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HCVFD to Appoint New Chief Soon

~“Where my footsteps end, yours start.” Chief Tommy Sullivan~


Chief Tommy Sullivan had served the residents of Howard County for many years as being part of the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department. He served as Chief for the Volunteer Fire Department for over 25 years and held his position until he could no longer physically do the task.

When asked what he wanted people to remember about his brother, Pepper Sullivan, Assistant Chief 702, stated, "His spirit. No matter what, even if it they said it couldn't be done, [his attitude] was 'Hold my helmet and watch this.'" Pepper stated that he never had a defeatist attitude. "It was always we're going to do it, and we're going to make a difference, and we're going to do the best we can to protect all of the citizens and all of our firefighters."

"Even when he was in pain, and knowing that he was dying, he never complained and never got down. He'd always say that there's always something to be positive about and always something to laugh about. [He would] always try to make others feel better," said Pepper.

Mitchell Hooper, recently named 2017 Officer of the Year by the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department, will be the Appointed Chief for the rest of Sullivan’s term. Hooper has served with the department for 13 years and has served as Battalion Chief.

When asked if Chief Sullivan had any advice for him in filling this position, Hooper stated, "He said, 'Where my footsteps end, yours start.' and not to try to fill his boots because those are pretty big boots to fill." Hooper went on to say that he knows it'll take a while before he's able to fill the role like Chief Sullivan had because of all he's done for the community, but he'll try his best.


Memorial Services for Howard County,Tx Volunteer Fire Dept. Chief Tommy Sullivan will be at 2:00pm this Saturday, May 5th, 2018, at Howard College in the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum. Services are under the direction of Nalley Pickle and Welch Funeral Home, where respects may be made online at


Big Spring Greater Rotary Club Hosts 10th Annual Kids Fishing Tournament

That’s a BIG Fish!!!

The 10th Annual Kids Fishing Tournament, hosted by the Greater Big Spring Rotary Club was held today at Comanche Trail Park. Rotarians volunteered their time to assist the youth of our community, ages 16 and under, cast their lines for various prizes throughout the afternoon. There were 91 participants competing in various categories, with the winners taking home nice new fishing poles and tackle boxes:

????The first fish caught was by Zayden Laftus, age 9.

???????? Most fish caught was by 8 year old Hayden McComb who caught 17 fish.

???? The biggest fish caught was a carp that weighed in at 7.06 pounds, and was caught by 5 year old Ainslee Hipp.

The types of fish caught included carp, perch, catfish, and bass.

The Greater Big Spring Rotary Club would like to thank Credit World, Oncor & Walmart for the financial and in-kind donations to the Kids Fishing Tournament, and for supporting the youth and families of our community.

????Congratulations fishers!!!????



Local Residents Look for Answers and Help at Friday's Public Meeting at Ryan Hall

On Friday evening, the administrators of the Facebook group, Big Spring Issues, held a public meeting at Ryan Hall to help Big Spring residents gain information about their recently received property valuations. Prior to the meeting, many people had voiced their discontent about the information they received. According to Scott Emerson, one of the administrators of Big Spring Issues, the purpose of the meeting was to offer information to the public because many people had questions.

Kory Ryan with Brusniak Law, out of Dallas, gave an informative presentation over the process of protesting the property valuations that were issued, as well as the pros and cons of doing it yourself or hiring a professional. Brusniak Law is a Texas property tax litigation firm, with clients who range from Fortune 100 companies to local businesses, but they do not work with residential properties. Although this was the case, he did offer contact information for Texas Tax Protest, 214-960-5590.

During his presentation, Ryan noted that property taxes will continue to rise over time, but residents can successfully protest their valuations in order to keep it as low as you possibly can. When protesting valuations, it’s important that you collect as much evidence as possible to substantiate your claim. It’s always in your best interest to attend the Appraisal Review Board Meeting in person, and not let emotions get the best of you during this meeting. Ryan also pointed out that just like law enforcement officers, the people at Appraisal District are only doing the job that they are required to do.



Dr. Brian Nelson speaks at SMMC April Lunch-n-Learn

During yesterday’s Lunch-n-Learn presentation at Scenic Mountain Medical Center, Dr. Brian Nelson, Emergency Doctor, for the hospital, spoke to attendees about sepsis – what it is, and how to prevent it, and partnership with the community.

He also took time to talk about the new service lines that are being brought to the community. "We're doing some big things - expanding the E.R., peripheral vascular, wound care, interventional cardiologist. So we've got a lot big changes coming up," said Dr. Nelson.

Dr. Nelson specializes in Emergency Medicine. He has an undergraduate degree in Bio-Chemistry from University of North Texas, and earned a masters in Advanced Biology and Molecular Biology at Abilene Christian University. His training was completed at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center, and Cook County Hospital in Chicago.

He’s been practicing Emergency Medicine for 12 years, and some of the other areas he’s practiced include Dallas, East Texas, San Angelo, St. Louis, Hendricks Medical Center in Abilene, and now full-time in Big Spring. Dr. Nelson stated that he had part-time at Scenic Mountain Medical Center for 2 years, and has been with them full time with them for a year.



Sales Tax Holiday for Emergency Supplies, April 28-30

With the potential for severe weather approaching this spring, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds Texans they can purchase certain items tax-free during the state’s sales tax holiday for emergency preparation supplies, from April 28 to April 30.

“The severe weather we had last year — particularly Hurricane Harvey — was a stark reminder that Texans should be prepared for emergencies at all times,” Hegar said. “This tax holiday allows people to save money while ensuring they have the supplies they need before an emergency situation occurs.”

There's no limit on the number of qualifying items you can purchase. These include:

batteries, fuel containers and flashlights priced at less than $75;
hurricane shutters and emergency ladders priced at less than $300; and portable generators priced at less than $3,000.

Purchases that do not qualify include: 
batteries for automobiles, boats and other motorized vehicles;
camping stoves and camping supplies; chainsaws; plywood;
extension ladders and stepladders; and tents.

A list of emergency preparation supplies that may be purchased tax-free can be found on the Comptroller’s website.

The Comptroller’s office estimates shoppers will save more than $1.5 million in state and local sales taxes during the tax holiday, which was approved by lawmakers during the 2015 Texas Legislature.




The Big Spring High School Honor Band under the Direction of Mr. Rocky Harris and assisted by Emily Andrews, Fredy Gonzalez and Gabriel Martinez will be having a FREE concert at St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church, located at 1001 Goliad, this Thursday, April 26th, 2018, at noon.

The Honor Band has received several awards over the years which include receiving 1's at UIL Concert and Sighting Reading Contest every year, which is the highest rating that can be earned during the contest. Father Christian Rabone from St. Mary's Episcopal Church, and former band director, stated that he was excited to offer the church as a venue to the band because it’s a great opportunity for them to practice, as well as a way to invite the public in to view the church.






The first of two mandatory meetings for parents and/or guardians of Coahoma ISD eighth graders will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today in the high school auditorium. The second will occur from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.

The state of Texas requires all high school students to have a four-year graduation plan on record for grades ninth through 12th. The plan must be signed by a parent and/or guardian. Creating a plan now helps ensure students complete all required courses for graduation and take all needed prerequisite courses for their career and college endorsements if the student has decided to choose a career pathway. The schedule is flexible to change during the student’s high school career.

The following items will be covered at the meeting:

* Choosing core and all required classes for graduation and the level - on level, pre-AP, and dual credit.

* Elective choices for ninth grade and beyond.

* An explanation on the various college and career endorsements which are Business and Industry, Arts and Humanities, Public Service, Multi-Disciplinary, and STEM.

A packet of information will be handed out at the meeting covering the above topics. Also, go online to, click onto Coahoma High School listed under schools located at the top tap bar and visit CTE counselor’s corner to find more information about career and college endorsements.



UPDATE: Big Spring ISD Addresses Social Media Rumors about Threats Made by BSHS Student

UPDATE: Be advised there has been an updated statement issued by BSISD:

"Update to notice issued the last night: After further investigation overnight, there still has been no evidence found to substantiate the rumor of a student threatening gun violence on the high school campus today or any other day. In response to the heightened concern caused by the rumor, the Big Spring Police Department will be present on campus today, and the scheduled program for our pre-Kindergarten students has been cancelled. We hope to be able to reschedule that program. Please know that the Big Spring ISD's primary concern is always the safety of our students and staff."

Original Notice/Evening of 4/23/18:


The following is a statement from Big Spring ISD concerning the recent activity on social media and rumors concerning Big Spring High School:

"There has been activity on social media in the last 24 hours alleging that a student or students have threatened to do harm to students on the BSHS campus. According to one post, a student made a threat within hearing of a teacher. This allegation has been thoroughly investigated by the campus administration, and local law enforcement has been consulted. No evidence has been found that any student or students have made threats of the any nature, let alone those alleged in the social media post. We have no reason to believe students are in any danger at school tomorrow. The Big Spring ISD administration will continue to be vigilant in protecting its students and staff.?"



HOWARD COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES - Regular Meeting, 04/23/18

During yesterday’s regular meeting of the Howard College Board of Trustees, it was noted that Howard College is making an effort to produce the kind of workforce that is needed in Howard County, not only today but in the future as well. According to Dr. Cheryl Sparks, President of Howard College, the next step in this effort is to hold a meeting with different sectors of business and industry and ask questions so as to ensure them that they are delivering the workforce that is needed. She noted that the college is required to have advisory committees with their career technical education (CTE) programs, much like what the school districts have in place.


Dr. Sparks went on to say that they will be having a joint meeting of those advisory committees and business and industry leaders, as well as different sectors of the workforce to get input from those individuals about what they need in the way of workforce, currently and going forward. Howard College will be sending invitations to focused groups of sectors of the workforce to join them for a meeting on May 3rd. Examples of these sectors of the workforce in Howard County include construction, oil-related businesses, criminal justice, mid-management positions, clerical, secretarial, and the ag community – just to name a few. She also went on to note that the nursing advisory committees and dental hygiene committees have already met, but they will be bringing in a broader group of workforce sectors.


Martin Wins New Vehicle at 2018 Cars, Stars, and Handlebars Event

Congratulations to Isabel Martin, who wins a new vehicle from the Cars, Stars, and Handlebars annual event! She says that she doesn't know what vehicle she'll be choosing at the moment because she bought the ticket with her sister and they'll be making the decision together.

Donnie Reid was the second place winner who walked away with a big screen TV.

Cars, Stars, and Handlebars has been an annual event in Howard County for at least 15 years and is coordinated by the Volunteer Services Council of Big Spring State Hospital as the Big Spring Rotary Club. The event raises money for the patients of the Big Spring State Hospital and children's literacy.


Bryan, BSHS Senior, Signs with Hardins University in Arkansas

This morning, Big Spring High School Senior Abbey Bryan signed her letter of intent to play golf for Harding University in Arkansas!

She told KBest News that she plans to study engineering, and that she's grateful for the support she's received in making this decision. Way to go, Abbey! #SteerNation


Forsan Senior, Jillian Jones, Signs with Lubbock Christian University

Congratulations to Forsan High School Senior Jillian Jones who recently accepted a scholarship to continue her golf career at Lubbock Christian University!

Jillian says she plans to major in Exercise and Sports Science, and she's thankful for the support that she's received from her family, friends, and school.


CHS Senior Kernick Continues Rodeo Career with Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, TX

Congratulations goes out to Trevor Kernick who signed with the Trinity Valley Community College rodeo program in Athens, Texas recently for a full scholarship.

The Coahoma High School senior plans to earn an ag-business degree at Trinity and then continue his education at Tarleton State University. After college, Trevor plans to join the professional rodeo circuit. This June, he will make his fourth appearance in the Texas High School Rodeo Association Finals in Abilene. Trevor is the son of Greg and Rhonda Kernick.

Photo - Trevor is pictured with Trinity Valley Rodeo Coach Brent Bratton, left.

(Information and photo provided by Coahoma Media.)



Coahoma HS Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Fred Dietz Not Returning for 2018-'19 School Year

04/20/18 Statement from Coahoma ISD concerning Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Fred Dietz:

After leading the Coahoma Bulldog and Bulldogette athletic programs for the past three years, Coach Fred Dietz has announced he has accepted a position in another district for the 2018-2019 school year. Coach Dietz has served as a tremendous leader and role model for the students and student athletes of Coahoma ISD, and will be greatly missed.

Coahoma ISD will conduct a search for a new athletic director with plans to have the new AD in place by June 2018.

Amy Jacobs, Ed.D.



20th Annual Master the Mountain

Master the Mountain

The 20th Annual Master the Mountain will take place on Saturday, April 21st at 9 AM. This is both a 5K Fun run/walk and a 10k run event and is hosted by Permian Basin Events.

Registration can be done online prior to race day at, where cost is $25 per person for the 5k, and $30 per person for the 10K. Registration will still be available on Saturday morning, however, the price will increase. The money collected for this race will be donated to The Life Center of Big Spring and the Big Spring State Park.

Packet pickup starts at 7:45 AM, and park gates will close to vehicles at 8:45 AM. It’s noted that it takes 7 to 8 minutes to drive to the top, so participants are asked to plan accordingly.

Also, be advised that parking is limited at the top and carpooling is encouraged. The course will remain closed from 8:50 until the last runner crosses the finish line, which is usually a little over 1 hour. Cars will be allowed to leave at that time, so plan to stay until 10:20 AM.

Awards will begin at 10 AM for the 5k and 10:15 AM for the 10k.




Discussion and possible action was listed about the topic of re-naming the Coahoma Volunteer Fire Station to honor Howard County Volunteer Fire Chief Tommy Sullivan for his 25 years of dedication and service as Volunteer Fire Chief. According to Howard County Judge Kathryn Wiseman stated Chief Sullivan has done an outstanding job at training his crew and preventing much loss and damage to lives and property. Unfortunately, the fire station does not belong to Howard County; it belongs to the HCVFD and is a 501(c)3.

"We can stand by and support them if they make the decision to do that, but we dont' have control of that and cannot do it," says Judge Wiseman. She went on to say that they will continue to search for a way to honor Chief Sullivan for all that he has done.

Annual service contract for preventative maintenance with Mentalix was approved for an amount under $3,500 for the Howard County Sheriff's office. Mentalix is a biometrics industry leader that develops FBI-certified fingerprint acquisition solutions for both end users and systems integrators.

Mavour Braswell, Dean of Libraries for Howard College and who also oversees the Howard County Library, advised the Commissioners that the Howard County Library did not meet State Accreditation Standards due to a couple of reasons.

1. Maintenance of Effort (MOE) - Not having the same expenditures that the Howard County Library has had over the last five years, which, according to Braswell, "basically because they're not paying a full Director's salary." She noted that the county pays part of her salary to Howard College because she is a college employee.

2. Personnel Issue - The County Library currently does not have a full-time degreed librarian or full-time director. Braswell does not count as full-time because she also works at Howard College.

Braswell stated that she does have an opportunity to file an appeal. The benefits of meeting accreditation standards would include a huge reduction in the cost of data bases that would be accessible to everyone, otherwise it cost approximately $150,000 for that service. Also, Howard County Library would be able to participate in an interlibrary loan service that allows people in Howard County to borrow a book from anywhere in the state of Texas, and in doing so, saves the County Library money by not having to purchase as many books.

Early voting for the May 5th School Board Elections begins next Monday, April 23, 2018. Early voting hours at the Howard County Courthouse will be 8 AM - 5 PM, April 23-27, April 30, and May 1st. On election day, May 5th from 7 AM - 7 PM. Polling locations will be at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum, and Coahoma Community Center.

Election Day Polling Locations BY PRECINCT/BALLOT STYLE


Pct. 12, 12A, 32, 42

Pct. 11, 16, 25, 26, 34, 45, 46, 103, 104, 205, 404, 405, 408, 409

Pct. 12


Howard College Celebrates Student Success

Student success was in the spotlight last night as the Big Spring campus of Howard College held their annual award convocation to celebrate student achievement and excellence.

“This is one of my favorite times of year, a ‘making dreams real’ kind of night,” said Dr. Cheryl T. Sparks, President. “We get to take a well-deserved time out and celebrate the many successes of our students.”

Among recognizing the President’s list, the Dean’s list and various departmental awards, the college also hands out an Educator of the Year award, American Legion Citizenship awards, and the coveted Presidential Outstanding Student award.

The Outstanding Educator of the Year award is chosen by popular vote of the student body. This year’s recipient is Cynthia Watt. Watt has been a champion of math since she received her BA in mathematics in 1980 from Wayland Baptist University. Since that time, she has spent many hours both in and out of the classroom helping students master the often unpopular subject of mathematics. She has been at Howard College since 2013 and has helped countless students face the challenge of learning math so that they can successfully continue their own educational journeys.

The female recipient of the 2017-2018 American Legion Citizenship award is Madison Neff.

Neff, a member of the Hawk softball team, has maintained a 4.0 grade point average throughout her 2 years at Howard College. She is a leader on and off the field and has been active on campus as well as in the community through service work.

The male recipient of the 2017-2018 American Legion Citizenship award is David Mathis.

Mathis is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Sigma Kappa Delta honor societies. He is very active in the theater program and has received multiple awards at the state level. He stays active in the community by working with the Howard County Democrats organization and volunteering as a foster parent.

The Presidential Award for Outstanding Student of the Year is the most prestigious award given to a student of Howard College. The recipient must be a sophomore and selection is based on academic excellence, participation in student life, leadership qualities, and overall college spirit. Nominations are received from all employees.

This year the award was presented to two students – Taylor Allison and Aaron Holcomb.

Allison is a member of the Hawk women’s basketball team, Phi Theta Kappa and Sigma Kappa Delta honor societies and serves as the president of the student government association. She has also been a resident’s assistant in Turner Hall. She was recently honored as a member of the 2018 All-Texas Academic Team in San Antonio. She will be continuing her education in Biology with a goal of becoming a cardiothoracic surgeon.

Holcomb has maintained a 4.0 GPA at Howard College and was recognized on the President’s list as well as a member of Phi Theta Kappa. He is an athletic trainer in the Sports Medicine program and has also been on the President’s round table committee. Not only does he do work for Hawk athletic programs but he has also volunteered as an athletic trainer for the football program at Coahoma High School. He enjoys playing disc golf with other students and plant to continue his education in athletic training.

Both students were awarded a medal and a $250 scholarship.

For more information on Howard College visit their website


SWCID Names Presidential Student

SouthWest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf (SWCID) recently named their Presidential Outstanding Student during their annual award convocation held on April 10, 2018.

Leticia Corralejo was selected for the campus’s most prestigious award that is given to a student of SWCID each year. The recipient must be a sophomore and selection is based on academic excellence, participation in student life, leadership qualities, and overall college spirit. Nominations are received from all employees.

Corralejo is a student in the dental lab technology program and will graduate Magna Cum Laude in May of this year. She has maintained a 3.78 GPA during her attendance at SWCID and has set a standard of excellence for herself and her fellow classmates.

She has participated in many activities on campus, including the SWCID volleyball team, and has shown tremendous leadership qualities throughout her college career.

Upon graduation, Corralejo plans to follow her career path and work in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Additional students were recognized during the ceremony for President’s list, Dean’s list and other various departmental awards.

For more information on SWCID visit their website at




Tonight, Dave Daniels was honored as the Veteran of the Month by the Hangar 25 Air Museum. Daniels is from Rotan, Texas and has served four-and-a-half years in the United States Air Force. Daniels served as Security Police during Desert Storm.

After his time in the military, Daniels became employed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons where he's been employed for 26 years and is set to retire in two months. Daniels credits the military for helping him to become the man that he is today.

Daniels stated that he didn't pursue collegiate education until he was 40 years-old, but, despite his late start, he received his Associates from Howard College, his Bachelors from Midwestern, and his Masters from Sul Ross - all in Criminal Justice; and he was able to accomplish this within 5 years. He also went on to advise that he was able to pay for his education because of the Hazelwood Act, and other education programs that are available for Veterans.

When asked why education was so important to him, Daniels stated, "We grew up in poverty. My grandmother explained to us that the only way for us to make a change is to educate ourselves. Once I started going to school and I start seeing doors opening up for me, I understood her vision."

"I didn't understand it as a kid, but as an adult I understand what her vision was with education, and that education is vitally important for Americans and everyone."

With retirement on the horizon for Daniels, he says he doesn't have a plan for what happens next but he's going to let God guide him. He stated that he wants to continue to recruit for the military, recruit for college, and give back to others.

He went on to say that he credits the military for helping him to become the man that he is today, and it is because of this that he encourages everyone to serve in the military at least four years to show respect for this country, learn to respect each other, and to learn that the United States of America is the greatest country in the world.




Yesterday evening, the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a “Meet the Candidates” Forum so the public would have an opportunity to meet the candidates who are running for Big Spring City Council, District 2, and Big Spring ISD Board of Trustees, District 4.

Eric Escamilla, Johnnie Lee Rawls, Jr., and Doug Hartman are candidates who are running for the Big Spring City Council position. Candidates for Big Spring ISD Board Trustee position for are Bond Ryan, Melissa Miller, and Dr. Steven Hobbs.

One of the people in attendance to the Meet and Greet after the forum was Big Spring City Councilwoman Carmen Harbour, District 2 Representative. When asked how she felt about the event, she stated that she wasn't pleased with the turnout, however, she stressed that it was important for the public to meet their representatives.

Harbour offered the following advice for the candidates, "To be a good candidate, listen to the constituents, to their concerns, and then show some type of action so they can prove [to the constituents] that they'll be a good representative."




Coahoma ISD students in grade 8th through 12th were sharpening their pencils Friday in an effort to stay out of the red ink as they participated in the CU4 Reality Fair.

After subtracting his monthly expenses from his income, Keegan Dobbs walked away from the fair with one major lesson: “being an adult is not fun.”

The Coahoma High School junior, who chose the military as his career path, did make thrifty spending decisions. He walked away with a net income of $230 for the month.

However, fellow student Jonathon Schneider learned that although a surgeon's income can be on the high end of the wage scale, student loans can take a large bite out of his monthly budget.

“I went over my budget,” he said. “Student loans really got me. I learned I need to be more cautious with my money.”

The fair is presented by Cosden Federal Credit Union as a method to increase financial literacy among youths.

“It really opens their eyes and helps to prepare them for what they face when they get out of high school,” said Laurie Barraza, CEO of Cosden Credit Union.

A few weeks ago, students were offered a list of careers to choose from and completed a pre-fair survey to evaluate their existing knowledge about credit and overall finance. On Friday, they were handed a budget worksheet that showed their monthly income before and after taxes and space to calculate fixed, variable, and luxury expenses. Their net income is based on U.S. industry standards for their chosen career.

“They have their fixed expenses of things they have to buy like a house, a car, student loans, and insurance,” Barraza said. “Then they have their variable expense like utilities, food. They can also spend money on discretionary items, luxury items. They don’t have to buy those, but they can if they want.”

Participating students must visit each station and although they do not have to purchase any luxury items with their money, the volunteers are told to be very good salesmen, Barraza said.

“When they go into Best Buy, those employees are not going to let them leave without a TV,” she said. “We tell our volunteers to be a really good salesman, and the kids have to decide if they can afford it or not.”

Once through all the stations, students calculate their expenses to see if they have a net gain or loss at the end of the month.

But they are not done, Barraza pointed out.

“After that, they go spin the Wheel of Reality and see if they have an unexpected windfall or unexpected expense,” she said. “They may have a profit at the end of the month but if the hot water heater goes out then they are in the negative. Then the financial advisors will visit with them and go through their expenses.”

This is the first year Cosden FCU has held the reality fair for area schools. The first one was held at the Big Spring High School earlier this year and another is scheduled for Forsan High School sometime in May. The program, designed by the Credit Union League, has been around for years, Barraza said.

She added the fair could not be held without the turnout of community volunteers.

“We would not be able to do this without these local businessmen and businesswomen, and retired teachers, and Rotary members,” Barraza said. “We don’t have the manpower.”

Overall, Barraza said the CHS reality fair was a success in demonstrating how essential strong financial skills are to a successful life.

“The students learned a very good lesson. It was very eye-opening for them,” she said. “They learned living expenses cost much more than they expected. They also realized they may need to think about what occupations they want to pursue after graduation and realized maybe they will want to change their career to something that can provide more financial security. It was a huge success. The volunteers had a blast in interacting with the kids.”



The first “Meet the Candidate Forum” hosted by the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce will be on this evening in Coahoma at the High School Auditorium, located at 606 N. Main, from

6:30 – 8:00 pm. This will be an opportunity for the community to come out and meet the candidates who are running for Coahoma City Council and Coahoma ISD School Board positions.

Candidates for Coahoma City Council include: Cody Ditto, Sharon Dotson, TJ Rudea, and David Alaman. Ditto and Dotson are incumbents and there are 3 positions that are available.

There are 11 candidates who are running for Coahoma ISD School Board:
Adrian Abrego
Brandon Atkins
Philip Bacon
Odis Franklin
Greg Moore
Blain Redden
Jody Reid (Incumbent)
Brandon Rodgers
Dicky Stone (Incumbent)
Scott Tutle
Kenni Kay Wright

Early voting begins April 23 at the Howard County Court House. It should be noted that the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce does not endorse candidates, but they do encourage
everyone to get to know the candidates, educate themselves and get out and vote.

The second “Meet the Candidate Forum” will be on Monday, April 16, at the Hall Center for Arts, Howard College Campus, from 6:30 -8:00 pm, so the public will have an opportunity to
meet the candidates running for Big Spring City Council and the Big Spring ISD School Board.



Shells for Cells

The Shells for Cells shooting tournament will take place on Saturday, April 14th, at Jake’s in Midland. Cost is $150 per shooter, can you can form a team with up to 6 people. There are also various sponsorship levels that are available, ranging from $500 with advertisement to $5,000 with advertisement and includes 2 teams, and 3 golf carts.

Registration begins at 8 AM on Saturday, 1 in 10 shooters will win a gun, and the drawing swill be held during lunch. Golf carts are available to rent for those who pre-register by sending in the registration form or who call in advance.

Proceeds will go to benefit Coahoma teen, Garett Parrish, who suffered a spinal cord injury during a tragic sledding accident over 3 years ago. Stem cell treatments paired with physical therapy and a lot of hard work have been vital steps on his road to recovery but being that the stem cell treatments are not offered in the United States, the Parrish family must travel to Germany for all treatments. All money raised will go to help the Parrish family with medical and travel expenses.





As part of National Work Zone Awareness Week, TxDOT urges drivers to stay alert, move over or slow down

APRIL 9, 2018

ABILENE – In recognition of National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 9-13, the Texas Department of Transportation reminds drivers that every day requires caution when driving through work zones. In 2017, work zone fatalities in Texas increased 9 percent over the previous year, resulting in 199 deaths and 813 serious injuries. With 4 percent of those fatalities being road crew workers, the remaining 96 percent was comprised of motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.

“We always urge drivers to exercise great caution and obey traffic laws, especially in work zones,” said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass. “Doing so helps ensure everyone – motorists and work crews – gets home safely to their loved ones.”

As the state’s population continues to boom, the price of progress can mean more than 2,500 active TxDOT work zones at any given time. In 2017, there were 91 work zone crashes in Abilene, resulting in one fatality. The leading causes of statewide work zone crashes – speeding and driver inattention – are entirely preventable. Fines in work zones double when workers are present and can cost up to $2,000.

“Roadside crews often work only a few feet from fast-moving traffic,” Bass said. “Driver vigilance is paramount to ensuring the safety of everyone in the work zone. We urge anyone driving through a work zone to minimize distractions, give their full attention to the road and be prepared to slow down or stop on
short notice.”

As part of its ongoing Work Zone Awareness campaign, TxDOT also reminds drivers of the Move Over/Slow Down law, which requires drivers to move over or slow down when approaching TxDOT crews, law enforcement, emergency vehicles or tow trucks stopped on the roadside or shoulder with flashing blue or
amber lights. Failure to do so can result in fines up to $2,000.

To further help raise awareness about the need for driver responsibility in work zones, TxDOT is partnering with Austin-based Texas Mutual Insurance Company to spread the campaign message around the state. An integral part of Texas Mutual’s mission – helping employers prevent workplace incidents and minimizing their consequences – aligns with TxDOT’s Work Zone Awareness efforts.




YMCA of Big Spring holds Grand Re-Opening to Showcase New Fitness Equipment and Renovations

The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with the Ymca Of Big Spring, located at 801 Owens, for the Grand Re-Opening of their fitness center.

Tours around the facility highlighted many of the areas that are available for use to the public, such as the indoor pool, zumba area, spin room, gymnasium, and gymnastics area.

YMCA will continue their open house today through 8 PM to showcase the new equipment and the renovations that have been made throughout the facility over the past few years.


40th Annual Quail Dobbs Legacy Coahoma Kindergarten Rodeo

This morning 90 kindergartners participated in the 40th annual Quail Dobbs Legacy Coahoma Kindergarten Rodeo that took place at Coahoma Elementary School this morning.

Coahoma Junior High Assistant Principal Coley Dobbs, son of ProRodeo Hall of Famer Quail Dobbs, was in attendance to watch the festivities. When asked how he felt about the event going on for so long, he stated that It's fantastic because there are multi-generational families who have participated in the event.

"It really is [a legacy]," said Dobbs. "We've had people who've wanted to have their kids out here [at Coahoma ISD] just for the Kindergarten Rodeo, so it's a big thing."

Students were joined by Professional Rodeo Announcer Ben Clements and his sister Brandi who ran the sound board, Professional Rodeo Clown Jim Bob Fellers, and country western singer and Coahoma High School Alum Jody Nix. The 2017 Miss Rodeo Texas, Tianti Carter, and Miss Rodeo Texas Princess, Bailey Wright, were also in attendance at the event to cheer on the participants, as well as students from the Howard College Rodeo team.



Howard County Judge Honored for Education Efforts

Howard County Judge Kathryn Wiseman has been honored by the Texas Judicial Academy for going the extra mile to be prepared to handle her duties as county judge.

Judge Wiseman was inducted on March 22 as a Fellow in the Texas Judicial Academy during the 2018 Spring Judicial Education Session.

The Texas Judicial Academy, a partnership between the Texas Tech University School of Law and the Texas Association of Counties, recognizes judges who attain significant judicial education above that required by state law as Fellows each year.

The education program of the Texas Judicial Academy is overseen by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and includes instruction by higher court judges, law school faculty as well as representatives of the Texas Probate College and the National Judicial College.



Former USA Most Wanted Cyber Criminal Speaks at Howard College

In order to help local citizens learn how to protect themselves, their families, and organizations from cyber theft, a local group is sponsoring the Howard College Foundation Speaker Series featuring Brett Johnson on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

Johnson, known as the “internet godfather, identity thief, hacker, and former USA most wanted cybercriminal,” will share insights of how cybercrime works and tips on how to better protect yourself against cybercrime.

Sponsored by State National Bank, Prosperity Bank, Western Bank, Towneplace Suites, Howard College Foundation and Cosden Federal Credit Union, the Howard College Foundation Speaker Series event is free to the public and will be held in the Hall Center for the Arts on the campus of Howard College.

“Online tools have made life much easier for many of our customers but it also puts every one of us more at risk for cybercrime,” said Jeff Ward, Assistant Vice President at State National Bank. “We felt like a partnership with other financial institutions and interested parties as well as the Howard College Foundation was a great opportunity for us all to provide timely information about cybercrime and identity theft to our community members, students, and local businesses.”

Brett Johnson has been a central figure in the cybercrime world for almost 20 years. After 7 ½ years in federal prison, Johnson has taken responsibility for his crimes and now strives to help others avoid the types of crime he used to commit.

As one of the leading experts in the world on cybercrime, online fraud, and identity theft, Johnson now consults with law enforcement, major financial organizations, tech and security firms, retailers, academic groups, news and media groups, and individuals worldwide.

The lecture is free of charge to the public and will begin at 6:30 pm on April 11, 2018 in the Hall Center for the Arts on the Howard College campus.



Thank You for Your Investment - Keep Big Spring Beautiful

The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a "Thank You for Your Investment" Ceremony for the organization Keep Big Spring Beautiful.

President of Keep Big Spring Beautiful Eric Escamilla, told KBest News that this year the organization has made a shift into L.E.A. Leadership, Education, and Action. He stated the organization is involved in a lot of things, but primarily for picking up trash.

"What [the organization] will be known for now is for providing art and actually keeping this place beautiful, and all we're doing is promoting art by supporting local artists to do murals and things of the sort," said Escamilla.

The first project that they've done in conjunction with another artist is on the dumpster outside of his office, located at 205 W. 15th St. The next projects will be a couple of murals that Escamilla says will be going up soon.

"All in all it's just a way to make this town more beautiful by incorporating more art into what, I believe, is a beautiful place."

When asked what kind of support he needs from the community, Escamilla stated that the organization would like to speak to artists to hear their ideas, and monetary funding for the projects would be appreciated. "Most importantly," he said, "what I need is places to go and actually do murals." He also stated that this is the biggest need right now so they'll have locations for these murals.



3rd Annual Cow Patty Bingo

Coahoma’s Big Red Band Booster Club will be hosting “The 3rd Annual Cow Patty Bingo” on Saturday, April 7th from 10 AM to 3 PM at Coahoma ISD behind the Elementary School and near the tennis courts in Coahoma.

According to Ronda Turnbo, member of the Band Booster Club, the field will be marked off into squares and a cow is lead onto the field. Whichever square the cow makes it's "deposit" on wins $500. While attendees are waiting for a winner to be determined, there will be carnival booths set up for the kids, as well as food booths, and drawings for other prizes.

The organization is selling squares for $10 each and it will also enter your name into a raffle for door prizes. Squares can be
purchased from Ronda Turnbo at 432-466-6419.

Kids can also play all the carnival games during the event for $10 hand stamp, or tickets will be 25 cents each and 1 ticket is good for one game.

Vendor booths will be available for $10 each and will be accepted up until Saturday, and they can range anywhere from food to garage sale items, but it should be noted that Coahoma ISD is a peanut-free campus, and peanut items will not be allowed. To purchase a vendor booth, you can contact Erinn Moore at 432-816-7439.

The money raised from the event will go towards scholarships for the Coahoma Band Seniors, and it will help with the purchase of any other band supplies needed.





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