Let's make some bowls!
The classes to help make bowls for this event will be Monday, September 24th, and Tuesday, September 25th from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. All classes will take place at the Ceramics Lab at Howard College.
Be advised that an RSVP for the class is required and to do so, contact Christian Fair, Executive Director for the United Way of Big Spring and Howard County, at 432-267-5201, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The rank of Eagle Scout is the pinnacle in the Boy Scouts of America. Currently only about 6 percent of all boys that participate in Boy Scouts achieve this honor. David Tidwell of Big Spring Texas and Troop 1908, Buffalo Trail Council is very near to attaining this very achievement. Among the requirements to attain the Eagle rank a young man must plan, and supervise the carrying out of a project to benefit his community in some way.
On Saturday September 22 from 11 AM – 1 PM at the Big Spring Salvation Army David and other Scouts and volunteers will be distributing "Care Packages" to the homeless citizens of Big Spring. David with the generous support of the Big Spring community has collected enough to fill 100 of such care packages with items such as sock, t-shirts, hygiene products and some easy to prepare and eat food items.
Additionally, there will be pet care packages will be available for those that have pets. A hot meal will be provided to the homeless when they come to get their care package.
Helping Hands for the Homeless
Saturday September 22 11 AM – 1 PM
Salvation Army (Big Spring Texas)
811 W 5th St, Big Spring, TX 79720
The Howard County 9-1-1 Communications Board of Directors met on Tuesday evening, 09/18/18. The primary focus of the meeting was selecting a full-time Director. Multiple candidates were interviewed for the position formerly occupied by the late Tommy Sullivan. During the Board’s Executive Session, interviews were conducted with the candidates. With a majority vote, Interim Director, Pepper Sullivan was selected as the Howard County 9-1-1 Communications, District Director. Pepper’s role is effective immediately.
FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), postponed the nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (also known as EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (also referred to as WEA) until October 3 due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence.
The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.
October 3 was the previously scheduled back-up date for the test, which was originally set up for this Thursday, September 20. A backup date is always planned in case of widespread severe weather or other significant events on the primary test date. FEMA and the nation’s emergency management community remain committed to the life-saving activities occurring through parts of North Carolina and South Carolina.
For further information on the test, visit our KBest Media Facebook page or go to https://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test.
JaLie Hernandez and Hector Colon-Rivera were the top finishers for the Coahoma Cross Country varsity team at the Western Texas College Invitational meet held in Snyder Saturday while the junior high team had three runners medal in the event.
“This was the first meet for a lot of the junior high kids,” said Cross Country Coach John-Michael Leggett. “They all did a really good job this past weekend. We had a lot of kids that ran a season best time on a really tough course. We are getting better every week, and I am very satisfied with the progress we are making.”
Coahoma junior high runners Isabella Cox and Serena Dobbs turned some heads at the meet. Cox ran the route in 16:04 and Dobbs finished one second later at 16:05. That placed them fourth and fifth respectively and both girls medaled for their efforts. Jake Freeman also earned a medal in the boys junior high race. He came in 6th with a time of 13:43.
For varsity, Hernandez came in with a time of 16:17 to place 35th in girls event. Colon-Rivera ran the route in 22:20 to place 38th for the boys.
Next: The high school team will travel to the Lubbock ISD Invitational regional preview meet. The junior high team will be off for the weekend.
Individual results are as follows:
Hector Colon-Rivera, 38th, 22:20
Tanner Atkins, 45th, 22:54
Christian Klug, 52nd, 23:20
D'Kota Harrison, 66th, 24:37
Chance McMurray, 76th, 27:30
JaLie Hernandez, 35th, 16:17
Jake Freeman, 6th (Medaled), 13:43
McCartney Fitzhugh, 23rd, 14:52
Kenan Kimberley, 42nd, 17:12
Keiston Harrison, 45th, 18:40
Isabella Cox, 4th (Medaled), 16:04
Serena Dobbs, 5th, (Medaled), 16:05
Marianna Glover, 26th, 18:13
Emily Lowder, 48th, 22:28
Savannah Meachum, 51st, 23:40
This past weekend the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 47 held their 5th annual DAV Dove Hunt, an event where 4 honorees are taken dove hunting, skeet shooting, have an opportunity to spend time with other veterans and share experiences. On Saturday evening, the DAV and community members comes together to show appreciation for the four honorees while they share a meal together, provided by the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department.
This year’s honorees were Special Forces veteran Danny Martinez, Afghanistan and Iraq veteran Carlos Torres, Iraq veteran Dr. Elliot Vann, and Afghanistan and Iraq veteran Robert McBride.
During the honoree ceremony on Saturday evening, the honorees were presented with a certificate of appreciation along with numerous gifts.
All honorees were amazed and blown away by the outpouring of support from community members and the DAV.
Saturday, September 15th, was Thank a Veteran Day in Big Spring and this month KBest Media would like to thank Richard Cortez, Veteran Marine, who served from 1966 to 1969.
Cortez told KBest News that he had joined the Marine Corp as a 17-year old high school drop-out. He noted that it was on his 17th birthday that his parents had to sign for him to be able to enlist at such a young age. Cortez went on to say that he had chosen the Marine Corp because he like those uniforms better than the other branches.
After Cortez turned 18, he joined his unit in Vietnam. Cortez served as a combat engineer dealing with explosives. After serving in Vietnam for 18 months he was injured and ended up with shrapnel in his left leg. He still carries shrapnel in his left leg became became a Purple Heart Recipient.
After Cortez left the Marine Corp as a Corporal, he spent a short time in the oilfield and later went to school at Arizona State University to pursue an engineering degree. After his father passed and left behind 14 children, Cortez moved back home to help his family. He spent time studying at UTPB and working for h Texas Instruments as a Quality Control Engineer. Cortez stated that he had been married for 18 years and had 4 daughters, 2 grandkids, and 1 great grandchild on the way.
"It was an adventure. It was something that I wanted to do. I don't expect anyone to follow in my footsteps," said Cortez. He went on to say that his advice for anyone considering joining the military would be to be prepared for possibility of death or serious injury, and to have your family prepared for that outcome as well.
During last night’s meeting of the Big Spring ISD Board of Trustees SM Energy donated $10,000 to BSISD to be used for a robotics program at Big Spring Intermediate. Assistant Superintendent George Bancroft announced during the meeting that there was additional funding that the school district would be able to access in order to bring a robotics program to the Accelerated Anderson campus as well. He advised that there would be a robotics program on all BSISD campuses by December of this year.
BSISD also accepted a $4,000 donation from First Christian Church. It was noted that money would be used to feed Big Spring JH and HS students who participated in extracurricular activities outside of school hours. The details on the program will work are still in development.
Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the kick-off of the 2018 Save Texas History Essay Contest for 4th and 7th grade students earlier this month. The Save Texas History Essay Contest encourages students to answer an important question: "What history in your community is worth saving?"
In a press release by Bush, he stated that everyone is familiar with iconic historic sites in Texas like the Alamo and San Jacinto, but there are countless locations throughout the state whose meaning and importance are deeply rooted in their local communities. He also noted that local history is a source of pride to many Texas communities, but often remains unknown to many Texans. He went on to say that he looks forward to reading the essays and congratulating the winners.
The winning entries will each receive a cash award of $500 courtesy of Chris Cantu of Edward Jones Investments and Bob Erksine of Just in Time Staffing, both from Round Rock. Grand Prize winners will also receive Texas flags that have flown over the Texas State Capitol. Five additional finalists in each grade will receive $100 courtesy of the Rotary Club of Austin and the Sons of the Republic of Texas, and a Texas flag that has flown over the northernmost point of the Republic of Texas (in present-day Wyoming). All winners and finalists will also receive Save Texas History backpacks and a replica of an historic map from the GLO Archives map collection, and a Certificate of Achievement signed by Commissioner Bush.
Entries must be postmarked by October 31, 2018. For more information on the contest, check out our KBest Media Facebook page, or visit savetexashistory.org for details.
On Tuesday, September 11, 2018 the Howard County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by Russ Rutledge in reference to a scam. Rutledge advised that he had been contacted by a female, Lucia Hernandez, via Facebook messenger. Hernandez made attempts to convince Rutledge that he knew her personally. After a short period of time Rutledge was told to send $4800.00 to Hernandez or she would send out videos of him to his friends and known people showing he was a pedophile. Rutledge refused to pay and reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Office.
On Wednesday, September 12, 2018 the Facebook account of Lucia Hernandez began sending videos depicting Rutledge in compromising situations. The Howard County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed these videos are fake and were used in an attempt to extort money from Rutledge.
The Howard County Sheriff’s Office is currently working with Department of Homeland Security to track the origin of the videos and the identity of the person or persons responsible for the Facebook hack.
This investigation is ongoing and we are working diligently to resolve this case as quickly as possible.
Sheriff Stan Parker
On Thursday, September 6th, 2018, the Texas League of United Latin American Citizens, also known as LULAC held an informal press conference in Big Spring outside of the Big Spring Correctional Center in order to bring attention to allegations that had been brought against the Flightline Correctional Center, a private prison run by GEO Group, Inc. that is contracted by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
It was during this press conference that Texas LULAC Civil Rights Chair, Agustin Pinedo, announced that the allegations against the correctional facility state that on the night of August 11, 2018, inmate Jose David Garache-Munoz, a Honduran immigrant, was beaten into unconsciousness by correctional staff and that Garache-Munoz was in a coma for 5 days following the incident. The allegations, originating from family members of Garache-Munoz, also state that 2 other inmates were beaten when they tried to intervene, one of whom later died on August 31st, 2018, as a result of his injuries.
KBest News has found that all of the allegations appear to be false; Garache-Munoz was not beaten, nor was he in a coma. According to a letter addressed to LULAC from Flightline Correctional Center Warden Bobby Thompson, Garache-Munoz, on August 11, 2018, was identified as the primary instigator for a potential disturbance of a housing unit. Garache-Munoz refused to obey multiple orders to return to his bunk and positioned himself in an assaultive stance toward staff. He was then pepper-sprayed by staff in order to gain compliance. He was evaluated by on-site medical staff and transported to the hospital where he was treated for eye irritation. During the medical assessment of Garache-Munoz, he was not noted to have bruising, bumps, or lacerations.
Upon his return to Flightline, Garache-Munoz was placed in the Restrictive Housing Unit, which is standard protocol for inmates who engage in disruptive behavior and pose a danger to staff. Warden Thompson advised that after reviewing the records for this housing area, it was found that Garache-Munoz had eaten all 3 of his daily meals during this time frame and had even participated in recreation during 2 of the 5 days that it was offered to him. Warden Thompson also noted that at the time of his letter, which is dated for September 6th, 2018, Garache-Munoz was housed in the Restrictive Housing Unit pending administrative charges for making threats toward staff and attempting to assault staff.
KBest News followed up on the allegation of the inmate death and found that there are no decedent reports that were filed for inmates during the time period in question. Additionally, neither local funeral homes were contacted to remove a deceased inmate, nor was a Justice of the Peace contacted to pronounce an inmate death, which is required by law. Regarding the allegations made at the press conference of one inmate being deceased, one missing, and one in need of medical treatment, KBest has been informed that all three inmates are in the custody of the Big Spring Correctional Center, where they have continued to reside since the night of the disturbance.
Tonight’s 9/11 Memorial Service was standing room only. Veterans, First Responders, Young Marines, children and citizens gathered to remember the heroic actions of so many on a horrific day. Tonight was also an opportunity to honor every individual who has risked their life to protect ours. Speakers evoked laughter and tears as they recounted stories of America’s heroes. There were very few dry eyes as Mike Tarpley concluded the evening with “Taps”.
On the 11th of September 2018 at approximately 4:20 AM, Big Spring Police Department officers were dispatched to Walmart located at 201 W. Marcy in reference to a disturbance. Upon officers arrival an individual later identified as Clint Aaron Sorrells White/Male 22 Years of age appeared to be suffering mental crisis.
Officers made contact with Sorrells and through their investigation determined Sorrells was under the influence of methamphetamines. Contact was made with Walmart staff who informed officers that Sorrells had brandished a handgun while inside the store although he never threatened anyone. In proximity of the vehicle Sorrells had been driving, officers located three handguns and three rifles laying on the ground. After Sorrells was detained in handcuffs and while officers were investigating the incident, Sorrells ran a short distance before being caught by officers.
Sorrells was arrested and charged with Evading Arrest/Detention, Unlawful Carrying of Weapon and Public Intoxication. This incident is still under investigation and there is no further information available at this time.
Scenic Mountain Medical Center held a Prayer at the Pole event this morning with local first responders, military heroes, and community members to pray for those families who were impacted by the events of 9/11 and to thank first responders and military personnel for the sacrifices they make to keep us safe.
Speakers during the event included SMMC CEO Emma Krabill, Howard County Judge Kathryn Wiseman, and President of the Board ofDirectors for the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce Manny Negron lead the prayer.
After the event, everyone was welcomed to the grab-n-go breakfast that was held in the main lobby.
University Medical Center’s Nurses Educating on Illegal Drugs & Synthetics, also known as NEIDS will present a program on the dangers of synthetic drugs on Monday, September 17th at 6 PM at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum. It’s an educational program that’s opened to youth and adults.
NEIDS is an outreach group of registered nurses that believe synthetic marijuana and other illegal drugs kill and harm too many of our fellow human beings. The group is made up of emergency room nurses and nurse educators from Lubbock, Texas, whose mission is to provide education to the public on the health risks and hazards of the use of synthetic marijuana and other harmful drugs. They accomplish this by utilizing public service announcements, focused educational offerings to school age children, point of care education, and working with local coalitions and agencies against the use of synthetic marijuana. They actively support new or revised legislation of local and state laws to halt the sale, distribution, and the manufacturing of these synthetic compounds and illegal drugs.
Tumbleweed Smith of Big Spring is one of 35 honorees at the Brown County Museum’s 35th anniversary celebration on September 18th. The 35 are being recognized for contributing to the historical legacy of Brown County. “His statewide syndicated radio program and newspaper column include many historical features on this area and around the state, educating the public about our amazing history,” says museum board chairman Dion White. “He has had an impact on preserving our local history.”
The evening, titled “35 in 35,” begins at 7 PM September 18th at the museum located at 209 Broadway in Brownwood. “We will be expressing our appreciation to 35 people and entities who have played a role in valuing and promoting this rich heritage,” said White. Tumbleweed’s program, THE SOUND OF TEXAS, is in its 50th year.
Scenic Mountain Medical Center will be honoring our local first responders and military heroes on Tuesday, September 11th. The event will begin with Prayer at the Pole beginning at 8:30 AM and followed with a Grab-and-Go Breakfast from 8:45 to 9:30 AM.
The annual event 9/11 Memorial at the Plaza: A Tribute to our Civil and Military Heroes will take place later that evening at Spring Town Plaza, located at 1801 FM 700. The event begins at 6:30 PM, and is presented by the Disabled American Veterans Chapter #47 and the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department.
Donations are still being accepted by the DAV to help our Veterans. For more information, contact Mike Tarpley at 432-566-2227.
Education is the main focus for the Permian Basin Regional Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, according to a presentation by Rebecca Baker during Friday morning’s Kindred Coffee Hour.
“It’s not a secret that the opioid crisis is growing across the nation. One of the best ways to stop this crisis is to get communities educated, empower the youth to take a stand against peer pressure by highlighting the importance of proper medication disposal,” Amanda Duforat, SMMC Marketing Mgr., said.
Baker discussed the new drug prevention outreach curriculum – Impact Youth – a program of PBRCADA, to the area school systems. The program teaches students how to respond to peer pressure by providing education on the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol.
“We focus our teachings on making positive choices. In the past, programs have taught simply saying no is the answer, but when our youth are being faced with peer pressure, saying no isn’t always easy. We want the youth to understand why they are saying no and to help them feel empowered when they make that decision,” Baker said.
According to Baker, one of the new crazes are “pill parties” which is why proper disposal of medications is receiving a heavy push. Many households have expired prescriptions in their cabinets simply because they do not know how to get rid of them.
“Just allowing medications to sit in our medicine cabinets or around our house leaves the door open for a child to get a hold of them and ingest them, older kids have the temptation of experimenting and so many other potential hazards,” Baker said. “The more opportunities we can eliminate, the further we are in the fight against the opioid crisis.”
The PBRCADA offers a medication deactivation system free of charge. The pouches and buckets contain a chemical inside that dissolves the medication and makes them safe for disposal. For those who are needing to dispose of medications, call Baker at 264-7844.
“We are trying to get as much education out to the community as possible. Even if you do not have access to one of these pouches, there are other safe alternatives to disposing of those unused medications,” Baker said. “Our office is willing to provide pouches, provide education and even schedule a disposal collection event. We encourage those who have more questions or would like us to come out to give us a call.”
To keep up with activities in your community, provided by PBRCADA and other substance information, follow Impact Youth Big Spring on Facebook.
The Churches in the Crossroads Baptist Association will be presenting the Progressive Revival every night at 6:30 PM between Sunday, September 9th through Wednesday, September 12th.
Dr. Seay will be speaking on Sunday night, September 9th, at College Baptist Church. Monday, September 10th Pastor Mark Lindsey will speak at First Baptist Church of Coahoma. Pastor Jon Brinlee will speak on Tuesday, September 11th, at Midway Baptist Church, and Pastor Ken McMeans will close out the Progressive Revival on Wednesday evening, September 12th, at First Baptist Church of Big Spring.
It was noted that too many times people put too much focus on their own congregation and their own church building. Dr. Seay stated that this event will give people the chance to come together and be a community.
Howard County Commissioners did not approve the 9-1-1 Proposed Budget during yesterday’s meeting. Instead, Howard County Judge Kathryn Wiseman advised that it would be under advisement.
Also, during the meeting, the Commissioners approved a purchase by the Howard County Road and Bridge Department for a 1994 Freightliner truck with 5,000 miles from the Howard County Volunteer Department. They also voted to have the scrap yard dispose of the miscellaneous junked county equipment and transfer that money to the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department.
Howard County Commissioners Court will be held Monday, September 10th. The meeting will begin at 4:30 PM in the 2nd Floor Conference Room and reconvene in the 3rd Floor Courtroom at 5:30 PM for the Public Hearing on the proposed tax rate for Howard County.
Photo - Pepper Sullivan with the 9-1-1 Communications District Board presents proposed budget to Howard County Commissioners during meeting on 9/05/18.
One of the biggest questions on election day is “Where do I go to vote?” While some people participate in early voting just to avoid that question, others have to figure out what their precinct or district is so they can cast their ballot at the appropriate location. This kind of confusion on election days could be thing of the past with vote centers, or countywide poll locations.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, vote centers are an alternative to traditional, neighborhood-based precincts. When a jurisdiction opts to use vote centers, voters may cast their ballots on Election Day at any vote center in the jurisdiction, regardless of their residential address.
There are, both, possible advantages and drawbacks, to having vote centers, but a committee will be put together in order to assess if this is a good idea for the county.
Howard County Elections Administrator Jodi Duck told KBest News that a committee will be put together in order to discuss possible polling locations, if they want to add more or reduce the number of locations – 1 location will be in every commissioner’s precinct. She noted that there are guidelines that the state of Texas has given them and that information will be analyzed by the committee, and public hearings will be held to hear their view points. All of this information will then be submitted with the application to the state in order to be considered for approval for the vote centers.
Photo - New voting machines that print out ballot once voting on the computer is completed in order for the voter to review that their choices are correct before feeding it into the drop box.
Yesterday the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a Thank You for Your Investment Presentation for CeRam-Kote Coatings, Incorporated, located at 1800 Industrial.
CeRam-Kote Coatings, Inc. is the manufacturer of the CeRam-Kote family of high performance industrial coating products.
According to Chad Freeman, Vice President of the family owned business, the company has been in business for 33 years and they plan to be here a lot longer.
The annual event 9/11 Memorial at the Plaza: A Tribute to our Civil and Military Heroes will take place next Tuesday at the Spring Town Plaza, located at 1801 FM 700. The event begins at 6:30 PM, and is presented by the Disabled Veterans Chapter #47 and the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department.
Saturday, September 15th, the Big Spring D.A.V. Chapter 47’s will host their 5th Annual Dove Hunt. The evening will end with Community Support and Fellowship at Springcreek Fellowship inside of the Spring Town Plaza. This fellowship event will begin at 7 PM and free barbecue will be provided by the Howard County Fire Department until it is all gone.
Donations to the DAV are accepted to help our Veterans. For more information, contact Mike Tarpley at 432-566-2227.
(Photo: Mike Tarpley, with DAV, Chapter 47, salutes the U.S. Army flag.)
Forsan and Coahoma teams participated in the 5th Annual Howard County Bowl that took place last night, August 30th, at Memorial Stadium in Big Spring. The final score resulted in 24-14 with the Coahoma being named this year’s winner and bragging rights for the rest of the year.
This year’s event brought out an appearance by CBS 7’s Jay Hendricks, and a half-time performance by country artist Mark McKinney. Former NFL player Cedric Benson also made an appearance at this year’s Howard County Bowl.
Benson is currently working with The Cedric Benson Foundation, an organization with the mission is to connect passionate and experienced leaders with young athletes of all abilities in order to facilitate athletic, personal and mental health development in a positive and safe environment while exceeding customer expectations.
With all of this excitement, by far the most exciting thing was the fact that the Howard County Bowl was able to award $38,000 in scholarships to several Forsan and Coahoma Seniors who participated in this year’s event.
Long time Allstate Insurance Agent Leslie Zant of Big Spring is retiring this month. Zant has been serving Big Spring area for over 36 years. When asked how he felt looking back at his time serving Big Spring, Zant stated that he enjoys what he does and has enjoyed every bit of it.
Zant told Kbest News that he looks forward to doing things that he hasn’t had time for in the past because he was working. Zant’s last day will be Friday, August 30th.
Zant’s customers will be transferred to Rondall Sanders, an Allstate Insurance Agent with offices in Abilene and San Angelo and over 19 years of experience.
A small retirement party will be held at Zant’s Insurance office, located at 408 W. FM 700, tomorrow from 11 – 2 PM.
The Big Spring Herald is teaming up with the Heritage Museum of Big Spring to present a “Newspaper Dress Contest”. According to Tammy Schrecengost, Director of the Heritage Museum, the exhibit on the Big Spring Herald will be on display at the museum from August 31st to November 1st. Schrecengost believed that the dressmaking contest would be a good way to celebrate the opening of the exhibit because the wife of Tom Jordan, publisher of the Big Spring Herald, had made the newspaper dress featured in the center photo below in 1904 to commemorate the first newspaper off of the press.
The dress must be made from newspapers and must be able to display on a mannequin, but having a mannequin is not required. Schrecengost noted that it can be held together by stitching, staples, or glue and can have garnishes on it, but the main material must be newspapers.
Dresses will be accepted through 4 PM on Sept. 11th and judging will be on Sept. 12th with the winner announced on Sept. 13th. The winning dressmaker will receive a Singer 44S Classic Heavy Duty Sewing Machine with 23 Built-In Stitches and a 1-year subscription to the Big Spring Herald.
For more information about the contest, you can contact the Heritage Museum at 432-267-8255.
During yesterday’s meeting of the Big Spring City Council, a public hearing was held concerning a specific use permit, without term, in a retail zoning district to allow for a microbrewery located at 1400 and 1404 Scurry St., however, no one from the public spoke.
The bid for a Wheeled Excavator with a 60” Diamond Mower attachment was awarded to Cisco Equipment of Odessa. The bid came in at approximately $20,000 under the other quotes received. It was noted that this piece of equipment would have multiple purposes and would be used in multiple departments. Plus, councilmembers approved a request for a quote from South Plains Association of Governments, also known as SPAG for the TxCDBG Grant Administrator Services. It was noted that SPAG will only be paid if the city is awarded a grant from Community Development Block Grant program for Texas.
(Photo - People in attendance at the Big Spring City Council meeting on 8/28/18.)
Big Spring City Council Meeting
The Big Spring City Council will be meeting this evening in the Council Chambers located at 307 E. 4th Street. Some of the items on the agenda include: a public hearing concerning a specific use permit, without term, in a retail zoning district to allow for a microbrewery located at 1400 and 1404 Scurry St. A public hearing will also be held concerning the request for a zone change from heavy industrial to single-family dwelling zoning district for properties 912, 914, and 916 Ohio Street.
The Howard County 9-1-1 Communication District’s proposed budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year will be presented, as well as a presentation regarding upgrades to election equipment.
The Big Spring ISD Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting Thursday evening at 5:15 in the High School Board Room located at 707 11th place. Some of the items on their agenda include a report on 2018 accountability ratings, as well as possible approval of the approval of the hiring schedule for 2018-2019, approval of the proposed budget for 2018-2019 fiscal year, and approval of the tax rate resolution for tax year 2018.
Scenic Mountain Medical Center will be hosting a blood drive tomorrow, August 28th, at Noon until 3 PM in front of the Main Lobby. Donors will receive a t-shirt, a chick-fil-a coupon, and 700 Hero points. If you’re able to donate 2 pints, you’ll receive 1200 hero points. Hero points are redeemable online at www.bloodhero.com for movie passes, Amazon gift cards, and more.
Register online at www.bloodhero.com with code: “smmc” or call 877-827-4376 to make a donation appointment. Don’t forget to take a photo ID and donor card when you go to donate.
Yesterday, Big Spring Police Department Detectives arrested 23 year old Ricky James Shubert for Improper Relationship Between Educator and Student, a 2nd Degree Felony. The arrest stems from an investigation by the BSPD Criminal Investigations Division. Mr. Shubert had been employed by the Big Spring Independent School District, but it should be noted that the victim involved in this case was not a student of BSISD, and it should be noted that the Big Spring ISD administration has fully cooperated with this investigation.
According to a statement made by BSISD Superintendent Jay McWilliams, BSISD was made aware of the report against Mr. Shubert yesterday morning, and prior to his arrest the school district received a resignation from Mr. Shubert that was effective immediately. McWilliams also stated that the district has reported the incident to Child Protective Services and to the State Board of Educator Certification noting that BSISD will continue to cooperate with all agencies as needed, and to the fullest extent permitted by law.
McWilliams also went on to state, “Student safety, whether in this District or another, is a paramount concern to Big Spring ISD. The District’s policies concerning improper personal relationships between staff and students are strictly enforced. Employees receive regular training and warnings regarding proper professional relationships with students, and administration encourages anyone with information of a suspected improper relationship to immediately contact the office of the Superintendent or Big Spring Police Department.”
The Military Veteran Peer Network is a group of veterans and veteran family members committed to supporting active and former service members by offering mentorship and guidance, as well as helping veterans access the services and resources available to them. Additional services provided include: Peer to Peer Counseling, Peer Support, Peer Support Groups, and Volunteer Opportunities.
Western Texas Centers are in the process of opening a facility called “Veterans Outpost.” According to Jesse Vick, Chief Strategy Officer for West Texas Centers, it’ll be a place for Veterans and their families to connect with one another.
Vick stated that they need skilled volunteers who can do some of the construction work like installing flooring, or hang drywall. He went on to say that it's something that he and West Texas Centers hopes will really make the facility something to be proud of and let the veterans know that they honor and appreciate them.
To volunteer labor with this project, contact Jesse Vick at Jesse Vick 432-288-3192 or call West Texas Centers.
According to Meghan Bias, Executive Director for the United Way of Big Spring and Howard County, the 2019 Campaign goal is to raise $250,000 for their 15 partnering agencies and this year they’ve created a new event to help them reach their goal.
A United Way Benefit Concert will be held at the Train Car, in downtown Big Spring, on Saturday evening, September 8th. Local talented artists J.R. McNutt and Eddie Austin will be performing, along with the band Insufficient Funds from the Midland.
There is no cover to get in to the Train Car on September 8th. There will also be food, donated and prepared by NuStar, that will be sold to benefit the United Way, plus donations will be accepted. The event begins with food at 6 PM at the Train Car and the live music will begin at 7 PM.
The local organization is a charitable cornerstone in our community with the ability to reach many people. They provide financial support and advocacy for their health and human service Partner Agencies in Howard County, while being a platform for encouraging philanthropy and economic development in the community.
To make a quick and easy donation from your smart phone, text the word “bigspringunited” to 40403.
Earlier this morning, Meghan Bias, Executive Director for the United Way of Big Spring and Howard County, announced that she'll soon be leaving her position with the organization. The new incoming Executive Director was announced to be Christian Fair and will begin on September 4th.
Bias stated that she would stay on for a short time to help train Fair and to assist with next month's United Way Benefit Concert at the Train Car on September 8th.
Earlier this morning, the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a Thank You for Investment Presentation for Parks Fuel to thank them for everything that they do for the community. Parks Fuels has been serving Big Spring since 1948.
According to Taylor Parks, Part Owner of Parks Fuels, the company is a whole sale and retail distributor of fuels, oils, lubricants, and greases.
“We provide everything from oil field service work to convenient stores. We service any part of West Texas for any kind of fuel needs.”
When asked how he felt about the Chamber presentation, Parks stated that it was appreciated and they enjoy working with the Chamber.
Yesterday afternoon, August 20, 2018, the Howard County Democrats hosted a “Meet the Candidate” event for Lupe Valdez, Candidate for Governor of Texas. While at the event she introduced herself and spoke briefly about her humble beginnings and accomplishments. She also spoke passionately about the changes she wants to see in Texas that includes fighting for universal healthcare, investing in education, and raising minimum wage to produce quality jobs.
For more information on Valdez, visit www.lupevaldez.com
A Coahoma High School junior has been selected to perform in the national FFA Band during the 2018 National FFA Convention and Expo.
“I am really excited about meeting new people and having new experiences,” said Bailey Wells, who plays trumpet in the CHS band. “This will be my first time to get on an airplane when I travel to Indianapolis. I am excited for that, and I am excited to meet new people.”
Wells will join musicians from across the nation to perform during the 2018 FFA National Convention and Expo set for Oct. 24-27 in Indianapolis.
She is the daughter of Cody and Gina Wells and has been a band student at Coahoma ISD since the seventh grade. Her father, who is also a trumpet player, inspired her to send in the audition tape to the national FFA organization, Wells said.
“He was in the 1991 national FFA Band,” she said. “He told me about it because I didn’t know they had a national FFA Band. I looked it up on online, and I saw examples of the 90th FFA national convention and it looked really cool. It also sets an example for my section. I am a co-leader with Aaron Turnbough for the section. I feel like doing something like national band enunciates my way of being a leader.”
Although she admitted she was a little nervous to audition, she felt she needed to show leadership to encourage other students to take chances.
“Doing something like that and then following through shows commitment,” Wells said. “It shows you are a good leader. Even if you don’t make it, I feel like the experience is really good, and it helps make you a better person.”
For the past two years Wells, who plans to become a veterinarian, has participated in the Coahoma FFA chapter, a program designed to cultivate leadership through agricultural education.
“I’ve always been an outgoing person, mostly,” she said. “I was a little shy and then when I got into the FFA organization my freshman year, that really brought me out. It showed me what it takes to be a leader and how to be an effective one and how to get people to respond to you and respect you. It’s really helped a lot with band, with everything.”
In October, Wells will head to Indianapolis with fellow CHS students Micah Worley and Julia Cox. Worley is a voting delegate for Texas FFA Association and Cox qualified for national competition in the Creed Speaking contest when she placed first at Texas State FFA Leadership Contest in December 2017.
The 2017-2018 academic year was a stellar year for the Coahoma FFA Chapter. The program, which has been led by advisor Aaron Custer for the past 17 years, raked in 45 state, area, and district banners.
Besides Cox’s strong showing at LDE (Leadership Development Events) contest, Coahoma had two teams place in the top ten. The Coahoma FFA Radio Broadcasting team of Aubrey Green, Micah Worley, and Emilee Custer placed 7th in state and the Ag Advocacy team of Selina Baldwin, Macee Grant, Brylea Gordon, and Seth Brooks placed 8th. At LDE state, the program earned the Sweepstakes Award for Single Teacher Division. The program also had a strong showing at SDE (Speaking Development Events) held in the spring.
More than 67,000 people are expected to attend the 91st National FFA Convention and Expo making it one of the world’s largest student conventions. The convention will be held at the Indiana Convention Center.
During this evening's special meeting of the Big Spring ISD Board of Trustees, the board members discussed several possibilities of offering a raise for employees of BSISD.
A couple of the points that were discussed were things like sustainability, wanting to offer a competitive salary with surrounding area school districts, and staff retention. Ultimately, the board members unanimously approved a 4 percent raise for BSISD employees.
This raise will not affect the BSISD superintendent, assistant superintendents, or anyone else who was promoted and would already be receiving a raise. (For example, an assistant principal promoting to principal.)
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.