Yesterday morning, Big Spring Independent School District’s Superintendent Jay McWilliams revealed that the district had received official results from the 2018 STAAR tests. He was proud to announce that both Goliad and Washington Elementary had tested out of the "Improvement Required" (IR) status that they had been in for six consecutive years. McWilliams advised that while they are pleased with the hard work that was put in for this accomplishment, the school district will continue to strive for improvements in all that they do.
During his interview, he also noted that Big Spring Intermediate (BSI), a school that was able to test out of the Improvement Required status last year, did fall back in. He stated that the student scores had to be at 60 percent passing rate to remain out of the IR status, but their scores came in just under by less than 1 percent. McWilliams stated that he knows that the BSI campus will continue to work hard this year to move out of the IR status. He also noted that Big Spring ISD will continue to work together as a team to continue to improve at all campuses.
Also this week, Texas school districts received their first A-F accountability ratings from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) this week.
The ratings come from how the districts do in the following, Student Achievement, Student Progress, and Closing the Gaps. Student Achievement rates how much students know and are able to do at the end of the school year. School Progress rates how students perform over time and how that growth compares to similar schools. Closing the Gaps rates how well different populations of students in a district are performing.
According to the TEA website, Big Spring ISD received a D rating, Coahoma ISD and Stanton ISD received a C, and Forsan ISD received a B rating.
To review other school ratings, check out: https://tea.texas.gov/2018Accountability.aspx
2018 Big Spring High School Graduate Private Eric Stinson was diagnosed Stage 4 Bone Cancer less than 2 weeks after beginning basic training. While his family continues to be by his side during treatment and constant commuting between hospitals in San Antonio and Houston, it’s taking a toll on them financially and they’re dependent on donations to help them cover traveling expenses. Fortunately, Eric’s Steer Family is coming together to raise money for the family.
The Private Stinson Benefit Car Show is being organized by Christina Rodriguez, a member of the T.E.I. Car Club based out of Odessa that uses car shows to raise money for people in need and mother of a son who graduated with Eric.
"It just really touched my heart to see someone that young going through something like this," said Christina. "You kinda relate it to yourself because my son is his age and I put myself in their shoes, like, what if that was me? What would I want? I would want someone to reach out and help me."
The event will be held this Sunday, August 19th, at the Credit World parking lot located at 1611 S. Gregg in Big Spring. Entry fee will be $20 and registration begins at 10 AM. Awards will be given to the Top 20 and a Best of Show Award with ceremonies at 3 PM.
Melissa Miller, current Big Spring ISD Board Member, also has a son who grew close to Eric during their time in Cross Country together. She told KBest News that they’ve been able to put together other fundraisers, but this Car Show is the first one that the community will be able to come out and really show their support for Eric whether it’s entering a car, coming out to vote, or just buying something to eat.
The food vendors at the event will be La Parilla and Fruitful Creations. A portion of the money from the food sales will be donated to help the Stinson family.
Today is “Thank a Veteran Day” in Big Spring and in honor of that KBest Media would like to recognize and thank Charles Kelse Cloud, a 3-year U.S. Army Veteran, who served in the 82nd Airborne Division, an elite division specializing in air assault, from March 1952 to March 1955.
A native of West Texas, Cloud graduated from high school at 17 years old and attended business school. When he was 18, he realized that the draft was on-going at that time and he decided to go ahead and enlist. He noted that before he enlisted, he had an older sister who served in the military during World War II.
During basic training, Cloud was injured and sent home on leave. After he had healed, he said he had to go through basic training again, but said that this time, the pressure to go to Korea was off.
During the 3 years of service with the 82nd Airborne Division, Cloud served as a Staff Sergeant and made 21 parachute jumps in career. He told KBest News that he had minimal injuries, but others didn’t have the same experience. Cloud told KBest News that he once saw 17 people killed at one time while in the air.
After discharging from the military, Cloud worked for Fort Hood then attended the University of Texas. He later returned to Odessa with his family to work in the claims department for an oil field company. He later retired after 18 years with the company as a Claims Director.
When asked what advice he would pass on, Cloud stated, "I think we have some wars that we shouldn't have and shouldn't have to go, but a soldier does his job. He always does that, and I expect him to go if he's called."
Eric Stinson, a Big Spring High School Graduate, dreamed of joining the military as a soldier in the US Army, and after graduating in the top 15 percent of his class, he as able to make that dream come true. Private Stinson enlisted as Military Police and began basic training on July 16th earlier this year. One week later, he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Bone Cancer, and now is fighting for his life.
KBest News reached out to his father, Dan Stinson, who reported that Eric is currently receiving treatment in San Antonio, but noted that his chances for recovery are slim. The plan now is to shuttle him back and forth from Brook Medical in San Antonio and MD Anderson in Houston with the hope that the combined staff can save him.
Dan stated that at this time, they are hoping to receive more donations so that they can continue to keep up with traveling expenses. Dan stated that the doctors that have been working with Eric have been keeping him in good spirits.
According to our news partners at CBS 7, an account to help the Stinson family with medical and traveling expenses has been set up at Citizens Federal Credit Union.
Donations can also be made through a gofundme account that his father has set up: https://www.gofundme.com/us-army-private-stinson-needs-help
(Photo is from the GoFundMe account that has been set up for Eric Stinson by his father, Dan.)
The students from the School of Rock showcased their talents on the Train Car stage in downtown Big Spring over the weekend. The two bands that performed were The Slick Ore60s and The Coffee Makers. Each band performed 4 songs to a packed audience of family, friends, and rock enthusiasts.
Drummer for The Coffee Makers, 12-year-old Donavan, told KBest News that he had a lot of fun in the program. He said that he didn't think the program would be as energetic as it was, but he met students from other grades and said that he had a lot of fun.
When asked how it felt to perform in front of the massive crowd at the Train Car, 12-year-old Kendall, also with The Coffee Makers, said that it was great to show off all of the hard work that she and the other students had been putting in all summer.
Students of various ages attended the summer music program created by Big Spring ISD teachers Eddie Vasquez and Billy Daves. The students worked hard to not only improve their musical talents but also learned the history of rock music. So, what happens now that the first class from the School of Rock is completed for the summer? Daves told KBest News that there was not a definite plan at this point, and it would all come down to continued community support.
Over the weekend, many Howard County residents were pleased to see rain falling in the area. Although it was much needed, it also brought flooded roadways to some areas. On Friday afternoon, traffic was backed up on I-20 due to the flooding of a westbound service road in Stanton which had multiple vehicles trapped. It was noted that the congestion was so bad, it took approximately 90 minutes for a trip from Big Spring to Stanton.
Many Big Spring residents were met with what appeared to be a tornado north of Big Spring on Saturday evening at approximately 7:45 PM. A few minutes later it was confirmed by Sheriff Stan Parker with the Howard County Sheriff’s Office that it was no longer on the ground and had lifted back into the clouds. Shortly after 8 PM, it was confirmed by the National Weather Service to have been a land spout, and not classified as a tornado. The land spout was only on the ground for a short time, but did not cause any known injuries or damage.
The Big Spring ISD Board of Trustees had a regular meeting yesterday evening. Here are some of the highlights from the meeting:
2018-2019 Budget and Proposed Tax Rate was discussed. It was noted that the final budget is not yet completed, but will be by the end of this month.
The Board approved the Howard County Appraisal District Budget was approved by a 3-1 vote, with Melissa Miller voting against.
Guardian Update - Guardians have been working with both local law enforcement agencies to receive training for this school year. BSISD Superintendent Jay McWilliams noted that an email advising that there would be another opportunity to become a Guardian. It was noted by *Womack that when training is given for new guardians, the original group of guardians would receive training again in order to ensure that Guardians are constantly improving in their training.
(Photo 1 - Member of the Big Spring ISD Board of Trustees during last night's meeting. Photo 2 - New Campus-wide signs warning visitors that staff are armed.)
From BSPD: On the 7th of August 2018 at approximately 7:30 P.M., Big Spring Police Department officers were dispatched to the 2600 block of S. Gregg in reference to an unattended death. Upon arrival it was found that Luanna Nadine Miers White/Female 54 years of age was deceased behind a local business in the wooded area. Mrs. Miers was known to be a local transient and in poor health. The investigation revealed no signs of foul play.
KBest News has since learned that the next of kin has been located and notified.
Since news of the discovery, many in the community have expressed outrage that help and assistance was not offered to the woman before her death. KBest has been informed by several residents that food, shelter, and employment had been offered on numerous occasions, but that Ms. Miers had refused the offers, stating that she was living her life the way she chose.
Yesterday morning, the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a "Thank You for Your Investment" for Mary Kay Cosmetics - Dene Sheppard to thank her for everything that she's done for the community.
“There’s nothing about [Mary Kay Cosmetics] that I don’t like,” says Sheppard of the business. “It gives a woman an opportunity to build a business, and a future, and still work around her family. I so appreciated that fact that Mary Kay’s philosophy is put God first, family second, and your career third. If you keep your priorities in that order, when you do get to the point that you feel successful, you haven’t lost the things that are important to you.”
Sheppard is a Senior Sales Director that has been with Mary Kay Cosmetics for 36 years, and 35 of those years, she’s been able to drive the Mary Kay vehicle by earning it every year.
“The way I feel about my Mary Kay career and my business is [that] it gives me a chance to make people feel special. So many times, it’s a natural thing for a woman to think about everybody else first, and we’re always ‘others-focused’, so sometimes you just need to give them an opportunity to feel special, and that’s what I love to do,” said Sheppard.
For anyone interested in learning more information about the business side of Mary Kay Cosmetics, they’re encouraged to call Dene at 432-270-0645.
Back in Motion Chiropractic had their 5th Annual School Supply and Backpack Drive this afternoon. Although the event began at 3 PM, there many families waiting to get their students geared up for the new school year. Irma Villes (V-eye-es), a single mother, had three children with her at the event, ages 14, 12, and 8. She told KBest News that she and her children had been coming to the Backpack Drives every year. When asked how much this event has helped her family financially, Villes stated that it helps a lot.
Ali (12) , John Michael (14) , and Jordan (8) were all excited to pick out a new backpack to kick off the school year. “
On Saturday evening, August 4th, the City of Big Spring hosted a Welcome Dinner for the Hang Glider Pilots competing in the Big Spring Hang Glider Nationals that will be taking place this week.
Belinda Boulter, Co-Organizer and Meet Director for the Big Spring National Series, advised KBest News that this is the 16th year that the event has been held in Big Spring. She went on to say that amount of support that the hang gliders and the event receive from the Big Spring community is enormous. That's why in recent years, the pilots have raised money to give back to the community. Their donations go to the Howard County Child Welfare Board to help fund the Rainbow Room.
Rebecca Moughon, Chairperson with the Howard County Child Welfare Board, explained that the Rainbow Room is a place for emergency supplies.
"Maybe a child is removed from their home in the middle of night or something, so the CPS workers can go into the Rainbow Room and find the things they need for that child. They can find clothing, shoes, diapers, and hygiene items," said Moughon.
The Rainbow Room also has items such as car seats, and portable cribs.
Usually the Hang Glider Pilots raise about $2,000 to $3,000 from the welcome dinner to donate to the Rainbow Room, but this year, The Cloudbase Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, began raising funds for Big Spring in advance. $7,300 was raised online in anticipation of arriving in Big Spring, and they were able to raise another $1,800 at the Welcome Dinner, totaling over $9,000 that was raised for the Rainbow Room to benefit the foster children of Howard County.
"We appreciate [the Hang Glider Pilots] so much," said Moughon. "They are a major [contributor] for our board."
Photo 1: Rebecca Moughon, Chairperson of the Howard County Child Welfare Board, accepts the donations from hang gliders pilots that were presented by Belinda Boulter, Co-Organizer and Meet Director for the Big Spring Hang Glider Nationals, and Davis Straub, Co-Organizer.
Photo 2: Attendees at the Welcome Dinner for the Hang Glider Pilots.
Earlier this week the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting Celebration for Kindred at Home Personal Home Care.
Nick Ornelas, Kindred at Home Personal Home Care Branch Manager in Big Spring, said that he’s excited to become a member of the Chamber and he looks forward to working with the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce and the community.
Kindred at Home offers three different kinds of services for the community: Personal home care, home health, and home hospice.
"We offer personal care and medication reminders, shopping and meal preparation, light housekeeping, companionship, respite care, transportation and standby assistance," said Ornelas.
He also went on to say that Kindred at Home Personal Home Care is insured and bonded. They also conduct full background checks on all of their caregivers, as well as being a private pay agency. For more information, contact their office at 432-606-6265. Their office is located at 609 S. Gregg St. in Big Spring.
The first official concert, Song Swap at the Spring presented by the FMH Foundation is today. Gates open at 5 PM and the opening band, Big Spring, will begin at 6:30 PM. The concert is free however, each person MUST have a ticket for entry to the event, this includes the SM Energy Pavilion. ID’s will be checked upon entry to the event and each person will be receiving a bracelet corresponding to age.
Parking will be available in the field next to the Dora Roberts Community Center, as well as Mize Baseball Field. No outside food, drink, or coolers will be allowed. No food or drink, with the exception of water, will be allowed in the plaza area, everything else must be kept in the SM Energy Pavilion. All attending are asked to respect the Spring area and pick up all trash.
At approximately 6:45 AM this morning, the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department responded to a pipeline fire that west of Big Spring and about 3 miles north of I-20 near Ranch Rd. 2599.
HCVFD Fire Chief Mitchell Hooper told KBest News that the pipeline had ruptured and had blown liquid out towards a nearby electrical pole and had caught fire. The fire burnt about 2 acres of grass and the power pole.
Chief Hooper also advised that upon arrival the firefighters had extinguished the grass fire and the electric pole, then allowed the pipeline to burn off what was left in the line after it was shut off. No injuries were reported as a result of the fire, and it was extinguished at approximately noon today.
Today, Big Spring resident Bob Lewis, more commonly known as “Tumbleweed Smith,” enters his 50th year of doing his radio program, the “Sound of Texas.” Tumbleweed has said that when he began his program in 1969 his goal was to explore the spirit, flavor, and character of the Lone Star State.
The first “Sound of Texas” program featured actor Jon Voight, star of the movie Midnight Cowboy, which had a few scenes filmed in Big Spring. Since then, Tumbleweed has traveled state-wide capturing entertaining stories from the interesting characters of Texas.
Tumbleweed went on to say that even though he’s beginning his 50th year with the program, he still feels like he’s only scratched the surface.
You can listen to the Sound of Texas, every weekday between 8:10 AM and 8:15 AM on KBest Country 95.7 and The Mighty 1490 AM.
“The School Resource Officer program reflects a community partnership between the Police Department and the School District to ensure that our schools are safe, secure, and orderly learning environments,” that’s according to the Texas Association of School Resource Officers, also known as TASRO.
The organization also states that a School Resource Officer acts as a law enforcement officer by “keeping the peace”’ an informal counselor to provide resource guidance to faculty, staff, students, and parents; and a law-related presenter by sharing special law enforcement expertise by presentations in the classrooms to promote a better understanding of the laws. The officer also serves as a positive role model for students on campus during school hours and off campus at extracurricular activities.
Howard County Deputy Frank Vidal, School Resource Officer for, both, Coahoma and Forsan Independent School Districts was recently named Officer of the Year by the Texas Association of School Resource Officers. According to Howard County Sheriff Stan Parker, Officer Vidal has established great working relationships with not only the schools, but also the communities that he serves, all while providing a blanket of protection to them. Not only does he work at the schools, but Vidal is also very involved in activities as well as the day to day operations. He steps in when needed and lends that extra helping hand even when it may be above the call of duty.
Sheriff Parker stated that his department is very proud of Officer Vidal, his accomplishment; and they look forward to his continued success as a School Resource Officer and his devotion to his position.
Addiction can find people in any area of life and according to the Center on Addiction, it’s "a complex disease, often chronic in nature, which affects the functioning of the brain and body. It also causes serious damage to families, relationships, schools, workplaces and neighborhoods. The most common symptoms of addiction are severe loss of control, continued use despite serious consequences, preoccupation with using, failed attempts to quit, tolerance and withdrawal."
Trinity Baptist Church in Big Spring offers a faith-based addiction recovery program called Reformers Unanimous, also known as RU.
Brad Daniels, RU Director, says that the program has been going on for about 7 years and it continues to try to reach people within the community by "letting [them] know that there is a place where people are going to care about them, People are going to understand what they're going through and where they are coming from, and really just to give them the hope that you don't have to live life like that. That there truly is a way out of it."
The RU addiction recovery program approaches meetings a little different than most other programs by scheduling their meetings for Friday evenings at 7 PM. Daniels stated that the people who need the program really find it beneficial to meet on Friday evenings when "call of the wild" is the strongest.
The program also offers a van service to assist with rides to the meetings, as well as a nursery and child care program.
For more information on the program, contact Brad at (432) 935-8126.
Chest tightening, shallow breathing and a sense of fear washing over you, are just a few of the indicators of an asthma attack. For the third year in a row, Scenic Mountain Medical Center provided education on how to live with asthma, through the 2018 Asthma Camp.
“Asthma is something that can be controlled. It doesn’t have to be a hindrance,” Lisa Parks, Respiratory Therapy interim supervisor, said. “By being able to recognize personal triggers, understand control methods and overcome the fear of asthma, they can run and jump like all the other kids.”
While the camp took on a different look and was shorted to one afternoon, students were still able to learn a little bit about what asthma is, how to recognize the onset of an attack and gained tips on how to utilize that information should an attack occur.
“The main point we are trying to drive home is just because a child has asthma doesn’t mean they are giving up their childhood. It’s not a diagnosis that should stop them from playing sports; it’s not a broken bone that is going to keep them out of the game for six weeks. Instead it’s play a bit, rest and then get back in the game.”
During camp, students learned what their triggers were. While most can deal with weather changes, pets, dust and different fragrances in the air, an asthma child could be pushed into an asthma attack. Lessons also included the importance of talking about feelings and not holding them in, and included a short tour of the hospital.
“The structure of the camp allows for us to have fun, while teaching valuable tips and delivering information that could help them in the future. For example, we focused on belly breathing and while it may look silly, it could be something they remember later on that helps them calm down and prevent an asthma attack,” Parks said.
She continued, “We could sit them down for a four-hour class, but will they retain that information? Maybe, but if we show them through a fun activity then they are more likely to remember it because it will have made an impact on them. They will remember that slim they made when they feel the mucus building up in their chest and maybe that will trigger them to think, hey I need to stay hydrated and possibly prevent that mucus from buildup.”
Even though there is education that can be provided and a healthy understanding of asthma can be a big preventer when it is implemented, there are those instances where an asthma attack is going to occur. In addition of teaching the kids symptoms to look for, we also want to help ease their fears, in case they do end up visiting the hospital.
“Coming to the hospital can be scary for anyone, but it can be even worse for a child who is having trouble breathing. In order to help ease that fear, we walked the kids through the emergency room and discussed the process in case they ever end up in that situation,” Parks said. “ They were also able to
visit the radiology department and learned about the many uses of x-rays.”
Hand washing can be a good preventative measure for anyone, especially during peak flu season and as kids get back into a new school year. Those attending the asthma camp this year, had an opportunity to learn the proper hand washing technique.
“Most people think if you use soap, run a little bit of water over your hands to rinse it off then you are good to go and all the germs are gone, but that isn’t exactly correct. The recommendation is to wash your hands for at least 25 seconds, use warm water and soap and grab a paper towel before turning off the faucet,” Parks said.
One of the phlebotomists took a few moments to go over the proper technique, and demonstrated how many germs could be left behind when we don’t wash correctly. Through the use of a little bit of powder and a black light, students were able to see the lasting effects germs can have that we aren’t able to see.
“Even with the revamp of the camp this year, we had a good turnout and the kids walked away having had a little bit of fun and gained some knowledge that will hopefully help them in the school year ahead. We are looking forward to building the camp back up again next year and helping more students understand there is nothing wrong with getting out and playing.”
No child should miss out on an active childhood, even those with asthma. There are ways for all kids to be active and hopefully those who attended asthma camp will be able to put that information into play this coming school year and sports season.
The 2018 Pops in the Park Committee wants to give a big “Thank You” to all the entities that sponsored this year’s event. Without community buy in, this event would not be possible. Pops in the Park is a 501C3 nonprofit organization that is made up of volunteers from various entities: including the City of Big Spring, Big Spring Police Department, Big Spring Fire Department, Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce, Howard County Volunteer Fire Department, KBest Media, KBYG, and the Big Spring Symphony, as well as citizen volunteers. We also want to thank Keep Big Spring Beautiful members and Scenic Mountain Medical Center Employees for helping volunteer at the event. Pops in the Park is 100% funded by donations from businesses and citizens and would not be possible without the support of the community as a whole.
Be sure and stayed tuned for some exciting announcements about the 2019 Pops in the Park!
You can like the Pops in the Park Facebook page for more information: www.facebook.com/PopsInThePark .
For more information contact the Big Spring Chamber at 432-263-7641 or the Big Spring Convention and Visitors Bureau at 432-263-8235.
During this afternoon's meeting of the Howard County Commissioners' Court, Terry Chamness, Howard County Emergency Management Coordinator, lead the discussion on adopting a 3-year Rabies Vaccination Program.
He advised the court that rabies vaccinations are good for 3 years, however, Howard County mandates a yearly vaccination. Chamness advised the Commissioners that he had gotten input from multiple veterinarians in the area and all except 1 was fully on-board with adopting a 3-year rabies vaccination program as opposed to the current 1-year program. After the discussion, the Commissioners approved the the 3-year program.
The second public hearing on administrative fees for facilities placed on, under, or above Howard County system roadways was held today, however, none of the public addressed the court on the matter.
Brian Klinksiek, Howard County Road and Bridge Engineer, advised that this would be a fee for a company that runs anything under the road, over the road, or along the road. He noted that by setting specifications on how close structures can be to the road, the county can ensure that there is a clear zone area that is beneficial to drivers by having recovery room to avoid motor vehicle accidents.
Photo #1 - Terry Chamness, Howard County Emergency Management Coordinator, leads the discussion on adopting a 3-year Rabies Vaccination Program.
Photo #2 - Sandy Taylor, Howard County Extension Agent for A&M AgriLife Extension, recaps Summer Program activities withe the Howard County Commissioners.
The Dora Roberts Rehabilitation Center, located at 306 W. 3rd, had a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commercein order to celebrate the completion of their 3-phase renovations that has been in the works for 2 years.
According to Michelle Grove, Executive Director of the Dora Roberts Rehab Center, thanks to a grant from the G.C. Broughton Jr. Foundation the facility was able to add an additional 3,000 sq. feet that included a new physical therapy pool, dressing rooms, and an extra 1,000 sq. feet of physical therapy space. It also included removing a few walls to create space, as well as a few upgrades of paint and carpet in the administrative area.
Earlier today at approximately 8:40 AM the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department received a call about an oil rig that had caught fire at Patterson 289, located 16 miles north of Big Spring near County Road 50 and County Road 19.
HCVFD Chief Mitchell Hooper advised KBest News that the rig fire had been extinguished with the help of Lamesa's mutual aid that provided water tankers and Mitchell County for sending additional personnel. He reported that the fire was extinguished at approximately 12 PM today and noted that no injuries were reported.
Chief Hooper advised that rig is expected to be a loss, but the well head was saved. There is currently no information on how the fire began.
A special week for "NEW to BSISD" Kindergarten students is scheduled for July 23 - 27th, at the Records and Registration Office, located at the corner of 12th and Benton, across from the Teachers Credit Union, from 8 AM - 6 PM. Each new Kinder student will receive a special gift this week only!
Please read the attached flier for specific details of what to bring in order to be fully registered. This is NOT for Kinder students who were enrolled at Kentwood as Pre-K last year. (If you participated in Kindergarten Roundup at Marcy and Moss in April, you still need to bring your Proof of Residence during this week.)
Questions? Call Registration and Records at (432) 264-3622.
The Howard County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to help them locate this child, Shaw Seevers.
Shaw was allegedly abducted by his mother, Cynthia Seevers, on May 18, 2018. A felony warrant for Custodial Interference was issued for Cynthia on May 23, 2018. Shaw is biracial. He is Hispanic and White. Cynthia Seevers did or does live in Big SpringHoward County recently.
If anyone has any information as to the location of this child or Cynthia, please contact the Howard County Sheriff’s Office, 432-264-2244, the Big Spring Police Department, 432-264-2550, or Crime Stoppers 432-263-8477 (TIPS).
Yesterday afternoon, family, friends, well-wishers, along with staff members at the West Texas VA Healthcare System in Big Spring gathered together in the newly renamed The Clara Lewis Outpatient Waiting Area to honor long-time volunteer Clara Lewis. Clara has been serving as a volunteer at the local West Texas VA since the 1970s and she says that as a volunteer, she’s taken on many duties over the years, but she does it all for the Veterans. In the 43 years that she has volunteered, Clara has put in 42,557 hours of volunteer work.
Kalautie Jangdhari, Director for the West Texas VA Health Care System, stated, “Clara is amazing! Clara is the foundation, as you all could tell from the people who came today, from the folks in engineering, to the staff around, to the patients that come through, everybody knows Clara because she makes an imprint on everyone she meets.”
When asked how she felt to be honored in such a way, Clara stated that she was honored, awed, and appreciative of all of the thank you’s that she’s received from everyone.
According to Chief Mitchell Hooper, the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department suspended Assistant Chief Pepper Sullivan in early June 2018 after Hooper was contacted by the Howard County Sheriff’s Office about the investigation. Chief Hooper stated that since that time, the Sheriff's Office has had the fire department's full cooperation.
"We are currently in the process of gathering documents so that a third party, independent audit can be conducted," said Hooper.
When asked if the search for Executive Board members was spurred because of the investigation on Sullivan, Hooper stated that the HCVFD was already in the process of assembling a board. He did say that by giving the community a chance to participate on the board, it would keep financial matters more transparent than what it had been, and prevent another situation such as this to occur.
Assistant Fire Chief Pepper Sullivan has been suspended from the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department while being investigated by the Howard County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation is in regards to misallocation of fire department funds. The time period and amount of funds in question have not yet been revealed.
In addition to HCVFD, Mr. Sullivan has served as the Interim Director of 911 Communication Services of Howard County. During a meeting of the 911 Board of Directors this evening, it was decided to retain Mr. Sullivan’s services as he is “innocent until proven guilty.”
The board has received applications for the position of 911 Director, and will meet again next Monday to name the two finalists.
Kelly Cook of one of the Principals with KDC Associates presented information on plans for the improvement of the Comanche Trail Amphitheater to the several people who gathered at the Big Spring Council Chambers for the second open forum with the Amphitheater Improvement Board.
"What we showed everybody is a very preliminary study that we're doing, primarily, to start getting an idea for what kind of improvements need to be done and what kind of money needs to be generated to fund the project," said Cook.
"We're about to start on a process of truly trying to understand the site and looking at all of the possibilities and all of the improvements," stated Cook. "It'll be a several month process with a lot of community involvement before we are able to come back and comfortably show everybody a semi-finished drawing that we're designing."
During the presentation, it was noted that the local Amphitheater is the second largest outdoor amphitheater built by the Civilian Conservation Corps but it is also very underused. As in the first Open Forum, Cook noted that improving the amphitheater has the potential to create a draw of people from the surrounding area that would result in an increased amount of revenue for the City of Big Spring.
Barney Dodd, President of the Amphitheater Improvement Board, noted that the next step for the board would be to begin soliciting donations for the improvements. To watch the entire open forum, check out out the Facebook page for the Amphitheater Improvement Board or our KBest Media Facebook page.
BIG SPRING – During a special called meeting on July 17, 2018, the Howard College Board of Trustees appointed Ms. Emma Krabill as the replacement for Mr. Ryan Williams who resigned his at-large position in June due to personal reasons. Krabill will fill the term until the next election in 2020.
Krabill currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Scenic Mountain Medical Center and has over 10 years of leadership experience in the health care industry, specifically in the west Texas area. Her first degree was an associate degree in Physical Therapy Assistant from Amarillo College. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and international business and communications from Hardin Simmons University and a MBA in healthcare administration from the University of Phoenix. She is currently pursuing a master of science of healthcare administration through Trinity University in San Antonio.
“Emma brings some excellent experience and insight to the table and we look forward to having her on the board,” said Dr. John Freeman, Board Chairman. “The Board had an excellent pool of interested individuals to consider for this appointed position. Emma will be a great fit for this board and an asset as we continue to move Howard College into the future.”
The board will meet on July 18, 2018 at 12:30 pm to thank Ryan Williams for his service and to administer the oath of office for Krabill as well as consider appointments to foundations. The secondary meeting scheduled for July 19th has been canceled.
For more information regarding Howard College, contact Cindy Smith at email@example.com or visit www.howardcollege.edu
Howard County,Tx Volunteer Fire Dept. is actively looking for people to serve on an Executive Board that will govern the financials of the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department. They currently have 5 positions that are available, with an alternate position also available.
Zach Johnson, Battalion Chief and Chaplain with HCVFD, told KBest News that the organization is looking for business-minded people, and anyone who is familiar with budgeting and financials with 501(c)3 organizations. It should be noted that the length of term on this Executive Board will be determined after the board has been assembled.
If you are interested in serving your community, resumes along with contact information can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org before August 10, 2018.
School supply lists for Big Spring ISD were published a couple of weeks ago and a local business in Big Spring wants to do their part to help the community.
Back in Motion, located at 1113 N. Scurry, is currently accepting donations for their School Supply Drive that will be held next month. They’re asking the community to help them reach their goal of supplying 800 students with school supplies for the 2018-2019 school year. Back in Motion is currently accepting the following items: crayons, pencils, pink erasers, scissors, glue sticks, spiral notebooks, composition notebooks, map colors, and plastic folders with pockets and brads.
If you’d like to make a donation but don’t have time to do school shopping, Back in Motion will also accept monetary donations. A $100 donation will help 5 students, a $500 donation will help 25 students, and a $1,000 donation will help 50 students. Supplies and monetary donations are due August 1st to Back in Motion. For more information, contact Maegan Lee at 432-267-2225.
Today is “Thank a Veteran Day” in Big Spring and in honor of that KBest Media would like to recognize and thank Earnest Leon Sproles, a 21-month Army Veteran, who served on the front line as a Sergeant out of his company in Heartbreak Ridge during the Korean War.
A native from Lubbock, Texas, Sproles was 20 years old and newly married when he was drafted into the military. One of the most memorable experiences that he recalls was on a night when the temperature was 40 degrees below zero and he and his squadron were met with a confrontation from Chinese soldiers. When it came time to return fire, their weapons were frozen solid.
"They started firing at us and we tried to start firing back, but we couldn't fire. Our weapons wouldn't fire. They wouldn't fire at all...not even my pistol, that's how cold it was," said Sproles.
"So, I said let's get outta here," he continued. "I don't care what the company man said it's about 200 of them and about 9 or 10 of us, well 11 counting the radio man."
After that incident, Sproles stated that his legs became so swollen that a doctor recommended that they be amputated, but Sproles refused. Although he now uses a wheelchair for mobility, he still has his legs.
After being discharged from the Army, Sproles stated that he returned home to his wife in Lubbock, raised a family, and worked as a barber for 30 years.
Even though Sproles stated that he had been drafted into the military, he’s still proud to have fulfilled his duty to his country.
The Amphitheater Improvement Board will have its second open forum on Tuesday, July 17th at 5:30 p.m. at the Big Spring City Council Chambers, 307 E. 4th St. Landscape Architect Kelly Cook of KDC associates will provide a presentation on the project including some historical facts and plans for improvements to the facility. The board encourages all citizens to come and hear the plans and ask questions and present concerns.
Plans for the improvements include placing a cover over the stage area to provide protection for performers and their equipment, improving handicap access and adding additional parking. Future plans will include adding a new performers green room, fencing for controlled access and phased in audience shade structures.
For additional information, please call Barney Dodd, 432-755-9529, Debbie Wegman
432-466-9009 or Hayley Herrera, 432-263-8235
The Salvation Army is an organization that was created to support the community, however, the only way that it can fulfill their mission is if it receives community support. Corps Officer Rachel McKain with the Salvation Army of Big Spring, stated that the organization figures out what the greatest need is for the community and then they try to employ the rest of the community help them to meet that need.
One of these needs for Big Spring and Howard County includes a home goods closet. According to McKain, there are currently 9 food cupboards in the area that assist residents with food needs, however, there aren't any that offer home goods. It's because of this that the local Salvation Army began their own Home Goods Closet about six months ago and noted that as soon as they receive goods they can disperse them to people who need it.
Here, she describes how these items can help the community (audio – description).
"If [someone is] going to apply for a job, but they haven't had a job and so they don't have any money for toilet paper, paper towels, and new clothing and stuff to help them smell good like deodorant and body wash. We're able to supply that by what the community supplies to us to get them a better chance of locking down that job," says McKain.
She also went on to that sometimes people fall on hard times. Even though they have a job, something came up and they just need those bare essentials.
The Salvation Army of Big Spring is currently accepting donation items that are used for hygiene and home cleaning, as well as box fans for their Home Goods Closet.
McKain advised that all donations should be new and that they’d prefer small or travel sized items over 1 large item. For example, instead of purchasing a $10 bottle of laundry detergent, one could purchase (10) $1 bottles of laundry detergent that will be used to help more people.
List of items needed for Home Goods Closet:
Laundry detergent (Small ones are best)
All Purpose Cleaner
Deodorant (men and women)
Feminine Hygiene Products
Socks (of all sizes)
Box Fans (high need for seniors, especially this hot summer)
Donations can be dropped off for 811 W. 5th Street at the Boys and Girls Club until 6 PM, Monday through Friday.
During today’s meeting of the Howard County Commissioners, Mavour Braswell, District Director of Libraries for Howard College who also oversees the Howard County Library, announced that after filing an appeal with the State the County Library now meets accreditation for the State of Texas.
Braswell had advised the Commissioners back in April that the Howard County Library had not met accreditation standards due to a couple of reasons.
The first was the because the County Library’s Maintenance of Effort (MOE), which is a set amount of money that must be spent within a certain amount of time, had not been met due to personnel issues. Thanks to the appeal, that MOE amount was decreased to $361,404. The second part was a personnel issue because the County Library did not have a full-time degreed librarian or director on staff. Braswell did not count as filling this role because she is employed full-time through Howard College. Now that the new librarian Sandra Verdin has been hired, the Howard County Library has met accreditation standards for next year.
The library will also be able to take advantage of the benefits of accreditation as well such as a huge reduction in the cost of data bases that would be accessible to everyone and being able to participate in an interlibrary loan service that allows people in Howard County to borrow a book from anywhere in the state of Texas, thus saving County Library money.
Verdin has a Masters in Library Science from Arizona University, has prior experience as a librarian, as well as 8 years of experience in education. She is the Circulation Programing and Outreach Librarian for Howard County and hopes to be able to kickstart various programs for the community.
Verdin also told KBest News, “I’m excited to get to know Big Spring, and see what the community needs are and what we can come in and help and add to the library so that the community can get the most of the resources of what we have to offer.”
Although there were three bids that were awarded during last night's meeting of the Big Spring City Council, there was one bid that caused a stir inside the City Chambers.
Robert Baird of Baird Companies of Big Spring addressed council members about the bid for utilities contractor services that was recommended to be awarded to Boler Equipment Service, Inc. of Midland. Baird had advised that he had placed a bid for the job and even though he was noted to have placed the lowest bid, he did not get the job due to minor infractions that were based on not knowing the quantity of the services needed.
It was at this time that District 6 Council member Jim DePauw pointed out that the memo received for this particular bid had no information about bid prices or even names of the other companies that had placed bids for the project. DePauw also noted that the infractions that Baird had ran into could have been overlooked.
"We don't really know how the city came to the conclusion to award [the bid] to Boler, other than that. They just disqualified [Baird's] bid, without calling the man, and that's just not a good way to do business," explained DePauw.
Greg Boler of Boler Equipment Services, Inc. also addressed the council members in order to answer any questions that they may have about the bid package, but ultimately, a motion was made to re-bid the utility work, state quantity, and draw up a request for bids that are to be approved by the City Council before being released. The motion passed 6 - 1 with only Terry McDaniel, Councilman for District 3, voting against.
By making these changes, DePauw noted that it we could anticipate five to six companies being able to place a new bid which would benefit the residents of Big Spring. "The more bids you get, the better it is for the citizens of Big Spring because you'll get better pricing and that's what it's all about."
Top left - Robert Baird of Baird Companies
Top right - Councilman Jim DePauw, District 6
Bottom left - Greg Boler of Boler Equipment Services, Inc.
Bottom right - screen after motion passed.
The seal coat of streets has been authorized by the City of Big Spring. This construction is being accomplished to give a longer life and protection to the existing road surface.
The following areas will be affected:
Wednesday, July 11, 2018:
Roy Anderson parking lot
Thursday, July 12, 2018:
Lancaster from 4th St. to Ryon
Friday, July 13, 2018
Melrose, Belvedere, Crestline, and Coronado
Saturday, July 14, 2018
S. Scurry St. from 1st to 18th
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Main from 1st to 18th and the Heritage Museum parking lot
To complete this project more efficiently, we ask that all vehicles be removed from the roadway. Vehicles that are left in the roadway after notification will be towed away at owner’s expense.
If you should have any concerns or complaints in connection with the work being done, please contact: (432) 264-2501. Your complaint and/or concern will receive our prompt attention.
We will try to keep you updated and regret any inconvenience related to the seal coat program. We request your patience and understanding for the duration of this project.
The City of Big Spring
The School of Rock isn’t just a film starring Jack Black from the early 2000’s, it’s now a real music program right here in Big Spring.
The School of Rock is a summer music program that was created by Big Spring ISD teachers Eddie Vasquez and Billy Daves. Both stated that purpose of the program was to teach students about rock music.
“It’s to get them to grow as individual musicians on their instrument, how to listen to a piece of music, evaluate it, and then hone in and rehearse that on their instrument,” said Vasquez.
“It’s not just playing [music], but the history of rock music, how to set up their equipment, [and] how to tune their own guitars, or other instruments, whatever they might be playing,” added Daves.
There are 12 students participating in the School of Rock and the only requirement was to have prior music experience. The program began on June 12th and will continue through August 11th. The students will have a showcase concert at the Train Car on August 11th at 6 PM.
When asked how they felt the program was coming along, Daves stated that he felt that it was going better than what was envisioned. (audio - “The kids are learning this music really good and they sound great so far.”) Vasquez added (audio).
Daves and Vasquez stated that they appreciate the help that the parents have provided and the community partnerships with Gary B’s Music, The Train Car, and KBest Media, as well as help from their mothers.
Recently, local businesses have reported being contacted in regards of soliciting advertisement by a map-making company called Liberty Marketing Company. Although there has been some confusion about what organization or government entity authorized the maps, it should be noted that Liberty Marketing Company is endorsed by Howard County.
The confusion stems from the fact that the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce also produces a map of the area featuring chamber member businesses, however, Debbye Valverde, Executive Director for the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce, says that they are not ready to pursue that project just yet. She noted that they always send out letters to their Chamber members to notify them of any businesses that may be contacting them on behalf of the Chamber.
Liberty Marketing Company has been in business since 1992. It is located in Arlington, TX has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and according to Tony Bliss, General Manager for Liberty Marketing, has been making maps for Howard County for over 10 years.
Howard County Judge Kathryn Wiseman was able to confirm that the maps are endorsed by Howard County and noted that they are well made and available at the Howard County Courthouse for anyone who’d like them.
Other than the short burst of rain that made an appearance during last weekend’s Funtastic Fourth event, Howard County hasn’t seen much rain this year. This West Texas drought has gone beyond affecting Howard County residents, farms, and ranches, it’s also affecting Big Spring’s namesake, the Historic Spring.
According to Hayley Herrera, Interim Community Services Director for the City of Big Spring, the Spring area is still currently open, however, the pumps that keep the Spring flowing have been turned off.
"The reason why we turned off the pump is because the lake is so low due to the drought that the intake hose that's in the water was almost completely out of the water, so we turned the motor off for preventative measures," said Herrera.
She also went on to say that if the pump was to be left on it could damage the motor, which could result in needing to purchase a new pump that could cost up to $75,000.
Herrera stated that Comanche Trail Lake has always had water in it and she feels that once the spring is refreshed with a good rain, the water level will rise and pump will be turned on again to allow the spring to flow.
Photo - Historic Spring currently as a result of drought conditions.
Many people gathered at the Comanche Trail Amphitheater yesterday evening for the 21st annual Pops in the Park, an event that is meant to give back to those who have served our country and pay tribute to them for their selfless sacrifice as well as the sacrifices of their families. Although there were a few technical difficulties, the night ended with a great performance from the Big Spring Symphony Orchestra and a brilliant display of fireworks.
KBest Media would like to thank everyone involved with yesterday's Pops in the Park event for all the hard work that was involved in making this year's event memorable. Great job, everyone!
(Photo courtesy of Stacey Snellgrove.)
The Annual Highland South Fourth of July Parade will take place tomorrow, July 4th and begins at 10 AM. The parade is open to the entire community and it should be noted that participants will gather at the corner of Highland and Robb at 9:30 AM, and it will conclude at the corner of Highland & Goliad.
Many decorating categories are available to participate in from strollers, wagons, walkers, and pets, to a variety of vehicles, horses, mailboxes, houses and lawns. For more information about the different types of decorating categories, check out the flyer.
Coahoma Freedom Parade is scheduled for Saturday, July 7th. The parade is organized by the Coahoma Lion’s Club and entry for the parade is open to all and no registration is required. Entries will be judged for cash prizes, and participants can simply show up to the Coahoma Football field parking lot at 9 AM to line up. Judging will begin at 9:30 AM.
The parade begins at 10 AM and will travel through downtown Coahoma. After the parade, hamburger plates will be sold for $5 and includes burger, chips, drink, and cookie. Live entertainment in the Coahoma park will be provided by J.R. McNutt. Kid activities such as the basketball free-throw, bounce house, and water slide will also be available.
The 21st Annual Pops in the Park will be held at Comanche Trail Amphitheater is today, and gates will open at 5 PM.
The Pre-Show featuring Justin Kaczyk and The Natural Outlaws will start at 5:45 PM and SPUR 327 will follow from 6:45 PM. The emcees for the 2018 Pops in the Park are CBS 7’s Jay Hendricks and Samantha Medney.
The Big Spring Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will take the stage at 8 PM and the amazing fireworks show and Big Spring Symphony Orchestra will begin around 9:30 PM. It should be noted that all times are subject to change.
Parking is limited and will be on a first come, first serve basis. Please note that according the City of Big Spring ordinance, only service dogs are allowed in the Comanche Trail Amphitheater.
The Pops in the Park mission is to give back to those who have served our country and pay tribute to them for their selfless sacrifice as well as the sacrifices of their families. Pops in the Park combines a family-friendly atmosphere in the historic and beautiful Comanche Trail Amphitheater with world-class music and a spectacular display of choreographed fireworks from one of the nation’s leaders in pyrotechnics.
Saturday evening marked the final day of the Funtastic Fourth celebration that was organized by the Big Spring Downtown Revitalization Association (DRA).
The DRA's vision is to to advance the historic Downtown Big Spring area by enriching the lives of residents, businesses, and visitors through art, entertainment, cultural and business opportunities.
Friday night's live rock band performances from local and area bands Loudfinger and Buzzkill were interrupted by the lightning delays. Even headliner Skid Row's performance was delayed due to lightning, and ultimately, the band refused to perform past 10:45 PM.
Saturday morning began with gospel music provided by Cornerstone Covenant's Band, and later that afternoon a very successful Country Night kicked off. Spur 327, a Lubbock band with Big Spring native Heath Stewart on vocals, warmed up the crowd and even performed a few new songs for the crowd. Mark McKinney and Brandon Ray, other Big Spring natives, also had great performances. The headliner for Country Night was Brad Paslay.
The Big Spring DRA is a nonprofit volunteer organization that brings businesses, jobs, customers, and entertainment to the core of the Big Spring community while staying true to the town’s rich history.
If you’ve ever visited the The Mayo Sauce Family Diner in downtown Big Spring, you may have seen a small note on the side of the entrance door from the Mayo Sauce Family that says:
“Attention: extended family of Big Spring here @ Mayo Sauce Family Diner if you are unable to afford a meal we will offer you one NOT of your choice and a drink at no cost to you.”
The “extended family” in this compassionate message refers to everyone because Brandi Mayo, Owner of the Mayo Sauce Family Diner, says that she feels like “we’re all a part of God’s family.”
What started out as a small act of kindness has blossomed into what is now known as the “Pay It Forward” wall that is proudly displayed in the center of the restaurant. The blackboard wall has colorful post-it notes that bear words of encouragement and each note can also be used as a $10 meal and drink voucher for anyone who may find themselves unable to afford a meal.
“Other people can donate $10 to help feed somebody who might be less fortunate and they can come in and get a meal and drink of their choice on the $10 that someone else has donated,” said Mayo. She went on to say that she encourages donors to write an encouraging message on the post-it and stick it to the wall.
Mayo advised KBest News that she was inspired to do this by her mother. "She taught us to do what’s right, and if somebody’s hungry you feed them. "
There seems to be a lot of questions about the upcoming Pops in the Park event, the Howard County burn ban, and the use of fireworks. So, here’s some information to get those questions answered.
Yesterday, Howard County Commissioners approved to extend the current county burn ban another 90 days, but the annual event Pops in the Park will still happen on Tuesday, July 3rd, at the Comanche Trail Amphitheater.
Pops in the Park is an event that the public is encouraged to attend by, both, city and county officials. The fireworks that will be used for the event are shot up into the air, and, with the volunteer fire fighters standing-by ready to extinguish any fires, it’s actually the safest way to enjoy a celebratory fireworks display.
If you choose to use fireworks on your own to celebrate this time of year, here’s more news you can use. Fireworks cannot ever be used inside of the city limits. Failure to comply can result in a citation and fine.
Howard County residents are urged to NOT use fireworks because of the burn ban that is currently in effect, and the lack of rain this season has greatly increased the risk of fire.
If you choose to use fireworks outside of the city, you can ONLY do so on your own property or you MUST have permission from the property owner. Furthermore, the use of fireworks with fins and/or sticks is prohibited at this time. If you decide to use fireworks outside of the city limits, keep a water hose or a fire extinguisher within reach so accidental flames can be quickly extinguished.
Last night, patrons of the The Train Car in downtown Big Spring, along with Co-Owners Brent and Camilla Strande, were in for a pleasant surprise yesterday evening when Shane McAuliffe, Host of the weekly syndicated television show The Texas Bucket List, and his camera man showed up to explore The Train Car.
McAuliffe told KBest News that they were in the area to showcase things to do in West Texas. He stated that they started their current adventure in Fredricksburg, moved through San Angelo, stopped in Big Spring, and plan to end in Pecos for their Rodeo that's going on this weekend.
When asked what brought the 2-man crew to The Train Car, McAuliffe stated that it was something that they ended up stumbling upon. He said that they were originally looking for a hotel room in Midland-Odessa, but, of course, with the Pecos Rodeo going on prices were crazy so we tried Big Spring and thought to check out what there is to do.
"I saw an article on [The Train Car] on CBS that they had done, and said, 'That's amazing! I've never seen a cigar shop inside of a train. Let's go check it out!' So, we checked it out," said McAuliffe.
After checking out the lounge, The Texas Bucket List crew decided that it would make a great story and got to work.
Camilla Strande, Co-Owner of the establishment, told KBest News that she thought it was awesome that they'll be featured on The Texas Bucket List.
"I was surprised because we didn't have any idea that they were coming, but I felt really honored," says Camilla. "It's really cool that people come through and want to interview us and think that The Train Car is a cool enough spot to be featured on something like that. It's pretty neat."
The Texas Bucket List airs every Saturday morning at 11 AM on CBS7(KOSA).
According to McAuliffe, the show is dedicated to everything you have to see, do, and experience in the Lone Star State and a few things every Texan should venture out to try before they "kick the bucket." Viewers can check out past episodes of featured places, which include The Wagon Wheel, another local business in Big Spring.
The episode that will feature The Train Car will air sometime this Fall during the 11th season of the show that premieres on September 8th, 2018.
Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for one of their newest Chamber members, Cross Roads Young Marines.
The Cross Roads Young Marines is a youth education and service program for boys and girls, ages 8 through the completion of high school. The organization promotes the mental, moral, and physical development of its members. The program focuses on character building, leadership, and promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.
Carrie Rodman, Unit Adjutant for the local organization, says that the organization recently had a surge in membership and now have a total of 25 participants and 10 staff members.
The Cross Roads Young Marines will be participating in Funtastic Fourth activities this weekend. Then July 3rd - 5th they'll be traveling to El Paso to take part in the Battalion parade.
"We're always doing something for somebody in the community, whether it's Color Guard or fundraising by selling beef sticks, but we're always willing to help our Veterans in our community," says Rodman.
Rodman went on to tell KBest News that Cross Roads Young Marines is a really great mentoring program that helps kids learn how to cope with everyday problems, including bullying. "Our motto is 'Strengthening America's youth,' and that's basically what we do."
BIG SPRING – During the regularly scheduled June meeting of the Howard College Board of Trustees, Mr. Ryan Williams resigned his at-large position due to personal reasons. Now the board finds itself in a position to address the vacancy in order to fill the term until the next election in 2020.
“Mr. Williams had to resign his position due to personal reasons and the board decided to utilize the appointment option to fill the role until the next scheduled election which will be in 2020,” said Dr. John Freeman, Board Chairman. “The resignation of Ryan is certainly a loss but we feel certain there are qualified applicants in our community ready to take an active role in this board.”
The board will be taking letters of interest and resumes for the vacant at-large position through the deadline of 5:00 pm Wednesday, July 11, 2018. A special meeting will then be held on Monday, July 16, 2018 at which time the board will have individual interviews at designated times in closed session with the candidates who have submitted their letters of interest and resumes.
Candidates who will be unable to personally appear for an interview on July 16, 2018 will be able to submit additional information regarding their experience and interest in the position. This information will be reviewed by the board for consideration in lieu of the personal interview during that candidate’s designated interview time.
The full process will conclude with the appointment of the trustee on Tuesday, July 17th in another Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees will then conduct the swearing-in of the selected candidate at a date to be determined in July 2018.
To obtain qualifications for board of trustee candidates or to submit a letter of interest and resume, candidates should contact Dr. Cheryl T. Sparks in the president’s office at 1001 Birdwell Lane, Big Spring, Tx. Dr. Sparks can be reached via email at email@example.com or by phone at 432-264-5030.
For more information regarding Howard College, contact Cindy Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.howardcollege.edu
A one-vehicle rollover near Ralls, TX, northeast of Lubbock, claimed the lives of two Howard County residents yesterday, and left one in critical condition.
Nova Montgomery, age 50 of Coahoma, and Brayden Sizenbach, age 18 of Big Spring, both died as a result of their injuries when the pickup that Mrs. Montgomery was driving left the roadway on Highway 207 at approximately 9:22 Sunday morning, 5 miles south of Ralls in Crosby County near County Road 188.
DPS Troopers tell KBest News that the passenger side tires left the roadway, which is approximately 4 inches higher than the grassy area. The driver swerved left, then right, at which time the vehicle went into a multiple rollover. Mrs. Montgomery and Mr. Sizenbach, both in the front seats, were wearing seat belts.
Austyn Montgomery, age 16, who was not wearing a seat belt and was in the back seat of the truck, is in critical condition at UMC Medical Center in Lubbock.
The accident is currently being investigated by the Department of Public Safety out of Lubbock.
Several fundraisers are being organized for the families. KBest News will report more information when it becomes available.
This weekend Glasscock County celebrated its 125th anniversary of existence. Festivities kicked off with an Open House of the newly renovated and historically restored Glasscock County Courthouse, followed by a rededication presentation led by Glasscock County Judge Kim Halfmann who welcomed county residents to the event.
Alan Dierschke, County Treasurer, spoke about the history of Glasscock County and the Courthouse. He noted that the original courthouse and jail was built in 1894, and the current Courthouse in use was constructed in 1910. Other guest speakers included John Kinnibrugh who spoke about how the Volunteer Fire Department has evolved over the years and recognized a volunteer that had served with the department for 65 years; and Christy Seidenberger gave a brief history of the EMS department, and Kallie Kohls York told her personal story and gave a testimony about how the volunteers from both the EMS and Fire departments have made a difference in her life.
Cheryl De Cordova read a proclamation from District 72 Representative Drew Darby about the 125th anniversary of Glasscock County.
There will be a second viewing of the Glasscock County Courthouse tomorrow evening from 7 to 8 PM, followed by a performance from Jake Hooker and Outsiders.
The restoration of the Glasscock County Courthouse was a $10 million project that included the construction of a new annex, and updates to the county jail building.
Tonight, is the first night of the 85th Cowboy Reunion and Rodeo that will be taking place at the R360 Rodeo Bowl, located at FM 700 and Business I-20. Gates open at 7 PM and the Grand Entry begins at 8 PM.
Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at any Big Spring bank, along with Citizens Credit Union, and Wards Western Wear; the cost will be $10 for adults, and $6 for children. If you wait to get your ticket at the gate, it will be $12 for adults and $8 for children, and it should be noted that a ticket is required for entry. Active Military, Veterans, and First Responders will have free entry into the rodeo for all 3 nights, courtesy of Expedition Royalty; just be sure to show your military, V-A, law enforcement, fire, or emergency ID at the admission gate.
Tomorrow night’s rodeo dance will be Jake Hooker and the Outsiders. Entry to that event will be free for all those with a rodeo ticket, made possible by Miller Insulation.
Texas Country artist Pat Green will be performing on Saturday at the Howard County Fair Barn, with Noel Olivia’s and the Benders, brought to you by Surge Energy. Tickets are $20 each and can only be purchased at Ward’s Western Wear, located at 1109 S. Gregg St. in Big Spring with cash or check only. Tickets will be sold in store until 4 PM on Saturday, any tickets that have not sold will be available at the door.
Heritage Museum of Big Spring held their annual fundraising event Legends and Legacies earlier this evening. They also inducted seven individuals to the Cowboy / Cowgirl Hall of Fame: Horace Rankin, Wanda Boatler Driver, Dean Forrest, Tom Koger, Jack and Bobby Cathey, and Steve Fryar.
Tammy Schrecengost, Museum Director, welcomed guests and Tom Koger shared a Cowboy Poem and lead the invocation prior to the meal, which was catered by Rocking H Catering.
A live auction was conducted by Auctioneer Cash Berry, with the highest bid item being a peach ice cream kit and along with the recipe for Katie Cathey's home made peach ice cream that was sold for $4,200.
The 85th Big Spring Cowboy Reunion and Rodeo will take place this weekend, June 21st – 23rd at the R360 Rodeo Bowl, located at FM 700 and Business I-20.
Pre-sale tickets are $10 for Adults, $6 for children, and can be purchased at the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce, Wards Western Wear, Western Bank, Compass Bank, Wells Fargo, Citizens Federal Credit Union, State National Bank, Lonestar Bank, and Prosperity Bank.
This year’s specialty acts include WILD CHILD, sponsored by Wards Western Wear; and Madison McDonald Trick Riding, sponsored by Partee Drilling.
Jake Hooker and the Outsiders, which includes Big Spring native John Jenkins – son of Emma and Terry Jenkins, will be the entertainment for the Friday Rodeo Dance, which is sponsored by Miller Insulation. Ticket for the Friday night Rodeo will also serve as the admission to the Dance.
Grammy nominated artist Pat Green will be performing at Saturday’s dance, sponsored by Surge Energy. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at Ward’s Western Wear.
Glasscock County will be celebrating it’s 125th Anniversary this weekend at the Glasscock County Courthouse and Community Center!
On Friday, June 22nd, there will be an open house from 3:30 to 5:30 PM, followed by the ribbon cutting ceremony and rededication event that will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Throughout the day there will also be a Vintage Tractor and Car Show, and food trucks beginning at 3:30 PM, as well. Attendees can enjoy music on the lawn w/ entertainment provided by the Midlandiers at 6:30 PM, and can also order Centennial Cookbooks for $25 each that will be delivered by Thanksgiving.
Saturday, another courthouse viewing will take place from 7 to 8 PM, with Jake Hooker and the Outsiders providing entertainment afterwards. This portion of the event is BYOB, but no glass containers are allowed. Tables of 8 can be reserved for $150, with the option of being in the open air section where the concert will be held, or in the air conditioned part of the community center. For more information on the event, contact 432-354-2639 or check out our KBest Media Facebook page.
THE SPRING, the documentary style video written and directed by Tumbleweed Smith along with James Fite: videographer and editor, BZ Lewis: music, and Bruce Schooler: photography was submitted in four film competitions and was awarded the bronze Telly and an award of distinction from the Communicator Awards.
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television across all screens. Established in 1979, The Telly Awards receives over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents. Entrants are judged by The Telly Awards Judging Council—an industry body of over 200 leading experts including advertising agencies, production companies, and major television networks.
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Attached Picture is Interim Community Services Director, Hayley Herrera, with the Telly Award and Communicator Award.
According to a Facebook event that has been posted for at few weeks, a Michael Jackson Tribute Concert had been scheduled to take place this weekend at the Big Spring Municipal Auditorium. Earlier this month, an active link was available on the event page to purchase tickets from Eventbrite.com; however, KBest News discovered that the Municipal Auditorium had yet to be booked.
Since then, the Eventbrite link has been deactivated, and an Eventbrite representative noted that they could not advise how many tickets had been purchased for the event but did say that they would be following up with ticket buyers with information about a refund.
As of yesterday morning, Terri Telchik, Facilities Coordinator for the City of Big Spring, confirmed that no concert is scheduled for Saturday, June 16th, at the Big Spring Municipal Auditorium.
Big Spring, TX. – Big Spring Junior High School seventh grade social studies teacher Tabitha Barbee has been nominated for the 2018-2019 national LifeChanger of the Year award.
Barbee is being recognized as a LifeChanger in her community for teaching and coaching middle school students for 27 years. She helps students become successful in all aspects of life and goes the extra mile to make learning fun. Her last major accomplishment was winning the VFW's Teacher of the Year award last year.
Barbee was nominated by her colleague, Lauren Bratcher.
"Tab is a great example for fellow teachers," Bratcher said. "She's not only willing to help anyone in need, but she is a leader within her department and across campus."
About LifeChanger of the Year -
Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, LifeChanger of the Year recognizes and rewards the very best K-12 educators and school district employees across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.
Each school year, LifeChanger of the Year receives hundreds of nominations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Seventeen individual LifeChanger of the Year awards will be given during the 2018-2019 school year.
· (1) Grand Prize Winner – will receive $10,000 to be shared with their school/district.
· (4) Grand Prize Finalists – will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school/district.
· (10) LifeChanger Award Winners – will receive $3,000 to be shared with their school/district.
· (1) Spirit Award Winner – This award is given to the nominee whose community demonstrates the most support for their nomination. The winner will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school/district.
· (1) Spotlight Award Winner – This award is given to a nominee in a specific discipline each year. For 2018-19, the Spotlight Award will be given to a nominee who works in a counseling role (e.g, guidance counselor, social worker). The winner will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school or district.
Winners are announced via surprise award ceremonies held at their schools. The grand prize finalists will also be honored at a national awards ceremony in May 2019 in Hawaii, where the Grand Prize Winner will be revealed.
Winners are chosen by a selection committee comprised of former winners and education professionals. Nominees must be K-12 teachers or school district employees. To be considered for an award, nominees must
· Make a positive impact in the lives of students
· Enhance their school or district's atmosphere, culture and pride
· Demonstrate exemplary leadership at the school and/or district level
· Possess a proven record of professional excellence
· Show commitment to building a nurturing environment that supports learning
· Adhere to the highest moral and ethical standards
A resource page with ideas for how to celebrate nominees can be found at http://lifechangeroftheyear.com/showspirit/.
To view Ms. Barbee's LifeChanger of the Year nominee profile, or to nominate someone from your school community, visitwww.LifeChangeroftheYear.com.
Forsan ISD and the Texas Association of School Boards recently recognized a local business for their support of FISD and public education. The recognition took place at the June 11, 2018 board meeting.
Ceram-Kote Coating, Inc has consistently supported Forsan ISD. The most public show of support has been in our tennis program. They have provided t-shirts, brought travel trailers to events and run concession stands among many other activities of support. Their work has spanned several years and they have proved to be a friend to Forsan ISD in many and consistent ways.
Here at Forsan ISD, we know the value of the help we have received from the Freeman family and Ceram-Kote Coatings, Inc., and we are deeply appreciative of this partnership. We are pleased to announce that the generosity they have shown is now recognized at the state level. The Texas Association of School Boards has joined Forsan ISD in recognizing their support for our schools.
Ceram-Kote was recently represented by Kevin and Karen Freeman and they were presented a recognition packet which included a letter of thanks, a certificate honoring them, and other materials about Texas public schools. Included was a window decal and a countertop sign that Forsan ISD hopes will encouraging others to follow their lead to Stand Up for Texas Public Schools.
The picture shows Board President Lewis Boeker presenting the packet to the Freemans. They are surrounded by Forsan ISD school board members and superintendent.
(Left to right in the picture: Supt. Randy Johnson, board members Chris Evans, and Lewis Boeker, Ceram-Kote's Kevin and Karen Freeman, board members Jimmy Miller and Chris Olson.)
On the 13th of June 2018 at approximately 11:00 A.M., Susan Overton turned herself in at the Howard County Law Enforcement Center. Mrs. Overton has been arrested and charged with Murder. At the time of Mrs. Overton’s arrest a small caliber semi-automatic firearm was seized from her and is believed to be the firearm used in the commission of the offense. Mrs. Overton is currently awaiting arraignment by a magistrate. The Big Spring Police Department has also recovered the suspect vehicle (white in color, 2010, Ford Focus 4 door with Texas license plates JYL4340) which was located in the 1300 block of S. Nolan.
This continues to be an ongoing investigation and there is no further information available at this time.
If you have any information regarding this investigation please call the Criminal Investigations Division Sergeant at (432)264-2558 or you can call CrimeStoppers at (432)263-TIPS (8477). You can also use the CrimeStoppers P3tips.com software to submit your tip online. Remember no caller ID is ever used and all tips are anonymous.
Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon
BSPD Seeking Murder Suspect—Armed and Dangerous:
On the 12th of June 2018 at approximately 11:00 P.M., Big Spring Police Department officers and Big Spring Fire Department Emergency Medical Services personnel were dispatched to 700 block of Bucknell in reference to a gunshot victim. Upon arrival at the residence officers found Jesse James Collins White/Male 30 years of age, inside with a gunshot wound to his chest. Collins was immediately transported to Scenic Mountain Medical Center for treatment but later succumbed to his injuries. The Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and the preliminary investigation has indicated that Susan Etta Overton (AKA “Goozie” Susan Humphrey) White/Female 31 years of age shot Collins while inside the residence. Overton fled the scene in a white in color, 2010, Ford Focus 4 door with Texas license plates JYL4340. The Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigations Division has received an arrest warrant for Overton for Murder a Felony of the 1st degree. Mrs. Overton is to be considered armed and dangerous. This is an ongoing investigation and no further information is available at this time.
If you have any information regarding this investigation or to the whereabouts of Mrs. Overton or the vehicle she was driving please call the Criminal Investigations Division Sergeant at (432)264-2558 or you can call CrimeStoppers at (432)263-TIPS (8477). You can also use the CrimeStoppers P3tips.com software to submit your tip online. Remember no caller ID is ever used and all tips are anonymous.
Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon
The Big Spring City Council met last night with all City Council Members in attendance. Of the ten action items on the agenda, all passed with a unanimous vote of 7 – 0.
The Council recognized Debbie Wegman for her thirteen years of service to the City through the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Mayor McLellan presented her with a certificate and many kind words. As the Mayor noted, Debbie has accomplished remarkable accomplishments during her time.
A discussion about concerns of heavy trucks using Lorilla Street instead of designated Truck Routes promoted concerned citizens to address the safety of their children. The Council asked that “No Thru Traffic” signs be placed on Lorilla Street within the week. Police Chief Williams agreed to establish immediate patrols to prevent .
An in-depth discussion was held concerning the roads and infrastructure within and surrounding the air park. Several options were discussed concerning the funding of these necessary projects. It was suggested that the City look into usage-based fees charged to the heavy equipment and heavy truck operators that utilize these roads.
Preliminary discussions were held about the Amphitheater Improvement project including ADA regulations, accessibility and potential naming rights. The Council requested additional information for future meetings.
The City Council offered its support and encouragement for local Boy Scout David Tidwell’s Eagle Project. David will be providing care packages for the homeless population in Big Spring. These packages will provide necessary hygiene products, food and clothing.
Today marked the 70th year acknowledging women in military service. On June 12, 1948, a bill was signed into law by President Harry S. Truman known as the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act, which officially allowed women to serve freely as regular service members. Before this bill was signed, women served disguised as men and some even took on male names.
The Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home in Big Spring honored their female Veterans with a celebration yesterday afternoon, June 12th, also known as Women Veterans Day. Sandra Wilson, United States Marines; Adelita Guerra, United States Army; and Kim LaCroix, U.S. Navy, were recognized for their service to our country.
Natalie Rolling-Edlebeck, retired Major of the U.S. Army and Administrator for Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home, stated that she was very honored that they were able to recognize their female Veterans in their Veterans home and across Big Spring.
“It’s an honor to have served the United States Army, and it’s an honor that our nation has recognized that our nation has recognized that we have all qualities just as well our males to serve in the military. So, to be recognized nationally is an honor,” said Rolling-Edlebeck of her time of service and of Women’s National Day.
The 7th FSS Honor Guard from Dyess Airforce Base presented the colors, and Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Colonel Rosa Mancha and Retired U.S. Army Major Rolling-Edlebeck were both speakers for the event.
On the 8th of June 2018 at approximately 4:00 A.M., Big Spring Police Department Officers were dispatched to the 1800 block of S. Nolan in reference to a gunshot victim. Upon arrival it was found a juvenile male had sustained a gunshot wound to his head. The initial reports from various witnesses at the residence indicated this was a suicide although physical evidence indicated otherwise. The Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigations Division responded to the location and began their investigation. As a result of this investigation it is now believed the juvenile was shot as a result of a game of “Russian Roulette” and although this is believed to be an accident, the Big Spring Police Department expect arrests to follow. The investigation has led officers to believe two firearms were recently stolen from vehicles in the area of Barcelona Apartments and HEB although there has been no reports of the thefts. The Big Spring Police Department asks residents to check their vehicles for any weapons that may have been stored in their vehicles and report any that are missing.
This is an ongoing investigation and there is no further information available at this time.
The Big Spring Police Department urges anyone with information relating to this tragic event to call the Criminal Investigations Division Sergeant at (432) 264-2558 or call CrimeStoppers at (432) 263-TIPS (8477) or use the P3tips.com software to submit your tip online. Remember no caller ID is ever used and all tips are anonymous.
Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon
With summer temperatures now in the triple digits, it’s a good time to be reminded of the dangers of children getting heat stroke while left unattended in vehicles, says a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service passenger safety expert.
Bev Kellner, AgriLife Extension family and community health program manager in College Station, says it’s important to remember that as temperatures increase so does the likelihood of heat stroke and death for children AND pets left in hot vehicles.
According to Kellner, temperatures in parked vehicles rise very quickly and a child’s body temperature rises three to five times faster than an adult’s, so the combination can be deadly, and children are far more vulnerable to heat stroke than adults.
She also went on to say that in just 10 minutes, the temperature inside a vehicle can increase by almost 20 degrees, and contrary to popular belief, cracking a window does little or nothing to dispel the heat from the interior of the vehicle.
Kellner stated that Texas leads the nation in child vehicular heat deaths, with 114 deaths from 1989 to 2017.
Kellner said to help avoid child vehicular heat deaths, parents and other caregivers should consider the following tips from Safe Kids and AgriLife Extension:
— Never leave infants or children in a parked vehicle, even if the windows are partially open.
— Make a habit of looking in the vehicle — front and back — before locking the door and walking away.
— When parking a multi-passenger vehicle, make sure there are no children sleeping on the seats or hiding under them.
— Put a purse, briefcase, gym bag, cellphone or another item that will be needed in the back seat to help ensure you look there before leaving the vehicle.
— Set the alarm on your cellphone or computer calendar as a reminder to verify you have not left a child unattended in your vehicle.
— If you see an unattended child in a vehicle, dial 911 immediately and follow any instructions provided by emergency personnel.
— Teach children not to play in and around vehicles.
— Always lock vehicles, even when in the garage or driveway.
— Never leave keys in the car and store them out of children’s reach.
“Also, if a caregiver notices a child is missing, it’s always a good idea to make your vehicle one of the first places to look, including the trunk or storage area,” Kellner said.
She also noted other ways to help avoid children being accidentally locked in hot vehicles are to use drive-thru services when available and to pay for gas at the pump with a debit or credit card as opposed to going inside.
Earlier today, the class of 2014 hosted a car wash in the parking lot of the Big Spring High school to raise money for a classmate who passed away unexpectedly. The classmate, Austin Cantu, left behind a young daughter and a stunned family.
Several volunteers for the class of 2014 showed their support by washing and drying cars as well as collecting donations from people and promoting the benefit on social media with the hashtag #LongLiveCantu. Several volunteers were stunned that the event, which took only three days to plan, had an amazing turnout.
All funds raised will go towards supporting Austin Cantu’s daughter and paying for funeral expenses.
The class of 2014 was happy that in light of such a tragedy, they were able to band together for a good cause.
Rev. Richard Schneberger is the lead pastor of the First Church of the Nazarene in Big Spring, TX. He has served in various ministries through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and now Texas. Most recently, Pastor Richard was the Executive Director of Reaching Our City, Inc., a faith-based community development organization in Oklahoma City, as well as the lead pastor of the R.O.C. Church of the Nazarene and an adjunct professor at Southern Nazarene University. He holds a B.A. in Ministry and M.A. in Theology from Southern Nazarene University, a Master of Divinity degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston, MA. Richard, his wife, Sara, and their four young children live in Big Spring.
Pastor Richard’s first Sunday at the First Church of the Nazarene was June 3rd.
Pictured is Pastor Richard and his wife Sara.
On Tuesday, June 12, Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home in Big Spring will hold a special event honoring its Women Veteran residents. Retired United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Rosa Mancha, who is currently serving as the Quality Manager for the West Texas VA Health Care System, will be the featured speaker.
Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home
Special event honoring Women Veterans - refreshments will be served after the ceremony.
Tuesday, June 12th from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home
1809 North Highway 87, Big Spring, Texas 79720
To inform Veterans and military members about state and federal benefits.
The event is open to the public. Please RSVP to Brittany Eck at Brittany.Eck@GLO.Texas.gov.
Thank you for your support of our Texas Veterans!
What possibly began with an unattended cigarette in a shed, resulted in a 30 acre fire including a house, a vehicle, and many cedar trees this afternoon North of town. The fire, just outside of city limits on Neill Road, northeast of FM 700 and south of Anderson Road was reported at approximately 3:35 PM this afternoon.
Howard County Volunteer Fire Department, Big Spring Fire Department, Howard County Sheriff’s Office, and Howard County Road & Bridge responded and managed to save the 5 structures that were in danger.
The blaze was primarily distributed by hot cedar tree embers that blew onto other structures. Several witnesses reported “exploding trees” which carried the embers into the bed of a pickup truck containing debris that quickly spread the flames throughout the vehicle. In spite of the quick rate at which the fire spread, the response team was faster. Howard County Fire Chief Mitchell Hooper was proud of the team’s performance.
Chief Hooper also reported that there were no structures lost in yesterday’s fire, and no injuries. The cause of the blaze was determined as possibly a cigarette left in a shed, and appears to be accidental. To see photos of our first responders in action during yesterday’s fire, log onto our KBest Media Facebook page.
On the 5th of June 2018 at approximately 8:38 P.M., a Big Spring Police Department officer was traveling eastbound in the 200 block of W. FM 700 approaching the intersection of F.M. 700 and Goliad. The officer observed a Red and Black 2017 Honda CBR 600R motorcycle exiting off of the south service road onto W. FM 700 directly in front of the patrol vehicle. The officer noted the driver of the motorcycle was driving recklessly and failed to signal his intention to make a left turn onto S. Goliad. The officer then attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the driver of the motorcycle in the 2300 block of S. Goliad and the driver sped away on the motorcycle refusing to stop for the officer who had activated his lights and siren. The motorcycle was also being ridden by a female passenger.
The driver of the motorcycle evaded officers north on Goliad to E. 3rd St and then west on E. 3rd until wrecking the motorcycle in the 2000 block of W. 3rd St. Upon officer's arrival at the wreck, the driver of the motorcycle identified as Austin Ryan Cantu, White/Male 22 years of age, was found deceased as a result of the crash. The female passenger of the motorcycle, identified as Ellen Alexandra Vasquez, White/Female 27 years of age, was found to be in serious condition and transported to Scenic Mountain Medical Center for treatment. The female was later flown by helicopter to University Medical Center Lubbock and as of this morning Mrs. Vasquez was in serious condition. The extent of her injuries are still unknown at this time.
The Big Spring Police Department was assisted by the Department of Public Safety. This incident is currently under Investigation by the Big Spring Police Department and we have no further information at this time.
The Big Spring Police Department sends condolences to the family of Mr. Austin Cantu and asks the community for prayers for the family of Mr. Cantu and for Mrs. Vasquez and her family.
Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon
The first date to audition for the 2018 West Texas Talent Search was held this past Saturday, June 2nd, in Snyder and the first two semi-finalists, a singer from Snyder named Alex Whitaker and female Big Spring comic Adrienne Green, were selected to continue on to the next portion of the competition.
The West Texas Talent Search began 10 years ago and is a 3-step competition that begins at the preliminary level with auditions across West Texas over the summer, then moves on to the semi-finals and finals will be held the weekend of September 1st.
Daniel Ryan, Executive Director for West Texas Talent, explained that this competition takes place over the course of a few months because he and another mentor work with contestants to try to make them better as they continue through the competition.
This year West Texas Talent will be awarding up to $5000 in cash and prizes, including:
* (2) tickets to anywhere Southwest Airlines Flies,
* (2) tickets to see Cher in Las Vegas Friday Nov 9th, and
* a $500 Gift Card to Musician's Friend.
Over the years, competitors have ranged from singers, dancers, and comics to contortionists. All ages are welcomed, 17 and under require parent’s consent to enter. The competition is split up into different categories:
* Child Performer Age 14 and Below
* Original Performance Based on the theme "World without Art"
* Student Performer Age 15 to 23
* Adult Performer Age 24 and Up
Entry fee to compete in just the original portion is $10, but to compete for Grand Prize, Fan Favorite, and Judge's Choice entry fee is $25, and the final day to enter is July 20th, 2018.
When asked what a judge looks for in the preliminaries in order to move a contestant on to the semi-finals, Ryan stated, “In the first round I’m looking for someone that I want to see again. [Someone] that excites me, [and] that I see potential in, and [has] commitment.”
“Sometimes it’s easier to work with one who really wants it and has a little bit of spark but may not be all that polished than someone who is polished but isn’t that committed. I’m really looking for a sense of commitment in somebody that I want to work with who excites me.”
He went on to say that there are a lot of people in the area who believe that they are talented but they may also lack the sense of commitment to put in the work it takes to grow as a performer, and those are not the kind of people that he wants to work with.
The next auditions will be held on: June 16th in Lubbock at the MCM Elegante Hotel, July 14th in Odessa at the MCM Elegante Hotel, and July 21st in downtown Midland at the Doubletree Hotel; all preliminaries begin at 2 PM. Ryan noted that because the competition originates in Odessa, a lot of the contestants choose to audition at the Odessa and Midland locations. He did say that if there were at least 10 people from Big Spring who entered the competition, he would pick a date to hold auditions in Big Spring.
BAD Events LLC and Franklin and Son are excited to announce the Country On the Rocks Music Festival that will take place at the Comanche Trail Amphitheater on September 29th.
The lineup will feature Nashville recording artists Diamond Rio and Tracy Byrd as well as regional act Sonny’s Holiday. The final
spot will be filled by the winner of the second annual Downtown Throw Down Competition that will be held at the Train Car Cigar Bar beginning August 9th.
Tickets will go on sale beginning July 15th and you can purchase tickets by going online to www.badeventstx.com and clicking on the link or by going to Ward’s Western, located at 1109 S. Gregg. Tickets will be $29 for General Admission and $59 for a limited
number of VIP tickets.
No outside food or drinks will be allowed, but food trucks and beer garden will be available at the event. It should also be noted that pets will not be allowed.
Howard College and the HC Agriculture Department will be presenting Lamb Camp and Goat Camp this month. Camps are held at the Howard College G.C. Broughton Agriculture Complex on the Howard College campus.
Registration is full for this weekend’s Goat Camp, but a few spots are still open for the Lamb camp on June 10, 11, and 12th. Only the first 200 paid entries will be accepted, and participants will need to make their own hotel reservations, as housing is not provided but meals will be provided by the College Cafeteria.
This morning, Scenic Mountain Medical Center announced that they’d entered a partnership with Pink the Basin, a 501(c)3 organization that is dedicated to raise awareness of women’s health issues and foster educational and service initiatives that positively embrace women’s health. SMMC was awarded a $10,500 grant that will allow women in the Big Spring area, who cannot afford a mammogram due to a lack of or inadequate insurance, to get the mammography services they need.
According to Ginger Silva, Mammographer at SMMC, patients will be able to receive screening and diagnostic breast ultrasounds thanks to the funding from this grant.
Brigette Meyers, Executive Director for Pink the Basin, explained that their organization Pink the Basin is able to raise funds all over the Permian Basin and then distribute those funds back to hospitals to help women who cannot afford to pay for their mammograms and everything up to treatment for breast cancer.
Amanda Duforat, Marking Manager for SMMC noted, "We are excited to step into this partnership and the impact that it can have on the women in Howard County and the fight against breast cancer.”
For more information on how to apply for financial help for mammography services, contact Ginger Silva at Scenic Mountain Medical Center, (432) 263-1211.
On Wednesday, May 30, Howard County Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mitchell Hooper presented an order to the Howard County Commissioners Court requesting a restriction on the sale of certain fireworks, mainly "skyrockets with sticks" and "missiles with fins".
Failure to adhere to this restriction could result in a Class C misdemeanor.
The Restriction on Sale of Certain Fireworks is in effect until July 10, 2018.
This summer Big Spring ISD will be serving up good nutrition for local children by bringing healthy meals to Howard County children. The purpose of the program is to ensure that kids have a healthy vacation and return to school ready to learn.
The program began today and it will be connecting children 18 years old and younger with healthy Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) meals at no cost to the child. SFSP is a U.S. Department of Agriculture nutrition program administered by the Lone Star State by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA). For children who rely on school meals during the academic year, these meals offer a source of good nutrition when school is out for the long summer vacation.
SERVING AT: Big Spring Jr. High School, 624 E. 6th St.
WHEN: May 29, 2018 - June 29, 2018, No Fridays
TIMES: Breakfast from 7:45 - 8:45 AM / Lunch from 11AM - 1PM
WHO: All children 18 years old and younger for FREE
Big Spring ISD is one of the nonprofit organizations partnering with TDA to serve meals across Texas. Families are encouraged to use these three tools to find a meal site anywhere in the state:
* Call 2-1-1 to speak to an operator.
* Visit www.summerfood.org for an interactive site locator map
* Text FOODTX to 877-877
Organizations partner with TDA to serve meals in areas where more than 50 percent of children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch Program. Eligible sponsoring organizations include schools,faith-based groups, nonprofit summer camps, government agencies and other tax-exempt organizations. All meal sites must be sponsored by an organization that has a contract with TDA.
Summer food program meal sites help children succeed by providing the nourishment they need to return to school in the fall ready to thrive.