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2019 is looking to be a busy year for entertainment in Big Spring, thanks to BAD Events.

An event that he was coming up soon is the “Find a Star at the Pharmacy Bar” - a 5-week competition that begins Thursday, January 10th at the Pharmacy Bar inside of Hotel Settles.


Each Thursday, 1/10/19 - 2/07/19, there will be 5 artists at the Pharmacy Bar at the Hotel Settles competing against each other. Each artist will perform 4 acoustic songs and there will be 1 winner each week. On Feb. 7th, 4 winners, plus 1 wildcard contestant will all compete for $500 and the opportunity to open for 2nd Annual Song Swap at the Spring.


There are still spots available to compete, to register for competition, contact Barney Dodd at 432-755-9529.


Season of Giving Not Over: United Way of Big Spring and Howard County still pushing to raise money for local agencies.

Earlier this month, the United Way of Big Spring and Howard County had the 1st annual The Big Push on the corner of Gregg and 3rd to help raise money for the organization before the end of the year. Christian Fair, Executive Director for the local organization, told KBest News that they were able to raise $1,535 during the event. Currently, the local United Way has been able to raise over $100,000 for the 2019 Campaign. Fair also noted that there are several companies that still have yet to respond with amounts of employee pledges.


2019 is not here yet, and there’s still time and several ways to make your donation to the United Way of Big Spring and Howard County. If you’re still making a few purchases online be sure to use Amazon Smile and choose “United Way of Big Spring and Howard County” so that 0.5 percent of your eligible purchases will get donated to our local organization. You can also text “bigspringunited” all one word and lower case, to 40403. You’ll then receive a link to complete your transaction and fill in your payment information. You can also find the Facebook Fundraiser on the organization’s official Facebook page.


Comanche Trail Festival of Lights breaks record with number of visitors.

The holiday season brings many visitors to Big Spring, especially during the Comanche Trail Festival of Lights that runs nightly through most of December. This it was reported that there were 30,186 people who visited the lighted trail. According to Vicky Stewart, Secretary and designer with the Comanche Trail Festival of Lights, the 30,000th visitor was Nora Porras from Big Spring, who visited the attraction during the last hour on Christmas Night. According to Stewart, this year Santa visited with over 1,112 kids during the 2 weekends that he was at the Festival of Lights.


Stewart noted that the Festival of Lights begins the Sunday after first Saturday in December when the Big Spring Herald has their lighted Christmas parade. This year the event was open for 24 nights, thus helping them to reach over 30,000 visitors this year.


CHS Graduate Putt Choate Inducted to Texas High School Football Hall of Fame

According to the Midland Reporter-Telegram, Coahoma graduate and former SMU standout Putt Choate was honored as part of the 2019 class of the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame, earlier this month during the UIL State Football Championships at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.


Choate was a two-way star for the Bulldogs in the mid-1970s, rushing for 3,310 career yards, while earning all-district and all-state honors at fullback as a senior. Choate played in the 1975 Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Game, and went on to earn All-Southwest Conference first team honors at SMU in 1977 ‘78. He set the Mustangs’ school record with 649 career tackles. Choate later played professionally with the Atlanta Falcons and the Green Bay Packers, and the Denver Gold and San Antonio Gunslingers, both of the US Football League. He’s one of only three players in USFL history to start all 54 regular season games before the league folded in 1986.


Putt Choate is the second Choate family member to be inducted into a hall of fame. His father, 87-year old Carroll Choate, was inducted into the Heritage Museum’s Cowboy/Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 2017.


(Photo from MRT)


Crime Stoppers seeking help in multiple vehicle burglaries, 12/27/18

Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help in locating and identifying Burglary of vehicle suspects. Yesterday morning at approximately 7:30 AM officers with the Big Spring Police Department were dispatched to the Kentwood, Baylor, and Highland area in reference to multiple vehicle burglaries. Upon arrival, officers learned that at least 4 subjects burglarized numerous vehicles on this date at or around 4 AM. Crime Stoppers is offering UP TO $1000.00 to the FIRST person who can provide information that identify the actors. 


If you can identify the actors in these burglaries, call the TIPS line at 432-263-8477 (TIPS). Be advised that you will remain anonymous and no caller ID is ever used. You can also use the software where you can submit your tip online, and it is also completely anonymous.


For more information on this story, check out the Facebook page for Big Spring Howard County Crimestoppers or you can find the link on our KBest Media Facebook page.


Highlights from Howard County Commissioners Court, 12/26/18

During yesterday’s meeting of the Howard County Commissioners Court, the retirement resignation of Judge Bennie Green, Justice of the Peace for Precinct 1, Place 1, was accepted by the Commissioners. Angela Griffin, who’s been working in the County Attorney’s Office under Josh Hamby for the last 10 years will be appointed to fill the position.


Griffin has stated that she is very honored to have been chosen for the position and is excited to be the new Justice of the Peace for Precinct 1, Place 1. When asked what she looks forward to the most in her new position, Griffin stated that she looks forward to serving the county and community, excelling in her new position, learning new things and conquering new challenges. She also said that she is excited about marrying people and noted that those ceremonies would be very special to her. Griffin, along with other county officials, will be sworn in on Wednesday, Jan. 2nd at 10 AM.


Executive Director Needed for Howard County Teen Court.

Howard County Teen Court was approved to be re-established earlier this year by the Big Spring City Council, and members of the Howard County Teen Court Board of Directors have been continually working hard to get the program started.


Brenda Tubb, Howard County Chief Juvenile Probation Officer and member of the Howard County Teen Court Board of Directors, advised that Howard County Teen Court had been around years ago and noted that Howard County schools, as well as city and county officials have agreed to be a part of the program. Tubbs also stated that any juvenile that goes in front of the municipal court or Justice of the Peace is eligible for Teen Court.


The goals of Teen Court are to stop illegal behavior before it becomes a habit; educate teens about the law; and dispense with juvenile cases in a positive, effective, and efficient manner.

Dana Rodriguez, Big Spring ISD Truancy Officer and President of the Board, advised that the program would benefit more than just referred teens. It would also be a great opportunity for community service for students who are applying for scholarships. She stated that volunteers are needed to be attorneys, bailiffs, court clerk, and jurors; also adding that adults are needed to oversee the proceedings.


Rodriguez went on to say that the Board is currently looking for an Executive Director to oversee the program. She noted that it’s a paid position with only 10-12 hours per week right now, but as the program grows, so would the amount of hours. For more information about the position or about Howard County Teen Court, contact Dana at 432-264-3622 ext. 1111.


Portable Buildings Create Dressing Room for Lady Steers Softball Team

Over the past year, Big Spring ISD Board of Trustees has been discussing the idea of creating a dressing facility /club house for the Big Spring Lady Steers Softball team because, currently, there is not a facility for the team to use at the softball fields. Last week, the Board of Trustees approved a motion to change that.


Big Spring ISD Superintendent Jay McWilliams advised that they Board had budgeted $300,000 to complete the project and had requested bids on the project. It was noted that there haven’t been many bids received and some have noted that they are too busy to take on the project. McWilliams noted that the Board decided to use dual classroom portable buildings from Kentwood that are not being used to help them accomplish their goal for the time being.


Fourth Annual: Operation Santa Paws in Big Spring, 12/22/18

FOURTH ANNUAL - Operation Santa Paws
DECEMBER 22, 2018 9AM – 4PM
Tractor Supply - Big Spring Texas


Operation Santa Paws is a one day collection event with a dual purpose-
? Food, toy, coat, blanket , etc drive for Happy Day Humane Society (Basically ANYTHING that they need to care for our furry friends on a daily basis)
? Adoption Event for Happy Day Humane Society


The Fourth Annual “Operation Santa Paws” event will be held Saturday December 22nd from 9 AM to 4 PM at Big Spring Tractor Supply on Interstate 20.


With all the focus on the hustle and bustle of the season it is often the less fortunate four-legged members of our community that often get overlooked. Starting in October right up to Christmas there are food, coat, clothing and fundraising campaigns for our needy families and children, and our community always seems to respond amazingly.

Many of us who have pets of various breeds and kinds no longer consider them simply animals or even pets, they are a part of our families as dear to us our any other member of our household. With the holiday festivities, shopping, and getting into the spirit of giving by helping the less fortunate, it’s easy to forget about all of our furry friends in need. Especially during the holidays, the cold winter weather is perilous for abandoned animals, leaving shelters overcrowded and lacking in supplies.

The community had been AMAZING at this event in the past; donating over 1900 pounds of dog food, cat food and treats, almost twice as much as the year before! Once again Operation: Santa Paws is calling upon the generosity and the generous heart of the people of Big Spring and the surrounding to again help us to once again bless our furry friends at Happy Day Humane Society.


Here are some other ways that you can help our local shelters all years, not just during the holidays, but all year long...


1. Sponsor an animal: Whether you are an animal lover who is currently unable to have a pet, or one who is fortunate enough to share your life with a loving animal, consider helping another animal by becoming a sponsor. (Contact Happy Day for more information)

2. Foster a pet: Could you use some fluffy cheer in your house throughout the winter? Foster a pet in need! There are specific guidelines for pet fostering, so check with Happy Day for more information.

3. Go through your closets: Old towels, blankets, sheets, bathmats, and placemats are all in high demand. They can be used for bedding and as food trays.

4. Donate your time: You can help a shelter by volunteering to walk the dogs whenever your schedule permits. What better way to give back is there?


5. Donate your dollars: Withall the money you saved during Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, considering making a monetary donation.

6. Who doesn’t like a good holiday sale: Food, treats, and cat litter go on sale often. All of these items are essential at animal shelters and get donated the least.

7. Adopt a pet: Make it your New Year’s resolution to give one of these furry friends a forever family.


While Operation Santa Paws is scheduled as a one day event, the need exist throughout the year. If you are interested in giving at any time other than on the day of the event, please call or make the short trip out to Happy Days Humane Society.


Happy Days Humane Society
5710 W Interstate 20 Big Spring, TX
(432) 267-7832


If you are interested in donating, but unable to get to Tractor Supply the day of the event or to Happy Days Humane Society then please feel free to call Gary – 432-213-2321 and they will have someone come and accept your donation.


For more information regarding the event or to volunteer to help please call Gary at (432) 213-2321.



DPS: Pack Safety on Your Holiday Road Trip


AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is encouraging drivers to pack safety on their holiday road trips by staying sober and following traffic laws throughout the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. In an effort to increase safety on Texas roadways, DPS Troopers will conduct traffic patrols throughout the holiday weekends — Dec. 23-26 and Dec. 31-Jan. 1 — looking for drunk drivers, speeders, seat belt violators and other dangerous drivers. Many local law enforcement agencies will also increase enforcement efforts over the holidays.


“The holidays are a wonderful time of year, and it’s up to each and every Texan to be responsible behind the wheel so that everyone makes it home safely to their family during the holidays,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Along with other law enforcement partners across the state, DPS will be out in force to identify and remove dangerous drivers from Texas roadways this holiday season.”


During the Christmas/New Year holiday enforcement effort last year, DPS Troopers issued more than 86,000 citations and warnings for a variety of violations, including speeding, no insurance and seat belt/child safety seat usage. DPS enforcement efforts also resulted in 400 DWI arrests, 359 fugitive arrests and 277 felony arrests.


DPS wants to remind all Texans it is everyone’s responsibility to help protect those working on the side of the road this holiday season by following the law: Move over or slow down 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 along the road.


Winter weather threats may also be a factor during holiday travel. Texans can prepare their vehicles for winter by checking the battery, windshield wipers (including appropriate freeze resistant-fluid), tire pressure, tire tread and fluid levels, as well as taking time to lubricate door and trunk locks to prevent freezing. Additional tips to prepare for winter weather can be found on the DPS website


DPS offers the following additional tips for safe travel during the holidays:


  • 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, visit


Need a copy of your birth certificate? You may want to grab that before Dec. 28th.

Brent Zitterkopf, Howard County Clerk, advised that the State of Texas has decided to make changes in the system used to print remote birth certificates, or certificates from another Texas county. He also noted that the paper used to print the birth certificates will be different beginning in 2019.


According to Zitterkopf, the County Clerk's office will not be able to print remote birth certificates after December 28th, until the changes take place and the new paper has been received. At this time, there is only one company available to serve the 254 counties in Texas, so he anticipated that it would be late January before Howard County would be able to receive the paper for the birth certificates.


KBest Christmas Lights Contest --The Complete List!

Enjoy an evening of looking at Christmas lights from all the 2018 contest entries.  Here's the complete list...


City of Big Spring District 1
~ 508 NW 5th
~ 605 NW 5th
~ 1616 Harding 
~ 1619 Harding
~ 812 Creighton
~ 806 San Antonio

City of Big Spring District 2
~ 1101 S Lancaster
~ 1104 Johnson St.
~ 609 Caylor 
~ 800 Settles 
~ 912 E 12th
~ 1202 E 15th
~ 623 State St.
~ 1501 State St.
~ 1000 Howell St.
~ 1005 Howell St.

City of Big Spring District 3
~ 4213 Hamilton 
~ 2511 Cheyenne Dr.
~ 2626 Fairchild
~ 2512 Gunter Circle
~ 4101 Parkway Rd.

City of Big Spring District 4
~ 609 W 17th 
~ 415 Westover Rd.
~ 420 Dallas St.

City of Big Spring District 5
~ 1704 Owens 
~ 701 Colgate Ave.
~ 806 Kent Ave.
~ 3206 Auburn
~ 2606 Ann Dr.
~ 707 Colgate Ave.
~ 2507 Rebecca Dr.
~ 2717 Ann Dr.
~ 2318 Brent Dr.
~ 2610 Lynn Dr.

City of Big Spring District 6 
~ 1314 Mount Vernon
~ 800 Birdwell Lane
~ 1113 Lloyd Ave.
~ 618 Birdwell Lane
~ 1811 Morrison 
~ 1423 E 6th
~ 1308 Mount Vernon

City of Big Spring - Highland South
~ 705 Oak Glen Dr.
~ 502 Highland Dr.
~ 704 Highland Dr.
~ 901 Highland Dr.

Howard County Precinct 1
~ 1302 HWY 176

Howard County Precinct 2
~ 200 Highschool DR.- Coahoma
~ 908 Culp Ave. - Coahoma
~ 510 Foster Ave. - Coahoma
~ 410 College St.- Coahoma
~ 300 South Ave.- Coahoma
~ 101 N 2nd St.- Coahoma
~ 409 Richie 
~ 305 Wilson Rd.
~ 6105 Walter Rd.
~ 2503 E 23rd - Kentwood area
~ 405 Todd RD.- Forsan area
~ 103 Teachers RD. - Forsan
~ 112 Teachers RD. - Forsan

Howard County Precinct 3
~ 4202 W FM 818 - Elbow area
~ 5211 Longshore Rd. 

Howard County Precinct 4
~ 1408 HWY 350
~ 108 N Moss Lake Rd.
~ 108 Hooser Rd.
~ 112 Hooser Rd.
~ 10601 N CR 31
~ 10307 CR 24
~ 7405 N I-20 Service Rd.


MERRY CHRISTMAS from your friend at KBEST MEDIA!!!



Big Spring ISD Board of Trustees approve purchase of 1,000 Chromebooks.

The Big Spring ISD Board of Trustees approved a budget amendment and expenditure of approximately $250,000 for the purchase of 1,000 Chromebooks and related expenses during yesterday’s special meeting.


Jay McWilliams, Big Spring ISD Superintendent, told KBest News that the purchase comes after there had been technical issues with some of the servers that affected the Big Spring Elementary schools over the Thanksgiving break. McWilliams noted that thanks to the Jamie Scott, Daniel Hoard, and the rest of the technology department did an amazing job in patching the problem, but it’s only a temporary fix. 


McWilliams advised that the Chromebooks would be used in all 4 Elementary schools, encompassing 2 computer labs, along with 4 Chromebooks for each classroom in the elementary schools, which he noted was what the schools had before the server issue.


Jamie Scott, IT Director for Big Spring ISD, explained that technology ages quickly and the elementary schools were due for an upgrade before the server issues arose in November. The goal in using the Chromebooks in the elementary classrooms is to be able to engage students on another level to facilitate learning.


Scott stated that 700 Chromebooks would go to the 4 elementary schools, 200 would go to the high school, and the last 100 would be stored as extra in order to have maneuverability in the event that repairs are needed in the future. He went on to say that the Chromebooks would be ordered this week and he hopes to be able to have them all distributed by the end of February.


Lone finalist for CISD superintendent position announced

Brad Cox, assistant superintendent for Coahoma ISD, was named the lone finalist for the CISD Superintendent position by the board of trustees Tuesday night during a special meeting. 


“We are excited to have Mr. Cox step into this position and look forward to the direction he has for our district,” said Mr. Michael Brooks, CISD Board president.


Cox joined the district in 2014 as the assistant superintendent and has 17 years in education. He is a 2002 graduate of the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and earned his masters degree from UTPB in 2009.


Following a state-mandated 21-day waiting period, the CISD Board of Trustees will take formal action on the hiring in early January 2019. Cox is set to replace the current Superintendent Dr. Amy Jacobs who announced in October she would be leaving to work in the nonprofit industry in the fall of 2019. 


Once a decision to hire is made, Jacobs will work in an advisory position to help with the transition. 


Coahoma ISD is a 3A district in rural west Texas located in east Howard County serving 1,100 students in grades pre kindergarten through 12th grade. 


BREAKING NEWS from the desk of BSISD Athletic Director Mike Ritchey...

The Big Spring Independent School District is pleased to announce its new head football coach will be Mr. Cannon McWilliams. Coach McWilliams’ performance in the classroom and on the field of athletic competition over the last two years is admirable. His commitment to our students and student athletes is of the highest standard. We are confident our athletes, students, staff, and the community of Big spring will be proud to have Coach McWilliams leading our football program and reinforcing our athletic mission of building character through hard work and accountability, both on and off the field.


In addition to being our head football coach, Coach McWilliams will also serve as the district’s strength and conditioning coordinator. This will allow him to apply his knowledge and experiences in this field to impact both future and current Lady Steers and Steers.

Mike Ritchey

BSHS Principal &

Big Spring ISD Athletic Director


Sweet Note: Four CHS musicians make All-Region band.

Hours of practice have paid off for Coahoma High School band member Wesley Chavarria who will be heading to UIL Area Band tryouts in January.


The contest is the last step before All-State Band where the best young musicians in Texas are showcased during the Texas Music Educators Association’s annual convention held in February. The sophomore trumpeter advanced after placing 7th in All-Region band tryouts held earlier this week in Midland.


Three other members of the Big Red Band also earned spots. They are flutist Andrea King, senior, trumpeter Aaron Turnbough, sophomore, and clarinetist Alana Wegner, sophomore. The All-Region band concert will be held on Jan. 19 in Midland.


In the junior high division, Audrey Turnbough, an eighth grader, was selected to All-Region Middle School Band recently. The All-Region Middle School band concert is set for Jan. 26 in Crane.


Just for Kicks: A Blessing for Families in Need.

On Saturday morning, many people turned out to Family Faith Center in Big Spring, to join them for the event Just for Kicks, Cuts, and Hams. Kids, from pre-k through 12th grade, who attended the event were able to walk away with a brand new pair of shoes and socks, free haircuts, and free backpacks to first 100 students. In addition to that, families were also offered a ham dinner.


Desiree Mayes, single mother of 3, attended the event with her 14 year old son. She told KBest News that the event was a blessing and she was pleased to know that her family lived in a community that cared for others.


According to Holly Ludington, event coordinator, the event was able to collect approximately 700 pairs of shoes to distribute.


Just for Kicks, Cuts, and Hams - Tomorrow, 12/15/18

The event Just for Kicks will be tomorrow morning at Family Faith Center, located at 810 E. 11th Place in Big Spring, and begins at 10 AM.


Here, Holly Ludington, Event Coordinator for Just for Kicks, advised that during the event, free new shoes and socks will be distributed to kids in grades Pre-K through 12th grade.


This is the 4th year for Just for Kicks and it 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 for the children, and hams.


For more information on the event contact Holly at 432-213-4776.


Howard County Commissioners Court Highlights, 12/12/18

During yesterday’s meeting of the Howard County Commissioners Court, the burn ban for Howard County was reinstated for 90 days. Howard County Volunteer Fire Chief Mitchell Hooper noted that during this time of year, the grass is dormant and has potential to become a wildfire. He went on to say that with the cold front coming and high winds, it is especially important to reinstate the burn ban.


Chief Hooper advised that if anyone needs to make a burn during these next 90 days, they will need to call him at 432-270-7160 for permission to do so.


A resolution against increased commercial truck weight limits was read by the Commissioners. Howard County Judge Kathryn Wiseman noted that they would be writing letters to their state and federal legislators to ask them to keep that from happening. Judge Wiseman noted that the Commissioners are adamantly opposed to the increased commercial truck weight limits because they end up on county roads and destroy them.


Highlights from Big Spring City Council meeting on 12/11/18:

During last night's meeting of the Big Spring City Council, Cpl. Michael Calley of the Big Spring Police Department was recognized as the December Star Employee for going above and beyond normal duties as an officer when he was photographed changing a tire for a citizen stranded on the side of the road.


The Big Spring Fire Department was also recognized for earning the 2018 Texas EMS Provider of Year at the Texas Emergency Medical Services Conference that was held in Ft. Worth earlier this year.


Local hotel owners of Big Spring donated $10,650 to the Howard County Sheriff's Office and the Big Spring PD for the purchase of bullet resistant vests.

SM Energy donated $12,500 to the Big Spring Fire Dept. for their 2nd set of Jaws of Life. It was also noted that the BSFD received a donation from TransGlobal Company for $2,500 for the purchase of additional equipment for the pumper truck that the department will soon obtain.


The bid for a utility services on-demand contractor to Boler Equipment Services, Inc. of Midland was awarded for up to $400,000 for emergency services only. The contract is for 1 year with an option to renew or terminate at the end of the year, and the city has the ability to terminate the contract within 30 days of notice if services are not up to standards. The bid passed 5-1 with Councilman Jim DePauw, District 6, voting against because he felt that there was a lack of transparency in the bidding.


Big Spring CVB was approved to donate use of the Roy Anderson Sports Complex to assist BSISD to assist in hosting a Women's Softball Tournament from 2/28/18 - 3/2/19 in lieu of rental.


Kevin King and Phil Whitten were noted to have placed applications to become appointed to the 911 Board of Managers. After a split vote between King and Whitten, a coin toss was used to determine that Whitten would be the candidate appointed to the board, and Debra Wallace would be reinstated to serve another term.


Big Mike's KBest Christmas Lights Contest

Christmas spirit is bright this holiday season, just ask Howard County residents who are participating in the Big Mike’s KBest Christmas Lights Contest going on now.


Due to last year’s popularity, this year’s contest has expanded outside of Big Spring to all of Howard County thanks to the title sponsor Big Mike’s Farm Store.


Here, Mark Barr, Co-Owner of Big Mike’s Farm Store, told KBest News that it was important to him to expand the contest this year because he grew up in the conuntry and knows that there are several thousand people who live outside of Big Spring in the area. He noted that wanted to extend the opportunity to other Howard County communities such as Coahoma, Forsan, Vealmoor, Knott, Vincent, and Luthor.


Last year, Malinda Fleniken, Managing Partner at KBest Media, had an idea to help spread Christmas cheer with the Christmas Lights Contest. She noted that driving around looking at Christmas lights had been a tradition for some families. When there weren't many decorated houses to look at, she thought to offer extra Christmas cash to entice people to participate. The idea worked and has been spreading the Christmas spirit all over Big Spring, and now Howard County. 


This year’s contest will be awarding over $10,000 in cash and prizes to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in each of  the 6 City Districts, each of the  4 County Precincts, and South Highland will be judged on its own and will only compete in with other South Highland entries. 1st place will win $500, 2nd place will win $250, and 3rd place will win $100 in each area, for a total of 33 cash winners. Everyone entering the contest will be eligible for Grand Prize – Holiday in San Antonio, that includes a stay at the Hilton, 6 Flags tickets, entry to the Alamo, and a river cruise, plus $100 gas cash to get you there and back.


Entries can be found at, and at Big Mike’s Farm Store. The deadline to turn in the entries to KBest Media at 608 Johnson is 5 PM on Thursday, Dec. 13th.


United Way Big Push - 12/12/18!

The United Way of Big Spring and Howard County will be having their event The Big Push on Wednesday, December 12th, from 12-4 PM at 215 W. 3rd St. in Big Spring.


Christian Fair, Executive Director with the local United Way organization, told KBest News that the event is the end of the year blitz for the 2019 Campaign Season. There will be local volunteers with the United Way helping to collect donations at the corner of 3rd and Gregg St. during that time. Double L BBQ will also be at the event selling food to help raise money for the local organization.


Most people may be surprised that the campaign season isn’t as long as one might think, instead, the United Way of Big Spring and Howard County only campaigns from September through December to raise a big portion of their funding.


With a turnover in Executive Directors and a Kick-Off event that was canceled twice due to bad weather, the local organization has only met 30 percent of their goal for the 2019 Campaign but Fair says she’s still hopeful that they’ll be able to raise enough funds to distribute to their local agencies.


Three CHS students named to Academic All State Football list

COAHOMA — Three Coahoma High School student athletes have been recognized for their outstanding academic achievement by the Texas High School Coaches Association.


Joe Manning, Cassie Gutierrez, and Emily Krabill were named to the THSCA’s Academic All State Football second team.


“I am very proud of these three kids,” said CHS Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Chris Joslin. “They take care of their business in class and on the field. This is a well deserved honor for Joe, Cassie and Emily.”


Manning played wide receiver and defensive back for the Bulldogs. He racked up 32 tackles this past season and assisted in seven more. Both Gutierrez and Krabill were trainers on the field during the season.


To be nominated, the students must be a senior, have a 92 overall grade point average, be in good standing with the team, and be of good moral character. The state organization also takes in consideration class rank and SAT/ACT scores.


To see the full list of honorees, visit


Captain McKain speaks to CHS students about making positive impacts.

Yesterday, Captain Josh McKain with the Salvation Army of Big Spring stopped by Coahoma High School to speak with their students. During the assembly, Captain McKain told his story of drug addiction and being on the verge of being sentenced to prison when his life was turned around after accepting Jesus while at a treatment facility.


He opened up to the high school students about his personal story in hopesthat some would connect with his message, which was, “Don’t let the circumstances of your life define you and shape you.”


Captain McKain said the invitation to speak at Coahoma High School came from CISD Superintendent Dr. Amy Jacobs and CHS Principal Cristina Cox after he returned from a recent disaster deployment when Hurricane Florence had hit the Carolinas earlier this year.



While our Flags are already at half-staff in honor of the death of President George H.W. Bush, Howard County Judge Kathryn Wiseman and want to remind our Community that Friday, December 07 is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.


Our World War II Veterans are few now, but we extend our thanks and prayers to them and their families, and encourage all families and friends to share the stories
of the Veterans they loved and lost, and honor those still with us.


SMMC Christmas Tree Lighting

Scenic Mountain Medical Center had their 4th annual Christmas Tree Lighting in front of their Main Lobby yesterday evening. Before the tree lighting, Christmas carols were sung around the tree and Santa, Mrs. Claus, and even the Grinch mingled with the crowd and were available for photo opportunities with the guests.


Mitzi Knight, Practice Administrator for the Scenic Mountain Medical Group Clinic, noted that SMMC and SMMG take pride in giving back to the community and they were happy to continue this Christmas tradition.


Space Heater Safety

The cold weather forecasted for this weekend may prompt some residents to get out their space heaters for extra warmth.


Big Spring Fire Marshal Dan Hendrickson noted that portable electric space heaters can be a convenient source of additional heat for your home or office in cold weather, but they can also pose significant fire and electric shock hazards if not used properly.


"You gotta make sure that any combustible materials - bedding, clothes, laundry - are at least 3 feet away from a space heater or heater. The other thing that you gotta take into account is that the power cords for these units," said Hendrickson. "That's a lot of energy traveling through that power cord, so you never want to use extension cords or anything like that, but you also want to make sure that you don't have anything lying on top of the cords because air is actually what keeps the power cords cool and keeps them from overheating."


He noted that if an extension/electrical cord is covered, it will build up heat and will melt the insulation, causing a structure fire.


Ritchey New Athletic Director

According to a statement made by Big Spring Superintendent Jay McWilliams, the BSISD administration is excited to announce that Mike Ritchey will move from Interim Athletic Director status to the Athletic Director’s position immediately. Mr. Ritchey will continue to serve as the Big Spring High School Principal concurrently with his Athletic Director’s position. 


The district intends to make arrangements for administrative support at the high school so that Mr. Ritchey has time available to address the needs of both the athletic department and the high school. Additionally, the district administration will post a Head Football Coach position on its website and looks forward to finding and hiring an exceptional individual to lead the football program at Big Spring ISD.


P.S.A. – Trial Cancellation 

Be advised that the trial for December 12, 2018 at 9:00 for Judge Robert Fitzgibbons’, Precinct 1 Place 2 has been cancelled. If you had jury duty for this day, there is no need to show up.


Calling all DRUMLines!! WNPAC hosts drumline competition to open for DRUMLine on 12/17/1

Calling all drumlines in HOWARD COUNTY!! - Be advised the contest has been extended to Monday, 12/3/18.


The show DRUMLine Live Holiday Spectacular will be at the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center (WNPAC) in Midland on December 17th. This is the same band that backed up Beyoncé at Coachella for her 2018 performance. 


WNPAC wants to make this even more special for drumlines in the area by hosting a contest that encourages all drumlines to participate. The top 2 winners will receive 12 tickets to teh show, PLUS compete in a pre-show in the WNPAC lobby in a "drumoff" for a chance to open for the main act, DRUMLine. The winner will be selected by local celebrity judges John Moesch of West Texas Radio Group, Leo Caro of B93, and Jay Hendrix from CBS7.


Ready to enter? Here's how!


  • Post a video to Instagram and tag @WagnerNoel_PAC in the post and use the hashtag #DrumLINEWNPAC in order to win
  • The top 2 videos with the most “likes” by 12/3 will win. 
  • The top 2 winners will receive 12 tickets to the show. 
  • They will compete pre-show in the lobby of the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center in a “drum off” for a chance to open up for the main act, DrumLINE


So far Fort Stockton HS - 180 likes; Midland HS - 805 likes; Greenwood HS - 437 likes; and Monahans HS - 232 likes - have entered as of 11/30/18.





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