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KBest Media hosts its annual Community Blood Drive on Friday, Sept. 10th in Big Spring

BIG SPRING, TX -- KBest Media will be hosting their annual Community Blood Drive on Friday, September 10, 2021, from 10 AM to 2 PM at 608 Johnson in Big Spring. Donors will receive a free t-shirt while supplies last.


Be advised that at this time, both staff and donors are required to wear a face-covering when donating blood. For more information and to make appointments in advance, visit


COVID-19 Update for Big Spring and Howard County, 9/03/21

As of Friday, Sept. 03, 2021, the COVID-19 Update for Big Spring and Howard County is as follows:


There are 277 active cases of COVID-19, which is over 50 more than what was reported the week before.


Overall, there have been 5,250 total cases of COVID-19 in Howard County. Of those, 4,866 cases have been closed. There have been 107 patient fatalities. The Region J Hospitalization rate decreased to 16.84 percent.



BIG SPRING - Heading straight into a second round of COVID-19 with the more precarious and hostile variants has levied a cumbersome strain on an already overloaded health care system.


As dedicated health care teams confront the physical effects of COVID-19 and its aftermath, and other professionals work on preventive care (think vaccines, healthy living, etc.), still others are charged with an unmeasured tangent of COVID-19 - caring for our mental wellness.


“We have managed numerous effects from past health care concerns, but none like that in which we are facing with COVID-19,” West Texas Centers CEO Shelley Smith said.                           


“Never before have we been confronted with the mental effects of a physical illness as we have with COVID-19.”


The Licensed Master Social Worker said the effects run the gamut of families confronting the illnesses and deaths of loved ones to those who are scared, concerned, and frightened about contracting the disease.


“Everywhere you turn someone has an idea, an opinion, and most of the time it’s very strong and they aren’t to be persuaded,” Smith said. “The mental health effects are like nothing we have ever seen before.”


Smith and her dedicated staff who manage and operate the 15 mental health clinics in the rural West Texas Centers system have seen an influx in people looking for care or at least inquiring about care for themselves and their loved ones.


West Texas Centers operates a 24-hour hotline for people with any questions concerning mental health and/or services provided by West Texas Centers.


“There’s been a sharp uptick in the number of calls,” she said. “And we are very, very concerned. We are trying to get out the word that we have resources that can help all who have questions, and we are trying very hard to get that word out particularly during National Suicide Prevention Month.”


Many of the problems can fester and lead to severe depression and suicidal tendencies, Smith said.


Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone and often are the result of untreated mental health conditions. Thoughts of suicide should not be considered normal and often indicates serious issues, she said.


September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month - a time to raise awareness on suicide and educating the public on awareness and shifting public perception. 


“We want people and their friends and families to know that they have access to resources, including our mental health clinics, a team of mental health professionals and our 24-hour hotline.”


Close to half of the people who die by suicide had a known mental health condition, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).


Warning signs of suicide include:


Increased alcohol and drug use

Aggressive behavior

Withdrawal from friends, family, and community

Dramatic mood swings

Impulsive or reckless behavior


Suicidal behaviors are a psychiatric emergency, according to NAMI. If you or a loved one starts to take any of these steps, seek immediate help from a health care provider or call 911.


Collecting and saving pills or buying a weapon

Giving away possessions

Tying up loose ends, like organizing personal papers or paying off debts

Saying goodbye to friends and family


“We are here to help,” Smith said of West Texas Centers. “Our Crisis Hotline is 1-800-375-4357.”


West Texas Centers serves the people of Andrews, Borden, Crane, Dawson, Fisher, Gaines, Garza, Glasscock, Howard, Kent, Loving, Martin, Mitchell, Nolan, Reeves, Runnels, Scurry, Terrell, Terry, Upton, Ward, Winkler and Yoakum counties.



DPS Encourages Safety for Labor Day Holiday

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) encourages everyone to drive safely as they celebrate the unofficial end of summer during the long Labor Day weekend. The Texas Highway Patrol will be increasing enforcement from Sept. 3 through Sept. 6, looking for people not wearing their seat belts, speeders, people driving while intoxicated and drivers who fail to follow the state’s Move Over, Slow Down law, among other traffic violations.


During the 2020 Labor Day holiday, Troopers issued over 71,000 citations and warnings, which included over 800 felony arrests and 200 fugitive arrests.


Drivers are encouraged to follow these tips during the Labor Day holiday:


  • Don’t drink and drive. Make alternate plans if you’re consuming alcohol.

  • Move Over or Slow Down for police, fire, EMS, TxDOT vehicles and tow trucks stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated. Show the same courtesy to fellow drivers who are stopped on the side of the road. 

  • Buckle up everyone in the vehicle — it’s the law.

  • Slow down, especially in bad weather, heavy traffic, unfamiliar areas or construction zones.

  • Eliminate distractions while driving, including the use of mobile devices. Texas law prohibits the use of portable wireless devices to read, write or send an electronic message unless the vehicle is stopped. If you’re using a navigation device or app, have a passenger operate it so you can keep your eyes on the road.

  • Drive defensively, as holiday travel can present additional challenges.

  • Know your route before beginning your trip.

  • Don’t drive fatigued. Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.

  • On multi-lane roads, use the left lane for passing only. Not only is it courteous driving and avoids impeding traffic, Texas law requires slower traffic to keep to the right and to use the left lane for passing only (when posted).

  • If you can Steer It, Clear It: If you are involved in a non-injury crash and your vehicle can be moved, clear the traffic lanes to minimize traffic impact. Leaving vehicles in a traffic lane increases traffic congestion and leaves those involved with an increased risk of harm of a secondary wreck. On some highways, if you don’t move your vehicle when it’s safe to do so, you’re violating the law.

  • Don’t cut in front of large trucks, and try not to brake quickly in front of them, if possible. They can’t maneuver as easily as passenger vehicles and pickup trucks.

  • Check your vehicle to make sure it’s properly maintained and always ensure your cargo is secure.

  • Report road hazards or anything suspicious to the nearest law enforcement agency.

  • Monitor weather and road conditions wherever you’re traveling. For road conditions and closures in Texas, visit Drive Texas.


Operation CARE (Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort) will run simultaneously. Operation CARE is an initiative among police agencies across the country, including the Texas Highway Patrol. It increases enforcement efforts during designated periods throughout the year, including holidays like Labor Day.


Sunday Night Comedy Show in Big Spring to offer donations to DAV, Ch. 47

A free comedy show will be held on Sunday night in downtown Big Spring. Attendees will get to enjoy 90 minutes of laughter and have an opportunity to raise money for the Big Spring Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans.


The “Veterans of Comedy and Friends” comedy show will be held on Sept. 5, 2021, at 10 PM at the Desert Flower Art Bar, located on the corner of E. 2nd and Main St. The show will feature Veterans of Comedy Chris Crawford and Mike Shields and will be hosted by Jenni Moore. During the event, for every person who meets Chris Crawford and mentions the DAV the Veterans of Comedy will donate $2 to DAV, Ch. 47 in Big Spring. 


When asked what moved him to organize the fundraiser, Crawford stated that it's the kind of thing that the VOC does.


"Our charge is to try to support troops, both past, and present, through our chosen method - which happens to be laughter and sharing humor and bringing cheer to people’s faces. However, I think that in general, we like to perform for the VFWs, VA clinics, the DAV - anyway we can give back to the people who actually make a difference in a veteran’s life or give back to those who support the troops," said Crawford. 


"That’s what we really, really like to do. That is our charge and our mission with the Veterans of Comedy. We’re not just comedians, but we’re also people who are trying to be involved in the communities and organizations that support our brothers and sisters in arms."


Chris Crawford served in the U.S. Airforce for 20 years. Since retirement, Crawford now is a teacher in San Angelo at Goodfellow Airforce Base helping to prepare the next generation of airmen as they move forward into their careers. He’s been with the Veterans of Comedy for over a year.


#13flagsfor13days - Highland neighborhood remembers 13 soldiers killed in Afghanistan airport attack

BIG SPRING, TX -- Last week, 13 members of the U.S. military were killed in the attack on the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, as they worked to evacuate people to safety. Since then, it’s been reported that eleven were Marines, one was a Navy medic and another was a member of the Army.


Several Big Spring residents in the Highland neighborhood have joined together to honor these 13 soldiers by decorating their front yards with 13 American flags. According to Laurie Choat Churchwell, local resident, it all began with a social media post on a neighborhood Facebook page, but soon inspired others to join in on the idea.


Churchwell told KBest News that Tara Bradshaw had originally made the post showing her thirteen flags in her yard with the caption "In honor of the fallen."


Other residents immediately jumped on board and the hashtag #13flagsfor13days was suggested in hopes that it would spread beyond the neighborhood. #13flagsfor13days began on Monday, Aug. 30th, and it will continue through Saturday, September 11th as a way to remember soldiers lost in last week's attack in Afghanistan.


Churchwell told KBest News that the neighborhood already has patriotic decorations from their annual Fourth of July parade, so this was just another way to pull the neighborhood together and show their support.


“We’re hoping that with the hashtag #13flagsfor13days that others will join in and hashtag their photos and anyone can go to that hashtag and see photos from all over town,” said Churchwell.


The community is encouraged to join in on the supportive display by placing 13 flags on display to represent the 13 fallen soldiers, then take a photo and post to social media with the hashtag #13flagsfor13days.


(Photo - Laurie Choat Churchwell, Facebook)


Big Spring Mayor urges citizens to practice Constitutional Carry responsibly.

Date: September 1, 2021

To: Media Outlets

From: Mayor Shannon D. Thomason

Re: Constitutional Carry Day


As of today, Constitutional, or more accurately, “PERMITLESS” carry is legal in Texas. I am a great supporter of the right to keep and bear arms and I think that this has been long overdue in our great state. That being said, we all must remember the “great responsibility”. When we as law abiding gun owners choose to carry in defense of ourselves and our loved ones, we have the power of life and death at our fingertips. We therefore have a responsibility to exercise that right safely so as not to needlessly endanger ourselves or those around us.


I celebrate our right to “keep and bear arms”. I also ask that we all do so responsibly. Here are a few tips:


Be safe! Treat every gun as if it is fully loaded and ready to fire. Never assume that a gun isn’t loaded. If you have children in the home, please keep your guns stored safely. Teach them that guns

are tools, not toys. I encourage everyone to teach kids firearm safety and responsibility.


Get trained: If you haven’t been to a firearms safety class, I encourage you to do so. They are informative and actually a lot of fun!


Get a “LTC”: While permitless carry does allow you to carry in a lot of instances, actually holding a “License To Carry” grants even more options, including the legal ability to carry in certain other states.


Educate yourself: The new law allowing permitless carry is NOT free rein to carry anywhere. There are still laws prohibiting the carrying of a firearm in certain places. If you carry in a prohibited place, you can (and most likely will) be arrested, so know the law. Here is a good guide to get you started:


Congratulations folks! As of today, if you can legally own a gun, you have a RIGHT to carry. You also have a RESPONSIBILITY to do so safely and in accordance with the law.


City of Big Spring - Traffic Alert and Water Line Repairs scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021

Two announcements from the City of Big Spring this morning:



Big Spring Road Closure, 09/02/21

Beginning at 8:00 AM today, September 2, 2021, Goliad Street between East 15th and East 17th Street will be closed to thru traffic while work is completed. Travelers will be detoured around the work zone.


The City apologizes for any inconvenience and asks for the public's patience while work is completed. Please direct any questions or concerns to the office of Shane Bowles, Public Works Director, at 432-264-2501.



Water Line Repairs, 09/02/21

Due to service on water lines, customers on the east side of Big Spring will experience low to no water pressure today, September 2, 2021, from approximately 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Water customers east of Birdwell Lane from Baylor Drive to the refinery, including residents in Coahoma and Sand Springs.


The City of Big Spring appreciates your patience and cooperation in this matter. If you have questions, please contact the office of Shane Bowles, Public Works Director, at 432-264-2501.


Update on 2-vehicle collision in Howard County on 08/24/21

Texas DPS has released more information concerning a 2-vehicle collision in Howard County that involved a motorhome and a semi-truck.


On Tuesday, August 24, 2021, an auto accident occurred near the intersection of U.S. Highway 87 and FM 700, just 2 miles north of Big Spring, at 2:35 PM. According to the preliminary investigation, Elizabeth K. Bergen, a 74-year-old of Seminole, TX, was traveling east on FM 700 in a 2015 Thor Motorhome when she failed to yield the right of way at a stop sign and collided with a 2017 Peterbilt truck tractor towing a semi-trailer that was traveling north on U.S. Highway 87.


Bergen was later pronounced dead by Dr. Charles Addington at University Medical Center in Lubbock, TX. The driver of the Peterbilt, Ishmael Herrera, 48, of Lamesa, TX, sustained incapacitating injuries and was transported to Scenic Mountain Medical Center in Big Spring. According to the DPS report, both drivers were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash.


Big Spring Steers will have medical provider on sidelines this season during home football games

Big Spring Steers opened their season with a victory on the road last week in Vernon and will play at home this Friday against Lubbock High. Not only will this Friday be the first home game of the season, but it will also be the first game in a long time that there will be a medical provider on the sidelines for the Steers.


According to Mitzi Knight, Business Developer for Scenic Mountain Medical Center, this year, Scenic Mountain Medical Center and Scenic Mountain Medical Group, along with John Overton, Athletic Trainer for Howard College, and new BSHS athletic trainer Hannah Gartman will be working with two medical providers on the field during home games for the Steers.


“It’s going to be Dr. Scott Barclay, and Jonathan Morales, Nurse Practitioner, and we’re so excited for the home games, and they’re super excited,” said Knight.


She also announced that SMMC will also be teaming up with the Odessa Sports Clinic at Odessa Regional Medical Center (ORMC) with Dr. Luv Singh, MD - Sports Orthopedic Surgeon. In Odessa, there will be a free sports clinic from 9 am - 10 am on Saturday mornings, where sports injuries can be seen on a first-come-first-serve basis.


"So if we have an injury, hopefully, they don’t have to go to the emergency room, but if they do, they know exactly what to do and they make that call to Dr. Singh, otherwise Dr. Barclay or Jonathan - whichever is on the field that night - will hook up with John Overton and they’ll make a straight phone call to Dr. Singh and he’ll know exactly what’s gone on, and he’ll know exactly what to do when he sees that young gentleman," said Knight.


Tickets for this week’s home game go on sale today at the ATC, next to Big Spring High School, from 8:30 am - 12:30 PM and 2-3 pm. Pre-sale prices are $4 for adults and $2 for students. All general admission at the gate will be $6 per person.


Be advised that only student tickets for home games can be purchased on Fridays at each campus. If you have questions concerning football tickets, contact Rosi Slate at 432-264-3662.


Thank You for your Investment - United Way of Big Spring and Howard County, 08/31/2021

On Tuesday morning, the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a "Thank You for your Investment" presentation for the United Way of Big Spring and Howard County, outside of their joint office on the corner of E. 3rd and Gregg St. in Big Spring.


Christian Fair, Executive Director for the organization, told KBest News that she was thankful to the Chamber for the recognition that they give their agencies and partners. She went on to say that Chamber and its Ambassadors do their best to show up at events and network throughout the community.


Over the weekend, the United Way held its campaign kickoff event for 2022 by hosting a 2-day golf tournament and a concert at the Comanche Trail Amphitheater that featured country music artists SPUR 327 BAND and Micky and the Motorcars.


"We have some things coming up on the horizon. So, just stay tuned, listen to KBST, watch the paper, [and] watch Facebook because we have some really cool things on the horizon," said Fair.


The United Way of Big Spring and Howard County is a non-profit organization that partners with 14 health and human service agencies to serve the people of Howard County. Each year their campaign raises thousands of dollars to distribute to the agencies that provide a variety of services for local residents. All money raised in Howard County stays in Howard County.


The United Way's local partner agencies are as follows:

  • YMCA of Big Spring
  • The Salvation Army
  • The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club
  • Spring of Siloam, Christian Women’s Job Corp
  • Rape Crisis/Victim Services of Big Spring
  • Howard County Resource Center
  • Emergency Services Chaplain Corp
  • Council on Aging, Meals on Wheels
  • CASA of West Texas
  • Buffalo Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • SMMC Volunteers
  • West Texas Community Mediation Center


To make a donation to the local United Way in Big Spring, or to schedule up a presentation at your workplace for an Employee Contribution Campaign that benefits the United Way, contact Christian Fair at 432-267-5201.


Baeza selected as BSISD Board of Trustees member for District 6

Amy Baeza, newly appointed board member for Big Spring ISD, was sworn in at last night’s special meeting of the BSISD Board of Trustees. Baeza was selected to fill the unexpired term of District 6 representative after Manny Chavira, former District 6 board member, stepped down to move to El Paso.


Baeza told KBest News that she was honored to join the board.


"I'm very honored to be a part of something that the board members are definitely making progress in our community, for our facilities, and especially for our students. I'm really excited to see what's going to happen in the future," said Baeza.


Also during last night’s meeting, Board members approved the final amended budget for the 2021-2021 fiscal year and the proposed budget for 2021-2022. The tax rate of $1.016/$100 valuation was approved by the board. This includes a rate of $0.8923/$100 valuation for maintenance and operations, and $.1237/$100 valuation for debt service.


Property Tax Rate and Zoning Change discussed at recent Big Spring City Council meeting, 08/24/21

Public hearings on the 2021-2022 city budget and tax rate for the City of Big Spring will be held at 5:30 PM on September 14th in the City Council Chambers, located at 307 E. 4th St. in Big Spring. The proposed property tax rate is the No New Revenue tax rate of $0.69144 per $100 valuation. By using this rate, it means that the City is projected to not earn any more revenue than it did this year.


During last week’s meeting of the Big Spring City Council, a public hearing concerning a proposed zone change of 6.61 acres in Kentwood was discussed. The property is located directly east of the current easternmost homes on Central Drive between McDonald and Merrily Drives. According to the proposal from a developer with Silver Leaf Homes, the land would be used to build single-family homes. Later in the meeting, council members approved the first reading of an ordinance to alter the zoning of the property in question.


Thank You for Your Investment - C. Larson Real Estate, Inc.

Tuesday morning, the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce stopped by C. Larson Real Estate in Big Spring to thank them for their investment in the community.


When asked how she felt about the presentation, Christie Larson, Broker/Owner for C. Larson Real Estate, said she was honored that the Chamber would take time to appreciate the small business.


"Being a part of this community is such a blessing to me and so it's nice to feel appreciated," said Larson.


C. Larson Real Estate takes great pride in their community and they strive to provide the most excellent customer service and care.


"The people [are] what matters to us and the houses and the sales are just a byproduct of our love for people," said Larson.


Locally owned and operated, C. Larson Real Estate services Howard, Midland, Martin, Scurry & Mitchell counties.


According to Larson, now is a good time to buy and sell. When you’re ready to buy or sell your home, farm, ranch, land, or commercial property, contact them at 432-714-4900.


This Friday, Aug. 27th, C. Larson Real Estate will host a blood drive in their parking lot at 1600 S. Gregg from 10 AM to 2 PM. Larson advised that this is their way of giving back to the community, and noted that everyone is welcomed to join them for the blood drive.


Howard County Bowl scheduled for Friday, Aug. 27th

The 8th annual Howard County Bowl is scheduled for Friday, August 27, 2020, at Memorial Stadium in Big Spring. Kickoff is at 7:30 PM.


This highly anticipated football game between rivals Coahoma and Forsan raises money to provide scholarships to students who participate in the game, whether it be a football player, trainer, band member, or cheerleader. The money for the scholarships is raised through t-shirts and ticket sales for the game, as well as donations by local businesses and organizations.

Gates open at 6:30 PM. Kickoff is at 7:30 PM, and Band Big Spring will perform during pre-game and half-time.


There’s still time to pick up your discounted tickets in advance. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for students, or $8 for everyone at the gate. Tickets can be purchased at KBest Media, Back in Motion, and Bulldog Laundry.


Purchase shirts here:

Adult Shirts

Youth Shirts

Tickets can be purchased online here:

Adult Ticket

Student Ticket


Howard County Commissioners approve No New Revenue Tax Rate for 2021-2022 Fiscal Year

During Monday’s meeting of the Howard County Commissioners Court, no one from the public addressed the court during a public hearing on the proposed tax rate of approximately $0.339629/$100 valuation. Commissioners approved the proposed budget for ‘21-‘22 fiscal year which used a No New Revenue tax rate of approximately $0.32745/$100 valuation. Although this is an increase of less than $0.03 from last year’s rate of $0.29956/$100 valuation, the No New Revenue tax rate will not generate any more money than what was raised last year.


According to Craig Bailey, Howard County Commissioner for Pct. 2, the rate increase is due to the rise in property values. This NNR tax rate budget will result in a deficit for Howard County, but this will be covered by using money from the General Fund Budget.


La Posada celebrates reopening in Big Spring with ribbon cutting, 08/20/21

Friday morning, La Posada, a Mexican restaurant in Big Spring, was welcomed as the newest member of the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. They were joined by family, friends, staff, and Chamber Ambassadors.


Previously owned by Connie and Demetrio Alvarado of Big Spring, La Posada had been closed for over 10 years. It is now owned by Linda Brito-Smith, Connie’s sister, and her husband Michael Smith.


According to Michael, the reopening of the restaurant has been in the works for 3 years and was finally able to open its doors for a soft opening in May of this year.


Linda told K-BEST News that they feel really wonderful to be able to re-open the restaurant.

“We worked really hard,” she continued. “It’s good to open the restaurant again, bring back memories and have something to give back to the community.”


La Posada proudly stirs up nostalgic memories with the original decor and original recipes from when they had been previously opened.


Michael told KBest News that La Posada brings back a lot of memories for many generations of people - memories of being children, in school, and eating dinner after baseball games. It’s an experience that customers want to share with their children.


La Posada still has the all-you-can-eat buffet and all-you-can-eat fajitas on Friday night. They also have menu items, which include ribeye and T-bone steaks. They also offer a full-service bar that is connected to the patio.


This Saturday they’ll have live entertainment on the patio with The Band Big Spring. They’re open from 11 am - 2 pm Wednesday-Sunday for lunch, and for dinner from 5-9 pm. Guests can dine in or take out.


Linda advised that Connie Alvarado and her husband Demetrio are the brains behind the operation of the restaurant and also thanked her staff for all of their hard work.










Tuning Spirits Showcases First Student Performance at The Club at Silver Hills on Saturday Night, 08/21/21

BIG SPRING, TX -- Tuning Spirits, the continuation of the previous “School of Rock” summer music program in Big Spring, will have its first group of music students perform at The Club at Silver Hills in Big Spring tomorrow night at 7 PM.


According to Eddie Austin, founder of Tuning Spirits, students work with instruments and are taught music theory, and the musical practice behind it. Then they are brought together from different communities to work together. This year, his students come from Coahoma, Forsan, Big Spring, Stanton, and Midland ISD.


Austin told KBest News that students spend a lot of time competing against each other in academics, athletics, and extracurricular activities, but now they are learning to build together with the education and skills they are learning.


"They’ve built quite an amazing show," said Austin of the upcoming student performance. "The talent coming out of these kids is young, but it’s raw. They’re excited about it and when they see what they’re accomplishing now, they’re even more excited about it."


Tuning Spirits students will perform at the backside patio of the venue. There will also be a live performance by Eddie Austin and the Silhouettes. Cost is $5 per person to help cover the cost of some of the overhead expenses. For this event, Jim Koerber with Scars Entertainment, Crossroads, Agave Night Club, Louie Vela, and Rudy Gonzales helped to make the upcoming performance possible with their help and donations.


The mission of Tuning Spirits is to inspire artistic excellence in future generations of talent—from beginners to emerging professionals—by offering exceptional learning resources and opportunities for musicians to work closely with their peers for local, professional events. Tuning Spirits will have open enrollment for the next quarter of September through December. For more information, visit:


According to Austin, Tuning Spirits is something that is needed by the community and although no profit has been made from the endeavor, he looks forward to seeing what the future holds.


Anyone interested in providing music instruction, gaining experience in music instruction, or sponsorship information is encouraged to contact Eddie Austin by calling (432) 816-5584 or by email at


Two plead Guilty for Racing, Causing Serious Bodily Injury or Death

BIG SPRING, TX --Two men pleaded Guilty to Racing, Causing Serious Bodily Injury or Death in the 118th District Court in Big Spring on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021.


In June 2019, Gary Miers Jr., 42, was in 3-vehicle major auto accident on S. Gregg St. in Big Spring. The other two vehicles were driven by then 19-year-old Dakota Backes, and Mackenzie Powell, then - 22 years old. Law enforcement and EMS personnel responded to the accident. Miers was pronounced deceased at the scene. 


Backes and Powell were later indicted for Racing, Causing Serious Bodily Injury or Death, which is a 2nd-degree felony. On Wednesday, both defendants pleaded guilty and received a sentence of 6 years deferred adjudication and a $2,500 fine.


Lindsay Wilkerson, Assistant District Attorney for the 118th District Court, explained that this means that Backes and Powell will be on probation for 6 years, and if they successfully complete the probation then it will be as if they had never been found guilty. If the defendants’ probation is revoked, they will face 2 to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.


The family of the deceased was in agreement with this sentencing and was able to read a family impact statement to the defendants.


The original news release from the Big Spring Police Department concerning the auto accident can be read here:


Found Object Art Show

The Heritage Museum will be taking submissions of found object art pieces on September 1 & 2 from 9am – 4pm. The found object art show and sale will be displayed from September 4 to October 28, 2021. 


A found object art piece is made when something that has outlived its original purpose is given a new life. In other words, recycling from trash to treasure. It doesn’t have to be completely changed, it just needs to show some transformation and creativity. 


If you happen to take a before picture of your objects, bring it with your piece and we will display it alongside your work so everyone can see the transformations.


For additional information contact Michelle at the Heritage Museum at 432-267-8255 or email


"Help 2 Heal" Parenting Resource Conference

First Church of the Nazarene will hold a “Help 2 Heal” Parenting Resource Conference on Saturday, August 28th, at 1400 S. Lancaster in Big Spring, from 10 am to 2 pm. The conference will help parents to lead healing conversations with their kids and teens about current issues.


Teens and children struggle with issues and obstacles that parents may have never faced and at times they can feel discouraged and unequipped to help them.


Isolation, Anxiety, Depression, Substance Abuse, Sexuality, Gender Identity, Self-harm, and Grief are topics that will be discussed.


There will be an opening Session, then helpful topic-driven break-out sessions followed by lunch and a closing session.


There will be free food at the event, and activities for elementary-aged children are planned if you choose to bring them.


If you have any questions or concerns please contact them by emailing:

RSVP for the event is required to allow for planning. Online registration for the Help 2 Heal Parenting Resource Conference can be done by visiting:


Local DAV Chapter Meeting recognizes organizations and businesses for their support, 08/16/21

On Monday evening, the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 47, in Big Spring took time out of their monthly meeting to recognize organizations and businesses that support them. Those recognized were Moss Creek Ranch, Wishbone Ranch, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and Al’s BBQ. All were also given large signs to thank them for their support.


During the meeting, the DAV spoke about their upcoming events, such as the 9/11 Memorial Service that will be held at Spring Creek Fellowship on September 11th at 4 PM.


DPS releases information on Vehicle-Pedestrian Crash in Howard County on 08/17/2021

BIG SPRING, TX --Information has been released concerning a vehicle-pedestrian fatal accident that occurred in Howard County on Tuesday morning.


On August 17, 2021, DPS Troopers responded at 6:35 AM to a 1-vehicle crash involving a 2015 Hyundai Sonata and a pedestrian along I-20, near mile marker 178 in Big Spring. According to the Texas Department of Safety, the driver of the vehicle Yara Young, 41, of Midland, was traveling west on Interstate Highway 20 when a pedestrian, identified as 76-year-old James M. Crosson Jr. of Gustine, TX, attempted to cross the interstate walking south across I-20. Crosson was struck by the vehicle and was pronounced dead on the scene by Justice of the Peace Mike Averette.


Young sustained no injuries as a result of the crash.


Big Spring Senior Center: Curbside Meals Only

Due to staffing issues, the Big Spring Senior Center will only be open for curbside meals until at least Tuesday, August 24th, 2021. The center will be closed to congregate meals for the rest of the week. To place curbside meals please contact 432-267-1628.


For any questions or concerns please contact the Community Services Office at 432-264-2516.


(Photo: City of Big Spring - Public Information Facebook page)


Carver Drug in Big Spring celebrates Ribbon-Cutting with Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce, 08/17/2021

BIG SPRING, TX--Carver Drug in Big Spring celebrated a ribbon-cutting this morning with the  Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce! It is located at 1110 E. 11th Pl. and has been open for almost a year.


Colton Kidd, Owner and Pharmacist of Carver Drug in Big Spring, told KBest News that they are excited to join the chamber. He also stated that they appreciated the growing support that Carver Drug has received from the community.


Carver Drug typically delivers prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs daily. Customers can also stop by in person, or take advantage of their curbside service.


"We have wheelchairs, walkers, anything we can get. We can get stuff overnight and have the next day. We can deliver, we can curbside, just anything we can do to whatever we want just to make it easier for anyone," said Kidd.


For more information, contact Carver Drug at 432-606-4961.




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