During the Nov. 12, 2019 meeting of the Howard County Commissioners Court, several Howard County residents urged county commissioners to keep the position of the Texas A&M AgriLife County Extension Agent for Family and Community Health in Howard County. The position is currently held by Sandy Taylor and is currently set to be terminated at the end of the year, along with the county trapper position.
Each person expressed different reasons and examples as to why the position was needed. Commissioners were advised that cutting the position would make a cut in beneficial programs for youth and adults in Howard County.
Commissioner Jimmy Long, Pct. 3, stated that although he understood the benefits of keeping the county extension agent, the decision to cut both positions were made in order to be proactive and to plan for the future. He also encouraged those who spoke during the meeting to contact their state representatives, Texas State Representative Drew Darby and Texas Senator Kel Seliger.
“These are small steps that we can make now to, hopefully, deter larger steps we have to make in the future. I don’t know. We don’t know how [SB 2] will affect Howard County,” said Long. He went on to say that that state legislature continues to pass unfunded mandates every two years when they meet.
“[Recently,] There were seven new unfunded mandates that were passed down on counties that we now have to pay for out of our existing budget,” he continued. According to Commissioner Long, approximately 80-85 percent of the county budget goes to unfunded state mandates.
Commissioner Long told KBest News that that he feels certain that there would be more cuts in the near future in order to balance the budget and pay for the multiple non-funded state mandates that are coming.
“It’s sad because I think it takes away from some of the local programs that are good for our counties, but at the same time, we’re given the responsibility as a Commissioners Court to manage the tax payers’ money within a budget that’s reasonable,” said Long.
“I hate it for the public. [The Public Comments] tugged at my heart strings today, but I can’t make decisions based off of that. I have to make decisions based on planning for the future of Howard County.”
TEXAS STATE REPRESENTATIVE DREW DARBY
36 W. Beauregard Suite 517
San Angelo, TX 76903
Ph: (325) 658-7313
Fax: (325) 659-3762 Fax
TEXAS STATE SENATOR KEL SELIGER
401 Austin, Suite 101
Big Spring, TX 79720
(432) 268-9909 (TEL)
(432) 268-9899 (FAX)
Snyder Junior High is facing possible closure after the school received its fifth consecutive failing rating from the Texas Education Agency this year.
Snyder ISD leadership met with TEA Commissioner Mike Morath last week to discuss sanctions against the district for Snyder Junior High’s academic rating.
The Texas Education Code allows for parent petitions to direct the Commissioner’s decision on whether to appoint a board of managers to govern the school district or to close the campus. It should be noted that a closure of the campus, according to local educational professionals, does not mean that the school will no longer be used, but rather that it will be reconstituted.
According to Snyder ISD's Facebook page, Snyder ISD Superintendent Dr. Eddie Bland was presented with 313 petitions on October 31, 2019. This is a sufficient number to require the closure of the campus. In addition to the parent petitions for closure, Dr. Bland was presented with 486 parent and community petitions supporting the reopening of Snyder Junior High with a grade realignment.
The petitions will be delivered to the Commissioner no later than December 1, 2019. The next step will require SISD to develop and submit a comprehensive plan to reopen the campus, with the majority of the grades realigned.
According to Dr. Bland, the next steps will require planning and partnership. He also went on to say that they look forward to collaborating with parents, teachers, district leadership, community members, and the TEA to do what is best for their students.
12 Days Before Black Friday is an event that is organized by the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce to help promote local retail businesses. This year’s participating businesses are: Big Mike’s Farm Store, Blue-Eyed Buffalo, Crowned Bird, Dazzling Décor, Famous Elle, Hotel Settles, Krazy Kow Co., Lula Blu Boutique, Soothe. A Bath Goods Boutique, Spring Town Plaza, The Chalet, The Karat Patch, and The Wardrobe Boutique.
These businesses will have entry buckets for shoppers to sign up for a chance to win a prize from that particular business.
The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce will have a drawing for each weekday of the 12 Days Before Black Friday that begins today, Nov. 12th and will continue through Wednesday, November 27th. The winner will be announced at 2 PM every afternoon on KBest Country 95.7.
The Big Spring City Council will be meeting in a regular session tomorrow evening at 5:30 PM in the City Council Chambers, located at 307 E. 4th St. in Big Spring.
The agenda shows that there will be presentations by the Northside Movement’s contribution of Comfort Bears to the Big Spring Police Department and Howard County Sheriff’s Office, and the creation of an official mobile app for the City of Big Spring.
There will also be public hearings on zone changes from Light Industrial to Single-Family 3 at 201 NE 3rd St., and from Light Industrial to General Residential at 200 N. Nolan St.
City Manager Todd Darden will also be giving project updates on several items including house bills concerning tax abatement guidelines, cyber security, and Ports-to-Plains. He’ll also be speaking on the emergency sewer line repair, and water line breaks and repairs, and phase II of the Big Sandy Draw Landfill.
Yesterday, 11-05-19, the Big Spring Area Community Foundation presented a check of $10,000 to Lamen-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home in Big Spring on behalf of Twin Eagle Sand Logsitics.
Greg Henry, Executive Director for Big Spring Area Community Foundation, told KBest News that Twin Eagle Resource Management had contacted them last year with a desire to donate $10,000 and champion a veteran's cause. Last year's donation recipient was the West Texas VA Hospital in Big Spring for their greenhouse project. This year, Lamen-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veteran's Home was chosen for the donation.
The donation will be used to purchase new outdoor patio furniture that the veterans and their families will get to use when they sit outside. When asked her thoughts on receiving the donation for the State Veterans home, Administrator for Lamen-Lusk-Sanchez Melissa Tumlin, said that they were very thankful for the donation.
The winner of this year’s Halloween Wars was revealed yesterday with a pie to the face. The local Big Spring offices of Back in Motion and Ward Family Dental participated in a friendly competition to see who could collect the most cans of food that would be later donated to Isaiah 58, the food pantry in Big Spring.
A total of 1,595 cans were collected between the two offices. The Back in Motion office won the competition by collecting 933 cans, Ward Family Dental collected 662 cans and also donated toothbrushes and toothpastes. Both Dr. Jody Reid of Back in Motion and Dr. David Ward of Ward Family Dental received a pie in the face.
Nancy Stinson, President of Isaiah 58, told KBest News that it was exciting to see the amount of cans donated, noting that joint donation would feed 500 families.
Isaiah 58, located at 809 Scurry St. in Big Spring, is ran by donations only and all of their workers are volunteers. Anyone wanting to donate food or make monetary donations to Isaiah 58 are encouraged to contact them by calling their office at 432-263-4758 or call Nancy at 432-816-0590.
The City of Big Spring will close all offices including Sanitation and Landfill for Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, 2019.
Landfill will also be closed Monday, November 11, 2019. There will be no sanitation pickup on Monday, November 11, 2019. Mondays Route will be moved to Tuesday and Tuesdays Route will be moved to Wednesday.
Emergency services (Police, Fire, and EMS) will continue normal operations during the holiday.
Emergency Utilities Department will also continue normal operations and can be contacted at 264-2392.
2019 Angel Tree sign-ups began yesterday and will continue on Thursday, Nov. 7th until 7 PM at the Salvation Army in Big Spring, located at 811 W. 5th St.
This is a Christmas Assistance registration to help families with children from newborns to 13 years old. According to Lt. Ben Godwin with the Salvation Army of Big Spring, this program is for families who need help providing gifts for their kids this holiday season, senior citizens, and disabled residents.
Be advised you must bring the following information to complete your Christmas application:
- Photo identification – Current driver’s license or State/Country issued ID
- Proof of Guardianship with child’s date of birth – Birth Certificate, Birth facts from the hospital, legal documents
- Proof of residency – current ID or rental agreement or current household bill
- Proof of income – government assistance (TANF, Medicaid, Food Stamps), current paycheck stubs, or notarized letter from your employer to include their contact information and your current income
Be advised that no children are allowed at registration and all required documents are needed at the time of registration.
Local’s, the new sandwich shop in Big Spring, celebrated their grand opening on Tuesday morning. The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce joined their newest chamber member for a ribbon cutting ceremony. Local’s, located at 1600 Wasson Rd. in Big Spring, is co-owned by Kelly and Joe Owens.
Local’s works with all Boar's Head meats. They're open Monday - Friday, 11 am - 2 pm.
The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce recognized BBVA Compass Bank, located at 1500 S. Gregg St. in Big Spring, for all that they do for the community.
Cindy Jones, Branch Manager for the Big Spring branch, told KBest News that BBVA is grateful for the recognition. She also went on to say that it brings awareness of BBVA to the community and highlights their commitment to the Big Spring and the surrounding communities.
(Photo contributed by the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce.)
The Texas Constitution has been amended 498 times since the current constitution was adopted 143 years ago in 1876. Today, voters will decide on 10 proposals in a statewide constitutional amendment election.
The following is a list of propositions that will be on today's ballot:
Title - Subject - Description
Proposition 1 - Municipal - Allows persons to serve as more than one appointed or elected municipal judge
Proposition 2 - Bonds - Allows the Texas Water Development Board to issue up to $200 million in bonds
Proposition 3 - Taxes - Authorizes temporary property tax exemption for disaster areas
Proposition 4 - Taxes - Prohibits the state from levying an income tax on individuals
Proposition 5 - Budgets - Dedicates revenue from the sales tax on sporting goods to parks, wildlife, and historical agencies
Proposition 6 - Bonds - Authorizes the legislature to increase bonds for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute
Proposition 7 - Budgets - Increases distributions to the state school fund
Proposition 8 - Budgets - Creates a Flood Infrastructure Fund
Proposition 9 - Taxes - Authorizes property tax exemption for precious metals held in depositories
Proposition 10 - Animals - Allows for transfer of law enforcement animals to handlers or others if in animal's best interest
POLLING PLACES IN HOWARD COUNTY
Polling places will be open from 7 AM - 7 PM today at the following places:
Ryan Hall / St. Thomas Church, located at 605 N. Main in Big Spring
Coahoma City Hall at 122 N. 1st in Coahoma
First Baptist Church at 705 W. FM 700 in Big Spring
and Dorothy Garrett Coliseum at 1001 Birdwell Ln. in Big Spring.
ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF ID
The following is a list of acceptable photo IDs at the polling place:
Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS
Texas Handgun License issued by DPS
United States Military Identification Card containing the person’s photograph
United States Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph
United States Passport (book or card)
With the exception of the U.S. Citizenship Certificate, which does not expire, for voters aged 18-69, the acceptable form of photo identification may be expired no more than four years before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place. For voters aged 70 or older, the acceptable form of photo identification may be expired for any length of time if the identification is otherwise valid.
For more information on voting in Texas, visit www.votetexas.gov.
Decorating for the annual Christmas Tree Forest continues on through this week at the Heritage Museum.
Each year, participants decorate individualized trees that will be on display during the Christmas Season. The museum will provide the tree and lights, and participants provide the decorations and creativity. This opportunity can be used to advertise a business, organization, or just show off your talent.
Trees will be judged by museum visitors and will be voted on. Winners will be announced on December 21st at 10 AM. It’s free to participate and there will be cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.
Be advised that trees must be decorated between November 1st through Nov. 8th, and they’ll be displayed through December 20th.
The short film, CAPROCK, will have a free screening tomorrow night at 8 PM at Mezcal, 125 E. 3rd St. in Big Spring. The 15-minute film is about two sisters who embark on a road trip to explore the old stomping grounds of a serial killer.
Hollie Gonzales, screenplay co-writer for the film, stated that there were a few things that she wanted to incorporate.
"I just wanted to encapsulate the west Texas landscape, and some landmarks, and maybe throw in an old ghost story that we grew up with. I knew I wanted it to be, like, kind of a horror movie," said Gonzales.
This screening of CAPROCK will be an extended cut, and possibly a Q&A session. The free screening is open to ages 18 and up. After the screening, only ages 21 and up will be allowed to stay.
Producers for the film are James and Amanda Fite, Brandon J. Johnson, and Zach Campbell of the Big Spring area, and Hollie Gonzales of Snyder.
In Midland on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, U.S. District Judge David Counts sentenced 28-year-old Christopher Chase Mojica to 57 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for stealing firearms from a pawn shop in Odessa and for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, stated U.S. Attorney John F. Bash; Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey C. Boshek, II, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Dallas Field Division; and, Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke.
On July 23, 2019, Mojica pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and one count of theft of a firearm from a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL). By pleading guilty, Mojica admitted that on April 29, 2019, he walked inside Cash America in Odessa, fired a flare gun at employees, smashed a display case then walked out with five firearms. One of the stolen firearms was a Romarm/Cugir Draco 7.62x39mm caliber semi-automatic pistol manufactured outside the State of Texas. According to court records, Mojica’s criminal history reveals a 2019 conviction in Ector County for burglary and a 2017 conviction in Ector County for possession of a controlled substance.
“Mr. Mojica victimized a Federal Firearms Licensee during business hours, placing employees and patrons at risk,” stated ATF Special Agent in Charge Boshek. “Swift action by the Odessa Police Department prevented stolen firearms from entering the illegal firearms trade, and strong law enforcement partnerships resulted in the successful federal prosecution.”
ATF and the Odessa Police Department conducted this investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Glenn Harwood prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.
On Monday, during the Howard County Commissioners Court, it was announced that the burn ban in Howard County has been extended for another 90 days.
The Howard County Volunteer Fire Department, offers the following tips to keep in mind during the burn ban:
- Keep informed of wildfire danger levels.
- Avoid burning trash on dry, windy days.
- Check to see if weather changes are expected. Postpone outdoor burning if shifts in wind direction, high winds or wind gusts are in the forecast.
- Before doing any burning, establish wide control lines down to bare mineral soil at least five feet wide around any burn barrels.
- Burn household trash only in a burn barrel equipped with a screen or metal grid to keep burning material contained.
- Never attempt to burn aerosol cans heated cans will explode. Flying material may cause injuries and the explosion may scatter burning material into nearby vegetation and cause a wildfire.
- Stay with outdoor fires until they are completely out.
- Keep water and hand tools ready in case your fire should attempt to spread.
- Watch for rocks and metal when bush hogging or mowing.
- Avoid parking vehicles in dry grass tall enough to touch the catalytic converter on the underside of your vehicle.
ECTOR COUNTY, Tx. (KOSA) -- A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the children of the parents who died after they were overcome by H2S gas at an oilfield pump house.
(photo used from CBS 7)
According to the page, the money raised will go towards paying tribute to Jacob and Natalee Dean and provide support for the three children they leave behind, ages 18, 9, and 6. (CBS7 talked with one of the organizers of the page who confirmed the page is legitimate.)
The children are now being taken care of by their grandparents.
According to the Ector County Sheriff's Office, Jacob's company requested he check out a pump house Saturday night. When he got there, he was exposed to a deadly amount of H2S gas.
His wife, Natalee, got worried when he didn't answer his phone, so she and her two children went to check on him.
When she got to the pump house, sheriff's investigators say she was also exposed to H2S gas after she got out of the car.
Both died at the scene.
Detectives say the six and nine-year-old children were saved because they stayed in their car.
(Source: https://www.cbs7.com/content/news/GoFundMe-page-started-for-children-of-parents-who-died-from-H2S-gas-564048691.html )
Prosperity Bank is pleased to announce the recent addition of Jeff Ward as the new Big Spring Banking President.
Ward’s college education began at Howard College prior to continuing on to Texas Tech University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Management in 2009. Jeff then went on to receive his Masters in Higher Education Administration from Wayland Baptist University. In 2018, Ward completed the School of Banking Program at the Texas Tech University-Rawls College of Business.
Ward’s professional career started back at Howard College where he proudly served in various roles for five years. In 2014, he began his banking career and has garnered extensive experience in credit and lending since that time.
“Jeff brings a vast amount of lending expertise and knowledge of the local area which is vital to Prosperity Bank’s goal of serving Howard County. We are thrilled to welcome Jeff to our team and know that he will be a valuable asset,” says Rick Bartholomee, Prosperity Bank’s Permian Basin Region President.
Jeff and his wife, Tisha, have two young daughters, Addison and Charlie. Ward spends a great deal of time giving back to his community by serving as a Board of Director for the Big Spring Economic Development Corporation and Comanche Trail Amphitheater Improvement Board. Additionally, he is a member of the Greater Big Spring Rotary Club and Hillcrest Baptist Church. Ward has also served on other various civic and community boards with a mindset to strengthen the community and build better relationships for civic and economic wellbeing!
Stop by the Prosperity Bank Big Spring Banking Center at 1411 S. Gregg Street to welcome Jeff or give him a call at (432) 552-1260 anytime. He as well as the rest of the team look forward to continuing their mission of providing sound financial assistance to the community!
This is the last week for early voting for the Texas Constitutional Amendment Election. As of the end of day on Friday, October 25th, there had been only 316 votes casted thus far, which is approximately 1.8% of the number of people registered to vote in Howard County.
Voters can cast their votes today, through Wednesday, October 30th, from 8 AM to 5 PM at the first floor of the Howard County Courthouse, located at 300 S. Main in Big Spring. On Thursday, October 31st, and Friday, November 1st, voters can cast their vote at the Howard County Courthouse from 7 AM – 7 PM.
Amendments Proposed for the November 5, 2019 ballot by the 86th Legislature
The constitutional amendment permitting a person to hold more than one office as a municipal judge at the same time.
The constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of additional general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board in an amount not to exceed $200 million to provide financial assistance for the development of certain projects in economically distressed areas.
The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for a temporary exemption from ad valorem taxation of a portion of the appraised value of certain property damaged by a disaster.
The constitutional amendment prohibiting the imposition of an individual income tax, including a tax on an individual’s share of partnership and unincorporated association income.
The constitutional amendment dedicating the revenue received from the existing state sales and use taxes that are imposed on sporting goods to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission to protect Texas’ natural areas, water quality, and history by acquiring, managing, and improving state and local parks and historic sites while not increasing the rate of the state sales and use taxes.
The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to increase by $3 billion the maximum bond amount authorized for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
The constitutional amendment allowing increase distributions to the available school fund.
The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the flood infrastructure fund to assist in the financing of drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects.
The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation precious metal held in a precious metal depository located in this state.
The constitutional amendment to allow the transfer of a law enforcement animal to a qualified caretaker in certain circumstances.
Ward Family Dental will have their 2nd annual Dentistry from the Heart event tomorrow morning, 10/26/19, in Big Spring.
Dr. David Ward, DDS, Owner of Ward Family Dental, advised that the purpose of the event is to give back to the community. Last year their goal was to see 50 patients, and, thankfully, they were able to serve 107 patients.
He went on to say that his office will not be verifying income for patients who come to the event. He also stated that all that will be required of the patients is their name, medical history and/or conditions, and medication that they may be taking.
Patients will have a choice filling, extraction, or cleaning that will be performed by Dr. Ward, Dr. Alejandra Flores, their staff, and two other doctors. Patients will be seen beginning at 7 AM at 1500 Scurry, and check-ins begins at 6:30 AM and will continue until 11 AM.
Patients will be seen on a first-come, first served basis, and it should be noted that this is only for adults 18 years old or older. Patients are encouraged to arrive early, dress appropriately for the weather and to bring chairs, blankets, water, snacks, etc. as they may be outside waiting to be seen.
The 1st annual Oktoberfest will be held at the back lawn of Hotel Settles in Big Spring this Saturday, Oct. 26th, from 3-8 PM.
The free event will include beer and authentic German food to purchase, Beer Stein, Pretzel Pass and chicken dance contests, wiener dog races, a bouncy house and other kids’ activities. In addition to the contests, there will also be vendors and live music by Keith Owens and Eddie Austin and Texas Silhouettes.
According to Barney Dodd, Owner of BAD Events and who has helped to organize the event, Big Spring Ford will be offering “Safe Ride.” With their team of drivers, they will get you and your vehicle home safely if you’ve had too much to drink. There is no cost for the service, but it does require that you make a donation to a local charity.
On 6/19/19, at approximately 7:53 PM, Officers were dispatched to the 600 blk of E. 15TH ST. in reference to a robbery. Victim stated on 6/19/19, at approximately 7:50 PM, the victim went to unlock his back gates when when he felt an arm go across his neck from behind him. Victim advised an unknown white male tried to wrap his arm around his neck in attempt to choke him. Victim advised he fell back and his brown in color long bi-fold wallet came out of his back pocket. Victim stated the unknown white male picked up his wallet and ran out the gate. Victim also stated when he looked up to get a description of the white male, he recognized an unknown black female from the previous day that had approached him and asked him for a cigarette. Victim informed that both the unknown male and female quickly left the scene in an unknown vehicle. Victim described the white male to have a shorter build, have black in color hair, and to be wearing a yellow in color shirt. Victim described the black female to be the same build, to have her hair in a bun, to be wearing a red in color shirt, and grey in color shorts. Investigators were able to get a digital image of the two subjects from security camera footage.
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The Dark Maze of Nightmare will open this weekend, Friday, October 25th – Saturday, October 26th, from 7 PM to 11 PM.
Entry to the haunted house is $15 per person and money raised will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
The Dark Maze of Nightmares is located at 1901 Simler Drive in Big Spring, across from the SWCD campus. They’ll be opened again next week on Wednesday, October 30th, and Thursday, October 31st, from 7 PM to 9:30 PM.
Earlier this morning, the Snyder Police Department issued a brief warning to their residents because a dangerous inmate had escaped. The original post from the City of Snyder Police Department stated:
"Snyder Alert Message. Please lock your doors and stay inside. There has been an escape of a dangerous inmate in the area of Avenue A and 35th Street. Stay indoors and away from windows. If someone tries to enter your home call 911 immediately. Stay inside until you receive an all clear message. The Snyder Police Department and other agencies will be in the area."
The escaped inmate was taken into custody by Snyder PD shortly after the message was issued. According to the City of Snyder Police Department Facebook page, Minor had escaped from Mitchell County, and had stolen a vehicle from the Mitchell County Sheriff’s office. The vehicle was later left abandoned around the Avenue A and 35th Street area in Snyder.
According to Abilene Reporter News, Minor was in Mitchell County Jail facing seven charges, including:
- Felon in possession of a firearm
- Theft of a firearm
- Aggravated assault of a public servant (two charges)
- Unauthorized use of a vehicle
- Felon in possession of body armor
Expedition Royalty will have the Grand Opening of their new office in Big Spring, located at 220 S. Main, Thursday evening, 10/24/19, in downtown Big Spring. The public is invited to help celebrate the Open House for the new office by joining Expedition Royalty for the downtown festivities.
According to Matt Scott, Landman for Expedition Royalty, the purpose of the celebration is to reach out to the community and show their commitment to Big Spring and the Howard County community.
Scott advised that there will be free food from various food trucks, drink stations, a kid zone, a video game truck, and a concert featuring Jason Boland and the Stragglers with Shane Smith and the Saints as the opening act.
The block party will be located outside of their office on S. Main Street between 2nd and 3rd street, from 5-10 PM.
Also, during the event, a 2019 Ford Expedition will be raffled off for only $10 per ticket. The vehicle was purchased by Expedition Royalty and the money raised from the raffle will benefit the United Way of Big Spring and Howard County. Tickets will still be available for sale at the event. The winner will be drawn and announced at 8:45 PM and you do not have to be present to win.
EXPEDITION ROYALTY GRAND OPENING SCHEDULE:
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2019
5:00 PM - Gates Open – Food Trucks, Drink Stations and Kid Zone Open. Raffle tickets
available for sale
6:00 PM - Big Spring Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by Opening
Band – Shane Smith and the Saints
7:15 PM Brief Program – Introducing important members of the crowd and people of
Expedition Royalty & last call for raffle tickets
7:30 PM Jason Boland and the Stragglers on stage
7:55 PM Ford Expedition Raffle drawing held (Expedition Royalty, United Way and Big
Spring Ford), pictures taken
* Jason Boland and the Stragglers play until 10 PM.
AUSTIN — Texas continues to lead the nation in oil and gas production, creating jobs and prosperity statewide, but communities in the state’s main energy production areas have also seen a rise in deaths on the road accounting for close to half of all traffic fatalities in Texas.
In 2018, 1,673 people died and more than 6,000 were seriously injured in crashes in the Barnett Shale, Eagle Ford Shale, Granite Wash, Haynesville/Bossier Shale and Permian Basin, where oil and gas exploration is underway. Traffic deaths in these areas are up by 4% compared to 2017. Crash reports point to failure to control speed as the most-often cited factor in traffic crashes, followed by driver inattention due to actions such as looking at a cell phone.
“Driving conditions have changed dramatically in many parts of Texas,” said Texas Department of Transportation Executive Director James Bass. “A big increase in the number of heavy trucks and traffic on state and county roads adds to the complexity of driving – something we always need to give our full attention to, while also obeying traffic laws. That’s why we are urging every motorist to drive smart and take simple precautions to prevent crashes.”
In the coming weeks, drivers can expect to see a variety of common-sense safety reminders as TxDOT kicks off its annual “Be Safe. Drive Smart.” campaign in the state’s energy-producing regions. The campaign reminds drivers to:
- Always buckle up—drivers and all passengers, day and night.
- Drive a safe speed that takes into account the amount of traffic, road conditions, and weather.
- Focus 100 percent on driving and put your phone away: no talking or texting when you’re behind the wheel.
- Give large trucks plenty of space, be patient, and pass only when it’s safe and legal to do so.
- Obey stop signs and traffic signals.
- Never drive under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
TxDOT will be taking its safety messages to community events this month in the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale. Drivers can test their street smarts at an interactive exhibit outfitted with games, quizzes, and video displays that remind motorists how to safely navigate the challenges of driving in high-traffic oil and gas production areas.
“Be Safe. Drive Smart.” is a key component of #EndTheStreakTX, a broader social media and word-of-mouth effort that encourages drivers to make safer choices while on the road, such as going the speed limit, wearing a seat belt, and never drinking and driving or texting and driving. 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.