Yesterday, the Big Spring Fire Department held a demonstration of the AutoPulse, their new life-saving device. The AutoPulse is battery-operated and provides automated CPR to victims of sudden cardiac arrest by squeezing the patient’s entire chest to improve blood flow to the heart and brain.
The device is designed for patient movement and transport and allows first responders to continue life-saving measures while transporting the patient. According to BSFD Lieutenant Albert Cavazos, the hands-free device allows paramedics and EMT’s to continue to work with their hands to attach monitors, begin an IV for medications, and put in an airway tube. The AutoPulse gives the patient a 75 percent chance of survival.
Lt. Cavazos advised the device can be used on most people, but it does depend on the size and weight of the patient. He also advised that it cannot be used on pediatric patients.
For now, the two front line ambulances at Station 4 and Station 5 on the north side and south side of Big Spring will be equipped with these devices, but there are plans to add more in the future.
The device was budgeted for the Fire Department by the City of Big Spring.
The Big Spring Fire Department will be sponsoring a public CPR class on March 26, 2020. Two classes will be held that day from 8:30 to about noon, and 1:30 to about 5 PM. Space is limited and you must sign up in advance by contacting 432-264-2303.
Mike Williams - inspirational speaker, author, missionary and comedian - spoke to a full house at The Life Center Fundraiser Luncheon that was held today at Hotel Settles. Williams shared personal stories from his life and encouraged guests to support The Life Center in Big Spring.
Donations received from today's luncheon will allow The Life Center to continue to offer pregnancy testing, prenatal and parenting education, material assistance, optional prayer and Bible-based mentoring programs. Their plans for 2020 include RN staffing for a building expansion that will enable the center to offer sonogram services for qualifying clients.
BIG SPRING, TX: The Howard County Volunteer Fire Department was presented with a check in the amount of $250,000.00 last month from the G.C. Broughton Foundation, to be used for the purchase of a new fire truck, equipment, and upgrades to existing trucks.
Board member of the foundation, Jim Weaver, stated that the board was very impressed with the volunteer fire department’s grant request which included photographs, by-laws, IRS documents, 501 C3 certification, and a description of the specific fire truck that would be purchased, if funds were to be granted. The request was for $140,000.00, however, the existence of the Volunteer Fire Department is dependent upon donations, therefore the board awarded the department an additional $110.000.00 for a total of $250,000.00.
The G.C Broughton Foundation was established in 2005 and is made up of a Board of Directors in Big Spring, with Jean Broughton-Powell as President. The foundation actively contributes to 501 C3 charities and has granted six to seven million dollars in Texas to date. Recipients have included CASA, the Big Spring Symphony, the Dora Roberts Rehabilitation Center, the G.C. Broughton Agricultural Pavilion at Howard College, the Arrington Cancer Center in Lubbock, as well as the West Texas Rehabilitation Centers in San Angelo and Abilene. The Foundation particularly enjoys contributing to charities that help children.
HCVFD Board President Eric Barber stated that the grant for the new fire truck was greatly appreciated, as well as the extra funding which will go towards upgrading current engines, equipment, and even the construction of a fire station in the far north end of Howard County where there are currently no fire engines in service.
Early voting for the March 2020 Texas Primaries will begin tomorrow, Feb. 18th, and Howard County voters can cast their votes at the Howard County Elections Office, located on the 1st floor of the Howard County Courthouse.
A primary election is used to narrow the field of candidates for a given elective office or to determine the nominees for political parties in advance of a general election. Voters will need to select a party – either Democratic or Republican – so they can receive the appropriate ballot needed to choose their candidates.
It’s important to note that this party designation does not carry over to the November election. Plus, if a voter doesn’t vote in the March Primary Election, they will still be able to vote in the November election.
Early voting will continue through Feb. 28th. On Feb. 27th and Feb. 28th, early voting hours will be extended from 7 AM to 7 PM.
During Friday's, 02/14/2020, Special Session of the Big Spring City Council, Howard County Commissioners Jimmy Long, Pct. 3, and John Cline, Pct. 4, and Howard County Judge Kathryn Wiseman, urged council members to vote against the development of the Municipal Development District (MDD) because they are looking into the option of creating a County Assistance District (CAD) and bringing it to the voters in the November 2020 election.
Ultimately, Big Spring City Council members did not unanimously agree that an ordinance calling for an election to establish an MDD was an emergency. The item came to a 3-2 vote with Terry McDaniel, District 3; Jim DePauw, District 6; and Gloria McDonald, District 4, voting against. Raul Marquez, District 1, and Dough Hartman, District 2, were not present for the meeting. The item had to be declared an emergency in order to have a special election in May 2020 on the creation of an MDD for the extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) of the City of Big Spring. Thus, there will not be an election on the topic.
During Council Input, McDonald and DePauw voiced their concerns with creating an MDD. DePauw noted that it would be in the City’s best interest to continue to work together with the county to educate the public about the CAD so that they can make an informed decision during the November 2020 election. Camilla Strande, District 5, stated that she had mixed feelings on the topic. Terry McDaniel, District 3, had no comments.
Mayor Shannon Thomason advised that his intent of bringing the topic to the special session was to give the residents in the ETJ area an opportunity to choose an MDD if they wanted it. The MDD board would be appointed by the City Council, but it would be made up of residents who live in the ETJ and the one-half percent sales tax collected in the area would go directly to fund ETJ projects.
During the meeting, it was noted that if voters in the ETJ were given the opportunity to vote on the creation of an MDD, it would have to be done prior the November 2020 election to establish a CAD. Thus, now voters in the ETJ will not get an opportunity to vote for an MDD if they so choose.
Howard College will have a Career Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 26th, from 10:30 AM to 1 PM at the Student Union Building on their Big Spring campus. Businesses are encouraged to attend the event to network with their Howard College and SWCD students.
Here, Lauren Barber, Lead Student Support Director for the Big Spring campus of Howard College, noted that the Career Fair is a great opportunity for the community to network with their students, while also exposing students to the different career fields that are available.
There is no cost for businesses to attend the job fair, but they must register in advance to reserve a table by contacting Lauren at 432-264-5024. The deadline to register is Monday, Feb. 24th.
Big Spring City Council members will meet for a Special Session tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 14th, at 3 PM in the City Council Chambers located at 307 E. 4th St. in Big Spring.
An emergency reading of an ordinance ordering a special election on May 2, 2020 for the purpose of creating the City of Big Spring Municipal Development District and the Imposition of a Sales and Use Tax of one-half of one percent for the purpose of financing development projects beneficial to the district.
According to a statement by Big Spring Mayor Shannon Thomason regarding the special council meeting, the creation of the municipal development district (or MDD) would affect the City of Big Spring’s extraterritorial jurisdiction, which is an area extending out from the city limits to a distance of 2 miles. Only residents living in this area would be eligible to vote for or against the creation of the MDD.
If created, the MDD would be funded by a half-cent sales tax increase on taxable sales that occur in this area, and would have no effect on property tax rates in the city nor within the extraterritorial jurisdiction, or the EJT.
Cosden Federal Credit Union will be hosting a blood drive in their parking lot located at 400 E. Marcy Dr. in Big Spring. On Valentine’s Day, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, donors can give blood between 10 AM and 2 PM.
Laurie Barraza, Chief Executive Officer of Cosden Federal Credit Union, told KBest News that their goal is to have 50 people donate blood. Those who complete their donations can receive a free t-shirt and a special one-day loan rate. Plus, they can get their names entered in a drawing for a special Valentine’s Day gift basket.
To sign-up, visit www.bloodhero.com.
Valentine’s Day is just a few days away and if you haven’t made plans yet, don’t worry. There’s a couple of local options to consider.
This Friday, Feb. 14th, Hotel Settles will have a Valentine’s Day Murder Mystery Party from 7-9 PM. Party-goers are encouraged to dress in their '50s finest with their sweetie to solve a murder while dining in Hotel Settles' historical ballroom. This fun night of murder mystery includes dinner and sparkling wine at a price of $179/couple. For more information, contact Hotel Settles at 432-267-7500.
Also on Friday, there will be a comedy show with a variety of comedians at the The Train Car in downtown Big Spring. That show begins at 8 PM and if you get there early, you’ll be able to catch the pre-show magic show. Plus, Santos Tacos will also be on location during the event. Tickets are $10 per person. For more information, call 682-888-9702.
There will be a Church Security Seminar this month in Big Spring. The seminar is offered by Texas Law Shield, a concealed weapons legal defense program. This Church Security Seminar will be held at Life Church, located at 1004 Johnson St. in Big Spring on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 PM.
Texas Law Shield is offering this free seminar to church security teams and ushers. According to Casey Chavez, Territory Manager for Texas Law Shield, the seminar is a good refresher for churches that have security plans in place, and can offer a lot of good information for smaller churches who may not have plans in place just yet.
Chavez went on to say that the seminar is a good refresher for churches that have a security plan in place, and is also good information for smaller churches who may not have anything set up at this time.
To register for the seminar, contact Casey at 512-470-2867, or visit:
Big Spring City Council will have a regular meeting tonight at 5:30 PM at the City Council Chambers, located at 307 E. 4th St. in Big Spring.
Public Hearings will be held tonight concerning Tax Abatement Guidelines, and a zone change from light commercial to single-family residential on an area of the Bauer Addition located near NW 11th St. and N. Bell St.
Consent items on the agenda include the final reading of an ordinance calling for the General Election to be held on May 2, 2020 for the purpose of electing City Council Members for Districts 1 and 3. The final reading of a resolution authorizing and appointing the City Manager to submit a grant application for a Negotiators Crisis Response Throw Phone.
New Business items include first readings of an ordinance amending fees and use guidelines for the Comanche Trail Golf Course, and an ordinance transferring funds from the Sanitation Department to the Landfill Dept. There will also be first readings of an ordinance amending the zoning ordinance and the resolution reauthorizing the tax abatement guidelines and criteria.
To view the entire agenda for tonight, visit:
BIG SPRING – Due to weather, the first stage of the new bridge deck on US 87 has been postponed until Saturday, Feb. 15.
Once work begins, traffic will be reduced to one lane and flaggers will help navigate the traveling public. Portable message boards and other signage announcing the bridge work and lane closure will be in place during the construction project.
This will be an active work zone so motorists should use caution and obey all traffic control devices put in place for everyone’s safety. For information on construction or road conditions and to prepare travel routes, visit www.drivetexas.org.
On Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, a federal grand jury in El Paso, Texas, indicted Patrick Wood Crusius, 21, of Allen, Texas, on hate crimes and firearm charges in connection with the murder of 22 people and attempted murder of 23 others at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, on August 3, 2019. The announcement was made by Assistant Attorney General Eric S. Dreiband of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas John F. Bash, and Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s El Paso Field Office Luis M. Quesada.
The indictment alleges that on August 3, 2019, Crusius opened fire with an assault rifle and shot multiple individuals in and around the Walmart Supercenter in El Paso, leading to the death of 22 individuals and injuring many more. The indictment further alleges that, on the same date as the shooting, Crusius uploaded to the internet a document he had drafted entitled “The Inconvenient Truth.” The document opened by stating, “This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas. They are the instigators, not me. I am simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by the invasion.” The indictment charges that Crusius willfully caused bodily injury to the victims because of the actual and perceived national origin of any person.
In total, the ninety-count indictment charges Crusius with 22 counts of hate crimes resulting in death, 23 hate crimes involving an attempt to kill, and 45 counts of discharging a firearm in relation to the hate crimes.
Upon conviction, the charges in the indictment call for the death penalty or life imprisonment. The Attorney General will decide whether to seek the death penalty at a later time. Should the Attorney General determine that the circumstances of the offense are such that a sentence of death is justified, the law requires that notice be filed with the court at a reasonable time before trial. Crusius is currently in state custody pending state criminal charges.
The FBI, with the support of the El Paso Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, El Paso County Office of the Medical Examiner, Allen Police Department and Dallas Police Department, conducted this investigation.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ian Hanna and Greg McDonald of the Western District of Texas, and U.S. Department of Justice Trial Attorneys Tim Visser and Michael Warbel.
It is important to note that an indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The defendant is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
According to our news partners at CBS 7, the National Weather Service reported that Big Spring received 8 inches of snow and parts of Howard County received up to 12 inches on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020.
The photo below from the National Weather Service shows the total amount of snowfall in Howard County over the last 3 days.
Photo: Screenshot of snowfall analysis of Howard County for Feb. 5 - Feb. 7, 2020 taken from: https://www.weather.gov/crh/snowfall
Blue: 4-6 inches
Light Yellow: 6-8 inches
Golden Yellow: 8-12 inches
Orange: 12-18 inches
BIG SPRING– The first stage of the new bridge deck on US 87 will be poured at the viaduct Monday, Feb. 10. Work will begin at 9 a.m. and should be completed by 5 p.m., weather permitting.
Traffic will be reduced to one lane and flaggers will help navigate the traveling public. Portable message boards and other signage announcing the bridge work and lane closure will be in place during the construction project.
This will be an active work zone so motorists should use caution and obey all traffic control devices put in place for everyone’s safety. Remember, traffic fines double when workers are present. For information on construction or road conditions and to prepare travel routes, visit www.drivetexas.org.
Registration is now open for veterans in the Permian Basin to sign up for PGA HOPE, a free 6-week program led by a trained PGA Professional that provides Veterans with golf instruction, course access, and adaptive equipment if needed.
Avery Lee, Coordinator of Foundation Operations for the Northern Texas PGA, told KBest News that PGA HOPE is a national program that stands for “Helping our Patriots Everywhere”. He advised that the PGA professional are trained in adaptive golf techniques.
"We have a memorandum of understanding with the VA to go out and teach golf lessons, and use golf as a form of therapy," said Lee. "It is absolutely free for veterans. They're getting free instruction. It's done in a group setting. They don't need to know anything about golf. They don't need to have any clubs or equipment; we'll have everything onsite for them. It's mostly just a way to get outdoors, share the comraderie with their fellow brothers and sisters in arms, and learn a sport and be active."
This spring, the program will begin in April at the Odessa Country Club. The classes are held from 9-11 am, every Wednesday, from April 1st – May 6th. Be advised that space is limited to only 16 veterans.
To register online, visit: https://foundation.ntpga.com/military-veterans
A Taste of Big Spring Chamber Extravaganza will be held tonight at the Howard County Fair Barn from 5 :30 – 8 PM. The annual networking event has been revamped to allow more opportunities for attendees to meet and network with more people than ever before. The first set of “5 under 55” honorees – Adrian Calvio, Amanda Duforat, Christian Fair, Justin Myers, and Manny Negron – will be recognized during the event. Outgoing President for the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce Board Randy Johnson will pass the gavel on to new President Mark Richardson.
The recipient of this year’s Russ McEwen award will also be revealed, along with this year’s Man and Woman of the Year.
Tickets are still available to purchase at the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce office, located at 215 W. 3rd St., for $30 each. For more information, contact their office at 432-263-7641.
The first Friday of February, which is designated as American Heart Month, is a day that encourages the public to wear red to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease. The West Texas VA Health Care System will be participating in this national event on Feb. 7th with “Go Red”. Cynthia Schaffner told KBest News that “Go Red” is a day for them to help women adopt heart healthy habits. They partner with the American Heart Association so they can equip women veterans with resources they need to reduce the risk of heart disease.
"Heart disease if the number one killer in the United States. It kills one woman every 80 seconds, but 80 percent of cardiovascular disease can be prevented through lifestyle changes and education," said Schaffner.
According to Schaffner, there are 5 numbers that women need to be aware of are their total cholesterol, good cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, and body mass index.
"We can't really change things about ourselves that have to do with our age, gender, heredity, race, or history of heart problems; but we can manage our blood pressure. We can quit smoking, and be more active, and monitor our weight, move more, eat smart, decrease our stress, and decrease alcohol," continued Schaffner.
Schaffner also went on to say that women experience symptoms different from men when it comes to heart disease can be different from men. Here, she describes some of the symptoms that women may experience as a sign of a heart attack or heart disease. Some of those signs include shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, back or jaw pain, dizziness or fainting, extreme fatigue, or uncomfortable pressure in the center of your chest, arm pain in one or both arms, or breaking out in a cold sweat.
Tomorrow, Feb. 7, 2020, the West Texas VA in Big Spring will have heart healthy snacks, blood pressure checks, and dietitians available to chat with in the Canteen Area from 11 am – 1 pm, and everyone is invited to stop by.
Carnage Radio, the short film produced by Big Spring filmmakers James and Amanda Fite and Brandon Johnson, along with James Womble and Jared Rush, made its debut last February when it was screened at the Big Spring Municipal Auditorium. The film was well received by audience members, and local residents were pleased to see that Big Spring featured as a character and not just a setting.
After making a tour through several film festivals in the last year, Writer and Director James Fite recently announced that Carnage Radio will be made into a feature film and there are many roles to fill. Anyone interested in a speaking role or in being an extra in the film, will need to submit a film of them doing a monologue or a scene of their choice. For more information, check out the Facebook page for Carnage Radio.
At approximately 4:00 AM on February 5, 2020, the Big Spring Fire Department received a 911 call for a structure fire with occupants still inside the residence. BSFD units responded to find a single-family home on fire, and witnesses reported someone was inside the home.
Rescue crews made entry into the home and attempted to rescue the occupant; however, the fire spread quickly hindering all rescue efforts. While rescue efforts were ongoing, fire crews battled the fire from both inside and outside the house. Unfortunately, crews were unable to reach the victim and he suffered smoke inhalation and heat injuries resulting in his death. Information about the victim will not be released until next of kin have been notified.
During the rescue effort, a BSFD firefighter sustained non-life threatening injuries. The firefighter was transported to Scenic Mountain Medical Center ER where he was stabilized before being transferred to University Medical center in Lubbock. He is being held for observation and is expected to be released in the next couple of days. We expect him to make a full recovery.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Fire Marshal's office.
New District Director Patsy Garza was elected for LULAC District 22 last night at their annual meeting. The mission of LULAC, which stands for League of United Latin American Citizens, is to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States. According to Garza, District 22 encompasses Howard County and surrounding areas.
A Meet and Greet event was also held at Ryan Hall last night with candidates who are running in local elections. Those present at the event were:
Edilisa Saldivar - Howard County Commissioner, Pct. 1 candidate
Oscar Garcia - Howard County Commissioner, Pct. 1 incumbent
Stan Parker - Howard County Sheriff incumbent
Nick Ornelas - Big Spring City Council, District 1 candidate
Rodger Rodman - Big Spring City Council, District 3 candidate
Enchantra Solis - candidate for Big Spring ISD Board member, District 1
Tom Olague - Big Spring ISD Board Member, District 1 incumbent
ABILENE – TxDOT crews started pre-treating roadways in the Abilene District Monday morning in preparation for winter weather that will impact the area tonight.
Crews across the 13-county district are treating Tier 1 and Tier 2 roadways, which include high-traffic corridors such as I-20, US 84 from Roscoe to the Garza County line, US 83/84, and US 277, among others.
The brine mixture will discourage ice from bonding to the roadways and structures as wintry precipitation begins to fall. The Abilene District is working closely with the National Weather Service to monitor weather conditions.
Safety of the traveling public is TxDOT’s priority and crews will be working in shifts around the clock to prepare for and respond to any wintry weather that moves into the district, monitoring and treating roadways as needed.
Motorists can also do their part by driving carefully and following these guidelines:
• Use caution when driving over bridges and overpasses, as temperatures can be colder on elevated surfaces.
• Reduce speed and drive with caution. A vehicle needs more distance to stop on a slick roadway. Do not apply the brakes suddenly and do not use cruise control, so that you can better maintain control if you encounter slippery roads.
• Slow down when approaching emergency or maintenance vehicles, especially when their flashing lights are on. The law requires you to maintain a distance of at least 200 feet when approaching a snow plow, and never pass on the right. Visibility can also be reduced during winter weather conditions.
• Be patient. Your trip time – including short commutes to work – could increase when adverse weather conditions exist. Also, keep to the main roads and avoid taking roads that may not have been plowed.
• Winterize vehicles before traveling during adverse weather. Check fuel, tire conditions, oil and antifreeze levels. Make sure heater, brakes and windshield wipers are working properly.
• Check area weather conditions on radio or television before starting a trip.
For real-time roadway conditions, check DriveTexas.org or follow @TxDOTABILENE.
Blood drives will be held in Big Spring this month. The first will be held at Back in Motion this Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, from 12-4 PM. To donate blood at Back in Motion, contact their office at 432-267-2225 to be added to the list, or you can stop by Back in Motion, located at 1113 S. Scurry, to sign up. You can also find the link to sign-up on their Facebook page.
If you can’t make it for the blood drive this week, you can also sign up for the blood drive at Cosden Federal Credit Union, located at 400 E. Marcy. That one is scheduled for Valentine’s Day on Friday, Feb. 14th., from 10 am - 2 pm.
To sign up for either of these blood drives and to find future ones, visit www.bloodhero.com.
“5 under 55” the new set of awards created by the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce to recognize individuals for their involvement in the community and their leadership qualities.
This year’s "5 Under 55" Honorees are Manny Negron with the Big Spring Convention and Visitors Bureau; Justin Myers with State National Bank; Adrian Calvio with State Farm; Christian Fair with the United Way of Big Spring and Howard County; and Amanda Duforat with the Big Spring Herald. All honorees will be recognized at The Taste of Big Spring - Chamber Extravaganza, set for Feb. 7 at the Howard County Fairbarns. The event will be held from 5:30 - 8 PM.
"I had someone mention a quote to me the other day; 'Service is the price we pay for the space we occupy,' Debbye ValVerede, Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, said. " Each year we honor Man and Woman of the Year for their contributions over the years, but we have had a large group of young business professionals stepping up and making the choice to invest in their community lately, and we want to recognize them and their efforts.”
Tickets are still on sale for this Friday's Taste of Big Spring - Chamber Extravaganza for $30 each. They can be purchased at the Chamber office, located at 215 W. 3rd St. in Big Spring, or for more information, contact 432-263-7641.
Mickey Brittain, administrator of a Snyder nursing home, had been staying in the La Quinta in Colorado City over the past year. She works in Snyder, but goes home to Fort Worth on the weekends.
She kept a fanny pack with over $50,000 worth of jewelry in a drawer in her hotel room. One morning, she found that it was missing.
She reported the incident to Colorado City Police and they've opened an investigation into the heist. After reviewing hours of surveillance videos, it is believed that employees at the hotel could have committed the crime.
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