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

There are 4 official candidates for Mayor of Big Spring:

  • David Mathis 
  • Anna Scott
  • Shannon Thomason
  • Debbie Wegman

The 2 candidates for Big Spring City Council Member, District 5 are:

  • Daniel Moreno
  • Camilla Strande


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


For BSISD District 7, the 3 candidates are:

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


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


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

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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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

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


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


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


Contact Basin 2 Way Radio at 264-7034.


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

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


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


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

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


UPDATE, 02/19/19. 


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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


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


At this time the cause of the fire is undetermined.


Howard County Commissioners offer local support for Countywide Polling Place Program

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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Those values are:


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

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

We will develop and implement a comprehensive early childhood program.

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

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


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


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


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


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


Those action committees are: 


Career and Technical Education Action Team

Healthcare Action Team

Early Childhood Action Team

Leadership and Life Skills Development Action Team

Community Outreach Action Team


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


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


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

Krabill also said she felt her ideas were heard.


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


For more information or to volunteer to serve on an action committee, call the district administrative office at 394-5000 or sign up at the following link:


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


The following bids were awarded:


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


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


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


Suspect Shot in Head during Attempted Burglary:

From Sheriff Stan Parker:


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

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


No Charges are anticipated against the homeowner and friend.


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


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

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


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


CHS CX teams fare well at 1st debate

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


17th Annual Fraternal Order of the Eagles Chili Cook Off

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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Original Story

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


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


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

Further information will be released at a later time.


Staulcup Named 2018 Woman of the Year.

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


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


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


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


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


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

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


Currently the female is in good condition.


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


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


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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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


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




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