Yesterday, 11-05-19, the Big Spring Area Community Foundation presented a check of $10,000 to Lamen-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home in Big Spring on behalf of Twin Eagle Sand Logsitics.
Greg Henry, Executive Director for Big Spring Area Community Foundation, told KBest News that Twin Eagle Resource Management had contacted them last year with a desire to donate $10,000 and champion a veteran's cause. Last year's donation recipient was the West Texas VA Hospital in Big Spring for their greenhouse project. This year, Lamen-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veteran's Home was chosen for the donation.
The donation will be used to purchase new outdoor patio furniture that the veterans and their families will get to use when they sit outside. When asked her thoughts on receiving the donation for the State Veterans home, Administrator for Lamen-Lusk-Sanchez Melissa Tumlin, said that they were very thankful for the donation.
The winner of this year’s Halloween Wars was revealed yesterday with a pie to the face. The local Big Spring offices of Back in Motion and Ward Family Dental participated in a friendly competition to see who could collect the most cans of food that would be later donated to Isaiah 58, the food pantry in Big Spring.
A total of 1,595 cans were collected between the two offices. The Back in Motion office won the competition by collecting 933 cans, Ward Family Dental collected 662 cans and also donated toothbrushes and toothpastes. Both Dr. Jody Reid of Back in Motion and Dr. David Ward of Ward Family Dental received a pie in the face.
Nancy Stinson, President of Isaiah 58, told KBest News that it was exciting to see the amount of cans donated, noting that joint donation would feed 500 families.
Isaiah 58, located at 809 Scurry St. in Big Spring, is ran by donations only and all of their workers are volunteers. Anyone wanting to donate food or make monetary donations to Isaiah 58 are encouraged to contact them by calling their office at 432-263-4758 or call Nancy at 432-816-0590.
The City of Big Spring will close all offices including Sanitation and Landfill for Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, 2019.
Landfill will also be closed Monday, November 11, 2019. There will be no sanitation pickup on Monday, November 11, 2019. Mondays Route will be moved to Tuesday and Tuesdays Route will be moved to Wednesday.
Emergency services (Police, Fire, and EMS) will continue normal operations during the holiday.
Emergency Utilities Department will also continue normal operations and can be contacted at 264-2392.
2019 Angel Tree sign-ups began yesterday and will continue on Thursday, Nov. 7th until 7 PM at the Salvation Army in Big Spring, located at 811 W. 5th St.
This is a Christmas Assistance registration to help families with children from newborns to 13 years old. According to Lt. Ben Godwin with the Salvation Army of Big Spring, this program is for families who need help providing gifts for their kids this holiday season, senior citizens, and disabled residents.
Be advised you must bring the following information to complete your Christmas application:
- Photo identification – Current driver’s license or State/Country issued ID
- Proof of Guardianship with child’s date of birth – Birth Certificate, Birth facts from the hospital, legal documents
- Proof of residency – current ID or rental agreement or current household bill
- Proof of income – government assistance (TANF, Medicaid, Food Stamps), current paycheck stubs, or notarized letter from your employer to include their contact information and your current income
Be advised that no children are allowed at registration and all required documents are needed at the time of registration.
Local’s, the new sandwich shop in Big Spring, celebrated their grand opening on Tuesday morning. The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce joined their newest chamber member for a ribbon cutting ceremony. Local’s, located at 1600 Wasson Rd. in Big Spring, is co-owned by Kelly and Joe Owens.
Local’s works with all Boar's Head meats. They're open Monday - Friday, 11 am - 2 pm.
The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce recognized BBVA Compass Bank, located at 1500 S. Gregg St. in Big Spring, for all that they do for the community.
Cindy Jones, Branch Manager for the Big Spring branch, told KBest News that BBVA is grateful for the recognition. She also went on to say that it brings awareness of BBVA to the community and highlights their commitment to the Big Spring and the surrounding communities.
(Photo contributed by the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce.)
The Texas Constitution has been amended 498 times since the current constitution was adopted 143 years ago in 1876. Today, voters will decide on 10 proposals in a statewide constitutional amendment election.
The following is a list of propositions that will be on today's ballot:
Title - Subject - Description
Proposition 1 - Municipal - Allows persons to serve as more than one appointed or elected municipal judge
Proposition 2 - Bonds - Allows the Texas Water Development Board to issue up to $200 million in bonds
Proposition 3 - Taxes - Authorizes temporary property tax exemption for disaster areas
Proposition 4 - Taxes - Prohibits the state from levying an income tax on individuals
Proposition 5 - Budgets - Dedicates revenue from the sales tax on sporting goods to parks, wildlife, and historical agencies
Proposition 6 - Bonds - Authorizes the legislature to increase bonds for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute
Proposition 7 - Budgets - Increases distributions to the state school fund
Proposition 8 - Budgets - Creates a Flood Infrastructure Fund
Proposition 9 - Taxes - Authorizes property tax exemption for precious metals held in depositories
Proposition 10 - Animals - Allows for transfer of law enforcement animals to handlers or others if in animal's best interest
POLLING PLACES IN HOWARD COUNTY
Polling places will be open from 7 AM - 7 PM today at the following places:
Ryan Hall / St. Thomas Church, located at 605 N. Main in Big Spring
Coahoma City Hall at 122 N. 1st in Coahoma
First Baptist Church at 705 W. FM 700 in Big Spring
and Dorothy Garrett Coliseum at 1001 Birdwell Ln. in Big Spring.
ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF ID
The following is a list of acceptable photo IDs at the polling place:
Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS
Texas Handgun License issued by DPS
United States Military Identification Card containing the person’s photograph
United States Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph
United States Passport (book or card)
With the exception of the U.S. Citizenship Certificate, which does not expire, for voters aged 18-69, the acceptable form of photo identification may be expired no more than four years before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place. For voters aged 70 or older, the acceptable form of photo identification may be expired for any length of time if the identification is otherwise valid.
For more information on voting in Texas, visit www.votetexas.gov.
Decorating for the annual Christmas Tree Forest continues on through this week at the Heritage Museum.
Each year, participants decorate individualized trees that will be on display during the Christmas Season. The museum will provide the tree and lights, and participants provide the decorations and creativity. This opportunity can be used to advertise a business, organization, or just show off your talent.
Trees will be judged by museum visitors and will be voted on. Winners will be announced on December 21st at 10 AM. It’s free to participate and there will be cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.
Be advised that trees must be decorated between November 1st through Nov. 8th, and they’ll be displayed through December 20th.
The short film, CAPROCK, will have a free screening tomorrow night at 8 PM at Mezcal, 125 E. 3rd St. in Big Spring. The 15-minute film is about two sisters who embark on a road trip to explore the old stomping grounds of a serial killer.
Hollie Gonzales, screenplay co-writer for the film, stated that there were a few things that she wanted to incorporate.
"I just wanted to encapsulate the west Texas landscape, and some landmarks, and maybe throw in an old ghost story that we grew up with. I knew I wanted it to be, like, kind of a horror movie," said Gonzales.
This screening of CAPROCK will be an extended cut, and possibly a Q&A session. The free screening is open to ages 18 and up. After the screening, only ages 21 and up will be allowed to stay.
Producers for the film are James and Amanda Fite, Brandon J. Johnson, and Zach Campbell of the Big Spring area, and Hollie Gonzales of Snyder.
In Midland on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, U.S. District Judge David Counts sentenced 28-year-old Christopher Chase Mojica to 57 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for stealing firearms from a pawn shop in Odessa and for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, stated U.S. Attorney John F. Bash; Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey C. Boshek, II, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Dallas Field Division; and, Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke.
On July 23, 2019, Mojica pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and one count of theft of a firearm from a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL). By pleading guilty, Mojica admitted that on April 29, 2019, he walked inside Cash America in Odessa, fired a flare gun at employees, smashed a display case then walked out with five firearms. One of the stolen firearms was a Romarm/Cugir Draco 7.62x39mm caliber semi-automatic pistol manufactured outside the State of Texas. According to court records, Mojica’s criminal history reveals a 2019 conviction in Ector County for burglary and a 2017 conviction in Ector County for possession of a controlled substance.
“Mr. Mojica victimized a Federal Firearms Licensee during business hours, placing employees and patrons at risk,” stated ATF Special Agent in Charge Boshek. “Swift action by the Odessa Police Department prevented stolen firearms from entering the illegal firearms trade, and strong law enforcement partnerships resulted in the successful federal prosecution.”
ATF and the Odessa Police Department conducted this investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Glenn Harwood prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.
On Monday, during the Howard County Commissioners Court, it was announced that the burn ban in Howard County has been extended for another 90 days.
The Howard County Volunteer Fire Department, offers the following tips to keep in mind during the burn ban:
- Keep informed of wildfire danger levels.
- Avoid burning trash on dry, windy days.
- Check to see if weather changes are expected. Postpone outdoor burning if shifts in wind direction, high winds or wind gusts are in the forecast.
- Before doing any burning, establish wide control lines down to bare mineral soil at least five feet wide around any burn barrels.
- Burn household trash only in a burn barrel equipped with a screen or metal grid to keep burning material contained.
- Never attempt to burn aerosol cans heated cans will explode. Flying material may cause injuries and the explosion may scatter burning material into nearby vegetation and cause a wildfire.
- Stay with outdoor fires until they are completely out.
- Keep water and hand tools ready in case your fire should attempt to spread.
- Watch for rocks and metal when bush hogging or mowing.
- Avoid parking vehicles in dry grass tall enough to touch the catalytic converter on the underside of your vehicle.
ECTOR COUNTY, Tx. (KOSA) -- A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the children of the parents who died after they were overcome by H2S gas at an oilfield pump house.
(photo used from CBS 7)
According to the page, the money raised will go towards paying tribute to Jacob and Natalee Dean and provide support for the three children they leave behind, ages 18, 9, and 6. (CBS7 talked with one of the organizers of the page who confirmed the page is legitimate.)
The children are now being taken care of by their grandparents.
According to the Ector County Sheriff's Office, Jacob's company requested he check out a pump house Saturday night. When he got there, he was exposed to a deadly amount of H2S gas.
His wife, Natalee, got worried when he didn't answer his phone, so she and her two children went to check on him.
When she got to the pump house, sheriff's investigators say she was also exposed to H2S gas after she got out of the car.
Both died at the scene.
Detectives say the six and nine-year-old children were saved because they stayed in their car.
(Source: https://www.cbs7.com/content/news/GoFundMe-page-started-for-children-of-parents-who-died-from-H2S-gas-564048691.html )
Prosperity Bank is pleased to announce the recent addition of Jeff Ward as the new Big Spring Banking President.
Ward’s college education began at Howard College prior to continuing on to Texas Tech University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Management in 2009. Jeff then went on to receive his Masters in Higher Education Administration from Wayland Baptist University. In 2018, Ward completed the School of Banking Program at the Texas Tech University-Rawls College of Business.
Ward’s professional career started back at Howard College where he proudly served in various roles for five years. In 2014, he began his banking career and has garnered extensive experience in credit and lending since that time.
“Jeff brings a vast amount of lending expertise and knowledge of the local area which is vital to Prosperity Bank’s goal of serving Howard County. We are thrilled to welcome Jeff to our team and know that he will be a valuable asset,” says Rick Bartholomee, Prosperity Bank’s Permian Basin Region President.
Jeff and his wife, Tisha, have two young daughters, Addison and Charlie. Ward spends a great deal of time giving back to his community by serving as a Board of Director for the Big Spring Economic Development Corporation and Comanche Trail Amphitheater Improvement Board. Additionally, he is a member of the Greater Big Spring Rotary Club and Hillcrest Baptist Church. Ward has also served on other various civic and community boards with a mindset to strengthen the community and build better relationships for civic and economic wellbeing!
Stop by the Prosperity Bank Big Spring Banking Center at 1411 S. Gregg Street to welcome Jeff or give him a call at (432) 552-1260 anytime. He as well as the rest of the team look forward to continuing their mission of providing sound financial assistance to the community!
This is the last week for early voting for the Texas Constitutional Amendment Election. As of the end of day on Friday, October 25th, there had been only 316 votes casted thus far, which is approximately 1.8% of the number of people registered to vote in Howard County.
Voters can cast their votes today, through Wednesday, October 30th, from 8 AM to 5 PM at the first floor of the Howard County Courthouse, located at 300 S. Main in Big Spring. On Thursday, October 31st, and Friday, November 1st, voters can cast their vote at the Howard County Courthouse from 7 AM – 7 PM.
Amendments Proposed for the November 5, 2019 ballot by the 86th Legislature
The constitutional amendment permitting a person to hold more than one office as a municipal judge at the same time.
The constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of additional general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board in an amount not to exceed $200 million to provide financial assistance for the development of certain projects in economically distressed areas.
The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for a temporary exemption from ad valorem taxation of a portion of the appraised value of certain property damaged by a disaster.
The constitutional amendment prohibiting the imposition of an individual income tax, including a tax on an individual’s share of partnership and unincorporated association income.
The constitutional amendment dedicating the revenue received from the existing state sales and use taxes that are imposed on sporting goods to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission to protect Texas’ natural areas, water quality, and history by acquiring, managing, and improving state and local parks and historic sites while not increasing the rate of the state sales and use taxes.
The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to increase by $3 billion the maximum bond amount authorized for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
The constitutional amendment allowing increase distributions to the available school fund.
The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the flood infrastructure fund to assist in the financing of drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects.
The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation precious metal held in a precious metal depository located in this state.
The constitutional amendment to allow the transfer of a law enforcement animal to a qualified caretaker in certain circumstances.
Ward Family Dental will have their 2nd annual Dentistry from the Heart event tomorrow morning, 10/26/19, in Big Spring.
Dr. David Ward, DDS, Owner of Ward Family Dental, advised that the purpose of the event is to give back to the community. Last year their goal was to see 50 patients, and, thankfully, they were able to serve 107 patients.
He went on to say that his office will not be verifying income for patients who come to the event. He also stated that all that will be required of the patients is their name, medical history and/or conditions, and medication that they may be taking.
Patients will have a choice filling, extraction, or cleaning that will be performed by Dr. Ward, Dr. Alejandra Flores, their staff, and two other doctors. Patients will be seen beginning at 7 AM at 1500 Scurry, and check-ins begins at 6:30 AM and will continue until 11 AM.
Patients will be seen on a first-come, first served basis, and it should be noted that this is only for adults 18 years old or older. Patients are encouraged to arrive early, dress appropriately for the weather and to bring chairs, blankets, water, snacks, etc. as they may be outside waiting to be seen.
The 1st annual Oktoberfest will be held at the back lawn of Hotel Settles in Big Spring this Saturday, Oct. 26th, from 3-8 PM.
The free event will include beer and authentic German food to purchase, Beer Stein, Pretzel Pass and chicken dance contests, wiener dog races, a bouncy house and other kids’ activities. In addition to the contests, there will also be vendors and live music by Keith Owens and Eddie Austin and Texas Silhouettes.
According to Barney Dodd, Owner of BAD Events and who has helped to organize the event, Big Spring Ford will be offering “Safe Ride.” With their team of drivers, they will get you and your vehicle home safely if you’ve had too much to drink. There is no cost for the service, but it does require that you make a donation to a local charity.
On 6/19/19, at approximately 7:53 PM, Officers were dispatched to the 600 blk of E. 15TH ST. in reference to a robbery. Victim stated on 6/19/19, at approximately 7:50 PM, the victim went to unlock his back gates when when he felt an arm go across his neck from behind him. Victim advised an unknown white male tried to wrap his arm around his neck in attempt to choke him. Victim advised he fell back and his brown in color long bi-fold wallet came out of his back pocket. Victim stated the unknown white male picked up his wallet and ran out the gate. Victim also stated when he looked up to get a description of the white male, he recognized an unknown black female from the previous day that had approached him and asked him for a cigarette. Victim informed that both the unknown male and female quickly left the scene in an unknown vehicle. Victim described the white male to have a shorter build, have black in color hair, and to be wearing a yellow in color shirt. Victim described the black female to be the same build, to have her hair in a bun, to be wearing a red in color shirt, and grey in color shorts. Investigators were able to get a digital image of the two subjects from security camera footage.
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The Dark Maze of Nightmare will open this weekend, Friday, October 25th – Saturday, October 26th, from 7 PM to 11 PM.
Entry to the haunted house is $15 per person and money raised will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
The Dark Maze of Nightmares is located at 1901 Simler Drive in Big Spring, across from the SWCD campus. They’ll be opened again next week on Wednesday, October 30th, and Thursday, October 31st, from 7 PM to 9:30 PM.
Earlier this morning, the Snyder Police Department issued a brief warning to their residents because a dangerous inmate had escaped. The original post from the City of Snyder Police Department stated:
"Snyder Alert Message. Please lock your doors and stay inside. There has been an escape of a dangerous inmate in the area of Avenue A and 35th Street. Stay indoors and away from windows. If someone tries to enter your home call 911 immediately. Stay inside until you receive an all clear message. The Snyder Police Department and other agencies will be in the area."
The escaped inmate was taken into custody by Snyder PD shortly after the message was issued. According to the City of Snyder Police Department Facebook page, Minor had escaped from Mitchell County, and had stolen a vehicle from the Mitchell County Sheriff’s office. The vehicle was later left abandoned around the Avenue A and 35th Street area in Snyder.
According to Abilene Reporter News, Minor was in Mitchell County Jail facing seven charges, including:
- Felon in possession of a firearm
- Theft of a firearm
- Aggravated assault of a public servant (two charges)
- Unauthorized use of a vehicle
- Felon in possession of body armor
Expedition Royalty will have the Grand Opening of their new office in Big Spring, located at 220 S. Main, Thursday evening, 10/24/19, in downtown Big Spring. The public is invited to help celebrate the Open House for the new office by joining Expedition Royalty for the downtown festivities.
According to Matt Scott, Landman for Expedition Royalty, the purpose of the celebration is to reach out to the community and show their commitment to Big Spring and the Howard County community.
Scott advised that there will be free food from various food trucks, drink stations, a kid zone, a video game truck, and a concert featuring Jason Boland and the Stragglers with Shane Smith and the Saints as the opening act.
The block party will be located outside of their office on S. Main Street between 2nd and 3rd street, from 5-10 PM.
Also, during the event, a 2019 Ford Expedition will be raffled off for only $10 per ticket. The vehicle was purchased by Expedition Royalty and the money raised from the raffle will benefit the United Way of Big Spring and Howard County. Tickets will still be available for sale at the event. The winner will be drawn and announced at 8:45 PM and you do not have to be present to win.
EXPEDITION ROYALTY GRAND OPENING SCHEDULE:
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2019
5:00 PM - Gates Open – Food Trucks, Drink Stations and Kid Zone Open. Raffle tickets
available for sale
6:00 PM - Big Spring Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by Opening
Band – Shane Smith and the Saints
7:15 PM Brief Program – Introducing important members of the crowd and people of
Expedition Royalty & last call for raffle tickets
7:30 PM Jason Boland and the Stragglers on stage
7:55 PM Ford Expedition Raffle drawing held (Expedition Royalty, United Way and Big
Spring Ford), pictures taken
* Jason Boland and the Stragglers play until 10 PM.
AUSTIN — Texas continues to lead the nation in oil and gas production, creating jobs and prosperity statewide, but communities in the state’s main energy production areas have also seen a rise in deaths on the road accounting for close to half of all traffic fatalities in Texas.
In 2018, 1,673 people died and more than 6,000 were seriously injured in crashes in the Barnett Shale, Eagle Ford Shale, Granite Wash, Haynesville/Bossier Shale and Permian Basin, where oil and gas exploration is underway. Traffic deaths in these areas are up by 4% compared to 2017. Crash reports point to failure to control speed as the most-often cited factor in traffic crashes, followed by driver inattention due to actions such as looking at a cell phone.
“Driving conditions have changed dramatically in many parts of Texas,” said Texas Department of Transportation Executive Director James Bass. “A big increase in the number of heavy trucks and traffic on state and county roads adds to the complexity of driving – something we always need to give our full attention to, while also obeying traffic laws. That’s why we are urging every motorist to drive smart and take simple precautions to prevent crashes.”
In the coming weeks, drivers can expect to see a variety of common-sense safety reminders as TxDOT kicks off its annual “Be Safe. Drive Smart.” campaign in the state’s energy-producing regions. The campaign reminds drivers to:
- Always buckle up—drivers and all passengers, day and night.
- Drive a safe speed that takes into account the amount of traffic, road conditions, and weather.
- Focus 100 percent on driving and put your phone away: no talking or texting when you’re behind the wheel.
- Give large trucks plenty of space, be patient, and pass only when it’s safe and legal to do so.
- Obey stop signs and traffic signals.
- Never drive under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
TxDOT will be taking its safety messages to community events this month in the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale. Drivers can test their street smarts at an interactive exhibit outfitted with games, quizzes, and video displays that remind motorists how to safely navigate the challenges of driving in high-traffic oil and gas production areas.
“Be Safe. Drive Smart.” is a key component of #EndTheStreakTX, a broader social media and word-of-mouth effort that encourages drivers to make safer choices while on the road, such as going the speed limit, wearing a seat belt, and never drinking and driving or texting and driving. Nov. 7, 2000 was the last deathless day on Texas roadways. #EndTheStreakTX asks all Texans to commit to driving safely to help end the streak of daily deaths.
On the 26th of October 2019, from the hours of 10am-2pm, the Big Spring Police Department’s Narcotics Division will be working in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Administration on the National Pharmaceutical Take Back Initiative at the west doors of Spring Town Plaza (1801 E. FM 700).
This provides a unified opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances, dangerous drugs and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction.
Intra-venous solutions, injectibles, and syringes will not be accepted due to potential hazards posed by blood-borne pathogens.
This program is anonymous and all efforts will be made to protect the identity of individuals disposing of medications. Participants may dispose of medication in its original container or by removing the medication from its container and disposing it directly into the disposal box. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container.
We strongly encourage everyone who has expired medicine or medicine you no longer need or use, to utilize this opportunity and dispose of your medicine safely.
For more information regarding this program please contact Big Spring Police Department Narcotics Sergeant Steve Henry (432) 264-2595.
Chief Chad Williams
Lieutenant Brian Gordon
Howard County Sheriff’s Office has been contacted by Platinum Supplemental Insurance about selling insurance door to door in Howard County. The company will be selling insurance in county for the next several weeks. It should be noted that the Howard County Sheriff’s Office is not affiliated with the company, nor are they endorsing them. They only wish to inform the public that Platinum Supplemental Insurance has properly informed them that they would be selling door to door in order to reduce problems.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call the Howard County Sheriff’s Office at 432-261-2244, or you can contact the company direct at 1-800-765-1454.
Below is a list of sales people and the vehicles they will be driving:
Wenhua “Wendy” Ouyang – White 2016 Lexus RX350
Shawn Lillis – Black 2012 Honda Accord
Stephen Smith – Gold 2008 Toyota Avalon
Nathan McKinnerny – Black 2018 Toyota Camry
Greg Hallett – Black 2018 Ford F150
Terry Maynard – White 2017 Jeep Cherokee
Quilts of Valor presented a handmade Red, White, And Blue Quilt to a local Vet at Lamen-Lusk-Sanchez-State Vet Home on Saturday, 10/19/19.
Roy Bailey served in The Korean War that took place from 1950 – 1953. Mr. Bailey was joined in the celebration by his wife, children, staff members and friends. Those that attended the celebration were treated to refreshments and the chance to see a real American Hero be presented with a beautiful quilt with a beautiful meaning.
Quilts of Valor is a non-profit foundation whose goal is to cover ALL physically or psychologically wounded service members with a freedom quilt, honoring them for their sacrifices. At the end of the service all attendees were asked to touch the quilt so a piece of them would always be with Mr. Bailey.
BIG SPRING - West Texas is not immune from the wide net substance abuse casts on addicts, their families and often communities.
“Unfortunately, very few people who could benefit from treatment for substance abuse receive necessary care,” said West Texas Centers CEO Shelley Smith, LMSW.
West Texas Centers - the licensed Mental Health Authority for rural West Texas - assists people who are unable to break the horrific cycle of substance abuse. To call attention to the crisis of substance abuse, West Texas Centers along with team members from National Treatment Addiction Week are spending the week of Oct. 21-27 educating the public about the signs, treatment and strategies to cope with addiction.
West Texas Centers is celebrating National Addiction Treatment Week to encourage more people to seek treatment and also to encourage more people to choose a career in the field of addiction medicine.
“Only one in eight people who need treatment for substance abuse receive it because of a shortage of knowledgeable people and facilities equipped to treat the disorder,” Smith said.
"Substance use disorders are on the rise," she said.
In 2015, nearly 2.3 million Americans were addicted to opioids, yet there was only enough treatment capacity to treat 1.4 million people, leaving a treatment gap of nearly 1 million people, according to statistics compiled by the National Addiction Treatment Week.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes overdose deaths increased by nearly 10 percent in 2017 – taking the lives of more than 70,000 Americans. More than half were attributed to opioid overdoses and the largest increase were related to illicitly made fentanyl and fentanyl analogs or what is more commonly known as synthetic opioids.
“Despite effective treatment for opioid use disorder being available, only about one in four people with this addiction receive any specialized treatment,” Smith said.
Experts believe stigma, inability to access or afford care, or refusal to stop misusing opioids, are the root causes to few seeking immediate help.
More than 88,000 people in the United States die each year from alcohol-related causes, according to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Advocates from National Treatment Addiction Week along with West Texas Centers spend much of their time educating the public on addictive behaviors, including substance abuse and alcohol.
“There is a huge shortage of people qualified to treat substance abuse,” Smith said. “They may want to help but they have not been trained in a clinical setting or have the background to be effective. This is because they don’t have the resources in which they believe they can properly treat the disorder.”
“More training programs are desperately needed,” Smith said.
“Although West Texas does not live with some of the problems faced by big metropolitan areas, addiction is just as pervasive in a small town as it is in a large one.”
No area of the United States is exempt from the opioid crisis, yet just a little more than 50 percent of the public consider opioid addiction a major concern. As a result, the Surgeon General is calling on all individuals to do the following:
- Talk about opioid misuse. Have a conversation about preventing drug misuse and overdose.
- Be safe. Only take opioid medications as prescribed, make sure to store medication in a secure place, and dispose of unused medication properly.
- Understand pain and talk with your healthcare provider. Treatments other than opioids can be effective in managing pain.
- Understand that addiction is a chronic disease. With the right treatment and supports, people do recover.
- Be prepared. Get and learn how to use naloxone, an opioid overdose reversing drug.
West Texas Centers operates a 24-hour Crisis Hotline. The number is 1-800-375-4357.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration also offers a 24-hour hotline in English and Spanish for individuals and families facing mental health and/or substance abuse disorders. The number is 1-800-662-HELP (4357).