The year in review: 2017


2017 has rolled by like a tumbleweed.

Similar to the drifting dry brush, a handful of new businesses rolled into a growing and advancing Fort Stockton.

Looking back, the year produced great commercial development with the arrival of large chains such as Domino’s Pizza, Bush’s Chicken, Hallmark Gold Crown, and Cricket Wireless.

Many Fort Stocktonites followed in the footsteps of the popular chains and opened up various independent businesses here in town. Unique ventures such as Porky’s Ice House, The Shake Shop, The Tile Market, Cali Couture, and the recent O.T. Bar & Grill have opened to further the community’s economic development .

With new businesses on the rise, many established businesses have initiated some remarkable remodels. The longstanding McDonald’s had a complete rebuild from the ground up, and even the historic Annie Riggs memorial museum wrapped up its highly anticipated Exhibits Renovation Project.

As the year comes to an end and oil productivity continues to climb, the city of Fort Stockton can look forward to the return of movies at the reopened Stockton’s Entertainment, exterior remodel of the local Dairy Queen, progression of MMEX’s Refinery Project, and much more.

The Fort Stockton Pioneer has compiled a highlight reel of memorable moments that took place from January to December of 2017.

See the top 10 stories of 2017 in the Dec. 28 issue of The Pioneer.