BIG SPRING, TEXAS – Warmer temperatures have arrived, school is almost out and thoughts of summer activities are swirling around. Swimming pools will be opening soon and several local
agencies are teaming up to ensure Howard County youth are swimming safely. Saturday,
families are encouraged to visit the YMCA between Noon and 2 p.m. for the Swim Smart event.
“Swimming is normally the first activity that pops into a child’s mind, even adults, when it
comes to ways to cool down in the summer, which is why we want to make sure that safety is
top of mind as well,” Dathan Jones, YMCA CEO, said. “It only takes a few seconds for a fun time to turn tragic when it comes to water. While we don’t want to take the fun away, we want to
make sure they are enjoying the water safely.”
Through combined efforts of the Big Spring Fire Department, Texas Regional Advisory Council J, Scenic Mountain Medical Center and YMCA, during the Swim Smart event, attendees will be able to have an opportunity to receive a free life jacket, hear some water safety tips and visit with the members of the local fire department.
“The main goal is to make everyone understand by being aware of your surroundings, and
understanding how quickly situations can change, a tragic event can be easily avoided. All these agencies want to make sure that the youth, of our community, is able to enjoy summer activities,” Jones said.
There is no charge for attending this event and during the two-hour span, admission is free to
the YMCA. This is an opportunity for families to get educated about water safety, see all the
recent renovations at the YMCA and find out about local resources.
“The YMCA is meant to be a family environment and anytime we can host an event that provides an opportunity for a family event, we are on board,” Jones said. “If you think about it the only two places that an entire family can be together is at church or at the YMCA – we really
do have something for everyone.”
Statistics show, each year about 4,000 people drown in the United States. Drowning is said to
be one of the top killers among children 1 to 4 years of age, except birth defects. Recently, there have been a couple drowning deaths in the media, which only emphasizes the importance of water safety events.
“We are excited about having the opportunity to provide life jackets to the youth in the
community. This was made possible through the Texas JRAC, Big Spring Fire Department and
Scenic Mountain Medical Center,” Jones said. “We encourage families to come out, enjoy a
little family time and get ready for summer, in a safe way.”
Earlier today, Johnson street was lined with family and friends of the late Billy, Wild Bill, Yanez .
Billy had been a member of ALSA car club in Big Spring before he became a founder of Santana Specialty Car Club in 1985. He later became a member of Low Image car club but after he was diagnosed with cancer in 2015 he returned to Santana Specialty with a dream of continuing his legacy through the organization. A chapter of Santana Specialty is currently established in Midland, where he had been residing when he passed.
ALSA, Low Image, and Santana Specialty have been noted as organizations that give back to their community, whether it be community-mined events or fundraising for families in need.
Billy was described by family and friends as having a big heart, always willing to help others, and very knowledgeable about cars. He participated in many car shows throughout the country and took pride in the vehicles that he and his brother John painted.
Billy recently passed away from stage 4 cancer. According to his widow, Ana Yanez, he had been advised that he would only have 3 to 4 more months to live after he was diagnosed, but Billy surpassed all expectations and went on to live another 2 years. He passed away at the age of 55 years old.
Wednesday's BURGER BASH was able to raise a little over $16,000 to help the families who lost their homes in the fire that occurred south of Big Spring earlier this month. The fire destroyed approximately 300 acres and 4 homes. The event was organized by Porsha Bryant with Big Spring High School and Mike Richardson with the Greater Big Spring Rotary Club.
The jury trial against Quincy Lamar Henry came to a close today with a verdict of "Not Guilty" on the charge of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
Henry was accused of shooting Lonnie Gray in the thigh and hand after an argument between the two had escalated back in August 2017. Gray had been discovered by Big Spring Police Department Officers at a residence on 11th Place with gun shot wounds. Gray was treated at Scenic Mountain Medical Center and was stabilized.
Henry had been facing a Felony 2 offense, which would have sentenced him to 2 to 20 years had he been found guilty.
The Male and Female Students of the Year were recognized from each school district in Howard County during today's Howard County Commissioners Court.
Adam Gonzales and Jori Hanlan were named the Male and Female Students of the Year for Big Spring High School. BSHS Principal Mike Ritchey spoke on behalf of the students and noted that they both are very involved with BSHS and are honor students. Hanlan will be attending Angelo State University for Nursing. Gonzales will attend Texas Christian University and will study Biology.
Brynn Workman and Tyler McFall were named as the Male and Female Students of the Year for Coahoma High School. CHS Assistant Principal Trey Gardner spoke about each of the students and their accomplishments throughout their high school careers. Both students are in the top 10 of their senior class, and McFall is the Salutatorian. Gardner stated that Workman has been very active in FFA, and plans to attend Tarelton State for Agribusiness. McFall has been very active in Band, as well as powerlifting, and golf; he's set to attend University of North Texas to study in their music program.
The Male and Female Students of the Year for Forsan High School are Lexie Gee and Kolby Watson. FHS Principal Kenny Lowery, noted that both students radiate a great personality that is noticeable to all on their campus and both participate and been very successful in band. Gee is involved in cheerleading, and was nominated for the United Cheer Association Leadership Award. Watson is also involved with cross country and baseball. Gee will be attending South Plains College in the fall and plans to major in Speech and Communication Disorders. Watson will be attending Angelo State University and has plans to study Kinesiology.
The May Veteran of the Month, Guy Griffith of Big Spring, will be honored Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Hangar 25 Air Museum. The reception will begin at 6:00 pm in the Briefing Room of the Museum. The public is invited to the reception and to hear Mr. Griffith's presentation on his military service.
For more information please call Hangar 25 Air museum at 432-264-1999.
Coahoma ISD held a banquet to honor the top 10 students in the Coahoma High school Class of 2018 on Tuesday.
Those students are: Diana Gonzalez, McKinna Hector, Tyler McFall, Mason Moore, MaKayla Overton, Aubrey Parum, Nathan Ramirez, Preslie Smithie, Brynn Workman and Kaylee Wright. Each students was recognized individually in front of family and friends during the banquet held at the Hotel Settles.
Also honored were the top ten students in the junior class. They are Bryson Cline, Cassie Gutierez, Andrea King, Emily Krabill, Joseph Manning, Haven Martin, Julia Mashburn, Laura Romero, Andrew Romero Ortega, and Micah Worley.
Also receiving awards were Mark Richardson, Community Pride Award; Sue Tindol, Scholar Staff Award; Jody Nix, Scholar Graduate; and Kim and Kathy Nichols, Scholar Teachers.
A Burger Bash Fundraiser will take place tomorrow, May 16th from 11 AM – until sold out at the Blankenship Stadium at Big Spring High School. This fundraiser will be benefiting the victims of the wildfire that burned south of Big Spring earlier this month, destroying 4 homes causing 4 families to be displaced.
According to Mike Richardson, one of the people coordinating the fundraiser along with Porsha Bryant, local business such as Sonic, HEB, Porter’s, and Hull’s have made contributions with food. Richardson stated that the purpose of the event is to raise money for the families affected by the wildfire and he encouraged people to make donations.
"If you've got a large donation and you'd like to use that as a tax deduction, no problem. We've got a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that says that they can go ahead and take those in so they can get the tax exemption and funnel that money to us, The Greater Big Spring Rotary Club," says Richardson.
Richardson says that he encourages the public to come out and purchase $10 burger bags that include burger, chips, and drink. Churches are also called upon to bring their congregations to the fundraiser to help raise money for these displaced families. It should be noted that order of 10 burgers or more can be delivered.
For more information, to give donations, or to place large to go orders, contact Porsha at 432-268-3879, or Mike at 432-599-0351.
A small grass fire on Hali Rd. was confirmed south of town, approximately 5-7 miles off of Brian Rd. According to Howard County,Tx Volunteer Fire Dept.Chief Mitchell Hooper, the fire burned 2-3 acres but is 100 percent contained. Volunteer firefighters are continuing to put out hot spots.
No structures were reported to have been lost, as well as no injuries. The cause of the grass fire is yet to be determined.
The Big Spring Convention and Visitors Bureau and BAD Events LLC are excited to announce the inaugural FMH Foundation’s Song Swap at the Spring with Koe Wetzel and Parker McCollum at the Historic Spring Marie Hall Plaza and Performance Stage. The concert will take place on Thursday, August 2nd with gates opening at 5 PM.
The opening band will be local artists, Big Spring, and will be followed by an acoustic song swap by Koe Wetzel and Parker McCollum. The concert will be free to the public but due to restrictions and limited seating available at the Historic Spring tickets will only be given to 1,000 people, including children of all ages. Tickets will be made available on June 4th at the Big Spring Visitors Center located at 113 E. 3 rd Street and the tickets are limited to 2 per person.
Food Trucks and vendors will be available in the SM Energy Pavilion adjacent to the Historic Spring Plaza. Please no outside food or drinks can be brought in but you are welcome to bring your lawn chairs.
DEADLINE IS TOMORROW AT MIDNIGHT!
The deadline for property owners to file a written notice of protest is tomorro night at midnight, that’s according to Lisa Reyna, Chief Appraiser for the Howard County Appraisal District. Property owners may submit their written notice of protest by dropping it off in person, sending through email, through their website at howardcad.org, or through mail, but it should be noted that mail must be post marked with today’s date to be accepted.
Reyna stated that their office is working the protests in the order that they are received. At which point, an appraiser will contact the property owners by phone in order to attempt to settle the protest informally. If an agreement cannot be reached, an appointment to see the Appraisal Review Board will be scheduled.
During the informal meeting, it should be remembered that appraisers don’t usually go inside the home when the property is appraised and if there’s something wrong with the property it is during this time that the property owner has an opportunity to bring it to the appraiser’s attention.
The top two students in the 2018 graduating class of Coahoma High School are Diana Cecilia Gonzalez and Tyler Austin McFall.
“I am proud to announce Diana is our valedictorian and Tyler is our salutatorian for the Class of 2018,” said CHS Principal Christina Cox.
Gonzalez is the daughter of Candido and Maria Gonzalez. During her years at Coahoma High School, she has taken on a number of leadership roles.
She is the editor of the 2017-2018 yearbook overseeing a large staff. She serves as the Student Council secretary and is a FFA chapter officer this year. Gonzalez is a member of the National Honor Society and serves as the secretary. She was the secretary for the FCCLA her junior year. Gonzalez is also a member for the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Howard College and the National Society of High School Scholars.
She has been recognized with a number of honors. As the stage manager of the one-act play for the last two years, she was part of the cast and crew which qualified for area competition in 2017. She was named to the all-star crew at district UIL One Act Play contest in 2018.
As a very active member of the Coahoma FFA Chapter, Gonzalez placed 8th at state for FFA Spanish Creed in 2016 and qualified for state in 2015 in FFA - Farm Business Management contest. She placed 1st in Ag Issues for District FFA contest and 4th in Area in 2017. She also qualified for state contests while a member of the FCCLA including Advocacy in 2017 and Recycle and Redesign in 2018.
In 2017, she was named the Big Spring Rotary Student of the Month, the Big Spring Herald Academic Star Student of the Week, a Coahoma Junior Scholar, and in the top 10 Academic Juniors.
Following graduation, Gonzalez will attend Texas Tech University to pursue a bachelor of science degree in nursing.
McFall is the son of Erinn and Greg Moore. He found his love of music at Coahoma ISD in the fifth grade. He served as the Drum Major in the Big Red Band for two years, is a member of National Honor Society and National Society of High School Scholars. Outside of school, McFall is the music director at Midway Baptist Church.
He was a ATSSB All-Region and Area Band qualifier all four years of high school. He qualified for All-State Band his junior and senior years. McFall is a three-year state solo and ensemble qualifier and received the John Phillips Sousa Award this year. He is also a TMEA Texas Music Scholar Student.
McFall was active in the golf program at CHS and was named the 2016 MVP for Golf.
Following graduation, McFall will attend the prestigious University of North Texas music program and will major in music education.
CHS will hold a graduation ceremony for the Class of 2018 on Friday, May 18.
Grants were awarded this week to teachers throughout Big Spring Independent School District by the H.O.P.E. Foundation through their Innovative Teaching Grant Program. The purpose of the H.O.P.E. Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, is to oversee the Innovative Teaching Grant Program.
Grants are awarded by the H.O.P.E. Foundation to support the Big Spring Independent School District's educational plan by supporting activities not supported by tax dollars. The grant program is designed to encourage, facilitate, recognize, and reward innovative and creative instructional approaches.
According to Emily McCann, Board President for the organization, the organization was created 4 years ago and has been able to award grants for the last 3 years. The H.O.P.E. Foundation raises money through non-event fundraiser, and they also have a permanent endowment with the Big Spring Area Community Foundation. McCann noted that they are always looking for donors to help them grow.
Last year, the H.O.P.E. Foundation awarded 4 grants last year; this year, they’ve been able to award even more grants to teachers at Kentwood, Marcy, Moss, Goliad, and Anderson, and they’re not done yet!
(Photo 1: Group photo after Grant Presentation at Kentwood Early Childhood Center.)
(Photo 2: List of teachers who were awarded grants, amount, and their idea. - Not listed is "SEL Hour, submitted by Pam Billick Gonzalez, in the amount of $2400 for the Anderson Accelerated Campus, Grades 7-12 for 40—50 students. SEL – Social Emotional Learning – Purchase Learning Activity Sets that focus on the skills needed to regulate emotions, resolve conflicts, avoid risky behavior, and make moral and safe choices. Grant also included teacher training for two teachers who will them train other teachers. Goal is to increase graduation rate and attendance while decreasing discipline referrals.")
The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce and Scenic Mountain Medical Center are partnering up to bring together all health care businesses in our area for an afternoon. The Health Business to Business Meet & Greet will be on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at the Hotel Settles in the Ballroom & Mezzanine from 4:30 to 7 pm.
The Chamber Meet & Greets is a great way for Chamber members and the community to come together and network. Health entities will be set up and ready to introduce themselves and tell you what services they provide.
The businesses that are participating are: Air Evac Life team, Back in Motion Chiropractic, Big Spring Center for Skilled Care, Big Spring State Hospital, Dora Robert Rehab Center Wellness, Home Hospice, Kindred at Home, Leonard's Pharmacy & Prescription Services, Marcy Place, Parkview Skilled Care & Rehab, Ward Family Dental, P.C., West Texas Centers, and Wiggins Worthy Wellness/Chiropractic.
This is open to the community. They will have refreshments and giveaways, so don’t forget to bring your business card!!
The Coahoma ISD board recognized outgoing members Brian Moore and Jody Reid for their years of service to the community Thursday night during a specially called meeting to canvas the May 5 election results. Pictured are CISD board members Craig Ferguson, left, Kandy Alaman, outgoing member Brian Moore, Michael Brooks, Lori Martinez, and Dicky Stone. Reid was absent from the meeting as he and his wife were traveling to attend their son’s graduation from seminary in North Carolina.
UPDATE: Big Spring Police Department confirms that 7 of the 15 firearms that were stolen from Higginbotham in April were recovered from the 2600 block of Dow at 8:00 this morning. The weapons were abandoned in the roadway as if someone threw them out while driving. Three arrests were made yesterday. No further information is available as this is still an ongoing investigation.
THREE ARRESTS MADE IN HIGGINBOTHAM BURGLARY:
From Big Spring Police Dept:
On the 12th of April 2018 at approximately 1:40 A.M., the Higginbotham Bartlett hardware store located at 1900 E. FM 700 was burglarized and 15 firearms were stolen. The Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigation Division was assigned to investigate this crime. For the past month Detectives have been following leads and on the 8th of May 2018, Detectives arrested Mikeal Ladarrean Chavera Hispanic/Male 21 years of age for this offense. On the 9th of May 2018, Detectives arrested Peter Manual Candelaria Hispanic/Male 30 years of age also for this offense. Both Chavera and Candelaria have been charged with the Burglary of the Building at Higginbotham Bartlett a State Jail Felony as well as Firearms Smuggling a Felony 2 Offense.
On the 10th of May 2018, following another lead regarding this investigation, Detectives executed a search warrant in the 2000 block of Morrison. Detectives seized a quantity of crack cocaine, powder cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, a Taurus 9mm pistol and over $5,000.00 in currency. The resident Kendrick Dashaun Harris aka “Keno” Black/Male 23 years of age was arrested and charged with 3 Misdemeanor warrants and two counts of Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 over 4 grams less than 200 grams, a Felony 2 Offense.
At the time of this media release the Big Spring Police Department has not recovered any of the firearms that were stolen. The Big Spring / Howard County CrimeStoppers is still offering an award for the recovery of the firearms. If you have any information you can call (432)263-TIPS (8477) or use the P3tips.com software to submit your tip online. Remember no caller ID is ever used and all tips are anonymous.
This continues to be an ongoing criminal investigation and we have no further information at this time.
Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon
Pictured from left to right: Peter Candelaria, Mikeal Chavera, Kendrick “Keno” Harris
Big Spring ISD School Board Meeting Highlights, 05/10/18
SM ENERGY DONATION
Kate Noble, External Affairs at SM Energy, presented a $10,000 donation specific to beginning a robotics program at Big Spring High School.
ATC GETS NEW WEIGHT ROOM EQUIPMENT AND FLOORING
Big Spring ATC will be receiving an upgrade with new flooring and new weightlifting equipment. A budget amendment and expenditure over $150,000 was approved. The ATC has not been upgraded since it was built in 1997.
Big Spring ISD will become a Campus Carry school district.
Melissa Miller sworn in as the newest member of the BSISD Board of Trustees, District 4.
BSISD Board of Trustees President Tony Kennedy stepped down from his seat on the Board. He was presented with a plaque by Superintendent Jay McWilliams for his 15 years of service with the school board, and a reception was thrown in his honor. Kennedy says that he plans to continue to volunteer with the school district, but it was time to step down because he has grandchildren now and no longer has children in the school district. He noted that he felt now was a good time to leave because he has a good feeling that the BSISD will knock their assessments out of the park.
Fabian Serrano was voted as the new Board of Trustees President. Serrano stated that he is excited to work with Superintendent McWilliams, and noted that there would be changes within the Board, but they'll continue to move forward. When asked how he felt about the decision to become a Campus Carry school district, Serrano stated, "I'm confident in the decision that we've made as a Board. I think it's something that's necessary as a school district the way things are changing within society. I think it's crucial for us to move forward with."
Julie Harris was voted as the Vice President, and Tom Olague was voted as the Secretary.
Next school board meeting will be June 12th.
Coahoma High School senior Brynn Workman received the Ken Cobb Memorial Scholarship Monday during the Coahoma FFA annual banquet where a number of members were recognized for their achievement in the past year.
“Our FFA members are very lucky to have the support of so many people,” said Aaron Custer, Coahoma FFA advisor. “Thank you to everyone that took the time to come recognize one of the best years our Chapter has ever experienced. These students and I appreciate you all more than you know.”
The Coahoma FFA Chapter celebrated a stellar year earning 45 state, area, and district banners. In the fall CHS freshman Julia Cox won the state LDE (Leadership Development Events) Greenhand Creed Speaking contest and qualified for nationals. The Coahoma FFA Radio Broadcasting team of Aubrey Green, Micah Worley, and Emilee Custer placed 7th in state and the Ag Advocacy team of Selina Baldwin, Macee Grant, Brylea Gordon, and Seth Brooks placed 8th.
Recently, Coahoma FFA had 13 students advance to area contest in SDE (Speaking Development Events). They are Grayson Glidewell, Seth Brooks, Sydney Rinard, Brenner Gartman, Naughtia Rockwell, Ashley Crisp, Brylea Gordon, Kolt Redden, Bailey Wells, Bryden Fontana, Cutter Atkins, Richard Thurman, and Julia Cox.
Overall, the program won district sweepstakes in LDE and SDE and area and state sweepstakes for a single teacher division for LDE. During the banquet, it was announced that CHS 2017 graduate Landyn Young will be running for State FFA President this summer. Young is attending Texas A&M.
The following awards were presented during the banquet:
FFA Booster Scholarships $750: Brynn Workman, Diana Gonzalez, Trey Brumley, and Aubrey Parum
Ken Cobb Memorial Scholarship Winner $1,000: Brynn Workman
State Plaques: State Champion - Greenhand Creed Speaking - Julia Cox; FFA Radio Broadcasting, 7th Place, the team of Micah Worley, Aubrey Green, and Emilee Custer; Ag Advocacy, 8th Place, the team of Macee Grant, Seth Brooks, Brylea Gordon, and Selina Baldwin.
Proficiency Winners - each recipient was presented a belt buckle: Sr Steer, Seth Brooks; Jr Goat, Case Custer; Sr Goat, Emilee Custer; Jr Lamb, Jocelyn Young; Sr Lamb, Brynn Workman; Jr Swine, Brady Anderson; Sr Swine, Aubrey Parum; Jr Rabbit, Paislie Hipp; and Sr Rabbit, Sydney Rinard
Ag Sales Winners: 1st, Kolt Reddin; 2nd, Brynn Workman; 3rd Kaylee Kernick.
Distinguished Service Award: Co Winners, Walter Brumley and Russell Parum
Also recognized was the new Chapter Officer team. They are President Micah Worley, Vice President Emilee Custer, Secretary Julia Cox, Treasurer Sydney Rinard, Reporter Ashley Crisp, Sentinel Grayson Glidewell, Student Advisor Seth Brooks, Parliamentarian Aubrey Green, Historian Naughtia Rockwell, and Chaplain Bailey Wells.
Greenhand Officers (incoming freshmen) are President Tanner Atkins, Vice President Joe Mashburn, and Secretary Madison Rodgers.
Running for office are Micah Worley for area; Emily Custer and Ashley Crisp for district.
Adrian Calvio is this year's recipient of the Good Scout Award for exemplifying the values of scouting in our community, both in his personal life and business endeavors. He was honored today at the Good Scout Luncheon held at Hotel Settles. The Good Scout Award is given by the Lone Star District within the Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch, Boys Scouts of America.
Adrian Calvio is the proud son of Alex and Martha Calvio. He is married toAmanda Cole Calvio, who is the Director at Parkplace Retirement Living. Adrian is also the proud father of 3 boys, Atticus, Adlae, and August.
When asked how he felt to have received the award, Adrian stated, "It's a tremendous honor, [and] pretty humbling, especially following the people who have received it before. So, anytime you're being honored for doing good things in the community, or character development that's an honor."
Past recipients of the Good Scout Award include:
2017: Jody and Tessa Reid
2016: Jerry Worthy
2015: Mike and Sheila Abusaab
2014: Larry McLellan
2013: Jordan Partee
2012: Keith Graumann
2011: John Scott
2010: Hayes Stripling, Jr.
An organization on a mission to raise money for wounded veterans and the prevention of veteran suicide made a stop in Big Spring at a local RV Park for a couple of days.
The Mother of All Rucks Foundation, also known as the M.O.A.R. Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) organization that’s committed to making veteran lives better by helping provide a better quality of life for those veterans that are afflicted by their time in service, whether it by PTSD, brain injuries, or wounded veterans.
This year, the M.O.A.R. Foundation is traveling 2600 miles across the United States for their first annual Coast to Coast Mother of All Rucks road march from San Diego, CA to Washington DC. Paul O’Keefe, President of the organization, told KBest News that his team marches 22 miles with their military backpacks to represent the 22 veterans who take their own lives each day.
O’Keefe stated that their journey began in March and they expect to reach their destination in Washington, D.C. in August. Their goal is to raise $250,000 in total donations from this 1st annual event, by inspiring others to help give back to veteran citizens who are afflicted by their time in service. It should be noted that The M.O.A.R. Foundation pledges that all monies donated will benefit citizen veterans.
When asked how they distribute their funds, O’Keefe stated that they help individuals directly. "As we raise money, we find causes that we can directly impact and we pay money from our accounts directly to helping individuals."
O’Keefe told KBest News that since beginning their journey in March they’ve gotten a lot of great feedback from the people they’ve come across.
"We're just really happy that we have received so much help along our journey. Everybody is very receptive to what we're doing. Everybody has been really gracious to us, trying to take care of us along the road, making sure we're fed, and that we have a place to stay. It's just amazing to see that," says O'Keefe.
O'Keefe and his team are also Veterans, and they are very passionate about what they do. To find more information about Mother of All Rucks Foundation, check their Facebook page, or their website: MOARFoundation.org
Support the Team & Foundation by purchasing their shirts, caps, and other items at: MotherRuckerUSA.com
Or you can support the Team here: https://rally.org/MOARFoundation
The Big Spring ISD School Board hosted their second community meeting regarding campus carry yesterday afternoon, covering a wide variety of topics regarding the proposed plan to arm teachers under the Guardian Program.
BSISD Superintendent Jay McWilliams as well as BSISD School Board President Tony Kennedy and Jamie Farmer, a member of the Midland Fire Department and trainer for the Tactical Medical Team in the area, answered questions of concerned parents and offered valuable statistics. David Mathis, a parent in the district, was very active in the meeting and was, overall, satisfied that the Board had answered questions honestly and he was glad to have been able to walk away with more information about the topic.
The meeting itself focused on the drastic increase in school shooting incidents in the last few years. In the last four months alone, there have been a reported 17 school shootings. This number is dwarfed by the reported 290 school shootings since the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in 2013.
The Board also stressed the fact that this decision is not being made lightly. A plan of this nature was proposed in early 2014 but then the school district’s attorney advised against it. This time, the district’s attorney is in favor of moving forward with the potential plan.
A decision on the proposed plan is set for this evening’s Big Spring ISD School Board meeting at 5:15 PM in the Board Room at 707 11th Place.
BIG SPRING CITY COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS, 05/08/18
The Big Spring City Council held a meeting Tuesday evening, and here are the highlights:
In December, Requests for qualifications (also known as RFQs) were sought by the City of Big Spring for street engineering in conjunction with the TIGER grant and roads connecting the Airpark Industrial/Airport to the 87 Reliever Route. According to Johnny Womack, Big Spring Public Works Director, the City had 5 requests returned and after reviewing applications, a committee of Airpark and City staff had selected Freese and Nichols for approval by the Big Spring City Council. It was noted that a bid amount had not been announced and the fees would be negotiated later by the City Manager or his designee.
Councilman Jim DePauw, District 6 representative, had reservations about how much this would cost the city and from where the money would come. He also noted that the City Council agendas should list more information on order to provide transparency about items that will be discussed in the meetings.
Freese and Nichols was approved by the Big Spring City Council with a vote of 5-2, with Councilman DePauw and then Councilwoman Carmen Harbour voting against it.
Yesterday’s meeting was also the last for Carmen Harbour, and the first for new District 2 Representative Douglas Hartman.
Harbour was presented with a plaque by City Manager Todd Darden on behalf of the City for her service as Councilwoman. Harbour told KBest News that she is ready to retire with her husband, but she is a little melancholy to complete her term because she enjoyed working with everyone and helping people. Harbour served as District 2 Representative for 2 consecutive terms, a total of 6 years.
Doug Hartman was sworn in as Big Spring City Council District 2 Representative, along with Howard Stewart, District 4 Representative, and Jim DePauw, District 6 Representative. Hartman stated that he looks forward to helping his constituents and working with the other Council members to make Big Spring the best that they can.
Howard County Teen Court was approved to be re-established. Teen Court is an alternative to the adult criminal justice system. The Teen Court offers teen offenders an opportunity to make restitution for their offenses through community services thus avoiding fines and sentences handed down by an adult criminal justice system.
The program also serves in an educational aspect because it showcases how the justice system works and has the potential to encourage students to pursue a career in law.
During the Council Input portion of the meeting, Mayor Larry McLellan advised the City Council Members that there is a scholarship fund that has been set up in Tommy Sullivan's name at Howard College. It will be a $500/ year grant for EMT/Fire Service training. This is an endowment that can continue for years to come and several fundraisers are in progress to help fund this memorial. Donations can be submitted to Howard College, Tommy Sullivan Scholarship Fund in care of Julie Bailey.
The North Side Movement presents Summer Fest 2018 this weekend at the Ryan Hall grounds, May 11th and 12th! This is the biggest fundraiser that NSM does and funds collected to be used to fund free activities that the organization puts on throughout the year!
Entry to the grounds is free and there will be lots of family fun activities and food vendors. Grounds will be opened on Friday from 6 PM - midnight, and on Saturday from Noon to 1 AM.
Live entertainment will take place inside Ryan Hall for Friday's Country Night and Saturday's Tejano Night! 2-Day passes are $25 and tables are $20. For more information, call 432-468-5363.
This weekend's line up:
Friday - Texicanos; and The Electric Cowboys
Saturday - Los Arenales; and Gary Hobbs
Yesterday Howard County Volunteer Fire Department and the Big Spring Fire Department responded to a large and massive fire that burned in the area.
The first fire began south of town on Ratliff Rd at approximately 12: 40 PM. The fire quickly spread north over to Callahan, West of Boatler and behind houses on Hack Valley. Many neighboring units, Texas A&M Forrest Service, and Howard County Road and Bridge Department responded to the area to assist with resources. According to Howard County Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Pepper Sullivan, it was confirmed that there were 4, possibly 5, structures that were lost, as well as over 300 acres that had been burned. There was also a report of a couple people suffering from heat exhaustion as a result of the fire.
At approximately 6 PM yesterday evening it was noted that the fire was at 99 percent containment, and Sullivan stated that the Howard County Volunteer Fire Fighters would be continuing to put out hot spots for the next couple of days. At this time, the cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
At approximately 3 PM yesterday, the Big Spring Police Department and Big Spring Fire/EMS were dispatched to the area of Martin Luther King Blvd and West FM 700 due to a large grass fire. Upon arrival it was found that the origin of the fire started on the south side of FM 700 near Mesa Street and crossed FM 700 just west of the Knollwood Heights Apartments on Martin Luther King Blvd. The fire continued moving in a north eastern direction.
Big Spring Police officers and Big Spring Fire/EMS personnel diverted their attention to the area of Peach and Grant off of Old Hwy 80 and to the west side of the Knollwood Heights Apartments in an attempt to protect life and property. The Howard County Emergency Management had already called for additional resources through the Texas Department of Emergency Management due to the Ratliff Rd. fire that had already been in progress. As resources began arriving at the Ratliff Rd. fire and no longer needed they were diverted to the fire at Martin Luther King and W. FM 700. City of Big Spring Emergency Management coordinated with the Big Spring Fire Department for the additional resources through the Howard County Emergency Management and the Texas Department of Emergency Management. The following agencies responded to assist with this fire as a result of the Texas Department of Emergency Management; City of Midland Fire Department, Midland County Fire Department, Glasscock County Fire Department and Texas A&M Forrest Service. The Big Spring Fire Department and Big Spring Police Department also had the assistance of the Big Spring Police Department Animal Control Division, Detectives Division, Howard County Road and Bridge, City of Big Spring Code Enforcement, City of Big Spring Public Works, City of Big Spring Streets Department and the Howard County Sheriff’s Office. With the help of all of the entities, Big Spring Fire/EMS personnel were quickly able to surround the fire with units and get it contained. As a result, there was no loss of any structures. All roads surrounding the fire was open back up for traffic just after 5:00 P.M.
According to the official press release sent by the Big Spring PD, the cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the City of Big Spring Fire Marshall.
At approximately 3 PM, a second fire began on the south side of FM 700 near Mesa Street where it then crossed FM 700 just west of the Knollwood Heights Apartments on Martin Luther King Blvd., where it continued moving in a north eastern direction. Big Spring PD and Big Spring Fire/EMS responded to the area, along with other departments and resources and with a combined effort, they were quickly able to surround the fire with units and get it contained. As a result, there was no loss of any structures, and only 15 acres were burned.
As a result of the fires, Oncor reported that over 4500 customers were without power for several hours while crews worked to remove debris and clear paths to be able to begin repairs and replacements of poles and lines that had been damaged in both fires. AS OF THIS MORNING, a majority of customers have been restored with power, and there are approximately 300 customers still without power.
The following is a statement released by the Big Spring Police Department, 05/07/18:
On the 11th of April 2018 a Burglary of a Habitation was reported to have occurred in the 600 block of Hillside. Stolen from the residence were several firearms to include a Browning M2HB .50 Caliber “machine gun” valued at $15,000.00 and a FN P90 5.7 X 28 caliber rifle valued at $1,800.00. The Big Spring Police Departments Criminal Investigations Division was assigned this investigation and has since arrested 4 juveniles who had burglarized this residence.
On the 4th of May 2018, Big Spring Police Department Detectives recovered the Browning M2HB .50 Caliber “machine gun” and the FN P90 5.7 X 28 caliber rifle. The Big Spring Police Department expects additional adult and juvenile arrests and charges to come as a result of this investigation. There is no further information available at this time as this is an ongoing criminal investigation.
The Big Spring / Howard County CrimeStoppers is still offering an award for the recovery of firearms or additional information leading to the arrests of other individuals involved in this crime. If you have any information you can call (432)263-TIPS (8477) or use the P3tips.com software to submit your tip online. Remember no caller ID is ever used and all tips are anonymous.
Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon
Howard and Glasscock Counties celebrated at Relay for Life on Friday evening. This year the event had a Star Wars theme and the slogan, “May the Cure be with you.” According to Event Lead Howard Stewart, the goal was to collect $120,000 and the local organization has only been able to collect $80,000 so far. The deadline to meet the goal is August 31st and some of the teams will continue to fundraise until then, and Stewart also noted that the organization still has yet to collect on some of the funds that were promised to them from the local golfing event that took place recently.
Big Spring ISD Superintendent Jay McWilliams hosted a “Campus Carry” community meeting yesterday evening at Goliad Elementary and explained the new proposed program for concealed carry among district employees. Throughout the meeting, McWilliams stated that, above all else, he is highly anticipating the new safety measures put in place for the next school year.
Under the “Guardian” program, volunteers must complete rigorous training in order to be considered. They must have a License to Carry (LTC) as well as undergo training with local law enforcement to ensure their mental stability, as well as proficiency with their weapon. A background check would also be included since it’s already built into the pre-employment screening with the school district as well as to receive a License to Carry. During the meeting, it was also stressed that if this new policy is passed, defense against aggressors would be the last of several vital steps necessary to keep students safe.
Staff members not volunteering in the program will also receive training that allows them to easier spot warning signs among students, further ensuring the safety of each and every student. Another meeting will be held next Wednesday, May 9th, beginning at 5:30 PM at Big Spring High School to address any concerns or questions that the public might have regarding the new proposition.
A public forum was held yesterday evening at Comanche Trail Amphitheater by the Amphitheater Improvement Board. The purpose of the meeting was to receive input from the community about the improvements that the board will be raising money for. Although it has been stated that one of the goals in making the improvements to the amphitheater included using it to create a regional music draw, it wasn’t the only reason. It was noted that by doing the improvements, the amphitheater would also be renewed as a valuable resource for the community whether it was used for local student performances or community events, and it would still be open for public use.
During the forum, Kelly Cook of KDC Associates advised that through the research that his firm has gathered thus far, the Comanche Trail Amphitheater is the largest amphitheater that was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and, according to their research, is the largest structure of its kind within a multi-state area.
Cook also noted that one of the biggest challenges would be to bring the amphitheater up to ADA standards and at the same time make these changes blend in seamlessly with the design and material that is already in place.
Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Pampered Paws Resort, located at 1501 E. 3rd St. in Big Spring. Pampered Paws Resort offers dog grooming, dog boarding, dog training, and dog daycare
Owner Betty J. Kelley told KBest News that today marks the 9th year for Pampered Paws Resort to be opened in Big Spring. She stated that she should have joined a long time ago and looks forward to the good things that will come from being a Chamber Member.
When asked how she felt about the turnout that was present for the Ribbon Cutting, Kelley stated, "It's just really awesome. I asked God to bless it and I think he has."
For more information about Pampered Paws Resort, call 432-267-5557.
Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a "Thank You for Your Investment" Ceremony for The Trailer Guys West, located at 9410 S. Service Rd in Big Spring!
According to Gary Day, Manager at The Trailer Guys West, the company is one of the largest trailer companies in the state of Texas. They were established in 2000 in Bonham, Texas and began with a gentleman selling a few trailers on the side of the road and it blossomed from there. The Trailer Guys have stores in different areas of the state and The Trailer Guys Westhas been opened since January 2017 to serve the West Texas area.
Day stated that The Trailer Guys West they carry about $800,000 worth of inventory in stock to take care of customers, and now they're growing their service department and can do all types of service on trailers, including repairs and add-ons.
~“Where my footsteps end, yours start.” Chief Tommy Sullivan~
Chief Tommy Sullivan had served the residents of Howard County for many years as being part of the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department. He served as Chief for the Volunteer Fire Department for over 25 years and held his position until he could no longer physically do the task.
When asked what he wanted people to remember about his brother, Pepper Sullivan, Assistant Chief 702, stated, "His spirit. No matter what, even if it they said it couldn't be done, [his attitude] was 'Hold my helmet and watch this.'" Pepper stated that he never had a defeatist attitude. "It was always we're going to do it, and we're going to make a difference, and we're going to do the best we can to protect all of the citizens and all of our firefighters."
"Even when he was in pain, and knowing that he was dying, he never complained and never got down. He'd always say that there's always something to be positive about and always something to laugh about. [He would] always try to make others feel better," said Pepper.
Mitchell Hooper, recently named 2017 Officer of the Year by the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department, will be the Appointed Chief for the rest of Sullivan’s term. Hooper has served with the department for 13 years and has served as Battalion Chief.
When asked if Chief Sullivan had any advice for him in filling this position, Hooper stated, "He said, 'Where my footsteps end, yours start.' and not to try to fill his boots because those are pretty big boots to fill." Hooper went on to say that he knows it'll take a while before he's able to fill the role like Chief Sullivan had because of all he's done for the community, but he'll try his best.
Memorial Services for Howard County,Tx Volunteer Fire Dept. Chief Tommy Sullivan will be at 2:00pm this Saturday, May 5th, 2018, at Howard College in the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum. Services are under the direction of Nalley Pickle and Welch Funeral Home, where respects may be made online at http://www.npwelch.com/obituary/tommy-sullivan/
That’s a BIG Fish!!!
The 10th Annual Kids Fishing Tournament, hosted by the Greater Big Spring Rotary Club was held today at Comanche Trail Park. Rotarians volunteered their time to assist the youth of our community, ages 16 and under, cast their lines for various prizes throughout the afternoon. There were 91 participants competing in various categories, with the winners taking home nice new fishing poles and tackle boxes:
????The first fish caught was by Zayden Laftus, age 9.
???????? Most fish caught was by 8 year old Hayden McComb who caught 17 fish.
???? The biggest fish caught was a carp that weighed in at 7.06 pounds, and was caught by 5 year old Ainslee Hipp.
The types of fish caught included carp, perch, catfish, and bass.
The Greater Big Spring Rotary Club would like to thank Credit World, Oncor & Walmart for the financial and in-kind donations to the Kids Fishing Tournament, and for supporting the youth and families of our community.
On Friday evening, the administrators of the Facebook group, Big Spring Issues, held a public meeting at Ryan Hall to help Big Spring residents gain information about their recently received property valuations. Prior to the meeting, many people had voiced their discontent about the information they received. According to Scott Emerson, one of the administrators of Big Spring Issues, the purpose of the meeting was to offer information to the public because many people had questions.
Kory Ryan with Brusniak Law, out of Dallas, gave an informative presentation over the process of protesting the property valuations that were issued, as well as the pros and cons of doing it yourself or hiring a professional. Brusniak Law is a Texas property tax litigation firm, with clients who range from Fortune 100 companies to local businesses, but they do not work with residential properties. Although this was the case, he did offer contact information for Texas Tax Protest, 214-960-5590.
During his presentation, Ryan noted that property taxes will continue to rise over time, but residents can successfully protest their valuations in order to keep it as low as you possibly can. When protesting valuations, it’s important that you collect as much evidence as possible to substantiate your claim. It’s always in your best interest to attend the Appraisal Review Board Meeting in person, and not let emotions get the best of you during this meeting. Ryan also pointed out that just like law enforcement officers, the people at Appraisal District are only doing the job that they are required to do.
During yesterday’s Lunch-n-Learn presentation at Scenic Mountain Medical Center, Dr. Brian Nelson, Emergency Doctor, for the hospital, spoke to attendees about sepsis – what it is, and how to prevent it, and partnership with the community.
He also took time to talk about the new service lines that are being brought to the community. "We're doing some big things - expanding the E.R., peripheral vascular, wound care, interventional cardiologist. So we've got a lot big changes coming up," said Dr. Nelson.
Dr. Nelson specializes in Emergency Medicine. He has an undergraduate degree in Bio-Chemistry from University of North Texas, and earned a masters in Advanced Biology and Molecular Biology at Abilene Christian University. His training was completed at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center, and Cook County Hospital in Chicago.
He’s been practicing Emergency Medicine for 12 years, and some of the other areas he’s practiced include Dallas, East Texas, San Angelo, St. Louis, Hendricks Medical Center in Abilene, and now full-time in Big Spring. Dr. Nelson stated that he had part-time at Scenic Mountain Medical Center for 2 years, and has been with them full time with them for a year.
With the potential for severe weather approaching this spring, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds Texans they can purchase certain items tax-free during the state’s sales tax holiday for emergency preparation supplies, from April 28 to April 30.
“The severe weather we had last year — particularly Hurricane Harvey — was a stark reminder that Texans should be prepared for emergencies at all times,” Hegar said. “This tax holiday allows people to save money while ensuring they have the supplies they need before an emergency situation occurs.”
There's no limit on the number of qualifying items you can purchase. These include:
batteries, fuel containers and flashlights priced at less than $75;
hurricane shutters and emergency ladders priced at less than $300; and portable generators priced at less than $3,000.
Purchases that do not qualify include:
batteries for automobiles, boats and other motorized vehicles;
camping stoves and camping supplies; chainsaws; plywood;
extension ladders and stepladders; and tents.
A list of emergency preparation supplies that may be purchased tax-free can be found on the Comptroller’s website.
The Comptroller’s office estimates shoppers will save more than $1.5 million in state and local sales taxes during the tax holiday, which was approved by lawmakers during the 2015 Texas Legislature.
The Big Spring High School Honor Band under the Direction of Mr. Rocky Harris and assisted by Emily Andrews, Fredy Gonzalez and Gabriel Martinez will be having a FREE concert at St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church, located at 1001 Goliad, this Thursday, April 26th, 2018, at noon.
The Honor Band has received several awards over the years which include receiving 1's at UIL Concert and Sighting Reading Contest every year, which is the highest rating that can be earned during the contest. Father Christian Rabone from St. Mary's Episcopal Church, and former band director, stated that he was excited to offer the church as a venue to the band because it’s a great opportunity for them to practice, as well as a way to invite the public in to view the church.
The first of two mandatory meetings for parents and/or guardians of Coahoma ISD eighth graders will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today in the high school auditorium. The second will occur from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.
The state of Texas requires all high school students to have a four-year graduation plan on record for grades ninth through 12th. The plan must be signed by a parent and/or guardian. Creating a plan now helps ensure students complete all required courses for graduation and take all needed prerequisite courses for their career and college endorsements if the student has decided to choose a career pathway. The schedule is flexible to change during the student’s high school career.
The following items will be covered at the meeting:
* Choosing core and all required classes for graduation and the level - on level, pre-AP, and dual credit.
* Elective choices for ninth grade and beyond.
* An explanation on the various college and career endorsements which are Business and Industry, Arts and Humanities, Public Service, Multi-Disciplinary, and STEM.
A packet of information will be handed out at the meeting covering the above topics. Also, go online to www.coahomaisd.com, click onto Coahoma High School listed under schools located at the top tap bar and visit CTE counselor’s corner to find more information about career and college endorsements.
UPDATE: Be advised there has been an updated statement issued by BSISD:
"Update to notice issued the last night: After further investigation overnight, there still has been no evidence found to substantiate the rumor of a student threatening gun violence on the high school campus today or any other day. In response to the heightened concern caused by the rumor, the Big Spring Police Department will be present on campus today, and the scheduled program for our pre-Kindergarten students has been cancelled. We hope to be able to reschedule that program. Please know that the Big Spring ISD's primary concern is always the safety of our students and staff."
Original Notice/Evening of 4/23/18:
BIG SPRING ISD ADDRESSES SOCIAL MEDIA RUMORS CONCERNING BSHS
The following is a statement from Big Spring ISD concerning the recent activity on social media and rumors concerning Big Spring High School:
"There has been activity on social media in the last 24 hours alleging that a student or students have threatened to do harm to students on the BSHS campus. According to one post, a student made a threat within hearing of a teacher. This allegation has been thoroughly investigated by the campus administration, and local law enforcement has been consulted. No evidence has been found that any student or students have made threats of the any nature, let alone those alleged in the social media post. We have no reason to believe students are in any danger at school tomorrow. The Big Spring ISD administration will continue to be vigilant in protecting its students and staff.?"
During yesterday’s regular meeting of the Howard College Board of Trustees, it was noted that Howard College is making an effort to produce the kind of workforce that is needed in Howard County, not only today but in the future as well. According to Dr. Cheryl Sparks, President of Howard College, the next step in this effort is to hold a meeting with different sectors of business and industry and ask questions so as to ensure them that they are delivering the workforce that is needed. She noted that the college is required to have advisory committees with their career technical education (CTE) programs, much like what the school districts have in place.
Dr. Sparks went on to say that they will be having a joint meeting of those advisory committees and business and industry leaders, as well as different sectors of the workforce to get input from those individuals about what they need in the way of workforce, currently and going forward. Howard College will be sending invitations to focused groups of sectors of the workforce to join them for a meeting on May 3rd. Examples of these sectors of the workforce in Howard County include construction, oil-related businesses, criminal justice, mid-management positions, clerical, secretarial, and the ag community – just to name a few. She also went on to note that the nursing advisory committees and dental hygiene committees have already met, but they will be bringing in a broader group of workforce sectors.
Congratulations to Isabel Martin, who wins a new vehicle from the Cars, Stars, and Handlebars annual event! She says that she doesn't know what vehicle she'll be choosing at the moment because she bought the ticket with her sister and they'll be making the decision together.
Donnie Reid was the second place winner who walked away with a big screen TV.
Cars, Stars, and Handlebars has been an annual event in Howard County for at least 15 years and is coordinated by the Volunteer Services Council of Big Spring State Hospital as the Big Spring Rotary Club. The event raises money for the patients of the Big Spring State Hospital and children's literacy.
This morning, Big Spring High School Senior Abbey Bryan signed her letter of intent to play golf for Harding University in Arkansas!
She told KBest News that she plans to study engineering, and that she's grateful for the support she's received in making this decision. Way to go, Abbey! #SteerNation
Congratulations to Forsan High School Senior Jillian Jones who recently accepted a scholarship to continue her golf career at Lubbock Christian University!
Jillian says she plans to major in Exercise and Sports Science, and she's thankful for the support that she's received from her family, friends, and school.
Congratulations goes out to Trevor Kernick who signed with the Trinity Valley Community College rodeo program in Athens, Texas recently for a full scholarship.
The Coahoma High School senior plans to earn an ag-business degree at Trinity and then continue his education at Tarleton State University. After college, Trevor plans to join the professional rodeo circuit. This June, he will make his fourth appearance in the Texas High School Rodeo Association Finals in Abilene. Trevor is the son of Greg and Rhonda Kernick.
Photo - Trevor is pictured with Trinity Valley Rodeo Coach Brent Bratton, left.
(Information and photo provided by Coahoma Media.)
04/20/18 Statement from Coahoma ISD concerning Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Fred Dietz:
After leading the Coahoma Bulldog and Bulldogette athletic programs for the past three years, Coach Fred Dietz has announced he has accepted a position in another district for the 2018-2019 school year. Coach Dietz has served as a tremendous leader and role model for the students and student athletes of Coahoma ISD, and will be greatly missed.
Coahoma ISD will conduct a search for a new athletic director with plans to have the new AD in place by June 2018.
Amy Jacobs, Ed.D.
Master the Mountain
The 20th Annual Master the Mountain will take place on Saturday, April 21st at 9 AM. This is both a 5K Fun run/walk and a 10k run event and is hosted by Permian Basin Events.
Registration can be done online prior to race day at permianbasinevents.com, where cost is $25 per person for the 5k, and $30 per person for the 10K. Registration will still be available on Saturday morning, however, the price will increase. The money collected for this race will be donated to The Life Center of Big Spring and the Big Spring State Park.
Packet pickup starts at 7:45 AM, and park gates will close to vehicles at 8:45 AM. It’s noted that it takes 7 to 8 minutes to drive to the top, so participants are asked to plan accordingly.
Also, be advised that parking is limited at the top and carpooling is encouraged. The course will remain closed from 8:50 until the last runner crosses the finish line, which is usually a little over 1 hour. Cars will be allowed to leave at that time, so plan to stay until 10:20 AM.
Awards will begin at 10 AM for the 5k and 10:15 AM for the 10k.
Discussion and possible action was listed about the topic of re-naming the Coahoma Volunteer Fire Station to honor Howard County Volunteer Fire Chief Tommy Sullivan for his 25 years of dedication and service as Volunteer Fire Chief. According to Howard County Judge Kathryn Wiseman stated Chief Sullivan has done an outstanding job at training his crew and preventing much loss and damage to lives and property. Unfortunately, the fire station does not belong to Howard County; it belongs to the HCVFD and is a 501(c)3.
"We can stand by and support them if they make the decision to do that, but we dont' have control of that and cannot do it," says Judge Wiseman. She went on to say that they will continue to search for a way to honor Chief Sullivan for all that he has done.
Annual service contract for preventative maintenance with Mentalix was approved for an amount under $3,500 for the Howard County Sheriff's office. Mentalix is a biometrics industry leader that develops FBI-certified fingerprint acquisition solutions for both end users and systems integrators.
Mavour Braswell, Dean of Libraries for Howard College and who also oversees the Howard County Library, advised the Commissioners that the Howard County Library did not meet State Accreditation Standards due to a couple of reasons.
1. Maintenance of Effort (MOE) - Not having the same expenditures that the Howard County Library has had over the last five years, which, according to Braswell, "basically because they're not paying a full Director's salary." She noted that the county pays part of her salary to Howard College because she is a college employee.
2. Personnel Issue - The County Library currently does not have a full-time degreed librarian or full-time director. Braswell does not count as full-time because she also works at Howard College.
Braswell stated that she does have an opportunity to file an appeal. The benefits of meeting accreditation standards would include a huge reduction in the cost of data bases that would be accessible to everyone, otherwise it cost approximately $150,000 for that service. Also, Howard County Library would be able to participate in an interlibrary loan service that allows people in Howard County to borrow a book from anywhere in the state of Texas, and in doing so, saves the County Library money by not having to purchase as many books.
Early voting for the May 5th School Board Elections begins next Monday, April 23, 2018. Early voting hours at the Howard County Courthouse will be 8 AM - 5 PM, April 23-27, April 30, and May 1st. On election day, May 5th from 7 AM - 7 PM. Polling locations will be at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum, and Coahoma Community Center.
Election Day Polling Locations BY PRECINCT/BALLOT STYLE
DOROTHY GARRETT COLISEUM
1001 BIRDWELL LANE, BIG SPRING, TEXAS
BALLOT BS2 - BS CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 2 (ONLY)
Pct. 12, 12A, 32, 42
BALLOT BS4 - BSISD DISTRICT 4 (ONLY)
Pct. 11, 16, 25, 26, 34, 45, 46, 103, 104, 205, 404, 405, 408, 409
BALLOT BS6 – BS CITY COUNCIL & BSISD DISTRICT 4
Student success was in the spotlight last night as the Big Spring campus of Howard College held their annual award convocation to celebrate student achievement and excellence.
“This is one of my favorite times of year, a ‘making dreams real’ kind of night,” said Dr. Cheryl T. Sparks, President. “We get to take a well-deserved time out and celebrate the many successes of our students.”
Among recognizing the President’s list, the Dean’s list and various departmental awards, the college also hands out an Educator of the Year award, American Legion Citizenship awards, and the coveted Presidential Outstanding Student award.
The Outstanding Educator of the Year award is chosen by popular vote of the student body. This year’s recipient is Cynthia Watt. Watt has been a champion of math since she received her BA in mathematics in 1980 from Wayland Baptist University. Since that time, she has spent many hours both in and out of the classroom helping students master the often unpopular subject of mathematics. She has been at Howard College since 2013 and has helped countless students face the challenge of learning math so that they can successfully continue their own educational journeys.
The female recipient of the 2017-2018 American Legion Citizenship award is Madison Neff.
Neff, a member of the Hawk softball team, has maintained a 4.0 grade point average throughout her 2 years at Howard College. She is a leader on and off the field and has been active on campus as well as in the community through service work.
The male recipient of the 2017-2018 American Legion Citizenship award is David Mathis.
Mathis is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Sigma Kappa Delta honor societies. He is very active in the theater program and has received multiple awards at the state level. He stays active in the community by working with the Howard County Democrats organization and volunteering as a foster parent.
The Presidential Award for Outstanding Student of the Year is the most prestigious award given to a student of Howard College. The recipient must be a sophomore and selection is based on academic excellence, participation in student life, leadership qualities, and overall college spirit. Nominations are received from all employees.
This year the award was presented to two students – Taylor Allison and Aaron Holcomb.
Allison is a member of the Hawk women’s basketball team, Phi Theta Kappa and Sigma Kappa Delta honor societies and serves as the president of the student government association. She has also been a resident’s assistant in Turner Hall. She was recently honored as a member of the 2018 All-Texas Academic Team in San Antonio. She will be continuing her education in Biology with a goal of becoming a cardiothoracic surgeon.
Holcomb has maintained a 4.0 GPA at Howard College and was recognized on the President’s list as well as a member of Phi Theta Kappa. He is an athletic trainer in the Sports Medicine program and has also been on the President’s round table committee. Not only does he do work for Hawk athletic programs but he has also volunteered as an athletic trainer for the football program at Coahoma High School. He enjoys playing disc golf with other students and plant to continue his education in athletic training.
Both students were awarded a medal and a $250 scholarship.
For more information on Howard College visit their website atwww.howardcollege.edu
SouthWest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf (SWCID) recently named their Presidential Outstanding Student during their annual award convocation held on April 10, 2018.
Leticia Corralejo was selected for the campus’s most prestigious award that is given to a student of SWCID each year. The recipient must be a sophomore and selection is based on academic excellence, participation in student life, leadership qualities, and overall college spirit. Nominations are received from all employees.
Corralejo is a student in the dental lab technology program and will graduate Magna Cum Laude in May of this year. She has maintained a 3.78 GPA during her attendance at SWCID and has set a standard of excellence for herself and her fellow classmates.
She has participated in many activities on campus, including the SWCID volleyball team, and has shown tremendous leadership qualities throughout her college career.
Upon graduation, Corralejo plans to follow her career path and work in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Additional students were recognized during the ceremony for President’s list, Dean’s list and other various departmental awards.
For more information on SWCID visit their website at www.howardcollege.edu
Tonight, Dave Daniels was honored as the Veteran of the Month by the Hangar 25 Air Museum. Daniels is from Rotan, Texas and has served four-and-a-half years in the United States Air Force. Daniels served as Security Police during Desert Storm.
After his time in the military, Daniels became employed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons where he's been employed for 26 years and is set to retire in two months. Daniels credits the military for helping him to become the man that he is today.
Daniels stated that he didn't pursue collegiate education until he was 40 years-old, but, despite his late start, he received his Associates from Howard College, his Bachelors from Midwestern, and his Masters from Sul Ross - all in Criminal Justice; and he was able to accomplish this within 5 years. He also went on to advise that he was able to pay for his education because of the Hazelwood Act, and other education programs that are available for Veterans.
When asked why education was so important to him, Daniels stated, "We grew up in poverty. My grandmother explained to us that the only way for us to make a change is to educate ourselves. Once I started going to school and I start seeing doors opening up for me, I understood her vision."
"I didn't understand it as a kid, but as an adult I understand what her vision was with education, and that education is vitally important for Americans and everyone."
With retirement on the horizon for Daniels, he says he doesn't have a plan for what happens next but he's going to let God guide him. He stated that he wants to continue to recruit for the military, recruit for college, and give back to others.
He went on to say that he credits the military for helping him to become the man that he is today, and it is because of this that he encourages everyone to serve in the military at least four years to show respect for this country, learn to respect each other, and to learn that the United States of America is the greatest country in the world.
Yesterday evening, the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a “Meet the Candidates” Forum so the public would have an opportunity to meet the candidates who are running for Big Spring City Council, District 2, and Big Spring ISD Board of Trustees, District 4.
Eric Escamilla, Johnnie Lee Rawls, Jr., and Doug Hartman are candidates who are running for the Big Spring City Council position. Candidates for Big Spring ISD Board Trustee position for are Bond Ryan, Melissa Miller, and Dr. Steven Hobbs.
One of the people in attendance to the Meet and Greet after the forum was Big Spring City Councilwoman Carmen Harbour, District 2 Representative. When asked how she felt about the event, she stated that she wasn't pleased with the turnout, however, she stressed that it was important for the public to meet their representatives.
Harbour offered the following advice for the candidates, "To be a good candidate, listen to the constituents, to their concerns, and then show some type of action so they can prove [to the constituents] that they'll be a good representative."
Coahoma ISD students in grade 8th through 12th were sharpening their pencils Friday in an effort to stay out of the red ink as they participated in the CU4 Reality Fair.
After subtracting his monthly expenses from his income, Keegan Dobbs walked away from the fair with one major lesson: “being an adult is not fun.”
The Coahoma High School junior, who chose the military as his career path, did make thrifty spending decisions. He walked away with a net income of $230 for the month.
However, fellow student Jonathon Schneider learned that although a surgeon's income can be on the high end of the wage scale, student loans can take a large bite out of his monthly budget.
“I went over my budget,” he said. “Student loans really got me. I learned I need to be more cautious with my money.”
The fair is presented by Cosden Federal Credit Union as a method to increase financial literacy among youths.
“It really opens their eyes and helps to prepare them for what they face when they get out of high school,” said Laurie Barraza, CEO of Cosden Credit Union.
A few weeks ago, students were offered a list of careers to choose from and completed a pre-fair survey to evaluate their existing knowledge about credit and overall finance. On Friday, they were handed a budget worksheet that showed their monthly income before and after taxes and space to calculate fixed, variable, and luxury expenses. Their net income is based on U.S. industry standards for their chosen career.
“They have their fixed expenses of things they have to buy like a house, a car, student loans, and insurance,” Barraza said. “Then they have their variable expense like utilities, food. They can also spend money on discretionary items, luxury items. They don’t have to buy those, but they can if they want.”
Participating students must visit each station and although they do not have to purchase any luxury items with their money, the volunteers are told to be very good salesmen, Barraza said.
“When they go into Best Buy, those employees are not going to let them leave without a TV,” she said. “We tell our volunteers to be a really good salesman, and the kids have to decide if they can afford it or not.”
Once through all the stations, students calculate their expenses to see if they have a net gain or loss at the end of the month.
But they are not done, Barraza pointed out.
“After that, they go spin the Wheel of Reality and see if they have an unexpected windfall or unexpected expense,” she said. “They may have a profit at the end of the month but if the hot water heater goes out then they are in the negative. Then the financial advisors will visit with them and go through their expenses.”
This is the first year Cosden FCU has held the reality fair for area schools. The first one was held at the Big Spring High School earlier this year and another is scheduled for Forsan High School sometime in May. The program, designed by the Credit Union League, has been around for years, Barraza said.
She added the fair could not be held without the turnout of community volunteers.
“We would not be able to do this without these local businessmen and businesswomen, and retired teachers, and Rotary members,” Barraza said. “We don’t have the manpower.”
Overall, Barraza said the CHS reality fair was a success in demonstrating how essential strong financial skills are to a successful life.
“The students learned a very good lesson. It was very eye-opening for them,” she said. “They learned living expenses cost much more than they expected. They also realized they may need to think about what occupations they want to pursue after graduation and realized maybe they will want to change their career to something that can provide more financial security. It was a huge success. The volunteers had a blast in interacting with the kids.”
The first “Meet the Candidate Forum” hosted by the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce will be on this evening in Coahoma at the High School Auditorium, located at 606 N. Main, from
6:30 – 8:00 pm. This will be an opportunity for the community to come out and meet the candidates who are running for Coahoma City Council and Coahoma ISD School Board positions.
Candidates for Coahoma City Council include: Cody Ditto, Sharon Dotson, TJ Rudea, and David Alaman. Ditto and Dotson are incumbents and there are 3 positions that are available.
There are 11 candidates who are running for Coahoma ISD School Board:
Jody Reid (Incumbent)
Dicky Stone (Incumbent)
Kenni Kay Wright
Early voting begins April 23 at the Howard County Court House. It should be noted that the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce does not endorse candidates, but they do encourage
everyone to get to know the candidates, educate themselves and get out and vote.
The second “Meet the Candidate Forum” will be on Monday, April 16, at the Hall Center for Arts, Howard College Campus, from 6:30 -8:00 pm, so the public will have an opportunity to
meet the candidates running for Big Spring City Council and the Big Spring ISD School Board.
The Shells for Cells shooting tournament will take place on Saturday, April 14th, at Jake’s in Midland. Cost is $150 per shooter, can you can form a team with up to 6 people. There are also various sponsorship levels that are available, ranging from $500 with advertisement to $5,000 with advertisement and includes 2 teams, and 3 golf carts.
Registration begins at 8 AM on Saturday, 1 in 10 shooters will win a gun, and the drawing swill be held during lunch. Golf carts are available to rent for those who pre-register by sending in the registration form or who call in advance.
Proceeds will go to benefit Coahoma teen, Garett Parrish, who suffered a spinal cord injury during a tragic sledding accident over 3 years ago. Stem cell treatments paired with physical therapy and a lot of hard work have been vital steps on his road to recovery but being that the stem cell treatments are not offered in the United States, the Parrish family must travel to Germany for all treatments. All money raised will go to help the Parrish family with medical and travel expenses.
As part of National Work Zone Awareness Week, TxDOT urges drivers to stay alert, move over or slow down
APRIL 9, 2018
ABILENE – In recognition of National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 9-13, the Texas Department of Transportation reminds drivers that every day requires caution when driving through work zones. In 2017, work zone fatalities in Texas increased 9 percent over the previous year, resulting in 199 deaths and 813 serious injuries. With 4 percent of those fatalities being road crew workers, the remaining 96 percent was comprised of motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.
“We always urge drivers to exercise great caution and obey traffic laws, especially in work zones,” said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass. “Doing so helps ensure everyone – motorists and work crews – gets home safely to their loved ones.”
As the state’s population continues to boom, the price of progress can mean more than 2,500 active TxDOT work zones at any given time. In 2017, there were 91 work zone crashes in Abilene, resulting in one fatality. The leading causes of statewide work zone crashes – speeding and driver inattention – are entirely preventable. Fines in work zones double when workers are present and can cost up to $2,000.
“Roadside crews often work only a few feet from fast-moving traffic,” Bass said. “Driver vigilance is paramount to ensuring the safety of everyone in the work zone. We urge anyone driving through a work zone to minimize distractions, give their full attention to the road and be prepared to slow down or stop on
As part of its ongoing Work Zone Awareness campaign, TxDOT also reminds drivers of the Move Over/Slow Down law, which requires drivers to move over or slow down when approaching TxDOT crews, law enforcement, emergency vehicles or tow trucks stopped on the roadside or shoulder with flashing blue or
amber lights. Failure to do so can result in fines up to $2,000.
To further help raise awareness about the need for driver responsibility in work zones, TxDOT is partnering with Austin-based Texas Mutual Insurance Company to spread the campaign message around the state. An integral part of Texas Mutual’s mission – helping employers prevent workplace incidents and minimizing their consequences – aligns with TxDOT’s Work Zone Awareness efforts.
The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with the Ymca Of Big Spring, located at 801 Owens, for the Grand Re-Opening of their fitness center.
Tours around the facility highlighted many of the areas that are available for use to the public, such as the indoor pool, zumba area, spin room, gymnasium, and gymnastics area.
YMCA will continue their open house today through 8 PM to showcase the new equipment and the renovations that have been made throughout the facility over the past few years.
This morning 90 kindergartners participated in the 40th annual Quail Dobbs Legacy Coahoma Kindergarten Rodeo that took place at Coahoma Elementary School this morning.
Coahoma Junior High Assistant Principal Coley Dobbs, son of ProRodeo Hall of Famer Quail Dobbs, was in attendance to watch the festivities. When asked how he felt about the event going on for so long, he stated that It's fantastic because there are multi-generational families who have participated in the event.
"It really is [a legacy]," said Dobbs. "We've had people who've wanted to have their kids out here [at Coahoma ISD] just for the Kindergarten Rodeo, so it's a big thing."
Students were joined by Professional Rodeo Announcer Ben Clements and his sister Brandi who ran the sound board, Professional Rodeo Clown Jim Bob Fellers, and country western singer and Coahoma High School Alum Jody Nix. The 2017 Miss Rodeo Texas, Tianti Carter, and Miss Rodeo Texas Princess, Bailey Wright, were also in attendance at the event to cheer on the participants, as well as students from the Howard College Rodeo team.
Howard County Judge Kathryn Wiseman has been honored by the Texas Judicial Academy for going the extra mile to be prepared to handle her duties as county judge.
Judge Wiseman was inducted on March 22 as a Fellow in the Texas Judicial Academy during the 2018 Spring Judicial Education Session.
The Texas Judicial Academy, a partnership between the Texas Tech University School of Law and the Texas Association of Counties, recognizes judges who attain significant judicial education above that required by state law as Fellows each year.
The education program of the Texas Judicial Academy is overseen by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and includes instruction by higher court judges, law school faculty as well as representatives of the Texas Probate College and the National Judicial College.
In order to help local citizens learn how to protect themselves, their families, and organizations from cyber theft, a local group is sponsoring the Howard College Foundation Speaker Series featuring Brett Johnson on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.
Johnson, known as the “internet godfather, identity thief, hacker, and former USA most wanted cybercriminal,” will share insights of how cybercrime works and tips on how to better protect yourself against cybercrime.
Sponsored by State National Bank, Prosperity Bank, Western Bank, Towneplace Suites, Howard College Foundation and Cosden Federal Credit Union, the Howard College Foundation Speaker Series event is free to the public and will be held in the Hall Center for the Arts on the campus of Howard College.
“Online tools have made life much easier for many of our customers but it also puts every one of us more at risk for cybercrime,” said Jeff Ward, Assistant Vice President at State National Bank. “We felt like a partnership with other financial institutions and interested parties as well as the Howard College Foundation was a great opportunity for us all to provide timely information about cybercrime and identity theft to our community members, students, and local businesses.”
Brett Johnson has been a central figure in the cybercrime world for almost 20 years. After 7 ½ years in federal prison, Johnson has taken responsibility for his crimes and now strives to help others avoid the types of crime he used to commit.
As one of the leading experts in the world on cybercrime, online fraud, and identity theft, Johnson now consults with law enforcement, major financial organizations, tech and security firms, retailers, academic groups, news and media groups, and individuals worldwide.
The lecture is free of charge to the public and will begin at 6:30 pm on April 11, 2018 in the Hall Center for the Arts on the Howard College campus.
The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a "Thank You for Your Investment" Ceremony for the organization Keep Big Spring Beautiful.
President of Keep Big Spring Beautiful Eric Escamilla, told KBest News that this year the organization has made a shift into L.E.A. Leadership, Education, and Action. He stated the organization is involved in a lot of things, but primarily for picking up trash.
"What [the organization] will be known for now is for providing art and actually keeping this place beautiful, and all we're doing is promoting art by supporting local artists to do murals and things of the sort," said Escamilla.
The first project that they've done in conjunction with another artist is on the dumpster outside of his office, located at 205 W. 15th St. The next projects will be a couple of murals that Escamilla says will be going up soon.
"All in all it's just a way to make this town more beautiful by incorporating more art into what, I believe, is a beautiful place."
When asked what kind of support he needs from the community, Escamilla stated that the organization would like to speak to artists to hear their ideas, and monetary funding for the projects would be appreciated. "Most importantly," he said, "what I need is places to go and actually do murals." He also stated that this is the biggest need right now so they'll have locations for these murals.
Coahoma’s Big Red Band Booster Club will be hosting “The 3rd Annual Cow Patty Bingo” on Saturday, April 7th from 10 AM to 3 PM at Coahoma ISD behind the Elementary School and near the tennis courts in Coahoma.
According to Ronda Turnbo, member of the Band Booster Club, the field will be marked off into squares and a cow is lead onto the field. Whichever square the cow makes it's "deposit" on wins $500. While attendees are waiting for a winner to be determined, there will be carnival booths set up for the kids, as well as food booths, and drawings for other prizes.
The organization is selling squares for $10 each and it will also enter your name into a raffle for door prizes. Squares can be
purchased from Ronda Turnbo at 432-466-6419.
Kids can also play all the carnival games during the event for $10 hand stamp, or tickets will be 25 cents each and 1 ticket is good for one game.
Vendor booths will be available for $10 each and will be accepted up until Saturday, and they can range anywhere from food to garage sale items, but it should be noted that Coahoma ISD is a peanut-free campus, and peanut items will not be allowed. To purchase a vendor booth, you can contact Erinn Moore at 432-816-7439.
The money raised from the event will go towards scholarships for the Coahoma Band Seniors, and it will help with the purchase of any other band supplies needed.
Big Spring Community Easter Egg hunts will take place on Saturday, March 31st. The NazFamily Church will host four separate egg hunts at four locations this year from 10 AM to noon. The event will be the same as last year, but will be broken up into a smaller safer setting for families.
The four locations are ABC Park, Birdwell Park-located behind the YMCA, Old Settlers at Comanche Trail Park, and New Hope Christian School – located at 118 Cedar Road. Each location will have approximately 10,000 eggs. The hunts are FREE to the public and will be open for ages 1-12. This event will also include hotdogs, bounce houses, face tattoos or painting, plus pictures with the Easter Bunny, as well as drawings for prizes at each location for various prizes that could include bikes, toys, baskets, etc.).
If you were looking for an event that has a limited number of participants, you can check out the Easter Family Fun Event hosted Parkplace Retierment Living, located at 501 W. 17th Street that will take place from 9-10 AM and again from 10-11 AM. This event includes egg decorating, a numbered egg hunt, a photo opportunity with the bunny, and refreshments.
To participate in this event, you must reserve your spot in advance by calling 267-1353 and advise which time you’d like to participate with and how many children will be attending. It should be noted that there is a limit of 25 children for each time spot.
This afternoon the Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home in Big Spring honored their Vietnam Veterans and their families. The event featured a Welcome Home Pinning Ceremony for 30 Vietnam Veteran residents and honored more than 50 additional Service Members who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.
Featured speakers included Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home Administrator Natalie Rolling-Edelbeck, West Texas Veterans Affairs Director Kalautie JangDhari and West Texas Veterans Affairs Quality Manager Rosa Mancha.
Vietnam War Veterans are the only group of veterans who were not honored when they returned home from Vietnam. They were vilified and disrespected. March 29th is now the country's way of making amends to those veterans who defended the American flag with honor, supported democracy, and fought through brutal conditions. This day is currently known as National Vietnam War Veterans Day and the nation's support is demonstrated through ceremonies much like this one.
During the ceremony, Mancha advised that this date was chosen to honor Vietnam Veterans because on March 29th, 1973 the last of the U.S. troops left Vietnam after 11 years. During the Vietnam War, 3 million service members fought in Vietnam, 7,000 female nurses served in Vietnam, more than 58,000 U.S. service members were killed in Vietnam.
The Vietnam War is the longest conflict in U.S. History. It spanned across 5 presidencies and 2 decades. Mancha noted that it was because of the collective efforts of Vietnam War Veterans, U.S. veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan are being treated with respect and recognized for the sacrifices they make on our behalf.
Today, 10 teams gathered at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum on the Sonic Floor to compete in the 14th Annual Hoops, Dreams, and Goals - now called the Darrell E. Smith Hoops, Dreams, and Goals Basketball Tournament. Participants are consumers from the 23 counties that are served by West Texas Centers for MHMR.
After the Grand Entrance, Shelley Smith, Chief Executive Officer of West Texas Centers opened the mic and welcomed the guests. Guy White gave the Invocation, and Hannah Hilger performed the National Anthem. Mayor Larry McLellan conducted the Darrell E. Smith Dedication, and President of Howard College Cheryl Sparks gave the closing remarks before the tournament began.
Kalautie JangDhari, Director of the West TExas VA Health Care System, threw the ball out Court 1. Emma Krabill, CEO of Scenic Mountain Medical Center, threw the ball out for Court 2 to kick off the games; and the Arena Announcer was Ron Shafer.
Throughout the course of the tournament, the coliseum was filled with positive energy from the teams, cheerleaders, and fans. The participating teams are as follows:
Big Spring Heat
Monahans / Pecos Warriors
Seminole Pink Panthers
Abilene Chili Peppers
San Angelo Bobcats
The San Angelo Bobcats won both the basketball tournament and the Spirit Stick.
Sponsors for the event included West Texas Centers, Howard College, The Arc of Howard County, Delec, Atmos Energy, Arthur J Gallagher & Co., KBST Radio Stations, KBYG Radio Stations, Prescription Services Inc., Hexad Oil and Scenic Mountain Medical Center.
During this week's Big Spring City Council Meeting on 3/27/18, the following was discussed:
A bid for 144 - 3 cubic yard trash containers was awarded to Roll-Offs USA for $74,640.
Discussion was held on upgrading the early warning communication system, and a request from a volunteer group to solicit donations for a roof over the amphitheater stage.
Barney Dodd, Owner of BAD Events, LLC., spoke at the council meeting and advised that he had already set up a 501c3 in place in order to begin collecting funds from various sources in order to build a roof over the amphitheater stage. The roof would be designed by an architect, and it was noted that Kelly Cook, the architect of the Spring Site renovation had stated that he would be interested in pursuing the project.
Dodd advised that one way they would raise the money is to offer naming rights to the amphitheater for the amphitheater and stage in exchange for donations.
He went on to say that his vision is to make the amphitheater a regional music draw because it's a great facility.
AARP Tax-Aide – Last day on Monday
Monday, April 2nd is the last day to take advantage of the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program that will be offering FREE income tax preparation from 8AM – 12 PM at the Dora Roberts Community Center, located at 100 Whipkey Drive in Big Spring. This service is available to all taxpayers with moderate to low income.
Taxpayers need to bring in the following items with them:
• Photo ID for the taxpayer and/or spouse
• Last year’s tax return
• W-2’s and all other proof of income received in 2017
• Social Security cards for every person on the tax return. (Be advised that they will not do a tax return without seeing the Social Security cards.)
It should be noted that these tax returns will be filed electronically with e-filing for availability of faster refunds. If you have any questions you can contact Ray Alexander at 432-212- 3533, or at email@example.com.
The 14th Annual Hoops, Dreams and Goals tips off tomorrow, March 29th at Dorothy Garrett Coliseum in Big Spring. Carolyn Easter, with West Texas Centers, advised that the basketball tournament event is meant to bring awareness of people who’ve been diagnosed with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. She stated that March has always been the month when they've celebrated the awareness of the people that they serve and since the March Madness basketball tournaments are a big part of the month they decided to combine the two.
"The people that we serve enjoy playing basketball and what better way to bring the consumers together from all of our areas, our 23 counties, to play the game, to have fun, to enjoy the competition and just to make it their special day and bring awareness to them," said Easter.
The 10 basketball teams, surrounded by pep squads, cheerleaders and coaches will make their grand entrance down the ramp to the home floor of the Howard College Hawks and Lady Hawks beginning at 8:30 a.m. They will be led by the Big Spring High School Drumline and the Howard College Cheerleaders.
Before the tournament begins, a meaningful dedication and name-changing ceremony will take place that will change the tournament's name to the Darrell E. Smith Hoops, Dreams and Goals Basketball Tournament.
Teams will then compete throughout the day along with those from the Betty Hardwick Center, Permian Basin Community Centers, and MHMR Services for the Concho Valley.
Not only is the event fun for the participants but since the first year, it has grown to include pep squads, cheerleaders and numerous fans who watch throughout the day. Every team competes for the coveted “Spirit Stick” award for showing the most spirit, which is awarded to the teams and fans who show the most enthusiasm throughout the day.
When asked why this event was so special to West Texas Centers, Easter stated that it was a time when they get to bring awareness to the people that they serve on the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities side of the West Texas Centers.
She went on to say, "Just because a person has been diagnosed with a disability does not mean that they cannot participate in things that are in the community like a basketball tournament, cheerleading, or yelling for their team, and learning all kinds of things that they can do like working and their goals toward independence."
"It's just bringing that awareness to the individuals to let them know that they're people too," said Easter of the event. "They have dreams and goals just like we do," she continued, "and so we share that with them in a game of hoops."
At today's Big Spring Rotary Club meeting, Corporal Hope Hohertz, Texas Highway Patrol–Big Spring, was recognized for receiving a Medal of Valor, the highest honor and award bestowed by DPS for ending a violent standoff with an armed and dangerous suspect back on December 26th, 2016.
It was on that day that Corporal Hohertz overheard a Big Spring Police Department dispatch report of a subject with a gun at the AT&T store on Gregg St., and responded to assist a Big Spring Police Department Officer in a traffic stop of the suspect. The non-compliant suspect, later identified as then 60-year-old Raul Reyes, was armed with a handgun and rifle, and pointed a handgun with a silencer at Corporal Hohertz, who responded by firing at the suspect.
As more officers arrived, the subject fled the scene in his vehicle. Hohertz successfully located the suspect just as he exited his vehicle with the semi-automatic rifle. The suspect fired 28 rounds at responding officers, forcing Hohertz and Big Spring Police Officers to take cover. With officers at the scene in imminent danger, Corporal Hohertz took decisive action when the suspect tried to reload his weapon, and she opened fire with her shotgun, wounding the suspect and bringing the standoff to an end.
Multiple loaded handgun and semi-automatic rifle magazines were found in the vehicle. Reyes was later convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
The Medal of Valor has only been awarded to 18 other people, and Cpl. Hohertz is the first female to receive the award. She later went on to win Southern Trooper of the Year for this heroic act.
When she spoke to the Rotary Club, she pointed out that everyone of the officers who were there that day were just there to do their job because that's what they're trained to do. Cpl. Hohertz also stated that everyone who puts on the uniform is aware of the risks they face and that they're biggest goal everyday is to make it home to their families.
During her speech, she noted that West Texas offers the greatest support that she's seen as a Trooper, both through local law enforcement and support for local law enforcement.
Delaney Moreno, a student at Big Spring Intermediate, was recognized as the Big Spring Rotary Club's Student of the Month at today's meeting.
She was nominated by several of her teachers for being a hard worker and an A-B student, and for always being willing to help others. Delaney is a true inspiration to others at Big Spring Intermediate. According to Patsy Sanchez, Principal at Big Spring Intermediate, Delaney is a true leader and they are so proud of her.
BSI Assistant Principal Nicole Woodard stated that she had Delaney as a student when she was in the 1st grade, and believes that she has a great legacy ahead of her because she truly is a positive role model.
Delaney is the daughter of Edgar and Danielle Moreno.
The contest had four rounds. Rounds one and two were held at Coahoma ISD where students met and greeted volunteers from area businesses. In those two rounds, the contestants were narrowed from 195 to 56 to the top 12. Then the remaining competitors traveled to the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce to meet and be interviewed by civic leaders.
After six interviews, the field was narrowed to the top six who then traveled to Midland to visit businesses and had interviews with representatives of First Capital Bank, SM Energy, and BTA Oil Producers. After four interviews, the group was treated to a dinner at Luigi;s where the winner was announced.
The top six contestants were Kylie Moran, Tucker Wegner, Grayson Jacobs, Makayla Chavez, Ava Alaman, and Brynn Rodgers.
Results are as follows:
Calculator Applications, and Number Sense:
5th Charlie Correa
6th Ransom Colette
2nd place Calculator Teams
5th Ransom Colette
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4th Gabriel Williams
6th Kim Chapel
2nd place Team
District Champion Britney Tan
4th Christian Islas
District Champion Britney Tan
6th Christian Islas
District Champion Dora Hickam
4th Kendrick Kennemur
5th Mikal Banks
District Champion Britney Tan
First place Journalism Team
4th Myda Hernandez
5th Rocky ramirez
6th Analisa Blount
Regional Qualifier 3rd Chloe Sepeda
4th Ariana Tijerina
6th Hayley Jenikins
2nd place Team
District Champion: Myda Hernandez
3rd: Kim Chapel
4th Rocky Ramirez
6th Emily Hendricks
District Champion: Britney Tan
3rd: Samara Daniels
4th: Ariana Tijerina
District Champion: Ariana Tijerina
6th Chance Carroll
2nd place Social Studies Team
UPDATE: On the 26th of March 2018 at approximately 5:45 P.M., Marqavion “Quay” Williams turned himself into Law Enforcement and has since been arrested. Mr. Williams was charged with the five counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and two additional warrants, one for Burglary of a Habitation, and the other for Theft of a Firearm. Mr. Williams will be arraigned in the morning.
Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon
———————————- Third Suspect Sought in KFC Shooting: Please Share----
From BSPD 3-26-18:
Through the course of this investigation the Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigations Division has found that Marqavion “Quay” Donshay Williams Black/Male 17 years of age, along with Villa and Hernandez, were actively engaged in shooting at the two vehicles at the KFC on the 16th of March 2018. On the 26th of March 2018, Detectives submitted five probable cause affidavits to a justice of the peace at which time five Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon warrants were issued for the arrest of Marqavion Donshay Williams Black/Male 17 years of age. As of this date both Hernandez and Villa have been arrested and charged with 5 counts each of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon a Felony 2 offense. The Big Spring Police Department asks the public to help bring Marqavion Williams to justice.
If you know the whereabouts of Mr. Williams or have any information regarding this investigation please contact CrimeStoppers (432) 263-tips (8477). You can also leave an anonymous tip using the “P3 Tips” mobile application or from the Big Spring Police Department website www.bigspringpd.net
Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon
On Saturday, March 24th, many people gathered at the annual Pints for Polio event that was hosted by the Greater Big Spring Rotary Club in downtown Big Spring. According to Barney Dodd, member of the Greater Big Spring Rotary Club, the event raised an approximate $31,000.
Half of the money raised will stay in Big Spring, and the other half will be donated to the End Polio Now Campaign, which will then be matched 2 to 1 by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
This morning, all of Coahoma ISD's The Academy students participated in The Great Shake event, and all participants had to be a student at The Academy.
The event began with 195 students, and according to Coahoma ISD Superintendent Dr. Amy Jacobs each round was judged differently, but overall "they're scored on eye contact, communication skills, hand shake, and conversational skills, as well, later in the competition in the final rounds."
The second round it was cut down to 56 students, and the top 12 competitors continued to the third round, in which they would travel to different businesses around Big Spring to continue the round.
The top 6 students from that round will continue on to the final round where they will travel around to different businesses in Midland to compete for the top spot.
When asked what the purpose of The Great Shake event is, Dr. Jacobs stated, "The purpose is for them to be comfortable in this environment, and one of the components of our The Academy is responsibility and being able to communicate effectively. We want to put them in front of as many professionals as we can so they feel comfortable speaking and communicating their information across to people."
The Academy students who were interviewed after the second round stated that they appreciated taking part in the event.
Sophie, 6th grader, said "I enjoy that we learn our leadership skills and we have to use them when we get older."
When asked what she enjoyed about the event, 7th grader Serena stated, "I enjoyed learning how to speak properly to people and [that you should] stand up straight and look them in the eye; and it helps me prepare for the future."
5th grader Ryan was asked what he learned from The Great Shake, and he stated, "I've learned that maybe things are little more important in life. I also learned that if you stand up straight and have good manners, you can go far in life."
Easter Sunday is right around the corner, and Palm Sunday is this weekend, March 25th.
According to Father Christian Rabone from St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Christians have observed the week before Easter as a time of special devotion.
When asked why this week was so important, he went on to say that the Holy Week starts with Palm Sunday, which is Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and Jesus’ Passion on the cross are recalled. Palm Sunday is when the people came down from Mount of Olives into Jerusalem. The people waved branches of palms as they walked to Jerusalem and sang Psalms, one which included "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!"
The next part will be celebrated on Thursday, March 29th, which is Maundy Thursday. Father Rabone stated that Maundy Thursday includes the last supper before Jesus was betrayed. This service is called the Eucharist, Mass, or The Great Thanksgiving, depending on what church you go to.
Another part of the service may be the ceremony of the washing of feet, which is reenacting what Jesus did for his disciples on the night before the Romans took him away.
Then Good Friday follows the next day, March 30th. This is a day in which the church commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus and is a day of fasting and special acts of discipline and self- denial.
Holy Week will then end at sundown on the Saturday, March 31st, the day before Easter.
Father Rabone advised that St. Mary's Episcopal Church will be participating in the services for Holy Week, and everyone is welcomed to join them.
Schedule of Worship for Holy Week at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, located at 1001 S. Goliad:
Palm Sunday - Sunday, March 25th @ 10:30 AM
Stations of the Cross - Wednesday, March 28th @ 5:30 PM
Maunday Thursday - Thursday, March 29th @ 6 PM
Hay - Friday, March 30th @ 12 PM
BIG SPRING – The long-running Hoops, Dreams and Goals tips off March 29 at Dorothy Garrett Coliseum in Big Spring but not before undergoing a meaningful dedication and name-changing ceremony.
The popular basketball tournament for consumers served by West Texas Centers’ 23 rural counties will change its name to the Darrell E. Smith Hoops, Dreams and Goals Basketball Tournament.
Smith, a long-time supporter of West Texas Centers and the basketball tournament, passed away in January 2016. His most influential mark, however was his lifelong influence on his daughter, Shelley Smith, West Texas Center’s founding CEO who is the driving force behind the tournament.
The dedication and name-changing ceremony will be conducted by Big Spring Mayor Larry McClellan. It will be a particularly emotional and meaningful one for Smith, whose father, a longtime oilman and gas entrepreneur shaped her and supported her in social work.
“This is my favorite day – each and every year,” Shelley Smith said. “And now that this wonderful basketball tournament will be named in memory of my father, who truly loved the game of basketball it has just become the grandest day of year. What a great honor for a man who meant the world to me.”
The basketball teams surrounded by pep squads, cheerleaders and coaches will make their grand entrance down the ramp to the home floor of the Howard College Hawks and Lady Hawks beginning at 8:30 a.m. They will be led by the Big Spring High School Drumline and the Howard College Cheerleaders.
Big Spring Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Debbye Valverde and West Texas Centers CEO Shelley Smith will welcome guests beginning at 9 a.m. prior to McLellan’s dedication ceremony.
Teams will compete throughout the day along with those from the Betty Hardwick Center, Permian Basin Community Centers, and MHMR Services for the Concho Valley.
“The country becomes energized during the NCAA Men’s and Women’s March Madness basketball tournaments,” Smith said. “We thought it would be a fun way to bring together all our consumers, incorporate exercise and celebrate Intellectual & Developmental Disability Awareness Month. It has just blossomed into the event that you see today.”
Not only is the event fun for the participants but since the first year, it has grown to include pep squads, cheerleaders and numerous fans who watch throughout the day.
Every team competes for the coveted “Spirit Stick” award for showing the most spirit, which is awarded to the teams and fans who show the most enthusiasm throughout the day.
“We award the sought-after ‘Spirit Stick’ at the end of the day-long competition,” Smith said. “Our judges watch them throughout the day not only when their teams are playing but when the other teams are playing as well.”
“It’s just such an enjoyable day for all of us,” Smith said. “From the consumers, to their families, to the employees to people who just stop by. Everyone looks forward to this day all year long.”
Teams participating in bracket play are: the Big Spring Heat, Sweetwater Red Rattlers, Ballinger Longhorns, Snyder Wildkatz, Seminole Pink Panthers, Monahans/Pecos Warriors, Midland Panthers, Odessa Tigers, Abilene Chili Peppers, and the San Angelo Bobcats.
Team members will be accompanied by coaches, cheerleaders, pep squads and friends and family, totaling over 1,000 people, Smith said.
All of the basketball teams have been preparing the past several months, Smith said. The cheerleaders and pep squads have been practicing as well.
The Darrell E. Smith Hoops, Dreams and Goals Basketball Tournament is open to the general public.
“We encourage anyone to drop by and sit in the stands,” Smith said. “Our basketball players love to play in front of their fans. The encouragement helps and the skits that are performed by our pep squads and cheerleaders are so much fun.”
“I leave the gym exhausted but with a smile on my face that just stays there for days,” Smith said. “It’s just the best day of the year.”
The event is sponsored by West Texas Centers, Howard College, The Arc of Howard County, Delec, Atmos Energy, Arthur J Gallagher & Co., KBST Radio Stations, KBYG Radio Stations, Prescription Services Inc., Hexad Oil and Scenic Mountain Medical Center.
The event is free and open to the public.
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