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Howard County Deputy named Officer of the Year by TASRO

“The School Resource Officer program reflects a community partnership between the Police Department and the School District to ensure that our schools are safe, secure, and orderly learning environments,” that’s according to the Texas Association of School Resource Officers, also known as TASRO.


The organization also states that a School Resource Officer acts as a law enforcement officer by “keeping the peace”’ an informal counselor to provide resource guidance to faculty, staff, students, and parents; and a law-related presenter by sharing special law enforcement expertise by presentations in the classrooms to promote a better understanding of the laws. The officer also serves as a positive role model for students on campus during school hours and off campus at extracurricular activities.


Howard County Deputy Frank Vidal, School Resource Officer for, both, Coahoma and Forsan Independent School Districts was recently named Officer of the Year by the Texas Association of School Resource Officers. According to Howard County Sheriff Stan Parker, Officer Vidal has established great working relationships with not only the schools, but also the communities that he serves, all while providing a blanket of protection to them. Not only does he work at the schools, but Vidal is also very involved in activities as well as the day to day operations. He steps in when needed and lends that extra helping hand even when it may be above the call of duty.

Sheriff Parker stated that his department is very proud of Officer Vidal, his accomplishment; and they look forward to his continued success as a School Resource Officer and his devotion to his position.




RU Addiction Recovery Program offers help when it's needed most.

Addiction can find people in any area of life and according to the Center on Addiction, it’s "a complex disease, often chronic in nature, which affects the functioning of the brain and body. It also causes serious damage to families, relationships, schools, workplaces and neighborhoods. The most common symptoms of addiction are severe loss of control, continued use despite serious consequences, preoccupation with using, failed attempts to quit, tolerance and withdrawal."

Trinity Baptist Church in Big Spring offers a faith-based addiction recovery program called Reformers Unanimous, also known as RU.

Brad Daniels, RU Director, says that the program has been going on for about 7 years and it continues to try to reach people within the community by "letting [them] know that there is a place where people are going to care about them, People are going to understand what they're going through and where they are coming from, and really just to give them the hope that you don't have to live life like that. That there truly is a way out of it."

The RU addiction recovery program approaches meetings a little different than most other programs by scheduling their meetings for Friday evenings at 7 PM. Daniels stated that the people who need the program really find it beneficial to meet on Friday evenings when "call of the wild" is the strongest.

The program also offers a van service to assist with rides to the meetings, as well as a nursery and child care program.

For more information on the program, contact Brad at (432) 935-8126.



SMMC holds 2018 Asthma Camp to educate youth, 07/25/18.

Chest tightening, shallow breathing and a sense of fear washing over you, are just a few of the indicators of an asthma attack. For the third year in a row, Scenic Mountain Medical Center provided education on how to live with asthma, through the 2018 Asthma Camp.

“Asthma is something that can be controlled. It doesn’t have to be a hindrance,” Lisa Parks, Respiratory Therapy interim supervisor, said. “By being able to recognize personal triggers, understand control methods and overcome the fear of asthma, they can run and jump like all the other kids.”

While the camp took on a different look and was shorted to one afternoon, students were still able to learn a little bit about what asthma is, how to recognize the onset of an attack and gained tips on how to utilize that information should an attack occur.

“The main point we are trying to drive home is just because a child has asthma doesn’t mean they are giving up their childhood. It’s not a diagnosis that should stop them from playing sports; it’s not a broken bone that is going to keep them out of the game for six weeks. Instead it’s play a bit, rest and then get back in the game.”

During camp, students learned what their triggers were. While most can deal with weather changes, pets, dust and different fragrances in the air, an asthma child could be pushed into an asthma attack. Lessons also included the importance of talking about feelings and not holding them in, and included a short tour of the hospital.

“The structure of the camp allows for us to have fun, while teaching valuable tips and delivering information that could help them in the future. For example, we focused on belly breathing and while it may look silly, it could be something they remember later on that helps them calm down and prevent an asthma attack,” Parks said.

She continued, “We could sit them down for a four-hour class, but will they retain that information? Maybe, but if we show them through a fun activity then they are more likely to remember it because it will have made an impact on them. They will remember that slim they made when they feel the mucus building up in their chest and maybe that will trigger them to think, hey I need to stay hydrated and possibly prevent that mucus from buildup.”

Even though there is education that can be provided and a healthy understanding of asthma can be a big preventer when it is implemented, there are those instances where an asthma attack is going to occur. In addition of teaching the kids symptoms to look for, we also want to help ease their fears, in case they do end up visiting the hospital.

“Coming to the hospital can be scary for anyone, but it can be even worse for a child who is having trouble breathing. In order to help ease that fear, we walked the kids through the emergency room and discussed the process in case they ever end up in that situation,” Parks said. “ They were also able to
visit the radiology department and learned about the many uses of x-rays.”

Hand washing can be a good preventative measure for anyone, especially during peak flu season and as kids get back into a new school year. Those attending the asthma camp this year, had an opportunity to learn the proper hand washing technique.

“Most people think if you use soap, run a little bit of water over your hands to rinse it off then you are good to go and all the germs are gone, but that isn’t exactly correct. The recommendation is to wash your hands for at least 25 seconds, use warm water and soap and grab a paper towel before turning off the faucet,” Parks said.

One of the phlebotomists took a few moments to go over the proper technique, and demonstrated how many germs could be left behind when we don’t wash correctly. Through the use of a little bit of powder and a black light, students were able to see the lasting effects germs can have that we aren’t able to see.

“Even with the revamp of the camp this year, we had a good turnout and the kids walked away having had a little bit of fun and gained some knowledge that will hopefully help them in the school year ahead. We are looking forward to building the camp back up again next year and helping more students understand there is nothing wrong with getting out and playing.”

No child should miss out on an active childhood, even those with asthma. There are ways for all kids to be active and hopefully those who attended asthma camp will be able to put that information into play this coming school year and sports season.


2018 Pops in the Park Committee Thanks Community.


The 2018 Pops in the Park Committee wants to give a big “Thank You” to all the entities that sponsored this year’s event. Without community buy in, this event would not be possible. Pops in the Park is a 501C3 nonprofit organization that is made up of volunteers from various entities: including the City of Big Spring, Big Spring Police Department, Big Spring Fire Department, Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce, Howard County Volunteer Fire Department, KBest Media, KBYG, and the Big Spring Symphony, as well as citizen volunteers. We also want to thank Keep Big Spring Beautiful members and Scenic Mountain Medical Center Employees for helping volunteer at the event. Pops in the Park is 100% funded by donations from businesses and citizens and would not be possible without the support of the community as a whole.

Be sure and stayed tuned for some exciting announcements about the 2019 Pops in the Park!

You can like the Pops in the Park Facebook page for more information: .

For more information contact the Big Spring Chamber at 432-263-7641 or the Big Spring Convention and Visitors Bureau at 432-263-8235.



Howard County Commissioners' Court Meeting, 07/25/18

During this afternoon's meeting of the Howard County Commissioners' Court, Terry Chamness, Howard County Emergency Management Coordinator, lead the discussion on adopting a 3-year Rabies Vaccination Program.

He advised the court that rabies vaccinations are good for 3 years, however, Howard County mandates a yearly vaccination. Chamness advised the Commissioners that he had gotten input from multiple veterinarians in the area and all except 1 was fully on-board with adopting a 3-year rabies vaccination program as opposed to the current 1-year program. After the discussion, the Commissioners approved the the 3-year program.

The second public hearing on administrative fees for facilities placed on, under, or above Howard County system roadways was held today, however, none of the public addressed the court on the matter.

Brian Klinksiek, Howard County Road and Bridge Engineer, advised that this would be a fee for a company that runs anything under the road, over the road, or along the road. He noted that by setting specifications on how close structures can be to the road, the county can ensure that there is a clear zone area that is beneficial to drivers by having recovery room to avoid motor vehicle accidents.

Photo #1 - Terry Chamness, Howard County Emergency Management Coordinator, leads the discussion on adopting a 3-year Rabies Vaccination Program.

Photo #2 - Sandy Taylor, Howard County Extension Agent for A&M AgriLife Extension, recaps Summer Program activities withe the Howard County Commissioners.



Dora Roberts Rehabilitation Center Completes Renovations after 2 Years

The Dora Roberts Rehabilitation Center, located at 306 W. 3rd, had a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commercein order to celebrate the completion of their 3-phase renovations that has been in the works for 2 years.

According to Michelle Grove, Executive Director of the Dora Roberts Rehab Center, thanks to a grant from the G.C. Broughton Jr. Foundation the facility was able to add an additional 3,000 sq. feet that included a new physical therapy pool, dressing rooms, and an extra 1,000 sq. feet of physical therapy space. It also included removing a few walls to create space, as well as a few upgrades of paint and carpet in the administrative area.





Update on Rig Fire - Patterson 289, 07/23/18

Earlier today at approximately 8:40 AM the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department received a call about an oil rig that had caught fire at Patterson 289, located 16 miles north of Big Spring near County Road 50 and County Road 19.

HCVFD Chief Mitchell Hooper advised KBest News that the rig fire had been extinguished with the help of Lamesa's mutual aid that provided water tankers and Mitchell County for sending additional personnel. He reported that the fire was extinguished at approximately 12 PM today and noted that no injuries were reported.

Chief Hooper advised that rig is expected to be a loss, but the well head was saved. There is currently no information on how the fire began.



Registration for NEW BSISD Kindergarten Students Scheduled for Next Week!

A special week for "NEW to BSISD" Kindergarten students is scheduled for July 23 - 27th, at the Records and Registration Office, located at the corner of 12th and Benton, across from the Teachers Credit Union, from 8 AM - 6 PM. Each new Kinder student will receive a special gift this week only!

Please read the attached flier for specific details of what to bring in order to be fully registered. This is NOT for Kinder students who were enrolled at Kentwood as Pre-K last year. (If you participated in Kindergarten Roundup at Marcy and Moss in April, you still need to bring your Proof of Residence during this week.)

Questions? Call Registration and Records at (432) 264-3622.



Howard County Sheriff's Office Seeks Public's Help to Locate Child.

The Howard County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to help them locate this child, Shaw Seevers.

Shaw was allegedly abducted by his mother, Cynthia Seevers, on May 18, 2018. A felony warrant for Custodial Interference was issued for Cynthia on May 23, 2018. Shaw is biracial. He is Hispanic and White. Cynthia Seevers did or does live in Big SpringHoward County recently.

If anyone has any information as to the location of this child or Cynthia, please contact the Howard County Sheriff’s Office, 432-264-2244, the Big Spring Police Department, 432-264-2550, or Crime Stoppers 432-263-8477 (TIPS).



West Texas VA Healthcare System in Big Spring Honors Volunteer of 43 years for her service.

Yesterday afternoon, family, friends, well-wishers, along with staff members at the West Texas VA Healthcare System in Big Spring gathered together in the newly renamed The Clara Lewis Outpatient Waiting Area to honor long-time volunteer Clara Lewis. Clara has been serving as a volunteer at the local West Texas VA since the 1970s and she says that as a volunteer, she’s taken on many duties over the years, but she does it all for the Veterans. In the 43 years that she has volunteered, Clara has put in 42,557 hours of volunteer work.

Kalautie Jangdhari, Director for the West Texas VA Health Care System, stated, “Clara is amazing! Clara is the foundation, as you all could tell from the people who came today, from the folks in engineering, to the staff around, to the patients that come through, everybody knows Clara because she makes an imprint on everyone she meets.”

When asked how she felt to be honored in such a way, Clara stated that she was honored, awed, and appreciative of all of the thank you’s that she’s received from everyone.



Howard County Volunteer Fire Department Issues Statement on Pepper Sullivan's Suspension:

According to Chief Mitchell Hooper, the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department suspended Assistant Chief Pepper Sullivan in early June 2018 after Hooper was contacted by the Howard County Sheriff’s Office about the investigation. Chief Hooper stated that since that time, the Sheriff's Office has had the fire department's full cooperation.

"We are currently in the process of gathering documents so that a third party, independent audit can be conducted," said Hooper.

When asked if the search for Executive Board members was spurred because of the investigation on Sullivan, Hooper stated that the HCVFD was already in the process of assembling a board. He did say that by giving the community a chance to participate on the board, it would keep financial matters more transparent than what it had been, and prevent another situation such as this to occur.



HCVFD Assistant Fire Chief Suspended While Under Investigation

Assistant Fire Chief Pepper Sullivan has been suspended from the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department while being investigated by the Howard County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation is in regards to misallocation of fire department funds. The time period and amount of funds in question have not yet been revealed.

In addition to HCVFD, Mr. Sullivan has served as the Interim Director of 911 Communication Services of Howard County. During a meeting of the 911 Board of Directors this evening, it was decided to retain Mr. Sullivan’s services as he is “innocent until proven guilty.”

The board has received applications for the position of 911 Director, and will meet again next Monday to name the two finalists.


2nd Open Forum for the Amphitheater Improvement Board.

Kelly Cook of one of the Principals with KDC Associates presented information on plans for the improvement of the Comanche Trail Amphitheater to the several people who gathered at the Big Spring Council Chambers for the second open forum with the Amphitheater Improvement Board.

"What we showed everybody is a very preliminary study that we're doing, primarily, to start getting an idea for what kind of improvements need to be done and what kind of money needs to be generated to fund the project," said Cook.

"We're about to start on a process of truly trying to understand the site and looking at all of the possibilities and all of the improvements," stated Cook. "It'll be a several month process with a lot of community involvement before we are able to come back and comfortably show everybody a semi-finished drawing that we're designing."

During the presentation, it was noted that the local Amphitheater is the second largest outdoor amphitheater built by the Civilian Conservation Corps but it is also very underused. As in the first Open Forum, Cook noted that improving the amphitheater has the potential to create a draw of people from the surrounding area that would result in an increased amount of revenue for the City of Big Spring.

Barney Dodd, President of the Amphitheater Improvement Board, noted that the next step for the board would be to begin soliciting donations for the improvements. To watch the entire open forum, check out out the Facebook page for the Amphitheater Improvement Board or our KBest Media Facebook page.



Howard College Appoints New Trustee

BIG SPRING – During a special called meeting on July 17, 2018, the Howard College Board of Trustees appointed Ms. Emma Krabill as the replacement for Mr. Ryan Williams who resigned his at-large position in June due to personal reasons. Krabill will fill the term until the next election in 2020.

Krabill currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Scenic Mountain Medical Center and has over 10 years of leadership experience in the health care industry, specifically in the west Texas area. Her first degree was an associate degree in Physical Therapy Assistant from Amarillo College. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and international business and communications from Hardin Simmons University and a MBA in healthcare administration from the University of Phoenix. She is currently pursuing a master of science of healthcare administration through Trinity University in San Antonio.

“Emma brings some excellent experience and insight to the table and we look forward to having her on the board,” said Dr. John Freeman, Board Chairman. “The Board had an excellent pool of interested individuals to consider for this appointed position. Emma will be a great fit for this board and an asset as we continue to move Howard College into the future.”

The board will meet on July 18, 2018 at 12:30 pm to thank Ryan Williams for his service and to administer the oath of office for Krabill as well as consider appointments to foundations. The secondary meeting scheduled for July 19th has been canceled.

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



Volunteers needed for HCVFD Executive Board.

Howard County,Tx Volunteer Fire Dept. is actively looking for people to serve on an Executive Board that will govern the financials of the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department. They currently have 5 positions that are available, with an alternate position also available.

Zach Johnson, Battalion Chief and Chaplain with HCVFD, told KBest News that the organization is looking for business-minded people, and anyone who is familiar with budgeting and financials with 501(c)3 organizations. It should be noted that the length of term on this Executive Board will be determined after the board has been assembled.

If you are interested in serving your community, resumes along with contact information can be emailed to before August 10, 2018.



Back in Motion School Supply Drive

School supply lists for Big Spring ISD were published a couple of weeks ago and a local business in Big Spring wants to do their part to help the community.

Back in Motion, located at 1113 N. Scurry, is currently accepting donations for their School Supply Drive that will be held next month. They’re asking the community to help them reach their goal of supplying 800 students with school supplies for the 2018-2019 school year. Back in Motion is currently accepting the following items: crayons, pencils, pink erasers, scissors, glue sticks, spiral notebooks, composition notebooks, map colors, and plastic folders with pockets and brads.

If you’d like to make a donation but don’t have time to do school shopping, Back in Motion will also accept monetary donations. A $100 donation will help 5 students, a $500 donation will help 25 students, and a $1,000 donation will help 50 students. Supplies and monetary donations are due August 1st to Back in Motion. For more information, contact Maegan Lee at 432-267-2225.



KBest Media thanks Earnest Leon Sproles, for his service.

Today is “Thank a Veteran Day” in Big Spring and in honor of that KBest Media would like to recognize and thank Earnest Leon Sproles, a 21-month Army Veteran, who served on the front line as a Sergeant out of his company in Heartbreak Ridge during the Korean War.

A native from Lubbock, Texas, Sproles was 20 years old and newly married when he was drafted into the military. One of the most memorable experiences that he recalls was on a night when the temperature was 40 degrees below zero and he and his squadron were met with a confrontation from Chinese soldiers. When it came time to return fire, their weapons were frozen solid.

"They started firing at us and we tried to start firing back, but we couldn't fire. Our weapons wouldn't fire. They wouldn't fire at all...not even my pistol, that's how cold it was," said Sproles.

"So, I said let's get outta here," he continued. "I don't care what the company man said it's about 200 of them and about 9 or 10 of us, well 11 counting the radio man."

After that incident, Sproles stated that his legs became so swollen that a doctor recommended that they be amputated, but Sproles refused. Although he now uses a wheelchair for mobility, he still has his legs.

After being discharged from the Army, Sproles stated that he returned home to his wife in Lubbock, raised a family, and worked as a barber for 30 years.

Even though Sproles stated that he had been drafted into the military, he’s still proud to have fulfilled his duty to his country.



Amphitheater Improvement Board – 2nd Open Forum

The Amphitheater Improvement Board will have its second open forum on Tuesday, July 17th at 5:30 p.m. at the Big Spring City Council Chambers, 307 E. 4th St. Landscape Architect Kelly Cook of KDC associates will provide a presentation on the project including some historical facts and plans for improvements to the facility. The board encourages all citizens to come and hear the plans and ask questions and present concerns.

Plans for the improvements include placing a cover over the stage area to provide protection for performers and their equipment, improving handicap access and adding additional parking. Future plans will include adding a new performers green room, fencing for controlled access and phased in audience shade structures.

For additional information, please call Barney Dodd, 432-755-9529, Debbie Wegman

432-466-9009 or Hayley Herrera, 432-263-8235



Salvation Army asks community for donations to their Home Goods Closet.

The Salvation Army is an organization that was created to support the community, however, the only way that it can fulfill their mission is if it receives community support. Corps Officer Rachel McKain with the Salvation Army of Big Spring, stated that the organization figures out what the greatest need is for the community and then they try to employ the rest of the community help them to meet that need.

One of these needs for Big Spring and Howard County includes a home goods closet. According to McKain, there are currently 9 food cupboards in the area that assist residents with food needs, however, there aren't any that offer home goods. It's because of this that the local Salvation Army began their own Home Goods Closet about six months ago and noted that as soon as they receive goods they can disperse them to people who need it.

Here, she describes how these items can help the community (audio – description).

"If [someone is] going to apply for a job, but they haven't had a job and so they don't have any money for toilet paper, paper towels, and new clothing and stuff to help them smell good like deodorant and body wash. We're able to supply that by what the community supplies to us to get them a better chance of locking down that job," says McKain.

She also went on to that sometimes people fall on hard times. Even though they have a job, something came up and they just need those bare essentials.

The Salvation Army of Big Spring is currently accepting donation items that are used for hygiene and home cleaning, as well as box fans for their Home Goods Closet.

McKain advised that all donations should be new and that they’d prefer small or travel sized items over 1 large item. For example, instead of purchasing a $10 bottle of laundry detergent, one could purchase (10) $1 bottles of laundry detergent that will be used to help more people.

List of items needed for Home Goods Closet:

Laundry detergent (Small ones are best)
Dish Soap
All Purpose Cleaner
Cleaning Sponges/Rags
Deodorant (men and women)
Feminine Hygiene Products
Wash Rags
Socks (of all sizes)
Box Fans (high need for seniors, especially this hot summer)
toilet paper

Donations can be dropped off for 811 W. 5th Street at the Boys and Girls Club until 6 PM, Monday through Friday.



Howard County Library meets state accreditation.

During today’s meeting of the Howard County Commissioners, Mavour Braswell, District Director of Libraries for Howard College who also oversees the Howard County Library, announced that after filing an appeal with the State the County Library now meets accreditation for the State of Texas.

Braswell had advised the Commissioners back in April that the Howard County Library had not met accreditation standards due to a couple of reasons.

The first was the because the County Library’s Maintenance of Effort (MOE), which is a set amount of money that must be spent within a certain amount of time, had not been met due to personnel issues. Thanks to the appeal, that MOE amount was decreased to $361,404. The second part was a personnel issue because the County Library did not have a full-time degreed librarian or director on staff. Braswell did not count as filling this role because she is employed full-time through Howard College. Now that the new librarian Sandra Verdin has been hired, the Howard County Library has met accreditation standards for next year.

The library will also be able to take advantage of the benefits of accreditation as well such as a huge reduction in the cost of data bases that would be accessible to everyone and being 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, thus saving County Library money.

Verdin has a Masters in Library Science from Arizona University, has prior experience as a librarian, as well as 8 years of experience in education. She is the Circulation Programing and Outreach Librarian for Howard County and hopes to be able to kickstart various programs for the community.

Verdin also told KBest News, “I’m excited to get to know Big Spring, and see what the community needs are and what we can come in and help and add to the library so that the community can get the most of the resources of what we have to offer.”



Recent bid recommendation brings to light lack of transparency at last night's Big Spring City Council meeting, 07/10/18.

Although there were three bids that were awarded during last night's meeting of the Big Spring City Council, there was one bid that caused a stir inside the City Chambers.

Robert Baird of Baird Companies of Big Spring addressed council members about the bid for utilities contractor services that was recommended to be awarded to Boler Equipment Service, Inc. of Midland. Baird had advised that he had placed a bid for the job and even though he was noted to have placed the lowest bid, he did not get the job due to minor infractions that were based on not knowing the quantity of the services needed.

It was at this time that District 6 Council member Jim DePauw pointed out that the memo received for this particular bid had no information about bid prices or even names of the other companies that had placed bids for the project. DePauw also noted that the infractions that Baird had ran into could have been overlooked.

"We don't really know how the city came to the conclusion to award [the bid] to Boler, other than that. They just disqualified [Baird's] bid, without calling the man, and that's just not a good way to do business," explained DePauw.

Greg Boler of Boler Equipment Services, Inc. also addressed the council members in order to answer any questions that they may have about the bid package, but ultimately, a motion was made to re-bid the utility work, state quantity, and draw up a request for bids that are to be approved by the City Council before being released. The motion passed 6 - 1 with only Terry McDaniel, Councilman for District 3, voting against.

By making these changes, DePauw noted that it we could anticipate five to six companies being able to place a new bid which would benefit the residents of Big Spring. "The more bids you get, the better it is for the citizens of Big Spring because you'll get better pricing and that's what it's all about."

Top left - Robert Baird of Baird Companies
Top right - Councilman Jim DePauw, District 6
Bottom left - Greg Boler of Boler Equipment Services, Inc.
Bottom right - screen after motion passed.



PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT - Seal coat of streets project this week.

The seal coat of streets has been authorized by the City of Big Spring. This construction is being accomplished to give a longer life and protection to the existing road surface.

The following areas will be affected:

Wednesday, July 11, 2018:
Roy Anderson parking lot

Thursday, July 12, 2018:
Lancaster from 4th St. to Ryon

Friday, July 13, 2018
Melrose, Belvedere, Crestline, and Coronado

Saturday, July 14, 2018
S. Scurry St. from 1st to 18th

Sunday, July 15, 2018
Main from 1st to 18th and the Heritage Museum parking lot

To complete this project more efficiently, we ask that all vehicles be removed from the roadway. Vehicles that are left in the roadway after notification will be towed away at owner’s expense.

If you should have any concerns or complaints in connection with the work being done, please contact: (432) 264-2501. Your complaint and/or concern will receive our prompt attention.

We will try to keep you updated and regret any inconvenience related to the seal coat program. We request your patience and understanding for the duration of this project.


The City of Big Spring



School of Rock in Big Spring

The School of Rock isn’t just a film starring Jack Black from the early 2000’s, it’s now a real music program right here in Big Spring.

The School of Rock is a summer music program that was created by Big Spring ISD teachers Eddie Vasquez and Billy Daves. Both stated that purpose of the program was to teach students about rock music.

“It’s to get them to grow as individual musicians on their instrument, how to listen to a piece of music, evaluate it, and then hone in and rehearse that on their instrument,” said Vasquez.

“It’s not just playing [music], but the history of rock music, how to set up their equipment, [and] how to tune their own guitars, or other instruments, whatever they might be playing,” added Daves.

There are 12 students participating in the School of Rock and the only requirement was to have prior music experience. The program began on June 12th and will continue through August 11th. The students will have a showcase concert at the Train Car on August 11th at 6 PM.

When asked how they felt the program was coming along, Daves stated that he felt that it was going better than what was envisioned. (audio - “The kids are learning this music really good and they sound great so far.”) Vasquez added (audio).

Daves and Vasquez stated that they appreciate the help that the parents have provided and the community partnerships with Gary B’s Music, The Train Car, and KBest Media, as well as help from their mothers.



Howard County maps - produced in Arlington, endorsed by Howard County.

Recently, local businesses have reported being contacted in regards of soliciting advertisement by a map-making company called Liberty Marketing Company. Although there has been some confusion about what organization or government entity authorized the maps, it should be noted that Liberty Marketing Company is endorsed by Howard County.

The confusion stems from the fact that the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce also produces a map of the area featuring chamber member businesses, however, Debbye Valverde, Executive Director for the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce, says that they are not ready to pursue that project just yet. She noted that they always send out letters to their Chamber members to notify them of any businesses that may be contacting them on behalf of the Chamber.

Liberty Marketing Company has been in business since 1992. It is located in Arlington, TX has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and according to Tony Bliss, General Manager for Liberty Marketing, has been making maps for Howard County for over 10 years.

Howard County Judge Kathryn Wiseman was able to confirm that the maps are endorsed by Howard County and noted that they are well made and available at the Howard County Courthouse for anyone who’d like them.



Drought impacts Big Spring's namesake.

Other than the short burst of rain that made an appearance during last weekend’s Funtastic Fourth event, Howard County hasn’t seen much rain this year. This West Texas drought has gone beyond affecting Howard County residents, farms, and ranches, it’s also affecting Big Spring’s namesake, the Historic Spring.

According to Hayley Herrera, Interim Community Services Director for the City of Big Spring, the Spring area is still currently open, however, the pumps that keep the Spring flowing have been turned off.

"The reason why we turned off the pump is because the lake is so low due to the drought that the intake hose that's in the water was almost completely out of the water, so we turned the motor off for preventative measures," said Herrera.

She also went on to say that if the pump was to be left on it could damage the motor, which could result in needing to purchase a new pump that could cost up to $75,000.

Herrera stated that Comanche Trail Lake has always had water in it and she feels that once the spring is refreshed with a good rain, the water level will rise and pump will be turned on again to allow the spring to flow.

Photo - Historic Spring currently as a result of drought conditions.




21st Annual Pops in the Park continues to bring Howard County residents and visitors together.

Many people gathered at the Comanche Trail Amphitheater yesterday evening for the 21st annual Pops in the Park, an event that is meant to give back to those who have served our country and pay tribute to them for their selfless sacrifice as well as the sacrifices of their families. Although there were a few technical difficulties, the night ended with a great performance from the Big Spring Symphony Orchestra and a brilliant display of fireworks.

KBest Media would like to thank everyone involved with yesterday's Pops in the Park event for all the hard work that was involved in making this year's event memorable. Great job, everyone!



(Photo courtesy of Stacey Snellgrove.)


Highland Parade and Coahoma Freedom Parade this week!

The Annual Highland South Fourth of July Parade will take place tomorrow, July 4th and begins at 10 AM. The parade is open to the entire community and it should be noted that participants will gather at the corner of Highland and Robb at 9:30 AM, and it will conclude at the corner of Highland & Goliad.

Many decorating categories are available to participate in from strollers, wagons, walkers, and pets, to a variety of vehicles, horses, mailboxes, houses and lawns. For more information about the different types of decorating categories, check out the flyer.

Coahoma Freedom Parade is scheduled for Saturday, July 7th. The parade is organized by the Coahoma Lion’s Club and entry for the parade is open to all and no registration is required. Entries will be judged for cash prizes, and participants can simply show up to the Coahoma Football field parking lot at 9 AM to line up. Judging will begin at 9:30 AM.

The parade begins at 10 AM and will travel through downtown Coahoma. After the parade, hamburger plates will be sold for $5 and includes burger, chips, drink, and cookie. Live entertainment in the Coahoma park will be provided by J.R. McNutt. Kid activities such as the basketball free-throw, bounce house, and water slide will also be available.



21st Annual Pops in the Park - Today!

The 21st Annual Pops in the Park will be held at Comanche Trail Amphitheater is today, and gates will open at 5 PM.

The Pre-Show featuring Justin Kaczyk and The Natural Outlaws will start at 5:45 PM and SPUR 327 will follow from 6:45 PM. The emcees for the 2018 Pops in the Park are CBS 7’s Jay Hendricks and Samantha Medney.

The Big Spring Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will take the stage at 8 PM and the amazing fireworks show and Big Spring Symphony Orchestra will begin around 9:30 PM. It should be noted that all times are subject to change.

Parking is limited and will be on a first come, first serve basis. Please note that according the City of Big Spring ordinance, only service dogs are allowed in the Comanche Trail Amphitheater.

The Pops in the Park mission is to give back to those who have served our country and pay tribute to them for their selfless sacrifice as well as the sacrifices of their families. Pops in the Park combines a family-friendly atmosphere in the historic and beautiful Comanche Trail Amphitheater with world-class music and a spectacular display of choreographed fireworks from one of the nation’s leaders in pyrotechnics.



2018 Funtastic Fourth Celebration

Saturday evening marked the final day of the Funtastic Fourth celebration that was organized by the Big Spring Downtown Revitalization Association (DRA).

The DRA's vision is to to advance the historic Downtown Big Spring area by enriching the lives of residents, businesses, and visitors through art, entertainment, cultural and business opportunities.

Friday night's live rock band performances from local and area bands Loudfinger and Buzzkill were interrupted by the lightning delays. Even headliner Skid Row's performance was delayed due to lightning, and ultimately, the band refused to perform past 10:45 PM.

Saturday morning began with gospel music provided by Cornerstone Covenant's Band, and later that afternoon a very successful Country Night kicked off. Spur 327, a Lubbock band with Big Spring native Heath Stewart on vocals, warmed up the crowd and even performed a few new songs for the crowd. Mark McKinney and Brandon Ray, other Big Spring natives, also had great performances. The headliner for Country Night was Brad Paslay.

The Big Spring DRA is a nonprofit volunteer organization that brings businesses, jobs, customers, and entertainment to the core of the Big Spring community while staying true to the town’s rich history.





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