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  • Santa Rita Star Spangled Celebration
    Wednesday, June 30, 2021 11:58 PM
    Big Lake’s biggest celebration of the year will take place Saturday, July 3rd at Reagan County’s North Park.
    Coming off of the COVID-19 Pandemic that canceled last year’s event, the Big Lake Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center’s 2021 Santa Rita Star Spangled Celebration is shaping up to be the largest in a line of monster 4th of July celebrations in Big Lake.
    This year’s event will feature Whiskey Myers, Kevin Fowler and Los Rieleros del Norte along with a huge fireworks show.
    Here are some things that will help make sure you make the most of this FREE ADMISSION event!

  • Nikaya Raelynn Ortiz
    Wednesday, June 30, 2021 12:57 PM

    Nikaya Raelynn Ortiz, 8, passed away Monday, June 28, 2021, in Big Lake.

    Public viewing will be from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday, July 1, 2021, at First Baptist Church of Big Lake, 510 E. 7th St., Big Lake, Tx. 76932, and from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, July 2, 2021, at Robert Massie Riverside Chapel.

    A balloon release will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 1, 2021, at James H. Bird Memorial Stadium in Big Lake.

    Funeral Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 3, 2021, at Robert Massie Riverside Chapel with Pastor Todd Nelson, pastor of Christian Faith Center, officiating. Burial will follow at Fairmount Cemetery under the direction of Robert Massie Funeral Home.

  • House Fire Claims Life of Young Big Lake Girl
    Monday, June 28, 2021 10:02 AM

    A young Big Lake girl lost her life following a house fire this morning in Big Lake, Texas.

    Reagan County Fire Chief Larry Miles said the fire started shortly before 7 a.m. at a residence located at 1005 N Utah Avenue.



  • DREAM COME TRUE: Logan Knight Takes Step To Next Level
    Wednesday, June 16, 2021 8:59 PM

    College tennis has always been a dream for Logan Knight.

    He saw that dream come to life Tuesday as he signed his letter of commitment to Howard Payne University.

    Logan, a recent graduate of Reagan County High School, said he was weighing his options between several colleges, but a recent visit to Howard Payne sealed the deal for him.bs

  • Santa Rita Star Spangled Celebration Right Around the Corner
    Wednesday, June 16, 2021 8:41 PM

    The Big Lake Chamber of Commerce’s Santa Rita Star Spangled Celebration is quickly approaching.

    Chamber Director Loretta Epperson said those interested in attending need to be aware of a change made to this year’s event... A $20 Cooler Fee.

  • Roy Myers and the West Texas Short Line Railroad
    Wednesday, June 16, 2021 8:39 PM

    Roy Myers has always been fascinated by trains.

    “I’ve loved them since I was a kid,” the 77-year-old native Kansan said. “I can remember being young and wondering how they start, how they work, where they run to.”

    That childhood curiosity bloomed in Myers throughout his life culminating in West Texas Short Line Railroad circling in his backyard.

  • Los Rieleros del Norte Added to Star Spangled Celebration Lineup
    Thursday, April 8, 2021 4:24 PM

    The Big Lake Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the addition of Los Rieleros del Norte to its 2021 Star Spangled Celebration lineup.

    Los Rieleros will join Whiskey Myers and Kevin Fowler on Saturday, July 3rd at the Reagan County North Park stage.

    The event boasts FREE admission.

    The Chamber, in the spirit of keeping the event free to the public, is actively seeking sponsors.

  • Owls 3-0 in District Play Following Run-Rule Win Over Sonora
    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 11:26 PM

    The Reagan County Owls' Baseball team dominated Sonora 11-1 Tuesday night moving the team to 3-0 (1st Place) in district play.

    Senior Jacob Gallegos took the win on the mound pitching a complete game (6 innings due to run-rule) with 7 strikeouts. He also went 2 of 4 with 3 runs scored.

    Offensively the Owls were led by Sophomore Alexavier Reyes who went 4 of 4 with 3 runs scored and 1 RBI.


  • Kyle Brown Named Reagan County Athletic Director/Head Football Coach
    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 4:36 PM

    Reagan County High School has a new Athletic Director and Head Football Coach.

    RCISD Superintendent Eric Hallmark announced Tuesday that Kyle Brown, Reagan County High School Principal and Head Boys Basketball Coach, will take over the reigns of the Owls' athletic department as AD and Head Football Coach. He will retain his basketball position as well.

    "I am thankful for this opportunity," Brown said. "We are going to have a product, on all levels and on both the boys and girls side of the program, that the community of Big Lake will want to support."

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Recent Obituaries

  • Nikaya Raelynn Ortiz

    Nikaya Raelynn Ortiz, 8, passed away Monday, June 28, 2021, in Big Lake.

    Public viewing will be from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday, July 1, 2021, at First Baptist Church of Big Lake, 510 E. 7th St., Big Lake, Tx. 76932, and from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, July 2, 2021, at Robert Massie Riverside Chapel.

    A balloon release will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 1, 2021, at James H. Bird Memorial Stadium in Big Lake.

    Funeral Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 3, 2021, at Robert Massie Riverside Chapel with Pastor Todd Nelson, pastor of Christian Faith Center, officiating. Burial will follow at Fairmount Cemetery under the direction of Robert Massie Funeral Home.
  • Donna Marie (Turner) Fowler

    Donna Marie (Turner) Fowler, born November 18, 1930, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday, May 28, 2021.

    Donna was born and raised in Barnhart, TX where she attended high school. She spent many years with her loving husband Hershel. They transferred to different National Parks for the US Dept. of Interior. They even lived in Alaska for a period of time.
  • Elmer Earl Garlitz
    Elmer Earl Garlitz passed away peacefully on March 7, 2021, at Country View Living in Dimmitt, Texas.
  • Laura Adilene Harville Settle

    Laura Adilene Harville Settle, 93, passed from this life to the next on Sunday, December 6, 2020. She was born near Oplin, Texas at the family home to Tina Bartley Harville and Sidney S. Harville on April 8, 1927.

  • Henry H. Settle

    Henry Herbert Settle passed from this life to the next on March 3, 2020.

    He was born on March 17, 1927 in Baird, Texas, to Lilly Hampton Settle and S. Ernest Settle.

    He grew up in Baird and graduated from Baird High School.

    He married Adilene Harville on May 12, 1945.
  • Joyce Quinney
    Joyce Quinney, 77, passed away Saturday, January 25, 2020, in Dallas. Public viewing will be from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 5:00 PM until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, January 27, 2020, at Robert Massie Riverside Chapel.

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