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BSHS Golden Belles Dance Team holds Fundraiser on Sunday, May 2nd


The Golden Belles of Big Spring High School will have a bake sale on Sunday, May 2nd, outside of the Inkspot, 610 S. Gregg St. in Big Spring, from 1-5 PM. They'll be selling various baked goods and Texas Roadhouse Rolls with cinnamon butter. 

 

The Golden Belles are the first ever dance team at Big Spring High School. This will be a performance and competitive-based team. In addition to being a spirit squad that supports the Steers, they'll make community appearances, and compete in their own UIL competitions.

 

The Golden Belles Dance Team is led by Director and Founder Niccolette Wells.

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Grand Opening for West Texas Community Mediation Center scheduled for Saturday, May 1, 2021


The West Texas Community Mediation Center in Big Spring will be celebrating their Grand Reopening on Saturday, May 1st, from 9 AM to 3 PM. They are located at 501 S. Runnels St. in the Polly Mays Annex Building on the corner of 5th and Main St. The building had been gifted from the City of Big Spring, and after many hours of renovations WTXCMC is ready to open their doors to the community.

 

The organization's goal is to make Big Spring and the surrounding areas a conflict-free environment for all.

 

If you’re having neighbor-to-neighbor disputes, or in-school conflicts that we’re dealing with a lot like bullying, family mediation - if people are going through a divorce, custody, visitation - those kinds of things, we’ll be a one-stop shop for you," said Danette Ross Watson, Executive Director for WTXCMC. 

 

"Come to see us before you go to court. Come to see us if you're just having that conflict with someone you just can’t resolve, or you just need help getting some understanding.”

 

Watson told KBest News that the West Texas Community Mediation Center is still in need of volunteers. The non-profit organization will be offering free initial training.

 

“Our initial training will be for free so we can get people trained and ready to provide the services. Everything from learning about trauma, informed care, to working with mediation, in-school conflicts -why are the kids having conflicts; why are the adults having conflicts. It generally goes back to either some kind of childhood trauma or some event that is causing the trauma. We really want people to understand that even if you don’t volunteer with us on a regular basis, it’s just great information, knowledge, and experience we can use in our everyday life.”

 

For more information, contact Danette Ross Watkins at 432-517-4200 or at 301-792-3340.

 

For more on the WTXCMC, visit http://www.wtxcmc.org/

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Tank Battery Fires in Howard County common during Thunderstorms


A severe thunderstorm on Tuesday night in Howard County made for a busy night for local volunteer firefighters. At approximately 9 PM that night, the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department was called to respond to a location in northern Howard County that had 8 tank batteries engulfed in flames. Later that night and into the early morning hours of the next day, the HCVFD responded to a total of 3 fires with a total of 10-11 tanks.

 

According to HCVFD Chief Mitchell Hooper, firefighters used a total of 12,000 gallons of water and 60 gallons of foam to extinguish the flames. He said they also had to call for assistance from the Ackerly Volunteer Fire Department to help supply water.

 

HCVFD Chief Mitchell Hooper told KBest News that they tanks belong to oil companies and they can catch fire when they are struck by lightning during thunderstorms. 

 

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Scenic Mountain Medical Center acquires breakthrough Philips MRI scanner designed to improve Confidence, Speed, and Comfort


BIG SPRING, Texas— Scenic Mountain Medical Center (SMMC) recently announced their acquisition of the Philips Ingenia Ambition 1.5T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). 

 

The Ingenia Ambition delivers superb image quality even for challenging patients and performs MRI exams up to 50% faster with its Compressed SENSE acceleration flagship software for all anatomies in both 2D and 3D scanning. Fast overall exam-time is also achieved by simplifying patient handling at the bore with the touchless guided patient setup. Furthermore, the device offers an immersive audio-visual experience to calm patients and guide them through MRI exams.

 

An MRI study can be a challenge for patients young and old. Inconclusive image quality due to patient motion is a constant issue, making it difficult for clinicians to obtain accurate results in their first attempt. At the same time, one repeat exam can throw an entire day’s schedule off by two or three hours, impacting a facility’s throughput and patient satisfaction. The Ingenia Ambition 1.5T is designed for “First Time Right” imaging and addresses the issue in a holistic way.

 

Perhaps the most exciting feature of the Ingenia Ambition 1.5T is its unique patient experience. The in- bore experience offers patients a comforting, engaging audio enhancement. Clear patient instructions are provided by the AutoVoice component of the system, which coaches the patient through their examination while scanner noise is reduced through the ComforTone scan techniques portion of the system.

 

“I am incredibly excited to announce the acquisition of this high-end technology to the Big Spring and surrounding communities,” said Stacey Brown, president of Scenic Mountain Medical Center. 

 

“This MRI is yet another example of Steward Health Care’s investment into our community. With a total cost of $2.8M, this MRI is also now housed inside the hospital adjacent to our Emergency Department which will provide easier access for our patients and our staff. We will also now be able to perform inpatient and outpatient exams.”

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Big Spring City Council – Regular Meeting, 4-27-2021 - Highlights


NOTE: Doug Hartman, District 2 – not present, all other councilmembers were present for the meeting.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS - None

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS, PRESENTATIONS, &, PUBLIC HEARINGS

Carmen Harbour, former District 2 Representative, passed away Monday, April 26, 2021. Prayers are with her family.

 

Mayor Shannon Thomason proclaims the month of May 2021, to be Motorcycle Safety and Awareness month in the City of Big Spring. He also proclaimed May 2 – 8th, 2021 as National Travel and Tourism week in Big Spring.

 

CITY MANAGER’S REPORT

Todd Darden, City Manager, advised of seasonal job openings that will soon be available for the Aquatic center, Sports Complex, and Parks Department. Noted that they could be good summer jobs for students looking to earn money over the summer.

 

Colorado River Municipal Water District (CR MWD) Board of Directors has 2 positions that will soon be open. Darden advised that there are currently 2 board members who are willing to serve again, if council so chooses.

 

If you have a warrant or think you have a warrant contact Judge Timothy Green to get that taken care of as soon as possible.

 

District 4 Large Item Pick-up collected 5,000 lbs. of trash. District 5’s date for Large Item Pick-up will be in mid-May.  

 

CONSENT ITEMS – all items pass with vote of 6-0 (Items #11-16)

 

OTHER BUSINESS

Councilmembers approved a resolution expressing support for second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The resolution also expresses its refusal to accept, fund, or participate in unconstitutional restrictions on legal gun ownership; and declares the City of Big Spring, TX to be a “Second Amendment Stronghold”.

 

The resolution was originally brought to council by Mike Cross of Big Spring. The resolution passed with a 6-0 vote.

 

OLD BUSINESS

The first reading of an ordinance authorizing the rezoning of approximately 18 acres of a 50-acre tract in Big Spring, located on west side of Hwy 87, and north of Big Spring State Hospital from Light Industrial to Planned Development, Temporary Workforce Housing failed during Tuesday night’s meeting.

 

The vote was 5-1, with Councilman Nick Ornelas voting for the rezoning.

 

VOUCHERS – were approved

 

BIDS

The bid for seal coat was awarded to the lowest bidder. With a vote of 6-0. –

 

NEW BUSINESS

Councilmembers acknowledged receipt of the Big Spring EDC Minutes from the meeting on March 16, 2021.

 

A discussion was led by Councilman Troy Tompkins, District 5, regarding how the City Council appoints positions on Boards, committees, and other entities. Tompkins stated that it was time to re-evaluate how these appointments are made. He pointed out that the boards and committees impact the city, but there is not always equal representation on these boards and committees; a topic that has been brought up in the Charter Review Committee multiple times. Tompkins went on to say that it's up to council members to be proactive to recruit representatives from their districts such as residents, business owners, because it’s important to have new faces and new ideas.

 

Councilmembers agreed on equal representation and discussed how they might be able to recruit volunteers and increasing 5-member boards to 7-member boards so that there could be equal representation for the city.

 

An Emergency Reading of a resolution extending the disaster declaration from February 2021 in response to the winter storms was amended and passed with a vote of 6-0. The disaster declaration was extended through June 1, 2021. The amended resolution passed with a vote of 6-0.

 

Jordan Partee was approved as the City Council’s nomination to the Howard County Joint Tax Appraisal District to fill the unexpired term. The resolution naming Partee as the nominee was approved with a 6-0 vote.

 

The Big Spring Convention and Visitors Board proposed a reduction in rental fees for the Marie Hall Plaza and Performance Stage, the SM Energy Pavilion, and the City of Big Spring portable restroom trailer. They also recommended a “special events” package that includes the Marie Hall Plaza, Performance Stage, SM Energy Pavillion, and Portable Restroom Trailer to accommodate for large events for $350 per day. These ordinance amendments were both approved with a vote of 6-0.  

 

COUNCIL INPUT

District 1 Councilman Ornelas advised that there will be a Townhall Meeting on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at Ryan Hall, 605 N. Main in Big Spring from 6-8 PM.

 

Mayor Thomason advised of a slight rise in COVID-19 rate recently. He stated that 20 percent of the population in the county had been vaccinated. Thomason advised that the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine would be returning to vaccination clinics. He also stated that there was a plan in the works to vaccinate home-bound citizens.

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Forsan Science teacher wins Conservation Teacher of the Year for Texas


ODESSA, Texas (KOSA) - Ms. Sherlynn Welch, a fourth grade science teacher at Forsan elementary school, was named Conservation Teacher of the Year for the state of Texas.

 

Along with the honor, she also received a donation to go towards classroom conservation experiments.

 

Forsan students also received awards for their entries in an annual poster contest. This year’s theme was “Healthy Trees Equal Healthy Communities.”

 

Students were encouraged to create posters demonstrating how trees connect with our communities. Trees help clean our air, provide shade to conserve water, and protect soil from erosion.

 

From the 4th grade class of Ms. Welch, Forsan students Summer Long, Taelor Worley, and P’Jae Yabes each placed first in their division. In Ms. Whitney Gressett’s class at Forsan, 5th grade students Aubrey Dennis, Max Myers, and Paxton Skaggs each received first place.

 

Paxton Skaggs and Taelor Worley’s entries were Area Finalists and sent on to compete against other entries from Area 2 of the TSSWCD encompassing approximately 51 Texas counties. HSWCD is proud to announce that Paxton Skaggs received 2nd place for his poster and will be receiving a special plaque from the TSSWCD for his achievement.

 

Second place winners were Alizabeth Barker (4th), Maggie Woodell (4th), Finley Strickland(4th), Jules Nichols(5th), Kaelyn Foust(5th), and Elijah Hess(5th). Third place winners were Allie Olson (4th), K’dynce Peterson(4th), Joshua Austin(4th), Madilynn Reaves(5th), Eliana Mae Zuniga(5th), and Ryker Smith(5th). Honorable Mentions were presented to Matthew Pickett(4th), Emma Mathis(4th), Rylie Wilson(4th), Elyssa Amaro(5th), Karli Wooldridge(5th), Taylor Rose(5th), and Kaelyn Foust (5th grade essay).

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Big Spring Art Association Area Wide Art Show to accept entries this week.


The Big Spring Art Association will open their annual Area Wide Art Show on May 4th and it will continue through May 27, 2021.

 

Entries for the art show will be accepted on Thursday and Friday, April 29-30th, from 10 am to 4 pm. There will be cash and ribbons awarded in several categories.

 

For more information, contact Michelle Worthan, Sandee Lockhart, or Linda Rupard at the emails listed below:

 

Michelle Worthan  -  mrs.worthan1111@gmail.com

Sandee Lockhart  -  b-slockhart@live.com

Linda Rupard  -  happyartist67@yahoo.com

 

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Howard College Board of Trustees discuss Graduation Plans


During Monday’s meeting of the Howard College Board of Trustees, Dr. Cheryl Sparks, President of Howard College, spoke on their plans for graduation. She pointed out that the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum is the largest indoor facility in Howard County and they have been very cautious in opening it up because they wanted to adhere to recommendations of local health officials. She also advised that Big Spring Fire Chief Craig Ferguson and Dr. Rohith Saravanan with Scenic Mountain Medical Center have been consulted on how they continue with the graduation ceremonies. 

 

Howard College is planning a live, in-person graduation event this spring at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum and there will be a live stream option so that the ceremony can be viewed online. Students will receive 4 tickets for graduation. Tickets that are unused by a certain date will be redistributed as requested. Individuals must wear masks while inside of the coliseum. If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, you are urged to not attend. Visitors/viewers are asked to self-screen. Family groups will sit together and social distancing will be created by marking off rows. The maximum capacity for the coliseum will be at 25 percent.

 

Under guidance of Chief Ferguson and Dr. Saravanan, looked at air exchange in the facility. They’re goal is to complete 7 to 9 air exchanges within the building every hour. Dr. Saravanin advised that the spread has been controlled but it’s not absent. He stated that the local community was currently at 20 percent of the eligible population is vaccinated, but we still have a long way to go to achieve herd immunity. There are a number of vulnerable individuals who are unvaccinated who will attend the events.  

 

Dr. Saravanin advised that this is a risk mitigation strategy. If the ceremony were outside and people were able to social distance, then face masks would not be needed. Since the event is indoors, the risk increases. Face masks, social distancing, and air exchanges will help to mitigate these risks. With the strategies that Howard College plans to implement, there will only be a 25 percent capacity allowed in the coliseum. 

 

During the meeting, Chief Ferguson advised that approximately 3 weeks ago, Region J hospitalization rate had been at 1.5 percent, but that rate has more than doubled to 2.7 percent in the past 2 weeks. Approximately 3 weeks ago, there were only 12 cases of COVID-19. As of Friday, April 23rd, there have been 48 cases. Chief Ferguson stated that although 48 cases is not a huge amount of people infected, but it does show a spike in local cases of COVID-19.

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Thank you for your Investment - Lula Blu Boutique


This morning, the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a “Thank You for Your Investment” presentation for Lula Blu Boutique, located at 406 E. Marcy Dr., Suite A. in Big Spring. 

 

They sell women’s and men’s clothing, jewelry, and accessories. They also offer the following services: spray tanning, massage therapy, waxing, nails, and facials. Call them at (432) 935-6023 to schedule an appointment.

 

Follow their Facebook page - Lula Blu Boutique - for information on their flash sales.

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AREA NEWS: Rural Veterans, spouses and caregivers can receive COVID-19 vaccine


 

BIG SPRING, TX — West Texas VA Health Care System (WTVAHCS) will conduct a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Fort Stockton Outreach Clinic, May 7, 2021 from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.  The Fort Stockton Outreach Clinic is located at 1205 North Sycamore Street, Fort Stockton, TX 79735-4122.

 

Both the Moderna and Janssen vaccines will be available to all Veterans, enrolled in VA Health Care or not, spouses and caregivers. 

 

To better enable WTVAHCS staff to ensure an adequate supply of vaccine is on hand, WTVAHCS encourages those desiring to receive the vaccine to call the COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline, 432-268-2564, to schedule an appointment.  Appointments, however, are not required. 

 

“We appreciate the patience and resilience of our Veterans in the Fort Stockton and surrounding areas,” said Jason Cave, Director of WTVAHCS.  “We’re glad that we are now able to extend the reach of our vaccination team and look forward to bringing this team to Fort Stockton.”

 

VA has resumed offering the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine to individuals 18 years and older, in accordance with CDC and FDA guidelines, following a 10-day safety pause. After careful review and evaluation, the FDA and CDC have confidence that this vaccine is safe for use and effective in preventing COVID-19. The available data show that the vaccine’s benefits outweigh its risks and the chance of blood clots occurring following its administration is very low.

 

The primary goal of COVID-19 vaccination is to protect those we serve from COVID-19, and VA’s priority remains the safety of all those receiving vaccine from VA, including Veterans, their spouses, caregivers, employees and federal partners.

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COMMUNITY SHRED DAY from 4-7 PM in Big Spring TODAY, 04/26/21


Complex Community Federal Credit Union will host a Community Shred Day in Big Spring today, April 26th, at their Big Spring branch located at 503 E. FM 700 from 4-7 PM.

 

Complex Community FCU hosts this free event twice per year, once in the spring and once in the fall. They invite members and non-members to participate by taking their confidential documents to the event to shred so that their information can be secured. They can even bring junk mail that may have been cluttering the home.

 

When you just rip something up and throw it away, anyone can steal your information by raiding your trash. By shredding the documents, you’re able to keep your personal information secure and prevent identity theft.

 

Cindy Carlisle with Complex Community FCU, told KBest News that there is no limit to how many documents can be brought to shred. It can be brought in boxes or bags. The items will be unloaded from your vehicle and placed into a large bin to be shredded. She noted that the items will be shred in front of you.

 

Carlisle went on to say that they only ask that the documents do not come in binders, have paperclips, or any other metal items with them.

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DPS Graduates Three New Canine Teams, Duty Stations include Eagle Pass, Laredo, and Big Spring


AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) recently graduated three new canine teams from a nine-week training program on Thursday, April 1. These canine teams will join more than 50 DPS Canine Detection Teams across Texas within the Texas Highway Patrol Division.

 

“Our canine units play an integral role in interdicting criminals and detecting narcotics on the streets, and because of their hard work, there are victims and victims’ families that will never be known,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “I’m proud to welcome these three new handlers and canines to the roster. After completing the necessary training, these teams are ready to take on their next assignment in protecting and serving the state of Texas.”

 

Two of the dogs were donated from a nonprofit organization, and the other came from Lackland Air Force Base. The breeds include two German Shepherds and one Dutch Shepherd/Belgian Malinois. The newly trained canines will be used for drug detection. The new dogs and their duty stations are as follows: Reno (Eagle Pass), Eztold (Laredo) and Tara (Big Spring).

 

In 2020, DPS canine teams assisted in the seizure of approximately 5,342 pounds of marijuana, 342.92 pounds of cocaine, 37.75 pounds of heroin, 816.69 pounds of methamphetamine, 35.77 pounds of hashish and $4.2 million in cash.

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Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce hosts Health Info Fair in downtown Big Spring TOMORROW - Sat., April 24th


The Health Info Fair, hosted by the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce in downtown Big Spring, will be held tomorrow from 8 AM to Noon in the 100 and 200 blocks of Main Street in downtown Big Spring.

 

Debbye Valverde, Executive Director for the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce, told KBest News that this year's event is totally different. This year they'll be set up in the street and will include screenings, food, fun, and an opportunity to get vaccinated.

 

Those wanting to get the COVID-19 vaccine will be able to do so with Scenic Mountain Medical Center for free. They'll be set up for vaccinations inside of the Expedition Royalty office building, located at 220 S. Main.

 

Although the Bike Rodeo will not be returning this year, there will be a Kids Fitness Course. Those that finish the fitness course will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a Nintendo Switch, courtesy of Star Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Big Spring.

 

This year’s Health Info Fair is sponsored by Big Spring Center for Skilled Care, HEB, Dora Robert Rehabilitation Center, Parkview Skilled Care and Rehabilitation, Home Hospice, Scenic Mountain Medical Center, KBest Radio Group, Star Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Expedition Royalty, and KBYG.

 

The event is free and the public is welcomed and encouraged to attend. Be advised that masks and social distancing are encouraged.

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New Beth Peters Sunflower Scholarship to benefit single mothers going through nursing program at Howard College


A new scholarship has been created at Howard College for single mothers going through the nursing program. It’s called the Beth Peters Sunflower Scholarship. Beth Peters had worked at the V.A. in Big Spring for 19 years as a nurse and was about 2 weeks away from retirement when she passed away from COVID-19. Her family has now started this scholarship in honor of Beth, who had been a single mother of four boys at the time she went through the nursing program at Howard College.

 

Beginning at 11 AM tomorrow, 4/24/21, the Peters family will be selling Brisket plates at Braelyn’s Treasures & Vinyl, 1907 Birdwell Ln Ste. D in Big Spring. (Shopping center at Birdwell Ln. and FM 700, near Sunny Side Up.) Plates are $10 each and will come with Beth’s special chocolate cake that she would make for her co-workers’ birthdays. Plates will be free for all VA workers who present their badge. All money raised will go to the scholarship endowment fund.

 

Anyone wanting to make donations to the endowment can do so by contacting Julie Bailey with Howard College at jbailey@howardcollege.edu or calling 432-264-5051.

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CHS' Glidewell qualifies for State Current Issues and Events contest


Grayson Glidewell has been interested in news since the third grade, and it served him well this past Saturday at the Region I UIL Academic virtual meet. 

 

The Coahoma High School senior placed third in the Current Issues and Events competition and qualified for the 3A UIL State Academic meet, which will be held virtually on May 1, 2021. 

 

Current Issues and Events test competitors on their basic knowledge of current state, national, and world events and issues and consists of a multiple-choice questionnaire and one essay. 

 

Glidewell competed in the same event at state competition his sophomore year when he placed ninth out of 25 contestants. The UIL cancelled the academic season in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

 

This will be Glidewell’s second state academic competition this spring. In March, Glidewell and his partner Aubrey Green pitted their skills against the best CX debaters in the state. At state, UIL judges ranked Glidewell sixth in the individual 3A Speaker Awards category. 

 

Following graduation in May, Glidewell will attend the University of Texas in Austin to pursue a career in law.

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Uplift Big Spring Resource Fair at First Church of Nazarene on Saturday, April 24, 2021


Permian Basin Oilfield and Energy Ministry will host "Uplift Big Spring Resource Fair and Food Distribution" on Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 9 AM to 1 PM at The First Church of the Nazarene, 1400 S. Lancaster, in Big Spring.

 

They'll be partnering with the following organizations for the event:

- The Life Center

- West Texas Food Bank

- Interim Healthcare

- Visiting Angels West Texas

- Wildflower Ministries of TBC

- Workforce Solutions Permian Basin

- Communities In Schools

- Lyons Club

- Reformers Unanimous

- Grief Share...and more.

 

Get information to help you and your family, free well checks, vision screen, and free groceries. 

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The Texas Tenors to perform with the Big Spring Symphony Orchestra TOMORROW, 04/24/21, at Big Spring HS Auditorium


The Texas Tenors will be performing LIVE with the Big Spring Symphony Orchestra in the Big Spring High School Auditorium on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 7:30 pm.

 

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for Seniors and Students (College and below) are FREE. Tickets can be purchased on the Symphony's website and will soon be available at the Big Spring Visitor's Center located at 113 East 3rd Street.

 

Get your TICKETS TODAY online at www.bigspringsymphony.org or at the following vendors:

  • Visit Big Spring
  • Heritage Museum of Big Spring
  • H-E-B
  • The Karat Patch - Big Spring, Texas

 

Please Note that Ushers will start seating patrons at 6:30 PM and tickets will be sold at the door. Face coverings are encouraged unless you are in your seat, but not required.

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Benefit for Scott "Scooter" Engelson to be hosted by Fraternal Order of Eagles on Saturday, April 24, 2021.


The Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 3188 in Big Spring will be hosting a benefit on Saturday, April 24th, for Scott “Scooter” Engelson, a U.S. Army veteran currently battling Colon Cancer.

The event begins at 11 AM. Brisket plates will be sold for $10 each beginning at 1 PM. There will also be a 50/50 drawing throughout the day, and a live auction will begin at 2 PM. All money raised from the benefit will go to help with Engelson’s medical expenses. The Loco Motives will also be providing live entertainment beginning at 8 PM.

 

Anyone wanting to make a monetary donation or contribute items for the live auction, can contact Richard at (432) 230-8557 or Josh at (254) 243-0123.

 

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Area News: Permian Basin Selected as Site for Multi-Billion Dollar Lower-Carbon Gasoline Manufacturing Facility:


The Odessa Development Corporation and Nacero Inc., a Houston-based company, announced plans on Wednesday to build a $6.5 - $7.0 billion lower carbon gasoline manufacturing facility at a site in Penwell, Texas, in two phases:

 

Phase one will produce 70,000 barrels per day of gasoline component (ready for blending). Phase two will increase that capacity to 100,000 barrels per day. The gasoline produced at the facility will contain no sulfur and have half the lifecycle carbon footprint of traditional gasoline. The gasoline will be made from a combination of natural gas, captured bio-methane and mitigated flare gas.

 

The Odessa Development Corporation and the Economic Development Department of the Odessa Chamber of Commerce led the negotiations that resulted in Penwell being chosen for this important facility.

 

Nacero gasoline will be useable in today’s cars and trucks without modification, will be sold locally in addition to being distributed widely, and will be cost competitive with traditional gasoline. Construction of the Penwell facility will employ a peak of 3,500 skilled workers during the four years of phase one construction. When fully operational, the plant will employ 350 full time operators and maintenance personnel in three shifts with a forecast annual salary of approximately $85,000 per person.

 

All of the plant’s electricity will come from renewable sources, much of which will be produced on-site from solar panels co-located with the manufacturing facilities on Nacero’s 2,600 acre site. The plant will be the first in the US to make gasoline from natural gas and the first in the world to do so with carbon capture and sequestration. Sequestered CO2 will be transported via an existing on-site pipeline.

 

Nacero plans to actively engage with the local community and local educational and training institutions. The facility will include a visitors’ center with interactive educational displays.

“Ector County is the ideal location for us,” said Nacero President and Chief Executive Officer Jay McKenna. “From a geographic and logistics standpoint you can’t beat it. We will be a major new market and beneficial home for the natural gas that is currently flared in the Permian Basin. Our zero-sulfur gasoline will reduce ground level ozone in cities across Texas and the Southwest, which is causing illness and limiting economic growth.”

 

Nacero’s Chief Operating Officer Hal Bouknight credited the overwhelming enthusiasm and support of the Odessa Development Corporation, Odessa’s business leaders and taxing entities, and its local residents as a key factor in Nacero’s decision to locate in Penwell. “I’d always heard that Odessa's citizens have a “can-do spirit,” but I was really impressed by just how hard people were willing to work to help bring us to the area,” states Bouknight.

 

Odessa Development Corporation Chairman Tim Edgmon said, ”This project proves once again that West Texas in general, and Odessa in particular, leads the nation in energy innovation and production.”

 

Odessa Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Director Wesley Burnett described Nacero as a perfect fit for Ector County. “The regional economic impact of this single facility will be in the tens of billions of dollars. I thank my staff and all those who worked with them for their hard work in bringing this incredible opportunity here,” states Burnett.

 

State Representative Brooks Landgraf said he is thrilled to welcome Nacero to West Texas. “This world-class, innovative company will use 100% American resources to make 100% American affordable gasoline for everyday American drivers. Nacero will diversify our economy and remind the world of Ector County’s leadership in the oil and gas industry.”

Nacero is on a mission to prove that cleaner energy doesn’t have to cost more. Nacero is planning additional facilities in Pennsylvania and Arizona.

 

Construction is slated to begin in Penwell before the end of this year.

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Chicken Fried Steak Festival in Lamesa 


The 11th annual Chicken Fried Steak Festival kicks off in Lamesa tonight and continues through Sunday, April 25th. Their opening parade will begin tonight at 7:30 PM at Forrest Park, 900 9th in Lamesa. 

 

Lamesa was recognized as the official legendary home of the chicken fried steak, in 2011 by then Governor Rick Perry.  

 

Throughout this free festive weekend, there will be live entertainment, family friendly activities, vendors, kickball and volleyball tournaments, a pageant, a car show, fireworks, and more. Friday is Country night with musical performances by Spur 327 and the Caleb Young Band. Saturday is Tejano Night with Bidi Bidi Banda, a Selena tribute band, and Eric Y SU Grupo Massore. The festival will wrap up on Sunday morning with a praise and worship service. 

 

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**NOTE: Homerun Derby has been cancelled. Sunday activities will end at 12:30 PM. **

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DYLAN MARQUEZ MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP


The Dylan Marquez Memorial Scholarship is in memory of Big Spring High School graduate, Dylan Marquez. The scholarship was created to honor high school seniors graduating from Big Spring High who are set to continue their education after graduation.

 

This scholarship will be awarded annually to two (2) students: one enrolled in an accredited university and one enrolled in a technical/vocational school. Each scholarship will equal $2,500. In the event there is no recipient from the university or technical/vocational tract, the selection committee shall have the authority to double the scholarship award to $5,000/maximum for one recipient.

 

All applications must be submitted to Laura Averett --- Laverette@bsisd.esc18.net --- at BSISD no later than 5/1/21.

 

 

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BSISD Promotes Gabe Martinez to Head Band Director


From Big Spring Superintendent Jay McWilliams:

 

BSISD is excited to announce that Mr. Gabe Martinez has been named as the new Head Band Director for Big Spring High School. Mr. Martinez is a Big Spring High School graduate, and was a member of the marching band at Texas A&M Commerce. Mr. Martinez is also currently working on his Masters of Art in Band Studies with Sam Houston State University.

 

After the resignation of Mr. John Landin, our district began the search for new Director to lead the Pride Drive of Big Spring High School. The unanimous decision made by the committee was to promote Gabe Martinez into the leadership position. Mr. Martinez brings a passion and a love for both the Pride Drive, and the community of Big Spring. He has been with the school district for the past 5 years, and has been an integral part in our band advancing to the State Marching Contest on two separate occasions. (Most recently in 2020) I believe Mr. Martinez will continue the excellence that we have come to expect from our band program, and I believe he has all the attributes to take the band to even greater heights in the future. Mr. Martinez is a Big Spring Steer through and through, and he genuinely loves our kids, our school district, and our community. We feel very fortunate to have Mr. Martinez accept this position and to lead our band program for many years to come.

 

Go Steers,

Jay McWilliams

Superintendent

Big Spring ISD

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Area News: Free Community Art Day this Saturday at the Ellen Noël Art Museum


Odessa, TX (April 19, 2021) — The Ellen Noël Art Museum is hosting a FREE Community Art Day on Saturday, April 24 from 1:30 - 3:30pm. All ages will get to tour the Museum's exhibition "Women Artists: Four Centuries of Creativity" on loan from the Reading Public Museum and after you can enjoy low-touch art activities that tie into the exhibition in the Sensory Garden! At 2:45pm there will be a performance by the UTPB Music Department.

 

For everyone's safety, the Museum is requiring Face Masks and encouraging social distancing. The Museum will have community partners Odessa Arts and the UTPB Music at the event.

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TXDOT traffic light installation project in Big Spring is estimated to cost approximately $500,000.


Last month, several members of the public voiced their support for the resolution passed by the Big Spring City Council requesting that the Texas Department of Transportation perform a traffic study with the intent of placing a traffic signal at the intersection of FM 700 and 11th Place.  Last week, it was announced that the intersection does meet signal warrants and that TxDOT would begin the process of installing a traffic signal.

 

Tanya Brown, Public Information Officer with TXDOT - Abilene District, told KBest News that the installation of the signal will take time as they'll have to work on design plans and to construct it in the field. She estimated that the project will take as long as a year and half, but there's a possibility it could also be completed sooner than that.

 

The traffic light installation project is estimated to cost approximately $500,000. According to Brown, the funds for the traffic light will come from their category 1 funds, also known as preventative maintenance funds.

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Big Spring Charter Review Committee meeting TONIGHT, 04/21/21


The Big Spring Charter Review Committee will meet this evening at 5:30 PM at the City Council Chambers.

 

The committee has been meeting since January of this year to review the current City of Big Spring Charter and to recommend changes. These recommendations will then be presented to the Big Spring City Council for approval to be placed on the November election ballot so that Big Spring voters will have the ultimate say in amending the City Charter for the City of Big Spring.

 

A city charter is the basic document that defines the organization, powers, functions and essential procedures of the city government. Nati Saldivar, Big Spring Charter Review Committee member, told KBest News that this is important to Big Spring citizens because these amendments are approved by citizens.

 

"It's the law of the land that the voters pass, not the other way around where council passes ordinances and resolutions upon the citizens. It's we, the people, who set the tone of the charter," said Saldivar.

 

The last time the charter was amended was in 2011 and Texas State law mandates that the city charter can only be amended every two years.

 

Saldivar advised that tonight’s meeting will be taking a look at the city’s recall process, a topic that raised many questions during last year’s recall of then-Councilmembers Camilla Strande, Jim DePaw, and current Mayor Shannon Thomason.

 

Again, tonight’s meeting will begin at 5:30 PM at the City Council Chambers, located at 307 E. 4th St. in Big Spring. They’ll also continue to meet every Wednesday evening until they have completed their review of the charter.

 

You can watch a live broadcast of the meeting on local Suddenlink channel 17, or a live stream on the city website at mybigspring.com, or on our KBest Media Facebook page.

 

To review the current City Charter for the City of Big Spring, visit:

https://library.municode.com/.../charter_and_city_code...

To view the agenda for tonight's meeting, visit:

http://mybigspring.com/Agen.../ViewFile/Agenda/_04212021-462

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CASA of West Texas celebrates new building in Big Spring


CASA of West Texas had a ribbon cutting yesterday morning in Big Spring to celebrate the completion of construction on their brand new office building, the F. Marie Hall Big Spring Building, located at 1811 Scurry St. in Big Spring.

 

CASA of West Texas supports volunteers who advocate for child abuse victims in Midland, Howard, Dawson, Gaines, Andrews, Martin and Glasscock Counties.  When severe child abuse and neglect occurs in a home, foster care may be the only option to keep a child safe.  When a child enters foster care, a judge will appoint a CASA Volunteer to advocate for that child's best interest in court and in the community. 

 

Patty Pisklak, Executive Director for CASA of West Texas, told KBest News that they are very excited about the opening. 

 

"We raised the funds to be able to build this building for the Big Spring community and for youth in the foster care system, [and] for our volunteer advocates that work with these children. We're just really excited to have this presence here, but we couldn't have done it without community support," said Pisklak. 

 

She went on to say that she hopes the physical presence in the community will help with volunteer recruitment and it will give them a place to train and to work with the community with other events. 

 

For more information on the organization, visit CASAWTX.org.

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Biologists Remind the Public Not to Touch Wildlife


AUSTIN- With more people enjoying the outdoors this spring season, you may start to notice more wildlife in your backyard, neighborhood or surrounding areas. Species including birds, deer and snakes are active this time of year and their young often stray or appear to be abandoned. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) experts caution against lending a helping hand.

 

Animals that are most often picked up by well-meaning citizens are baby birds and deer fawns. However, it is important to realize that many such human-animal encounters are unnecessary and can even be detrimental to the wildlife concerned.

The deer fawning season begins in early to mid-May. A newborn fawn’s mottled coat and mother’s care usually hides them from predators. As fawns mature, they shed these coats for a more adult color which causes them to catch the eye. A doe may leave her fawn for hours at a time while she is browsing for food. During that time people may spot a fawn lying alone in tall grass or in a brushy area. Many people interfere with the fawn thinking that they have been abandoned by their mothers and need help. This is rarely the case.

 

Leave all young animals alone unless it is obviously injured or orphaned. To be sure, spend time observing the wild animal from a distance to make that determination. Staying too close may deter the mother from returning. Interfering to soon may do more harm than good.

 

The same principles apply to young birds, who might be out of their nests but cannot fly. If the bird’s eyes are open, it has a coat of feathers and is hopping around, it is probably fine. Grounded fledglings will usually be up and flying within a few days.

 

If it is determined that a wild animal is sick or injured, TPWD encourages citizens to contact a permitted wildlife rehabilitator. Please note that TPWD staff advise the public not to handle or attempt to transport injured, sick or orphaned wildlife. Learn more about what to do upon encountering orphaned or injured wildlife, and how to contact rehabilitators on the TPWD Wildlife Division website.

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CHS NHS inducts 19 new members


The Coahoma chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 19 new members in a ceremony held at the Coahoma High School auditorium recently. 

 

Membership to the national organization is open to students who have demonstrated they excel in character, service, leadership, and scholarship.

 

Inducted into the Coahoma NHS Honos Hapet Onus Chapter were seniors Tanner Atkins, and Ashleigh Mull, juniors Emajin Braxton, Kobe Cervantes, Vada Cortez, Katelyn Johnson, Brysen Kerby, and Billy Starr. 

 

Also inducted on Monday were sophomores Makayla Chavez, Serena Dobbs, Christian Everett, Marianna Glover, Jessica Hamby, Katy Harris, Zoie Joslin, Kenan Kimberly, Gabriella Olivas, Zackery Ramon, and Jocelyn Young. 

 

President Grayson Glidewell led the brief ceremony. He was assisted by fellow officers Julia Cox, vice president; Aubrey Green, secretary; and Seth Brooks, treasurer. Following the ceremony, a reception was held in the high school library to welcome the new members. 

 

CHS will host an induction ceremony for the new members of 2019-2020 who were not able to have a ceremony in person because of Covid-19 protocols. NHS members of the Class of 2020 will be returning to participate in the event, which will be held at 6 p.m., May 17, in the high school library.

 

 

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Scenic Mountain Medical Center to Hold Virtual and In-Person Hiring Event


BIG SPRING, Texas— Scenic Mountain Medical Center (SMMC) – a Steward Family Hospital, will host a virtual and in-person hiring event for clinical and healthcare workers seeking new career opportunities on Wednesday, April 28 th from 9 am – 3 pm. The event will allow applicants to apply either virtually or in-person through our online application process.


Recruiters will utilize video conferencing, phone interviews and in-person interviews to meet with candidates who are interested in furthering their career with Steward Health Care, the largest private, healthcare system in the United States. Recruiters will screen applicants and qualified candidates will immediately interview with the hiring manager for that position. This in-person hiring event will take place in SMMC’s lobby, located at 1601 W. 11 Place in Big Spring.


Candidates may apply here or by visiting www.scenicmountainmedicalcenter.org/careers and clicking the “Virtual Job Fair” tab.

 

Scenic Mountain’s hiring event is searching for candidates for multiple positions including:

- Medical Technologist

- CT Tech

- MRI Tech

- RN Behavioral Health

- RN ER

- RN ICU

- RN Med/Surg

- Respiratory Therapist

 

For more information on the virtual hiring event, call 432-582-8241 or Cortney.Sebesta@steward.org.

 

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Big Spring City Council meeting, 04/13/2021 - highlights, part 2


The following is a continuation of highlights from last week's Big Spring City Council meeting on 04/13/2021. 

 

New Business (cont.) 

 

Councilmembers approved the following with votes of 6-0:

 

#31. First Reading of a Resolution Amending Various Chapters of the City of Big Spring Personnel Policies and Procedures by Modifying Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policies to Conform with Federal and State Laws; Adding a Reasonable Accommodation and Modified Job Duties Policies; Excluding the Fire Department Employees from Probationary Standards Already Provided Under the Civil Service Act and Local Rules; Eliminating Vacation to Employees Terminated for Non-Disciplinary Action; Requiring that a Medical Excuse be Provided from the Issuing Health Care Provider; Clarifying Employee Leave under the Family Medical Leave Act; Updating the References in the Social Media Policy; and Authorizing the City Manager to take Such Steps as are Necessary to Implement Such Policies and Procedures; and Providing an Effective Date

 

-- Discussion: Assistant City Manager John Medina advised that this resolution updated their policies to bring them current to guidelines. Reasonable accommodation language was also added. The city will also be using a more standard practice for FMLA.

 

#32. Emergency Reading of a Resolution Authorizing the Submission of a Texas Community Development Block Grant Program Application to the Texas Department of Agriculture for the Community Development Fund; and Authorizing the City Mayor to Act as the City's Executive Officer and Authorized Representative in all Matters Pertaining to the City's Participation in the Texas Community Development Block Grant Program; Providing for an Effective Date; and Declaring an Emergency

 

--Discussion: Time sensitive resolution. Grant applicaton must be sent in by May 3, 2021. This is for a $350,000 grant for waterlines for the City of Big Spring. Since this was approved as an emergency item, a second reading will not be needed. 

 

 

#33. Emergency Reading of a Resolution Determining that an Area of the City Contains Conditions Which are Detrimental to the Public Health, Safety, and Welfare of the Community and Constitutes a Slum/Blighted Area; Providing for an Effective Date; and Declaring an Emergency

 

--Discussion: In order to apply for the funds from Downtown Revitalization Program, an area must be proclaimed by the City to be an area of slum/blithe. This was determined to be sections of Main Street from 1st Street to 4th Street in downtown Big Spring. Funds obtained from this grant will be used for sidewalk improvements that include curb and gutter, ADA ramps, pavers, waterline replacement, pavement/roadway repairs, and all associated appurtenances.

 

#34. Emergency Reading of a Resolution Authorizing the Submission of a Texas Community Development Block Grant Program Application to the Texas Department of Agriculture for the Downtown Revitalization Program Fund; and Authorizing the Mayor to Act as the City's Authorized Representative in all Matters Pertaining to the City's Participation in the Texas Community Development Block Grant Program; Providing for an Effective Date; and Declaring an Emergency

 

--Discussion: This is required to able to submit a Texas Community Development Block Grant Program application for the Downtown Revitalization Program Fund. If the grant is awarded, this is for $350,000 to be used for sidewalk improvements that include curb and gutter, ADA ramps, pavers, waterline replacement, pavement/roadway repairs, and all associated appurtenances. The City of Big Spring will be committing $52,500 from it's Utility Fund as a cash contribution toward this project

 

#35. Consideration and Possible Action of an Agreement with the YMCA for Lifeguards at the Russ McEwen Aquatic Center and Authorizing the City Manager or His Designee to Execute any Necessary Documents

 

--Discussion: This is a yearly contract with YMCA to get lifeguards for the Russ McEwen Family Aquatic Center. Pool will be from June 1 - Aug. 7, 2021. Hours have been modified and are as follows: Tuesday - Saturday 12 - 8 PM and Sunday 1-8 PM. Private group rentals have resumed for Mondays, 11 AM to 12 PM.

 

YMCA has requested a raise for the lifeguards. Certified lifeguards are requested to be paid $8.50, and head lifeguards are requested to be paid $9.25. Total cost, which could change depending on time, will be $56,819.37. Hayley Herrera, Community Services Director for the COBS, advised that $63,000 had been budgeted and the raise does fall within the budget.

 

District 5 Troy Tompkins advised that the YMCA and COBS should work together to ensure there is better sun protection for the lifeguards. 

 

#36. Discussion and Possible Action to Approve City Staff to Pursue Cost Sharing Airport Improvements Projects Through TxDOT Aviation and Engage a Consulting Firm to Assist in Preparing a "Letter of Interest" to go to TxDOT, Defining and Prioritizing Projects, and Acquiring TxDOT Support.

 

--Discussion: Colonel Jim Little advised that there has not been a lot of work done on the runways, but there are things that need to be addressed. TXDOT has a program that is desigend to help the airport like the one in Big Spring. Wants to hire a consultant to help find the work that needs to be done. The consultant will be used to help assist in creating the "Letter of Intent" package for TXDOT.

 

 

Council Input

District 1 Councilman Nick Ornelas - Mentioned that a large majority of the speed bumps that he pointed out had been fixed. He will hold a townhall meeting for his constituents on April 29, 2021 from 6-8 PM at Ryan Hall. Mentioned that he had constituents that were confused about the roll out containers program in District 1 and asked City Staff if there was sufficient information that had been mailed out to let them know about it. He also teamed up recently with North Side Movement to bring a care package to the Station 4 firefighters. 

 

District 2 Councilman Doug Hartman - not present

 

District 3 Cody Hughes - working on getting good mattresses for firefighters 

 

District 4 Councilwoman Gloria McDonald - Advised citizens that if they plan to speak from reading material and want the councilmembers to read it or want to give them additional material to read over, they should plan to drop it off at City Hall the day at least the day before the meeting so they have an opportunity to read it, because most times it doesn't get read. 

 

District 5 Councilman Troy Tompkins - Thanks to BSFD and EMS for being professional and compassionate for their help with his mom's medical call.

 

District 6 Councilman Maury Smith - A lot of items on agenda. Hope to streamline agenda.

 

Mayor Shannon Thomason - ERCOT issued a notice of conservation that night. National Guard was advised to stand down on distribution of Johnson & Johnson vaccines until more infomration could be obtained. Gave thanks to agencies and organizations that assisted in providing help to families displaced by Easter Sunday fire at Ponderosa Apartments. 

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Big Spring City Council meeting, 04/13/2021 - highlights, part 1


Public Hearing on Zone Change

During Tuesday night’s regular session of the Big Spring City Council, a public hearing was held for consideration for a zone change from Light Industrial District to Planned Development District for Temporary Workforce Housing on a tract of approximately 18 acres located in the 2300 block of N. US HWY 87, north of the Big Spring State Hospital. There were no comments from the public during the hearing, but there had been both support and opposition to the new development that was heard during Public Comments. 

 

Speakers in support of the new development pointed out that it would be beneficial to the city’s infrastructure because the company in charge of the development would be willing to extend utilities to the area as needed and are willing to work with the city to make it happen. A speaker who was against the new development, advised that she was speaking on behalf of motels and hotels owners, noting that the temporary workforce housing would negatively impact local hotels and motels, plus it would not drive business to local restaurants because meals are provided in-house for those living in the workforce housing facility. 

 

Later during the meeting, it was noted that the raw undeveloped land will be used for a project called Target Hospitality Big Spring Lodge, a workforce housing facility. This item was tabled by council members with a vote of 6-0 until an impact report was received from Big Spring EDC Executive Director Mark Willis.

 

City Manager’s Report

City Manager Todd Darden advised the council of staffing updates for the city. Sandy Smith was announced as the new Finance Director. She recently resigned from the Tax Appraisal Board and a replacement for her position will be appointed soon. James Wilkerson was promoted to Street Superintendent, and Abel Pesina was promoted to Street Supervisor. Darden advised that both of these positions were promoted from within the Street Department. During his update, it was also noted that the Code Compliance Department is now fully staffed.

 

The new city logo, the logo currently used by the Big Spring CVB office, will be added to city vehicles. It will also be phased in to other areas of the city as items - such as business cards and letterheads - are being replaced. 

 

Early Voting for City General Elections begins Monday, April 19, 2021 at the Howard County Courthouse. Voters can cast their ballots April 19th - 23rd, from 8 AM to 5 PM. April 26th and 27th will have extended hours of voting from 7 am to 7 pm.

 

Large Item Pickup for District 4 is scheduled for April 21st. The City of Big Spring Large/Bulk Item Pickup program is part of their plan to help keep neighborhoods clean. The program is designed to help residents dispose of large items from their homes like couches, mattresses, appliances, and any other large, bulky items without the expense and hassle of hauling it off. All residents are encouraged to take advantage of this FREE program.

 

Residents must get on the pickup schedule to have large/bulk items picked up. They can do so by calling 432-264-2501 or emailing nhernandez@mybigspring.com. The deadline for District 4 residents to schedule a pickup is by 5 PM on Monday, April 19, 2021.

Temporary Waiver by Governor of Vehicle Title & Registration Requirements Ends April 14, 2021. Beginning tomorrow, April 15th, Driver’s Licenses or Registration will be considered expired if it expired prior to April 15th. 

 

Darden advised the council that there’s a possibility of a quorum of city council members that could be gathered at the Big Spring Charter Review Committee meetings and they should begin posting those notices to advise the public. It was pointed out that there are two council members currently on the committee. Troy Tompkins, District 5, had been on the Committee prior to being elected to the council; and Mayor Shannon Thomason had been an ex-officio member until he appointed himself to the committee after his original appointment Roger Rodman had resigned from the committee due to scheduling issues. District 1 Councilman Nick Ornelas attends the meetings regularly and sits in the audience. Darden noted that at one of the previous meetings, District 6 Councilman Maury Smith had attempted to attend the meeting but had to be turned away because his presence would have caused a quorum of Council members. 

 

Consent Agenda

While considering approval of the Consent Agenda, District 5 Councilman Tompkins stated that he had concerns on minutes for the meeting on 3-23-21 regarding the portion that referred to a final report given by Dale Avant from the Planning and Zoning Committee. Tompkins recalled that the chairperson of that committee was not present for the meeting and Avant did the best he could on short notice. Tompkins did not feel it was an adequate representation of the committee’s findings because he said that Avant and another Planning and Zoning Committee Member Aubrey Weaver both contradicted the final outcome of the committee, and it was confusing. Tompkins asked for another final report to be brought before the council.

 

City Attorney Andrew Hagen advised that if Avant’s presentation was not accepted as the final report, then no other business on zoning ordinances could be conducted at this time. Even the public hearing that was held earlier that evening would have to be rescheduled.

 

Since this would hold up the final approval on ordinances concerning carports, RV’s, and Mobile / Manufactured Homes, Tompkins withdrew his concern because he wanted to be sensitive to the fact that citizens are waiting for this ordinance to pass so they can install their carports.

 

In the end, all items on the consent agenda were passed with a vote of 6-0. The items from the consent agenda are listed below:

 

13. Approval of the City Council Minutes of the Regular Meeting of March 23, 2021 and of the Special Meeting of March 25, 2021

 

14. Final Reading of a Resolution Designating Authorized Signatories for Contractual Documents and Documents for Requesting Funds Pertaining to the Texas Community Development Block Grant Program (TxCDBG) Contract Number 7220039; and Providing an Effective Date

 

15. Final Reading of a Resolution Adopting Plans, Policies, and 27-44 Medina Procedures that Support the Civil Rights of All Persons Affected by the CDBG Projects; and Providing an Effective Date

 

16. Final Reading of an Ordinance Amending the Big Spring Zoning 45-46 Bowles Ordinance, Article 2 "Definitions," Section 2-1 "Definition of Words and Terms" by Adding a New Definition "Short-Term Rental;" and Amending Article 7 "Special Applications," Section 7-2 "Specific Use Permits," Subsection (b) 8 to Add Short-Term Rentals to Those Uses Requiring a Specific Use Permit; Providing for Severability; Providing for Publication; and Providing an Effective Date

 

17. Final Reading of an Ordinance Amending the Big Spring Zoning 47-55 Bowles Ordinance, Article 4, "Development Standards," and Amending Article 6, "District Regulations," Section 6-6 "Districts and Permitted Uses" to Clarify the Application of Setbacks in all Zoning Districts; Providing for Severability; Providing for Publication; and Providing an Effective Date

 

18. Final Reading of an Ordinance Amending Ordinance Number 029- 56-57 Darden 2020 Which Adopted the Annual Budget for the City of Big Spring, Texas for the Fiscal Year Beginning October 1, 2020 and Ending September 30, 2021 by Increasing the General Fund Budget to be Used for Election Services; Providing for Repeal of Ordinances in Conflict Herewith; Providing for Publication; and Providing an Effective Date

 

19. Final Reading of an Ordinance Amending Chapter 12 of the Big 58-59 Hagen Spring City Code Entitled "Building and Building Regulations" by Amending Article V Entitled "Manufactured Housing and Mobile Homes" Sections 12-154 and 12155 to Clarify that Replacement Manufactured Home Must be HUD-Code Certified; Providing for Severability; and Providing an Effective Date

 

Other Business

Final readings of ordinances amending the Big Spring Zoning Ordinances concerning carports and travel trailers / RV’s, and mobile/manufactured home were approved by council. These were amended and approved in the last meeting. The items listed on the agenda are listed below:

 

20. Final Reading of an Ordinance Amending the Big Spring Zoning 60-65 Bowles Ordinance, Article 4 Entitled "Development Standards," Section 4-6 "Special Carport Exception," Subsection (e) to Remove Certain Restrictions on Front Yard Carports; Amending Article 8 Entitled "Supplemental Use Standards," Section 8-1 "Accessory Uses," Subsection (d) to Regulate Carports in the Side and Rear Yards; Providing for Severability; Providing for Publication; and Providing an Effective Date

 

21. Final Reading of an Ordinance Amending the Big Spring Zoning Ordinance, Article 2 Entitled "Definitions," Section 2-1 "Definitions of Words and Terms," "Travel Trailer or Recreational Vehicle" to Prohibit Travel Trailers and Recreational Vehicles as Living Quarters Except with a Specific Use Permit; Amending Article 7 "Special Applications" by Adding a New Section 7-5 "Mobile/Manufactured Homes" to Establish Regulations Concerning Mobile and Manufactured Housing; Amending Article 8 "Supplemental Use Standards," Section 8-6 "Temporary Use Permits for Mobile/Manufactured Homes" by Amending the Title of the Section and Prohibiting Temporary Use Permits for Mobile Homes; and Amending Section 8-7 "Temporary Use Permits for Travel Trailer or Recreational Vehicles as Living Quarters," Subsection (a) to Clarify Permitted Uses of Manufactured Homes and Prohibiting Mobile Homes; Providing for Severability; Providing for Publication; and Providing an Effective Date

 

Item #20 was amended again with a vote of 5-0 with Tompkins abstaining from the vote on Tuesday night. In the end, the amended ordinance passed with a final vote of 5-1 with Tompkins voting against. Item #21 was also amended with a vote of 6-0 and the amended ordinance also passed 6-0.

 

Old Business

Item #22 was removed from the table by council members. The item is listed as follows:

 

TABLED - First Reading of a Resolution Amending the Big Spring Economic Development Corporation by Amending the Title of Article VI Entitled "Directors" to "Directors, Officers, and Employees"; and Amending the Number of Directors; Manner of Appointment of Directors and Officers; and Limiting the Number of Employees; and Adding a New Article XIII Entitled "Conduct of Business, Generally" that Provides for the Conduct of Directors and Employees Concerning Contracts, Lobbying, and Amendment of the Articles of Incorporation Without Prior Authorization of Council; and Providing an Effective Date

 

Prior to discussion on this topic, Raul Benavides with the Big Spring EDC stated to the Council during Public Comments stated that the resolution had not merit and there was nothing good about it. He stated that the resolution was nothing short of a personal vendetta carried by Mayor Thomason because Thomason had once spearheaded a campaign to change the BSEDC from a Type A corporation to a Type B corporation. The speaker pointed out that the Type B Corporation has 7 members, like what the current resolution was recommending if passed.  

During discussion on the item, Mayor Thomason advised he had placed this on the agenda because he felt there should be equal representation throughout the districts. Thomason stated that he wanted more public involvement with the EDC by creating a 7-member board that would be appointed by individual councilmembers. Thomason advised that over the years, Districts 1, 3, and 6 have been without representation on the EDC Board. He also pointed out that one of the board members resides outside of the City of Big Spring in Howard County.

 

District 6 Councilman Maury Smith stated that both Howard County and Big Spring residents should have a say on the EDC because they both shop in Big Spring and have businesses in Big Spring. Gloria McDonald, District 4, reminded councilmembers that the application process is open to everyone from all districts. She stated that if districts were underrepresented then their council representative should be making an effort to find someone from their district to apply to be on the BSEDC.

 

Big Spring Charter Review Committee Member Nati Saldivar spoke to the council during the discussion. She suggested that councilmembers vote “No” and let the issue be taken up by the Charter Review Committee so they could bring it to the voters on the November election ballot.

 

Ultimately, the first reading of the resolution did not pass. It failed with a vote of 1-5, with Mayor Thomason voting for.

 

Item #23 – Discussion and possible action relating to Independent Contractors – was removed from the table and Councilman Nick Ornelas, District 1, lead the discussion on the topic. He stated that while reviewing vouchers he had questions about contractors.

Darden advised that they had been able to fill some positions, but still had some that remained vacant. In the meantime, they hire contractors to help cover the work until the position can become filled by a newly hired employee. Councilman Ornelas suggested a job fair to help fill vacant positions. Assistant City Manager John Medina stated that when recruiting, the City of Big Spring tries to work within the budget that they have to try to hire hard-to-fill positions, especially those who could easily find work in the oilfield for more money.

 

Councilman Cody Hughes told Darden that he was concerned that there was no time clock kept for contractors, especially since they were paid at a high rate. He said it appeared that contractors keep their own time, and no one questions it or signs off on it. Darden stated contractors are accounted for by the supervisors and if they are supervisors, they are checked on by Public Works Director Shane Bowles. Councilman Hughes told city staff that he wished there was some kind of time clock involved in keeping track of the worked hours for contractors.

 

During the discussion, a speaker suggested to Council that they look into hiring veterans.

No motion was made on this item.

 

Vouchers

Vouchers were reviewed by McDonald. They were all approved with a vote of 6-0.

 

New Business

Council acknowledged the receipt of the Convention and Visitors Bureau minutes of the meeting on 3-03-21 and of the City Attorney’s written report on litigation and claims against the City.

 

Council approved the first reading of an amending ordinance that would give the City Manager authority to waive a legal duty imposed on a citizen by an ordinance if doing so would result in a reasonable accommodation with a vote of 6-0.

 

Zone change for property north of Big Spring State Hospital for the project named Target Hospitality Big Spring Lodge was tabled until an impact report was received from BSEDC Executive Director Mark Willis.

 

Councilmembers approved Nati Saldivar and Albert Cavazos, with Big Spring Fire Department, to seek grants for Fire Station 4 and bring back to city council for their approval with a vote of 6-0. Saldivar volunteered to teach Cavazos on how to apply for grants so he will eventually be able to pursue these on his own for the benefit of the BSFD. They will meet with BSFD Chief Craig Ferguson 1-2 times per week to sign off on the information to ensure that it’s correct. It was anticipated by Saldivar that after the 4th or 5th grant and seeing how many grants it takes to fund one fire station, Cavazos may be able to continue the process on his own or teach someone else to pursue grants.

 

According to Saldivar, Brint Ryan will be assisting them with credits. She assured her name will appear on no documents and it will show that this is the efforts of the BSFD. She also emphasized that she is volunteering her time and expertise on this matter since she has 65 grants under her belt.

 

Funds received from grants will be used to upgrade City of Big Spring Fire Stations because they are outdated and in need of upgrades.

 

City Attorney Andrew Hagen brought up concerns of liability and advised that Saldivar and Cavazos would need to be listed as independent contractors.

 

The first reading of a resolution approving a Trespass Enforcement Authorization Program was approved with a vote of 6-0. Under this resolution the Chief of Police of the Big Spring Police Department, or designee, is authorized to enter into these agreements with owners of private property. This program is an opportunity for the citizens and businesses in Big Spring to work with BSPD to reduce trespassing on private property. By working together to reduce instances of trespass, crimes like illegal dumping, hoarding, and instances of individuals unlawfully occupying an uninhabited building or land can also be reduced. This partnership provides citizens and businesses the opportunity to protect their property by authorizing the BSPD to contact and question persons who may be unlawfully on their property.

 

The use of the Trespass Enforcement Agreement is a valuable tool for BSPD because it can prevent a trespasser from bringing weapons and/or drugs on the property; thus, help in reducing crime and the presence of guns, drugs, and gangs in the community.

 

Councilman Hughes voiced his concern that this agreement would step on the 4th amendment of property owners – protection of unreasonable searches and seizures – and wanted property owners to be made fully aware that they are signing away that right for this specific property. He agreed that it is a good idea, but wanted property owners to know that they are signing away their right to this specific property when participating in this program. BSPD Chief Chad Williams advised that the program is voluntary and property owners have the choice not to participate.

 

The first reading of a resolution to declare the City of Big Spring a “Second Amendment Stronghold” was approved with a vote of 4-2, with Councilmen Ornelas, District 1, and Tompkins, District 5, voting against. This resolution expresses support for the second amendment of the U.S. Constitution; it’s refusal to accept, fund, or participate in unconstitutional restrictions on legal gun ownership. During discussion on the matter, it was pointed out that there is already a resolution that passed in 2014 for the City of Big Spring. According to City Attorney Hagen, the city has a duty to not infringe on constitutional rights already and this would more of a general sense of council. Councilwoman McDonald stated during discussion that she didn’t see a problem with bringing up a similar resolution every few years just to show the public that they city still supports their 2nd amendment right.

 

 

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Possible Quorum at Big Spring City Charter Review Committee Meetings 


Big Spring City Manager Todd Darden advised the council that there’s a possibility of a quorum of city council members that could be gathered at the Big Spring Charter Review Committee meetings and they should begin posting those notices to advise the public. 

 

It was pointed out that there are two council members currently on the committee. Troy Tompkins, District 5, had been on the Committee prior to being elected to the council; and Mayor Shannon Thomason had been an ex-officio member until he appointed himself to the committee after his original appointment Roger Rodman had resigned from the committee due to scheduling issues. District 1 Councilman Nick Ornelas attends the meetings regularly and sits in the audience. Darden noted that at one of the previous meetings, District 6 Councilman Maury Smith had attempted to attend the meeting but had to be turned away because his presence would have caused a quorum of Council members.

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Early voting begins on Monday, April 19, 2021


Early Voting for City General Elections begins Monday, April 19, 2021, at the Howard County Courthouse, located at 300 S. Main in Big Spring. Absentee ballots must be received by the Howard County Elections Office no later than April 20th by mail or by hand delivery.

 

This local election will include races for Big Spring City Council and Coahoma City Council. 

 

The following is a list of candidates running for local offices, according to the Howard County Elections Office.

 

** City of Big Spring - COBS **

District 2

Diane Yanez

Willie Rangel, Jr.

 

District 4

David A. Scott

Gloria Byrd McDonald

 

** City of Coahoma - COC **

Mayor

Lori Gonzales

Warren Wallace

 

*** All other entities have cancelled the election and candidate(s) are duly elected.***

 

Again, early voting for these local elections begins on Monday, April 19th at the Howard County Courthouse. Voters can cast their ballots April 19th - 23rd, from 8 AM to 5 PM. April 26th and 27th will have extended hours of voting from 7 am to 7 pm. Election Day is Saturday, May 1st. 

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TXDOT to install traffic light at intersection of FM 700 and E. 11th Place in Big Spring


From: Big Spring Mayor Shannon D. Thomason

 

FM700/11th Place Traffic Signal

 

On March 23rd, 2021, a resolution was passed by the Big Spring City Council requesting that the Texas Department of Transportation perform a traffic study with the intent of placing a traffic signal at the intersection of FM 700 and 11th Place.  

 

This morning, the City of Big Spring was advised that the intersection does in fact meet signal warrants and that TxDOT will begin the process of installing a traffic signal.  The TxDOT process will take approximately a year and a half.  

 

The City of Big Spring expresses its appreciation to the citizens who brought attention to this issue to the Council and thanks the Texas Department of Transportation for its quick response to the City’s request.

 

For additional information, please contact Mayor Thomason at 432-264-2501.

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Big Spring City Council Members table possible zone change for area to house temporary workforce housing


During Tuesday night’s regular session of the Big Spring City Council, a public hearing was held for consideration for a zone change from Light Industrial District to Planned Development District for Temporary Workforce Housing on a tract of approximately 18 acres located in the 2300 block of N. US HWY 87, north of the Big Spring State Hospital. There were no comments from the public during the hearing, but there had been both support and opposition to the new development that was heard during Public Comments.

 

Speakers in support of the new development pointed out that it would be beneficial to the city’s infrastructure because the company in charge of the development would be willing to extend utilities to the area as needed and are willing to work with the city to make it happen. A speaker who was against the new development, advised that she was speaking on behalf of motels and hotels owners, noting that the temporary workforce housing would negatively impact local hotels and motels, plus it would not drive business to local restaurants because meals are provided in-house for those living in the workforce housing facility.

 

Later during the meeting, it was noted that the raw undeveloped land will be used for a project called Target Hospitality Big Spring Lodge, a workforce housing facility. This item was tabled by council members with a vote of 6-0 until an impact report was received from Big Spring EDC Executive Director Mark Willis.

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Capital Murder Charge in Death of Child


From BSPD:

 

On the 13th of April 2021 at approximately 9:41 P.M., Big Spring Police Department officers were dispatched to Scenic Mountain Medical Center in reference to an unattended death of a 4 month old male child. Upon arrival officers were informed that the child’s father identified as Jose Luis Varga Cruz Hispanic/Male 22 years of age had transported the child to SMMC from their residence at the Quail Run Apartments 2609 Wasson Rd. SMMC staff was informed by Cruz that the child had fallen off the bed and sustained head injuries.

 

The Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigations Division responded to Scenic Mountain Medical Center and the residence. The investigation led Detectives to take Cruz into custody and transport him to the Big Spring Police Department. Cruz later confessed to murdering his 4 month old child. Cruz was arrested and charged with Capital Murder. The manner of death will not be released at this time due to this being an ongoing criminal investigation. There is no further information available at this time.

 

Chief of Police, Chad Williams

Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon

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Thank You for Your Investment - Affordacare Urgent Care Clinic


A Thank You for Your Investment presentation was held for Affordacare Urgent Care Clinic in Big Spring on Tuesday morning by the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce.  The clinic treats most common illnesses and minor injuries. They also provide a wide range of preventative medicine, diagnostic testing, and employer healthcare services.

 

Dee Garrett, Marketing and Brand Management for Affordacare Urgent Care Clinic, told KBest News that in addition to these services, they also offer a membership program for people who are not insured or for those who have a high deductible. Garrett told KBest News that with their Affordapass program, payments are as small as $45/month and members can receive medical services at any Affordacare clinic for only $10 per visit. Be advised, this is not insurance, but a way to help manage healthcare costs.

 

Affordacare Urgent Care Clinic is located at 710 S. Greg in Big Spring and they are open 7 days per week with extended hours. Monday - Saturday, they’re open 8 am to 7 pm, and on Sunday they’re open 10 am to 4 pm. They also have clinics in Wichita Falls, Abilene, and Stephenville.

 

For more information, visit affordacare.com.

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Governor Abbott Statement On Johnson & Johnson Vaccine


AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statement following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) recommendation to pause all administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine:

 

"The State of Texas is working in tandem with the federal government and vaccine providers to temporarily pause all administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. While no cases of blood clots have been reported in Texas, we are taking the reports of rare adverse effects seriously and are working to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines administered in our state continue to be safe and effective. I urge Texans who do experience adverse reactions, such as severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccination, to contact their health care providers or call 2-1-1 to receive a referral for a health care provider. Vaccines are a crucial tool to mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and remain the most effective way to combat the virus in our communities. I continue to encourage Texans who wish to receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines to sign up."

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Annual Kids Fishing Tournament


The Greater Big Spring Rotary Club presents their Annual Kids Fishing Tournament,

Sunday afternoon, May 2, 2021. This event is also sponsored by Credit World, Oncor,

and KBEST Media. All the fun and prizes will be at the Comanche Trails Lake.

 

Registration is from 1:00 to 2:00 PM near the Dora Roberts Community Center. The event will run from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

 

The Tournament is free to all kids 16 years old and younger. No fishing license required for those 16 and under.

 

Awards will be given for the First Fish, The Biggest Fish, and Most Fish Caught. Many

Door Prizes will be given through out the afternoon including rod and reels, baits, and

Tackle.

 

Remember, you can’t win if you don’t register! Come out enjoy a great day of fun, prizes and fishing, Sunday afternoon, May 2, 2021 at Comanche Trail Lake!

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Johnson & Johnson One-Dose COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics put on "Pause" due to rare blood clotting disorder


The City of Big Spring Emergency Management made the following announcement this morning:

 

THE FDA AND CDC HAS RECOMMENDED A "PAUSE" IN THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE JOHNSON AND JOHNSON VACCINE DUE TO A RARE BLOOD CLOTTING DISORDER. WE WERE JUST NOTIFIED THE NATIONAL GUARD WILL BE STANDING DOWN UNTIL FURTHER GUIDANCE. THEREFORE WE ARE CANCELLING THE COMMUNITY VACCINATION EVENTS FOR THE JOHNSON AND JOHNSON VACCINE FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK AND WILL ATTEMPT TO RE-SCHEDULE AS SOON AS WE HEAR FURTHER.

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING -CITY OF BIG SPRING EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT.

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WTVAHCS fulfills 4th mission during COVID-19 vaccination clinic


BIG SPRING, TX — West Texas VA Health Care System assisted community leaders, Texas National Guard and residents in Big Spring, Texas during a COVID-19 vaccination clinic. The support came as a commitment to the VA’s fourth mission, which aims to support national, state, and local emergency management, public health, safety, and homeland security efforts.

 

The clinic distributed free vaccines to citizens within Howard County, a rural area of West Texas. In support of this effort, WTVAHCS mobilized its mobile incident command unit, to provide the Texas National Guard an ideal platform from which they could manage their vaccination clinic.

 

“We had the resources and the authorization to help, so there wasn’t any hesitation on our part to lend a hand,” said Jason Cave, Director of WTVAHCS.

 

Big Spring hosted the drive-thru clinic through a program operated by the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM). With the help of TDEM, Big Spring was able to utilize National Guard support in distributing the vaccine.

 

“This event is very important for the city,” said Craig Ferguson, Big Spring Fire Chief. “We were able to get help from the VA in facilitating a space to distribute the vaccine. The National Guard was able to come in and provide experience and logistical support, which was essential.”

 

To host the drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination clinic, Big Spring leadership had requested support from WTVAHCS. The city hosted the drive-thru clinic in the parking lot of Scenic Mountain Medical Center but needed the mobile incident command unit to round out the logistical support.

 

“It’s important to come out to these smaller rural communities and provide the vaccine,” said Sgt. Nicholas McCoy, with Task Force COVAX, a COVID-19 Vaccine operation. “Our mission is a success when people can show up and get vaccinated - leaving with a peace of mind that they got the vaccine.”

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Scenic Mountain Medical Center Hosts 7th annual Child Abuse Awareness Prevention Ceremony


April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Scenic Mountain Medical Center is partnering up with local organizations for the 7th year in a row to host their annual Child Abuse Awareness Prevention Ceremony. The event will be held on Thursday, April 15th, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Scenic Mountain Medical Center – Front Lawn, located at 1601 W. 11th Place in Big Spring. 

 

This annual event was developed as an effort to bring child abuse prevention awareness to the community of Big Spring and surrounding areas. The CDC states that at least 1 in 7 children have experienced child abuse and/or neglect in the past year, and this is likely an underestimate. In 2019, more than 1,800 children died of abuse and neglect in the United States. Texas is no exception to this. According to the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas website, 175 children will be victims of abuse today alone.

 

SMMC hopes to combat these troubling statistics by generating more awareness of child abuse in our community by bringing local agencies together dedicated to child services and create a safe and fun event that families can enjoy together, all while educating them on the severity of this issue. Booths of local organizations will be present at the event offering resources and interactive activities for children and families.

 

Booth space is available for the 7th annual Child Abuse Prevention Month Ceremony. To sign up, call 432-268-4907 or email April.Arms@steward.org.

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Big Spring ISD Board of Trustees Meeting, 04/08/21 -- Highlights


During Thursday night’s regular meeting of the Big Spring ISD Board of Trustees, Big Spring ISD’s custodial staff were recognized for their hard work. Also during the meeting,  Richard Petree, interim Chief Appraiser for the Howard County Appraisal District, spoke with board members about the differences between property values appraised by HCAD and by the State Comptroller standard values.

 

According to Petree, the HCAD property values were significantly below what the standard is for the 2020 values. As a result, this is costing Big Spring ISD millions of dollars. Petree advised that there is an appeal that has been filed to help try to save some of the loss. He also stated that the 3 senior people at the appraisal district were terminated or resigned, and now he’s working with rookies who can be taught the correct way to do things. 

 

He advised that the 3 appraisers have looked at every property in Big Spring ISD this year. The values will be moved up to where they need to be. He stated that this is horrible timing, but noted that, even in Big Spring, property values are increasing above what they were in 2020 because they are being driven by an extremely low-interest rate by the federal reserve bank. These low rates have driven the housing market up and he estimated that homes will rise between 12 to 20 percent.

 

Petree advised that people who own their homes have a cap in place. If a home value raises over 10 percent, they are capped at the 10 percent increase. For people over the age of 65 or disabled, their school values are capped or frozen. This means that no matter the increase, the amount of school tax they will pay will be no more than what the amount was the year before their taxes were capped. 

Petree advised that hotels and commercial properties were valued low and would need to be raised dramatically. 

 

Normally, when this happens, a waiver can be taken so it won’t hurt the district. Petree stated that the Howard County Appraisal District had failed the Methods and Assistance Program Study (also called MAPS) in 2018. The Appraisal District did not respond to fix the things that needed to be done and as a result, they now do not have a chance to file a waiver.

 

Petree advised that after failing one year, the appraisal district must pass 2 years in order to have an opportunity to use a waiver. He assured the school board members that the values would be fixed, MAPS would be fixed, but it would be a rough year. 

 

Superintendent Jay McWilliams advised that the values that were turned in for BSISD were valued at $2.8 million, but, according to the State, those values should be $3 billion. Susan Bryan, Chief Financial Officer, advised that this is going to cost the school district approximately $3.5 million dollars in 2021 to correct. She also stated that the school district had already anticipated a $2 million deficit in the Fund Balance due to staff raises, now combined with the $3.5 million dollars needed to correct the property tax issue and with the recently purchased buses the BSISD is looking at a deficit is approximately $7 million, which is a 25 percent decrease in the Fund Balance, which acts as a “Rainy Day Fund” for the district.

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Superintendent McWilliams advised that the district is going into the 10th season of playing on the turf at Memorial Stadium, but the warranty only lasts 8 years. He stated that the turf will eventually need to be replaced, it’s just a question if it will be this year or next year. McWilliams made it clear that this was only a presentation for informational purposes only. 

 

According to Mark Ball with Hellas Construction Inc., after inspecting the entire field he found that there is a big safety issue with the present condition of the turf at Memorial Stadium. He stated that it is mainly rubber that the athletes are playing on and this can lead to knee injuries. 

 

A Gmax test will soon be completed to measure the turf’s ability to absorb force. This is important because it shows what happens to the head when it hits the turf. Ball noted that was especially important for 7th-grade players because they don’t have the body control that older athletes have. The better the Gmax score the better the prevention of shoulder injuries and concussions. 

 

The cost of the recommended turf installation would be $798,000 with a possibility of a $15,000 discount. He advised that in order to receive the discount, the school board would need to place an order by May 1, 2021.

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Board members also approved an extension of the district’s current depository bank contract with BBVA for 2 more years. They also approved an agreement for audit services with Bolinger, Segars, Gilbert and Moss LLP accounting firm of Lubbock; as well as a monetary donation from Hillcrest Child Development Center to the Big Spring High School Girls Track Team in the amount of $1,500.

 

The adoption of instructional materials for the district’s pre-kindergarten programs was approved. At the end of the meeting, Superintendent McWilliams announced that the school district now has a smartphone app available on Google Play and the Apple App Store.

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Jacqueline Roland named Senior Chaplain for Emergency Services Chaplain Corps


The Emergency Services Chaplain Corps is a local non-profit organization made up of ordained chaplains, licensed clergy, and laity who train to be available to serve Public Service Departments, such as law enforcement and first responders. It was created in 2004 by the recently retired Chaplain Joel Miller. Since then, the organization has grown to also serve county employees, Victim Services, Scenic Mountain Medical Center personnel, and families and citizens of Big Spring and Howard County. They also offer their services to stranded motorists passing through the area.  

 

Chaplains are to assist personnel and citizens while standing by at the scene, at the hospitals, as well as major incidents where families are displaced and are in need of support and help. They provide assistance, spiritual guidance, counseling, and comfort in times of crisis without attempting to moralize, evangelize, or criticize.

 

Chaplain Jacqueline Roland has spent 8 years with the Emergency Services Chaplain Corps and became Chaplain Miller’s assistant before he retired. Now she has now stepped into the role of Senior Chaplain. When asked how she felt about filling the position, Roland told KBest News that she was scared, honored, nervous, and blessed.

 

"Honestly, [I feel] blessed that they would have confidence in me," said Chaplain Roland. 

 

According to Roland, the Emergency Services Chaplain Corps is in need of chaplains. She advised that volunteers must undergo 32 hours of training, and, due to the on-call nature of the services they provide, it is preferred that volunteers not have full-time jobs. 

 

She also advised that in addition to the need for chaplains, the ESCC is also in need of supplies to make small hygiene kits, such as travel-sized toothpaste, deodorant, soap, and shampoo. Roland stated that the kits are given away to those in need.

 

For more information, contact Chaplain Jacqueline Roland with the Emergency Services Chaplain Corps at 432-264-2244.

 

 

 

(Photo of Chaplain Joel Miller, now retired.)

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Johnson & Johnson One Dose COVID-19 Vaccines will be available in Big Spring beginning Monday, April 12, 2021


**UPDATE 4/13/2021 7:40AM**

 

THE FDA AND CDC HAS RECOMMENDED A "PAUSE" IN THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE JOHNSON AND JOHNSON VACCINE DUE TO A RARE BLOOD CLOTTING DISORDER. WE WERE JUST NOTIFIED THE NATIONAL GUARD WILL BE STANDING DOWN UNTIL FURTHER GUIDANCE. THEREFORE WE ARE CANCELLING THE COMMUNITY VACCINATION EVENTS FOR THE JOHNSON AND JOHNSON VACCINE FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK AND WILL ATTEMPT TO RE-SCHEDULE AS SOON AS WE HEAR FURTHER.

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING -CITY OF BIG SPRING EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT.

 

--------------------ORIGINAL POST-----------------------

 

The City of Big Spring and Howard County Emergency management, in collaboration with the Texas Division of Emergency Management and the National Guard is pleased to announce the Johnson & Johnson One Dose COVID-19 vaccine is HERE!!

 

DATES:

Monday, April 12th thru Wednesday, April 14th

Scenic Mountain Medical Center (1601 W. 11th Place)

10 AM to 6 PM

 

Thursday, April 15th and Friday, April 16th

Lamun-Lusk- Sanchez State Veterans Home (1809 N. Hwy 87)

10 AM to 6 PM

 

DETAILS: The ONE DOSE Johnson & Johnson vaccination will be administered to recipients. Vaccines will be available for ANYONE (18 years old and above) wanting to receive it and no appointment is necessary.

 

 

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Thank You for Your Investment - Big Spring Abstract & Title


On Tuesday morning, the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a "Thank You for Your Investment" presentation for Big Spring Abstract & Title Co., Inc. to to thank them for all that they do for the community.

 

Big Spring Abstract & Title Co., Inc. is a title insurance company.

 

"So whenever you go to buy your house and are spending a large amount of money on your home, we make sure that your title is clear. That's a good chain of title. There are no liens on it, no encumbrances, and that what you're paying for is what you're getting. So we make sure to ensure that your title is clear," said Reina Cisneros, Owner of Big Spring Abstract & Title Co., Inc.

 

Cisneros told KBest News that they are proud to be locally owned and operated and they do their best to support their community.

 

She went on to say that realtors will bring the buyer's contract to them. "They can't necessarily refer one title company over the other, but if you have a preference, you can request that your realtor send you over to Big Spring Abstract & Title."

 

Big Spring Abstract & Title Co., Inc. is located at 208 W. 3rd St., in Big Spring and can be contacted at 432-267-1604.

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Artist Reception for Big Spring's Meghan F. Bias on Saturday, April 10th at Heritage Museum.


 

The Heritage Museum of Big Spring and Howard County will have an artist reception for Meghan F. Bias, creator of the “Expectations and Illusions” art exhibit, tomorrow evening at 6 PM. 

 

Bias’ works on display now range from her days in college up to recent finished pieces. It includes pastels, and big acrylic paintings, and mixed media items that involve mannequins.  

 

Bias included a guest book with the exhibit to encourage visitors to make comments about her work if they'd like to leave feedback.

 

Everyone is welcomed to attend Saturday’s reception at the Heritage Museum, located at 510 Scurry St. in Big Spring. Anyone who'd like to talk with her or ask questions is welcomed to do so at that time. Again, the artist reception for Bias will begin at 6 PM and the "Expectations and Illusions" art exhibit will be on display through April 23, 2021.

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Big Spring ISD Launches New Mobile App


Parent and community engagement enhanced with new district mobile app.

 

Big Spring, Texas, Wednesday, April 7 th , 2021 – The latest news and information from schools in Big Spring ISD are now available on smartphones and mobile devices with a new mobile app launching Wednesday, April 7, 2021. Big Spring ISD is partnering with Blackboard to expand its communications outreach with a mobile app that is now available in the online iTunes® and Google Play® app stores for free.

 

The mobile app will offer a constantly updated feed of district news and events with photos and links to the district’s website. The app can also be customized by the user by selecting the schools they are most interested in for news and updates. Users can also choose to receive push notifications to get breaking news, updates about school closures, calendar changes, or even sports updates.

 

“Big Spring ISD is committed to keeping our community members actively engaged and connected with our school district” said Jay McWilliams, Big Spring ISD Superintendent. “We strongly believe that our new app will help keep our parents and community members up to date on the various events and activities taking place each and every day in our school district. I sincerely hope all of you will download the app and keep up with the outstanding things happening in Steer Nation!”

 

Parents and the public are encouraged to download this free mobile app to their smart-devices at:

BSISD App on Google Play Store-

http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.blackboard.community.bsisd

BSISD App on Apple App Store-https://apps.apple.com/us/app/big-spring-isd/id1558187940

 

About Big Spring ISD

Big Spring Independent School District is a public school district based in Big Spring, Texas which serves approximately 4000 students in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade on nine campuses.

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Entries for Area Wide Art Show in Big Spring to begin accepting entries April 29 - 30, 2021


The Big Spring Art Association and the Heritage Museum will be hosting their Area Wide Art Show from May 4 to May 27, 2021.

 

Entries will be accepted on Thursday and Friday, April 29-30 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.The show  will open May 4th with a ribbon cutting by the Big Spring Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors. 

 

A category for miniature paintings has been added this year. Sizes smaller than 10” on all sides will be the criteria for this category. Other categories include Oil/Acrylics; Pastels/Colored Pencil;  Photography; Mixed Media/ Watercolor; 3D/Sculpture/Jewelry/Stained Glass; Digital Art (Must be  original work); 

Cash prizes and ribbons will be awarded. Best of Show will receive $ 150.00; First place in each  category $ 50.00; Second place each category $ 35.00; Third place each category will receive  a ribbon. 

 

Presentation of awards and reception will be held May 27, 2021 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. 

 

For more information please contact Michelle Worthan, mrs.worthan1111@gmail.com; Sandee Lockhart, b-slockhart@live.com; Linda Rupard, happyartist67@yahoo.com

 

 

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First day of STAAR Testing canceled due to statewide connectivity issues


On Tuesday, April 6, 2021, Coahoma ISD announced that testing for the STAAR grade 4 writing, grade 7 writing and high school end of the course English 1 will resume on Tuesday, April 13, after the Texas Education Agency advised school districts to stop testing Tuesday morning because of connectivity issues with the online testing platform.

 

As of now, the high school end of course STAAR English 2 will still be administered today as scheduled.

 

Tuesday morning, CISD students taking these three STAAR tests began to have connectivity issues early in the testing process. The CISD administration learned this was happening statewide caused by issues with the testing platform and was advised by the Texas Education Agency to stop testing for the day.

 

Students were then transitioned to other instructional activities for the rest of the day.

 

Big Spring ISD students were also impacted by this as well.

 

Both BSISD and CISD will provide updated information to parents and students when it becomes available.

 

While the STAAR test is required this year, results for elementary and middle school students will not affect students’ ability to move up to the next grade.

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Big Spring Rotary Club recognizes Students of the Month for March and April 2021.


On Tuesday, April 6, 2021, the Big Spring Rotary Club recognized their Students of the Month for March and April from Forsan, Coahoma, and Big Spring high schools.

 

Forsan's Thomas Gabehart and Cameron Allan were recognized along with Coahoma's Julia Cox and Brysen Kerby. Three students were recognized from Big Spring High School - Falicia Dahya, Maddie Miller, and Mattox Evans.

 

According to BSHS Principal Mike Ritchey, Dahya, Miller, and Evans will graduate from Howard College with their Associates Degree before they graduate from Big Spring High School this May.

 

 

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 Big Spring Charter Review Committee Meeting - TONIGHT, 04/07/21


As of last week’s meeting, the Big Spring Charter Review Committee has worked through the first eight Articles of the Big Spring City Charter. The recommended amendments include:

 

  • allowing two council members to call a special meeting, as opposed to 3 members;
  • adding language to ensure that a quorum is based on a full council - meaning that at least 4 council members must be present to call a meeting and conduct business;
  • residency requirements which would require councilmembers to reside in the district that they represent. This would also mean that if at anytime the council member does not meet all requirements he or she would forfeit their position.

 

The scope of this committee is to review the Charter for the City of Big Spring and to recommend changes to the Charter to the City Council for possible submission to the qualified electors of the City of Big Spring.

 

Big Spring Charter Review Committee will meet this evening at 5:30 PM at the City Council Chambers. Tonight's agenda includes discussion and possible action on the topics of term limits, automatic resignation, the repeal of bonding requirements for City Council, establishing fiscal year of the City, and rewriting Article VI, City Officers and Employees. They will also have discussion and possible action on the issuance of debt consistant with State law; disaster preparation; contiguity of government' duties and responsibilities of Mayor Pro Tempore, Acting City Manager, and Interim City Manager. The topics of the Charter Review Committee, City Council, City Manager, Staff Relations; the recommended amendments to the City Charter, All Articles, and related law.

 

You can watch a live broadcast of the meeting on local Suddenlink channel 17, or a live stream on the city website at mybigspring.com, or on our KBest Media Facebook page.  

 

Find the agenda for tonight's meeting here:

http://mybigspring.com/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_04072021-459 

 

View the meeting on the City of Big Spring website, here:

http://mybigspring.com/224/Channel-17-Live 

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Scenic Mountain Medical Center Reopens to Visitors


BIG SPRING, Texas (April 6, 2021)—On Wednesday, Scenic Mountain Medical Center (SMMC) will reopen its facility to visitors. Visitors for patients admitted with COVID-19 will still be restricted, but will be opened up for all other patients during set visiting hours.


“Decreasing positivity rates and hospitalization rates in our community related to COVID-19, as well as more people receiving the vaccine, makes us feel more comfortable opening up for visitation. It is also the right move for our patients and their families,” said Rohith Saravanan, chief medical officer at Scenic Mountain Medical Center.”


Visiting hours at Scenic Mountain Medical Center are:
? Monday-Friday from 7 am to 7 pm
? Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm

 

The reopening also applies to non-patient areas of the hospital including the Yellow Rose Café and the Scenic Mountain gift shop.


“Restricting visitation has been a critical need to keep hospital staff and patients safe, but we are pleased to see that our numbers are now in a place where we can welcome back the friends and families of our patients,” said Stacey Brown, president of Scenic Mountain Medical Center. “We understand how difficult it has been for them not to have access to see each other during such a vulnerable time.”


Visitors are required to self-screen upon entrance and to wear a mask at all times while in the
facility. Look for the posted signs at our entrances to self-screen for symptoms, and also familiarize yourself with the infection prevention etiquette. The new visitor policy and hours will go into effect Wednesday, April 7th.


SMMC has taken every precaution and made the necessary preparations to care for patients in a safe, controlled and professional way. For more information visit www.scenicmountainmedical.org

 

 

About Scenic Mountain Medical Center
At Scenic Mountain Medical Center, we are committed to caring for patients as we would our own families. We are a full service, acute care, 146-bed community hospital for adults and children, and we understand the importance of delivering world class health care along with the latest advances in technology and treatment options. Our specialized services include cardiology, orthopedics, maternity, diagnostic imaging, emergency care with a 24/7 Level IV Trauma Center, wound care, and women's health and breast care services.


About Steward Health Care
Steward Health Care is the largest private, tax-paying physician-led health care network in the United States. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Steward operates 37 hospitals in the United States and the country of Malta that regularly receive top awards for quality and safety. The company employs approximately 42,000 health care professionals. The Steward network includes multiple urgent care centers and skilled nursing facilities, substantial behavioral health services, over 7,900 beds under management, and approximately 2.2 million full risk covered lives through the company's managed care and health insurance services.

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Veteran spouses, caregivers, non-enrolled Veterans can get COVID-19 vaccine at VA


From the West Texas VA Health Care System:

 

BIG SPRING, TX — West Texas VA Health Care System (WTVAHCS) is providing COVID-19 vaccinations in accordance with the SAVES Lives Act.

 

On April 1, 2021, the Acting Under Secretary for Health defined the administration’s guidance and determined vaccinations could be administered to the following groups:

 

• All Veterans

• Spouses and surviving spouses of Veterans

• Caregivers of Veterans. For COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, we define a caregiver as a family member or friend who provides care to a Veteran. Caregivers may help a Veteran with personal needs like feeding, bathing, or dressing. They may also help a Veteran

with tasks like shopping or transportation.

• Recipients of Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) benefits

 

It is highly encouraged that those wanting to receive the vaccine, call our vaccination hotline to register – 432-268-2564.

 

Walk-ins are also welcome at the following locations, Mon-Fri from 8:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.:

- Big Spring VAMC

- Abilene CBOC

- San Angelo CBOC

- Permian Basin – Wilson and Young Medal of Honor CBOC

 

Dedicated vaccination clinics are being planned and scheduled for our Fort Stockton, TX and Hobbs, NM CBOCs.

 

If you meet the SAVE LIVES Act criteria, WTVAHCS is offering COVID-19 vaccines on a first come, first serve basis, dependent upon vaccine availability. If you are a Veteran not yet enrolled, although not required, it is helpful if you bring your DD-214 (separation papers) with you.

 

To learn about upcoming VA outreach COVID-19 vaccine clinics, please follow our website at www.bigspring.va.gov. You can also learn more on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.

 

We are honored to continue to serve America's heroes, their spouses, caregivers, and family.

For more information, please contact Michael Cole at Michael.Cole6@va.gov.

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Red Flag Warning in West Texas; Extreme Fire Danger


A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures will increase the potential for fire growth today in the Howard County area and much of West Texas. 

 

According to the National Weather Service, a Red Flag Warning is in effect from this afternoon through this evening for much of West Texas for very dry and windy conditions and extreme fire danger. 

 

The affected area includes the following counties: Gaines, Dawson, Borden, Andrews, Martin, Howard, Ector, and Midland, among others.

 

Wind speed is expected to be 25 to 35 mph with gusts as high as 45 mph. Relative humidity is as low as 3 to 5 percent. The Red Flag Threat Index will range from 6 to 8 or critical to extreme.

 

The public is urged to avoid the use of open flames or any activities that may generate sparks.

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American Red Cross assists families impacted by Sunday fire; Donation Center set up at College Baptist Church in Big Spring


Many people have inquired about what they can do to help those impacted by the fire at the Ponderosa Apartments that occurred early Sunday morning. 

 

The Howard County Emergency Chaplain’s Corp has advised that the best way to assist the families impacted by the recent fire is through the American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief, and disaster preparedness education in the United States. 

 

American Red Cross has been assisting the families affected by providing the following:

* financial assistance for 3-4 days,

* medical assistance for medical devices or pharmaceuticals

* spiritual care

 

According to Tracy Austin, Executive Director for the Permian Basin Chapter of the American Red Cross, the families are contacted every other day for follow-ups. She advised that the organization does not have the manpower or space to take item donations, but stated that the best way to help is with a monetary donation to the American Red Cross. 

 

Some people have reservations about donating to the ARC because they assume the money will be given to the national organization as opposed to the local chapter, but Austin says that’s not accurate. She told KBest News that the money donated may not go directly to the families affected by the Ponderosa Apartments fire, but it does go to help the local chapter which encompasses 23 counties and covers 30,000 square miles. This is covered by 3 staff members and many volunteers. 

 

College Baptist Church is the current donation site for items to assist the families impacted by Sunday's fire at the Ponderosa Apartments.

 

According to Cameron Crow, a youth pastor with CBC, they have all the initial necessities taken care of at this point. Right now they are in need of Walmart Gift Cards, vouchers for The Chalet, 10 apartments that the families can stay in for 30 days, blankets, and furniture.

 

Drop off times for donations are 9 AM to 12 PM and 1 - 4 PM at College Baptist Church, corner of Birdwell Ln. and E. 11th Pl. in Big Spring (across from Howard College campus). If you have any questions, contact Cameron Crow at 832-660-4338.

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Apartment Complex Fire displaces several families on Easter Sunday


Early Sunday morning, a large fire engulfed a portion of an apartment complex in Big Spring. 

 

According to Big Spring Fire Chief Craig Ferguson, Howard County 911 Dispatch Center received a call for assistance regarding a fire at the Ponderosa Apartments located in the 1400 block of East 6th Street at approximately 2 AM on Sunday morning.

 

The Big Spring Fire Department responded to the location and found multiple apartment units fully engulfed.  BSFD immediately began firefighting efforts.  The fire spread to adjoining units in the complex before BSFD personnel were able to get the fire under control at approximately 4 AM. 

 

KBest News has been advised that the fire affected 11 units. Two people were transported to Scenic Mountain Medical Center for smoke inhalation and burn injuries.  Their status is unknown at this time. 

 

This fire is under investigation by the Big Spring Fire Marshall's office.  

 

Big Spring Emergency Management in conjunction with the Red Cross have set up a Reunification Center at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum at Howard College to assist those families affected by the fire.  At this time, four families have been relocated. The Big Spring Emergency Chaplain Corp is also assisting the individuals and families affected by this fire.  Howard College and the Big Spring Independent School District also provided assistance. 

 

 

College Baptist Church is the current donation site for items to assist the families impacted by Sunday's fire at the Ponderosa Apartments.

 

According to Cameron Crow, a youth pastor with CBC, they have all the initial necessities taken care of at this point. Right now they are in need of Walmart Gift Cards, vouchers for The Chalet, 10 apartments that the families can stay in for 30 days, blankets, and furniture.

 

Drop off times for donations are 9 AM to 12 PM and 1 - 4 PM at College Baptist Church, corner of Birdwell Ln. and E. 11th Pl. in Big Spring (across from Howard College campus). If you have any questions, contact Cameron Crow at 832-660-4338.

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NazFamily Community-Wide Egg Hunt postponed until Saturday, April 10, 2021


UPDATED ON FRI., APRIL 9, 2021:

The Community-Wide Easter Egg Hunt has been cancelled.

 

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First Church of the Nazarene in Big Spring, also known as NazFamily Church, recently announced that their Community-Wide Easter Egg Hunt will be postponed until Saturday, April 10th. 

 

Pastor Richard Schneberger told KBest News that their church has offered the event as a gift to the community for several years.

 

"We want to provide something fun, family-friendly for everybody in the community to come be a part of," said Pastor Richard.

 

Registration will begin at 9 AM and the event will begin at 10 AM. According to Pastor Richard, there will be approximately 15,000 to 20,000 eggs available for the event and the egg hunts will be divided by age groups. 

 

There will also be music, door prizes, hot dogs, and more.

 

"We want a lot of kids, and lot of families to come out. We'll have games, a bounce house, activities, a coloring contest, art contest, door prizes, just all kinds of stuff for the whole family," said Pastor Richard. 

 

Again, the NazFamily Community Wide Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 10th, at NazFamily Church, located at 1400 S. Lancaster in Big Spring. Registration begins at 9 AM.

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Community help needed in April 2021 to complete renovations at new West Texas Community Mediation Center


The West Texas Community Mediation Center, located at 501 S. Runnels St. -previously the Polly Mays Municipal Annex building in Big Spring, is calling out for volunteers to help them renovate their building in order to be ready for their Grand Opening on May 1, 2021. 

 

The non-profit organization recently acquired the building as a gift from the City of Big Spring and now are working on renovations. Beginning tomorrow, the community is encouraged to stop in on any Saturday in April, beginning at 10 AM to lend a helping hand. 

 

Danette Ross Watson, Executive Director for WTXCMC, told KBest News that even if you have no specific skill sets, there is always room for someone to help clean up the work areas.

 

For more information, contact Danette at 432-517-4200.

 

The mission of the West Texas Community Mediation Center is to provide conflict management education / services and other socially necessary services to the community; as well as for at-risk youth, adults, and families that have been court-ordered or referred for services by assisting the courts, school districts, students, parents and state agencies.

 

For more on the WTXCMC, visit http://www.wtxcmc.org/

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BSHS One Act Play to perform "Elektra" for community on Tuesday, April 6, 2021


Big Spring High School’s One Act Play performance this year is "Elektra" by Elizabeth Brendal Horn.  It is a modern adaptation of the Ancient Geek Tragedy. According to Tracie Moss, BSHS Theatre Arts Director, Big Spring advanced out of District competition to Bi-District and placed 4th. They had three actors receive a total of five acting awards.  Those receiving awards are:

 

Jorden Cervantez - plays Title Role of Elektra - All-Star cast at both District and Bi-District

 

Belicia Hernandez - plays the Doctor/Clytemnestra - Honorable Mention All-Star cast at both District and Bi-District

 

Orlando Martinez, Jr. - Honorable Mention All-Star Cast at District

 

BSHS’s One Act Play will have a performance of “Elektra” for the community on Tuesday, April 6th, at 7 PM in the Big Spring High School Auditorium.  The show runs approximately 40 minutes. Tickets will be sold at the door. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for students, and kids 10 and under get in for free.

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CHS Academic team qualifies 7 students, 2 teams for regionals 


The Coahoma High School academic team had an excellent day at the UIL district meet held in Stanton recently advancing seven students and two teams on to regional competition and placing second overall in District 5-3A.

 

“We had a great day at the competition,” said Melissa Watson, UIL academic sponsor. “The students have worked very hard to be competitive, and I am proud of them.”

 

Grayson Glidewell has spent years honing his speech and debate skills, and it paid off. The CHS senior captured first place in the Current Issues and Informative Speaking events. Fellow teammate Maggie Guo will also advance on to region in two events. She finished first in Copy Editing and third in Spelling and Vocabulary.

 

Others moving  on individually from the Coahoma team were Ruby Sosa, first place in News Writing;  Amy Guo, first place in Spelling and Vocabulary; Faith Raspe, second place in prose; Netalie Roberts, second place in Feature Writing; and Oliva Davidson, second place in Editorial Writing. Two CHS teams advanced, which were Current Issues and Spelling and Vocabulary. 

 In all, CHS placed second with 342 points just behind Sonora High School. The students brought home five golds, three silvers, and a bronze at the competition. CHS also had two first place teams and two second place teams. 

 

“My team can not wait until next year to compete with the goal of winning the district championship,” Watson said. 

 

Adding to the CHS teams overall competition points were the successful run by Glidewell and his partner Aubrey Green at CX Debate competition. Held earlier in the year, the two CHS seniors won the District 5-3A CX Debate championship. 

 

During the state CX contest held March 15-16, Glidewell and Green just missed making the 3A finals after losing their last debate. However, several judges did take notice of Glidewell’s performance. They ranked him in six place individually in the Class 3A speaker awards. 

The regional academic contest will be held virtually on Friday, April 16-17. 

 

5-3A District UIL Academic meet

Stanton High School

Results (Coahoma only)

 

Number Sense: 5. Nick Biddison (alternate); 6. Maggie Guo (alternate); 7. Braiden Boaz; 10. Bryden Fontana. The team of M. Guo, Boaz, Biddison, and Bryden - alternate.

Science: 5. Olivia Davidson (alternate); 7. Alexander Smalley, 17. Nick Biddison; 27.; Cailey Clover; 28. Jocelyn Young; 29. Braiden Boaz.

Ready Writing: 5. Olivia Davidson; 6. Netalie Roberts; 9. Emily Lowder.

Poetry Interpretation: 4. Cailey Glover (alternate). 

Prose Interpretation: 2. Faith Raspe (advanced).

Current Issues: 1. Grayson Glidewell (advanced); 7. Kenan Kimberly; 9. John Alex Reagan. The team of Glidewell, Reagan, and Kimberly — advanced.

Persuasive Speaking: 5. Natalie Rodriguez (alternate).

Informative Speaking: 1. Grayson Glidewell (advanced).

Spelling and Vocabulary: 1. Amy Guo (advanced); 3. Maggie Guo (advanced), 12. Nyssa Tran. The team of A. Guo, M. Guo, and Tran — advanced.

Copy Editing: 1. Maggie Guo (advanced); 5. Amy Guo (alternate).

News Writing: 6. Ruby Sosa (alternative).

Feature Writing: 2. Netalie Roberts (advanced); 4. Nyssa Tran (alternate); 5. Ruby Sosa (alternate).

Editorial Writing — 1. Ruby Sosa (advanced); 4. Netalie Roberts (alternate); 6. Nyssa Tran.

Headline Writing: 2. Oliva Davidson (advanced).

Social Studies: 5. John Reagan (alternate). The team of Davidson, Rodriguez, Reagan, and Biddison — alternate.

Mathematics: 4. Nick Biddison (alternate)

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West Texas VA Health Care System to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to all Veterans, their spouses and caregivers


BIG SPRING, TX — West Texas VA Health Care System (WTVAHCS) is very excited to begin providing vaccines effective April 1, 2021, to those described in the SAVE LIVES Act, which was signed into law on Tuesday, March 24, 2021.

 

If you are already an eligible, VA healthcare-enrolled Veteran and wish to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine, please call the COVID-19 Vaccination hotline at 432-268-2564, during business hours from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through

Friday.

 

VA is now offering COVID-19 vaccines to all Veterans, their spouses, eligible caregivers, and CHAMPVA beneficiaries. If you meet the SAVE LIVES Act criteria, WTVAHCS is offering COVID-19 vaccines on a first come, first serve basis, dependent upon vaccine availability. If you are a Veteran not yet enrolled, although not required, it is helpful if you bring your DD-214 (separation papers) with you.

 

COVID-19 vaccines are available currently at nearly every WTVAHCS location, including Permian Basin, San Angelo, Abilene, Big Spring, and Hobbs, NM Community Based Outpatient Clinics.

To learn about upcoming VA outreach COVID-19 vaccine clinics, please follow our website at www.bigspring.va.gov. You can also learn more on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.

 

They are honored to continue to serve America's heroes, their spouses, caregivers, and family.

 

According to William Hatton, Public Affairs Specialist for the West Texas VA Health Care System, “We will continue to prioritize vaccinations and healthcare delivery for Veterans already enrolled in VA care. As supply permits, Veterans currently not enrolled, caregivers, spouses and CHAMPVA beneficiaries may make appointment to be vaccinated by WTVAHCS. Walk-ins are strongly discouraged. If you have questions about the vaccine or would like to make an appointment, please call our COVID-19 Vaccination hotline at 432-268-2564.”

 

For more information, please contact Michael Cole at Michael.Cole6@va.gov or William Hatton at William.Hatton2@va.gov. You can also call their office at 432-263-7361 [Ext 7022].

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Don't Mess with Texas Trash Off scheduled for April 10, 2021


Keep Big Spring Beautiful will be holding the annual Keep Texas Beautiful “Don’t Mess with Texas Trash Off” on April 10, 2021.

The Don’t mess with Texas® Trash-Off is the single largest one-day cleanup event in the state and is part of the partnership between Keep Texas Beautiful and the Texas Department of Transportation.

The Trash Off is an annual event coordinated by Keep Big Spring Beautiful that encourages residents to clean up their homes, lawns, and garages of bulky items they would usually take to the dump. 

You can dispose of larger amounts of trash that you are unable to dispose of with your weekly sanitation pickup. This is a great opportunity to get rid of trash!!!

 

Trash containers will be provided at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum parking lot from 9 AM to 12 PM. Trash bags will be made available at the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce Office, located at 215 W. 3rd St., on Friday, April 9, 2021 from 9 AM to 12 PM. 

 

For more information, contact Sue McLellan at 432-816-1966.

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United Way Partner Agency Applications are now available for 2022. Deadline for all applications is Monday, April 12th.


The United Way of Big Spring and Howard County is currently accepting applications to become a United Way Partner Agency for 2022.

 

To be eligible to apply, the agency must be a 501(c)3 non-profit located in Big Spring or Howard County. They must also serve under a board of directors, must provide services to all of Howard County, and be a health and human services agency.

 

Christian Fair, Executive Director for the United Way of Big Spring and Howard County, told KBest News that even if your organization has not been chosen in the past you are still encouraged to apply.

 

Fair went on to say that the application review process is lengthy and one that is not taken lightly by the Board of Directors.

 

Applications are available at the United Way office located at 215 W. 3rd St. in Big Spring, or you can request an application via email at uway@bigspringtx.com. The deadline to return applications is Monday, April 12th. For more information, you can also call 432-267-5201.

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Capture Some Rainwater Harvesting Knowledge with the PBUWCD!


STANTON, TX – While West Texas has seen some exceptionally dry and extreme drought conditions since August, the little amount of rainfall received could have filled a rain barrel! One inch of rain on a 2,000 square foot roof will yield about 1,200 gallons of water. Imagine the possibilities of capturing large amounts of water to store in your own personal rain barrel.

 

Rainwater Harvesting is a great practice in dry arid areas because one heavy rain can fill a rain barrel. Stored rainwater can be used for landscape, small wild life, indoor plants, fire protection, or storm water management. While the practice of rainwater harvesting is not commonly known, the benefits of capturing rain can make a positive difference on your outdoor water use. Rainwater has a near neutral pH, is chlorine free, and doesn’t have mineral deposits or harsh chemicals. This makes rainwater ideal to use on lawns, landscape, and even crops and fields.

 

The Permian Basin Underground Water Conservation District (PBUWCD) would like to host a Rainwater Harvesting Seminar to teach the public more about rainwater harvesting and how simple it can be to install a rainwater harvesting system on your own home or building. The seminar would take place at the PBUWCD office at 708 W. Saint Peter St. in Stanton on Thursday, May 6th from 5:30-6:30 PM. Due to safety concerns, a pre-registration is required with no more than 10 guest being able to attend, but a minimum of 5 guests needed in order to proceed with the seminar. Guests will be temperature checked at the door and asked to wear a face covering and practice social distancing as much as possible. If you would like to attend, please call the PBUWCD office by Wednesday, April 7th, at 432-756-2136 to register.

 

Those in attendance will be introduced to some general knowledge of rainwater harvesting from the District’s education coordinator. Then the District’s field technician, Shain Howard, will tell how he installed an outdoor system on the PBUWCD building in 2016 which consists of 2- 2,500 gallon tanks as well as rain barrels and rain chains. Shain will tell how plans were Contact: Misty Mimms Education Coordinator 432.756.2136 education@pbuwcd.com developed, how the system was built, and what maintenance it requires. There will also be a door prize drawing for a rain barrel and rain chain giveaway.

 

 

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