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FORMER REEVES COUNTY JUDGE JIMMY GALINDO SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON


In San Antonio on Tuesday morning,02/26/19, a federal judge sentenced Former Reeves County Judge Jimmy Galindo to 30 months imprisonment on federal bribery and income tax related charges, announced U.S. Attorney John Bash; Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, San Antonio Division; and, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) Special Agent in Charge Richard D. Goss, Houston
Field Office.


In addition to the prison term, Senior U.S. District Judge David A. Ezra ordered that Galindo, 55 of Selma, TX, pay $876,000 restitution and be placed on supervised release for a period of three years after completing his prison term. Judge Ezra allowed Galindo to remain on bond pending notification by the Bureau of Prisons where to surrender to begin serving his prison term.


“Today’s sentence is another example of this office’s determination to root out public corruption in Texas government,” stated U.S. Attorney Bash.


“The sentence handed down today demonstrates San Antonio FBI’s firm commitment to work with our law enforcement partners to address public corruption and hold corrupt officials in Reeves County and other jurisdictions accountable,” stated San Antonio FBI SAC Combs. “While the vast majority of elected and appointed officials faithfully serve the interests of the public, there are some who violate the public’s trust, and serve their personal interests instead.”


On June 12, 2017, Galindo, pleaded guilty to a criminal Information charging one count of conspiracy to commit bribery and one count of failure to file income tax returns.


Galindo served as County Judge for Reeves County from January 1995 through December 2006. Galindo, on behalf of Reeves County, negotiated a contract with a company owned by Vernon C. Farthing, III, of Lubbock, TX, to provide medical services for inmates located in the Reeves County Correctional Center. Galindo signed the contract on September 13, 2006. The Information alleges that Galindo conspired with Farthing and former District 19 Texas State Senator Carlos Uresti to ensure that Farthing’s company was awarded that contract.


To secure the contract, the Information states that Farthing agreed to hire Uresti as a “consultant” and pay him approximately $10,000 a month. Uresti, in turn, agreed to pay Galindo one-half of the money he received from Farthing’s company. From January 2007 until September 30, 2016, Uresti paid Galindo approximately half of the monies Uresti received each month from Farthing. The Information also alleges that Galindo failed to file individual income tax returns for the years 2004 to the present.


Uresti received five years in federal prison for his role in the scheme. Last year, a federal jury acquitted Farthing of all charges.


The FBI encourages the public to continue to support our active and ongoing efforts to deter and prevent corruption by reporting such activity to the FBI’s Public Corruption Hotline, 1-800-CALL-FBI.


The FBI’s Pubic Corruption Task Force conducted this investigation. The Task Force is comprised of investigators from the FBI, IRS-CI, Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Peace Corps-Office of Inspector General. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph E. Blackwell, William R. Harris and Mark Roomberg prosecuted this case on behalf of the Government.

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Meritorious Action Awards to three Scouts from Andrews, 02/23/19.


The Buffalo Trail Council held its Annual Banquet this past Saturday, Feb. 23rd, in Midland. This banquet is held to recognize youth and adults for significant accomplishments during the year. The Council recognized all of the Eagle Scouts from the Buffalo Trail Council for 2018. Several adults were also recognized with the Silver Beaver Award, which is the highest honor an adult can be awarded by the Boy Scouts.

 

However, the highlight was the presentation of three Meritorious Action Awards to three Scouts from Andrews, Texas. These awards are Nationally recognized awards for youth or adults who show a significant or outstanding act of service, or of an exceptional character, was performed. Justus Tucker, Timothy Tucker and Anthony Pina relied on the skills they have learned in the Boy Scouts to save the life of a fellow student, recently. While at school, one of their classmates had a major seizure that required immediate action. These boys are all Boy Scouts with Troop 129 in Andrews.

 

Because of their selfless and courageous behavior, Anthony Pina, Justus Tucker and Timothy Tucker were presented the Meritorious Action Award by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

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Construction for New Multi-Use Hiking and Biking Trails for Big Spring State Park begins 3/01/19.


New multi-use hiking and biking trails for Big Spring State Park will begin construction tomorrow, March 1st, thanks to the West Texas Trail Alliance, a non-profit organization with the goal to promote partnerships within the community and create opportunities to work together to build, maintain, and manage multi-use trails in West Texas.

 

The 4-phase project was approved by Texas Parks and Wildlife, and planning began in August 2018. Stephanie Ledford, West Texas Trails Secretary, advised that at the end of phase 1 there will be a minimum of 5 miles of completed trail. She noted that the new trails will be rated much like ski trails according to difficulty, with green being the easiest and red being the most difficult.

 

Ledford stated, "Phase 1 is going to have a half-mile at the base of the state park, which is a green. So, that's gonna be a nice loop for those who want to hike, or do a bike ride, or go for a short trail run with very low technical difficulty."

 

"Also in Phase 1, we're going to complete a perimeter loop around the base of the state park with varying degrees of elevation. That's going to be approximately 4.1 miles, so with the blue loop, it's going to be a little more technical, so it might have a littel more natural features. You know, might be a little more rocks in the way. We're trying to keep it as natural as possible," continued Ledford.

 

She estimated that the total project, which will be completed by Bike Park Solutions out of Angel Fire, New Mexico, would cost $75-85,000. So far, the West Texas Trail Alliance has been able to raise over $45,000 from donations, grants, and fundraisers, but they still need donations to help them reach their goal of $50,000 by March 1st in order to guarantee the completion of Phase 1, which is expected to be in May.

 

Ledford also advised that Bike Park Solutions would be working construction of the multi-use trails for 60 consecutive days and anyone volunteering to help with the construction work would be appreciated.

 

To make a monetary donation or volunteer to work, visit their website fundtxtrails.org.

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Cause of death released in Gutierrez case.


More information has been released about the death of Martin Gutierrez, the Coahoma High School Graduate who went missing in November 2018 in Austin. Days after he was reported missing, His body was found by the Austin Police Department in Lady Bird Lake.

 

According to KVUE in Austin, the Travis County Medical Examiner revealed on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, the cause of death for Gutierrez.

 

According to toxicology reports Gutierrez was intoxicated when he died of accidental drowning, but no illicit or prescription drugs were found in his system.

 

Austin police confirmed they didn't suspect foul play in Gutierrez's death.

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AREA NEWS: Texas Water Development Board approves $2,650,000 to Colorado City (Mitchell County) for wastewater treatment plant improvements, 02/25/19


Monday, the Texas Water Development Board (also known as the TWDB) approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of $2,650,000 from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to the City of Colorado City. The City will use the assistance to finance the planning, design, and construction costs associated with improvements at its wastewater treatment plant.

 

The City could save approximately $356,000 by using the Clean Water State Revolving Fund.

 

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional planning, and preparing the state water plan for the development of the state’s water resources. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

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United Way of Big Spring and Howard County allocates funds at 2019 Annual Meeting.


The United Way of Big Spring and Howard County held their 2019 Annual Meeting yesterday afternoon. During the meeting, Christian Rojas-Fair, Executive Director for the United Way of Big Spring and Howard County advised that the 2019 Campaign had a rough go. She advised that inclement weather kept the organization from hosting their kickoff for the campaign, and a change in leadership late in the year had an effect on the campaign hard.

 

Approximately $85,000 was allocated to the following 13 partnering agencies:


• Buffalo Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America
• CWJC, Spring of Siloam
• CASA of West Texas
• Council on Aging / Meals on Wheels
• Emergency Services Chaplain Corp
• Girl Scouts of the Desert
• Howard County Resource Center

• Isaiah 58
• The Salvation Army Corp
• The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club
• Victim Services
• West Side Community Day Care
• YMCA of Big Spring

 

During the meeting it was also announced that with the help of the Permian Basin Area Foundation, the United Way of Big Spring and Howard County would be soon starting an endowment fund, which would be able to cover operating expenses for the organization.

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Headed to State - CHS band has 10 students qualify for state Solo and Ensemble contest


The Coahoma High School band had three ensembles consisting of 10 students qualify for state UIL Solo and Ensemble this past Saturday, 02/23/19.

 

The students received a Division I rating at the contest earning them a trip to state which will be held at Pflugerville High School in Pflugerville, Texas on June 1-3.

 

Those who qualified were: flute ensemble, Andrea King, Joseph Arguello, and Genesis Olivas; trumpet ensemble, Wesley Chavarria, Aaron Turnbough, and Cailey Glover; and clarinet ensemble, Naughtia Rockwell, Presley Archer, Danielle Deatherage, and Alana Wegner.

 

Although not advancing, trumpeter Bailey Wells earned a Division I rating on her solo. She did not advance because her performance was not memorized.

 

(Photo - Clarinet Ensemble - Naughtia Rockwell, Presley Archer, Danielle Deatherage, and Alana Wegner)

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"Who's the Freshest Outa Big Spring Competition" to be held at the Desert Flower Art Bar & Lounge, 3/22/19.


After a successful turnout and show of support for the Battle for Big Spring rap battle at the Desert Flower Art Bar last month, local rapper Cj Pimp – real name CJ McPherson – continues to coordinate events that highlight local rap artists.

 

The success of Battle for Big Spring, won by CJ, spurred the "Fresh Outa Big Spring Tour" that made its debut earlier this month. The tour is ongoing and has added a monthly event called the “Who’s the Freshest Outa Big Spring Competition” that will begin on March 22nd at the Desert Flower Art Bar in downtown Big Spring.

 

The contest will consist of 5 artists - Ketchup, Antonio Blokka, Flare, Ambitionz, and OG Thuncho - who will write a song to the same beat. After everyone performs, judges will score each contestant. The artist with the highest score will take home the $100 grand prize, earn the rights to the beat, and have the “Freshest Outa Big Spring” title for the month.

 

Judges for the competition are Theo Benge, Zay Young, and CJ. West Texas comedian Jennifer McNeely will be a co-host for the event.

 

Entry for the event will be $10 at the door and attendees will have the opportunity to win door prizes such as $25 bar tab, $50 cash prize, and a free “Fresh Outa Big Spring” shirt.

 

The next show of the Fresh Outa Big Spring Tour for this month will be at 8 PM on Thursday, Feb. 28th at Mezcal in Big Spring, cover is $5 at the door.

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Grand Opening and Dedication of Dan Saunders Law Enforcement Center, 02/25/19.


Earlier today, many people from Martin County and surrounding areas gathered at the Grand Opening and Open House of the Dan Saunders Law Enforcement Center, located at 3522 Interstate 20 in Stanton. During the dedication it was noted that Saunders had served as the Sheriff of Martin County through 4 decades and was an icon in in the community. He served as Sheriff from 1953 until his retirement in 1992.

 

Sheriff Saunders was the youngest sheriff to be elected into office at the time, and when he retired he was the longest serving sheriff in Texas. Since then, both of those titles have been passed on to other people.

 

Sid Saunders, son of the Sheriff Saunders, told KBest News that the Saunders family was very honored and proud to have both of his parents honored at the event, noting that his father wouldn't have been able to do his job without the help of his wife. When asked how he felt to see such a large turnout at the event, Sid stated, "We're very touched. Daddy had a lot of respect and a lot of love in this county. Everybody called him 'Mr. Dan'. They loved him and we're proud of it."

 

During the event, it was noted that the Martin County Commissioners Kenny Stewart, Pct. 1; Robin Barnes, Pct. 2; Bobby Holland, Pct. 3; and Koy Blocker, Pct. 4.; along with County Judge Bryan Cox were to be thanked for planning and finding funding for the project. 

 

Keynote speakers for the event included Martin County Judge Bryan Cox, Member of the Texas House of Representative for the 82nd District Tom Craddick, and Sid Saunders. Representative Craddick read a resolution commending current Martin County Sheriff Brad Ingram and the Martin County Commissioners and Judge Cox for the dedication of the Dan Saunders Law Enforcement Center. The resolution was signed by every member of the Texas House of Representatives. 

 

The new law enforcement center is larger than the current one in use. Sheriff Ingram noted that the new facility has more room for staff and to house offenders, including an indoor recreation area, and a medical area where a medical doctor will make bi-weekly visits. 

 

"It's just gonna be a much...safer environment for the community," said Sheriff Ingram.

 

He noted that the project had been in progress for about 4 years. "It's a great day in my career," said Ingram. Sheriff Ingram has been the current County Sheriff for 4 years, and has been in law enforcement for 32 years. 

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BSHS Graduate works to send 100 birthday cards to WWII veteran.


A viral photo on Twitter of World War II veteran Joe Cuba, of Witchita Falls, TX, holding up a sign requesting a 100 birthday cards for his 100th birthday on March 2, 2019 has caught the attention of one Big Spring resident who’s made it his mission to ensure that this veteran gets more than what he wished.

 

2012 Big Spring High School graduate Israel Valdez is working to collect over 100 cards for Cuba’s birthday on Saturday. Valdez has never met Cuba but told KBest News that after selflessly serving his country, Cuba deserved at least that. 

 

Drop off locations in Big Spring for Cuba’s birthday cards have been established at the following places:

 

KBest Media - 608 Johnson

Inkspot - 610 S. Gregg

OneMain Financial- 1900 S. Gregg, Suite B

 

The last day to drop off birthday cards will be on Wednesday, Feb. 27th, so that the collection of cards can be mailed together. You can also check out the shared post on our KBest Media Facebook page with an address for Cuba.

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Howard County Volunteer Fire Department accepted as recipient of FFP Grant.


On Friday morning, 02/22/19, the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department announced that they had been accepted as a grant recipient of the Firefighter Property Program, also referred to as FFP.

 

According to the U.S. Forest Service, this program is one of the Department of Defense's (DoD) special programs where firefighters can get excess DoD property to be used for firefighting and emergency services. This program is managed by the Forest Service with cooperation of the state forestry agencies.

 

Thanks to the grant, the HCVFD will receive a Stewart Stevenson M1078 2.5 ton military truck. The grant also comes with $20,000 for a 500-gallon skid unit.

 

Howard County Volunteer Fire Chief Mitchell Hooper advised that the truck will be sent to Steele Fire Apparatus to be painted and outfitted. Chief Hooper advised that the truch would be very useful for high water rescues in the area. 

 

The HCVFD is expected to receive the truck within 60 to 90 days.

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Carnival Blimp spotted in Big Spring.


A blimp advertising for Carnival Cruise Line was spotted floating around Big Spring earlier today.

Taylor Harden, a mechanic working with the blimp, told KBest News that the crew had already traveled from Tennessee to California and was now on its way back to its hangar in Smyrna, Tennessee.

 

He advised that the blimp stopped in Big Spring for fuel and had plans to continue traveling east towards Sweetwater but were turned around when they came across low-lying clouds and the decision was made to park until the weather cleared up. Harden noted that perfect weather is necessary for the blimp to travel to its next destination.

 

With wind gusts expected to be as high as 55 mph tomorrow in Big Spring, Harden noted that the balloon was anchored down and that the crew would continue to keep a constant eye on the blimp, monitoring helium pressure levels to keep the balloon from becoming damaged.

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Entries will soon be accepted for the 2019 Middle of Nowhere Art Competition in Snyder, TX.


The 2019 Middle of Nowhere Art Competition in Snyder will begin accepting entries next week, Tuesday, Feb. 26th – March 2nd.

 

Be advised that all original work accepted into the show must be hand delivered to the Scurry County Museum, located at 6200 College Ave. in Snyder, during that time.

Pieces entered will be displayed in the show from March 14 to May 3.

 

Category options:
* Professional - $25 entry fee
* Nonprofessional Adult - $15 entry fee
* College - FREE
* Youth - FREE

 

Each of the four categories will have cash awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places as determined by the show judge.

 

This year’s judge is Garland Weeks, a Lubbock-based bronze sculptor.

 

For more information and entry forms, visit their website: 

http://scurrycountymuseum.org/about/1818-arthouse/?fbclid=IwAR31Cu-HR_Cbm0vbF9gvMCm6NdJouDPN85edqQvwv7jGlmMe4IwEBscbfcY

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Candidates for City of Big Spring and School Board, May 4, 2019 Elections Announced:


There are 4 official candidates for Mayor of Big Spring:

  • David Mathis 
  • Anna Scott
  • Shannon Thomason
  • Debbie Wegman
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The 2 candidates for Big Spring City Council Member, District 5 are:

  • Daniel Moreno
  • Camilla Strande

 

Candidates for Big Spring ISD Board of Trustees for District 5 is Chad Wash (incumbent), and District 6 Manny Chavira (incumbent). Both candidates for district 5 and 6 are running unopposed.

 

For BSISD District 7, the 3 candidates are:

  • Fabian Serrano - Incumbent and current President of the BSISD Board of Trustees, 
  • Nadine M. Reyes
  • Ricky Shubert

 

KBest will have more on Forsan and Coahoma City and School Board candidates tomorrow.

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FREE Comedy Show TONIGHT, 02/21/19, at Mezcal, 7-9 PM


Tonight, the Who Runs This Motha Comedy Show will be at Mezcal, located at 125 E. 3rd in Big Spring. The event will be hosted by long-time comedian Michael Shields from Monahans, feature local Big Spring comics Sergio Cervantes and Redd Giles, and will be headlined by Jennifer McNeely of Midland.

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TRAFFIC FATALITIES, INJURIES EDGE HIGHER IN ENERGY-PRODUCING AREAS OF TEXAS


AUSTIN — Booming energy production has brought jobs and economic gains to communities throughout Texas, but also an unintended consequence with a rise in traffic fatalities and injuries. In 2017, more than 194,000 crashes — an average of 532 per day in the state’s five main oil and gas production regions —resulted in 1,614 deaths and 7,422 serious injuries, a slight increase over the previous year.

 

TxDOT officials point to failure to control speed and driver inattention as the main reasons we are seeing a rise in traffic crashes in areas such as the Barnett Shale, Eagle Ford Shale, Granite Wash, Haynesville/Bossier Shale and Permian Basin. Driving under the influence of alcohol is also a primary factor in these fatal crashes.

 

“Increased traffic and larger, heavier vehicles are changing driving conditions in many parts of Texas,” said Texas Transportation Commissioner Alvin New. “We’re working with state, federal, local and industry partners to address safety and congestion, and we’re also reminding motorists to be safe and drive smart by following all traffic laws, giving their full attention to the road, and being cautious around the many water, sand and heavy equipment trucks traveling through energy-producing areas.”

 

Motorists can expect to see a variety of reminders in the coming weeks as TxDOT kicks off its annual “Be Safe. Drive Smart.” safety campaign that urges drivers to take precautions when sharing the road with heavy trucks and work crews in energy-producing regions that cover more than half of the state’s 254 counties. The campaign’s TV and radio spots, billboards, gas pump messages and digital advertising encourage drivers to follow basic common sense safety tips:

 

  • Always buckle up - drivers and all passengers, day and night.
  • Drive a safe speed that takes traffic, road conditions and weather into account.
  • Focus 100 percent on driving and put the phone away.
  • Give large trucks plenty of space. Be careful and only pass vehicles when it is safe to do so.
  • Obey all stop signs and traffic signals.
  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

 

TxDOT will host community events this month in the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale featuring a new interactive public engagement exhibit outfitted with a variety of games and video displays that educate visitors about the importance of safe and smart driving in high-traffic oil and gas production areas.

 

In addition to raising public awareness about crash prevention steps, TxDOT also is committed to repairing and improving roads in the state’s energy-production areas. The Texas Transportation Commission has directed $3.4 billion to make repairs and improve roads in the booming Permian Basin over the next decade. While only 2 percent of Texans live in the Permian Basin region, 11 percent of all traffic fatalities in the state took place there in 2017.

 

Be Safe. Drive Smart.” is a key component of #EndTheStreakTX, a larger grassroots effort that empowers drivers to make safer choices while on the road. Since Nov. 7, 2000, at least one person has died on Texas roadways every single day and that’s why #EndTheStreakTX asks all Texans to commit to helping end the streak of daily deaths on our roadways. TxDOT utilizes other driver education initiatives such as “Be Safe. Drive Smart.” to help in this endeavor.  

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The Life Center Fundraiser held at Hotel Settles, 02/19/19


The Life Center held a fundraiser today at Hotel Settles to help them raise money for their Big Spring location. The special guest speaker for the event was Dr. David Cook, a top sports psychology consultant, speaker, business consultant and best-selling author on the mental advantage.

 

Judy Rouse, Executive Director for The Life Center organization, noted that they aim to raise enough money to add 2500-2700 square feet to the Big Spring facility located at 1801 S. Main. Plans include to be able to do sonograms and offer medical assistance, which are things that are offered at the other Life Center facilities.

 

Tracy Watson, Director of the Big Spring Life Center, told KBest News that she was pleased to see a large turnout for the fundraiser and that she hopes more people will learn that The Life Center has a facility in Big Spring.  

 

"We are small but mighty, and we hope to grow," said Watson. She noted that [with donations] they hope to be able to offer sonograms, offer more services, and maybe event bring a nurse onto their staff.

 

Thanks to community support between 2017 and 2018, The Life Center's impact in Big Spring grew with a 78% increase in initial pregnancy tests, parent and prenatal education and/or material assistance. Plus, Prevention Education teams reached over 1,100 studesnt in grades 7, and 9-11 in Big Spring schools. 

 

It was also noted that thanks to donations, the Life Center - Big Spring is able to continue to offer the following services at no cost to the client:

 

  • Pregnancy testing: $25/client
  • Prenatal education: $300/client for 9 classes plus graduation gift
  • Parenting education: $15-$18/visit
  • Material assistance (for children up to 3 years old) + education: $40-$57/client

 

If you’d like to make a donation to the Life Center, call 432-606-5041 or visit the website www.midlandlifecenter.org.

 

 

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Thank You for Your Investment: 2-Way Basin Radio, 02/19/19


Earlier this morning the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a "Thank You" presentation for Basin 2 Way Radio, located at 1808 Scurry St. in Big Spring.

 

Kevin Calley, President of Basin 2 Way Radio, told KBest Media that the company has been serving Big Spring since 1995, even though it began under a different name.

 

Basin 2 Way Radio offers several types of communication services, such as 2-way radios, cellphone boosters, data communications, network administrations, and more.

 

Contact Basin 2 Way Radio at 264-7034.

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Lane Garrison, star of Iron Orchard, to visit Heritage Museum for film screening on Feb. 21, 2019.


The Heritage Museum of Big Spring will feature The Iron Orchard during their event "WEST TEXAS IN THE MOVIES" on Thursday, Feb. 21st from 2 - 5 PM.

 

The star of Iron Orchard, Lane Garrison will also be at the Heritage Museum on Thursday, February 21st, from 2-3 PM to sign autographs.

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Death confirmed at Tokai Carbon CB in Big Spring, 2/18/19. - UPDATED 2/19/19


KBest News has confirmed that there has been an accidental death at Tokai Carbon CB (formerly Sid Richardson) in Big Spring this morning. The plant manager has confirmed that all appropriate authorities have been notified, as well as the family. A statement from the company is pending.

 

UPDATE, 02/19/19. 

 

Tokai Carbon CB Ltd has released the following statement concerning the employee death on 02/18/19.

 

"BIG SPRING, TX—On Monday, February 18, 2019, at approximately 9:45 AM CST, a Tokai Carbon CB Ltd employee located at our Big Spring, Texas manufacturing facility suffered a fatal injury while working within our Shipping Department. We are not able to release the nature of the injury or events that may have led to this accident as our internal investigations are on-going. Our entire organization wishes to express our deepest and sincere thoughts and prayers for this employee as well as to the employee’s family and loved ones.

 

Our safety investigation protocols immediately were initiated. Plant leaders immediately secured the scene at the plant for the safety of our employees.

 

Tokai Carbo CB Ltd has and continues to cooperate with all necessary agencies during their respective investigations.

 

At this time, we ask for your thoughts and prayers as we work through this terrible tragedy. There are no further details to release."

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Structure Fire in 1500 block of Tuscon, 02/18/19


A structure fire was reported earlier today in the 1500 block of Tuscon in Big Spring.

According to Big Spring Fire Marshal Dan Hendrickson, 3 trucks, an ambulance, and a battalion truck responded to the incident. No injuries were sustained and there was no structural damage to the home. He did note that sheet rock in the room of origin along with items in the room were damaged.

 

Hendrickson also stated that the utilities had to be shut off due to outlets that had melted and noted that minor maintenance work would have to be done to the structure before power could be restored.

 

At this time the cause of the fire is undetermined.

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Howard County Commissioners offer local support for Countywide Polling Place Program


The Howard County Commissioners Court held a Public Hearing on Friday afternoon to discuss the possibility of approving the application into the Countywide Polling Place Program.

 

During the hearing, Jodi Duck, Howard County Elections Administrator, advised the quorum of the benefits of taking part in the program. She noted that every year there always many people who are unsure of where their polling location is. The program would decrease confusion on election day, thus increase voter turnout overall.

 

Several members of the public attended the meeting to speak about their support of the program.

 

Commissioner Jimmy Long, Pct. 4, had concerns about potential voter fraud and wanted to know of any problems that the program has run into. Duck advised that she had no knowledge of other counties encountering problems. Also stating that the check-in computer that is used would be able to verify if someone has already voted in a different location. Any potential voter fraud would be flagged and the Elections Office would be able to turn over that information to the District Attorney’s Office to investigate for Voter Fraud.

 

At the end of the meeting, the quorum of the Howard County Commissioners signed a resolution showing their support of the application for the program. According to Duck, the paperwork will be filed and an answer on whether Howard County can participate in the Countywide Polling Place Program will be received in March. If approved, the program will be in effect for the May 4, 2019 elections.

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Community volunteers are being sought to help the Coahoma Independent School District prepare for the education of the future.


The process began a few weeks ago when the strategic committee — a volunteer group of 25 members from the community, parents, CISD faculty, staff, and administrators — met for the first time during an all-day work session.  

 

“We asked a group of people representing the business and health communities, parents, governmental entities, our teachers and administrators to come together to build a consensus on our beliefs, our objectives, our strategies and our parameters and what we are going to put into place to make these happen,” said Dr. Amy Jacobs, CISD Strategic Plan Facilitator, who led the meeting.

 

Education is one of the keystones to strong community said committee member Emma Krabill, CEO of Scenic Mountain Medical Center and parent of a CISD student.

 

“When I work on recruiting great professionals like physicians or nurses, therapists, what I sell them when I sell them the community is basically education, if we are safe as a community, and how good we are as a city,” Krabill said. “So for me having a successful education system is key. People don’t want to come to a community where you don’t have strong education. Those are part of the choices that others make when they come to live in Big Spring. I think strong schools make a strong community.”

 

Also among the committee were two Coahoma High School students, Grayson Glidewell and Julia Cox, who gave up part of their student holiday to participate in the discussion.

 

“I think this is important because this is where the district is going, so it’s important to have kids input and the community’s,” Glidewell said. “I gave up my holiday just because I think it’s important and when I was asked to contribute I was glad.”

 

During the consensus building session, the committee developed five values to meet the educational needs of Coahoma students in the next 25 years. 

 

Those values are:

 

We will offer a robust Career and Technical Education program to include community partnerships and career explorations

We will integrate healthcare components into district programs in order to increase staff and student attendance

We will develop and implement a comprehensive early childhood program.

We will integrate leadership and life skills development into our PK-12 curriculum and program offerings.

We will implement community outreach initiatives to support student learning and district support

 

To begin the next phase, the school district is seeking volunteers from the community to serve on action committees to develop ways to hold the district accountable for implementing these five values. 

 

“Over the next six to eight weeks, each team will meet three to four times.  The meetings  could vary anywhere from an hour to two hours each depending on the work of each team,” Jacobs explained. “The members get to drive how much time and energy they put into it.

 

“We are looking for people who are passionate about making our school better and are willing to work to support the strategies established by the strategic planning team,” she continued.

 

“We want diverse people who will put students first in all their decision makings and can support the rest of the beliefs the strategic planning committee set in place.” 

 

Those action committees are: 

 

Career and Technical Education Action Team

Healthcare Action Team

Early Childhood Action Team

Leadership and Life Skills Development Action Team

Community Outreach Action Team

 

“Everything we are doing in these action committees is for our kids, for the future of our kids, and for the future of Coahoma,” said Michael Brooks, CISD board president, who took part in the strategic committee work session. “I would encourage anybody that has an interest to show up and just get educated and put in your 10 cents worth.”

 

Kyle Carroll volunteered for the strategic committee, so he could express his concerns and opinions as CISD plans for the future. Carroll, who is the parent of a child attending The Academy, said he felt his voice was heard at the meeting. 

 

“I think they are listening and taking feedback from all of us, and I think we have a nice mix of people — parents, community leaders, teachers, administrators,” Carroll said. “I think we are all putting our heads together and listening to each others wants and needs.”

Krabill also said she felt her ideas were heard.

 

“I feel like we are making an impact because we have a say-so on what the values are that we want to see and have those shared by the schools,” she said. “We are going to be a part of the matrix of these strategic goals for the future, so it’s extremely exciting.” 

 

For more information or to volunteer to serve on an action committee, call the district administrative office at 394-5000 or sign up at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CoahomaISD

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Momma Mia, Coahoma school fundraiser nets $2,500 plus.


COAHOMA — After seating, serving, refilling drinks and cleaning off tables Monday night, the Coahoma Eighth Grade Leadership class earned more than $2,500 towards their planned trip to Philadelphia.

 

“They worked very hard during that four hour period for their tips, and Pizza Inn gave us 10 percent of the night’s sales,” said Charlotte Stovall, Eighth Grade Leadership class instructor and CISD Curriculum Director. 

 

During the year, The Academy eighth grade Leadership Class participates are tasked with preparing an action research proposal which is an in depth process of inquiry to take action on an issue. This year, the class took on trauma from youth sports. 

 

“They wrote an Action Research Proposal questioning the rules and laws protecting youth in little league sports from concussion trauma,” Stovall explained. “Their overall project title is Project Headache, and they will present their proposal to a team of medical officials at the Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia, May 27.”

 

During their trip, the students will visit the brain exhibit at the Franklin Institute, take a tour of Citizens Bank Park which is home to the Major League Baseball franchise, the Philadelphia Phillies, and attend a Phillies game. Their itinerary also includes a visit to the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and other educational sites. 

 

Several local businesses have contributed to help with the travel cost. They are Border States Electric Supply, All Washed Up, Big Spring Bowl-A-Rama, Lumbre, Basin Welding Inspection, and Pizza Inn.

 

Financial donations are still being accepted by local businesses or individuals. 

 

For more information about the trip, contact the CISD administration office at 394-5000. To contribute, checks can be made to CISD. Please notate 8th Gd. Leadership Class in the donation memo. The check may be sent to: CISD, P.O. Box 110, Coahoma, Texas 79511. 

 

The Academy is an optional program for Coahoma ISD students, grades kindergarten through eighth, using innovative methods of teaching, hands-on learning, movement and music to emphasize academic lessons in a structured environment.

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CITY & COUNTY OFFICES AND SITES TO CLOSE, 02/18/19.


The Howard County offices and City of Big Spring offices, including the landfill and sanitation, will be closed for Presidents’ Day on Monday, February 18th.

 

Emergency services (Police, Fire, EMS, and the Sheriff’s Office) will continue normal operations throughout the holiday weekend. Emergency Utilities will be on call and can be contacted at 264-2392.

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Deadline for Candidates to file for Office – Feb. 15, 2019


The deadline to turn in applications for a place on the ballot for the May 4th City and School Board Election is Friday, Feb. 15th.

 

So far, the candidates for Mayor of Big Spring are Raul Benavides, Ana Scott, and Shannon Thomason. The candidate for Big Spring City Council Member for District 5 is Daniel Moreno.

 

Candidates for Big Spring ISD Board Trustees are: District 5 - Chad Wash (incumbent), District 6 - Manny Chaveria (incumbent), and District 7 has not yet been confirmed.

 

Candidate for Mayor for City of Coahoma is Warren Wallace (incumbent). Candidates for Coahoma City Council at Large are Jay Holt (incumbent), Brandy Manning (incumbent), and Eric Herrera.

 

Candidates for Coahoma ISD Board Trustees at Large are Brandon Atkins, Stormy Bradley, and Jared Wells.

 

Candidates for the Forsan City Council at Large have not yet been confirmed.

 

Candidates for Forsan ISD Board Trustees at Large positions are Chris Evans (incumbent), Becky Wash (incumbent), Misty Matthies, and Jennifer Valdez.

 

Again, the deadline to file is Feb. 15th. For more information, contact the entity directly.

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Highlights from Big Spring City Council Meeting, 02/13/19


Barney Dodd with the Amphitheater Improvement Board advised that fundraising efforts for Amphitheater Improvements have totaled over $510,000. Funds that have contributed to this amount are from the hotel motel tax, SM Energy, Dora Roberts foundation, and interest accrued. After making 2 payments to KDC associates, there is still over $445,000 available in the fund, and there are 17 grants still pending.

 

Kelly Cook with KDC Associates presented an updated plan for meeting ADA standards and developing a perimeter fence. He noted that the estimated cost to complete Phase I of this project would be approximately $375,000.

 

The following bids were awarded:

 

Sewer truck for the Distribution and Collection Dept. awarded to Heil of Texas, $345,065 ($40,136.16 under budget).

 

Splash Pad Project at Russ McEwen Aquatic Center awarded to SplashPads USA, Inc., not to exceed $224,000.

 

Ten Police Dept. vehicles awarded to Freedom Chevrolet, $306,000 and up-fitting awarded to Cap Fleet for $177,357.60. Total amount is $483,357.60 and comes in $102,092.40 under budget.

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Suspect Shot in Head during Attempted Burglary:


From Sheriff Stan Parker:

 

On Tuesday February 12, 2019, Deputies with the Howard County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the 2300 block of North Birdwell in reference to Burglary of a Habitation. Upon arrival Deputies contacted the homeowner and a friend who advised when they arrived at the residence they encountered two subjects exiting the residence that did not have permission to be in the residence. The homeowner and friend advised the suspects to stop, the homeowner and friend announced they were armed to the suspects. The suspects advised they were also armed and both entered a vehicle. Upon entering the vehicle, the suspects made an aggressive move toward the homeowner and friend, at which time several shots were fired at the suspect vehicle. The driver of the vehicle, Brandon Joe Robinson 33 years of age was struck once in the head. A second suspect, Timothy Guy Wilson 22 years of age was not injured.


Currently Robinson is at University Medical Center in Lubbock, current condition is not known at this time. Wilson is currently in the Howard County Detention Center charged with Burglary of a Habitation.

 

No Charges are anticipated against the homeowner and friend.

 

At this time the investigation is continuing. No further information is available at this time.

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Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes JB Graphics and Sign Co. as a new member of the Chamber.


JB Graphics and Sign Co., located at 204 S. Main, was welcomed as a new member of the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting this morning, 02/11/19.

 

James Boudreau, Owner, told KBest News that they do just about anything that can be printed or custom made, such as wraps, signs, banners, hats, shirts, and even woodwork.

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CHS CX teams fare well at 1st debate


The Coahoma High School team of Grayson Glidewell/Aubrey Green and Julia Cox/Brianna Coskey placed 5th and 7th respectively in their first CX (Cross Examination) contest at the 5 3-A UIL District meet held in Clyde Wednesday.

 

“All four students represented Coahoma exceptionally well and are excited to get going for next year,” said CHS Debate Coach Katie Valencia. “This was their first ever CX debate competition and my first time to coach. They exceeded all of my expectations, and I am very proud of them.”  

 

Glidewell and Green went 2-1 at the meet and earned 167 speaker points. Cox and Coskey went 0-3 and earned 160 speaker points. Cox was rated top speaker in her first debate round. 

 

Points earned by Glidewell and Green from their fifth place finish will carry over for the CHS academic team in the upcoming UIL meet. 

 

“Considering that was our first time competing in this event and we got some numbers, that felt good for us,” Cox said.

 

The CX members are used to competing at a high level in speaking events. Cox and Green have qualified for state competition in FFA (Future Farmers of America) LDE events twice and Cox place 16th in the nation at the FFA national convention in the Creed event held in October. 

 

However, this type of format was new to all four students. 

 

“We didn’t know what to expect because we have never done it before,” Glidewell said. “We had the stuff that Mrs. Valencia said we needed and we went in there. The first round was like whoa. Then in the second and third round, we knew what to expect. I think next year it will be a lot easier going into that first meet.”

 

In fact, both Glidewell and Green said competing against the eventual winner of the meet, Jim Ned 1, for their first debate was a very good learning experience.  

 

“We would be CXing them and asking them questions and they’d make a point and I was like, ‘you know that makes a lot of sense,’” Glidewell said.

 

Yet, both sophomores said they put that knowledge into use in their next two debates. 

 

“I took so many things that they said against us and used it later on, so it made me sound really good,” Green said laughing.

 

“They were prepared and they knew what they were talking about, and I think that helped us in the second and third round,” Glidewell added. 

 

After each debate, the four students met and exchanged notes to help them to develop stronger arguments and become more persuasive speakers in the next round. Glidewell said he enjoyed the persuasive part of the competition.

 

“That is the part I liked the most because the judge has to go in with a neutral mind,” he said. “It’s our job to persuade him whichever way we are assigned.”

 

“It also made us think on our feet really fast,” Green added. “You have no idea what the other team was going to say, so you had to flip through your folder very fast to find something to disagree with them.”

 

As for the best part of the meet, Cox, who plans to become a lawyer, said she really enjoyed arguing her points aggressively. 

 

“I was like I am not going to be mean and she (Cox) was like ‘I am going at them,’” Coskey said drawing laughs from the other three students.

 

CX is a UIL sanctioned event where students are given a set topic to research at the beginning of the competition season. Competitors must prepare to defend both an affirmative and negative position depending what they are assigned at the debate. This year’s topic found on the UIL website  is: Resolved, the United States federal government should substantially reduce its restrictions on legal immigration to the United States.

 

Because all research must be done before the debate, students can bring in binders full of information to reference or a computer, but the computer can not be connected to the internet. 

 

“If they (the opposing side) ask for your case, you have to give them any evidence you have,” Glidewell explained.

 

Overall, all four students said they enjoyed the meet and are eager to begin preparing for next year’s competition. 

 

“Next year, we are going to start preparing earlier, and we are going to do more meets before district,” Glidewell said. “I think we will do a lot better because we will have more experience.”

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Charlotte's Web to be performed at Hall Center for the Arts, Feb. 15 - 16, 2019


Howard College will be presenting a theatrical production of Charlotte’s Web on Feb. 15th at 7 PM and Feb. 16th at 11 AM at the Hall Center for the Arts. The play is based upon the story by E.B. White and dramatized by Joseph Robinette. Admission is free and seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Be advised that there are only 140 seats per performance.

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17th Annual Fraternal Order of the Eagles Chili Cook Off


The 17th Annual Fraternal Order of the Eagles Chili Cook Off will be on Saturday, Feb. 23rd. Cost to enter is $10 per 2-person team. Be advised that chili must be cooked on-site. The event will be held at the Eagles Lodge, located at 703 W. Third in Big Spring, and will be from 9AM to 3 PM. Registration and Team Meeting will be at 9 AM and the Chili Judging will begin at 1 PM. There will also be an auction at 1:30.

 

The event is open to the public, and for $10 per person you get all the chili you can eat from 11:30 to 3 PM. Donations from the event will be given to the Big Spring Police Association.

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Free Lecture Series at the Heritage Museum - "Brown Bag History: Events that Changed the World"


The Heritage Museum is currently hosting a free lecture series called Brown Bag History: Events that Changed the World. Retired Howard College Professor Nancy Michaelis, who has a background in history and English, facilitates the course every Tuesday from 12 – 1 PM at the Heritage Museum.

 

Michaelis noted that the 36-week lecture series is part of “The Great Courses Plus” lectures by Rufus Fears, Ph. D., who was a professor at the University of Oklahoma. Each lecture is 30 minutes long, followed by questions and discussions on how these things are relevant today and for the future.

 

The lecture series is free and everyone is welcomed to join in at any time throughout the 36-week series. Tomorrow’s lecture is entitled “Moses and Monotheism”.

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UPDATED at 2:53 PM on 02/08/19: Deceased Suspect Identified from Officer Involved Shooting in Snyder on 02/07/09


Update: 

According to the Snyder Police Department, the deceased has been identified as Snyder resident Morgan Shane West, 38 years old. The preliminary cause of death has been ruled as a gunshot wound.

 

Snyder PD continues to cooperate with the Texas Rangers during the shooting investigation. Officer Merket will continue to be on administrative leave so that the investigation can be completed by the Texas Rangers.

 

"This is a very difficult time for the City of Snyder and the Snyder Police Department. Our condolences go out to the family of Mr. West during this difficult time," said Brian Haggard, Chief of Police for Snyder PD.

 

Original Story

According to the Snyder Police Department, on Feb. 7, 2019 at approximately 6:35 PM officers with the Snyder Police Department were dispatched to an incident in the 3600 block of Jacksboro Ave. When the first officer on the scene arrived she made contact with a male subject and an altercation began. During the altercation the officer fired her weapon and the suspect was shot. The suspect was later pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Norma Martinez. The Snyder Police Department has asked the Texas Rangers to investigate the shooting.

 

The officer is identified as Officer Whitney Merket who is a 7-year veteran of the Snyder Police Department. She has been placed on administrative leave pending the Ranger's investigation.

 

The suspect has not been identified and was taken to Lubbock, Texas for an autopsy.

Further information will be released at a later time.

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Staulcup Named 2018 Woman of the Year.


The 2018 Woman of the Year award was presented to Jo Ann Staulcup on Tuesday night at the Chamber Extravaganza. Staulcup was chosen for the award thanks to her level of commitment to our community.

 

During the event, it was noted that Staulcup has served on many boards in Big Spring over the past 30 years. Her longest tenure is as a Friend of the Library, where she served as President for 27 years.

 

She has been involved with over 15 organizations, served on City Council, and even held the seat of Mayor Pro-Tem for 3 years. Staulcup has also served on the boards for Keep Big Spring Beautiful, Festival of Lights, Hangar 25 Air Museum, and had served as Vice President for the Downtown Revitalization Association.

 

When asked how she felt to be named the 2018 Woman of the Year, Staulcup stated that it was an honor and she was so shocked that she couldn’t believe it.

 

Photo - Dene Sheppard (left), 2017 Woman of the Year, presents the 2018 Woman of the Year award to Jo Ann Staulcup (right) at the 2019 Chamber Extravaganza held on Feb. 5, 2019. — at Dorothy Garrett Coliseum.

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SHOOTING: 16-year-old female shot; suspect arrested by Howard County Sheriff's Office.


On Wednesday, February 06, 2019, at approximately 5:22 pm, Deputies with the Howard County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to 2502 N. Anderson in reference to suspicious activity. Upon arrival, Deputies discovered a 16 year old female had been shot with a small caliber rifle. EMS responded to the scene and transported the female to a hospital for treatment of her injuries.

 

Currently the female is in good condition.

 

Investigators with the Howard County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the scene and began the investigation. A suspect was developed and a warrant was issued for, Noe Adrian Arguello 20 years of age. Arguello was arrested at 11:23pm on February 06, 2019.

 

Arguello is currently being held in the Howard County Detention Center. No further information is available at this time.

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Howard and Glasscock Counties Relay for Life - Planning Event Meeting TONIGHT at Pizza Inn,


Relay for Life of Howard and Glasscock Counties continue to work to make this year's 25th Relay for Life event a success, but they can't do it alone.

 

In honor of the 25th Relay for Life celebration, the organization's goal is to have 25 teams sign up to participate with this year's event that is scheduled for Saturday, May 11th, 4-10 pm at Comanche Trail Park in Big Spring.

 

Anyone can sign up a team - family, business, organization, team - and it's easy to do. Register your team at relayforlife.org/bigspringtx to get started. If you have trouble signing up, you can call the American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345 and they can help you through it.

Teams must have at least 1 Cancer Survivor, and must have some kind of fundraiser. Whether it's $5 or $5,000 - all amounts are appreciated. If fundraising ideas leave you stumped, don't worry. The Event Leadership Team with Relay for Life of Howard and Glasscock Counties can help you through it.

 

In fact, the team will have a planning meeting tonight at 6:30 PM at Pizza Inn, located at 700 E. FM 700 in Big Spring. Be advised that dinner will not be provided. This meeting is for the event leadership team and anyone interested in putting a team together, or helping out with this year’s event. This year’s theme will be Relay through the Decades: “A cure never goes out of style,”.

 

For more information, contact Julie Alvarez Event Lead for Relay for Life of Howard and Glasscock Counties at 432-816-1278.

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"Find a Star at the Pharmacy Bar" Finals - Tonight, 02/07/19!!


The 5-week competition “Find a Star at the Pharmacy Bar” comes to an end tonight at the Pharmacy Bar inside of Hotel Settles.

 

The Finals for the 5-week competition will begin tonight at 7 PM. Winners from the previous 4 weeks: Clint Freeman, J.R. McNutt, Mae Harvey, and Alex Lumby, plus 1 wildcard contestant, will compete for $500 and the opportunity to open for 2nd Annual Song Swap at the Spring, featuring Texas Country musician William Clark Green and others.

 

The 2nd Annual Song Swap at the Spring will be on June 6th, and will be hosted by Justin Frazell of the TxRDR radio show.

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2018 Man of the Year - Jerry Grimes


If the 2018 Man of the Year Jerry Grimes could be described in one word, it would be “service”.

 

Service above self, service for his community, and service for his country.

 

Grimes had served our country with 2 tours in Vietnam, served across several states, and finally landed in Big Spring as Base Commander at Webb Air Force Base.

Throughout the years, he served as a Boy Scout Leader, an Indian Guide at the YMCA, and even served in the area of aviation as a liaison for the City of Midland Airport and served Big Spring as a representative on the Midland Airport Board.

 

In addition to his service as a Colonel in the Air Force, he has also been a past President of Rotary, and worked with Mobile Meals for the Council of Aging. He continues to serve as a member of Rotary, a board member for the Hangar 25 Air Museum, and as an elder at First Presbyterian Church.

 

When asked how he felt to be honored as the 2018 Man of the Year, Grimes stated that he was overwhelmed and he didn’t deserve it, but it was nice.

 

During the 2019 Chamber Extravaganza it was noted that Grimes had been giving back to those around him for the past 50 years.

 

(Photo - Jerry Grimes, 2018 Man of the Year, stands with his wife as she holds up his award.)

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HAWKS IN ACTION THIS WEEK...


WJCAC (Western Junior College Athletic Conference) basketball conference action rolls on this week as the Hawks will host South Plains College at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum, tonight, on the Sonic Floor. The Hawk women will kick off the evening at 5:45 pm with the men following at approximately 7:30 pm.

 

The Hawks are hosting a canned food drive with all proceeds being donated to Isaiah 58 in Big Spring. Every person who brings canned/non-perishable food items for the donation will be able to get in FREE. So, head on over, take some canned/non-perishable food and watch the Hawks in action while supporting those in our community that might need a little extra help!

The Hawk Cheer squad will be performing at half-time of the women’s game with their mini cheer camp participants. You won’t want to miss these cheerleaders of the future while they show off what they learned last weekend!

 

Also, fans will get another chance to catch Hawk Softball at home on Foundation Field this week as they host Western Nebraska today. The ladies will kick off their games at 1 pm and 3 pm each day. Admission is always FREE!

 

For the rest of the weekend, the ladies will be on the road facing Indian Hills and Weatherford on Saturday, February 9th. You can follow the team on the GameChanger app and receive updates while they’re on the road. The link to become a team fan is available at hchawk.com.

 

Hawk Baseball will be on the road headed south as they will take on Alvin Community College, McClennan Community College, Navarro College, and San Jacinto College in the Tournament of the Champions, February 8-10 in the Houston area.

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Federal Prison Union Questions Staffing Shortage at FCI Big Spring. - AFGE Local 3809 says forced overtime and augmentation of staff doesn't address need for more officers


Big Spring, TEXAS – Ahead of Wednesday’s hiring fair at Federal Correctional Institute Big Spring, the union representing workers there is calling the dwindling number of correctional officers and support staff a “dire” situation that needs immediate remedying.

 

“Right now, we are not even at 80 percent in custody staffing at our facility, and it’s posing extreme risks to our officers, staff, inmates, and the surrounding Big Spring community,” said AFGE Local 3809 President Paula Chavez.

 

“During the longest ever government shutdown our sisters and brothers here were not paid while they were busy risking their lives, and we had more than 5,000 hours of overtime and more than 700 hours of augmentation hours to try and staunch the bleeding,” she added.

 

The Federal Bureau of Prisons has been dealing with staffing shortages since at least 2015. The situation got even worse when the administration decided in January to cut 6,000 positions nationwide – including 25 at FCI Big Spring. For years, the agency has dealt with the staffing shortages of correctional officers by compelling teachers, secretaries, nurses and other support staff to step in and help guard inmates, creating even greater security risks. 

 

“All of our staff are well-trained to do the job they were hired to do, but augmenting clerical workers to deal with violent situations and violent inmates is not a long-term solution,” said Chavez.

 

In January 2017, FCI Big Spring had 257 authorized positions, with 33 vacancies. By January 2018 the vacancies crept to 50 – a 51 percent increase year-over year. Now, in January 2019, on the heels of the end of one shutdown, and a mere 10 days before the next potential one, there are only 184 workers – 40 less than were employed two years earlier.

 

“[Today] the agency is holding a hiring fair which is in dire need here,” said Chavez. “The administration and agency must take immediate action to fill the open positions we have here so we don’t see the same increase in violence at FCI Big Spring that has been prevalent across the country since the hiring freeze began four years ago.”

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2019 Chamber Extravaganza Recap


The 2019 Chamber Extravaganza was held last night at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum on the Sonic Floor.

 

During the event, guests mingled and networked, voted for their favorite tables, and made their bids on silent auction items. The outgoing Chamber Board President Manny Negron spoke about how pleased he was to see all the new connections that were made with the Chamber, gave a brief overview of the Board’s proud accomplishments over the past year, as well as mentioning a few people in new positions.

 

Eventually, the gavel was passed to the incoming Chamber Board President Randy Johnson, and Mark Richardson, was noted as President-Elect. Johnson thanked Negron for his service and gave a short speech noting that the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce not only serves Big Spring, but also Howard County. He went on to say that he looks forward to be able to represent the hundred of people that work for Forsan ISD and others in Howard County.

 

The Russ McEwen Community Award was presented to Linda Burchett.

 

The 2018 Woman and Man of the year were announced to be Jo Ann Staulcup and Jerry Grimes was named 2018 Man of the Year at tonight's Chamber Extravaganza!

 

Plus, the table winner of the evening was – United Country Heart of the City Realtors.

 

(Photo - Dene Sheppard, 2017 Woman of the Year, presents the 2018 Woman of the Year award to Jo Ann Staulcup at the 2019 Chamber Extravaganza held on Feb. 5, 2019.)

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Big Spring Prospectors Club Hosts 50th Annual Gem, Mineral, & Jewelry Show, Mar. 2-3, 2019


The Big Spring Prospectors Club will have their 50th Annual Gem, Mineral, and Jewelry Show next month on March 2nd and 3rd at the Howard County Fair Barn in Big Spring. During the show, there will be dealers with jewelry, rough rock, fossils, gems and minerals will be brought in for the event. Plus, there will also be a working demonstration of how to make glass beads, as well as displays by local members and Midland mineral club will also be at the show.

 

Admission for the event is free and hourly prizes will be given.

 

Lola Lamb, Secretary and Treasurer for the local club told KBest News that the Big Spring Prospectors Club had originated in 1968. She stated that it began with a group of six men who were interested in metal detecting for coins, old bullets, buttons, and similar artifacts. 

 

"In 1971 some more of their friends got interested in it, but they were also interested in lapidary. So, it kept growing unti they had enough to have a lapidary section within it. Actually, after that it became more of a gem and mineral club, instead of metal detecting."

 

Lamb said that, thanks to her mother, she’s been a member of the organization since 1973. She went on to tell KBest News that club is open to anyone who’s interested in the learning, either, how to work the rocks or about just general knowledge about the Earth Sciences around us. Lamb noted that interest in the club had declined quite a bit, but she still finds it fascinating. 

 

Anyone interested in learning more about the Big Spring Prospectors Club is welcomed to attend their monthly meetings, on the 2nd Monday of the month – the next one will be on Feb. 11th at 6:30 PM at their club house located at 606 E. 3rd. St. in Big Spring. 

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"Carnage Radio" Premiere Receives Great Feedback.


A free screening of Carnage Radio, a short film by Big Spring filmmaker James Fite, was shown over the weekend at the Big Spring Municipal Auditorium and had a great turnout. Both the free screening and the after party was sponsored by Hotel Settles.

 

Audience members had great reactions to the short film, and they were excited to see Big Spring featured as a character and not just a setting.

 

"I loved it! I think it's awesome. I love the way Big Spring was represented. I love the way they had the cast and crew from the town. It was amazing and I just want more," said screening attendee Laurie Edwards of the film.

 

There was a lot interaction during the Q&A with the cast and crew after the movie. During that time it was revealed that Carnage Radio had been submitted to several film festivals, accepted, and even nominated for awards. Fite also advised that short film was only a piece of what was written for a full-length feature film. Audiences were so enamored by the film, they were eager to learn that their goal for funding the full movie would be $300,000. 

 

"We were a little hesitant about [mentioning] that] because, you know, money scares people," said Fite. "We just wanted people to have a good time, but we were honest. If we wanted to do it right, $300,000 could make it right. If we wanted to make it for less, we could, but [$300,000] is the goal we're shooting for."

 

Carnage Radio is set to film at the Prison City Film Festival in Huntsville, TX on Feb. 27th.

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AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program will be offering FREE income tax preparation every Monday until 04/01/19.


The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program will be offering FREE income tax preparation every Monday until April 1st, from 8 AM – 12 PM at the Big Spring Senior Citizen’s Center, located at 100 Whipkey Drive in Big Spring. This service is available to all taxpayers with moderate to low income.

 

Taxpayers need to bring in the following items with them:
• Photo ID for the taxpayer and/or spouse
• Social Security cards for every person on the tax return. It should be noted that they will not do a tax return without seeing the Social Security cards.)
• Last year’s tax return
• W-2’s and all other proof of income received in 2018

 

Be advised that these tax returns will be filed electronically with e-filing for availability of faster refunds. If you have any questions you can contact Ray Alexander at 432-212-3533, or at wd5efttax@suddenlink.net.

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Cosden Sponsors CU 4 Reality Fair – Volunteers Needed!


Cosden Federal Credit Union will be presenting the CU 4 Reality Fair at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum in the East Room. The event will be on Wednesday, April 24th, from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

 

Student participants will experience a hands-on event that propels them through the personal financial management process, including career selection, budgeting for housing, transportation, luxuries, and more. At the end of the day, participants will have learned what it takes to make ends meet from month to month, and will have a better appreciation of the importance of budgeting, financial planning, and making wise purchasing choices.

 

Laurie Barraza, President of Cosden FCU, told KBest News that they are currently searching for business men and women willing to participate in this valuable experience. She noted that those who do volunteer will receive the opportunity to promote their business by volunteering to work at one of the retail booths and by providing relevant materials for this event. There are no fees to participate.

 

For more information or to volunteer, contact Laurie at 432-264-2600.

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"Cooking Well for Healthy Blood Pressure" Classes Offered at Howard County Extension Office


Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will be offering a series of classes called, “Cooking Well for Healthy Blood Pressure”. The series is a cooking school designed to help those concerned about high blood pressure and anyone who prepares meals for them.

The classes will be interactive and full of research-based information and healthy recipes. Sessions include: DASHing Your Way to Improved Health, A Virtual Grocery Store Tour, and Cooking with Spices and Herbs.

 

Class dates will be Feb. 21st, March 21st, and April 18th. All classes will be from 6-8 PM at the Howard County Extension Office located in the G. C. Broughton Ag Complex on the Howard College Campus. Call 432-264-2236 to reserve your spot.

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KBST Nominated for Texas Regional Radio Awards!!


KBST 95.7 in Big Spring continues to make its mark on Texas Radio with recent Texas Regional Radio Award nominations for "Radio Station of the Year - Medium Market". Plus, our very own KRIS MOORE, also with nominated with KBST, is in the running for "On Air Personality of the Year - Medium Market"!!

 

Although voting is only open to TRR members, it’s easy to sign up online and it’s free. Then members are able to cast votes and submit their ballots. Deadline to cast your votes is Feb. 15th, 2019.

 

The TRRMA Awards Show is developed to recognize Texas/Red Dirt artists, songwriters, radio stations, and other industry standouts for their achievements throughout the year. The TRR membership association is the avenue by which the nominations and voting for the TRR Awards will be interpreted and decided upon from the TRRMA Membership.

This year’s 9th Annual Texas Regional Radio Music Awards Show will be held March 24-25, 2019 in Arlington.

 

Here's how to vote!

1.) Visit https://trrma.net and hover on the "Membership" tab, then click "Sign-Up".

2.) Fill out the information to sign up for a FREE membership with Texas Regional Radio Music Association. This will allow you to cast your vote.

3.) Complete the ballot and submit your votes!!

 

If you already have a membership, follow step one and click on the blue link at the top of the page, then complete your ballot. It's that easy!!

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