Amy Baeza, newly appointed board member for Big Spring ISD, was sworn in at last night’s special meeting of the BSISD Board of Trustees. Baeza was selected to fill the unexpired term of District 6 representative after Manny Chavira, former District 6 board member, stepped down to move to El Paso.
Baeza told KBest News that she was honored to join the board.
"I'm very honored to be a part of something that the board members are definitely making progress in our community, for our facilities, and especially for our students. I'm really excited to see what's going to happen in the future," said Baeza.
Also during last night’s meeting, Board members approved the final amended budget for the 2021-2021 fiscal year and the proposed budget for 2021-2022. The tax rate of $1.016/$100 valuation was approved by the board. This includes a rate of $0.8923/$100 valuation for maintenance and operations, and $.1237/$100 valuation for debt service.
Public hearings on the 2021-2022 city budget and tax rate for the City of Big Spring will be held at 5:30 PM on September 14th in the City Council Chambers, located at 307 E. 4th St. in Big Spring. The proposed property tax rate is the No New Revenue tax rate of $0.69144 per $100 valuation. By using this rate, it means that the City is projected to not earn any more revenue than it did this year.
During last week’s meeting of the Big Spring City Council, a public hearing concerning a proposed zone change of 6.61 acres in Kentwood was discussed. The property is located directly east of the current easternmost homes on Central Drive between McDonald and Merrily Drives. According to the proposal from a developer with Silver Leaf Homes, the land would be used to build single-family homes. Later in the meeting, council members approved the first reading of an ordinance to alter the zoning of the property in question.
Tuesday morning, the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce stopped by C. Larson Real Estate in Big Spring to thank them for their investment in the community.
When asked how she felt about the presentation, Christie Larson, Broker/Owner for C. Larson Real Estate, said she was honored that the Chamber would take time to appreciate the small business.
"Being a part of this community is such a blessing to me and so it's nice to feel appreciated," said Larson.
C. Larson Real Estate takes great pride in their community and they strive to provide the most excellent customer service and care.
"The people [are] what matters to us and the houses and the sales are just a byproduct of our love for people," said Larson.
Locally owned and operated, C. Larson Real Estate services Howard, Midland, Martin, Scurry & Mitchell counties.
According to Larson, now is a good time to buy and sell. When you’re ready to buy or sell your home, farm, ranch, land, or commercial property, contact them at 432-714-4900.
This Friday, Aug. 27th, C. Larson Real Estate will host a blood drive in their parking lot at 1600 S. Gregg from 10 AM to 2 PM. Larson advised that this is their way of giving back to the community, and noted that everyone is welcomed to join them for the blood drive.
The 8th annual Howard County Bowl is scheduled for Friday, August 27, 2020, at Memorial Stadium in Big Spring. Kickoff is at 7:30 PM.
This highly anticipated football game between rivals Coahoma and Forsan raises money to provide scholarships to students who participate in the game, whether it be a football player, trainer, band member, or cheerleader. The money for the scholarships is raised through t-shirts and ticket sales for the game, as well as donations by local businesses and organizations.
Gates open at 6:30 PM. Kickoff is at 7:30 PM, and Band Big Spring will perform during pre-game and half-time.
There’s still time to pick up your discounted tickets in advance. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for students, or $8 for everyone at the gate. Tickets can be purchased at KBest Media, Back in Motion, and Bulldog Laundry.
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During Monday’s meeting of the Howard County Commissioners Court, no one from the public addressed the court during a public hearing on the proposed tax rate of approximately $0.339629/$100 valuation. Commissioners approved the proposed budget for ‘21-‘22 fiscal year which used a No New Revenue tax rate of approximately $0.32745/$100 valuation. Although this is an increase of less than $0.03 from last year’s rate of $0.29956/$100 valuation, the No New Revenue tax rate will not generate any more money than what was raised last year.
According to Craig Bailey, Howard County Commissioner for Pct. 2, the rate increase is due to the rise in property values. This NNR tax rate budget will result in a deficit for Howard County, but this will be covered by using money from the General Fund Budget.
Friday morning, La Posada, a Mexican restaurant in Big Spring, was welcomed as the newest member of the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. They were joined by family, friends, staff, and Chamber Ambassadors.
Previously owned by Connie and Demetrio Alvarado of Big Spring, La Posada had been closed for over 10 years. It is now owned by Linda Brito-Smith, Connie’s sister, and her husband Michael Smith.
According to Michael, the reopening of the restaurant has been in the works for 3 years and was finally able to open its doors for a soft opening in May of this year.
Linda told K-BEST News that they feel really wonderful to be able to re-open the restaurant.
“We worked really hard,” she continued. “It’s good to open the restaurant again, bring back memories and have something to give back to the community.”
La Posada proudly stirs up nostalgic memories with the original decor and original recipes from when they had been previously opened.
Michael told KBest News that La Posada brings back a lot of memories for many generations of people - memories of being children, in school, and eating dinner after baseball games. It’s an experience that customers want to share with their children.
La Posada still has the all-you-can-eat buffet and all-you-can-eat fajitas on Friday night. They also have menu items, which include ribeye and T-bone steaks. They also offer a full-service bar that is connected to the patio.
This Saturday they’ll have live entertainment on the patio with The Band Big Spring. They’re open from 11 am - 2 pm Wednesday-Sunday for lunch, and for dinner from 5-9 pm. Guests can dine in or take out.
Linda advised that Connie Alvarado and her husband Demetrio are the brains behind the operation of the restaurant and also thanked her staff for all of their hard work.
BIG SPRING, TX -- Tuning Spirits, the continuation of the previous “School of Rock” summer music program in Big Spring, will have its first group of music students perform at The Club at Silver Hills in Big Spring tomorrow night at 7 PM.
According to Eddie Austin, founder of Tuning Spirits, students work with instruments and are taught music theory, and the musical practice behind it. Then they are brought together from different communities to work together. This year, his students come from Coahoma, Forsan, Big Spring, Stanton, and Midland ISD.
Austin told KBest News that students spend a lot of time competing against each other in academics, athletics, and extracurricular activities, but now they are learning to build together with the education and skills they are learning.
"They’ve built quite an amazing show," said Austin of the upcoming student performance. "The talent coming out of these kids is young, but it’s raw. They’re excited about it and when they see what they’re accomplishing now, they’re even more excited about it."
Tuning Spirits students will perform at the backside patio of the venue. There will also be a live performance by Eddie Austin and the Silhouettes. Cost is $5 per person to help cover the cost of some of the overhead expenses. For this event, Jim Koerber with Scars Entertainment, Crossroads, Agave Night Club, Louie Vela, and Rudy Gonzales helped to make the upcoming performance possible with their help and donations.
The mission of Tuning Spirits is to inspire artistic excellence in future generations of talent—from beginners to emerging professionals—by offering exceptional learning resources and opportunities for musicians to work closely with their peers for local, professional events. Tuning Spirits will have open enrollment for the next quarter of September through December. For more information, visit: https://www.eddieaustintuningspirits.com
According to Austin, Tuning Spirits is something that is needed by the community and although no profit has been made from the endeavor, he looks forward to seeing what the future holds.
Anyone interested in providing music instruction, gaining experience in music instruction, or sponsorship information is encouraged to contact Eddie Austin by calling (432) 816-5584 or by email at email@example.com.
BIG SPRING, TX --Two men pleaded Guilty to Racing, Causing Serious Bodily Injury or Death in the 118th District Court in Big Spring on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021.
In June 2019, Gary Miers Jr., 42, was in 3-vehicle major auto accident on S. Gregg St. in Big Spring. The other two vehicles were driven by then 19-year-old Dakota Backes, and Mackenzie Powell, then - 22 years old. Law enforcement and EMS personnel responded to the accident. Miers was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Backes and Powell were later indicted for Racing, Causing Serious Bodily Injury or Death, which is a 2nd-degree felony. On Wednesday, both defendants pleaded guilty and received a sentence of 6 years deferred adjudication and a $2,500 fine.
Lindsay Wilkerson, Assistant District Attorney for the 118th District Court, explained that this means that Backes and Powell will be on probation for 6 years, and if they successfully complete the probation then it will be as if they had never been found guilty. If the defendants’ probation is revoked, they will face 2 to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
The family of the deceased was in agreement with this sentencing and was able to read a family impact statement to the defendants.
The original news release from the Big Spring Police Department concerning the auto accident can be read here:
The Heritage Museum will be taking submissions of found object art pieces on September 1 & 2 from 9am – 4pm. The found object art show and sale will be displayed from September 4 to October 28, 2021.
A found object art piece is made when something that has outlived its original purpose is given a new life. In other words, recycling from trash to treasure. It doesn’t have to be completely changed, it just needs to show some transformation and creativity.
If you happen to take a before picture of your objects, bring it with your piece and we will display it alongside your work so everyone can see the transformations.
For additional information contact Michelle at the Heritage Museum at 432-267-8255 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
First Church of the Nazarene will hold a “Help 2 Heal” Parenting Resource Conference on Saturday, August 28th, at 1400 S. Lancaster in Big Spring, from 10 am to 2 pm. The conference will help parents to lead healing conversations with their kids and teens about current issues.
Teens and children struggle with issues and obstacles that parents may have never faced and at times they can feel discouraged and unequipped to help them.
Isolation, Anxiety, Depression, Substance Abuse, Sexuality, Gender Identity, Self-harm, and Grief are topics that will be discussed.
There will be an opening Session, then helpful topic-driven break-out sessions followed by lunch and a closing session.
There will be free food at the event, and activities for elementary-aged children are planned if you choose to bring them.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact them by emailing: Church@nazfamily.org
RSVP for the event is required to allow for planning. Online registration for the Help 2 Heal Parenting Resource Conference can be done by visiting: https://nazfamily.churchcenter.com/registra.../events/964827
On Monday evening, the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 47, in Big Spring took time out of their monthly meeting to recognize organizations and businesses that support them. Those recognized were Moss Creek Ranch, Wishbone Ranch, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and Al’s BBQ. All were also given large signs to thank them for their support.
During the meeting, the DAV spoke about their upcoming events, such as the 9/11 Memorial Service that will be held at Spring Creek Fellowship on September 11th at 4 PM.
BIG SPRING, TX --Information has been released concerning a vehicle-pedestrian fatal accident that occurred in Howard County on Tuesday morning.
On August 17, 2021, DPS Troopers responded at 6:35 AM to a 1-vehicle crash involving a 2015 Hyundai Sonata and a pedestrian along I-20, near mile marker 178 in Big Spring. According to the Texas Department of Safety, the driver of the vehicle Yara Young, 41, of Midland, was traveling west on Interstate Highway 20 when a pedestrian, identified as 76-year-old James M. Crosson Jr. of Gustine, TX, attempted to cross the interstate walking south across I-20. Crosson was struck by the vehicle and was pronounced dead on the scene by Justice of the Peace Mike Averette.
Young sustained no injuries as a result of the crash.
Due to staffing issues, the Big Spring Senior Center will only be open for curbside meals until at least Tuesday, August 24th, 2021. The center will be closed to congregate meals for the rest of the week. To place curbside meals please contact 432-267-1628.
For any questions or concerns please contact the Community Services Office at 432-264-2516.
(Photo: City of Big Spring - Public Information Facebook page)
BIG SPRING, TX--Carver Drug in Big Spring celebrated a ribbon-cutting this morning with the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce! It is located at 1110 E. 11th Pl. and has been open for almost a year.
Colton Kidd, Owner and Pharmacist of Carver Drug in Big Spring, told KBest News that they are excited to join the chamber. He also stated that they appreciated the growing support that Carver Drug has received from the community.
Carver Drug typically delivers prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs daily. Customers can also stop by in person, or take advantage of their curbside service.
"We have wheelchairs, walkers, anything we can get. We can get stuff overnight and have the next day. We can deliver, we can curbside, just anything we can do to whatever we want just to make it easier for anyone," said Kidd.
For more information, contact Carver Drug at 432-606-4961.
Multiple blood drives are scheduled in Big Spring this week. Today, the bloodmobile will be outside of Scenic Mountain Medical Center, located at 1601 W. 11th Pl., until 2 PM. Walk-ins are welcomed or online appointments can be made in advance by visiting vitalant.org.
Diane Scott, Donor Recruitment Supervisor for Vitalant, advised that there is only a 2-day supply of blood on the shelf right now at Vitalant Blood Bank, and there is an urgent need for all blood types. According to Scott, O-negative blood is difficult to keep on the shelf. She stated that if patients don’t know their blood type it takes time to test the blood and in an emergency, these patients are given O-negative blood, which can be given to anyone.
Scott told KBest News that she is thankful for Big Spring donors and stated that Big Spring and Monahans have more blood drives than other nearby communities.
Be advised that all donors, regardless of vaccination status, are needed for blood, platelet, and plasma donations.
Another blood drive will be held on Thursday, Aug. 19th, at First Baptist Church, located at 705 W. FM 700, from 11 am to 4 pm. Then on Friday, Aug. 20th, the City of Big Spring will host a community blood drive at the City Council Chambers, located at 307 W. 4th St. from 9 AM to 2 PM.
Again, donors can sign up online at vitalant.org or contact email@example.com / call 432-264-2347 to schedule an appointment in advance for the community blood drive.
The “Settled In” Summer Market will be held this Saturday, August 21, 2021, at the historic Hotel Settles in downtown Big Spring, on the corner of 3rd and Johnson. The outside market will run from 6 - 10 PM and will feature a variety of items such as bags & home decor, baked goods, fresh fruit, jams and salsas, jerky, knives, vintage jewelry, and more! There will also be live music and giveaways.
Anyone interested in becoming a vendor is encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Expedition Royalty will host This month’s Alive After 5 on Thursday, Aug. 19th, from 5-6:30 pm. This networking event is a chance for community members to learn about the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce by meeting chamber members and ambassadors.
All are invited to take advantage of this opportunity to network, make connections, and build relationships for the betterment of Howard County.
Thursday’s Alive After 5 will be held at Expedition Royalty, located at 220 S. Main. There will be a taco bar and margaritas, and all are welcome to attend.
Life Student Ministries will be hosting a Citywide Youth Worship Night on Saturday, August 21st at Life Church, located at 1004 S. Johnson in Big Spring. All the fun will start at 5 pm with an AirPod Giveaway. There will also be food trucks and games. The worship service will be led by Inner Court Worship at 7 pm in the Life Church Sanctuary.
Vendors wanted for the Crossroads Farmer’s Market on Sat., Aug. 28, 2021. Call 432-638-0025 or 432-466-4000 to register.
The Crossroads Farmers Market is held monthly at the G.C. Broughton Ag Complex in Big Spring on the Howard College Campus, just east of Memorial Stadium. During each market, you can find a variety of vendors, fresh produce, homemade goodies, crafts, and more. For more information, visit the group page on Facebook for Crossroads Farmer’s Market.
As of Friday, Aug. 13, 2021, the COVID-19 Update for Big Spring and Howard County is as follows:
There were 193 active cases. Overall, there have been 4,946 total cases of COVID-19 in Howard County. Of those, 4,753 cases have been resolved. There have been 104 patient fatalities. The Region J Hospitalization rate has been at 12.64 percent.
BIG SPRING, TX --Last night, Big Spring ISD announced its recent After-School Care partnership with the YMCA of Big Spring for students in Kindergarten through 4th grade on Moss, Marcy, Washington, and Goliad campuses.
According to Dr. Raemi Thompson, Assistant Superintendent for BSISD, students will remain on their designated campus from 4 pm to 6 pm for the after-school care program. and will have supervised access to the gym, cafeteria, or playground. They'll be given a snack and homework assistance, along with supervised play.
"We're just real excited that they'll be able to stay on their home campuses. They'll probably already be with people who are already employed by the district. So, basically, at the end of the school day, [staff] will clock-out of Big Spring ISD and clock-in with YMCA," said Dr. Thompson.
The cost is $37.50 per week per child and sign-ups for this after-school care program will begin next week during Meet the Teacher nights at the campuses. Moss and Marcy Elementary Schools will have sign-ups on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021. Washington and Goliad will have sign-ups on Tuesday, Aug. 17th. Spots for the program are limited and only the first 50 students signed up at each campus will be taken at this time.
Earlier this week, Howard County Commissioners approved a proposed tax rate of $0.339629 / $100 valuation, or roughly $0.34 per $100 valuation, a 3-2 vote. This is an increase from last year’s rate of $0.2997/$100 valuation, or approximately $0.30/$100 valuation.
According to Howard County Commissioner Eddilisa Ray, Pct. 1, items that were factored into the budget were equipment, operations, and a five percent raise for county employees - which is something that hadn’t been done in 2-3 years. In addition to this, the boiler in the County Library and the Courthouse both need replacement and the windows at the county courthouse also need to be redone.
Ray, along with Commissioner Jimmie Long, Pct. 3, voted against the proposed property tax rate for the county. When asked why she voted against the proposed rate, Ray told KBest News that she agreed with the items that had been factored into the budget but she felt that it could be done without raising the tax rate. She went on to say that it’s been a rough year but believed the county could hold the line and not raise the tax rate this year.
Eventually, taxes will need to be increased, but Ray advised she would never vote for a large jump such as the 7 percent increase.
Earlier this year, Howard County was approved for federal grant money from Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in the amount of approximately $7.1 million. Half of this money has already been received by the county and the second half will be distributed later. Commissioner Ray advised that this money cannot be used to help lower the tax rate because it is supposed to be used for coronavirus relief. According to Jackie Olson, County Auditor, they are still waiting for more information to know how the funding can be used.
A public hearing concerning the proposed tax rate will be held on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, during the regularly scheduled Howard County Commissioners Court that is generally held at 3:30 PM in the 3rd-floor courtroom of the Howard County Courthouse in Big Spring.
TxDOT urges drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists to protect one another by following state traffic laws
Aug. 12, 2021
AUSTIN – Despite a decrease in traffic crashes in 2020, Texas saw a dramatic rise in the number of people killed walking and biking on our roadways. Last year, 731 people died in pedestrian-related crashes, an increase of 9% from 2019. Crashes involving bicyclists claimed the lives of 82 people, up from 68 deaths the previous year. During 2020, 25% of fatalities in pedestrian and bicyclist-related crashes involved alcohol. These numbers reflect an alarming trend of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities increasing over the last five years.
Pedestrian and bicyclist deaths account for one in five of all traffic fatalities in the state. Safety officials attribute this growing concern to people’s widespread failure to follow state laws designed to protect pedestrians and bicyclists. To that end, the Texas Department of Transportation is kicking off a public awareness campaign this month that urges all Texans to walk smart, bike smart and drive smart.
“More than 800 people lost their lives last year in pedestrian and bicycle-related crashes on Texas roads. One death is too many,” said TxDOT Executive Director Marc Williams. “Whether you’re behind the wheel, on foot or riding a bicycle, we’re reminding all Texans that they need to be safe and smart, and that starts with obeying traffic laws.”
As Texans travel to their destinations, TxDOT wants them to know the laws for safe walking, biking and driving—and to follow them. Drivers are required to take specific steps to protect pedestrians and bicyclists, who are more likely to be killed or seriously injured when involved in a crash with a motor vehicle. State laws mandate stopping for pedestrians in crosswalks, yielding the right of way to pedestrians and bicyclists when turning, and passing bicyclists at a safe distance and giving them room to ride.
Like drivers, bicyclists are required to obey all traffic signs and signals, including stopping at red lights and stop signs. State laws also dictate that those who ride bicycles must use hand signals when turning or stopping, ride with traffic, use bike lanes or ride as near as possible to the right-hand curb, and when riding at night, make sure their bikes have a white light on the front and a red light or reflector on the back.
Pedestrians must cross the street only at intersections and crosswalks, obey all traffic and crosswalk signals and always use sidewalks. If there isn’t a sidewalk, pedestrians should walk on the left side of the street or road, facing oncoming traffic.
Drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists can expect to see these safety reminders on TV, billboards, gas pumps, buses and social media, as TxDOT reminds Texans to do their part to prevent pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities.
Between 2015 and 2021, TxDOT awarded more than $300 million in federal and state funding to support locally-sponsored projects providing safe routes to schools, multiuse paths, sidewalks and bikeways in rural and small urban areas and to upgrade sidewalks, curb ramps and striping for pedestrian accessibility, safety, and mobility.
TxDOT’s “Be Safe. Drive Smart.” campaign and pedestrian and bicycle safety initiative are key components of #EndTheStreakTX, a broader social media and word-of-mouth effort that encourages drivers to make safer choices while behind the wheel such as wearing a seat belt, driving the speed limit, never texting and driving and never driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Nov. 7, 2000 was the last deathless day on Texas roadways. #EndTheStreakTX asks all Texans to commit to driving safely to help end the streak of daily deaths.
A public hearing concerning the extension of the juvenile curfew in Big Spring was held, but no public statements were made.
Large Item pick up for District 2 is Wed., Aug. 18th. The last day to schedule a pick-up with the Big Spring Public Works Office is Monday, Aug. 16th by 5 PM.
Big Spring City Manager Todd Darden reported that the Big Sandy Draw Landfill was officially opened last week. It’s expected to last 100 years and will save citizens millions of dollars. He also stated that rubber mulch for Kids Zone in Comanche Trail Park will be added next week, so the area will be closed Aug. 16-20th.
Councilmembers discussed the property tax rate for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. The No-New-Revenue Tax Rate, which would bring in the same amount of revenue as the year before, is $0.673163 /$100 valuation, which is a decrease from the effective rate of $0.717300 / $100 valuation. It should be noted that no action on the tax rate has been taken at this time.
An emergency reading of a resolution authorizing the submission of a grant application was approved by the council with a 6-1 vote, with Diane Yanez, District 2, voting against. If the grant is awarded, it would bring in approximately $6.8 million for water and system expansion on approximately 600 acres on the west side of the local airport. It should also be noted that if awarded, the City would have to commit approximately $1.4 million dollars from the General Fund as a cash contribution to go towards construction.
On Monday afternoon, approximately 450 people were served during “Head to Toe,'' an annual event held by the North Side Movement to prepare students for the upcoming school year.
Numerous pairs of free shoes, socks, supplies, and backpacks - provided by local cheer organization Elites - were given away at the event. In addition to this, eight local hairdressers - Heavenly Hookup, Olivia’s Salon, Salon 21, Shayla Walisa, Kimberly Nicole, and Monica Rocha - donated their time and talent to help prepare students for the new school year.
Big Spring ISD Administrators assisted at the event by holding the bike giveaways, which were made possible by NSM, the Howard County Sheriff’s Office, Big Spring Police Department, and Walmart.
Heather Hotz, a mother of 3 kids, ages 5-7, attended the event, and one of her children even won a bike.
When asked what she thought about the event, Hotz told KBest News, “I think it’s awesome, I really do. It helps the community. A lot of us didn’t really get to experience getting to shop for our kids this year with all of the shutdowns. I know things are getting back to normal but it’s not there yet. For those people who need it, it’s definitely a help for sure,” said Hotz.
The event was sponsored by NSM, SM Energy, and Delek Fund for Hope.
To view pictures from the event, visit:
During Monday’s meeting of Howard County Commissioners Court, Howard County Judge Kathryn Wiseman advised she would not be seeking re-election in 2022.
Commissioners accepted a surplus check in the amount of $60,847 from the Texas Association of Counties Health and Employees Benefits Pool.
A proposed property tax rate of $0.339629 / $100, or roughly $0.34 per $100, was approved by the Court with a 3-2 vote. Howard County Judge Kathryn Wiseman, and Commissioners Craig Bailey, Pct. 2, and John Cline, Pct. 4, voted for the proposed rate. Commissioners Eddilisa Ray, Pct. 1, and Jimmie Long, Pct. 3, voted against. A public hearing will be held on Monday, Aug. 23rd, so that the public may weigh in on the proposed rate with their input.
Cherrie Burcham, Howard County 9-1-1 Communications Director, advised Commissioners on the intention of the 9-1-1 Communications District Board to purchase the old Social Security building on FM 700 for the 9-1-1 Dispatchers.
Jodi Duck, Howard County Elections Administrator, stated that the Elections Office will soon become more transparent with the help of an online ballot tracker that will be launched in Jan. 2022. She stated that it was something that her office had already been using to keep track of where mail ballots are during the election process, but soon the public will also be able to track their ballots online.
Last week, the City of Big Spring opened the Big Sandy Draw Landfill, a sanitation waste facility located north of Big Spring. According to Howard County Commissioner Craig Bailey, Pct. 2, the county contributed $1 million to the project and contributed the land for the access road to the facility, which was built by the Howard County Road and Bridge Department.
Big Spring Mayor Shannon Thomason said the landfill was something that was definitely needed and it was a matter of proper timing to ensure that the old FM 700 Landfill in Big Spring was operational until the new landfill was ready to open.
“This will serve the community well and save the citizens a ton of money,” said Thomason.
Now that the FM 700 landfill is closed, Big Spring City Manager Todd Darden told KBest News that there is a 30-year post-closure plan.
"So, for 30 years, we'll have to monitor and maintain some of our environmental services that we have there," said Darden.
Other alternatives for the site that are being considered to save citizens money would be a transfer station or a recycling center, however, there isn’t a market for those things right now that would generate revenue to help cover the cost.
In the meantime, the old landfill will get a final cap that is 6 ft of good clean dirt, and grass planted on top of that. The only thing that it could be used for is a park or an equestrian trail. Darden advised that whatever they choose to go with, it will be something that the general public can still use, but will not hinder the post-closure monitoring that the City will have to do.
During last night’s meeting of the Big Spring City Council, Mayor Shannon Thomason stated the delta variant has hit locally and resulted in exponential rises, resulting in 128 positive cases in Big Spring and Howard County as of 5 PM Tuesday afternoon. He advised that the variant is a lot more contagious than the initial COVID-19, and now there is also a lambda variant. At this time, there have been no deaths as a result of the variant but there are 12 cases that are hospitalized at this time, including 3 in ICU.
Mayor Thomason urged citizens to continue to sanitize, practice social distancing, wash hands, and stay home if they feel sick. He also reminded that COVID-19 vaccinations are still available, however it is not guaranteed to fully prevent it. He stated that he had recently spoken with someone who was vaccinated and still contracted COVID-19, although she experienced a very mild version of the illness.
A drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be held tomorrow at Scenic Mountain Medical Center from 3-6 PM, outside of the Whatley Plaza building, near the north entrance. SMMC is located at 1601 W. 11th. 1st and 2nd doses will be available. Vaccines will be distributed for ages 12 and up while supplies last.
STANTON, TX --Monday’s opening of the Martin County Food Pantry drew approximately 100 people to tour the brand new facility on the corner of St. Francis and Santa Anna streets in Stanton. Named after the late Bob and Dorothy Deavenport, the new food pantry is a $1.1 million facility resulting from coordinating grants. The Deavenport family was in attendance with daughter Pug Deavenport Parris thanking the many entities and people who made the project come to life, including the “friendly people and old soreheads who donated to this cause.”
Martin County Chamber President Carla Ingram told KBest News that this has been years in the making, as it was a dream of two men from back in the 1950s.
“With the help of the Permian Basin Area Foundation, I matched those half-million dollars with other grants from other foundations and when those funds came in, we began to build this 1.1 million dollar facility completely debt-free. We’re very proud of that. Kim Juarez, the Director, she’s been doing this for several years and does a fabulous job. Thousands of families - men, women, and children - needs will be met for many, many years to come in Martin County and the surrounding area.”
According to Food Pantry Director, Kim Juarez, the Bob Deavenport Memorial Food Pantry offers assistance to the community for utilities, rent, medications, as well as food.
She advised that walk-ins are welcomed, but all will need to complete an application for assistance. Results will vary upon family size and income. If approved for food, applicants are able to receive assistance once per month.
The hours of operation for the Bob Deavenport Memorial Food Pantry for Martin County are Tuesday – Thursday, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm.
For more information, contact them at 432-756-3254.
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During Monday's meeting of the Howard County Commissioners Court, Howard County Judge Kathryn Wiseman announced that she would not be seeking a third term. Judge Wiseman will step down from her position on the last day of her term in 2022.
Wiseman has been a county employee since 1999. In 2002 she was elected as a Texas Justice of the Peace, a position in which she served for 11 years. In 2014 Wiseman became County Judge after winning the position in the primary election.
Wiseman advised that she was making her intentions known because anyone wanting to run for the position will need to file this November.
"It's time for you, as the citizens of Howard County, to look for the best candidate for this important position," said Wiseman while addressing the public during the meeting.
She went on to encourage citizens to carefully consider who gets their vote and support for this important office.
Anyone wanting to run for Howard County Judge will need to file for the position this November. Filling begins Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021. The filing deadline for candidates and filing deadline for independent candidates to file a declaration of intent is Monday, December 13, 2021, at 5:00 pm.
AUSTIN – With the school year beginning in person for many districts across the state, the Texas Department of Public Safety is reminding the public of steps they can take to keep students and staff members safe. This includes slowing down in school zones, staying off cell phones, and being aware at all times while around school buses.
“Going back to school is an exciting time for students, parents, and staff, but it is paramount that drivers are more alert when around buses and schools,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “I urge everyone on the road to be proactive and help ensure children arrive to and from school safely each and every day.”
DPS offers the following tips for school safety:
· Give students extra room and don’t assume they are paying attention to traffic. Students are frequently distracted by mobile devices or listening on electronic devices and may not be paying attention to their surroundings.
· Don’t block a crosswalk when stopped at a red light or stop sign.
· Follow the directions of school crossing guards.
· Watch for children on bicycles traveling to and from schools.
· Reduce speed when you spot a school bus and know children may unexpectedly step into the road without checking for oncoming traffic.
· Be careful around railroad crossings. School buses are legally required to stop at them.
· Know laws regarding school buses. According to Texas law, if a bus has alternating flashing red signals visible from the front or rear, drivers MUST stop before reaching the bus. Drivers can only proceed if the flashing lights are no longer activated, the driver signals you to proceed or the bus has resumed driving. Approaching drivers do NOT have to stop for a school bus that is operating a visual signal if the road is separated by a physical barrier or an intervening space. If a highway is only divided by a left-turn lane, it is not considered divided and drivers must stop for school buses.
· Drivers who illegally pass a school bus face fines up to $1,250 for the first offense. For people convicted of the offense more than once, the law allows for the person’s driver's license to be suspended for up to six months. A ticket for this offense cannot be dismissed through defensive driving. Criminal charges are possible if a driver causes someone serious bodily injury.
· Always obey speed limits and traffic laws in school zones.
· Remember, texting while driving is illegal in Texas.
Randy Johnson, Superintendent of Forsan Independent School District is inviting Howard County community members to the 18th annual Forsan Community Prayer Breakfast, tomorrow morning, August 11th from 8-9 AM. According to Johnson, this event is a great way to kick off a new school year. He went on to say that he couldn’t think of anything more important than asking God to provide safety, wisdom, and peace for the upcoming school year.
The featured speaker this year is Associate Pastor Darren Weaver of Forsan Baptist Church, who will give a 15 to 20-minute talk. The entire meal and program will last only 1 hour so that attendees can get to their place of employment without missing a great deal of work time.
Tickets may be purchased from Forsan Elementary, Forsan Jr and Senior High School or the Superintendent’s Office. Tickets must be purchased or reserved by phone ahead of time to assist with meal planning. Tickets are $5 each and will cover the expenses of the meal and related costs as no public monies are used for this event.
More information has been released on last week's crash in Martin County that killed 1 firefighter and injured another.
According to the Texas Dept. of Public Safety, the crash occurred on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, at 9:51 AM at FM 3113, just 5 miles north of Stanton.
The preliminary investigation indicates a semi-truck, driven by Felipe Anguiano, 64 of Midland, was traveling west on FM 3113. The fire truck, driven by Danny Ireton, 61 of Stanton, was responding to a crash with emergency lights activated when the crash occurred. He was traveling west on FM 3113 behind the 18-wheeler. The investigation states that the fire truck began to pass the 18-wheeler as it began to turn. Ireton attempted to take evasive action but collided with the semi.
As a result of the crash, Ireton was pronounced dead on the scene by Justice of the Peace Nancy Bradshaw. The passenger in the fire truck Bruce Allan Carby, 48 of Stanton, sustained incapacitating injuries and was transported to Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland. According to the Stanton Volunteer Fire Department, Carby has since been released from the hospital.
The driver of the semi-truck sustained non-incapacitating injuries and was transported to Martin Co. Hospital in Stanton.
According to DPS, the crash is still under investigation.
This morning a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the grand opening of the Big Sandy Draw Landfill located north of Big Spring. According to Big Spring City Manager Todd Darden, the project has been in the works for over 20 years.
This solid waste management facility is meant to serve the community for 100 years, and it cost the City of Big Spring $8.4 million. Darden stated that it was paid from city funds, and no loan was used to pay for the project, nor were taxes raised as a result of this project.
Had the Big Sandy Landfill not been built, Darden advised that the City of Big Spring would have had to pay approximately $4 million per year to transfer waste to the nearest landfill, which would have been in Snyder, TX. Darden told KBest News that the facility will not be restricted to Big Spring and Howard County residents and is expected to pay for itself within 2 years.
It should be noted that this environmentally sound facility has been lined with a dual lining system to prevent contamination of groundwater.
The Big Sandy Draw Landfill is located at 3610 Old Colorado City Hwy in Big Spring. Citizens are encouraged to use HWY 350 (also known as “Snyder Highway”) to obtain access to the facility.
Statistics for the Big Sandy Draw Landfill, according to Parkhill, Smith, and Cooper
City of Big Spring/Howard County
Big Sandy Draw Landfill
TCEQ Permit No. 2395
Total cost: $8,440,310.80
Landfill Capacity is 6,370,100 Tons
Anticipated Site Life is 106 years
Landfill maximum depth is 45 ft
Landfill maximum height is 56 ft
Next Saturday, August 14, 2021, Houston-based comedian Juan Villareal will be performing at the Jokebox Comedy Club in Big Spring, located at 204 S. Main (near the corner of 2nd and S. Main St., next to Yo Mama's).
Villareal has been entertaining audiences across the country for over 25 years with his own flavor of stand-up comedy. He's best known for sharing stories of family, growing up, getting old, and other life experiences. A veteran performer, Villareal has shared the stage with comedy greats such as Paul Rodriguez, Cedric the Entertainer, Steve Harvey, and Jamie Foxx. With multiple TV appearances, he's been seen on HBO, SHOWTIME, and has appeared on BET’s Comic View 11 times.
Juan Villareal will be sharing the stage with San Antonio-based comedian Irma Ruiz, and Big Spring comedian Adrienne Green. It will also include a musical performance by Brianna Rios. The show will be hosted by Mikey Mike on the Mic. Tickets are on sale now for $15 each at MSPNEntertainment.com.
AUSTIN – Texans interested in serving as volunteer members of the Texas Department of Licensing Regulation (TDLR) Barbering and Cosmetology Advisory Board have until September 15 to apply for one of nine slots on the board. Members will serve staggered six-year terms.
HB 1560, TDLR’s Sunset legislation, dissolved the existing Advisory Board on Barbering and the existing Advisory Board on Cosmetology as of August 31, 2021, and created this new advisory board, which will start meeting in early 2022.
The board will provide technical knowledge and industry expertise to the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation and TDLR, which regulates the barbering and cosmetology professions in Texas.
Member vacancies include:
- * Four members who each hold an individual practitioner license (for an individual practitioner, establishment or school) including:
- At least one holder of a Class A Barber license;
- At least one holder of a Cosmetology Operator license;
- * Two members who each hold an establishment license;
- * Two members who each hold a school license; and
- * One public member. The public member cannot have any association with the barbering or cosmetology professions.
Anyone interested in serving as a member of the board can submit an application online (https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/AdvisoryBoard/login.aspx) or send an email (email@example.com) requesting that an application be sent to them.
Members of the board will not be compensated, and they must cover their own expenses if they need to travel to Austin as part of their duties. Legislation in the most recent session allows TDLR advisory boards and commissions to meet via videoconference, so any travel may be limited. All applications will be considered, and TDLR will contact applicants who were chosen to serve on the board.
TDLR provides regulatory oversight for a broad range of occupations, businesses, facilities, and equipment in Texas. The agency protects the health and safety of Texans by ensuring they are served by qualified, licensed professionals. Inspections of individuals, businesses, and equipment are done on a regular basis to safeguard the public. Currently, the agency regulates 40 business and occupational licensing programs with more than 1,000,000 licensees across the state.
Visit TDLR’s website for more information and resources. You can search the TDLR licensee database, and also find past violations in which a final order was issued against companies or individuals. TDLR’s Customer Service line is available anytime between 7 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 1-800-803-9202. TDLR representatives are fluent in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.
Trinity Baptist Church is offering to help with the grief. Grief Share for Loss of a Spouse begins tomorrow, Aug. 5th, at 6:30 PM. The group will meet at 1701 E. FM 700 in Big Spring.
This is a one evening event that is designed to offer hope to the grieving widow and widower. Those attending the event can enter Trinity Baptist Church from the back of the building, entrance #3 under the awning.
For more information, contact Vivian Gordon at 432-466-3583 or call TBC at 432-267-6344.
Big Spring Howard County Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help in locating/identifying an unknown male subject involved in a burglary of a building.
On 7/6/2021 at approximately 9:55 AM, Big Spring Police Department officers responded to Yo Mamma’s located in the 200 block South Main in reference to burglary of a building. Officers were informed that an unknown male, wearing a grey or white shirt, jeans, and a red beanie, entered inside the premises and took money from the register drawer.
If you have any information on this case, you are encouraged to call the TIPS line at 432-263-8477 (TIPS) or visit P3tips.com. If you are the first person that calls in with information that leads to an arrest of the person or persons involved, you can earn up to a $1000.00 Dollar CASH reward. For more information, and to view the surveillance video, visit:
BIG SPRING, Texas— Scenic Mountain Medical Center Auxiliary will host its 9th Annual Back to School Bash tomorrow, Aug. 5th, from 6 -8 p.m. at Scenic Mountain Medical Center in Big Spring. This event will assist children from Howard County with school supplies as they head back to school. The event is open for children and their families in K-12 grade who reside in Big Spring, Coahoma, and Forsan.
There will be 400 backpacks available on a first-come-first-served basis. The child must be present to receive the backpack and school supplies. There will also be 25 local organizations handing out school supplies at the event. Scenic Mountain Medical Group (SMMG) pediatricians and hospital staff will be at the event to meet community members and answer any questions.
Scenic Mountain Medical Center in Big Spring is a full-service, acute care, 146-bed community hospital for adults and children. Their specialized services include cardiology, orthopedics, maternity, diagnostic imaging, emergency care with a 24/7 Level IV Trauma Center, wound care, and women’s health and breast care services.
BIG SPRING, TX -- Local non-profit organization North Side Movement will host its annual event “Head to Toe” at Ryan Hall, located at 605 N. Main in Big Spring, on Monday, August 9th. Beginning at 5 PM, NSM will be offering free shoes and haircuts to all school-aged children to assist in getting them prepared for the new school year.
During the event, there will also be free snow cones and raffles. The event is sponsored by NSM, Delek Fund for Hope, and SM Energy.
Tuesday morning, the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a Thank You for Your Investment presentation for Inspirations Floral Boutique, located at 1410 Scurry St. in Big Spring.
When asked how she felt about the Chamber’s presentation, Tana Higginbotham, Owner of Inspirations Floral Boutique, told KBest News that she thought it was wonderful. She went on to say that it gets everybody together to get involved.
"We all get to be a part of the community and celebrate and support each other," said Higginbotham.
Inspirations Floral Boutique opened in April 2020 and, according to Higginbotham, things have been going great. She told KBest News that the outreach of the community has been wonderful.
"We love to give back to our community, so coming together to support each other just keeps us going and keeps us inspiring others," she continued.
Inspirations Floral Boutique is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5:30 pm, and 9 am to 1 pm on Saturdays. For more information, check out their Facebook page or visit their website www.bigspringflowers.com.
BIG SPRING, TX -- The United Way of Big Spring and Howard County is gearing up for the upcoming campaign season to raise money for their 14 partner agencies, all of which directly assist those living in Howard County. This month the local non-profit organization will kick off its campaign with a two-day 4-man scramble golf tournament and a concert featuring Micky and The Motorcars with local favorite SPUR 327 as the opening band on Saturday, August 28th.
The two-day golf tournament will be held at the Comanche Trail Golf Course on August 28 - 29, 2021. Participation in the golf tournament includes food and drinks. The entry fee is $400 per team and there will be a 100 percent payout. Team sign-ups can be done by calling Comanche Trail Golf Course at 432-264-2366 or contacting Christian Fair, Executive Director for the local United Way, at 432-267-5201.
Concert tickets are on sale now for Micky and The Motorcars. Tickets are currently $15 each and can be purchased from any United Way board member, or by contacting the United Way Office at 432-267-5201. Be advised that tickets will increase to $20 per person on the day of the event.
On August 28th, gates at the Comanche Trail Amphitheater will open at 7 PM, and SPUR 327 will open the show at 8 PM, followed by Micky and The Motorcars.
For more information, contact Christian Fair, Executive Director for the United Way of Big Spring and Howard County at 432-267-5201.
Registration is going on now through Aug. 6, 2021, for students attending 1st - 8th grade at Big Spring ISD. Also, high school students who are new to the BSISD will also be allowed to register now through Aug. 5th from 8 AM - 3:30 PM. Returning high school students will be able to register next week, Aug. 9-11th, from 9 AM to 6 PM.
Be advised that a valid Driver’s License or valid government ID for the parent/guardian is required, plus one of the following items that are dated within the last 30 days:
•recent mortgage or lease agreement
The first day of school for BSISD is Wednesday, Aug. 18th.
According to the City of Big Spring, the FM 700 Landfill will close at 4:30 pm on Tuesday, August 3, 2021. Beginning on Wednesday, Aug. 4th, all waste from the public and commercial companies should be taken to the Big Sandy Landfill. Cash and credit card transactions will be accepted. The Big Sandy Landfill is located at 3601 Old Colorado City Highway and will be open Monday through Saturday, 8 AM to 5 PM; closed on Sundays.
If you have any questions, call the Public Works office at 432-264-2501.
The fundraising event BBQ to Brighter Futures, hosted by Double L BBQ, is scheduled for Friday, Aug 6, 2021. It will be held from 11 AM to 2 PM at the Hardware Store and Courtyard in downtown Big Spring, located at 117 S. Main. Plates are $12 each and can be pre-order by calling or texting 432-816-9381.
Money raised from this event will benefit the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club in Big Spring.
The Amazing Shopping Race, an event organized by the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce meant to encourage shopping with local businesses, continues this week until Wednesday, August 4th. Drawings for winners held on Aug 5, 2021, at the Heritage Museum at 6:30 PM.
There’s still plenty of time to complete the race by the deadline, but you must start at one of the two starting points:
** Lula Blu Boutique, 406 E. Marcy Drive, Ste 1
** The Wardrobe Boutique, 115 S. Main.
In these places, you’ll find your set of rules and the first challenge. Once completed, you’ll receive a clue to move on to the next stop and the race continues.
And once you have completed the Race you will take your final entry to the Heritage Museum on August 5, 2021, where all completed entry forms will be put in a drawing for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes. Prizes will consist of gift cards, items, and more from participating businesses.