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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
U. S. Representative District 19
REP Jodey Arrington
DEM Miguel Levario
REP Greg Abbott
DEM Lupe Valdez
LIB Mark Jay Tippetts
REP Dan Patrick
DEM Mike Collier
LIB Kerry Douglas McKennon
REP Ken Paxton
DEM Justin Nelson
LIB Michael Ray Harris
Comptroller of Public Accounts
REP Glenn Hegar
DEM Joi Chevalier
LIB Ben Sanders
Commissioner of the General Land Office
REP George P. Bush
DEM Miguel Suazo
LIB Matt Pina
Commissioner of Agriculture
REP Sid Miller
DEM Kim Olson
LIB Richard Carpenter
REP Christi Craddick
DEM Roman McAllen
LIB Mike Wright
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 2
REP Jimmy Blacklock
DEM Steven Kirkland
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 4
REP John Devine
DEM R.K. Sandill
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 6
REP Jeff Brown
DEM Kathy Cheng
Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals
REP Sharon Keller
DEM Maria T. (Terri) Jackson
LIB William Bryan Strange III
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 7
REP Barbara Parker Hervey
DEM Ramona Franklin
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 8
REP Michelle Slaughter
LIB Mark Ash
State Senator, District 31
REP Kel Seliger
LIB Jack B. Westbrook
State Representative District 72
REP Drew Darby
Chief Justice, 11th Court of Appeals District
REP John Bailey
District Judge, 118th Judicial District
REP Timothy D. Yeats
REP Kathryn G Wiseman
REP Colleen A. Barton
REP Brent Zitterkopf
REP Sharon Adams
County Commissioner Pct.2
REP Craig Bailey
County Commissioner Pct.4
REP John Cline
DEM David Mathis
Justice of the Peace Pct.1 Place.2
REP Robert (Bob) Fitzgibbons
Justice of the Peace Pct.2 Place.1
REP Connie Shaw
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
Planning & Zoning Commission
2 Openings – both willing to re-serve
Zoning Board of Adjustments
3 Openings – 2 willing to re-serve
Vacancy – Term Expires 9/20
Big Spring Economic Development Corporation
1 Opening – willing to re-serve
To apply for a vacancy – visit https://www.mybigspring.com/FormCenter/Administration-11/Boards-and-Committees-Application-55
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:
* 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
* 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.”