CITY OFFICES AND SITES TO CLOSE
The City of Big Spring will close all offices, including the landfill and sanitation, for Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 19, 2018.
Emergency services (Police, Fire, and EMS) will continue normal operations throughout the holidays.
Emergency Utilities will be on call and can be contacted at
COUNTY OFFICES TO CLOSE
Howard County will close all offices on Monday, February 19, 2018 in Observance of Presidents Day. County Offices will open again for business on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.
Sheriff’s Administrative Offices will be closed but Law Enforcement Services will operate as normal.
DPS offices, including the drivers license office, will be closed Monday (2/19/18) in observance of Presidents Day.
Be advised the next special meeting of the Big Spring ISD Board of Trustees will take place on Feb. 20th, 2018 and begin at 5:15 PM in the High School Board Room at 707 11th Place, Big Spring, Texas.
It has been noted that the agenda states that discussion and possible action on the Superintendent Search will occur during the meeting.
The 21st th Annual Pops in the Park, which will be held on Tuesday, July 3rd , is quickly approaching. The Pops in the Park mission is to give back to those who have served our country and pay tribute to them for their selfless sacrifice as well as the sacrifices of their families. Pops in the Park combines a family-friendly atmosphere in the historic and beautiful Comanche Trail Amphitheater with world-class music provided by our pre-show entertainment, Spur 327, and the Big Spring Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. We cap off the event with a spectacular display of choreographed fireworks from one of the nation’s leaders in pyrotechnics.
Pops in the Park is held in the Comanche Trail Amphitheater and the gates will open at 5 PM. For the Pre-Show this year we will be featuring Spur 327 they will go on at approximately 6 PM. The Presentation of Colors, salute to Armed Forces, and Retiring of the colors will follow the pre-show; followed by a video tribute honoring the local men and women who serve our country. The finale of the event is the amazing fireworks accompanied by the Big Spring Symphony and Chorus.
Pops in the Park is a community event and without support from the community it would not be possible; to donate please contact the Big Spring Chamber at 432-263- 7641 or send donations to Pops in the Park, 215 W. 3rd-79720 or P.O. Box 1391, Big Spring, 79721.
Vendors’ packets will be sent out soon and if you are wanting to be a vendor you can contact Frances Metcalf at 432-264- 2504.
If you would like to volunteer to help with donations, please contact Felicia Guerra at 432-264- 2540.
You can like the Pops in the Park Facebook page for more information: www.facebook.com/PopsInThePark .
Please note that according the City of Big Spring ordinance, only service dogs are allowed in the Comanche Trail Amphitheater.
For more information contact the Big Spring Chamber at
432-263-7641 or the Big Spring Convention and Visitors Bureau at 432-263- 8235.
Last week Kevin Knudson and his wife Michelle, Co-Owners of Cornerhouse Coffee in Big Spring, announced that their business would be closing, and on Friday customers assumed that the beloved coffee house had closed their doors for good. Knudson told KBest News that one of the main reasons they wanted to close their business was because both co-owners are busy pastors at Life Church and they both wanted to spend more time with family.
“We just didn’t have enough revenue to bring somebody on to who could help us kind of give the shop what it needed. So we reached out and were trying to find someone who would be an actual owner/operator but that never came to fruition," said Knudson. "The night before we got ready to close, Mighty Wash who owns Mighty Joe’s, called me and wondered if we were interested in some sort of merger of some sort, an agreement. That’s what we have now. A strategic partnership.”
Knudson stated that both companies have the same values and mission, in that they were aligned a lot alike with what they’re trying to do for the community.
Beginning next week, Cornerhouse Coffee will shift their operations and a majority of their employees down the street, to 1001 Scurry St., next to Mighty Wash.
"You'll see Cornerhouse Coffee signage and you'll have the Cornerhouse quality and convenience, and the consistency that you got normally from Cornerhouse. You'll see [all of] that at Mighty Joe's old driver-thru; it'll become a Cornerhouse drive-thru," stated Knudson. "The house down on Scurry that formerly housed Cornerhouse, we're gonna keep empty for a season and then we're gonna come back with something that we think is gonna be really beneficial for the city as well. So, it's going to be kind of a cool combination. "
Knudson went on to say this partnership seemed like a good fit because over 80% of their sales at the original location were made through the drive-thru.
When asked what the benefits will result from this partnership, Knudson stated, "They're in the car washing business; we're in the coffee business, but they had this building available on their property. So, we get to do what we like to do and utilize a really first class facility that will create a real convenient environment."
The drive through will still be called, “Cornerhouse Coffee” and the Knudson’s will still be co-owners, and Michelle will still oversee quality control but someone else will be over the day-to-day operations. It was noted that customers will still be able to get the quality that they’re looking for and with more employees being able to work the stations and equipment, ideally, customers should see less waiting time. Plus, if you still have punch cards that have not been redeemed, Cornerhouse will still accept them.
“I just always want to thank the people of Big Spring for really supporting Cornerhouse," said Knudson. "We definitely felt it when everybody knew we were closing down, just all of the best wishes, and in a sense, people were heartbroken that we were closing down. Hopefully, they’ll come back and support us, even in this new way of doing things and they’ll see that local businesses can still thrive."
Knudson went on to say that with the recent closures of Cornerhouse Coffee and Mighty Joe, people in the community might question if it was possible to sustain a local business.
"We just gotta do business smarter not harder," stated Knudson. "I think Mighty Wash is finding their lane and we’re gonna stay in ours and it’s gonna work out awesome.”
1. BS Police Chief Chad Williams advised that the BS Police Department received $21,508 through the Rifle-Resistant Body Armor Grant Program to purchase enough rifle-resistant vests for their department, which covers 48 officer spots. It was noted that these vests would not be worn everyday, but will be used for specific calls where it is believed that a rifle may be involved.
2. BS Public Works Director Johnny Womack advised that the lowering device that is currently in use for the local cemeteries is in need of replacement. According to Womack, there are "one-and-a-half" devices that the city has - one is in use and the other is used for parts to repair the device in use. $5,000 was requested from the General Fund to be added to the Cemetery Fund Budget to purchase a new lowering device.
3. Approval was obtained for a Non-Emergency Ambulance Operator's Permit for Acute Medical Services, LLC, doing business as Ector-Midland County Emergency Medical Services (EMCEMS).
During a public hearing held earlier in the meeting, Brian Taylor, West Texas Manager for Acute Medical Services dba EMCEMS, advised that they already had stations in Midland, Odessa, and Andrews and were looking to bring a station to Big Spring. He noted that they would not be answering 911 calls, but they would be able to provide transport services to hospitals/medical facilities outside of the city limits.
BS Fire Chief Craig Ferguson advised the City Council members that this was a service that is needed. He noted during the month of January, Scenic Mountain Medical Center transported 73 patients to other facilities. Ferguson stated that, unfortunately, it was a need that the BSFD was not able to meet due to staffing and their 911 call volume. According to Chief Ferguson, the call volume has increased and in February to an average of 18.3 calls per day, and this company would not be to the detriment of the department.
Tomorrow, Scenic Mountain Medical Center will hold this month’s Our Healthy Circle
presentation: “Healthy Heart, Healing Wounds” at the Howard County Library, located at 500 S.
Main. The event will be held in the Meeting Room and begins as 11:30 AM and will include a
heart healthy lunch.
The presentation will be given by Shawn Harris, Registered Nurse, and Family Nurse
Practitioner, who will be speaking on maintaining a healthy blood flow and about the new
service lines that are available at SMMC.
Be advised you must RSVP to the Our Healthy Circle Advisor, Sherri Wigington, at 432-268-
The Academy, an optional program available to all Coahoma ISD students in the kindergarten through eighth grade, is now accepting applications for grades first through eighth for the 2018- 2019 academic year.
The program is designed to develop academic skills while emphasizing student responsibility,
leadership, and self-confidence. It is structured to create an environment that allows flexible
scheduling, hands-on learning, incorporation of music and movement into academic lessons
while holding students to high expectations of responsibility.
The Academy opened its doors for the first time in August. After several months of watching the program in action, Dr. Amy Jacobs, CISD superintendent, said the faculty and administration
have been extremely pleased with the results.
Among some of the key components of the program are emphasizing peer-to- peer mentoring, public speaking at all grade levels and individual responsibility. In the past few months, Dr.
Jacobs noted that students have exceeded expectations just from their growth in
communications skills and self-confidence alone.
Before gaining acceptance into The Academy, the student and their parents must agree to be
held to high expectations. Students are expected to accept responsibility for their own learning and their conduct.
Although The Academy was limited to 200 enrollment spaces this current academic year, Dr.
Jacobs advised that the district plans to make room for growth in the coming year.
Acceptance into The Academy is on a first come, first serve basis. Applications will be stamped with the time it is turned into the district. Students who have applied or in the process of
applying to transfer into the district can also turn in an application during the enrollment period.
Applicants and their parents must undergo an interview and complete an orientation prior to the start of the program.
Students who are already accepted into the program will not have to re-apply. The Academy will open registration for kindergarten later this spring.
It should be noted that there are no additional costs to attend The Academy except for the
purchase of school uniforms. A uniform scholarship is available to qualifying students. For more information about The Academy, contact Dr. Jacobs at 394-5000 or visit www.coahomaisd.com.
Anyone interested in applying for The Academy can find application forms at the Coahoma ISD website at www.coahomaisd.com.
Completed forms can then be submitted online or brought to the CISD Administration Office, 600 N. Main Street, Coahoma. Applications must be submitted no later than 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, 2018.
* St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Welcomes New Priest **
St. Mary's Episcopal Church, located at 1001 S. Goliad, has announced that their new priest Father Christian Rabone will be joining them for his first official day at St. Mary’s tomorrow, Feb. 14th, to lead the Ash Wednesday services at 12:05 PM and at 6 PM.
Father Rabone has served for one-and-a-half years at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in San Angelo as a curate. According to Rabone, a curate is a 2-year position for someone who is in training, but is still clergy. “It’s almost like I’m an assistant priest compared to the Director who is the head priest,” stated Rabone.
Before becoming a curate, Rabone had worked in education as a Band Director and a semi-professional trumpet player in the Dallas area for the first 7 years of his career as an educator. He then became a middle school principal for 22 years. Rabone said he retired from education after 29 years, but during his career he had done a lot for the community and for the church.
“I think God put me on a journey all the way to this point with all the different experiences and the ministries that I’ve gone through,” said Rabone. “I feel like it’s a good fit for me at St. Mary’s the Virgin at Big Spring, and looking forward to working with the congregation, the people, and, also, with the community.”
Rabone told KBest News that he’s been Lion’s Club member for over 10 years and his goal is to become part of the Big Spring Lions Club and be able to do a lot of different things for Big Spring to help people realize that churches and the community can work together.
When asked what made Father Rabone the best person for a position that had been open for over four years, Charla Lewis, a Vestry Member at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, stated, “He is a bundle of energy who is very outgoing and who is all about relationships both within the church and well beyond the church walls into the community.” Lewis also advised that after the Search Committee had discussions with Father Rabone, they believed that he, as a person, defined what St. Mary’s Episcopal Church is all about.
According to Lewis, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church is “a Christian denomination following the teachings of Jesus and it’s is done in a way that is based on relationships with others rather than dos and don’ts.” She also went on to say that one of the biggest attractions of the Episcopal Church in general is that they encourage stepping outside of one’s own individual desires and sometimes pettiness to fulfill the bigger goal of community-wide worship, fellowship, and service.
(Photo 1 - Father Christian Rabone with his wife, Tiffany. Photo is from St. Mary's Episcopal Church Facebook page.)
Update on shooting that occurred last Thursday, Feb. 8th, BSPD:
The suspect in this investigation is identified as Garza, Andrew Black/Male 43 years of age. The investigation has revealed Mr. Garza had committed a Burglary of a Habitation as well as Criminal Mischief to a separate residence just prior to being contacted by Officer Blake Grantham. Mr. Garza had evaded Officer Grantham by running southbound through the west alley of the 900 block of S. Goliad and intothe yard of 400 E. 10th where Mr. Garza had retrieved a .45 caliber semi-automatic firearm from his pocket. Officer Grantham immediately discharged his firearm in the direction of Mr. Garza striking Mr. Garza once in the abdomen area. Big Spring Emergency Medical Personnel was summoned to the scene at which time Mr. Garza was transported to Scenic Mountain Medical Center Hospital and later flown by helicopter to Odessa Medical for treatment. The firearm Mr. Garza brandished was found to have been stolen during a burglary of habitation that was reported on the 6th of February 2018.
Mr. Garza has been in the custody of Law Enforcement personnel since this incident and an Arrest Warrant has been issued for Mr. Garza’s arrest for the offense of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Peace Officer a 1st Degree Felony. Further charges on Mr. Garza are pending as a result of this investigation.
Mr. Garza is currently in stable condition and Mr. Garza will be arrested upon his release from the hospital. Officer Grantham has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the Criminal and/or Administrative Investigation. ???
Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon
This evening, the Guardians of the Children will be holding a Dough Raiser at the Pizza Inn in Big Spring, located at 700 E. FM 700, from 5-9 PM. Guardians of the Children is a non-profit motorcycle organization that helps abused and neglected kids.
According to Greg McAlister, President of the GOC Wildcat Chapter, explained that the organization works alongside of Child Protective Services (CPS), Police Department, and Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), and GOC get cases for abused or neglected kids.
“Every motorcycle organization or club has their thing called ‘cuts.’ It’s the leather vest that has their insignia on the back and everything. We give the kids, when we bring them into our family, a cut,” says McAlister. “Then we go to court with them, we throw birthday parties, we throw Easter [parties], Christmas parties, the whole nine yards.”
McAlister also noted that each child has 2 to 4 representatives that work with the child, “If the kid ever feels scared at any time,… they can call those reps up and we will protect them and see whatever they need.”
Everyone is encouraged to enjoy great food at Pizza Inn while supporting a great cause. The Guardians of the Children will be receiving 10% of the proceeds and all tips collected to help fund their activities that they organize for the kids.
On Friday afternoon, President of Howard College Dr. Cheryl Sparks met with Big Spring ISD's Interim Superintendent Johnny Tubb and Dr. Raemi Thompson, Director of Curriculum of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment at BSISD, in order to explore the option of a possible partnership with Howard College and BSISD.
This was an option that was presented to the board at last week's meeting of the BSISD Board of Trustees in the event that Washington Elementary and Goliad Elementary were not able to get out of IR (improvement required) status.
Listen to the KBest Country Morning Show with Adrienne and Mark tomorrow morning at 7:30 AM to hear Tubb and Dr. Sparks discuss this possibility further on-air.
During last week’s regular meeting of the Big Spring ISD's Board of Trustees, Dr. Raemi Thompson, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment at BSISD, advised the board that, according to their most current assessments, one-third of students from Kindergarten through 8th grade are reading at or above current grade levels. This is the same percentage as it was at the beginning of the school year. It was also noted that one thing that can assist in raising this percentage is students reading with parents outside of school, which research has shown, has positive effects on school success.
Dr. Thompson told KBest News, "We would love to appeal to our parents in our community to help us out with our kids reading skills. If they would ask their child to read at home with them or read to their child so that the child can, not only hear how the words flow together, but then let the child read to them as well." She also noted that parents are encouraged to take advantage of Parent Read Night, which is an open night library that allows parents to check out books and read with their child.
During the Action Items portion of the meeting, BSISD’s Interim Superintendent Johnny Tubb explained to the school board that even though there a lot of great people who are working very hard to move Goliad Elementary and Washington Elementary out of Improvement Required (IR) status, there is still a possibility that the schools may not move out of IR.
Per the Texas Education Agency (TEA), if the school district is not able to move out of IR status, TEA will be coming with one of two consequences that will take effect the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year.
• Campus Closures - This doesn’t necessarily mean that these schools would be boarded up and locked up forever. This could mean a reconfiguration of schools, or opening it with a different format with a different educational setting.
• Instilling a Board of Managers - This could be replacing the BSISD school board as it is now, or they could even do a campus board of managers, where that board would have a separate board of managers that would only manager those campuses.
Tubb also advised that TEA sent a letter advising on the three things that BSISD is able to do now in order to get out of this status: improve, create partnership, or closing campuses.
• Improve – The campuses and district have been working hard every day to improve.
• Partnership – In the past, this had been understood as a partnership with a charter school, but, this can include, an institution of higher education, like Howard College. BSISD is currently exploring this option with Howard College and a meeting with Dr. Cheryl Sparks, President of Howard College, would be set up to explore the possibility further. The benefit of this partnership, if accepted, is that TEA would give the district 2 additional years to accomplish what they’re trying to accomplish, which is getting the two schools out of IR status.
• Closing Campuses – BSISD could determine on their own to close the campuses on their own. Tubb noted that this was something that, most likely, was not an option that the district would pursue.
The school board approved the action of sending a non-binding letter of intent to advise TEA that BSISD is exploring the possibility of a partnership with Howard College.
Discussion was also held concerning new school bus purchases with seat belts. Tubb noted that Senate Bill 693, that was passed recently in the Texas Legislature, requires that all buses 2018 model and newer buses to be equipped with 3-point seat belts. He advised the board that if, as a district, BSISD would not order seatbelts, a resolution would have to be made stating that due to budgetary concerns the district did not want seat belts.
Tubb made it very clear to the board that he did not recommend that safety should be jeopardized based on budgetary concerns. No action was taken, and it was advised that from now on BSISD would only purchase buses with seat belts.
During the Superintendent’s Report, Tubb spoke on the recent district closure where schools were closed in order for maintenance workers could sanitize schools in order to prevent further exposure to the flu. He noted that due to the minute schedule on the calendar, this day will most likely not need to be made up.
Closing out the meeting, it was noted that during the next special meeting of the BSISD Board of Trustees, tentatively scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 20th at 5:15 PM, the board would discuss personnel for the superintendent search. Tubb advised that the board would be looking to lay out a timeline and path to move forward, as far of the superintendent position is concerned.
Tony Kennedy, President of the BSISD Board of Trustees, noted that there are great candidates for the position within the school district and they plan to search within before looking outward.
(Photo - BSISD Superintendent Interim Johnny Tubb at Thursday's School Board Meeting.)
Rule Changes Strengthen Public Safety
AUSTIN - Effective next Monday, Feb. 12, Railroad Commission pipeline damage prevention rules require excavators who strike a pipeline while digging to notify the pipeline operator by calling the 811- notification center as soon as possible, but no later than one hour after an incident. Excavators must also call 911 if any natural gas or other product is released when an underground pipeline is struck. These rule updates extend the deadline for pipeline operators and excavators to file a damage report with the Railroad Commission from the current 10 days to 30 days.
More information on these new rule requirements can be found under "Chapter 18. Underground Pipeline Damage Prevention." at the RRC website:
RRC rules already require anyone planning to dig deeper than 16 inches to call 811 before they dig to prevent damage to underground pipelines. The required 811 call prompts pipeline operators to mark their underground natural gas or hazardous liquid pipelines to avoid being struck during the digging process. Failure to obey the "Call Before You Dig" rules can result in penalties and fines.
If you’re looking for things to do this weekend, you won’t have to travel outside of Big Spring.
2018 XO Marriage Conference Simulcast -
Tonight, Life Church, located at 1004 Johnson, will be simulcasting the 2018 XO Marriage Conference. The cost is $20 per couple, and includes food and childcare, and there will also be giveaways for couples in attendance. Tickets will be available at the door, and doors open at 6 PM, dinner will be served at 6:30 PM, and the simulcast begins at 7. The second part of the conference will pick up again tomorrow morning. A continental breakfast will begin at 8:30 AM, and this simulcast session will run from 9 to 11:45 AM.
2018 RUN2LOVE2RUN -
Tomorrow morning, Feb. 10th, the 5K Run/Walk event RUN2LOVE2RUN will take place at Big Spring State Park and begins at 10 AM. Cost is $30 for Individuals and $50 for Couples. Be advised that you can still register online at permianbasinevents.com. If you choose to wait until tomorrow morning to register onsite, you must do so by 9 AM and be advised that your registration fee will increase and can only be paid by cash or check.
The money raised from the event will be donated to CASA of West Texas, an organization that is dedicated to recruiting, training, and supporting committed volunteers who are appointed by the court to advocate for the best interest of children in the foster care system.
Brisket Plate Benefit -
After you work up an appetite at RUN2LOVE2RUN, or if just thinking about running makes you hungry, you can head over to the Brisket Plate Benefit at the North Birdwell Ln. Café, located at 1800 North Birdwell Ln. Plates will be sold for $10 each and will include slow cooked brisket, homemade potato salad and beans, bread, and drink. The event begins at 10 AM and will continue until all plates are sold out. It should also be noted that delivery will be offered for orders with more than 3 plates. Delivery orders can be called in at 432-270-2303 / 432-466-9772 / or 432-714-4377.
Funds raised from this event will be given to help cover medical expenses for Jimmy "Chic" De Leo, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the base of tongue and lingual tonsils in July 2017. It should also be noted that donations are also accepted.
Winter Wonderland Concert featuring Harmony Zhu -
Tomorrow evening, the Big Spring Symphony Orchestra’s Winter Wonderland concert will begin at 7:30 PM at the Big Spring Municipal Auditorium, and Harmony Zhu, the 12-year- old piano prodigy will be the featured artist. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for Seniors - 55 plus, and free to students and children College Age and younger! Tickets can be purchased in advance at HEB, Heritage Museum, The Karat Patch, Big Spring Chamber of Commerce and the CVB offices! For ticket reservations to Big Spring Concerts call 432-816-5196.
Today at approximately 11:55 AM in the 400 block of E. 10th Street, an officer involved shooting occurred. The suspect is currently in custody and receiving medical attention. No officers have been injured. KBest will report more information this afternoon. You are asked to avoid the area if possible.
The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program will be offering FREE income tax preparation every Monday until April 2nd, from 8 AM – 12 PM at the Big Spring Senior Citizen’s Center, located at 100 Whipkey Drive in Big Spring. This service is available to all taxpayers with moderate to low income.
Taxpayers need to bring in the following items with them:
• Photo ID for the taxpayer and/or spouse
• Social Security cards for every person on the tax return. It should be noted that they will not do a tax return without seeing the Social Security cards.)
• Last year’s tax return
• W-2’s and all other proof of income received in 2017
Be advised that these tax returns will be filed electronically with e-filing for availability of faster refunds. If you have any questions you can contact Ray Alexander at 432-212-3533, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. According to the National Resource Center for Domestic Violence, “every year, approximately 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner. It is also known that 3 in 4 parents have never talked to their children about domestic violence. In light of these alarming facts, every year during the month of February advocates join efforts to raise awareness about dating violence, highlight promising practices, and encourage communities to get involved.”
Creswell, stated that the organization uses this time to focus on young people because violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18. The severity of intimate partner violence is often greater in cases where the pattern of abuse was established during adolescence.
When asked if the local Victim Services works with a lot of teens who have experienced dating violence, Creswell stated that most times teens won’t report it.
“They don’t even tell their mom or dad, they just endure it. There are kids who come out here and just want someone to talk to see if they’re doing something wrong or how they should approach things in their relationship.”
If you or someone you know is ready to seek help, Victim Services of Big Spring can be contacted through their website vsob.org.
During today’s Howard County Commissioners’ Court, County Road and Bridge Engineer Brian Klinksiek was granted authorization to purchase a new 2018 International Water Truck to replace the current water truck, which was described by Klinksiek as "working its way to a decrepit state."
The 2,000 gallon International water truck has 915 miles and is similar to what is currently being used. The vehicle has an automatic transmission, and comes with 5 sprayers, so it is an improvement to what is currently being used.
The truck was purchased for approximately $130,000 from the SUMMIT Truck Group in San Angelo, TX. According to Klinksiek, the cost of the water truck was approximately $9,000 under budget.
The 2018 Maintenance Assistance Prime & Sealcoat bid was awarded to Lipham Asphalt and Pavement out of Aspermont, TX for a max amount of approximately $112,000. Klinksiek had sent out 3 bid packages and it was noted that Lipham was the only one to respond. Since the last meeting, Klinksiek has been able to review the bid information and recommended that the bid be awarded, which was approved.
During the meeting Klinkseik explained that Lipham Asphalt and Pavement would be used as assistance when his department rebuild roads in case he comes across problems with equipment.
“We should be able to [rebuild roads] ourselves but we haven’t done [this type] in a number of years,” said Klinkseik. “[This] provides me with extra equipment and skill set until I can get my guys trained and ensure that my equipment is going to work.”
(Photos of 2018 International Water Truck that was approved for purchase by the Howard County Commissioners' Court.)
Today, the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed their new member, THE WARDROBE, located at 115 S. Main St. in Big Spring, with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.
THE WARDROBE is a downtown boutique owned by Big Spring residents Britney Kalina and Natasha Lasater. It's been open since late December and is a combination of Kalina’s “Rae’s of Gray” children’s boutique, and Lasater’s “Wake, Pray, Slay” women’s boutique.
“We opened The Wardrobe with two online boutiques merging together,” said Kalina. “We had Wake, Pray, Slay Boutique and Rae’s of Gray Boutique and we wanted to merge it together to bring the women’s and children’s [together].”
The merged boutique carries clothing for infants, toddlers, children, and women, including plus sizes clothing, as well as shoes, jewelry, bags, and nick knacks.
Kalina says that the boutique has seen a lot of response from the community. “The building itself is really unique, just being a historical building downtown. We’ve had a lot of compliments on that. Just walking in, people are excited to see the kind of space [that] we’re in.”
Kalina went on to say that they were happy to join the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce and are excited about being a part of the community.
The XO Marriage Conference is a conference that has been held in Dallas for several years, and according to Mark Seagraves, a member of the Pastoral Team for Life Church, “thousands of people attend [the conference] and there have been incredible testimonies of marriages that have been saved and relationships that have been improved.”
In 2011 the conference was simulcasted with 60 host sites and as of this year, the 2018 XO Marriage Conference is expected to have over 600 global host sites. The ministry behind the conference is Marriage Today and is ran by Jimmy and Karen Evans out of Amarillo, TX. The conference features multiple speakers from across the country.
Life Church will be simulcasting the conference on Feb. 9th and Feb. 10th. The doors open on Friday, Feb. 9th, at 6 PM, dinner will be served at 6:30 PM, and the simulcast begins at 7 PM. On Saturday, Feb. 10th, a continental breakfast will begin at 8:30 AM, the simulcast begins at 9 AM, and Saturday’s session will run until about 11:45 AM. The cost is $20 per couple, and includes food and childcare, and there will also be giveaways for couples in attendance.
Seagraves stated that if cost is an issue that keeps couples away who want to attend, there are scholarship opportunities that are available for those who need it.
When asked what couples can expect to get out of the conference, Seagraves stated that he and his wife had attended the simulcasted conference for the last three years and also stated, “It is a powerful conference with incredible information.”
“Probably the highlight of it is that, in the very end, they lead all of the couples in a renewal of their marriage vows; and it is a powerful experience. I’ve seen marriages that when they came into the conference they were really questionable about their desire to even continue and by the time the conference was over their relationship had been completely restored. It’s a powerful experience and I would definitely recommend it to any couple.”
Tickets now available online for the 2018 XO Marriage Conference and you can find a link for that on the Facebook page for Life Church.
A happy girl with multiple talents, 12-year-old Harmony Zhu has been featured three times on NBC’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show, CBC News, NPR’s From the Top, as well as many other TV and radio shows for her exceptional gifts in piano, composition, and chess. In recognition of her “distinguished career in music” and “the high standard in artistic and professional achievements”, Harmony had the privilege of becoming the youngest “Young Steinway Artist” in history at age 10. Most recently, she was named a Fellow of the Artemisia Akademie at Yale University.
In January 2018, Harmony appeared in three concerts with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Leonard Slatkin. Last October, Harmony had the great honor of opening The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 118th season under the baton of Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the Opening Night Gala Concert. She will also be performing in three concerts with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in March.
In the spring of 2016, Harmony was invited by the Peoria Symphony Orchestra to be the Resident Artist of the Week, where she gave a televised recital for Sound Bites Concert “A Prodigy’s Journey” as well as guesting at “Consider This” – “What makes a Virtuoso” with Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky. Later in
October she was invited back to perform Beethoven Concerto No.1 with her own cadenza and Maestro George Stelluto. With a deep musical sensitivity far beyond her age, Harmony has distinguished herself by consistently winning first prizes in piano
competitions from an early age, competing within older age categories. Harmony started studying at Juilliard when she was 8, where she studies piano with Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky and composition with Dr. Ira Taxin. She won the Juilliard Pre-college
Concerto Competition at her first year in Juilliard.
As a chess prodigy, she has won numerous international chess tournaments and was awarded the title of Woman Candidate Master at the age of 7 and the title of World Champion of her age group after winning the World Youth Chess Championships.
Our community remembers vividly the former Coahoma High School football star who suffered a severe spinal cord injury in a sledding accident 3 years ago which broke his neck and paralyzed his body from the shoulders down. This type of paralysis is referred to as "quadriplegia." Since that time, Garett has undergone extensive physical therapy to keep his muscles active; he has earned an Associates Degree from Howard College, and is currently taking online courses from Angelo State University in pursuit of his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology.
Now age 21, Garett uses a laptop computer in which the cursor is controlled with a reflective dot attached to his glasses. Having full movement from the shoulders up, Garett turns his head to communicate commands to his computer. Due to stem cell replacement therapy in Switzerland and Germany last year, Garett has regained movement in his right arm, and can use a joystick controller to guide his power wheelchair.
Garett is a sports aficionado, and when KBest saw the need for an additional sportscaster, they looked no further than their own backyard.
Malinda Flenniken, Managing Partner of KBest Media says that she has been following Garett's progress over the last couple of years and noticed that he has become a very well-spoken young man. "He has a great energy and charismatic personality. He knows how to effectively use his voice, and, we're in the 'voice business!' Garett knows local sports first hand, and is a natural choice for us. We're really, really excited to have him on board. I think this could be the beginning of a long successful career for him. I would love to think that Garett will remember good 'ole KBST when he hits the big time."
Mark Richardson, Operations Manager and Sportscaster for KBest Media, will be working side-by-side with Garett on the court and on the field this year. Richardson has been broadcasting Howard College basketball along with Josh Caudill, who are both excited to welcome Garett to the KBest team. According to Richardson, "Garett's story has been one revolving around a tragic accident. Starting with Garett's recovery and rehab, the story has become one of determination and defying odds. Today, that story turns to a new chapter in his life, one that will showcase his talent, abilities and continued passion for sports. Today, Garett becomes a professional sports broadcaster."
The double basketball broadcast begins tonight at 5:45, live from the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum as the Lady Hawks and Hawks of Howard College take on Snyder's Western Texas College. The broadcast can be heard on the radio on "The Mighty 1490 KBST AM," as well as TV's Suddenlink channel 2, online at kbst.com, and the free KBST AM 1490 app for mobile devices.
Go Hawks! Go Garett!
The deadline to register to vote in the next election is TODAY. If you are not registered to vote by that time, you will not be eligible to vote in the March 6th Primaries.
Be advised that if you are new to town or if you’ve moved in the last few years you need to check your registration. You'll be able to vote on March 6th, but it may affect what you're able to vote for.
According to Howard County Elections Administrator Jodi Duck, there are approximately 3,500 people who need to update their information. She knows that because that's how many voter registration cards have been returned to the office.
If you haven't updated your information, it could prevent you from casting your vote where it's needed most. For example, if you lived in Precinct 1 and moved to Precinct 4 you might miss out on your chance to vote on Howard County Commissioner of Precinct 4 because your voter registration hasn't been updated.
If you need to register to vote or if you need to update your information, you can stop by the Howard County Elections office on the 1st floor of the County Court House and they can help.
For more information you can call their office at 432-264-2273.
According to a statement released by Big Spring ISD’s Administration Office, Big Spring schools will be closed today due to the flu epidemic that the district is experiencing.
Johnny Tubb, Interim Superintendent for Big Spring ISD, stated that it has gotten to the point where the entire school district is suffering across the board. He went on to say that students, teachers, administrators, cafeteria staff, custodians, maintenance, bus drivers, paraprofessionals, and substitutes have all been significantly impacted. He went on to say quote – We just can’t seem to keep from passing it from person to person and from campus to campus. – end quote.
The district will utilize the extra time today to thoroughly clean and sanitize all campuses and busses.
Big Spring ISD also stated that they would like to thank the parents for their diligence during the past couple of weeks; and they would also like to thank the many employees that have been doubling up and, in some cases, trying to cover the duties of the absent staff.
It should be noted that this closure will not impact extracurricular activities, and classes will resume on Monday, Feb. 5th, as scheduled.
The Lone Star District of the Buffalo Trail Council will hold a Flag Retirement Ceremony this Saturday, February 3rd, at 3 PM. The Boy Scouts have long been recognized as one a very few organizations that are called upon to conduct formal Flag Retirement Ceremonies, and February 10th marks the anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. For several years, local Scouts have gathered on the Saturday closest to Scouting’s anniversary to pay homage to the individuals that have given us the rights that we cherish in the Scouting program.
According to Zack Mullins, a teacher with Big Spring ISD and a Scouting volunteer, “Several years ago, a committee met to discuss how we could celebrate the anniversary of Scouting. It was decided that a tribute to the individuals that sacrificed for our rights to gather as Scouts would be perfect. That began a tradition of gathering to honor our flag and our troops”.
The Flag Retirement Ceremony is open to the public, and the ceremony will be at Camp Thomas on Driver Road, next to the VFW. The Boy Scouts would like to encourage the community to see the honor that is paid to a flag when it is retired. They especially encourage all veterans and active duty members of any branch of our armed forces to attend. Again, this ceremony is Saturday at 3:00 pm at Camp Thomas on Driver Road.
AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is beginning enforcement efforts across the state focusing specifically on violations of the state’s Move Over/Slow Down law. These periodic enforcement operations by DPS Troopers are planned throughout the year at various locations in Texas, with several operations planned in February.
The law, originally passed in 2003, requires motorists to move over or slow down when certain vehicles – including police, fire, EMS, Texas Department of Transportation vehicles and tow trucks – are stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated.
“Our Highway Patrol Troopers and other officers risk their lives every day for the people of Texas, and their safety is particularly vulnerable while working on the side of the road, where the slightest mistake by a passing motorist can end in tragedy,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “While our officers are serving and protecting Texans, we’re asking drivers to do their part by adhering to the law – simply move over or slow down.”
Specifically, Texas law states that a driver must either:
Vacate the lane closest to the applicable vehicles stopped on the side of the road (if the road has multiple lanes traveling in the same direction), or
Slow down 20 mph below the speed limit. (If the speed limit is below 25 mph, the driver must slow down to 5 mph.)
Drivers should only move over if they can do so safely and legally; otherwise, they should slow down.
“In light of the numerous vehicle crashes that occur in Texas and across the nation on a daily basis, and the unfortunate fact the many still violate the state law that has been in effect for nearly 15 years, we are increasing our enforcement and education efforts related to this law,” said Director McCraw. “In addition to complying with the law to protect those who work on the side of the road, we encourage motorists to show the same courtesy to fellow drivers stopped along our roadways. Let’s all get home safely.”
Violations of the law can result in a fine of up to $200; the fine increases to $500 if there is property damage. If violators cause bodily injury, they can be charged with a Class B misdemeanor, resulting in possible jail time and a maximum fine of $2,000.
Preliminary data from 2017 shows that DPS issued more than 10,650 warnings and citations to motorists violating the Move Over/Slow Down law.
The Annual Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce’s event, now known as the “Chamber Extravaganza” was held last night, and even though the night took on a different format the awards portion did not stray away from tradition.
The Outgoing President of the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce ceremoniously passed on the gavel to current President, Manny Negron. Woman of the Year was Dene Sheppard, and Man of the year was Mike Abusaab.
Sheppard assisted in compiling Howard County's History Book, she's served on the Museum Board and instrumental in opening The Potton House for viewing, as well as helping to develop a walking path and viewing area at The Historic Spring. She's served as President of PTA and Hyperion Club, was on the Chamber of Commerce and Heart Association Boards, and served as the President of the West Texas Republican Women.
When asked how she felt about receiving the award, Sheppard stated that she was very honored. "I just feel like I've been blessed to live here in a town that I love, and that I was able to do things throughout the years. I can't imagine of a greater honor than in your own hometown, than the people to give this to me. I thank them all from the bottom of my heart."
Man of the year was Mike Abusaab, Owner of Sonic, and President of KBest Media, works with the Chamber on numerous events. He's been on the board for the YMCA, is involved with Keep Big Spring Beautiful, Food2Kids, and many more. He's a member of the SWCID Foundation, the Big Spring Rotary Club, and is a Paul Harris Fellow.
He loves the local Howard County teams and demonstrated his admiration by contributing to things such as the Memorial Stadium Football Stadium locker room; The Sonic Floor at Howard College, and handing out academic scholarships for Howard College, Odessa College, and UTPB.
When asked how he felt about receiving the award, Abusaab that he felt great and that it was the greatest thing to have ever happened to him.
The Russ McEwen Community Honor Award was received SM Energy with Newt Newton, Senior Vice President / Permian Region Manager, accepting the award with his team. The company made a big splash in Big Spring and Howard County last year with their list of accomplishments, such as creating a partnership with both Big Spring ISD and Coahoma ISD to kick start robotics programs in their schools. Their employees built a nursery for the YMCA and donated backpacks for their backpack drive. SM Energy has also worked with the Salvation Army of Big Spring to support their Boys and Girls Club over the summer, sponsoring Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, and their Kettle Campaign and Angel Tree for the 2017 holiday season.
They've also supported local annual events and partnered with RockPile Energy Services to provide the Big Spring Fire Department a new set of Jaws for Life.
** Washington Elementary Participates in "Choose Kindness, Not Meanness" Campaign **
In 2014, Eric Johnson, elementary educator and blogger, created an organization called, “Erase Meanness, Choose Kindness”. This organization now reaches over 10 million people worldwide. Actor Kevin Bacon joined the movement in 2016. Now, every September, students across the nation take a pledge to make the world a kinder place.
Last week, in an effort to continue our mission and vision of creating a better school, Washington Elementary accepted this challenge of replacing meanness with kindness. We want everyone associated with Washington Elementary to have kind hearts and use kind words. Meanness will not ever be totally eliminated in society, but we at Washington Elementary will focus on using kindness in place of meanness.
[Kari Eggleston, Washington Elementary Principal, encourages] all students to participate in a pledge to be kind and perform purposeful acts of kindness. All students that can honor this pledge till the end of April, will receive a t-shirt with the mission statement of “Erase Meanness, Choose Kindness.”
This challenge directly correlates with our commitment to the Conscious Discipline philosophy. All staff will be encouraging students throughout each day the importance of making good choices and using kind words.
Over the weekend an inmate went missing from the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Big Spring’s Satellite Prison Camp, which currently houses approximately 210 male offenders in Big Spring.
On Saturday, January 27, 2018, at approximately 5:40 p.m., inmate Jesus Gamez was discovered missing.
Upon this discovery the U.S. Marshals Service and other law enforcement agencies were notified and an internal investigation was initiated.
Gamez was sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas to 206 months for Conspiracy to Possess with the Intent to Distribute 100 kilograms of Marijuana and for a Supervised Release Violation.
On Sunday, January 28th, at approximately 6:20 PM Garza returned to the institution of his own volition and is in Bureau of Prisons custody.
A night of glitz became even more glamorous as attendees of the 20th annual Silver Wings Ball sipped $20-dollar glasses of champagne and found gemstones sparkling in their bubbly.
Each flute of champagne that was purchased as a fundraiser for the Hangar 25 Air Museum contained a semi precious stone including amethysts, garnets, quartz, emeralds, and as lucky lady Camilla Strande discovered, a diamond!
Silver Wings committee member Shonda Folsom told KBest News that the diamond was donated by the owners of “The Jewelers” (formerly Blum’s Jewelers) and was 1/4 carat in size with “beautiful brilliance and clarity.” The semi precious stones were donated by The Folsom Law Firm, PLLC. There were a total of 24 champagne flutes that sold out quickly in anticipation of the diamond discovery. Folsom says that they plan on having even more next year.
Other fundraisers during the evening included both silent and live auctions containing jewelry, concert tickets, home decor, and a first edition copy of the book, “The Iron Orchard,” autographed by the cast and crew of the movie filmed in Big Spring last year. Other high ticket items included an Apple Watch for $1000, suites at Hotel Settles for $2000, and a party at The Train Car & Cigar Bar for $2500.
Folsom says that over $23,000 was raised during last night’s Silver Wings Ball for the Hangar 25 Air Museum which celebrates our local history, the history of the Air Force and our community. The museum is located inside the Big Spring Airpark at 1911 Apron Drive.
To hear more about this successful event, listen to KBest News tomorrow morning on KBest 95.7 FM, and the Mighty 1490 KBST AM.
The Local Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts from multiple Packs and Troops conducted their annual “Scouting for Food” campaign this past Saturday. This event was done in coordination with HEB and supports Isaiah 58, a local Food Bank here in Big Spring.
Mark Richardson, District Chairman for the Lone Star District in the Buffalo Trail Council said H-E-B customers were approached by scouts and adult volunteers and asked to pick up a couple of non-perishable items while they did their normal shopping.
Richardson went on to say that several people brought back a whole bag of donations. Paige Towing in Big Spring even heard about the event during the KBest live remote, and the staff chipped in money and sent a driver to drop off approximately 100 pounds of food.
If you missed your opportunity to donate on Saturday, you can still drop off your donations at Isaiah 58.
The event Concert at the Spring featuring Tom Newman will take place on Wednesday, January 31st, at the Historic Spring Stage, and the concert will begin at 4:30 PM.
Newman is a Canadian-born country / folk genre singer. He began his music career later in life after leaving a career of teaching in 2010. He’s released 3 albums since 2011, and the latest one is titled “Big Spring” after the Historic Spring Site before it was renovated. The “Big Spring” album features songs about contemporary social issues, such as the degradation of the natural environment, consumerism, and the loss of personal freedoms.
According to Newman, his mother was actually from Big Spring and Big Spring is where his parents first met. After his father passed away several years ago, Newman would bring his mother back to her hometown so she could visit with family and friends. It was during these visits when he would go to the Comanche Trail Park to see the spring and soak up the atmosphere. He went on to say that he was amazed to learn about the rich history of the of the spring and was surprised that at one point, the spring had run dry due to growth in population of the area.
Newman was inspired to write the song “Big Spring” with a message about the need to manage natural resources in a sustainable way and used it as the title track for 2015 environmental-themed album. The CD cover of which, was taken by Big Spring resident Aubrey Weaver.
For more information about Newman and his music, you can visit his website tomnewmansongs.com.
The 20-bed Behavioral Health Unit at Scenic Mountain Medical Center will have their grand opening next month on February 28th at 2:30 PM. The unit will be located on the fourth floor of SMMC and according to Ed Moughon, Director of the Behavioral Health Unit, the unit will not be structured like a typical hospital floor.
“We have two activity areas, one doubles as a dining room. We have quiet dayrooms. The rooms are just private rooms. Each room has its own bath and shower attached. Then the patients have access to the meal room and the rest of the hospital floor,” says Moughon of the unit.
Stacy Flores, Director of Psychiatric Nursing, told KBest News that the patients will have activities throughout the day based on the patient’s personal treatment plan, and patients stay as long as needed to reach stabilization so they can be released back into the community.
When asked how the facility will benefit Howard County, Moughon stated, “The state hospitals’ patient population has changed over the years. Texas has had such an increase in the need for beds, for treatment for people who are considered incompetent to stand trial that the state hospitals in Texas have been filling up with those [patients]. What [this will do is] it provides services to people that the state hospital can no longer admit because they are full. This brings back that service to admit people that need this kind of care, here, right in our town just like it used to be. So, it’ll be here now.”
The Behavioral Health Unit is not restricted to only Howard County residents. Moughon advised that West Texas Centers has a partnership with the facility and the organization would be referring patients from the 23 counties that they serve as it becomes necessary.
Patients can be referred by their physician or they can contact West Texas Centers for a referral to the unit. Moughon also noted that, in emergency situations, patients would be able to go through the SMMC Emergency Room in order to get a referral.
The Behavioral Health Unit is a private facility and is primarily for adults with a mental health disorder and need in-patient care.
“If someone just has a substance abuse problem, this is not the facility [for them]. That’s not what we do,” said Moughon.
Flores also advised that the facility would not be able to serve adolescents or children, only adults.
Moughon and Flores stated that the unit would be an insurance-based facility that would be as competitively priced as their colleague hospitals throughout West Texas. It will be an insurance reimbursed service, and will be Medicaid and Medicare certified, and will accept 3rd party and private insurance, as well.
Light Fixtures along FM 700 in Big Spring -
In late 2017, TXDOT (Texas Department of Transportation) began placing large lamp-like fixtures in Big Spring along FM 700 between US 87 and Goliad. According to MaryBelle Olson, Public Information Officer for TXDOT – Abilene District, the three fixtures that have been placed are called grand mast luminaries and they stand 150 feet tall. She noted that 6 more luminaries will be added, but they will only be about 50 feet tall. Olson also stated that each luminary that is placed will be an upgrade to what is currently there.
According to the TXDOT Project Tracker, the purpose of this project is to upgrade safety lighting and it will be completed in two sections. The first will extend on FM 700 from US HWY 87 to a tenth of a mile east of Goliad. The second section will extend from Westover to US HWY 87. The total cost to upgrade safety lighting for both sections is over $343,000.
Olson told KBest News that the upgraded lighting will have no cost for the City of Big Spring and that TXDOT would be responsible for maintenance.
When asked why the lighting was upgraded in this area and not others, Olson stated that the current luminaries along the section of FM 700 were due for an upgrade and that this section is part of a district-wide project to upgrade luminaries in the areas with older lighting fixtures. She also went on to note that this is the only section in the Big Spring area that needed upgrading, and the project should be completed within the next three to four weeks assuming that there are no unexpected delays.
During a regular meeting of the Howard County Commissioners' Court Terry Chamness was reappointed as the Howard County Emergency Management Coordinator. Chamness has held this position since 2000.
The responsibility of jury reimbursement was transferred from District Clerk Colleen Barton to Howard County Auditor Jackie Olson. According to Barton, Howard County pays jury members $40 for their service and then the appropriate paperwork is sent in for the state reimbursement, which is $34.
The following bids were also considered / awarded:
? 2018 Roadway Base Material - tabled due to the delivery site being changed and it could possibly alter the amount of the bids.
? 2018 Sealcoat - awarded to Cox Paving from Blanco, TX for $516,925.44.
? 2018 Maintenance Assistance Prime & Sealcoat - tabled because there was only 1 bid received, and research needs to be conducted to figure out the cost.
? 2018 LRA Paving/Patching Material - awarded to Vulcan Materials from Uvslde, TX for $296,098.
The Big Spring City Council met last night in the Council Chambers. All Action Items were passed by unanimous votes. Council members present were Terry McDaniel of District 3, Howard Stewart of District 4, Raul Benavides of District 5, Jim DePauw of District 6 and Mayor McLellan.
Highlights of the evening included the approval of two new ambulance chassis. One ambulance was in the budget for the EMS this Fiscal year. However, by re-purposing two current
ambulances with new chassis, Big Spring Fire Chief Ferguson was able to effectively provide the city with two new ambulances for the price of one. This also allowed the project to come in significantly
The Council also approved the purchase of four new Police vehicles. Through a thorough bidding process this project came in over $30,000 under budget. A new Animal Control truck was also approved.
Executive Director for the Big Spring Economic Development Corporation Terry Wegman presented a glowing Annual Audit of the Big Spring EDC. No internal or financial discrepancies were found in the annual audit.
Several action items authorized Public Works Director Johnny Womack to seek grants for improvements for Comanche Trail Park as well as funding of environmental projects for electronics disposal.
The Council approved the continuation of the current Director
of Emergency Medical Services being held by Dr. Robbie Cooksey.
City Manager, Todd Darden, reported that applications are being accepted for vacancies on the Zoning Board of Adjustments and the Teen Court Board.
Boy Scouts from Troop 5 opened the meeting with Presentation of Colors and the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Derrell Patterson of the 1 st United Methodist Church offered the invocation. Mayor McLellan closed the meeting by thanking the capacity filled room for their attendance and concern for the welfare of Big Spring.
Monday, closures on Interstate 20 in the Big Spring area began, leaving east- and westbound lanes on Interstate 20 closed from mile marker 172 to 173. All traffic in the area was detoured to the frontage roads.
According to MaryBelle Olson, Public Information Officer for the Texas Department of Transportation - Abilene District, which includes Howard County, "the contractors finished work over the main lanes of I-20 yesterday, and [today they] will close the north frontage road [at] about 10 this morning."
The north frontage road, also known as westbound I-20 frontage road, will be closed from mile marker 172 to 173 from until about 8 PM. The frontage road will be reopened Wednesday night, and closed again Thursday morning at about 8 AM. On Friday and Saturday, the same situation will apply for the eastbound frontage road.
It should be noted that all of the closures are to allow placement of beams and removal of heavy equipment once placement is complete.
Motorists are encouraged to be especially watchful when traveling through the area, which will include large equipment and heavy machinery.
PHOTO 1: Cranes and crew members setting bridge beams that will eventually connect the north and south portions of the US 87 truck relief route. I-20 is seen below.
PHOTO 2: Crew members help guide beams as cranes lower bridge beams onto the pillars.
PHOTO 3: Eastbound I-20 just west of US 87 truck relief route. The tallest structure is where the bridge beams are being placed.
(Photos courtesy of MaryBelle Olson, Public Information Officer for the Texas Department of Transportation - Abilene District.)
Information provided by the Big Spring Herald -
"According to a press release issued by the Texas Department of Transportation's Abilene office, closures on Interstate 20 in the Big Spring area started today and will continue throughout the week.
Today, east- and westbound Interstate 20 was closed from mile marker 172 to 173 during daylight hours, roughly 8 a.m. through 8 p.m. All traffic in the area was detoured to frontage roads.
The release goes on to say that work will continue Wednesday through Saturday.
On Wednesday and Thursday, westbound I-20 frontage road will be closed from mile marker 172 to 173 from about 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The frontage road will be reopened Wednesday night, and closed again Thursday morning. On Friday and Saturday, the same situation will apply for the eastbound frontage road.
All of the closures are to allow placement of beams and removal of heavy equipment once placement is complete.
TXDoT and the Big Spring Herald remind motorists to be especially watchful when traveling through the area, which will include large equipment and heavy machinery."
Photo: Screenshot of Road Closure Map on Drivetexas.org. Orange- Construction / Blue - Closure
In this evening’s regular meeting of the Big Spring Independent School District Board of Trustees, Dr. Raemi Thompson, Director of Testing / Curriculum for Big Spring ISD, led the public hearing regarding the 2016-2017 Texas Academic Performance Report. The link can soon be found on the BSISD website and hard copies can also be accessible by request.
During the “Report Items” portion of the agenda, Dr. Thompson later explained that the reconfiguring of the district has seemed to have had a positive effect on developing a school’s educators to ensure that all are teaching consistent lessons across the board. One way that they’ve been able to ensure that this is possible is by using Performance Learning Communities, also known as PLC’s, which allows educators to talk and prepare very thoroughly before teaching a lesson, regardless of the amount of experience an educator has, to ensure that they’ll be able to teach the lesson to the depth that the State of Texas expects the student to know when they are assessed.
“For some of our first-time educators, they can talk it out prior to giving the lesson, so we can know what to expect when we put it in front of kids,” said Dr. Thompson. “We can kind of anticipate their questions, and make sure that everyone is prepared to teach it to the depth that the state expects when they assess [the students].”
It was also noted that the school board has set district goals for improving student achievement. In order to improve their status, checkpoint monitoring has been used this year during real time, instead of remediating right before the test. This is to ensure that the school district is aligned with state standards.
“If you wait until STAAR scores come out, you’re too late,” stated Dr. Thompson. “So, we are checking and monitoring as we go along and making sure that we are aligned to the state standards. And that we are assessing kids throughout the year and remediating throughout the year. One of the purposes of our Focus Fridays is that we are remediating in real time instead of waiting right before the test so we can be sure that kids are prepared come may.”
Dr. Thompson showed an example of how much students had improved during a particular check point from the beginning of the year until December. She noted that the checkpoint didn’t show that the ultimate goal was met, but it did show that there had been significant strides of improvement and that there were still four more months of work where they can achieve more.
PHOTO: The progress in 3rd grade math from Checkpoint 1 (at beginning of the Fall 2017 semester) to Checkpoint 3 (that was completed in December 2017).
Left column- Checkpoint 1 (total of 292 students): TIER 3 - 106 / TIER 2 - 109 / TIER 1 - 77
This shows during Checkpoint 1, 106 students scored less than 25/100 points (20 question test), and that if the state assessment had been administered during Checkpoint 1, only 77 students from this grade level of a total of 292 students would have passed the assessment.
Right column - Checkpoint 3: TIER 3 - 38 / TIER 2 - 98 / TIER 153
This shows during Checkpoint 3 in December, 38 students scored less than 25/100 points (30 question test), and that if the state assessment had been administered during Checkpoint 3, 153 students from this grade level of a total of 289 students would have passed the assessment.
It should be noted that massive improvements have been made and there are still 4 more months for improvement.
The Fraternal Order of Eagles will host their 16th Annual Chili Cook Off on Saturday, January 20th, from 8 AM to 3 PM at the Eagles Lodge, located at 703 W. Third in Big Spring.
The entry fee is $10 per 2-person team and you must prepare 5 pounds of chili. Registration will be on Saturday at 8 AM. Then team meeting will take place at 9 AM, and the Chili Judging begins at 11:30 AM. Be advised that all chili must be cooked on site, and the top 10 teams will be awarded.
This event is open to the public, and for $10 you can enjoy all you can eat chili from 11:30 AM – 3 PM.
This is the biggest fundraiser that the organization has for the year and all proceeds go to helping the local Eagles Lodge Aerie 3188.
For more information you call Shane at 432-935-1782, Garret at 432-559-9981, or Seth at 432-213-5052.
On Wednesday, January 10th, at approximately 4 PM a large fire broke out at 1514 E. HWY 350, primarily affecting 2 families and causing an estimated $150,000 in damages to 5 structures including 1 wooden structure, 3 travel trailers, and 1 equipment trailer.
Tommy Sullivan, Chief of the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department, told KBest News that through investigation, it was determined that a visiting trailer located there had had an outdoor barbecue and that the fire was left unattended after the individual had completed cooking with it. Due to the strong winds, the fire had gotten outside of the barbecue pit and started a fire on the ground, which with the wind, had spread through and had set the structure and other travel trailers on fire.
Chief Sullivan stated the wind was the main contributor to the spread of the fire and that it was fortunate that the fire didn’t spread any further than it did.
The individual responsible for the fire received a citation for failure to adhere to the burn ban and a citation for reckless damage. By citing reckless damage, Sullivan stated that it would give the families that lost property an avenue to recoup their damages from the fire loss from the person who started the fire.
According to Sullivan, after the fire the families were able to have their immediate needs met by Howard County Chaplain Services who were able to connect those affected with the Red Cross.
CASA of West Texas provides advocacy for children in the foster care system for seven counties, Midland, Howard, Glasscock, Dawson, Gaines, Martin, and Andrews Counties. It should be noted that volunteers are needed in each of these counties. Their mission is to promote and support quality volunteers who speak for the best interest of abused and neglected children in court in an effort to find each child a safe, nurturing and permanent home.
If you would like more information about becoming a CASA Volunteer, you’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and speak with a representative from CASA of West Texas at their Lunch and Learn Luncheon at the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce, located at 215 W. Third St., from Noon to 1 PM on Thursday, January 18th.
This year the 20th Silver Wings Ball will take place on January 27th at 5:30 PM at Hotel Settles. This event is the annual donation ball for the Hangar 25 Air Museum, which according to Amber Stokes, Hangar 25 Museum Administrator, is to continue their mission which is to promote education through the collection, preservation and exhibition of the history of the Big Spring Army Air Force Bombardier School and Webb Air Force Base while honoring all veterans, past and present.
The Silver Wings Ball is a formal event, that includes Texas formal. Cocktail hour begins at 5:30 PM with a complementary glass of champagne, followed by a dinner provided by Hotel Settles, and a silent and live auction that continues throughout the event.
A live band will be performing at the event and this year, and there will be a bonus event involved this year. Guests will be able to purchase a $20 glass of champagne for an opportunity to win a precious or semi-precious stone.
When asked why the Silver Wings Ball was an important event for the museum, Stokes stated that It allows the museum to continue to teach the very rich history of the city of Big Spring. “Not very many people know that we had an army air court base that which lead to an air force base. That’s a rich history that not every single town in the United States has. What’s so important about us is that we’re one of the very few [that’s] left across the nation.”
Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased by calling the Hangar 25 Air Museum at 432-264-1999, and they’ll be on sale until Friday, January 26th.
Anyone interested in running for a Big Spring City Council position should be advised that the first filing date will be on Wednesday, January 17th at 8 AM. The following positions will be available for election: District 2 – currently held by Carmen Harbour; District 4 – currently held by Howard Stewart; and District 6 – currently held by Jim DePauw.
You can pick up an information packet and file your application with the City Secretary at City Hall, located at 310 Nolan by the deadline, which is February 16th at 5 PM.
According to Jodi Duck, Howard County Elections Administrator, in order to qualify for a position, you must be at least 18 years old, live in the city limits at least 1 year, and be in good standings.
Yesterday evening, several people braved the cold and gathered at the corner of Gregg Street and Martin Luther King Blvd. to participate in the Annual MLK Commemorative Walk, which has been going on for roughly a decade. The walk began at Gregg Street and traveled down Martin Luther King Blvd and ended at FM 700, in front of the Knollwood Apartments. According to Michael Smith, Pastor of Mt. Bethel Church in Big Spring, Mt. Bethel has been hosting the event for several of the years.
When asked if there was a message that he wanted people to take away today, Pastor Smith stated that love is what bring people together. “’We can live together as brothers, or we can die apart as fools,’ that’s what Dr. King says. I believe that it’s love at the heart of this. There’s no greater love that a brother has for it. We want to make sure that we lover all people regardless of their race, or their political affiliation, or their nationality, or their culture. We just want to continue to express love because that’s what Christ would do.”
He also stated that Mayor Larry McLellan had offered a soft challenge last year to make this year’s event the most diverse than they’ve had, and Pastor Smith was pleased to say that this turnout was the most diverse turnout that they’ve had.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism during the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law.
It was noted that this year will mark the 50th anniversary since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination in 1968.
The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce will have their Chamber Extravaganza on Tuesday, January 30th at 6:30 PM in the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum on the Sonic Floor.
This year participating businesses will decorate their tables, and have representatives at their tables available to mingle with guests. The guests will then be able to vote for their favorite table with dollar bills. The business that wins the traveling plaque for the best decorated table. Debbye Valverde, Executive Director for the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce, the funds raised from the table competition will go towards the Chamber’s Program and Event fund.
There will also be a silent auction, and this year's Man and Woman of the Year will be announced by last year's Man and Woman of the Year – Raul Marquez and Vicki Stewart. The passing of the gavel will take place from the outgoing Board President Andrea Barr to incoming President of the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce Board, Manny Negron.
Negron has been a part of the Board for 10 years, volunteering in different capacities. His responsibilities will include conducting Board meetings, working throughout the community and being a positive role to promote the Chamber.
When asked what his goals are for the Chamber this year, Negron stated, "My main goal is that, not only as a Chamber but as a community, we just learn to connect with one another."
Negron went on to explain that many people in the community don't know what's going on with the Chamber and they miss out on opportunities. "We want people to know what's happening at the chamber, and how they can benefit from the chamber, and how the Chamber can help the businesses in this community."
Be advised that this is the LAST week that you can purchase tickets for the Chamber Extravaganza. Tickets are $30 per person and you can purchase a ticket at the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce Office at 215 W. 3rd St.
Congratulations CHS senior Tyler McFall for making the ATSSB All-State Band a second year in a row! Tyler placed first chair in the trumpet section at Area tryouts today held in Levelland, Texas. He will play in the All-State Band concert set for Feb. 17, 2018. Way to go!
Also a shout out to senior Nathan Ramirez, who placed 5th chair in the euphonium section and flautist Andrea King, a junior, who earned 10th chair. Good job you three!
This year will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that took place on April 4, 1968. According to The King Center, that was established in 1968 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King in Atlanta, Georgia, this year’s theme for commemorating both the assassination and the founding of The King Center is “Together We Win with Love for Humanity.”
A local church, Bakers Chapel, AME, located at 911 N. Lancaster, will be holding a commemorative service at noon on January 15th, 2018 that is open to the public. Sonia Scott, Pastor at Bakers Chapel, stated that the church is celebrating the campaign, the ideas that Dr. King stood for, and the non-violent Civil Rights Movement.
“It’s an opportunity that, once again, reminds us that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, in the words of Dr. King,” said Pastor Scott.
She went on to state, “To me, this particular service is focused on love, because that’s the theme, ‘Together We Win with Love for Humanity.’ Dr. King was quoted as saying that ‘Hatred paralyzes life, love releases it. Hatred confuses life, love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life, love illuminates it.’ I encourage everyone to come out and show some love, and just be a part of the worship experience and be blessed.”
The service was described as a time of worship and historical reflections, and everyone is invited.
This year's Commemorative Walk in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day will also take place later that evening from 6-7 PM. The Walk will commence at the corner of Gregg Street and Martin Luther King Blvd in Big Spring. All members of the community, surrounding cities, all church denominations, veterans, youth organizations, and civic leaders are welcomed.
Runnels Academy, a new Classical Christian Academy, is in the works to open soon. It’ll be located on the 2nd floor of the old Runnels Jr. High building, located at 102 E. 10th St., that has been acquired by Life Church. The school will only be a tenant in the Life Church building, and will not be affiliated with that specific church.
Tuition will cost will be $6,000 per school year for each student with discounts available for families with more than one child enrolled. Jenny Bryans, future Head of Runnels Academy and former Big Spring Classical Academy teacher, also mentioned that there were possible scholarships that might be available in the future. Bryans noted that the academy intends to have small class sizes and the grade levels will begin with junior kindergarten, for children who turn 4 years old prior to the fall semester, and run through 8th grade. Their hope is to be able to add upper levels in the future. Since the second floor of the building has just began renovation, enrollment information is not available at this time but more information will be made available at a later date.
It should be noted that there will not be a special education program available at Runnels Academy, because every student enrolled will attend regular education classes.
“When I was part of Big Spring Classical Academy that was the policy there as well,” said Bryans. “I had seen several students who were pulled from public school and sent to us and they excelled.”
“I think a lot of times we put a ceiling on where we think a kid can go academically because of a paper or a test that says, ‘Oh he can’t do that.” I just feel that if we higher our expectations and we offer the tools that these kids need that God’s developed us to be able to learn.”
The school mascot for Runnels Academy will be a lion with a crown and they will be called “The Royals.” Bryans stated that the school plans to be able to offer the opportunity for students to compete in UIL activities and such as sports like 6-man football, volleyball, golf, baseball, softball, basketball, and sporting clay.
To learn more about Runnels Academy you can check out our Facebook post or visit www.runnelsacademy.org.
A new Classical Christian Academy, called Runnels Academy, will be opening soon, but this isn’t the first Classical school that Big Spring has seen, Big Spring Classical Academy, which was housed inside of the Spring Creek Mall, had dissolved after the 2017 school year ended due to unforeseen circumstances. The parents of the former students got together, formed a school board, and decided to open their own school.
Jenny Bryans, future Head of Runnels Academy, told KBest News that the Classical Christian Academy is structured differently than public school, because it will focus on the trivium of grammar, logic, and rhetoric.
“First of all, we are decidedly Christian. We teach everything from a biblical world view. So, we try to really emphasize the beauty that God put in to everything, from the flowers outside to the math that we are working on with our kids,” stated Bryans.
Bryans went on to say that the “Classical” aspect of it deals with how the instruction is presented to the kids. Runnels academy will use a trivium that will split the “classical” form into three sections: grammar, logic, and rhetoric.
The Grammar stage (junior kindergarten through 5/6th grade) will emphasize different instructional modes to learn the grammar of different subjects. The Logic stage (junior high) will teach students how to think and how to use what they know to argue effectively. The Rhetoric stage (high school) will teach students how to take what they’ve learned in the previous stages and put it all together to communicate effectively.
Runnels Academy will be located in the 2nd floor of the old Runnel’s Jr. High that has been acquired by Life Church. Even though Life Church’s Pastor Kevin Knudson is a member of the school board, Bryans stated that the church is not affiliated with Life Church and noted that the school will merely be a tenant in the building.
“[Knudson] doesn’t have children there, but he has a vested interest because it is his heart’s desire to establish a school, and he wanted his church to be used for that,” said Bryans. “So, whether we went in, or if he started his own, there was going to be a school. It just seemed like a no-brainer to take advantage of the fact that he wants a school there.”
She did note that Life Church was able to raise over $100,000 to help fund the building renovation that is taking place now. Other members of the school board include: Robert Kennedy, Ben Blaine, John Bryans, Kathryn Lane, and Chance Nichols.
During this evening's Big Spring City Council Meeting, it was noted that the Big Spring Fire/EMS department received a $10,000 donation Occidental Petroleum Corporation (Oxy). BSFD Fire Chief Craig Ferguson advised the City Council members that the money would be used to purchase EMS equipment and to obtain additional training for staff members.
Oxy also donated $25,000 to the Spring Project Phase II; and it was announced that a $10,000 donation was received from the Wayne and JoAnn Moore Charitable Foundation, as well as a $2,500 Oncor Electric Delivery Company. According to Debbie Wegman, Big Spring Community Services Director, there has been a total of $280,000 that has been received through grants and donations for Phase II of the Spring Project, and she noted that she will continue to seek funds.
It should also be noted that a bid for the roof repairs of the Dora Roberts Community Center was awarded to Prime Source Construction for $16,900.
During the City Manager's Report, Todd Darden advised that the city offices will be closed on January 15th for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and that the MLK Commemorative Walk will begin at 6 PM at the corners of Gregg Street & Martin Luther King Blvd at Subway and will move west down Gregg until 7 PM.
Darden also noted that since December 28th there had been 90 water main breaks and recognized the utility workers that have been working around the clock. He also stated that he appreciated the public for being patient while the city worked to replace pipes. Fire, Police, and EMS were also recognized for their work during the past couple of weeks.
When asked what attributed to the many water main breaks, Darden advised that it was due to the perfect combination of weather, moisture, and ground movement. He also assured that City Council member Carmen Harbour that the water lines were being replaced and not patched.
PHOTO - Webelos with Cub Scout Pack 305, sponsored by First Nazarene Church, led the Pledge of Allegiance and Texas Pledge at tonight's Big Spring City Council Meeting.
City crews repaired multiple breaks on a water line on S. Wasson Rd., south of the City limits. Even though all State requirements were followed, as a precautionary measure the City of Big Spring/PWS ID #11440001, in compliance with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), is notifying affected customers of the need to boil their water prior to
consumption e.g., washing hands/face, brushing teeth, drinking, etc). Children, seniors, and persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all
customers should follow these directions.
To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and ice should be boiled and cooled prior to use. The water should be brought to a vigorous boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase
bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source.
When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the water system officials will notify you that the water is safe for consumption. Instructions to discontinue boiling will be issued in the same manner as this notice.
If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact the Public Works Director at 432-264- 2501.
City of Big Spring
BOIL WATER NOTICE IS LIFTED AS OF 1 PM ON 01/09/2018, AS PER CITY OF COAHOMA PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR RAY SEALES.
Be advised the City of Coahoma has issued a BOIL WATER NOTICE for the Sand Springs area. Sand Springs area ONLY until further notice.
**UPDATE** As of 7 AM on Jan. 8th, 2018, KBest News was advised that the BOIL WATER NOTICE is still in effect. According to Ray Seales, Public Utilities Director for the City of Coahoma, the notice will continue until water samples can be returned from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), which may be tomorrow.
The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a "Thank You for Your Investment" Ceremony for the Big Spring Country Club, located at 2401 Driver Rd, this morning to thank them for all that they do for the community.
"We appreciate [the ceremony] very much; everyone likes to be recognized," said Co-Owner Russ Rutledge. "We did this to, hopefully, provide a little more for Big Spring and keep the club open and have a place for people to go."
When asked what he hopes 2018 will bring for the Big Spring Country Club, Rutledge stated, "We would hope that we'd see more activity here. We've opened to the public and we would love for the public to come out and see what we have and take advantage of our facility.
For more information on what kind of amenities that the Big Spring Country Club has to offer you can check out their Facebook page or visit bigspringcountry.club.
Many people met in front of Scenic Mountain Medical Center to take part in the small ceremony that was held this morning in recognition of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.). There was a short prayer, led by Pastor Sam Segundo of Family Faith Center church and breakfast was prepared by the Yellow Rose Café.
Both Big Spring's Chief of Police Chad Williams and Howard County Sheriff Stan Parker told KBest News that they appreciated SMMC for holding the event and were happy for the fellowship and free meal.
TxDOT ABILENE SELECTS BIG SPRING AREA ENGINEER -
Position oversees construction, maintenance operations for four counties.
ABILENE – Neil Welch, P.E., has been named TxDOT Abilene’s Big Spring Area Engineer. He will oversee construction and maintenance operations for Borden, Howard, Mitchell and Nolan Counties in the agency’s Abilene District. Welch’s first day with the District is Monday, January 8, 2018.
Welch joins TxDOT from the City of Lubbock, where he served as the assistant city engineer since 2013, acting as the streets engineering department head and supervising the ROW department, inspection groups and utility permitting personnel. Prior to this position, Neil was the City’s capital projects engineer, responsible for managing the City’s design and construction projects.
Welch began his first TxDOT career in 1999 in the Lubbock District Design Office. In 2002 he was named central design engineer and was responsible for overseeing major design projects until he began his work with the City of Lubbock. He received his professional engineer’s license in 2003.
Welch fills the opening left by previous Big Spring Area Engineer Matt Evans, P.E., who was named Director of Construction for the San Angelo District. Wayne Ekdahl, P.E., TxDOT Abilene’s Director of Construction has been serving as interim Area Engineer.
Due to the number of water leaks, the City of Big Spring is asking citizens to please conserve on water usage. Employees are working on all repairs; however we are still having problems with restoring water to our water storage facilities. Please conserve water and discontinue use of irrigation systems. If you have any questions please feel free to call 432-264- 2501.
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KayLee Wright, a Coahoma High School senior, isn’t just making plans for her future, she is proactively crafting her own.
The just turned 17-year-old is heading to Austin to participate in state 3A UIL Congressional Debate contest to be held Jan 8-10 on the campus of the University of Austin. The contest is an individual competition but set in a simulated legislative body. Just like the real thing, participants draft legislation, deliver speeches, and respond to each other’s arguments.
“You go before a senate or a group of people and it will be like Congress,” Wright explained. “You are in front of a chamber of people with like 28 people. While CX (cross exam debate) is more one-on-one with an individual person.
“They judge us personally based on our one to two minute speeches and then we are questioned for another minute. They judge us on our answers and what statistics we have laid out.”
Wright returns to the Congressional Debate state tournament for a second year in a row. The experience - along with a penchant for watching criminal TV shows such as Law & Order - helped the Coahoma senior to decide to pursue a career in the law
“It was the greatest experience,” she said. “It’s what made me want to become a lawyer.”
Yet, Wright is taking her plans for the future a step further than most youths her age.
“I am learning a second language, sign language. I am learning ASL,” she said. “I want to merge those two so I can do it for students and kids who don’t really have that connection with an attorney on a communication basis. They need someone to speak for them. I want to merge that and create my own thing.”
Public speaking seems to come naturally to Wright, who has been acting since the age of 8. Her mother, Tabatha, is a teacher at Coahoma High School, who oversees the theater/arts and speech and debate programs and is also KayLee’s coach.
“KayLee has always had a passion for debate,” Tabatha Wright said. “I think that comes from being raised to always voice her opinion regardless of what her peers believed. But, you must do your research and make sure you make assertions that are true and just. She is very passionate about women's and children's rights and feels confident that she can one day be the voice for those in need of representation. Her style comes from debating on a regular basis with her friends over various issues in school, the community, or the news.”
KayLee Wright was quick to credit her success in debate to her mother’s mentorship.
“My mom has taught me to be a quick thinker, to think as soon as possible and connect statistics to make everything flow as it should,” she said.
Using her quick wit in challenging situations is just one of the aspects of Congressional Debate she enjoys.
“Whenever you are within a chamber, you can also write a bill from what other congressmen and women have stated and so that’s what I love to do is writing something on a spot,” Wright said.
Wright will participate in the preliminary congress on Jan. 9. If she qualifies for the finals, she will move on to take part in the super congress which will be held the following day on the 10 at the Texas state Capitol.
BIG SPRING, TEXAS -- In preparation for the opening of the Behavioral Health Unit at Scenic Mountain Medical Center, there will be a job fair Friday, January 12, in the main lobby at SMMC. The job fair will take place from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
“We will have the director of nursing on hand to answer any questions that applicants might have. Those coming to the job fair are encouraged to bring an updated resume,” Nadine Reyes, SMMC HR Manager, said.
There are multiple positions available, including day and night shifts and clinical and non-clinical positions. A background in behavioral health is not mandatory, but is recommended.
“The main thing we are looking for is someone who is going to have a servants heart and be focused on providing quality, compassionate care to the patients,” Stacy Flores, SMMC Behavioral Health Unit Nursing Director, said. “We are looking for staff who are willing to learn and grow in their positions.”
For more information, call Nadine Reyes at 432-268- 4961.
Be advised that the January 20th event - Pancake Breakfast with Clay Douglas, is a SCAM.
Hotel Settles General Manager Andrea Barr told KBest News that she found out about the fake event through social media and, eventually, some people had called the hotel to ask about the event.
"It is absolutely 100 percent a scam and we have nothing to do with it," said Barr. "Unfortunately, there are other local businesses and radio personalities that got caught up in the craziness. I just want everyone to know that it is absolutely not happening. It is a scam and we have nothing to do with it."
Barr also went on to say that Hotel Settles has reached out to the Big Spring Police Department and has filed a report on the incident.
Clay Douglas is the Host for his own online radio show, “The Free American,” that is based in Big Spring. When asked how he felt about an unknown person using his name to set up this fake event, Douglas stated that this person or persons should be arrested and thrown in jail. He went on to say that these people are crooks and they have nothing to do with him.
20-BED BEHAVIORAL HEALTH UNIT WILL SOON OPEN AT SMMC
In partnership with West Texas Centers, Scenic Mountain Medical Center will be opening a Behavioral Health Unit on the 4th floor of the hospital. The 20-bed unit will serve Big Spring and 23 other surrounding counties. According to SMMC Marketing Manager Amanda Duforat, “The 20 beds will most likely be full from opening day, and from what I hear, will be a continuous rotation of keeping them full.”
Duforat told KBest News that the majority of the beds at Big Spring State Hospital are forensic beds, which is actually a common occurrence across the state of Texas. Since this doesn’t free up a lot of space for the general population who are needing behavioral health services, the new 20-bed unit Behavioral Health Unit will be available to the general public to use for those services.
It should be noted that Shelley Smith, CEO of West Texas Centers, had approached SMMC CEO Emma Krabill when she when was still an interim in 2014 with this idea.
When asked why SMMC felt that this was something that they should have a hand in helping with, Duforat stated that this is just one more project that goes to show that in this community, as there is in every rural community, there is a gap in health care. “In each community it’s gonna be different, there’s gonna be different things that the community’s are lacking but one of them here is behavioral [health]."
"So the way we all think at Scenic Mountain is - we are the community hospital. It’s not the employees’ hospital, not the administration’s hospital, this is Big Spring’s hospital," continued Duforat. "All the service lines that we bring on and service providers that we bring in are to serve the needs of the community. This is just one of those needs that was brought to her attention and there was something we could do to fill that gap, as I had mentioned, so we figured that this was a really good partnership to fill that need and that gap in the community.”
A job fair that is focused, specifically, on finding the staff for the Behavioral Health Unit will take place on January 12th and the grand opening will take place on February 28th.
Big Spring and Howard County Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help in locating a Credit Card/Debit Card Abuse Suspect. On December 27th, 2017 at approximately 3:15 P.M., Big Spring Police Department Officers were dispatched to 7-11 Convenience Store located at 1701 East FM 700 due to Credit/Debit Card Abuse. Upon arrival officers were informed that at approximately the Complainant had loaned his credit/debit card to a family member to purchase items at Murphy USA, located at 201 West FM 700. The complainant said that the friend lost the credit/debit card at Murphy USA and a transaction notice was received by e-mail that showed an attempt to use the credit/debit card at 7-11. It was found that the unknown suspect entered the 7-11 store wearing a blue jacket with a white shirt, and short blonde hair. The suspect attempted to use the credit/debit card, but was unable to make the purchase. The suspect departed the 7-11 and left in a silver in color pick-up truck.
If you have any information on the identity of the suspect, you are encouraged to call the TIPS line at 432-263-8477 (TIPS) you will remain anonymous and no caller ID is ever used. Or use the new P3tips.com software and you can submit your tip online, and that, too, is completely anonymous.
For more information you can find this post on the Big Spring Howard County Crime Stoppers Facebook page.
You can earn up to a $1000.00 Dollar CASH reward if you're the first caller with information that leads to the arrest of the person involved. Remember to keep the ID Tip number that you receive when you submit your tip on P3tips.com. DO NOT LOSE YOUR TIP NUMBER.
Please reference case # 2-17-05198 in your tip.
Web Tip Link: https://www.p3tips.com/1277
The first baby born of a fresh new year has, historically, brought a lot of public interest. Supposedly, the first baby born of a new year is supposed to have best luck during their long life. With an optimistic belief like that, it’s clear to see why this might bring some public attention.
Even though it may seem as fun tradition to announce the first baby of the new year, Scenic Mountain Medical Center is following suit and putting patient safety above tradition.
“This is something that in the past, we’ve been able to publicize, but with all the changes in healthcare and society as a whole, being able to announce the new year baby isn’t something that we do anymore just for safety reasons,” says SMMC Marketing Director Amanda Duforat. “We don’t want to put the baby or family at risk in anyway, so we no longer announce it, but however, we still want to celebrate with the family because it is such a joyous occasion and such a big deal being the first baby born. So, putting together a baby basket is the next best thing.”
Duforat told KBest News that this year SMMC decided to call on the partnerships that they’ve created throughout the year to help them put the gender-neutral baby basket together to celebrate this new member of Big Spring. “We’ve extended the invitation to several businesses in town, just to see if they would like to donate anything from like diapers, wipes, blankets, bibs, everything and anything baby; but we’ve extended a little more than that to include something for mom or something for mom and dad. Just something to show that we’re celebrating with you.”
Contributors to the New Year Baby Basket include KBST, Prudential, Marcy Place, Big Spring Herald, Choice Media, Red Barn Studio, SMMC Auxillary, Howard College, Parkview, Big Spring Convention and Visitors Bureau, KBYG, and Encompass Home Health.
BIG SPRING -- Walking through the hotel settles makes you feel like you’re in New York City, but it’s the pride of Big Spring that makes this landmark so special.
"Born and raised in Big Spring,” Owner Brint Ryan said proudly.
He went on to say how much he appreciates the support from the community. Ryan invested thirty million dollars to renovate Hotel Settles.
The 1930's hotel was the set for ‘The Iron Orchard’ and is still used for weddings and business conferences.
"Beckons back to the day when this was the social center of Big Spring, explained Hotel Settles General Manager, Andrea Barr. “What is now the Pharmacy Bar and Parlor, was once a Pharmacy - the local watering hole.
The Settles Grill is also something to be proud of.
"Once upon a time it was the tallest building between Dallas and El Paso. It's a landmark here, not just for Big Spring, but also West Texas," she said proudly.
The historic hotel is filled with memories.
"It's rich in history. A lot of famous people have stayed here including Elvis Presley, President Herbert Hoover just to name a few," Barr commented.
The hotel was closed from 1982 to 2012, when Ryan purchased the property for 76,000 dollars.
Stay with CBS 7 for details of a community celebration for the settles fifth anniversary, coming up after the New Year.
For the full story, go to http://www.cbs7.com/content/news/Hotel-Settles-celebrates-5th-anniversary-467046733.html
The Historic Spring, located inside of the Comanche Trail Park, is a new source of pride as the namesake for Big Spring residents. The $1.8 million renovation process was funded through the hotel-motel tax, and residents say it’s worth every penny.
The site is fully handicap accessible, linked to the park and community center, plaza seating for more than 1,000 people with full electrical hookups and performance stage, and has observation decks overlooking the spring and artificial outflows. All of which make the Historic Spring site a lovely setting for an outdoor event.
During a Big Spring City Council meeting that was held earlier this month, council members approved the rental fees and reservation costs for using the site. According to the agenda from the December 12th, 2017 meeting, applications to use the site must be filed with the Community Services Department. Rental fee is $200 per day and a one-time per use, refundable deposit of $500 which must be paid 14 days prior to the first scheduled use of the Performance Stage and Plaza.
Winter weather is here and this week’s temperature lows will continue to be below freezing. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, also known as the SPCA, of Texas has a few winter care tips that pet owners should keep in mind.
During times of extreme low temperatures, all pets should be brought inside. A good rule of thumb is that if you're cold outside, your pet will be, too. Wet and cold weather can lead to hypothermia or pneumonia in animals. Be especially cautious with very young or very old animals, because they are more susceptible to suffering medical issues due to the cold.
The SPCA of Texas never recommends leaving pets outside full time; however, if pets must stay outside for extended periods of time, always weatherproof their living quarters. A dog's house should be dry, well insulated and retain heat. It should also be made up of three sides, a roof and a floor. The house should be elevated and the entrance pointed away from wind.
Pet owners often innocently assume their pets can withstand the cold weather with the aid of their thick coats; however, this is not always the case. Indoor dogs shed their undercoats and should never be made to stay outside for extended periods of time. Never shave your pets down to the skin in the winter; leave their coats long for more warmth. And when you bathe your pets, completely dry their coats before letting them go outdoors.
Monitor the time your pets spend outdoors and be sure they always have fresh water to drink. Outdoor dogs need more calories in the winter to produce body heat, so increase the amount you feed your pets if they stay outdoors for long periods of time.
Salt, antifreeze and other chemicals could hurt your pets if they ingest them while licking their paws, so be sure to wipe your pets' paws and legs clean with a wet cloth after an outing. Chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate paws and could potentially lead to frostbite, cuts or cracks.
Before starting your car, check to make sure there are no animals hiding in the exhaust pipe or under your tires. Cats and small animals may seek shelter near or under your car so be sure to look carefully and honk the horn before turning on the engine.
Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold, and the animal could freeze to death.
Fill the Bus, an annual canned food drive held by the Coahoma Elementary School (CES) student council, netted 1,581 pounds of canned goods for the Isaiah 58 food pantry program in Big Spring.
“It is a wonderful learning experience for the kids that deliver the food because Isaiah 58 director Shawn Cooley gives the students a tour of the facility and explains to them how the system works and the importance of volunteers to keep the food pantry open,” said Brynn McJimsey, elementary student council sponsor. “Mr. Cooley said that the CES Fill the Bus food drive ??is one of the larger donations they receive during the holiday season, and they are grateful we have continued to donate each year.”
During the holiday season, food assistance pantries such as Isaiah 58, the Salvation Army and St. Paul de Vincent find their shelves falling bare to keep up with the demand.
For one day only, parents and donors drive up to the elementary parking lot in the early morning hours where students are there to receive the donations.For the first time, junior high school student council members participated this year and gathered donations on their own campus.
“Each elementary student that brings a donation gets their nose painted red like Rudolph for the day at school,” McJimsey said.
Then the students sort the canned goods, pack them up, load them on the bus and head to Isaiah 58.
“Once we arrive, Mr. Cooley gives the students a tour and explains how the system works for families in need,” McJimsey said. “He also talks about other donations the food assistance program receives along with the importance of volunteers. I appreciate Mr. Cooley for taking the time to explain the system to the students, so they have a better idea about what happens with their donation and how people are helped through Isaiah 58. After the tour, the students unload the items from the bus.”
The CES Student Council and junior high officers delivered the non-perishable items to the long-time food assistance program last week. The Fill the Bus food drive is overseen by CES teacher Brynn McJimsey.
Next month, Howard College will be offering Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency classes, formerly known as GED classes, at a couple of off-campus sites. The classes will be held at the Salvation Army of Big Spring, located at 811 W. 5th Street in Big Spring, and at Ryan Hall, located at 605 N. Main.
Adult Education Literacy classes are FREE. Morning classes are Monday and Wednesday from 8 AM to Noon at the Salvation Army; and evening classes will be held at Ryan Hall on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 4 PM to 8:30 PM at Ryan Hall. Classes begin Jan. 22nd.
According to Eddi Saldivar, Spokesperson for the North Side Movement, the NSM had asked Howard College to partner with their organization so they could offer a variety of educational services in the North Sector.
Saldivar told KBest News that the NSM is very pro-education and that the organization is answering a need in the Northern Sector that results from a lack of public schools in the area.
She also went on to say that their plan is to provide accessible classes in order to help others receive a better education, create resumes, and further help each individual person acquire tools needed to obtain a better quality of life through education and better job opportunities.
It should be noted that these are the same classes that are available at Howard College but beginning in January they will be offered at other accessible areas in the community.
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AAOCA, which stands for anomalous aortic origin of a coronary artery, is a rare heart defect that is associated with an increased risk of decreased blood flow to the heart tissue (called ischemia) and sudden death in otherwise healthy children and young adults.
According to the Children’s Heart Foundation, the increased risk of sudden death appears to be greatest during or just after exercise, among otherwise healthy children and young adults, and is the second leading cause of sudden death in children and young adults participating in sports.
Seth is an 8-year old with a dream of becoming a paleontologist so he can dig for dinosaur fossils. He also has AAOCA and Ehlers Danlos, which is connective tissue disorder that, according to his mother Jamie Forrester, gives Seth “really stretchy skin and if he hurts himself it takes him a really long time to heal.” This disorder is also the cause of his loose joints, which results causes his muscles in his body to work twice as hard to do things like sit and stand or run and play.
“Our whole life changed a year ago when we finally got our diagnosis, and it was like opening up Pandora’s box, because then all of a sudden it was therapies and things to help manage it. Chronic pain is one of the things that go along with it," said Forrester. "Physical therapy trying to help get those muscles super strong to help stabilize those joints. We have to be careful with activities and things…even the positioning that they sit in can affect him.”
On January 11th, Seth will undergo open-heart surgery that will, hopefully, enable the blood flow to reach the heart without restrictions. Unfortunately, Forrester told KBest News that because of the Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, “it adds another aspect of worrying to it because of the way he scars. There’s a chance that the scar tissue could really kind of take over where they work on his heart and then turn around and block that flow. So, he’ll be monitored really carefully with several different kinds of tests and then he’ll be followed by cardiology for the rest of his life.”
On Sunday, New Year’s Eve, beginning at 3 PM a Brave Heart Benefit will take place at the Train Car, located at 100 S. Main. The event is 21 years old and over.
There will be a drawing with various prizes and items from local businesses, fun challenges and the Seth Special. The Brave Heart event will help spread awareness for AAOCA and raise funds for medical expenses for the open-heart surgery Seth will be having Thursday January 11th.
Eric Escamilla, Big Spring resident and Farmers’ Insurance Agent, is best known for beginning the trend of Blessing Boxes in Big Spring, as well as the Phone Booth Library that sits outside of his office. Last week Escamilla took it upon himself to be a blessing to others when, after a recent breakup, Escamilla found himself with an extra $300 in his holiday budget and decided to bless others instead of keeping it.
Escamilla stated that he had made contact with an official from Big Spring ISD and requested to pay off any school lunch balances that were past due. The total was $446.36, a little more than Escamilla had anticipated; but he reached out to those around him to see if anyone wanted to pitch in to help out. Fortunately, John Spence and Liz Hafley helped out and all past due balances were paid for all of BSISD.
Escamilla went on to say what he hopes people will take away from this story is that there are many ways to help others. “The truth is that you can help in many forms and areas, but my hope and wish is that people get from this is just to do,” says Escamilla. “Stop making excuses or stop saying that you can’t help because you don’t know who or what or when, or how. Just go out there and help somebody.”
“If we do that together as a community, I fully believe that this city will change for the better, and no longer will we talk about how dirty Big Spring is and what it’s like. We’ll only talk about how great Big Spring is. That’s my Christmas wish.”
Today is the last day to see the Christmas Tree Forrest at the Heritage Museum, located at 510 Scurry in Big Spring. According to Cheryl Joy, Administrative Assistant at the Heritage Museum, the Christmas Tree Forrest was an idea that was originated by Gayle Pittman, a native of Big Spring. The original display was set up at the old Schwartz building that is now the Legacy restaurant across from Hotel Settles.
Joy told KBest News that the museum provides a lit Christmas tree to all Christmas Tree participants and they only have to provide the other decorations.
"Anyone in the community can come decorate; it's absolutely free. We tell people that they can advertise their business. We actually have some memorial trees of people who have passed. We also have some other trees, like the Big Spring Art Association tree with hand-made ornaments that they've painted." says Joy. She also said that the Big Spring Art Association's tree has a little can over there where you can purchase an ornament for a donation.
Joy went on to say that the museum gets many visitors for the Christmas Tree Forrest and every year people ask who won the contest, so even though the Museum has had the Forrest display for over 10 years this is only the second year that there has been a contest between the trees.
This year there are approximately 60 trees that were entered this year for the contest, 1st place winner receives $100, 2nd place wins $50, and 3rd place wins $25. There’s still time to vote for your favorite Christmas tree by placing money in their designated container, as long as you get there before 1 PM today. The Christmas tree that receives the most money will win.
Since today is the last day to get your votes in on your favorite Christmas tree, Joy said that entry to the museum would be free to encourage the public to stop in and vote.
This year's Christmas Tree Forrest Winners are:
1st Place-Jode Trucking & Towing Services
2nd Place-Shannon Clinic
3rd Place-Runnels Academy
Earlier today at the Historic Spring, Managing Partner of KBest Media, Malinda Flenniken presented over $5,000 in cash and prizes to the winners of the KBest Christmas Lights Contest sponsored by Premiere Companies and SM Energy. There were 3 winners in each of the 6 city council districts in Big Spring, a total of 18 winners, including a Grand Prize Winner and Runner-up Grand Prize Winner.
6 Third place winners received a gift card or check for the purchase of a Butterball Turkey or other groceries, and certificate for Pillsbury Mini Pie.
6 Second Place winners received $250 cash.
6 First Place winners received $500 cash.
1 Grand Runner-Up received the “Six Flags Holiday in the Park” prize package including:
~ Two tickets to Six Flags Over Texas
~ Two tickets to Ripley’s Believe it or Not! / Madam Tussaud’s Palace of Wax / Laser Race
~$20 gift card to Mellow Mushroom restaurant
~One hotel room at the Sheraton Arlington
1 Grand Prize Winner received the “Christmas with the Cowboys” prize package including:
~Four tickets to the Dallas Cowboys vs Seattle Seahawks game on Christmas Eve, December 24th, 2017.
~Two hotel rooms at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Ft. Worth
~Private transportation from the hotel to the game, and back to the hotel following the game.
~VIP access at the Bill Bates Ultimate Tailgate Party located at the Fishbone Grill across from AT&T Stadium.
~Meet & Greet with Hall of Fame Cowboy Bill Bates!
According to Flenniken, the purpose of the Christmas Lights Contest was to help spread Christmas cheer throughout the community. The cash incentive was offered to encourage people to participate.
Sponsors of the KBest Christmas Lights Contest were recruited to help offset the cost of award money and prizes, and Reggie Franklin of Franklin and Son, Inc. donated the Dallas Cowboys tickets for the Grand Prize. It should also be noted that a portion of each sponsorship was donated to the Big Spring Convention and Visitors Bureau to assist in purchasing the 22 foot tall Community Christmas Tree that stands on the stage next to the Historic Spring.
Sponsors of the contest included:
Premiere Companies, SM Energy, Home Realtors, Ward's Western Wear, Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce, Big Spring Collision Center, Big Spring Ford, Big Spring Symphony, Dazzling Decor, David L Ward DDS, Kenneth & Patricia Eubanks, Tubb Quarry, Franklin and Son, Kiki's Corner Photography, Inspirations Flowers & Gifts, Inc., Taco Villa, Leonard's Pharmacy,
The McEwen Agency, Moore Office Supplies, Pirkle Weir Insurance Agency, The Karat Patch - Big Spring, Texas, Casa Blanca Restaurant, Wegner Sherry Insurance Agency, WoodShack - Burritos and more, JNC Electric LLC, Sonic Drive-In.
Every year during this holiday season, bell ringers with the Salvation Army are seen in front of stores, warmly greeting people as they pass and make donations to the iconic red kettle. From sunshine to snow, volunteers and soldiers with the Salvation Army of Big Spring brave the West Texas weather to do their part to help the cause.
The organization is not a physical army in the military sense, but rather a global army of people moved to humanitarian action through faith. One Soldier for the Salvation Army who proudly serves day after day, except on Sundays, is 82-year old Deloris Albert.
Albert has been serving with the Salvation Army since 1976, and for the past 19 years she’s taken her post at the U.S. Post Office in Big Spring and greeted everyone who passes. Up until a few years ago, Albert was inside the post office, but now she sits outside because someone complained about having the Salvation Army inside of a federal building. In the past couple of weeks, the weather has been averaging about mid-50 degree weather, and sometimes even dipping down below 40 degrees. Albert told KBest News that someone had donated a portable hut, and she uses that and a propane heater to help keep her warm during this time of year.
Albert says she started with the Salvation Army when she was 11 years old in Shawnee, Oklahoma when they were putting together a Beginners’ Band, and it was through the organization that she learned to play the coronet. Years later, she became a Corp Sergeant, a position she kept for 28 years before passing it on to someone else. As of now, there isn’t a Corp Sergeant, but Albert hopes that a younger person will step up and take the position.
Today the #1 ranked 6-man football team in the nation Borden County Coyotes will defend their state championship title in a rematch against the Jonesboro Eagles, who are ranked #6 in the nation.
Borden County Head Football Coach Trey Richey told KBest News that every playoff game this season has been a rematch so it’s only fitting that the Coyotes should be meeting up with Jonesboro today.
“It’s always kind of nerve-wracking when you play somebody for a second time when you eliminated them the year before because it gives them a little added fuel to wanna get back at ya a little bit,” says Richey. “It’s something that gives them a little boost because it’s something that they’ve had circled on their calendar for the last 365 days.”
Keys for the Coyotes success today will lie in their defense, which has been their strength all season, by creating turnovers and controlling the clock. Offensively, Coach Richey says that the Coyotes will have take care of the ball and block well.
Coach Richey stated that the team has been doing their best to look at this game at AT&T Stadium as a business trip, but it’s difficult to not treat this event differently.
“Anytime you play at AT&T Stadium, Cowboys Stadium, it’s hard not to treat it a little differently mindset-wise because it’s a dream. You dream as a kid that you can play in something like this,” said Richey. “I know when I was a kid, all I wanted to do was to be a Dallas Cowboy, and to just have the opportunity to coach a game here is a dream come true and an exciting time. Hopefully we can let this get passed us and focus on the game at hand.”
The battle for the 2017 State Championship title will begin at 11 AM today and you can listen to the KBest Crew of Mark Richardson, Josh Caudill, and Julia Castilaw broadcast LIVE from AT&T Stadium on KBest 95.7 FM.
** UPDATE **
Borden County Coyotes remain the the Texas State Champions in 1A D1 6-man Football!! Final Score was Coyotes 60, Eagles 22.
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