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The Big Spring Art Association's Area Wide Art Show - Award Reception

The Big Spring Art Association’s Area Wide Art Show held their reception at the Heritage Museum in Big Spring yesterday evening. According to Michelle Worthan with the BSAA, the winners are selected at the beginning of the show and honorable mention is awarded by the show sponsors.


This year’s show winners are as follow: 

Best of Show - Linda Rupard - "Breaking Silence"



1rst - Roseanna Enns - "Butterfly in September"

2nd -Robert Eshleman - "Stormy Evening"

3rd - Ikie Rupard - "South Pass Teton Mt"



1rst - Vicki Diggs - "Blue Pitchers"

2nd - Carolyn Walker - "Longhorns"

3rd - Doug Mays - "Flo"

Honorable Mention - Michelle Worthan - "Cosmic Bubbles"


Pastel/Pencil/Colored Pencil

1rst - Beth Henry - "Fairy of the Fall"

2nd - Melinda Segura - "Peach Delight"

3rd - Vicki Diggs - "Blue Pitcher"

Honorable Mention - Meghan Bias - "Broken Serotonin"



1rst - Linda Choate -"Autumn Rain"

2nd - Linda Choate - "First Lady, Second Act"

3rd - Linda Choate - "Life Reflected"

Honorable Mention - Linda Choate - "Dreams Awakened"



1rst - Kay Smith - "Pansy Party"

2nd - Estelle Howard - "Lodge in the Snow"

3rd - Annalisa Ramirez - "Hidden Feelings"


Mixed Media

1rst - Michelle Worthan - "Simply Golden"

2nd - Sami Cave - "Spring Elephant"

3rd - Ruby Bruns - "Windmill at Sunset"

Honorable Mention - Annalisa Ramirez - "Give Me Your Burdens"

Honorable Mention - Annalisa Ramirez - "Restless Female"



1rst - Saffron Pierson - "Untitled"

2nd - Carolyn Walker - "White Pot"



1rst - Linda Rupard - "Sail Away"

2nd - Kay Smith - "Barnyard Hen"

3rd - Sandee Lockhart - "Pink Pansy"

Honorable Mention - Sonja Booker - "Old Pump"


The Big Spring Art Association holds its Area Wide Art Show every Spring and is opened to everyone. The BSAA was formed in 1956, and the organization meets every month, September - May, on the third Saturday of the month in the basement of the Howard County Library.


Trinity Memorial Park hosts "Avenue of Flags" for Memorial Day, 05/31/2020.

Trinity Memorial Park will, once again, be hosting a special event on Memorial Day.


On Monday, May 31st, Trinity Memorial Park will transform into an "Avenue of Flags" - and they invite the public to take a drive of remembrance, any time between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., in honor of those who died serving our country. American flags will line their roads, and local Boy Scouts will mark each veteran's gravesite as a tribute to these fallen heroes.


Patriotic music will be aired on The Mighty 1490 and 103.9 FM from 10 AM to 2 PM so that listeners can listen to a patriotic playlist while visiting the Avenue of Flags on Memorial Day. 

Other Memorial Day events include a Flag Raising Ceremony at the Big Spring Vietnam Veterans Memorial at 11 AM hosted by the Hangar 25 Air Museum.


New pavilion at ABC Park in Big Spring to be named "PJ 'The DJ' Pavilion"; Future park near Benton Bridge and NE 1st will not be named "Oscar Garcia Park"

Big Spring Councilmembers approved an ordinance to name a newly constructed pavilion at ABC Park as “PJ ‘The DJ’ Pavilion”, in honor of the late PJ Dominguez - a beloved community member who served with LULAC and the Northside Movement before his death in 2018. This was approved with a majority vote of 6-1 with McDonald, District 4, voting against.


The amending ordinance proposed by Big Spring Mayor Shannon Thomason to name a future park planned near the Benton Bridge and NE 1st St. as "Oscar Garcia Park" - in honor of the late Oscar Garcia - a former city council member, decorated Vietnam Veteran, the first Hispanic Republican candidate to be elected as Howard County Commissioner for Precinct 1, and sitting County Commissioner at the time of his death in 2020 - failed due to a lack of a majority vote.


The recorded vote for that item was 3 for, 3 against, and 1 abstention. Those voting for the ordinance were Mayor Thomason; Councilwoman McDonald, District 4; and Councilman Maury Smith, District 6. Councilmembers voting against were Ornelas, District 1; Yanez, District 2; and Cody Hughes, District 3. Troy Tompkins, District 5 Councilman, abstained from the vote.




Brint Ryan presents plans for Downtown Plaza Project to Big Spring City Council

During last night's meeting of the Big Spring City Council meeting, Brint Ryan, Big Spring native, with Caprock Holdings, gave a presentation on plans for the downtown plaza project, also known as "Reunion Park". This would be located in the area of Johnson Street between 3rd and 4th street, behind Hotel Settles in downtown Big Spring.


The project is estimated to cost approximately $4 million and is meant to be an attraction spot and outdoor venue for everything from outdoor music events and festivals to church services on Sunday morning. The City of Big Spring is asked to donate $1 million in cash and in-kind for the project. The project is expected to take 12 months.


It should be noted that this would be a privately owned park, meaning that Caprock Holdings would be responsible for the management of the property, including maintenance. The park would be open to the public a majority of the time but closed during private events.


Ryan advised Councilmembers that the next phase of development of Hotel Settles is to integrate the park with existing operations, and believed it would be a critical part of the revitalization of Big Spring. He went on to say that one project is not sufficient to revitalize downtown. The park is an important step to tie the city auditorium building, the city council chambers, and Hotel Settles together in a seamless outdoor venue. It will take 4-5 meaningful projects before Ryan thinks they’ll have critical mass for it to take off. The strategy is to create a destination with proper management and strong programming.


Ryan also spoke about the next phase of development for Hotel Settles - which is separate from Reunion Park. He stated that Caprock Holdings is currently in advanced discussions with West Texas Centers to relocate them to a fully renovated building - the old Big Spring Hospital, in exchange for their property next to Hotel Settles. Permission to do so was made possible by the Texas Legislature. According to Ryan, this would make a wonderful regional headquarters for WTC. The plan for the current WTC property next to the hotel would be renovated into a conference and event center that will be linked to the hotel. The WTC building would be restored and would include a canopy yard so that the event center and outdoor activities would integrate with Hotel Settles.


Additional projects in the works for Caprock Holdings in Big Spring include:


1.) Renovation of the old Read Hotel located at 2nd and Runnels. He anticipated completion within 12-18 months.


2.) Restoration of the Petroleum Building, near 1st and Main, in a style similar to Hotel Settles. The budget for this project is $10 million and is expected to restore the building at a National Register quality. It is approximately 25,000 sq. feet. Ryan advised that they are shovel-ready on the project, have obtained necessary approvals, and are now in the contracting phase.


Ryan told Councilmembers that the community needs good quality space for professionals for companies. The restoration of the Petroleum Building would offer a "Class-A space" and bring an opportunity to attract business headquarters.


3.) Old State National Bank building was also purchased by Caprock Holdings.


During Q & A with the council, it was noted that Caprock Holdings would not ask for tax abatements for the park project, and the property that is being donated in-kind and existing property will be on the tax roll.


Ultimately, Councilmembers authorized the Mayor to execute a development agreement with Caprock Holdings LLC. The vote was 5-2 with Councilmembers Nick Ornelas, District 1, and Diane Yanez, District 2 voting against.


Area News: Snyder PD releases information on Western Crest Murder and Ave. E Shootings

Yesterday, Snyder Police Department released information about the murder that occurred at the Western Crest Apartments that involved a 3-year-old child. 


According to SPD, on Tuesday, May 18th, at 9:38 AM, Officers were dispatched to the Western Crest Apartments, located at 3901 Ave. O in Snyder, in reference to a male juvenile and adult female being found unconscious. The adult female was identified as 27-year-old Caitlin Tucker. The deceased juvenile was identified as 3-year-old James Russell. The case is being investigated as a Capital Murder and a Capital Murder warrant has been issued for Caitlin Tucker. 


Also last week, on Friday, May 21st, at 2:16 PM, Snyder PD officers were dispatched to the 1500 Blk of Ave. E in reference to a shooting. The victims, in this case, were identified as Thomas Price, Jr.,41, and Caitlin Engles, 19. According to SPD, Price remains hospitalized from the injuries he sustained. Bryan Robles has been identified as the suspect in this case and has been arrested for Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon. The case remains under investigation. 


No further information is available for these cases at this time. 


Scenic Mountain Medical Center Community Vaccine Updates

BIG SPRING, Texas— Scenic Mountain Medical Center will have 1 st and 2 nd doses available Wednesday, May 26th from 9 am to 2:30 pm at Porters Grocery, located at 501 Birdwell Lane in Big Spring. Vaccines will be offered while supplies last for individuals ages 12 and up. Second doses will be available to anyone who received their 1st dose on or before April 30.


Effective May 10, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) to include adolescents 12 through 15 years of age. The FDA amended the EUA originally issued on Dec. 11, 2020, for administration in individuals 16 years of age and older.


For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, visit


Howard County high schools' Outstanding Students recognized by Howard County Commissioners Court

On Monday afternoon, the Howard County Commissioners Court recognized the male and female outstanding students for each of the Howard County high schools.


BIG SPRING - Kyler Seymore and Jacqueline Belew

COAHOMA - Nathan Chapman and Danielle Deatherage

FHS: Brianna Elliot and Clayton Tucker


According to Commissioner Craig Bailey, Pct. 2, this recognition is meant to shine a light on those individuals that are in a number of different things and who try their hardest each and every day.


DPS Increases Highway Enforcement for Click It or Ticket, Memorial Day Weekend

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) wants to remind drivers to travel safely as we close out May and head into the Memorial Day holiday. Now through Monday, May 31, Texas Highway Patrol Troopers will participate in Click It or Ticket, an enforcement campaign to encourage people to wear their seat belt, as well as Operation CARE (Crash Awareness Reduction Effort), looking for drivers who are intoxicated, speeding or breaking other traffic laws. Troopers will also watch for drivers not following the state’s Move Over, Slow Down law.


“Roads across the state are getting busier as people begin summer travel,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “With Memorial Day at the end of the month, we encourage Texans, and visitors to our state, to focus on the intent of the day — remembering those who gave their lives serving our country. Honor those sacrifices by doing your part to stay safe on the road. Buckle your seat belt, obey all traffic laws and do not drink and drive.”


During the 2020 Memorial Day weekend, Troopers issued more than 27,000 citations and warnings. This included more than 10,600 warnings and citations for speeding and more than 1,000 warnings and citations for seat belt and child safety restraint violations. DPS enforcement efforts also included 288 DWI citations, 409 fugitive arrests and 77 felony arrests.


DPS encourages drivers to follow these safety tips for Memorial Day weekend:


  • Don’t drink and drive. Make alternate plans if you are consuming alcohol.
  • Move Over or Slow Down for police, fire, EMS, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) vehicles and tow trucks stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated. Show the same courtesy to fellow drivers who are stopped on the side of the road. So far in 2021, there have been 5,645 violations.
  • Buckle up everyone in the vehicle — it’s the law.
  • Slow down, especially in bad weather, heavy traffic, unfamiliar areas or construction zones.
  • Eliminate distractions while driving, including the use of mobile devices. Texas law prohibits the use of portable wireless devices to read, write or send an electronic message unless the vehicle is stopped. If you’re using a navigation device or app, have a passenger operate it so you can keep your eyes on the road.
  • Drive defensively, as holiday travel can present additional challenges.
  • On multi-lane roads, use the left lane for passing only. Not only is it courteous driving and avoids impeding traffic, Texas law requires slower traffic to keep to the right and to use the left lane for passing only (when posted).
  • If you can Steer It, Clear It: If you are involved in a non-injury crash and your vehicle can be moved, clear the traffic lanes to minimize traffic impact. Leaving vehicles in a traffic lane increases traffic congestion and leaves those involved with an increased risk of harm or a secondary wreck. On some highways, if you don’t move your vehicle when it’s safe to do so, it’s against the law.
  • Check your vehicle to make sure it is properly maintained and always ensure your cargo is secure.
  • Report road hazards or anything suspicious to the nearest law enforcement agency.
  • Monitor weather and road conditions wherever you are traveling. For road conditions and closures in Texas, visit Drive Texas.


Area News: Midland Man killed in vehicle - train crash in Martin County

The Texas Department of Public Safety has identified the man killed in Martin County after his vehicle collided with a train.


DPS Troopers responded to the crash in South Service Road I-20, 7 miles east of Stanton on Saturday, May 22, 2021, at 3:30 AM.


The preliminary investigation indicates that Gary Carr, 56, of Midland, was traveling west on the south service road of IH-20, near mile marker 163. His vehicle left the roadway, traveled across the grass median and onto the railroad tracks where it collided with a westbound train. This crash is still under investigation.


Carr was pronounced dead on scene.


Steak Plains Masonic Lodge in Big Spring recognizes local teachers and awards scholarships to Howard County high school seniors

Staked Plains Lodge #598 in Big Spring recently recognized six local teachers with the Mirabeau B. Lamar award. This award is presented by Freemasons across Texas to recognize educators, students and staff members who encourage others to be better than they were through their actions, and words. Those recognized as the 2020 recipients of the Lamar award were Tabitha Barbee, Big Spring ISD; Amy Leggett, Coahoma ISD; and Angie East, Forsan ISD. 2021 recipients were Kristen Willis, BSISD; Stefani Ramirez, CISD; and Stephen East, FISD.


The award is named after Mirabeau B. Lamar, the second president of the Republic of Texas and a Freemason who was known by some as “The Father of the Texas Public School System”. His work while President resulted in the passage of the first law mandating public education.


The Staked Plains Lodge also awarded three scholarships to area graduate seniors - Courtney Overton, Forsan High School; Kaylee Kernick, Coahoma High School; and Manuel Castillo, Jr., Big Spring High School.


Forsan HS Spelling and Vocabulary team place first in State Academic Meet

The Forsan High School Spelling and Vocabulary team of Mason, Oscar, Caylor and Joanna were the district, regional and state team champions with a total score of 246 and beating the 2nd place team by 37 words. Mason Hillger was also the overall individual champion winning the gold medal. Oscar Lin placed 3rd winning the bronze. Caylor Averette placed 8th overall and Joanna Gato placed 14th at the state competition.


The following students also advanced to the state academic meet:

  • Cameron Allen- Number Sense 
  • William Cole- Copy Editing 
  • Joanna Gato- Spelling and Vocabulary
  • Caylor Averette- Spelling and Vocabulary
  • Oscar Lin- Spelling and Vocabulary
  • Mason Hillger- Spelling and Vocabulary


Cameron and William did not place at the state meet but William was the regional Copy Editing Champion and Cameron finished 3rd at the regional meet to advance.



HOPE Foundation Awards approximately $25,000 in grants to BSISD Staff

The HOPE (Helping Our Pupils Excel) Foundation gave out 10 grants today totaling almost $25,000. Those who were awarded grants are as follows:


Cassidy Vail received $2,300 for "Let's Make Reading Magical" for Goliad Elementary.

Isabel Casteneda received $2,480.94 for 'STEM Design and Science Method' for Kentwood Pre-K.


Super grant writer Cadet Bryant received 3 grants for both Washington and Goliad Elementary Schools - first one was "Superhero Sidekicks" for $1,000; second one "Struttin' our Stuffin' for $2,000, and the third one was "Reuse it or Lose it" for $4,000. His grants are unique in that he will be partnering with several local entities such as the Happy Day Humane Society by having students work with dogs there and also with Howard County Recycling to have students and staff reduce, reuse, and recycle.


Mrs. Tamera Sneed received $3,399 for "World Drumming" for Goliad Elementary to have percussion equipment for all students.


Connie Riddle was awarded $3,000 for "Texas and Pacific War", to take BSISD sixth grade students to a World War 2 Museum.


Holly Barfield with Big Spring High School received $1,902 for "Critical Digital ELAR Resources" that will supply BSISD English II students with online resources as well as their teachers.


Natalie Stephens, fifth grade music teacher at Big Spring Intermediate, received $3,118.95 "Class Piano'. This will supply her class with individual keyboards for a more hands-on musical approach.


Lastly, Josh Twining, a teacher at BSI, received $1550 for 'Art Club'. This will be for an after-school program for 5th & 6th grade students to give them a more in-depth exploration of the art world and to partner with local artists.


The H.O.P.E. (Help Our Pupils Excel) Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation. The Innovative Teaching Grant Program was designed to encourage, facilitate, recognize, and reward innovative & creative instructional approaches of the BSISD teachers.


Sales Tax Holidays for Water-Efficient and ENERGY STAR® Products Set for May 29-31

(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is reminding families and businesses that they can save on the purchase of certain water- and energy-efficient products during the state’s Water-Efficient Products and ENERGY STAR® sales tax holidays.


The holidays, created by the Texas Legislature, both take place Saturday, May 29, through Monday, May 31. The Texas Comptroller's office estimates shoppers will save about $13.4 million in state and local sales tax.


“Outdated water systems and inefficient appliances, along with triple-digit temperatures, can put a tremendous strain on our water supplies and power grids,” Hegar said. “By taking advantage of these sales tax holidays, Texans can make upgrades that will help alleviate those pressures and lower their utility bills — while saving money on state and local sales taxes.”


This is the sixth year for the Water-Efficient Products Sales Tax Holiday. Products displaying a WaterSense® label or logo can be purchased tax free for personal or business use. These include showerheads, bathroom sink faucets and accessories, toilets, urinals and landscape irrigation controls.


The sales tax holiday also applies to lawn and garden products that help conserve water outdoors. Items qualifying for the exemption include soaker or drip-irrigation hoses; moisture controls for sprinkler or irrigation systems; mulch; and plants, trees and grasses. These items can be purchased tax free for residential use only.


There’s no limit to the number of water-efficient or water-conserving products you can purchase tax free. For more information on the Water-Efficient Products Sales Tax Holiday, visit the Comptroller’s website. 


During the ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday, certain energy-efficient products displaying the ENERGY STAR logo can be purchased tax free, including air conditioners priced at $6,000 or less, refrigerators priced at $2,000 or less, ceiling fans, fluorescent light bulbs, dishwashers, dehumidifiers and clothes washing machines.


Visit the Comptroller’s website for more ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday details.

Estimated annual energy and water savings for eligible products are listed below.


Highlights from the Big Spring EDC meeting, 05/18/21

The Big Spring Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors held a regular meeting on Tuesday. 


During the April Investment Report and Financials, it was announced that there had been an increase of approximately 22 percent in sales tax for the month of March, which was reported to be the highest March total by approximately $25,000. 


Road construction for roads going into the Airpark has been completed. The project came in under budget, but $1.4 million is still owed at this time. 


During the Director’s Report, it was noted that there had been a total of 258 Building Permits, this time last year in 2020 that total had been 100. Rig count in Howard County stayed the same as last month at 23, and it had increased for Permian from 224 to 229. The labor statistics showed that the unemployment rate had decreased from 9.2 to 8.3 for Big Spring. 


EDC Director Mark Willis discussed an analysis that he had completed for the Big Spring City Council on the 400-man workforce housing, also known as a “man-camp”, that was trying to create a development north of the Big Spring State Hospital. According to Willis, the cashflow would have been good for the city, but it would have negatively impacted the hotels. Big Spring City Council decided to not authorize the rezoning of the area to accommodate the 400 person man camp. 


Willis told the EDC Board of Directors that he had made contact with the man-camp people and suggested that if the man-camp could decrease the size of their camp to 100 men, then they might be able to lease the Ramada Inn for 5 years and use that instead. Doing it in this way would also not negatively impact the hotels in Big Spring.



Main Street Music and Arts Festival kicks off TODAY in downtown Big Spring.

The Main Street Music and Arts Festival kicks off today in downtown Big Spring outside of 204 S. Main St. Gates open at 4 PM. The event will have food trucks, youth activities, live painting, cornhole, and live music from various artists. Live music begins at 6 PM and Giovannie And The Hired Guns are scheduled to take the stage beginning at 10 PM. 


Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $20 per person. 3-day passes for the event are still available. For more information, visit the Facebook page for Main Street Music and Arts Festival. 


Scenic Mountain Medical Center to Host Drive-Thru Community   -   Vaccine Clinic for Individuals Ages 12 and Up

BIG SPRING, Texas— Scenic Mountain Medical Center will host a drive-thru community vaccine clinic on Monday, May 24 th from 3 pm to 6 pm at Scenic Mountain Medical Center - Whatley Plaza (North Driveway Entrance on Martin Luther King Blvd) located at 1601 W. 11th Place in Big Spring.


Vaccines will be offered while supplies last for individuals ages 12 and up. Second doses will be scheduled 3-4 weeks after the first dose. Information on this will be given during the first dose visit. For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, visit


Valedictorians and Salutatorians for Big Spring, Coahoma, and Forsan high schools

This week is Graduation for Big Spring and Coahoma high schools. Coahoma had their graduation last night. Nicolas Biddison was Valedictorian and Grayson Glidewell was Salutatorian for Coahoma’s Class of 2021.


Big Spring will have their graduation ceremony tonight at Memorial Stadium beginning at 8 PM. BSHS’s Valedictorian for the Class of 2021 is Ransom Colette, and Sadie Garcia is Big Spring’s Salutatorian.


Forsan High School will have their graduation next Friday, May 28th at 6 PM at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum in Big Spring . Forsan’s Valedictorian for the Class of 2021 is Mason Hilger and Salutatorian is Rylee Evans.


Congratulations to all on their achievements!







Big Spring Cowboy Reunion & Rodeo to be held June 17-19; Parade Entries Now Accepted

Entries are now being accepted for the June 19th Quail Dobbs Memorial Rodeo Parade in Big Spring. Rodeo related themes are encouraged for floats, car groups, and riding clubs. The parade begins at 10 AM Saturday morning in downtown Big Spring. For more information, contact Mark Richardson at 432-267-6391. 


The 87th Big Spring Cowboy Reunion & Rodeo will be held Thursday, June 17th - Saturday, June 19th at the The Surge Energy Rodeo Bowl, located at 2900 Old State Hwy 80, in Big Spring.


This year’ s entertainment for the event include a live performance on Friday night after the rodeo by Josh Ward, and a live performance by the Randy Rogers Band after the rodeo on Saturday night. The dances are made possible by Franklin & Sons and Big Spring Ford. Tickets are on sale now. For more information visit the Facebook page for Big Spring Cowboy Reunion and Rodeo.


Howard College Offers Fast Track CNA Course


BIG SPRING – For those seeking to obtain their Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) certificate, Howard College is offering two fast-track programs this summer and attendees can complete the coursework for certification in less than one month.


The fast-track, available only on the Big Spring campus, will run June 1-23 and July 5-22 with students attending class Monday through Thursday from 8am to 5pm. 


“We wanted to offer a short-term course for those students interested in applying for our nursing programs or for those wanting to directly enter the workforce with their CNA certificate,” said Luci Gabehart, Dean of Health Professions. “By taking advantage of these fast-track courses, students can save about 2-3 weeks from our traditional 5-6 week course.”


Upon completion of the course, students will take their certification exam and be prepared to enter the workforce.


The cost for the course is $670 plus the background check. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. For more information regarding program details and financial aid or to register, contact Crecia Little at 432-264-5649 or


For more information about Howard College visit or contact Cindy Smith at or 432-264-5034.


BSISD Summer Feeding Program begins June 1, 2021

This year’s Big Spring ISD Summer Feeding Program will run from June 1-July 30,2021. Breakfast will be served from 7:30-8:30 AM and Lunch will be served from 11:30 AM -12:30 PM. Community Pickup Meals will also be available June 1 - July 30 at Goliad Elementary.


Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes new member - Notorious Nutrition

Yesterday, the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony to welcome Notorious Nutrition as the newest member of the Chamber!


Notorious Nutrition has been opened for a year, and is located at 1907 Birdwell Ln., Suite E, in Big Spring. They offer delicious smoothies and energizing drinks. According to Justice Terrazas, Owner of Notorious Nutrition, the drinks will burn 80-100 calories and boost metabolism. She also stated that they serve meal replacement shakes that offer 24 grams of protein. They also do fat burner iced coffees.


"Pretty much we're just trying to offer a healthy alternative to meals and energy so you don't have to have all the sugar from stuff you have to grab from the store," said Terrazas.


Notorious Nutrition is open 7 days a week.

Monday - Friday: 7 AM - 7 PM

Saturday: 10 AM - 2 PM

Sunday: 10 AM- 4 PM.


For more information on their specials and drinks visit their Facebook page or follow them on Instagram.


Governor Abbott Announces End to Federal Pandemic-Related Unemployment Benefits

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott informed the U.S. Department of Labor that Texas will opt out of further federal unemployment compensation related to the COVID-19 pandemic, effective June 26, 2021. This includes the $300 weekly unemployment supplement from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program.


“The Texas economy is booming and employers are hiring in communities throughout the state,” said Governor Abbott. “According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the number of job openings in Texas is almost identical to the number of Texans who are receiving unemployment benefits. That assessment does not include the voluminous jobs that typically are not listed, like construction and restaurant jobs. In fact, there are nearly 60 percent more jobs open (and listed) in Texas today than there was in February 2020, the month before the Pandemic hit Texas.”


The current job openings are good paying jobs. According to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), nearly 45 percent of posted jobs offer wages greater than $15.50 per hour. Approximately 76 percent pay more than $11.50 per hour. Only 2 percent of posted jobs pay around the minimum wage.


At this stage of opening the state 100 percent, the focus must be on helping unemployed Texans connect with the more than a million job openings, rather than paying unemployment benefits to remain off the employment rolls.


Another reason why today’s action is needed is the high level of fraudulent unemployment claims being filed. Fraudulent unemployment claims rob taxpayer money and do nothing to help the unemployed. TWC estimates that nearly 18 percent of all claims for unemployment benefits during the pandemic are confirmed or suspected to be fraudulent, which totals more than 800,000 claims, worth as much as $10.4 billion, if all claims had been paid.


Federal law requires the effective date of this change to be at least 30 days after notification is provided to the Secretary of Labor. As a result, the effective date will be June 26, 2021.


Death following Big Spring Dog Attack found to be result of Heart Attack

From Big Spring Police Department, 5/18/2021:


The preliminary autopsy has been released to investigators which indicates Mr. Henry’s cause of death was found to be the result of a heart attack. Investigators believe this heart attack was attributed to the dog attacking him. The owner of the dog has signed an owner release euthanasia, although the dog is still being monitored for rabies prior to its destruction.

This investigation has found that Mr. Henry was outside a residence in the 1100 block of E. 13th where the dog resided. The dog was found to have been inside this residence of the known acquaintance to Mr. Henry, prior to the dog attack and was not at large prior to this incident. This case is still under investigation and any charges will be presented to the District Attorney for consideration at a later date. No Further information is available at this time.


Chief of Police, Chad Williams

Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon




Original Story:


On the 11th of May 2021 at approximately 6:00 A.M., Big Spring Police Department officers responded to the 1100 block of E. 13th due to an unknown disturbance. Upon arrival, officers immediately observed a dog attacking a male individual identified as John Henry Hispanic/Male 46 years of age. Officers observed two more individuals outside trying to get the dog to stop attacking Mr. Henry. The officers discharged their weapons in the direction of the dog, scaring the dog away. Mr. Henry was immediately transported to Scenic Mountain Medical Center for treatment but, unfortunately has died. The actual cause of death is not known at this time though, an autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow morning. The Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigations Division arrived on scene and are currently investigating this incident. Animal Control Wardens arrived on scene and were able to capture the dog which, is now in quarantine at the Big Spring Animal Shelter. During this incident another male individual was also bit who was treated and released from SMMC. This case is still under investigation and no further information is available at this time.



Chief of Police, Chad Williams

Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon

CID Sergeant John Haynes


Governor Abbott Activates Numerous State Resources As Severe Weather, Flash Flooding Threaten Much Of Texas


AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today rostered and activated numerous state resources ahead of severe weather and flash flooding that is expected to impact much of Texas over the next few days. As severe storms move across our state from West Texas, throughout the week, they are expected to bring very large hail, damaging winds, flash flooding, river flooding, and the potential for tornados.


"This severe weather has the potential to cause flash flooding and other damage in our communities, which is why the State of Texas has rostered and activated numerous state resources to support local officials on the ground," said Governor Abbott. "Texans should monitor weather alerts and stay cautious of severe weather and flood risks as this weather makes its way through our communities. Always remember — turn around, don't drown." 


At the direction of the Governor, the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) has activated the following resources:

  • Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (Texas A&M Task Force One and Texas Task Force Two): Swift Water Boat Squads and High Profile Vehicles
  • Texas Military Department: Ground Transportation Platoons
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department: Texas Game Warden Boat Teams and a helicopter with hoist capability
  • Texas Department of Public Safety: Helicopters with hoist capability


Additionally, TDEM has rostered the following resources in preparation for any requests for assistance from local officials:

  • Texas A&M Forest Service: Saw Crews
  • Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (Texas A&M Task Force One and Texas Task Force Two): Urban Search and Rescue Packages
  • Texas Department of State Health Services: Texas Emergency Medical Task Force Severe Weather Packages
  • Texas Department of Transportation: High profile vehicles
  • Public Utility Commission of Texas: Power outage monitoring/coordination with utility providers in the threat areas   


Texans are urged to follow these flood preparedness and safety tips during severe weather events:

  • Know types of flood risk in your area. Visit FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center for information here:
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
  • Build an emergency supply kit. For more information on how to build a kit, visit:
  • Purchase or renew a flood insurance policy. Homeowner’s policies do not cover flooding. It typically takes up to 30 days for a policy to go into effect so the time to buy is well before a disaster. Get flood coverage under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
  • Keep important documents in a waterproof container. Create password-protected digital copies.
  • Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves. Consider a sump pump with a battery.
  • Be extremely cautious of any water on roads or in creeks, streams, storm drains, or other areas – never attempt to cross flowing streams or drive across flooded roadways and always observe road barricades placed for your protection. Remember, Turn Around Don’t Drown.


For more flood safety tips, visit


Area News: Captured- Two of Texas' 10 Most Wanted Back in Custody, one apprehended in Scurry County

Earlier this month, authorities captured two of Texas’ Top 10 fugitives, one of which in Scurry County. Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive Eric Munoz was captured on May 4, 2021, in Donna, Texas, during Operation Lone Star, while Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender Marcus Lee Torres was arrested on May 7, 2021, in Snyder, Texas. Crime Stoppers rewards will not be paid in either case.


Eric Munoz, 33, is affiliated with the Tango Blast Valluco gang. He was arrested by Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Special Agents and Texas Highway Patrol Troopers. Working off investigative information, they located and arrested Munoz during a traffic stop on a residential street in Donna. He had narcotics and currency in his possession at the time.


Munoz was added to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive list on April 29, 2021. He was released from prison in 2017 and was placed on parole. Munoz had been wanted by authorities since Oct. 25, 2020, after the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles issued a parole violation warrant for his arrest. Previously, he had been convicted of multiple criminal offenses, including unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. For additional information, view his captured bulletin here:  


Marcus Lee Torres, 39, was added to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender List on April 1, 2021. He was arrested on May 7 following a citizen’s call of a suspicious person in Snyder. Snyder Police Officers apprehended Torres on a residential street following a short foot pursuit.


Torres had been wanted by law enforcement since he was released from a Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Facility on Jan. 30, 2020, and failed to report to his parole officer. He had an active arrest warrant for a parole violation. An additional warrant for failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements was issued by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in April 2020. Torres was sentenced to 30 years in a TDCJ prison after he was convicted in Nolan County on two counts of aggravated sexual assault for sexually assaulting two young boys, ages 7 and 9.  For more information, view his captured bulletin  here: 


Texas Crime Stoppers, which is funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Commission, offers cash rewards to any person who provides information that leads to the arrest of one of Texas’ 10 Most Wanted fugitives or sex offenders. In 2020, Texas Crime Stoppers paid $20,000 in rewards for anonymous tips that resulted in arrests.


To be eligible for cash rewards, tipsters MUST provide information to authorities using one of the following methods:


  • Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).
  • Submit a web tip through the DPS website by selecting the fugitive you have information about and then clicking on the link under their picture.
  • Submit a Facebook tip by clicking the “SUBMIT A TIP” link (under the “About” section).


All tips are anonymous, regardless of how they are submitted, and tipsters will be provided a number instead of using a name.


DPS investigators work with local law enforcement agencies to select fugitives for the Most Wanted Fugitives and Sex Offender lists. You can find the current lists — with photos — on the DPS website.


Do not attempt to apprehend these fugitives; they are considered armed and dangerous.



(Pictured left to right: Eric Munoz, Marcus Torres) 



Topic of renaming of N. Gregg St. receives pushback from Big Spring citizens

Tuesday night’s meeting of the Big spring City Council, kicked off with mostly disapproving comments from the public concerning a possible name change for North Gregg Street that had been listed on the agenda. Those who spoke, including Howard County Commissioner for Pct. 1 Eddilisa Ray, made it clear that they were not in favor of honoring the late former County Commissioner Oscar Garcia by inconveniencing the residents and business owners of North Gregg with a name change of their street.


Mayor Shannon Thomason told KBest News that North Gregg Street has traffic issues with large trucks because of the way it splits off away from Gregg / Lamesa Highway. He said they’ve reached out to mapping companies like Google to re-route away from the residential area but have had no success. He said renaming N. Gregg was considered to help with this issue.


When asekd why he wanted to rename it after the late commissioner, Thomason stated, “Commissioner Garcia was a former member of the City Council; served two terms on the Council; was in his second term on the Commissioners Court when he passed away' long time active in public service in Big Spring and Howard County; decorated Vietnam Veteran. I thought it would be appropriate to recognize him in some way, so I proposed the idea of renaming that section of North Gregg, 'Oscar Garcia Avenue'.”   


Thomason went on to say that he understood the pushback because of how the name change would impact the citizens. Instead of renaming N. Gregg, Thomason is now proposing to name a planned city park that will be built in the future on the North side of town near Benton Bridge to honor Garcia.


“We have our Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone that will be coming back before the Council, which can help speed up the development of that park through a special funding process. So, considering all that, and the fact that it’s a planned park - we wouldn’t be renaming anything, wouldn’t be taking the name off something and adding a new name on it - I thought it would be appropriate to name that planned park, 'Oscar Garcia Park'.”


This topic, along with naming the two future pavilions that will be built at ABC Park are expected to be on agenda for the next council meeting.


On Tuesday night, Councilman Nick Ornelas had proposed naming one of the pavilions “PJ the DJ” in honor of the late PJ Dominguez who had passed in 2018. Dominguez was a beloved community member who served with LULAC and the North Side Movement. 



Additional Highlights from the May 11, 2021 Big Spring City Council Meeting:


  • Diane Yanez, newly elected District 2 Councilwoman, sworn in. Maury Smith, uncontested Councilman for District 6, also sworn in. Re-elected Councilwoman for District 4, Gloria Byrd McDonald was not present for the meeting. 
  • Former District 2 Councilman Doug Hartman was recognized for his time with Council. He was not present at the meeting.
  • Nick Hilario Ornelas, District 1, selected as Mayor Pro Tem.
  • Large Item Pick-Up for District 5 is May 19, 2021
  • Discussion on Roll Out Container Policy: Councilman Ornelas was disappointed in the lack of communication there had been with constituents in District 1 concerning the transition from dumpsters to "roll out containers". He stated he was concerned that the containers may not be suitable for households with large families if pick up is only once per week. City Manager Todd Darden advised that door hangars had been passed out throughout the district as notification. Ornelas had originally requested a mail notification and a PSA, but neither had been done by the City. Darden advised that mailouts had not been used because it had not been a budgeted item and to do so would require a budget amendment. He felt the door hangars would have been suitable. 
  • New landfill opening soon.
  • Free Legal Assistance Hotline available to low-income individuals and families affected by the Texas Winter Storm that began Feb. 11, 2021. Call 1-800-504-7030.
  • All Consent Items, Vouchers, and Bids passed with a 6-0 vote. While considering action on the proposal for RFP 21-018 for the Downtown Plaza Economic Development that would delegate the authority to negotiate the agreement to the Mayor and delegate authority to the city attorney to draft the agreement, Councilman Ornelas stated his concern about Mayor Shannon Thomason negotiating the contract with Brint Ryan on the development because Ryan had given money to support to Thomason in the recall election. Thomason advised that he did not directly receive funding from Ryan and noted that the money had been given to the Big Spring Professional Firefighters, a political action committee who endorsed Thomason during that election.
  • Donation of mattresses to the City of Big Spring Fire Department was accepted. This donation was coordinated by Nati Saldivar, North Side Movement, and Councilman Cody Hughes, District 3.
  • Howard County Tax Assessor-Collector's Collection Fee Buget for 2020 and 2021 was accepted. There was an increase in the budget to allow for the addition of 1.5 positions. The net increase of the collection fee for the City of Big Spring is $3,472.18, but the pro-rata share of hte budget decreased from 6.8195 percent to 6.3612 percent.
  • First reading of a resolution authorizing the City Manager to apply for U.S. Economic Development Administration, American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Funding assistance for the Big Spring Industrial Park Development Project was approved 6-0.
  • First reading of a resolution denying Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC's application for approval to amend its distribution rates within the City was approved 6-0. 
  • Engineering agreement with Jacob Martin, LLC for 2021 water line replacements was approved 6-0.
  • Interlocal agreement with Permian Basin Regional Planning Commission to provide services for the EDA grant was approved 6-0.
  • Appointments to the Colorado River Municipal Water District (CRMWD) Board of Directors was tabled until the next meeting. 




BSISD will remove virtual-learning option for 2021-2022 school year. Pay increase approved for BSISD substitutes.

Highlights from last night's meeting of the Big Spring ISD Board of Trustees are listed below:


Special Recognition


Outgoing board members Maria Padilla, District 2, and Melissa Miller, District 4, were recognized for their service to BSISD. Miller served 3 years, and Padilla had served for 15 years. 



ESSER III - Discussion


Superintendent Jay McWilliams advised board members on the ESSER III grant. ESSER stands for Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief, a federal grant that had been authorized through the CARES Act that had been signed into law in 2020. According to McWilliams, the ESSER I grant has already been utilized by BSISD and was in the amount of between $900,000 - $1 million, a lot of which had used for technology. ESSER II is held up in government and has not been released, but when it is it will be in the amount of approximately $3 million.


The ESSER III grant has finally been released. Other states received this funding before it was released to Texas. The amount for BSISD is $9.619 million. Two-thirds, just over $6 million, have been immediately released. The other one-third is being held until the State of Texas submits a state plan to the U.S. Dept. of Education. Since this is federal funding, certain criteria must be met. The funds can be stretched out over the next 3 years. The use of these funds will be prioritized for health and safety, technology, and at least 20 percent, or about $1.3 million, must be used, strictly, on student learning/student outcomes. McWilliams advised the Board of Trustees that meetings will continue to determine how the funds will be spent, including a stakeholders meeting, community input, and a public hearing. Once a decision has been made, that information will be posted to their website so everyone can see where the funds are going.


McWilliams stated the total of all ESSER grants is approximately $12 million. This amount awarded to BSISD has been dependent on their Title I status. 



Discussion / Action Item


School Board Members voted 6-0 to discontinue the virtual learning option for the 2021-2022. During discussion, it was noted that less than 5 percent of students were still participating in virtual leaning, and face masks are now optional. Board members agreed that it was in the best interest of stuff and students to return to in-person learning. 




Action Items


New BSISD Board Members Michelle Garcia, District 2, and Jason Martinez, District 4, were sworn in and new officers were selected. Fabian Serrano was selected as President, Julie Harris was selected as Vice President, and Tom Olague was elected as Treasurer. 


Two donations were also approved by the Board of Trustees. Approxmately $3,000 was donated to the Boys Basketball Activity Fund, and a monetary donation from Pat Porter was accepted to purchase three 3-D printers for the Big Spring Junior High.


An increase in compensation for substitute teachers was also approved with a 6-0 vote. Currently, substitute teachers are paid $80 per day, paraprofessionals are paid $70 per day. According to Assistant Superintendent George Bancroft, there have been more unfilled positions than filled positions for substitutes. Board members approved the proposed increase of $100 per day for substitutes and $130 per day for certified teachers. This pay increase will be made effective for the 2021-2022 school year.


The budget for the Howard County Tax Collection Budget for 2021-2022 was approved, 6-0. During discussion on the item, it was noted that BSISD would have to pay $66,417, an increase of $14,000 from last year. The increase was requested to fund the addition of 1.5 positions to help Howard County Tax Collector-Assessor Tiffany Sayles with her workload. 


Instructional Materials Allotment and TEKS Certification 2021-2022 was approved with a vote of 6-0.




Superintendent Report


Enrolllment has hovered in 3,600 - 3,800 range.


COVID-19 Update: There are currently no student cases and no employee cases. There are 2 students quarantined due to close contact, probably from a family member. 


A Midland Pharmacy offered 200 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for BSISD staff. They had set up in the Big Spring High School library. They'll be back on May 28, 2021 to administer the second dose. This was not mandatory, but an opportunity for staff to take advantage of it. 


Graduation for Big Spring High School is Friday, May 21st, at Memorial Stadium. There are no ticket restrictions. Both sides of the stadium seating will be used. Graduates will be in the center, families will be sat in alphabetical order. 


State Updates: Two young men competed in the State Track Meet. Kyler Seymore, 1 of 8 athletes representing 4A, placed 3rd in high jump. Braxton Pearce placed 4th in shotput. 


Forsan fresman Hailey Williams, neice of Big Spring PD Chief Chad Williams, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. She will start treatment soon. Fundraisers were recently held by district recently and money will be collected from all of the campuses on Monday for Williams. 


BSPD makes 2 more arrests in Murder of Antonio Iglesias

As a result of the investigation into the fatal stabbing of 25-year old Antonio Iglesias that occured last week, 2 more suspects have been arrested. 


Bryant Hilario, 17, and Christopher Solis, 18, were arrested yesterday. Hilario, Solis, and 19 year old Marcus Anthony Melendez have all been charged with murder in the death of Antonio Iglesias.


On Tuesday, May 4, officers with the Big Spring Police Department were called to the Shell gas station at 2501 South Gregg for a report of an unresponsive man lying in the parking lot.


When police arrived, they found Iglesias, with a stab wound to the chest. Iglesias died from the injury at the scene.


An investigation revealed that Iglesias was in a small red vehicle at the gas station when an altercation occurred. Shortly after, the door of the car opened, and Iglesias fell out.


Police say this continues to be an ongoing investigation and no further information is available at this time.




From Big Spring Police Department, 05/13/2021: 


As a result of this investigation, on the 12th of May 2021 at approximately 4:40 P.M., the Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigations Division have arrested Bryant Matthew Hilario Hispanic/Male 17 years of age and on the 13th of May 2021 at approximately 10:34 A.M., have arrested Christopher Jay Solis Hispanic/Male 18 years of age.  Both Hilario and Solis have also been charged with the murder of Antonio Iglesias.  The autopsy has shown Mr. Iglesias to have died from a stab wound.  This continues to be an ongoing investigation and no further information is available at this time.


Big Spring ISD Pre-K & Kindergarten Roundup - May 24-27, 2021

Big Spring Independent School District will have their Pre-K and Kindergarten Roundup May 24-27, 2021 from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. Roundup for Pre-K will be at Kentwood Early Childhood Center, 2500 Merrily Dr?., and Roundup for Kindergarten will be at Marcy Elementary, 2101 Wasson Rd., and Moss Elementary, 3200 Fordham Ave., in Big Spring.


Parents and guardians are encouraged to pick up a registration packet and learn more about what documents are needed in order to register your child for PK or Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year.


Completed registration packets must be returned back to the campus between July 26th - July 30th in order to enroll your child into BSISD.


Be advised, all school supplies, not including a backpack, will be provided for the 2021-2022 school year!


Howard College Applauds Graduates

BIG SPRING – What will be an end to a journey for some and a beginning for others will be recognized May 14th at the Howard College and SouthWest College for the Deaf (SWCD) pinning and graduation ceremonies.


“The journey has been especially difficult for many of our students over the last year as they have dealt with the ramifications of the pandemic,” said Dr. Cheryl T. Sparks, President. “And we are so excited to be able to host an in-person/virtual graduation for our students and mark this important milestone in their lives.”


Students receiving associate degrees as well as certificates will have the option to walk the stage during the annual graduation ceremonies or participate in a virtual format of the graduation celebration experience. Proud families and friends will be welcome to the live event as well with a ticketing option.


COVID-19 protocols will be in place for all of the ceremonies including mask requirements (age 10 and older) and social distancing as well as temperature screening at each entrance.

For graduation ceremonies, Howard College students are allowed 4 tickets and SWCD students are allowed 2 tickets. All guests will be required to have a ticket in order to attend in person. Live streaming will be available for those who cannot or choose not to attend in person. Links for the live stream will be available on the college website.


“Students start at Howard College with a dream for their future,” said Sparks. “And today, we proudly share this moment with our students and their families to celebrate as their dream turns into a reality.”



Ceremonies are scheduled as follows for Friday, May 14th:


SWCD Graduation: Maddux Student Center Auditorium - SWCD Campus; 10am; Doors for guests open at 9:15am; Live stream available


Pinning Ceremonies: Attendance limited / live stream available


Vocational Nursing: 1:00 pm; Fireplace Room in the Student Union Building


Generic and Transition RN: 2:30 pm; Dorothy Garrett Coliseum East Room


Dental Hygiene Pinning: 4:30 pm; Dorothy Garrett Coliseum East Room


Howard College Graduation Dorothy Garrett Coliseum; 7pm; Guests are asked to use the North Doors of the coliseum and doors will open for entry at 6:15pm; Live stream available



COVID-19 Protocols for all events:


Temperature screening upon entrance.


Masks required while in attendance at any ceremony. Children age 10 and under are not required to wear a mask.


Social distancing will be observed. Family groups are asked to sit at least 6 ft from other family groups. Every other row will be marked off inside the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum for graduation.


To view the frequently asked questions page for commencement ceremonies or for more information on Howard College visit our website at


Forsan Lady Buff Rylee Evans to play basketball for McMurry University

Congratulations to Rylee Evans, a senior at Forsan High School, on signing her letter of intent to play basketball for McMurry University, a private Methodist University in Abilene, TX.


"It was super exciting. I'm really grateful for all of the support that they've shown me throughout the years, and I'm just really grateful for all of them," said Evans on celebrating the accomplishment with friends and family.


Evans says she’s been playing basketball since she was old enough to hold one.


"Since I could remember, my older sister played basketball so I was always with her at all of her basketball practices and stuff," said Evans.


While at McMurry University, Evans plans to study Business but says that may change over time once she gets her basics out of the way. She told KBest News that she’s super excited and grateful about the opportunity and can’t wait to see where it goes and what the future holds.


Big Spring's Phillip Lopez to compete in golf for University of the Southwest

Big Spring High School’s Phillip Lopez signed his letter of intent to play competitive golf for the University Of The Southwest, a private Christian university in Hobbs, New Mexico on Tuesday morning.


When asked how he felt to be able to have his signing while surrounded by friends and family, Lopez said he was speechless, "I'm glad that everyone got to come. I'm glad I got to sign. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I'm just glad that I'm doing it."


Lopez says he’s been playing golf competitively since the 7th grade, but it was in 6th grade that he was taught how to play by his family. 


"I just want to thank my uncle Matt, my uncle JR, and [grandfather] Pano. Their the ones who taught me golf. Without them, I wouldn't be here right now," said Lopez.


While at the University of Southwest Lopez plans to study Finance and Business and hopes to be a financial advisor.


One Man Dies, Another Wounded after Dog Attack

From BSPD:


On the 11th of May 2021 at approximately 6:00 A.M., Big Spring Police Department officers responded to the 1100 block of E. 13th due to an unknown disturbance.  Upon arrival, officers immediately observed a dog attacking a male individual identified as John Henry Hispanic/Male 46 years of age.  Officers observed two more individuals outside trying to get the dog to stop attacking Mr. Henry.  The officers discharged their weapons in the direction of the dog, scaring the dog away. 


Mr. Henry was immediately transported to Scenic Mountain Medical Center for treatment but, unfortunately has died.  The actual cause of death is not known at this time though, an autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow morning.  The Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigations Division arrived on scene and are currently investigating this incident.  Animal Control Wardens arrived on scene and were able to capture the dog which, is now in quarantine at the Big Spring Animal Shelter.  During this incident another male individual was also bit who was treated and released from SMMC. 


This case is still under investigation and no further information is available at this time.


Chief of Police, Chad Williams

Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon

CID Sergeant John Haynes


U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff Recognizes Police Week

In honor of National Police Week, U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff recognizes the service
and sacrifice of federal, state, local and Tribal law enforcement. This year, the week is observed Sunday, May 9 through Saturday, May 15, 2021.

“This week is a time to honor our law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate
sacrifice in service to our nation,” said Attorney General Garland. “I am constantly inspired by
the extraordinary courage and dedication with which members of law enforcement act each day, putting their lives on the line to make our communities safer. To members of law enforcement and your families: we know that not a single day, nor a single week, is enough to recognize your service and sacrifice. On behalf of the entire Department of Justice, you have our unwavering support and eternal gratitude.”


“On behalf of the entire staff of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas, I express our deep respect and sincere gratitude or law enforcement officers. Every day, they put their lives on the line to keep us safe. We honor our officers this week, and always, for their service, courage, and dedication. We especially remember those fallen officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.”

In 1962, President Kennedy issued the first proclamation for Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week to remember and honor law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifices. Peace Officers Memorial Day, which every year falls on May 15, specifically honors law enforcement officers killed or disabled in the line of duty.

Each year, during National Police Week, our nation celebrates the contributions of law
enforcement from around the country, recognizing their hard work, dedication, loyalty, and
commitment to keeping our communities safe. This year the COVID-19 pandemic has
highlighted law enforcement officers’ courage and unwavering devotion to the communities that they have sworn to serve.

During the Roll Call of Heroes, a ceremony coordinated by the Fraternal Order of Police
(FOP), more than 300 officers will be honored. Based on data submitted to and analyzed by the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), of the law enforcement officers who died nationwide in the line of duty in 2020, nearly 60 percent succumbed to COVID-19. Here in the Western District of Texas, eight officers died in the line of duty in 2020.


Additionally, according to statistics reported by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
through the Law Enforcement Officer Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) Program, 46 law
enforcement officers died as a result of felonious acts and 47 died in accidents in 2020. LEOKA statistics can be found on FBI’s Crime Data Explorer website.


The names of the 394 fallen officers who have been added to the wall at the National
Law Enforcement Officer Memorial in 2020 will be read on Thursday, May 13, 2021, during a
Virtual Candlelight Vigil, which will be livestreamed to the public at 8:00 p.m. EDT. The Police
Week in-person public events, originally scheduled for May, have been rescheduled due to
ongoing COVID-19 concerns to October 13-17, 2021. An in-person Candlelight Vigil event is
scheduled for October 14, 2021.


Those who wish to view the Virtual Candlelight Vigil on May 13, 2021, can watch on the
NLEOMF YouTube channel found at The FOP’s
Roll Call of Heroes can be viewed at To view the schedule of virtual Police Week
events in May, please view NLEOMF’s Police Week Flyer.

To learn more about National Police Week in-person events scheduled for October, please visit



Discussion on renaming of N. Gregg St. to be discussed tonight, along with swearing in of newly elected council members at tonight's Big Spring City Council meeting

Big Spring City Council will meet for a regular meeting this evening at 5:30 PM at the City Council Chambers, located at 307 E. 4th St. The official results from the Big Spring local elections will be canvassed by the councilmembers. Oath of Office to Duly Elected Councilmembers for Districts Two, Four and Six will be administered. There will also be a discussion on the rollout container policy during the City Manager’s Report, as well as an update on the landfill. 


New Business items on tonight’s agenda include a discussion of acceptance of a donation of mattresses to the City of Big Spring Fire Department, and a discussion on boards and committees. There will also be consideration and possible action to officially name the two new pavilions at the ABC Park and to rename North Gregg Street. 


There will also be a first reading of a resolution authorizing the City Manager to apply for U.S. Economic Development Administration, American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Funding Assistance for the Big Spring Industrial Park Development Project and meet all administrative and planning requirements for approval by the U.S. Economic Development Administration. Plus, there will also be appointments to the Colorado River Municipal Water District Board of Directors for two openings.


A special meeting to review the charter amendment measures that were recommended by the Big Spring City Charter Review Special Committee will be held on Wednesday, May 12, at 5:30 PM.


Both of these meetings can be viewed in person, or through a live broadcast on local Channel 17 on Suddenlink, or through a live stream through the Media Center at or on our KBest Media Facebook page. 


City Website: 



Commissioners table decision on Tax Appraisal Budget due to proposed 15 percent salary increase for HCAD.

During Monday’s meeting of the Howard County Commissioners Court, Commissioners held a discussion on the possible approval of the Tax Appraisal Budget for the Howard County Appraisal District (HCAD). Commissioners John Cline, Pct. 4, stated that he had been informed that the budget included an approximate increase of 15 percent increase in salary for the HCAD staff.


"I'm not gonna give what we can't give our own county workers - that kind of a raise," said Commissioner Cline.


He stated that he planned to attend the upcoming public hearing on that matter. That public hearing will be held on Wednesday, May 12th, 2021, at 12:30 p.m. in the board room in the office of Howard County Appraisal District, located at 315 S. Main in Big Spring.


Afterwards, Commissioner Jimmie Long, Pct. 3, advised that HCAD restructured their retirement and health insurance plan, and lowered their fuel and travel costs to refunnel that money to fund a 15 percent increase in salaries. He reminded that last year commissioners had voted down the HCAD salary increase that had been proposed in the budget. However, due to a clerical error on the part of the HCAD office they still ended up receiving a raise.

“We did not give salary increases and that’s what [HCAD] had agreed to do, but they found out later [salary increases] had been done,” said Commissioner Long. “They’re on top of it now and found the error. Like Commissioner Cline said, I am not in favor of a fifteen percent increase,” continued Long.


Commissioner Craig Bailey, Pct. 2, suggested that commissioners at least give HCAD an opportunity to explain before making a decision. Commissioners then agreed to table the item until after the public hearing to make a decision on the approval of the budget. 


If approved this time, this would be the sixth consecutive year that the Howard County Appraisal District would be receiving a salary increase. 


The appraisal district is supported solely by payments from the local taxing units served by the appraisal district. If approved by the appraisal district board of directors at the public hearing, this proposed budget will take effect automatically unless disapproved by the governing bodies of the county, school districts, cities and towns served by the appraisal district. 


Below is the Notice of Public Hearing on Budget Howard County Appraisal District scheduled for Wednesday, May 12, 2021:





Commissioners also approved the 2022 Texas County and District Retirement System (TCDRS) retirement rates, as well as the following purchase requests:

  • Law Enforcement Center parking lot repair for $500, this will require budget amendment.
  • Choice Media for 6 months of advertising for the digital billboard on Gregg St. for County Library’s Summer Reading Program $1,755


They also approved a check to be issued to the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department in the amount of $15,226 for the sale of five vehicles


Brian Klinksiek, County Road Engineer, lead a discussion on naming a county road in Pct. 2 Foltz Lane. He advised that all parties involved with the road had approved of the name and assured that this was not a new road. This was needed for the purpose of assigning a 9-1-1 address. Commissioners are only exercising the authority they have to name any county road in the county.


Klinksiek advised commissioners that he wanted to modify some of the language on the Multi-Use Permit. He advised that when landmen with pipeline companies pull the permit, sometimes the wrong permit is used by the landman and then they have to try to issue a refund on a credit card or the company will ask for a credit toward another permit. Instead of doing this, he suggested that they modify the language on the permit to advise that fees are non-refundable.


Commissioner long suggested that the permits be modified to show signatures from the contractor and the owning company so that if there’s any issues arise while working it will be easy to know who is responsible. This was approved by commissioners.




HHSC Encourages Women to Access Vital Health Screenings During National Women's Health Week


AUSTIN – During National Women's Health Week, which began May 9, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission is encouraging women and girls to take care of their physical and mental health.


“Texas HHSC is committed to helping Texas women access quality health care and wellness programs that can be life-changing and life-saving,” said HHS Executive Commissioner Cecile Erwin Young. “As we commemorate Women’s Health Week, we hope to motivate women to learn about the health resources that are available to them and inspire others to do the same.”


National Women’s Health Week raises awareness about women’s health issues and highlights ways women can make their health a priority and maintain healthy habits. HHSC supports these efforts through a variety of programs and services that are dedicated to the well-being of Texas women and their children. Some of the programs include:


Women’s Health Services
The Healthy Texas Women and Family Planning programs provide health and family planning services, including contraception, cancer screenings and pregnancy testing, at low or no cost. Additionally, eligible women can receive comprehensive women’s health care for up to 12 months after childbirth through expanded Healthy Texas Women Plus services. Last year, the Healthy Texas Women program served 182,466 women and the Family Planning Program served 116,779 Texans.


HHSC Women’s Health Services also includes the Breast and Cervical Cancer Services program which provides screenings and diagnostic services for women to help identify breast and cervical cancers in its early stages when treatment is more likely to be effective. In 2020, the program helped more than 28,300 women in Texas. More information about women’s health services can be found at


Texas WIC
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program is a health and nutrition program that helps improve the diets of infants and children as well as pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women. WIC served approximately 675,000 people each month in 2020, providing healthy food benefits, breastfeeding support and nutrition education. Live online and self-paced health, nutrition and breastfeeding classes are available at to anyone at no-cost.


Substance Use Disorder Programs
To support women with substance use disorder, HHSC provides a variety of services, including two new initiatives. Beginning in July 2021, pregnant women with opioid use disorders in the Medicaid program may be eligible to participate in the new Maternal Opioid Misuse (MOM) mdel in the Harris County area. As one of ten states selected to implement MOM, the model will improve access to treatment and care through a multidisciplinary clinic that offers coordinated care and peer support.


Beginning in April 2021, Texans in Bexar, Dallas, and Harris counties can access social support services and medication-assisted therapy as part of the Integrated Family Planning Opioid Response program through a partnership with HHSC’s Texas Targeted Opioid Response.


TexasAIM Initiative
Through the Texas Department of State Health Services, which is part of Texas Health and Human Services, the TexasAIM initiative helps hospitals and clinics improve maternal safety through implementing best practices. The goal of the initiative is to end preventable maternal deaths and reduce postpartum health issues. This year, 98 percent of Texas hospitals with obstetric service lines are enrolled in TexasAIM.


Postpartum Depression Screening
Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program cover postpartum depression screening for the mother of an enrolled infant, regardless of whether the mother has Medicaid, CHIP, or other coverage. The screening may occur during a covered well-child visit before the infant’s first birthday. HHSC also provides an array of mental health and substance use services for all eligible Texans. Services include resource referrals, crisis counseling and other special assistance.


About National Women’s Health Week
National Women’s Health Week is a weeklong health observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on women’s health. The week May 9-15, 2021 serves as a reminder for women and girls to make their health a priority. The agency has posted tips about how women and girls can improve their health.


Governor Abbott Proclaims Small Business Week In Texas

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today invited all Texans to celebrate the unique role small businesses play in the economic resurgence in communities throughout the state of Texas as he issued a proclamation officially designating May 9–15 as Small Business Week in Texas.


“An amazing 99.8% of businesses in the Lone Star State are small businesses. They are the heart of every Texas community, and their continuing resilience drives local job creation and fuels our mighty economy,” said Governor Abbott. “Men and women willing to take a risk, to dig deep into their own pockets and stake their future on an idea, have long written the story of Texas. That pioneering spirit in our small town downtowns to our big city centers still fuels our shared prosperity today. As we unleash the Texas economy, I am proud to celebrate small business growth in Texas. When small businesses succeed, Texas succeeds.”


Governor Abbott announced the next Governor's Small Business Webinar, “Starting a Business in Texas,” Thursday, May 13, 2021, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., CT. For more information and registration, visit:


Governor Abbott also announced additional resources available through the Office of the Governor for aspiring entrepreneurs and for existing small business owners looking to expand and grow jobs.


Governor’s Small Business Webinar Resource Library -

On-demand webinars focused on small business needs. Since April 2020, nearly 20,000 small businesses and resource providers have participated in webinars covering:


2021 New Federal Funding

Business Strategy (Financial Planning)

Business Strategy (E-commerce)

Starting a Business

Veterans Resources

2020 CARES Act Funding

Public Procurement Tips


Governor’s Small Business Resource Portal -

For aspiring entrepreneurs or established business owners, the recently launched Small Business Resource Portal provides customized lists of the most relevant resources and contacts to help you find success.


Governor's Office of Small Business Assistance -

Assisting small and medium Texas businesses through advocacy, entrepreneurial support, education, and technical assistance. The Office serves as a focal point in the state for start-ups and small businesses of all sizes in urban, suburban, and rural communities, offering a variety of services and information including:


Governor’s Small Business Resource Portal

Small Business Webinars & Events

Start a Business

Moving Your Small Business to Texas

Business Permit Office

Financing & Capital for Small Businesses

Public Procurement & HUB Resources

Veteran, Minority & Women Owned Business Resources


Women-Owned Business Webinar Series -

The Governor’s Commission for Women will be hosting a series of informative webinars in each region of Texas beginning in July. The series is an opportunity for small business owners and entrepreneurs to listen and learn from subject-matter experts and gain actionable advice about starting, growing, and sustaining a business in each region of Texas. Dates and details to be announced.


Resources for Communities -

The Texas Economic Development & Tourism Office (EDT) in the Office of the Governor is tasked with marketing and promoting Texas as a premier business location and travel destination. EDT works closely with regional and community partners to ensure that Texas remains the top state for business in the country. To connect with our Office and learn about resources available for community partners please visit


COVID-19 Weekly Update for the City of Big Spring as of May 10, 2021:

According to the City of Big Spring, there are currently 42 active cases of COVID-19 as of Monday, May 10th. Overall, there have been 4,641 positive cases in Big Spring and Howard County. 4,498 of those cases have been closed. There have been a total of 101 patient fatalities related to COVID-19 for the area. The Region J Hospitalization rate is at 1.95 percent.


SMMC celebrates MRI Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting and Alive After 5 event on Wed., May 12th!

Scenic Mountain Medical Center will be celebrate their MRI Grand Opening, the Phillips Ingenia Ambition X 1.5T, with a ribbon cutting with the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce at 4:30 PM on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. Afterwards, there will be an Alive After 5 networking event from 5-6:30 PM. There will be door prizes and refreshments during the event. Co-hosts with SMMC for Alive After 5 are Big Mike’s Farm Store and Local’s.


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt teaches Women's Self Defense Class in Big Spring

A Women’s Self Defense Class began this week at Warlord MMA in Big Spring. The 4-week course is taught every month by Naomi Villa, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brown belt who’s been training 8 years and teaching for a year. According to Villa, Brazillian Jiu Jitsu stresses leverage over strength and it’s ideal for smaller people, like women and children, to learn for self-defense.

Villa told KBest News that a lot of people wait to seek self-defense courses after they’ve already had a bad experience, and it should be a preventative measure.

The women’s only class is open to all skill levels, age 13 and up. The course focuses on a lot of fundamental techniques and teaches just enough for ladies to defend themselves. Plus there’s a lot of drills involved. Villa explained that when you find yourself in a bad situation, things can escalate so quickly that you’ll want to depend on muscle memory to defend yourself.

Classes are held on Mondays at 5 PM and Fridays at 5:30 PM at Warlord MMA, located at 602 S. Main. The first class is free to try and ladies may join the class at any time during the month.

For more information, check out their Facebook page Warlord MMA Martial Arts and Fitness, or call them at (432) 517-5215.


Pipeline Safety in the Permian Basin

When anyone digs in Texas, whether planting a tree or digging the foundation of a skyscraper, there is a high probability of an underground utility line being within the site.  There's a whole world that lives beneath our feet, with infrastructure moving the supplies we need to run our homes, hospitals and businesses. From electrical and fiber optic lines to pipes carrying natural gas and water, it’s everyone’s responsibility to keep these underground assets safe.?

When you call two business days before you lay a new foundation, install a fence or plant a tree, you are doing the right thing to protect yourself, your neighbors and our underground resources.


Damage to underground utilities can result in costly disruptions to essential services, require expensive repairs and cause serious injury or death. If you don’t call Texas811 and you hit an underground line, you are responsible for paying to fix the damage.


Texas811 is the link between your plans to dig and their member utility companies.  Texas811 does not actually mark underground utilities. They notify utility companies of the planned excavation and they send locators to mark their lines.


Founded in 1984, the non-profit Texas811 is the largest one-call contact notification center in the country with more than 2,000 members.


Howard County Elections Office releases statistics from May 1, 2021 Local Elections

The Howard County Elections Office released some statistics and facts about the last city election that was held on Saturday, May 1, 2021.


In the City of Big Spring, District 2 had the lowest turnout for the election with only 6.87 percent. Out of 1,645 registered voters, only 113 people voted to choose their council representative.  District 4 had a 9.24 percent voter turnout. Out of 2,022 registered voters in District 4, there were 152 people who voted in the local election. The total cost per vote for the City of Big Spring was $81.41.


The City of Coahoma had the highest voter turnout with 19.74 percent of their registered voters casting ballots in the local city election. There are 608 registered voters in Coahoma and 120 people participated in the election. The total cost per vote for the City of Coahoma was $51.54. 


According to the Howard County Elections Office, the highest age group turnout was 65 to 74.


Governor Abbott, HHSC Announce Extension Of Emergency SNAP Benefits For May


AUSTIN – This week, Governor Greg Abbott announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is providing approximately $246 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits for the month of May as the state continues its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


"Thank you to the USDA for extending these crucial emergency SNAP benefits for the month of May," said Governor Abbott. "Through the continued extension of the benefits, Texas families have been able to provide for their families and put food on the table throughout the pandemic."  


"We will continue to provide additional support to Texans and their families during this pandemic so they can purchase nutritious foods with their SNAP benefits," said Texas HHS Access and Eligibility Services Deputy Executive Commissioner Wayne Salter.


HHSC received federal approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to extend the maximum, allowable amount of SNAP benefits to recipients based on family size, and all SNAP households will receive a minimum of $95 in emergency allotments.


The emergency May allotments are in addition to the more than $3.1 billion in benefits previously provided to Texans since April 2020.


Recipients will also continue to receive a 15 percent increase in their total benefits, which will continue monthly until September 2021. This 15 percent increase and the additional emergency allotment amount should appear in recipients’ accounts by May 31.


Administered by HHSC, SNAP is a federal program that provides food assistance to approximately 1.6 million eligible low-income families and individuals in Texas. Texans in need can apply for benefits, including SNAP and Medicaid, at or use the Your Texas Benefits mobile app to manage their benefits.


The Big Spring Art Association's Area Wide Art Show is now open through May 27, 2021.

The Big Spring Art Association’s Area Wide Art Show at the Heritage Museum in Big Spring is now open to the public! They celebrated their grand opening yesterday morning with a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce. 


According to Ruby Bruns, President of the BSAA, there are 85 entries that were submitted - an increase of 25 pieces from last year's show. 


Most of the works on display are for sale and can be purchased at the museum. The show will be open at the Heritage Museum until May 27, 2021.


This year’s show winners are as follow: 

Best of Show - Linda Rupard - "Breaking Silence"



1rst - Roseanna Enns - "Butterfly in September"

2nd -Robert Eshleman - "Stormy Evening"

3rd - Ikie Rupard - "South Pass Teton Mt"



1rst - Vicki Diggs - "Blue Pitchers"

2nd - Carolyn Walker - "Longhorns"

3rd - Doug Mays - "Flo"

Honorable Mention - Michelle Worthan - "Cosmic Bubbles"


Pastel/Pencil/Colored Pencil

1rst - Beth Henry - "Fairy of the Fall"

2nd - Melinda Segura - "Peach Delight"

3rd - Vicki Diggs - "Blue Pitcher"

Honorable Mention - Meghan Bias - "Broken Serotonin"



1rst - Linda Choate -"Autumn Rain"

2nd - Linda Choate - "First Lady, Second Act"

3rd - Linda Choate - "Life Reflected"

Honorable Mention - Linda Choate - "Dreams Awakened"



1rst - Kay Smith - "Pansy Party"

2nd - Estelle Howard - "Lodge in the Snow"

3rd - Annalisa Ramirez - "Hidden Feelings"


Mixed Media

1rst - Michelle Worthan - "Simply Golden"

2nd - Sami Cave - "Spring Elephant"

3rd - Ruby Bruns - "Windmill at Sunset"

Honorable Mention - Annalisa Ramirez - "Give Me Your Burdens"

Honorable Mention - Annalisa Ramirez - "Restless Female"



1rst - Saffron Pierson - "Untitled"

2nd - Carolyn Walker - "White Pot"



1rst - Linda Rupard - "Sail Away"

2nd - Kay Smith - "Barnyard Hen"

3rd - Sandee Lockhart - "Pink Pansy"

Honorable Mention - Sonja Booker - "Old Pump"


The Big Spring Art Association was formed in 1956. Their charter member Estelle Howard is 102 years old and she still paints. The organization meets every month, September - May, on the third Saturday of the month in the basement of the Howard County Library, located at 500 S. Main in Big Spring. For more information, visit their Facebook page for Big Spring Art Association.


National Day of Prayer observed in Howard County tomorrow, May 6, 2021

A National Day of Prayer event that will be held outside of the Howard County Courthouse tomorrow, May 6th, at 12:15 PM to pray for our city, state, and nation. According to Sam Segundo, Lead Pastor of the Family Faith Center of Big Spring, the public is invited to join local dignitaries and community representatives in this non-denominational event to pray for our community.


“This isn’t for the deep spiritual people around us. It’s just for all of us who want to see God’s goodness in our lives," said Pastor Segundo.


Again, the event begins at 12:15 PM on the east side of the Howard County Courthouse, 300 S. Main in Big Spring. The event is expected to last 30 minutes.



(Photo: National Day of Prayer in Howard County, 2019)


Suspect Arrested and Charged with Murder in Big Spring

From the Big Spring Police Department:


May 5th 2021


On the 4th of May 2021, at approximately 7:30 P.M., Big Spring Police Department officers and Big Spring Fire/EMS were dispatched to the Shell station located at 2501 S. Gregg for a male subject lying in the parking lot, unresponsive. Upon arrival, officers found the male subject to be Antonio Iglesias, Hispanic/Male 25 years of age, to have a laceration to his chest. Officers attempted life saving measures, but unfortunately, Iglesias succumbed to his injuries.


The Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigations Division arrived on scene. The preliminary investigation has found Iglesias was inside a small red vehicle at the Shell station when an altercation occurred and, shortly after, the door of the small red vehicle opened and Iglesias fell from the vehicle. The vehicle then departed the area. Detectives have found Iglesias suffered a stab wound to his chest.


On the 5th of May 2021, at approximately 3:00 A.M., Marcus Anthony Melendez, Hispanic/Male 19 years of age, was arrested for the murder of Antonio Iglesias and is currently being housed at the Howard County Jail awaiting arraignment.


The Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigations Division suspects additional individuals are involved in this incident and this is an ongoing investigation. The Big Spring Police Department urges anyone with information relating to this incident to call CrimeStoppers at (432) 263-TIPS (8477) or use the software to submit your tip online. Remember, no caller ID is ever used and all tips are anonymous. No further information will be released at this time.


Chief of Police, Chad Williams

Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon

CID Sergeant John Haynes


Sylvia Polanco CNA Scholarship established at Howard College 

The Sylvia Polanco CNA scholarship has been established at Howard College to help single moms and dads who are wanting to start their nursing career through the Howard College Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) program. Polanco, a 1971 Howard College graduate, was a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) for 34 years before retiring from the Big Spring State Hospital. After Polanco recently passed away, her daughter, Josette, wanted to honor her mother by establishing the scholarship to help others who want to enter the nursing field. 


Interested in making a donation to the scholarship fund? Contact Julie Bailey at or 432-264-5051.


Big Spring Councilman Nick Hilario Ornelas holds town hall meeting with constituents

A town hall meeting was held last week by Nick Hilario Ornelas, Big Spring City Councilman for District 1, to update his constituents on things that he’s been working on and to listen to their concerns.


During the meeting, Ornelas reported that he has worked with city staff and Oncor to get appropriate lighting on the bridge at North Gregg / U.S. Hwy 87 in Big Spring. Ornelas told KBest News that this had been important because the lights had been out for almost a year and it was a safety issue for pedestrians. He has also been coordinating with ALSA Car Club to assist those in his district aged 60 and older with large item pick up. He also advised constituents that a majority of the man-made speed bumps throughout District 1 had been filled.  


Now that the Code Enforcement department is now fully staffed, Councilman Ornelas stated that he would be conducting a ride along with the department staff so he could point out things that need to be addressed. 


Recently, Ornelas approached city staff about building pavillions at ABC Park. As a result of that, two pavilions will be constructed at ABC Park, located on the corner of W. 4th and Price St. The first will be completed by June 2021, and the second will be constructed next year. The funding for these pavilions was made possible through the Big Spring Convention and Visitors Bureau. 


He also advised that a draft of the layout for Reunion Plaza will be presented by Brint Ryan at the next City Council meeting on May 11th and encouraged citizens to attend the meeting to learn more about the project and to ask questions. 


Other topics that were discussed were TIRZ, progress of the Big Spring City Charter Review Special Committee, and his contact with TXDOT about the rough condition of the road at Gregg St. between 3rd and 4th Streets. According to Ornelas, TXDOT will begin working on this area approximately May 10th. 


Concerns that were brought to the Councilman during the meeting included illegal dumping, recognition for Purple Heart Veterans and their families, and a possible block party downtown that encompassed the venues in the area to enjoy a night of music. 


Big Spring ISD to provide free school supplies to student in grades Pre-K through 8th for 2021-2022

The following announcement is from Big Spring ISD Superintendent Jay McWilliams:


Steer Nation: 


I have very exciting news for everyone with school age kids, as well as a few other special announcements about upcoming events at BSISD.


Once again thanks to the efforts of our dedicated federal program people utilizing a 2 year federal grant, we are happy to once again announce that ALL school supplies for ALL kids PK8th grade will be completely paid for in 2021-2022. The only thing our parents will be responsible for is a school backpack on the first day of school. All supplies will come individually packed and ready to hand out to your child on the first day of school in August. We are excited to use this grant money to help save our parents the expense of buying school supplies for their kids in 2021-2022.


Also, be aware that in the next week or so you will see the Pre-K and Kindergarten PreRegistration announcement posted on the BSISD website. We feel strongly that we have created a plan to help make registration flow much more smoothly this year, and we look forward to visiting with parents during this exciting time. Our Pre-K and Kindergarten pre-registration packet pick up will take place from May 24-May 27. Our Pre-K and Kindergarten registration will take place from July 26-July 30. Again, stay tuned for detailed information on the BSISD website.


Third, special thanks to Jamie Scott and our technology department for the launching of the new Big Spring ISD app. If you have not downloaded the app, I would like to invite you to do so in the near future. The app is just another way we at BSISD are striving to communicate more efficiently with the community of Big Spring. If you have any questions concerning the app, please feel free to reach out to Jamie Scott (264-4155), and he will be glad to help navigate you through our outstanding app.


Finally, the Class of 2021 will graduate on Friday, May 21, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. The graduation will take place at Memorial Stadium, and Mr. Ritchey will be delivering updates to the seniors and their parents as the day approaches. I look forward to an outstanding graduation ceremony recognizing the amazing accomplishments of the Class of 2021. Go Steers!






Jay McWilliams


Big Spring ISD


Big Spring Emergency Management offers opportunity to vaccinate homebound citizens

From the City of Big Spring Emergency Management: 


Re: Homebound Citizens and the COVID-19 Vaccine?


City of Big Spring Emergency Management and Mayor Shannon Thomason have partnered with the Texas Department of Health and Human Services (DSHS) to ensure that homebound citizens have access to the COVID-19 vaccine.


If you want to get vaccinated for COVID-19, but are unable to go to a vaccine clinic, please call (833) 832-7067 or visit to register for the vaccine. After you register, a local DSHS representative will contact you and set up an appointment to come to your location and give you the COVID-19 vaccine.


This is a free service to our citizens.


Kids Fishing Tournament in Big Spring - Results

It was a picture perfect day at Comanche Trail Lake on Sunday afternoon with 127 kids registered in the kids fishing tournament. 


According to Game Warden Matt Woodall, this was one of the best turnouts he had seen. 


"It's about getting kids outdoors, getting them out of the house, away from the video games. Teaching them things they might not normally get to do if they're just sitting around the house," said Woodall when asked about the importance of the event. 


"It's always good to see the kids come out, enjoy the outdoors, and catch a few fish," he continued.


Some of the highlights of the day included an 8.5 pound carp caught by Mathew Pickett, the first fish caught by Xander Garza (who went on to catch 10 more), and 24 fish caught by Owen Richardson. Some of the bounty included catfish, carp, trout, and blue gill.


The kids fishing tournament is an annual event organized by the Greater Big Spring Rotary Club, and sponsored by Oncor, Credit World, and KBest Media.


The end of the day stats are:

FIRST FISH: A catfish caught by Xander Garza



1st: Mathew Picket—8.5 lbs

2nd: Ivan Cruz—6.1 lbs

3rd: Jake Lopes—4.7 lbs



1st: Owen Richardson—24

2nd: Diego Villa—22

3rd: Alex Vela—15

4th: Xander Garza—11

5th: Bella Salazar—10

6th: Zack Folsom—9

6th: Gavin Vickers—9





Election Day Results, May 1, 2021

Election Day was Saturday, May 1st, and here are the results of the local elections for the contested races in Big Spring and Coahoma: 


City of Big Spring Council Member, District 2:

Diane Yanez received a majority of the votes with 73.45 percent. Willie Rangel, Jr. received 25.66 percent of the votes. 


Yanez will take her place as the new District 2 Councilwoman after the votes are canvassed by the Big Spring City Council at their next meeting. 


This is the first time that Yanez has ran for office. When asked what she looks forward to the most about being on City Council, she told KBest News that she looks forward to working on infrastructure, working with the other councilmembers, and making the voices of her constituents heard because they are important.


City of Big Spring Council Member, District 4:

Incumbent Gloria Byrd McDonald received a majority of the votes with 60.53 percent.  David A. Scott received 39.47 percent of the votes. 


City of Coahoma, Mayor: 

Incumbent Warren Wallace received a majority of the votes with 58.33 percent. Lori Gonzales received 41.67 percent of the votes.


Gloria McDonald, Big Spring City Councilwoman for District 4, and Warren Wallace, Mayor of Coahoma, will keep their elected seats. They will also be sworn in again after the results from their elections are canvassed by their respective city councils. 


Out of 4,272 registered voters that were eligible to vote in these elections, only 385 voted. The total turnout for this election was 9.01 percent.




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