COAHOMA — Micah Worley, Julia Cox, Emilee Custer, and Aubrey Green are becoming quite used to performing at a high level in public speaking contests.
The four Coahoma FFA (Future Farmers of America) members are making a return appearance at the Texas FFA LDE (Leadership Development Events) contest set for today and Saturday at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.
Although experience public speakers, they all admitted to feeling a little jittery when it’s time to perform in front of the judges, but a little pep talk from their chapter adviser, Aaron Custer, helps to settle their nerves, Emilee Custer said.
“He tells us to do it like we do it at home, so it’s pretty easy for us to take a deep breath and think we’re just at home, we’re just in the ag shop, but it’s still pretty nerve-racking,” she added.
Worley, Cox, Custer, and Green are competing as a team in public relations. Cox is competing individually in the senior creed division.
For the public relations contest, the team is tasked with creating an informational program about FFA for an audience with no previous knowledge about the program. Following the presentation, they answer questions from the judges.
Last year, Worley, Custer, and Green placed 7th in state in radio broadcasting. Cox was the state champion in the junior creed.
Over the years, Aaron Custer has watched the four girls grow their public speaking skills through these types of FFA sponsored contests.
“The biggest feather in their cap when they graduate here is they all can stand up in front of people and speak when that’s probably the biggest fear any grown-up ever has,” Aaron Custer said. “These kids are getting an advantage upfront because they’re taking these nerves they’ve got now and learning how to face them, how to deal with them.”
In addition to honing their public speaking skills, the students have taking what they’ve learned back to the chapter to disseminate among their fellow members, Aaron Custer added.
After winning the state junior creed division in 2017, Cox qualified to compete against the top students nationwide at the FFA national competition held this past October. The contest requires participants to recite by memory the FFA Creed, which outlines the organization’s beliefs on the agriculture industry, and then answer questions directly related to the creed.
As part of her preparations for nationals, Cox worked with younger members to help them prepare for district contest.
“It was a lot of fun getting to see how they said it a little bit differently then how I would and working together to meet in the middle,” she said. “It was also neat being asked questions from them. Honestly, it felt more accomplishing to help these kids than anything.”
Cox landed in the top 16 competitors at nationals.
All four plan to put their public speaking skills to use after they graduate from high school. Cox is contemplating a career in law. Custer and Worley both plan to continue their agriculture studies in college. Custer wants to major in agricultural communications with a possible minor public relations and Worley plans to study animal science. Green has not decided on a career field.
“Whatever I do, I know this is helping me because I love speaking in front of people, and I love being able to be confident. So whatever job I pick, I want that to be a part of my job,” Green said.
In order to qualify for state, competitors placed first or second in their events at area. The Coahoma FFA public relations team placed first at area contest held at Howard College on Nov. 17. Cox came in second in senior creed.
FFA is a national, student-run program designed to bring about personal growth, leadership skills, and community mindedness in young people through agricultural education.
(Information and photo provided by Coahoma Media.)
Big Spring, TX - On November 27, 2018, at approximately 4:00 p.m., inmate Edgar Terrones was discovered missing from the Federal Prison Camp in Big Spring, Texas.
Mr. Edgar Terrones is a 22-year old, Hispanic male with black hair, brown eyes, 5’7” tall and weighs approximately 165 pounds. The United States Marshals Service and other law enforcement agencies were notified, and an internal investigation was initiated. Anyone with information about this individual should contact the United States Marshals Service at (325) 672-2147.
Mr. Terrones was sentenced in the Western District of Texas to 37-months for Importation of 5 Kilograms or More of Cocaine and Possession with Intent to Distribute 5 Kilograms or More of Cocaine.
FPC Big Spring is a minimum security facility that currently houses 169 male offenders in Big Spring, Texas.
Additional information about the Federal Bureau of Prisons can be found at www.bop.gov.
Greater Opportunities of the Permian Basin celebrated the addition of The Early Head Start Program at Bauer Head Start School Readiness Academy, located at 108 NW 9th St. in Big Spring with a ribbon cutting with the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce Wednesday afternoon.
When asked how she felt about the ribbon cutting, Catriva Webbs, Executive Director of Greater Opportunities of the Permian Basin, noted that their community assessments for the area have shown that it’s been a great need in the area and they’re excited to be able to provide for those services to meet the needs for the children and families in Big Spring.
Although Head start consists of pre-school ages 3 to 5, the new early head start ranges from pregnant moms to age 2. Webb advised that it’s the same head start program - researched-based curriculum implementation in the classroom – it’s just an early age group and what’s appropriate for their learning at this age. Unlike head start, early head start provides services year-round.
Applications for the program can be picked up and returned at the front office of the school, 108 NW 9th, and are accepted all year long.
On Nov. 28, 2018 a fire was reported at approximately 12:22 PM south of Big Spring, along northbound US 87, north of Wildfire Rd. and south of Brian Rd. in Howard County. 5 units from the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department and 3 units from the Glasscock County Volunteer Fire Department responded to the area to extinguish the fire, along with the Howard County Road and Bridge Department.
According to Chief Mitchell Hooper with the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department, the fire had burned 100 acres, and was at 100 percent containment at 8:22 PM last night.
Chief Hooper noted that there no injuries to report, and no evacuations were necessary and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Keep in mind that high winds are anticipated in the Howard County area for tomorrow, with wind gusts that could get up to 40 mph, and the lack of recent rainfall combined with several freezes has caused vegetation in the area to begin dying off and drying. Thus creating dangerous fuel for wildfires. Outdoor burning is strongly discouraged at this time.
If you've recently been burning off piles of brush on your property please make sure those are out entirely. Any smoldering areas will cause a grassfire hazard in the expected gusty winds.
Chief Hooper advised that if you need his department to bring water to any smouldering areas remaining on your property, contact him and they will make arrangements for you this afternoon. You can reach Chief Hooper at 432-270-7160.
The search for a missing Coahoma High School graduate came to an end yesterday in Austin. According to CBS Austin, an affiliate of our news partners at CBS 7, the Austin Police Department has confirmed that a body found in Lady Bird Lake on Monday morning is that of missing 25-year-old man Martin Gutierrez.
Martin was last seen alive at around 1 a.m. on November 19 in a popular area of late-night bars. He was reported missing later that day by his brother Mitchell Gutierrez of Austin.
There are no other details available at this time.
(Information and photo used from CBS Austin.)
Starting this Friday high winds are anticipated in the Howard County area. According to the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department, the lack of recent rainfall combined with several freezes has caused vegetation in the area to begin dying off and drying. This creates dangerous fuel for wildfires. Howard County Volunteer Fire Chief Mitchell Hooper asks that everyone be very cautious with outdoor activities, especially with the forecast winds for Friday and Saturday that could get up to as high as 40 mph.
NO OUTDOOR BURNING is allowed at this time. Also, be advised that if you've recently been burning off piles of brush on your property please make sure those are out entirely. Any smoldering areas will cause a grass fire hazard in the expected gusty winds.
Chief Hooper advised that if you need his department to bring water to any smoldering areas remaining on your property, contact him and they will make arrangements for you today and Thursday afternoon. You can reach Chief Hooper at 432-270-7160.
The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a “Thank You for Your Investment” presentation yesterday with the Big Spring Convention and Visitors Bureau, located at 113 E. 3rd.
Hayley Herrera, Community Services Director for the City of Big Spring, noted that they Big Spring CVB has been in their building for almost 4 years and people still don’t know that they’re there or what they offer, and that she's glad that the Chamber's presentation will bring attention to what they do and where they are located.
Big Spring Convention & Visitors Bureau Purposes & Services:
- Be a one stop source of information for Big Spring Visitors!
- Develop, produce and support key signature events that promote and highlight the Big Spring community.
- Help Business and large groups in locating a meeting room in Big Spring for their large event as well as help with overnight accommodations.
- Help visitors save time and energy in looking for tourism opportunities in The Big Spring area.
- Promoting Big Spring as an ideal location to visit and spend the night.
- Represent hotels, facilities, attractions, restaurants, retail centers and other providers who serve visitors.
For more information about Big Spring CVB, you can check out their website at visitbigspring.com or check our their Facebook page Visit Big Spring.
Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Mitch McLemore has been reassigned to the Big Spring Intermediate campus where he will serve as an administrator. Big Spring High School Principal Mike Ritchey will serve as the Big Spring ISD Interim Athletic Director while the Central Office administration thoroughly evaluates how it should address the need for an Athletic Director and Head Football Coach.
Big Spring ISD Superintendent Jay McWilliams stated that the district is grateful to Coach McLemore for his contributions to the school district, their students, and to the greater community. He went on to say that they look forward to benefiting from Coach McLemore's service in his new role.
Scenic Mountain Medical Group Gregg Street providers – Leslie Berry, FNP; Sheri Nichols, FNP and Brandi Webb, FNP - will be seeing patients at alternate locations until further notice.
Appointments with Sheri Nichols, FNP, will take place in the West Texas Medical Plaza in Suite 101. This is also the location for Orthopedic Surgeon Tom Ewing, M.D. until Dec. 17. To schedule an appointment with Nichols, call 432-466-2053.
Leslie Berry and Brandi Webb will see patients at 1503 W. Eleventh Place, the current MRI building and previously Dr. Kuprianowicz office. To schedule an appointment, call 432-268-5366 or 432-268-5360.
“We appreciate our patients for bearing with us as we repair the damage caused from a flood at the Gregg Street location earlier this month,” Amanda Duforat, SMMC Marketing Mgr., said. “We are working diligently to get the providers back in their offices as quickly as possible.”
She noted that they are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Appointments can also be made online at ScenicMountainAnytime.com.
The RED KETTLE CHALLENGE was kicked off yesterday at the Big Spring Walmart with Suggs Hallmark, who manned the red kettle and rang the bell for the Salvation Army of Big Spring. The Red Kettle Challenge encourages businesses, organizations, and community members to volunteer and sponsor a day to ring the bell for the organization during the Red Kettle Season which will continue through December 24th, excluding Sundays. The challenge was initiated by Tabitha Clark of Star Chrysler Dodge Jeep and Ram of Big Spring.
According to Captain Josh McKain with the local Salvation Army, Clark’s goal is for the Salvation Army to not have to pay anyone to ring the bell this season. Unfortunately, this will not happen this year, but the challenge has already saved the organization $1,000. Captain McKain went on to say that that in addition to raising money to help local families, you’ll also have the opportunity to promote your business or organization.
The WINNER of the Red Kettle Challenge will have bragging rights for the whole year, plus, the GOLDEN KETTLE to keep until the next Red Kettle Season!
To sign up for the Red Kettle Challenge call the The Salvation Army of Big Spring at 432-267-8239, or Tabitha Clark at 432-270-8970.
Due to these changes, they would like the public to know that they are here to serve the Citizens Howard County to the best of their ability. Please note that If you have contacted the 911 District in the past few months to obtain a 911 Address or needed assistance please contact them again. They can be contacted by leaving a message at 432-267-1900 and they will return your call as soon as possible.
If you have received at new 911 address and do not have a verification letter please let them know and they will get it to you as soon as possible.
Cherrie Burcham, interim Howard County 9-1-1 Communications Director, noted that they sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused anyone, as they are here for the citizens of Howard County.
Bennie Green, Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1 Place 1 for Howard County will be officially retiring on December 31st of this year. Judge Green began his 37 years of service with Howard County in the Howard County Sheriff’s Office where he spent 18 years in law enforcement. He was later appointed as a Justice of the Peace in 1999 when he took over the position from Judge China Long.
Judge Green says he has no definite plans for what will happen after retirement but he enjoys playing golf, fishing and hunting.
Due to Judge Green’s retirement coming in the middle of his term, the Howard County Commissioners had to appoint someone to fill his position until the next election. Angela Griffin was appointed to fill this position. She has been working in the County Attorney’s office under Josh Hamby for the last 10 years.
Judge Kathryn Wiseman told KBest News that Griffin will have to complete a total of 80 hours of training in her first year as Justice of the Peace. Her first training session will be on December 10th in Austin. Her first official day in her new position will be on Jan. 1st, but beginning on December 3rd she’ll begin shadowing Judge Green and the other 2 Justice of the Peace.
There will be a Community Meal on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22nd, from 11 AM to 1 PM at the Salvation Army building, located at 811 W. 5th St. in Big Spring.
According to Captain Josh McKain with the Salvation Army of Big Spring, last year the event delivered 500 meals, and served 100 in-house.
Captain McKain advised that the Salvation Army is planning to serve 600 meals again this year, and noted that they were approximately 350 servings short on desserts as of yesterday morning. If anyone would like to sign up for delivery meals, call 432-267-8239.
Be advised that they will not deliver more than 10 meals per family. They do request if your family requires more than 10 meals, to dine with them at the Salvation Army facility.
On November 20, 2018, members of the Big Spring Fire Department attended the annual Texas Emergency Medical Services Conference in Ft Worth, Texas. At the conference, the Texas Department of Health and Human Services presented the Big Spring Fire Department with the 2018 EMS Provider of the Year Award. Fire Chief Craig Ferguson proudly accepted the award on behalf of the members of the Big Spring Fire Department. The award recipient is nominated by peer agencies and voted on by a state-wide committee.
The purpose of this award is to honor a ground or air organization that demonstrates leadership in emergency medical services in patient care, public access, medical control, disaster preparedness, public education and training.
The Big Spring Fire Department is grateful for this recognition and we will continue to provide the citizens of Big Spring and Howard County with the highest level of professionalism, customer service, and responsiveness through effective and efficient fire suppression and emergency medical services.
AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding motorists to make safety an integral part of their Thanksgiving travel plans and to celebrate the holiday responsibly.
“As Texans are traveling to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends, DPS is reminding drivers of their duty to help keep our roadways safe – and we urge everyone to take this responsibility seriously,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “We are especially thankful this holiday for our Troopers and other law enforcement partners who will be giving up part of their holiday and time with their families to help patrol Texas roads and keep us safe.”
DPS Troopers and other Texas law enforcement agencies will be patrolling around-the-clock during the extended holiday weekend looking for drunk drivers, speeders, seat belt violators and other motorists who are endangering themselves or the public.
During the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday, DPS Troopers issued more than 73,000 traffic citations and warnings for a variety of violations, including 8,449 speeding and 1,005 seat belt/child safety seat citations. DPS patrols also resulted in 324 driving while intoxicated arrests, 290 fugitive arrests and 235 felony arrests during the same time period.
Show your thanks this holiday to those working on the side of the road by following the law: Slow down or move over for police, fire, EMS, Texas Department of Transportation vehicles and tow trucks stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated. Also, show the same courtesy to fellow drivers stopped alongside the road.
DPS offers the following tips for safe travel during the extended holiday weekend:
• Do not drink and drive. Make alternate travel plans if you are consuming alcohol.
• Slow down – especially in bad weather, construction areas, heavy traffic and unfamiliar areas.
• Eliminate distractions while driving, including the use of mobile devices. Texas law prohibits using a portable wireless device to read, write or send an electronic message unless the vehicle is stopped.
• Buckle up everyone in the vehicle – it’s the law.
• Drive defensively, as holiday travel may present additional challenges.
• Don’t drive fatigued – allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
• If you see a road hazard or if you observe anything suspicious, report it to the nearest law enforcement agency.
• On multi-lane roadways, use the left lane for passing only. Not only is it courteous driving and avoids impeding traffic, Texas law requires slower traffic to keep to the right and to only use the left lane for passing (when posted).
• Before your trip begins, make sure your vehicle is properly maintained and always double check to make sure all cargo is secure.
• Monitor weather and road conditions wherever you are traveling. For road conditions/closings in Texas, visithttps://drivetexas.org.
Just for Kicks is an event that is meant to give back to the community and surrounding areas by blessing children with new pairs of shoes and socks.
“We’ve been able to bless many, many children out of this and it’s been a blast to do it! We’ve seen hundreds and hundred of kids just come in with their sweet little faces and then walk out happy and dancing because they have a new pair of shoes and socks to go with it,” says Holly Ludington with Just for Kicks.
This is the 4th year for Just for Kicks and will be part of the Family Faith Center’s Just for Kicks, Cuts, and Hams, an event that will not only distribute free new shoes and socks, but also haircuts, and hams.
The event will be on December 15th and begins at 10 AM. Ludington noted that at this point Just for Kicks is in need of shoes, socks, monetary donations, or sponsorships. She stated that the event is for kids from Pre-K through 12th grade and they would need a variety of sizes. Donated shoes need to be new, closed toe, solid shoes that can be worn through winter months.
For more information on how you can donate or volunteer contact Holly at 432-213-4776.
There’s a blood drive today and tomorrow at Scenic Mountain Medical Center from 9 AM to 1 PM.
"Right now the blood supply is low," said Amanda Duforat, SMMC Marketing Manger. "[During] the holidays it's even more important to give because a lot of people are gonna be traveling. As most of us know, that usually means more accidents and more things can happen and so we just need to be prepared, and what better way than to take a little bit of time and donate a pint of blood. With it being Thanksgiving, if you donate a pint of blood you're actually going to get a voucher for a free turkey."
Donors will receive a $10 H-E-B gift card and Sonic Coupon. Those who donate 2 pints will also receive a free car wash coupon. Appointments are encouraged by calling 877-25VITAL (877-258-4825), or by visiting www.vitalant.org and using the code: smmc to sign up.
The 4th annual holiday dinner H-E-B Feast of Sharing is scheduled for Sunday, December 9th, from 11 am to 3 PM at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum on the Sonic Floor. This event welcomes everyone as this is a community event and plans to serve over 5,000 meals. Volunteers are needed to help prepare and serve the free meals. To sign up, call Debra Moreno at the Big Spring H-E-B at 432-816-6018.
Big Spring filmmakers James Fite and Brandon Johnson will be debuting their new short film “Carnage Radio” today at the West Texas Film Festival in Odessa. Fite told KBest News that Carnage Radio started as a feature film script, but due to a lack of funding they decided to turn it into a short film.
"May  was our deadline. We said if we don't find the funding we were going to do a short film, and in May I took the script and made the 30-minute short film script," said Fite. He went on to say that they used the month of June to prepare for the film, and began shooting the film in July. He noted that it took 8 days to shoot Carnage Radio and the film had been in post-production since then. They completed the post-production in October 2018.
Johnson advised that in the past their film crew consisted of the duo, Fite’s wife, kids, and maybe 1 other person, but this time around they were able to recruit help.
We went out and put together a crew of local people in Big Spring. There are people in Big Spring, talented people, that have the interest to do this stuff," said Johnson. "When we found them and put together our little crew, we were astounded by how much we could get done when we weren't trying to do everything ourselves."
"Zach Campbell was our cinematographer because we knew he had a good eye with his photography. We got David Haro to [be] our sound engineer because he has his own studio where he does his own mixing and everything," added Fite.
Fite went on to say that they’re trying to get as many local people as they can to attend the film screening today. The first screening will be at 10:30 AM and it will premier at 7 PM at the West Texas Film Festival that will be held at the Jack Rodgers Auditorium Odessa College. Cost is $10 per person for the day, or $25 for the weekend.
If you miss this opportunity to see the premier of Carnage Radio today, you’ll have to wait until it screens in Big Spring on January 26, 2019. For more information, check out their Facebook page for Carnage Radio.
The annual event Empty Bowls was held yesterday at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum at the Howard College campus in Big Spring. This is the largest fundraiser that the United Way of Big Spring and Howard County does to help raise campaign funds that will be distributed to their 15 partnering agencies.
Christian Fair, Executive Director for the local organization, told KBest News that she was excited to see the turnout that the event had this year. She noted that they had approximately 200 people attend the event, with 35 soup chefs, and at least 40 different kinds of soups.
The United Way of Big Spring & Howard County is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the health and human service agencies of Big Spring and Howard County. They are also currently looking for new board members. Anyone interested in serving on this board should contact Christian Fair at the United Way Office 432-267-5201.
The Howard County Resource Center celebrated their recent name change with a Ribbon Cutting this afternoon. They were joined by the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce and community members.
Formerly called the Northside Community Action League, the organization’s Board of Directors made a decision to change the name after 35 years. Diana Martinez, Executive Director of the Howard County Resource Center, noted that the old name no longer served the mission of the organization because they wanted to stress that they serve all of Howard County and not just the north side.
The name change became official on October 8, 2018.
Martinez also advised that they still offer all of the same services such as assistance with utility bills, textbooks for school, uniforms for work, food pantry, legal aid, and weekly psychiatrist visits. For more information about the services offered with the Howard County Resource Center, call (432) 263-2673.
Big Spring Independent School District campuses will have an early release on Friday, Nov. 16th that will begin at 12:30 PM.
According to George Bancroft, Assistant Superintendent of Operations for BSISD, this is due to the Thanksgiving holiday and a unique situation with their supply of bus drivers on Friday.
The release times for the BSISD campuses are as follows:
* Marcy and Moss will release students at 12:30 PM.
* Washington will release at 12:40 PM.
* Goliad will release at 12:45 PM.
* Big Spring Intermediate, Big Spring Junior High, and Big Spring High School will all release at 1 PM.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact your campus administrator.
Earlier this week it was announced that the Salvation Army is in need of bell ringers for the Christmas season.
Captain Josh McKain with the The Salvation Army of Big Spring, says that the funds raised during the Holiday Red Kettle program are used all year long for our local food bank, rent utility assistance, and for the Boys & Girls Club. McKain says that if they aren't able to get volunteers, they have to pay someone to ring the bell.
Tabitha Clark of Star Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Big Spring tells KBest News that their hope is that all volunteer shifts will be filled, and even issues this challenge:
"Every year every employee at Star rings the bell for the Salvation Army. So, we, here at Star, double-dog dare every business, club, group, or organization in Big Spring to the RED KETTLE CHALLENGE!," said Clark. "The business that brings in the most money gets bragging rights for a year!"
The challenge has been issued!
Clark says that a Golden Kettle will be awarded to the business or organization who raises the most money for the Salvation Army, and that the Kettle trophy will remain with the winners for a full year.
Volunteer bell ringers are needed from November 23rd - December 25th outside Walmart. To get signed up, please contact Josh McKain at 432-267-8239 or online at SalvationArmyBigSpring.org.
The Community is invited to Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home for Breakfast with a Vet on Sunday, November 11th from 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM in honor of America’s men and women who have served our country in uniform. Events will continue throughout the day with a visit from Boy Scout Troop #5 and Cub Scout Pack #305, followed by a sword cutting of our Veterans Day cake. In accordance with Marine protocol, cakes are traditionally cut with the Mameluke sword, as a reminder that Marines are a band of warriors, committed to carrying the sword, so that our nation may live in peace.
Following the cake cutting, the community is invited to join their veterans for lunch and with guest speaker (RET.) LTC Rosa Mancha, entertainment by George Bancroft, Gabe Martinez, Assistant Band Director, Big Spring High School Band, and a balloon release.
Members of the public who would like to join must RSVP by Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 to Gina Rice at email@example.com or 432-268-8387.
On the 3rd of November 2018 at approximately 3:20 A.M., Big Spring Police Department officers were dispatched to the area of Dixon and Alamesa in reference to shots being fired.
Upon arrival officers found evidence of several shots being fired in the 3700 block of Dixon. An attempt was made to contact the residents of a house which most of the evidence was located but no one answered the door.
Officers later found that a Hispanic/Male 27 years of age had arrived at Scenic Mountain Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the back.
Officers responded to SMMC and attempted to interview the subject who refused to cooperate with the investigation. The subject was flown to Lubbock UMC for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. This investigation is ongoing and there is no further information available at this time.
Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Lieutenant Brian Gordon
Early voting ended last week with a total of 4,777 voters in Howard County making their voices heard. There were also 435 ballots by mail received. These totals, just in early voting alone, have surpassed the total of votes casted in Howard County during the last gubernatorial election held in 2014!
Election Day is tomorrow and polling places will be open from 7 am to 7 pm. If you’re unsure where to cast your vote tomorrow, be sure to contact the Howard County Elections Office at 432-264-2273.
The Midland band Keeping Harvey Company celebrated the release of their first self-titled album this past Friday, 11/02/18, in downtown Big Spring at The Train Car, LLC. The band is made up of Big Spring residents Mae Harvey - lead singer and acoustics, and Tanner Churchwell - lead guitar, as well as J.C. Harvey - drums and harmony, Jacob Wayne - bass guitar, and Jennifer Hall on fiddle.
Mae told KBest News that the band has been working towards this moment since their beginning 2 ½ years ago, and describes their sound as Outlaw Country.
"I categorize us as Outlaw Country just because we have more of the rock from Tanner playing leads and we like to keep it upbeat, but we also love Classic Country like Patsy Cline."
With the band’s release of their first album, Mae noted that success is now at days is dependent upon community support. She advised that while people will be able to stream their music on digital sources, artists don’t usually much in royalties from that, but buying their music will actually give them more of the profit to use for promotions and to use towards making a new album.
Keeping Harvey Company’s music, including their new song “Kicking Stones”, is available on digital sources such as Spotify, itunes, and Youtube. They’ll also have physical copies to sell at their shows. The next show for the band will be Nov. 9th at their album release party in Midland at The Beer Garden at 9 PM.
The Howard College Theatre Department in Big Spring will be presenting Sherlock Holmes: The Unforgiven a Dinner Theatre in the Round on November 8th through 10th, and the event is currently sold out. Dan Evers, Associate Professor of Theatre at Howard College, told KBest News that there will be a preview performance with no dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 7th, at 7 PM that will be free to the public. Seating will be available on a first come first serve basis.
At approximately 4 PM yesterday afternoon there was a 5-vehicle wreck that included a semi-truck on eastbound I-20 near mile marker 171 between Big Spring and Stanton. First responders included law enforcement, firefighters, and EMS.
It was observed that the semi had caught fire and was extinguished by firefighters. At least 1 person was transported to a local emergency room and no other information has been released about the incident.