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Registration for NEW BSISD Kindergarten Students Scheduled for Next Week!


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.

 

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Howard County Sheriff's Office Seeks Public's Help to Locate Child.


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).

 

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West Texas VA Healthcare System in Big Spring Honors Volunteer of 43 years for her service.


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.

 

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Howard County Volunteer Fire Department Issues Statement on Pepper Sullivan's Suspension:


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.

 

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HCVFD Assistant Fire Chief Suspended While Under Investigation


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.

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2nd Open Forum for the Amphitheater Improvement Board.


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.

 

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Howard College Appoints New Trustee


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 csmith@howardcollege.edu or visit www.howardcollege.edu

 

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Volunteers needed for HCVFD Executive Board.


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 battchief707@yahoo.com before August 10, 2018.

 

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Back in Motion School Supply Drive


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.

 

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KBest Media thanks Earnest Leon Sproles, for his service.


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.

 

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Amphitheater Improvement Board – 2nd Open Forum


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

 

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Salvation Army asks community for donations to their Home Goods Closet.


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)
Dish Soap
All Purpose Cleaner
Cleaning Sponges/Rags
Deodorant (men and women)
Feminine Hygiene Products
Wash Rags
Towels
Socks (of all sizes)
Box Fans (high need for seniors, especially this hot summer)
toilet paper

Donations can be dropped off for 811 W. 5th Street at the Boys and Girls Club until 6 PM, Monday through Friday.

 

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Howard County Library meets state accreditation.


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.”

 

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Recent bid recommendation brings to light lack of transparency at last night's Big Spring City Council meeting, 07/10/18.


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."

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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.

 

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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT - Seal coat of streets project this week.


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.

Sincerely,

The City of Big Spring

 

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School of Rock in 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.

 

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Howard County maps - produced in Arlington, endorsed by Howard County.


Recently, local businesses have reported being contacted in regards of soliciting advertisement by a map-making company called Liberty Marketing Company. Although there has been some confusion about what organization or government entity authorized the maps, it should be noted that Liberty Marketing Company is endorsed by Howard County.

The confusion stems from the fact that the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce also produces a map of the area featuring chamber member businesses, however, Debbye Valverde, Executive Director for the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce, says that they are not ready to pursue that project just yet. She noted that they always send out letters to their Chamber members to notify them of any businesses that may be contacting them on behalf of the Chamber.

Liberty Marketing Company has been in business since 1992. It is located in Arlington, TX has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and according to Tony Bliss, General Manager for Liberty Marketing, has been making maps for Howard County for over 10 years.

Howard County Judge Kathryn Wiseman was able to confirm that the maps are endorsed by Howard County and noted that they are well made and available at the Howard County Courthouse for anyone who’d like them.

 

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Drought impacts Big Spring's namesake.


Other than the short burst of rain that made an appearance during last weekend’s Funtastic Fourth event, Howard County hasn’t seen much rain this year. This West Texas drought has gone beyond affecting Howard County residents, farms, and ranches, it’s also affecting Big Spring’s namesake, the Historic Spring.

According to Hayley Herrera, Interim Community Services Director for the City of Big Spring, the Spring area is still currently open, however, the pumps that keep the Spring flowing have been turned off.

"The reason why we turned off the pump is because the lake is so low due to the drought that the intake hose that's in the water was almost completely out of the water, so we turned the motor off for preventative measures," said Herrera.

She also went on to say that if the pump was to be left on it could damage the motor, which could result in needing to purchase a new pump that could cost up to $75,000.

Herrera stated that Comanche Trail Lake has always had water in it and she feels that once the spring is refreshed with a good rain, the water level will rise and pump will be turned on again to allow the spring to flow.

Photo - Historic Spring currently as a result of drought conditions.

 

 

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21st Annual Pops in the Park continues to bring Howard County residents and visitors together.


Many people gathered at the Comanche Trail Amphitheater yesterday evening for the 21st annual Pops in the Park, an event that is meant to give back to those who have served our country and pay tribute to them for their selfless sacrifice as well as the sacrifices of their families. Although there were a few technical difficulties, the night ended with a great performance from the Big Spring Symphony Orchestra and a brilliant display of fireworks.

KBest Media would like to thank everyone involved with yesterday's Pops in the Park event for all the hard work that was involved in making this year's event memorable. Great job, everyone!

 

 

(Photo courtesy of Stacey Snellgrove.)

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Highland Parade and Coahoma Freedom Parade this week!


The Annual Highland South Fourth of July Parade will take place tomorrow, July 4th and begins at 10 AM. The parade is open to the entire community and it should be noted that participants will gather at the corner of Highland and Robb at 9:30 AM, and it will conclude at the corner of Highland & Goliad.

Many decorating categories are available to participate in from strollers, wagons, walkers, and pets, to a variety of vehicles, horses, mailboxes, houses and lawns. For more information about the different types of decorating categories, check out the flyer.

Coahoma Freedom Parade is scheduled for Saturday, July 7th. The parade is organized by the Coahoma Lion’s Club and entry for the parade is open to all and no registration is required. Entries will be judged for cash prizes, and participants can simply show up to the Coahoma Football field parking lot at 9 AM to line up. Judging will begin at 9:30 AM.

The parade begins at 10 AM and will travel through downtown Coahoma. After the parade, hamburger plates will be sold for $5 and includes burger, chips, drink, and cookie. Live entertainment in the Coahoma park will be provided by J.R. McNutt. Kid activities such as the basketball free-throw, bounce house, and water slide will also be available.

 

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21st Annual Pops in the Park - Today!


The 21st Annual Pops in the Park will be held at Comanche Trail Amphitheater is today, and gates will open at 5 PM.

The Pre-Show featuring Justin Kaczyk and The Natural Outlaws will start at 5:45 PM and SPUR 327 will follow from 6:45 PM. The emcees for the 2018 Pops in the Park are CBS 7’s Jay Hendricks and Samantha Medney.

The Big Spring Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will take the stage at 8 PM and the amazing fireworks show and Big Spring Symphony Orchestra will begin around 9:30 PM. It should be noted that all times are subject to change.

Parking is limited and will be on a first come, first serve basis. Please note that according the City of Big Spring ordinance, only service dogs are allowed in the Comanche Trail Amphitheater.

The Pops in the Park mission is to give back to those who have served our country and pay tribute to them for their selfless sacrifice as well as the sacrifices of their families. Pops in the Park combines a family-friendly atmosphere in the historic and beautiful Comanche Trail Amphitheater with world-class music and a spectacular display of choreographed fireworks from one of the nation’s leaders in pyrotechnics.

 

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2018 Funtastic Fourth Celebration


Saturday evening marked the final day of the Funtastic Fourth celebration that was organized by the Big Spring Downtown Revitalization Association (DRA).

The DRA's vision is to to advance the historic Downtown Big Spring area by enriching the lives of residents, businesses, and visitors through art, entertainment, cultural and business opportunities.

Friday night's live rock band performances from local and area bands Loudfinger and Buzzkill were interrupted by the lightning delays. Even headliner Skid Row's performance was delayed due to lightning, and ultimately, the band refused to perform past 10:45 PM.

Saturday morning began with gospel music provided by Cornerstone Covenant's Band, and later that afternoon a very successful Country Night kicked off. Spur 327, a Lubbock band with Big Spring native Heath Stewart on vocals, warmed up the crowd and even performed a few new songs for the crowd. Mark McKinney and Brandon Ray, other Big Spring natives, also had great performances. The headliner for Country Night was Brad Paslay.

The Big Spring DRA is a nonprofit volunteer organization that brings businesses, jobs, customers, and entertainment to the core of the Big Spring community while staying true to the town’s rich history.

 

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Mayo Sauce Family Diner houses home-cooked meals and hope for Big Spring.


If you’ve ever visited the The Mayo Sauce Family Diner in downtown Big Spring, you may have seen a small note on the side of the entrance door from the Mayo Sauce Family that says:

“Attention: extended family of Big Spring here @ Mayo Sauce Family Diner if you are unable to afford a meal we will offer you one NOT of your choice and a drink at no cost to you.”

The “extended family” in this compassionate message refers to everyone because Brandi Mayo, Owner of the Mayo Sauce Family Diner, says that she feels like “we’re all a part of God’s family.”

What started out as a small act of kindness has blossomed into what is now known as the “Pay It Forward” wall that is proudly displayed in the center of the restaurant. The blackboard wall has colorful post-it notes that bear words of encouragement and each note can also be used as a $10 meal and drink voucher for anyone who may find themselves unable to afford a meal.

“Other people can donate $10 to help feed somebody who might be less fortunate and they can come in and get a meal and drink of their choice on the $10 that someone else has donated,” said Mayo. She went on to say that she encourages donors to write an encouraging message on the post-it and stick it to the wall.

Mayo advised KBest News that she was inspired to do this by her mother. "She taught us to do what’s right, and if somebody’s hungry you feed them. "

 

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Burning questions about the burn ban, fireworks, and Pops in the Park? We've got answers!


There seems to be a lot of questions about the upcoming Pops in the Park event, the Howard County burn ban, and the use of fireworks. So, here’s some information to get those questions answered.

Yesterday, Howard County Commissioners approved to extend the current county burn ban another 90 days, but the annual event Pops in the Park will still happen on Tuesday, July 3rd, at the Comanche Trail Amphitheater.

Pops in the Park is an event that the public is encouraged to attend by, both, city and county officials. The fireworks that will be used for the event are shot up into the air, and, with the volunteer fire fighters standing-by ready to extinguish any fires, it’s actually the safest way to enjoy a celebratory fireworks display.

If you choose to use fireworks on your own to celebrate this time of year, here’s more news you can use. Fireworks cannot ever be used inside of the city limits. Failure to comply can result in a citation and fine.

Howard County residents are urged to NOT use fireworks because of the burn ban that is currently in effect, and the lack of rain this season has greatly increased the risk of fire.

If you choose to use fireworks outside of the city, you can ONLY do so on your own property or you MUST have permission from the property owner. Furthermore, the use of fireworks with fins and/or sticks is prohibited at this time. If you decide to use fireworks outside of the city limits, keep a water hose or a fire extinguisher within reach so accidental flames can be quickly extinguished.

 

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Syndicated television show The Texas Bucket List films in Big Spring.


Last night, patrons of the The Train Car in downtown Big Spring, along with Co-Owners Brent and Camilla Strande, were in for a pleasant surprise yesterday evening when Shane McAuliffe, Host of the weekly syndicated television show The Texas Bucket List, and his camera man showed up to explore The Train Car.

McAuliffe told KBest News that they were in the area to showcase things to do in West Texas. He stated that they started their current adventure in Fredricksburg, moved through San Angelo, stopped in Big Spring, and plan to end in Pecos for their Rodeo that's going on this weekend.

When asked what brought the 2-man crew to The Train Car, McAuliffe stated that it was something that they ended up stumbling upon. He said that they were originally looking for a hotel room in Midland-Odessa, but, of course, with the Pecos Rodeo going on prices were crazy so we tried Big Spring and thought to check out what there is to do.

"I saw an article on [The Train Car] on CBS that they had done, and said, 'That's amazing! I've never seen a cigar shop inside of a train. Let's go check it out!' So, we checked it out," said McAuliffe.

After checking out the lounge, The Texas Bucket List crew decided that it would make a great story and got to work.

Camilla Strande, Co-Owner of the establishment, told KBest News that she thought it was awesome that they'll be featured on The Texas Bucket List.

"I was surprised because we didn't have any idea that they were coming, but I felt really honored," says Camilla. "It's really cool that people come through and want to interview us and think that The Train Car is a cool enough spot to be featured on something like that. It's pretty neat."

The Texas Bucket List airs every Saturday morning at 11 AM on CBS7(KOSA).

According to McAuliffe, the show is dedicated to everything you have to see, do, and experience in the Lone Star State and a few things every Texan should venture out to try before they "kick the bucket." Viewers can check out past episodes of featured places, which include The Wagon Wheel, another local business in Big Spring.

The episode that will feature The Train Car will air sometime this Fall during the 11th season of the show that premieres on September 8th, 2018.

 

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Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce Welcomes New Member - Cross Roads Young Marines


Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for one of their newest Chamber members, Cross Roads Young Marines.

The Cross Roads Young Marines is a youth education and service program for boys and girls, ages 8 through the completion of high school. The organization promotes the mental, moral, and physical development of its members. The program focuses on character building, leadership, and promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

Carrie Rodman, Unit Adjutant for the local organization, says that the organization recently had a surge in membership and now have a total of 25 participants and 10 staff members.

The Cross Roads Young Marines will be participating in Funtastic Fourth activities this weekend. Then July 3rd - 5th they'll be traveling to El Paso to take part in the Battalion parade.

"We're always doing something for somebody in the community, whether it's Color Guard or fundraising by selling beef sticks, but we're always willing to help our Veterans in our community," says Rodman.

Rodman went on to tell KBest News that Cross Roads Young Marines is a really great mentoring program that helps kids learn how to cope with everyday problems, including bullying. "Our motto is 'Strengthening America's youth,' and that's basically what we do."

 

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Howard College Seeks Trustee Replacement


BIG SPRING – During the regularly scheduled June meeting of the Howard College Board of Trustees, Mr. Ryan Williams resigned his at-large position due to personal reasons. Now the board finds itself in a position to address the vacancy in order to fill the term until the next election in 2020.

“Mr. Williams had to resign his position due to personal reasons and the board decided to utilize the appointment option to fill the role until the next scheduled election which will be in 2020,” said Dr. John Freeman, Board Chairman. “The resignation of Ryan is certainly a loss but we feel certain there are qualified applicants in our community ready to take an active role in this board.”

The board will be taking letters of interest and resumes for the vacant at-large position through the deadline of 5:00 pm Wednesday, July 11, 2018. A special meeting will then be held on Monday, July 16, 2018 at which time the board will have individual interviews at designated times in closed session with the candidates who have submitted their letters of interest and resumes.

Candidates who will be unable to personally appear for an interview on July 16, 2018 will be able to submit additional information regarding their experience and interest in the position. This information will be reviewed by the board for consideration in lieu of the personal interview during that candidate’s designated interview time.

The full process will conclude with the appointment of the trustee on Tuesday, July 17th in another Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees will then conduct the swearing-in of the selected candidate at a date to be determined in July 2018.

To obtain qualifications for board of trustee candidates or to submit a letter of interest and resume, candidates should contact Dr. Cheryl T. Sparks in the president’s office at 1001 Birdwell Lane, Big Spring, Tx. Dr. Sparks can be reached via email at csparks@howardcollege.edu or by phone at 432-264-5030.

For more information regarding Howard College, contact Cindy Smith at csmith@howardcollege.edu or visit www.howardcollege.edu

 

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Vehicular Rollover Claims Lives of Two from Howard County, One in Critical Condition:


A one-vehicle rollover near Ralls, TX, northeast of Lubbock, claimed the lives of two Howard County residents yesterday, and left one in critical condition.

Nova Montgomery, age 50 of Coahoma, and Brayden Sizenbach, age 18 of Big Spring, both died as a result of their injuries when the pickup that Mrs. Montgomery was driving left the roadway on Highway 207 at approximately 9:22 Sunday morning, 5 miles south of Ralls in Crosby County near County Road 188.

DPS Troopers tell KBest News that the passenger side tires left the roadway, which is approximately 4 inches higher than the grassy area. The driver swerved left, then right, at which time the vehicle went into a multiple rollover. Mrs. Montgomery and Mr. Sizenbach, both in the front seats, were wearing seat belts.

Austyn Montgomery, age 16, who was not wearing a seat belt and was in the back seat of the truck, is in critical condition at UMC Medical Center in Lubbock.

The accident is currently being investigated by the Department of Public Safety out of Lubbock.

Several fundraisers are being organized for the families. KBest News will report more information when it becomes available.

 

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Glasscock County Celebrates 125th Anniversary!


This weekend Glasscock County celebrated its 125th anniversary of existence. Festivities kicked off with an Open House of the newly renovated and historically restored Glasscock County Courthouse, followed by a rededication presentation led by Glasscock County Judge Kim Halfmann who welcomed county residents to the event.

 

Alan Dierschke, County Treasurer, spoke about the history of Glasscock County and the Courthouse. He noted that the original courthouse and jail was built in 1894, and the current Courthouse in use was constructed in 1910. Other guest speakers included John Kinnibrugh who spoke about how the Volunteer Fire Department has evolved over the years and recognized a volunteer that had served with the department for 65 years; and Christy Seidenberger gave a brief history of the EMS department, and Kallie Kohls York told her personal story and gave a testimony about how the volunteers from both the EMS and Fire departments have made a difference in her life.

 

Cheryl De Cordova read a proclamation from District 72 Representative Drew Darby about the 125th anniversary of Glasscock County.

 

There will be a second viewing of the Glasscock County Courthouse tomorrow evening from 7 to 8 PM, followed by a performance from Jake Hooker and Outsiders.

 

The restoration of the Glasscock County Courthouse was a $10 million project that included the construction of a new annex, and updates to the county jail building.

 

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85th Cowboy Reunion and Rodeo begins tonight!


Tonight, is the first night of the 85th Cowboy Reunion and Rodeo that will be taking place at the R360 Rodeo Bowl, located at FM 700 and Business I-20. Gates open at 7 PM and the Grand Entry begins at 8 PM.

Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at any Big Spring bank, along with Citizens Credit Union, and Wards Western Wear; the cost will be $10 for adults, and $6 for children. If you wait to get your ticket at the gate, it will be $12 for adults and $8 for children, and it should be noted that a ticket is required for entry. Active Military, Veterans, and First Responders will have free entry into the rodeo for all 3 nights, courtesy of Expedition Royalty; just be sure to show your military, V-A, law enforcement, fire, or emergency ID at the admission gate.

Tomorrow night’s rodeo dance will be Jake Hooker and the Outsiders. Entry to that event will be free for all those with a rodeo ticket, made possible by Miller Insulation.

Texas Country artist Pat Green will be performing on Saturday at the Howard County Fair Barn, with Noel Olivia’s and the Benders, brought to you by Surge Energy. Tickets are $20 each and can only be purchased at Ward’s Western Wear, located at 1109 S. Gregg St. in Big Spring with cash or check only. Tickets will be sold in store until 4 PM on Saturday, any tickets that have not sold will be available at the door.

 

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2018 Legends and Legacies, plus 7 individuals inducted in the Cowboy / Cowgirl Hall of Fame


Heritage Museum of Big Spring held their annual fundraising event Legends and Legacies earlier this evening. They also inducted seven individuals to the Cowboy / Cowgirl Hall of Fame: Horace Rankin, Wanda Boatler Driver, Dean Forrest, Tom Koger, Jack and Bobby Cathey, and Steve Fryar.

Tammy Schrecengost, Museum Director, welcomed guests and Tom Koger shared a Cowboy Poem and lead the invocation prior to the meal, which was catered by Rocking H Catering.

A live auction was conducted by Auctioneer Cash Berry, with the highest bid item being a peach ice cream kit and along with the recipe for Katie Cathey's home made peach ice cream that was sold for $4,200.

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Big Spring Rodeo – activities, dances, and parade


The 85th Big Spring Cowboy Reunion and Rodeo will take place this weekend, June 21st – 23rd at the R360 Rodeo Bowl, located at FM 700 and Business I-20.

Pre-sale tickets are $10 for Adults, $6 for children, and can be purchased at the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce, Wards Western Wear, Western Bank, Compass Bank, Wells Fargo, Citizens Federal Credit Union, State National Bank, Lonestar Bank, and Prosperity Bank.

This year’s specialty acts include WILD CHILD, sponsored by Wards Western Wear; and Madison McDonald Trick Riding, sponsored by Partee Drilling.

Jake Hooker and the Outsiders, which includes Big Spring native John Jenkins – son of Emma and Terry Jenkins, will be the entertainment for the Friday Rodeo Dance, which is sponsored by Miller Insulation. Ticket for the Friday night Rodeo will also serve as the admission to the Dance.

Grammy nominated artist Pat Green will be performing at Saturday’s dance, sponsored by Surge Energy. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at Ward’s Western Wear.

 

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Glasscock County Celebration


Glasscock County will be celebrating it’s 125th Anniversary this weekend at the Glasscock County Courthouse and Community Center!

On Friday, June 22nd, there will be an open house from 3:30 to 5:30 PM, followed by the ribbon cutting ceremony and rededication event that will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Throughout the day there will also be a Vintage Tractor and Car Show, and food trucks beginning at 3:30 PM, as well. Attendees can enjoy music on the lawn w/ entertainment provided by the Midlandiers at 6:30 PM, and can also order Centennial Cookbooks for $25 each that will be delivered by Thanksgiving.

Saturday, another courthouse viewing will take place from 7 to 8 PM, with Jake Hooker and the Outsiders providing entertainment afterwards. This portion of the event is BYOB, but no glass containers are allowed. Tables of 8 can be reserved for $150, with the option of being in the open air section where the concert will be held, or in the air conditioned part of the community center. For more information on the event, contact 432-354-2639 or check out our KBest Media Facebook page.

 

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THE SPRING Documentary Awards.


THE SPRING, the documentary style video written and directed by Tumbleweed Smith along with James Fite: videographer and editor, BZ Lewis: music, and Bruce Schooler: photography was submitted in four film competitions and was awarded the bronze Telly and an award of distinction from the Communicator Awards.

The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring video and 
television across all screens. Established in 1979, The Telly Awards receives over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents. Entrants are judged by The Telly Awards Judging Council—an industry body of over 200 leading experts including advertising agencies, production companies, and major television networks.

The Communicator Awards is said to be the largest and most competitive awards program, honoring creative excellence for communication professionals.

THE SPRING is available to view on www.facebook.com/BigSpringCVB (just click on the "Videos" link) and
www.visitbigspring.com

Attached Picture is Interim Community Services Director, Hayley Herrera, with the Telly Award and Communicator Award.

 

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NO TRIBUTE CONCERT SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEKEND.


According to a Facebook event that has been posted for at few weeks, a Michael Jackson Tribute Concert had been scheduled to take place this weekend at the Big Spring Municipal Auditorium. Earlier this month, an active link was available on the event page to purchase tickets from Eventbrite.com; however, KBest News discovered that the Municipal Auditorium had yet to be booked.

Last week, Eventbrite was contacted and made aware that the concert was quickly approaching, but the venue had not been reserved. In light of this information, Eventbrite advised KBest News that they would investigating the situation and make contact with the event creator, who they could not name due to their privacy policy.

Since then, the Eventbrite link has been deactivated, and an Eventbrite representative noted that they could not advise how many tickets had been purchased for the event but did say that they would be following up with ticket buyers with information about a refund.

As of yesterday morning, Terri Telchik, Facilities Coordinator for the City of Big Spring, confirmed that no concert is scheduled for Saturday, June 16th, at the Big Spring Municipal Auditorium.

 

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Big Spring ISD Educator Nominated for National LifeChanger of the Year Award


Big Spring, TX. – Big Spring Junior High School seventh grade social studies teacher Tabitha Barbee has been nominated for the 2018-2019 national LifeChanger of the Year award.

Barbee is being recognized as a LifeChanger in her community for teaching and coaching middle school students for 27 years. She helps students become successful in all aspects of life and goes the extra mile to make learning fun. Her last major accomplishment was winning the VFW's Teacher of the Year award last year.

Barbee was nominated by her colleague, Lauren Bratcher.

"Tab is a great example for fellow teachers," Bratcher said. "She's not only willing to help anyone in need, but she is a leader within her department and across campus."

About LifeChanger of the Year -
Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, LifeChanger of the Year recognizes and rewards the very best K-12 educators and school district employees across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.

Each school year, LifeChanger of the Year receives hundreds of nominations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Seventeen individual LifeChanger of the Year awards will be given during the 2018-2019 school year.

· (1) Grand Prize Winner – will receive $10,000 to be shared with their school/district.

· (4) Grand Prize Finalists – will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school/district.

· (10) LifeChanger Award Winners – will receive $3,000 to be shared with their school/district.

· (1) Spirit Award Winner – This award is given to the nominee whose community demonstrates the most support for their nomination. The winner will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school/district.

· (1) Spotlight Award Winner – This award is given to a nominee in a specific discipline each year. For 2018-19, the Spotlight Award will be given to a nominee who works in a counseling role (e.g, guidance counselor, social worker). The winner will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school or district.

Winners are announced via surprise award ceremonies held at their schools. The grand prize finalists will also be honored at a national awards ceremony in May 2019 in Hawaii, where the Grand Prize Winner will be revealed.

Winners are chosen by a selection committee comprised of former winners and education professionals. Nominees must be K-12 teachers or school district employees. To be considered for an award, nominees must

· Make a positive impact in the lives of students

· Enhance their school or district's atmosphere, culture and pride

· Demonstrate exemplary leadership at the school and/or district level

· Possess a proven record of professional excellence

· Show commitment to building a nurturing environment that supports learning

· Adhere to the highest moral and ethical standards

A resource page with ideas for how to celebrate nominees can be found at http://lifechangeroftheyear.com/showspirit/.

To view Ms. Barbee's LifeChanger of the Year nominee profile, or to nominate someone from your school community, visitwww.LifeChangeroftheYear.com.

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Ceram-Kote Coating, Inc. recognized by Forsan ISD and TASB


Forsan ISD and the Texas Association of School Boards recently recognized a local business for their support of FISD and public education. The recognition took place at the June 11, 2018 board meeting.

Ceram-Kote Coating, Inc has consistently supported Forsan ISD. The most public show of support has been in our tennis program. They have provided t-shirts, brought travel trailers to events and run concession stands among many other activities of support. Their work has spanned several years and they have proved to be a friend to Forsan ISD in many and consistent ways.

Here at Forsan ISD, we know the value of the help we have received from the Freeman family and Ceram-Kote Coatings, Inc., and we are deeply appreciative of this partnership. We are pleased to announce that the generosity they have shown is now recognized at the state level. The Texas Association of School Boards has joined Forsan ISD in recognizing their support for our schools.

Ceram-Kote was recently represented by Kevin and Karen Freeman and they were presented a recognition packet which included a letter of thanks, a certificate honoring them, and other materials about Texas public schools. Included was a window decal and a countertop sign that Forsan ISD hopes will encouraging others to follow their lead to Stand Up for Texas Public Schools.

The picture shows Board President Lewis Boeker presenting the packet to the Freemans. They are surrounded by Forsan ISD school board members and superintendent.

(Left to right in the picture: Supt. Randy Johnson, board members Chris Evans, and Lewis Boeker, Ceram-Kote's Kevin and Karen Freeman, board members Jimmy Miller and Chris Olson.)

 

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BSPD Seeking Murder Suspect—Armed and Dangerous: 6-13-18 UPDATED AT 11:30 AM


***MURDER SUSPECT NOW IN CUSTODY***

From BSPD:

On the 13th of June 2018 at approximately 11:00 A.M., Susan Overton turned herself in at the Howard County Law Enforcement Center. Mrs. Overton has been arrested and charged with Murder. At the time of Mrs. Overton’s arrest a small caliber semi-automatic firearm was seized from her and is believed to be the firearm used in the commission of the offense. Mrs. Overton is currently awaiting arraignment by a magistrate. The Big Spring Police Department has also recovered the suspect vehicle (white in color, 2010, Ford Focus 4 door with Texas license plates JYL4340) which was located in the 1300 block of S. Nolan.

This continues to be an ongoing investigation and there is no further information available at this time.

If you have any information regarding this investigation please call the Criminal Investigations Division Sergeant at (432)264-2558 or you can call CrimeStoppers at (432)263-TIPS (8477). You can also use the CrimeStoppers P3tips.com software to submit your tip online. Remember no caller ID is ever used and all tips are anonymous.

Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon

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BSPD Seeking Murder Suspect—Armed and Dangerous:

6-13-18

On the 12th of June 2018 at approximately 11:00 P.M., Big Spring Police Department officers and Big Spring Fire Department Emergency Medical Services personnel were dispatched to 700 block of Bucknell in reference to a gunshot victim. Upon arrival at the residence officers found Jesse James Collins White/Male 30 years of age, inside with a gunshot wound to his chest. Collins was immediately transported to Scenic Mountain Medical Center for treatment but later succumbed to his injuries. The Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and the preliminary investigation has indicated that Susan Etta Overton (AKA “Goozie” Susan Humphrey) White/Female 31 years of age shot Collins while inside the residence. Overton fled the scene in a white in color, 2010, Ford Focus 4 door with Texas license plates JYL4340. The Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigations Division has received an arrest warrant for Overton for Murder a Felony of the 1st degree. Mrs. Overton is to be considered armed and dangerous. This is an ongoing investigation and no further information is available at this time.

If you have any information regarding this investigation or to the whereabouts of Mrs. Overton or the vehicle she was driving please call the Criminal Investigations Division Sergeant at (432)264-2558 or you can call CrimeStoppers at (432)263-TIPS (8477). You can also use the CrimeStoppers P3tips.com software to submit your tip online. Remember no caller ID is ever used and all tips are anonymous.

Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon

 

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Highlights from last night's Big Spring City Council Meeting, 06/12/18


The Big Spring City Council met last night with all City Council Members in attendance. Of the ten action items on the agenda, all passed with a unanimous vote of 7 – 0.

The Council recognized Debbie Wegman for her thirteen years of service to the City through the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Mayor McLellan presented her with a certificate and many kind words. As the Mayor noted, Debbie has accomplished remarkable accomplishments during her time.

A discussion about concerns of heavy trucks using Lorilla Street instead of designated Truck Routes promoted concerned citizens to address the safety of their children. The Council asked that “No Thru Traffic” signs be placed on Lorilla Street within the week. Police Chief Williams agreed to establish immediate patrols to prevent .

An in-depth discussion was held concerning the roads and infrastructure within and surrounding the air park. Several options were discussed concerning the funding of these necessary projects. It was suggested that the City look into usage-based fees charged to the heavy equipment and heavy truck operators that utilize these roads.

Preliminary discussions were held about the Amphitheater Improvement project including ADA regulations, accessibility and potential naming rights. The Council requested additional information for future meetings.

The City Council offered its support and encouragement for local Boy Scout David Tidwell’s Eagle Project. David will be providing care packages for the homeless population in Big Spring. These packages will provide necessary hygiene products, food and clothing.

 

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Female Veterans Honored at Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez


Today marked the 70th year acknowledging women in military service. On June 12, 1948, a bill was signed into law by President Harry S. Truman known as the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act, which officially allowed women to serve freely as regular service members. Before this bill was signed, women served disguised as men and some even took on male names.

The Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home in Big Spring honored their female Veterans with a celebration yesterday afternoon, June 12th, also known as Women Veterans Day. Sandra Wilson, United States Marines; Adelita Guerra, United States Army; and Kim LaCroix, U.S. Navy, were recognized for their service to our country.

Natalie Rolling-Edlebeck, retired Major of the U.S. Army and Administrator for Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home, stated that she was very honored that they were able to recognize their female Veterans in their Veterans home and across Big Spring.

“It’s an honor to have served the United States Army, and it’s an honor that our nation has recognized that our nation has recognized that we have all qualities just as well our males to serve in the military. So, to be recognized nationally is an honor,” said Rolling-Edlebeck of her time of service and of Women’s National Day.

The 7th FSS Honor Guard from Dyess Airforce Base presented the colors, and Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Colonel Rosa Mancha and Retired U.S. Army Major Rolling-Edlebeck were both speakers for the event.

 

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Russian Roulette Leaves One Youth Dead, with Arrests Expected:


On the 8th of June 2018 at approximately 4:00 A.M., Big Spring Police Department Officers were dispatched to the 1800 block of S. Nolan in reference to a gunshot victim. Upon arrival it was found a juvenile male had sustained a gunshot wound to his head. The initial reports from various witnesses at the residence indicated this was a suicide although physical evidence indicated otherwise. The Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigations Division responded to the location and began their investigation. As a result of this investigation it is now believed the juvenile was shot as a result of a game of “Russian Roulette” and although this is believed to be an accident, the Big Spring Police Department expect arrests to follow. The investigation has led officers to believe two firearms were recently stolen from vehicles in the area of Barcelona Apartments and HEB although there has been no reports of the thefts. The Big Spring Police Department asks residents to check their vehicles for any weapons that may have been stored in their vehicles and report any that are missing.

This is an ongoing investigation and there is no further information available at this time.

The Big Spring Police Department urges anyone with information relating to this tragic event to call the Criminal Investigations Division Sergeant at (432) 264-2558 or call CrimeStoppers at (432) 263-TIPS (8477) or use the P3tips.com software to submit your tip online. Remember no caller ID is ever used and all tips are anonymous.

Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon

 

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Expert warns summer temperatures can lead to vehicular heat deaths.


With summer temperatures now in the triple digits, it’s a good time to be reminded of the dangers of children getting heat stroke while left unattended in vehicles, says a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service passenger safety expert.

Bev Kellner, AgriLife Extension family and community health program manager in College Station, says it’s important to remember that as temperatures increase so does the likelihood of heat stroke and death for children AND pets left in hot vehicles.

According to Kellner, temperatures in parked vehicles rise very quickly and a child’s body temperature rises three to five times faster than an adult’s, so the combination can be deadly, and children are far more vulnerable to heat stroke than adults.

She also went on to say that in just 10 minutes, the temperature inside a vehicle can increase by almost 20 degrees, and contrary to popular belief, cracking a window does little or nothing to dispel the heat from the interior of the vehicle.

Kellner stated that Texas leads the nation in child vehicular heat deaths, with 114 deaths from 1989 to 2017.

Kellner said to help avoid child vehicular heat deaths, parents and other caregivers should consider the following tips from Safe Kids and AgriLife Extension:

— Never leave infants or children in a parked vehicle, even if the windows are partially open.

— Make a habit of looking in the vehicle — front and back — before locking the door and walking away.

— When parking a multi-passenger vehicle, make sure there are no children sleeping on the seats or hiding under them.

— Put a purse, briefcase, gym bag, cellphone or another item that will be needed in the back seat to help ensure you look there before leaving the vehicle.

— Set the alarm on your cellphone or computer calendar as a reminder to verify you have not left a child unattended in your vehicle.

— If you see an unattended child in a vehicle, dial 911 immediately and follow any instructions provided by emergency personnel.

— Teach children not to play in and around vehicles.

— Always lock vehicles, even when in the garage or driveway.

— Never leave keys in the car and store them out of children’s reach.

“Also, if a caregiver notices a child is missing, it’s always a good idea to make your vehicle one of the first places to look, including the trunk or storage area,” Kellner said.

She also noted other ways to help avoid children being accidentally locked in hot vehicles are to use drive-thru services when available and to pay for gas at the pump with a debit or credit card as opposed to going inside.

 

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#LONGLIVECANTU - BSHS Class of 2014 pulls together to support Cantu family.


Earlier today, the class of 2014 hosted a car wash in the parking lot of the Big Spring High school to raise money for a classmate who passed away unexpectedly. The classmate, Austin Cantu, left behind a young daughter and a stunned family.

Several volunteers for the class of 2014 showed their support by washing and drying cars as well as collecting donations from people and promoting the benefit on social media with the hashtag #LongLiveCantu. Several volunteers were stunned that the event, which took only three days to plan, had an amazing turnout.

All funds raised will go towards supporting Austin Cantu’s daughter and paying for funeral expenses.

The class of 2014 was happy that in light of such a tragedy, they were able to band together for a good cause.

 

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First Church of the Nazarene in Big Spring brings in new lead pastor.


Rev. Richard Schneberger is the lead pastor of the First Church of the Nazarene in Big Spring, TX. He has served in various ministries through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and now Texas. Most recently, Pastor Richard was the Executive Director of Reaching Our City, Inc., a faith-based community development organization in Oklahoma City, as well as the lead pastor of the R.O.C. Church of the Nazarene and an adjunct professor at Southern Nazarene University. He holds a B.A. in Ministry and M.A. in Theology from Southern Nazarene University, a Master of Divinity degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston, MA. Richard, his wife, Sara, and their four young children live in Big Spring.

Pastor Richard’s first Sunday at the First Church of the Nazarene was June 3rd.

Pictured is Pastor Richard and his wife Sara.

 

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Texas State Veterans Home in Big Spring to Honor Women Veteran Residents


On Tuesday, June 12, Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home in Big Spring will hold a special event honoring its Women Veteran residents. Retired United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Rosa Mancha, who is currently serving as the Quality Manager for the West Texas VA Health Care System, will be the featured speaker.

WHO:
Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home

WHAT:
Special event honoring Women Veterans - refreshments will be served after the ceremony.

WHEN:
Tuesday, June 12th from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home
1809 North Highway 87, Big Spring, Texas 79720

WHY:
To inform Veterans and military members about state and federal benefits.

The event is open to the public. Please RSVP to Brittany Eck at Brittany.Eck@GLO.Texas.gov.

Thank you for your support of our Texas Veterans!

 

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Unattended cigarette possibly cause of Neil Rd. fire.


What possibly began with an unattended cigarette in a shed, resulted in a 30 acre fire including a house, a vehicle, and many cedar trees this afternoon North of town. The fire, just outside of city limits on Neill Road, northeast of FM 700 and south of Anderson Road was reported at approximately 3:35 PM this afternoon.
 
Howard County Volunteer Fire Department, Big Spring Fire Department, Howard County Sheriff’s Office, and Howard County Road & Bridge responded and managed to save the 5 structures that were in danger. 
 
The blaze was primarily distributed by hot cedar tree embers that blew onto other structures. Several witnesses reported “exploding trees” which carried the embers into the bed of a pickup truck containing debris that quickly spread the flames throughout the vehicle. In spite of the quick rate at which the fire spread, the response team was faster. Howard County Fire Chief Mitchell Hooper was proud of the team’s performance.
 
Chief Hooper also reported that there were no structures lost in yesterday’s fire, and no injuries. The cause of the blaze was determined as possibly a cigarette left in a shed, and appears to be accidental. To see photos of our first responders in action during yesterday’s fire, log onto our KBest Media Facebook page.

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Man Killed; Woman Seriously Injured in Motorcycle Crash


On the 5th of June 2018 at approximately 8:38 P.M., a Big Spring Police Department officer was traveling eastbound in the 200 block of W. FM 700 approaching the intersection of F.M. 700 and Goliad. The officer observed a Red and Black 2017 Honda CBR 600R motorcycle exiting off of the south service road onto W. FM 700 directly in front of the patrol vehicle. The officer noted the driver of the motorcycle was driving recklessly and failed to signal his intention to make a left turn onto S. Goliad. The officer then attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the driver of the motorcycle in the 2300 block of S. Goliad and the driver sped away on the motorcycle refusing to stop for the officer who had activated his lights and siren. The motorcycle was also being ridden by a female passenger.

The driver of the motorcycle evaded officers north on Goliad to E. 3rd St and then west on E. 3rd until wrecking the motorcycle in the 2000 block of W. 3rd St. Upon officer's arrival at the wreck, the driver of the motorcycle identified as Austin Ryan Cantu, White/Male 22 years of age, was found deceased as a result of the crash. The female passenger of the motorcycle, identified as Ellen Alexandra Vasquez, White/Female 27 years of age, was found to be in serious condition and transported to Scenic Mountain Medical Center for treatment. The female was later flown by helicopter to University Medical Center Lubbock and as of this morning Mrs. Vasquez was in serious condition. The extent of her injuries are still unknown at this time.

The Big Spring Police Department was assisted by the Department of Public Safety. This incident is currently under Investigation by the Big Spring Police Department and we have no further information at this time.

The Big Spring Police Department sends condolences to the family of Mr. Austin Cantu and asks the community for prayers for the family of Mr. Cantu and for Mrs. Vasquez and her family.

Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon

 

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2018 West Texas Talent Search


The first date to audition for the 2018 West Texas Talent Search was held this past Saturday, June 2nd, in Snyder and the first two semi-finalists, a singer from Snyder named Alex Whitaker and female Big Spring comic Adrienne Green, were selected to continue on to the next portion of the competition.

The West Texas Talent Search began 10 years ago and is a 3-step competition that begins at the preliminary level with auditions across West Texas over the summer, then moves on to the semi-finals and finals will be held the weekend of September 1st.

Daniel Ryan, Executive Director for West Texas Talent, explained that this competition takes place over the course of a few months because he and another mentor work with contestants to try to make them better as they continue through the competition.

This year West Texas Talent will be awarding up to $5000 in cash and prizes, including:

* (2) tickets to anywhere Southwest Airlines Flies,
* (2) tickets to see Cher in Las Vegas Friday Nov 9th, and 
* a $500 Gift Card to Musician's Friend.

Over the years, competitors have ranged from singers, dancers, and comics to contortionists. All ages are welcomed, 17 and under require parent’s consent to enter. The competition is split up into different categories:

* Child Performer Age 14 and Below

* Original Performance Based on the theme "World without Art"

* Student Performer Age 15 to 23

* Adult Performer Age 24 and Up

Entry fee to compete in just the original portion is $10, but to compete for Grand Prize, Fan Favorite, and Judge's Choice entry fee is $25, and the final day to enter is July 20th, 2018.

When asked what a judge looks for in the preliminaries in order to move a contestant on to the semi-finals, Ryan stated, “In the first round I’m looking for someone that I want to see again. [Someone] that excites me, [and] that I see potential in, and [has] commitment.”

“Sometimes it’s easier to work with one who really wants it and has a little bit of spark but may not be all that polished than someone who is polished but isn’t that committed. I’m really looking for a sense of commitment in somebody that I want to work with who excites me.”

He went on to say that there are a lot of people in the area who believe that they are talented but they may also lack the sense of commitment to put in the work it takes to grow as a performer, and those are not the kind of people that he wants to work with.

The next auditions will be held on: June 16th in Lubbock at the MCM Elegante Hotel, July 14th in Odessa at the MCM Elegante Hotel, and July 21st in downtown Midland at the Doubletree Hotel; all preliminaries begin at 2 PM. Ryan noted that because the competition originates in Odessa, a lot of the contestants choose to audition at the Odessa and Midland locations. He did say that if there were at least 10 people from Big Spring who entered the competition, he would pick a date to hold auditions in Big Spring.

 

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COUNTRY ON THE ROCKS MUSIC FESTIVAL


BAD Events LLC and Franklin and Son are excited to announce the Country On the Rocks Music Festival that will take place at the Comanche Trail Amphitheater on September 29th.

The lineup will feature Nashville recording artists Diamond Rio and Tracy Byrd as well as regional act Sonny’s Holiday. The final
spot will be filled by the winner of the second annual Downtown Throw Down Competition that will be held at the Train Car Cigar Bar beginning August 9th.

Tickets will go on sale beginning July 15th and you can purchase tickets by going online to www.badeventstx.com and clicking on the link or by going to Ward’s Western, located at 1109 S. Gregg. Tickets will be $29 for General Admission and $59 for a limited
number of VIP tickets.

No outside food or drinks will be allowed, but food trucks and beer garden will be available at the event. It should also be noted that pets will not be allowed.

 
 

 

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Lamb & Goat Camp this Month at G.C. Broughton Ag Complex


Howard College and the HC Agriculture Department will be presenting Lamb Camp and Goat Camp this month. Camps are held at the Howard College G.C. Broughton Agriculture Complex on the Howard College campus.

Registration is full for this weekend’s Goat Camp, but a few spots are still open for the Lamb camp on June 10, 11, and 12th. Only the first 200 paid entries will be accepted, and participants will need to make their own hotel reservations, as housing is not provided but meals will be provided by the College Cafeteria.

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Scenic Mountain Medical Center Partners with Non-Profit Organzation Pink the Basin


This morning, Scenic Mountain Medical Center announced that they’d entered a partnership with Pink the Basin, a 501(c)3 organization that is dedicated to raise awareness of women’s health issues and foster educational and service initiatives that positively embrace women’s health. SMMC was awarded a $10,500 grant that will allow women in the Big Spring area, who cannot afford a mammogram due to a lack of or inadequate insurance, to get the mammography services they need.

According to Ginger Silva, Mammographer at SMMC, patients will be able to receive screening and diagnostic breast ultrasounds thanks to the funding from this grant.

Brigette Meyers, Executive Director for Pink the Basin, explained that their organization Pink the Basin is able to raise funds all over the Permian Basin and then distribute those funds back to hospitals to help women who cannot afford to pay for their mammograms and everything up to treatment for breast cancer.

Amanda Duforat, Marking Manager for SMMC noted, "We are excited to step into this partnership and the impact that it can have on the women in Howard County and the fight against breast cancer.”

For more information on how to apply for financial help for mammography services, contact Ginger Silva at Scenic Mountain Medical Center, (432) 263-1211.

 

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Restrictions on Sale of Certain Fireworks


On Wednesday, May 30, Howard County Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mitchell Hooper presented an order to the Howard County Commissioners Court requesting a restriction on the sale of certain fireworks, mainly "skyrockets with sticks" and "missiles with fins".

Failure to adhere to this restriction could result in a Class C misdemeanor.

The Restriction on Sale of Certain Fireworks is in effect until July 10, 2018.

 

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FREE SUMMER MEAL PROGRAM FOR KIDS, AGES 18 AND UNDER AT BIG SPRING JUNIOR HIGH.


This summer Big Spring ISD will be serving up good nutrition for local children by bringing healthy meals to Howard County children. The purpose of the program is to ensure that kids have a healthy vacation and return to school ready to learn.

The program began today and it will be connecting children 18 years old and younger with healthy Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) meals at no cost to the child. SFSP is a U.S. Department of Agriculture nutrition program administered by the Lone Star State by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA). For children who rely on school meals during the academic year, these meals offer a source of good nutrition when school is out for the long summer vacation.

SERVING AT: Big Spring Jr. High School, 624 E. 6th St.

WHEN: May 29, 2018 - June 29, 2018, No Fridays

TIMES: Breakfast from 7:45 - 8:45 AM / Lunch from 11AM - 1PM

WHO: All children 18 years old and younger for FREE

Big Spring ISD is one of the nonprofit organizations partnering with TDA to serve meals across Texas. Families are encouraged to use these three tools to find a meal site anywhere in the state:

* Call 2-1-1 to speak to an operator.
* Visit www.summerfood.org for an interactive site locator map
* Text FOODTX to 877-877

Organizations partner with TDA to serve meals in areas where more than 50 percent of children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch Program. Eligible sponsoring organizations include schools,faith-based groups, nonprofit summer camps, government agencies and other tax-exempt organizations. All meal sites must be sponsored by an organization that has a contract with TDA.

Summer food program meal sites help children succeed by providing the nourishment they need to return to school in the fall ready to thrive.

 

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Coahoma ISD welcomes New Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Chris Joslin!


COAHOMA - The CISD board of trustees approved the hire of Chris Joslin as the new Athletic Director and Head Football Coach today.

For the past two years, Joslin has been the offensive assistant football coach for the Rockdale High School Tigers. Last year, the Tigers went 13-3 for the season and clinched the 3A Division I state championship against the Brock Eagles at AT&T Stadium. In 2016, Rockdale advanced to regionals with an 11-2 record.

“We really loved our time here in West Texas,” Joslin said following his hire this morning. “When the position came open, it was really one of the only ones we looked at. We are really happy where we were at, but we love West Texas and jumped at the chance to come back here.”

Joslin added he is ready to step into his new position immediately.

“With it’s being so late, we’ve got to get busy right now meeting the coaches, trying to meet the kids as they come up and work out and getting everything in line before August gets here. It’s going to be a fast summer,” he said.

The move for Joslin means a return to West Texas and Howard County. For 10 years, Joslin was employed by Big Spring ISD as an assistant under the leadership of AD/Head Football Coach Phillip Ritchey.

For the majority of his time on the Steer coaching staff (2006-2007 to 2015-2016), Joslin was the offensive coordinator, backs/receivers coach. He was also the head coach of the junior varsity football team and, for a brief time, served as the interim AD after Ritchey retired. The Steers made six playoff appearances during Joslin’s time on the coaching staff.

Joslin also has a strong record of producing winning golf teams during his career. At Rockdale both his girls and boys golf team won back-to-back district and regional championships. In 2016-2017, the girls team placed third at state. During his time at Big Spring, Joslin took a number of golf teams to regional and state contests.

“We are very excited to welcome Coach Joslin and his family to Coahoma ISD,” said CISD Superintendent Dr. Amy Jacobs. “His success as a coach, a leader and a mentor for students will be an asset for our district, and we are honored to have him leading the Bulldogs and Bulldogettes.”

Joslin graduated from Jacksboro High School in 1993, earned his bachelor's in physical education from Tarleton State in 2002 and received his teacher’s certification from Weatherford College in 2004.

He was hired by Jacksboro High School from 2002-2003 through 2005-2006 where he coached football, golf, basketball, and track. During his tenure on the Jacksboro Tigers coaching staff, Joslin served as the offensive coordinator, wide receiver and secondary coach. The Tigers won two district championships and one district co-championship during this time. He also taught government, economics, health, PE, and several history courses.

Joslin will moved to Coahoma with his wife, Kristen, who was Director of Curriculum and Testing at Big Spring ISD before the family moved to Rockdale two years ago, and their two young children, Zoie and Austin. The couple’s oldest daughter, Trinady, will be attending college in the fall.

Joslin will take over leadership of the Bulldogs football team which went 7-4 last season ending with a bi-district appearance.

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Served Like a Girl - screened at Hangar 25 Air Museum by Basin PBS


Basin PBS previewed the Independent Lens film: Served Like a Girl yesterday evening at the Hangar 25 Air Museum. The film provided a candid look at a shared sisterhood to help the rising number of homeless women veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and suffer from PTSD, sexual abuse, and other traumas. By entering into the “Ms. Veteran America” competition, these amazing ladies unexpectedly come full circle in a quest for healing and hope.

Valerie Gross, a Navy Veteran who served nearly 6 years as a Hospital Corpsman, which is an enlisted medical specialist, told KBest News that the film Served Like a Girl was heartwarming but also hit close to home. "It definitely gives you a piece of the female side of the house, just a little bit of everything. Maybe not all female Veterans experience every single piece of the film, but it definitely gives you some kind of insight to what we went through and what we go through when we get home."

Basin PBS will be airing Served Like a Girl on Monday night, May 28th, at 9 PM. Here's a link for the trailor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTMibYCQMyk

#ServedLikeAGirlPBS

 

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Forsan Valedictorian and Salutatorian Named for Class of 2018


Elizabeth Long is graduating from Forsan High School and earned the honor of Valedictorian for the 2018 senior class. She is actively involved in band, Student Council, and is a yearbook editor. During high school, Elizabeth has won multiple awards including: Tennis MVP as a sophomore, 2nd in UIL number sense, Division I with Band Solo and Ensemble, as well as being elected to the National Honor Society. Elizabeth still enjoys playing tennis and is involved with her youth group from the 14th & Main Church of Christ. After graduation, she plans to attend Lubbock Christian University to major in Communications. Her parents are Angie and Kelly Long.

Bryce Hergert will graduate from Forsan High School and has earned the honor of Salutatorian of the 2018 senior class. Bryce has been elected Senior Class President by his peers. He stayed busy as the starting quarterback in football, starter in basketball, pitched for the baseball team, and qualified for the
regional track meet. He competes on the UIL mathematics and computer science teams. He was named been named Big 2 News Player of the Week during football. He earned State honors for the All-Academic teams in both football and basketball. His hobbies include hunting, metal fabrication, forensic sciences, and sports. He has signed to play football at Harden Simons University in the fall and major in Forensic Science. Bryce’s is the son of Tiana and Lonny Hergert.

(Photos contributed by Forsan High School.)

 

 

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Big Spring Senior Awards Assembly - Bryan and Tan top 2 at BSHS


Abby Bryan was named this year’s Big Spring High School Valedictorian, and Britney Tan was named this year’s Salutatorian at this morning's BSHS Senior Assembly.

Big Spring High School Seniors and their families gathered yesterday morning at the high school auditorium to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2018. At the beginning of the assembly, Seniors were reminded that they can carry BSHS into everything they do even after they graduate, if one only remembers to “Be Bold, Be Spirited, Be Honorable, and Be Successful.”

Many students were awarded scholarships, and several received multiple scholarships. Some of the most notable were the four students who made the decision to join the United States military: Layton Boswell – US Marines; Kory Stone and Luke Wood – US Army; and Krystelle Mikels – US Air Force, and Rachel McAlister received $100,000 in scholarships from Eastern Connecticut University. Breeana Matthews received $60,000 from Abilene Christian University. Charlie Correa received $30,000 from Texas Tech University. Full tuition and dorm at Odessa College was awarded to Josiah Garcia. Arianna Tijerina was awarded $10,000 from the Colleen G. Slaughter Endowed Scholarship. The Conley "Prime Cut" Scholarship was awarded to Abby Bryan and Nolan Otto for an amount of $6,000 each.

Out of 215 Big Spring High School Students, 55 will be receiving Honor recognition.

 

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May 2018 Veteran of the Month - Guy Griffith


Yesterday evening, Hangar 25 Air Museum awarded Guy Griffith with the prestigious Veteran of the Month Award. Griffith served in the United States Air force for a total of 20 years and flew 12 different fighter jets in that time period. He gave a presentation detailing his various missions each of which occured in different locations all over the world. Griffith shared his thanks to the Hangar for honoring his service.

 

The presentation covered the issues or, “teething problems” with each of the early jets he flew during his time serving and Griffith also shared personal stories of his experience with each jet. The ceremony was concluded with the presentation of several keepsakes for the veteran. They included a placard detailing his time served, an American flag that once flew at the capitol given to Griffith, and a handmade sign stating his name and the years he served.

Griffith later stated that he was pleased to be surrounded by family and friends to celebrate this honor alongside him.

 

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BIG SPRING CITY COUNCIL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS, 05/22/18


Hayley Herrera was recognized for completing all coursework toward her Certified Tourism Executive (CTE) designation from Travel & Tourism College, a program of the Texas Travel Industry Association (TTIA). Part of her coursework included her capstone project which was the creating the a 40 page magazine which highlights the important sites and information regarding things to do and places to see in Big Spring. Since it waspublished a few months ago, there have been thousands of copies that have been distributed throughout the state and beyond.

Bank depository bid awarded to local bank BBVB Compass Bank. It was noted that 15 invitations for bids were sent out to financial institutions with physical locations within Big Spring, but no other bids received.

Bid for street sweeper awarded to Heil of Texas for $230,800. The street sweeper will be financed for 5 years, and the money for the street sweeper is available through the lease agreement budget. By purchasing the new street sweeper, the city will ultimately save money by replacing a 10-year old street sweeper instead of continuously paying for repairs.

Terry McDaniel was voted Mayor Pro Tem.

The Comanche Trail Municipal Golf Course was a large part of tonight's meeting.

A 30HP pump will be replaced with the goal to provide additional water to supplement the retention pond to more effectively irrigate the golf course. The approximate cost of the project is $12,713.

A golf course #14 and #16 cart path maintenance was approved not only for aesthetic appeal but also for cart safety and course fairway protection. Over the last few budget cycles, the Golf Course Department has been budgeting funds for these types of maintenance costs, and there are only two remaining cart paths that are in need of major repair. The work will be done in-house, with the only cost being for materials. The estimated cost of the project for both paths is $29,725.50.

City Manager Todd Darden initiated the discussion regarding future golf course projects. It was noted by a majority of the city councilmembers that the current state of the municipal golf course reflects poorly on the city, but noted that the projects to improve the golf course would cost lots of money and would not be an easy fix. The last time the golf course was revamped was 10 years ago. Rule enforcement for the course was also discussed.

Councilmembers Jim DePauw and Howard Stewart were re-appointed to the Convention & Visitors Bureau. DePauw had been a member of the board since 2015, and Stewart has been a member since 2017.

It was announced that Debbie Wegman, Executive Director of the Big Spring Convention and Visitors Bureau, will be retiring soon. Councilmembers thanked Wegman for her service. City Manager Todd Darden stated that they would be looking for a new Executive Director in the near future.

 

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Joe Bright Basketball Training - Relating Basketball to Life Lessons


Goliad P.E. Teacher Joe Bright goes above and beyond helping students have fun while staying physically active in school, he also runs, Joe Bright Basketball Training, a program for local area students.

"My slogan is 'Let the dream begin,' says Bright. It's a hundred percent for the kids in the community [and] all around. It's just trying to teach them the basics, and at the same time let them know that [the program] is bigger than basketball."

Bright went on to say that his program focuses on building character and leadership skills. He advised that this training isn't exclusively for basketball skills and the conditioning and footwork can be beneficial for other sports, and noted that the lessons learned in the program can carry over to other areas of life. "It's definitely bigger than just basketball and wins and losses. What we do now carries over in the long run."

"I'm a former basketball player and I'm a firm believer in that," continued Bright. "Everything that I have learned and took from sports, I'm doing it now as a teacher."

Teaching kids lessons that they'll carry with them outside of basketball is something that Bright has a passion for, and he says that because of limited gym availability he's not able to accept all kids that want to sign up for his program. He stated that if anyone knew of a gym that's available for use or that's available to rent, he'd appreciate the information so he could reach out to them about using their facilities for his program.

Bright is originally from Chicago, IL. He later moved to Minnesota with his family where he graduated high school. He later attended Howard College and played on the 2009-2010 National Championship team. He was also named Region 5 Defensive player of the year once, he was also Named to the All- WJCAC Team his sophomore year. After graduating with his Associate's Degree, Joe attended Stephen F. Austin where he continued his college basketball career, and earned his Bachelor’s in Kinesiology.

You can keep up with Joe Bright Basketball Training through his Facebook page, Instagram - joebrightball, email Jabzoola@gmail.com, or call him at (763) 237-4800.

This summer, Bright will be working as Co-Director at the Nike Basketball Training Camp that will be held in Colorado City at Wolf Gymnasium from June 18-22nd. Ages eligible for this camp are 8-18 and it will be co-ed. For more information you can check out: https://www.ussportscamps.com/…/nike-basketball-camp-wolf-g…

 

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SWIM SMART event tomorrow at YMCA, Noon - 2 PM!


BIG SPRING, TEXAS – Warmer temperatures have arrived, school is almost out and thoughts of summer activities are swirling around. Swimming pools will be opening soon and several local
agencies are teaming up to ensure Howard County youth are swimming safely. Saturday,
families are encouraged to visit the YMCA between Noon and 2 p.m. for the Swim Smart event.
 
“Swimming is normally the first activity that pops into a child’s mind, even adults, when it
comes to ways to cool down in the summer, which is why we want to make sure that safety is
top of mind as well,” Dathan Jones, YMCA CEO, said. “It only takes a few seconds for a fun time to turn tragic when it comes to water. While we don’t want to take the fun away, we want to
make sure they are enjoying the water safely.”
 
Through combined efforts of the Big Spring Fire Department, Texas Regional Advisory Council J, Scenic Mountain Medical Center and YMCA, during the Swim Smart event, attendees will be able to have an opportunity to receive a free life jacket, hear some water safety tips and visit with the members of the local fire department.
 
“The main goal is to make everyone understand by being aware of your surroundings, and
understanding how quickly situations can change, a tragic event can be easily avoided. All these agencies want to make sure that the youth, of our community, is able to enjoy summer activities,” Jones said.
 
There is no charge for attending this event and during the two-hour span, admission is free to
the YMCA. This is an opportunity for families to get educated about water safety, see all the
recent renovations at the YMCA and find out about local resources.
 
“The YMCA is meant to be a family environment and anytime we can host an event that provides an opportunity for a family event, we are on board,” Jones said. “If you think about it the only two places that an entire family can be together is at church or at the YMCA – we really
do have something for everyone.”
 
Statistics show, each year about 4,000 people drown in the United States. Drowning is said to
be one of the top killers among children 1 to 4 years of age, except birth defects. Recently, there have been a couple drowning deaths in the media, which only emphasizes the importance of water safety events.
 
“We are excited about having the opportunity to provide life jackets to the youth in the
community. This was made possible through the Texas JRAC, Big Spring Fire Department and
Scenic Mountain Medical Center,” Jones said. “We encourage families to come out, enjoy a
little family time and get ready for summer, in a safe way.”

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Friends and Family say Goodbye to Santana Specialty Car Club Founder.


Earlier today, Johnson street was lined with family and friends of the late Billy, Wild Bill, Yanez .

Billy had been a member of ALSA car club in Big Spring before he became a founder of Santana Specialty Car Club in 1985. He later became a member of Low Image car club but after he was diagnosed with cancer in 2015 he returned to Santana Specialty with a dream of continuing his legacy through the organization. A chapter of Santana Specialty is currently established in Midland, where he had been residing when he passed.

ALSA, Low Image, and Santana Specialty have been noted as organizations that give back to their community, whether it be community-mined events or fundraising for families in need.

Billy was described by family and friends as having a big heart, always willing to help others, and very knowledgeable about cars. He participated in many car shows throughout the country and took pride in the vehicles that he and his brother John painted.

Billy recently passed away from stage 4 cancer. According to his widow, Ana Yanez, he had been advised that he would only have 3 to 4 more months to live after he was diagnosed, but Billy surpassed all expectations and went on to live another 2 years. He passed away at the age of 55 years old.

 

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Big Spring residents and businesses donate time, money, and supplies to help local families.


Wednesday's BURGER BASH was able to raise a little over $16,000 to help the families who lost their homes in the fire that occurred south of Big Spring earlier this month. The fire destroyed approximately 300 acres and 4 homes. The event was organized by Porsha Bryant with Big Spring High School and Mike Richardson with the Greater Big Spring Rotary Club.

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Henry found NOT GUILTY on charge of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.


The jury trial against Quincy Lamar Henry came to a close today with a verdict of "Not Guilty" on the charge of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

Henry was accused of shooting Lonnie Gray in the thigh and hand after an argument between the two had escalated back in August 2017. Gray had been discovered by Big Spring Police Department Officers at a residence on 11th Place with gun shot wounds. Gray was treated at Scenic Mountain Medical Center and was stabilized.

Henry had been facing a Felony 2 offense, which would have sentenced him to 2 to 20 years had he been found guilty.

 

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2018 Howard County Male and Female Students of the Year recognized at Commissioners Court


The Male and Female Students of the Year were recognized from each school district in Howard County during today's Howard County Commissioners Court.

Adam Gonzales and Jori Hanlan were named the Male and Female Students of the Year for Big Spring High School. BSHS Principal Mike Ritchey spoke on behalf of the students and noted that they both are very involved with BSHS and are honor students. Hanlan will be attending Angelo State University for Nursing. Gonzales will attend Texas Christian University and will study Biology.

Brynn Workman and Tyler McFall were named as the Male and Female Students of the Year for Coahoma High School. CHS Assistant Principal Trey Gardner spoke about each of the students and their accomplishments throughout their high school careers. Both students are in the top 10 of their senior class, and McFall is the Salutatorian. Gardner stated that Workman has been very active in FFA, and plans to attend Tarelton State for Agribusiness. McFall has been very active in Band, as well as powerlifting, and golf; he's set to attend University of North Texas to study in their music program.

The Male and Female Students of the Year for Forsan High School are Lexie Gee and Kolby Watson. FHS Principal Kenny Lowery, noted that both students radiate a great personality that is noticeable to all on their campus and both participate and been very successful in band. Gee is involved in cheerleading, and was nominated for the United Cheer Association Leadership Award. Watson is also involved with cross country and baseball. Gee will be attending South Plains College in the fall and plans to major in Speech and Communication Disorders. Watson will be attending Angelo State University and has plans to study Kinesiology.

 

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GUY GRIFFITH TO BE HONORED AS MAY 2018 VETERAN OF THE MONTH


The May Veteran of the Month, Guy Griffith of Big Spring, will be honored Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Hangar 25 Air Museum. The reception will begin at 6:00 pm in the Briefing Room of the Museum. The public is invited to the reception and to hear Mr. Griffith's presentation on his military service.

For more information please call Hangar 25 Air museum at 432-264-1999.

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Scholars Honored at CISD Banquet, 05/15/18


Coahoma ISD held a banquet to honor the top 10 students in the Coahoma High school Class of 2018 on Tuesday.

Those students are: Diana Gonzalez, McKinna Hector, Tyler McFall, Mason Moore, MaKayla Overton, Aubrey Parum, Nathan Ramirez, Preslie Smithie, Brynn Workman and Kaylee Wright. Each students was recognized individually in front of family and friends during the banquet held at the Hotel Settles.

Also honored were the top ten students in the junior class. They are Bryson Cline, Cassie Gutierez, Andrea King, Emily Krabill, Joseph Manning, Haven Martin, Julia Mashburn, Laura Romero, Andrew Romero Ortega, and Micah Worley.

Also receiving awards were Mark Richardson, Community Pride Award; Sue Tindol, Scholar Staff Award; Jody Nix, Scholar Graduate; and Kim and Kathy Nichols, Scholar Teachers.

 

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BURGER BASH FUNDRAISER, TOMORROW!!


A Burger Bash Fundraiser will take place tomorrow, May 16th from 11 AM – until sold out at the Blankenship Stadium at Big Spring High School. This fundraiser will be benefiting the victims of the wildfire that burned south of Big Spring earlier this month, destroying 4 homes causing 4 families to be displaced.

According to Mike Richardson, one of the people coordinating the fundraiser along with Porsha Bryant, local business such as Sonic, HEB, Porter’s, and Hull’s have made contributions with food. Richardson stated that the purpose of the event is to raise money for the families affected by the wildfire and he encouraged people to make donations.

"If you've got a large donation and you'd like to use that as a tax deduction, no problem. We've got a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that says that they can go ahead and take those in so they can get the tax exemption and funnel that money to us, The Greater Big Spring Rotary Club," says Richardson.

Richardson says that he encourages the public to come out and purchase $10 burger bags that include burger, chips, and drink. Churches are also called upon to bring their congregations to the fundraiser to help raise money for these displaced families. It should be noted that order of 10 burgers or more can be delivered.

For more information, to give donations, or to place large to go orders, contact Porsha at 432-268-3879, or Mike at 432-599-0351.

 

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Small grass fire on Hali Rd.


A small grass fire on Hali Rd. was confirmed south of town, approximately 5-7 miles off of Brian Rd. According to Howard County,Tx Volunteer Fire Dept.Chief Mitchell Hooper, the fire burned 2-3 acres but is 100 percent contained. Volunteer firefighters are continuing to put out hot spots.

No structures were reported to have been lost, as well as no injuries. The cause of the grass fire is yet to be determined.

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FMH Foundation Presents Song Swap at the Spring with Koe Wetzel and Parker McCollum @ The Historic Spring Marie Hall Plaza and Performance Stage


The Big Spring Convention and Visitors Bureau and BAD Events LLC are excited to announce the inaugural FMH Foundation’s Song Swap at the Spring with Koe Wetzel and Parker McCollum at the Historic Spring Marie Hall Plaza and Performance Stage. The concert will take place on Thursday, August 2nd with gates opening at 5 PM.

The opening band will be local artists, Big Spring, and will be followed by an acoustic song swap by Koe Wetzel and Parker McCollum. The concert will be free to the public but due to restrictions and limited seating available at the Historic Spring tickets will only be given to 1,000 people, including children of all ages. Tickets will be made available on June 4th at the Big Spring Visitors Center located at 113 E. 3 rd Street and the tickets are limited to 2 per person.

Food Trucks and vendors will be available in the SM Energy Pavilion adjacent to the Historic Spring Plaza. Please no outside food or drinks can be brought in but you are welcome to bring your lawn chairs.

 

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PROTEST DEADLINE IS TOMORROW AT MIDNIGHT!


DEADLINE IS TOMORROW AT MIDNIGHT!

The deadline for property owners to file a written notice of protest is tomorro night at midnight, that’s according to Lisa Reyna, Chief Appraiser for the Howard County Appraisal District. Property owners may submit their written notice of protest by dropping it off in person, sending through email, through their website at howardcad.org, or through mail, but it should be noted that mail must be post marked with today’s date to be accepted.

Reyna stated that their office is working the protests in the order that they are received. At which point, an appraiser will contact the property owners by phone in order to attempt to settle the protest informally. If an agreement cannot be reached, an appointment to see the Appraisal Review Board will be scheduled.

During the informal meeting, it should be remembered that appraisers don’t usually go inside the home when the property is appraised and if there’s something wrong with the property it is during this time that the property owner has an opportunity to bring it to the appraiser’s attention.

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Gonzalez, McFall named Valedictorian and Salututatorian for CHS Class of 2018


The top two students in the 2018 graduating class of Coahoma High School are Diana Cecilia Gonzalez and Tyler Austin McFall.

“I am proud to announce Diana is our valedictorian and Tyler is our salutatorian for the Class of 2018,” said CHS Principal Christina Cox.

Gonzalez is the daughter of Candido and Maria Gonzalez. During her years at Coahoma High School, she has taken on a number of leadership roles.

She is the editor of the 2017-2018 yearbook overseeing a large staff. She serves as the Student Council secretary and is a FFA chapter officer this year. Gonzalez is a member of the National Honor Society and serves as the secretary. She was the secretary for the FCCLA her junior year. Gonzalez is also a member for the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Howard College and the National Society of High School Scholars.
She has been recognized with a number of honors. As the stage manager of the one-act play for the last two years, she was part of the cast and crew which qualified for area competition in 2017. She was named to the all-star crew at district UIL One Act Play contest in 2018.

As a very active member of the Coahoma FFA Chapter, Gonzalez placed 8th at state for FFA Spanish Creed in 2016 and qualified for state in 2015 in FFA - Farm Business Management contest. She placed 1st in Ag Issues for District FFA contest and 4th in Area in 2017. She also qualified for state contests while a member of the FCCLA including Advocacy in 2017 and Recycle and Redesign in 2018.

In 2017, she was named the Big Spring Rotary Student of the Month, the Big Spring Herald Academic Star Student of the Week, a Coahoma Junior Scholar, and in the top 10 Academic Juniors.

Following graduation, Gonzalez will attend Texas Tech University to pursue a bachelor of science degree in nursing.
McFall is the son of Erinn and Greg Moore. He found his love of music at Coahoma ISD in the fifth grade. He served as the Drum Major in the Big Red Band for two years, is a member of National Honor Society and National Society of High School Scholars. Outside of school, McFall is the music director at Midway Baptist Church.

He was a ATSSB All-Region and Area Band qualifier all four years of high school. He qualified for All-State Band his junior and senior years. McFall is a three-year state solo and ensemble qualifier and received the John Phillips Sousa Award this year. He is also a TMEA Texas Music Scholar Student.

McFall was active in the golf program at CHS and was named the 2016 MVP for Golf.

Following graduation, McFall will attend the prestigious University of North Texas music program and will major in music education.

CHS will hold a graduation ceremony for the Class of 2018 on Friday, May 18.

 

 

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H.O.P.E. Foundation awards Grants through Innovative Teaching Grant Program.


Grants were awarded this week to teachers throughout Big Spring Independent School District by the H.O.P.E. Foundation through their Innovative Teaching Grant Program. The purpose of the H.O.P.E. Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, is to oversee the Innovative Teaching Grant Program.

Grants are awarded by the H.O.P.E. Foundation to support the Big Spring Independent School District's educational plan by supporting activities not supported by tax dollars. The grant program is designed to encourage, facilitate, recognize, and reward innovative and creative instructional approaches.

According to Emily McCann, Board President for the organization, the organization was created 4 years ago and has been able to award grants for the last 3 years. The H.O.P.E. Foundation raises money through non-event fundraiser, and they also have a permanent endowment with the Big Spring Area Community Foundation. McCann noted that they are always looking for donors to help them grow.

Last year, the H.O.P.E. Foundation awarded 4 grants last year; this year, they’ve been able to award even more grants to teachers at Kentwood, Marcy, Moss, Goliad, and Anderson, and they’re not done yet!

(Photo 1: Group photo after Grant Presentation at Kentwood Early Childhood Center.)

(Photo 2: List of teachers who were awarded grants, amount, and their idea. - Not listed is "SEL Hour, submitted by Pam Billick Gonzalez, in the amount of $2400 for the Anderson Accelerated Campus, Grades 7-12 for 40—50 students. SEL – Social Emotional Learning – Purchase Learning Activity Sets that focus on the skills needed to regulate emotions, resolve conflicts, avoid risky behavior, and make moral and safe choices. Grant also included teacher training for two teachers who will them train other teachers. Goal is to increase graduation rate and attendance while decreasing discipline referrals.")

 

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Health Business to Business Meet and Greet


The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce and Scenic Mountain Medical Center are partnering up to bring together all health care businesses in our area for an afternoon. The Health Business to Business Meet & Greet will be on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at the Hotel Settles in the Ballroom & Mezzanine from 4:30 to 7 pm.

The Chamber Meet & Greets is a great way for Chamber members and the community to come together and network. Health entities will be set up and ready to introduce themselves and tell you what services they provide.

The businesses that are participating are: Air Evac Life team, Back in Motion Chiropractic, Big Spring Center for Skilled Care, Big Spring State Hospital, Dora Robert Rehab Center Wellness, Home Hospice, Kindred at Home, Leonard's Pharmacy & Prescription Services, Marcy Place, Parkview Skilled Care & Rehab, Ward Family Dental, P.C., West Texas Centers, and Wiggins Worthy Wellness/Chiropractic.

This is open to the community. They will have refreshments and giveaways, so don’t forget to bring your business card!!

 

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Outgoing Board Members Recognized at Coahoma ISD.


The Coahoma ISD board recognized outgoing members Brian Moore and Jody Reid for their years of service to the community Thursday night during a specially called meeting to canvas the May 5 election results. Pictured are CISD board members Craig Ferguson, left, Kandy Alaman, outgoing member Brian Moore, Michael Brooks, Lori Martinez, and Dicky Stone. Reid was absent from the meeting as he and his wife were traveling to attend their son’s graduation from seminary in North Carolina.

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