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Glasscock County Celebrates 125th Anniversary!


This weekend Glasscock County celebrated its 125th anniversary of existence. Festivities kicked off with an Open House of the newly renovated and historically restored Glasscock County Courthouse, followed by a rededication presentation led by Glasscock County Judge Kim Halfmann who welcomed county residents to the event.

 

Alan Dierschke, County Treasurer, spoke about the history of Glasscock County and the Courthouse. He noted that the original courthouse and jail was built in 1894, and the current Courthouse in use was constructed in 1910. Other guest speakers included John Kinnibrugh who spoke about how the Volunteer Fire Department has evolved over the years and recognized a volunteer that had served with the department for 65 years; and Christy Seidenberger gave a brief history of the EMS department, and Kallie Kohls York told her personal story and gave a testimony about how the volunteers from both the EMS and Fire departments have made a difference in her life.

 

Cheryl De Cordova read a proclamation from District 72 Representative Drew Darby about the 125th anniversary of Glasscock County.

 

There will be a second viewing of the Glasscock County Courthouse tomorrow evening from 7 to 8 PM, followed by a performance from Jake Hooker and Outsiders.

 

The restoration of the Glasscock County Courthouse was a $10 million project that included the construction of a new annex, and updates to the county jail building.

 

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85th Cowboy Reunion and Rodeo begins tonight!


Tonight, is the first night of the 85th Cowboy Reunion and Rodeo that will be taking place at the R360 Rodeo Bowl, located at FM 700 and Business I-20. Gates open at 7 PM and the Grand Entry begins at 8 PM.

Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at any Big Spring bank, along with Citizens Credit Union, and Wards Western Wear; the cost will be $10 for adults, and $6 for children. If you wait to get your ticket at the gate, it will be $12 for adults and $8 for children, and it should be noted that a ticket is required for entry. Active Military, Veterans, and First Responders will have free entry into the rodeo for all 3 nights, courtesy of Expedition Royalty; just be sure to show your military, V-A, law enforcement, fire, or emergency ID at the admission gate.

Tomorrow night’s rodeo dance will be Jake Hooker and the Outsiders. Entry to that event will be free for all those with a rodeo ticket, made possible by Miller Insulation.

Texas Country artist Pat Green will be performing on Saturday at the Howard County Fair Barn, with Noel Olivia’s and the Benders, brought to you by Surge Energy. Tickets are $20 each and can only be purchased at Ward’s Western Wear, located at 1109 S. Gregg St. in Big Spring with cash or check only. Tickets will be sold in store until 4 PM on Saturday, any tickets that have not sold will be available at the door.

 

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2018 Legends and Legacies, plus 7 individuals inducted in the Cowboy / Cowgirl Hall of Fame


Heritage Museum of Big Spring held their annual fundraising event Legends and Legacies earlier this evening. They also inducted seven individuals to the Cowboy / Cowgirl Hall of Fame: Horace Rankin, Wanda Boatler Driver, Dean Forrest, Tom Koger, Jack and Bobby Cathey, and Steve Fryar.

Tammy Schrecengost, Museum Director, welcomed guests and Tom Koger shared a Cowboy Poem and lead the invocation prior to the meal, which was catered by Rocking H Catering.

A live auction was conducted by Auctioneer Cash Berry, with the highest bid item being a peach ice cream kit and along with the recipe for Katie Cathey's home made peach ice cream that was sold for $4,200.

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Big Spring Rodeo – activities, dances, and parade


The 85th Big Spring Cowboy Reunion and Rodeo will take place this weekend, June 21st – 23rd at the R360 Rodeo Bowl, located at FM 700 and Business I-20.

Pre-sale tickets are $10 for Adults, $6 for children, and can be purchased at the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce, Wards Western Wear, Western Bank, Compass Bank, Wells Fargo, Citizens Federal Credit Union, State National Bank, Lonestar Bank, and Prosperity Bank.

This year’s specialty acts include WILD CHILD, sponsored by Wards Western Wear; and Madison McDonald Trick Riding, sponsored by Partee Drilling.

Jake Hooker and the Outsiders, which includes Big Spring native John Jenkins – son of Emma and Terry Jenkins, will be the entertainment for the Friday Rodeo Dance, which is sponsored by Miller Insulation. Ticket for the Friday night Rodeo will also serve as the admission to the Dance.

Grammy nominated artist Pat Green will be performing at Saturday’s dance, sponsored by Surge Energy. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at Ward’s Western Wear.

 

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Glasscock County Celebration


Glasscock County will be celebrating it’s 125th Anniversary this weekend at the Glasscock County Courthouse and Community Center!

On Friday, June 22nd, there will be an open house from 3:30 to 5:30 PM, followed by the ribbon cutting ceremony and rededication event that will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Throughout the day there will also be a Vintage Tractor and Car Show, and food trucks beginning at 3:30 PM, as well. Attendees can enjoy music on the lawn w/ entertainment provided by the Midlandiers at 6:30 PM, and can also order Centennial Cookbooks for $25 each that will be delivered by Thanksgiving.

Saturday, another courthouse viewing will take place from 7 to 8 PM, with Jake Hooker and the Outsiders providing entertainment afterwards. This portion of the event is BYOB, but no glass containers are allowed. Tables of 8 can be reserved for $150, with the option of being in the open air section where the concert will be held, or in the air conditioned part of the community center. For more information on the event, contact 432-354-2639 or check out our KBest Media Facebook page.

 

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THE SPRING Documentary Awards.


THE SPRING, the documentary style video written and directed by Tumbleweed Smith along with James Fite: videographer and editor, BZ Lewis: music, and Bruce Schooler: photography was submitted in four film competitions and was awarded the bronze Telly and an award of distinction from the Communicator Awards.

The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring video and 
television across all screens. Established in 1979, The Telly Awards receives over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents. Entrants are judged by The Telly Awards Judging Council—an industry body of over 200 leading experts including advertising agencies, production companies, and major television networks.

The Communicator Awards is said to be the largest and most competitive awards program, honoring creative excellence for communication professionals.

THE SPRING is available to view on www.facebook.com/BigSpringCVB (just click on the "Videos" link) and
www.visitbigspring.com

Attached Picture is Interim Community Services Director, Hayley Herrera, with the Telly Award and Communicator Award.

 

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NO TRIBUTE CONCERT SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEKEND.


According to a Facebook event that has been posted for at few weeks, a Michael Jackson Tribute Concert had been scheduled to take place this weekend at the Big Spring Municipal Auditorium. Earlier this month, an active link was available on the event page to purchase tickets from Eventbrite.com; however, KBest News discovered that the Municipal Auditorium had yet to be booked.

Last week, Eventbrite was contacted and made aware that the concert was quickly approaching, but the venue had not been reserved. In light of this information, Eventbrite advised KBest News that they would investigating the situation and make contact with the event creator, who they could not name due to their privacy policy.

Since then, the Eventbrite link has been deactivated, and an Eventbrite representative noted that they could not advise how many tickets had been purchased for the event but did say that they would be following up with ticket buyers with information about a refund.

As of yesterday morning, Terri Telchik, Facilities Coordinator for the City of Big Spring, confirmed that no concert is scheduled for Saturday, June 16th, at the Big Spring Municipal Auditorium.

 

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Big Spring ISD Educator Nominated for National LifeChanger of the Year Award


Big Spring, TX. – Big Spring Junior High School seventh grade social studies teacher Tabitha Barbee has been nominated for the 2018-2019 national LifeChanger of the Year award.

Barbee is being recognized as a LifeChanger in her community for teaching and coaching middle school students for 27 years. She helps students become successful in all aspects of life and goes the extra mile to make learning fun. Her last major accomplishment was winning the VFW's Teacher of the Year award last year.

Barbee was nominated by her colleague, Lauren Bratcher.

"Tab is a great example for fellow teachers," Bratcher said. "She's not only willing to help anyone in need, but she is a leader within her department and across campus."

About LifeChanger of the Year -
Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, LifeChanger of the Year recognizes and rewards the very best K-12 educators and school district employees across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.

Each school year, LifeChanger of the Year receives hundreds of nominations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Seventeen individual LifeChanger of the Year awards will be given during the 2018-2019 school year.

· (1) Grand Prize Winner – will receive $10,000 to be shared with their school/district.

· (4) Grand Prize Finalists – will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school/district.

· (10) LifeChanger Award Winners – will receive $3,000 to be shared with their school/district.

· (1) Spirit Award Winner – This award is given to the nominee whose community demonstrates the most support for their nomination. The winner will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school/district.

· (1) Spotlight Award Winner – This award is given to a nominee in a specific discipline each year. For 2018-19, the Spotlight Award will be given to a nominee who works in a counseling role (e.g, guidance counselor, social worker). The winner will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school or district.

Winners are announced via surprise award ceremonies held at their schools. The grand prize finalists will also be honored at a national awards ceremony in May 2019 in Hawaii, where the Grand Prize Winner will be revealed.

Winners are chosen by a selection committee comprised of former winners and education professionals. Nominees must be K-12 teachers or school district employees. To be considered for an award, nominees must

· Make a positive impact in the lives of students

· Enhance their school or district's atmosphere, culture and pride

· Demonstrate exemplary leadership at the school and/or district level

· Possess a proven record of professional excellence

· Show commitment to building a nurturing environment that supports learning

· Adhere to the highest moral and ethical standards

A resource page with ideas for how to celebrate nominees can be found at http://lifechangeroftheyear.com/showspirit/.

To view Ms. Barbee's LifeChanger of the Year nominee profile, or to nominate someone from your school community, visitwww.LifeChangeroftheYear.com.

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Ceram-Kote Coating, Inc. recognized by Forsan ISD and TASB


Forsan ISD and the Texas Association of School Boards recently recognized a local business for their support of FISD and public education. The recognition took place at the June 11, 2018 board meeting.

Ceram-Kote Coating, Inc has consistently supported Forsan ISD. The most public show of support has been in our tennis program. They have provided t-shirts, brought travel trailers to events and run concession stands among many other activities of support. Their work has spanned several years and they have proved to be a friend to Forsan ISD in many and consistent ways.

Here at Forsan ISD, we know the value of the help we have received from the Freeman family and Ceram-Kote Coatings, Inc., and we are deeply appreciative of this partnership. We are pleased to announce that the generosity they have shown is now recognized at the state level. The Texas Association of School Boards has joined Forsan ISD in recognizing their support for our schools.

Ceram-Kote was recently represented by Kevin and Karen Freeman and they were presented a recognition packet which included a letter of thanks, a certificate honoring them, and other materials about Texas public schools. Included was a window decal and a countertop sign that Forsan ISD hopes will encouraging others to follow their lead to Stand Up for Texas Public Schools.

The picture shows Board President Lewis Boeker presenting the packet to the Freemans. They are surrounded by Forsan ISD school board members and superintendent.

(Left to right in the picture: Supt. Randy Johnson, board members Chris Evans, and Lewis Boeker, Ceram-Kote's Kevin and Karen Freeman, board members Jimmy Miller and Chris Olson.)

 

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BSPD Seeking Murder Suspect—Armed and Dangerous: 6-13-18 UPDATED AT 11:30 AM


***MURDER SUSPECT NOW IN CUSTODY***

From BSPD:

On the 13th of June 2018 at approximately 11:00 A.M., Susan Overton turned herself in at the Howard County Law Enforcement Center. Mrs. Overton has been arrested and charged with Murder. At the time of Mrs. Overton’s arrest a small caliber semi-automatic firearm was seized from her and is believed to be the firearm used in the commission of the offense. Mrs. Overton is currently awaiting arraignment by a magistrate. The Big Spring Police Department has also recovered the suspect vehicle (white in color, 2010, Ford Focus 4 door with Texas license plates JYL4340) which was located in the 1300 block of S. Nolan.

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

If you have any information regarding this investigation please call the Criminal Investigations Division Sergeant at (432)264-2558 or you can call CrimeStoppers at (432)263-TIPS (8477). You can also use the CrimeStoppers P3tips.com software to submit your tip online. Remember no caller ID is ever used and all tips are anonymous.

Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon

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BSPD Seeking Murder Suspect—Armed and Dangerous:

6-13-18

On the 12th of June 2018 at approximately 11:00 P.M., Big Spring Police Department officers and Big Spring Fire Department Emergency Medical Services personnel were dispatched to 700 block of Bucknell in reference to a gunshot victim. Upon arrival at the residence officers found Jesse James Collins White/Male 30 years of age, inside with a gunshot wound to his chest. Collins was immediately transported to Scenic Mountain Medical Center for treatment but later succumbed to his injuries. The Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and the preliminary investigation has indicated that Susan Etta Overton (AKA “Goozie” Susan Humphrey) White/Female 31 years of age shot Collins while inside the residence. Overton fled the scene in a white in color, 2010, Ford Focus 4 door with Texas license plates JYL4340. The Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigations Division has received an arrest warrant for Overton for Murder a Felony of the 1st degree. Mrs. Overton is to be considered armed and dangerous. This is an ongoing investigation and no further information is available at this time.

If you have any information regarding this investigation or to the whereabouts of Mrs. Overton or the vehicle she was driving please call the Criminal Investigations Division Sergeant at (432)264-2558 or you can call CrimeStoppers at (432)263-TIPS (8477). You can also use the CrimeStoppers P3tips.com software to submit your tip online. Remember no caller ID is ever used and all tips are anonymous.

Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon

 

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Highlights from last night's Big Spring City Council Meeting, 06/12/18


The Big Spring City Council met last night with all City Council Members in attendance. Of the ten action items on the agenda, all passed with a unanimous vote of 7 – 0.

The Council recognized Debbie Wegman for her thirteen years of service to the City through the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Mayor McLellan presented her with a certificate and many kind words. As the Mayor noted, Debbie has accomplished remarkable accomplishments during her time.

A discussion about concerns of heavy trucks using Lorilla Street instead of designated Truck Routes promoted concerned citizens to address the safety of their children. The Council asked that “No Thru Traffic” signs be placed on Lorilla Street within the week. Police Chief Williams agreed to establish immediate patrols to prevent .

An in-depth discussion was held concerning the roads and infrastructure within and surrounding the air park. Several options were discussed concerning the funding of these necessary projects. It was suggested that the City look into usage-based fees charged to the heavy equipment and heavy truck operators that utilize these roads.

Preliminary discussions were held about the Amphitheater Improvement project including ADA regulations, accessibility and potential naming rights. The Council requested additional information for future meetings.

The City Council offered its support and encouragement for local Boy Scout David Tidwell’s Eagle Project. David will be providing care packages for the homeless population in Big Spring. These packages will provide necessary hygiene products, food and clothing.

 

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Female Veterans Honored at Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez


Today marked the 70th year acknowledging women in military service. On June 12, 1948, a bill was signed into law by President Harry S. Truman known as the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act, which officially allowed women to serve freely as regular service members. Before this bill was signed, women served disguised as men and some even took on male names.

The Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home in Big Spring honored their female Veterans with a celebration yesterday afternoon, June 12th, also known as Women Veterans Day. Sandra Wilson, United States Marines; Adelita Guerra, United States Army; and Kim LaCroix, U.S. Navy, were recognized for their service to our country.

Natalie Rolling-Edlebeck, retired Major of the U.S. Army and Administrator for Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home, stated that she was very honored that they were able to recognize their female Veterans in their Veterans home and across Big Spring.

“It’s an honor to have served the United States Army, and it’s an honor that our nation has recognized that our nation has recognized that we have all qualities just as well our males to serve in the military. So, to be recognized nationally is an honor,” said Rolling-Edlebeck of her time of service and of Women’s National Day.

The 7th FSS Honor Guard from Dyess Airforce Base presented the colors, and Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Colonel Rosa Mancha and Retired U.S. Army Major Rolling-Edlebeck were both speakers for the event.

 

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Russian Roulette Leaves One Youth Dead, with Arrests Expected:


On the 8th of June 2018 at approximately 4:00 A.M., Big Spring Police Department Officers were dispatched to the 1800 block of S. Nolan in reference to a gunshot victim. Upon arrival it was found a juvenile male had sustained a gunshot wound to his head. The initial reports from various witnesses at the residence indicated this was a suicide although physical evidence indicated otherwise. The Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigations Division responded to the location and began their investigation. As a result of this investigation it is now believed the juvenile was shot as a result of a game of “Russian Roulette” and although this is believed to be an accident, the Big Spring Police Department expect arrests to follow. The investigation has led officers to believe two firearms were recently stolen from vehicles in the area of Barcelona Apartments and HEB although there has been no reports of the thefts. The Big Spring Police Department asks residents to check their vehicles for any weapons that may have been stored in their vehicles and report any that are missing.

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

The Big Spring Police Department urges anyone with information relating to this tragic event to call the Criminal Investigations Division Sergeant at (432) 264-2558 or call CrimeStoppers at (432) 263-TIPS (8477) or use the P3tips.com software to submit your tip online. Remember no caller ID is ever used and all tips are anonymous.

Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon

 

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Expert warns summer temperatures can lead to vehicular heat deaths.


With summer temperatures now in the triple digits, it’s a good time to be reminded of the dangers of children getting heat stroke while left unattended in vehicles, says a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service passenger safety expert.

Bev Kellner, AgriLife Extension family and community health program manager in College Station, says it’s important to remember that as temperatures increase so does the likelihood of heat stroke and death for children AND pets left in hot vehicles.

According to Kellner, temperatures in parked vehicles rise very quickly and a child’s body temperature rises three to five times faster than an adult’s, so the combination can be deadly, and children are far more vulnerable to heat stroke than adults.

She also went on to say that in just 10 minutes, the temperature inside a vehicle can increase by almost 20 degrees, and contrary to popular belief, cracking a window does little or nothing to dispel the heat from the interior of the vehicle.

Kellner stated that Texas leads the nation in child vehicular heat deaths, with 114 deaths from 1989 to 2017.

Kellner said to help avoid child vehicular heat deaths, parents and other caregivers should consider the following tips from Safe Kids and AgriLife Extension:

— Never leave infants or children in a parked vehicle, even if the windows are partially open.

— Make a habit of looking in the vehicle — front and back — before locking the door and walking away.

— When parking a multi-passenger vehicle, make sure there are no children sleeping on the seats or hiding under them.

— Put a purse, briefcase, gym bag, cellphone or another item that will be needed in the back seat to help ensure you look there before leaving the vehicle.

— Set the alarm on your cellphone or computer calendar as a reminder to verify you have not left a child unattended in your vehicle.

— If you see an unattended child in a vehicle, dial 911 immediately and follow any instructions provided by emergency personnel.

— Teach children not to play in and around vehicles.

— Always lock vehicles, even when in the garage or driveway.

— Never leave keys in the car and store them out of children’s reach.

“Also, if a caregiver notices a child is missing, it’s always a good idea to make your vehicle one of the first places to look, including the trunk or storage area,” Kellner said.

She also noted other ways to help avoid children being accidentally locked in hot vehicles are to use drive-thru services when available and to pay for gas at the pump with a debit or credit card as opposed to going inside.

 

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#LONGLIVECANTU - BSHS Class of 2014 pulls together to support Cantu family.


Earlier today, the class of 2014 hosted a car wash in the parking lot of the Big Spring High school to raise money for a classmate who passed away unexpectedly. The classmate, Austin Cantu, left behind a young daughter and a stunned family.

Several volunteers for the class of 2014 showed their support by washing and drying cars as well as collecting donations from people and promoting the benefit on social media with the hashtag #LongLiveCantu. Several volunteers were stunned that the event, which took only three days to plan, had an amazing turnout.

All funds raised will go towards supporting Austin Cantu’s daughter and paying for funeral expenses.

The class of 2014 was happy that in light of such a tragedy, they were able to band together for a good cause.

 

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First Church of the Nazarene in Big Spring brings in new lead pastor.


Rev. Richard Schneberger is the lead pastor of the First Church of the Nazarene in Big Spring, TX. He has served in various ministries through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and now Texas. Most recently, Pastor Richard was the Executive Director of Reaching Our City, Inc., a faith-based community development organization in Oklahoma City, as well as the lead pastor of the R.O.C. Church of the Nazarene and an adjunct professor at Southern Nazarene University. He holds a B.A. in Ministry and M.A. in Theology from Southern Nazarene University, a Master of Divinity degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston, MA. Richard, his wife, Sara, and their four young children live in Big Spring.

Pastor Richard’s first Sunday at the First Church of the Nazarene was June 3rd.

Pictured is Pastor Richard and his wife Sara.

 

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Texas State Veterans Home in Big Spring to Honor Women Veteran Residents


On Tuesday, June 12, Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home in Big Spring will hold a special event honoring its Women Veteran residents. Retired United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Rosa Mancha, who is currently serving as the Quality Manager for the West Texas VA Health Care System, will be the featured speaker.

WHO:
Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home

WHAT:
Special event honoring Women Veterans - refreshments will be served after the ceremony.

WHEN:
Tuesday, June 12th from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home
1809 North Highway 87, Big Spring, Texas 79720

WHY:
To inform Veterans and military members about state and federal benefits.

The event is open to the public. Please RSVP to Brittany Eck at Brittany.Eck@GLO.Texas.gov.

Thank you for your support of our Texas Veterans!

 

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Unattended cigarette possibly cause of Neil Rd. fire.


What possibly began with an unattended cigarette in a shed, resulted in a 30 acre fire including a house, a vehicle, and many cedar trees this afternoon North of town. The fire, just outside of city limits on Neill Road, northeast of FM 700 and south of Anderson Road was reported at approximately 3:35 PM this afternoon.
 
Howard County Volunteer Fire Department, Big Spring Fire Department, Howard County Sheriff’s Office, and Howard County Road & Bridge responded and managed to save the 5 structures that were in danger. 
 
The blaze was primarily distributed by hot cedar tree embers that blew onto other structures. Several witnesses reported “exploding trees” which carried the embers into the bed of a pickup truck containing debris that quickly spread the flames throughout the vehicle. In spite of the quick rate at which the fire spread, the response team was faster. Howard County Fire Chief Mitchell Hooper was proud of the team’s performance.
 
Chief Hooper also reported that there were no structures lost in yesterday’s fire, and no injuries. The cause of the blaze was determined as possibly a cigarette left in a shed, and appears to be accidental. To see photos of our first responders in action during yesterday’s fire, log onto our KBest Media Facebook page.

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Man Killed; Woman Seriously Injured in Motorcycle Crash


On the 5th of June 2018 at approximately 8:38 P.M., a Big Spring Police Department officer was traveling eastbound in the 200 block of W. FM 700 approaching the intersection of F.M. 700 and Goliad. The officer observed a Red and Black 2017 Honda CBR 600R motorcycle exiting off of the south service road onto W. FM 700 directly in front of the patrol vehicle. The officer noted the driver of the motorcycle was driving recklessly and failed to signal his intention to make a left turn onto S. Goliad. The officer then attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the driver of the motorcycle in the 2300 block of S. Goliad and the driver sped away on the motorcycle refusing to stop for the officer who had activated his lights and siren. The motorcycle was also being ridden by a female passenger.

The driver of the motorcycle evaded officers north on Goliad to E. 3rd St and then west on E. 3rd until wrecking the motorcycle in the 2000 block of W. 3rd St. Upon officer's arrival at the wreck, the driver of the motorcycle identified as Austin Ryan Cantu, White/Male 22 years of age, was found deceased as a result of the crash. The female passenger of the motorcycle, identified as Ellen Alexandra Vasquez, White/Female 27 years of age, was found to be in serious condition and transported to Scenic Mountain Medical Center for treatment. The female was later flown by helicopter to University Medical Center Lubbock and as of this morning Mrs. Vasquez was in serious condition. The extent of her injuries are still unknown at this time.

The Big Spring Police Department was assisted by the Department of Public Safety. This incident is currently under Investigation by the Big Spring Police Department and we have no further information at this time.

The Big Spring Police Department sends condolences to the family of Mr. Austin Cantu and asks the community for prayers for the family of Mr. Cantu and for Mrs. Vasquez and her family.

Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon

 

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2018 West Texas Talent Search


The first date to audition for the 2018 West Texas Talent Search was held this past Saturday, June 2nd, in Snyder and the first two semi-finalists, a singer from Snyder named Alex Whitaker and female Big Spring comic Adrienne Green, were selected to continue on to the next portion of the competition.

The West Texas Talent Search began 10 years ago and is a 3-step competition that begins at the preliminary level with auditions across West Texas over the summer, then moves on to the semi-finals and finals will be held the weekend of September 1st.

Daniel Ryan, Executive Director for West Texas Talent, explained that this competition takes place over the course of a few months because he and another mentor work with contestants to try to make them better as they continue through the competition.

This year West Texas Talent will be awarding up to $5000 in cash and prizes, including:

* (2) tickets to anywhere Southwest Airlines Flies,
* (2) tickets to see Cher in Las Vegas Friday Nov 9th, and 
* a $500 Gift Card to Musician's Friend.

Over the years, competitors have ranged from singers, dancers, and comics to contortionists. All ages are welcomed, 17 and under require parent’s consent to enter. The competition is split up into different categories:

* Child Performer Age 14 and Below

* Original Performance Based on the theme "World without Art"

* Student Performer Age 15 to 23

* Adult Performer Age 24 and Up

Entry fee to compete in just the original portion is $10, but to compete for Grand Prize, Fan Favorite, and Judge's Choice entry fee is $25, and the final day to enter is July 20th, 2018.

When asked what a judge looks for in the preliminaries in order to move a contestant on to the semi-finals, Ryan stated, “In the first round I’m looking for someone that I want to see again. [Someone] that excites me, [and] that I see potential in, and [has] commitment.”

“Sometimes it’s easier to work with one who really wants it and has a little bit of spark but may not be all that polished than someone who is polished but isn’t that committed. I’m really looking for a sense of commitment in somebody that I want to work with who excites me.”

He went on to say that there are a lot of people in the area who believe that they are talented but they may also lack the sense of commitment to put in the work it takes to grow as a performer, and those are not the kind of people that he wants to work with.

The next auditions will be held on: June 16th in Lubbock at the MCM Elegante Hotel, July 14th in Odessa at the MCM Elegante Hotel, and July 21st in downtown Midland at the Doubletree Hotel; all preliminaries begin at 2 PM. Ryan noted that because the competition originates in Odessa, a lot of the contestants choose to audition at the Odessa and Midland locations. He did say that if there were at least 10 people from Big Spring who entered the competition, he would pick a date to hold auditions in Big Spring.

 

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COUNTRY ON THE ROCKS MUSIC FESTIVAL


BAD Events LLC and Franklin and Son are excited to announce the Country On the Rocks Music Festival that will take place at the Comanche Trail Amphitheater on September 29th.

The lineup will feature Nashville recording artists Diamond Rio and Tracy Byrd as well as regional act Sonny’s Holiday. The final
spot will be filled by the winner of the second annual Downtown Throw Down Competition that will be held at the Train Car Cigar Bar beginning August 9th.

Tickets will go on sale beginning July 15th and you can purchase tickets by going online to www.badeventstx.com and clicking on the link or by going to Ward’s Western, located at 1109 S. Gregg. Tickets will be $29 for General Admission and $59 for a limited
number of VIP tickets.

No outside food or drinks will be allowed, but food trucks and beer garden will be available at the event. It should also be noted that pets will not be allowed.

 
 

 

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Lamb & Goat Camp this Month at G.C. Broughton Ag Complex


Howard College and the HC Agriculture Department will be presenting Lamb Camp and Goat Camp this month. Camps are held at the Howard College G.C. Broughton Agriculture Complex on the Howard College campus.

Registration is full for this weekend’s Goat Camp, but a few spots are still open for the Lamb camp on June 10, 11, and 12th. Only the first 200 paid entries will be accepted, and participants will need to make their own hotel reservations, as housing is not provided but meals will be provided by the College Cafeteria.

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Scenic Mountain Medical Center Partners with Non-Profit Organzation Pink the Basin


This morning, Scenic Mountain Medical Center announced that they’d entered a partnership with Pink the Basin, a 501(c)3 organization that is dedicated to raise awareness of women’s health issues and foster educational and service initiatives that positively embrace women’s health. SMMC was awarded a $10,500 grant that will allow women in the Big Spring area, who cannot afford a mammogram due to a lack of or inadequate insurance, to get the mammography services they need.

According to Ginger Silva, Mammographer at SMMC, patients will be able to receive screening and diagnostic breast ultrasounds thanks to the funding from this grant.

Brigette Meyers, Executive Director for Pink the Basin, explained that their organization Pink the Basin is able to raise funds all over the Permian Basin and then distribute those funds back to hospitals to help women who cannot afford to pay for their mammograms and everything up to treatment for breast cancer.

Amanda Duforat, Marking Manager for SMMC noted, "We are excited to step into this partnership and the impact that it can have on the women in Howard County and the fight against breast cancer.”

For more information on how to apply for financial help for mammography services, contact Ginger Silva at Scenic Mountain Medical Center, (432) 263-1211.

 

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Restrictions on Sale of Certain Fireworks


On Wednesday, May 30, Howard County Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mitchell Hooper presented an order to the Howard County Commissioners Court requesting a restriction on the sale of certain fireworks, mainly "skyrockets with sticks" and "missiles with fins".

Failure to adhere to this restriction could result in a Class C misdemeanor.

The Restriction on Sale of Certain Fireworks is in effect until July 10, 2018.

 

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FREE SUMMER MEAL PROGRAM FOR KIDS, AGES 18 AND UNDER AT BIG SPRING JUNIOR HIGH.


This summer Big Spring ISD will be serving up good nutrition for local children by bringing healthy meals to Howard County children. The purpose of the program is to ensure that kids have a healthy vacation and return to school ready to learn.

The program began today and it will be connecting children 18 years old and younger with healthy Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) meals at no cost to the child. SFSP is a U.S. Department of Agriculture nutrition program administered by the Lone Star State by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA). For children who rely on school meals during the academic year, these meals offer a source of good nutrition when school is out for the long summer vacation.

SERVING AT: Big Spring Jr. High School, 624 E. 6th St.

WHEN: May 29, 2018 - June 29, 2018, No Fridays

TIMES: Breakfast from 7:45 - 8:45 AM / Lunch from 11AM - 1PM

WHO: All children 18 years old and younger for FREE

Big Spring ISD is one of the nonprofit organizations partnering with TDA to serve meals across Texas. Families are encouraged to use these three tools to find a meal site anywhere in the state:

* Call 2-1-1 to speak to an operator.
* Visit www.summerfood.org for an interactive site locator map
* Text FOODTX to 877-877

Organizations partner with TDA to serve meals in areas where more than 50 percent of children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch Program. Eligible sponsoring organizations include schools,faith-based groups, nonprofit summer camps, government agencies and other tax-exempt organizations. All meal sites must be sponsored by an organization that has a contract with TDA.

Summer food program meal sites help children succeed by providing the nourishment they need to return to school in the fall ready to thrive.

 

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Coahoma ISD welcomes New Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Chris Joslin!


COAHOMA - The CISD board of trustees approved the hire of Chris Joslin as the new Athletic Director and Head Football Coach today.

For the past two years, Joslin has been the offensive assistant football coach for the Rockdale High School Tigers. Last year, the Tigers went 13-3 for the season and clinched the 3A Division I state championship against the Brock Eagles at AT&T Stadium. In 2016, Rockdale advanced to regionals with an 11-2 record.

“We really loved our time here in West Texas,” Joslin said following his hire this morning. “When the position came open, it was really one of the only ones we looked at. We are really happy where we were at, but we love West Texas and jumped at the chance to come back here.”

Joslin added he is ready to step into his new position immediately.

“With it’s being so late, we’ve got to get busy right now meeting the coaches, trying to meet the kids as they come up and work out and getting everything in line before August gets here. It’s going to be a fast summer,” he said.

The move for Joslin means a return to West Texas and Howard County. For 10 years, Joslin was employed by Big Spring ISD as an assistant under the leadership of AD/Head Football Coach Phillip Ritchey.

For the majority of his time on the Steer coaching staff (2006-2007 to 2015-2016), Joslin was the offensive coordinator, backs/receivers coach. He was also the head coach of the junior varsity football team and, for a brief time, served as the interim AD after Ritchey retired. The Steers made six playoff appearances during Joslin’s time on the coaching staff.

Joslin also has a strong record of producing winning golf teams during his career. At Rockdale both his girls and boys golf team won back-to-back district and regional championships. In 2016-2017, the girls team placed third at state. During his time at Big Spring, Joslin took a number of golf teams to regional and state contests.

“We are very excited to welcome Coach Joslin and his family to Coahoma ISD,” said CISD Superintendent Dr. Amy Jacobs. “His success as a coach, a leader and a mentor for students will be an asset for our district, and we are honored to have him leading the Bulldogs and Bulldogettes.”

Joslin graduated from Jacksboro High School in 1993, earned his bachelor's in physical education from Tarleton State in 2002 and received his teacher’s certification from Weatherford College in 2004.

He was hired by Jacksboro High School from 2002-2003 through 2005-2006 where he coached football, golf, basketball, and track. During his tenure on the Jacksboro Tigers coaching staff, Joslin served as the offensive coordinator, wide receiver and secondary coach. The Tigers won two district championships and one district co-championship during this time. He also taught government, economics, health, PE, and several history courses.

Joslin will moved to Coahoma with his wife, Kristen, who was Director of Curriculum and Testing at Big Spring ISD before the family moved to Rockdale two years ago, and their two young children, Zoie and Austin. The couple’s oldest daughter, Trinady, will be attending college in the fall.

Joslin will take over leadership of the Bulldogs football team which went 7-4 last season ending with a bi-district appearance.

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Served Like a Girl - screened at Hangar 25 Air Museum by Basin PBS


Basin PBS previewed the Independent Lens film: Served Like a Girl yesterday evening at the Hangar 25 Air Museum. The film provided a candid look at a shared sisterhood to help the rising number of homeless women veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and suffer from PTSD, sexual abuse, and other traumas. By entering into the “Ms. Veteran America” competition, these amazing ladies unexpectedly come full circle in a quest for healing and hope.

Valerie Gross, a Navy Veteran who served nearly 6 years as a Hospital Corpsman, which is an enlisted medical specialist, told KBest News that the film Served Like a Girl was heartwarming but also hit close to home. "It definitely gives you a piece of the female side of the house, just a little bit of everything. Maybe not all female Veterans experience every single piece of the film, but it definitely gives you some kind of insight to what we went through and what we go through when we get home."

Basin PBS will be airing Served Like a Girl on Monday night, May 28th, at 9 PM. Here's a link for the trailor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTMibYCQMyk

#ServedLikeAGirlPBS

 

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Forsan Valedictorian and Salutatorian Named for Class of 2018


Elizabeth Long is graduating from Forsan High School and earned the honor of Valedictorian for the 2018 senior class. She is actively involved in band, Student Council, and is a yearbook editor. During high school, Elizabeth has won multiple awards including: Tennis MVP as a sophomore, 2nd in UIL number sense, Division I with Band Solo and Ensemble, as well as being elected to the National Honor Society. Elizabeth still enjoys playing tennis and is involved with her youth group from the 14th & Main Church of Christ. After graduation, she plans to attend Lubbock Christian University to major in Communications. Her parents are Angie and Kelly Long.

Bryce Hergert will graduate from Forsan High School and has earned the honor of Salutatorian of the 2018 senior class. Bryce has been elected Senior Class President by his peers. He stayed busy as the starting quarterback in football, starter in basketball, pitched for the baseball team, and qualified for the
regional track meet. He competes on the UIL mathematics and computer science teams. He was named been named Big 2 News Player of the Week during football. He earned State honors for the All-Academic teams in both football and basketball. His hobbies include hunting, metal fabrication, forensic sciences, and sports. He has signed to play football at Harden Simons University in the fall and major in Forensic Science. Bryce’s is the son of Tiana and Lonny Hergert.

(Photos contributed by Forsan High School.)

 

 

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Big Spring Senior Awards Assembly - Bryan and Tan top 2 at BSHS


Abby Bryan was named this year’s Big Spring High School Valedictorian, and Britney Tan was named this year’s Salutatorian at this morning's BSHS Senior Assembly.

Big Spring High School Seniors and their families gathered yesterday morning at the high school auditorium to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2018. At the beginning of the assembly, Seniors were reminded that they can carry BSHS into everything they do even after they graduate, if one only remembers to “Be Bold, Be Spirited, Be Honorable, and Be Successful.”

Many students were awarded scholarships, and several received multiple scholarships. Some of the most notable were the four students who made the decision to join the United States military: Layton Boswell – US Marines; Kory Stone and Luke Wood – US Army; and Krystelle Mikels – US Air Force, and Rachel McAlister received $100,000 in scholarships from Eastern Connecticut University. Breeana Matthews received $60,000 from Abilene Christian University. Charlie Correa received $30,000 from Texas Tech University. Full tuition and dorm at Odessa College was awarded to Josiah Garcia. Arianna Tijerina was awarded $10,000 from the Colleen G. Slaughter Endowed Scholarship. The Conley "Prime Cut" Scholarship was awarded to Abby Bryan and Nolan Otto for an amount of $6,000 each.

Out of 215 Big Spring High School Students, 55 will be receiving Honor recognition.

 

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May 2018 Veteran of the Month - Guy Griffith


Yesterday evening, Hangar 25 Air Museum awarded Guy Griffith with the prestigious Veteran of the Month Award. Griffith served in the United States Air force for a total of 20 years and flew 12 different fighter jets in that time period. He gave a presentation detailing his various missions each of which occured in different locations all over the world. Griffith shared his thanks to the Hangar for honoring his service.

 

The presentation covered the issues or, “teething problems” with each of the early jets he flew during his time serving and Griffith also shared personal stories of his experience with each jet. The ceremony was concluded with the presentation of several keepsakes for the veteran. They included a placard detailing his time served, an American flag that once flew at the capitol given to Griffith, and a handmade sign stating his name and the years he served.

Griffith later stated that he was pleased to be surrounded by family and friends to celebrate this honor alongside him.

 

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BIG SPRING CITY COUNCIL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS, 05/22/18


Hayley Herrera was recognized for completing all coursework toward her Certified Tourism Executive (CTE) designation from Travel & Tourism College, a program of the Texas Travel Industry Association (TTIA). Part of her coursework included her capstone project which was the creating the a 40 page magazine which highlights the important sites and information regarding things to do and places to see in Big Spring. Since it waspublished a few months ago, there have been thousands of copies that have been distributed throughout the state and beyond.

Bank depository bid awarded to local bank BBVB Compass Bank. It was noted that 15 invitations for bids were sent out to financial institutions with physical locations within Big Spring, but no other bids received.

Bid for street sweeper awarded to Heil of Texas for $230,800. The street sweeper will be financed for 5 years, and the money for the street sweeper is available through the lease agreement budget. By purchasing the new street sweeper, the city will ultimately save money by replacing a 10-year old street sweeper instead of continuously paying for repairs.

Terry McDaniel was voted Mayor Pro Tem.

The Comanche Trail Municipal Golf Course was a large part of tonight's meeting.

A 30HP pump will be replaced with the goal to provide additional water to supplement the retention pond to more effectively irrigate the golf course. The approximate cost of the project is $12,713.

A golf course #14 and #16 cart path maintenance was approved not only for aesthetic appeal but also for cart safety and course fairway protection. Over the last few budget cycles, the Golf Course Department has been budgeting funds for these types of maintenance costs, and there are only two remaining cart paths that are in need of major repair. The work will be done in-house, with the only cost being for materials. The estimated cost of the project for both paths is $29,725.50.

City Manager Todd Darden initiated the discussion regarding future golf course projects. It was noted by a majority of the city councilmembers that the current state of the municipal golf course reflects poorly on the city, but noted that the projects to improve the golf course would cost lots of money and would not be an easy fix. The last time the golf course was revamped was 10 years ago. Rule enforcement for the course was also discussed.

Councilmembers Jim DePauw and Howard Stewart were re-appointed to the Convention & Visitors Bureau. DePauw had been a member of the board since 2015, and Stewart has been a member since 2017.

It was announced that Debbie Wegman, Executive Director of the Big Spring Convention and Visitors Bureau, will be retiring soon. Councilmembers thanked Wegman for her service. City Manager Todd Darden stated that they would be looking for a new Executive Director in the near future.

 

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Joe Bright Basketball Training - Relating Basketball to Life Lessons


Goliad P.E. Teacher Joe Bright goes above and beyond helping students have fun while staying physically active in school, he also runs, Joe Bright Basketball Training, a program for local area students.

"My slogan is 'Let the dream begin,' says Bright. It's a hundred percent for the kids in the community [and] all around. It's just trying to teach them the basics, and at the same time let them know that [the program] is bigger than basketball."

Bright went on to say that his program focuses on building character and leadership skills. He advised that this training isn't exclusively for basketball skills and the conditioning and footwork can be beneficial for other sports, and noted that the lessons learned in the program can carry over to other areas of life. "It's definitely bigger than just basketball and wins and losses. What we do now carries over in the long run."

"I'm a former basketball player and I'm a firm believer in that," continued Bright. "Everything that I have learned and took from sports, I'm doing it now as a teacher."

Teaching kids lessons that they'll carry with them outside of basketball is something that Bright has a passion for, and he says that because of limited gym availability he's not able to accept all kids that want to sign up for his program. He stated that if anyone knew of a gym that's available for use or that's available to rent, he'd appreciate the information so he could reach out to them about using their facilities for his program.

Bright is originally from Chicago, IL. He later moved to Minnesota with his family where he graduated high school. He later attended Howard College and played on the 2009-2010 National Championship team. He was also named Region 5 Defensive player of the year once, he was also Named to the All- WJCAC Team his sophomore year. After graduating with his Associate's Degree, Joe attended Stephen F. Austin where he continued his college basketball career, and earned his Bachelor’s in Kinesiology.

You can keep up with Joe Bright Basketball Training through his Facebook page, Instagram - joebrightball, email Jabzoola@gmail.com, or call him at (763) 237-4800.

This summer, Bright will be working as Co-Director at the Nike Basketball Training Camp that will be held in Colorado City at Wolf Gymnasium from June 18-22nd. Ages eligible for this camp are 8-18 and it will be co-ed. For more information you can check out: https://www.ussportscamps.com/…/nike-basketball-camp-wolf-g…

 

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SWIM SMART event tomorrow at YMCA, Noon - 2 PM!


BIG SPRING, TEXAS – Warmer temperatures have arrived, school is almost out and thoughts of summer activities are swirling around. Swimming pools will be opening soon and several local
agencies are teaming up to ensure Howard County youth are swimming safely. Saturday,
families are encouraged to visit the YMCA between Noon and 2 p.m. for the Swim Smart event.
 
“Swimming is normally the first activity that pops into a child’s mind, even adults, when it
comes to ways to cool down in the summer, which is why we want to make sure that safety is
top of mind as well,” Dathan Jones, YMCA CEO, said. “It only takes a few seconds for a fun time to turn tragic when it comes to water. While we don’t want to take the fun away, we want to
make sure they are enjoying the water safely.”
 
Through combined efforts of the Big Spring Fire Department, Texas Regional Advisory Council J, Scenic Mountain Medical Center and YMCA, during the Swim Smart event, attendees will be able to have an opportunity to receive a free life jacket, hear some water safety tips and visit with the members of the local fire department.
 
“The main goal is to make everyone understand by being aware of your surroundings, and
understanding how quickly situations can change, a tragic event can be easily avoided. All these agencies want to make sure that the youth, of our community, is able to enjoy summer activities,” Jones said.
 
There is no charge for attending this event and during the two-hour span, admission is free to
the YMCA. This is an opportunity for families to get educated about water safety, see all the
recent renovations at the YMCA and find out about local resources.
 
“The YMCA is meant to be a family environment and anytime we can host an event that provides an opportunity for a family event, we are on board,” Jones said. “If you think about it the only two places that an entire family can be together is at church or at the YMCA – we really
do have something for everyone.”
 
Statistics show, each year about 4,000 people drown in the United States. Drowning is said to
be one of the top killers among children 1 to 4 years of age, except birth defects. Recently, there have been a couple drowning deaths in the media, which only emphasizes the importance of water safety events.
 
“We are excited about having the opportunity to provide life jackets to the youth in the
community. This was made possible through the Texas JRAC, Big Spring Fire Department and
Scenic Mountain Medical Center,” Jones said. “We encourage families to come out, enjoy a
little family time and get ready for summer, in a safe way.”

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Friends and Family say Goodbye to Santana Specialty Car Club Founder.


Earlier today, Johnson street was lined with family and friends of the late Billy, Wild Bill, Yanez .

Billy had been a member of ALSA car club in Big Spring before he became a founder of Santana Specialty Car Club in 1985. He later became a member of Low Image car club but after he was diagnosed with cancer in 2015 he returned to Santana Specialty with a dream of continuing his legacy through the organization. A chapter of Santana Specialty is currently established in Midland, where he had been residing when he passed.

ALSA, Low Image, and Santana Specialty have been noted as organizations that give back to their community, whether it be community-mined events or fundraising for families in need.

Billy was described by family and friends as having a big heart, always willing to help others, and very knowledgeable about cars. He participated in many car shows throughout the country and took pride in the vehicles that he and his brother John painted.

Billy recently passed away from stage 4 cancer. According to his widow, Ana Yanez, he had been advised that he would only have 3 to 4 more months to live after he was diagnosed, but Billy surpassed all expectations and went on to live another 2 years. He passed away at the age of 55 years old.

 

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Big Spring residents and businesses donate time, money, and supplies to help local families.


Wednesday's BURGER BASH was able to raise a little over $16,000 to help the families who lost their homes in the fire that occurred south of Big Spring earlier this month. The fire destroyed approximately 300 acres and 4 homes. The event was organized by Porsha Bryant with Big Spring High School and Mike Richardson with the Greater Big Spring Rotary Club.

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Henry found NOT GUILTY on charge of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.


The jury trial against Quincy Lamar Henry came to a close today with a verdict of "Not Guilty" on the charge of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

Henry was accused of shooting Lonnie Gray in the thigh and hand after an argument between the two had escalated back in August 2017. Gray had been discovered by Big Spring Police Department Officers at a residence on 11th Place with gun shot wounds. Gray was treated at Scenic Mountain Medical Center and was stabilized.

Henry had been facing a Felony 2 offense, which would have sentenced him to 2 to 20 years had he been found guilty.

 

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2018 Howard County Male and Female Students of the Year recognized at Commissioners Court


The Male and Female Students of the Year were recognized from each school district in Howard County during today's Howard County Commissioners Court.

Adam Gonzales and Jori Hanlan were named the Male and Female Students of the Year for Big Spring High School. BSHS Principal Mike Ritchey spoke on behalf of the students and noted that they both are very involved with BSHS and are honor students. Hanlan will be attending Angelo State University for Nursing. Gonzales will attend Texas Christian University and will study Biology.

Brynn Workman and Tyler McFall were named as the Male and Female Students of the Year for Coahoma High School. CHS Assistant Principal Trey Gardner spoke about each of the students and their accomplishments throughout their high school careers. Both students are in the top 10 of their senior class, and McFall is the Salutatorian. Gardner stated that Workman has been very active in FFA, and plans to attend Tarelton State for Agribusiness. McFall has been very active in Band, as well as powerlifting, and golf; he's set to attend University of North Texas to study in their music program.

The Male and Female Students of the Year for Forsan High School are Lexie Gee and Kolby Watson. FHS Principal Kenny Lowery, noted that both students radiate a great personality that is noticeable to all on their campus and both participate and been very successful in band. Gee is involved in cheerleading, and was nominated for the United Cheer Association Leadership Award. Watson is also involved with cross country and baseball. Gee will be attending South Plains College in the fall and plans to major in Speech and Communication Disorders. Watson will be attending Angelo State University and has plans to study Kinesiology.

 

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GUY GRIFFITH TO BE HONORED AS MAY 2018 VETERAN OF THE MONTH


The May Veteran of the Month, Guy Griffith of Big Spring, will be honored Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Hangar 25 Air Museum. The reception will begin at 6:00 pm in the Briefing Room of the Museum. The public is invited to the reception and to hear Mr. Griffith's presentation on his military service.

For more information please call Hangar 25 Air museum at 432-264-1999.

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Scholars Honored at CISD Banquet, 05/15/18


Coahoma ISD held a banquet to honor the top 10 students in the Coahoma High school Class of 2018 on Tuesday.

Those students are: Diana Gonzalez, McKinna Hector, Tyler McFall, Mason Moore, MaKayla Overton, Aubrey Parum, Nathan Ramirez, Preslie Smithie, Brynn Workman and Kaylee Wright. Each students was recognized individually in front of family and friends during the banquet held at the Hotel Settles.

Also honored were the top ten students in the junior class. They are Bryson Cline, Cassie Gutierez, Andrea King, Emily Krabill, Joseph Manning, Haven Martin, Julia Mashburn, Laura Romero, Andrew Romero Ortega, and Micah Worley.

Also receiving awards were Mark Richardson, Community Pride Award; Sue Tindol, Scholar Staff Award; Jody Nix, Scholar Graduate; and Kim and Kathy Nichols, Scholar Teachers.

 

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BURGER BASH FUNDRAISER, TOMORROW!!


A Burger Bash Fundraiser will take place tomorrow, May 16th from 11 AM – until sold out at the Blankenship Stadium at Big Spring High School. This fundraiser will be benefiting the victims of the wildfire that burned south of Big Spring earlier this month, destroying 4 homes causing 4 families to be displaced.

According to Mike Richardson, one of the people coordinating the fundraiser along with Porsha Bryant, local business such as Sonic, HEB, Porter’s, and Hull’s have made contributions with food. Richardson stated that the purpose of the event is to raise money for the families affected by the wildfire and he encouraged people to make donations.

"If you've got a large donation and you'd like to use that as a tax deduction, no problem. We've got a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that says that they can go ahead and take those in so they can get the tax exemption and funnel that money to us, The Greater Big Spring Rotary Club," says Richardson.

Richardson says that he encourages the public to come out and purchase $10 burger bags that include burger, chips, and drink. Churches are also called upon to bring their congregations to the fundraiser to help raise money for these displaced families. It should be noted that order of 10 burgers or more can be delivered.

For more information, to give donations, or to place large to go orders, contact Porsha at 432-268-3879, or Mike at 432-599-0351.

 

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Small grass fire on Hali Rd.


A small grass fire on Hali Rd. was confirmed south of town, approximately 5-7 miles off of Brian Rd. According to Howard County,Tx Volunteer Fire Dept.Chief Mitchell Hooper, the fire burned 2-3 acres but is 100 percent contained. Volunteer firefighters are continuing to put out hot spots.

No structures were reported to have been lost, as well as no injuries. The cause of the grass fire is yet to be determined.

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FMH Foundation Presents Song Swap at the Spring with Koe Wetzel and Parker McCollum @ The Historic Spring Marie Hall Plaza and Performance Stage


The Big Spring Convention and Visitors Bureau and BAD Events LLC are excited to announce the inaugural FMH Foundation’s Song Swap at the Spring with Koe Wetzel and Parker McCollum at the Historic Spring Marie Hall Plaza and Performance Stage. The concert will take place on Thursday, August 2nd with gates opening at 5 PM.

The opening band will be local artists, Big Spring, and will be followed by an acoustic song swap by Koe Wetzel and Parker McCollum. The concert will be free to the public but due to restrictions and limited seating available at the Historic Spring tickets will only be given to 1,000 people, including children of all ages. Tickets will be made available on June 4th at the Big Spring Visitors Center located at 113 E. 3 rd Street and the tickets are limited to 2 per person.

Food Trucks and vendors will be available in the SM Energy Pavilion adjacent to the Historic Spring Plaza. Please no outside food or drinks can be brought in but you are welcome to bring your lawn chairs.

 

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PROTEST DEADLINE IS TOMORROW AT MIDNIGHT!


DEADLINE IS TOMORROW AT MIDNIGHT!

The deadline for property owners to file a written notice of protest is tomorro night at midnight, that’s according to Lisa Reyna, Chief Appraiser for the Howard County Appraisal District. Property owners may submit their written notice of protest by dropping it off in person, sending through email, through their website at howardcad.org, or through mail, but it should be noted that mail must be post marked with today’s date to be accepted.

Reyna stated that their office is working the protests in the order that they are received. At which point, an appraiser will contact the property owners by phone in order to attempt to settle the protest informally. If an agreement cannot be reached, an appointment to see the Appraisal Review Board will be scheduled.

During the informal meeting, it should be remembered that appraisers don’t usually go inside the home when the property is appraised and if there’s something wrong with the property it is during this time that the property owner has an opportunity to bring it to the appraiser’s attention.

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Gonzalez, McFall named Valedictorian and Salututatorian for CHS Class of 2018


The top two students in the 2018 graduating class of Coahoma High School are Diana Cecilia Gonzalez and Tyler Austin McFall.

“I am proud to announce Diana is our valedictorian and Tyler is our salutatorian for the Class of 2018,” said CHS Principal Christina Cox.

Gonzalez is the daughter of Candido and Maria Gonzalez. During her years at Coahoma High School, she has taken on a number of leadership roles.

She is the editor of the 2017-2018 yearbook overseeing a large staff. She serves as the Student Council secretary and is a FFA chapter officer this year. Gonzalez is a member of the National Honor Society and serves as the secretary. She was the secretary for the FCCLA her junior year. Gonzalez is also a member for the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Howard College and the National Society of High School Scholars.
She has been recognized with a number of honors. As the stage manager of the one-act play for the last two years, she was part of the cast and crew which qualified for area competition in 2017. She was named to the all-star crew at district UIL One Act Play contest in 2018.

As a very active member of the Coahoma FFA Chapter, Gonzalez placed 8th at state for FFA Spanish Creed in 2016 and qualified for state in 2015 in FFA - Farm Business Management contest. She placed 1st in Ag Issues for District FFA contest and 4th in Area in 2017. She also qualified for state contests while a member of the FCCLA including Advocacy in 2017 and Recycle and Redesign in 2018.

In 2017, she was named the Big Spring Rotary Student of the Month, the Big Spring Herald Academic Star Student of the Week, a Coahoma Junior Scholar, and in the top 10 Academic Juniors.

Following graduation, Gonzalez will attend Texas Tech University to pursue a bachelor of science degree in nursing.
McFall is the son of Erinn and Greg Moore. He found his love of music at Coahoma ISD in the fifth grade. He served as the Drum Major in the Big Red Band for two years, is a member of National Honor Society and National Society of High School Scholars. Outside of school, McFall is the music director at Midway Baptist Church.

He was a ATSSB All-Region and Area Band qualifier all four years of high school. He qualified for All-State Band his junior and senior years. McFall is a three-year state solo and ensemble qualifier and received the John Phillips Sousa Award this year. He is also a TMEA Texas Music Scholar Student.

McFall was active in the golf program at CHS and was named the 2016 MVP for Golf.

Following graduation, McFall will attend the prestigious University of North Texas music program and will major in music education.

CHS will hold a graduation ceremony for the Class of 2018 on Friday, May 18.

 

 

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H.O.P.E. Foundation awards Grants through Innovative Teaching Grant Program.


Grants were awarded this week to teachers throughout Big Spring Independent School District by the H.O.P.E. Foundation through their Innovative Teaching Grant Program. The purpose of the H.O.P.E. Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, is to oversee the Innovative Teaching Grant Program.

Grants are awarded by the H.O.P.E. Foundation to support the Big Spring Independent School District's educational plan by supporting activities not supported by tax dollars. The grant program is designed to encourage, facilitate, recognize, and reward innovative and creative instructional approaches.

According to Emily McCann, Board President for the organization, the organization was created 4 years ago and has been able to award grants for the last 3 years. The H.O.P.E. Foundation raises money through non-event fundraiser, and they also have a permanent endowment with the Big Spring Area Community Foundation. McCann noted that they are always looking for donors to help them grow.

Last year, the H.O.P.E. Foundation awarded 4 grants last year; this year, they’ve been able to award even more grants to teachers at Kentwood, Marcy, Moss, Goliad, and Anderson, and they’re not done yet!

(Photo 1: Group photo after Grant Presentation at Kentwood Early Childhood Center.)

(Photo 2: List of teachers who were awarded grants, amount, and their idea. - Not listed is "SEL Hour, submitted by Pam Billick Gonzalez, in the amount of $2400 for the Anderson Accelerated Campus, Grades 7-12 for 40—50 students. SEL – Social Emotional Learning – Purchase Learning Activity Sets that focus on the skills needed to regulate emotions, resolve conflicts, avoid risky behavior, and make moral and safe choices. Grant also included teacher training for two teachers who will them train other teachers. Goal is to increase graduation rate and attendance while decreasing discipline referrals.")

 

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Health Business to Business Meet and Greet


The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce and Scenic Mountain Medical Center are partnering up to bring together all health care businesses in our area for an afternoon. The Health Business to Business Meet & Greet will be on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at the Hotel Settles in the Ballroom & Mezzanine from 4:30 to 7 pm.

The Chamber Meet & Greets is a great way for Chamber members and the community to come together and network. Health entities will be set up and ready to introduce themselves and tell you what services they provide.

The businesses that are participating are: Air Evac Life team, Back in Motion Chiropractic, Big Spring Center for Skilled Care, Big Spring State Hospital, Dora Robert Rehab Center Wellness, Home Hospice, Kindred at Home, Leonard's Pharmacy & Prescription Services, Marcy Place, Parkview Skilled Care & Rehab, Ward Family Dental, P.C., West Texas Centers, and Wiggins Worthy Wellness/Chiropractic.

This is open to the community. They will have refreshments and giveaways, so don’t forget to bring your business card!!

 

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Outgoing Board Members Recognized at Coahoma ISD.


The Coahoma ISD board recognized outgoing members Brian Moore and Jody Reid for their years of service to the community Thursday night during a specially called meeting to canvas the May 5 election results. Pictured are CISD board members Craig Ferguson, left, Kandy Alaman, outgoing member Brian Moore, Michael Brooks, Lori Martinez, and Dicky Stone. Reid was absent from the meeting as he and his wife were traveling to attend their son’s graduation from seminary in North Carolina.

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THREE ARRESTS MADE IN HIGGINBOTHAM BURGLARY w/ Update


UPDATE: Big Spring Police Department confirms that 7 of the 15 firearms that were stolen from Higginbotham in April were recovered from the 2600 block of Dow at 8:00 this morning. The weapons were abandoned in the roadway as if someone threw them out while driving. Three arrests were made yesterday. No further information is available as this is still an ongoing investigation.

 

THREE ARRESTS MADE IN HIGGINBOTHAM BURGLARY:

From Big Spring Police Dept:
5-10-18
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On the 12th of April 2018 at approximately 1:40 A.M., the Higginbotham Bartlett hardware store located at 1900 E. FM 700 was burglarized and 15 firearms were stolen. The Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigation Division was assigned to investigate this crime. For the past month Detectives have been following leads and on the 8th of May 2018, Detectives arrested Mikeal Ladarrean Chavera Hispanic/Male 21 years of age for this offense. On the 9th of May 2018, Detectives arrested Peter Manual Candelaria Hispanic/Male 30 years of age also for this offense. Both Chavera and Candelaria have been charged with the Burglary of the Building at Higginbotham Bartlett a State Jail Felony as well as Firearms Smuggling a Felony 2 Offense.

On the 10th of May 2018, following another lead regarding this investigation, Detectives executed a search warrant in the 2000 block of Morrison. Detectives seized a quantity of crack cocaine, powder cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, a Taurus 9mm pistol and over $5,000.00 in currency. The resident Kendrick Dashaun Harris aka “Keno” Black/Male 23 years of age was arrested and charged with 3 Misdemeanor warrants and two counts of Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 over 4 grams less than 200 grams, a Felony 2 Offense.

At the time of this media release the Big Spring Police Department has not recovered any of the firearms that were stolen. The Big Spring / Howard County CrimeStoppers is still offering an award for the recovery of the firearms. If you have any information you can call (432)263-TIPS (8477) or use the P3tips.com software to submit your tip online. Remember no caller ID is ever used and all tips are anonymous.

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

Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon

Pictured from left to right: Peter Candelaria, Mikeal Chavera, Kendrick “Keno” Harris

 

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Big Spring ISD School Board Meeting Highlights, 05/10/18


Big Spring ISD School Board Meeting Highlights, 05/10/18

SM ENERGY DONATION

Kate Noble, External Affairs at SM Energy, presented a $10,000 donation specific to beginning a robotics program at Big Spring High School.

ATC GETS NEW WEIGHT ROOM EQUIPMENT AND FLOORING 
Big Spring ATC will be receiving an upgrade with new flooring and new weightlifting equipment. A budget amendment and expenditure over $150,000 was approved. The ATC has not been upgraded since it was built in 1997.

CAMPUS CARRY
Big Spring ISD will become a Campus Carry school district.

BOARD MEMBERS 
Melissa Miller sworn in as the newest member of the BSISD Board of Trustees, District 4.

BSISD Board of Trustees President Tony Kennedy stepped down from his seat on the Board. He was presented with a plaque by Superintendent Jay McWilliams for his 15 years of service with the school board, and a reception was thrown in his honor. Kennedy says that he plans to continue to volunteer with the school district, but it was time to step down because he has grandchildren now and no longer has children in the school district. He noted that he felt now was a good time to leave because he has a good feeling that the BSISD will knock their assessments out of the park.

Fabian Serrano was voted as the new Board of Trustees President. Serrano stated that he is excited to work with Superintendent McWilliams, and noted that there would be changes within the Board, but they'll continue to move forward. When asked how he felt about the decision to become a Campus Carry school district, Serrano stated, "I'm confident in the decision that we've made as a Board. I think it's something that's necessary as a school district the way things are changing within society. I think it's crucial for us to move forward with."

Julie Harris was voted as the Vice President, and Tom Olague was voted as the Secretary.

NEXT MEETING
Next school board meeting will be June 12th.

 

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COAHOMA FFA CELEBRATES STELLAR YEAR!


Coahoma High School senior Brynn Workman received the Ken Cobb Memorial Scholarship Monday during the Coahoma FFA annual banquet where a number of members were recognized for their achievement in the past year.

“Our FFA members are very lucky to have the support of so many people,” said Aaron Custer, Coahoma FFA advisor. “Thank you to everyone that took the time to come recognize one of the best years our Chapter has ever experienced. These students and I appreciate you all more than you know.”

The Coahoma FFA Chapter celebrated a stellar year earning 45 state, area, and district banners. In the fall CHS freshman Julia Cox won the state LDE (Leadership Development Events) Greenhand Creed Speaking contest and qualified for nationals. The Coahoma FFA Radio Broadcasting team of Aubrey Green, Micah Worley, and Emilee Custer placed 7th in state and the Ag Advocacy team of Selina Baldwin, Macee Grant, Brylea Gordon, and Seth Brooks placed 8th.

Recently, Coahoma FFA had 13 students advance to area contest in SDE (Speaking Development Events). They are Grayson Glidewell, Seth Brooks, Sydney Rinard, Brenner Gartman, Naughtia Rockwell, Ashley Crisp, Brylea Gordon, Kolt Redden, Bailey Wells, Bryden Fontana, Cutter Atkins, Richard Thurman, and Julia Cox.

Overall, the program won district sweepstakes in LDE and SDE and area and state sweepstakes for a single teacher division for LDE. During the banquet, it was announced that CHS 2017 graduate Landyn Young will be running for State FFA President this summer. Young is attending Texas A&M.

The following awards were presented during the banquet:

FFA Booster Scholarships $750: Brynn Workman, Diana Gonzalez, Trey Brumley, and Aubrey Parum

Ken Cobb Memorial Scholarship Winner $1,000: Brynn Workman

State Plaques: State Champion - Greenhand Creed Speaking - Julia Cox; FFA Radio Broadcasting, 7th Place, the team of Micah Worley, Aubrey Green, and Emilee Custer; Ag Advocacy, 8th Place, the team of Macee Grant, Seth Brooks, Brylea Gordon, and Selina Baldwin.

Proficiency Winners - each recipient was presented a belt buckle: Sr Steer, Seth Brooks; Jr Goat, Case Custer; Sr Goat, Emilee Custer; Jr Lamb, Jocelyn Young; Sr Lamb, Brynn Workman; Jr Swine, Brady Anderson; Sr Swine, Aubrey Parum; Jr Rabbit, Paislie Hipp; and Sr Rabbit, Sydney Rinard

Ag Sales Winners: 1st, Kolt Reddin; 2nd, Brynn Workman; 3rd Kaylee Kernick.

Distinguished Service Award: Co Winners, Walter Brumley and Russell Parum

Also recognized was the new Chapter Officer team. They are President Micah Worley, Vice President Emilee Custer, Secretary Julia Cox, Treasurer Sydney Rinard, Reporter Ashley Crisp, Sentinel Grayson Glidewell, Student Advisor Seth Brooks, Parliamentarian Aubrey Green, Historian Naughtia Rockwell, and Chaplain Bailey Wells.

Greenhand Officers (incoming freshmen) are President Tanner Atkins, Vice President Joe Mashburn, and Secretary Madison Rodgers.

Running for office are Micah Worley for area; Emily Custer and Ashley Crisp for district.

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CALVIO RECEIVES THIS YEAR'S GOOD SCOUT AWARD


Adrian Calvio is this year's recipient of the Good Scout Award for exemplifying the values of scouting in our community, both in his personal life and business endeavors. He was honored today at the Good Scout Luncheon held at Hotel Settles. The Good Scout Award is given by the Lone Star District within the Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch, Boys Scouts of America.

Adrian Calvio is the proud son of Alex and Martha Calvio. He is married toAmanda Cole Calvio, who is the Director at Parkplace Retirement Living. Adrian is also the proud father of 3 boys, Atticus, Adlae, and August.

When asked how he felt to have received the award, Adrian stated, "It's a tremendous honor, [and] pretty humbling, especially following the people who have received it before. So, anytime you're being honored for doing good things in the community, or character development that's an honor."

Past recipients of the Good Scout Award include:

2017: Jody and Tessa Reid
2016: Jerry Worthy
2015: Mike and Sheila Abusaab
2014: Larry McLellan
2013: Jordan Partee
2012: Keith Graumann
2011: John Scott
2010: Hayes Stripling, Jr.

 

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Veteran-run organization marches across United States to raise money for wounded Veterans and veteran suicide prevention.


An organization on a mission to raise money for wounded veterans and the prevention of veteran suicide made a stop in Big Spring at a local RV Park for a couple of days.

The Mother of All Rucks Foundation, also known as the M.O.A.R. Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) organization that’s committed to making veteran lives better by helping provide a better quality of life for those veterans that are afflicted by their time in service, whether it by PTSD, brain injuries, or wounded veterans.

This year, the M.O.A.R. Foundation is traveling 2600 miles across the United States for their first annual Coast to Coast Mother of All Rucks road march from San Diego, CA to Washington DC. Paul O’Keefe, President of the organization, told KBest News that his team marches 22 miles with their military backpacks to represent the 22 veterans who take their own lives each day.

O’Keefe stated that their journey began in March and they expect to reach their destination in Washington, D.C. in August. Their goal is to raise $250,000 in total donations from this 1st annual event, by inspiring others to help give back to veteran citizens who are afflicted by their time in service. It should be noted that The M.O.A.R. Foundation pledges that all monies donated will benefit citizen veterans.

When asked how they distribute their funds, O’Keefe stated that they help individuals directly. "As we raise money, we find causes that we can directly impact and we pay money from our accounts directly to helping individuals."

O’Keefe told KBest News that since beginning their journey in March they’ve gotten a lot of great feedback from the people they’ve come across.

"We're just really happy that we have received so much help along our journey. Everybody is very receptive to what we're doing. Everybody has been really gracious to us, trying to take care of us along the road, making sure we're fed, and that we have a place to stay. It's just amazing to see that," says O'Keefe.

O'Keefe and his team are also Veterans, and they are very passionate about what they do. To find more information about Mother of All Rucks Foundation, check their Facebook page, or their website: MOARFoundation.org

Support the Team & Foundation by purchasing their shirts, caps, and other items at: MotherRuckerUSA.com

Or you can support the Team here: https://rally.org/MOARFoundation

 

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"Campus Carry" Meeting, 05/09/18


The Big Spring ISD School Board hosted their second community meeting regarding campus carry yesterday afternoon, covering a wide variety of topics regarding the proposed plan to arm teachers under the Guardian Program.

BSISD Superintendent Jay McWilliams as well as BSISD School Board President Tony Kennedy and Jamie Farmer, a member of the Midland Fire Department and trainer for the Tactical Medical Team in the area, answered questions of concerned parents and offered valuable statistics. David Mathis, a parent in the district, was very active in the meeting and was, overall, satisfied that the Board had answered questions honestly and he was glad to have been able to walk away with more information about the topic.

The meeting itself focused on the drastic increase in school shooting incidents in the last few years. In the last four months alone, there have been a reported 17 school shootings. This number is dwarfed by the reported 290 school shootings since the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in 2013.

The Board also stressed the fact that this decision is not being made lightly. A plan of this nature was proposed in early 2014 but then the school district’s attorney advised against it. This time, the district’s attorney is in favor of moving forward with the potential plan.

A decision on the proposed plan is set for this evening’s Big Spring ISD School Board meeting at 5:15 PM in the Board Room at 707 11th Place.

 

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BIG SPRING CITY COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS, 05/08/18


BIG SPRING CITY COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS, 05/08/18

The Big Spring City Council held a meeting Tuesday evening, and here are the highlights:

In December, Requests for qualifications (also known as RFQs) were sought by the City of Big Spring for street engineering in conjunction with the TIGER grant and roads connecting the Airpark Industrial/Airport to the 87 Reliever Route. According to Johnny Womack, Big Spring Public Works Director, the City had 5 requests returned and after reviewing applications, a committee of Airpark and City staff had selected Freese and Nichols for approval by the Big Spring City Council. It was noted that a bid amount had not been announced and the fees would be negotiated later by the City Manager or his designee.

Councilman Jim DePauw, District 6 representative, had reservations about how much this would cost the city and from where the money would come. He also noted that the City Council agendas should list more information on order to provide transparency about items that will be discussed in the meetings.

Freese and Nichols was approved by the Big Spring City Council with a vote of 5-2, with Councilman DePauw and then Councilwoman Carmen Harbour voting against it.

Yesterday’s meeting was also the last for Carmen Harbour, and the first for new District 2 Representative Douglas Hartman.

Harbour was presented with a plaque by City Manager Todd Darden on behalf of the City for her service as Councilwoman. Harbour told KBest News that she is ready to retire with her husband, but she is a little melancholy to complete her term because she enjoyed working with everyone and helping people. Harbour served as District 2 Representative for 2 consecutive terms, a total of 6 years.

Doug Hartman was sworn in as Big Spring City Council District 2 Representative, along with Howard Stewart, District 4 Representative, and Jim DePauw, District 6 Representative. Hartman stated that he looks forward to helping his constituents and working with the other Council members to make Big Spring the best that they can.

Howard County Teen Court was approved to be re-established. Teen Court is an alternative to the adult criminal justice system. The Teen Court offers teen offenders an opportunity to make restitution for their offenses through community services thus avoiding fines and sentences handed down by an adult criminal justice system.

The program also serves in an educational aspect because it showcases how the justice system works and has the potential to encourage students to pursue a career in law.

During the Council Input portion of the meeting, Mayor Larry McLellan advised the City Council Members that there is a scholarship fund that has been set up in Tommy Sullivan's name at Howard College. It will be a $500/ year grant for EMT/Fire Service training. This is an endowment that can continue for years to come and several fundraisers are in progress to help fund this memorial. Donations can be submitted to Howard College, Tommy Sullivan Scholarship Fund in care of Julie Bailey.

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SUMMER FEST 2018 THIS WEEKEND!!


The North Side Movement presents Summer Fest 2018 this weekend at the Ryan Hall grounds, May 11th and 12th! This is the biggest fundraiser that NSM does and funds collected to be used to fund free activities that the organization puts on throughout the year!

Entry to the grounds is free and there will be lots of family fun activities and food vendors. Grounds will be opened on Friday from 6 PM - midnight, and on Saturday from Noon to 1 AM.

Live entertainment will take place inside Ryan Hall for Friday's Country Night and Saturday's Tejano Night! 2-Day passes are $25 and tables are $20. For more information, call 432-468-5363.

This weekend's line up:

Friday - Texicanos; and The Electric Cowboys
Saturday - Los Arenales; and Gary Hobbs

 

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2 Fires on Monday in Big Spring area


Yesterday Howard County Volunteer Fire Department and the Big Spring Fire Department responded to a large and massive fire that burned in the area.

The first fire began south of town on Ratliff Rd at approximately 12: 40 PM. The fire quickly spread north over to Callahan, West of Boatler and behind houses on Hack Valley. Many neighboring units, Texas A&M Forrest Service, and Howard County Road and Bridge Department responded to the area to assist with resources. According to Howard County Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Pepper Sullivan, it was confirmed that there were 4, possibly 5, structures that were lost, as well as over 300 acres that had been burned. There was also a report of a couple people suffering from heat exhaustion as a result of the fire.

At approximately 6 PM yesterday evening it was noted that the fire was at 99 percent containment, and Sullivan stated that the Howard County Volunteer Fire Fighters would be continuing to put out hot spots for the next couple of days. At this time, the cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

At approximately 3 PM yesterday, the Big Spring Police Department and Big Spring Fire/EMS were dispatched to the area of Martin Luther King Blvd and West FM 700 due to a large grass fire. Upon arrival it was found that the origin of the fire started on the south side of FM 700 near Mesa Street and crossed FM 700 just west of the Knollwood Heights Apartments on Martin Luther King Blvd. The fire continued moving in a north eastern direction.

Big Spring Police officers and Big Spring Fire/EMS personnel diverted their attention to the area of Peach and Grant off of Old Hwy 80 and to the west side of the Knollwood Heights Apartments in an attempt to protect life and property. The Howard County Emergency Management had already called for additional resources through the Texas Department of Emergency Management due to the Ratliff Rd. fire that had already been in progress. As resources began arriving at the Ratliff Rd. fire and no longer needed they were diverted to the fire at Martin Luther King and W. FM 700. City of Big Spring Emergency Management coordinated with the Big Spring Fire Department for the additional resources through the Howard County Emergency Management and the Texas Department of Emergency Management. The following agencies responded to assist with this fire as a result of the Texas Department of Emergency Management; City of Midland Fire Department, Midland County Fire Department, Glasscock County Fire Department and Texas A&M Forrest Service. The Big Spring Fire Department and Big Spring Police Department also had the assistance of the Big Spring Police Department Animal Control Division, Detectives Division, Howard County Road and Bridge, City of Big Spring Code Enforcement, City of Big Spring Public Works, City of Big Spring Streets Department and the Howard County Sheriff’s Office. With the help of all of the entities, Big Spring Fire/EMS personnel were quickly able to surround the fire with units and get it contained. As a result, there was no loss of any structures. All roads surrounding the fire was open back up for traffic just after 5:00 P.M.

According to the official press release sent by the Big Spring PD, the cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the City of Big Spring Fire Marshall.

At approximately 3 PM, a second fire began on the south side of FM 700 near Mesa Street where it then crossed FM 700 just west of the Knollwood Heights Apartments on Martin Luther King Blvd., where it continued moving in a north eastern direction. Big Spring PD and Big Spring Fire/EMS responded to the area, along with other departments and resources and with a combined effort, they were quickly able to surround the fire with units and get it contained. As a result, there was no loss of any structures, and only 15 acres were burned.

As a result of the fires, Oncor reported that over 4500 customers were without power for several hours while crews worked to remove debris and clear paths to be able to begin repairs and replacements of poles and lines that had been damaged in both fires. AS OF THIS MORNING, a majority of customers have been restored with power, and there are approximately 300 customers still without power.

 

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BIG SPRING POLICE DEPARTMENT DETECTIVES RECOVER STOLEN FIREARMS AND ARREST 4 JUVENILES


The following is a statement released by the Big Spring Police Department, 05/07/18:

On the 11th of April 2018 a Burglary of a Habitation was reported to have occurred in the 600 block of Hillside. Stolen from the residence were several firearms to include a Browning M2HB .50 Caliber “machine gun” valued at $15,000.00 and a FN P90 5.7 X 28 caliber rifle valued at $1,800.00. The Big Spring Police Departments Criminal Investigations Division was assigned this investigation and has since arrested 4 juveniles who had burglarized this residence.

On the 4th of May 2018, Big Spring Police Department Detectives recovered the Browning M2HB .50 Caliber “machine gun” and the FN P90 5.7 X 28 caliber rifle. The Big Spring Police Department expects additional adult and juvenile arrests and charges to come as a result of this investigation. There is no further information available at this time as this is an ongoing criminal investigation.

The Big Spring / Howard County CrimeStoppers is still offering an award for the recovery of firearms or additional information leading to the arrests of other individuals involved in this crime. If you have any information you can call (432)263-TIPS (8477) or use the P3tips.com software to submit your tip online. Remember no caller ID is ever used and all tips are anonymous.

Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon

 

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Howard and Glasscock County Relay for Life 2018


Howard and Glasscock Counties celebrated at Relay for Life on Friday evening. This year the event had a Star Wars theme and the slogan, “May the Cure be with you.” According to Event Lead Howard Stewart, the goal was to collect $120,000 and the local organization has only been able to collect $80,000 so far. The deadline to meet the goal is August 31st and some of the teams will continue to fundraise until then, and Stewart also noted that the organization still has yet to collect on some of the funds that were promised to them from the local golfing event that took place recently.

 

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Community Meeting Examines Campus Carry for BSISD


Big Spring ISD Superintendent Jay McWilliams hosted a “Campus Carry” community meeting yesterday evening at Goliad Elementary and explained the new proposed program for concealed carry among district employees. Throughout the meeting, McWilliams stated that, above all else, he is highly anticipating the new safety measures put in place for the next school year.

 

Under the “Guardian” program, volunteers must complete rigorous training in order to be considered. They must have a License to Carry (LTC) as well as undergo training with local law enforcement to ensure their mental stability, as well as proficiency with their weapon. A background check would also be included since it’s already built into the pre-employment screening with the school district as well as to receive a License to Carry. During the meeting, it was also stressed that if this new policy is passed, defense against aggressors would be the last of several vital steps necessary to keep students safe.

 

Staff members not volunteering in the program will also receive training that allows them to easier spot warning signs among students, further ensuring the safety of each and every student. Another meeting will be held next Wednesday, May 9th, beginning at 5:30 PM at Big Spring High School to address any concerns or questions that the public might have regarding the new proposition.

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Amphitheater Improvement Board holds First Public Forum


A public forum was held yesterday evening at Comanche Trail Amphitheater by the Amphitheater Improvement Board. The purpose of the meeting was to receive input from the community about the improvements that the board will be raising money for. Although it has been stated that one of the goals in making the improvements to the amphitheater included using it to create a regional music draw, it wasn’t the only reason. It was noted that by doing the improvements, the amphitheater would also be renewed as a valuable resource for the community whether it was used for local student performances or community events, and it would still be open for public use.

During the forum, Kelly Cook of KDC Associates advised that through the research that his firm has gathered thus far, the Comanche Trail Amphitheater is the largest amphitheater that was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and, according to their research, is the largest structure of its kind within a multi-state area.

Cook also noted that one of the biggest challenges would be to bring the amphitheater up to ADA standards and at the same time make these changes blend in seamlessly with the design and material that is already in place.

 

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Pampered Paws Resort Celebrates becoming a Chamber Member!


Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Pampered Paws Resort, located at 1501 E. 3rd St. in Big Spring. Pampered Paws Resort offers dog grooming, dog boarding, dog training, and dog daycare

Owner Betty J. Kelley told KBest News that today marks the 9th year for Pampered Paws Resort to be opened in Big Spring. She stated that she should have joined a long time ago and looks forward to the good things that will come from being a Chamber Member.

When asked how she felt about the turnout that was present for the Ribbon Cutting, Kelley stated, "It's just really awesome. I asked God to bless it and I think he has."

For more information about Pampered Paws Resort, call 432-267-5557.

 

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Thank you for your investment - The Trailer Guys West


Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a "Thank You for Your Investment" Ceremony for The Trailer Guys West, located at 9410 S. Service Rd in Big Spring!

According to Gary Day, Manager at The Trailer Guys West, the company is one of the largest trailer companies in the state of Texas. They were established in 2000 in Bonham, Texas and began with a gentleman selling a few trailers on the side of the road and it blossomed from there. The Trailer Guys have stores in different areas of the state and The Trailer Guys Westhas been opened since January 2017 to serve the West Texas area.

Day stated that The Trailer Guys West they carry about $800,000 worth of inventory in stock to take care of customers, and now they're growing their service department and can do all types of service on trailers, including repairs and add-ons.

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HCVFD to Appoint New Chief Soon


~“Where my footsteps end, yours start.” Chief Tommy Sullivan~

 

Chief Tommy Sullivan had served the residents of Howard County for many years as being part of the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department. He served as Chief for the Volunteer Fire Department for over 25 years and held his position until he could no longer physically do the task.

When asked what he wanted people to remember about his brother, Pepper Sullivan, Assistant Chief 702, stated, "His spirit. No matter what, even if it they said it couldn't be done, [his attitude] was 'Hold my helmet and watch this.'" Pepper stated that he never had a defeatist attitude. "It was always we're going to do it, and we're going to make a difference, and we're going to do the best we can to protect all of the citizens and all of our firefighters."

"Even when he was in pain, and knowing that he was dying, he never complained and never got down. He'd always say that there's always something to be positive about and always something to laugh about. [He would] always try to make others feel better," said Pepper.

Mitchell Hooper, recently named 2017 Officer of the Year by the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department, will be the Appointed Chief for the rest of Sullivan’s term. Hooper has served with the department for 13 years and has served as Battalion Chief.

When asked if Chief Sullivan had any advice for him in filling this position, Hooper stated, "He said, 'Where my footsteps end, yours start.' and not to try to fill his boots because those are pretty big boots to fill." Hooper went on to say that he knows it'll take a while before he's able to fill the role like Chief Sullivan had because of all he's done for the community, but he'll try his best.

 

Memorial Services for Howard County,Tx Volunteer Fire Dept. Chief Tommy Sullivan will be at 2:00pm this Saturday, May 5th, 2018, at Howard College in the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum. Services are under the direction of Nalley Pickle and Welch Funeral Home, where respects may be made online at http://www.npwelch.com/obituary/tommy-sullivan/

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Big Spring Greater Rotary Club Hosts 10th Annual Kids Fishing Tournament


That’s a BIG Fish!!!

The 10th Annual Kids Fishing Tournament, hosted by the Greater Big Spring Rotary Club was held today at Comanche Trail Park. Rotarians volunteered their time to assist the youth of our community, ages 16 and under, cast their lines for various prizes throughout the afternoon. There were 91 participants competing in various categories, with the winners taking home nice new fishing poles and tackle boxes:

????The first fish caught was by Zayden Laftus, age 9.

???????? Most fish caught was by 8 year old Hayden McComb who caught 17 fish.

???? The biggest fish caught was a carp that weighed in at 7.06 pounds, and was caught by 5 year old Ainslee Hipp.

The types of fish caught included carp, perch, catfish, and bass.

The Greater Big Spring Rotary Club would like to thank Credit World, Oncor & Walmart for the financial and in-kind donations to the Kids Fishing Tournament, and for supporting the youth and families of our community.

????Congratulations fishers!!!????

 

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Local Residents Look for Answers and Help at Friday's Public Meeting at Ryan Hall


On Friday evening, the administrators of the Facebook group, Big Spring Issues, held a public meeting at Ryan Hall to help Big Spring residents gain information about their recently received property valuations. Prior to the meeting, many people had voiced their discontent about the information they received. According to Scott Emerson, one of the administrators of Big Spring Issues, the purpose of the meeting was to offer information to the public because many people had questions.

Kory Ryan with Brusniak Law, out of Dallas, gave an informative presentation over the process of protesting the property valuations that were issued, as well as the pros and cons of doing it yourself or hiring a professional. Brusniak Law is a Texas property tax litigation firm, with clients who range from Fortune 100 companies to local businesses, but they do not work with residential properties. Although this was the case, he did offer contact information for Texas Tax Protest, 214-960-5590.

During his presentation, Ryan noted that property taxes will continue to rise over time, but residents can successfully protest their valuations in order to keep it as low as you possibly can. When protesting valuations, it’s important that you collect as much evidence as possible to substantiate your claim. It’s always in your best interest to attend the Appraisal Review Board Meeting in person, and not let emotions get the best of you during this meeting. Ryan also pointed out that just like law enforcement officers, the people at Appraisal District are only doing the job that they are required to do.

 

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Dr. Brian Nelson speaks at SMMC April Lunch-n-Learn


During yesterday’s Lunch-n-Learn presentation at Scenic Mountain Medical Center, Dr. Brian Nelson, Emergency Doctor, for the hospital, spoke to attendees about sepsis – what it is, and how to prevent it, and partnership with the community.

He also took time to talk about the new service lines that are being brought to the community. "We're doing some big things - expanding the E.R., peripheral vascular, wound care, interventional cardiologist. So we've got a lot big changes coming up," said Dr. Nelson.

Dr. Nelson specializes in Emergency Medicine. He has an undergraduate degree in Bio-Chemistry from University of North Texas, and earned a masters in Advanced Biology and Molecular Biology at Abilene Christian University. His training was completed at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center, and Cook County Hospital in Chicago.

He’s been practicing Emergency Medicine for 12 years, and some of the other areas he’s practiced include Dallas, East Texas, San Angelo, St. Louis, Hendricks Medical Center in Abilene, and now full-time in Big Spring. Dr. Nelson stated that he had part-time at Scenic Mountain Medical Center for 2 years, and has been with them full time with them for a year.

 

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Sales Tax Holiday for Emergency Supplies, April 28-30


With the potential for severe weather approaching this spring, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds Texans they can purchase certain items tax-free during the state’s sales tax holiday for emergency preparation supplies, from April 28 to April 30.

“The severe weather we had last year — particularly Hurricane Harvey — was a stark reminder that Texans should be prepared for emergencies at all times,” Hegar said. “This tax holiday allows people to save money while ensuring they have the supplies they need before an emergency situation occurs.”

There's no limit on the number of qualifying items you can purchase. These include:

batteries, fuel containers and flashlights priced at less than $75;
hurricane shutters and emergency ladders priced at less than $300; and portable generators priced at less than $3,000.

Purchases that do not qualify include: 
batteries for automobiles, boats and other motorized vehicles;
camping stoves and camping supplies; chainsaws; plywood;
extension ladders and stepladders; and tents.

A list of emergency preparation supplies that may be purchased tax-free can be found on the Comptroller’s website.

The Comptroller’s office estimates shoppers will save more than $1.5 million in state and local sales taxes during the tax holiday, which was approved by lawmakers during the 2015 Texas Legislature.

 

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BIG SPRING HIGH SCHOOL HONOR BAND TO PERFORM AT LOCAL CHURCH


The Big Spring High School Honor Band under the Direction of Mr. Rocky Harris and assisted by Emily Andrews, Fredy Gonzalez and Gabriel Martinez will be having a FREE concert at St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church, located at 1001 Goliad, this Thursday, April 26th, 2018, at noon.

The Honor Band has received several awards over the years which include receiving 1's at UIL Concert and Sighting Reading Contest every year, which is the highest rating that can be earned during the contest. Father Christian Rabone from St. Mary's Episcopal Church, and former band director, stated that he was excited to offer the church as a venue to the band because it’s a great opportunity for them to practice, as well as a way to invite the public in to view the church.

 

 

 

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***MANDATORY MEETINGS FOR PARENTS AND/OR GUARDIANS OF COAHOMA ISD 8TH GRADERS***


The first of two mandatory meetings for parents and/or guardians of Coahoma ISD eighth graders will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today in the high school auditorium. The second will occur from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.

The state of Texas requires all high school students to have a four-year graduation plan on record for grades ninth through 12th. The plan must be signed by a parent and/or guardian. Creating a plan now helps ensure students complete all required courses for graduation and take all needed prerequisite courses for their career and college endorsements if the student has decided to choose a career pathway. The schedule is flexible to change during the student’s high school career.

The following items will be covered at the meeting:

* Choosing core and all required classes for graduation and the level - on level, pre-AP, and dual credit.

* Elective choices for ninth grade and beyond.

* An explanation on the various college and career endorsements which are Business and Industry, Arts and Humanities, Public Service, Multi-Disciplinary, and STEM.

A packet of information will be handed out at the meeting covering the above topics. Also, go online to www.coahomaisd.com, click onto Coahoma High School listed under schools located at the top tap bar and visit CTE counselor’s corner to find more information about career and college endorsements.

 

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UPDATE: Big Spring ISD Addresses Social Media Rumors about Threats Made by BSHS Student


UPDATE: Be advised there has been an updated statement issued by BSISD:

"Update to notice issued the last night: After further investigation overnight, there still has been no evidence found to substantiate the rumor of a student threatening gun violence on the high school campus today or any other day. In response to the heightened concern caused by the rumor, the Big Spring Police Department will be present on campus today, and the scheduled program for our pre-Kindergarten students has been cancelled. We hope to be able to reschedule that program. Please know that the Big Spring ISD's primary concern is always the safety of our students and staff."

Original Notice/Evening of 4/23/18:

BIG SPRING ISD ADDRESSES SOCIAL MEDIA RUMORS CONCERNING BSHS

The following is a statement from Big Spring ISD concerning the recent activity on social media and rumors concerning Big Spring High School:

"There has been activity on social media in the last 24 hours alleging that a student or students have threatened to do harm to students on the BSHS campus. According to one post, a student made a threat within hearing of a teacher. This allegation has been thoroughly investigated by the campus administration, and local law enforcement has been consulted. No evidence has been found that any student or students have made threats of the any nature, let alone those alleged in the social media post. We have no reason to believe students are in any danger at school tomorrow. The Big Spring ISD administration will continue to be vigilant in protecting its students and staff.?"

 

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HOWARD COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES - Regular Meeting, 04/23/18


During yesterday’s regular meeting of the Howard College Board of Trustees, it was noted that Howard College is making an effort to produce the kind of workforce that is needed in Howard County, not only today but in the future as well. According to Dr. Cheryl Sparks, President of Howard College, the next step in this effort is to hold a meeting with different sectors of business and industry and ask questions so as to ensure them that they are delivering the workforce that is needed. She noted that the college is required to have advisory committees with their career technical education (CTE) programs, much like what the school districts have in place.

 

Dr. Sparks went on to say that they will be having a joint meeting of those advisory committees and business and industry leaders, as well as different sectors of the workforce to get input from those individuals about what they need in the way of workforce, currently and going forward. Howard College will be sending invitations to focused groups of sectors of the workforce to join them for a meeting on May 3rd. Examples of these sectors of the workforce in Howard County include construction, oil-related businesses, criminal justice, mid-management positions, clerical, secretarial, and the ag community – just to name a few. She also went on to note that the nursing advisory committees and dental hygiene committees have already met, but they will be bringing in a broader group of workforce sectors.

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Martin Wins New Vehicle at 2018 Cars, Stars, and Handlebars Event


Congratulations to Isabel Martin, who wins a new vehicle from the Cars, Stars, and Handlebars annual event! She says that she doesn't know what vehicle she'll be choosing at the moment because she bought the ticket with her sister and they'll be making the decision together.

Donnie Reid was the second place winner who walked away with a big screen TV.

Cars, Stars, and Handlebars has been an annual event in Howard County for at least 15 years and is coordinated by the Volunteer Services Council of Big Spring State Hospital as the Big Spring Rotary Club. The event raises money for the patients of the Big Spring State Hospital and children's literacy.

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Bryan, BSHS Senior, Signs with Hardins University in Arkansas


This morning, Big Spring High School Senior Abbey Bryan signed her letter of intent to play golf for Harding University in Arkansas!

She told KBest News that she plans to study engineering, and that she's grateful for the support she's received in making this decision. Way to go, Abbey! #SteerNation

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Forsan Senior, Jillian Jones, Signs with Lubbock Christian University


Congratulations to Forsan High School Senior Jillian Jones who recently accepted a scholarship to continue her golf career at Lubbock Christian University!

Jillian says she plans to major in Exercise and Sports Science, and she's thankful for the support that she's received from her family, friends, and school.

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CHS Senior Kernick Continues Rodeo Career with Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, TX


Congratulations goes out to Trevor Kernick who signed with the Trinity Valley Community College rodeo program in Athens, Texas recently for a full scholarship.

The Coahoma High School senior plans to earn an ag-business degree at Trinity and then continue his education at Tarleton State University. After college, Trevor plans to join the professional rodeo circuit. This June, he will make his fourth appearance in the Texas High School Rodeo Association Finals in Abilene. Trevor is the son of Greg and Rhonda Kernick.

Photo - Trevor is pictured with Trinity Valley Rodeo Coach Brent Bratton, left.

(Information and photo provided by Coahoma Media.)

 

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