Bulldogs and Bulldogettes will be making the long trek back to Coahoma Friday to participate in 2018 homecoming festivities.
The community is invited to the Coahoma High School pep rally which will begin at 2 p.m. Friday on the Bill Easterling Memorial Football field. Later that night, the crowning of the football sweetheart and hero will be held at 7 p.m. during pre-game festivities at the Bulldogs/Iraan Braves varsity football game held in Coahoma.
During halftime the homecoming queen will be announced. This year’s nominees are as follows:
Hope Atkins is the daughter of Michael and Brooke Atkins. She is active in cheerleading, Theater Arts, agriculture studies, and art. Hope loves to go fishing, be outdoors and watch her sister and peers play sports. She also likes to spend time with her family.
Paige Atkins is the daughter of Michael and Brooke Atkins. Paige participates in volleyball, basketball, and softball. She enjoys wakeboarding, fishing, hunting, taking care of her animals, and spending valuable time with friends and family.
Julia Mashburn is the daughter of Lloyd and Marie Mashburn. She is active in volleyball, cheerleading, track, and First Priority club. She also takes college courses at Howard College while still attending high school. Her after school activities include Howard County 4-H and her church youth group.
Jaydan Mann is the daughter of Jerry Mann and Jessica Canales. She is active in band, varsity volleyball, varsity softball, and varsity track. She was named to the 2018 All Star Team in softball.
Lexi Montelongo is the daughter of Michael and Mariana Gonzales. She participates in softball, track, student council, and is a student officer. While not at school, she is active in her church youth group.
(Information provided by Coahoma Media. Courtesy Photo/Jaxom Muller CISD Yearbook Staff. Pictured is the 2018 CHS Homecoming Court. They are from left, front, Hope Atkins, Lexi Montelongo, middle, Jaydan Mann, back, Paige Atkins, and Julia Mashburn.)
The Big Spring Fire Department held a jaws of life demonstration for SM Energy employees at the Dora Roberts Community Center yesterday afternoon. During the demonstration, members of the Big Spring Fire Department used the jaws of life and cutters to remove doors from the demonstration vehicle while Fire Chief Craig Ferguson narrated about the method that the BSFD members were using.
Kate Noble, External Affairs Advisor for SM Energy, told KBest News that SM Energy is really glad to have the opportunity to partner with all emergency responders in Big Spring, and especially a close partnership with the Big Spring Fire Department. She noted that it’s important for them to have demonstrations such as the one from yesterday so that people are prepared in emergency situations.
BIG SPRING, TEXAS - Scenic Mountain Medical Center has been recognized by the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) and the Texas Health Department, for achieving one of the highest reported rates in the state for its work to protect newborns from hepatitis B virus infection. This is the second year SMMC has received this recognition.
“We are very honored to be named to the honor roll. This recognition falls into alignment with the journey that we are taking here at SMMC. It shows that not only are we making great strides in the right direction, but we are sustaining that movement,” SMMC Labor and Delivery Director Angela Grimsley, said. “Safety of our patients, from our smallest ones to our most seasoned ones, is our top priority and this award reflects that.”
The IAC’s Birth Dose Honor Roll recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that have attained high coverage levels for administering the hepatitis B vaccine at birth. SMMC immunized 98 percent of babies born May 2017 through May 2018, and took additional steps to prevent perinatal transmission of hepatitis B. “Safety has been a top priority in all that we are doing at SMMC. Recognitions like this serve as validation to the staff and to the community. This recognition is a reflection of the care new parents and families can expect to receive at SMMC,” Grimsley said.
The national standards of care to prevent hepatitis B virus infection in babies are to administer hepatitis B vaccine to all newborns before they leave the hospital or birthing center. This standard is being adopted by centers of healthcare excellence nationwide as a safety net to protect newborns from a wide range of medical errors that lead to babies being unprotected from perinatal hepatitis B infection.
“We, as a hospital, have a responsibility to protect babies from life-threatening hepatitis B infection,” Grimsley said. “SMMC’s commitment to the best practice of hepatitis B vaccination at birth has shown that our team is doing their due diligence in preventing the transmission of the hepatitis B virus.”
Scenic Mountain Medical Center Volunteer Sarah Kelley was the guest of honor, during a Survivor Celebration, Monday afternoon.
SMMC Volunteers and staff joined together to celebrate Sarah’s last breast cancer treatment. During the celebration, she was given a pink bell to ring, in recognition of her final treatment and her win over breast cancer.
Sarah is a two-time survivor over breast cancer.
LUBBOCK - Coahoma ISD Coach John-Michael Leggett was all smiles after his varsity cross country team’s performance at the Lubbock ISD Invitational Regional Preview at Mae Simmons Park Saturday.
According to Leggett, eight out of 10 Coahoma runners had personal best times of the season.
“It was a huge day for Bulldog Cross Country,” Leggett said. “We ran against the best teams in the region and held our own. The guys and girls showed what BFND (Bulldogs Fight Never Die) truly means.
“In my eight years of coaching Cross Country and track, there are only a few days that I have been prouder to coach a team than I was this past weekend,” Leggett continued. “These kids are working their butts off every morning and the results are starting to show.”
The varsity team will take this weekend off to recuperate and prepare for the upcoming district meet to be held in Colorado City, Leggett said.
“If the community hasn't taken notice of the Cross Country programs on campus it is time too, because these kids are primed to make history by qualifying for the regional meet as a team for the first time in school history,” he added.
Individual results are as follows:
Christian Klug, 19:57
Hector Rivera, 20:48
Tanner Atkins, 20:49
CJ King, 21:32
Ethan Biddison, 22:13
D'Kota Harrison, 22:54
Nicholas Biddison, 23:11
Chance McMurray, 26:12
Matthew Hernandez, 27:16
Jaelei Hernandez, 16:51
(Information courtesy of Coahoma Media.)
Let's make some bowls!
The classes to help make bowls for this event will be Monday, September 24th, and Tuesday, September 25th from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. All classes will take place at the Ceramics Lab at Howard College.
Be advised that an RSVP for the class is required and to do so, contact Christian Fair, Executive Director for the United Way of Big Spring and Howard County, at 432-267-5201, or email her at email@example.com.
The rank of Eagle Scout is the pinnacle in the Boy Scouts of America. Currently only about 6 percent of all boys that participate in Boy Scouts achieve this honor. David Tidwell of Big Spring Texas and Troop 1908, Buffalo Trail Council is very near to attaining this very achievement. Among the requirements to attain the Eagle rank a young man must plan, and supervise the carrying out of a project to benefit his community in some way.
On Saturday September 22 from 11 AM – 1 PM at the Big Spring Salvation Army David and other Scouts and volunteers will be distributing "Care Packages" to the homeless citizens of Big Spring. David with the generous support of the Big Spring community has collected enough to fill 100 of such care packages with items such as sock, t-shirts, hygiene products and some easy to prepare and eat food items.
Additionally, there will be pet care packages will be available for those that have pets. A hot meal will be provided to the homeless when they come to get their care package.
Helping Hands for the Homeless
Saturday September 22 11 AM – 1 PM
Salvation Army (Big Spring Texas)
811 W 5th St, Big Spring, TX 79720
The Howard County 9-1-1 Communications Board of Directors met on Tuesday evening, 09/18/18. The primary focus of the meeting was selecting a full-time Director. Multiple candidates were interviewed for the position formerly occupied by the late Tommy Sullivan. During the Board’s Executive Session, interviews were conducted with the candidates. With a majority vote, Interim Director, Pepper Sullivan was selected as the Howard County 9-1-1 Communications, District Director. Pepper’s role is effective immediately.
FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), postponed the nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (also known as EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (also referred to as WEA) until October 3 due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence.
The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.
October 3 was the previously scheduled back-up date for the test, which was originally set up for this Thursday, September 20. A backup date is always planned in case of widespread severe weather or other significant events on the primary test date. FEMA and the nation’s emergency management community remain committed to the life-saving activities occurring through parts of North Carolina and South Carolina.
For further information on the test, visit our KBest Media Facebook page or go to https://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test.
JaLie Hernandez and Hector Colon-Rivera were the top finishers for the Coahoma Cross Country varsity team at the Western Texas College Invitational meet held in Snyder Saturday while the junior high team had three runners medal in the event.
“This was the first meet for a lot of the junior high kids,” said Cross Country Coach John-Michael Leggett. “They all did a really good job this past weekend. We had a lot of kids that ran a season best time on a really tough course. We are getting better every week, and I am very satisfied with the progress we are making.”
Coahoma junior high runners Isabella Cox and Serena Dobbs turned some heads at the meet. Cox ran the route in 16:04 and Dobbs finished one second later at 16:05. That placed them fourth and fifth respectively and both girls medaled for their efforts. Jake Freeman also earned a medal in the boys junior high race. He came in 6th with a time of 13:43.
For varsity, Hernandez came in with a time of 16:17 to place 35th in girls event. Colon-Rivera ran the route in 22:20 to place 38th for the boys.
Next: The high school team will travel to the Lubbock ISD Invitational regional preview meet. The junior high team will be off for the weekend.
Individual results are as follows:
Hector Colon-Rivera, 38th, 22:20
Tanner Atkins, 45th, 22:54
Christian Klug, 52nd, 23:20
D'Kota Harrison, 66th, 24:37
Chance McMurray, 76th, 27:30
JaLie Hernandez, 35th, 16:17
Jake Freeman, 6th (Medaled), 13:43
McCartney Fitzhugh, 23rd, 14:52
Kenan Kimberley, 42nd, 17:12
Keiston Harrison, 45th, 18:40
Isabella Cox, 4th (Medaled), 16:04
Serena Dobbs, 5th, (Medaled), 16:05
Marianna Glover, 26th, 18:13
Emily Lowder, 48th, 22:28
Savannah Meachum, 51st, 23:40
This past weekend the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 47 held their 5th annual DAV Dove Hunt, an event where 4 honorees are taken dove hunting, skeet shooting, have an opportunity to spend time with other veterans and share experiences. On Saturday evening, the DAV and community members comes together to show appreciation for the four honorees while they share a meal together, provided by the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department.
This year’s honorees were Special Forces veteran Danny Martinez, Afghanistan and Iraq veteran Carlos Torres, Iraq veteran Dr. Elliot Vann, and Afghanistan and Iraq veteran Robert McBride.
During the honoree ceremony on Saturday evening, the honorees were presented with a certificate of appreciation along with numerous gifts.
All honorees were amazed and blown away by the outpouring of support from community members and the DAV.
Saturday, September 15th, was Thank a Veteran Day in Big Spring and this month KBest Media would like to thank Richard Cortez, Veteran Marine, who served from 1966 to 1969.
Cortez told KBest News that he had joined the Marine Corp as a 17-year old high school drop-out. He noted that it was on his 17th birthday that his parents had to sign for him to be able to enlist at such a young age. Cortez went on to say that he had chosen the Marine Corp because he like those uniforms better than the other branches.
After Cortez turned 18, he joined his unit in Vietnam. Cortez served as a combat engineer dealing with explosives. After serving in Vietnam for 18 months he was injured and ended up with shrapnel in his left leg. He still carries shrapnel in his left leg became became a Purple Heart Recipient.
After Cortez left the Marine Corp as a Corporal, he spent a short time in the oilfield and later went to school at Arizona State University to pursue an engineering degree. After his father passed and left behind 14 children, Cortez moved back home to help his family. He spent time studying at UTPB and working for h Texas Instruments as a Quality Control Engineer. Cortez stated that he had been married for 18 years and had 4 daughters, 2 grandkids, and 1 great grandchild on the way.
"It was an adventure. It was something that I wanted to do. I don't expect anyone to follow in my footsteps," said Cortez. He went on to say that his advice for anyone considering joining the military would be to be prepared for possibility of death or serious injury, and to have your family prepared for that outcome as well.
During last night’s meeting of the Big Spring ISD Board of Trustees SM Energy donated $10,000 to BSISD to be used for a robotics program at Big Spring Intermediate. Assistant Superintendent George Bancroft announced during the meeting that there was additional funding that the school district would be able to access in order to bring a robotics program to the Accelerated Anderson campus as well. He advised that there would be a robotics program on all BSISD campuses by December of this year.
BSISD also accepted a $4,000 donation from First Christian Church. It was noted that money would be used to feed Big Spring JH and HS students who participated in extracurricular activities outside of school hours. The details on the program will work are still in development.
Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the kick-off of the 2018 Save Texas History Essay Contest for 4th and 7th grade students earlier this month. The Save Texas History Essay Contest encourages students to answer an important question: "What history in your community is worth saving?"
In a press release by Bush, he stated that everyone is familiar with iconic historic sites in Texas like the Alamo and San Jacinto, but there are countless locations throughout the state whose meaning and importance are deeply rooted in their local communities. He also noted that local history is a source of pride to many Texas communities, but often remains unknown to many Texans. He went on to say that he looks forward to reading the essays and congratulating the winners.
The winning entries will each receive a cash award of $500 courtesy of Chris Cantu of Edward Jones Investments and Bob Erksine of Just in Time Staffing, both from Round Rock. Grand Prize winners will also receive Texas flags that have flown over the Texas State Capitol. Five additional finalists in each grade will receive $100 courtesy of the Rotary Club of Austin and the Sons of the Republic of Texas, and a Texas flag that has flown over the northernmost point of the Republic of Texas (in present-day Wyoming). All winners and finalists will also receive Save Texas History backpacks and a replica of an historic map from the GLO Archives map collection, and a Certificate of Achievement signed by Commissioner Bush.
Entries must be postmarked by October 31, 2018. For more information on the contest, check out our KBest Media Facebook page, or visit savetexashistory.org for details.
On Tuesday, September 11, 2018 the Howard County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by Russ Rutledge in reference to a scam. Rutledge advised that he had been contacted by a female, Lucia Hernandez, via Facebook messenger. Hernandez made attempts to convince Rutledge that he knew her personally. After a short period of time Rutledge was told to send $4800.00 to Hernandez or she would send out videos of him to his friends and known people showing he was a pedophile. Rutledge refused to pay and reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Office.
On Wednesday, September 12, 2018 the Facebook account of Lucia Hernandez began sending videos depicting Rutledge in compromising situations. The Howard County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed these videos are fake and were used in an attempt to extort money from Rutledge.
The Howard County Sheriff’s Office is currently working with Department of Homeland Security to track the origin of the videos and the identity of the person or persons responsible for the Facebook hack.
This investigation is ongoing and we are working diligently to resolve this case as quickly as possible.
Sheriff Stan Parker
On Thursday, September 6th, 2018, the Texas League of United Latin American Citizens, also known as LULAC held an informal press conference in Big Spring outside of the Big Spring Correctional Center in order to bring attention to allegations that had been brought against the Flightline Correctional Center, a private prison run by GEO Group, Inc. that is contracted by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
It was during this press conference that Texas LULAC Civil Rights Chair, Agustin Pinedo, announced that the allegations against the correctional facility state that on the night of August 11, 2018, inmate Jose David Garache-Munoz, a Honduran immigrant, was beaten into unconsciousness by correctional staff and that Garache-Munoz was in a coma for 5 days following the incident. The allegations, originating from family members of Garache-Munoz, also state that 2 other inmates were beaten when they tried to intervene, one of whom later died on August 31st, 2018, as a result of his injuries.
KBest News has found that all of the allegations appear to be false; Garache-Munoz was not beaten, nor was he in a coma. According to a letter addressed to LULAC from Flightline Correctional Center Warden Bobby Thompson, Garache-Munoz, on August 11, 2018, was identified as the primary instigator for a potential disturbance of a housing unit. Garache-Munoz refused to obey multiple orders to return to his bunk and positioned himself in an assaultive stance toward staff. He was then pepper-sprayed by staff in order to gain compliance. He was evaluated by on-site medical staff and transported to the hospital where he was treated for eye irritation. During the medical assessment of Garache-Munoz, he was not noted to have bruising, bumps, or lacerations.
Upon his return to Flightline, Garache-Munoz was placed in the Restrictive Housing Unit, which is standard protocol for inmates who engage in disruptive behavior and pose a danger to staff. Warden Thompson advised that after reviewing the records for this housing area, it was found that Garache-Munoz had eaten all 3 of his daily meals during this time frame and had even participated in recreation during 2 of the 5 days that it was offered to him. Warden Thompson also noted that at the time of his letter, which is dated for September 6th, 2018, Garache-Munoz was housed in the Restrictive Housing Unit pending administrative charges for making threats toward staff and attempting to assault staff.
KBest News followed up on the allegation of the inmate death and found that there are no decedent reports that were filed for inmates during the time period in question. Additionally, neither local funeral homes were contacted to remove a deceased inmate, nor was a Justice of the Peace contacted to pronounce an inmate death, which is required by law. Regarding the allegations made at the press conference of one inmate being deceased, one missing, and one in need of medical treatment, KBest has been informed that all three inmates are in the custody of the Big Spring Correctional Center, where they have continued to reside since the night of the disturbance.
Tonight’s 9/11 Memorial Service was standing room only. Veterans, First Responders, Young Marines, children and citizens gathered to remember the heroic actions of so many on a horrific day. Tonight was also an opportunity to honor every individual who has risked their life to protect ours. Speakers evoked laughter and tears as they recounted stories of America’s heroes. There were very few dry eyes as Mike Tarpley concluded the evening with “Taps”.
On the 11th of September 2018 at approximately 4:20 AM, Big Spring Police Department officers were dispatched to Walmart located at 201 W. Marcy in reference to a disturbance. Upon officers arrival an individual later identified as Clint Aaron Sorrells White/Male 22 Years of age appeared to be suffering mental crisis.
Officers made contact with Sorrells and through their investigation determined Sorrells was under the influence of methamphetamines. Contact was made with Walmart staff who informed officers that Sorrells had brandished a handgun while inside the store although he never threatened anyone. In proximity of the vehicle Sorrells had been driving, officers located three handguns and three rifles laying on the ground. After Sorrells was detained in handcuffs and while officers were investigating the incident, Sorrells ran a short distance before being caught by officers.
Sorrells was arrested and charged with Evading Arrest/Detention, Unlawful Carrying of Weapon and Public Intoxication. This incident is still under investigation and there is no further information available at this time.
Scenic Mountain Medical Center held a Prayer at the Pole event this morning with local first responders, military heroes, and community members to pray for those families who were impacted by the events of 9/11 and to thank first responders and military personnel for the sacrifices they make to keep us safe.
Speakers during the event included SMMC CEO Emma Krabill, Howard County Judge Kathryn Wiseman, and President of the Board ofDirectors for the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce Manny Negron lead the prayer.
After the event, everyone was welcomed to the grab-n-go breakfast that was held in the main lobby.
University Medical Center’s Nurses Educating on Illegal Drugs & Synthetics, also known as NEIDS will present a program on the dangers of synthetic drugs on Monday, September 17th at 6 PM at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum. It’s an educational program that’s opened to youth and adults.
NEIDS is an outreach group of registered nurses that believe synthetic marijuana and other illegal drugs kill and harm too many of our fellow human beings. The group is made up of emergency room nurses and nurse educators from Lubbock, Texas, whose mission is to provide education to the public on the health risks and hazards of the use of synthetic marijuana and other harmful drugs. They accomplish this by utilizing public service announcements, focused educational offerings to school age children, point of care education, and working with local coalitions and agencies against the use of synthetic marijuana. They actively support new or revised legislation of local and state laws to halt the sale, distribution, and the manufacturing of these synthetic compounds and illegal drugs.
Tumbleweed Smith of Big Spring is one of 35 honorees at the Brown County Museum’s 35th anniversary celebration on September 18th. The 35 are being recognized for contributing to the historical legacy of Brown County. “His statewide syndicated radio program and newspaper column include many historical features on this area and around the state, educating the public about our amazing history,” says museum board chairman Dion White. “He has had an impact on preserving our local history.”
The evening, titled “35 in 35,” begins at 7 PM September 18th at the museum located at 209 Broadway in Brownwood. “We will be expressing our appreciation to 35 people and entities who have played a role in valuing and promoting this rich heritage,” said White. Tumbleweed’s program, THE SOUND OF TEXAS, is in its 50th year.
Scenic Mountain Medical Center will be honoring our local first responders and military heroes on Tuesday, September 11th. The event will begin with Prayer at the Pole beginning at 8:30 AM and followed with a Grab-and-Go Breakfast from 8:45 to 9:30 AM.
The annual event 9/11 Memorial at the Plaza: A Tribute to our Civil and Military Heroes will take place later that evening at Spring Town Plaza, located at 1801 FM 700. The event begins at 6:30 PM, and is presented by the Disabled American Veterans Chapter #47 and the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department.
Donations are still being accepted by the DAV to help our Veterans. For more information, contact Mike Tarpley at 432-566-2227.
Education is the main focus for the Permian Basin Regional Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, according to a presentation by Rebecca Baker during Friday morning’s Kindred Coffee Hour.
“It’s not a secret that the opioid crisis is growing across the nation. One of the best ways to stop this crisis is to get communities educated, empower the youth to take a stand against peer pressure by highlighting the importance of proper medication disposal,” Amanda Duforat, SMMC Marketing Mgr., said.
Baker discussed the new drug prevention outreach curriculum – Impact Youth – a program of PBRCADA, to the area school systems. The program teaches students how to respond to peer pressure by providing education on the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol.
“We focus our teachings on making positive choices. In the past, programs have taught simply saying no is the answer, but when our youth are being faced with peer pressure, saying no isn’t always easy. We want the youth to understand why they are saying no and to help them feel empowered when they make that decision,” Baker said.
According to Baker, one of the new crazes are “pill parties” which is why proper disposal of medications is receiving a heavy push. Many households have expired prescriptions in their cabinets simply because they do not know how to get rid of them.
“Just allowing medications to sit in our medicine cabinets or around our house leaves the door open for a child to get a hold of them and ingest them, older kids have the temptation of experimenting and so many other potential hazards,” Baker said. “The more opportunities we can eliminate, the further we are in the fight against the opioid crisis.”
The PBRCADA offers a medication deactivation system free of charge. The pouches and buckets contain a chemical inside that dissolves the medication and makes them safe for disposal. For those who are needing to dispose of medications, call Baker at 264-7844.
“We are trying to get as much education out to the community as possible. Even if you do not have access to one of these pouches, there are other safe alternatives to disposing of those unused medications,” Baker said. “Our office is willing to provide pouches, provide education and even schedule a disposal collection event. We encourage those who have more questions or would like us to come out to give us a call.”
To keep up with activities in your community, provided by PBRCADA and other substance information, follow Impact Youth Big Spring on Facebook.
The Churches in the Crossroads Baptist Association will be presenting the Progressive Revival every night at 6:30 PM between Sunday, September 9th through Wednesday, September 12th.
Dr. Seay will be speaking on Sunday night, September 9th, at College Baptist Church. Monday, September 10th Pastor Mark Lindsey will speak at First Baptist Church of Coahoma. Pastor Jon Brinlee will speak on Tuesday, September 11th, at Midway Baptist Church, and Pastor Ken McMeans will close out the Progressive Revival on Wednesday evening, September 12th, at First Baptist Church of Big Spring.
It was noted that too many times people put too much focus on their own congregation and their own church building. Dr. Seay stated that this event will give people the chance to come together and be a community.
Howard County Commissioners did not approve the 9-1-1 Proposed Budget during yesterday’s meeting. Instead, Howard County Judge Kathryn Wiseman advised that it would be under advisement.
Also, during the meeting, the Commissioners approved a purchase by the Howard County Road and Bridge Department for a 1994 Freightliner truck with 5,000 miles from the Howard County Volunteer Department. They also voted to have the scrap yard dispose of the miscellaneous junked county equipment and transfer that money to the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department.
Howard County Commissioners Court will be held Monday, September 10th. The meeting will begin at 4:30 PM in the 2nd Floor Conference Room and reconvene in the 3rd Floor Courtroom at 5:30 PM for the Public Hearing on the proposed tax rate for Howard County.
Photo - Pepper Sullivan with the 9-1-1 Communications District Board presents proposed budget to Howard County Commissioners during meeting on 9/05/18.
One of the biggest questions on election day is “Where do I go to vote?” While some people participate in early voting just to avoid that question, others have to figure out what their precinct or district is so they can cast their ballot at the appropriate location. This kind of confusion on election days could be thing of the past with vote centers, or countywide poll locations.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, vote centers are an alternative to traditional, neighborhood-based precincts. When a jurisdiction opts to use vote centers, voters may cast their ballots on Election Day at any vote center in the jurisdiction, regardless of their residential address.
There are, both, possible advantages and drawbacks, to having vote centers, but a committee will be put together in order to assess if this is a good idea for the county.
Howard County Elections Administrator Jodi Duck told KBest News that a committee will be put together in order to discuss possible polling locations, if they want to add more or reduce the number of locations – 1 location will be in every commissioner’s precinct. She noted that there are guidelines that the state of Texas has given them and that information will be analyzed by the committee, and public hearings will be held to hear their view points. All of this information will then be submitted with the application to the state in order to be considered for approval for the vote centers.
Photo - New voting machines that print out ballot once voting on the computer is completed in order for the voter to review that their choices are correct before feeding it into the drop box.
Yesterday the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a Thank You for Your Investment Presentation for CeRam-Kote Coatings, Incorporated, located at 1800 Industrial.
CeRam-Kote Coatings, Inc. is the manufacturer of the CeRam-Kote family of high performance industrial coating products.
According to Chad Freeman, Vice President of the family owned business, the company has been in business for 33 years and they plan to be here a lot longer.
The annual event 9/11 Memorial at the Plaza: A Tribute to our Civil and Military Heroes will take place next Tuesday at the Spring Town Plaza, located at 1801 FM 700. The event begins at 6:30 PM, and is presented by the Disabled Veterans Chapter #47 and the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department.
Saturday, September 15th, the Big Spring D.A.V. Chapter 47’s will host their 5th Annual Dove Hunt. The evening will end with Community Support and Fellowship at Springcreek Fellowship inside of the Spring Town Plaza. This fellowship event will begin at 7 PM and free barbecue will be provided by the Howard County Fire Department until it is all gone.
Donations to the DAV are accepted to help our Veterans. For more information, contact Mike Tarpley at 432-566-2227.
(Photo: Mike Tarpley, with DAV, Chapter 47, salutes the U.S. Army flag.)