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2 vehicle fatality crash on 12-11-19 in Dawson County


A 2-vehicle crash in Dawson County on Wednesday morning resulted in the death of a 16-year old male from Lamesa.

 

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the crash occurred 13 miles southwest of Lamesa on FM 829 at approximately 8:17 AM on December 11th. The preliminary investigation revealed that the 16-year-old had been traveling south on FM 829 when his vehicle veered off the roadway, over-corrected, and lost control. The vehicle then entered the northbound lane where it collided with a 2015 Kenworth truck tractor towing a semi-trailer.

 

The 16-year-old driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

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Weekend Christmas Activities, Dec. 13 - 15, 2019


FRIDAY, Dec. 13

** 6:30 - 9:30 PM - 33rd annual Drive-Thru Nativity presented by First Church of the Nazarene @ 1400 Lancaster (Dec. 13 - 15, 2019)

 

With a cast of over 100 people and live animals, this beautiful luminary trail will lead you through the wonderful presentation of Christmas. The entrance to the Nativity Drive-Through is best approached from the west on Martin Luther King Boulevard and then turn south onto Lancaster. Free event, but donations are welcomed. For further information, call 432-267-7015.

 

** 6-10 PM, (nightly - Dec. 25th) - Comanche Trail of Lights @ Comanche Trail Park

 

Free display of lights, but donations are welcomed.

 

 

SATURDAY, Dec. 14

** 8 AM - 3 PM - Christmas Bazaar presented by Knights of Columbus at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish @ Family Center, 1009 Hearn St.

 

There will be breakfast, lunch, baked goods, and over 20 vendors to shop from.

 

** 10 AM - Coat and Ham Giveaway @ Family Faith Center, 810 E. 11th Pl.

 

Be advised, children must be present to receive a coat, and items will be given away on a first come, first served basis. For more information, contact 432-267-6001.

 

** 10 AM - Holiday Cookie Contest @ Heritage Museum of Big Spring, 510 Scurry St. in Big Spring. Deadline for entries is 1 PM.

 

Category winners will be chosen for most beautiful and most delicious. Must make 6 cookies for each category entry. The winners will be awarded a gift basket valued at $250 with kitchen gadgets, restaurant certificates, cook books and more. Winners will be announced at 3 PM.

 

** 10 AM - 2 PM - Toys for Joys Truck Drive @ Big Spring Ford, 500 W. 4th St.

 

Santa will be at Big Spring Ford from 10-2 pm, and the KBest Crew will be there from 12 - 2 PM. Deadline to turn in new, unwrapped toys is 5 PM. Each toy earns one entry for the framed autographed jersey for Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez. Toys will be donated to Salvation Army.

 

** 3-6 PM - Christmas in Coahoma, sponsored by the Coahoma Lions Club @ Coahoma Park.

 

Open to the community and will have hayrides and caroling, Christmas art projects for the kids, and a Special Visit from Santa from 3-5 PM. This community get together will also have free coffee, hot cocoa, popcorn and cookies.

 

** 7:30 PM - Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet @ Big Spring Municipal Auditorium

 

Tickets available at H-E-B. Cost is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and students are free. Children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

 

 

SUNDAY, Dec. 15

** 11 AM - 1 PM - Snaps and Snacks with Santa @ Ryan Hall, 605 N. Main, in the rear

 

Join the North Side Movement for photos with Santa and snacks.

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Male suspect steals cash and nicotine products from DK at 1801 S. Gregg in Big Spring, 12/10/19.


On the 10th of December at approximately 3:15 A.M., Big Spring Police Department officers were dispatched to the DK located at 1801 S. Gregg in reference to a Robbery. Upon arrival contact was made with witnesses and officers learned that an unknown male wearing a black and yellow hoodie, gloves and a mask walked into the store and threw a backpack onto the counter while displaying a hand gun and demanding money from the register. The male also demanded nicotine products to be placed in the backpack. The clerk complied with the demands and the male then quickly left the store last seen walking southbound on Gregg St with the currency and nicotine products in the backpack. This investigation has been assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division. No one was injured during this incident.

 

This is an ongoing investigation and there is no further information available at this time. The Big Spring Police Department urges anyone with information relating to this incident to call CrimeStoppers at (432) 263-TIPS (8477) or use the P3tips.com software to submit your tip online. Remember no caller ID is ever used and all tips are anonymous.

 

 

Chief of Police, Chad Williams

Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon

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Big Spring PD investigates robbery at Posh Nail & Spa.


On the 11th of December 2019 at approximately 7:20 P.M., Big Spring Police Department Officers were dispatched to 1703 S. Gregg (Posh Nail & Spa) in reference to a Robbery. Upon arrival officers learned from witnesses that a Hispanic/male wearing dark clothing and a hoodie with his face covered with a dark color bandana and another unknown male subject wearing a white t-shirt and light colored mask and head cover, entered the building and approached an employee demanding money. The Hispanic/male was displaying a handgun. The male subjects were given a bag of money and they quickly left the store. This investigation has been assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division. No one was injured during this incident.

 

This is an ongoing investigation and there is no further information available at this time. The Big Spring Police Department urges anyone with information relating to this incident to call CrimeStoppers at (432) 263-TIPS (8477) or use the P3tips.com software to submit your tip online. Remember no caller ID is ever used and all tips are anonymous.

 

 

Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon

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BSPD Investigates Murder that occurred on 12/11/19.


On the 11th of December at approximately 10:35 P.M., Big Spring Police Department officers were dispatched to the 300 block of San Jacinto in reference to a gunshot victim. Officers arrived on scene and found Chandon Dakota Davlin white/male 29 years of age, lying inside a residence with an apparent gunshot wound. Big Spring Emergency Medical Services arrived on scene though Davlin had already succumbed to his injuries. Davlin’s next of kin has been notified. The Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigations Division responded and is currently investigating this incident as a murder.

 

This is an ongoing investigation and there is no further information available at this time. The Big Spring Police Department urges anyone with information relating to this incident to call CrimeStoppers at (432) 263-TIPS (8477) or use the P3tips.com software to submit your tip online. Remember no caller ID is ever used and all tips are anonymous.

 

Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon

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Coahoma's Corely Signs with Sul Ross Lobos to play basketball


COAHOMA - Four years ago Caitlyn Corley knew what she wanted to do after high school. On Monday morning at the Coahoma High School auditorium, it became a reality when the Coahoma senior signed an agreement to play basketball for the Sul Ross State University Lobos. 

 

Sul Ross is a Division III school in Alpine. It plays in the American Southwest Conference and Katherine Novak is the women’s head basketball coach.

 

Corley, who plans to major in physical therapy, said Sul Ross is a good fit for her. 

 

"I had other schools contact me by e-mail, but I visited Sul Ross and I liked the place," Corley said. "I felt comfortable, at home there. I love coach Novak. I like what she's trying to do with the program, turn it around. I feel she's thinking about the best interest of the team."

Novak said Corley is a "great find" for her team. 

 

"I think Caitlyn Corley is going to be a great fit for our program," she said. "She is a natural competitor. She is hungry to win and get better and obviously has the skills to play at the next level."

 

Novak, Coahoma ISD Athletic Director Chris Joslin and Coahoma girls basketball coach Jim Kinnear all agree that it's Corley's drive that makes her special.

 

"She very dedicated and works very hard. She makes a lot of sacrifices. One of her goals was to make it to the next level,” Kinnear said.

 

"She is an awesome person and athlete," said Joslin. We challenged all of our athletes to commit to summer conditioning every day. Caitlyn took a big step in encouraging all the girls to show up and participate. She plays every sport we offer and excels at every one. Sul Ross is getting a great person as well as a great athlete.”

 

Novak already has plans for Corley. 

 

"My plans are to play her at a point guard position first. She has the ability to play off guard as well. She will add toughness to our team. Another aspect about Caitlyn's game that  really stands out is her leadership ability. She is very vocal on both ends of the court and vocal high school players always have an easier time transitioning to college," Novak said.

 

The 5-foot-8 Corley has participated in basketball, volleyball, track and field and softball throughout her career. Last year she was first team All-District in 5-3A in basketball. This year, she has led Coahoma to one its best basketball starts in recent history. 

 

The Bulldogettes are 7-2, coming off a second place finish at the O.W. Follis tournament in Lamesa last weekend. Corley is averaging 12 points per contest.  

 

"My freshman year I decided I wanted to play college basketball. Everybody told me I couldn't do it," said Corley. "I come from a small school with not much basketball tradition. I wanted to prove everybody wrong."

 

Indeed, she did.

 

(Photo taken by Megan Ditto, CISD Technology Director.)

 

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A bomb threat that was made against a "gym" at Big Spring ISD has been cleared by local law enforcement.


Earlier this morning, Big Spring Independent School District issued a message to parents and guardians of all students in their district advising of a bomb threat that they were made aware of at approximately 8 AM this morning. They noted that the threat had been made against a "gym" via an email to a school employee.  All students and staff were immediately evacuated from areas in close proximity to all gymnasiums across the district, and law enforcement was notified.

 

The Big Spring Police Department inspected all Big Spring ISD gymnasiums and they cleared all for occupancy. 

 

BSISD advised that the school district will consider any threat of this nature seriously and will always err on the side of caution to keep their students and staff safe and free from harm.

 

 

 

Facebook post from Big Spring ISD, 12/09/19 at 9:21 am:

 

UPDATE: The Big Spring Police Department has inspected all Big Spring ISD gymnasiums and they have been cleared for occupancy. We are thankful to the police department for their timely assistance and to our parents for their patience.

 

This message is for parents and guardians of all students on in the Big Spring ISD. Earlier today, at approximately 8:00 AM, District administration became aware of a bomb threat was made against “the gym” via an email to a school employee . All students and staff were immediately evacuated from areas in close proximity to all gymnasiums across the district, and law enforcement was notified. At this time, local law enforcement professionals and school administrators are evaluating the credibility of the threat and the safety of the building. If or when law enforcement officials determine it is safe to occupy the building, students and staff will return but not sooner. In the meantime, if you choose to get your student prior to our typical release time, please be prepared for a longer pick-up process than normal as we work together to account for all students. The school district will consider any threat of this nature seriously and will always err on the side of caution to keep your students and our staff safe and free from harm.

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MIDLAND MAN SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR ATTEMPTED ONLINE ENTICEMENT OF A MINOR


In Midland on Wednesday, 12/04/19, a federal judge sentenced 37-year-old Midland resident Cole S. Crocker to 20 years in federal prison for attempting to entice a minor into sexual activity, announced U.S. Attorney John F. Bash, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw and FBI Special Agent in Charge Luis Quesada, El Paso Division.

 

In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge David Counts ordered that Cole pay a $50,000 fine, pay a $5,000 special assessment under the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA), and be placed on supervised release for a period of ten years after completing his prison term.

 

“The defendant in this case attempted to have sex with an eight-year-old girl—eight years old. I would say that parents can rest easy with this man in federal prison, but there are so many more predators like him. We remain committed to the fight against child abuse,” stated U.S. Attorney Bash.

 

On September 4, 2019, a jury convicted Crocker of one count of attempted online enticement of a minor. Evidence presented at trial revealed that on March 22, 2019, Crocker responded to an online advertisement uploaded by an FBI undercover agent. Crocker began chatting with the undercover agent via messaging applications, and the conversation quickly turned graphic and sexual in nature. The undercover agent represented to Crocker that he had access to an eight-year-old girl for sex, and Crocker expressed interest. As the chats progressed, Crocker also engaged in several recorded phone conversations with the undercover agent where they discussed the logistics of a meet-up to have sex with the eight-year-old girl. Crocker was arrested later that evening when he arrived at the purported meeting location in Midland.

 

This investigation and arrest were the result of a joint operation between the Texas Department of Public Safety and the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Shane A. Chriesman is prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government.

 

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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Lewis recognized as Volunteer of the Year by national DAVA.


Yesterday, Clara Lewis of Big Spring was presented with the George H. Seal Memorial Award by DAV National Commander Dennis Nixon from the Disabled American Veterans Association for being the 2019 DAV Auxiliary George H. Seal Memorial Trophy recipient.

 

Each year, the prestigious George H. Seal Memorial Trophy honors one DAV and DAV Auxiliary member who have gone above and beyond in their service through the Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS) Program.

 

Lewis began her 44-year volunteering career when her late husband, a Vietnam veteran, was receiving care at the West Texas Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care System. During her tenure, she has dedicated approximately 44,000 hours of her own time to veterans, the DAV Auxiliary and the VA staff.

 

Lewis told KBest News that receiving the award was the biggest shock of her life and . When asked about how she felt about her time of service at the West Texas VA Health Care System, Lewis stated, "The veterans are why I come here. They are number one. They come before anyone else. If I can do anything to help a veteran, I will."

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TDLR permanently revokes Odessa man's Massage Therapist license


AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation has permanently revoked an Odessa man’s massage therapist license for engaging in prohibited sexual contact with two different women during massages.

 

Frank Garcia Acosta signed a settlement agreement with the Department revoking his massage therapist license for the rest of his life. The terms of the Agreed Order state that Acosta will never be eligible to practice massage therapy or own a massage establishment in Texas.

 

According to the agreed order, Acosta acknowledges that TDLR determined that he violated TDLR massage therapy rules by engaging in prohibited sexual conduct with two different clients.

 

Acosta signed a negotiated settlement agreement with TDLR acknowledging the accusations against him but without admitting to the alleged violations. In signing the agreement, Acosta agreed to the lifetime revocation of his Texas massage therapist license and agreed that he will never own a massage establishment in Texas.

 

“Most massage therapists are law-abiding care providers, but we will do what we need to do to protect the public from people who should not be in this profession,” said Brian E. Francis, TDLR executive director. “A lifetime ban from practicing massage therapy and from owning a massage establishment is the type of consumer protection that Texans deserve.”

 

About TDLR

TDLR provides regulatory oversight for a broad range of occupations, businesses, facilities, and equipment in Texas. The agency protects the health and safety of Texans by ensuring they are served by qualified, licensed professionals. Inspections of individuals, businesses, and equipment are done on a regular basis to safeguard the public. Currently, the agency regulates 38 business and occupational licensing programs with more than 1,000,000 licensees across the state.

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Christmas Activities in Big Spring, Dec. 5th - Dec. 8th, 2019


Thurs. Dec. 5th

5-6 pm @ Howard County Library, 500 S. Main St. – FREE photos with Santa

  • No registration is required. Must bring your own camera. First 100 kids will receive a free book. Sponsored by STAR CDJR and the Greater Big Spring Rotary Club.

 

6-9 pm in Big Spring – 1st Christmas Tour of Homes

  • Take a tour of 6 Big Spring homes/offices decorated wonderfully with Christmas spirit! Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the United Way Office on the corner of 3rd and Gregg in Big Spring, at Dazzling Décor, the Blue-Eyed Buffalo, or any United Way Board member. Tickets can also be purchased at the Alive After 5 event hosted by the United Way of Big Spring and Howard County from 5-6:30 pm at Hotel Settles on Thursday.
  • Limited VIP packages are also available. They include a personal chauffer for the evening, a goodie basket, and entry for 6 people. Contact Christian Fair for more info at 432-816-3573.

 

Fri. Dec. 6th

5:30 PM – 7 PM @ West Texas VA Health Care System, 300 W. Veterans Blvd. – Lighting of the Christmas Tree

  • Join the West Texas VA at the George H. O'Brien, Jr., Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center for our annual Lighting of the Tree ceremony.

 

Sat. Dec. 7th

8 AM – 5 PM @ Heritage Museum of Big Spring, 510 Scurry St. – Vintage Christmas

  • Breakfast with Santa – booked up, no spots are available for this
  • Shopping event with various Cowboys and Heels vendors

 

10 AM @ Forsan – 6th annual Christmas in Boomtown Parade

  • Parade begins at Forsan High School Cafeteria parking lot. It will travel south on Ave. H to 1st street, then it will move east towards Rex Avenue, and move north towards Main St. where it will travel west and end at the Church. After the parade there will be photos with Santa along with cookies and hot chocolate
  • Sponsored by the City of Forsan
  • To participate in the parade, contact Jenny Sayles at 816-6168.

 

2-5 PM @ Manny’s Janitorial Service, 1510 S. Scurry St., Suite A - Christmas with the Grinch

  • Free popcorn, hot chocolate, and photo opportunities with The Grinch.

 

5:30 PM @ Scurry St. – Big Spring Herald Annual Lighted Christmas Parade

  • Letters to Santa are due to the Big Spring Herald by Friday, Dec. 6th. These letters will be published in the December 22nd issue of the Big Spring Herald.

 

8 PM @ First United Methodist Church, 400 Scurry St. – Our Savior

  • "Our Savior" is a free event that includes the sounds of a live orchestra, FUMC’s Bridge Worship band, a fifty-member choir, and a Drum Line! Featuring songs by Bethel, Kari Jobe, Hillsong and a dramatic story line to go with it all!

 

Sun. Dec. 8th

11 AM – 3 PM @ Howard County Fair Barn – H-E-B Feast of Sharing

  • Free event that has planned to serve 5,000 meals to the community. Open to everyone and includes entertainment, a kids’ zone, and photo opportunities with Santa and H-E-B Buddy.

 

2-4 PM @ C. Larson Real Estate, 1600 S. Gregg St. – Jolly Jamboree

  • Photo opportunities with Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and the Grinch! You can also enjoy some Christmas music, hot cocoa and cookies, play on the bounce house and other fun surprises! This event is FREE and open to everyone!

 

6 PM @ First United Methodist Church, 400 Scurry St. – Our Savior

  • "Our Savior" is a free event that includes the sounds of a live orchestra, FUMC’s Bridge Worship band, a fifty-member choir, and a Drum Line! Featuring songs by Bethel, Kari Jobe, Hillsong and a dramatic story line to go with it all!

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Big Spring Police Department arrests 2 for Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance.


For the past couple months the Big Spring Police Department Narcotics Division has conducted investigations into the distribution of Crack Cocaine and Marijuana at 100 Lockhart Lot C.

 

On December 3, 2019 at approximately 2:00 P.M., a search warrant was executed at the location by the Big Spring Police Department Narcotics Division assisted by the Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigations Division. During the execution of the warrant two individuals, 39-year-old Brady Baldwin III and 30-year-old Devasia Jenae Green, as well as two children ages 9 months and 2 years were located inside of the residence. The two adults were found to be in possession of Marijuana, Crack Cocaine and over $1,000.00 in U.S. currency.

 

At the time of this media release the two children have been placed with Child Protective Services and the two adults were arrested and charged with the Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance PG1 4G<200G. Narcotics Investigators are expecting additional charges to follow at a later date as this investigation continues.

 

Brady Baldwin III 39 YOA

 

Devasia Jenae Green B/F 30 YOA

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Rainbow Trout Stocking at Comanche Trail Lake in Comanche Trail Park


Once again the City of Big Spring will be partnering with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department in stocking Comanche Trail Lake with Rainbow Trout. The first stocking will take place on December 3, 2019 and an additional stocking will occur on January 13, 2020. Over 4,000 catch-able size trout will be released into the lake during these 2 stocking dates. Below is an excerpt from a letter from Mr. Carl J. Kittel, Program Director – Trout – Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

 

“The goal of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s rainbow trout stocking program is to release catch-able size rainbow trout in select waters in Texas to provide a unique winter fishing opportunity, to provide additional fishing opportunities in urban areas and to provide support to educational fishing programs. Since 1966 the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has stocked rainbow trout into numerous locations around the state. To date the total number of trout stocked exceeds 8.2 million.

 

Lake must have water temperatures cool enough to sustain trout from December through February in most areas of the State. The stocking site must be open to the public and approved by the TPWD Inland Fisheries Biologist in your area. The trout remain the property of the state of Texas and subject to TPWD regulations.

 

Since 1994 the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has sought to expand this very popular program by creating partnerships with municipalities, corporations and special organizations with a common goal of providing unique winter fishing opportunities in Texas. By participating in the program, these entities ensure that this unique fishing opportunity continues to be available to the public in their area. Thanks again for your support and interest in participating in the program.”

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Murder Suspect arrested


On Thursday, November 28th, 2019 at approximately 8:34 P.M., Big Spring Police Department officers were dispatched to the 1900 block of S. Main in reference to a gunshot victim. Upon arrival officers found 34-year-old Pablo Viera Jr. to by laying outside of the residence with apparent gunshot wounds. Officers immediately began life saving measures.

 

Big Spring Fire/EMS services arrived on scene, took over for officers and immediately transported Viera to Scenic Mountain Medical Center for treatment. Big Spring Police Department Detectives were notified to respond. Viera later succumbed to his injuries sustained and was pronounced deceased at 9:00 P.M.

 

As a result of the investigation Jason Allen Partlow-Aguilar, 31, was arrested and charged with the murder of Viera.

 

This is an ongoing investigation and no further information is available at this time.

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Big Spring resident Anthony Rivas gives back to Big Spring for Thanksgiving


Yesterday, 24-year-old Big Spring resident Anthony Rivas was joined by friends outside of Isaiah 58 in Big Spring to offer a helping hand to anyone who needed help gathering groceries for a Thanksgiving family meal. Rivas was inspired to organize a food drive after participating in a similar event earlier this month.

 

Jessica Blanco, one of the friends helping to distribute food yesterday, told KBest News that she was impressed that Rivas had this desire to give back to the Big Spring community because of how young he is. 

 

"It's rare that you see something like that," said Blanco. "You know, someone taking initiative and saying, 'Hey, I wanna give back to my town.'"

 

Rivas told KBest News that he was blessed, surprised and excited to help the 16 families that showed up for the event. He now plans to partner with Isaiah 58 for a toy drive.

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Christmas Tour of Homes


The United Way’s 1st annual Christmas Tour of Homes will be on December 5th from 6-9 PM! 6 homes in Big Spring will be beautifully decorated for the Christmas season and will be open to tour. Each location includes a silent auction and refreshments. Money raised from the event will benefit the United Way of Big Spring and Howard County. Tickets will be $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Addresses will be listed in this year’s program for the United Way’s Christmas Tour of Homes. 

 

Be advised that Christmas messages can also be added to this year’s program for $50 each. The deadline to get that added is Monday, Dec. 2nd. For more information, contact Christian Fair, Executive Director for the United Way of Big Spring and Howard County at 432-816-3573.

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After 93 years, Elrod's Furniture will become Mitchell's Furniture Mattress City


 

After 93 years of service to Greater Big Spring area, Elrod’s Furniture has been sold and will become Mitchell’s Furniture Mattress City.

 

Elrod’s Furniture has been in the Elrod family for 3 generations. Dee and Linda Elrod, Owners of Elrods, told KBest News they had been looking for an exit strategy for some time now, and a great opportunity came along that worked well for everyone involved.

 

"It was a horrible decision to make," said Linda. "It was hard. We really wanted to hit a 100 years, but the opportunity to sell the store came up before that, and we've been happy and sad. We've floated back and forth lots trying to make the decision and finally decided, maybe now was the time."

 

When asked if there was anything they’d like to say to the community of Big Spring, Dee stated, "We just wanna thank everybody, very sincerely, because we felt like the community has supported us and helped us. They've taught us and just made our life here very, very good."

 

The Elrods sold sell their business back in October of this year to Mark and Jennifer Mitchell, of Midland. Interestingly enough, Dee and Mark have known each other for about 30 years, and the Mitchells also have a furniture business that spans 3 generations.

 

Mark told KBest News that one of the first changes customers will see in the newly acquired business is a new sign. 

 

"We've got a big digital sign that we'll be putting on the front of the store. So, even if you're driving at night time you'll be able to see it. It'll be lit up with specials and pictures of sets and things like that that we'll be putting out, and also the name," said Mark. 

 

This will be the second store for the Mitchells. 

 

"We try to keep ourself as a small town company, even though we're bigger we still do the same," said Mark. "We're still all about service, all about personal connections, [and] relationships. That's what we do. I think it's kinda what makes us fit into what Dee and Linda had here was becasue we're all about people and relationships and making sure that we always have not just customers, but friends.

 

"I think it's actually what's made us successful [because] we're always looking at our people not as customers but as either friends or future friends." 

 

Cindy Inderlied, Mark’s sister, has already moved to Big Spring and will be managing the day-to-day operations of the store.

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BSISD announces Wommack as new Director of Safety and Security, 11/21/19


Jim Wommack was announced as the Director of Safety and Security for Big Spring ISD during Thursday night’s regular meeting of the Board of Trustees.

 

When asked what he looks forward to the most in stepping into the position of Director for Safety and Security for the district, Wommack told KBest News that he looks forward to achieving his goal of providing a safe and secure envrironment for kids to learn.

 

"My number one job is make sure that every child we have is safe. The next is to make sure those children are happy. A safe, happy child has a better opportunity to receive the education that we are providing them in the classroom. So, at the end of the day, a safe, happy kids is my goal," said Wommack.

 

Wommack’s new responsibilities will include finding ways to provide a safe and secure environment for kids to learn. He also noted that social media plays a role in safety and security. 

 

"In the world that we live in right now, social media plays a role. So, we have to be able to educate our children and parents on social media. We have to look at how bullying affects are children.

 

I think a lot of times people often look at the bigger things when they see national media stories, but it's not just that," continued Wommack. "It goes down to the core of kids going to school everyday, the problems that they face, identifying the problems that our children are facing everyday, and having a plan so we can help our children understand that we are apart of this with them. They're not fighting this alone. We're a community. We're gonna battle these things together to make sure that our kids are safe and happy."

 

Wommack is currently the Associate Principal at Big Spring Jr. High and his new position will not become effective until January 2020.

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PSA: Building demolition on 3rd Street in Big Spring scheduled for 11-23-19


On Saturday, November 23, 2019, City crews will begin demolition of the building located at 400 East 3rd Street.  The building being demolished is located east of the Municipal Auditorium. The building is being removed to create a parking lot that will accommodate events at the Auditorium.  The area is taped off and residents are asked to proceed with caution if traveling in the area.  We estimate the demolition will take one week to complete.

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City of Big Spring, Howard County, and DPS Offices to close for Thanksgiving holidays


COUNTY OFFICES TO CLOSE

Howard County will close all offices Thursday, November 28, 2019 through Friday, November 29, 2019 in observance of Thanksgiving Day. County Offices will open again for business on Monday, December 2, 2019.

 

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


 

CITY OFFICES TO CLOSE

The City of Big Spring will close all offices Wednesday, November 27, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. for the Thanksgiving Holiday. All offices, will remain closed Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2019 and Friday, November 29, 2019.

 

Emergencies

Emergency services (Police, Fire, and EMS) will continue normal operations throughout the holidays.

 

Emergency Utilities Department will also continue and can be contacted at 264-2392.

 

Happy Thanksgiving for the City of Big Spring.


 

CITY TO CLOSE SANITATION AND LANDFILL

The City of Big Spring will close the Sanitation Department for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 28, 2019.
 

If you have a roll-out and your pickup day is Thursday, your roll-out will be picked up on Wednesday, November 27, 2019. Please have your roll-out set out before 8:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, November 27, 2019.


 

Landfill

Landfill will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, 2019 and Friday, November 29, 2019. The Landfill will open on Saturday, November 30th with normal working hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


 

Landfill and Sanitation Departments can be contacted at 264-2383.

 

 

DPS Office Closures

State offices, including the DL office, will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday starting Wednesday, Nov 27, and will reopen at their normal hours on Monday, Dec 2. 

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Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce holds annual toy drive


The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Toy Drive is going on now and will continue through December 13th. New, un-wrapped toys for boys and girls, ages 2 – 18, can be dropped off at the Chamber Office at 215 W. 3rd St. in Big Spring. These toys will be donated to CASA of West Texas and the Salvation Army of Big Spring.

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Over 200 people attended Empty Bowls 2019


The annual event Empty Bowls took place yesterday at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum in Big Spring. According to Christian Fair, Executive Director the United Way of Big Spring and Howard County, there were over 200 people who attended the event.

 

A total amount of $11,635 was raised from yesterday’s event. Money raised during the current campaign season benefits the United Way and their local 14 partnering agencies.

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Multiple Arrests at Residence in Big Spring on 11/20/19


On the 20th of November 2019 at approximately 10:30 A.M., a Big Spring Police Department Investigator located a 2006 Black Dodge 2500 PK at a residence in the 2200 block of S. Monticello that had been reported stolen from Midland Tx on the 13th of November 2019. Big Spring Police Department Investigators had knowledge of this vehicle and the circumstances surrounding the Theft of the vehicle. It was known that at the time this vehicle was stolen, multiple firearms were also stolen from the residence in Midland. The Big Spring Police Department, Howard County Sheriff’s Office and Midland Police Department have been engaged in an on-going joint investigation for the past several days involving this particular stolen vehicle. Officers with the Big Spring Police Department, Howard County Sheriff’s Office and Department of Public Safety immediately set up a perimeter on the residence and attempted to make contact with persons inside. Only one occupant exited the residence. A search warrant affidavit was drafted and presented to a magistrate at which time a search warrant was issued to search the residence for stolen firearms. The Big Spring Police Department/Howard County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team executed the search warrant taking into custody Allen Ray Ward White/Male 46 years of age, Thomas Del Bolton White/Male 37 years of age, Krystal Annette Buchanan White/Female 36 years of age, Marty Ray Evans Jr White/Male 29 years of age, & Anastasia Lynn Coker White/Female 23 years of age.
Investigators with the Big Spring Police Department, Midland Police Department and Howard County Sheriff’s Office located stolen property within the residence from several burglaries that have since been returned to the rightful owners. Also located within the residence was methamphetamine and heroin.


The following subjects were arrested and charged:

 

Allan Ward – Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Theft >$2,500 < $30,000, Theft >$100 < $750, Possession of a Controlled Substance PG1 >1g<4g and Theft of a Firearm. (pictured on the bottom row in the middle)

 

Thomas Bolton – Aggravated Robbery Warrant & Burglary of a Habitation Warrant (pictured on bottom left corner)

 

Marty Ray Evans Jr – Parole Violation (pictured in top right corner)

 

Krystal Annette Buchanan – Failure to Appear/Bail Jumping (pictured in top left corner)

 

Anastasia Lynn Coker – Possession of a Controlled Substance PG 1 >1g <4g (pictured in bottom right corner)

 

This continues to be an ongoing criminal investigation and the Big Spring Police Department expects additional arrests and charges to follow. No Further information is available at this time.

 

Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon

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WEST TEXAS CENTERS CONSUMER DONATES HATS TO VETERANS


BIG SPRING, TX - A young Justin Jaegar needed an outlet to keep his temper in check.

Born with Down syndrome, Justin stated he became frustrated with the daily occurrences of life, often lost his cool. Whether it was interacting with others or learning a new task he often got irritated but then he discovered a hobby that would become his calling.

Knitting.

 

The 37-year-old stumbled upon knitting by happenstance. His congregation was performing a humanitarian mission in Prescott Valley, Arizona, and they needed people to make hygiene kits, quilts and hats for people in need, his father, Bruce Jaeger said. Once Justin learned the basic skills involved in making hats, he never looked back.

 

And he rarely lost his temper. 

 

“All my life I’m making them and it keeps me calm and I’m not yelling and I’m not screaming,” Justin Jaeger said. “I’m trying to relax and do my hats in peace and quiet.”

 

“It’s very relaxing for him,” his father said. “He’s been doing it now for about 10 years.”

 

Gloria Talamentes, Justin’s Vo-Tech service provider at West Texas Centers agreed that knitting has had a calming effect. Once Justin finishes his classes and work activities are completed, he sits down and makes hats and beanies which he eventually shares with others.

 

On November 25, Justin will present 50 hats to veterans at the Veterans Outpost. “He’s very excited,” Talamentes said. “He was telling me the other day about his plans to give hats to people who need them. I think it’s wonderful.” She also remembers when Justin presented a hat to everyone at the West Texas Center Christmas party.

 

“It makes him feel proud of himself,” Talamentes said. “He feels that even though he lives with Down syndrome, that he can still do this. It’s exciting to know what he has accomplished.” 

 

Justin even has a business card, she said. Justin can do custom ordering especially for his favorite team - the Green Bay Packers. 

 

Justin’s dad said the hat making is something he just fell into but has been therapeutic as well.

 

“It’s not an active business but he does sell them, mostly word of mouth,” Jaeger said. “He can make about two hats a day. He’s pretty good at it.”

 

He even has brought more of his friends at the Vo-Tech Center into the fold. “He has encouraged a couple of friends to sit down and start making hats,” Talamentes said. “They have even brought their own hat frames.”

 

Another accomplishment that Justin is very proud of is being a member of the Planning Network Advisory Committee (PNAC) for West Texas Centers.  Justin has served for two years and represents the IDD population, This committee is a diverse group of participants that include consumers, family members, providers and interested citizens,  a collaboration of WTC staff, consumers, community leadership, and family members with individuals in services.  

 

“Justin is a wonderful advocate for individuals with Intellectual and developmental disabilities," said Community Relations Director/PNAC Chair member Amy Vidal. 

 

He attends every meeting and actively supports and works with members to accomplish PNAC functions. Justin purchases yarn at the store or finds it at garage sales. Several people have donated yarn as well. Anyone who would like to donate yarn to Justin may bring it by the Vo-Tech Center at 501 Birdwell or the Veterans Outpost, 3205 S. Hwy 87, Alan D. Harris building. 

 

If anyone knows of a veteran who needs a beanie, they may stop by the Alan D. Harris building, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

 

West Texas Centers serves as the local authority for mental health and intellectual and developmental disabilities for 23 counties in rural West Texas.

 

So what hat does Justin wear? “I don’t wear hats,” Justin said. “My hair is sensitive.” 

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Great American Smoke Out


Today is the Great American Smoke Out, an annual event sponsored by the American Cancer Society that is held on the third Thursday of November. This social engineering event focuses on encouraging Americans to quit tobacco smoking. This year's theme is "Better starts today."

 

"The idea is to provide support to anybody who wants to quit smoking," said Tracy Taylor, Nurse Manager with Health Promotion Disease Prevention at the West Texas VA Health Care System.

 

"Of course, we're focused on our veterans, but there are a lot of great support tools to help us quit if we smoke. The thing is, it can take several times to quite smoking but acknowledging those efforts - whether it's 'I'm taking one less cigarette a day, or quitting all together' it's worth celebrating," said Taylor.

 

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 34 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and smoking remains the single largest preventable cause of death and illness in the world. Smoking causes an estimated 480,000 deaths every year, or about 1 in 5 deaths. And more than 16 million Americans live with a smoking-related disease. 

 

Quitting smoking improves health immediately and over the long term – at any age. Stopping smoking is hard, but you can increase your chances of success with help. Getting help through counseling and medications doubles or even triples your chances of quitting successfully.

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