The Community is invited to Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home for Breakfast with a Vet on Sunday, November 11th from 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM in honor of America’s men and women who have served our country in uniform. Events will continue throughout the day with a visit from Boy Scout Troop #5 and Cub Scout Pack #305, followed by a sword cutting of our Veterans Day cake. In accordance with Marine protocol, cakes are traditionally cut with the Mameluke sword, as a reminder that Marines are a band of warriors, committed to carrying the sword, so that our nation may live in peace.
Following the cake cutting, the community is invited to join their veterans for lunch and with guest speaker (RET.) LTC Rosa Mancha, entertainment by George Bancroft, Gabe Martinez, Assistant Band Director, Big Spring High School Band, and a balloon release.
Members of the public who would like to join must RSVP by Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 to Gina Rice at firstname.lastname@example.org or 432-268-8387.
On the 3rd of November 2018 at approximately 3:20 A.M., Big Spring Police Department officers were dispatched to the area of Dixon and Alamesa in reference to shots being fired.
Upon arrival officers found evidence of several shots being fired in the 3700 block of Dixon. An attempt was made to contact the residents of a house which most of the evidence was located but no one answered the door.
Officers later found that a Hispanic/Male 27 years of age had arrived at Scenic Mountain Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the back.
Officers responded to SMMC and attempted to interview the subject who refused to cooperate with the investigation. The subject was flown to Lubbock UMC for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. This investigation is ongoing and there is no further information available at this time.
Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Lieutenant Brian Gordon
Early voting ended last week with a total of 4,777 voters in Howard County making their voices heard. There were also 435 ballots by mail received. These totals, just in early voting alone, have surpassed the total of votes casted in Howard County during the last gubernatorial election held in 2014!
Election Day is tomorrow and polling places will be open from 7 am to 7 pm. If you’re unsure where to cast your vote tomorrow, be sure to contact the Howard County Elections Office at 432-264-2273.
The Midland band Keeping Harvey Company celebrated the release of their first self-titled album this past Friday, 11/02/18, in downtown Big Spring at The Train Car, LLC. The band is made up of Big Spring residents Mae Harvey - lead singer and acoustics, and Tanner Churchwell - lead guitar, as well as J.C. Harvey - drums and harmony, Jacob Wayne - bass guitar, and Jennifer Hall on fiddle.
Mae told KBest News that the band has been working towards this moment since their beginning 2 ½ years ago, and describes their sound as Outlaw Country.
"I categorize us as Outlaw Country just because we have more of the rock from Tanner playing leads and we like to keep it upbeat, but we also love Classic Country like Patsy Cline."
With the band’s release of their first album, Mae noted that success is now at days is dependent upon community support. She advised that while people will be able to stream their music on digital sources, artists don’t usually much in royalties from that, but buying their music will actually give them more of the profit to use for promotions and to use towards making a new album.
Keeping Harvey Company’s music, including their new song “Kicking Stones”, is available on digital sources such as Spotify, itunes, and Youtube. They’ll also have physical copies to sell at their shows. The next show for the band will be Nov. 9th at their album release party in Midland at The Beer Garden at 9 PM.
The Howard College Theatre Department in Big Spring will be presenting Sherlock Holmes: The Unforgiven a Dinner Theatre in the Round on November 8th through 10th, and the event is currently sold out. Dan Evers, Associate Professor of Theatre at Howard College, told KBest News that there will be a preview performance with no dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 7th, at 7 PM that will be free to the public. Seating will be available on a first come first serve basis.
At approximately 4 PM yesterday afternoon there was a 5-vehicle wreck that included a semi-truck on eastbound I-20 near mile marker 171 between Big Spring and Stanton. First responders included law enforcement, firefighters, and EMS.
It was observed that the semi had caught fire and was extinguished by firefighters. At least 1 person was transported to a local emergency room and no other information has been released about the incident.
Terry Wegman, Executive Director of the Big Spring Economic and Development Corporation, was recently announced as the Chairman of The High Ground of Texas.
The High Ground of Texas is a marketing coalition made up of over 75 members with economic development interests in the region. Developed in 1988, the High Ground represents cities, counties and organizations in the West Texas region. The main purpose of the organization is to create jobs and increase the tax base of the region. The organization works to have a strong presence on the regional, state, and national level with an emphasis on marketing the region to prospective new industries, networking, economic development, education, and providing a common voice on issues that affect the region.
Although Big Spring has been a member of The High Ground of Texas for many years, Wegman has been with the organization since 2007. As Chairman, Wegman will be working closely with the Executive Director and other officers of the organization, as well as conduct meetings. He noted that he’ll also be overseeing planning for upcoming events over the next year.
Last week, Stanton High School welcomed a new Interim Athletic Director and Head Football Coach for the Stanton Buffaloes Cody Hogan. Coach Hogan has been an educator for 13 years, and has spent 8 years as a Defensive Coordinator. He is in his second year with Stanton ISD and this will be his first time as a head coach.
The next game for the Buffaloes will be an away game this Friday against Idalou with kickoff at 7:30 PM. Senior night for Stanton will be next Friday during their last home game, which will be against Colorado City.
The Howard County buildings will fly their flags at half-staff today, Monday October 29, 2018 through sunset Wednesday, October 31st, in honor of the tragedy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as per President Donald J. Trump.
President Trump issued a proclamation stating that as a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, October 27, 2018, the flag of the United States will be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, October 31, 2018.
It was also directed that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.
Both Big Spring and Forsan bands competed yesterday where it was announced that they will be going to State!!!
Forsan Band is under the direction of Jim Rhodes, Chans Moellendorf, and Misty Moellendorf. Big Spring Pride Drive is under the direction of Rocky Harris, Emily Andrews, and Gabe Martinez. Both bands will compete at the Alamodome in San Antonio next week.
The Coahoma band will not be competing at state this year, as this year is for 1a and 4a. Coahoma did, however, compete last Saturday in regionals, and received a 1.
INDIANAPOLIS - Julia Cox ended her run at the national FFA Greenhand Creed competition in the semi-finals Thursday, 10/25/18, earning a silver medal and placing in the top 16 nationwide out of 47 state champions.
“I couldn’t be more proud,” said Aaron Custer, FFA Coahoma Chapter.
The Coahoma High School sophomore competed during the 91st FFA National Convention and Expo which is one of the largest student conventions in the world. In order to qualify, Cox was the Texas state champion in the event, a feat she accomplished as a freshman in the fall of 2017.
Competitors were required to recite by memory the FFA Creed, which outlines the organization’s belief on the agriculture industry, and then answered questions directly related to the creed from the judges.
When she began her journey at district competition, Cox said she never imagined she would make it to nationals.
“It’s surreal to me that I’m here in Indianapolis. It’s still hitting me,” she said. “It’s a blast here (at the convention). It’s crazy to see how many people are involved with FFA from all different states and seeing people from all over Texas here. It’s really great.”
The first and second rounds of the competition were held Thursday morning and afternoon respectively. Finals for the remaining four competitors were scheduled for yesterday.
“The whole atmosphere in the holding room with the other competitors was very welcoming,” she said. “It wasn’t at all scary or nervous. We all mingled and talked with each other. It was a very welcoming environment which I was very thankful for.”
Overall, Cox said she felt well prepared to answer the judges’ questions.
“I had one that kind of gave itself a little political perspective and that one didn’t necessary trip me up, but it certainly was a challenge in answering it. I think the way it was asked and the way I gave the answer, I think was a really good experience to get that kind of question.”
As for experience at the convention, Cox said she is having a blast.
“It’s a really good experience to meet all these people from all over the country,” she said.
Two other Coahoma FFA members are attending nationals this year, Bailey Wells who was selected through an audition process to play in the national FFA band and Micah Worley, one of 75 Texas delegates at the convention.
A fourth member, Emilee Custer, is the only FFA member from Texas who is featured at the We are FFA booth at the national convention. Emilee Custer’s photo and biography is currently being shown with students across the nation to show off FFA’s model members.
FFA - Future Farmers of America - is a national, student-run program designed to bring about personal growth, leadership skills, and community mindedness in young people through agricultural education.
Cox is the secretary for the Coahoma FFA chapter and is the daughter of Brad and Christina Cox of Coahoma.
Yesterday, 10/25/18, the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting for new Chamber member Cornerstone Audiology, located at 210 W. 3rd St. in Big Spring.
Dr. Marisha Beck is the Dr. of Audiology at Cornerstone Audiology and advised that they provide hearing tests, comprehensive hearing tests, provide treatment for hearing loss, and also offer tinnitus, ringing in the ears, management.
For more information or to set up an appointment, contact (432) 606-1933, or check out their Facebook page, Cornerstone Audiology Big Spring and Snyder.
State Senator José Menéndez, Representative for District 26, will continue the four Latino Summits tour by hosting his third regional Summit at Odessa College this Saturday, 10/27/18. The purpose is to promote and discuss legislative initiatives that reflect the common goals and objectives of the state’s Latino community.
The Midland/Odessa Latino Summit will consist of two panels, each of which will address issues facing Texas Latinos. This event will feature leaders from various sectors of the community, including Raul Marquez of Big Spring, Chief Volunteer Officer for the YMCA of Big Spring, and Big Spring native Santos Lujan, Principal of Presidio High School.
Marquez is scheduled to participate on the discussion panel for Civic Engagement at 11: 20 AM. Lujan will follow later in the day, scheduled at 1:20 PM to participate on the panel for P-16 Equity and Access to Education.
The Summits are free and open to the public. The event will be tomorrow, 10/27/18, from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM in the Joe Zant Community Room at the Saulsbury Campus Center on the Odessa College Campus.
Last night, 10/23/18, it was announced that Pepper Sullivan, Howard County 9-1-1 Communications Director, and Howard County 9-1-1 Communications Board Members Melinda Hernandez, Stanley Bogard, and Mary Gressett officially resigned from the Howard County 9-1-1 Communications Board.
Cherrie Burcham was voted in by the District Board as the interim Howard County 9-1-1 Communications Director. Burcham has 17 years of experience as a dispatcher. She told KBest News that she is excited to get started in her new position and is hoping to work towards being able to text 9-1-1.
Zach Johnson was elected the new President of the Board of Managers for the Howard Country Communications District.
Johnson noted that 2 new board members, Jay Holt and Jimmy Mayes, were installed onto the Board tonight. There is one more vacancy on the board that remains. Johnson noted that it could be filled by anyone who wants to serve their community but that would be determined by the cities of Big Spring, Forsan, and Coahoma.
Early voting begins today, October 22nd, at the Howard County Elections Office, inside of the Howard County Courthouse. Now through the end of October, early voters in Howard County will be able to cast their vote from 8 am to 5 pm, including during the lunch hour. November 1st and 2nd, the Howard County Elections Office will be open from 7 am to 7 pm.
Any registered voter is welcomed to cast their votes during these times, or wait until Election Day which will be on Tuesday, November 6th. The polling locations will be opened from 7 am to 7 pm on that day as well.
When voting in person, don’t forget to bring one of the seven acceptable forms of photo ID’s – such as a Texas Driver’s License, Texas ID Card, Texas License to Carry, U.S. Military ID Card, U.S. Citizenship Certificate, or U.S. Passport.
Also, be advised that if you are casting your vote by mail-in ballots, the ballots must be mailed and cannot be hand delivered. If you have another other questions about voting, you can contact the Howard County Elections Facebook page or give them a call at 432-264-2273.
Jodi Duck, Elections Administrator for Howard County, told KBest News that they since September 1st, 2018 they were had over 400 new voters register.
The last gubernatorial election was in 2014. There were 12,312 registered voters but only 35 percent of them participated in that election. Hopefully, this election will have a better turnout.
Below is a list of what will be on the ballot for this election, as from https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/ballot-cert/report.aspx
U. S. Senator
REP Ted Cruz
DEM Beto O'Rourke
LIB Neal M. Dikeman
U. S. Representative District 19
REP Jodey Arrington
DEM Miguel Levario
REP Greg Abbott
DEM Lupe Valdez
LIB Mark Jay Tippetts
REP Dan Patrick
DEM Mike Collier
LIB Kerry Douglas McKennon
REP Ken Paxton
DEM Justin Nelson
LIB Michael Ray Harris
Comptroller of Public Accounts
REP Glenn Hegar
DEM Joi Chevalier
LIB Ben Sanders
Commissioner of the General Land Office
REP George P. Bush
DEM Miguel Suazo
LIB Matt Pina
Commissioner of Agriculture
REP Sid Miller
DEM Kim Olson
LIB Richard Carpenter
REP Christi Craddick
DEM Roman McAllen
LIB Mike Wright
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 2
REP Jimmy Blacklock
DEM Steven Kirkland
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 4
REP John Devine
DEM R.K. Sandill
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 6
REP Jeff Brown
DEM Kathy Cheng
Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals
REP Sharon Keller
DEM Maria T. (Terri) Jackson
LIB William Bryan Strange III
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 7
REP Barbara Parker Hervey
DEM Ramona Franklin
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 8
REP Michelle Slaughter
LIB Mark Ash
State Senator, District 31
REP Kel Seliger
LIB Jack B. Westbrook
State Representative District 72
REP Drew Darby
Chief Justice, 11th Court of Appeals District
REP John Bailey
District Judge, 118th Judicial District
REP Timothy D. Yeats
REP Kathryn G Wiseman
REP Colleen A. Barton
REP Brent Zitterkopf
REP Sharon Adams
County Commissioner Pct.2
REP Craig Bailey
County Commissioner Pct.4
REP John Cline
DEM David Mathis
Justice of the Peace Pct.1 Place.2
REP Robert (Bob) Fitzgibbons
Justice of the Peace Pct.2 Place.1
REP Connie Shaw
There will be a town hall meeting on Tues, October 23 at 6 pm in the Big Spring High School library.
The event will be moderated by the Big Spring and Forsan High School Debate teams.
The two candidates for US Congress, Jody Arrington and Miguel Levario, have been invited for this town hall meeting. Miguel Levario has confirmed his participation, however Congressman Jody Arrington has declined.
The public is invited to attend and watch our local students as they participate in the democratic process.
Ward Family Dental will have their event Dentistry from the Heart on Saturday morning, October 20th, in Big Spring. Here, Dr. David Ward, Owner of Ward Family Dental, told KBest News that the event is meant to offer free basic dental care to adults, 18 years or older, who may not be able to receive care any other way. He went on to say that his office will not be verifying income for patients who come to the event, but noted that all that will be required of the patients is their name, medical history and/or conditions, and medication that they may be taking.
Patients will have a choice filling, extraction, or cleaning that will be performed by Dr. Ward, his staff, and two other doctors. Here, Dr. Ward explained that other than a whole mouth cleaning, they will not be providing extensive whole-mouth treatments. The extraction and filling options will have to be focused in one area of the mouth.
Registration begins at 7:30 AM on Saturday morning, and the first 50 patients are guaranteed to be seen. Patients will be seen on a first-come, first served basis, and it should be noted that this is only for adults 18 years old or older. Patients are encouraged to arrive early, dress appropriately for the weather and to bring chairs, blankets, water, snacks, etc. as they may be outside waiting to be seen.
During today's meeting of the Howard County Commissioners Court, Jay Holt and Jimmy Mayes were selected to the 9-1-1 Communications District Board on behalf of the County Commissioners.
Jay Holt, Operations Chief for Big Spring Fire Department, has been with his department for 18 years. He said that he's looking to further serve the residents of Big Spring and Howard County by serving on the board, and hopes to make it better.
Jimmy Mayes, Administrative Lieutenant with the Howard County Sheriff's Department, has been in law enforcement for almost 30 years and has been with the Sheriff's office since 2011. When asked what motivated him to put in for the position, Mayes stated that the citizens deserve to have a properly functioning 9-1-1 Board, and he felt that his experience would be useful to help achieve this goal.
Earlier today, Big Spring Junior High School students worked together with Complex Community Federal Credit Union to package 6,000 meals for that will be used to feed people in Big Spring.
Jason Berridge, CEO of Complex Community FCU, told KBest News that 1 in 3 kids have some sort of food insecurity and they're trying to make an impact on that to lessen those numbers in the communities that they serve.
Becky Otto, Principal of Big Spring Jr. High School, reached out to them to partner for this project, Impact Hunger, 3 years ago and now, her students are learning a life lesson in paying it forward.
13-year-old Eli Cobos, an 8th grader at Big Spring Jr. High, told KBest News that this morning was his first time to participate with the project but he felt good about helping out. He went on to say that he believed that it would help the community.
The Salvation Army of Big Spring, along with local food banks, will receive the bags of food to distribute to anyone who might need them. Captain Josh McKain with the Salvation Army of Big Spring, stated that each bag feeds 6 people and they’ll have bags to distribute months into the new year. He noted that the bags have a really long shelf life and are easy and quick meals to prepare for a family.
The national diabetes awareness campaign will take place October 29 - November 2 in cities nationwide.
BIG SPRING, TX (9/25/18) – The Wound Care Center at Scenic Mountain Medical Center, a member of the Healogics network, is participating in Healogics’ National Diabetes Campaign from October 29 to November 2. Scenic Mountain Medical Center offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds like diabetic foot ulcers. Team members across the nation will dedicate the entire week to visiting local physician offices to provide education on the treatment of potential or existing chronic wounds for people living with diabetes.
An estimated 30.3 million people in the United States (9.4 percent of the population) have diabetes, including 7.2 million who are unaware they are living with the disease. The percentage of adults with diabetes increases with age, reaching a high of 25.2 percent among those aged 65 years or older. In addition to age, risk factors for diabetes include diet, activity level, obesity and heredity. High blood sugar levels, poor circulation, immune systems issues, nerve damage and infection may contribute to a diabetic foot ulcer.
With America’s diabetic population expected to nearly double by 2030, it is important that people understand the risks and know the facts associated with diabetic foot ulcers. Approximately 25 percent of people living with diabetes will develop a foot ulcer. As many as 40 percent of people with a healed diabetic foot ulcer will develop a new ulcer within a year. An estimated 14 to 24 percent of people with foot ulcers will experience an amputation. An amputation results in decreased quality of life, increased medical costs and a significantly higher risk of mortality. The five-year mortality rate following a lower extremity amputation is 50 percent.
Early detection and intervention can help to mitigate the possibility of limb loss. The Wound Healing Center at Scenic Mountain Medical Center recommends the following to help prevent diabetic foot ulcers:
? Stop smoking immediately
? Comprehensive foot examinations each time you visit your healthcare provider (at least four times a year)
? Daily self-inspections of the feet, or have a family member perform the inspection
? Regular care of the feet including cleaning toenails and taking care of corns and calluses
? Choose supportive, proper footwear (shoes and socks)
? Take steps to improve circulation such as eating healthier and exercising on a regular basis
Proper wound care is imperative to healing diabetic foot ulcers. The Wound Healing Center at Scenic Mountain Medical Center offers a number of leading-edge treatments including Total Contact Casting (TCC), Negative Pressure Wound Therapy and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. These specialized wound care therapies can aid in wound closure, new tissue growth, wound tissue regeneration and much more.
Contact the Wound Healing Center to learn more about diabetic foot ulcers or if you have a wound that will not heal. To schedule an appointment, please call 432-268-5370.
About the Wound Healing Center
The Wound Healing Center offers a comprehensive wound management approach to healing through our clinic’s interdisciplinary team approach. As an outpatient, appointment-based program, the Wound Care Center’s staff is committed to providing each patient with an advanced, individualized treatment plan for their chronic, non-healing wounds. These wounds are defined as sores or wounds that have not significantly improved from conventional treatments. Typically, a wound that does not respond to normal medical care within 30 days is considered a problem wound. Associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, and immobility, non-healing wounds tend to lead to lower quality of life, as well as potential amputation. When wounds persist, a specialized approach is required for healing. This is where the Wound Care Center can help.
Headquartered in Jacksonville, FL, Healogics is the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. Healogics and its affiliated companies manage a network of Wound Care Centers® throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. Healogics technology-enabled wound care model supports the critical connection between patients with chronic wounds and multi-disciplinary teams for continuous, collaborative, patient-centered care. For more information, please visit www.healogics.com.
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Today is “Thank a Veteran Day” in Big Spring and KBest Media would like to thank William “Bill” O. Schneider, Veteran Marine, for his service to our country.
Schneider is a high school graduate of Central High School in San Angelo, Texas. At 19 years old, he enlisted with the Marines and served from 1969 to 1973. Schneider told KBest News that he was inspired to enlist with the Marines by his father, also a Veteran Marine, who had served during World War II.
"...He was a hero to me. I thought he deserved the United States Medal of Honor. He lived his patriotism everyday because of his war wound," said Schneider.
During his time in the Marines, Schneider served in Vietnam as a Line of Sight Radio Man and Military Police.
After discharging as a Sergeant, Schneider went on to graduate from Angelo State University in 1975. He and his wife Lea Ann ran their business Bill Schneider Pest Control until he retired in 2012.
He Lea Ann have been married for 43 years and have two sons, Gray and Jake. Gray currently resides in North Carolina and works on race car pit teams, and Jake is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and lives in Austin.
When asked how he felt about his time spent in service, Schneider stated that he’s still very proud. Even though he, along with other Vietnam Veterans, were not treated well when they returned home, Schneider advised that his family had always supported him.
He told KBest News that when he returned home from Vietnam, he found that the lines of communication opened more between he and his father.
"For the first time in my life, we would talk. It was like I passed into a secret club of Combat Marine," said Schneider. "I never went through what he did, but I understood better what he went through."
According to his wife, the effects of agent orange have taken a toll on her husband’s health and has resulted in prostate cancer, but Schneider has always remained grateful that he was able to serve our country.
When asked what advice he might have for anyone considering joining the military, Schneider stated, "Think about it very hard and understand that you're going to do without a lot of things for a few years. It'll all be paid back to you, and you'll actually enjoy the time."
AV, Chapter 47, Hosts Patient Advocate Meeting on Monday, October 15th at 6:30 PM.
Tomorrow, October 15th, at 6:30 PM the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 47, will be hosting the VA’s Patient Advocates at 2204 Runnels in Big Spring.
Mike Tarpley with the local DAV chapter told KBest News, “We’re inviting all Veterans that have issues that they don’t know how to resolve to come to the meeting and the patient advocates will help them take care of any problems they [have], or point them in the right direction [of] where they need to go.”
Tarpley went on to say at this point the only thing that veterans need to bring with them to the meeting is their questions.
The Big Spring High School Choir will have their Fall Concert Tuesday, October 16th, at First Baptist Church. The concert begins at 7 PM and is free to the public. The performance will be dedicated to Big Spring High School graduate Brayden Sizenbach, the beloved choir member who sang with the Meistersingers and who passed away in a tragic car accident just a month after graduation.
Special guest Jody Nix will be joining the choir along with members of the First Baptist Church Worship Band. Nix and the choir will perform heart-warming gospel tunes in honor of Brayden.
Performances will also include classical works by Giovanni Martini and Johannes Brahms. Rhapsody will also perform acapella favorites such as “Over the Rainbow” and music from the hit musical, “The Greatest Showman”.
Wildflower Ministries of Trinity Baptist Church will be hosting the Fall for Foster Care Fall Festival on Saturday, October 20th, at Comanche Trail City Park. During the event there will be a free fall festival that begins at 11 am with free games, activities, prizes, and free hotdogs and drinks. Be advised that families are welcomed to bring their own ice chests, but alcohol is strictly prohibited at the event.
There will also be a kickball fundraiser tournament with check-in at 8:30 AM and games beginning at 9 AM. Cost is $10 per player with a $100 per team minimum. Players must be Jr. High aged and up and at least 4 females per team.
Kickball registration is due by Monday, October 15th. Be advised that there are only 10 teams that will be allowed to play, so be sure to reserve your spot as soon as possible.
Free, confidential depression screenings will be offered by mental health professionals from West Texas Centers and Big Spring State Hospital today, October 11th, in Big Spring.
The screening will be held on the first floor of Scenic Mountain Medical Center, 1601 W. 11th Place, in Big Spring, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants may enter through the hospitals main entrance near the hospital cafeteria.
Screenings are free and are open to people of any age.
National Depression Screening Day is held each year in October to raise awareness and screen people for depression and related mood and anxiety disorders. West Texas Centers and Big Spring State Hospital mental health professionals will provide attendees with a short questionnaire and visit with each individual upon completion to review their answers.
Mental health professionals working at the screening will not diagnose depression but will suggest avenues participants can pursue following the screening.
Depression is a very common condition that affects more than 16 million Americans—almost 17 percent of the population—and more than 300 million around the world. Clinical depression is treatable through a variety of methods, including medication and psychotherapy or a combination of the two.
Each attendee is given educational literature and the names and phone numbers of community resources.
West Texas Centers also operates a 24-hour mental health crisis hotline, 1-800-375-4357. The line is available for those who are in a crisis or need mental health services.
Edward Gonzales, Sanitation Truck Driver for the City of Big Spring, was recognized as the October 2018 Star Employee at last night’s meeting of the Big Spring City Council. Mayor Larry McLellan advised that Gonzales had been conducting his normal duties along his route when he noticed that a woman was having a seizure outside of her home. Gonzales then responded to aid the woman by calling 9-1-1 and stayed with her until help arrived. Mayor McLellan noted that Gonzales had gone beyond the call of duty and that city was proud to have him as a member of the City of Big Spring staff.
During the meeting, there was a first reading of a new city ordinance that prohibited the use of recreational off-road vehicles in city parks, with exceptions. It was noted that penalty would be a fine in the amount between $50 to $200.
The council members also approved the boards and committees’ listings and resignations, with the exception of the Convention & Visitors Bureau Board. It was noted that they would continue to accept applications for this board for 2 more weeks.
Board of Adjustments & Appeals
2 openings – both members willing to re-serve
Edward Roach – Master Plumber
Ron Howell – Member at Large
Convention & Visitors Bureau Board – accepting application for 2 more weeks
Andrea Barr's resignation will be effective 10/31/18.
Planning & Zoning Commission
2 Openings – both willing to re-serve
Zoning Board of Adjustments
3 Openings – 2 willing to re-serve
Vacancy – Term Expires 9/20
Big Spring Economic Development Corporation
1 Opening – willing to re-serve
To apply for a vacancy – visit https://www.mybigspring.com/FormCenter/Administration-11/Boards-and-Committees-Application-55
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Linda Calvio, Director of Victim Services, says the month is to create awareness that there is help available for those who need it.
In 2017, there were 48 cases of reported abuse through the local Victim Services office, but Calvio pointed out that there are many cases that go unreported.
"There are so many that are unreported, all you have to do is pick up the newspaper everyday and you will see that there is a domestic disturbance," said Calvio.
According to Calvio, statistically, it takes a woman at least 8 to 10 times to experience abuse before they'll leave their abuser.
Some of signs that you may be involved in an abusive relationship are as follows:
* too controlling
* attempting to isolate you
* using verbal abuse or name-calling
* threats of violence
* not accepting responsibility for their actions
* pushing for quick involvement
* sudden mood swings
* always blaming others
* unrealistic expectations
* passed battering
* cruelty to animals or children
Calvio went on to say that education is prevention and anyone who may be involved in an abusive relationship can find help online at www.vsob.org or by calling 432-263-3312, and all communication is confidential.
The Silent Witness Display that is set up by Victim Services is on the1st floor of the Howard County Courthouse. Each silhouette in the display is a woman who can no longer speak for themselves because they were killed by their abuser. The display will be up through the end of the month.
The weather on Saturday morning may have been a little dreary, but it didn’t stop area pilots from flying in to the McMahon-Wrinkle Airport in Big Spring for the 13th annual Prairie Dog Fly-In. Here, Phillip Welch, Advisor Board Chairman for the McMahon-Wrinkle Airport.
Vietnam Veteran John Williams was one of the people who flew in from in Midland for the event. Williams spent 7 years active and 14 years reserve for the U.S. Air Force. In 1966 - 1967, Williams had a tour in Vietnam as a F4 Phantom pilot. He’s now retired reserve.
Williams flew in with his pilot in a Pilatus P3-05, which is a plane that was designed for the Swiss Air Force to be used as a primary and advanced trainer, including aerobatics and instrument flying.
Garden City pilot Phillip Goforth brought a Supermarine Spitfire MK26B to the event. According to Goforth, the plane is a replica of a real World War II airplane, noting it was a 90% scale version of the real airplane. Goforth told KBest News that he’s been to several of the Prairie Dog Fly-In events in Big Spring, and has even made new friends through the event.
LULAC, District 22, received a grant from Ford Driving Dreams. With this grant, the local LULAC organization has created a new educational program called “Steering into Success”.
According to Eddi Saldivar, Spokesperson for LULAC, District 22, the program is for high school juniors and seniors to help them prepare for college, vocational classes, or higher education after high school. It'll also prepare them for college life, finding scholarships, financial aid, FASFA, and creating resumes. Saldivar went on to say that the program will also involve community service. The program will begin this month and will continue through May, every Monday from 5:30 PM - 8 PM.
There will be an orientation meeting for "Steering into Success" on Monday, October 8th at 5:30 PM, at Ryan Hall, located at 605 N. Main. Juniors, Seniors, and their parents are welcomed to attend the orientation for more information about the program.
Out of over 1,000 LULAC councils nationwide and Puerto Rico, Big Spring was 1 of 10 LULAC Councils awarded the Ford Driving Dreams Grant.
The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce and members of the community joined Congressman Jodey Arrington, State Representative Drew Darby, and Senator Kel Seliger and the Big Spring Economic Development Corporation as they had their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for Big Spring Rail.
Terry Wegman, Executive Director of the Big Spring EDC, noted that this project has been in the works for 7 years and under construction for 5 in order to support existing customers and attract new customers. Wegman noted that today was a good day to celebrate all of the projects that they’ve been able to do. He noted that groundwork that’s been done so far has become a catalyst for attracting new business that will bring new jobs.
“We’ve got a master plan that actually takes rail around the airpark,” said Wegman. He advised that the philosophy of the Big Spring EDC has been to build the “backbone” of the project, but customers will build their portions of the project to support their industries.
“The next knock on the door, and we’ve got several of them knocking right now, could want to build more rail infrastructure and we’ll help them do that,” said Wegmen. “It kinda perpetuates itself. The more we do the more people come.”
When asked what he saw as being the benefit of Big Spring Rail Drew Darby, State Representative, told KBest News that the dedication of the facility will enhance Big Spring to service the oil and gas industry. He noted that the rail service would take trucks off the road, reduce costs to transport those goods and services, and lead to profit for the state and businesses.
Jodey Arrington, Texas Member of the United States Congress, visited Big Spring High School this morning to honor fallen soldier Specialist Robert “RJ” Volker as part of the West Texas Warrior initiative, 2003 Graduate of Big Spring High School. The visit was part of a series of public ceremonies to honor post-9/11 fallen heroes from District 19.
After the ceremony, Arrington stated, “Each of us is eternally indebted to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom,”Arrington said. “It was my profound honor to be with the people of Big Spring today to pay tribute to a fallen hero, Specialist Robert James “RJ” Volker, and his family.
“We must always strive to be a nation worthy of those who laid down their lives for us. It is my hope that through the West Texas Warrior initiative, we can create a culture of honor and respect among our youth for those who serve in uniform by recognizing the fallen heroes of our region like RJ at high schools throughout District 19.”
Robert James “RJ” Volker was born and raised in Big Spring. He graduated from Big Spring High School in 2003.
After attending Universal Technical Institute in Houston for automotive collision repair in 2004, he worked at the Big Spring Collision Center until he enlisted in the United States Army in 2005, just three days after his younger brother, Jonathan, left for basic training for the United States Navy.
In 2006, RJ was killed in Baghdad, Iraq after suffering injuries from an improvised explosive device that detonated near his High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV).
The organization Ladies Love Taildraggers, a loosely bound group of women pilots drawn together by the shared love of flying conventional gear aircraft also know as "taildraggers", made a stop in Big Spring yesterday afternoon.
On Sunday, September 30th, the group began their first “Haunted Flying Tour” which will cross 6 states in 7 days. It began in Indiana and crosses through Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. During their adventure they’ll learn the haunted history of Texas, visit historic airports and aviation museums, and overfly one of the remaining early U.S. Airmail route markers.
While in Texas, the pilots will stop in Stephenville, Big Spring, Sweetwater, and Cisco, and Eastland. When asked what brought the “Haunted Flying Tour” to Big Spring, Judy Birchler, founder and President of Ladies Love Taildraggers, stated that it was the Hotel Settles.
"We're here because of the [Hotel Settles]. We did a bunch of research online and we're looking for some really fun haunted places that we could visit while we're in Texas," said Birchler.
The group began in 2009 with only Birchler, of Indiana, but over the years it has steadily grown to over 2,000 members based around the world. The majority of the members are based in the U.S. but many are from abroad as well.
During yesterday’s Howard County Commissioners Court, Howard County Judge Kathryn Wiseman announced that Judge Bennie Green has given his official resignation and it will be official on December 31st.
Judge Green has been a Justice of the Peace for 19 years and when he retires it will be 20 years. When he leaves it will leave an unexpired term of 2 years. The County Commissioners were advised that they would need to accept applications for the position and appoint someone to fill the position for the next 2 years.
Yesterday morning the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a “Thank You for Your Investment” presentation for the Big Spring Food Truck Association to thank them for all that they do for the community.
Linda Burchett, with Double L BBQ with the Big Spring Food Truck Association, told KBest News that her business can work with school events or private catering. Burchett noted that they can do plates or individual items. She can be contacted at 432-816-9381.
Burchett noted that she began her business about 10 years ago and had only been working part-time during the summer as a supplement to her income. Since becoming a Chamber Member 2 years ago, she's been able to move to full-time with Double L BBQ thanks to the many referrals she's gotten through the Chamber.
This weekend’s event Country on the Rocks held entertainment for everyone with the 2018 Downtown Throwdown Winners The Brittany Oviedo Band kicking off the show, along with Sonny’s Holiday, Tracy Byrd, and headliner Diamond Rio. Fans sang, couples danced, and 1 young couple even got engaged in front of the crowd on stage between acts. Saturday’s event brought people in over 1800 people from the local area and even out of state.
Glenn and Edna Coonrod from Greenwood, Missouri have been fans of Tracy Byrd since the 1990s, just shortly after Glenn retired. The couple went to their first Tracy Byrd concert in 1994 and have met him several times. Over the course of over 20 years, the couple has seen and traveled to over 400 of his shows.
Last December, Byrd called the couple on stage to celebrate their 400th show. Byrd serenated the couple and gifted them with a signed guitar, cowboy hat, and t-shirts with “400” on the back that could be seen in the dark with glowing ink.
Saturday’s event was their 413th time to see Tracy Byrd in concert. The couple told KBest News that they average 20-30 shows a year.
When asked how he felt about the dedication of his fans Edna and Glenn, Byrd stated that the couple, both, are wonderful people.
“I worry about them getting out and traveling so far because they’re both in their 80s and they’re still out there [attending shows],” said Byrd. “They’re amazing people.”
Bulldogs and Bulldogettes will be making the long trek back to Coahoma Friday to participate in 2018 homecoming festivities.
The community is invited to the Coahoma High School pep rally which will begin at 2 p.m. Friday on the Bill Easterling Memorial Football field. Later that night, the crowning of the football sweetheart and hero will be held at 7 p.m. during pre-game festivities at the Bulldogs/Iraan Braves varsity football game held in Coahoma.
During halftime the homecoming queen will be announced. This year’s nominees are as follows:
Hope Atkins is the daughter of Michael and Brooke Atkins. She is active in cheerleading, Theater Arts, agriculture studies, and art. Hope loves to go fishing, be outdoors and watch her sister and peers play sports. She also likes to spend time with her family.
Paige Atkins is the daughter of Michael and Brooke Atkins. Paige participates in volleyball, basketball, and softball. She enjoys wakeboarding, fishing, hunting, taking care of her animals, and spending valuable time with friends and family.
Julia Mashburn is the daughter of Lloyd and Marie Mashburn. She is active in volleyball, cheerleading, track, and First Priority club. She also takes college courses at Howard College while still attending high school. Her after school activities include Howard County 4-H and her church youth group.
Jaydan Mann is the daughter of Jerry Mann and Jessica Canales. She is active in band, varsity volleyball, varsity softball, and varsity track. She was named to the 2018 All Star Team in softball.
Lexi Montelongo is the daughter of Michael and Mariana Gonzales. She participates in softball, track, student council, and is a student officer. While not at school, she is active in her church youth group.
(Information provided by Coahoma Media. Courtesy Photo/Jaxom Muller CISD Yearbook Staff. Pictured is the 2018 CHS Homecoming Court. They are from left, front, Hope Atkins, Lexi Montelongo, middle, Jaydan Mann, back, Paige Atkins, and Julia Mashburn.)
The Big Spring Fire Department held a jaws of life demonstration for SM Energy employees at the Dora Roberts Community Center yesterday afternoon. During the demonstration, members of the Big Spring Fire Department used the jaws of life and cutters to remove doors from the demonstration vehicle while Fire Chief Craig Ferguson narrated about the method that the BSFD members were using.
Kate Noble, External Affairs Advisor for SM Energy, told KBest News that SM Energy is really glad to have the opportunity to partner with all emergency responders in Big Spring, and especially a close partnership with the Big Spring Fire Department. She noted that it’s important for them to have demonstrations such as the one from yesterday so that people are prepared in emergency situations.
BIG SPRING, TEXAS - Scenic Mountain Medical Center has been recognized by the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) and the Texas Health Department, for achieving one of the highest reported rates in the state for its work to protect newborns from hepatitis B virus infection. This is the second year SMMC has received this recognition.
“We are very honored to be named to the honor roll. This recognition falls into alignment with the journey that we are taking here at SMMC. It shows that not only are we making great strides in the right direction, but we are sustaining that movement,” SMMC Labor and Delivery Director Angela Grimsley, said. “Safety of our patients, from our smallest ones to our most seasoned ones, is our top priority and this award reflects that.”
The IAC’s Birth Dose Honor Roll recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that have attained high coverage levels for administering the hepatitis B vaccine at birth. SMMC immunized 98 percent of babies born May 2017 through May 2018, and took additional steps to prevent perinatal transmission of hepatitis B. “Safety has been a top priority in all that we are doing at SMMC. Recognitions like this serve as validation to the staff and to the community. This recognition is a reflection of the care new parents and families can expect to receive at SMMC,” Grimsley said.
The national standards of care to prevent hepatitis B virus infection in babies are to administer hepatitis B vaccine to all newborns before they leave the hospital or birthing center. This standard is being adopted by centers of healthcare excellence nationwide as a safety net to protect newborns from a wide range of medical errors that lead to babies being unprotected from perinatal hepatitis B infection.
“We, as a hospital, have a responsibility to protect babies from life-threatening hepatitis B infection,” Grimsley said. “SMMC’s commitment to the best practice of hepatitis B vaccination at birth has shown that our team is doing their due diligence in preventing the transmission of the hepatitis B virus.”
Scenic Mountain Medical Center Volunteer Sarah Kelley was the guest of honor, during a Survivor Celebration, Monday afternoon.
SMMC Volunteers and staff joined together to celebrate Sarah’s last breast cancer treatment. During the celebration, she was given a pink bell to ring, in recognition of her final treatment and her win over breast cancer.
Sarah is a two-time survivor over breast cancer.
LUBBOCK - Coahoma ISD Coach John-Michael Leggett was all smiles after his varsity cross country team’s performance at the Lubbock ISD Invitational Regional Preview at Mae Simmons Park Saturday.
According to Leggett, eight out of 10 Coahoma runners had personal best times of the season.
“It was a huge day for Bulldog Cross Country,” Leggett said. “We ran against the best teams in the region and held our own. The guys and girls showed what BFND (Bulldogs Fight Never Die) truly means.
“In my eight years of coaching Cross Country and track, there are only a few days that I have been prouder to coach a team than I was this past weekend,” Leggett continued. “These kids are working their butts off every morning and the results are starting to show.”
The varsity team will take this weekend off to recuperate and prepare for the upcoming district meet to be held in Colorado City, Leggett said.
“If the community hasn't taken notice of the Cross Country programs on campus it is time too, because these kids are primed to make history by qualifying for the regional meet as a team for the first time in school history,” he added.
Individual results are as follows:
Christian Klug, 19:57
Hector Rivera, 20:48
Tanner Atkins, 20:49
CJ King, 21:32
Ethan Biddison, 22:13
D'Kota Harrison, 22:54
Nicholas Biddison, 23:11
Chance McMurray, 26:12
Matthew Hernandez, 27:16
Jaelei Hernandez, 16:51
(Information courtesy of Coahoma Media.)
Let's make some bowls!
The classes to help make bowls for this event will be Monday, September 24th, and Tuesday, September 25th from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. All classes will take place at the Ceramics Lab at Howard College.
Be advised that an RSVP for the class is required and to do so, contact Christian Fair, Executive Director for the United Way of Big Spring and Howard County, at 432-267-5201, or email her at email@example.com.
The rank of Eagle Scout is the pinnacle in the Boy Scouts of America. Currently only about 6 percent of all boys that participate in Boy Scouts achieve this honor. David Tidwell of Big Spring Texas and Troop 1908, Buffalo Trail Council is very near to attaining this very achievement. Among the requirements to attain the Eagle rank a young man must plan, and supervise the carrying out of a project to benefit his community in some way.
On Saturday September 22 from 11 AM – 1 PM at the Big Spring Salvation Army David and other Scouts and volunteers will be distributing "Care Packages" to the homeless citizens of Big Spring. David with the generous support of the Big Spring community has collected enough to fill 100 of such care packages with items such as sock, t-shirts, hygiene products and some easy to prepare and eat food items.
Additionally, there will be pet care packages will be available for those that have pets. A hot meal will be provided to the homeless when they come to get their care package.
Helping Hands for the Homeless
Saturday September 22 11 AM – 1 PM
Salvation Army (Big Spring Texas)
811 W 5th St, Big Spring, TX 79720
The Howard County 9-1-1 Communications Board of Directors met on Tuesday evening, 09/18/18. The primary focus of the meeting was selecting a full-time Director. Multiple candidates were interviewed for the position formerly occupied by the late Tommy Sullivan. During the Board’s Executive Session, interviews were conducted with the candidates. With a majority vote, Interim Director, Pepper Sullivan was selected as the Howard County 9-1-1 Communications, District Director. Pepper’s role is effective immediately.
FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), postponed the nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (also known as EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (also referred to as WEA) until October 3 due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence.
The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.
October 3 was the previously scheduled back-up date for the test, which was originally set up for this Thursday, September 20. A backup date is always planned in case of widespread severe weather or other significant events on the primary test date. FEMA and the nation’s emergency management community remain committed to the life-saving activities occurring through parts of North Carolina and South Carolina.
For further information on the test, visit our KBest Media Facebook page or go to https://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test.
JaLie Hernandez and Hector Colon-Rivera were the top finishers for the Coahoma Cross Country varsity team at the Western Texas College Invitational meet held in Snyder Saturday while the junior high team had three runners medal in the event.
“This was the first meet for a lot of the junior high kids,” said Cross Country Coach John-Michael Leggett. “They all did a really good job this past weekend. We had a lot of kids that ran a season best time on a really tough course. We are getting better every week, and I am very satisfied with the progress we are making.”
Coahoma junior high runners Isabella Cox and Serena Dobbs turned some heads at the meet. Cox ran the route in 16:04 and Dobbs finished one second later at 16:05. That placed them fourth and fifth respectively and both girls medaled for their efforts. Jake Freeman also earned a medal in the boys junior high race. He came in 6th with a time of 13:43.
For varsity, Hernandez came in with a time of 16:17 to place 35th in girls event. Colon-Rivera ran the route in 22:20 to place 38th for the boys.
Next: The high school team will travel to the Lubbock ISD Invitational regional preview meet. The junior high team will be off for the weekend.
Individual results are as follows:
Hector Colon-Rivera, 38th, 22:20
Tanner Atkins, 45th, 22:54
Christian Klug, 52nd, 23:20
D'Kota Harrison, 66th, 24:37
Chance McMurray, 76th, 27:30
JaLie Hernandez, 35th, 16:17
Jake Freeman, 6th (Medaled), 13:43
McCartney Fitzhugh, 23rd, 14:52
Kenan Kimberley, 42nd, 17:12
Keiston Harrison, 45th, 18:40
Isabella Cox, 4th (Medaled), 16:04
Serena Dobbs, 5th, (Medaled), 16:05
Marianna Glover, 26th, 18:13
Emily Lowder, 48th, 22:28
Savannah Meachum, 51st, 23:40
This past weekend the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 47 held their 5th annual DAV Dove Hunt, an event where 4 honorees are taken dove hunting, skeet shooting, have an opportunity to spend time with other veterans and share experiences. On Saturday evening, the DAV and community members comes together to show appreciation for the four honorees while they share a meal together, provided by the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department.
This year’s honorees were Special Forces veteran Danny Martinez, Afghanistan and Iraq veteran Carlos Torres, Iraq veteran Dr. Elliot Vann, and Afghanistan and Iraq veteran Robert McBride.
During the honoree ceremony on Saturday evening, the honorees were presented with a certificate of appreciation along with numerous gifts.
All honorees were amazed and blown away by the outpouring of support from community members and the DAV.
Saturday, September 15th, was Thank a Veteran Day in Big Spring and this month KBest Media would like to thank Richard Cortez, Veteran Marine, who served from 1966 to 1969.
Cortez told KBest News that he had joined the Marine Corp as a 17-year old high school drop-out. He noted that it was on his 17th birthday that his parents had to sign for him to be able to enlist at such a young age. Cortez went on to say that he had chosen the Marine Corp because he like those uniforms better than the other branches.
After Cortez turned 18, he joined his unit in Vietnam. Cortez served as a combat engineer dealing with explosives. After serving in Vietnam for 18 months he was injured and ended up with shrapnel in his left leg. He still carries shrapnel in his left leg became became a Purple Heart Recipient.
After Cortez left the Marine Corp as a Corporal, he spent a short time in the oilfield and later went to school at Arizona State University to pursue an engineering degree. After his father passed and left behind 14 children, Cortez moved back home to help his family. He spent time studying at UTPB and working for h Texas Instruments as a Quality Control Engineer. Cortez stated that he had been married for 18 years and had 4 daughters, 2 grandkids, and 1 great grandchild on the way.
"It was an adventure. It was something that I wanted to do. I don't expect anyone to follow in my footsteps," said Cortez. He went on to say that his advice for anyone considering joining the military would be to be prepared for possibility of death or serious injury, and to have your family prepared for that outcome as well.
During last night’s meeting of the Big Spring ISD Board of Trustees SM Energy donated $10,000 to BSISD to be used for a robotics program at Big Spring Intermediate. Assistant Superintendent George Bancroft announced during the meeting that there was additional funding that the school district would be able to access in order to bring a robotics program to the Accelerated Anderson campus as well. He advised that there would be a robotics program on all BSISD campuses by December of this year.
BSISD also accepted a $4,000 donation from First Christian Church. It was noted that money would be used to feed Big Spring JH and HS students who participated in extracurricular activities outside of school hours. The details on the program will work are still in development.
Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the kick-off of the 2018 Save Texas History Essay Contest for 4th and 7th grade students earlier this month. The Save Texas History Essay Contest encourages students to answer an important question: "What history in your community is worth saving?"
In a press release by Bush, he stated that everyone is familiar with iconic historic sites in Texas like the Alamo and San Jacinto, but there are countless locations throughout the state whose meaning and importance are deeply rooted in their local communities. He also noted that local history is a source of pride to many Texas communities, but often remains unknown to many Texans. He went on to say that he looks forward to reading the essays and congratulating the winners.
The winning entries will each receive a cash award of $500 courtesy of Chris Cantu of Edward Jones Investments and Bob Erksine of Just in Time Staffing, both from Round Rock. Grand Prize winners will also receive Texas flags that have flown over the Texas State Capitol. Five additional finalists in each grade will receive $100 courtesy of the Rotary Club of Austin and the Sons of the Republic of Texas, and a Texas flag that has flown over the northernmost point of the Republic of Texas (in present-day Wyoming). All winners and finalists will also receive Save Texas History backpacks and a replica of an historic map from the GLO Archives map collection, and a Certificate of Achievement signed by Commissioner Bush.
Entries must be postmarked by October 31, 2018. For more information on the contest, check out our KBest Media Facebook page, or visit savetexashistory.org for details.
On Tuesday, September 11, 2018 the Howard County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by Russ Rutledge in reference to a scam. Rutledge advised that he had been contacted by a female, Lucia Hernandez, via Facebook messenger. Hernandez made attempts to convince Rutledge that he knew her personally. After a short period of time Rutledge was told to send $4800.00 to Hernandez or she would send out videos of him to his friends and known people showing he was a pedophile. Rutledge refused to pay and reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Office.
On Wednesday, September 12, 2018 the Facebook account of Lucia Hernandez began sending videos depicting Rutledge in compromising situations. The Howard County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed these videos are fake and were used in an attempt to extort money from Rutledge.
The Howard County Sheriff’s Office is currently working with Department of Homeland Security to track the origin of the videos and the identity of the person or persons responsible for the Facebook hack.
This investigation is ongoing and we are working diligently to resolve this case as quickly as possible.
Sheriff Stan Parker
On Thursday, September 6th, 2018, the Texas League of United Latin American Citizens, also known as LULAC held an informal press conference in Big Spring outside of the Big Spring Correctional Center in order to bring attention to allegations that had been brought against the Flightline Correctional Center, a private prison run by GEO Group, Inc. that is contracted by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
It was during this press conference that Texas LULAC Civil Rights Chair, Agustin Pinedo, announced that the allegations against the correctional facility state that on the night of August 11, 2018, inmate Jose David Garache-Munoz, a Honduran immigrant, was beaten into unconsciousness by correctional staff and that Garache-Munoz was in a coma for 5 days following the incident. The allegations, originating from family members of Garache-Munoz, also state that 2 other inmates were beaten when they tried to intervene, one of whom later died on August 31st, 2018, as a result of his injuries.
KBest News has found that all of the allegations appear to be false; Garache-Munoz was not beaten, nor was he in a coma. According to a letter addressed to LULAC from Flightline Correctional Center Warden Bobby Thompson, Garache-Munoz, on August 11, 2018, was identified as the primary instigator for a potential disturbance of a housing unit. Garache-Munoz refused to obey multiple orders to return to his bunk and positioned himself in an assaultive stance toward staff. He was then pepper-sprayed by staff in order to gain compliance. He was evaluated by on-site medical staff and transported to the hospital where he was treated for eye irritation. During the medical assessment of Garache-Munoz, he was not noted to have bruising, bumps, or lacerations.
Upon his return to Flightline, Garache-Munoz was placed in the Restrictive Housing Unit, which is standard protocol for inmates who engage in disruptive behavior and pose a danger to staff. Warden Thompson advised that after reviewing the records for this housing area, it was found that Garache-Munoz had eaten all 3 of his daily meals during this time frame and had even participated in recreation during 2 of the 5 days that it was offered to him. Warden Thompson also noted that at the time of his letter, which is dated for September 6th, 2018, Garache-Munoz was housed in the Restrictive Housing Unit pending administrative charges for making threats toward staff and attempting to assault staff.
KBest News followed up on the allegation of the inmate death and found that there are no decedent reports that were filed for inmates during the time period in question. Additionally, neither local funeral homes were contacted to remove a deceased inmate, nor was a Justice of the Peace contacted to pronounce an inmate death, which is required by law. Regarding the allegations made at the press conference of one inmate being deceased, one missing, and one in need of medical treatment, KBest has been informed that all three inmates are in the custody of the Big Spring Correctional Center, where they have continued to reside since the night of the disturbance.
Tonight’s 9/11 Memorial Service was standing room only. Veterans, First Responders, Young Marines, children and citizens gathered to remember the heroic actions of so many on a horrific day. Tonight was also an opportunity to honor every individual who has risked their life to protect ours. Speakers evoked laughter and tears as they recounted stories of America’s heroes. There were very few dry eyes as Mike Tarpley concluded the evening with “Taps”.
On the 11th of September 2018 at approximately 4:20 AM, Big Spring Police Department officers were dispatched to Walmart located at 201 W. Marcy in reference to a disturbance. Upon officers arrival an individual later identified as Clint Aaron Sorrells White/Male 22 Years of age appeared to be suffering mental crisis.
Officers made contact with Sorrells and through their investigation determined Sorrells was under the influence of methamphetamines. Contact was made with Walmart staff who informed officers that Sorrells had brandished a handgun while inside the store although he never threatened anyone. In proximity of the vehicle Sorrells had been driving, officers located three handguns and three rifles laying on the ground. After Sorrells was detained in handcuffs and while officers were investigating the incident, Sorrells ran a short distance before being caught by officers.
Sorrells was arrested and charged with Evading Arrest/Detention, Unlawful Carrying of Weapon and Public Intoxication. This incident is still under investigation and there is no further information available at this time.
Scenic Mountain Medical Center held a Prayer at the Pole event this morning with local first responders, military heroes, and community members to pray for those families who were impacted by the events of 9/11 and to thank first responders and military personnel for the sacrifices they make to keep us safe.
Speakers during the event included SMMC CEO Emma Krabill, Howard County Judge Kathryn Wiseman, and President of the Board ofDirectors for the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce Manny Negron lead the prayer.
After the event, everyone was welcomed to the grab-n-go breakfast that was held in the main lobby.
University Medical Center’s Nurses Educating on Illegal Drugs & Synthetics, also known as NEIDS will present a program on the dangers of synthetic drugs on Monday, September 17th at 6 PM at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum. It’s an educational program that’s opened to youth and adults.
NEIDS is an outreach group of registered nurses that believe synthetic marijuana and other illegal drugs kill and harm too many of our fellow human beings. The group is made up of emergency room nurses and nurse educators from Lubbock, Texas, whose mission is to provide education to the public on the health risks and hazards of the use of synthetic marijuana and other harmful drugs. They accomplish this by utilizing public service announcements, focused educational offerings to school age children, point of care education, and working with local coalitions and agencies against the use of synthetic marijuana. They actively support new or revised legislation of local and state laws to halt the sale, distribution, and the manufacturing of these synthetic compounds and illegal drugs.
Tumbleweed Smith of Big Spring is one of 35 honorees at the Brown County Museum’s 35th anniversary celebration on September 18th. The 35 are being recognized for contributing to the historical legacy of Brown County. “His statewide syndicated radio program and newspaper column include many historical features on this area and around the state, educating the public about our amazing history,” says museum board chairman Dion White. “He has had an impact on preserving our local history.”
The evening, titled “35 in 35,” begins at 7 PM September 18th at the museum located at 209 Broadway in Brownwood. “We will be expressing our appreciation to 35 people and entities who have played a role in valuing and promoting this rich heritage,” said White. Tumbleweed’s program, THE SOUND OF TEXAS, is in its 50th year.
Scenic Mountain Medical Center will be honoring our local first responders and military heroes on Tuesday, September 11th. The event will begin with Prayer at the Pole beginning at 8:30 AM and followed with a Grab-and-Go Breakfast from 8:45 to 9:30 AM.
The annual event 9/11 Memorial at the Plaza: A Tribute to our Civil and Military Heroes will take place later that evening at Spring Town Plaza, located at 1801 FM 700. The event begins at 6:30 PM, and is presented by the Disabled American Veterans Chapter #47 and the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department.
Donations are still being accepted by the DAV to help our Veterans. For more information, contact Mike Tarpley at 432-566-2227.
Education is the main focus for the Permian Basin Regional Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, according to a presentation by Rebecca Baker during Friday morning’s Kindred Coffee Hour.
“It’s not a secret that the opioid crisis is growing across the nation. One of the best ways to stop this crisis is to get communities educated, empower the youth to take a stand against peer pressure by highlighting the importance of proper medication disposal,” Amanda Duforat, SMMC Marketing Mgr., said.
Baker discussed the new drug prevention outreach curriculum – Impact Youth – a program of PBRCADA, to the area school systems. The program teaches students how to respond to peer pressure by providing education on the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol.
“We focus our teachings on making positive choices. In the past, programs have taught simply saying no is the answer, but when our youth are being faced with peer pressure, saying no isn’t always easy. We want the youth to understand why they are saying no and to help them feel empowered when they make that decision,” Baker said.
According to Baker, one of the new crazes are “pill parties” which is why proper disposal of medications is receiving a heavy push. Many households have expired prescriptions in their cabinets simply because they do not know how to get rid of them.
“Just allowing medications to sit in our medicine cabinets or around our house leaves the door open for a child to get a hold of them and ingest them, older kids have the temptation of experimenting and so many other potential hazards,” Baker said. “The more opportunities we can eliminate, the further we are in the fight against the opioid crisis.”
The PBRCADA offers a medication deactivation system free of charge. The pouches and buckets contain a chemical inside that dissolves the medication and makes them safe for disposal. For those who are needing to dispose of medications, call Baker at 264-7844.
“We are trying to get as much education out to the community as possible. Even if you do not have access to one of these pouches, there are other safe alternatives to disposing of those unused medications,” Baker said. “Our office is willing to provide pouches, provide education and even schedule a disposal collection event. We encourage those who have more questions or would like us to come out to give us a call.”
To keep up with activities in your community, provided by PBRCADA and other substance information, follow Impact Youth Big Spring on Facebook.
The Churches in the Crossroads Baptist Association will be presenting the Progressive Revival every night at 6:30 PM between Sunday, September 9th through Wednesday, September 12th.
Dr. Seay will be speaking on Sunday night, September 9th, at College Baptist Church. Monday, September 10th Pastor Mark Lindsey will speak at First Baptist Church of Coahoma. Pastor Jon Brinlee will speak on Tuesday, September 11th, at Midway Baptist Church, and Pastor Ken McMeans will close out the Progressive Revival on Wednesday evening, September 12th, at First Baptist Church of Big Spring.
It was noted that too many times people put too much focus on their own congregation and their own church building. Dr. Seay stated that this event will give people the chance to come together and be a community.
Howard County Commissioners did not approve the 9-1-1 Proposed Budget during yesterday’s meeting. Instead, Howard County Judge Kathryn Wiseman advised that it would be under advisement.
Also, during the meeting, the Commissioners approved a purchase by the Howard County Road and Bridge Department for a 1994 Freightliner truck with 5,000 miles from the Howard County Volunteer Department. They also voted to have the scrap yard dispose of the miscellaneous junked county equipment and transfer that money to the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department.
Howard County Commissioners Court will be held Monday, September 10th. The meeting will begin at 4:30 PM in the 2nd Floor Conference Room and reconvene in the 3rd Floor Courtroom at 5:30 PM for the Public Hearing on the proposed tax rate for Howard County.
Photo - Pepper Sullivan with the 9-1-1 Communications District Board presents proposed budget to Howard County Commissioners during meeting on 9/05/18.
One of the biggest questions on election day is “Where do I go to vote?” While some people participate in early voting just to avoid that question, others have to figure out what their precinct or district is so they can cast their ballot at the appropriate location. This kind of confusion on election days could be thing of the past with vote centers, or countywide poll locations.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, vote centers are an alternative to traditional, neighborhood-based precincts. When a jurisdiction opts to use vote centers, voters may cast their ballots on Election Day at any vote center in the jurisdiction, regardless of their residential address.
There are, both, possible advantages and drawbacks, to having vote centers, but a committee will be put together in order to assess if this is a good idea for the county.
Howard County Elections Administrator Jodi Duck told KBest News that a committee will be put together in order to discuss possible polling locations, if they want to add more or reduce the number of locations – 1 location will be in every commissioner’s precinct. She noted that there are guidelines that the state of Texas has given them and that information will be analyzed by the committee, and public hearings will be held to hear their view points. All of this information will then be submitted with the application to the state in order to be considered for approval for the vote centers.
Photo - New voting machines that print out ballot once voting on the computer is completed in order for the voter to review that their choices are correct before feeding it into the drop box.
Yesterday the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a Thank You for Your Investment Presentation for CeRam-Kote Coatings, Incorporated, located at 1800 Industrial.
CeRam-Kote Coatings, Inc. is the manufacturer of the CeRam-Kote family of high performance industrial coating products.
According to Chad Freeman, Vice President of the family owned business, the company has been in business for 33 years and they plan to be here a lot longer.
The annual event 9/11 Memorial at the Plaza: A Tribute to our Civil and Military Heroes will take place next Tuesday at the Spring Town Plaza, located at 1801 FM 700. The event begins at 6:30 PM, and is presented by the Disabled Veterans Chapter #47 and the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department.
Saturday, September 15th, the Big Spring D.A.V. Chapter 47’s will host their 5th Annual Dove Hunt. The evening will end with Community Support and Fellowship at Springcreek Fellowship inside of the Spring Town Plaza. This fellowship event will begin at 7 PM and free barbecue will be provided by the Howard County Fire Department until it is all gone.
Donations to the DAV are accepted to help our Veterans. For more information, contact Mike Tarpley at 432-566-2227.
(Photo: Mike Tarpley, with DAV, Chapter 47, salutes the U.S. Army flag.)
Forsan and Coahoma teams participated in the 5th Annual Howard County Bowl that took place last night, August 30th, at Memorial Stadium in Big Spring. The final score resulted in 24-14 with the Coahoma being named this year’s winner and bragging rights for the rest of the year.
This year’s event brought out an appearance by CBS 7’s Jay Hendricks, and a half-time performance by country artist Mark McKinney. Former NFL player Cedric Benson also made an appearance at this year’s Howard County Bowl.
Benson is currently working with The Cedric Benson Foundation, an organization with the mission is to connect passionate and experienced leaders with young athletes of all abilities in order to facilitate athletic, personal and mental health development in a positive and safe environment while exceeding customer expectations.
With all of this excitement, by far the most exciting thing was the fact that the Howard County Bowl was able to award $38,000 in scholarships to several Forsan and Coahoma Seniors who participated in this year’s event.
Long time Allstate Insurance Agent Leslie Zant of Big Spring is retiring this month. Zant has been serving Big Spring area for over 36 years. When asked how he felt looking back at his time serving Big Spring, Zant stated that he enjoys what he does and has enjoyed every bit of it.
Zant told Kbest News that he looks forward to doing things that he hasn’t had time for in the past because he was working. Zant’s last day will be Friday, August 30th.
Zant’s customers will be transferred to Rondall Sanders, an Allstate Insurance Agent with offices in Abilene and San Angelo and over 19 years of experience.
A small retirement party will be held at Zant’s Insurance office, located at 408 W. FM 700, tomorrow from 11 – 2 PM.
The Big Spring Herald is teaming up with the Heritage Museum of Big Spring to present a “Newspaper Dress Contest”. According to Tammy Schrecengost, Director of the Heritage Museum, the exhibit on the Big Spring Herald will be on display at the museum from August 31st to November 1st. Schrecengost believed that the dressmaking contest would be a good way to celebrate the opening of the exhibit because the wife of Tom Jordan, publisher of the Big Spring Herald, had made the newspaper dress featured in the center photo below in 1904 to commemorate the first newspaper off of the press.
The dress must be made from newspapers and must be able to display on a mannequin, but having a mannequin is not required. Schrecengost noted that it can be held together by stitching, staples, or glue and can have garnishes on it, but the main material must be newspapers.
Dresses will be accepted through 4 PM on Sept. 11th and judging will be on Sept. 12th with the winner announced on Sept. 13th. The winning dressmaker will receive a Singer 44S Classic Heavy Duty Sewing Machine with 23 Built-In Stitches and a 1-year subscription to the Big Spring Herald.
For more information about the contest, you can contact the Heritage Museum at 432-267-8255.
During yesterday’s meeting of the Big Spring City Council, a public hearing was held concerning a specific use permit, without term, in a retail zoning district to allow for a microbrewery located at 1400 and 1404 Scurry St., however, no one from the public spoke.
The bid for a Wheeled Excavator with a 60” Diamond Mower attachment was awarded to Cisco Equipment of Odessa. The bid came in at approximately $20,000 under the other quotes received. It was noted that this piece of equipment would have multiple purposes and would be used in multiple departments. Plus, councilmembers approved a request for a quote from South Plains Association of Governments, also known as SPAG for the TxCDBG Grant Administrator Services. It was noted that SPAG will only be paid if the city is awarded a grant from Community Development Block Grant program for Texas.
(Photo - People in attendance at the Big Spring City Council meeting on 8/28/18.)
Big Spring City Council Meeting
The Big Spring City Council will be meeting this evening in the Council Chambers located at 307 E. 4th Street. Some of the items on the agenda include: a public hearing concerning a specific use permit, without term, in a retail zoning district to allow for a microbrewery located at 1400 and 1404 Scurry St. A public hearing will also be held concerning the request for a zone change from heavy industrial to single-family dwelling zoning district for properties 912, 914, and 916 Ohio Street.
The Howard County 9-1-1 Communication District’s proposed budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year will be presented, as well as a presentation regarding upgrades to election equipment.
The Big Spring ISD Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting Thursday evening at 5:15 in the High School Board Room located at 707 11th place. Some of the items on their agenda include a report on 2018 accountability ratings, as well as possible approval of the approval of the hiring schedule for 2018-2019, approval of the proposed budget for 2018-2019 fiscal year, and approval of the tax rate resolution for tax year 2018.
Scenic Mountain Medical Center will be hosting a blood drive tomorrow, August 28th, at Noon until 3 PM in front of the Main Lobby. Donors will receive a t-shirt, a chick-fil-a coupon, and 700 Hero points. If you’re able to donate 2 pints, you’ll receive 1200 hero points. Hero points are redeemable online at www.bloodhero.com for movie passes, Amazon gift cards, and more.
Register online at www.bloodhero.com with code: “smmc” or call 877-827-4376 to make a donation appointment. Don’t forget to take a photo ID and donor card when you go to donate.
Yesterday, Big Spring Police Department Detectives arrested 23 year old Ricky James Shubert for Improper Relationship Between Educator and Student, a 2nd Degree Felony. The arrest stems from an investigation by the BSPD Criminal Investigations Division. Mr. Shubert had been employed by the Big Spring Independent School District, but it should be noted that the victim involved in this case was not a student of BSISD, and it should be noted that the Big Spring ISD administration has fully cooperated with this investigation.
According to a statement made by BSISD Superintendent Jay McWilliams, BSISD was made aware of the report against Mr. Shubert yesterday morning, and prior to his arrest the school district received a resignation from Mr. Shubert that was effective immediately. McWilliams also stated that the district has reported the incident to Child Protective Services and to the State Board of Educator Certification noting that BSISD will continue to cooperate with all agencies as needed, and to the fullest extent permitted by law.
McWilliams also went on to state, “Student safety, whether in this District or another, is a paramount concern to Big Spring ISD. The District’s policies concerning improper personal relationships between staff and students are strictly enforced. Employees receive regular training and warnings regarding proper professional relationships with students, and administration encourages anyone with information of a suspected improper relationship to immediately contact the office of the Superintendent or Big Spring Police Department.”
The Military Veteran Peer Network is a group of veterans and veteran family members committed to supporting active and former service members by offering mentorship and guidance, as well as helping veterans access the services and resources available to them. Additional services provided include: Peer to Peer Counseling, Peer Support, Peer Support Groups, and Volunteer Opportunities.
Western Texas Centers are in the process of opening a facility called “Veterans Outpost.” According to Jesse Vick, Chief Strategy Officer for West Texas Centers, it’ll be a place for Veterans and their families to connect with one another.
Vick stated that they need skilled volunteers who can do some of the construction work like installing flooring, or hang drywall. He went on to say that it's something that he and West Texas Centers hopes will really make the facility something to be proud of and let the veterans know that they honor and appreciate them.
To volunteer labor with this project, contact Jesse Vick at Jesse Vick 432-288-3192 or call West Texas Centers.
According to Meghan Bias, Executive Director for the United Way of Big Spring and Howard County, the 2019 Campaign goal is to raise $250,000 for their 15 partnering agencies and this year they’ve created a new event to help them reach their goal.
A United Way Benefit Concert will be held at the Train Car, in downtown Big Spring, on Saturday evening, September 8th. Local talented artists J.R. McNutt and Eddie Austin will be performing, along with the band Insufficient Funds from the Midland.
There is no cover to get in to the Train Car on September 8th. There will also be food, donated and prepared by NuStar, that will be sold to benefit the United Way, plus donations will be accepted. The event begins with food at 6 PM at the Train Car and the live music will begin at 7 PM.
The local organization is a charitable cornerstone in our community with the ability to reach many people. They provide financial support and advocacy for their health and human service Partner Agencies in Howard County, while being a platform for encouraging philanthropy and economic development in the community.
To make a quick and easy donation from your smart phone, text the word “bigspringunited” to 40403.
Earlier this morning, Meghan Bias, Executive Director for the United Way of Big Spring and Howard County, announced that she'll soon be leaving her position with the organization. The new incoming Executive Director was announced to be Christian Fair and will begin on September 4th.
Bias stated that she would stay on for a short time to help train Fair and to assist with next month's United Way Benefit Concert at the Train Car on September 8th.
Earlier this morning, the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a Thank You for Investment Presentation for Parks Fuel to thank them for everything that they do for the community. Parks Fuels has been serving Big Spring since 1948.
According to Taylor Parks, Part Owner of Parks Fuels, the company is a whole sale and retail distributor of fuels, oils, lubricants, and greases.
“We provide everything from oil field service work to convenient stores. We service any part of West Texas for any kind of fuel needs.”
When asked how he felt about the Chamber presentation, Parks stated that it was appreciated and they enjoy working with the Chamber.
Yesterday afternoon, August 20, 2018, the Howard County Democrats hosted a “Meet the Candidate” event for Lupe Valdez, Candidate for Governor of Texas. While at the event she introduced herself and spoke briefly about her humble beginnings and accomplishments. She also spoke passionately about the changes she wants to see in Texas that includes fighting for universal healthcare, investing in education, and raising minimum wage to produce quality jobs.
For more information on Valdez, visit www.lupevaldez.com