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Snyder PD apprehends escaped inmate from Mitchell County.

Earlier this morning, the Snyder Police Department issued a brief warning to their residents because a dangerous inmate had escaped. The original post from the City of Snyder Police Department stated:


"Snyder Alert Message. Please lock your doors and stay inside. There has been an escape of a dangerous inmate in the area of Avenue A and 35th Street. Stay indoors and away from windows. If someone tries to enter your home call 911 immediately. Stay inside until you receive an all clear message. The Snyder Police Department and other agencies will be in the area."


The escaped inmate was taken into custody by Snyder PD shortly after the message was issued. According to the City of Snyder Police Department Facebook page, Minor had escaped from Mitchell County, and had stolen a vehicle from the Mitchell County Sheriff’s office. The vehicle was later left abandoned around the Avenue A and 35th Street area in Snyder.


According to Abilene Reporter News, Minor was in Mitchell County Jail facing seven charges, including:


  • Felon in possession of a firearm
  • Theft of a firearm
  • Aggravated assault of a public servant (two charges)
  • Unauthorized use of a vehicle
  • Felon in possession of body armor





Expedition Royalty celebrates Grand Opening with downtown festivities open to the public, 10/24/19

Expedition Royalty will have the Grand Opening of their new office in Big Spring, located at 220 S. Main, Thursday evening, 10/24/19, in downtown Big Spring. The public is invited to help celebrate the Open House for the new office by joining Expedition Royalty for the downtown festivities.


According to Matt Scott, Landman for Expedition Royalty, the purpose of the celebration is to reach out to the community and show their commitment to Big Spring and the Howard County community.


Scott advised that there will be free food from various food trucks, drink stations, a kid zone, a video game truck, and a concert featuring Jason Boland and the Stragglers with Shane Smith and the Saints as the opening act. 


The block party will be located outside of their office on S. Main Street between 2nd and 3rd street, from 5-10 PM.


Also, during the event, a 2019 Ford Expedition will be raffled off for only $10 per ticket. The vehicle was purchased by Expedition Royalty and the money raised from the raffle will benefit the United Way of Big Spring and Howard County. Tickets will still be available for sale at the event. The winner will be drawn and announced at 8:45 PM and you do not have to be present to win.






5:00 PM - Gates Open – Food Trucks, Drink Stations and Kid Zone Open. Raffle tickets

available for sale


6:00 PM - Big Spring Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by Opening

Band – Shane Smith and the Saints


7:15 PM Brief Program – Introducing important members of the crowd and people of
Expedition Royalty & last call for raffle tickets

7:30 PM Jason Boland and the Stragglers on stage


7:55 PM Ford Expedition Raffle drawing held (Expedition Royalty, United Way and Big
Spring Ford), pictures taken

* Jason Boland and the Stragglers play until 10 PM.



AUSTIN — Texas continues to lead the nation in oil and gas production, creating jobs and prosperity statewide, but communities in the state’s main energy production areas have also seen a rise in deaths on the road accounting for close to half of all traffic fatalities in Texas.

In 2018, 1,673 people died and more than 6,000 were seriously injured in crashes in the Barnett Shale, Eagle Ford Shale, Granite Wash, Haynesville/Bossier Shale and Permian Basin, where oil and gas exploration is underway. Traffic deaths in these areas are up by 4% compared to 2017. Crash reports point to failure to control speed as the most-often cited factor in traffic crashes, followed by driver inattention due to actions such as looking at a cell phone.


“Driving conditions have changed dramatically in many parts of Texas,” said Texas Department of Transportation Executive Director James Bass. “A big increase in the number of heavy trucks and traffic on state and county roads adds to the complexity of driving – something we always need to give our full attention to, while also obeying traffic laws. That’s why we are urging every motorist to drive smart and take simple precautions to prevent crashes.”


In the coming weeks, drivers can expect to see a variety of common-sense safety reminders as TxDOT kicks off its annual “Be Safe. Drive Smart.” campaign in the state’s energy-producing regions. The campaign reminds drivers to:


  • Always buckle up—drivers and all passengers, day and night.
  • Drive a safe speed that takes into account the amount of traffic, road conditions, and weather.
  • Focus 100 percent on driving and put your phone away: no talking or texting when you’re behind the wheel.
  • Give large trucks plenty of space, be patient, and pass only when it’s safe and legal to do so.
  • Obey stop signs and traffic signals.
  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.


TxDOT will be taking its safety messages to community events this month in the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale. Drivers can test their street smarts at an interactive exhibit outfitted with games, quizzes, and video displays that remind motorists how to safely navigate the challenges of driving in high-traffic oil and gas production areas.


Be Safe. Drive Smart.” is a key component of #EndTheStreakTX, a broader social media and word-of-mouth effort that encourages drivers to make safer choices while on the road, such as going the speed limit, wearing a seat belt, and never drinking and driving or texting and driving. Nov. 7, 2000 was the last deathless day on Texas roadways. #EndTheStreakTX asks all Texans to commit to driving safely to help end the streak of daily deaths.


PSA - Pharmaceutical Take Back scheduled for 10/26/19 in Big Spring

On the 26th of October 2019, from the hours of 10am-2pm, the Big Spring Police Department’s Narcotics Division will be working in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Administration on the National Pharmaceutical Take Back Initiative at the west doors of Spring Town Plaza (1801 E. FM 700).

This provides a unified opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances, dangerous drugs and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction.

Intra-venous solutions, injectibles, and syringes will not be accepted due to potential hazards posed by blood-borne pathogens.

This program is anonymous and all efforts will be made to protect the identity of individuals disposing of medications. Participants may dispose of medication in its original container or by removing the medication from its container and disposing it directly into the disposal box. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container.


We strongly encourage everyone who has expired medicine or medicine you no longer need or use, to utilize this opportunity and dispose of your medicine safely.

For more information regarding this program please contact Big Spring Police Department Narcotics Sergeant Steve Henry (432) 264-2595.

Chief Chad Williams
Lieutenant Brian Gordon


PSA – Platinum Supplemental Insurance

Howard County Sheriff’s Office has been contacted by Platinum Supplemental Insurance about selling insurance door to door in Howard County. The company will be selling insurance in county  for the next several weeks. It should be noted that the Howard County Sheriff’s Office is not affiliated with the company, nor are they endorsing them. They only wish to inform the public that Platinum Supplemental Insurance has properly informed them that they would be selling door to door in order to reduce problems.


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call the Howard County Sheriff’s Office at 432-261-2244, or you can contact the company direct at 1-800-765-1454.


Below is a list of sales people and the vehicles they will be driving:


Wenhua “Wendy” Ouyang – White 2016 Lexus RX350

Shawn Lillis – Black 2012 Honda Accord

Stephen Smith – Gold 2008 Toyota Avalon

Nathan McKinnerny – Black 2018 Toyota Camry

Greg Hallett – Black 2018 Ford F150

Terry Maynard – White 2017 Jeep Cherokee




Quilts Of Valor Presentation for Roy Bailey

Quilts of Valor presented a handmade Red, White, And Blue Quilt to a local Vet at Lamen-Lusk-Sanchez-State Vet Home on Saturday, 10/19/19.


Roy Bailey served in The Korean War that took place from 1950 – 1953. Mr. Bailey was joined in the celebration by his wife, children, staff members and friends. Those that attended the celebration were treated to refreshments and the chance to see a real American Hero be presented with a beautiful quilt with a beautiful meaning.


Quilts of Valor is a non-profit foundation whose goal is to cover ALL physically or psychologically wounded service members with a freedom quilt, honoring them for their sacrifices. At the end of the service all attendees were asked to touch the quilt so a piece of them would always be with Mr. Bailey.



BIG SPRING - West Texas is not immune from the wide net substance abuse casts on addicts, their families and often communities.


“Unfortunately, very few people who could benefit from treatment for substance abuse receive necessary care,” said West Texas Centers CEO Shelley Smith, LMSW.


West Texas Centers - the licensed Mental Health Authority for rural West Texas - assists people who are unable to break the horrific cycle of substance abuse. To call attention to the crisis of substance abuse, West Texas Centers along with team members from National Treatment Addiction Week are spending the week of Oct. 21-27 educating the public about the signs, treatment and strategies to cope with addiction.


West Texas Centers is celebrating National Addiction Treatment Week to encourage more people to seek treatment and also to encourage more people to choose a career in the field of addiction medicine.


“Only one in eight people who need treatment for substance abuse receive it because of a shortage of knowledgeable people and facilities equipped to treat the disorder,” Smith said.


"Substance use disorders are on the rise," she said.


In 2015, nearly 2.3 million Americans were addicted to opioids, yet there was only enough treatment capacity to treat 1.4 million people, leaving a treatment gap of nearly 1 million people, according to statistics compiled by the National Addiction Treatment Week.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes overdose deaths increased by nearly 10 percent in 2017 – taking the lives of more than 70,000 Americans. More than half were attributed to opioid overdoses and the largest increase were related to illicitly made fentanyl and fentanyl analogs or what is more commonly known as synthetic opioids. 


“Despite effective treatment for opioid use disorder being available, only about one in four people with this addiction receive any specialized treatment,” Smith said.


Experts believe stigma, inability to access or afford care, or refusal to stop misusing opioids, are the root causes to few seeking immediate help.


More than 88,000 people in the United States die each year from alcohol-related causes, according to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Advocates from National Treatment Addiction Week along with West Texas Centers spend much of their time educating the public on addictive behaviors, including substance abuse and alcohol.


“There is a huge shortage of people qualified to treat substance abuse,” Smith said. “They may want to help but they have not been trained in a clinical setting or have the background to be effective. This is because they don’t have the resources in which they believe they can properly treat the disorder.”


“More training programs are desperately needed,” Smith said.


“Although West Texas does not live with some of the problems faced by big metropolitan areas, addiction is just as pervasive in a small town as it is in a large one.”


No area of the United States is exempt from the opioid crisis, yet just a little more than 50 percent of the public consider opioid addiction a major concern. As a result, the Surgeon General is calling on all individuals to do the following:


  • Talk about opioid misuse. Have a conversation about preventing drug misuse and overdose.
  • Be safe. Only take opioid medications as prescribed, make sure to store medication in a secure place, and dispose of unused medication properly.
  • Understand pain and talk with your healthcare provider. Treatments other than opioids can be effective in managing pain.
  • Understand that addiction is a chronic disease. With the right treatment and supports, people do recover.
  • Be prepared. Get and learn how to use naloxone, an opioid overdose reversing drug.


West Texas Centers operates a 24-hour Crisis Hotline. The number is 1-800-375-4357.


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration also offers a 24-hour hotline in English and Spanish for individuals and families facing mental health and/or substance abuse disorders. The number is 1-800-662-HELP (4357).


Early Voting Begins Today for he Texas Constitutional Amendment Election. 

Early voting begins today for the Texas Constitutional Amendment Election. 


Voters can cast their votes Monday – Friday, now through October 30th, from 8 AM to 5 PM at the first floor of the Howard County Courthouse, located at 300 S. Main in Big Spring. On Thursday, October 31st, and Friday, November 1st, voters can cast their vote at the Howard County Courthouse from 7 AM – 7 PM.


If you need to sign up for a ballot by mail, you must complete the application prior to the election in order to receive a ballot by mail. Be advised, your complete application must be mailed and it must arrive to the Howard County Elections Office by October 25th. If you have any questions, call 264-2273.


Shari Simmons to speak during Tuesday's Howard College Foundation Speaker Series, 10/24/19

Shari Simmons, clinician, author, and professor, will be the speaker for the Howard College Foundation Speaker Series event Shari Simmons: Transforming the way you think about trauma and communication on Tuesday, October 22nd. 


Simmons will be providing audiences with an unforgettable story of love and transformation that will resonate with anyone who wants to understand trauma and its impact on the brain. She’ll also be shining a light on mental health issues and the powerful decisions we make when choosing a life of meaning and significance.


Audience members will learn:

  • To deconstruct false beliefs

  • To utilize healthy tools for communicating

  • How to understand the brain’s survival mechanisms

  • To utilize tools for creating safety

  • And much more…


This free event is open to the public and no tickets are needed. It will be held at the Hall Center for the Arts and will begin at 7 PM. For more information, contact Julie Bailey at 432-264-5051.


James Douglas announced as Associate Director of West Texas VA Health Care System at VA Town Hall Meeting, 10/17/19

James Douglas was named as the permanent Associate Director at Thursday's (10/17/19) Town Hall Meeting for the West Texas VA Health Care System. 


The Town Hall Meeting was an opportunity for the WTVAHCS to give a brief overview of some of the things they have going on such as the changes taking place, new hires, and new programs, as well as to get feedback about what’s the best way to get information out to veterans. 


Douglas has 16 years of VA healthcare experience, most of it spent in North Texas. Before coming to the West Texas VA Health Care System, he served as Chief of Veteran Engagement Services. 


NuStar Energy holds ribbon cutting with Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce, 10/17/19

NuStar Energy was celebrated as a new member of the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting this morning.


According to James Robertson, General Manager for NuStar Energy, the pipeline and terminal company has been in Big Spring since May 2017.


Senator Kel Seliger visits Big Spring for Town Hall Meeting at Howard College Campus

During yesterday’s Town Hall Meeting lead by Senator Kel Seliger, several topics were discussed within the span of an hour. Some of the topics included things such as healthcare, property taxes and local government, state income tax, reproductive rights and planned parenthood, among others. The turnout for the event was noticeably larger than in the recent past. 


When asked how he felt to see an increase in attendance, Seliger told KBest News that it was great to see people turnout. He noted that he's in Big Spring often and returns his phone calls, so constituents don't have to wait for Town Hall Meetings to speak with him.


Seliger represents District 31, which encompasses 37 counties from the Panhandle to the Permian Basin and includes Amarillo, Midland, Odessa, and Big Spring.


Salvation Army Food Drive and Afterschool open house on 10/17

The Salvation Army of Big Spring invites the public to join them tomorrow, October 17th, for their National Afterschool Celebration. 


This is come-and-go event part of the celebration of Lights on Afterschool.  Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities.


The Open House will be from 5-6:30 PM at The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Big Spring, located at 811 W. 5th St.


Thank a Veteran Day: Steven Purdy

Today is "Thank a Veteran Day" in Big Spring, and KBest Media would like to thank Steven Purdy for his 6 years of service to our country.


Originally from upstate New York, Purdy enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 18 and served 2 years. During his time in service, he served as an equipment operator with the Seabees. Afterwards, he went on to serve 2 years in the Marine Corps and 2 years in the reserve. He also did three tours in Vietnam.


Purdy grew up in a military family, telling KBest News that the Purdy’s have had a family member serve in every war since the Revolutionary War. In fact, Purdy’s great great uncle had served with George Washington and his home became Washington’s headquarters for a battle that lasted many months. It’s now known as the Jacob Purdy House.


After serving in the military, Purdy ran heavy equipment and went on to work for a large energy company until he retired at the age of 44. 


Looking back at his military career, Purdy said that serving in the U.S. military was one of the proudest moments of his life. 


“Now I can say that. Back then, it was entirely different. You were just trying to survive, but now, so very proud to be called a veteran,” said Purdy.


When asked if he has any advice for someone considering enlisting in the military, Purdy advised people should really think hard about doing it because one may be asked to do things that they’d never want to do.


He also went on to say, “It will make you grow as a man or woman. It will put you on the right path in life. That and being a Christian is who I am today, and I am so proud of who I am today and what I do today. I would advise young people to think it over, talk to people, and then do it. 


I mean, it’s our country, and it’s a responsibility of men and women to stand up for their country and serve their country.”


Now, Purdy serves as a volunteer with the pain management and whole health programs at the West Texas VA in Big Spring. He also helps run PTSD groups and serves with the local chapter of the Disabled American Veterans. In his free time he likes to work in his yard and volunteers at church.


DPS Troopers and JP Judges plead with Howard County Commissioners to prevent DPS Secretary position from becoming part-time.

During Wednesday’s meeting of the Howard County Commissioners Court, three Justice of the Peace Judges from Howard County and Martin County joined several DPS Troopers to speak about the recent decision approved by the Commissioners to reduce the DPS secretary position from full-time to part-time. The decision was made as a result of an attempt to reduce the County’s budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year by eliminating personnel. 


Judge Robert Fitzgibbons of Howard County pointed out that, although DPS Highway patrol cannot be looked at as a source of revenue, 3 of the JP courts that the office covers had totaled over $800,000, strictly from citations during the last fiscal year. He estimated that over $400,000 stayed in Howard County and went to the General Fund. He noted that this amount more than enough to cover a full-time position, and also noted that 2 other counties also share the cost of the full-time salary.


During public comments made by DPS Troopers, it was pointed out that by making the DPS Secretary position, a part-time position, it would result in a DPS Trooper having to perform administrative duties instead of patrolling on the highways.


According to Nancy Bradshaw, Justice of the Peace in Martin County, this decision not only affects Howard County, but would also affect Martin, Glasscock, and Sterling Counties.

Howard County Commissioners Oscar Garcia, Pct. 1, and John Cline, Pct. 4, along with County Judge Kathryn Wiseman, all agreed to reconsider their decision on cutting hours from the DPS Secretary position. They noted that they would table the discussion until the next meeting so that all Commissioners could be present.


Other positions that will be eliminated on Jan. 1st, 2020 are the Howard County Extension Agent Assistant and the County Trapper.


Officers Recover Quarter Million Dollars Worth Of Stolen Items in Andrews County

According to Andrews County News, Andrews local law enforcement on Thursday, Oct. 10th, recovered around a quarter of a million dollars in stolen items from a southeast Andrews County residence after officers sought a vehicle used in a copper wire theft from a vehicle in a hotel parking lot last week.


Officers arrested three subjects Thursday who were living in two stolen RV trailers at 2230 SE County Road 4001. They were apparently renting RV space at the property.

The RV trailers, reported stolen from a dealer several weeks ago in Stanton, have a total value of around $100,000, and were among numerous stolen items recovered by law enforcement last week at the residence, according to police.


Officers recovered items stolen out of Andrews, Martin and Howard counties, Andrews Police Chief Ronny McCarver said.


Arrested were 31-year-old Krystal Servantes of Andrews, 32-year-old Christopher Lee Patino of Andrews and 32-year-old Sunday Luna of Big Spring.


All three were charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, while Servantes is also facing a count of giving a false name to officers.


(Photo - Andrews County News)


Upcoming Town Hall Meetings in Big Spring, Oct. 16-17th, 2019

State Senator Kel Seliger, District 31,  will hold a Town Hall Meeting tomorrow, Oct. 16th at 11:15 AM at the Hall Center for the Arts on the Howard College campus, located at 1001 Birdwell Ln. in Big Spring. Senate District 31 spans 37 counties from the Panhandle to the Permian Basin and includes Amarillo, Midland, Odessa, and Big Spring.


Also this week, Jason Cave, Interim Director, West Texas VA Health Care System (WTVAHCS), cordially invites Veterans and Stakeholders of the Big Spring area to attend and participate in a Town Hall Meeting. This event will be held Thursday, October 17, at 4:00 p.m. at the West Texas VA Health Care System, located at 300 Veterans Blvd in Big Spring.


The Town Hall Meeting will provide an opportunity to engage Veteran Stakeholders in an interpersonal way and reaffirm that the needs of Veterans are at the center of VA health care. Mr. Cave will provide a brief opening statement on general WTVAHCS information that will be followed by a question and answer session.


Questions of a general nature will be discussed in open forum. Procedures to protect Veteran privacy will be shared at the event.


E-Sports team established at Big Spring ISD

During last week’s meeting of the Big Spring ISD Board of Trustees on 10/10/19, a $1,000 was donated by Prosperity Bank to start an E-sports team at Big Spring High School. 


According to Dr. Raemi Thompson, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum for BSISD, many schools have taken advantage of the electronic sports program and tapping into this new demographic. The program allows the kids to compete on a team against other students. UIL rules apply to the e-sports league, in that students must be passing their courses in order to participate.


“We’re hoping it teaches them some teamwork skills, and some problem-solving skills,  strategy skills [because] they really have to work together and think through some of these things,” said Dr. Thompson. 


She went on to say that it’s possible that BSISD would look at adding courses at the high school level in video game programming, game design, coding, and in PC building and repair.


Other donations approved at during the meeting were a $2,500 donation from ACT Truck Driving School to the Art Club, 2 donations of $1,000 each were given to the Memorial Tree Fund by the BSHS Classes of 1969 and 1979, and a $5,200 donation was given anonymously for a cheerleading event in Florida.


Photo - 3 of 10 Esport BSHS students stand with Jeff Ward of Prosperity Bank of Big Spring.


Columbus Day weekend is 4-day weekend for BSISD students.

Today may be a teacher workday for Coahoma, Forsan, and Stanton Independent School Districts, but students get to enjoy the student holiday. As for Big Spring ISD, both, students and teachers are enjoying Columbus Day off. Teachers will return tomorrow for their scheduled work-day, and students will get to finish up their 4-day weekend. 


Coahoma, Forsan, and Stanton ISD students return to school tomorrow. Big Spring ISD students will return on Wednesday, October 16th.


U.S. 87 at Union Pacific Railroad Overpass begins 10/14/19

BIG SPRING – Work on US 87 (Gregg Street) at the Union Pacific Railroad Overpass is advancing and motorists are advised of the following near-term activities and project phases. On Monday, October 14, the Texas Department of Transportation contractor, DCI Contracting, is scheduled to begin placing traffic control devices on the project. Changeable message boards were placed on each end of the project beginning Monday, October 7 to advise the traveling public of the upcoming construction work. 

Phase 1 of the construction project will reduce the number of travel lanes from four to two, providing one lane in each travel direction on the eastern half of the bridge.  Once traffic is shifted, the western half of the bridge deck will be removed and replaced. 

Phase 2 will redirect the two travel lanes to the newly constructed western half of the bridge while the eastern half is removed and replaced.  Throughout this project, traffic control devices will be placed near each end of the bridge to assist with the transition of traffic. Weather permitting, completion time is estimated to be 11 months.

The traveling public is reminded to please use caution throughout all construction work zones and pay attention to road signs and speed limits.  Please allow additional time to travel through this corridor as the work is completed. TxDOT appreciates drivers’ patience as work is completed in this area of US 87.


TDI warns of insurance phone scams

The Texas Department of Insurance is urging consumers to be wary of calls from a group claiming to be the Consumer Insurance Association. The calls offer to lower your auto insurance costs and ask about your current coverage. It’s a scam.


The caller may mention the names of well-known insurance companies, and the phone number may originate from any state. But Consumer Insurance Association is not a licensed insurance company or agency in Texas.


“This could be an attempt to get you to reveal personal information for identity theft,” said Chris Davis, head of TDI’s Fraud Unit. “It’s always good to be cautious of anyone who calls when you haven’t asked for information. And never give out personal information when you haven’t verified who’s calling.”


If you get a call offering to lower your insurance costs, ask for the agent’s Texas insurance license number. Don’t provide personal information such as your address, birth date, Social Security number, or bank account numbers.


You can verify licensed agents on the TDI website or call the TDI Help Line at 1-800-252-3439 to check the status of a company.


Woman Shot; Arrest Expected:

On the 9th of October 2019 at approximately 4:10 A.M., Big Spring Police Department officers were dispatched to the area of 16th and Austin for shots being fired. Officers arrived on scene and began searching the area and found a 20 year old Hispanic female victim of a gunshot wound outside of a residence in the 600 block of E. 16th. EMS was immediately notified who responded and transported the female victim to Scenic Mountain Medical Center for treatment. Officers later spoke with the female victim who informed officers she was shot outside of a residence in the 600 block of E. 16th by a known person. The Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene. Detectives are actively investigating this incident and expect an arrest to follow.


This continues to be ongoing investigation and if you have any information on this investigation you are urged to contact CrimeStoppers at (432)263-tips (8477). You can also leave an anonymous tip using the “P3 Tips” mobile application or from web address www.


Chief of Police, Chad Williams


Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon


Montanez, innovator of Flamin' Hot Cheetos, speaks in Big Spring at 18th annual Release Conference.

Richard Montanez, innovator of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, recently spoke at the 18th annual Release Conference in Big Spring, October 7-8th, 2019. The free conference was underwritten by Family Faith Center in Big Spring.


During the event, Montanez shared his story of humble beginnings working as a janitor at the Frito-Lay plant in 1976 to becoming the current Vice President of Multicultural Sales for PepsiCo’s North American divisions.  


Montanez told KBest News that he was born on a farm labor camp, noting that he and his family had picked grapes for a living. After dropping out of school at a young age, he was later able to land a job as a janitor at the Frito-Lay plant in 1976, even though he couldn’t read or write at the time.


“Getting a job at Frito-Lay was a big break for me,” said Montanez. Years later while at Frito Lay, he came up with the idea for Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.


When asked if he was intimidated to pitch his idea, Montanez said, “Oh, yeah! It was probably the scariest thing that I’ve done in my life. Because, again, coming from my back ground, the labor camp, we were never taught that there was greatness within us. You know, at least my generation.”


“We were basically taught find a good job, settle down, pay your bills, work hard, and that was it. As far as your dream, there were very few dreamers in my generation,” said Montanez. “They became dreamers at an older age, like I did, but [in] the very beginning, [I was] very intimidated. I didn’t know how to start, to tell you the truth.


“Being Latino, the one thing that we have, is, many times, we just go for it,” laughed Montanez.


According to Montanez, he has spoken at some of the biggest companies in the world, mentored and coached some of the top CEO’s in the world, and has had lunch or dinner with every U.S. President since Ronald Regan.


When asked what he hopes people would take away from his presentation, he told KBest News that there are three things he hopes to do.


“I want to inspire people. I want to encourage them, and I want to remind them,” said Montanez. “To inspire means to breathe life into them. To encourage someone means to take courage and implant it, and to remind someone of who they are and the value they bring to humanity, their community, and their family.


“Those are the three things that happened to me. Not as a child, but as an adult. I want to make sure everyone knows that you can be inspired, you can be encouraged, and we need to remind each other. We need more unity in this country, and in my presentations, I’m going to try to do that wherever I go.


“I’m a firm believer in people. I’m an investor in people. I look at my life, no education, couldn’t read or write, but I tell people ‘Look how far I got without an education. Just imagine how far you can get with one.’”


Montanez has now written a best-selling book and has a movie coming out about it, plus, he’s currently working on his second book, and reported that a movie is being made about the first book.


KBest confirms NO active shooter in Stanton.

** UPDATE from Stanton Stanton Police Department @ 3:50 PM **


On 10-08-19, Officers with the Stanton Police Department, while following up on a series of vehicle burglaries, in which a firearm was taken, responded to the Stanton High School. The school was placed on lockdown, as a precaution while the student was located and detained in that investigation, it was determined that there was no firearm or threat present at the school. The firearm was located off of school grounds, and was never a threat to the school or students. The juvenile was arrested and turned over to the Juvenile Probation Office.


Shortly after the Stanton High School was placed on lockdown, a second time, after a separate threat had been reported. Officers investigated and determined that there was no threat to the school, and the school resumed normal operations.


----------------Original Post-----------------


There is NO active shooter in Stanton. Officials have confirmed with KBest News that rumors of a shooter are false. The cause of the heightened awareness started with vehicles that were broken into over the weekend, one of which contained a firearm. The gun was stolen from the vehicle, and was suspected to have been in the possession of a student at Stanton High. Authorities at the school secured the building as an act of caution while the student was being questioned. Whether the student was in possession of the weapon at school today is still under investigation.


Big Spring City Council Agenda, 10/08/19

The Big Spring City Council will be meeting in a regular session this evening at 5:30 PM in the City Council Chambers, located at 307 E. 4th St. in Big Spring.


One of the items on tonight’s agenda will be the first reading of a resolution vowing to preserve the rights, freedom, and liberty guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States, and declaring the City of Big Spring as a Second Amendment Sanctuary. This particular item had been tabled from the last meeting on September 24th.


Other items up for consideration and possible action include requests to seek any grants for additional funding for the renovations to the Historic Comanche Trail Amphitheater, an agreement with Enterprise FM for 4 vehicles for the Big Spring Police Department, and a financial advisory contract with SAMCO Capital for financial advisor and consulting services.

To review the whole agenda for tonight's meeting, visit:…/…/Agenda/_10082019-359




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