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BLOOD DONORS NEEDED: 2-Day Blood Drive in Big Spring, June 1-2, 2020 at SMMC.

Vitalant will be back in Big Spring with their 2-day blood drive, which begins Monday, June 1, 2020. The bus will be located at Scenic Mountain Medical Center, 1601 W. 11th Pl.. They'll be there on Monday, June 1st, from 9am to 3pm, and Tuesday, June 2nd, from 9am to 1pm.


Be advised that all donors must have face masks on.


According to Dianne Scott, Donor Recruitment Supervisor for Vitalant, they’ll be social distancing and will check donors’ temperatures before they get on the bus.


Scott told KBest News that during April and May, they only had 8 blood drives. During a normal year, they would have had around 60 blood drives in that amount of time.


The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the local blood bank hard, and now they have to work to get as much blood as possible. 


Walk-ins are welcomed, but if you’d prefer to register in advance for an appointment, visit 





Beginning June 1, 2020 Howard County Offices will open all doors to the public.


We urge people to follow social distancing and other health guidelines. Wearing a face mask while conducting business in any building is strongly recommended.

We ask that only those directly involved in conducting business enter the given building.


Please stay safe!


Big Spring City Council meeting highlights, 05/26/20

During Tuesday’s Big Spring City Council meeting, City Manager Todd Darden advised the council that board applications were still needed for the following boards:

  • Engineer or Architect Board of Adjustments & Appeals

  • Alternate for Zoning Board of Adjustments

  • Animal Control & Rescue Committee

  • Convention & Visitors Bureau Board


  • Citizens Advisory Board


The bid for the trickling filter upgrades at the Water Treatment Plant was awarded to Raschig USA. Council members also approved an engineering services agreement with Jacob and Martin for testing materials for the Airpark Street Improvement project, as well as an agreement with the YMCA for lifeguards at the Russ McEwen Aquatic Center.


Council members also approved a motion to direct the City of Big Spring City Manager and staff to develop a program of development incentives for infill lots in established subdivisions. Council members Raul Marquez, District 1 Councilman; Terry McDaniel, District 3 Councilman, and Jim DePauw, District 6 Councilman, were appointed to give input to the City Manager in developing the program. 


Howard County Commissioners Court Highlights, 05/26/2020

During Tuesday’s meeting of the Howard County Commissioners Court, a resolution was passed concerning the 2020 Helping America Vote Act Cares sub-act grant to Texas Counties. The TAC HEBP Insurance Renewal for 2020-2021 was also approved. Commissioners also granted the Howard County Auditor’s Office the legal authority to apply for grants, including FEMA, CARES, HAVA, or any other grants related to COVID-19. Also during the meeting, the ban of fireworks with fins and sticks was approved by Commissioners. 


Russell Gallahan, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, with the Data Analysis and Transparency Division, delivered a presentation on creating a County Assistance District for Howard County. Commissioners discussed the possibility of creating a county sales tax in the unincorporated areas of the county.




Pops Fireworks Postponed to 2021

Date: May 27, 2020
From: Pops in the Park Committee
Re: Pops in the Park 2020


With great sorrow and disappointment, the Pops in the Park Committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the planned fireworks display for the 23rd annual Pops in the Park due to ongoing concerns related to the COVID-19 crisis.


There were numerous concerns leading to this decision. First, the last few months have financially impacted many of our potential sponsors; the committee wants to be sensitive in asking for major financial commitments for the event. Second, we planned to proceed with just the public fireworks display in an alternative location; however, with the current burn ban in effect for Howard County, safety is our primary concern. While we have done Pops in the Park during burn bans in previous years, those events were in Comanche Trail Park which is an area that can be controlled. Third, state permits for fireworks displays are very specific and take many weeks for approval. This process is currently delayed by the state due to the quarantine, therefore rescheduling of the fireworks later in the year does not guarantee a permit…and we do not want to plan for the event later only to have it cancelled again. Lastly, and most importantly, we are concerned about the safety of attendees, first responders, volunteers, and our committee in an environment where social distancing would be difficult to manage. Despite exploring many options, the committee was unable to find any way to proceed safely with the fireworks display as planned.


The Pops in the Park Committee looks forward to this event every year; we are extremely saddened and disappointed, but the health and safety of our community while respecting our sponsors are our priorities in reaching this difficult decision. We look forward to the return of this celebratory and captivating event in 2021!


7th and 8th COVID-19 cases confirmed in Howard County

From: County Judge Kathryn Wiseman, Mayor Shannon Thomason and Howard County Emergency Management

Re: COVID-19

On May 28, 2020 at approximately 8:00 AM, City of Big Spring and Howard County officials were notified of two (2) positive test result for COVID-19. Patient #1 is 26-year-old female. This patient is currently isolated at home and is expected to recover. The second patient is a 59-year-old female who is also isolated at home. Both are health care workers and it has been determined they contracted by community spread.

This is the seventh and eighth confirmed case in Big Spring/Howard County.


Local officials continue to ask all members of the community to remain cautious through this time and take precautions to protect themselves and their family.



On May 22, 2020, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the City of Big Spring public water system, (PWS ID #1140001), to issue a Boil Water Notice to inform customers, individuals, or employees that due to conditions which occurred recently in the public water system, the water from this public water system was required to be boiled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes.

The public water system has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore the quality of the water distributed by this public water system used for drinking water or human consumption purposes and has provided TCEQ with laboratory test results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling prior to use as of May 27, 2020.


If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Shane Bowles, Public Works Director at 432-264-2501.


87th annual Big Spring Cowboy Reunion and Rodeo - Cancelled for 2020

With the 87th annual Big Spring Cowboy Reunion and Rodeo being scheduled for late June, many Howard County residents had hoped that the event would mark the beginning of life returning to normal. Unfortunately, Friday evening, the Big Spring Cowboy Reunion and Rodeo board members announced that this year’s event would not be taking place. 


According to a statement posted on their Facebook page, board members worked tirelessly to work through the logistics of continuing with the event in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the guidelines came out from Governor Greg Abbott’s office with the 25 percent occupancy, they decided that those numbers would make it near impossible to operate the 87th annual rodeo. 


Cash Berry, President of the Big Spring Cowboy Reunion and Rodeo Board, told KBest News that they were up against many other factors as well, such as policing social distancing. He also said that PRCA guidelines required that contestants and committee members be medically screened, and requiring everyone to wear face masks.


"We felt like with the heat indexes that we face with a rodeo in June, that's a lot to put on your volunteers. To ask them to take tickets and sell tickets, be on the gate, doing all the cleaning chores, and do everything that comes with it while wearing a mask, that's a lot to ask," said Berry.  


Berry told KBest New that everyone on the board wanted to find a way to continue with the rodeo, but in the end there were too many obstacles to overcome. 


Local Government Meetings, 05/26/2020

There will be a budget workshop today at the Howard County Courthouse beginning at 2:30 PM. The workshop will be streamed on the Facebook page for Howard County Info Tech. Afterward, there will be a regular meeting of the Howard County Commissioners Court that will begin at 3:30 PM.


View the full agenda here:…/2020%20Age…/CCM%205-26-2020.PDF


The City of Big Spring will meet for a regular session tonight at 5:30 PM in the City Council Chambers, located at 307 E. 4th St. in Big Spring. It should be noted that the public is still able to attend the meetings in person if they choose to do so. The meeting can also be viewed by a live broadcast on Suddenlink Channel 17 or through the Media Center on the city website at Those wishing to make a public comment can do so by calling 432-264-2411 during the meeting.


View the full agenda here:…/_05262020-398


Watch tonight's meeting online through this link:


Rodman presented with Quilt of Valor, 05/23/2020

On Saturday morning, 05/23/2020, Cross Roads Young Marines Unit Commander Roger Rodman was presented with the Quilt of Valor by Mike Tarpley, local presenter of the Quilts of Valor. The local Young Marines and staff also assisted in the presentation. The Quilt of Valor is given to Veterans in recognition of service and sacrifice for this Nation.


The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.


Photo: Roger Rodman (center) is presented with the Quilt of Valor by Mike Tarpley (right), while Young Marines (right) look on. Photo taken from the Cross Roads Young Marines Facebook page.


Governor Abbott Announces Extensions To Payment Deadlines For Certain Employers


AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has extended payment deadlines for designated reimbursing employers that are required to pay a share of unemployment benefits. Designated reimbursing employers include non-profits, local governments, school districts and other qualifying employers who reimburse TWC for the full amount of unemployment benefits to be paid to eligible former employees. 


TWC’s action delays the due date for the June 1 payment to December 31, 2020.  This action also waives interest and penalty charges during the same time period, and does not reduce or eliminate this payment for reimbursing employers. Instead, it provides more time for these employers to secure resources to meet these and other liabilities as they deal with the implications of COVID-19. This extension also does not delay or prevent Texans who qualify for unemployment benefits from receiving these resources.


"The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented economic challenges, and the State of Texas is committed to helping both employers and Texans who have lost their jobs through this challenge,” said Governor Abbott. “This payment extension will help these employers address financial setbacks due to COVID-19 and provide them more time to pay their share of unemployment benefits. As Texas continues to respond to COVID-19, we are committed to ensuring employers across the state have the resources they need to recover." 


Howard County and City of Big Spring offices to close for Memorial Day, May 25, 2020.

Howard County will close all offices on Monday, May 25, 2020 in observance of Memorial Day. County Offices will open again for business on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.


Sheriff’s Administrative Offices will be closed but Law Enforcement Services will operate as normal.


All City of Big Spring offices, including Sanitation and the Landfill, will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2020, for Memorial Day. The City Landfill will be open on Saturday, May 23, 2020, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. All City offices will reopen Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at 8:00 AM.


There will be no sanitation pick-up on Memorial Day. The Sanitation pick-up schedule for the week of May 25, 2020, will be as follows:


Normal Monday pick-ups will be collected on Tuesday. Normal Tuesday pick-ups will be collected on Wednesday. Thursday and Friday pick-ups will be normal.


Emergency services (Police, Fire, and EMS) will continue normal operations. The Emergency Utilities Department will also be available and can be reached at 432-264-2392.


Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order Suspending In-Person Visitations In County And Municipal Jails


AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order suspending in-person visitations in all county and municipal jails in the state of Texas. This restriction does not apply to visitation by an attorney meeting with a client or a religious leader or member of the clergy. The Governor previously directed state prisons, jails, and juvenile justice facilities to restrict visitation upon issuing his COVID-19 disaster declaration. This executive order adds another layer of defense to contain COVID-19 hot spots, prevent community spread, and protect staff and inmates.


"Jails have shown to be highly susceptible to COVID-19 surges which is why we are focused on containing any potential hot spots and preventing spread both within jails and the community," said Governor Abbott. "I encourage jails to utilize virtual visitation strategies to allow for visitations in a way that protects both staff and the inmate population. The State of Texas is committed to keeping all Texans safe, protecting our most vulnerable populations, and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 throughout the Lone Star State."



On Friday, May 22, 2020, City crews replaced several water valves in the area of East 24th Street from Scurry Street to Runnels Street. This required water service to be shut down over a large portion of Big Spring.


Due to the valve replacement, water had to be drained from a portion of the City’s water system for an extended period of time, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required the City of Big Spring (PWS ID #1140001) public water system to notify all customers in Big Spring to boil their water prior to consumption (e.g., washing hands/face, brushing teeth, drinking, etc.). Children, seniors, and persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all impacted customers should follow these directions.


To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and ice making should be boiled and cooled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes. The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes.


In lieu of boiling, individuals may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source for drinking water or human consumption purposes. When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the public water system officials will notify customers that the water is safe for drinking water or human consumption purposes.


Once the boil water notice is no longer in effect, the public water system will issue a rescind notice to customers that cancels the boil water notice in a manner similar to this notice.


Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.


If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Shane Bowles, Public Works Director at 432-264-2501.


Area News: After Storms Hit Lubbock and San Angelo, Residents Must Prepare For Roofing Scams

Today, the Roofing Contractors Association of Texas (RCAT) issued a warning to the residents of Lubbock and San Angelo to beware of fraudulent contractors after wind and hail storms hit the area. 

"After this week's storms in the Lubbock and San Angelo areas, consumers need to take extra precautions to avoid falling for a roofing scam," said Sarah Ramon, director of the RCAT. "Fortunately, there are a few simple steps residents can take to protect themselves."

When hiring a roofing contractor, make sure you:

  • Get more than one bid

  • Hire local and check references

  • Require a written contract and proof of insurance

  • Do NOT provide payment upfront 

As one of the few states that does not require roofers to obtain licenses or register their businesses, Texans can be particularly vulnerable to roofing scams. Fraudulent contractors typically flock to storm-ridden areas and offer fast, cheap repairs for a high down payment, but leave before any work is completed. Unfortunately, scammers often target vulnerable populations including low-income and elderly Texans.

"Especially given the high unemployment rates and many strapped wallets, these scams could mean financial disaster for many struggling Texans," said Ramon. "We're doing everything in our power to help homeowners protect against losing money to scammers."

Leading up to the 2021 Legislative Session, RCAT will look to pass legislation providing consumer protections in this completely unregulated industry. Although RCAT made historic progress in this type of legislation during the 2019 session, the legislation was ultimately defeated on the House floor. For now, it is up to Texans to spot and send scammers packing. 

To learn more about how you can protect against falling for a roofing scam, review our tips for hiring a roofer and join the fight to establish consumer protections at


Trinity Memorial Park hosts "Avenue of Flags" for Memorial Day, 05/25/2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Trinity Memorial Park will be hosting a special event in place of their traditional Memorial Day Remembrance ceremony. 


On Monday, May 25, Trinity Memorial Park will transform into an "Avenue of Flags" - and they invite the public to take a drive of remembrance, any time between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., in honor of those who died serving our country. American flags will line their roads, and local Boy Scouts will mark each veteran's gravesite as a tribute to these fallen heroes.


Patriotic music will be aired on The Mighty 1490 AM and 103.9 FM from 10 AM to 2 PM so that listeners can listen to a patriotic playlist while visiting the Avenue of Flags on Memorial Day. 



Area News: Scurry County Health Unit Director Warns of Widespread COVID-19 Exposure

SNYDER, TX (Snyder Daily News) - After announcing Scurry County's five most recent positive COVID-19 test results, Scurry County Health Unit director Dana Hartman posted online that at least one of the individuals who tested positive had been "EVERYWHERE IN SCURRY COUNTY."


In a Thursday press release, Scurry County Judge Dan Hicks announced that one of the positive tests had been administered to a county employee stationed at the Scurry County Law Enforcement Center.


The only other information released about the individuals that tested positive was that four were female and one was male.


Two females were between the ages of 35 and 45, one was between 15 and 25 years old and one was between 55 and 65 years old.


The male was between 55 and 65 years old.


Hicks said in a Thursday press release employees and inmates would be tested over the next 48-96 hours.


“Those tests will be administered by both Cogdell (Memorial) Hospital as well as a State Testing Team,” Hicks wrote. He said approximately 140 tests would be administered.


Hartman confirmed two state teams will be in Scurry County.


Responding to a suggestion about asking the state's mobile testing units to return to Scurry County she wrote, "Excellent idea, I wish we would have thought of that.”


Hartman also suggested that anyone concerned about their health or safety, “might consider moving to a different county where you will feel safe.”


Hartman also encouraged people to take proper precautions.


Hicks said he did not plan to expand the disaster declaration or take additional action.


“Scurry County will not add new orders. Governor’s orders supersede any orders we would (put) into place,” he said.


Surge teams conduct COVID-19 testing at Big Spring nursing home facilities.

During the COVID-19 pandemic in Texas, it has been discovered that hot spots for the state center around food processing facilities, jails and prisons, and nursing homes. Earlier this month, Governor Greg Abbott issued an order to conduct COVID-19 tests on 100 percent of staff and residents at nursing homes. In order to get this accomplished, he announced that there would be a partnership with the local fire departments.


In Big Spring and Howard County, there are 3 nursing home facilities that total in approximately 600 residents and staff and require testing. The state-mandated testing only applies to licensed nursing homes, such as Big Spring for Skilled Care, Parkview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and Lamen-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home.


According to Big Spring Mayor Shannon Thomason, other than being provided with testing, there were no additional resources offered to get testing completed before the state’s deadline of May 25, 2020. Thomason advised that the Big Spring Fire Department had 4-5 off-duty personnel available to conduct 600 tests in a matter of days. Since the personnel had no training in conducting the tests, the city coordinated with the Texas Department of Emergency Management to bring in a surge team of approximately 20 people to complete the testing. 


Two of the three nursing home facilities in Big Spring have been tested and testing at the last facility begins today, Friday. 


As of Thursday afternoon, this brought the total number of COVID-19 tests conducted in Howard County to 731. 251have tested negative, 473 test results are still pending, and there have been 6 confirmed cases in the county. 5 of the 6 have recovered and there has been 1 death.


Governor Abbott, DPS Announce Limited Reopening Of Driver License Offices


AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will begin a phased opening of driver license offices starting May 26th with limited service offerings. As part of this opening plan, DPS will launch a statewide driver license (DL) appointment system that allows customers to book appointments up to six months in advance. The limited services being offered will be by appointment only. 


"This phased opening of our driver license offices and the launch of DPS' online appointment system prioritizes the health and safety of our communities and ensures Texans have access to the services they need at their local driver license offices," said Governor Abbott. "I thank DPS for developing this safe and strategic plan to open their offices and for launching a new appointment system to streamline our driver license services."


The four-phase plan for the opening of driver license offices is as follows:


Phase 1: Offices in DPS’ Northwest and West Texas regions will reopen with limited services beginning May 26, 2020. Customers who currently do not possess a Texas DL, CDL, learner permit or ID card, as well those who are in need of a drive test, can begin scheduling appointments in these two regions on May 22 at 1 p.m. 


Phase 2: Offices in DPS’ South and Central Texas regions will reopen with limited services beginning May 29, 2020. Customers who currently do not possess a Texas DL, CDL, learner permit or ID card, as well those who are in need of a drive test, can begin scheduling appointments in these two regions on May 26 at 1 p.m.


Phase 3: Offices in DPS’ North and Southeast Texas regions will reopen with limited services beginning June 3, 2020. Customers who currently do not possess a Texas DL, CDL, learner permit or ID card, as well those who are in need of a drive test, can begin scheduling appointments in these two regions on May 29 at 1 p.m.


Phase 4 will allow customers to schedule an appointment for all DL office transactions anywhere in the state and is expected to begin midsummer. DPS will announce details on this phase at a later date. Extension for expiration dates will remain in effect until phase 4 is implemented.


Area News: Fatal Crash in Scurry County Crash, 05/20/2020

On Wednesday evening at approximately 6:15 PM, DPS Troopers responded to a fatal crash in Scurry County on US Why-180, less than 5 miles east of Snyder. 


According to the crash report, Charles Surgin Gardner, male, 48, of Glenn Heights, was traveling west on US-180 in a 2017 Polaris Slingshot while in the rain with wet road conditions. The vehicle hydroplaned and slid off the south side of the roadway, through a barrow ditch, and fence. Gardner was pronounced dead on scene. The crash is under investigation.


Governor Abbott Waives Late Fees For TABC License And Permit Renewals


AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott has allowed Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) license and permit renewals to occur after the current 30 day grace period after an expiration date without any late fees. This waiver applies to renewals with an expiration date on or after March 13, 2020.


"As we continue to safely and strategically open the state of Texas, we want to ensure financial barriers are removed for businesses that plan to open up to the public," said Governor Abbott. "By granting an extended renewal period and waiving license and permit renewal late fees, we are ensuring Texas entrepreneurs and business owners are supported as we kick-start our economy and continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic." 


Sales Tax Holidays for Water-Efficient and ENERGY STARĀ® Products Set for May 23-25


(AUSTIN) — As Texas businesses slowly reopen their doors amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is reminding families and businesses that they can save on the purchase of certain water- and energy-efficient products during the state’s Water-Efficient Products and ENERGY STAR® sales tax holidays.


The holidays, created by the Texas Legislature, both take place Saturday, May 23, through Monday, May 25.


“Inefficient appliances and outdated water systems put a tremendous strain on our power grids and water supplies,” Hegar said. “Even in these uncertain times, Texans can take advantage of this sales tax holiday to buy more energy-efficient items, support local businesses and save money. You can practice social distancing and other precautionary measures when shopping in person or shop online. Qualifying products are tax free.”


This is the fifth year for the Water-Efficient Products Sales Tax Holiday. Products displaying a WaterSense® label or logo can be purchased tax free for personal or business use. These include showerheads, bathroom sink faucets and accessories, toilets, urinals and landscape irrigation controls.


The sales tax holiday also applies to lawn and garden products that help conserve water outdoors. Items qualifying for the exemption include soaker or drip-irrigation hoses; moisture controls for sprinkler or irrigation systems; mulch; and plants, trees and grasses. These items can be purchased tax free for residential use only.


There’s no limit to the number of water-efficient or water-conserving products you can purchase tax free. For more information on the Water-Efficient Products Sales Tax Holiday, visit the Comptroller’s website. 


During the ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday, certain energy-efficient products displaying the ENERGY STAR logo can be purchased tax free, including air conditioners priced at $6,000 or less, refrigerators priced at $2,000 or less, ceiling fans, fluorescent light bulbs, dishwashers, dehumidifiers and clothes washing machines.


Visit the Comptroller’s website for more ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday details

Estimated annual energy and water savings for eligible products are listed below.

ENERGY STAR® Appliance vs. Conventional
Appliance Type Energy Savings Water Savings
Central Air Conditioners 8%  
Room/Window Air Conditioners 10%  
Refrigerators 10%  
Freezers 10%  
Ceiling Fans/Light Combination Units 60%  
ENERGY STAR Certified Light Bulbs 90%  
ENERGY STAR Certified Fixtures 90%  
ENERGY STAR Certified Decorative Light Strings 75%  
Clothes Washers 40%-50% 55%
Dishwashers 12% 30%
Dehumidifiers 15%  
WaterSense Products - Showerheads   2 gallons/minute max
WaterSense Label - Toilets   20%-60%


BSPD arrest two for Aggravated Robbery, 05/20/2020

The following is a news release from Big Spring Police Department:


On the 19th of May 2020 at approximately 7:43 P.M., officers of the Big Spring Police Department were dispatched to a Robbery in the 1500 block of Chickasaw. Upon arrival it was reported that the victim, a 35 years of age Hispanic/Male, was walking to a friend’s house when a vehicle occupied by two males pulled up to him. The victim reported one of the males pointed a pistol at him while the other began going through the victims pockets. It was reported that while the two suspects were stealing property from the victim, he attempted to grab the pistol and the pistol was fired causing the victim to run away. The victim was found to have suffered non-life threatening injuries during the altercation. Officers later located the suspect vehicle and suspects in the 1600 block of Avion and Detectives with the Big Spring Police Department responded. After conducting the preliminary investigation an adult male identified as Marcus Diago Pena Black/Male 17 years of age and a 16 year old juvenile male were arrested and charged with the Felony 1 offense Aggravated Robbery.


This continues to be an ongoing criminal investigation and no further information is available at this time.


Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon
CID Sergeant John Haynes


Area News: Sands CISD seniors graduate on visitor's side of the football field, 05/15/2020

Earlier this month, the Texas Education Agency issued guidance for Class of 2020 graduation ceremonies in the state of Texas. As part of Governor Greg Abbott’s Strike Force to Open Texas, TEA advised that schools had four different pathways to celebrate their graduating seniors:


  • Completely virtual ceremonies

  • Hybrid ceremonies, 

  • Vehicle ceremonies, or 

  •  Outdoor in-person ceremonies.


Rural counties with five or less cases of COVID-19 could participate in outdoor in-person ceremonies from May 15 - 31st. All counties that did not meet that qualification, would have to wait to hold their outdoor ceremonies until at least June 1, 2020.


Thanks to the guidance issued by TEA, many school districts were able to form plans for graduation ceremonies. For Sands CISD, a consolidated school district located in Ackerly, Texas that sits both in Dawson and Martin Counties, this was a little more complicated. While Martin County did meet the requirement of having less than 5 confirmed cases, Dawson County had over 30 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 


Instead of waiting until June 1st to hold an outdoor graduation ceremony for their 7 graduating seniors, Sands CISD obtained approval from the Martin County Judge and held their ceremony last Friday, May 15, 2020, on the visiting side of their football field; the side of the field that sits in Martin County. 





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FHS Senior Celebration Parade, 05/21/2020 at 7 PM

Forsan High School seniors will be celebrated with a parade tomorrow evening, 05/21/2020, in Forsan. The parade begins at 7 PM at 1st and Ave. H. The procession will travel north on Ave. H toward the high school, then move west behind the elementary school, and travel south back to 1st St.

Spectators are encouraged to line-up along the parade route between 6:30 - 6:45 PM, and are encouraged to stay in their vehicles.


Seniors participating in the drive-thru celebration will receive their diploma, scholarship information, and more goodies. The best decorated vehicle in the parade will also receive a $50 gift card from Sonic.





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