

March 1, 2012

TODAY

Baseball
Big Spring at Snyder tournament, TBA.
Coahoma at Crane tournament, TBA.
Midland Classical at Forsan, 1 p.m.
Howard College at Odessa College (DH), 1 p.m.

Softball
Big Spring and Forsan at Big Spring tournament, TBA.

Women’s basketball
Frank Phillips College at Howard College, 5:45 p.m.

Men’s basketball
Frank Phillips College at Howard College, 7:45 p.m.

FRIDAY

Baseball
Big Spring at Snyder tournament, TBA.
Coahoma at Crane tournament, TBA.

Softball
Big Spring and Forsan at Big Spring tournament, TBA.

Boy’s basketball

February 29th

Man charged with harming two children

February 29, 2012

A Big Spring man was arrested and charged with two counts of injury Tuesday evening after allegedly assaulting two children, according to officials with the Big Spring Police Department.

Ray Martinez Alvarado, 34, of 1500 Lincoln Ave., was arrested on charges of injury to a child with intent to cause bodily injury (two counts) after police officials say he physically assaulted the children, who are members of his household.

Landtroop talks redistricting, education

February 29, 2012

Redistricting may have been the scheduled focus of Tuesday's town hall meeting at the Hall Center of the Arts, but it was by no means the only topic addressed.

State Rep. Jim Landtroop opened the meeting by honoring Howard County Volunteer Fire Chief Tommy Sullivan and Fire Marshal Carl Condray with flags that flown over the capitol. The presentation was made as a way to recognize the service demonstrated during the past year's fire season.

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