Robert â€śPepperâ€ť Martin, 89, passed away Friday, Oct. 28, 2011. Pepper was born July 22, 1922, in Big Spring. He eloped with his high school sweetheart, Hope Sisson, in 1941. From 1943 to 1945 he served in the South Pacific during World War II.
A minor league baseball player and manager early in life, Pepper made his career in bowling and was instrumental in starting Columbia Bowling Industries. Later in life, Pepper developed a passion for horses and opened Alamo Stud Farm.
After the death of his wife in 1995, Pepper married Beth Holden in 1997.
A local couple was arrested Friday on charges stemming from the alleged beating of a 1-year-old girl, according to investigators with the Big Spring Police Department.
Johnny Michael Edmondson II, 21, of 300 S. Tulane, was arrested Friday by the BSPD on a charge of injury to a child with intent to case bodily injury. Also arrested was the girl's mother, Vanessa Ann Armendarez, 26, also of 300 S. Tulane. She was jailed on a charge of abandoning/endangering a child â€“ imminent danger of bodily injury.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ MICHAE DWAYNE RENTERIA, 42, of 1514 E. 17th St., was arrested Sunday on warrants for possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to appear (two counts) and driving while license invalid.
â€˘ LAQUANTHUS LAMAR RANDALL, 21, of 2524 Hunter, was arrested Sunday on a charge of possession of a dangerous drug.
â€˘ BLANCA ESTHELA FERNANDEZ-FAZ, 43, of 710 E. 14th St., was arrested Sunday on a charge of public intoxication.
After more than 30 years, SouthWest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf is about to become a property owner.
SWCID, the nation's largest community college for the deaf and hard of hearing, has been leasing its property from the U.S. Department of Education, but that situation is about to change.
Dr. Cheryl Sparks, president of Howard College, which oversees SWCID operations, said the school is close to completing a transaction that will make the junior college district owners of most of the SWCID property.
As ghouls and goblins of all shapes and sizes get ready to take to the neighborhoods of Big Spring and Howard County to trick-or-treat Monday, local officials are urging parents and guardians to stick to general safety guidelines to keep children safe.
According to Big Spring Fire Marshal Carl Condray, safety for trick-or-treaters begins with their costumes.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday:
â€˘ JACOB MARTINEZ SEPULUEDA, 23, of 1701 Kentucky, was arrested Friday on a warrant for speeding.
â€˘ CALEB LEE HALLFORD, 18, of 10 Kenley Lane, was arrested Friday on a charge of possession of marijuana more than two ounces and less than or equal to four ounces.
â€˘ TONYA LEA SENTER, 34, of 4109 Parkway Rd., was arrested Friday on a warrant from other agency.
Victor Garza, 81, of Big Spring, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 in a local nursing home. His services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Clarence Donald Wilkins of Big Spring and Senia Espinosa of Sonora, Cali. Were united in marriage Oct. 8, 2011, at 6 p.m. at The Vista on Seward Hill in Austin, Texas.
The Rev. Richard Green, uncle of the groom, and the Rev. Al Rodriguez officiated.
The bride is the daughter of Maria and Daniel Espinosa of Sonora, Cali. The groom is the son of Evelyn Wilkins and Kenneth Yates of Big Spring.
Jamie Lynn Long of Lubbock and Brian Ruskin Wills of Austin, announce their engagement.
The bride-elect is the daughter of Frank and Glenda Long of Big Spring. Her paternal grandparents are Elbert and Monohn Long of Big Spring. Maternal grandparents are Wanda Jones of Big Spring, Jackie Jones of Rockwall and the late Glen Jones.
The prospective groom is the son of Charles and Barbara Wills of Euless. His paternal grandparents are Mary Wills of Richardson and the late Donald Wills. Maternal grandparents are the late Burton and Ruth Stein.
Janie Aguilar and Victor Garcia, both of Big Spring, will exchange wedding vows Nov. 12, 2011 in a 1 p.m. ceremony at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.
The bride-elect is the daughter of Mrs. Juanita Aguilar and the late Louis Aguilar of Big Spring. Her grandparents are the late Jose Aguilar and the late Victoria Aguilar.
She is a 1986 graduate of Big Spring High School. She attended Howard College in 1986 and received her certification for nurses aide. She is employed by Mrs. Bobbie Thomas.