The Big Spring Symphony Guild is proud to announce their 8th Annual Music Scholarship in honor of Phyllis Graumann. Phyllis was a Charter Guild and Board member and longtime Big Spring Symphony supporter. Phyllis worked tirelessly in support of the local symphony and was also the mother of Maestro, Dr. Keith Graumann.
Purpose of the Scholarship is to aid 7th - 12th grade Howard County music students in acquiring additional instrumental or vocal training. It will help fund private music instruction, music camp/school tuition, music festival attendance or any other music training related expense. All applicants must demonstrate exceptional talent and must be residents of Howard County, TX.
The application deadline is April 03, 2020. The Scholarship Award Announcement will be made on or before May 15, 2020.
All applicants must demonstrate exceptional talent and must be residents of Howard County, TX.
Instrumentalists and vocalists may apply from their 7th grade year through the completion of their senior year of high school. Applicants should be between the ages of 12-18.
** IMPORTANT INFORMATION **
1.) Attach or email a copy of ID, Driver’s License or Birth Certificate to show proof of age.
2.) Return application by April 03, 2020 to:
Phyllis Graumann Memorial Scholarship Committee,
Big Spring Symphony Guild,
614 Dallas Street,
Big Spring, TX 79720
OR email legible scanned copies to firstname.lastname@example.org.
3.) Email a digital video of student playing instrument or singing approximately 2-3 minutes long to Natalie Permenter at email@example.com. If playing an 475ab instrument, show view of student that will allow examination of technique, front view and side if necessary. Ask your music instructor to write a letter of recommendation and mail it to the address above or email it to the email above (Note: Letters should be mailed or emailed by music instructor, not applicant).
Finalists will be notified by phone, text or email no later than May 15, 2020.
How to Apply
Step#1: Create a digital video 2-3 minutes long that can be emailed. (YouTube, Google Drive, etc.)
Step#2: Get your music instructor to write a recommendation (Instructors should mail or email recommendation directly to the scholarship committee).
Step#3: Fill out application form. Forms can by received by emailing Natalie Permenter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step#4: Mail application and proof of age to:
Phyllis Graumann Memorial Scholarship Committee,
Big Spring Symphony Guild,
614 Dallas Street,
Big Spring, TX 79720
OR email to: email@example.com.
For more information on the Phyllis Graumann Memorial Scholarship, email Natalie Permenter firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 432-270-2125.
Here are the highlights from the Big Spring City Council meeting on 02-25-2020:
Local organization Keep Big Spirng Beautiful was recoginzed for their donation of eight trees to beautify Comanche Trail Park. It was noted that the organization would be in contact with David Fort, Parks Manager for the City of Big Spring, to get his input on what type of trees he thinks would be best for the park at this time.
Officer Matthew Benoit with the Big Spring Police Department was recognized as this year's February Employee of the Month for the City of Big Spring.
According to BSPD Chief Chad Williams, Officer Benoit had been checking buildings on Sept. 7, 2019 in the 800 block of West 3rd St. when he observed a vehicle outside of the building of 811 W. 3rd. He also located two subjects with a vehicle and upon further inspection, observed that entry had been made intothe building and found evidence that the two subjects had been inside of it. Officer Benoit's further investigation revealed that vehicle that the subjects were with had been reported stolen. Officer Benoit attempted to locate a key holder for the building, but was unable to locate one that night. The two subjects were arrested for the stolen car and other unrelated charges. The following day, the owner of the building made contact with Officer Benoit and advised him that the building had indeed been burglarized.
Officer Benoit's self-initiation and pro-active activity not only led to the apprehension of a burglary in progress, but cleared other cases and recovered the stolen vehicle and other property as well. His actions were recognized last night and in accordance with Department Policy 4.3 Career Development, Promotions, Transfers and Special Assignments, he qualified and will recieve a free paid day off for his unassigned initiative, of detecting and sucessfully apprehending a suspect in an "in progress" crime of "Burglary."
March 2nd, 2020 was proclaimed to be Texas Independence Day in the City of Big Spring, TX.
City Manager's Report
Applcations needed for Engineer or Architect Board Member for Board of Adjustments and Appeals, an Alternate for Zoning Board of Adjustments and Applications for Animal Control & Rescue Committee.
City Staff is close to finishing the 20" water line replacement project on Donley St. and E. 15th. Contractors are beginning to clean up the street and replace the asphalt that was ripped up during the repair. The roads are scheduled for seal coating after the patches are made to reseal the road and give it a clean finish.
Second large item pickup of the year for District 2 was on Feb. 19, 2020 was successful. A total of 37 tons was picked up from District 2 and 45 tons was picked up from District 1. A total of 82 tons of solid waste was collected from the residents in these districts. District 3 large item pickup is scheduled for March 19, 2020.
Conset Items Approved
City Council minutes from 02-11-2020 Regular Meeting and 02-14-2020 Special Meeting were approved.
Fees and Use Guidelines for Comanche Trail Golf Course were amended. The updated fee amounts will effective as of April 1st, 2020.
Updated Golf Course Fees
(A) Daily Green Fees:
- Weekday - $25
- Weekday, Senior Citizen age 65 or over - $ 20
- Weekday - Junior golfer (17 or younger) - $15
- Weekend and Holiday - $30
(B) Annual Green Fees:
- Annual green fees shall run from April 1st - March 31st of each year and shall permit unlimited play. No annual green fees shall be sold after April 10th except in conjunction with initial applications for annual memberships received after 10th, in which the fees may be prorated for the months remaining in the annual membership. Junior Golf Team Memberships that are purchased through the school shall be valid beginning Sept. 1st of the school year and expire August 31st the following year. This includes teh use of the driving range during class times but only while under the instruction of a coach.
Individual - $850
Individual, Senior (65 or older) - $675
Individual, Junior (17 or younger) - $165
Individual - Junior Golf Team - $165
Family - $1400
Family, Senior (65 or Older) - $1200
- Unlimited Play - golfer can play on the course anytime it is open for business, and he or she has scheduled a tee-time. Please note that when tournaments are scheduled, the course is not considered open for business.
- Family Play - family membership is definted as 4 members of a family living in the same household.
(For more on this section, check out pages 18-22 of this document: https://www.mybigspring.com/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_02252020-386 )
Tax Abatement guidilines and criteria were amendedto conform to the new provisions of HB 3143. (For more on this, review pages 27-36 of the above mentioned document.)
A rezone of Lots 305, Block 39 of the Bauer Addition in Howard County, Big Spring, TX from Light Commercial (LC) to Single-Family Residential (SF-3). (For more on this look at pages 37-38 of the above mentioned document.)
First reading of a resolution adopting the Security Awareness Policy of the City of Big Spring was approved.
Joint election agreeement with Big Spring ISD for a General Election on May 2, 2020 approved.
Agreement between Big Spring Economic Development Center and The Pace Group, an Executive Search Firm, was ratified to seek individuals for the position of Executive Director and to amend the 2019-2020 Budget for Professional Services from $5,000 to $45,000 to provide funding for services.
West Texas VA Health Care System will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the first of four planned ‘Small House’ Community Living Center (long term care) buildings.
March 10, 2020, at 10:00 a.m.
Location: The Sand Castle Small House, George H. O’Brien, Jr. VA Medical Center, 300 Veterans Blvd., Big Spring, TX.
Sand Castle Small House, the first of four planned ‘Small House’ community living center buildings, is designed to offer the best in comfort and privacy for WTXVAHCS Veterans who require long term care. Each ‘Small House’ unit will consist of ten private rooms, with private baths, and designed space and furnishings to accommodate visitors – even overnight.
Each building will also feature an open and inviting community space with electric fireplace, full kitchen and living room area.
The current project began April 21, 2017 with a groundbreaking ceremony and construction was completed September 11, 2019. WTVAHCS staff have been working to equip, test and prepare the first of its kind structure for occupancy and will officially open Sand Castle at the March 10 ceremony.
Total sq. footage - 8,200 sq. ft.
10 Private rooms – 285 sq. ft. ea.
Spa/Bath and Laundry room double as safe rooms/tornado shelter
Common living area (living room, dining room and kitchen) – 1600 sq. ft.
Receiving/garage – 315 sq. ft.
On the 25th of April 2020, from the hours of 10am-2pm, the Big Spring Police Department’s Narcotics Division will be working in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Administration on the National Pharmaceutical Take Back Initiative outside the west doors of Spring Town Plaza (1801 E. FM 700).
This provides a unified opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances, dangerous drugs and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction.
Intra-venous solutions, injectibles, and syringes will not be accepted due to potential hazards posed by blood-borne pathogens.
This program is anonymous and all efforts will be made to protect the identity of individuals disposing of medications. Participants may dispose of medication in its original container or by removing the medication from its container and disposing it directly into the disposal box. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container.
We strongly encourage everyone who has expired medicine or medicine you no longer need or use, to utilize this opportunity and dispose of your medicine safely.
For more information regarding this program please contact Big Spring Police Department Narcotics Sergeant Steve Henry (432) 264-2595.
Chief Chad Williams
Lieutenant Brian Gordon
The Permian Basin Underground Water Conservation District, or PBUWCD, is sponsoring an essay contest for graduating seniors who are planning to attend college in the fall. There is an opportunity for a scholarship to be awarded to one student from each of the High Schools located in the District's coverage area. It should be noted that the District's area ONLY includes the following 4 schools: Forsan, Grady, Sands, and Stanton. Each winner of the contest will receive a $2,000 scholarship to the college of their choice.
The essays are due no later than Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 5 pm. They may be submitted to the student's school counselor or the Permian Basin UWCD office at 708 W St. Peter, Stanton, TX.
For further criteria and information, please contact your High School Counselor or the PBUWCD office at (432)756-2136 or email email@example.com. You may also access our website at www.pbuwcd.com for links to our Rules & Guidelines and Scholarship Application form.
This month’s “Alive After 5” will be hosted by Cornerstone Audiology and Big Spring Abstract and Title Co. tomorrow, Feb. 27th, at 208 and 210 W. 3rd St. in Big Spring.
The Co-Hosts for this free networking event will be Double L BBQ and Local’s, who will, both, be offering refreshments.
This event is sponsored by the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce and is a great opportunity to network with chamber members and business owners of Big Spring and Howard County. Alive after 5 is open to the public.
ABILENE — The Coahoma Big Red Band walked away with 15 medals and qualified three soloists and two ensembles at the UIL Solo & Ensemble contest on Saturday.
Clarinetist Alana Wegner, trumpet player Aaron Turnbough, and flutiest Mason Abernathy qualified to advance to state competition on their memorized solos.
The two qualifying ensembles were: Flute quartet —Maggie Guo, Mason Abernathy, Genesis Olivas, and Codi Edens and Brass sextet — Bailey Wells, Audrey Turnbough, Justin Marsh, Jonah Rayford, Nick Biddison, and Taylor Barnes.
In addition, Maggie Guo, Bailey Wells, and Ethan Yager earned Division I ratings on their individual solos.
The Texas State Solo & Ensemble contest is set for May 30 and June 1 in Pflugerville.
COURTESY PHOTO: Pictured are members of the CHS band who competed in the UIL Solo & Ensemble contest held in Abilene on Saturday along with their piano accompanist Sandy Wallace. The Big Red Band earned 15 medals and qualified three soloists and two ensembles for the state contest.
Tonight at 6 PM, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, located at 1001 S. Goliad, invites the public to join them for a FREE pancake dinner for “Shrove Tuesday” also known as “Fat Tuesday”. This is the traditional day from long ago when people would eat up fatty foods before entering into a time of sacrifice, fasting, and introspection or repentance, for the Lenten season. Everyone is welcomed, and the dinner is free.
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church also invites the public to join them for their Ash Wednesday service on Feb. 26th, at 6 PM.
February 24, 2020
In November 2018 the Howard County Sheriff’s Office received information from the National Centers for Missing and Exploited Children in regards to 3 child pornographic photographs coming back to an IP Address in Howard County. After further investigation a residence was identified as the source of the IP Address. A search warrant was executed at a residence in Howard County. Once inside the residence Deputies and HSI Agents obtained information that 3 juvenile lived inside the residence. Several electronic devices believed to have contained child pornography were located inside the
residence. Due to the complexity of the electronic devices Investigators with Homeland Security assisted in obtaining information off the devices.
During the course of this investigation multiple child pornography images and child pornography videos were found on the devices.
The investigators were able to obtain Federal Arrest Warrants on Christopher Regan 38 y/o for Conspiracy to Produce Child Pornography and Producing Child Pornography and Tanya Regan 35 y/o for Conspiracy to Produce Child Pornography and Possession of Pre-Pubescent Child Pornography.
The Juveniles involved were turned over to the Custody of CPS and at a later time all parental rights were removed from Christopher and Tanya Regan.
“These heinous crimes were conducted by sexual predators who posed a serious danger to children,” said United States Attorney Erin Nealy Cox. “I commend the swift and dedicated work of law enforcement, and am glad we were able to serve justice for the victims.”
“This is one of the most despicable cases of child exploitation and abuses of trust I have seen in my law-enforcement career,” said Ryan L. Spradlin, Special Agent in Charge of HSI Dallas. “Even the most hardened criminal would likely take exception to this kind of heinous behavior. No sentence is long enough for these two individuals, and it sends a clear message to others who sexually exploit vulnerable children: We will come after you and hold you accountable for your reprehensible actions.”
I want to personally commend the work done by Investigators with the Howard County Sheriff’s Office on the time and effort they took to work this case from start to finish. Because of the complexity of this case we used several other agencies that have expertise and equipment for working cases like this.
Sheriff Stan Parker
Coahoma Youth Baseball sign-ups are going on now through Saturday, Feb. 29th. Ages 14 and under are welcomed to sign up from all over Howard County. Age groups are divided by Ponies, Majors, Minors, and Tee-Ball, and teams are co-ed.
Noel Olivas, Coahoma Youth Baseball Board Member, told KBest News that youth sports are great to get kids outside in fresh air, moving, and learning about wins and losses.
"I still remember a lot of the things my coaches told me, more so than when I was older. I didn't realize how big of an influence they'd be. Now that I'm a 40-year-old man, I still think about them."
Olivas said that the coaches get together to discuss strategies to help kids across the board and make it a good experience for everyone.
Sign-ups will be held from 6-8 pm at the Dairy Queen in Coahoma today, Feb. 24th - Feb. 28th. On Saturday, sign-ups at Dairy Queen in Coahoma will be from 10 am to 12 pm. Cost is $80 per kid, and there are multi-kid discounts available, as well. Plus, there are sponsorship opportunities for those who need it.
For more information, contact the Facebook group for Coahoma Youth Baseball.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will have their Permian Basin Cotton Conference on Tuesday, March 3rd at the G.C. Broughton Jr. Ag Complex.
Registration begins at 7:30 PM and is open to the public. Speakers include Dr. Reagan Noland, AgriLife Extension State Cotton Specialist and Bill Thompson, AgriLife Extension Economist. Dr. Noland will be speaking on Specific Herbicides and Weed Management. Thompson will speak on Overviewing Drought Provisions. There will also be FSA Updates and Seed Representatives at the event.
For more information, contact the Howard County Office at 432-264-2236.
Chief of Police, Chad Williams is proud to announce the Big Spring Police Department has begun accepting applications to attend the next Citizens Police Academy which will start on April 23rd 2020.
The CPA is 30 hour program intended to enhance understanding and cooperation between the citizens of Big Spring and Howard County and the personnel of the Big Spring Police Department.
The Citizens Police Academy is designed to give participants a “tip of the iceberg” overview of the tasks, responsibilities and procedures of the men and women serving in local law enforcement. It is an opportunity for citizens to hear from officers in various functions of police work such as: Dispatch, Records, Animal Control, Recruiting and Training, Patrol Operations, Criminal and Narcotics Investigations, Crime Scene Processing, Crime Stoppers and SWAT functions. Robust question and answer sessions are encouraged throughout the program.
Many of the sessions are hands-on exercises that provide the participants with opportunities to step into the role of the police officer and handle various situations officers are called upon to deal with daily. Participants also spend a working shift riding in a patrol car with an on-duty officer to gain a first-hand perspective of a day in the life of a local officer. Historically, this is one of the aspects of the program enjoyed by all of the participants.
The program will also introduce participants to the Volunteer in Police Service (VIPS) group. Representatives of this group will attend and assist with the classroom activities. VIPS are an active group who assist the BSPD with activities such as traffic control for parades and other activities, the house watch program and monitoring handicap parking violations. Graduation from the CPA will qualify participants to apply for the VIPS group. We encourage all past and future graduates of the CPA to consider joining the volunteer group.
Since its inception in 1994, the CPA has provided a forum wherein citizens and police can exchange information and viewpoints. We have found that this exchange benefits the participants, the officers and instructors, the Department and the community in general. The community comes to a better understanding of the often-conflicting expectations and requirements placed on law enforcement and law enforcement comes to a better understanding of the expectations of their community.
Over the years, as a result of this exchange, the department has modified some of its practices and procedures to better meet the needs and desires of the citizens. In turn we have seen an increased acceptance of our role in the community and have enjoyed a more open dialog with its members.
The CPA class will be on every Thursday for 8 weeks and will be from the hours of 6PM to 9PM. Members will also be required to complete a 6 hour ride-a-long with a patrol officer prior to the final day of the Citizens Police Academy. Applicants that have been selected to attend the Citizens Police Academy will be contacted and given additional information.
For information or questions regarding the Citizens Police Academy, please call Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon at (432)264-2561 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For an application to attend the Citizens Police Academy either go to www.bigspringpd.net (click Public Services and Info Tab, click Citizens Police Academy Class tab, scroll to bottom and click print out application), call Lt. Gordon or come by the Police Department between 8-5 Monday thru Friday.
Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Thursday morning, the Salvation Army in Big Spring announced the winner of their Red Kettle Challenge for 2019.
According to Lt. Ben Godwin with the local organization, the Salvation Army in Big Spring was able to exceed their goal and raised over $57,000. He stated that they had 252 volunteer hours documented for the Christmas season. Volunteers raised over $19,000.
GEO received the Frozen Kettle award for participating in the Red Kettle Challenge on the coldest day of the season with temperature below 30 degrees. Pack 29 received the award for the Best Hourly Average by raising $174/hour. The Big Spring Rotary Club earned the award for the Most Raised in a Single Kettle with $1,682.37 raised in one kettle. The Golden Kettle Award for 2019 was awarded to the Greater Big Spring Rotary Club for raising $4,145.64 during the challenge. The Golden Kettle is the top award given by the Salvation Army of Big Spring for raising the greatest amount of money by a single organization.
The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce, Big Spring Ford, Forsan ISD, Brenda Tubb and her kids from the Juvenile Probation office, Big Spring Herald, and KBest Media were recognized for their contributions to the Angel Tree program. Scenic Mountain Medical Center provided 200 food boxes for the Salvation Army and Porter’s provided 180 food cans for those boxes.
Star Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Big Spring received the Extra Mile Award for their outstanding contributions to the local Salvation Army. Tabitha Clark of Star CJDR was also recognized as the Red Kettle Champion for her dedication to the organization. This is Clark’s 2nd consecutive year to earn the award.
There will be an Open House for Scenic Mountain’s Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine on Friday, Feb. 21st, from 11 am to 3 pm. Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine offers a comprehensive wound management approach to healing through an interdisciplinary team approach. As an outpatient, appointment-based program, the Wound Care Center’s staff is committed to providing each patient with an advanced, individualized treatment plan for their chronic, non-healing wounds. These wounds are defined as sores or wounds that have not significantly improved from conventional treatments.
Tiffany Crawford, Wound Care Director at SMMC, told KBest News that her ultimate goal is to allow the community to come into the center, meet her team, and ask questions during this come-and-go event.
She told KBest News that there is an overall non-awareness about wound care does.
"In reality there's so much that goes into wound healing that a lot of people don't know or understand," said Crawford. "We not only want to heal our patients, but we want to get to the root cause to say 'Why is this happening? Is this something we can avoid in the future? How can we prevent wounds from occurring?''
"There's so much more that goes into wound healing than just preventative measures," continued Crawford. "It's making sure that we're healing the person from the inside out."
The Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine is located at 1501 W. 11th Place, Suite 106, in Big Spring.
The Underground Network Tour began touring through West Texas and New Mexico earlier this month and this weekend it’ll make its way to Big Spring. The Underground Network was created as a platform to network with artists, promoters, photographers, and graphic designers. Rudy Payen, Owner and Promoter for the Underground Network, told KBest News that it’s also gives underdogs a chance to shine.
Anthony Rivas, stage name Antonio Blokka and local Big Spring resident, will host of the Big Spring show. Rivas told KBest News that Friday’s free show will be an opportunity to showcase local talent, and noted that a majority of the artists on the line-up are from Howard County and the surrounding area. According to Rivas, Big Spring usually shows a lot of support for local rap artists.
The Underground Network show will be the Desert Flower on Friday night. The free show begins at 8 PM. Anyone interested in performing on Friday with the Underground Network Tour, can contact Rivas through Facebook.
BIG SPRING - Justin Jaeger, Sunday, received the Boy Scouts of America’s highest achievement, the Eagle Scout award, in a ceremony Sunday at the Church of Latter Day Saints in front of friends, family and members of his Scout Troop.
The rank of Eagle Scout is bestowed to a Boy Scout following considerable effort, planning and diligence, according to the Boy Scouts of America manual but what makes Jaeger’s award more endearing and sentimental is the amount of time he was involved in scouting before receiving its highest award.
Jaeger’s Eagle Scout Award has been 29 years in the making.
A young Jaeger started Cub Scouts at eight years of age, often alongside his father, Bruce, who served as his leader many times but most importantly served as his mentor.
“I am my father’s boy,” Justin said.
Justin lives with Down syndrome, an intellectual and developmental disability, his mother, Vernie Jaeger said but that hasn’t ever stopped him from reaching out to people in need.
“He has a good heart and just wants to help others,” she said recently during a break in Justin’s programming at the West Texas Centers Howard County Vo-Tech site in Big Spring. “Everything he does is to help other people.”
As Justin moves through the many rooms of the Howard County Vo-Tech Center, he does so with authority. Vernie said because of Justin’s sense of caring for others, he believes he is responsible for the happiness of his 50 or more coworkers who come to the Center daily to perform jobs and learn new skills.
“He’s very much in charge,” his mother, Vernie said laughingly.
And pursuing his Eagle Scout project was an outreach of his natural desire to help others, she said.
When planning for his Eagle Scout project, Joyce Horn, the wife of his Scoutmaster, Marshall Horn, saw a need for outside furniture at the Anderson Accelerated Campus. More importantly, they needed furniture so they could eat their lunch outdoors from time to time.
Joyce Horn suggested that Justin and Marshall construct a picnic table for Justin to fulfill the rank of Eagle Scout. One of the final steps to becoming an Eagle Scout requires a significant service project.
Justin, along with members of his scouting community and his family, spent the past year planning, ordering materials and constructing the picnic table. Construction was completed in September and the picnic table was placed at the Anderson Alternative School in October much to the delight of school district employees, Bruce Jaeger said.
“A lot of us helped make the table,” Bruce said. “It turned out very nice.”
“I would tell my Dad, ‘I need your help,’ “ Justin said. “I love my dad so much. I am my Dad’s boy.”
Justin said the most difficult part of the project was properly installing the table legs and correctly screwing everything together to make the table sturdy. “We did not cut any corners,” Justin said. “I assigned people the jobs they needed to do.”
“Marshall (Horn) worked so hard,” Justin said. “He helped me get the measurements.”
The project was well worth the effort, Bruce said. School district employees have enjoyed using the table.
That makes Justin very happy. Helping people is in Justin’s blood, Vernie said. “He is a caregiver and he likes to stay busy.”
Justin recently donated 50 homemade caps to veterans from his vast supply of handcrafted caps. He makes about two a day, Vernie said. “He’s literally made thousands.”
Justin started making the caps years ago as mission work for his church.
He likes to stay busy and he needs to know things, Vernie said. “Even as a small kid, we tried to make him independent. It’s very important for him to help and to know things.”
Justin is a great cook, Vernie said and a loving caretaker to his uncle, who is living with Alzheimer’s disease. Justin also is instrumental in caring for Uncle Carl’s dog, a Chihuahua and Terrier mix.
Scouting has been a part of Justin’s life for 29 years and he has no plans on stopping any time soon. “I want to be working with Marshall and helping others,” Justin said of his future with scouting.
Photo: Justin Jaeger (center) received the Eagle Scout Award, Sunday, in a ceremony in Big Spring. Pictured with Justin is Shelley Smith, West Texas Centers CEO, his father and mother, Bruce and Vernie Jaeger, and Scoutmaster Marshall Horn.
On Friday, February 21, 2020, City crews will replace several water valves in Comanche Trail Park. This will require water service be shut down in the area that feeds the southwest side of Big Spring from FM 700 to Wasson Road, including the area around the park from Parkway Road to Bilger and from Wasson Road to Longshore. Customers in this area will experience low pressure and/or total water interruption while crews shut off water service to complete valve replacements. To minimize the inconvenience to our citizens, the work will be done overnight beginning at 9:00 PM on Friday, February 21, 2020, and continue until complete.
The City of Big Spring apologizes for any inconvenience and ask for the public’s patience while this project is completed. Please direct any questions or concerns to the office of Shane Bowles, Public Works Director, at 432-264-2501.
Yesterday, the Big Spring Fire Department held a demonstration of the AutoPulse, their new life-saving device. The AutoPulse is battery-operated and provides automated CPR to victims of sudden cardiac arrest by squeezing the patient’s entire chest to improve blood flow to the heart and brain.
The device is designed for patient movement and transport and allows first responders to continue life-saving measures while transporting the patient. According to BSFD Lieutenant Albert Cavazos, the hands-free device allows paramedics and EMT’s to continue to work with their hands to attach monitors, begin an IV for medications, and put in an airway tube. The AutoPulse gives the patient a 75 percent chance of survival.
Lt. Cavazos advised the device can be used on most people, but it does depend on the size and weight of the patient. He also advised that it cannot be used on pediatric patients.
For now, the two front line ambulances at Station 4 and Station 5 on the north side and south side of Big Spring will be equipped with these devices, but there are plans to add more in the future.
The device was budgeted for the Fire Department by the City of Big Spring.
The Big Spring Fire Department will be sponsoring a public CPR class on March 26, 2020. Two classes will be held that day from 8:30 to about noon, and 1:30 to about 5 PM. Space is limited and you must sign up in advance by contacting 432-264-2303.
Mike Williams - inspirational speaker, author, missionary and comedian - spoke to a full house at The Life Center Fundraiser Luncheon that was held today at Hotel Settles. Williams shared personal stories from his life and encouraged guests to support The Life Center in Big Spring.
Donations received from today's luncheon will allow The Life Center to continue to offer pregnancy testing, prenatal and parenting education, material assistance, optional prayer and Bible-based mentoring programs. Their plans for 2020 include RN staffing for a building expansion that will enable the center to offer sonogram services for qualifying clients.
BIG SPRING, TX: The Howard County Volunteer Fire Department was presented with a check in the amount of $250,000.00 last month from the G.C. Broughton Foundation, to be used for the purchase of a new fire truck, equipment, and upgrades to existing trucks.
Board member of the foundation, Jim Weaver, stated that the board was very impressed with the volunteer fire department’s grant request which included photographs, by-laws, IRS documents, 501 C3 certification, and a description of the specific fire truck that would be purchased, if funds were to be granted. The request was for $140,000.00, however, the existence of the Volunteer Fire Department is dependent upon donations, therefore the board awarded the department an additional $110.000.00 for a total of $250,000.00.
The G.C Broughton Foundation was established in 2005 and is made up of a Board of Directors in Big Spring, with Jean Broughton-Powell as President. The foundation actively contributes to 501 C3 charities and has granted six to seven million dollars in Texas to date. Recipients have included CASA, the Big Spring Symphony, the Dora Roberts Rehabilitation Center, the G.C. Broughton Agricultural Pavilion at Howard College, the Arrington Cancer Center in Lubbock, as well as the West Texas Rehabilitation Centers in San Angelo and Abilene. The Foundation particularly enjoys contributing to charities that help children.
HCVFD Board President Eric Barber stated that the grant for the new fire truck was greatly appreciated, as well as the extra funding which will go towards upgrading current engines, equipment, and even the construction of a fire station in the far north end of Howard County where there are currently no fire engines in service.
Early voting for the March 2020 Texas Primaries will begin tomorrow, Feb. 18th, and Howard County voters can cast their votes at the Howard County Elections Office, located on the 1st floor of the Howard County Courthouse.
A primary election is used to narrow the field of candidates for a given elective office or to determine the nominees for political parties in advance of a general election. Voters will need to select a party – either Democratic or Republican – so they can receive the appropriate ballot needed to choose their candidates.
It’s important to note that this party designation does not carry over to the November election. Plus, if a voter doesn’t vote in the March Primary Election, they will still be able to vote in the November election.
Early voting will continue through Feb. 28th. On Feb. 27th and Feb. 28th, early voting hours will be extended from 7 AM to 7 PM.
During Friday's, 02/14/2020, Special Session of the Big Spring City Council, Howard County Commissioners Jimmy Long, Pct. 3, and John Cline, Pct. 4, and Howard County Judge Kathryn Wiseman, urged council members to vote against the development of the Municipal Development District (MDD) because they are looking into the option of creating a County Assistance District (CAD) and bringing it to the voters in the November 2020 election.
Ultimately, Big Spring City Council members did not unanimously agree that an ordinance calling for an election to establish an MDD was an emergency. The item came to a 3-2 vote with Terry McDaniel, District 3; Jim DePauw, District 6; and Gloria McDonald, District 4, voting against. Raul Marquez, District 1, and Dough Hartman, District 2, were not present for the meeting. The item had to be declared an emergency in order to have a special election in May 2020 on the creation of an MDD for the extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) of the City of Big Spring. Thus, there will not be an election on the topic.
During Council Input, McDonald and DePauw voiced their concerns with creating an MDD. DePauw noted that it would be in the City’s best interest to continue to work together with the county to educate the public about the CAD so that they can make an informed decision during the November 2020 election. Camilla Strande, District 5, stated that she had mixed feelings on the topic. Terry McDaniel, District 3, had no comments.
Mayor Shannon Thomason advised that his intent of bringing the topic to the special session was to give the residents in the ETJ area an opportunity to choose an MDD if they wanted it. The MDD board would be appointed by the City Council, but it would be made up of residents who live in the ETJ and the one-half percent sales tax collected in the area would go directly to fund ETJ projects.
During the meeting, it was noted that if voters in the ETJ were given the opportunity to vote on the creation of an MDD, it would have to be done prior the November 2020 election to establish a CAD. Thus, now voters in the ETJ will not get an opportunity to vote for an MDD if they so choose.
Howard College will have a Career Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 26th, from 10:30 AM to 1 PM at the Student Union Building on their Big Spring campus. Businesses are encouraged to attend the event to network with their Howard College and SWCD students.
Here, Lauren Barber, Lead Student Support Director for the Big Spring campus of Howard College, noted that the Career Fair is a great opportunity for the community to network with their students, while also exposing students to the different career fields that are available.
There is no cost for businesses to attend the job fair, but they must register in advance to reserve a table by contacting Lauren at 432-264-5024. The deadline to register is Monday, Feb. 24th.
Big Spring City Council members will meet for a Special Session tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 14th, at 3 PM in the City Council Chambers located at 307 E. 4th St. in Big Spring.
An emergency reading of an ordinance ordering a special election on May 2, 2020 for the purpose of creating the City of Big Spring Municipal Development District and the Imposition of a Sales and Use Tax of one-half of one percent for the purpose of financing development projects beneficial to the district.
According to a statement by Big Spring Mayor Shannon Thomason regarding the special council meeting, the creation of the municipal development district (or MDD) would affect the City of Big Spring’s extraterritorial jurisdiction, which is an area extending out from the city limits to a distance of 2 miles. Only residents living in this area would be eligible to vote for or against the creation of the MDD.
If created, the MDD would be funded by a half-cent sales tax increase on taxable sales that occur in this area, and would have no effect on property tax rates in the city nor within the extraterritorial jurisdiction, or the EJT.
Cosden Federal Credit Union will be hosting a blood drive in their parking lot located at 400 E. Marcy Dr. in Big Spring. On Valentine’s Day, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, donors can give blood between 10 AM and 2 PM.
Laurie Barraza, Chief Executive Officer of Cosden Federal Credit Union, told KBest News that their goal is to have 50 people donate blood. Those who complete their donations can receive a free t-shirt and a special one-day loan rate. Plus, they can get their names entered in a drawing for a special Valentine’s Day gift basket.
To sign-up, visit www.bloodhero.com.
Valentine’s Day is just a few days away and if you haven’t made plans yet, don’t worry. There’s a couple of local options to consider.
This Friday, Feb. 14th, Hotel Settles will have a Valentine’s Day Murder Mystery Party from 7-9 PM. Party-goers are encouraged to dress in their '50s finest with their sweetie to solve a murder while dining in Hotel Settles' historical ballroom. This fun night of murder mystery includes dinner and sparkling wine at a price of $179/couple. For more information, contact Hotel Settles at 432-267-7500.
Also on Friday, there will be a comedy show with a variety of comedians at the The Train Car in downtown Big Spring. That show begins at 8 PM and if you get there early, you’ll be able to catch the pre-show magic show. Plus, Santos Tacos will also be on location during the event. Tickets are $10 per person. For more information, call 682-888-9702.
There will be a Church Security Seminar this month in Big Spring. The seminar is offered by Texas Law Shield, a concealed weapons legal defense program. This Church Security Seminar will be held at Life Church, located at 1004 Johnson St. in Big Spring on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 PM.
Texas Law Shield is offering this free seminar to church security teams and ushers. According to Casey Chavez, Territory Manager for Texas Law Shield, the seminar is a good refresher for churches that have security plans in place, and can offer a lot of good information for smaller churches who may not have plans in place just yet.
Chavez went on to say that the seminar is a good refresher for churches that have a security plan in place, and is also good information for smaller churches who may not have anything set up at this time.
To register for the seminar, contact Casey at 512-470-2867, or visit:
Big Spring City Council will have a regular meeting tonight at 5:30 PM at the City Council Chambers, located at 307 E. 4th St. in Big Spring.
Public Hearings will be held tonight concerning Tax Abatement Guidelines, and a zone change from light commercial to single-family residential on an area of the Bauer Addition located near NW 11th St. and N. Bell St.
Consent items on the agenda include the final reading of an ordinance calling for the General Election to be held on May 2, 2020 for the purpose of electing City Council Members for Districts 1 and 3. The final reading of a resolution authorizing and appointing the City Manager to submit a grant application for a Negotiators Crisis Response Throw Phone.
New Business items include first readings of an ordinance amending fees and use guidelines for the Comanche Trail Golf Course, and an ordinance transferring funds from the Sanitation Department to the Landfill Dept. There will also be first readings of an ordinance amending the zoning ordinance and the resolution reauthorizing the tax abatement guidelines and criteria.
To view the entire agenda for tonight, visit:
BIG SPRING – Due to weather, the first stage of the new bridge deck on US 87 has been postponed until Saturday, Feb. 15.
Once work begins, traffic will be reduced to one lane and flaggers will help navigate the traveling public. Portable message boards and other signage announcing the bridge work and lane closure will be in place during the construction project.
This will be an active work zone so motorists should use caution and obey all traffic control devices put in place for everyone’s safety. For information on construction or road conditions and to prepare travel routes, visit www.drivetexas.org.
On Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, a federal grand jury in El Paso, Texas, indicted Patrick Wood Crusius, 21, of Allen, Texas, on hate crimes and firearm charges in connection with the murder of 22 people and attempted murder of 23 others at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, on August 3, 2019. The announcement was made by Assistant Attorney General Eric S. Dreiband of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas John F. Bash, and Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s El Paso Field Office Luis M. Quesada.
The indictment alleges that on August 3, 2019, Crusius opened fire with an assault rifle and shot multiple individuals in and around the Walmart Supercenter in El Paso, leading to the death of 22 individuals and injuring many more. The indictment further alleges that, on the same date as the shooting, Crusius uploaded to the internet a document he had drafted entitled “The Inconvenient Truth.” The document opened by stating, “This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas. They are the instigators, not me. I am simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by the invasion.” The indictment charges that Crusius willfully caused bodily injury to the victims because of the actual and perceived national origin of any person.
In total, the ninety-count indictment charges Crusius with 22 counts of hate crimes resulting in death, 23 hate crimes involving an attempt to kill, and 45 counts of discharging a firearm in relation to the hate crimes.
Upon conviction, the charges in the indictment call for the death penalty or life imprisonment. The Attorney General will decide whether to seek the death penalty at a later time. Should the Attorney General determine that the circumstances of the offense are such that a sentence of death is justified, the law requires that notice be filed with the court at a reasonable time before trial. Crusius is currently in state custody pending state criminal charges.
The FBI, with the support of the El Paso Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, El Paso County Office of the Medical Examiner, Allen Police Department and Dallas Police Department, conducted this investigation.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ian Hanna and Greg McDonald of the Western District of Texas, and U.S. Department of Justice Trial Attorneys Tim Visser and Michael Warbel.
It is important to note that an indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The defendant is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
According to our news partners at CBS 7, the National Weather Service reported that Big Spring received 8 inches of snow and parts of Howard County received up to 12 inches on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020.
The photo below from the National Weather Service shows the total amount of snowfall in Howard County over the last 3 days.
Photo: Screenshot of snowfall analysis of Howard County for Feb. 5 - Feb. 7, 2020 taken from: https://www.weather.gov/crh/snowfall
Blue: 4-6 inches
Light Yellow: 6-8 inches
Golden Yellow: 8-12 inches
Orange: 12-18 inches
BIG SPRING– The first stage of the new bridge deck on US 87 will be poured at the viaduct Monday, Feb. 10. Work will begin at 9 a.m. and should be completed by 5 p.m., weather permitting.
Traffic will be reduced to one lane and flaggers will help navigate the traveling public. Portable message boards and other signage announcing the bridge work and lane closure will be in place during the construction project.
This will be an active work zone so motorists should use caution and obey all traffic control devices put in place for everyone’s safety. Remember, traffic fines double when workers are present. For information on construction or road conditions and to prepare travel routes, visit www.drivetexas.org.
Registration is now open for veterans in the Permian Basin to sign up for PGA HOPE, a free 6-week program led by a trained PGA Professional that provides Veterans with golf instruction, course access, and adaptive equipment if needed.
Avery Lee, Coordinator of Foundation Operations for the Northern Texas PGA, told KBest News that PGA HOPE is a national program that stands for “Helping our Patriots Everywhere”. He advised that the PGA professional are trained in adaptive golf techniques.
"We have a memorandum of understanding with the VA to go out and teach golf lessons, and use golf as a form of therapy," said Lee. "It is absolutely free for veterans. They're getting free instruction. It's done in a group setting. They don't need to know anything about golf. They don't need to have any clubs or equipment; we'll have everything onsite for them. It's mostly just a way to get outdoors, share the comraderie with their fellow brothers and sisters in arms, and learn a sport and be active."
This spring, the program will begin in April at the Odessa Country Club. The classes are held from 9-11 am, every Wednesday, from April 1st – May 6th. Be advised that space is limited to only 16 veterans.
To register online, visit: https://foundation.ntpga.com/military-veterans
A Taste of Big Spring Chamber Extravaganza will be held tonight at the Howard County Fair Barn from 5 :30 – 8 PM. The annual networking event has been revamped to allow more opportunities for attendees to meet and network with more people than ever before. The first set of “5 under 55” honorees – Adrian Calvio, Amanda Duforat, Christian Fair, Justin Myers, and Manny Negron – will be recognized during the event. Outgoing President for the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce Board Randy Johnson will pass the gavel on to new President Mark Richardson.
The recipient of this year’s Russ McEwen award will also be revealed, along with this year’s Man and Woman of the Year.
Tickets are still available to purchase at the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce office, located at 215 W. 3rd St., for $30 each. For more information, contact their office at 432-263-7641.
The first Friday of February, which is designated as American Heart Month, is a day that encourages the public to wear red to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease. The West Texas VA Health Care System will be participating in this national event on Feb. 7th with “Go Red”. Cynthia Schaffner told KBest News that “Go Red” is a day for them to help women adopt heart healthy habits. They partner with the American Heart Association so they can equip women veterans with resources they need to reduce the risk of heart disease.
"Heart disease if the number one killer in the United States. It kills one woman every 80 seconds, but 80 percent of cardiovascular disease can be prevented through lifestyle changes and education," said Schaffner.
According to Schaffner, there are 5 numbers that women need to be aware of are their total cholesterol, good cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, and body mass index.
"We can't really change things about ourselves that have to do with our age, gender, heredity, race, or history of heart problems; but we can manage our blood pressure. We can quit smoking, and be more active, and monitor our weight, move more, eat smart, decrease our stress, and decrease alcohol," continued Schaffner.
Schaffner also went on to say that women experience symptoms different from men when it comes to heart disease can be different from men. Here, she describes some of the symptoms that women may experience as a sign of a heart attack or heart disease. Some of those signs include shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, back or jaw pain, dizziness or fainting, extreme fatigue, or uncomfortable pressure in the center of your chest, arm pain in one or both arms, or breaking out in a cold sweat.
Tomorrow, Feb. 7, 2020, the West Texas VA in Big Spring will have heart healthy snacks, blood pressure checks, and dietitians available to chat with in the Canteen Area from 11 am – 1 pm, and everyone is invited to stop by.
Carnage Radio, the short film produced by Big Spring filmmakers James and Amanda Fite and Brandon Johnson, along with James Womble and Jared Rush, made its debut last February when it was screened at the Big Spring Municipal Auditorium. The film was well received by audience members, and local residents were pleased to see that Big Spring featured as a character and not just a setting.
After making a tour through several film festivals in the last year, Writer and Director James Fite recently announced that Carnage Radio will be made into a feature film and there are many roles to fill. Anyone interested in a speaking role or in being an extra in the film, will need to submit a film of them doing a monologue or a scene of their choice. For more information, check out the Facebook page for Carnage Radio.
At approximately 4:00 AM on February 5, 2020, the Big Spring Fire Department received a 911 call for a structure fire with occupants still inside the residence. BSFD units responded to find a single-family home on fire, and witnesses reported someone was inside the home.
Rescue crews made entry into the home and attempted to rescue the occupant; however, the fire spread quickly hindering all rescue efforts. While rescue efforts were ongoing, fire crews battled the fire from both inside and outside the house. Unfortunately, crews were unable to reach the victim and he suffered smoke inhalation and heat injuries resulting in his death. Information about the victim will not be released until next of kin have been notified.
During the rescue effort, a BSFD firefighter sustained non-life threatening injuries. The firefighter was transported to Scenic Mountain Medical Center ER where he was stabilized before being transferred to University Medical center in Lubbock. He is being held for observation and is expected to be released in the next couple of days. We expect him to make a full recovery.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Fire Marshal's office.
New District Director Patsy Garza was elected for LULAC District 22 last night at their annual meeting. The mission of LULAC, which stands for League of United Latin American Citizens, is to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States. According to Garza, District 22 encompasses Howard County and surrounding areas.
A Meet and Greet event was also held at Ryan Hall last night with candidates who are running in local elections. Those present at the event were:
Edilisa Saldivar - Howard County Commissioner, Pct. 1 candidate
Oscar Garcia - Howard County Commissioner, Pct. 1 incumbent
Stan Parker - Howard County Sheriff incumbent
Nick Ornelas - Big Spring City Council, District 1 candidate
Rodger Rodman - Big Spring City Council, District 3 candidate
Enchantra Solis - candidate for Big Spring ISD Board member, District 1
Tom Olague - Big Spring ISD Board Member, District 1 incumbent
ABILENE – TxDOT crews started pre-treating roadways in the Abilene District Monday morning in preparation for winter weather that will impact the area tonight.
Crews across the 13-county district are treating Tier 1 and Tier 2 roadways, which include high-traffic corridors such as I-20, US 84 from Roscoe to the Garza County line, US 83/84, and US 277, among others.
The brine mixture will discourage ice from bonding to the roadways and structures as wintry precipitation begins to fall. The Abilene District is working closely with the National Weather Service to monitor weather conditions.
Safety of the traveling public is TxDOT’s priority and crews will be working in shifts around the clock to prepare for and respond to any wintry weather that moves into the district, monitoring and treating roadways as needed.
Motorists can also do their part by driving carefully and following these guidelines:
• Use caution when driving over bridges and overpasses, as temperatures can be colder on elevated surfaces.
• Reduce speed and drive with caution. A vehicle needs more distance to stop on a slick roadway. Do not apply the brakes suddenly and do not use cruise control, so that you can better maintain control if you encounter slippery roads.
• Slow down when approaching emergency or maintenance vehicles, especially when their flashing lights are on. The law requires you to maintain a distance of at least 200 feet when approaching a snow plow, and never pass on the right. Visibility can also be reduced during winter weather conditions.
• Be patient. Your trip time – including short commutes to work – could increase when adverse weather conditions exist. Also, keep to the main roads and avoid taking roads that may not have been plowed.
• Winterize vehicles before traveling during adverse weather. Check fuel, tire conditions, oil and antifreeze levels. Make sure heater, brakes and windshield wipers are working properly.
• Check area weather conditions on radio or television before starting a trip.
For real-time roadway conditions, check DriveTexas.org or follow @TxDOTABILENE.
Blood drives will be held in Big Spring this month. The first will be held at Back in Motion this Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, from 12-4 PM. To donate blood at Back in Motion, contact their office at 432-267-2225 to be added to the list, or you can stop by Back in Motion, located at 1113 S. Scurry, to sign up. You can also find the link to sign-up on their Facebook page.
If you can’t make it for the blood drive this week, you can also sign up for the blood drive at Cosden Federal Credit Union, located at 400 E. Marcy. That one is scheduled for Valentine’s Day on Friday, Feb. 14th., from 10 am - 2 pm.
To sign up for either of these blood drives and to find future ones, visit www.bloodhero.com.
“5 under 55” the new set of awards created by the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce to recognize individuals for their involvement in the community and their leadership qualities.
This year’s "5 Under 55" Honorees are Manny Negron with the Big Spring Convention and Visitors Bureau; Justin Myers with State National Bank; Adrian Calvio with State Farm; Christian Fair with the United Way of Big Spring and Howard County; and Amanda Duforat with the Big Spring Herald. All honorees will be recognized at The Taste of Big Spring - Chamber Extravaganza, set for Feb. 7 at the Howard County Fairbarns. The event will be held from 5:30 - 8 PM.
"I had someone mention a quote to me the other day; 'Service is the price we pay for the space we occupy,' Debbye ValVerede, Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, said. " Each year we honor Man and Woman of the Year for their contributions over the years, but we have had a large group of young business professionals stepping up and making the choice to invest in their community lately, and we want to recognize them and their efforts.”
Tickets are still on sale for this Friday's Taste of Big Spring - Chamber Extravaganza for $30 each. They can be purchased at the Chamber office, located at 215 W. 3rd St. in Big Spring, or for more information, contact 432-263-7641.