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Texas Tech's Associate Head Basketball Coach Mark Adams receives the Good Scout Award

Yesterday, Mark Adams, Associate Head Basketball Coach at Texas Tech, was honored as the recipient of the Good Scout Award. This award honors people that live up to the ideals of scouting. 


Coach Adams helped lead Texas Tech to the 2019 NCAA National Championship final in his third season as an assistant coach after the team advanced to the 2018 Elite Eight. He had also previously led Howard College, located in Big Spring, to the 2010 NJCAA National Championship and was named the NJCAA's National Coach of the Year. 


Adams has piled up 15 Coach of the Year honors during his tenure as a head coach. He has also captured six region, conference, or district Coach of the Year honors over his career.

Adams is a 1979 graduate of Texas Tech. He and his wife, Jennifer, are the parents of two children: Luke and Abbie. Luke is the men's basketball head coach at New Mexico Junior College, and Abbie is working as a speech-language pathologist. They are both graduates of Texas Tech.


Town Hall Meeting in Big Spring with Representative Jodey Arrington on 8-07-19

Jodey Arrington, U.S. Representative for the 19th congressional district of Texas, will be making a stop in Big Spring next week.


Congressman Arrington will be holding a Town Hall meeting and legislative update for the citizens of Big Spring and Howard County at the Big Spring City Council Chamber on Wednesday, August 7th at 10:30 AM.


Annual Stargazing Party this Saturday, August 3rd!

The annual Stargazing Party at the Big Spring State Park will be this Saturday, August 3, at sunset. Suggested arrival time is 8:40 PM, or earlier to take advantage of the best parking spots.


The West Texas Amateur Astronomy Club from Midland will be setting up 10-12 telescopes at the State Park pavilion. These club members love to educate both the young & old about astronomy.


There are no fees to attend this event; however, donations to support this event will be accepted and are greatly appreciated. For information, contact Ron Alton, Big Spring State Park Manager, at 432-263-4931.


PSA Reminder: Water Valve Replacements begin TODAY, 7/29/19, for Big Spring

Beginning TODAY Monday, July 29, 2019 through Monday, August 5, 2019 the City of Big Spring will be installing new valves throughout the Water Treatment Plant that will require the plant to be intermittently shut down. The repairs are scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. each evening and conclude by 5 a.m. each morning in an effort to keep citizens supplied with water during the day. The Water Plant will operate during the day and will only be shut down during the scheduled repairs.


The City of Big Spring urges residents to conserve water between the hours of 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day. This is to ensure that water lines and water towers maintain sufficient water to supply the needs of the city while the plant is not operational during the hours in which repairs are scheduled to be made.


The City of Big Spring apologize for any inconvenience and asks for the public's patience while these repairs are made. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the office of Shane Bowles, Public Works Director, at 432-264-2501.


Alive After 5 Hosted By The Big Spring Herald and Scenic Mountain Medical Center

Alive After 5 Hosted By The Big Spring Herald and SMMC

The Big Spring Herald hosted Thursday’s event along with co-hosts Scenic Mountain Medical Center along with The Big Spring Area Chamber Of Commerce. Several local business owners and community leaders attended the gathering that included door prizes and snacks were provided by The Yellow Rose Cafe.  Along with the great food and door prizes there were plenty of conversations and idea sharing throughout the event. For information on the next Alive After 5 event, go to the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce facebook page. 




Big Spring Area Chamber Of Commerce Recognizes Cornerstone Audiology

Cornerstone Audiology Chamber Presentation


On Wednesday, July 24, 2019, The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce recognized a local business for their dedication and service in our community.  KBest Media joins the Chamber is thanking you for your service to our community.  Cornerstone Audiology is located at 210 W 3rd St here in Big Spring.



Caroline Storyteller Visits The Howard County Library For Story Time


Story Time Howard County Library


Howard County Story Time brought a well known author to Big Spring.  Carolina Quiroga-Stultz is a Bilingual Storyteller Performer and Podcaster.  Her bilingual storytelling enchants her audiences with her compelling mannerisms and the passion she brings to each story. Story Time at the Howard County Library will be available every week until the beginning of September.  You can find a schedule on the website at


Joe Bright Pop Up Successful 


Big Spring High School Basketball Coach, Joe Bright, along with The YMCA of Big Spring hosted a Pop Up Basketball Training event yesterday in the Party Room at The YMCA with the intention of helping other kids in the area that may need school supplies and gave them a chance to interact with the coach and the students of his training class. I had the opportunity to speak so a few of his students and get their take on the Pop Up Event and every student I spoke to said Coach Bright has had a huge positive input on their lives and he has been a major inspiration for them.   For more information, go to 






BZ Lewis, formerly of Big Spring, has won 5 audio engineering awards from the Independent Music Awards for recordings produced at his Studio 132 in Oakland, California.  He received the awards when he and other musical artists from around the world gathered at the Symphony Space Performing Arts Center in New York City on June 22.  The IMA honors this year’s most exceptional self-released and independent label projects internationally in all styles and mediums.  

BZ is a 1986 graduate of Big Spring High School and holds a degree in Classical Guitar from the University of Texas. He has won 6 Emmy Awards throughout his career.  BZ is the son of Susan and Bob Lewis of Big Spring.


6th Annual Back To School Health Splash

6th Annual Back To School Health Splash 

The sixth annual Back To School Health Splash will be taking place on 

August eight from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm at Scenic Mountain 

Medical Center. There are several activities planned and the first two 

hundred kids will receive a free backpack, games, school supplies and 

more. There will be hot dogs, chips and water provided by Marcy 

Place, Martinez Welding and Big Spring Herald. Again, The Back To 

School Health Splash will be at Scenic Mountain Medical Center at 1113 

N Scurry in Big Spring, August 8th from 4:30 to 7:00 pm. 


3rd Annual Downtown Throwdown

The 3rd annual Downtown Throwdown kicked off last night with a performance by Texas Pride, a local Big Spring band. They performed for a crowd at the Train Car Cigar Bar, 100 S. Main in Big Spring, for $1,000 and their chance to open for Country on Main Street, scheduled for September 27th.


Barney Dodd, Owner of BAD Events, told KBest News that since the Comanche Trail Amphitheater is under renovations right now, the concert has been moved to Main Street in downtown Big Spring between 1st and 2nd street.


There will be 2 headliners for the event this year, Cody Canada and the Departed, and No Justice. Dodd told KBest News that No Justice broke up a few years ago and are now doing a reunion tour.  


Dodd also advised that there will be a silent auction that will raise money for Big Spring, Forsan, and Coahoma student scholarships. Plus, a portion of the ticket sales will also to fund these scholarships.


Space Bubble Demonstration at the Boys and Girls Club

Yesterday, over 100 kids visited Space Bubble Demonstration in the gymnasium of the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club in Big Spring that was held by the Howard County Library. The space bubble is a portable planetarium from the Science Spectrum and Omni Theater in Lubbock. This year’s theme for the summer reading program is a Universe of Stories.


According to Sandra Verdin, Children’s Librarian for the Howard County Library, it was chosen to honor the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.


Verdin told KBest News that the event was made possible by Star Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and the collaboration with the local Boys and Girls Club.


Teachers across Texas can save on products most used during the school year.

(SAN ANTONIO ) — During the school year, teachers can never have enough glue, pencils, crayons and tissue. To help Texas teachers stock up without breaking the bank, H-E-B will extend exciting back-to-school savings, helping educators stretch their dollars and gear up for the new school year with classroom supplies and other essentials.


Starting July 17, teachers across the Lone Star State can register to receive a coupon for 15 percent off school and office supplies as well as select household items. Teachers at early childhood, pre-K and K-12 schools as well as authorized home school teachers are eligible to receive the coupon, which allows them to save up to $50. Coupons can be redeemed in-store from July 31 – August 13.


To get the coupon, teachers must sign up at by 11:59 p.m. on August 1. Once signup is complete, teachers will receive their coupon via email after their educator status is verified.


School and office supplies teachers can save on include pens, pencils, notebooks, binders, crayons, markers, colored pencils, highlighters, folders, paper, portfolios, arts supplies, glue, construction paper, dry erase, and office accessories. Also included in this promotion are select household items such as disinfecting wipes, disinfectant sprays, hand sanitizer, paper towels, facial tissues, and food storage bags.


“During the school year, most teachers end up having to spend their own money on school supplies for their classrooms,” said Winell Herron, H-E-B Group Vice President of Public Affairs, Diversity and Environmental Affairs. “Our goal is to relieve some of that burden and provide even more savings to our educators, helping them get what they need for the new school year. As a big supporter of education, H-E-B invests in our teachers, helping them teach and inspire the next generation of leaders and innovators right here in Texas.”

Throughout the year, H-E-B proudly supports outstanding educators who dedicate themselves to making a difference in children’s lives. From classroom to community, we give back over $10 million annually to support public education in Texas.


Among the retailer’s annual education initiatives are Excellence in Education, which recognizes and awards more than $700,000 each year to teachers, principals and school districts; Read 3, a literacy program that has donated more than four million books to kids since 2011; and Buddy League, a program that promotes diversity and inclusion and discourages teasing and bullying. Additionally, as one of the largest private funders of public education in Texas, the company has played a pivotal role in opening the Centers for Applied Science and Technology (CAST) network of schools to train the next generation with technology-based knowledge and skills.


The Multi-Specialty Clinic of Big Spring – Midland Health celebrate a ribbon cutting with Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Multi-Specialty Clinic of Big Spring – Midland Health celebrated a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce this morning.


Tammy Rowell, Medical Office Coordinator for the facility, told KBest News that they are ready to help the Big Spring community and surrounding areas, noting that their goal is to help people not to have to travel for specialists. 


"We are trying to get more specialists to be able to be here to help the community. So far, it's worked out. We're very excited about it," said Rowell.


As of now the facility has Dr. Joan Petalcorin who specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,  Nanette Paredes, Physician Assistant of Neurology, and Family Nurse Practitioner LaTisha Ward who all work out of the clinic, but Rowell says that they are working on bringing in more specialists. 


The facility is located at 2601 Wasson Rd. in Big Spring, and is affiliated with Midland Health.


Volunteer Firefighters respond to grass fire south of Big Spring, 07/16/19

At approximately 4:30 pm yesterday the Howard County Fire Department was notified of a fire south of Big Spring in the Brian Rd. area.


HCVFD Chief Mitchell Hooper told KBest News that the fire originated in a bar ditch 1/2 mile north of Wildfire Rd. and was moving east until the wind shifted and began pushing the fire northeast.


Chief Hooper advised that a rock pad that is 1/4 mile south of Brian Rd. acted as a natural fire break and helped immensely to help them gain containment of the fire. He advised that all units went home at 11:20 PM, and noted that there will still be some brush piles along HWY 87 and in the burn area with some hotspots in the burn area. Hooper stated that the HCVFD would continue to check the fire line today.


During the fire, 3 structures were in danger, however they were saved, thanks to the combined efforts of HCVFD, Glasscock County Fire, Glasscock Co. Sheriff, Sterling County VFD, Howard County Road and Bridge Department, Howard County Sheriff's Office, several local companies with water trucks, and local residents with bulldozers. 

No evacuations were necessary because the residents were not home at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported.


Chief Hooper estimated approximately 1,000 acres were affected from the fire. 


Domestic Altercation Results in 1 Gunshot Victim., 07/16/19

From BSPD: 


On the 16th of July at approximately 6:08 P.M., the Howard County Dispatch
received a call of a gunshot victim in the 2500 block of Langley. Big Spring Police
Department Officers and City of Big Spring Emergency Medical Services were
immediately dispatched and arrived on scene. Officers found an 18 year old Male
victim whom had a gunshot wound to his lower back. Officers immediately
applied medical care to the victim while securing the crime scene. Once the
scene was secured Emergency Medical Personnel arrived on scene which took
over the medical care of the victim who was subsequently transported to Scenic
Mountain Center. The Big Spring Police Departments Criminal Investigations
Division was notified to respond.

The investigation has determined a domestic altercation took place inside a
residence in the 2500 block of Langley between Jerome McNally Black/Male 60
years of age and his 18 year old son. The altercation continued outside of the
residence. The altercation escalated which led to Jerome McNally brandishing a
firearm and firing at the 18 year old victim multiple times striking him once.
The Criminal Investigations Division submitted a probable cause affidavit to the
Justice of the Peace for the arrest of Jerome McNally for the offense of
Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon “Family Violence” a Felony 1 offense.

The Justice of the Peace issued the warrant for the arrest. McNally has since been
arrested and has been booked into the Howard County Law Enforcement Center.
The victim has been transported to University Medical Center in Lubbock and at
the time of this release was in stable condition.


This continues to be an ongoing investigation and no further information is
available at this time.
Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon


Summer Shopping Extravaganza – July 18th

The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce invites the public to join them for the second Shopping Extravaganza of the summer! 


There will be 16 businesses in Big Spring that will be opened until 8 PM. By staying open past their normal business hours, shoppers will get to enjoy an evening of retail therapy during a convenient time. 


Participating businesses include Blissful Boutique, Crowned Bird, Krazy Kow Co., Prickly Peark, Southern Blush Boutique, Blue-Eyed Buffalo, Dazzling Décor, Loco Flamingos, Queens of the Dude Ranch, Splurge Boutique, The Chalet Resale Shop, Brenda’s Corners, Famous Elle, Lula Blu Boutique, Sooth. A Bath Goods Boutique, and The Wardrobe Boutique.


For a list of participating businesses their addresses, check out the Facebook page for the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce.


2 wrecks on I-20 results in 3 fatalities between Big Spring and Stanton on 07/10/19.

On Wednesday, July 10th, Texas DPS Troopers responded to 2 different accidents between Big Spring and Stanton on I-20.


The first was a 5-car accident that occurred at approximately 5:32 PM in Howard County, 10 miles west of Big Spring.


According to the accident report, a Peterbuilt truck-track towing a semi-trailer, driven by Emanuel Piper, 45 of Vernon, TX, was traveling west on I-20 when he failed to control his speed. Piper struck a 2014 Volkswagen Jetta, driven by 22-year-old Devin Grier, of Seminole, TX, causing Grier to be pushed off of the roadway. Piper then struck the rear of a 2002 Kia Rio driven by 75-year old Jospeh Roczniak of Odessa. Roczniak was then pushed into the rear of a 2007 Dodge Ram 3500 pick-up driven by James Kiker III, 67 of Odessa. Afterwards, Piper then crossed the center median and struck another Peterbuilt truck-tractor towing a semi-trailer, driven by Randall Beard, 73 of Tecumseh, MO, that was traveling east on I-20.


2 of the drivers, involved in the crash, Beard and Grier, were transported to Scenic Mountain Medical Center for treatment. Roczniak was pronounced dead on scene. All drivers were noted to have been wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.


The second wreck occurred at approximately 11:58 PM later that evening, on I-20, just 2 miles east of Stanton.


According to the accident report, Cody Lassiter, 25, of Waynesboro, MS, and the driver of a 2009 Chevy Tahoe was traveling east in the westbound lane of I-20. Miguel Castillo-Gallegos, 24 of Palestine, TX, and the driver of a 2017 GMC Denali Pick-up was traveling west in the inside lane of westbound I-20. The two drivers collided, and both were pronounced dead on-scene.


The report noted that Castillo-Gallegos had his seatbelt on at the time of the crash, although it was unknown if Lassiter was wearing his.


How to access city government meetings on cable and internet.

Recently, interest in Big Spring city government has grown and the past few meetings of the Big Spring City Council have seen a large public turnout to sit in the audience. Anyone unable to attend the meeting can watch a live broadcast on Suddenlink Channel 17, or view it from the website.


According to a schedule for Channel 17 on, City Council meetings are aired on Tuesdays and Fridays at Midnight, 8 AM, and 7 PM. They are aired again on Saturday and Sunday at 6 AM and 3 PM.


Other meetings such as Howard County Commissioners Court, Big Spring ISD School Board meetings, and Big Spring Economic Development Corporation meetings can also be watched on Channel 17 during various times of the week. 


In addition to government meetings, Suddenlink Channel 17 also airs the Veteran of the Month presentation, Texas Wild Life Videos, and special meetings and videos. 


According to Mark Echavarria, IT Technician for the City of Big Spring, recorded meetings are also available on disk through an Open Records request.


View meetings online at:


To obtain a disk of the meeting, email Mandy Haynes, Legal Assistant for the City of Big Spring at: 


*Be sure to add OPEN RECORDS in the subject line of the email.*



Howard County Commissioners discuss eliminating over the road water line crossings; energy companies reach out to assist in solution.

On Wednesday, 7/10/19, Howard County Commissioners continued the discussion on eliminating over-the-road water line crossings due to the safety issues that occur when vehicles travel at high speeds over the crossings.


Precinct 2 Commissioner Craig Bailey, led the discussion on road boring, which is the underground installation of pipes, and water line crossings.


Noel Olivas, with Surge Energy, addressed the Court in an attempt to work with the Commissioners to find a solution that avoids eliminating the crossings because it would drastically affect their business due to the fact that road boring is expensive.


Kate Noble, External Affairs Advisor for SM Energy, along with 8 decision-makers from SM Energy were also in attendance for the discussion. Noble advised that the SM Energy’s number one priority is safety and that she and the decision makers were only there to listen to the discussion.


Throughout the course of the discussion, the court made it very clear that their main concern was the safe passage of people on the roads.


During the meeting, the Commissioners proposed that that crossings would be allowed on caliche roads because ramps can be built far enough out that it covers the crossing, but that is not possible on paved roads. Bailey advised that, by Texas State law, speed bumps are not allowed on County Roads.


Bailey also went on to say that inadequate signage also needs to be addressed as a safety issue because signs can get blown down or may be placed in an area that doesn’t allow significant amount of warning. He advised that road crossings signs would be required to be labeled with the company name and emergency contact number.


Ultimately, the agenda item was tabled to allow Surge Energy and SM Energy 2 weeks to respond with an alternative to the over-the-road water line crossings. The next meeting of the Howard County Commissioners Court will be on July 24th.


Big Spring Center for Skilled Care holds 3rd annual Fan Drive.

The Big Spring Center for Skilled Care will continue their 3rd annual fan drive through the end of July.


Christy Brownfield, Marketing Director and Admissions Coordinator for Big Spring Center for Skilled Care, told KBest News that last year’s fan drive was a success, bringing in 60 fans. She stated that this year they're hoping to collect more.


The new fans collected from the drive will be used to benefit elderly people in Howard County that are in need of a fan, and not just the residents at the Big Spring Center for Skilled Care.

New fans or monetary donations can be dropped off to Christy at the Big Spring Center for Skilled Care, located at 3701 Wasson Road, or contact her at 432-816-2977.


Mayor votes to veto his own veto, 07/09/19

Earlier this week during Tuesday night’s intense Big Spring City Council meeting, the council had item #25 from the June 25th, 2019 meeting returned for reconsideration after Big Spring Mayor Shannon Thomason had vetoed the item. The item is concerning the measure granting Silver Leaf Communities a 30-day extension to close on the Parkway/Willard property.

Silver Leaf Communities has been working with the City of Big Spring for over a year to close on this property. The project would develop new housing within the city limits and within the Forsan School District.


Mayor Thomason stated in a letter to Don Moore, City Secretary, that his decision to veto the item is due to his belief that the business of the City of Big Spring is to be conducted in a fully transparent manner.


After much discussion, the council, including the Mayor, voted to “veto the veto” with a unanimous vote.

A new motion was made by Jim Depaw, City Council Member for District 6, to amend changes in the contract between the City of Big Spring and Silver Leaf Communities. After further discussion, and advice from City Attorney Marianne Banks, the council decided that this item should be brought back to the council’s attention at a later date.


Camilla Strande, City Council Member for District 5, made a motion to grant Silver Leaf Communities an extension to close on the property by September 10th of 2019, with the understanding that the item will be returned to the council at a later date. The motion passed 7 to 0.


City Council Approves Emergency Reading Requiring Pets to receive DAPP Vaccine.

During this week’s meeting of the Big Spring City Council, there was an emergency reading of an ordinance amending Chapter 3 of the Code of Ordinances, entitled “Animals” in response to the recent canine distemper outbreak at the Big Spring Shelter and the Big Spring area in general. With this new amendment, pets will now be required to have the DAPP vaccine. Along with protecting against canine distemper and parvovirus, the DAPP vaccine also protects pets from adenovirus and para-influenza.


The Amendment will also add a new section to Chapter 3 of the Code of Ordinances that will be section 6, entitled “Shelter Vaccination of Animals” that will allow the shelter to provide vaccines to animals upon intake.


Thank you for your investment! - Richeson Dairy Queen

Tuesday morning, 07/09/19, the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a “Thank You for Your Investment” presentation for the Richeson Dairy Queen in Big Spring, located at 1009 Lamesa HWY.


District Manager Sylvia Alaniz and General Manager Andrea Vacquera for the local Richeson Dairy Queen told KBest News that they thought it was great that the Chamber came out to their location to thank them for their community support.


BS State Park Closed for Sealcoat Work

Be advised the Big Spring State Park will be closed for sealcoat work on the park road system today from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. 


According to Ron Alton, Park Manager for the Big Spring State Park, the closure is due to the movement of construction equipment on the park road system. He stated that the state park roads are maintained by the Texas Department of Transportation, and noted that it’s been 17 years since the last time the roads in the Big Spring State Park had been sealcoated. 


Alton noted that most visitors don’t drive on the roads because they park at the bottom and walk around. This has helped to maintain the integrity of the roads for the last 17 years, but now it’s time to get it seal coated. 


Alton went on to advise that the biking and hiking trails will be available for use after 10 AM as long as the equipment has progressed passed the trail entrance. He also told KBest News that that first-time hikers/bikers may want to avoid the trails until after the sealcoat work is completed at approximately 4 PM. 


“If a person was in need of rescue, which we’ve already had two, then that’s going to make it very difficult on us and the emergency responders because of all of the equipment. So, first-time [trail users] need to stay away, just for their own health,” said Alton.


Alton went on to advise that the 2 rescues that have occurred at the Big Spring State Park have both been bikers, noting that the intermediate trail can be a little more difficult in certain areas of the trail.



PSA: City of Big Spring Annual Seal Coat Program begins TOMORROW, 07/10/19 - Public asked to remove vehicles from specified roadways.

The City of Big Spring will begin its annual seal coat program on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.


The following are areas will be affected first:




  • Alamesa: Calvin - Dead End
  • Airbase: Hwy 80 - Simler
  • Anna: Hwy 80 - W 7th
  • Benton: 18th - 20th
  • Connally: Alamesa - Dead End
  • Dallas: Lancaster - Dead End
  • Donley: 11th Pl - 12th St
  • E 10th: Owens - Johnson
  • E 15th: Birdwell - Goliad
  • E 16th: Birdwell - Princeton
  • E 17th: Birdwell - Virginia
  • Harding: Hwy 80 - Dead end
  • Kentucky: Birdwell - Kenny
  • Lorrilla: Hwy 80 - W 7th
  • Mittle: 18th - 20th
  • NE 2nd & NW 2nd: N Gregg - N Benton
  • Randolph: Wright - Wasson
  • Rosemont: 11th Pl - Settles
  • Simler: Airbase - Randolph
  • Sycamore: State - Settles
  • Wasson: Randolph - City Limits



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


The City of Big Spring regrets any inconvenience related to the seal coating program and request the public's patience during the project. If you have any questions, please call 432-264-2392.



According to the Public Works Director Shane Bowles, this is, approximately, a month long process. At this time there is not a schedule for when the roads will be worked on, but he did advise that if street crews are working in your area to move your vehicle off of the roadway.


Area News: Midland County - Vehicle Pursuit results in 2 Arrests; 2-Vehicle Crash results in 1 Fatality

On Friday, July 5th, the Texas Department  of Public Safety was involved in a pursuit and two persons are in custody.  At approximately 2:30 p.m., a Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper was monitoring traffic on Interstate-20 at mile post 128.  The Trooper attempted to stop a blue Ford F-150 pickup for a speeding violation. The pickup refused to yield to the Trooper, and began to flee.  The pickup fled west exiting Interstate-20 and fleeing onto State Highway 191. The vehicle was finally stopped at mile post 290 on State Highway 191. 


The driver was identified at Paul Sandate 37 years of age of Odessa and he was arrested and charged with evading arrest in a vehicle, and hindering apprehension.  The passenger of the pickup was identified as Kelby Young 25 years of age of Odessa, and she was arrested charged with an outstanding warrant for a parole violation.  Both persons were placed into the Midland County Jail without further incident. Midland County Sherriff’s Deputies assisted in this pursuit. 


Also on Friday, an early morning 2-vehicle crash in Midland County resulted in one fatality. 


According to Texas DPS, they responded to the crash at approximately 6:25 AM at State Highway 349 and CR 140, just 3 miles south of Midland. The 2 vehicles involved in the crash were a 2014 GMC Sierra pickup, driven by 50-year old Ismael Saldana of Midland, and a 2012 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup, driven by 39-year old William Michael Irvin of Monroe, Louisiana.


The preliminary report from Texas DPS revealed that Irvin was traveling southbound on State Highway 349. Saldana attempted to turn left off of State Highway 349 and onto County Road 140. Saldana failed to yield to Irvin’s vehicle and was struck by Irvin. The crash resulted in the death of one of Saldana’s passengers, 26-year old Rene Guadalupe Carrillo Mata of Midland, who was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. He was pronounced dead on scene.

Saldana and his other passenger were transported to Midland Memorial Hospital where they were treated and then released. 


Irvin and his 3 passengers sustained non-incapacitating injuries.


(Photo - Vehicle Pursuit, CBS 7)


Comedian Kevin Farley to perform in Big Spring - July 21st

Kevin Farley, stand-up comedian, actor, writer, director, and producer, has been featured in several films over the years and will be performing in Big Spring later this month.


Farley, will be making a stop in Big Spring at the Desert Flower Art Bar and Lounge during his 4-day tour through West Texas on Sunday, July 19th. The show begins at 9 PM and will be hosted by local comedian Adrienne Green, and will feature Chris Crawford of San Angelo, and Mike Shields of MSPN Entertainment.


Tickets are on sale now for $15 each at the Desert Flower Art Bar, located at 123 S. Main in Big Spring. To make your purchase online, visit:


Other stops on Farley's West Texas tour are Abilene, San Angelo, and Midland.


Cowboys and Heels Trade Show in Big Spring, July 13-14th

The Cowboys and Heels Trade Show will be in Big Spring this weekend at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum, July 13th – 14th. There will be over 70 vendors, plus a kids zone area with bounce houses, a big screen tv, and cotton candy. 


As always, the Cowboys and Heels Trade Show will feature different kinds of vendors like furniture, home décor, leather, woodwork, children’s and women’s boutiques and more. Admission is free and the first 50 shoppers will receive swag bags, plus door prizes will be given out every hour. Saturday they’ll be open 9-6, and Sunday they’ll be open 11-5. For more information, check out the Facebook page for the Cowboys and Heels Trade Show.


Big Spring YMCA Slides into Summer

The YMCA of Big Spring celebrated the Grand Opening of their Inflatable Water Slide Park on Friday with free entry and a ribbon cutting complete with the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce, Big Spring Mayor Shannon Thomason, President of the YMCA Board of Directors Raul Marquez, Executive Director of the YMCA Dathan Jones and YMCA staff.


Marquez and Thomason both climbed up one of the inflatable slides for an inaugural slide in to summer fun! Marquez and Thomason both climbed up one of the inflatable slides for an inaugural slide in to summer fun! When asked how it felt to have the City of Big Spring partner with the YMCA for the inflatable water slide park, Mayor Thomason told KBest News that he was ecstatic about it.


“Everybody is disappointed that the [Russ McEwen] Aquatic Center wasn’t able to open this year because of the accident, and I’m just tickled to death that we were able to work with the Y and get this alternative set up,” said Thomason.


The water slide park is open Monday through Friday, entry cost is $4 per person and that includes access to the pool during specified hours. The water slide park will be open through the end of the summer.




Howard County will close all offices Thursday, July 4, 2019 in observance of Independence Day. County Offices will open again for business on Friday, July 5, 2019.

Sheriff's Administrative Offices will be closed but Law Enforcement Services will operate as normal.



The City of Big Spring will close all offices, including the Landfill, for the Fourth of July Holiday, beginning Wednesday, July 3 rd at 3:00 pm through 5 pm Thursday, July 4, 2019.


All City of Big Spring offices, including the Landfill will re-open at 8:00 am Friday, July 5, 2019.

Sanitation will be closed Thursday, July 4th, and will resume its normal routes on Friday, July 5th.


Emergency Services
Emergency services (Police, Fire, and EMS) will continue normal operations throughout the holiday.


Emergency Utilities
Emergency Utilities will be on call and can be contacted at 264-2392.


Sepsis covered at Kindred Coffee Hour


Laurie Burk, Quality Analysis at Scenic Mountain Medical Center, was the speaker for Friday’s Kindred Coffee Hour. During her presentation she advised that sepsis, a life-threatening condition caused by the body’s response to infection, can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, amputations and death. 


Many people attended the presentation and even shared stories of their experiences with sepsis. 


Emma Krabill, CEO of Scenic Mountain Medical Center, told KBest News that she was excited to see the turnout at Kindred Coffee Hour. 


"Sepsis is a subject that nobody is currently talking about as much as we should. Our community focuses on prevention and treatment of cancer, cancer awareness, and all of those are very important, [like] heart disease - important; but one topic we don't talk much about is sepsis. Sepsis is the third leading cause of death," said Krabill. 


She noted that it's important that the community is aware of sepsis, and that Scenic Mountain Medical Center is doing their part to be proactive to help in that and recognize it when they see it. 


22nd Pops in the Park

The 22nd Annual Pops in the Park will be held tomorrow, July 3rd. The event combines a family-friendly atmosphere in the historic and beautiful Comanche Trail Amphitheater with world-class music provided by our pre-show entertainment, Eddie Austin and The Texas Silhouettes, and the Big Spring Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. The night is capped off with a spectacular display of choreographed fireworks from one of the nation’s leaders in pyrotechnics.


The Pops in the Park mission is to give back to those who have served our country and pay tribute to them for their selfless sacrifice as well as the sacrifices of their families. 

Gates open at 5 PM and pre-show entertainment begins at 6 PM. There will also be a video tribute honoring the local men and women who have served our country. 


To make a donation call Felicia at 432-264-2540 For more information contact the Big Spring Chamber at 432-263-7641 or the Big Spring Convention and Visitors Bureau at 432-263-8235.


Confirmed Case of Distemper at Big Spring Animal Shelter

Last week, a confirmed case of distemper in the Big Spring Animal Shelter resulted in the euthanization of several animals. Canine distemper is a contagious and serious disease caused by a virus that attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems of puppies and dogs.


According to Vittoria Mejia, with Merkery Rescue, distemper can start off with a cough. It can look like an upper respiratory infection or like kennel cough. 


"It's also known as hard-pad disease. [The dogs'] paw pads will get very hard, or their nose pads will get hard as well. Long-term stages, they'll start having seizures, and neurological damage. If it gets that far, it's kind of hard to bring them back," said Mejia.


Over the weekend, the remaining animals were removed from the shelter and taken to the old Western Hills Veterinary Clinic and vaccinated while volunteers gathered to deep clean and disinfect kennels and other areas so that the virus will not spread.


Susan Marquez with Happy Day Humane Society and who has 30 years of rescue experience, told KBest News that vaccinations accelerate the symptoms of diseases like distemper or parvo. She noted that if the animals don't show signs of distemper within 1 week - 14 days, the animals can be adopted out. 


"[Housing dogs at Western Hills] is just a short-term thing. They want us to find rescues and adopters for the ones out there so they don't have to be euthanized," stated Marquez.


Mayor Shannon Thomason told KBest News that he was made aware of the possibility of distemper less than two weeks ago. Since then, he said the information was forwarded to Big Spring Police Department, and he reached out to rescues, and to American Pets Live to help coordinate a game plan to tackle the virus and move forward. 


Mayor Thomason told KBest News that he was thankful for the citizens of Big Spring who turned out to clean up the facility, and Scott Emerson for helping to get the word out that volunteers and cleaning materials were needed. He also thanked American Pets Live and the Big Spring Animal Control Wardens. 


The Big Spring Animal Shelter is re-opened for new intake. 


Ribbon Cutting for Moore Technology Solutions

Thursday morning, 06/27/19, the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated a ribbon cutting with Chamber Member Moore Technology Solutions.


Greg Moore, Owner and Operator of Moore Technology Solutions, has over 25 years of experience working with computers. He stated that the business began in March, but he’s been doing this type of work on the side for years helping friends and family.

Some of the services they offer are:


  • Computer & Network Consulting
  • Computer Setup & Repair
  • Wireless Setup
  • Network Cabling
  • Smart Home Technology


For more information, contact Moore Technology Solutions at 432-217-0659.


Howard County Volunteer Fire Dept. receives new brush truck!

The Howard County Volunteer Fire Department received a new brush truck last week. According to Volunteer Fire Chief Mitchell Hooper, the truck is a 2.5 Ton Skid. It features a 500 gallon poly tank with 10 gallons of foam. The pump is a HPX-200 KBD24 from Hale, with a Scotty around-the-pump foam system.


The HCVFD was able to get the truck thanks to the Texas Forest Service FFP Grant. The skid unit was added with $20,000 of the excess funds from the anonymous donation the organization had received earlier this year for a new fire truck for the Forsan fire station. 


Chief Hooper went on to say that the organization thanked the HCVFD Board members for approving all the extra upgrades that the truck received, noting that this truck will help them fight wildfires and help us in high water rescue.




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