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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Howard College Seeks Trustee Replacement

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information regarding Howard College, contact Cindy Smith at or visit



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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Glasscock County Celebrates 125th Anniversary!

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


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


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


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


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



85th Cowboy Reunion and Rodeo begins tonight!

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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


Big Spring Rodeo – activities, dances, and parade

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

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

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

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

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



Glasscock County Celebration

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

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

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



THE SPRING Documentary Awards.

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

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

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

THE SPRING is available to view on (just click on the "Videos" link) and

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




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

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

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

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



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

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

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

Barbee was nominated by her colleague, Lauren Bratcher.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

· Make a positive impact in the lives of students

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

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

· Possess a proven record of professional excellence

· Show commitment to building a nurturing environment that supports learning

· Adhere to the highest moral and ethical standards

A resource page with ideas for how to celebrate nominees can be found at

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


From BSPD:

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

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

If you have any information regarding this investigation please call the Criminal Investigations Division Sergeant at (432)264-2558 or you can call CrimeStoppers at (432)263-TIPS (8477). You can also use the CrimeStoppers 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


BSPD Seeking Murder Suspect—Armed and Dangerous:


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

If you have any information regarding this investigation or to the whereabouts of Mrs. Overton or the vehicle she was driving please call the Criminal Investigations Division Sergeant at (432)264-2558 or you can call CrimeStoppers at (432)263-TIPS (8477). You can also use the CrimeStoppers 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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Female Veterans Honored at Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez

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

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

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

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

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



Russian Roulette Leaves One Youth Dead, with Arrests Expected:

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

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

The Big Spring Police Department urges anyone with information relating to this tragic event to call the Criminal Investigations Division Sergeant at (432) 264-2558 or call CrimeStoppers at (432) 263-TIPS (8477) or use the 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



Expert warns summer temperatures can lead to vehicular heat deaths.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

— Teach children not to play in and around vehicles.

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

Pictured is Pastor Richard and his wife Sara.



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

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

Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home

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

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

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

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

The event is open to the public. Please RSVP to Brittany Eck at

Thank you for your support of our Texas Veterans!



Unattended cigarette possibly cause of Neil Rd. fire.

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


Man Killed; Woman Seriously Injured in Motorcycle Crash

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

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

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

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

Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon



2018 West Texas Talent Search

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Child Performer Age 14 and Below

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

* Student Performer Age 15 to 23

* Adult Performer Age 24 and Up

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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




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

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

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




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