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52nd annual Highland Parade to be held on Saturday, July 3rd


The 52nd annual Highland South 4th of July Parade will be on Saturday, July 3rd, at 10 AM. Parade participants will be meeting at the corner of Highland and Robb at 9:15 AM, and it will end at the corner of Highland and Goliad.

 

Categories for the parade include:

- Strollers

- Wagons

- Walkers

- Pets

- Tricycles and Big Wheels

- Kids w/ battery-operated vehicles, up to 12 years old

- Golf carts

- Bicycles for kids ages 1-7

- Bicycles for ages 8 and above

- Scooters and rollerblades

- Skateboards and hoverboards

- Motorized vehicles for ages 12-18

- 4-wheelers for drivers 18 and above

 

This parade is open to the entire community. In addition to the previous parade categories that will be judged on Saturday, there will also be a home decorating contest. Participants are encouraged to decorate mailboxes, homes, and lawns. These will be judged on Friday, July 2nd.

 

Judges and volunteers for registration are still needed for the event. Also, anyone wanting to donate cookies, water, or monetary donations for refreshments after the parade is welcomed to do so.

 

For more information, contact Tammie Cheatham at 432-770-1572 or Renee Bealls at 432-517-2041.

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Star Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram matches fan donations to help keep Big Spring residents cool


Star Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Big Spring is encouraging the public to donate a fan to help keep community members cool during the summer. New or slightly used fans will be collected by Star CDJR at 821 W. I-20 in Big Spring. For every fan donated, STAR will match the donation by providing a new fan for every fan donated by the public.

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Donations needed for SMMC Auxiliary's 9th annual Back to School Splash on August 5, 2021


Scenic Mountain Medical Center Auxiliary will be hosting its 9th Annual Back to School Splash on August 5th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. This event assists children from Howard County with school supplies as they prepare to head back to school. It supports children in kindergarten through 12th grade who reside in Big Spring, Coahoma, and Forsan.

 

Back-to-school expenses can be challenging for some families and every little bit helps. SMMC Auxiliary is looking for partners in the community to help provide backpacks, school supplies, or even have a booth at our event. Booths are free, but they ask that you provide school supply themed goodies at your booth such as pencils, pens, sanitizer, tissues, markers, crayons, etc.

If your business or organization would like to participate, please contact April Arms, Executive Assistant, by calling 432-268-4907 or emailing her at April.Arms@Steward.org.

 

For those wanting to make a monetary or supply donation only, donations can be mailed or dropped off in Administration at:

 

Scenic Mountain Medical Center

Attn: April Arms

1601 W. 11th Place

Big Spring, Texas 79720

 

The Auxiliary is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. A donation statement can be provided upon request.

 

Any questions can be directed to April or Vanessa Billalba by calling 432-268-4785 or by email to Vanessa.Billalba@Steward.org.

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3 Teens indicted for on Capital Murder by Grand Jury


Last Thursday, three teens were indicted in connection with the death of a 25-year-old Antonio Iglesias.

 

On May 4th, 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 - later identified as Iglesias - lying in the parking lot, unresponsive. Upon arrival, officers found Iglesias to have a laceration to his chest. Officers attempted life-saving measures, but unfortunately, Iglesias had succumbed to his injuries.

 

Marcus Anthony Melendez, 19; Bryant Hilario, 17; and Christopher Jay Solis, 18, were later arrested for the murder of Iglesias. All three were indicted on one count of Capital Murder, a capital felony; and one count of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity / Aggravated Robbery, a first-degree felony.

 

Jose Luis Vargas Cruz, 22, was indicted on Capital Murder, a capital felony, for the murder of his 4-month-old son. On April 13, 2021, BSPD officers were dispatched to Scenic Mountain Medical Center in reference to an unattended death of a 4-month-old male child. Upon arrival, officers were informed Cruz had taken his son to Scenic Mountain Medical Center where he told SMMC staff that the child had fallen off the bed and sustained head injuries. The investigation led detectives to take Cruz into custody and transport him to the Big Spring Police Department. Cruz later confessed to murdering his 4-month-old child and he was arrested.

 

Also last week, Isabel Calderon, 47, was indicted for Illegal Voting, a second-degree felony. Calderon had allegedly voted twice during the 2020 primary election. According to Howard County Sheriff Stan Parker, Calderon had voted during the primary election's early voting period and again during the Primary Day polling.

 

Others indicted last week include the following:

Bessire, Matthew Lawson - Possession of Controlled Substance PG1 >1<4g

Calame, Wesley Aaron - Driving While Intoxicated 3rd or More

Enterline, Tyson Evan - Driving While Intoxicated 3rd or More

Hair, Rickie Dell - Possession of Controlled Substance PG1 <1g

Huxel, David William - Possession of Controlled Substance PG1 >1<4g

Jackson, Donald Jr. - Possession of Controlled Substance PG1 <1g

Lopez, Michael Lee - Aggravated Assault w/ Weapon - Retaliation

Ramos, Leonard Daniel - Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon, Evading/Vehicle

Rodriquez, James Ryan - Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon

Sanchez, Leonardo Lerma - Aggravated Assault/Serious Bodily Injury

Sturgill, Marcus Emory - Deadly Conduct/Discharge Firearm

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Area News: "Landspout Tornado" observed near Lamesa on 06/26/21


On Saturday, the National Weather Service said a “very dangerous thunderstorm” was over Lamesa, Texas, with winds of up to 88 mph. According to various news sources, a "landspout tornado" was later observed at 7:36 pm, approximately eight miles west of Lamesa.

 

According to KCBD in Lubbock, the severe storm left twisted trees ripped from the ground, some damaging houses and others blocking roadways. Plus, it toppled more than a dozen mobile homes, brought down light poles and power lines, even swept trampolines up onto roofs.

The heavy rains made some streets and front yards impassable, resulting in the local fire department having to coordinate with a local boy scout troop to get kayaks in order to get people out from flooded areas.

 

According to KCBD, no serious injuries have been reported from this storm, but with more rainfall expected in the forecast, residents have serious concerns about sewage backwash and continued flooding.

 

(Photo - KCBD News Channel 11)

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1976 Big Spring Time Capsule opened for Heritage Museum's 50th anniversary


On Saturday afternoon, community members gathered at the Heritage Museum in Big Spring for the opening of the 1976 Big Spring Time Capsule. 

 

The time capsule which was originally put together to commemorate the bicentennial has been stored at the Heritage Museum waiting to be opened.  

 

The time capsule contained newspapers, yearbooks from the Mavericks, photographs on slides, and countless other magazines, pamphlets, and newsletters.  Once the time capsule was opened and contents unloaded,  those in attendance were able to look through the items 1976. 

 

Items from the 1976 time capsule, as well as a new time capsule for 2021, will be on display at the Heritage Museum this week. Afterward, the contents of both capsules will be sealed and put away until they are to be reopened in 2071 for the Heritage Museum’s 100th anniversary. There's still time to add items to the 2021 time capsule before it's sealed at 2 PM on Thursday, July 1, 2021.

 

A video of the opening of the 1976 Big spring time capsule can be found on our KBest Media Facebook page.

 

(Photo: Tammy Shrecengost, Director of the Heritage Museum in Big Spring, stands with Johnnie Lou Avery Boyd, Tumbleweed Smith, Susan Lewis, and Janell Davis before the opening of the 1976 Big Spring Time Capsule at the Heritage Museum on June 26, 2021. According to the Heritage Museum, Boyd, Smith, Lewis, and Davis  were all involved in the bicentennial.) 

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State News: Tablet Program Coming Soon To The TDCJ Inmate Population.


Inmates in Texas prisons will soon have access to secure tablets that are able to deliver educational, vocational, religious, and legal materials along with messaging and numerous other programs.

 

At the Friday meeting of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice, it was announced that the competitively bid contract was awarded to Securus. The company will provide each eligible inmate a tablet at no cost to them or the state. In addition to installing the infrastructure, the agency will also receive command control tablets for correctional staff.

 

“Tablets will fundamentally change the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s ability to deliver information and services to the inmate population,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “The COVID-19 pandemic revealed the need for greater connectivity and ways to deliver information to inmates. With this secure system, the agency expects to be able to streamline everything from the delivery of programs to the ability to search for pre-release information, to enhancements in mail delivery.”

 

The tablets are managed through a secure internal network and they will be unable to access the internet. They will have the ability to deliver a range of information and reduce paper waste.

 

Users will also have access to legal materials, forms, books, music, and other approved material.

35 of TDCJ’s 98 units already have the infrastructure to accommodate the new tablet system. All remaining units will receive infrastructure upgrades over the next several months at no cost to the agency as a part of this contract.

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1st annual Self Made Associates Festival will be held in Big Spring THIS SATURDAY, June 26th


The 1st annual Self Made Associates Festival will be at the Howard County Fairgrounds in Big Spring on Saturday, June 26th. From 12-6 pm, the public is encouraged to stop by and shop and connect with a variety of vendors - including food vendors. The family-friendly festival will include games and activities for kids to enjoy. Admission during this time will be free.

 

Later that evening there will be a dance with DJ N-Do from 8 pm to 1 am. Entry is $5 per person and the dance is BYOB. The whole event will be filmed and a music video will be shot. Smokes World will also be filming the event, interviewing the artists and participants for the event, including the promoter, and getting overall footage of the event.

 

Throughout the day there will also be raffle tickets sold to win different prizes such as a free DJ giveaway, a $100 gift card, and a Patron bottle basket with goodies in it.

 

For more information, visit their event page on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/197404665565539

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Heritage Museum hosts Johnnie Lou Avery Boyd book signing and the opening of the 1976 Big Spring Time Capsule on Saturday, June 26, 2021


Tomorrow, the Heritage Museum in Big Spring will be cooking up memories with Johnnie Lou Avery Boyd during her book signing for “A Cookbook for Non-Cooks”. The book includes details of her funny journey as she “started from scratch” to learn to cook at the age of 71; and it includes the simple recipes she mastered, as well as tips for cooking she’s acquired along the way! Johnnie Lou Avery Boyd’s book signing will be held at the Heritage Museum from 10 am-noon tomorrow morning. 

 

Johnnie Lou retired from a 30-year career in higher education, 25 years as host and producer of a weekly TV talk show in Midland, 22 years as a bank director, and 14 years as a small business owner, honored by the Small Business Administration. She also authored a regional best-selling biography about Abilene icon Roy Helen Ackers, and an 800-page autobiography.

 

Besides holding state and regional college professional leadership roles at Howard College and later at Texas State Technical College, she was appointed to boards, commissions, or special roles by a President, Congress, and four Texas governors. She has been honored many times for her generosity in giving her time, talents, energy, and money.

 

Later that afternoon at 2 PM, Johnnie Lou Avery Boyd will join Tumbleweed Smith and Susan Lewis of Big Spring to open a time capsule from 1976. The Big Spring time capsule was sealed on Jan. 5, 1977, and was filled with items that showed where young people went in 1976, telephones, airplanes, boats, stereos, and other equipment. 

 

The Heritage Museum in Big Spring will open a time capsule from 1976 this Saturday, June 26th, as part of the celebration of its 50th anniversary. During this event, a new time capsule for 2021 will be closed and sealed for the next 50 years. Both time capsules for 1976 and 2021 will be reopened in 2071, as this will mark the museum's 100th year. 

 

There’s still time to drop off your contribution to the time capsule. Items contributed do not need to be of high monetary value. The Heritage Museum has advised that they are wanting objects that reflect the spirit of the present day. Items will be collected until Saturday. 

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City of Big Spring begins fan distribution today at Council Chambers. Fan drive extended to July 31, 2021.


 

The City of Big Spring will begin distributing fans to those in need this morning at the City Council Chambers located at 307 East 4th Street at 9:00 AM, while supplies last. Supplies are limited and fans will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Fans can be picked up Monday - Friday from 8 am - 5 pm.

 

Anyone who is homebound is able to call (432) 264-2347 and request delivery.

Be advised that the City of Big Spring is still accepting donations of new box fans, tabletop fans, and oscillating fans for distribution to citizens in need to help them get through the hot summer months. The program deadline has been extended to July 31st. Drop off locations are:

 

Big Spring Fire Stations

• 1401 Apron Drive

• 101 East 18th Street

• 1607 11th Place

• 100 NE 8th Street

• 1701 Wasson Road

 

Big Spring Police Department

• 3613 West Highway 80

 

This year especially, there are those in our county who are having added difficulty due to a partial or total loss of income caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. For those who are able and looking for a way to help others, please consider donating at least one fan.

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1976 Time Capsule to be opened at Heritage Museum on Saturday, June 26th!


The 1976 Big Spring Time Capsule will be opened on Saturday, June 26th, at 2:00 pm, and a new time capsule for 2021 will be saved. Both time capsules will be reopened in 2071 to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the Heritage Museum in Big Spring.

 

There's still time to bring in an item to save for the 2021 Time Capsule that reflects the spirit of the times! The museum will continue to accept items through Saturday morning.

Heritage Museum of Big Spring is located at 510 Scurry in Big Spring.

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TELEPHONE TOWN HALL TONIGHT, June 24th, with Jodey Arrington


Tonight at 6:00 PM CST, Congressman Jodey Arrington will be hosting a telephone town hall to hear directly from the public regarding current issues. Please see the following information below to join the discussion:

 

Dial in: (855) 962-1203

Live stream: https://arrington.house.gov/live/

 

Arrington encourages all TX-19 constituents to join this telephone town hall.

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Big Spring City Council meeting - Highlights, 06/22/2021


During last night’s Big Spring City Council meeting, Big Spring Police Chief Chad Williams received authorization to apply for the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Grant for partial reimbursement of budgeted body armor for uniformed patrol officers. This grant covers up to 50 percent of the budgeted body armor purchases for the next fiscal year. Chief Williams advised that the department replaces 10 body armor per year, as they are items that continuously need replacement.

 

Council members also approved an increase in the Airpark Fund Budget to purchase a mower. Plus, a transfer of funds from the Utility Fund to the Convention and Visitors Bureau Fund was unanimously approved for the construction of a parking lot for additional parking for the Auditorium. Big Spring Community Services Director Hayley Herrera, advised that the parking lot had been budgeted for last year, but due to COVID, the project was stopped. She stated that the additional parking is still needed and the funds borrowed from the Utility Fund would be repaid by the CVB in installments. 

 

The Animal Rescue and Adoption Committee is in need of board members from each district. According to the ordinance passed last night, the city council will consider for appointment only those members of the community who have demonstrated an interest and/or knowledge in at least one of the following areas:

  • Interest in health, safety, and welfare of the public and animals

  • Experience and/or knowledge of animal shelter operations

  • Experience and/or knowledge of public health or sanitation

  • A willingness to become familiar with state statutes regarding animal health and safety and operation of animal shelters

  • And/or advanced knowledge or license in veterinary medicine.

 

Councilmembers amended the Meet and Confer Agreement with The Big Spring Professional Firefighter’s Association.

 

Several Boards have vacancies that need to be filled. It was noted that currently, Districts 1, 2, and 3, are underrepresented among those boards. 

 

Council members were suggested to find nominees to appoint for Planning & Zoning Commission, Traffic Commission, and the Animal Rescue and Adoption Committee. 

During Council Input, District 5 Councilman Troy Tompkins spoke on the concerns that his constituents had on the discoloration and odor of the city water. City Manager Todd Darden advised that this was caused by a water treatment technique. He advised that the treatment affected the plumbing but had not affected the safety of the water that is delivered to City of Big Spring water customers. 

 

District 4 Councilwoman Gloria McDonald inquired if there was a form of communication that would allow those who submit complaints to be updated on the status of their complaint instead of having the caller continuously follow up with the Code Enforcement office. City staff advised that eventually there would be a self-service portal that would be set up soon that would allow people to create a profile and check on the status of their complaints submitted. 

 

District 3 Councilman Cody Hughes stated his concern about the City paying for plumbing issues for a tenant at the Airpark. Darden advised that the City is currently looking at how they do everything at the moment. He noted that some are month-to-month leases, some are for extended periods of time, noting that different customers have different needs. He advised that they would be able to sit down to discuss this with Hughes at a later time. 

 

District 1 Councilman Nick Ornelas gave kudos to Mark Richardson and the Rodeo Board for doing a great job on the Rodeo Parade. He also stated that District 1 residents aged 60 and above could receive assistance with Large Item Pickup from the Crossroads Young Marines. Large item pick-up for District 1 is July 21st. The last day to schedule a pick-up in District 1 is July 19th.

 

Mayor Shannon Thomason made follow-up comments about a recent news story about discolored water. He then displayed a sample of water that appeared to be clear. He stated that it had been pulled earlier that day and later made it a point to drink the water to show that it was safe to drink. Thomason stated that the city is obviously having issues with water. He cited the reasons for this being due to the old delivery system, typical seasonal issues that occur when water discolors when it’s not moving in the pipes, and lakes turning over because of the temperatures. The Mayor went on to say that during this budget session he hoped to see many improvements to the water system - both treatment and delivery. 

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Thank You for your Investment - Wild West Wingz


Tuesday morning the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a “Thank You for your Investment” presentation at Wild West Wingz, located at 1506 E. 4th St. in Big Spring.

 

The local business is a family-owned and operated business that has been serving the Big Spring community since 2013.

 

Garen Floyd, Owner / Operator for Wild West Wingz, told KBest News that it's great to be a locally-owned company backed by the Chamber.

 

“We spend our money here in town and we want to support local businesses as much as possible. The Chamber helps us so we can help other businesses,” said Floyd.

 

When asked if there was anything he’d like the public to know about Wild West Wingz, Floyd said, “We think we’ve got a very good product and we want to keep up our quality standards for food and drinks and want to keep serving the community.”

 

Wild West Wingz is open Sunday - Thursday, 11 am - 10 pm, and on Friday and Saturday, 11 am - 12 am. They can be contacted for call-in orders at (432) 517-4368.

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DAV, Ch. 47, recognizes local community members and business for their support of veterans.


During Monday night’s meeting of the Disabled American Veterans, Ch. 47, several members of the community were recognized for making a difference in the lives of veterans. Those recognized were:

 

Adrienne Green with KBest Media,

Dr. Jody Reid and Back in Motion,

Amanda Duforat with Big Spring Herald,

Tabitha Clark with Star CDJR, and

Nicole Doose with Interim.

 

Green and Duforat were both recognized for their news coverage and support of veteran programs.

 

Green also recently organized a comedy show fundraiser - Veterans of Comedy & Friends Comedy Show - that was held on June 11, 2021, at the VFW Post #2013 in Big Spring. The show was hosted by Green and featured Chris Crawford and Jeanette Fahey of San Angelo, TX, and Michael Shields of Monahans, TX. In addition to the donations collected during the event, sponsors like 350 Cafe & Convenience, Wolf Dirt Contractors, JNC Electric, H-E-B, All Washed Up, and Oncor made it possible to raise $1,480 for the local chapter of the DAV.

 

Dr. Reid accepted the recognition plaque for Back In Motion for a brisket plate sale they had coordinated to raise money for the DAV that was held on March 17, 2021.

 

Clark was not present to accept her plaque, so her husband Jeremy Clark accepted it on her behalf. Tabitha recently coordinated the DAV Cornhole Tournament held on March 27, 2021, which raised a total of $2,860 for the local organization.

 

Nicole Doose was also not present to accept her plaque at last night's meeting. Doose has been very involved with the organization, assisting when needed, and connecting members with additional resources. 

 

 

Adrienne Green (center) receives a plaque of recognition from DAV, Ch. 47. She stands between Steve Purdy (left) and Mike Tarpley (right). 

 

 

Amanda Duforat (center) receives a plaque of recognition from DAV, Ch. 47. She stands between Steve Purdy (left) and Mike Tarpley (right). 

 

 

Dr. Jody Reid (center) receives a plaque of recognition for Back in Motion from DAV, Ch. 47. He stands between Steve Purdy (left) and Mike Tarpley (right). 

 

 

Jeremy Clark (center) receives a plaque of recognition from DAV, Ch. 47, on behalf of his wife Tabitha. He stands between Steve Purdy (left) and Mike Tarpley (right). 

 

 

Nicole Doose (left) receives a plaque of recognition from Senior Vice Commander Mike Tarpley (right) with DAV, Ch. 47. 

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Big Spring City Council meets tonight at 5:30 PM, 06/22/21


Big Spring City Council will meet tonight at 5:30 PM at the City Council Chambers, located at 307 E. 4th St. in Big Spring. New Business items on tonight’s agenda include consideration and authorization to apply for the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Grant for partial reimbursement of budgeted body armor for uniformed patrol officers, and budget amendments that would increase the Airpark Fund Budget for the purpose of purchasing a mower and would transfer funds from the Utility Fund to the Convention and Visitors Bureau Fund for the construction of a parking lot for additional parking for the Auditorium. 

 

In addition to attending the meeting in person, the meeting can be viewed on the city website at mybigspring.com in the Media Center, on local Suddenlink’s Channel 17, and through a live stream on our KBest Media Facebook page.

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Big Spring says goodbye to Lieutenants Ben and Charlsie Godwin and hello to Majors Pam and Dean Moretz.


Over the weekend, Ben and Charlsie Godwin with the Salvation Army said their farewells to Big Spring. According to the Salvation Army, they have been given a new assignment as Corps Officers in Lewisville, TX.

 

During their time in Big Spring, they experienced great love and support from this community and they are forever grateful for their time here.

 

Though their time was short here, they are forever grateful for the experiences they’ve had, and they look forward to what the future holds for the Salvation Army in Big Spring.

Majors Dean and Pam Moretz will be the new Officers and Administrators in Big Spring. They will be moving from Kentucky. They have over 20 years of experience as Salvation Army officers, and they’re looking forward to joining the community in the great state of Texas.

 

 

Majors Pam and Dean Moretz with the Salvation Army

Photo: The Salvation Army of Big Spring Facebook page

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Kids 12 and Up: Get a COVID Shot, Physicians Urge


As Texans return to work, school, and play thanks to more people getting the COVID-19 vaccine, physicians are now urging vaccination for children 12 years old and older.

Texas Medical Association (TMA) COVID-19 Outpatient Workgroup physicians created a new infographic flyer urging parents to protect their adolescents and children against a disease that’s killed hundreds of thousands of Americans and millions of people worldwide.

 

“Vaccinating against COVID-19 helps children and adolescents safely return to pre-COVID activities, including summer camps, vacations, and visiting family members,” said Emily Briggs, MD, chair of the TMA workgroup. “They can then help protect family and friends by reducing the chance of spreading the virus.” Dr. Briggs is a New Braunfels family physician who cares for children in her practice, including some whose post-COVID inflammation limited their ability to play sports.

 

The TMA flyer notes some children can get seriously ill from COVID-19. Others with mild cases can suffer long-term inflammation in their lungs and heart.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends vaccination for everyone 12 years and older to help protect against COVID-19. Previous clinical trials studied only adults, but researchers recently have been able to test the vaccine on adolescents. In the clinical trial for children 12 through 15 years old, no safety concerns were identified with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, and the vaccine was 100% effective at preventing the tested group from experiencing coronavirus with symptoms. CDC says the vaccine is safe, and the American Academy of Pediatrics joins CDC in noting vaccines do not affect fertility, puberty, or menstruation.

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Big Spring Cowboy Reunion and Rodeo opens TONIGHT, 06/17/21.


The Big Spring Cowboy Reunion and Rodeo opens tonight at the Surge Rodeo Bowl, located at Business 20 and FM 700 in Big Spring. Gates open at 7 PM and the competition begins at 8. Performers for this year’s dances include Josh Ward on Friday night and the Randy Rogers Band on Saturday night. Tickets for the rodeo and the dance are still available at bigspringprorodeo.com. 

 

This year’s Quail Dobbs Memorial Rodeo Parade promises to be one of the largest in the rodeo’s 87-year history. It is a visual feast with over 70 entries, including the 6 White Horses from Hardin Simmons University, the Masked Rider from Texas Tech, Big Spring and Coahoma High Schools Drumlines. With a variety of vehicles, clowns, horses, and organizations, there’s something for everyone. This year’s Parade Marshall is Susan Zack Lewis. She’ll be riding in a convertible with a large pair of longhorns for a hood ornament. 

 

When asked how she felt about being the Parade Marshall this year, Lewis stated, “I am extremely honored and very excited about it. I’ve been working with the Big Spring Cowboy Reunion and Rodeo for over 40 years, and this is just a very, very special event.”

 

Lewis told KBest News that she grew up sharing a back fence with Toots Mansfield, a seven-time world champion calf roper and a charter member of the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. 

 

"[Toots] really was my first hero," said Lewis. "As the years went by, we were very good friends with the Mansfield family. When my husband and I moved back to Big Spring in ‘67, we began to go to the rodeo and sit with Toots and Mary Nell Mansfield’s box. Our kids grew up sitting with the rodeo champion and I always was just so respectful and honored to know those wonderful people."


The Quail Dobbs Memorial Parade kicks off at 10 AM Saturday morning, June 19th, at the corner of 10th and Main. It will then move over to Scurry Street and travel north to 4th Street, and then move east to Main and move south to 10th.

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Governor Greg Abbott Signs Texas Senate Bill 1474 Establishing I-27 Advisory Committee


Governor Greg Abbott signed Texas Senate Bill 1474 into law establishing the I-27 Advisory Committee to provide TxDOT with information regarding concerns and interests along the Ports- to-Plains Corridor in Texas, as well as advise TxDOT on transportation improvements that impact the Ports-to-Plains Corridor.

 

Members of the I-27 Advisory Committee, outlined in the bill, include ten county judges or their designee from the counties of Dallam, Howard, Lubbock, Midland, Moore, Potter, Sherman, Tom Green, Val Verde, and Webb. The legislation also identifies seven mayors or designees from the cities of Amarillo, Big Spring, San Angelo, Del Rio, Laredo, Lubbock, and Midland.

 

“Governor Abbott is growing Texas by signing Texas Senate Bill 1474, establishing the I-27

Advisory Committee,” said Howard County Judge Kathryn Wiseman. “We are excited to see this step toward launching a corridor from Alberta Canada to the largest inland port in the nation located in Laredo Texas. The Permian Basin of Texas is the hub of energy and agriculture for our Nation. Governor Abbott just opened the door for us to pour out our treasures to the World.”

 

The mayors will meet prior to October 1, 2021, to appoint the remaining members of the

I-27 Advisory Committee. These appointments will include three members who are economic development professionals selected by the geographical segments identified in the H.B. 1079 Ports-to-Plains Interstate Feasibility Study; one member who is a business representative from the agriculture industry; one member who is a business representative from the international trade industry; and one member who is a business representative from the energy industry.

 

Big Spring Mayor Shannon Thomason expressed his appreciation by saying, “The City of Big Spring congratulates and thanks Governor Abbott for signing SB 1474. The I-27 Advisory Committee established by the bill will continue the fantastic work of the I-27 Feasibility Study Group and will work to ensure that Texas, especially West Texas, remains competitive in both national and world markets.”

 

The committee will meet a minimum of twice per state fiscal year but may meet more often at the request of TxDOT or the advisory committee chair. All meetings of the committee, remote or in person, will be open to the public. The first full meeting of the committee will be held within thirty days of the appointment of the remaining members of the advisory committee.

 

“As we begin establishing the roadmap for the future of trade and commerce for the state of Texas, the extension of Interstate 27 is vital to our future economic growth,” said Ports-to-Plains Alliance Chairman John Osborne. “On behalf of the Ports-to-Plains Alliance, we appreciate the support of Governor Abbott as well as the sponsors of this bill, particularly Senator Charles Perry and Representative Four Price.”

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Governor Abbott Announces Border Wall Construction Strategy


AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today held a press conference in Austin where he announced several key components of the State of Texas' plan to build a border wall. The press conference follows the Governor's Border Security Summit last week in Del Rio, which brought together law enforcement, city and county officials, and landowners to discuss strategies to secure the border and keep communities safe.

 

The Governor was joined by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Speaker Dade Phelan, Senate Finance and House Appropriations Chairs Jane Nelson and Greg Bonnen, and members of the legislature.

 

"The Biden Administration has abandoned its responsibilities to secure the border and Texans are suffering as a result," said Governor Abbott. "The problems along the border are only getting worse due to President Biden's inaction. Property is being destroyed, deadly drugs and illegal weapons are being smuggled into communities throughout the state, law enforcement is having to redirect their resources, and county judges and mayors are facing skyrocketing expenses. Texas is doing more than any state has ever done to protect the border, but it is clear that more is needed. In the Biden Administration's absence, Texas is stepping up to get the job done by building the border wall. Through this comprehensive public safety effort, we will secure the border, slow the influx of unlawful immigrants, and restore order in our border communities."

 

During the press conference, the Governor signed a letter to the Texas Facilities Commission directing them to hire a project manager to oversee construction of the Texas border wall. This program manager will lead the process of planning and executing the project, and will hire the contractors and subcontractors needed to build the wall. Once hired, the program manager and contractors will identify state land and land that private landowners and local governments can volunteer for the wall.

 

Additionally, the Governor, Lieutenant Governor Patrick, Speaker Phelan, and Senator Nelson, and Representative Bonnen signed a letter during the press conference authorizing the transfer for $250 million as a down payment to launch the construction of the border wall and hire a program manager and contractors. Governor Abbott also noted that the state budget allocates 1.1 billion dollars towards border security — a record for the State of Texas.

 

The Governor also signed a letter to President Joe Biden demanding the immediate return of any land taken by the federal government to build the border wall. Once returned, Texas will talk to those property owners about the possibility of Texas using that land to build the wall.

 

Governor Abbott also announced a donation page, www.borderwall.texas.gov, where anyone can voluntarily donate to the construction of the border wall. The fund will be maintained by the Texas Division of Emergency Management.

 

(PHOTO: Office Of The Governor, 6/16/21)

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Director of West Texas VA Health Care System speaks on PTSD Awareness


June is National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month. It is intended to raise public awareness about issues related to PTSD, reduce the stigma associated with PTSD, and help ensure that those suffering from the invisible wounds of war receive proper treatment.

 

According to Jason Cave, Director of the West Texas VA Health Care System, PTSD was something that had been experienced as far back as the American Civil War. During World War I and World War II people called it “Shell Shock”. Later, it would later evolve into being called “Combat Stress” or “Combat Fatigue” in the Korean War and Vietnam War. 

 

Cave advised that approximately 10 to 15 percent of returning veterans suffer from PTSD. Many believe that it’s something they’ll have to struggle with for the rest of their life, but it doesn’t have to be that way. 

 

“There are some amazing testimonials out there that the VA has put out there about people who struggled with it for decades and then found a treatment program that helped. Then they got over either the sleeplessness, the anxiety, the issues, getting through the nights, or feeling nervous or edgy in crowds and things like that. So, it’s come an awful long way," said Cave.

 

"There are so many different types of [PTSD]," he continued. "They’re really recognizing that it’s not a ‘Either you have it or you don’t’ [kind of thing]. There are so many different angles of it that can affect people."

 

Cave emphasized that the treatments are different than they used to be and success rates are better than they used to be. The important thing is to get connected with resources. For more information, call the VA at 432-263-7361. 

 

To contact the Veterans Crisis Line, call 1-800-273-8255. 

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Big Spring ready for rodeo's return


BIG SPRING, Texas – Deep down, Dane Driver was heartbroken that the 2020 edition of the
Big Spring Cowboy Reunion and Rodeo was forced to cancel because of COVID-19.

 

“That was a hard one, just because we’re so proud of our history and what we’ve been able to
pull off,” said Driver, a longtime member of the volunteer committee that organizes the annual event.


“We’ve been able to make it through war times and bad financial times, and then we had to cancel it last year at the last minute. It was gut-wrenching.


“These were decisions that were made by my dad, my grandad, and my great-grandad, and we were the ones that had to cancel it. We were dealing with what every other rodeo committee was dealing with, and most of that was not knowing. We were worrying about everyone’s well-being. Ultimately with those concerns, we were left with no choice.”


It’s a much different situation for this year’s event, set for 8 p.m. Thursday, June 17-Saturday, June 19, at the Rodeo Bowl.


“The decision to go forward was a unanimous one by our committee, and we made it very early on,” he said. “We had no indecisions. Because of everything we dealt with last year that caused the cancelation, we were very comfortable with how local officials and state officials have dealt with it this year.


“Besides, this community is ready to have an event and ready to enjoy something.”

 

The pandemic forced isolation and social distancing. People were asked to avoid crowds and stay at home. Many children were taught at kitchen tables instead of classrooms.
But normalcy is returning. It may be a relatively slow process, but having a taste of what life was like before the pandemic is actually helping a lot of souls.


“We don’t want to sound irresponsible, but we’re just as concerned about our local businesses
and their well-being and everybody that’s struggled with the effects of the coronavirus,” Driver said.

 

“We’re looking for everybody to come out and have a great time, and we have the facility to allow for that.”


Adding to the fun is clown/entertainer Keith Isley, who has been to Big Spring many times
before. He brings not only outstanding comedy but also an incredible pedigree: he has been named Specialty Act of the Year five times, Comedy Act of the Year six times, Clown of the Year six times and Coors Man in the Can five times, including 2020.


He will be working with Mike Mathis, who has announced the Big Spring rodeo for many years.

 

“We love having Keith here,” Driver said. “He’s just one of those guys. He doesn’t need an act; he’s an act all by himself.


“Mike’s been here so long, and he’s so prepared. When he’s talking about sponsors and the
people that are so integral for our rodeo, he knows them. He’s spent the week with them. He just makes a good fit for us. He does a good job of making everyone feel like they are part of our rodeo.”

 

No wonder everyone in Big Spring is ready for rodeo week.

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Area News: Balmorhea State Park Pool Reopens June 26


TOYAHVALE— The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is excited to announce that the spring-fed swimming pool and day-use area at Balmorhea State Park will reopen to the public on June 26. The pool and day-use areas only will be open from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. or sunset, whichever comes first. Light construction is still ongoing in the pool area, so the public is asked to remain vigilant.

 

Day passes are now available for purchase on the Texas State Parks Online Reservations Center but are limited. Day passes can be purchased up to 30 days in advance. Guests are strongly encouraged to purchase passes in advance online before driving to the park. Upon entering the park, visitors will present their reservation receipts at the park headquarters and receive wristbands to wear when entering the pool and day-use areas.

 

Light construction is still ongoing in the pool area and the San Solomon Courts, campground, and cienegas remain closed to the visiting public. Once a completion date for these projects has been determined, an announcement will be made on the TPWD website.

 

For more information about Balmorhea State Park, visit the park page on the TPWD website - https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/balmorhea

 

 

(Photo: TPWD website)

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Shawn Adkins, Person of Interest in 2010 Disappearance of Hailey Dunn, Arrested on Warrant for Murder


Last night, KBest News confirmed the arrest of Shawn Casey Adkins, 35, a person of interest In the 2010 disappearance of 13-year-old Hailey Dunn of Colorado City, TX. Dunn's remains were found in 2013 near Lake J.B. Thomas in Scurry County, approximately 30 miles from her home.

 

According to the Howard County Sheriff's Office, Adkins was arrested by the Texas Rangers on Monday and booked into the Howard County Jail in Big Spring on a warrant for murder. The warrant was issued out of the 32nd Judicial District Attorney's office located in Nolan County, TX.

 

The bail for Adkins is set at $2 million dollars.

 

Howard County Sheriff’s Office has advised that they will not be doing a release of information on the arrest of Adkins. Any release of information relating to the details of the charge will come from the 32nd Judicial Attorney's office located in Nolan County.

 

Our news partners at CBS7 confirmed with Lubbock DPS that Adkins’ arrest is in connection to Hailey Dunn.

 

KBest News will continue to keep you updated as more official information is released.

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Scenic Mountain Medical Center Released Lockdown:


Yesterday morning at approximately 10:30 AM, the Big Spring Police Department was dispatched to Scenic Mountain Medical Center at the request of SMMC staff due to a rumor that a subject was possibly on their property and the subject had recently been involved in a Robbery/Stolen Vehicle in Midland County. 

 

SMMC informed the BSPD that they had initiated their lock-down protocols and requested the BSPD to conduct a walk-thru of their facility. 

 

Officers conducted a walk-thru of the premises and assured the suspect was not there.  SMMC released their lock down procedures and resumed normal operations. BSPD stated that they found no reason to believe at any time did any armed person enter Scenic Mountain Medical Center.

 

The Big Spring Police Department did advise that they had been informed of a Robbery/Stolen vehicle (2004 Gold in color Dodge Pickup 4/D TX LP KJM8464) that had recently occurred in Midland County Texas and the vehicles GPS coordinates had possibly been in the area of Scenic Mountain Medical Center.  BSPD officers searched the immediate area of SMMC and surrounding areas and did not locate the vehicle.

 

This is an ongoing investigation by the Midland County Sheriff’s office and if you have any information of the whereabouts of this vehicle please contact Howard County Dispatch.

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Howard County Emergency Management Coordinator warns community of tight grid conditions:


A significant number of forced generation outages combined with potential record electric use for the month of June has resulted in tight grid conditions. Many units statewide are out of service, which is unusual for this early in the summer season.

 

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is asking Texans to reduce electric use as much as possible today through Friday, June 18.

 

Please take these simple actions to help reduce electric use:

• Set your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher – every degree of cooling increases your energy use by six to eight percent.

• Turn off lights and pool pumps and avoid using large appliances like ovens, washing machines and dryers.

• If you do not need something – we are asking you to turn it off and unplug it if possible.

 

Visit the Power to Save website - http://powertosavetexas.org/ - or your electric provider for more ways to conserve.

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Veteran Comedians presented with Quilts of Valor at DAV Fundraiser, 06/11/2021


A comedy show was held on Friday night at VFW Post #2013 in Big Spring to raise money for the local chapter of the Disabled American Veterans.

 

Among the performers were veterans Chris Crawford and Michael Shields, also known as “Mikey Mike on the Mic”. At the end of the comedic performances, both Crawford and Shields were presented with a Quilt of Valor - a handmade quilt that is awarded to a Service Member or Veteran who has been touched by war. The Quilt says unequivocally, “Thank you for your service and sacrifice in serving our nation.” The quilts were presented by Mike Tarpley, the local presenter for the Quilts of Valor, and Senior Vice Commander of DAV, Ch. 47. After the presentations, both Crawford and Shields were left speechless but both were deeply honored. They later described the presentation as being emotional and memorable.

 

Crawford, 44 of San Angelo, TX, served 20 years with the US Air Force from 1996 to 2016. Shields, 59 of Monahans, TX, served 3 years in the US Navy from 1979 to 1982 when he was medically discharged under honorable conditions. Both performers were recently inducted into the Veterans of Comedy - a network of veterans with the mission of helping to bridge the gap between service and civilian life by using laughter as the foundation.

 

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City of Big Spring holds Summer Fan Drive


The City of Big Spring Emergency Management is hosting a fan drive for the community through June 30th. Fans will be given to people in need to help them get through the hot summer months. The City of Big Spring is asking the community to donate new or gently used box fans, tabletop fans, oscillating fans and more. Drop off locations will be:

 

Big Spring Fire Stations

• 1401 Apron Drive

• 101 East 18th Street

• 1607 11th Place

• 100 NE 8th Street

• 1701 Wasson Road

Big Spring Police Department

• 3613 West Highway 80

 

This year especially, there are those in our county who are having added difficulty due to a partial or total loss of income caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. For those who are able and looking for a way to help others, please consider donating at least one fan.

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BSISD recognizes Teachers of the Year, and budgets $800,000 for the replacement of turf at Memorial Stadium.


During last night’s meeting of the Big Spring ISD Board of Trustees, the district recognized their teachers of the year.  Tabitha Barbee received Secondary Teacher of the Year. Barbee teaches Texas History and coaches volleyball and track at Big Spring Jr. High. Georgia Molina was recognized as the elementary teacher of the year. She is a 4th-grade math teacher at Goliad Elementary. 

 

BSISD Board members also approved an expenditure of over $150,000 for the purpose of replacing turf at Memorial Stadium. According to BSISD Superintendent Jay McWilliams, the turf must be replaced either this year or next year because it had not passed the Gmax test - which is the turf’s ability to absorb force. This is important because it shows what happens to a head when it hits the turf.  If not replaced, it had the potential to open the district up to legal liability if students continued to play on it.  $800,000 has been budgeted for the turf replacement and it is estimated to cost $791,000. McWilliams advised that it would be completed by Hellas by the end of the summer.

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Howard County Library Summer Reading Program: "Tails and Tales"


Howard County Library Summer Reading Program (SRP) 2021, “Tails and Tales," which runs June 1- July 30 & Celebration August 4.  SRP is free of charge, and this summer we will have an in-person program. Planned activities include great stories, crafts, and performers. 

 

Registration is open and is ongoing throughout the summer. Parents and Caregivers can register their children by printing out a registration from their website, online or in person. 

 

The Howard County Library will be having weekly storytimes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 AM and Code Club on Thursdays at 4:30 PM. They will also have some events planned, times and dates will vary, those are posted on the Howard County Library website - https://howard-county.ploud.net/ 

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Big Spring Comedy Show on Friday to raise money for local chapter of Disabled American Veterans


Tomorrow night, Veteran Comedians Chris Crawford and Mikey Mike on the Mic, Performers with the Veterans of Comedy - a network of veterans with the mission of helping to bridge the gap between service and civilian life by using laughter as the foundation - will make a stop in Big Spring tomorrow to help raise money for the local chapter of Disabled American Veterans. 

 

DAV is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year. According to Mike Tarpley, Senior Vice Commander for the local DAV Chapter 47, the local organization assists veterans with basic needs, such as rent, utilities, home repairs, and groceries. In years past, they've also provided coats for veterans in the domiciliary and CLC at the VA, and have even taken them out for holiday meals, among other things. 

 

"Last year we teamed with the Quilts of Valor to start an annual First Responder Veterans Quilts of Valor service. This year, thanks to the community, we were able to start scholarships at Howard College. We put together three $1,000 scholarships and for someone to use that, they have to be a veteran, child of a veteran, or grandchild of a veteran," said Tarpley.

 

The DAV also holds monthly birthday parties at the Texas State Veterans Home,  coordinates the annual 9/11 Memorial Service, and organizes a dove hunt to honor four veterans every year.

 

Friday night, a variety of West Texas comedians will perform in the Veterans of Comedy and Friends Comedy Show at VFW Post 2013 - located at 500 Driver Rd. in Big Spring at 7 PM. They’ll be joined by Jeanette Fahey of San Angelo and the show will be hosted by local comic Adrienne Green. 

 

This is a BYOB event. Doors open at 6 PM and donations for the DAV will be collected at the door. There will also be drinks for sale at the event. Sponsors for the event include 350 Cafe & Convenience, Wolf Dirt Contractors, JNC Electric, Oncor, HEB, and All Washed Up.

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Thank You for Your Investment - Mekason Pharmacy


The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a “Thank You for Your Investment” presentation for Mekason Pharmacy to thank them for serving the community. Mekason Pharmacy opened its fifth location at 2602 S. Gregg in Big Spring, near the entrance of Comanche Trail Park, in September of last year.

 

Dr. Edward Ugbor, Pharmacist with Mekason Pharmacy in Big Spring, told KBest News that although things have not gone as planned, things are going well and they are happy to serve the community. 

 

"We are here to serve the community, but everybody - whether you have insurance or no insurance - we are here to help you out. We are here to serve," said Dr. Ugbor.

 

Mekason Pharmacy accepts all types of insurance and you can pick up your prescriptions from their convenient drive-thru window. Call them at 432-517-4480 for more information or visit: Mekasonpharmacies.com

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TWDB's Water Weekly for the week of 06/07/21:


For the seventh consecutive week, the area of the state impacted by drought has declined, according to the Texas Water Development Board. In that time, the drought area has declined by 56 percentage points. The latest drought map for conditions as of June 1 shows the lowest area of the state in drought since June 2020. 

 

Since early May, the area of the state impacted by drought has declined 26 percentage points. Improvements have been widespread, with many areas experiencing two or more classes of improvement. The TWDB states that additional improvements are expected during the month of June.

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Big Spring City Council to meet tonight for a regular meeting and budget work session, 06/08/21


Big Spring City Council members will have a regular meeting tonight at the City Council Chambers, located at 307 E. 4th St. in Big Spring, at 5:30 PM. 

 

During tonight’s meeting, City Manager Todd Darden will update the council on the seal coat project and rollout containers. He will also give a report on the radio system.

 

New Business items will include discussion and possible action allowing the Mayor to renegotiate and execute an Economic Development Agreement between the City of Big Spring and NH Management LLC, and the first reading of an amending ordinance that would amend the Landfill Fund Budget for the purpose of additional postage for mailouts. In addition to this, the council will also consider and possibly take action regarding an agreement with ADT Commercial for a surveillance camera system.

 

A budget work session for the Big Spring City Council is also scheduled for tonight. That session is scheduled for 6:30 PM. During this session, council members will discuss the proposed budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. 

 

Both meetings will be broadcasted on local Suddenlink Channel 17. They can also be watched online at mybigspring.com in the Media Center, or catch a live stream on our KBest Media Facebook page.

 

You can find an agenda for tonight's meetings online here:

 

https://www.mybigspring.com/AgendaCenter/City-Council-2 

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Big Spring ISD and community discuss possible use of $9.6 million received from ESSER III federal grant


Big Spring ISD held a public meeting last night at the Big Spring High School library to educate the community about the ESSER funds and to allow them to have input in the district’s plans for the American Rescue Plan ESSER III funds.

 

ESSER stands for Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief, a federal grant that had been authorized through the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) that had been signed into law in 2020. Big Spring ISD received $907,547 from ESSER I about a year ago; these funds are available through Sept. 2022. ESSER II funds, also made possible by the CARES Act, were received by the district on June 3rd in the amount of $4,283,433.

 

Funding for these federal grants was based on the Title I formula. According to the Texas Education Agency, Title I provides supplemental funding to state and local educational agencies to acquire additional education resources at schools serving high concentrations of students from low-income homes. These resources are used to improve the quality of education programs and ensure students from low-income families have opportunities to meet challenging state assessments.

 

ESSER III funds were a result of the American Rescue Plan, a plan similar to the CARES Act. The total amount of these funds is approximately $9.6 million ($9,619,918). Two-thirds of this money, $6,413.321 or approximately $6.5 million, was made immediately available to BSISD on April 28, 2021. The last third, $3,206,660 will be made available at a later date which is dependent on the State of Texas submitting a plan for the funding to the U.S. Department of Education.

 

Air Quality - HVAC filtering, control systems, fan coils, new evaporative units for CTE, which may require roof replacement/repairs - cost $5 million

 

Academics: Interventions and Trainings, and Personnel - cost $2 million

 

Technology: Additional Personnel to support devices - cost $500,000

 

Retention Bonuses: for all employees from COVID shutdown date to start of new school year in Aug. 2021 - cost $479,000

 

Safety: Keyless access controls for all interior doors, cameras to monitor spaces for social distancing - cost $1.5 million

 

Total costs of the suggested uses for ESSER III: $9,479,000

 

 

** Priorities for ESSER III, according to BSISD **

Entire Amount of ESSER III: $9,619,981

 

  • Air Quality - Upgrades across all campuses: $5 million
  • Academics - Interventions and Trainings: $2 million
  • Technology - Additional Personnel: $500k
  • Retention Bonuses - from COVID shutdown to Aug. 2021: $479,000
  • Safety - keyless access / cameras: $1.5 million

 

Total costs of the suggested uses for ESSER III: $9,479,000

Balance: $140,981

 

 

It should be noted that a final decision on the use of these funds is yet to be made. A public hearing on ESSER III will be held at the beginning of the next BSISD Board of Trustees meeting, scheduled for Thursday, June 10th, at 5:15 PM at the Big Spring High School Board Room, located at 707 11th Place.

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COVID-19 Vaccines available for ages 12 and up at SMMC drive-thru vaccination clinic on June 10th in Big Spring


Scenic Mountain Medical Center will have the 1st doses of the COVID-19 vaccine available Thursday, June 10th 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. You will receive a separate appointment for the second dose.

 

“Pfizer has now also opened up to 12 years old, so has Moderna, and Moderna has been FDA approved so it’s not an emergency approval,” said Mitzi Knight, SMMC Business Developer. 

 

She also went on to say, “We’re at 21 percent vaccinated in Howard County. We need to get up to at least 75 percent in Howard County. Let’s make it where we all can breathe a little.” 

 

The drive-thru vaccination clinic will be set up at Scenic Mountain Medical Center from 3-6 PM on Thursday, June 10th outside of the Whatley Plaza building located at 1601 W. 11th Place in Big Spring.

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Quail Dobbs Memorial Parade still accepting entries for June 19th


The Quail Dobbs memorial parade marches through Big Spring Saturday morning, June 19th at 10 AM. Featured attractions in the parade will be the SIX WHITE HORSES from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, cheerleaders, drum-lines, and bands. Viewers will enjoy seeing The Texas Tech Masked Rider, “40 something” Cowgirls on horseback, car clubs, and rodeo participants. Susan Zack Lewis has been named as the parade marshal for the event.

 

Entries for the parade are still being accepted. For a parade entry, contact Mark Richardson by emailing him at mark@kbst.com to enter.

 

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

 

This year’s entertainment for the event includes 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.

 

(Photo: Cross Roads Young Marines getting ready for the 2019 Quail Dobbs Memorial Parade)

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Jim Baum Memorial Highway Becomes Law:


Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Austin, has signed into law a measure honoring beloved Texas broadcaster and former Colorado City Mayor James G. “Jim” Baum.

 

Baum, the longtime owner-operator of KVMC-AM and KAUM-FM, both in Colorado City, passed away Dec. 16, 2018, after a battle with leukemia.

 

SB 1124 by Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, renames a stretch of Business Interstate Highway 20-J in his honor.

 

Baum owned and operated KVMC-AM Colorado City. He was known as “the Voice of Mitchell County” for nearly 40 years.

 

He signed KAUM-FM on the air later in the 1980s.

 

Baum served as Colorado City mayor three times, holding the position for a total of more than 20 years.

 

Jim Baum was a well-known broadcaster here in Big Spring before relocating to Colorado City more than four decades ago.

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SCAM ALERT: New email scam uses threats of copyright infringement


A new email scam is making waves by using threats of copyright infringement. In the message, a link to view the alleged copyrighted images is attached, but it is actually a backdoor trojan that can be used to install ransomware and other malicious programs. Ransomware encrypts files on the infected computers, making these files inaccessible, and only releases the code to unencrypt the files when the user pays a bitcoin ransom.

 

According to techlicious.com - A site that offers authoritative yet approachable information on buying and using consumer technology - ransomware attacks are 100 percent preventable. In order to protect yourself from ransomware, they recommend:

 

  1. Keeping your system up to date.
  2. Using a reliable anti-malware program.
  3. Back up your data.
  4. Keep your browser and plug-ins up to date.
  5. Avoid ransomware in the first place.

 

For more on these tips to prevent ransomware attacks, visit:

 

https://www.techlicious.com/tip/how-to-protect-yourself-against-ransomware/

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Americal Legion hosts Fajita Cook-Off - TOMORROW, June 5th


The American Legion, located at 3203 Old State Hwy 80 in Big Spring, will have their annual Fajita Cook-Off tomorrow morning - Saturday, June 5th - to raise money for the Women’s Auxiliary. The funds raised will be used to coordinate celebratory holiday events for veterans at the West Texas VA Health Care System in Big Spring.

 

Check-in is from 8-9 AM. The cost is $10 per meat and there is a 3 lb minimum to enter. Meat entries will be due by 11 AM. Fajita plates will be on sale for $10 per plate, plus there will be a 50/50 drawing, a raffle for a patio set, a plant and cakewalk, and a kids' summer basket raffle.b

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Property Valuation higher than anticipated? HCAD says to submit a notice of protest by June 21, 2021


The Howard County Appraisal District mailed property valuations last week to people who have an increase in their property value. If taxpayers disagree with the value listed on the notice, they have the right to appeal that notice but must file the protest within 30 days of the sending of the appraisal notice.

 

“There is a document in the information that comes out called a notice of protest. If a person feels like - ‘I couldn’t sell my house for this. I have all these issues with my home.’ Then they should file that notice of protest," said HCAD Interim Chief Appraiser Richard Petree.

 

Petree went on to say that by filing the Notice of Protest - either in person or online - the taxpayer’s right to continue the appeal is protected.

 

"So, they come in. They talk to an appraiser at our office. They visit back and forth. We tell them what sold in their area, tell them why we think the value is what it is. They share with us any information [concerning the property]. [If] we feel they have good evidence, we’ll make an adjustment appropriately," said Petree.

 

Evidence to support the taxpayer's claim can include a recent closing statement, estimates for repairs, or pictures of interior problems with the property. If a settlement number is offered and accepted then the appeal is over and both parties sign paperwork.

 

If an agreement cannot be reached, then the taxpayer has a right to appear before the Appraisal Review Board, a group of local citizens who listen to the evidence and make a decision regarding the value. This decision can be appealed to the district court or to an arbitration hearing.

 

The deadline to file a protest is June 21st.

 

According to an open letter from Petree posted to the HCAD website, the appraisal district wants to work with the taxpayers of Howard County to ensure that taxes are fairly and equally assessed. If you have any concerns or comments, you can contact Richard Petree by email at rpetree@howardcad.org. You can also find more information about HCAD at: www.howardcad.org

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West Texas VA plans to 'Beat the Heat' this summer


BIG SPRING — The West Texas summer heat impacts every rural West Texan. Veterans who depend on medications that don’t do well in the heat are at risk of hospitalization if that medicine goes bad. West Texas VA Health Care System (WTVAHCS) has embarked on a pilot program called – ‘Beat the Heat’ – to ensure their Veterans have all the temperature-sensitive medications they need to see them through the hottest months of summer.

 

Veterans who rely on temperature-sensitive medications, such as insulin, normally receive a 30-day supply of medications at a time in small shipping coolers packed with ice. This method of shipping works well in most circumstances. However, when the summer temperatures reach highs in excess of 100 degrees for days on end, this method of shipping does not always protect the medications inside.

 

This leads to costly losses of expensive medications, delays in Veterans receiving them, and additional costs in having to re-ship medications.

 

“We’re always looking for ways to improve how we deliver health care to our Veterans,” said WTVAHCS Director Jason Cave. “This team has developed a solid, workable plan that will improve the lives of our Veterans. I look forward to the feedback of the pilot program.”

 

WTVAHCS has been developing a plan over the past several months to alleviate these issues and has begun operation ‘Beat the Heat’. Pharmacists, doctors, and others devised a pilot program to ship a 90- day supply of these critical medications to Veterans before the summer temperatures begin to bake the West Texas landscape, and they put this pilot program into action this June.

 

This may sound like a relatively simple feat but does have its challenges. Considerations such as the stability of the Veterans medication treatment plan, the ability of the Veteran or their caregiver to properly store and care for the medications, which medications are appropriate for this effort, and much more went into developing operation ‘Beat the Heat’.

 

“A great deal of planning went into this effort,” said Associate Chief of Pharmacy, Wendy Brown.

 

“Our team screened every Veteran in our catchment area who receives these medications; discussed the plan with them and asked if they wanted to participate in the pilot program.” In all, more than 100 West Texas Veterans opted to participate.

 

WTVAHCS doesn’t typically maintain enough of these medications to send a 90-day supply to Veterans.

 

Part of the planning began months before with the Pharmacy team working with WTVACHS Fiscal and Logistics Services to purchase large quantities of the medications and to get them to Big Spring and stored appropriately in advance of this effort.

 

“Handling medications is always delicate,” said Chief of Logistics Carla McCullough. “But these medications require a greater degree of care and cannot simply be placed in a box or envelop and sent out.” Large quantities of special cooler-shipping boxes and ice packs had to be ordered well in advance to support “Beat the Heat”.

 

“Shipping the 90-day supply now will put medications in the hands of our Veterans in time to last throughout the summer months,” said Brown.

 

After looking at years of average summer temperatures, Brown and her team of Pharmacists and technicians determined that the first week of June was the best week to execute “Beat the Heat”.

 

If the pilot program is successful, WTVAHCS plans to expand the program to include more medications in the coming years, and potentially make this the standard operating practice for the health care system. WTVACHS estimates savings in the tens of thousands of dollars from this year’s campaign. Once the feedback from the Veterans, cost analysis, and efficacy of the program is evaluated, WTVAHCS will begin planning for next year.

 

WTVAHCS provides fills more than 20,000 prescriptions monthly, to its more than 13,000 Veterans, across its 55,000 square mile catchment area.

 

Veterans who rely on temperature-sensitive medications, such as insulin, normally receive a 30-day supply of medications at a time in small shipping coolers packed with ice. This method of shipping works well in most circumstances. However, when the summer temperatures reach highs in excess of 100 degrees for days on end, this method of shipping does not always protect the medications inside.

 

WTVAHCS provides fills more than 20,000 prescriptions monthly, to its more than 13,000 Veterans, across its 55,000 square mile catchment area

 

If the pilot program is successful, WTVAHCS plans to expand the program to include more medications in the coming years, and potentially make this the standard operating practice for the health care system. WTVACHS estimates savings in the tens of thousands of dollars from this year’s campaign. Once the feedback from the Veterans, cost analysis, and efficacy of the program is evaluated, WTVAHCS will begin planning for next year.

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BSISD invites Community to offer input on the district's plans for ESSER III funds on Monday, June 7th


Big Spring ISD will hold a public meeting on Monday, June 7, 2021, in the Big Spring High School library at 6:00 p.m. to allow the community of Big Spring to have input in the district’s plans for the American Rescue Plan ESSER III funds.

 

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.

 

In last month’s meeting of the Big Spring ISD Board of Trustees, Superintendent Jay McWilliams advised board members that BSISD would be receiving approximately $9.6 million and that two-thirds, just over $6 million, of that funding had 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. 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.

 

BSISD invites the community to offer input on the district's plans for ESSER III funds on Monday, June 7th.

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Thank you for Your Investment - Howard County Sheriff's Office


Tuesday morning, the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a “Thank You for Your Investment” presentation for the Howard County Sheriff’s Office to thank them for all that they do for our community.

 

When asked how he felt about the recognition from the Chamber, Howard County Sheriff Stan Parker told KBest News that he thought it was nice of the Chamber to recognize them. 

 

"It was kind of a surprise when they sent this. It's a big honor," said Sheriff Parker.

 

Expedition Royalty also presented the Sheriff’s Office with snacks and drinks as their way of saying “Thanks!”

 

Sheriff Parker told KBest News that the department is very grateful for the support that they receive from the community. 

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Dora Robert Rehabilitation Center celebrates 60 years of service to the community


The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce joined the Dora Roberts Rehabilitation Center for a ribbon-cutting yesterday afternoon to celebrate its 60th anniversary.

 

“Sixty years is an amazing accomplishment for any business! So, we’re super excited but, of course, we wouldn’t be here without the support of the community for all these years," said Michelle Grove, Executive Director of DRRC. 

 

"We’ve had the honor of treating thousands of clients over the years, and we’ve had numerous volunteer board members and trustees that have gotten us to where we are, as well as financial support from the community and various agencies and foundations over the years.”

 

The Dora Roberts Rehabilitation Center is a non-profit organization, which means that they don’t turn anyone away for their inability to pay. So if anybody is needing physical therapy services, DRRC is able and happy to provide treatment for them.

 

Dora Roberts Rehabilitation Center is located at 306 W. 3rd St. in Big Spring. They can be contacted by calling (432) 267-3806.

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Big Spring Area Community Foundation awards over $400,000 in grants, agency funds, and scholarships for 2021.


During last night’s Big Spring Area Community Foundation Awards Gala, the local nonprofit organization awarded over $404,000 in grants, agency funds, and scholarships.

 

“Every year we’re able to bring the recipients for the scholarships, grants, and agencies together and present them with their funds for the year," said Greg Henry, BSACF Executive Director, of the gala. 

 

"It’s just an opportunity to come together, acknowledge them and the impact they’re making in the community whether it’s a grant proposal, the kids that are in school, or the agencies - the Big Spring Symphony, the Heritage Museum, the Air Museum. You know, it’s just one of those deals that they affect the quality of life around here and it’s so much better because of them."

 

During the event, it was announced that the late Jerry Worthy, a BSACF board member who passed away in February 2021, had donated $100,000 to the Big Spring Area Community Foundation. 

 

The BSACF awarded 16 grants totaling $360,026, plus, $44,500 were awarded in scholarships to 23 students from Big Spring, Coahoma, Forsan high schools, and Borden County ISD, Glasscock County ISD, and Sands CISD - an increase of $20,000 from last year. The total amount distributed in grants and scholarships was $404,526.

 

2021 Scholarship Recipients are as follows:

 

Big Spring High School

Kymbry Ford

Brianna Lopez

Samuel Sotelo

Brandon Rogers

Joshua Hines

 

Coahoma High School

Noah Dials

Cailey Glover

Grayson Glidewell

Brenner Gartman

 

Forsan High School

Clayton Tucker

Destiny Hallford

Sara Tarbet

Patrick Bailey 

Cameron Allen

Taryn Spivey

 

Borden County ISD

Michael Brady

 

Glasscock County ISD

Jose Chavez

Matthew Espinoza

 

Sands CISD

Me-A Gonzalez

 

 

Agency Funds awarded provide ongoing support to the nonprofit on an annual basis. Those receiving funding last night as follow:

Big Spring Symphony - $2.096.34

Hangar 25 Air Museum - $5,147.96

Heritage Museum of Big Spring - $4,321.69

YMCA of Big Spring - $84,459.90

 

Permanent / Restricted funds were awarded to:

St. Mary's Episcopal Church - $20,813.43

Cantebury Retirement Home - $4,000.86

 

Grant Recipients are as follows:

Amphitheater Improvement Board - $50,000

Big Spring Main Street - $7,586

Big Spring Symphony Association - $15,000

Crossroads Housing Development Corporation - $25,000

Cross Roads Young Marines - $4,000

Food 2 Kids - $5,000

Heritage Museum of Big Spring - $10,000

Howard County Volunteer Fire Department - $30,000

Howard College - $20,000

North Side Movement - $22,500

Southwest College for the Deaf (SWCD) - $10,000

 

Before the end of the evening, Henry also announced that BSACF would provide a matching grant to the United Way of Big Spring and Howard County of up to $33,000 for new donors and for donors who increase the amount of their donation.

 

Since 2001, the Big Spring Area Community Foundation has been helping individuals and families create personal, permanent, and powerful legacies with charitable funds customized to meet their philanthropic goals.

 

If anyone is interested in starting a fund for their favorite charity, or scholarship fund, or adding to an existing fund they are encouraged to contact Greg Henry at 432-714-4316. For more information on the Big Spring Area Community Foundation, you can also visit: 

https://bsacf.org/ 

 

(Photo: Scholarship recipients present at the Big Spring Area Community Foundation Awards Gala on June 2, 2021.)

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Free Fishing Day in Texas Slated for June 5


AUSTIN – Anglers across the State of Texas are gearing up for Free Fishing Day on June 5. The first Saturday in June each year allows Texans to fish on any public waterbody in the state without a fishing license.

 

“Free Fishing Day is a wonderful opportunity for anglers to share their knowledge, skills, equipment, and love for fishing with a new participant, yet it’s also more than that,” said Craig Bonds, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Inland Fisheries Director. “We hope those trying fishing on this special day will also learn that purchasing a license is an act of conservation. A fishing license purchase is one of the simplest and most effective ways people can support fisheries science and management.”

 

To help celebrate Free Fishing Day, TPWD offers multiple resources to provide fun, high-quality fishing opportunities to anglers of all skill levels and all ages.

  1. Fishing 101 - Learn the basics of fishing with tips and a variety of videos. Resources for how to get started, safety, supplies and gear, casting and baiting, and cleaning and storing fish can be found on the TPWD Learn to Fish webpage.
  2. Find a Place to Fish close to Home – Texas offers numerous lakes and rivers with access to fishing throughout the state. The Lake Finder page on the TPWD website can help  anglers find lakes by region or alphabetically. Access to information and fishing tips on more than 150 lakes are available. Also, check out community fishing lakes which can be great options as well.
  3. Saltwater Fishing from a Pier – There are numerous wheelchair-accessible fishing piers available for public use up and down the coast. Piers are a great place for the entire family to try saltwater fishing without the need for a boat. Public access sites can be found in every bay system.
  4. Go Fishing in the City – TPWD’s Neighborhood Fishin’ lakes provide urban angling access for the entire family across the state. In all, 18 Neighborhood Fishin’ lakes provide a great opportunity to catch channel catfish including five in Dallas-Fort Worth, four in the Houston area, two each in the Austin and San Antonio areas, and one each in Amarillo, College Station, San Angelo, Waco, and Wichita Falls. Information on lake locations and how-to fishing videos can be found on the Neighborhood Fishin’ website.
  5. Outdoor Adventures - TPWD, the City of Abilene, and various other organizations will provide outdoor education activities for kids and adults 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Abilene Outdoor Adventures 2021 event at Cal Young Park. Participants can enjoy fishing education and fishing (some loaner tackle and bait provided) for catfish at Cal Young Park pond. TPWD staff, along with other community groups, will have booths at the event in addition to offering families the opportunity to participate in activities such as archery and fishing. Wildlife education and plant identification activities are also on the schedule, as well as backpacking, camping, and kayak demonstrations. 
  6. Go Kayak Fishing on a Texas Paddling Trail: With more than 3,700 named streams, 15 major rivers and some 3,300 miles of tidal shoreline along the Gulf Coast, Texas offers unlimited possibilities for paddling adventures and angling opportunities of all types. Enjoy improved and maintained fishing and paddling access to rivers, creeks, lakes, ponds, bayous, and bays on any of the 78 official Texas Paddling Trails available throughout the state.
  7. Fish in a State Park: Three state parks will offer special events on June 5. Fort Boggy State Park will host the “Summer Bash Kids Fish”Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center will offer the “Catfish Corral”, and Bonham State Park will host a “Family Fishing” event. Although June 5 is designated as Free Fishing Day in Texas, fishing is free year-round at every Texas State Park.
  8. Help the Conservation Effort with your License Purchase – Did you know that 100 percent of your fishing license fees go to TPWD for on-the-ground conservation efforts such as fish stocking, that help make Texas one of the best places in the country to fish?  For more information on licensing, visit the TPWD licenses page.

A great value is the Year-from-Purchase All-Water Fishing Package for Texas residents, which allows anglers to fish in fresh and salt water. It’s valid from the date of purchase through the end of the purchase month of the next license year. (Example: License purchased on March 13, 2021 expires March 31, 2022) The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is also offering free admission on June 5.

 

Learn more about Free Fishing Day at TakeMeFishing.org.

 

If you plan on fishing in federal waters, keep in mind that a license is needed for the private recreational angler red snapper season opening June 1.

 

(Photo: Texas Parks and Wildlife Facebook)

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Through the Lens: A Community Photography Exhibit 


The Heritage Museum of Big Spring’s upcoming exhibit for June will be “Through the Lens: A Community Photography Exhibit” The community is encouraged to submit their photos for the exhibit, but only 100 photographs will be accepted. 

 

Each individual can submit up to 6 prints each.  The prints can be either 11x14 or 16x20. No matting or framing, just the print. The deadline for submissions has been extended until June 15, 2021. Photographs will be hung from the week of June 16, 2021, through August 21st. 

 

Be advised, the Heritage Museum of Big Spring reserves the right to refuse any photographs that they deem inappropriate for any reason.

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Governor Abbott Issues Disaster Declaration In Response To Border Crisis In Texas


Declaration provides more resources to address influx of unlawful immigrants

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today issued a disaster declaration along Texas' southern border in response to the border crisis, providing more resources and strategies to combat the ongoing influx of unlawful immigrants. The Governor is authorizing the use of all necessary and available state and local resources to protect landowners in these counties from trespassers and the damage they cause to private property. The Governor has also directed the Texas Department of Public Safety to enforce all federal and state criminal laws, including criminal trespassing, smuggling, and human trafficking. The Governor directed the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to take all necessary steps to discontinue state licensure of any child care facility under a contract with the federal government that shelters or detains unlawful immigrants.

 

Additionally, the Governor directed the Texas Commission on Jail Standards and the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement to work with Texas counties to provide appropriate guidance and request any necessary waivers in order to give counties the flexibility needed to establish adequate alternative detention facilities or otherwise add or expand capacity. The Governor also directed these agencies to streamline procedures for licensing and transfers, and to address any staffing issues that may arise in expanding capacity.

 

"President Biden's open-border policies have paved the way for dangerous gangs and cartels, human traffickers, and deadly drugs like fentanyl to pour into our communities," said Governor Abbott. "Meanwhile, landowners along the border are seeing their property damaged and vandalized on a daily basis while the Biden Administration does nothing to protect them. Texas continues to step up to confront the border crisis in the federal government's absence, but more must be done. By declaring a state of disaster in these counties, Texas will have more resources and strategies at our disposal to protect landowners and enforce all federal and state laws to combat criminal activities stemming from the border crisis. Working together with local law enforcement, the state will continue to take robust and meaningful action to keep our communities safe.”

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HCVFD Fights Tank Battery Explosion over Memorial Day Weekend


A thunderstorm dropped 1.5 inches of rain on Big Spring last Friday night as well as several lightning strikes that led to an explosion. The Howard County Volunteer Fire Department received a call just after midnight in northern Howard County where a set of 3 tank batteries were engulfed in flames. The location was County Road 36, just off North Highway 87.

 

HCVFD Chief Mitchell Hooper told KBest News that when they arrived on the scene the two middle tanks that were burning were already pressurized and venting out the top, so the department had to move back approximately half a mile to maintain safety. He said that the tanks had vented off 8 to 10 times before the blast.

 

“Both tanks vented off probably 8 to 10 times I guess before the one finally took off like a rocket. That’s one reason we stayed back, because of the high pressure and stuff coming out of the tanks. When they’re like that we just stay back and let em

burn until everything’s shut-in and we can go up there and safely put em out.”

 

Chief Hooper said that the explosion blew the top of the tank approximately 120 feet up into the air, and it landed about six inches away from Highway 87. It is for reasons exactly like this that Chief Hooper encourages onlookers to stay back.

 

“Before the tank ruptured, we had people driving by real slow and shootin'

videos… and then, right after the tank ruptured and took off, the other tank was still

there and it was still ventin' off. If we’re half a mile back, then you need to be back

even further cause those things can shoot off a mile sometimes and you don’t know

which way they’re gonna go," said Hooper.

 

Thankfully, no one was injured in the tank battery explosion last Friday night/Saturday morning, and in addition to the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department, Chief Hooper expresses his thanks to the Ackerly Fire Department for their assistance. One of the Howard County firefighters did catch the explosion on video, and it can be seen here on the KBest Media Facebook Page: 

https://fb.watch/5R-JtqrEm1/ 

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