On the 29th of August 2019 at approximately 1:30 P.M., Big Spring Police Department officers responded to the 1700 block of E. 3rd St. to assist the Big Spring Fire Department with traffic control as they extinguish a fire in the abandoned apartment building just east of Denny’s restaurant. Officers on scene were informed by Big Spring Fire personnel that a deceased female had been located inside the building. The female’s next of kin has been notified and she has been identified to be Maria Estella Flores Hispanic/Female 41 years of age. An autopsy was ordered by the Justice of the Peace and is being performed this morning. The Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigations Division is investigating the cause of death of Flores.
There is no further information available at this time as this is an ongoing investigation.
Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon
From Our News Partners at CBS7:
(KOSA) -- An employee at the state hospital in Big Spring helped a mental patient escape Tuesday, according to Texas Health and Human Services in Austin, which is in charge of the hospital.
HHS says the employee - Kimberly Lane - was caught on surveillance video with Jesus Perry leaving the hospital.
A family member close to this investigation tells CBS7 that Lane was sexually abusing Perry in exchange for drugs.
This person claims once Perry left the hospital, Lane drove him to Snyder and then alleges she helped him overdose on drugs.
He's in Snyder Cogdell Memorial Hospital according to this family member.
Texas HHS says Lane is on unpaid administrative leave pending an investigation.
We called the hospital in Snyder - and a spokesperson there refused to tell us Perry's condition this afternoon.
— CBS7 News
The Howard County Bowl is this Friday and 1 lucky football fans will have an opportunity to walk away with cold hard cash by participating in a special Sonic Kick for Cash during halftime.
The selected participant will attempt to make a field goal by kicking the KBST football from 25 yards out. Usually, if the participant makes the field goal, he or she will win a cash prize of at least $100. Since this week’s game is the Howard County Bowl, the cash prize has been increased to $200.
To register for the Sonic Kick for Cash, visit kbst.com and click on the Sonic Kick for Cash link to register online to kick at this week’s Howard County Bowl at Memorial Stadium.
Plus, don’t forget that pre-sale tickets for the Howard County Bowl are still available. Adult tickets are $6 and student tickets are $4. Ticket prices will increase to $8 for both adults and students at the gate. Tickets can be purchased at KBest Media, 608 Johnson in Big Spring.
The Small Business Development Center of UT Permian Basin will partner with Howard College to host the seminar “How to Start a Business” at Howard College tomorrow evening. The seminar will begin take place from 6-8 PM in room 201 in the Old Main Building on the Howard College Campus, located at 1001 Birdwell Ln in Big Spring.
It will cover the following topics:
· Forms of Ownership
· Requirements for a Commercial Loan
· Writing a Business Plan Narrative
· Financial Projections
· Identifying the Best Business Option for You
Cost for for the event is $15 for students and veterans and $25 for regular admission. Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite. For more information, contact 432-552-2458.
The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce has extended the deadline to turn in Leadership applications for class #38. Leadership is a program that’s designed to increase leadership skills and learn more about the community.
Employers with new employees or administration personnel new to the community would find this to be a beneficial course for them in order to help them learn more about Big Spring and Howard County, in addition to getting them involved with the community. It should be noted that this not only benefits the participants, but also the business that sponsors them. Employees will be promoting and representing their business as they become involved in the different organizations in the coming year, plus, they’ll be able to keep their businesses informed as to what is going on in the community and how the business can get involved.
Applications are available at the Chamber Office, and deadline to turn in completed applications is August 30th at noon. For more information, contact Debbye 432-263-7641.
KBest News has learned more details in the small plane crash that claimed the life of one man last Friday night. Howard County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that the pilot of the small racing plane, Beat Burkart, age 50, from Switzerland, and was in Big Spring working on the development of racing planes in a hangar at the Big Spring Airport. He took his plane up for a test flight at approximately 8:15 last Friday evening, August 23rd when witnesses saw it go down in a pasture a short time later.
Sheriff Stan Parker tells KBest Media that the search for the man and his plane was greatly impeded by darkness, and that assistance from the U.S. Air Force was requested. Air Force Recovery in Boca Raton, FL was notified and was able to pinpoint the coordinates of the plane from the final time the transponder signal was recorded. Searchers on the ground were then able to locate the plane within 300 yards of the last known coordinates which was near the Lomax area on a private ranch near FM 818.
The pilot was found deceased at the scene. The case was then turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board who are still actively investigating the crash.
According to the National Weather Service for the Midland/Odessa area, record breaking heat is expected today across the area. Highs today will climb over 100 degrees for most of the area and are expected to reach extremely hot, dangerous temperatures of 110-115 degrees across a large portion of the area.
Be sure to protect yourself from the heat, stay hydrated, and take frequent breaks in air conditioning. Try to limit outdoor activity to the early morning or evening, but if you need to be outdoors, be aware of the signs of heat related illness, and take the heat very seriously! Also, never leave a child or pet in a vehicle, as temperatures can become deadly in a matter of minutes.
On Friday evening, 08/23/19, the Howard County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that a small plane departed the Big Spring Airport earlier that evening, and witnesses saw it go down at approximately 8:15 pm. The aircraft was searched for in the Lomax area. The plan was later located early on Saturday morning, just after midnight.
According to our news partners at CBS 7, the plane was found on private property near FM 818, which is just south of I-20 and west of Highway 87.
The pilot was the sole occupant and did not survive the crash. His identity had not been released; however, he was not believed to be local.
National Transportation Safety Board still continues their investigation.
AUSTIN – When gearing up for hunting and fishing this fall, be sure to include two items from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department that won’t take up any more space and offer access to a world of resources: The Texas Outdoor Annual mobile app and the My Texas Hunt Harvest mobile app.
While hunters and anglers may be familiar with the printed Outdoor Annual booklet that has been a staple of tackle boxes and glove compartments for years, they may not be aware that the Outdoor Annual is now available as a mobile app. TPWD has developed this mobile app to give customers more choice in how they access important regulations information.
Updated hunting, fishing and boating regulations for the new season are now available in the Texas Outdoor Annual mobile app. Unique benefits of the app include: offline access to regulations once the app is downloaded, the ability to view your license within the app, location-based information on hunting seasons and freshwater fishing locations (including water body specific regulations, access points and fishing reports), along with other in app features. The free app is available in app stores, at OutdoorAnnual.com or by texting TPWD OA to 468-311 to receive a download link.
With the My Texas Hunt Harvest app, hunters and anglers can satisfy reporting requirements for eastern turkey, white-tailed deer and alligator gar harvest, as well as complete electronic on-site registration for most public hunting sites accessed when using the Annual Public Hunt (APH) Permit. Mandatory harvest reporting can also be completed online.
Starting Sept. 1, all alligator gar harvested from the public fresh waters of the state (other than Falcon International Reservoir) must be reported to TPWD within 24 hours of harvest. Alligator gar harvest data will help TPWD continue to manage healthy populations in water bodies throughout the state.
Also new this fall, hunters in parts of south-central Texas will be required to report all antlerless deer harvest in Austin, Bastrop, Caldwell, Colorado, Dewitt, Fayette, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Karnes, Lavaca, Lee, Waller, Washington, and Wilson. Counties also included in that change are Goliad, Jackson, Victoria, and Wharton counties north of U.S. Highway 59 and Comal, Hays, and Travis east of IH-35. The season will run from Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, through the Sunday following Thanksgiving, Dec. 1. Harvest must be reported within 24 hours of take.
Get the My Texas Hunt Harvest app at tpwd.texas.gov/myhunt. The app works without a data signal as long as it has already been downloaded to the device. Reportar en inglés o en español. The app is also bilingual and available in Spanish to customers who use Spanish as the main language setting on their phone or other mobile devices.
Texas DPS has released the details of a fatal crash that took the life of a pedestrian in Glasscock County.
Yesterday morning, at approximately 5:21 AM, DPS troopers responded to a 1-vehicle/pedestrian crash along Ranch to Market Rd. 33, just 2 miles north of Garden City.
According to the accident report, Erik Estrada-Duran, 37 of Del Rio, had parked his vehicle on the shoulder of the roadway, and he was standing in the lane of travel next to his vehicle. Francisco Garcia-Rodriguez, 34 of Garden City, passed the parked vehicle and struck the Estrada-Duran, who was standing in the roadway.
Estrada-Duran was transported to Scenic Mountain Medical Center and later pronounced dead.
Saturday evening, Hotel Settles, located at 200 E. 3rd St. in Big Spring, will have a free Back-to-School screening of “Dumbo” on their lawn beside the hotel.
Burgers and hot dogs will be sold in the pool area. Funds raised will be donated to Guardians of the Children, Wildcat Chapter, which is an organization that helps neglected and abused children.
There will also be Charity Auction during the event that begins at 7 PM.
The screening will begin at 7 PM. During this time, the pool will also be available for swimming, compliments of Hotel Settles. The event will continue through the end of the movie.
According to Sergeant Oscar Villarreal, a spokesperson with the Texas Department of Public Safety, this week, alone, there have been 4 fatal crashes in the Permian Basin Area.
DPS troopers responded on Sunday at 2:30 AM to US 385, just 1 mile north of Odessa to a single-vehicle accident. The driver, Nicholas E. Coble, 38 of Welsh, LA, was traveling north on U.S. 385, struck a curve, drove through a fence, and into a mobile home. He did not have a seatbelt on at the time of the crash, and was pronounced dead on scene.
On Monday, 8/19/19, at approximately 6:41 AM, a 2-vehicle crash was reported in Midland County. Troopers responded to FM 1379 and State Highway 158, 12 miles east of Midland.
A 15-year-old female driver, accompanied by 44-year-old Julietta Bird of Midland and an additional 12-year-old female passenger, were stopped at a stop sign on FM 1379 at the intersection of State Highway 158 facing north. The driver left the intersection and attempted to turn left onto SH 158, but failed to yield to the right of way entering the intersection and collided with another passenger vehicle.
The 15-year-old driver was pronounced dead on scene. Bird and the 12-year-old female passenger were transported to Midland Memorial Hospital for non-incapacitating injuries. The driver of the second vehicle, sustained no injuries. All involved in the accident were reported to have been wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.
Later at 7:11 am in Andrews County, also on 08/19/19, Troopers responded to a 1-vehicle crash at FM 181, 22 miles northwest of Andrews.
Jesus F. Luna, 32 of Hobbs, NM, was traveling north on FM 181 when the vehicle, 1999 Chevrolet pick-up, lost control in a curve, and rolled. He was pronounced dead on scene. He was reported to not have had his seatbelt on at the time of the crash.
On Wednesday, 08/21/19, at approximately 12:54 PM, DPS troopers responded a 2-vehicle crash 2 miles south of Midland. According to the preliminary investigation, Billy Avance, 88 of Midland, attempted to exit the parking lot of a business on State Highway 349 when he failed to yield the right of way to the 2nd vehicle that was traveling north on SH 349. Avance collided with the 2nd vehicle and was later pronounced dead at Midland Memorial Hospital.
The driver and passenger in the 2nd vehicle sustained non-incapacitating injuries and were transported to Midland Memorial Hospital. According to the accident report, all involved in the accident were wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
AUSTIN – As we begin a new school year, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding all Texans to slow down in school zones, be careful around school buses, follow all traffic laws, and stay alert around schools and the surrounding areas where children may be walking and playing. The start of the school year also generates an increase in overall traffic in many areas, and drivers are urged to take extra precautions.
“Going back to school brings new opportunities for students, and it also requires additional awareness and caution by drivers to ensure the safety of our students,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Drivers are urged to be particularly alert around schools and in school zones, and to follow all traffic laws to help protect our kids. DPS won’t tolerate reckless driving that puts children in harm’s way.”
The moments when students are entering or exiting a school bus can be one of the most dangerous times during a child’s trip to and from school. Accordingly, DPS reminds drivers to reduce speed and be aware that children may unexpectedly step into a roadway without checking for oncoming traffic.
According to state law, if a school bus has alternating flashing red signals visible from the front or rear, drivers must stop before reaching the bus. Drivers can only proceed if the flashing lights are no longer activated; the driver signals you to proceed; or the bus has resumed driving. Approaching drivers do not have to stop for a school bus that is operating a visual signal if the roadway is separated by a physical barrier or an intervening space. (If a highway is divided onlyby a left-turning lane, the roadways are not considered separated, and drivers must stop for school buses.)
As a reminder, school buses are legally required to stop at all railroad crossings.
Drivers who illegally pass school buses face fines up to $1,250 for the first offense. For individuals convicted of this offense more than once, the law allows the individual’s driver license to be suspended for up to six months. (A ticket for illegally passing a school bus cannot be dismissed through defensive driving.) Additionally, this offense could potentially include criminal charges if they cause serious bodily injury to another.
Kindred at Home is currently having their 15th Annual Food Drive in partnership with the Howard County Resource Center. All donations, canned goods or cash, will go to benefit the Howard County Resource Center and will be distributed to local residents of Howard County.
This food drive will continue through the end of August. Here, Nicole Doose, Clinical Home Health Specialist for Kindred at Home, advised that there are multiple drop-off locations around Big Spring, like: Scenic Mountain Medical Center, Porter's, Dollar General stores located near Porter's and in Coahoma/Sand Springs area, KBest Media, Marcy Place, and Kindred locations in Big Spring.
High demand items that are requested are canned goods, noodles, and cereal. It should be noted that monetary donations are also accepted and should be dropped off at 1900 Scurry in Big Spring.
Keep Big Spring Beautiful hosted their annual Love Our Lake event on Saturday, 08/17/19, in an effort to bring the community together and clean up the litter left behind from fisherman and others that come out to enjoy the beautiful parks.
The Love Our Lake event is held every year in anticipation of the Comanche Warrior Triathlon, however, even though the Triathlon will not be taking place, it is a good opportunity to get out and enjoy our parks and get to know your community.
The largest group that participated on Saturday was Delek with 21 people working to collect trash. Thanks to all the participants, a total of 220 pounds of trash was picked up Saturday morning.
For more information on events like these, contact Peggy Skyles with Keep Big Spring Beautiful at 432-267-3956.
This morning, President of Snyder Cemetery Association Troy Botts, Sr. answered questions from an angry crowd about the recent clean-up at Snyder Cemetery that was done without notice.
According to Botts, the clean-up was ordered by the Board. He stated that workers had pointed out areas that they were unable to mow due to items in place, that's when he advised workers to remove items in the way to continue with maintenance of the cemetery.
Botts admitted to the crowd that he had done the clean-up without notice, but now wishes that he had placed a public notice in the local newspaper. Although Botts took several questions from the crowd, many people were still left without answers about whether the items would be replaced.
Snyder Cemetery is a privately-owned cemetery and is governed by a Board. At this point, Botts has not responded to requests for comments, however, a worker at Snyder Cemetery confirmed that the cleanup is currently on hold. He stated that the items that were picked up will be removed from the trash trailer they were placed in and will be carefully spread out on the ground so that family members can have a chance to reclaim them. Families can begin searching for their items beginning at 8 AM tomorrow, 08/20/19.
Over the past week, the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department has responded to several fires in our area. The biggest was on Saturday evening when they were called out to a fire near Rodeo Rd and Wildfire, south of Big Spring.
According to HCVFD Chief Mitchell Hooper, the fire consumed approximately 60 acres of land. Response included 6 HCVFD units, a bulldozer and maintainer from Howard County Road and Bridge, and 2 units from Glasscock County Volunteer Fire Department. The fire was extinguished approximately 3 hours later. No evacuations were necessary and no injuries were reported.
Chief Hooper advised that last week the department responded to 12 grassfires. With the exception of one, the fires originated with electricity – whether it was a lightning strike or various issues with electrical power lines.
This afternoon, 08/19/19, Chief Hooper advised of another fire near East Howrd Field Rd in the Coahoma area. He advised that the cause was due to an electrical line. No injuries were reported and no evacuations were necessary.
Last week, it was announced that Howard College’s proposed total tax rate is approximately $0.21 / $100 valuation, which is a decrease from last year’s total rate of approximately $0.23/$100. The average home is valued at $81,284. With Howard College’s proposed total tax rate, the average home would see a decrease of $12.12. A home valued at $100,000 would see a decrease of $21.68.
Although Howard College’s proposed total tax rate for this year has decreased from last year, Dr. Cheryl Sparks, President of Howard College, advised that the rate will bring a 5 percent increase in tax money that the college receives. This 5 percent increase is for deferred maintenance and security safety.
Public tax hearings are scheduled for tomorrow, August 20th, at 12:30 PM in the Tumbleweed Room inside of the Student Union building at Howard College. The next public hearing will be on Friday, August 23rd at 12:30 PM in the same location.
The Comanche Warrior Triathlon consists of a 500-meter open water swim in Comanche Trail Lake, a 30k bike ride out and back bike ride on city and county roads, and is concluded with a 5k run on closed trails and roads in the Comanche Trail Park. The USA Triathlon sanctioned event has been hosted in Big Spring for the past 11 years by the Big Spring Convention and Visitors Bureau, but this year the CVB has decided to pass the torch to Permian Basin Events.
Craig Felty with Permian Basin Events, told KBest News that the number of participants for the Triathlon hadn’t increased enough over the years to make it economically viable for the CVB to continue. On top of that, the City of Big Spring was a big part of the volunteer labor to put the race on. Since the City has been short-staffed in many positions, Felty said it would be spreading them too thin if they were to continue to help.
Felty went on to say that it’s possible that they may alter the format and take it out to Moss Lake and turn it into an XTERRA, or cross triathlon, that includes swimming, mountain biking, and trail running.
"If we change to an XTERRA event next year and make it off road, those are more uncommon. Those, people will travel more to find becauase that's kind of the comming thing in triathlons," said Felty. "So, maybe, it's just time for Comanche Warrior [Triathlon] to transition into a different format."
Permian Basin Events is working on building a sponsor and volunteer base to provide the kind of experience participants have come to expect. For more information on how to do your part to bring the Comanche Warrior Triathlon back next year, contact Craig Felty at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 432-213-0409.
Within the past few months, H-E-B in Big Spring has been working on their new Curbside area of the store and now they’re just about ready for their big reveal.
The H-E-B Curbside service allows customers to shop online and pick-up groceries later at a designated time, so they don’t have to actually go inside the store. When the customer arrives to pick up their groceries, H-E-B employees will bring the items the customer’s vehicle and load them.
Beginning today, customers are able to place orders for Curbside, and will be able to begin picking up orders on August 22nd. It should be noted that there is no order fee is the online order is placed at least a day in advance. In fact, H-E-B will be waiving the service fee of $4.95 on the first 4 orders for each Curbside customer. Orders can be placed at www.hebtoyou.com.
The ribbon cutting ceremony for this new service will be on Thursday, August 22nd at 3 PM, and will include cookies, punch, H-E-Buddy, and door prizes.
SAN ANGELO, Texas —Texas A&M Forest Service and local fire departments remind people operating equipment outdoors to be aware of current conditions to help reduce wildfires.
Over the past week, Texas A&M Forest Service firefighters responded to six wildfires ignited by equipment use.
Equipment use continues to be a major cause of wildfires. Each year, people using chainsaws, weed eaters, lawn mowers, welders, grinders, bulldozers, farm harvesting equipment, off-road vehicles and other equipment that generate sparks, start numerous fires.
People who use equipment on or near dry grass and brush are encouraged to take a few simple precautions to prevent wildfires:
- Check blades, bearings and belts prior to use to ensure good working order.
- Check brakes and tires for proper inflation and tire condition.
- Check fire conditions for possible fire danger before you operate equipment.
- Comply with any conditions or restrictions regarding equipment use in your area.
- Do not park cars, trucks or recreational vehicles on dry vegetation. The exhaust system on a vehicle can reach a temperature of more than 1,000 degrees; it only takes about 500 degrees to start a wildfire in the summer.
- Use an approved spark arrester on all internal combustion powered equipment.
For more information on current wildfire conditions, please visit the Texas Interagency Coordination Center website at https://ticc.tamu.edu.
AUSTIN – Texas Health and Human Services was recently awarded $336,994 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to prevent and reduce fraud in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Texas was among 10 states chosen to pilot new strategies in prevention and fraud detection within the food assistance program. The funds will be used to support HHSC’s public benefit integrity initiatives by creating outreach materials, and supplementing staff training and resources to help them better identify fraud.
“Food assistance is a lifeline to many families trying to make ends meet,” said Wayne Salter, HHSC deputy executive commissioner for Access and Eligibility Services. “By safeguarding the integrity of the program we’re better able to help people who truly need it.”
HHSC’s Public Benefit Integrity Unit works to prevent inaccurate benefit issuance through professional staff training, recipient education and case review. Essential components of this approach include educating staff on new and emerging trends in fraud and providing recipients the necessary information and tools to use SNAP benefits as intended. This combination helps prevent fraud before it occurs.
SNAP provides food assistance to approximately 1.5 million eligible low-income individuals and families in Texas, with monthly benefits worth nearly $400 million.
For information on SNAP eligibility, visit YourTexasBenefits.com. Texas residents can also dial 2-1-1 to learn about programs and services.
During Monday’s meeting of the Howard College Board of Trustees, it was announced that Howard College’s proposed total tax rate is $0.2106365 / $100 valuation, which is a decrease from last year’s total rate of $0.232316/$100. This total rate is made up of the Maintenance & Operations rate, also known as M&O, and the Interest and Sinking rate, also known as the I&S.
This year’s M&O rate is $0.186645/$100 valuation. This is set by the Board Members, and is needed to cover maintenance and operations for the Howard College District within Howard County.
This year's Interest and Sinking rate, also known as the I&S, is $0.0239920 / $100 valuation. This rate is automatically set by the tax assessor, and generates the amount needed to pay the annual note payment on the $21.6 million bond that was passed in 2009 and will continue through 2028.
The decrease in this year's proposed tax rate would result in a decrease of $12.12 in taxes for the average home valued at $81,284. In a home valued at $100,000, this would result in a decrease of $21.68.
Although Howard College’s proposed total tax rate for this year has decreased from last year, Dr. Cheryl Sparks, President of Howard College, advised that the rate will bring a 5 percent increase in tax money that the college receives. This 5 percent increase is for deferred maintenance and security safety.
Public tax hearings are scheduled for Tuesday, August 20th at 12:30 PM and Friday, August 23rd at 12:30 PM in the Tumbleweed Room.
Howard College Proposed Tax Rate for 2019 compared to 2018.
Type of Rate
$0.186645 / $100 valuation
$0.2001520 / $100 valuation
$0.0239920 / $100 valuation
$0.0321640 / $100 valuation
Proposed Total Tax Rate
$0.2106365 / $100 valuation
$0.232316 / $100 valuation
In Midland yesterday, 08/12/19, 62-year-old David King pleaded guilty to a federal child pornography production charge, announced U.S. Attorney John F. Bash, F.B.I. Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie, Jr., El Paso Division, and Ector County Sheriff Mike Griffis.
Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Griffin, King admitted that from June 1, 2017, to May 1, 2018, he posed minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and produced sexually explicit images of those minors using his cell phone. In June 2019, state authorities executed a search warrant in this case at King’s residence. King was arrested after authorities discovered child pornography on several electronic devices inside the residence.
King faces a mandatory minimum term of 15 years and up to 30 years in federal prison. He remains in federal custody. Sentencing, before U.S. District Judge David Counts in Midland, has yet to be scheduled.
This case was investigated by the F.B.I. together with the Ector County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety. Assistant U.S. Attorney Glenn Harwood is prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood,
please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
During yesterday’s meeting of the Howard College Board of Trustees, Maxwell Barr, Vice Chairman of the Board, was recognized for his 10 years of service on the Howard College Board of Trustees. Here, Dr. Cheryl Sparks, President of Howard College, told KBest News that Barr has brought the perspective of the ranching and farming community to the board and that Barr family has served Howard College for many years.
There will be a meeting of the Big Spring City Council this evening at 5:30 PM in the City Council Chambers located at 307 E. 4th St. in Big Spring.
Items on tonight’s agenda include an update on the progress of Phase 1 of the Amphitheater Renovations, a presentation on the Delinquent Tax Annual Report for July 2018 – June 2019, and a presentation on the Tax Rate for the 2019-2020 Fiscal Year.
During the City Manager’s Report, Todd Darden, City Manager for the City of Big Spring, will be speaking about applications for a vacancy on the Board of Adjustments & Appeals requiring an engineer or architect, applications for an alternate on the Zoning Board of Adjustments, and applications for Members to the Citizens Advisory Board.
The 16th annual Forsan Community Prayer Breakfast will be on Wednesday, August 14th, from 7:30 – 8:30 AM.
Randy Johnson, Superintendent of Forsan Independent School District, told KBest News that Howard County community members are invited to attend the breakfast, and noted that the event is not an official school function. Tickets are sold for $5 each to cover the cost of the meal, and no public monies are used for the event.
Johnson told KBest News that he believed the event is important to Howard County.
"My personal beliefs are that this is vital. Not only at this one time of year, but to try to set the stage for people to support their own children, support their community, support their schools through prayer," said Johnson. "So, whether it's Forsan ISD, Big Spring ISD, Coahoma, or whatever it is, I just want to encourage people to invite God into our schools and try to tap into that power and authority."
This year’s featured speaker is Pastor Tim Dunn of Hillside Christian Church. Pastor Darren Weaver of Forsan Baptist Church will act as the emcee and be providing special music for the event. It should be noted that the entire meal and program will last only 1 hour so that attendees can get to their place of employment without missing a great deal of work time.
Tickets may be purchased from Forsan Elementary, Forsan Jr. and Senior High School, or the Superintendent’s Office. Be advised that tickets must be purchased, or reserved by phone, ahead of time in order to assist with meal planning.
Ron White returns to Midland, TX on November 16th, 2019, performing at the Wagner Noël
Performing Arts Center at 8 PM. By popular demand, a 2nd show has been added on the same day at 5 PM, also at the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center. Tickets for the 2nd show go on sale on Friday, August 16th at 10 AM. Ticket are available for $49 or $59 at the Available at: Wagner Noël Box Office, online at wagnernoel.com, or through charge by phone at 800-514-3849.
Comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White, who first rose to fame as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour phenomenon, has long since established himself as a star in his own right. Over the past 15 years, White has been one of the top grossing stand up comedians on tour in the country. His comedy recordings have sold over 14 million units (solo and with the Blue Collar Comedy Tour), he’s been nominated for two Grammys, he was featured in the Cameron Crowe Showtime Series, “Roadies,” and he even authored a book that appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List.
Audience members at White’s shows might notice a change in the stage set up — while the ever-present cigar, remains ever-present, Ron decided to forego his signature scotch drink, in favor of a glass of tequila. In fact, he enjoyed the taste so much, he bought the company. Fans can purchase their very own bottle of Number Juan Tequila, by visiting www.TatersTequila.com.
Touring nearly nonstop since the Blue Collar days, the masterful storyteller shows no signs of
slowing down. Ron White has had a number of 2019 tour dates, which began in January, and are extending into this Summer.
For complete tour and ticketing information, visit www.TaterSalad.com.
RON WHITE – Biography
Comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White first rose to fame as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour phenomenon, but now as a chart-topping Grammy-nominated comedian and a feature film actor, Ron White has established himself as a star in his own right. White has always been a classic storyteller. His stories relay tales from his real life, ranging from growing up in a small town in Texas to sharing stories of his daily life to becoming one of the most successful comedians in America. All 4 of his comedy albums charted #1 on the Billboard TM Comedy Charts. He has sold over 14 million albums (solo and with the Blue Collar Comedy Tour), been nominated for two Grammys, and over the past 9 years (since 2004) been one of the top three grossing stand up comedians on tour in America.
Ron White began performing comedy in 1986 and was quickly opening for legendary comedians Sam Kinison and Jeff Foxworthy. After eventually becoming a comedy club headliner, in 2000 White was asked to join the Blue Collar Comedy Tour alongside Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy. The show toured for over three years to sold-out audiences in over 270 cities and grossed more than $35 million. In 2003, Warner Brothers filmed the show, Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie for a theatrical/TV/DVD/CD release. The film premiered as the most-watched movie in Comedy Central’s history. In 2005, the video Blue Collar Comedy Tour Rides Again was filmed and released on TV and DVD/CD.
In November of 2003, White released his breakthrough comedy CD Drunk In Public followed by his first one- hour TV comedy special They Call Me Tater Salad. The special had the highest viewership for a Sunday program in Comedy Central history. The DVD version was released in 2004 and reached #1 on the Billboard TM Comedy Chart. In 2005, White’s second one-hour special You Can’t Fix Stupid aired on Comedy Central to 4.5 million viewers, making it the third largest audience in Comedy Central’s history and the #1 show on primetime basic cable. The CD reached #1 on the Billboard TM Comedy Charts and remained there for 9 consecutive weeks. This success also earned White his first Grammy nomination. Ron received his second Grammy nod for the show Blue Collar Comedy Tour - One for The Road. In June 2006, Penguin Books released Ron’s first book Ron “Tater Salad” White: I Had the Right to Remain Silent…But I Didn’t Have the Ability, which landed him on the New York Times Best Seller List. In 2009, Ron released his 3 rd album Behavioral Problems, which reached #1 on the Billboard TM Comedy Chart. In 2013 Ron’s 4 th album, A Little Unprofessional, also reached #1 on the Billboard TM Comedy Chart. All of Ron’s DVDs are certified Platinum.
Ron has been a passionate supporter of the US military troops for more than 20 years, donating his time and resources. In 2008, he created an annual charity show Ron White’s Comedy Salute to the Troops. The profit from ticket/DVD sales is donated to the Armed Forces Foundation to assist troops and their families. Many of White’s celebrity friends have participated in these shows: Lewis Black, Dave Attell, Kathleen Madigan, Brian Regan and Rascal Flatts. In 2011, the show was recorded for TV/DVD and was the second highest-watched show on CMT that year. The taping location that year and the next was the historic Grand Ole Opry. In 2013 the show was recorded in Las Vegas and premiered March 2013.
As an actor, Ron White had supporting roles acted in the major theatrical films Horrible Bosses and Sex and the City 2. He also had a principal role in Jayne Mansfield’s Car (written/directed by Billy Bob Thornton). He is a co-Executive Producer of Bridegroom, a Linda Bloodworth–Thomason documentary, which debuted at the 2013 NYC Tribeca Film Festival and won the Audience Award.
In 2016, Ron White’s acting talents were showcased alongside Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino, and Imogen Poots, in music-industry veteran Cameron Crowe's Showtime series, Roadies. White played road-tested tour manager Phil in a critically praised performance.
Texas DPS has identified the man killed in Tuesday afternoon’s, 08/06/19, wreck in Martin County.
According to the crash report, DPS Troopers responded to the accident involving two truck-tractors on FM 819, 10 miles northwest of Stanton, at approximately 2:17 PM on August 6th.
The investigation revealed that Gerardo Cano-Flores, 22 of Homestead, FL, was towing a semi-trailer traveling west on CR 3100. He then failed to yield to the right of way at the stop sign intersection of FM 829 and struck another truck-tractor traveling south on FM 829. The driver of the 2nd truck tractor, Adolfo Soto-Perez, 55 of Fort Hancock, TX, was towing a mobile home at the time of the crash.
Cano-Flores sustained non-capacitating injuries and was transported to Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland. Soto-Perez was pronounced dead on scene.
The investigation reported that Cano-Flores did not have his seatbelt on at the time of the crash, however, it’s been undetermined whether Soto-Perez, was wearing his seatbelt.
The Kindness Revolution is a national non-profit initiative with the mission to raise the awareness of kindness in our communities and schools. It's a concept that Adrian Calvio, local State Farm Insurance Agent in Big Spring, has decided to help spread to Big Spring by becoming a local ambassador for the Kindness Revolution.
"It's a super simple concept, man. That's what's great about it!," said Calvio. "Literally, the mission is to spread kindness instead of negativity in real life, [with] face-to-face people but also in the social media realm."
Calvio stated that they’ve purchased 3 different bracelets for kids, adults, and veterans / military / first responders. He told KBest News that he’s going to partner with Howard County schools, along with other schools outside of the county, to help encourage kindness. He noted that there would be a local ambassador at the school who will offer a bracelet to whomever they deem to have done the kind act for the day.
"The idea is to pay it forward. You don't really want to keep the bracelet. The idea is to change the paradigm of thinking, so to start looking for good in people," said Calvio. "Look for the good stuff instead of focusing on trying to call people out for everything bad. We're gonna start helping people look for the good in everyone. By having the bracelet on, we're hoping it starts their focus on looking for good, theny they hand it off."
Calvio went on to say that he hopes adults will take part in the Kindness Revolution more than the kids because, eventually, kids will model what they see the adults around them do.
For more information on how to be a part of the kindness revolution, direct message Adrian Calvio through Facebook at The Kindness Revolution - Big Spring,TX, led by Adrian Calvio Ins Agency.
A Big Spring man was killed in a crash on I-20 on Tuesday. The victim has been identified as 29-year-old Joshua Jones of Big Spring.
According to DPS, their troopers responded to a crash on I-20 six miles east of Stanton at 11:22 a.m. on Tuesday.
When the troopers arrived at the scene they found a crash involving two truck-tractors.
Jones was taken to the Martin County Hospital where he passed away. The driver of the other truck-tractor, Terry Brewer, 61, of Herber Springs, AZ, was not hurt in the crash.
DPS says that Jones and the other driver were both traveling east on the interstate. According to DPS, their preliminary investigation revealed that Jones failed to control his speed and crashed into the back of the other truck-tractor.
According to the DPS report, Brewer had his seatbelt on at the time of the crash, however, Jones did not.
School will be in full swing soon and Back in Motion and Scenic Mountain Medical Center are doing their part to give back to the community.
Back in Motion will have their 7th annual Back In Motion School Supply Drive tomorrow from 3 PM – 6 PM behind their office at 1113 S. Scurry in Big Spring. Backpacks and school supplies will be available for students in grades K-12th. Be advised that children must be present to receive a backpack.
Also, tomorrow, Scenic Mountain Medical Center will be hosting their 6th annual Back to School Health Splash from 4:30 – 7 PM in the front lawn area of SMMC, located at 1601 W. 11th Place in Big Spring. During this event, there will be free backpacks given to the first 250 people. There will also be hot dogs, chips, juice, and water provided by BBVA, Marcy Place, Big Spring Herald, and Martinez Welding.
(Photo - Many students and their families gathered at the 2018 Back in Motion Backpack/School Supply Giveaway.)
At approximately 11:40 AM on Monday, August 5th, Texas DPS troopers responded to a 1-vehicle crash in Howard County, 3 miles east of Coahoma, that resulted in 1 fatality.
According to the DPS report, Paul A. Escobedo, 27, of Del Rio, Texas was traveling east on Interstate 20 when his vehicle exited IH-20 onto the south service road at an unsafe speed. Escobedo lost control of the vehicle, a 1996 Ford F-350 pickup, over-corrected and rolled.
Escobedo sustained incapacitating injurie and transported to Medical Center Hospital in Odessa. His passenger, Luis Pena, 25, also of Del Rio, was pronounced dead at Scenic Mountain Medical Center.
The DPS investigation revealed that Escobedo was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident, however, Pena was not.
Jodey Arrington, U.S. Representative for the 19th congressional district of Texas, will be making a stop in Big Spring tomorrow.
Congressman Arrington will be holding a Town Hall meeting for the citizens of Big Spring and Howard County at the Big Spring City Council Chamber on Wednesday, August 7th at 10:30 AM. The Congressman will be giving a brief legislative update and then open the floor up for questions.
Tax-Free Weekend for Texas will be this weekend, August 9th – 11th. During this annual sales tax holiday, you can buy most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks (sold for less than $100) tax free from a Texas store or from an online or catalog seller doing business in Texas. In most cases, you do not need to give the seller an exemption certificate to buy qualifying items tax free.
The sales tax exemption applies only to qualifying items you buy during the sales tax holiday. Items you buy before or after the sales tax holiday do not qualify for exemption, and there is no tax refund available.
On Friday morning, August 2nd, the Howard County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a dog attack that occurred on the Happy Day Humane Society property. The investigation revealed that contractors had been working on the property when a dog had found its way out of the kennel and attempted to attack one of the contractors. The workers felt that the dog was an immediate threat to their safety and shot the dog out of self-defense. The workers immediately reported the incident to their employer. The Howard County Sheriff’s Office was later notified of the incident.
Sheriff Stan Parker tells KBest Media that these types of events are unfortunate, but that the workers were within their right to defend themselves from immediate danger. At this time, authorities are still looking into the incident.
Hang gliders will return to the skies over Big Spring next week. The Big Spring Nationals competition will take place at McMahon-Wrinkle Airport August 11 through 17.
This year’s event is part of a series of competitions to determine the 2019 U.S. National Hang Gliding Champion and is sanctioned by the U.S. Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association. It will also be the test event for next year’s 1st FAI Pan-American Hang Gliding Championships, sanctioned by the World Air Sports Federation.
The public is invited to watch the launch activity, which normally happens between noon and 1 PM, depending on the weather. Visitors can see the pilots getting ready and lining up, towing up behind ultralight airplanes, and circling above the airport to get high enough to start. It takes about an hour to get everyone into the air.
The City provides shaded bleachers at the McMahon-Wrinkle airport (enter through the terminal). There are restrooms inside the terminal, and there is usually food available for purchase before the launching starts. The airport is on the west side of town, near where Business 20 intersects with Interstate 20.
Belinda Boulter, Co-Organizer and Meet Director, explained that the competition is a race to a goal, with a different task announced at a briefing every morning. Daily tasks are designed to take three or four hours for the winner to complete, and often include turnpoints, so they might look like a dogleg or a zigzag or even a triangle. The longest task ever called at Big Spring was 215 miles, with five pilots making goal. But normal tasks are more commonly between 100 miles and 150 miles. During the competition the Terminal office usually has some information about daily activities: (432) 264-2362.
“There are two reasons we keep coming back to Big Spring: the weather, and the community,” said Boulter, noting that this will be the seventeenth year for this event. “There are very few places in the world with such consistent, excellent flying conditions. And the support of the community is unique — visitors from other regions or other countries are always amazed at the genuine welcome we find in Big Spring and will agree there's no place like it.” She pointed out that many local volunteers work hard to make the competition a success.
Although tandem hang glider flights will not be available, it’s possible to take a flight in one of the Bailey-Moyes Dragonfly ultralight tow planes with designer Bobby Bailey. These flights take place in the early morning or the evening, before or after the other event activities and when the air is smoother. The price starts at $65 for a 15-mnute flight. All flying is weather-dependent, and reservations are advised: call Jim Prahl at 352-516-8618.
Be advised that parents will need to complete a Proof of Residence for all students who were enrolled at Big Spring ISD last year. This will need to be completed at the student’s designated campus beginning today – Friday, August 9th.
Parents or guardians will have to show a valid ID for verification that they are the legal parent/guardian.
They must also present their proof of residence, or POR, in their name and update information if necessary. A proof of residence is a utility bill, home lease or mortgage, or rental agreement in the legal guardian’s name.
Parents must also sign the 800 Report, which is the information that BSISD had on the student on the last day of school, as a statement that the information is all correct. Clerks will make a copy of the Proof of Residence and ID after verifying the information.
If the parent does not have a valid Proof of Residence, they will need to update and sign the 800 Report on campus, then they will go to Records and Registration to sign the appropriate forms in place of the POR. If the person is not listed as the legal parent/guardian, they will need to take the valid guardianship paperwork to the Records and Registration office.
DAV (Disabled American Veterans) has named Clara Lewis of Big Spring, Texas, the 2019 DAV Auxiliary George H. Seal Memorial Trophy recipient. DAV National Commander Dennis Nixon and DAV Auxiliary National Commander Ellen Timmerman presented the award at the organizations’ 98th National Convention Aug. 3 in Orlando, Florida.
Each year, the prestigious George H. Seal Memorial Trophy honors one DAV and DAV Auxiliary member who have gone above and beyond in their service through the Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS) Program.
“Like so many DAV Auxiliary members, Ms. Lewis developed a passion for working with veterans when her own husband was injured,” said Timmerman. “It has turned into her life’s work, and she has touched the lives of countless veterans through her decades of compassionate service.”
Lewis began her 44-year volunteering career when her late husband, a Vietnam veteran, was receiving care at the West Texas Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care System. During her tenure, she has dedicated nearly 44,000 hours of her own time to veterans, the DAV Auxiliary and the VA staff. At 86-years-old, she’s not slowing down anytime soon, as she still volunteers for at least seven hours each day.
“It is an absolute honor to present this award to Ms. Lewis,” said Nixon. “She is a shining example of what it means to truly serve our nation’s veterans.”
Lewis frequently uses her standing to recruit other volunteers and organizations to give time to West Texas veterans, and has become an indispensable part of the local veterans community.
“We often refer to Miss Clara as a force of nature comparable to the famous West Texas winds,” said West Texas VA Health Care System Voluntary Services program manager Sheila Austin. “She is an unwavering supporter of veterans and a trusted advisor to the executive leadership team.”
Lewis volunteers throughout the health care system, dedicating her time to support mental health services, the community living center, voluntary services office and the information desk.
Yesterday, the Howard County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a Door to Door Insurance salesman. The salesman is identifying himself as Joshua Welch. The Sheriff’s office noted that they contacted the salesman and Welch stated that he was an independent salesman for Washington National Insurance Company, but he refused to offer a number to the Company to verify his information. Calls to Washington National Insurance were made to the phone numbers listed on the internet, however they were not valid numbers and the Howard County Sheriff’s Office has not been able to determine if Welch is in fact selling for this company.
Tomorrow, Walmart and The Salvation Army will be joining forces to provide new school supplies to local children in need during the “Stuff the Bus” campaign event at Walmart.
As part of a nationwide effort, the “Stuff the Bus” event in Big Spring is one of nearly 3,000 similar events taking place at Walmart stores across the country. In-store shoppers on August 3rd will receive lists of supplies needed, and all they have to do to participate is purchase and drop off the requested items at The Salvation Army collection bins located at the front of each store.
According to Lt. Charlsie Godwin with the Salvation Army of Big Spring, kids are heading back to school and many will need assistance to start the school year off right. She noted that by donating school supplies for a child in need, the burden is eased for parents and helps to set the right tone for the kids and boosts their confidence.
Registration for Coahoma ISD returning students will begin on Monday, Aug 5., and continue through Thursday, Aug. 8. Registration times are as follows: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday; 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday; 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday.
Now, here are some Important Dates to keep in mind for CISD students:
Elementary: Meet the Teacher will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Aug, 12, at the Elementary. Kindergarten Boot Camp is set for Aug. 14.
The Academy: All returning and new students and their families need to attend one of the following orientation dates held at the high school auditorium: 12:10 p.m., Monday, Aug. 5; 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 6; 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 8. Orientation should not take longer than 40 minutes.
Junior High: Return registration packets on Aug. 12, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and pick up schedules.
High School: Schedule and Chromebook pick up is 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday, Aug. 12. Freshman orientation will be held at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14, in the high school auditorium.
School begins Thursday, Aug. 15.
On Friday morning, 07/26/19, a car was reported to have fallen into a hole located near 15th and Lexington in Big Spring. It is the second time that an incident like this has happened in the area within a few months.
In an interview with our news partners at CBS 7, the driver of the vehicle Cyndra George said that she had driven through some water and then the ground sunk beneath her. She stated that water rushed into her car and the sides of her car were hit by rocks. She also noted that the tow truck alone had cost her $1800, and she’s able to file a claim with the city.
According to Big Spring Mayor Shannon Thomason, the hole was a result of a water main break that washed out the dirt from under the road. It’s the same section of water line that caused the first sunken car back in May. It’s also one of the several sections that Big Spring City Council members approved to have replaced, and, according to Mayor Thomason, should begin within the next 2-3 weeks.
Thomason told KBest News, “We’re not happy with the accident, and we’re very sorry that it happened.” He also advised that council had recently voted to approve the reimbursement for accident that happened in May.
Thomason went on to say that he wanted to assure people that they are trying to make things better and get things fixed. He noted that they will do what is within their ability to take care of Big Spring residents.
He also urged the public to avoid driving through water flooded roads as to prevent future incidents from occurring. Noting if possible, for people to drive around areas of water.
There will be a fundraiser tonight from 5-8 pm at the Train Car Cigar Bar prior tonight's Downtown Throwdown.
The fundraiser will be for Eli Jackson Young, a 3-month old infant who has been diagnosed with a rare form of infant botulism. Eli is the great nephew of Barney Dodd, owner BAD Events and who has also done his share to help coordinate fundraisers in the past for other people within the Big Spring area.
Double L BBQ will be selling dinner plates will be served for $10 each and funds raised will be used to pay for the medical expenses. Dinner plates will be either philly cheese steak sliders or pulled pork stuffed baked potato. Delivery is also available by calling 432-755-9529.