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Scenic Mountain Medical Center to Host Back to School Bash - TOMORROW, Aug. 5th

BIG SPRING, Texas— Scenic Mountain Medical Center Auxiliary will host its 9th Annual Back to School Bash tomorrow, Aug. 5th, from 6 -8 p.m. at Scenic Mountain Medical Center in Big Spring. This event will assist children from Howard County with school supplies as they head back to school. The event is open for children and their families in K-12 grade who reside in Big Spring, Coahoma, and Forsan.


There will be 400 backpacks available on a first-come-first-served basis. The child must be present to receive the backpack and school supplies. There will also be 25 local organizations handing out school supplies at the event. Scenic Mountain Medical Group (SMMG) pediatricians and hospital staff will be at the event to meet community members and answer any questions.


Scenic Mountain Medical Center in Big Spring is a full-service, acute care, 146-bed community hospital for adults and children. Their specialized services include cardiology, orthopedics, maternity, diagnostic imaging, emergency care with a 24/7 Level IV Trauma Center, wound care, and women’s health and breast care services.


North Side Movement hosts "Head to Toe" event to prepare families for the upcoming school year on Monday, Aug. 9, 2021

BIG SPRING, TX -- Local non-profit organization North Side Movement will host its annual event “Head to Toe” at Ryan Hall, located at 605 N. Main in Big Spring, on Monday, August 9th. Beginning at 5 PM, NSM will be offering free shoes and haircuts to all school-aged children to assist in getting them prepared for the new school year.


During the event, there will also be free snow cones and raffles. The event is sponsored by NSM, Delek Fund for Hope, and SM Energy.


Thank You for Your Investment - Inspirations Floral Boutique, 08/03/21

Tuesday morning, the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a Thank You for Your Investment presentation for Inspirations Floral Boutique, located at 1410 Scurry St. in Big Spring.


When asked how she felt about the Chamber’s presentation, Tana Higginbotham, Owner of Inspirations Floral Boutique, told KBest News that she thought it was wonderful. She went on to say that it gets everybody together to get involved.


"We all get to be a part of the community and celebrate and support each other," said Higginbotham.


Inspirations Floral Boutique opened in April 2020 and, according to Higginbotham, things have been going great. She told KBest News that the outreach of the community has been wonderful.


"We love to give back to our community, so coming together to support each other just keeps us going and keeps us inspiring others," she continued.


Inspirations Floral Boutique is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5:30 pm, and 9 am to 1 pm on Saturdays. For more information, check out their Facebook page or visit their website 


Micky and the Motorcars to perform in Big Spring for United Way of Big Spring & Howard County Rock & Roll Campaign Kick-Off on August 28th!

BIG SPRING, TX -- The United Way of Big Spring and Howard County is gearing up for the upcoming campaign season to raise money for their 14 partner agencies, all of which directly assist those living in Howard County. This month the local non-profit organization will kick off its campaign with a two-day 4-man scramble golf tournament and a concert featuring Micky and The Motorcars with local favorite SPUR 327 as the opening band on Saturday, August 28th.


The two-day golf tournament will be held at the Comanche Trail Golf Course on August 28 - 29, 2021. Participation in the golf tournament includes food and drinks. The entry fee is $400 per team and there will be a 100 percent payout. Team sign-ups can be done by calling Comanche Trail Golf Course at 432-264-2366 or contacting Christian Fair, Executive Director for the local United Way, at 432-267-5201.


Concert tickets are on sale now for Micky and The Motorcars. Tickets are currently $15 each and can be purchased from any United Way board member, or by contacting the United Way Office at 432-267-5201. Be advised that tickets will increase to $20 per person on the day of the event.

On August 28th, gates at the Comanche Trail Amphitheater will open at 7 PM, and SPUR 327 will open the show at 8 PM, followed by Micky and The Motorcars.


For more information, contact Christian Fair, Executive Director for the United Way of Big Spring and Howard County at 432-267-5201.


BSISD Registration Information for 2021-2022 school year

Registration is going on now through Aug. 6, 2021, for students attending 1st - 8th grade at Big Spring ISD. Also, high school students who are new to the BSISD will also be allowed to register now through Aug. 5th from 8 AM - 3:30 PM. Returning high school students will be able to register next week, Aug. 9-11th, from 9 AM to 6 PM. 


Be advised that a valid Driver’s License or valid government ID for the parent/guardian is required, plus one of the following items that are dated within the last 30 days:


•recent mortgage or lease agreement 

•electric bill

•gas bill

•water bill


The first day of school for BSISD is Wednesday,  Aug. 18th.


City of Big Spring to permanently close FM 700 Landfill today at 4:30 PM. New landfill opens tomorrow.

According to the City of Big Spring, the FM 700 Landfill will close at 4:30 pm on Tuesday, August 3, 2021. Beginning on Wednesday, Aug. 4th, all waste from the public and commercial companies should be taken to the Big Sandy Landfill.  Cash and credit card transactions will be accepted.  The Big Sandy Landfill is located at 3601 Old Colorado City Highway and will be open Monday through Saturday, 8 AM to 5 PM; closed on Sundays.


If you have any questions, call the Public Works office at 432-264-2501.


Double L BBQ hosts BBQ to Brighter Futures to benefit Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club in Big Spring on Aug. 6, 2021

The fundraising event BBQ to Brighter Futures, hosted by Double L BBQ, is scheduled for Friday, Aug 6, 2021. It will be held from 11 AM to 2 PM at the Hardware Store and Courtyard in downtown Big Spring, located at 117 S. Main. Plates are $12 each and can be pre-order by calling or texting 432-816-9381.


Money raised from this event will benefit the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club in Big Spring.


Last week to participate in The Amazing Shopping Race in Big Spring!

The Amazing Shopping Race, an event organized by the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce meant to encourage shopping with local businesses, continues this week until Wednesday, August 4th. Drawings for winners held on Aug 5, 2021, at the Heritage Museum at 6:30 PM.


There’s still plenty of time to complete the race by the deadline, but you must start at one of the two starting points:


** Lula Blu Boutique, 406 E. Marcy Drive, Ste 1

** The Wardrobe Boutique, 115 S. Main.


In these places, you’ll find your set of rules and the first challenge. Once completed, you’ll receive a clue to move on to the next stop and the race continues.


And once you have completed the Race you will take your final entry to the Heritage Museum on August 5, 2021, where all completed entry forms will be put in a drawing for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes. Prizes will consist of gift cards, items, and more from participating businesses.


Two cornhole tournaments on Saturday, July 31, 2021 in Big Spring

Tomorrow evening, there will be two cornhole tournaments in Big Spring with on-site registration at 6 PM and bags fly at 7 PM. 


The 1st annual Cornhole Tournament organized by the West Texas Community Collective will be held to benefit local teachers. This event will be held at the Train Car in downtown Big Spring. The cost is $20 per team. Participants & attendees will have several chances to win locally sponsored prizes. West Texas Community Collective will also be accepting donations of school supplies that will benefit local teachers. 


Also tomorrow, the Steers Football Booster Club will hold their cornhole tournament at the ATC, next to Big Spring High School. The cost for this event is $50 per team with a 50 percent payout. During the event, there will also be burger and hotdog meal deals; as well as raffles, Kona Ice, a concession stand, and Steer Gear available for purchase. 




1-vehicle Crash in Ector County leaves 1 dead, 4 injured -- 07/29/21

Early morning on Thursday, Jul 29, 2021, a one-vehicle crash in Ector County results in one passenger’s death. 


According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Troopers responded to a crash involving a 1990 Honda Accord along I-20, just 3 miles west of Odessa at approximately 12:02 AM yesterday morning. 


The preliminary report states that the driver, 28-year-old Carlos Cortez of BIg Spring, had been traveling east on I-20 when he lost control of the vehicle due to a flat tire. Cortez and 3 of his passengers sustained injuries and were transported to Medical Center Hospital in Odessa. The fourth passenger, Sara Cortez, 24 of Odessa, died on scene. 


The report also stated that only 1 of the 5 people in the vehicle was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.


Thank You for Your Investment - Cowboys Steakhouse

On Tuesday morning, the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a “Thank You for your Investment” presentation for Cowboys Steakhouse to thank them for all that they do.


According to Kimberly Hobbs Pierce, Owner and Manager for Cowboys Steakhouse, the business has served the community for 27 years and they continue to serve homemade meals in a family environment.


Cowboys Steakhouse is open 7 days per week.


Mon. - Thurs. open 11 AM to 8:30 PM

Friday and Saturday open 11 AM to 9 PM

Sunday open 11 AM to 3 PM.


Call-in orders can be made by calling 432-263-0181.


City of Big Spring shares Information on Delta Variant of the Coronavirus

From: Mayor Shannon D. Thomason and Big Spring Emergency Management

Re: Delta Variant of the Coronavirus


Viruses frequently change by mutating, including the coronavirus. The delta variant of the coronavirus has triggered a devastating outbreak and has spread to at least 100 countries, attacking areas where vaccination rates are the lowest. The most effective way to curb new variants is to prevent spreading the virus and avoid giving it a chance to mutate.


** How contagious is the delta variant? **

Proteins on the outer spikes of the delta variant are “stickier,” making it more transmissible than other variants, said Dr. Katelyn Jetelina, an epidemiologist at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Dallas. Studies have shown that the delta variant is up to 60% more transmissible than the previous leading variant, the alpha variant. The hospitalization rate of those who contract the delta variant is about 85% higher than those fighting the alpha variant.


The delta variant’s symptoms are more similar to those of a cold — headaches, sore throat, runny nose and fevers — than common COVID-19 symptoms such as coughing and loss of smell, according to the COVID Symptom Study, a project by doctors and scientists to track the symptoms and spread of the virus.


Fully vaccinated people can and have gotten COVID-19. However, these cases are overwhelmingly asymptomatic or mild. These types of cases are known as “breakthrough infections,” but experts say they are uncommon. Fully vaccinated people who become seriously ill, hospitalized or die are even more rare, but this also means that vaccinated people may spread COVID-19 to others.


** How should I protect myself? **

If you’re able to do so, health experts say the best thing to do is to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The CDC also recommends avoiding poorly ventilated venues and large crowds, washing your hands often, covering your coughs and sneezes, cleaning and sanitizing highly touched surfaces daily, and monitoring your health daily. Texas health experts have also recommended staying away from people who aren’t following COVID-19 safety protocols, or individuals who have not been vaccinated.


Big Spring City Council meeting, 07/27/2021 - Highlights

All council members were present during Tuesday night’s meeting of the Big Spring City Council meeting.


During Public Comments, Aubrey Weaver, District 6 resident, called into the meeting to speak on the effectiveness of the city’s mosquito control, his concern on item #17 concerning the Convention and Visitors Board. He also suggested that an information session be held about the new gun law in Texas that goes into effect on Sept. 1, 2021. He suggested that it be held with law enforcement and qualified speakers to inform the public and have an opportunity for questions and answers. 


A public hearing on the current juvenile curfew was held. BSPD Chief Chad Williams advised that it needed to be reapproved every 3 years. He stated that over the last 3 years, 74 curfew citations had been issued, and it was a great tool for the department. No one from the public spoke during the hearing. 


City Attorney Andrew Hagen pointed out that if reapproved, some modification may be needed to the wording of the ordinance because it mentions that a minor may be referred to teen court, however that is no longer an available option for the City of Big Spring.


City Manager's Report, Todd Darden noted that 11 tons of trash were picked up during this past large item pick-up for District 1. He stated that Councilman Nick Ornelas was doing a great job of assisting his constituents to get items ready for pick-up.


Spraying to decrease the number of mosquitoes continues. It was noted that at this time there is only one so mm certified sprayer who works for the city, but the city hoped to have 3 more certified. In the meantime, citizens are encouraged to keep up with their yard maintenance to help decrease the mosquito population.


The City of Big Spring was awarded a grant in the amount of $320,000 for waterline replacement. That project is expected to begin today. The city also applied for a $5 million grant with a 20 percent match by the city that would show them to extend water and sewer lines to the reliever route. Darden also advised that the city had also applied for a $300,000 grant with a 15 percent match to replace waterlines on Runnels, but an answer wouldn’t be received until 2022. The city did not score high enough on the Downtown Revitalization Project that would have been for improvements to Main Street between 1st and 2nd street so the grant was not awarded at this time. Consultants are assisting the city in their application for the American Rescue Plan grant in the amount of $6.9 million. Half of this money would be awarded this year, and half would be awarded next year. They also applied for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Grant with ba 50-50 match. The city is in competition with other areas of the state to receive assistance for parks. 


The consent agenda passed with a vote of 6-0, and 1 abstention by Gloria McDonald, District 4. Vouchers were unanimously approved. Council approved the sale of a tax property by Texas Communities Group to Juan Carlos Murillo in the amount of $2,500 for the property at 203 NE 8th St. in Big Spring.


Council approved the first reading of a budget amendment to add rubber mulch to Kid Zone at Comanche Trail Park. According to Darden, the budget amendment would be in the amount of $35,000 to ensure a safe place for kids to play. When asked if this would be done at all parks, Darden advised that he had only received complaints about Kid Zone and no other parks but did think that the river mulch should be added to all parks. 


The Council discussed a possible ordinance that would update how the CVB Board operates. At one point the possibility of creating a 9-person board that would have equal district representation plus two ex-officio members from the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce and a hotel representative was discussed. Ultimately, the ordinance failed due to the lack of a second.


A legal description of an oil lease with Four Sevens was corrected. Council also approved the assignment of an oil and gas lease but the City of Big Spring from SM Energy to Camterra Resources Inc. 


They also approved the extension of the City's health insurance until December 31st. Allowing them to get into the same schedule as most health insurance providers, which is a Jan 1 to Dec 31 fiscal year.


Brittany Hankins was confirmed to the Animal Rescue and Adoption Committee.


During Council Input, McDonald advised that she wanted to give Code Enforcement more teeth. She also suggested that the city might want to look into a public charging station for electric vehicles. 


Councilman Cody Hughes stated that he agreed with Councilwoman McDonald but believed that before the City begins to impose fines on citizens, it should work on getting its lots in order first. Hughes noted that he’s seen several City lots that haven’t been mowed in months.


Councilwoman Diane Yanez announced information on the upcoming Head to Toe event organized by the North Side Movement at 5 PM on Aug. 9th at 605 N. Main. The event offers free haircuts, free shoes, free snocones, and raffles for all school-aged children.


Councilman Ornelas thanked the Crossroads Young Marines for their help in assisting with large item pickup in District 1. He also stated that he would not hold a town hall meeting this quarter, but he will have a meet-and-greet Back to School Social on August 21st at ABC Park with free hotdogs and drinks.


Mayor Shannon Thomason confirmed that there was a case of the COVID-19 Delta variant in Howard County. He stated that the COVID-19 cases never stopped, and updates could be found on the Texas DSHS website. As of Today evening, there were 20 positive cases in the City of Big Spring and Howard County. Since April 4, 2020, there have been 103 COVID-19 related deaths in Howard County. He advised that anyone not feeling well should get tested, and reminded that vaccinations are free. He also stated that the Delta variant is considerably more contagious.


Also during the meeting, a moment of silence was held for former Councilman Howard Stewart - requested by Councilman Hughes - and Greg Henry, recent Executive Director for the Big Spring Area Community Foundation - requested by District 6 Councilman Maury Smith.


Familiar Face Returns to Howard College as Head Baseball Coach


BIG SPRING – A familiar face will be seen on Jack Barber Field as Howard College has hired Jack Giese as the new head coach for the baseball program. Giese was previously with the Hawks as the associate head coach under Britt Smith when the Hawks won the NJCAA Division I National Championship in 2009. He will be on campus and officially begin his duties on August 1, 2021.


            The position was recently opened after the resignation of the Hawks head coach, Michael Lopez.


         “We are very excited that Jack is returning to our program,” said Mike Yeater, Athletic Director. “With his previous national championship coaching experience with our program as well as the other Division I and Minor League coaching experience that he brings to the table, our baseball program will be positioned for tremendous success.”


         Most recently, Giese has spent 6 years as a pitching consultant and recruiter with MVP Sports Group. Prior to that, he served 2 years as a Pitching Coach and Recruiter at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.


Following his stint with the Hawks and the National Championship win in 2009, Giese moved on to be a Minor League Pitching Coach with the Tampa Bay Rays.


“I’m excited to be coming back to Big Spring and Howard College”, said Giese. “I look forward to meeting the team and growing the tradition of excellence that has been started at Howard.”


Although this will be Giese’s first head coaching stint, his pitching coach record speaks for itself as he has worked and continues to work with several current Major and Minor League players, including 2 Cy Young Award winners.


“Jack has a lot of experience in player development,” added Yeater. “That in conjunction with his coaching and recruiting experience will be a huge asset for our program.”


That experience isn’t just limited to the United States as Giese was also tagged to travel to the Dominican Republic to work with pitchers at the Tampa Bay Rays Dominican Academy in 2010 and coached the 18U USA National Team in 2007.


“Being a first-time head coach, I couldn’t ask for a better place than Howard College,” added Giese. “I know the traditions here will guide us as we do things the right way both on and off the field and immerse ourselves in the team environment as well as our local and college community.”


The Hawks will soon be returning to campus in August as classes begin on August 25th.


For more information about Howard College and Hawk Athletics visit or


Drive-thru Vaccination Clinic in Big Spring on Thursday, July 29th, from 3-6 PM

If you still need and want to get your COVID-19 vaccine, there will be an opportunity to get one tomorrow afternoon in Big Spring.


Scenic Mountain Medical Center will be holding a drive-thru vaccine clinic tomorrow, from 3-6 p.m.


The clinic will be located outside of the Whatley Plaza at 1601 West 11th Place - in the north area of the SMMC hospital parking lot.


Vaccines will be offered, while supplies last, for anyone ages 12 and up. Both first and second doses will be available.


Opening for Big Sandy Landfill postponed until August 4th. City Landfill at FM 700 to remain open until then.

From: Shane Bowles, Public Works Director for the City of Big Spring

Re: Delayed Opening of the Big Sandy Landfill


Due to unforeseen technical difficulties, the opening of the Big Sandy Landfill has been postponed.


During a final inspection, City officials found essential components had been damaged by a lightning strike that presumably occurred over the weekend. Barring any other unforeseen events, we anticipate the opening of the Big Sandy Landfill will take place on Wednesday, August 4, 2021.


All waste from the public and commercial companies can be taken to the FM 700 landfill until further notice. The FM 700 landfill will remain open Monday through Saturday, 8 AM to 5 PM; closed on Sunday.


We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate everyone’s patience as we transition operations to the Big Sandy Landfill. If you have questions or need additional information, please call the Public Works Office at 432-264-2501.


G. Brint Ryan, Big Spring native, appointed to ERCOT Board Selection Committee by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick

AUSTIN - Big Spring native G. Brint Ryan was recently appointed to the ERCOT Board Selection Committee by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. In addition to restructuring the board of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), one of the provisions of Senate Bill 2, signed into law following the 87th Legislative Session, requires the Governor, Lt. Governor, and Speaker of the House of Representatives to each appoint one member to the 3-member ERCOT Board Selection Committee.


Upon making the appointment, Lt. Gov. Patrick issued the following statement:


"Brint Ryan is one of the most successful business leaders in Texas and the nation. He has significant experience working with search firms and directly hiring high-level staff around the world. He is perfect for this crucial appointment to select members of the ERCOT Board."


Ryan is the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Ryan, LLC, a global tax consulting firm based in Dallas. He is the chairman of the Texas Association of Business and served on the University of North Texas Board of Regents. Ryan is also a member of the Lt. Governor's Business Advisory Board and he chaired the Lt. Governor’s Back to Work Task Force in 2020. Ryan and his wife Amanda have 5 daughters and reside in Dallas.


Ryan is best known in Big Spring for purchasing and restoring the Hotel Settles located at 3rd and Runnels. Other projects taken on by Ryan in Big Spring include:

- restoration of the Petroleum Building near 1st and Main,

- renovation of the old Read Hotel at 2nd and Runnels,

- renovation of the old Hall-Bennet Hospital at 9th and Goliad,

- and the downtown plaza park project - Reunion Park.




Howard County Commissioners Court, 07/26/21 - Highlights

During Tuesday’s meeting of the Howard County Commissioners Court, Commissioners approved the Howard County Emergency 5 year plan presented by Itzel Gomez, new Howard County Emergency Management Coordinator. Gomez took over the position in mid-June and noticed that it had been 15 years since the plan had been updated.


"I was able to put myself out there and get to know all of the officials face to face and update all our records for each annex, which includes a plan for what to do in that situation or type of disaster," said Gomez on working to update the plan.


Other highlights from the meeting included approval of the 2022-2023 interlocal agreement for the Public Defender, and an action to order a General Election and a Special Election for the purpose of voting on the creation of a Howard County Assistance District. Election Day will be November 2, 2021. The voter registration deadline for this election will be October 4, 2021, and early voting will occur from October 18-29, 2021.


Howard County Emergency Management Coordinator issues PSA on COVID-19

Yesterday, it was announced that the COVID-19 virus has almost quadrupled in the state of Texas over the past two weeks. 


Howard County Emergency Management Coordinator Itzel Gomez urges those who are able to get the COVID-19 vaccine to do so. According to Gomez, most chain pharmacies and many independent ones have a ready supply of the COVID-19 vaccine, which is administered free and mainly on a walk-in basis. Plus, many private doctors' offices also have doses.  


The following locations offer COVID-19 vaccines in Big Spring:

  1. H-E-B - 2000 S. Gregg

  2. CVS - 701 Scurry St.

  3. Walmart - 201 W. Marcy Dr.

  4. Steve Ahmed’s Office - 1700 FM 700


If you’re able to do so, health experts say the best thing to do is to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 


The CDC recommends that unvaccinated people avoid poorly ventilated venues and large crowds, wash their hands often, cover coughs and sneezes, clean and sanitize frequently touched surfaces daily, and monitor their health daily.


Big Spring City Landfill on E. FM 700 to Close Permanently at 5 PM TODAY, 07/27/2021.

Yesterday, the City of Big Spring announced that the new BIG SANDY LANDFILL will be opening tomorrow, July 28, 2021. The Big Spring City Landfill on East FM 700 will permanently close today at 5:00 PM. 


All waste from the public and commercial companies should be taken to the Big Sandy Landfill effective tomorrow. Cash and credit card transactions will be accepted. The Big Sandy Landfill is located at 3601 Old Colorado City Highway and will be open Monday through Saturday, 8 AM to 5 PM; and will be closed on Sundays.


The City of Big Spring apologized for the inconvenience and stated that they appreciated everyone’s patience as they transitioned operations to the Big Sandy Landfill. If you have questions or need additional information, please call the Public Works Office at 432-264-2501.


(Map of the location of Big Sandy Landfill located at 3601 Old Colorado City HWY, Big Spring, TX.)



Be advised, City of Big Spring crews will finish seal coating on South Goliad today before beginning work in District 4 to seal coat the following areas:


  • Douglas Street from MLK Boulevard to West 14th Street
  • Pennsylvania Avenue from West 18th Street to MLK Boulevard
  • South Aylesford Street from West 16th Street to the dead-end
  • West 15th Street from Pennsylvania to South Aylesford
  • Pennsylvania Avenue from Ryon Street to West 18th Street
  • Hillside Drive from Edwards Boulevard to South Lancaster


To complete the project more efficiently, the public is asked to remove ALL vehicles from specified roadways.  Citizens are advised that vehicles will need to be removed from the roadway when the work crews are working on the designated street.  There will be an attempt to contact vehicle owners to move their vehicles by knocking on doors. The towing of vehicles will only be done as a last resort for vehicles parked on the street in areas being seal-coated.  Towing of vehicles will be done at the owner’s expense.


During the project, citizens will be permitted to park vehicles on the sidewalk and/or yard, but vehicles should be removed as soon as the roadwork is done for that area.

The City of Big Spring regrets any inconvenience related to the seal coating program and requests the public's patience during the project. 


If you have any questions, please call the Public Works Office at 432-264-2501.


Texas Sales Tax Holiday is Aug. 6-8, 2021

(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is reminding shoppers they can save money on clothes and school supplies during the state’s sales tax holiday on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Aug. 6-8.


State law exempts sales tax on qualified items — such as clothing, footwear, school supplies, and backpacks — priced below $100, saving shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend. The date of the sales tax holiday and the list of tax-exempt items are set by the Texas Legislature.


“For many families with children who are going back to their school campuses for the first time since the pandemic began, the sales tax holiday is the perfect opportunity to save money on school supplies and other tax-free items,” Hegar said. “As a father with three school-aged children myself, I know how these expenses can add up.”


Apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax-free are listed on the Comptroller’s website at


During the annual sales tax holiday, qualifying items can be purchased tax-free online or by telephone, mail, custom order, or any other means (including in-store purchases) when either:


  • the item is both delivered to and paid for by, the customer during the exemption period; or


  • the customer orders and pays for the item, and the seller accepts the order during the exemption period for immediate shipment, even if delivery is made after the exemption period ends.


Texas’ sales tax holiday weekend has been an annual event since 1999, allowing consumers to save millions of dollars in state and local sales taxes each year. The Comptroller’s office estimates that shoppers will save an estimated $107.3 million in state and local sales tax during this sales tax holiday.


Local Car Clubs Raise Money for High School Students Entering Trade Schools

The “Run To The Dog House” car show was a huge success on Saturday, July 24, 2021. It was held at the Coahoma Football Field and was a great event for a great cause. Money raised from the car show benefits students in Howard County that will be attending a trade school. The event was organized by the local car clubs - Big Spring Rod and Custom and Side of the Road Gang.


According to event organizers, there were 97 entries ranging from classic to new and ranged from 2 wheels to 18. Spectators saw bicycles, motorcycles, fully restored vehicles, and rat rods. The car show was a perfect family event. Although there was an award ceremony, the winners were the many students that will benefit from the scholarships funds raised today.







(To view more photos from the Run to the Dog House Car Show, visit: )


Suspect Arrested in Murder of Maria Soto, 07/23/2021

A suspect has been arrested in the Big Spring murder of 46-year-old Maria Soto.


Soto was found to be unresponsive in the 1100 block of Lloyd early on the morning of July 21, 2021. The Big Spring Police Department stated that her death appeared suspicious and appeared to be a homicide.


The following is an update on the investigation provided by BSPD:


Big Spring Criminal Investigations Division Detectives and the Department of Public Safety Texas Ranger Division have been investigating the suspicious death of Maria Soto Hispanic/Female 46 years of age. On the 21 st of July 2021 Detectives developed probable cause to have a warrant issued for the arrest of Luis Hernandez Jr. Hispanic/Male 49 years of age. At approximately 6:28 p.m. on the 21 st of July 2021, Luis Hernandez Jr was arrested and charged with Murder. Detectives will continue to work this investigation as this is an ongoing investigation and no further information is available.


The Big Spring Police Department continues to urge anyone with information relating to this incident to call CrimeStoppers at (432) 263-TIPS (8477) or use the 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
CID Sergeant John Haynes


Run to the Dog House Car Show to raise money for students pursuing trades

Tomorrow morning, the second annual Run to the Dog House Car Show will begin at 9 AM at the Coahoma High School football stadium parking lot. The event is organized by the local car clubs - Big Spring Rod and Custom and Side of the Road Gang.


All types of vehicles and clubs are welcome. The entry fee is $25 per vehicle and registration begins at 9 a.m. on the day of the event. Awards will be presented at the end of the show at 3 PM. All money made from the event will go towards funding scholarships for area high school seniors going to trade schools. According to Preston Harrison, event organizer, there will be a variety of awards, including a “Young Guns Award”.


"We want to encourage the kids that are building a car," said Harrison of the award. "That ‘Hey, we noticed!’ We’ve all been there. It may be a throw-down, it may be something that’s a work in progress, but we’ve been there. So we want to award the kid that’s building his own car with a Young Guns Award.”


In addition to the car show, there will also be a variety of vendors at the event. There is no admission cost for people who just want to check out the entries.


For more information about the event, contact Preston Harrison at 432-270-3070 or Don Adams at 432-270-3563.




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