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Three CHS students named to Academic All State Football list


COAHOMA — Three Coahoma High School student athletes have been recognized for their outstanding academic achievement by the Texas High School Coaches Association.

 

Joe Manning, Cassie Gutierrez, and Emily Krabill were named to the THSCA’s Academic All State Football second team.

 

“I am very proud of these three kids,” said CHS Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Chris Joslin. “They take care of their business in class and on the field. This is a well deserved honor for Joe, Cassie and Emily.”

 

Manning played wide receiver and defensive back for the Bulldogs. He racked up 32 tackles this past season and assisted in seven more. Both Gutierrez and Krabill were trainers on the field during the season.

 

To be nominated, the students must be a senior, have a 92 overall grade point average, be in good standing with the team, and be of good moral character. The state organization also takes in consideration class rank and SAT/ACT scores.

 

To see the full list of honorees, visit http://www.thsca.com/academic-all-state.

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Captain McKain speaks to CHS students about making positive impacts.


Yesterday, Captain Josh McKain with the Salvation Army of Big Spring stopped by Coahoma High School to speak with their students. During the assembly, Captain McKain told his story of drug addiction and being on the verge of being sentenced to prison when his life was turned around after accepting Jesus while at a treatment facility.

 

He opened up to the high school students about his personal story in hopesthat some would connect with his message, which was, “Don’t let the circumstances of your life define you and shape you.”

 

Captain McKain said the invitation to speak at Coahoma High School came from CISD Superintendent Dr. Amy Jacobs and CHS Principal Cristina Cox after he returned from a recent disaster deployment when Hurricane Florence had hit the Carolinas earlier this year.

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FLAGS AT HALF-STAFF


While our Flags are already at half-staff in honor of the death of President George H.W. Bush, Howard County Judge Kathryn Wiseman and want to remind our Community that Friday, December 07 is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

 

Our World War II Veterans are few now, but we extend our thanks and prayers to them and their families, and encourage all families and friends to share the stories
of the Veterans they loved and lost, and honor those still with us.

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SMMC Christmas Tree Lighting


Scenic Mountain Medical Center had their 4th annual Christmas Tree Lighting in front of their Main Lobby yesterday evening. Before the tree lighting, Christmas carols were sung around the tree and Santa, Mrs. Claus, and even the Grinch mingled with the crowd and were available for photo opportunities with the guests.

 

Mitzi Knight, Practice Administrator for the Scenic Mountain Medical Group Clinic, noted that SMMC and SMMG take pride in giving back to the community and they were happy to continue this Christmas tradition.

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Space Heater Safety


The cold weather forecasted for this weekend may prompt some residents to get out their space heaters for extra warmth.

 

Big Spring Fire Marshal Dan Hendrickson noted that portable electric space heaters can be a convenient source of additional heat for your home or office in cold weather, but they can also pose significant fire and electric shock hazards if not used properly.

 

"You gotta make sure that any combustible materials - bedding, clothes, laundry - are at least 3 feet away from a space heater or heater. The other thing that you gotta take into account is that the power cords for these units," said Hendrickson. "That's a lot of energy traveling through that power cord, so you never want to use extension cords or anything like that, but you also want to make sure that you don't have anything lying on top of the cords because air is actually what keeps the power cords cool and keeps them from overheating."

 

He noted that if an extension/electrical cord is covered, it will build up heat and will melt the insulation, causing a structure fire.

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Ritchey New Athletic Director


According to a statement made by Big Spring Superintendent Jay McWilliams, the BSISD administration is excited to announce that Mike Ritchey will move from Interim Athletic Director status to the Athletic Director’s position immediately. Mr. Ritchey will continue to serve as the Big Spring High School Principal concurrently with his Athletic Director’s position. 

 

The district intends to make arrangements for administrative support at the high school so that Mr. Ritchey has time available to address the needs of both the athletic department and the high school. Additionally, the district administration will post a Head Football Coach position on its website and looks forward to finding and hiring an exceptional individual to lead the football program at Big Spring ISD.

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P.S.A. – Trial Cancellation 


Be advised that the trial for December 12, 2018 at 9:00 for Judge Robert Fitzgibbons’, Precinct 1 Place 2 has been cancelled. If you had jury duty for this day, there is no need to show up.

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Calling all DRUMLines!! WNPAC hosts drumline competition to open for DRUMLine on 12/17/1


Calling all drumlines in HOWARD COUNTY!! - Be advised the contest has been extended to Monday, 12/3/18.

 

The show DRUMLine Live Holiday Spectacular will be at the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center (WNPAC) in Midland on December 17th. This is the same band that backed up Beyoncé at Coachella for her 2018 performance. 

 

WNPAC wants to make this even more special for drumlines in the area by hosting a contest that encourages all drumlines to participate. The top 2 winners will receive 12 tickets to teh show, PLUS compete in a pre-show in the WNPAC lobby in a "drumoff" for a chance to open for the main act, DRUMLine. The winner will be selected by local celebrity judges John Moesch of West Texas Radio Group, Leo Caro of B93, and Jay Hendrix from CBS7.

 

Ready to enter? Here's how!

 

  • Post a video to Instagram and tag @WagnerNoel_PAC in the post and use the hashtag #DrumLINEWNPAC in order to win
  • The top 2 videos with the most “likes” by 12/3 will win. 
  • The top 2 winners will receive 12 tickets to the show. 
  • They will compete pre-show in the lobby of the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center in a “drum off” for a chance to open up for the main act, DrumLINE

 

So far Fort Stockton HS - 180 likes; Midland HS - 805 likes; Greenwood HS - 437 likes; and Monahans HS - 232 likes - have entered as of 11/30/18.

 

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Finding their voice: Four CHS students return to State FFA LDE contest


COAHOMA — Micah Worley, Julia Cox, Emilee Custer, and Aubrey Green are becoming quite used to performing at a high level in public speaking contests.

 

The four Coahoma FFA (Future Farmers of America) members are making a return appearance at the Texas FFA LDE (Leadership Development Events) contest set for today and Saturday at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.

 

Although experience public speakers, they all admitted to feeling a little jittery when it’s time to perform in front of the judges, but a little pep talk from their chapter adviser, Aaron Custer, helps to settle their nerves, Emilee Custer said.

 

“He tells us to do it like we do it at home, so it’s pretty easy for us to take a deep breath and think we’re just at home, we’re just in the ag shop, but it’s still pretty nerve-racking,” she added.

 

Worley, Cox, Custer, and Green are competing as a team in public relations. Cox is competing individually in the senior creed division.

 

For the public relations contest, the team is tasked with creating an informational program about FFA for an audience with no previous knowledge about the program. Following the presentation, they answer questions from the judges.

 

Last year, Worley, Custer, and Green placed 7th in state in radio broadcasting. Cox was the state champion in the junior creed.

 

Over the years, Aaron Custer has watched the four girls grow their public speaking skills through these types of FFA sponsored contests.

 

“The biggest feather in their cap when they graduate here is they all can stand up in front of people and speak when that’s probably the biggest fear any grown-up ever has,” Aaron Custer said. “These kids are getting an advantage upfront because they’re taking these nerves they’ve got now and learning how to face them, how to deal with them.”

 

In addition to honing their public speaking skills, the students have taking what they’ve learned back to the chapter to disseminate among their fellow members, Aaron Custer added.

After winning the state junior creed division in 2017, Cox qualified to compete against the top students nationwide at the FFA national competition held this past October. The contest requires participants to recite by memory the FFA Creed, which outlines the organization’s beliefs on the agriculture industry, and then answer questions directly related to the creed.

As part of her preparations for nationals, Cox worked with younger members to help them prepare for district contest. 


“It was a lot of fun getting to see how they said it a little bit differently then how I would and working together to meet in the middle,” she said. “It was also neat being asked questions from them. Honestly, it felt more accomplishing to help these kids than anything.”

Cox landed in the top 16 competitors at nationals. 


All four plan to put their public speaking skills to use after they graduate from high school. Cox is contemplating a career in law. Custer and Worley both plan to continue their agriculture studies in college. Custer wants to major in agricultural communications with a possible minor public relations and Worley plans to study animal science. Green has not decided on a career field.

 

“Whatever I do, I know this is helping me because I love speaking in front of people, and I love being able to be confident. So whatever job I pick, I want that to be a part of my job,” Green said.

 

In order to qualify for state, competitors placed first or second in their events at area. The Coahoma FFA public relations team placed first at area contest held at Howard College on Nov. 17. Cox came in second in senior creed. 


FFA is a national, student-run program designed to bring about personal growth, leadership skills, and community mindedness in young people through agricultural education.

 

(Information and photo provided by Coahoma Media.)

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Inmate Walk Away from Satellite Prison Camp in Big Spring, TX


Big Spring, TX - On November 27, 2018, at approximately 4:00 p.m., inmate Edgar Terrones was discovered missing from the Federal Prison Camp in Big Spring, Texas.

 

Mr. Edgar Terrones is a 22-year old, Hispanic male with black hair, brown eyes, 5’7” tall and weighs approximately 165 pounds. The United States Marshals Service and other law enforcement agencies were notified, and an internal investigation was initiated. Anyone with information about this individual should contact the United States Marshals Service at (325) 672-2147.

 

Mr. Terrones was sentenced in the Western District of Texas to 37-months for Importation of 5 Kilograms or More of Cocaine and Possession with Intent to Distribute 5 Kilograms or More of Cocaine.

 

FPC Big Spring is a minimum security facility that currently houses 169 male offenders in Big Spring, Texas.

 

Additional information about the Federal Bureau of Prisons can be found at www.bop.gov.

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The Early Head Start Program in Big Spring celebrated with ribbon cutting ceremony, 11/28/18.


Greater Opportunities of the Permian Basin celebrated the addition of The Early Head Start Program at Bauer Head Start School Readiness Academy, located at 108 NW 9th St. in Big Spring with a ribbon cutting with the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce Wednesday afternoon.

 

When asked how she felt about the ribbon cutting, Catriva Webbs, Executive Director of Greater Opportunities of the Permian Basin, noted that their community assessments for the area have shown that it’s been a great need in the area and they’re excited to be able to provide for those services to meet the needs for the children and families in Big Spring.

 

Although Head start consists of pre-school ages 3 to 5, the new early head start ranges from pregnant moms to age 2. Webb advised that it’s the same head start program - researched-based curriculum implementation in the classroom – it’s just an early age group and what’s appropriate for their learning at this age. Unlike head start, early head start provides services year-round.


Applications for the program can be picked up and returned at the front office of the school, 108 NW 9th, and are accepted all year long.

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Volunteer Fire Departments respond to fire south of Big Spring. Outside burning strongly discouraged.


On Nov. 28, 2018 a fire was reported at approximately 12:22 PM south of Big Spring, along northbound US 87, north of Wildfire Rd. and south of Brian Rd. in Howard County. 5 units from the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department and 3 units from the Glasscock County Volunteer Fire Department responded to the area to extinguish the fire, along with the Howard County Road and Bridge Department.

 

According to Chief Mitchell Hooper with the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department, the fire had burned 100 acres, and was at 100 percent containment at 8:22 PM last night.

 

Chief Hooper noted that there no injuries to report, and no evacuations were necessary and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

 

Keep in mind that high winds are anticipated in the Howard County area for tomorrow, with wind gusts that could get up to 40 mph, and the lack of recent rainfall combined with several freezes has caused vegetation in the area to begin dying off and drying. Thus creating dangerous fuel for wildfires. Outdoor burning is strongly discouraged at this time.

 

If you've recently been burning off piles of brush on your property please make sure those are out entirely. Any smoldering areas will cause a grassfire hazard in the expected gusty winds.

 

Chief Hooper advised that if you need his department to bring water to any smouldering areas remaining on your property, contact him and they will make arrangements for you this afternoon. You can reach Chief Hooper at 432-270-7160.

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Martin Gutierrez – Body Found


The search for a missing Coahoma High School graduate came to an end yesterday in Austin. According to CBS Austin, an affiliate of our news partners at CBS 7, the Austin Police Department has confirmed that a body found in Lady Bird Lake on Monday morning is that of missing 25-year-old man Martin Gutierrez.

 

Martin was last seen alive at around 1 a.m. on November 19 in a popular area of late-night bars. He was reported missing later that day by his brother Mitchell Gutierrez of Austin.

There are no other details available at this time.

 

(Information and photo used from CBS Austin.)

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NO OUTDOOR BURNING - High winds anticipated later this week increase chance of fire in dry conditions.


Starting this Friday high winds are anticipated in the Howard County area. According to the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department, the lack of recent rainfall combined with several freezes has caused vegetation in the area to begin dying off and drying. This creates dangerous fuel for wildfires. Howard County Volunteer Fire Chief Mitchell Hooper asks that everyone be very cautious with outdoor activities, especially with the forecast winds for Friday and Saturday that could get up to as high as 40 mph.

 

NO OUTDOOR BURNING is allowed at this time. Also, be advised that if you've recently been burning off piles of brush on your property please make sure those are out entirely. Any smoldering areas will cause a grass fire hazard in the expected gusty winds.

 

Chief Hooper advised that if you need his department to bring water to any smoldering areas remaining on your property, contact him and they will make arrangements for you today and Thursday afternoon. You can reach Chief Hooper at 432-270-7160.

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Thank You for Your Investment - Big Spring CVB


The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a “Thank You for Your Investment” presentation yesterday with the Big Spring Convention and Visitors Bureau, located at 113 E. 3rd.

 

Hayley Herrera, Community Services Director for the City of Big Spring, noted that they Big Spring CVB has been in their building for almost 4 years and people still don’t know that they’re there or what they offer, and that she's glad that the Chamber's presentation will bring attention to what they do and where they are located.

 

Big Spring Convention & Visitors Bureau Purposes & Services:

  • Be a one stop source of information for Big Spring Visitors!
  • Develop, produce and support key signature events that promote and highlight the Big Spring community.
  • Help Business and large groups in locating a meeting room in Big Spring for their large event as well as help with overnight accommodations.
  • Help visitors save time and energy in looking for tourism opportunities in The Big Spring area.
  • Promoting Big Spring as an ideal location to visit and spend the night.
  • Represent hotels, facilities, attractions, restaurants, retail centers and other providers who serve visitors.

 

For more information about Big Spring CVB, you can check out their website at visitbigspring.com or check our their Facebook page Visit Big Spring.

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BSHS Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Reassigned to BSI; Mike Ritchey will serve as Interim AD


Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Mitch McLemore has been reassigned to the Big Spring Intermediate campus where he will serve as an administrator. Big Spring High School Principal Mike Ritchey will serve as the Big Spring ISD Interim Athletic Director while the Central Office administration thoroughly evaluates how it should address the need for an Athletic Director and Head Football Coach.

 

Big Spring ISD Superintendent Jay McWilliams stated that the district is grateful to Coach McLemore for his contributions to the school district, their students, and to the greater community. He went on to say that they look forward to benefiting from Coach McLemore's service in his new role.

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TEMPORARY RELOCATION OF SMMG GREGG STREET PROVIDERS


Scenic Mountain Medical Group Gregg Street providers – Leslie Berry, FNP; Sheri Nichols, FNP and Brandi Webb, FNP - will be seeing patients at alternate locations until further notice.

Appointments with Sheri Nichols, FNP, will take place in the West Texas Medical Plaza in Suite 101. This is also the location for Orthopedic Surgeon Tom Ewing, M.D. until Dec. 17. To schedule an appointment with Nichols, call 432-466-2053.

 

Leslie Berry and Brandi Webb will see patients at 1503 W. Eleventh Place, the current MRI building and previously Dr. Kuprianowicz office. To schedule an appointment, call 432-268-5366 or 432-268-5360.

 

“We appreciate our patients for bearing with us as we repair the damage caused from a flood at the Gregg Street location earlier this month,” Amanda Duforat, SMMC Marketing Mgr., said. “We are working diligently to get the providers back in their offices as quickly as possible.”

 

She noted that they are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Appointments can also be made online at ScenicMountainAnytime.com.

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2018 Red Kettle Season has begun!


The RED KETTLE CHALLENGE was kicked off yesterday at the Big Spring Walmart with Suggs Hallmark, who manned the red kettle and rang the bell for the Salvation Army of Big Spring. The Red Kettle Challenge encourages businesses, organizations, and community members to volunteer and sponsor a day to ring the bell for the organization during the Red Kettle Season which will continue through December 24th, excluding Sundays. The challenge was initiated by Tabitha Clark of Star Chrysler Dodge Jeep and Ram of Big Spring.

 

According to Captain Josh McKain with the local Salvation Army, Clark’s goal is for the Salvation Army to not have to pay anyone to ring the bell this season. Unfortunately, this will not happen this year, but the challenge has already saved the organization $1,000. Captain McKain went on to say that that in addition to raising money to help local families, you’ll also have the opportunity to promote your business or organization. 

 

The WINNER of the Red Kettle Challenge will have bragging rights for the whole year, plus, the GOLDEN KETTLE to keep until the next Red Kettle Season!

 

To sign up for the Red Kettle Challenge call the The Salvation Army of Big Spring at 432-267-8239, or Tabitha Clark at 432-270-8970.

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PSA - Howard County 911 Communication District would like the Citizens of Howard County to know of a few changes in their Board of Managers, and District Director.


Due to these changes, they would like the public to know that they are here to serve the Citizens Howard County to the best of their ability. Please note that If you have contacted the 911 District in the past few months to obtain a 911 Address or needed assistance please contact them again. They can be contacted by leaving a message at 432-267-1900 and they will return your call as soon as possible.

 

If you have received at new 911 address and do not have a verification letter please let them know and they will get it to you as soon as possible.

 

Cherrie Burcham, interim Howard County 9-1-1 Communications Director, noted that they sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused anyone, as they are here for the citizens of Howard County.

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Judge Green retires after 37 years of service; Griffin Appointed to fill position.


Bennie Green, Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1 Place 1 for Howard County will be officially retiring on December 31st of this year. Judge Green began his 37 years of service with Howard County in the Howard County Sheriff’s Office where he spent 18 years in law enforcement. He was later appointed as a Justice of the Peace in 1999 when he took over the position from Judge China Long.

 

Judge Green says he has no definite plans for what will happen after retirement but he enjoys playing golf, fishing and hunting.

 

Due to Judge Green’s retirement coming in the middle of his term, the Howard County Commissioners had to appoint someone to fill his position until the next election. Angela Griffin was appointed to fill this position. She has been working in the County Attorney’s office under Josh Hamby for the last 10 years.

 

Judge Kathryn Wiseman told KBest News that Griffin will have to complete a total of 80 hours of training in her first year as Justice of the Peace. Her first training session will be on December 10th in Austin. Her first official day in her new position will be on Jan. 1st, but beginning on December 3rd she’ll begin shadowing Judge Green and the other 2 Justice of the Peace.

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Community Meal on Thanksgiving!


There will be a Community Meal on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22nd, from 11 AM to 1 PM at the Salvation Army building, located at 811 W. 5th St. in Big Spring.

 

According to Captain Josh McKain with the Salvation Army of Big Spring, last year the event delivered 500 meals, and served 100 in-house.

 

Captain McKain advised that the Salvation Army is planning to serve 600 meals again this year, and noted that they were approximately 350 servings short on desserts as of yesterday morning. If anyone would like to sign up for delivery meals, call 432-267-8239.

 

Be advised that they will not deliver more than 10 meals per family. They do request if your family requires more than 10 meals, to dine with them at the Salvation Army facility.

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Big Spring Fire Department Named the 2018 Texas EMS Provider of the Year


On November 20, 2018, members of the Big Spring Fire Department attended the annual Texas Emergency Medical Services Conference in Ft Worth, Texas. At the conference, the Texas Department of Health and Human Services presented the Big Spring Fire Department with the 2018 EMS Provider of the Year Award. Fire Chief Craig Ferguson proudly accepted the award on behalf of the members of the Big Spring Fire Department. The award recipient is nominated by peer agencies and voted on by a state-wide committee.

 

The purpose of this award is to honor a ground or air organization that demonstrates leadership in emergency medical services in patient care, public access, medical control, disaster preparedness, public education and training.

 

The Big Spring Fire Department is grateful for this recognition and we will continue to provide the citizens of Big Spring and Howard County with the highest level of professionalism, customer service, and responsiveness through effective and efficient fire suppression and emergency medical services.

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DPS: Take an Extra Helping of Safety This Thanksgiving


AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding motorists to make safety an integral part of their Thanksgiving travel plans and to celebrate the holiday responsibly.

 

“As Texans are traveling to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends, DPS is reminding drivers of their duty to help keep our roadways safe – and we urge everyone to take this responsibility seriously,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “We are especially thankful this holiday for our Troopers and other law enforcement partners who will be giving up part of their holiday and time with their families to help patrol Texas roads and keep us safe.”

 

DPS Troopers and other Texas law enforcement agencies will be patrolling around-the-clock during the extended holiday weekend looking for drunk drivers, speeders, seat belt violators and other motorists who are endangering themselves or the public.

 

During the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday, DPS Troopers issued more than 73,000 traffic citations and warnings for a variety of violations, including 8,449 speeding and 1,005 seat belt/child safety seat citations. DPS patrols also resulted in 324 driving while intoxicated arrests, 290 fugitive arrests and 235 felony arrests during the same time period.

 

Show your thanks this holiday to those working on the side of the road by following the law: Slow down or move over for police, fire, EMS, Texas Department of Transportation vehicles and tow trucks stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated. Also, show the same courtesy to fellow drivers stopped alongside the road.

 

DPS offers the following tips for safe travel during the extended holiday weekend:

 

• Do not drink and drive. Make alternate travel plans if you are consuming alcohol.
• Slow down – especially in bad weather, construction areas, heavy traffic and unfamiliar areas.
• Eliminate distractions while driving, including the use of mobile devices. Texas law prohibits using a portable wireless device to read, write or send an electronic message unless the vehicle is stopped.
• Buckle up everyone in the vehicle – it’s the law.
• Drive defensively, as holiday travel may present additional challenges.
• Don’t drive fatigued – allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
• If you see a road hazard or if you observe anything suspicious, report it to the nearest law enforcement agency.
• On multi-lane roadways, use the left lane for passing only. Not only is it courteous driving and avoids impeding traffic, Texas law requires slower traffic to keep to the right and to only use the left lane for passing (when posted). 
• Before your trip begins, make sure your vehicle is properly maintained and always double check to make sure all cargo is secure.
• Monitor weather and road conditions wherever you are traveling. For road conditions/closings in Texas, visithttps://drivetexas.org.

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Just for Kicks gives new shoes to children Pre-K - 12th grade on 12/15/18.


Just for Kicks is an event that is meant to give back to the community and surrounding areas by blessing children with new pairs of shoes and socks.

 

“We’ve been able to bless many, many children out of this and it’s been a blast to do it! We’ve seen hundreds and hundred of kids just come in with their sweet little faces and then walk out happy and dancing because they have a new pair of shoes and socks to go with it,” says Holly Ludington with Just for Kicks.

 

This is the 4th year for Just for Kicks and will be part of the Family Faith Center’s Just for Kicks, Cuts, and Hams, an event that will not only distribute free new shoes and socks, but also haircuts, and hams.

 

The event will be on December 15th and begins at 10 AM. Ludington noted that at this point Just for Kicks is in need of shoes, socks, monetary donations, or sponsorships. She stated that the event is for kids from Pre-K through 12th grade and they would need a variety of sizes. Donated shoes need to be new, closed toe, solid shoes that can be worn through winter months.

For more information on how you can donate or volunteer contact Holly at 432-213-4776.

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Give a Pint of Blood, Get a Turkey at SMMC Blood Drive, 11/19/18 - 11/20/18


There’s a blood drive today and tomorrow at Scenic Mountain Medical Center from 9 AM to 1 PM.

 

"Right now the blood supply is low," said Amanda Duforat, SMMC Marketing Manger. "[During] the holidays it's even more important to give because a lot of people are gonna be traveling. As most of us know, that usually means more accidents and more things can happen and so we just need to be prepared, and what better way than to take a little bit of time and donate a pint of blood. With it being Thanksgiving, if you donate a pint of blood you're actually going to get a voucher for a free turkey."

 

Donors will receive a $10 H-E-B gift card and Sonic Coupon. Those who donate 2 pints will also receive a free car wash coupon. Appointments are encouraged by calling 877-25VITAL (877-258-4825), or by visiting www.vitalant.org and using the code: smmc to sign up.

 

The 4th annual holiday dinner H-E-B Feast of Sharing is scheduled for Sunday, December 9th, from 11 am to 3 PM at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum on the Sonic Floor. This event welcomes everyone as this is a community event and plans to serve over 5,000 meals. Volunteers are needed to help prepare and serve the free meals. To sign up, call Debra Moreno at the Big Spring H-E-B at 432-816-6018.

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Carnage Radio makes debut at the 2018 West Texas Film Festival


Big Spring filmmakers James Fite and Brandon Johnson will be debuting their new short film “Carnage Radio” today at the West Texas Film Festival in Odessa. Fite told KBest News that Carnage Radio started as a feature film script, but due to a lack of funding they decided to turn it into a short film. 

 

"May [2018] was our deadline. We said if we don't find the funding we were going to do a short film, and in May I took the script and made the 30-minute short film script," said Fite. He went on to say that they used the month of June to prepare for the film, and began shooting the film in July. He noted that it took 8 days to shoot Carnage Radio and the film had been in post-production since then. They completed the post-production in October 2018.

 

Johnson advised that in the past their film crew consisted of the duo, Fite’s wife, kids, and maybe 1 other person, but this time around they were able to recruit help.

 

We went out and put together a crew of local people in Big Spring. There are people in Big Spring, talented people, that have the interest to do this stuff," said Johnson. "When we found them and put together our little crew, we were astounded by how much we could get done when we weren't trying to do everything ourselves."

 

"Zach Campbell was our cinematographer because we knew he had a good eye with his photography. We got David Haro to [be] our sound engineer because he has his own studio where he does his own mixing and everything," added Fite.

 

 

Fite went on to say that they’re trying to get as many local people as they can to attend the film screening today. The first screening will be at 10:30 AM and it will premier at 7 PM at the West Texas Film Festival that will be held at the Jack Rodgers Auditorium Odessa College. Cost is $10 per person for the day, or $25 for the weekend.

 

If you miss this opportunity to see the premier of Carnage Radio today, you’ll have to wait until it screens in Big Spring on January 26, 2019. For more information, check out their Facebook page for Carnage Radio.

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United Way of Big Spring and Howard County brings in campaign funds with 2018 Empty Bowls.


The annual event Empty Bowls was held yesterday at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum at the Howard College campus in Big Spring. This is the largest fundraiser that the United Way of Big Spring and Howard County does to help raise campaign funds that will be distributed to their 15 partnering agencies.

 

Christian Fair, Executive Director for the local organization, told KBest News that she was excited to see the turnout that the event had this year. She noted that they had approximately 200 people attend the event, with 35 soup chefs, and at least 40 different kinds of soups. 

 

The United Way of Big Spring & Howard County is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the health and human service agencies of Big Spring and Howard County. They are also currently looking for new board members. Anyone interested in serving on this board should contact Christian Fair at the United Way Office 432-267-5201.

 

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Howard County Resource Center Celebrates Name Change


The Howard County Resource Center celebrated their recent name change with a Ribbon Cutting this afternoon. They were joined by the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce and community members.

 

Formerly called the Northside Community Action League, the organization’s Board of Directors made a decision to change the name after 35 years. Diana Martinez, Executive Director of the Howard County Resource Center, noted that the old name no longer served the mission of the organization because they wanted to stress that they serve all of Howard County and not just the north side.

 

The name change became official on October 8, 2018.

 

Martinez also advised that they still offer all of the same services such as assistance with utility bills, textbooks for school, uniforms for work, food pantry, legal aid, and weekly psychiatrist visits. For more information about the services offered with the Howard County Resource Center, call (432) 263-2673.

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Early Release for BSISD Campuses on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018.


Big Spring Independent School District campuses will have an early release on Friday, Nov. 16th that will begin at 12:30 PM.

 

According to George Bancroft, Assistant Superintendent of Operations for BSISD, this is due to the Thanksgiving holiday and a unique situation with their supply of bus drivers on Friday.

 

The release times for the BSISD campuses are as follows:

 

* Marcy and Moss will release students at 12:30 PM.

* Washington will release at 12:40 PM.

* Goliad will release at 12:45 PM.

* Big Spring Intermediate, Big Spring Junior High, and Big Spring High School will all release at 1 PM.

 

If you have questions or concerns, please contact your campus administrator.

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Star Chrysler Dodge Jeep and Ram in Big Spring Initiates this Year's RED KETTLE CHALLENGE!


Earlier this week it was announced that the Salvation Army is in need of bell ringers for the Christmas season.

 

Captain Josh McKain with the The Salvation Army of Big Spring, says that the funds raised during the Holiday Red Kettle program are used all year long for our local food bank, rent utility assistance, and for the Boys & Girls Club. McKain says that if they aren't able to get volunteers, they have to pay someone to ring the bell.

 

Tabitha Clark of Star Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Big Spring tells KBest News that their hope is that all volunteer shifts will be filled, and even issues this challenge:

"Every year every employee at Star rings the bell for the Salvation Army. So, we, here at Star, double-dog dare every business, club, group, or organization in Big Spring to the RED KETTLE CHALLENGE!," said Clark. "The business that brings in the most money gets bragging rights for a year!"

 

The challenge has been issued!

 

Clark says that a Golden Kettle will be awarded to the business or organization who raises the most money for the Salvation Army, and that the Kettle trophy will remain with the winners for a full year.

 

Volunteer bell ringers are needed from November 23rd - December 25th outside Walmart. To get signed up, please contact Josh McKain at 432-267-8239 or online at SalvationArmyBigSpring.org.

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Breakfast with a Vet at Lamen-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home, 11/11/18.


The Community is invited to Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home for Breakfast with a Vet on Sunday, November 11th from 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM in honor of America’s men and women who have served our country in uniform. Events will continue throughout the day with a visit from Boy Scout Troop #5 and Cub Scout Pack #305, followed by a sword cutting of our Veterans Day cake. In accordance with Marine protocol, cakes are traditionally cut with the Mameluke sword, as a reminder that Marines are a band of warriors, committed to carrying the sword, so that our nation may live in peace.

 

Following the cake cutting, the community is invited to join their veterans for lunch and with guest speaker (RET.) LTC Rosa Mancha, entertainment by George Bancroft, Gabe Martinez, Assistant Band Director, Big Spring High School Band, and a balloon release.

 

Members of the public who would like to join must RSVP by Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 to Gina Rice at activities@bigspringvethome.com or 432-268-8387.

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Shots Fired near Dixon and Alamesa on 11/03/18, Man with Gunshot Wound Refuses to Cooperate with Investigation.


On the 3rd of November 2018 at approximately 3:20 A.M., Big Spring Police Department officers were dispatched to the area of Dixon and Alamesa in reference to shots being fired.

 

Upon arrival officers found evidence of several shots being fired in the 3700 block of Dixon. An attempt was made to contact the residents of a house which most of the evidence was located but no one answered the door.

 

Officers later found that a Hispanic/Male 27 years of age had arrived at Scenic Mountain Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the back.

 

Officers responded to SMMC and attempted to interview the subject who refused to cooperate with the investigation. The subject was flown to Lubbock UMC for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. This investigation is ongoing and there is no further information available at this time.

 

Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Lieutenant Brian Gordon

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Early Voting in Howard County


Early voting ended last week with a total of 4,777 voters in Howard County making their voices heard. There were also 435 ballots by mail received. These totals, just in early voting alone, have surpassed the total of votes casted in Howard County during the last gubernatorial election held in 2014!

 

Election Day is tomorrow and polling places will be open from 7 am to 7 pm. If you’re unsure where to cast your vote tomorrow, be sure to contact the Howard County Elections Office at 432-264-2273.

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Keeping Harvey Company – Album Release


The Midland band Keeping Harvey Company celebrated the release of their first self-titled album this past Friday, 11/02/18, in downtown Big Spring at The Train Car, LLC. The band is made up of Big Spring residents Mae Harvey - lead singer and acoustics, and Tanner Churchwell - lead guitar, as well as J.C. Harvey - drums and harmony, Jacob Wayne - bass guitar, and Jennifer Hall on fiddle.

 

Mae told KBest News that the band has been working towards this moment since their beginning 2 ½ years ago, and describes their sound as Outlaw Country.

 

"I categorize us as Outlaw Country just because we have more of the rock from Tanner playing leads and we like to keep it upbeat, but we also love Classic Country like Patsy Cline."

 

With the band’s release of their first album, Mae noted that success is now at days is dependent upon community support. She advised that while people will be able to stream their music on digital sources, artists don’t usually much in royalties from that, but buying their music will actually give them more of the profit to use for promotions and to use towards making a new album.

 

Keeping Harvey Company’s music, including their new song “Kicking Stones”, is available on digital sources such as Spotify, itunes, and Youtube. They’ll also have physical copies to sell at their shows. The next show for the band will be Nov. 9th at their album release party in Midland at The Beer Garden at 9 PM.

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Preview Performance of SOLD OUT show - Sherlock Holmes: The Unforgiven, on 11/07/18


The Howard College Theatre Department in Big Spring will be presenting Sherlock Holmes: The Unforgiven a Dinner Theatre in the Round on November 8th through 10th, and the event is currently sold out. Dan Evers, Associate Professor of Theatre at Howard College, told KBest News that there will be a preview performance with no dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 7th, at 7 PM that will be free to the public. Seating will be available on a first come first serve basis.

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5-vehicle wreck on eastbound I-20 between Big Spring and Stanton, 10/31/18


At approximately 4 PM yesterday afternoon there was a 5-vehicle wreck that included a semi-truck on eastbound I-20 near mile marker 171 between Big Spring and Stanton. First responders included law enforcement, firefighters, and EMS.

 

It was observed that the semi had caught fire and was extinguished by firefighters. At least 1 person was transported to a local emergency room and no other information has been released about the incident.

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Wegman Named Chairman of The High Ground of Texas


Terry Wegman, Executive Director of the Big Spring Economic and Development Corporation, was recently announced as the Chairman of The High Ground of Texas.

 

The High Ground of Texas is a marketing coalition made up of over 75 members with economic development interests in the region. Developed in 1988, the High Ground represents cities, counties and organizations in the West Texas region. The main purpose of the organization is to create jobs and increase the tax base of the region. The organization works to have a strong presence on the regional, state, and national level with an emphasis on marketing the region to prospective new industries, networking, economic development, education, and providing a common voice on issues that affect the region.

 

Although Big Spring has been a member of The High Ground of Texas for many years, Wegman has been with the organization since 2007. As Chairman, Wegman will be working closely with the Executive Director and other officers of the organization, as well as conduct meetings. He noted that he’ll also be overseeing planning for upcoming events over the next year.

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Stanton High School welcomes new Interim Athletic Director and Head Football Coach


Last week, Stanton High School welcomed a new Interim Athletic Director and Head Football Coach for the Stanton Buffaloes Cody Hogan. Coach Hogan has been an educator for 13 years, and has spent 8 years as a Defensive Coordinator. He is in his second year with Stanton ISD and this will be his first time as a head coach.

 

The next game for the Buffaloes will be an away game this Friday against Idalou with kickoff at 7:30 PM. Senior night for Stanton will be next Friday during their last home game, which will be against Colorado City.

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President Trump orders flags to be flown at half-staff today through sunset on Wednesday, Oct. 31st, 2018.


The Howard County buildings will fly their flags at half-staff today, Monday October 29, 2018 through sunset Wednesday, October 31st, in honor of the tragedy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as per President Donald J. Trump.

President Trump issued a proclamation stating that as a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, October 27, 2018, the flag of the United States will be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, October 31, 2018. 

It was also directed that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

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Howard County Bands Heading to State Competition!


Both Big Spring and Forsan bands competed yesterday where it was announced that they will be going to State!!!

 

Forsan Band is under the direction of Jim Rhodes, Chans Moellendorf, and Misty Moellendorf. Big Spring Pride Drive is under the direction of Rocky Harris, Emily Andrews, and Gabe Martinez. Both bands will compete at the Alamodome in San Antonio next week.

 

The Coahoma band will not be competing at state this year, as this year is for 1a and 4a. Coahoma did, however, compete last Saturday in regionals, and received a 1.

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Sweet 16 - Coahoma FFA member lands in top 16 at national competition.


INDIANAPOLIS - Julia Cox ended her run at the national FFA Greenhand Creed competition in the semi-finals Thursday, 10/25/18, earning a silver medal and placing in the top 16 nationwide out of 47 state champions.

“I couldn’t be more proud,” said Aaron Custer, FFA Coahoma Chapter. 

The Coahoma High School sophomore competed during the 91st FFA National Convention and Expo which is one of the largest student conventions in the world. In order to qualify, Cox was the Texas state champion in the event, a feat she accomplished as a freshman in the fall of 2017. 

Competitors were required to recite by memory the FFA Creed, which outlines the organization’s belief on the agriculture industry, and then answered questions directly related to the creed from the judges.

When she began her journey at district competition, Cox said she never imagined she would make it to nationals. 

“It’s surreal to me that I’m here in Indianapolis. It’s still hitting me,” she said. “It’s a blast here (at the convention). It’s crazy to see how many people are involved with FFA from all different states and seeing people from all over Texas here. It’s really great.”

The first and second rounds of the competition were held Thursday morning and afternoon respectively. Finals for the remaining four competitors were scheduled for yesterday.

“The whole atmosphere in the holding room with the other competitors was very welcoming,” she said. “It wasn’t at all scary or nervous. We all mingled and talked with each other. It was a very welcoming environment which I was very thankful for.”

Overall, Cox said she felt well prepared to answer the judges’ questions.

“I had one that kind of gave itself a little political perspective and that one didn’t necessary trip me up, but it certainly was a challenge in answering it. I think the way it was asked and the way I gave the answer, I think was a really good experience to get that kind of question.”

As for experience at the convention, Cox said she is having a blast.

“It’s a really good experience to meet all these people from all over the country,” she said. 

Two other Coahoma FFA members are attending nationals this year, Bailey Wells who was selected through an audition process to play in the national FFA band and Micah Worley, one of 75 Texas delegates at the convention. 

A fourth member, Emilee Custer, is the only FFA member from Texas who is featured at the We are FFA booth at the national convention. Emilee Custer’s photo and biography is currently being shown with students across the nation to show off FFA’s model members. 

FFA - Future Farmers of America - is a national, student-run program designed to bring about personal growth, leadership skills, and community mindedness in young people through agricultural education.

Cox is the secretary for the Coahoma FFA chapter and is the daughter of Brad and Christina Cox of Coahoma.

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Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes new member - Cornerstone Audiology!


Yesterday, 10/25/18, the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting for new Chamber member Cornerstone Audiology, located at 210 W. 3rd St. in Big Spring.

 

Dr. Marisha Beck is the Dr. of Audiology at Cornerstone Audiology and advised that they provide hearing tests, comprehensive hearing tests, provide treatment for hearing loss, and also offer tinnitus, ringing in the ears, management.

 

For more information or to set up an appointment, contact (432) 606-1933, or check out their Facebook page, Cornerstone Audiology Big Spring and Snyder.

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Big Spring Resident Raul Marquez and Big Spring Native Santos Lujan will Participate in Latino Summit held at Odessa College, 10/27/18.


State Senator José Menéndez, Representative for District 26, will continue the four Latino Summits tour by hosting his third regional Summit at Odessa College this Saturday, 10/27/18. The purpose is to promote and discuss legislative initiatives that reflect the common goals and objectives of the state’s Latino community.

 

The Midland/Odessa Latino Summit will consist of two panels, each of which will address issues facing Texas Latinos. This event will feature leaders from various sectors of the community, including Raul Marquez of Big Spring, Chief Volunteer Officer for the YMCA of Big Spring, and Big Spring native Santos Lujan, Principal of Presidio High School.

 

Marquez is scheduled to participate on the discussion panel for Civic Engagement at 11: 20 AM. Lujan will follow later in the day, scheduled at 1:20 PM to participate on the panel for P-16 Equity and Access to Education.

 

The Summits are free and open to the public. The event will be tomorrow, 10/27/18, from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM in the Joe Zant Community Room at the Saulsbury Campus Center on the Odessa College Campus.

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Howard County 9-1-1 Communications Director and 3 Howard County 9-1-1 Communications Board Members Resign, 10/23/18.


Last night, 10/23/18, it was announced that Pepper Sullivan, Howard County 9-1-1 Communications Director, and Howard County 9-1-1 Communications Board Members Melinda Hernandez, Stanley Bogard, and Mary Gressett officially resigned from the Howard County 9-1-1 Communications Board.

 

Cherrie Burcham was voted in by the District Board as the interim Howard County 9-1-1 Communications Director. Burcham has 17 years of experience as a dispatcher. She told KBest News that she is excited to get started in her new position and is hoping to work towards being able to text 9-1-1.

 

Zach Johnson was elected the new President of the Board of Managers for the Howard Country Communications District.

 

Johnson noted that 2 new board members, Jay Holt and Jimmy Mayes, were installed onto the Board tonight. There is one more vacancy on the board that remains. Johnson noted that it could be filled by anyone who wants to serve their community but that would be determined by the cities of Big Spring, Forsan, and Coahoma.

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Early Voting begins on Monday, October 22, 2018, and will continue through November 2, 2018.


Early voting begins today, October 22nd, at the Howard County Elections Office, inside of the Howard County Courthouse. Now through the end of October, early voters in Howard County will be able to cast their vote from 8 am to 5 pm, including during the lunch hour. November 1st and 2nd, the Howard County Elections Office will be open from 7 am to 7 pm.

 

Any registered voter is welcomed to cast their votes during these times, or wait until Election Day which will be on Tuesday, November 6th. The polling locations will be opened from 7 am to 7 pm on that day as well.

 

When voting in person, don’t forget to bring one of the seven acceptable forms of photo ID’s – such as a Texas Driver’s License, Texas ID Card, Texas License to Carry, U.S. Military ID Card, U.S. Citizenship Certificate, or U.S. Passport.

 

Also, be advised that if you are casting your vote by mail-in ballots, the ballots must be mailed and cannot be hand delivered. If you have another other questions about voting, you can contact the Howard County Elections Facebook page or give them a call at 432-264-2273.

 

Jodi Duck, Elections Administrator for Howard County, told KBest News that they since September 1st, 2018 they were had over 400 new voters register.

 

The last gubernatorial election was in 2014. There were 12,312 registered voters but only 35 percent of them participated in that election. Hopefully, this election will have a better turnout.

 

Below is a list of what will be on the ballot for this election, as from https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/ballot-cert/report.aspx

 

U. S. Senator 
REP Ted Cruz 
DEM Beto O'Rourke 
LIB Neal M. Dikeman 
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U. S. Representative District 19 
REP Jodey Arrington 
DEM Miguel Levario 
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Governor 
REP Greg Abbott 
DEM Lupe Valdez 
LIB Mark Jay Tippetts 
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Lieutenant Governor 
REP Dan Patrick 
DEM Mike Collier 
LIB Kerry Douglas McKennon 
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Attorney General 
REP Ken Paxton 
DEM Justin Nelson 
LIB Michael Ray Harris 
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Comptroller of Public Accounts 
REP Glenn Hegar 
DEM Joi Chevalier 
LIB Ben Sanders 
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Commissioner of the General Land Office 
REP George P. Bush 
DEM Miguel Suazo 
LIB Matt Pina 
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Commissioner of Agriculture 
REP Sid Miller 
DEM Kim Olson 
LIB Richard Carpenter 
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Railroad Commissioner 
REP Christi Craddick 
DEM Roman McAllen 
LIB Mike Wright 
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Justice, Supreme Court, Place 2 
REP Jimmy Blacklock 
DEM Steven Kirkland 
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Justice, Supreme Court, Place 4 
REP John Devine 
DEM R.K. Sandill 
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Justice, Supreme Court, Place 6 
REP Jeff Brown 
DEM Kathy Cheng 
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Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals 
REP Sharon Keller 
DEM Maria T. (Terri) Jackson 
LIB William Bryan Strange III 
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Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 7 
REP Barbara Parker Hervey 
DEM Ramona Franklin 
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Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 8 
REP Michelle Slaughter 
LIB Mark Ash 
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State Senator, District 31 
REP Kel Seliger 
LIB Jack B. Westbrook 
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State Representative District 72 
REP Drew Darby 
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Chief Justice, 11th Court of Appeals District 
REP John Bailey 
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District Judge, 118th Judicial District 
REP Timothy D. Yeats 
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County Judge 
REP Kathryn G Wiseman 
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District Clerk 
REP Colleen A. Barton 
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County Clerk 
REP Brent Zitterkopf 
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County Treasurer 
REP Sharon Adams 
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County Commissioner Pct.2 
REP Craig Bailey 
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County Commissioner Pct.4 
REP John Cline 
DEM David Mathis 
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Justice of the Peace Pct.1 Place.2 
REP Robert (Bob) Fitzgibbons 
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Justice of the Peace Pct.2 Place.1 
REP Connie Shaw 
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Town Hall Meeting at BSHS Library on 10/23/18 at 6 PM.


There will be a town hall meeting on Tues, October 23 at 6 pm in the Big Spring High School library.

 

The event will be moderated by the Big Spring and Forsan High School Debate teams.

 

The two candidates for US Congress, Jody Arrington and Miguel Levario, have been invited for this town hall meeting. Miguel Levario has confirmed his participation, however Congressman Jody Arrington has declined.

 

The public is invited to attend and watch our local students as they participate in the democratic process.

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Dentistry from the Heart


Ward Family Dental will have their event Dentistry from the Heart on Saturday morning, October 20th, in Big Spring. Here, Dr. David Ward, Owner of Ward Family Dental, told KBest News that the event is meant to offer free basic dental care to adults, 18 years or older, who may not be able to receive care any other way. He went on to say that his office will not be verifying income for patients who come to the event, but noted that all that will be required of the patients is their name, medical history and/or conditions, and medication that they may be taking.

 

Patients will have a choice filling, extraction, or cleaning that will be performed by Dr. Ward, his staff, and two other doctors. Here, Dr. Ward explained that other than a whole mouth cleaning, they will not be providing extensive whole-mouth treatments. The extraction and filling options will have to be focused in one area of the mouth.

 

Registration begins at 7:30 AM on Saturday morning, and the first 50 patients are guaranteed to be seen. Patients will be seen on a first-come, first served basis, and it should be noted that this is only for adults 18 years old or older. Patients are encouraged to arrive early, dress appropriately for the weather and to bring chairs, blankets, water, snacks, etc. as they may be outside waiting to be seen.

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Holt and Mayes appointed by Howard County Commissioners Court to 9-1-1 Communications District Board, 10/17/18


During today's meeting of the Howard County Commissioners Court, Jay Holt and Jimmy Mayes were selected to the 9-1-1 Communications District Board on behalf of the County Commissioners.

 

Jay Holt, Operations Chief for Big Spring Fire Department, has been with his department for 18 years. He said that he's looking to further serve the residents of Big Spring and Howard County by serving on the board, and hopes to make it better.

 

Jimmy Mayes, Administrative Lieutenant with the Howard County Sheriff's Department, has been in law enforcement for almost 30 years and has been with the Sheriff's office since 2011. When asked what motivated him to put in for the position, Mayes stated that the citizens deserve to have a properly functioning 9-1-1 Board, and he felt that his experience would be useful to help achieve this goal.

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Big Spring Jr. High teams up with Complex Community Federal Credit Union to feed families in need.


Earlier today, Big Spring Junior High School students worked together with Complex Community Federal Credit Union to package 6,000 meals for that will be used to feed people in Big Spring.

 

Jason Berridge, CEO of Complex Community FCU, told KBest News that 1 in 3 kids have some sort of food insecurity and they're trying to make an impact on that to lessen those numbers in the communities that they serve.

 

Becky Otto, Principal of Big Spring Jr. High School, reached out to them to partner for this project, Impact Hunger, 3 years ago and now, her students are learning a life lesson in paying it forward.

 

13-year-old Eli Cobos, an 8th grader at Big Spring Jr. High, told KBest News that this morning was his first time to participate with the project but he felt good about helping out. He went on to say that he believed that it would help the community.

 

The Salvation Army of Big Spring, along with local food banks, will receive the bags of food to distribute to anyone who might need them. Captain Josh McKain with the Salvation Army of Big Spring, stated that each bag feeds 6 people and they’ll have bags to distribute months into the new year. He noted that the bags have a really long shelf life and are easy and quick meals to prepare for a family.

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Local Wound Care Center® Raises Awareness of Diabetic Foot Ulcer Recurrence.


The national diabetes awareness campaign will take place October 29 - November 2 in cities nationwide.

 

BIG SPRING, TX (9/25/18) – The Wound Care Center at Scenic Mountain Medical Center, a member of the Healogics network, is participating in Healogics’ National Diabetes Campaign from October 29 to November 2. Scenic Mountain Medical Center offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds like diabetic foot ulcers. Team members across the nation will dedicate the entire week to visiting local physician offices to provide education on the treatment of potential or existing chronic wounds for people living with diabetes.


An estimated 30.3 million people in the United States (9.4 percent of the population) have diabetes, including 7.2 million who are unaware they are living with the disease. The percentage of adults with diabetes increases with age, reaching a high of 25.2 percent among those aged 65 years or older. In addition to age, risk factors for diabetes include diet, activity level, obesity and heredity. High blood sugar levels, poor circulation, immune systems issues, nerve damage and infection may contribute to a diabetic foot ulcer.


With America’s diabetic population expected to nearly double by 2030, it is important that people understand the risks and know the facts associated with diabetic foot ulcers. Approximately 25 percent of people living with diabetes will develop a foot ulcer. As many as 40 percent of people with a healed diabetic foot ulcer will develop a new ulcer within a year. An estimated 14 to 24 percent of people with foot ulcers will experience an amputation. An amputation results in decreased quality of life, increased medical costs and a significantly higher risk of mortality. The five-year mortality rate following a lower extremity amputation is 50 percent.


Early detection and intervention can help to mitigate the possibility of limb loss. The Wound Healing Center at Scenic Mountain Medical Center recommends the following to help prevent diabetic foot ulcers:


? Stop smoking immediately
? Comprehensive foot examinations each time you visit your healthcare provider (at least four times a year)
? Daily self-inspections of the feet, or have a family member perform the inspection
? Regular care of the feet including cleaning toenails and taking care of corns and calluses
? Choose supportive, proper footwear (shoes and socks)
? Take steps to improve circulation such as eating healthier and exercising on a regular basis

 

Proper wound care is imperative to healing diabetic foot ulcers. The Wound Healing Center at Scenic Mountain Medical Center offers a number of leading-edge treatments including Total Contact Casting (TCC), Negative Pressure Wound Therapy and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. These specialized wound care therapies can aid in wound closure, new tissue growth, wound tissue regeneration and much more.


Contact the Wound Healing Center to learn more about diabetic foot ulcers or if you have a wound that will not heal. To schedule an appointment, please call 432-268-5370.

 

 

About the Wound Healing Center
The Wound Healing Center offers a comprehensive wound management approach to healing through our clinic’s interdisciplinary team approach. As an outpatient, appointment-based program, the Wound Care Center’s staff is committed to providing each patient with an advanced, individualized treatment plan for their chronic, non-healing wounds. These wounds are defined as sores or wounds that have not significantly improved from conventional treatments. Typically, a wound that does not respond to normal medical care within 30 days is considered a problem wound. Associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, and immobility, non-healing wounds tend to lead to lower quality of life, as well as potential amputation. When wounds persist, a specialized approach is required for healing. This is where the Wound Care Center can help.

 

About Healogics
Headquartered in Jacksonville, FL, Healogics is the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. Healogics and its affiliated companies manage a network of Wound Care Centers® throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. Healogics technology-enabled wound care model supports the critical connection between patients with chronic wounds and multi-disciplinary teams for continuous, collaborative, patient-centered care. For more information, please visit www.healogics.com.

 

©2018 by Healogics, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

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"Thank a Veteran Day" : KBest Media thanks Veteran Marine William "Bill" O. Schneider for his service.


Today is “Thank a Veteran Day” in Big Spring and KBest Media would like to thank William “Bill” O. Schneider, Veteran Marine, for his service to our country.

 

Schneider is a high school graduate of Central High School in San Angelo, Texas. At 19 years old, he enlisted with the Marines and served from 1969 to 1973. Schneider told KBest News that he was inspired to enlist with the Marines by his father, also a Veteran Marine, who had served during World War II.

 

"...He was a hero to me. I thought he deserved the United States Medal of Honor. He lived his patriotism everyday because of his war wound," said Schneider.

 

During his time in the Marines, Schneider served in Vietnam as a Line of Sight Radio Man and Military Police. 


After discharging as a Sergeant, Schneider went on to graduate from Angelo State University in 1975. He and his wife Lea Ann ran their business Bill Schneider Pest Control until he retired in 2012.

 

He Lea Ann have been married for 43 years and have two sons, Gray and Jake. Gray currently resides in North Carolina and works on race car pit teams, and Jake is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and lives in Austin.

 

When asked how he felt about his time spent in service, Schneider stated that he’s still very proud. Even though he, along with other Vietnam Veterans, were not treated well when they returned home, Schneider advised that his family had always supported him.

 

He told KBest News that when he returned home from Vietnam, he found that the lines of communication opened more between he and his father.

 

"For the first time in my life, we would talk. It was like I passed into a secret club of Combat Marine," said Schneider. "I never went through what he did, but I understood better what he went through."

 

According to his wife, the effects of agent orange have taken a toll on her husband’s health and has resulted in prostate cancer, but Schneider has always remained grateful that he was able to serve our country.

 

When asked what advice he might have for anyone considering joining the military, Schneider stated, "Think about it very hard and understand that you're going to do without a lot of things for a few years. It'll all be paid back to you, and you'll actually enjoy the time."

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DAV, Chapter 47, Hosts Patient Advocate Meeting on Monday, October 15th at 6:30 PM.


AV, Chapter 47, Hosts Patient Advocate Meeting on Monday, October 15th at 6:30 PM.

 

Tomorrow, October 15th, at 6:30 PM the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 47, will be hosting the VA’s Patient Advocates at 2204 Runnels in Big Spring.

 

Mike Tarpley with the local DAV chapter told KBest News, “We’re inviting all Veterans that have issues that they don’t know how to resolve to come to the meeting and the patient advocates will help them take care of any problems they [have], or point them in the right direction [of] where they need to go.”

 

Tarpley went on to say at this point the only thing that veterans need to bring with them to the meeting is their questions.

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BSHS Choir Fall Concert on 10/16/18 to honor Brayden Sizenbach.


The Big Spring High School Choir will have their Fall Concert Tuesday, October 16th, at First Baptist Church. The concert begins at 7 PM and is free to the public. The performance will be dedicated to Big Spring High School graduate Brayden Sizenbach, the beloved choir member who sang with the Meistersingers and who passed away in a tragic car accident just a month after graduation.

 

Special guest Jody Nix will be joining the choir along with members of the First Baptist Church Worship Band. Nix and the choir will perform heart-warming gospel tunes in honor of Brayden.

Performances will also include classical works by Giovanni Martini and Johannes Brahms. Rhapsody will also perform acapella favorites such as “Over the Rainbow” and music from the hit musical, “The Greatest Showman”.

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Falling for Foster Care Fall Festival


Wildflower Ministries of Trinity Baptist Church will be hosting the Fall for Foster Care Fall Festival on Saturday, October 20th, at Comanche Trail City Park. During the event there will be a free fall festival that begins at 11 am with free games, activities, prizes, and free hotdogs and drinks. Be advised that families are welcomed to bring their own ice chests, but alcohol is strictly prohibited at the event.

 

There will also be a kickball fundraiser tournament with check-in at 8:30 AM and games beginning at 9 AM. Cost is $10 per player with a $100 per team minimum. Players must be Jr. High aged and up and at least 4 females per team.

 

Kickball registration is due by Monday, October 15th. Be advised that there are only 10 teams that will be allowed to play, so be sure to reserve your spot as soon as possible.

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FREE DEPRESSION SCREENINGS AT SMMC,  10 AM - 2 PM, TODAY, 10/11/18.


Free, confidential depression screenings will be offered by mental health professionals from West Texas Centers and Big Spring State Hospital today, October 11th, in Big Spring.

The screening will be held on the first floor of Scenic Mountain Medical Center, 1601 W. 11th Place, in Big Spring, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants may enter through the hospitals main entrance near the hospital cafeteria.

 

Screenings are free and are open to people of any age.

 

National Depression Screening Day is held each year in October to raise awareness and screen people for depression and related mood and anxiety disorders. West Texas Centers and Big Spring State Hospital mental health professionals will provide attendees with a short questionnaire and visit with each individual upon completion to review their answers.

Mental health professionals working at the screening will not diagnose depression but will suggest avenues participants can pursue following the screening.

 

Depression is a very common condition that affects more than 16 million Americans—almost 17 percent of the population—and more than 300 million around the world. Clinical depression is treatable through a variety of methods, including medication and psychotherapy or a combination of the two. 

 

Each attendee is given educational literature and the names and phone numbers of community resources.

 

West Texas Centers also operates a 24-hour mental health crisis hotline, 1-800-375-4357. The line is available for those who are in a crisis or need mental health services.

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City Council Highlights


Edward Gonzales, Sanitation Truck Driver for the City of Big Spring, was recognized as the October 2018 Star Employee at last night’s meeting of the Big Spring City Council. Mayor Larry McLellan advised that Gonzales had been conducting his normal duties along his route when he noticed that a woman was having a seizure outside of her home. Gonzales then responded to aid the woman by calling 9-1-1 and stayed with her until help arrived. Mayor McLellan noted that Gonzales had gone beyond the call of duty and that city was proud to have him as a member of the City of Big Spring staff.

 

During the meeting, there was a first reading of a new city ordinance that prohibited the use of recreational off-road vehicles in city parks, with exceptions. It was noted that penalty would be a fine in the amount between $50 to $200.

 

The council members also approved the boards and committees’ listings and resignations, with the exception of the Convention & Visitors Bureau Board. It was noted that they would continue to accept applications for this board for 2 more weeks.

 

Board of Adjustments & Appeals

2 openings – both members willing to re-serve

Edward Roach – Master Plumber

Ron Howell – Member at Large

 

Convention & Visitors Bureau Board – accepting application for 2 more weeks

Andrea Barr's resignation will be effective 10/31/18.

1 opening

 

Planning & Zoning Commission

2 Openings – both willing to re-serve

Lupe Dominguez

 Bebe McCasland

 

Zoning Board of Adjustments

3 Openings – 2 willing to re-serve

Steve Herren

Veronica Zuniga

Vacancy – Term Expires 9/20

 

Big Spring Economic Development Corporation

1 Opening – willing to re-serve

Bobby McDonald

 

To apply for a vacancy – visit https://www.mybigspring.com/FormCenter/Administration-11/Boards-and-Committees-Application-55

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Linda Calvio, Director of Victim Services, says the month is to create awareness that there is help available for those who need it.

In 2017, there were 48 cases of reported abuse through the local Victim Services office, but Calvio pointed out that there are many cases that go unreported.

 

"There are so many that are unreported, all you have to do is pick up the newspaper everyday and you will see that there is a domestic disturbance," said Calvio.

 

According to Calvio, statistically, it takes a woman at least 8 to 10 times to experience abuse before they'll leave their abuser.

 

Some of signs that you may be involved in an abusive relationship are as follows:

* jealousy
* too controlling 
* attempting to isolate you
* using verbal abuse or name-calling
* threats of violence
* not accepting responsibility for their actions
* pushing for quick involvement
* sudden mood swings
* always blaming others
* hypersensitive
* unrealistic expectations
* passed battering
* cruelty to animals or children

 

Calvio went on to say that education is prevention and anyone who may be involved in an abusive relationship can find help online at www.vsob.org or by calling 432-263-3312, and all communication is confidential.

 

The Silent Witness Display that is set up by Victim Services is on the1st floor of the Howard County Courthouse. Each silhouette in the display is a woman who can no longer speak for themselves because they were killed by their abuser. The display will be up through the end of the month.

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Prairie Dog Fly-In has Small but Successful Turnout on Saturday, 10/06/18


The weather on Saturday morning may have been a little dreary, but it didn’t stop area pilots from flying in to the McMahon-Wrinkle Airport in Big Spring for the 13th annual Prairie Dog Fly-In. Here, Phillip Welch, Advisor Board Chairman for the McMahon-Wrinkle Airport.

 

Vietnam Veteran John Williams was one of the people who flew in from in Midland for the event. Williams spent 7 years active and 14 years reserve for the U.S. Air Force. In 1966 - 1967, Williams had a tour in Vietnam as a F4 Phantom pilot. He’s now retired reserve.

 

Williams flew in with his pilot in a Pilatus P3-05, which is a plane that was designed for the Swiss Air Force to be used as a primary and advanced trainer, including aerobatics and instrument flying.

 

Garden City pilot Phillip Goforth brought a Supermarine Spitfire MK26B to the event. According to Goforth, the plane is a replica of a real World War II airplane, noting it was a 90% scale version of the real airplane. Goforth told KBest News that he’s been to several of the Prairie Dog Fly-In events in Big Spring, and has even made new friends through the event.

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"Steering into Success" with LULAC


LULAC, District 22, received a grant from Ford Driving Dreams. With this grant, the local LULAC organization has created a new educational program called “Steering into Success”.

 

According to Eddi Saldivar, Spokesperson for LULAC, District 22, the program is for high school juniors and seniors to help them prepare for college, vocational classes, or higher education after high school. It'll also prepare them for college life, finding scholarships, financial aid, FASFA, and creating resumes. Saldivar went on to say that the program will also involve community service. The program will begin this month and will continue through May, every Monday from 5:30 PM - 8 PM.

 

There will be an orientation meeting for "Steering into Success" on Monday, October 8th at 5:30 PM, at Ryan Hall, located at 605 N. Main. Juniors, Seniors, and their parents are welcomed to attend the orientation for more information about the program.

 

Out of over 1,000 LULAC councils nationwide and Puerto Rico, Big Spring was 1 of 10 LULAC Councils awarded the Ford Driving Dreams Grant.

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Big Spring Rail Grand Opening, 10/04/18


The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce and members of the community joined Congressman Jodey Arrington, State Representative Drew Darby, and Senator Kel Seliger and the Big Spring Economic Development Corporation as they had their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for Big Spring Rail.

 

Terry Wegman, Executive Director of the Big Spring EDC, noted that this project has been in the works for 7 years and under construction for 5 in order to support existing customers and attract new customers. Wegman noted that today was a good day to celebrate all of the projects that they’ve been able to do. He noted that groundwork that’s been done so far has become a catalyst for attracting new business that will bring new jobs.

 

“We’ve got a master plan that actually takes rail around the airpark,” said Wegman. He advised that the philosophy of the Big Spring EDC has been to build the “backbone” of the project, but customers will build their portions of the project to support their industries.

“The next knock on the door, and we’ve got several of them knocking right now, could want to build more rail infrastructure and we’ll help them do that,” said Wegmen. “It kinda perpetuates itself. The more we do the more people come.”

 

When asked what he saw as being the benefit of Big Spring Rail Drew Darby, State Representative, told KBest News that the dedication of the facility will enhance Big Spring to service the oil and gas industry. He noted that the rail service would take trucks off the road, reduce costs to transport those goods and services, and lead to profit for the state and businesses.

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BSHS Graduate Honored in Fallen Hero Ceremony, 10/04/18


Jodey Arrington, Texas Member of the United States Congress, visited Big Spring High School this morning to honor fallen soldier Specialist Robert “RJ” Volker as part of the West Texas Warrior initiative, 2003 Graduate of Big Spring High School. The visit was part of a series of public ceremonies to honor post-9/11 fallen heroes from District 19.

 

After the ceremony, Arrington stated, “Each of us is eternally indebted to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom,”Arrington said. “It was my profound honor to be with the people of Big Spring today to pay tribute to a fallen hero, Specialist Robert James “RJ” Volker, and his family.

 

“We must always strive to be a nation worthy of those who laid down their lives for us. It is my hope that through the West Texas Warrior initiative, we can create a culture of honor and respect among our youth for those who serve in uniform by recognizing the fallen heroes of our region like RJ at high schools throughout District 19.”

 

BACKGROUND:

Robert James “RJ” Volker was born and raised in Big Spring. He graduated from Big Spring High School in 2003.

 

After attending Universal Technical Institute in Houston for automotive collision repair in 2004, he worked at the Big Spring Collision Center until he enlisted in the United States Army in 2005, just three days after his younger brother, Jonathan, left for basic training for the United States Navy.

 

In 2006, RJ was killed in Baghdad, Iraq after suffering injuries from an improvised explosive device that detonated near his High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV).

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Ladies Love Taildraggers in Big Spring


The organization Ladies Love Taildraggers, a loosely bound group of women pilots drawn together by the shared love of flying conventional gear aircraft also know as "taildraggers", made a stop in Big Spring yesterday afternoon.

 

On Sunday, September 30th, the group began their first “Haunted Flying Tour” which will cross 6 states in 7 days. It began in Indiana and crosses through Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. During their adventure they’ll learn the haunted history of Texas, visit historic airports and aviation museums, and overfly one of the remaining early U.S. Airmail route markers.

 

While in Texas, the pilots will stop in Stephenville, Big Spring, Sweetwater, and Cisco, and Eastland. When asked what brought the “Haunted Flying Tour” to Big Spring, Judy Birchler, founder and President of Ladies Love Taildraggers, stated that it was the Hotel Settles.

 

"We're here because of the [Hotel Settles]. We did a bunch of research online and we're looking for some really fun haunted places that we could visit while we're in Texas," said Birchler.

The group began in 2009 with only Birchler, of Indiana, but over the years it has steadily grown to over 2,000 members based around the world. The majority of the members are based in the U.S. but many are from abroad as well.

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Howard County Commissioners Meeting, 10/03/18


During yesterday’s Howard County Commissioners Court, Howard County Judge Kathryn Wiseman announced that Judge Bennie Green has given his official resignation and it will be official on December 31st.

 

Judge Green has been a Justice of the Peace for 19 years and when he retires it will be 20 years. When he leaves it will leave an unexpired term of 2 years. The County Commissioners were advised that they would need to accept applications for the position and appoint someone to fill the position for the next 2 years.

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Thank You for Your Investment - Big Spring Food Truck Association, 10/02/18


Yesterday morning the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a “Thank You for Your Investment” presentation for the Big Spring Food Truck Association to thank them for all that they do for the community.

 

Linda Burchett, with Double L BBQ with the Big Spring Food Truck Association, told KBest News that her business can work with school events or private catering. Burchett noted that they can do plates or individual items. She can be contacted at 432-816-9381.

 

Burchett noted that she began her business about 10 years ago and had only been working part-time during the summer as a supplement to her income. Since becoming a Chamber Member 2 years ago, she's been able to move to full-time with Double L BBQ thanks to the many referrals she's gotten through the Chamber.

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Couple Travels Far and Wide for Tracy Byrd


This weekend’s event Country on the Rocks held entertainment for everyone with the 2018 Downtown Throwdown Winners The Brittany Oviedo Band kicking off the show, along with Sonny’s Holiday, Tracy Byrd, and headliner Diamond Rio. Fans sang, couples danced, and 1 young couple even got engaged in front of the crowd on stage between acts. Saturday’s event brought people in over 1800 people from the local area and even out of state.

 

Glenn and Edna Coonrod from Greenwood, Missouri have been fans of Tracy Byrd since the 1990s, just shortly after Glenn retired. The couple went to their first Tracy Byrd concert in 1994 and have met him several times. Over the course of over 20 years, the couple has seen and traveled to over 400 of his shows.

 

Last December, Byrd called the couple on stage to celebrate their 400th show. Byrd serenated the couple and gifted them with a signed guitar, cowboy hat, and t-shirts with “400” on the back that could be seen in the dark with glowing ink.

 

Saturday’s event was their 413th time to see Tracy Byrd in concert. The couple told KBest News that they average 20-30 shows a year.

 

When asked how he felt about the dedication of his fans Edna and Glenn, Byrd stated that the couple, both, are wonderful people.

 

“I worry about them getting out and traveling so far because they’re both in their 80s and they’re still out there [attending shows],” said Byrd. “They’re amazing people.”

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CHS 2018 Homecoming Court


Bulldogs and Bulldogettes will be making the long trek back to Coahoma Friday to participate in 2018 homecoming festivities.


The community is invited to the Coahoma High School pep rally which will begin at 2 p.m. Friday on the Bill Easterling Memorial Football field. Later that night, the crowning of the football sweetheart and hero will be held at 7 p.m. during pre-game festivities at the Bulldogs/Iraan Braves varsity football game held in Coahoma.

 

During halftime the homecoming queen will be announced. This year’s nominees are as follows:

 

Hope Atkins is the daughter of Michael and Brooke Atkins. She is active in cheerleading, Theater Arts, agriculture studies, and art. Hope loves to go fishing, be outdoors and watch her sister and peers play sports. She also likes to spend time with her family.

 

Paige Atkins is the daughter of Michael and Brooke Atkins. Paige participates in volleyball, basketball, and softball. She enjoys wakeboarding, fishing, hunting, taking care of her animals, and spending valuable time with friends and family.

 

Julia Mashburn is the daughter of Lloyd and Marie Mashburn. She is active in volleyball, cheerleading, track, and First Priority club. She also takes college courses at Howard College while still attending high school. Her after school activities include Howard County 4-H and her church youth group.

 

Jaydan Mann is the daughter of Jerry Mann and Jessica Canales. She is active in band, varsity volleyball, varsity softball, and varsity track. She was named to the 2018 All Star Team in softball.

 

Lexi Montelongo is the daughter of Michael and Mariana Gonzales. She participates in softball, track, student council, and is a student officer. While not at school, she is active in her church youth group.

 

(Information provided by Coahoma Media. Courtesy Photo/Jaxom Muller CISD Yearbook Staff. Pictured is the 2018 CHS Homecoming Court. They are from left, front, Hope Atkins, Lexi Montelongo, middle, Jaydan Mann, back, Paige Atkins, and Julia Mashburn.)

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Jaws of Life Demonstration with BSFD and SM Energy, 09/26/18


The Big Spring Fire Department held a jaws of life demonstration for SM Energy employees at the Dora Roberts Community Center yesterday afternoon. During the demonstration, members of the Big Spring Fire Department used the jaws of life and cutters to remove doors from the demonstration vehicle while Fire Chief Craig Ferguson narrated about the method that the BSFD members were using.

Kate Noble, External Affairs Advisor for SM Energy, told KBest News that SM Energy is really glad to have the opportunity to partner with all emergency responders in Big Spring, and especially a close partnership with the Big Spring Fire Department. She noted that it’s important for them to have demonstrations such as the one from yesterday so that people are prepared in emergency situations.

 

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SMMC Honored for Hepatitis B Vaccine Birth Dose Rate second year in a row


BIG SPRING, TEXAS - Scenic Mountain Medical Center has been recognized by the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) and the Texas Health Department, for achieving one of the highest reported rates in the state for its work to protect newborns from hepatitis B virus infection. This is the second year SMMC has received this recognition.

“We are very honored to be named to the honor roll. This recognition falls into alignment with the journey that we are taking here at SMMC. It shows that not only are we making great strides in the right direction, but we are sustaining that movement,” SMMC Labor and Delivery Director Angela Grimsley, said. “Safety of our patients, from our smallest ones to our most seasoned ones, is our top priority and this award reflects that.”

The IAC’s Birth Dose Honor Roll recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that have attained high coverage levels for administering the hepatitis B vaccine at birth. SMMC immunized 98 percent of babies born May 2017 through May 2018, and took additional steps to prevent perinatal transmission of hepatitis B. “Safety has been a top priority in all that we are doing at SMMC. Recognitions like this serve as validation to the staff and to the community. This recognition is a reflection of the care new parents and families can expect to receive at SMMC,” Grimsley said.

The national standards of care to prevent hepatitis B virus infection in babies are to administer hepatitis B vaccine to all newborns before they leave the hospital or birthing center. This standard is being adopted by centers of healthcare excellence nationwide as a safety net to protect newborns from a wide range of medical errors that lead to babies being unprotected from perinatal hepatitis B infection.

“We, as a hospital, have a responsibility to protect babies from life-threatening hepatitis B infection,” Grimsley said. “SMMC’s commitment to the best practice of hepatitis B vaccination at birth has shown that our team is doing their due diligence in preventing the transmission of the hepatitis B virus.”

 

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Sounds of Celebration


Scenic Mountain Medical Center Volunteer Sarah Kelley was the guest of honor, during a Survivor Celebration, Monday afternoon.

SMMC Volunteers and staff joined together to celebrate Sarah’s last breast cancer treatment. During the celebration, she was given a pink bell to ring, in recognition of her final treatment and her win over breast cancer.

Sarah is a two-time survivor over breast cancer.

 

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Coahoma Cross Country Results, 09/22/18


LUBBOCK - Coahoma ISD Coach John-Michael Leggett was all smiles after his varsity cross country team’s performance at the Lubbock ISD Invitational Regional Preview at Mae Simmons Park Saturday. 

According to Leggett, eight out of 10 Coahoma runners had personal best times of the season.
“It was a huge day for Bulldog Cross Country,” Leggett said. “We ran against the best teams in the region and held our own. The guys and girls showed what BFND (Bulldogs Fight Never Die) truly means. 
“In my eight years of coaching Cross Country and track, there are only a few days that I have been prouder to coach a team than I was this past weekend,” Leggett continued. “These kids are working their butts off every morning and the results are starting to show.”
The varsity team will take this weekend off to recuperate and prepare for the upcoming district meet to be held in Colorado City, Leggett said. 
“If the community hasn't taken notice of the Cross Country programs on campus it is time too, because these kids are primed to make history by qualifying for the regional meet as a team for the first time in school history,” he added.

Individual results are as follows:

Varsity Boys:
Christian Klug, 19:57
Hector Rivera, 20:48
Tanner Atkins, 20:49
CJ King, 21:32
Ethan Biddison, 22:13
D'Kota Harrison, 22:54
Nicholas Biddison, 23:11
Chance McMurray, 26:12
Matthew Hernandez, 27:16

Varsity Girls
Jaelei Hernandez, 16:51

(Information courtesy of Coahoma Media.)

 

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Bowl-Making Classes for Empty Bowls Event - Monday and Tuesday, 9/24/18 - 9/25/18


Let's make some bowls!

The classes to help make bowls for this event will be Monday, September 24th, and Tuesday, September 25th from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. All classes will take place at the Ceramics Lab at Howard College.

Be advised that an RSVP for the class is required and to do so, contact Christian Fair, Executive Director for the United Way of Big Spring and Howard County, at 432-267-5201, or email her at uway@bigspringtx.com.

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David Tidwell of Big Spring works on earning Eagle Scout rank.


The rank of Eagle Scout is the pinnacle in the Boy Scouts of America. Currently only about 6 percent of all boys that participate in Boy Scouts achieve this honor. David Tidwell of Big Spring Texas and Troop 1908, Buffalo Trail Council is very near to attaining this very achievement. Among the requirements to attain the Eagle rank a young man must plan, and supervise the carrying out of a project to benefit his community in some way.

On Saturday September 22 from 11 AM – 1 PM at the Big Spring Salvation Army David and other Scouts and volunteers will be distributing "Care Packages" to the homeless citizens of Big Spring. David with the generous support of the Big Spring community has collected enough to fill 100 of such care packages with items such as sock, t-shirts, hygiene products and some easy to prepare and eat food items.

Additionally, there will be pet care packages will be available for those that have pets. A hot meal will be provided to the homeless when they come to get their care package.

Helping Hands for the Homeless 
Distribution Event 
Saturday September 22 11 AM – 1 PM
Salvation Army (Big Spring Texas)
811 W 5th St, Big Spring, TX 79720

 

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Pepper Sullivan selected as new Howard County 9-1-1 Communications District Director.


The Howard County 9-1-1 Communications Board of Directors met on Tuesday evening, 09/18/18.  The primary focus of the meeting was selecting a full-time Director. Multiple candidates were interviewed for the position formerly occupied by the late Tommy Sullivan. During the Board’s Executive Session, interviews were conducted with the candidates. With a majority vote, Interim Director, Pepper Sullivan was selected as the Howard County 9-1-1 Communications, District Director. Pepper’s role is effective immediately.

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Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alerting Systems


FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), postponed the nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (also known as EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (also referred to as WEA) until October 3 due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence.

The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.

October 3 was the previously scheduled back-up date for the test, which was originally set up for this Thursday, September 20. A backup date is always planned in case of widespread severe weather or other significant events on the primary test date. FEMA and the nation’s emergency management community remain committed to the life-saving activities occurring through parts of North Carolina and South Carolina.

For further information on the test, visit our KBest Media Facebook page or go to https://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test.

 

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Coahoma Cross Country Results from West Texas College Invitational Meet in Snyder, 09/15/18


JaLie Hernandez and Hector Colon-Rivera were the top finishers for the Coahoma Cross Country varsity team at the Western Texas College Invitational meet held in Snyder Saturday while the junior high team had three runners medal in the event.
 
“This was the first meet for a lot of the junior high kids,” said Cross Country Coach John-Michael Leggett. “They all did a really good job this past weekend. We had a lot of kids that ran a season best time on a really tough course. We are getting better every week, and I am very satisfied with the progress we are making.”
 
Coahoma junior high runners Isabella Cox and Serena Dobbs turned some heads at the meet. Cox ran the route in 16:04 and Dobbs finished one second later at 16:05. That placed them fourth and fifth respectively and both girls medaled for their efforts. Jake Freeman also earned a medal in the boys junior high race. He came in 6th with a time of 13:43.
 
For varsity, Hernandez came in with a time of 16:17 to place 35th in girls event. Colon-Rivera ran the route in 22:20 to place 38th for the boys.
 
Next: The high school team will travel to the Lubbock ISD Invitational regional preview meet. The junior high team will be off for the weekend.
 
Individual results are as follows:
 
** Varsity Boys **
Hector Colon-Rivera, 38th, 22:20
Tanner Atkins, 45th, 22:54
Christian Klug, 52nd, 23:20
CJ King, 57th, 23:39
D'Kota Harrison, 66th, 24:37
Chance McMurray, 76th, 27:30
 
** Varsity Girls **
JaLie Hernandez, 35th, 16:17
 
** Jr. High Boys **
Jake Freeman, 6th (Medaled), 13:43
McCartney Fitzhugh, 23rd, 14:52
JC Garza, 34th, 15:37
Kenan Kimberley, 42nd, 17:12
Keiston Harrison, 45th, 18:40
 
** Jr. High Girls **
Isabella Cox, 4th (Medaled), 16:04
Serena Dobbs, 5th, (Medaled), 16:05
Marianna Glover, 26th, 18:13
Zoie Joslin, 29th, 18:26
Kenna Best, 39th, 20:36
Emily Lowder, 48th, 22:28
Savannah Meachum, 51st, 23:40

 

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