Big Spring City Council members will vote on the final reading of an ordinance outlawing abortion within the City of Big Spring and declaring it a Sanctuary City for the Unborn. This meeting will be held at the City Council Chambers, located at 307 E. 4th St., and begins at 5:30 PM tonight. Other items on the agenda include the recognition of a donation from the North Side Movement and the Big Spring Firefighter Association of Equipment for the Wellness Program at each fire station, and a presentation about the United States Census for 2020.
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Last night the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 47, in Big Spring partnered with the Quilts of Valor Foundation for a presentation recognizing three local veterans who also currently serve as first responders. Those recognized last night were: Engineer Justin McCullough, with the Big Spring Fire Department, Sgt. Blake Jones with the Howard County Sheriff’s Office, and Corporal Christopher Dominguez with Big Spring Police Department.
All men recognized have roots in Howard County. They then made the decision to serve their country and came back to Howard County to serve their communities as first responders.
When asked how they felt to be a part of the presentation and receive a Quilt of Valor, they said they were grateful, humbled, and overwhelmed.
Howard County Commissioners meet for their regularly scheduled meeting this afternoon in the 3rd floor courtroom of the Howard County Courthouse.
Mavour Braswell, Dean of Libraries for Howard College, reported on the end of year report for the Howard County Library. She also advised commissioners of new library programs, events, and resources. County Commissioners approved to adopt the previously discussed changes to the tax abatement guidelines and criteria, and the Howard County Subdivision Rules and Regulations.
(Photo - Mavour Braswell, Dean of Libraries for Howard College, reported on the end of year report for the Howard County Library.)
Big Spring High School students of Big Spring High will be hosting a forum with the candidates for the office of Howard County Sheriff on January 25, 2020 at 11 AM in the Big Spring High School library.
According to Nolan Dominguez, with the Howard County Republicans, the forum will be set up in a debate format.
"We'll be asking both candidates a set of questions and they'll have timed responses. They'll both have an opening statement and closing statement. We just really encourage the public to come out and meet the candidates," said Dominguez.
The public is welcomed to attend and even submit questions for the candidates. Anyone wishing to submit questions for the candidates can do so by contacting Nolan Dominguez by email at nmdominguez1999@Gmail.com or through Facebook.
The event is expected to last about an hour, and livestreams will be available on the Facebook pages for KBest Media and Big Spring High School. After the event, each candidate will be available for one-on-one questions following the formal part of the forum.
According to Colonel Allen Morris, Communications Director at Big Spring High School, students will not only learn, grow, and mature by participating with the event but the citizens of Howard County will also get to see and hear from the candidates for the top law enforcement position. This will result in the students becoming more civic-minded and voters will be able to make a more informed decision before casting their votes for Howard County Sheriff.
The students will host another forum for the city & school board elections later in the spring.
Be advised that additional comments and questions about the forum can be directed to Colonel.Allen.M.Morris@Gmail.com.
The Permian Basin Underground Water Conservation District, or PBUWCD, is sponsoring an essay contest for graduating seniors who are planning to attend college in the fall. There is an opportunity for a scholarship to be awarded to one student from each of the High Schools located in the District's coverage area. It should be noted that the District's area ONLY includes the following 4 schools: Forsan, Grady, Sands, and Stanton. Each winner of the contest will receive a $2,000 scholarship to the college of their choice.
The essays are due no later than March 3, 2020 at 5 pm. They may be submitted to the student's school counselor or the Permian Basin UWCD office at 708 W St. Peter, Stanton, Tx.
For further criteria and information, students can contact their High School Counselor or the PBUWCD office at (432)756-2136 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. That information may also be accessed at www.pbuwcd.com for links to our Rules & Guidelines and Scholarship Application form.
AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) added Romeo Torres, Jr., 28, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive list, and a cash reward of up to $7,500 is being offered for information leading to his capture. Torres, who is affiliated with the Partido Revolucionario Mexicano (PRM) gang, is wanted for assault on a public servant, aggravated assault and evading arrest/detention with a vehicle.
Torres has been wanted since December 2016, when he absconded from his last known address in Eagle Pass — an area where he still has connections. He also has ties to Mexico.
Torres is 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs approximately 230 pounds. He has tattoos on his right leg and both arms. For more information or updates in the event of his arrest, see his wanted bulletin.
Texas Crime Stoppers, which is funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division, offers cash rewards to any person who provides information that leads to the arrest of one of the Texas 10 Most Wanted fugitives or sex offenders. In 2019, Texas Crime Stoppers paid $40,500 in total rewards for anonymous tips that resulted in arrests.
To be eligible for cash rewards, tipsters MUST provide information to authorities using one of the following methods:
· Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).
· Submit a web tip through the DPS website by selecting the fugitive you have information about, then clicking on the link under the photo.
· Submit a Facebook tip by clicking the “SUBMIT A TIP” link (under the “About” section).
All tips are anonymous, regardless of how they are submitted, and tipsters will be provided a tip number instead of using a name.
DPS investigators work with local law enforcement agencies to select fugitives for the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive and Sex Offender lists. You can find the current lists — with photos — on the DPS website.
Do not attempt to apprehend these fugitives; they are considered armed and dangerous.
Sign-ups are still open to host one of the monthly networking events, “Alive After 5”, sponsored by the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce. These events offer chamber members and non-members the opportunity to speak with chamber members, network, and establish relationships for the betterment of Big Spring and Howard County.
Mark Richardson, incoming President for the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce, told KBest News that the networking opportunities are the biggest benefit to attending the “Alive After 5” gatherings.
"We live in a community where we have to support each other and I don't know of a better way to do that than to get to know the people that we work with," said Richardson of the "Alive After 5" events.
"I personally prefer to do business with people that are Chamber members because I support the Chamber. I believe in their statement of 'Try local. Buy local,' and as a Board Member and incoming President, I think that we need to show our Chamber members that we support them. So, an opportunity to gather with them [and] find out what different organizations and businesses offer, is a great opportunity, as well as getting to know the personal side of every business and organization in this town," continued Richardson.
These events are free to host and take place from 5 PM to 6:30 PM, usually on a Thursday, but that day is not set in stone. Co-hosts for “Alive After 5” are Chamber Restaurant Members and they usually brings samples of their food for the events. For more information, contact Debbye Valverde, Executive Director for the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce, at 263-7641.
Nominations for “5 UNDER 55”, a new set of awards presented by the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce, are still being accepted.
This award will recognize 5 individuals under the age of 55 for their Community Involvement and Leadership Capabilities. These honorees will be announced prior to “A Taste of Big Spring – Chamber Extravaganza” and will be recognized at the event on February 7, 2020.
“5 under 55” recipients do not have to be Chamber members; however, nominations will only be accepted from Chamber members in good standing and their employees.
Nomination forms can be picked up at the Chamber of Commerce located at 215 West 3rd Street. The deadline for nominations is January 29, 2020.
For more information please call 432-263-7641.
Last night, several community members in Big Spring were recognized for their service to the community by the Grand Chapter of Texas Order of The Eastern Star.
"The purpose of today was for us to start recognizing people who are doing good works in our community. If somebody's got a candle, we want to pull it out and let it shine and maybe it'll light more candles. That was our goal," said Colonel Morris Allen with the local Masonic Lodge and the Order of the Eastern Star.
Those recognized as “Rising Star” recipients were Jody Reid, Nicole Doose, Joseph Bright, and Eric Escamilla.
The Grand Chapter of Texas Order of the Eastern Star is a fraternal organization composed of women with Masonic affiliation and Master Masons. Their members share a belief in the existence of a Supreme Being and promotion of the principles of Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth.
The DAV, Chapter 47, presented several Certificates of Appreciation last night for organizations and people who have donated time, money, and volunteered to help the DAV.
Cheridan and Deegan Fulgham, representing Forsan Elementary, were presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by Big Spring DAV 47, Acting Junior Vice Commander Steve Purdy. Elementary students from Forsan raised more than $2,000 for our Chapter.
Others recognized with certificates were Cross Roads Young Marines, Moses Tijerina, Big Spring High School Band and Big Spring High School Rhapsody.
Last week, the United Way of Big Spring and Howard announced the grand total of their 2020 fundraising campaign. Last year, the organization raised $86,000 and their goal this year was to raise $200,000. The total amount raised for their 2020 campaign was $195,235, fulfilling over 97 percent of their goal and bringing in more than double the amount from last year’s campaign season.
Although the organization fell short on meeting their goal, Executive Director Christian Fair told KBest News that she was still excited about the outcome.
"I'm tickled with [the outcome], and I just want to thank the communtiy, Big Spring and Howard County, for their support and coming out to all of our stuff, our fundraisers, and for the employee pledges. Our employee pledges are a little down, but that's gonna be my goal this year [is to get those increased]," said Fair.
The United Way of Big Spring and Howard County is a non-profit organization that strives to improve the quality of life within our community by supporting health and human service organizations in Howard County. The money raised from this year’s campaign will be allocated to their 14 partnering agencies later this year.
Five Coahoma High School band students performed in the All-Region 6 band concert held this past Saturday in Andrews.
Those CHS students who performed on Saturday were trumpet players Wesley Chavarria and Aaron Turnbough, French horn player Jonah Rayford, clarinetist Alana Wegner, and flutist Maggie Guo.
CHS students auditioned for a spot in the band against musicians from across the region in December, and six students made the cut. However, trumpet player Bailey Wells was unable to play in this past weekend’s concert because she was participating in a FFA event.
(Pictured are CHS students who were chosen for the All-Region 6 band. They are Maggie Guo, Jonah Rayford, Aaron Turnbough, Alana Wegner, and Wesley Chavarria. Not pictured is Bailey Wells. The students auditioned for a spot against musicians throughout the area.)
The annual commemorative march in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day will begin at 6 PM tonight in Big Spring on the corner of MLK Blvd and Gregg St. It will end in front of the Knollwood Apartments, and is sponsored by Mt. Bethel Baptist Church in Big Spring.
"It's a lot of fun," said Garland “Buster” Green with Mt. Bethel Baptist Church. "We march; we sing all of the songs and hymns that they were doing back then, but most of all, it's really about taking the time to bring back to the light of what he did in order to bring attention to civil rights."
Everyone is welcomed to join the celebration, whether they are marchers, joggers, bikers, or if they prefer to travel in a vehicle. Those who do not wish to travel the designated route by vehicle are encouraged to bring a flashlight and dress appropriately as the low for the evening is expected to be in the upper 30s.
In addition to the MLK walk this evening, Baker's Chapel invites the public to the 3rd Annual Citywide MLK Commemorative Service at 12 PM Noon - 12:45 PM with lunch-in or "grab n go.” Baker’s Chapel is located at 911 N Lancaster (the corner of NW 10th & Lancaster). Everyone is welcome.
Within the past couple of months, Midland and Odessa areas have experienced a rash of bank robberies. In 2018, the Federal Bureau of Investigations reported that there had been a total 2,975 bank robberies that occurred among federally insured financial institutions. Approximately 6.5 percent of those robberies occurred in Texas.
Prosperity Bank’s record of customer service in Big Spring doesn’t just help to build genuine relationships with their customers, it’s also a means to keep funds secure.
Kodi Aguilar, Lobby Manager at Prosperity Bank in Big Spring, told KBest News that there are several things that factor into robbery prevention such as being consistent in following proper security procedures, strategic placement of offices, making good eye contact and knowing the customer.
"If all of the associates are making eye contact, looking at them, [and] observing them that deters them, quite a bit, from robbing. They know that we're aware and paying attention," said Aguilar.
Jeff Ward, Banking Center President for the local Prosperity Bank, also told KBest News that proper working security systems and camera systems are paramount, as well as consistency involving policies and procedures and following guidelines, rules and regulations.
Prosperity Bank is located at 1411 Gregg St. in Big Spring.
BIG SPRING – Today, Jan 20, 2020, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) contractors will begin the last phase of new construction to US 87 Truck Relief Route which is expected to open this summer.
This corridor currently runs through downtown Big Spring and with an influx of truck traffic, motorists have seen an increase of congestion in the downtown area. The new US 87 Truck Relief Route will allow vehicles on the Ports to Plains Route to travel at speed with less congestion while still allowing access to downtown Big Spring through Business US 87.
Beginning today, 01/20/2020, contractors will switch traffic onto the newly constructed northbound and southbound lanes of Business US 87 at Leatherwood Lane to allow for completion of the last phase of construction. During this
phase, contractors will connect the new expansion to existing US 87 and place the final surface on the roadway.
Motorists can expect lane closures throughout the duration of the project and are urged to use caution when traveling in a work zone. For road conditions and to prepare travel routes, please visit drivetexas.org.
The Howard County Junior Livestock Show took place at the G.C. Broughton, Jr. Ag Complex this weekend. There were many exhibitors that participated from Howard County 4-H, Coahoma FFA, Sands FFA, and Forsan FFA.
Steer - Aubree Blissard, Howard County 4-H
Lamb - Bryce Hamlin, Howard County 4-H
Goat - Bryce Hamline, Howard County 4-H
Barrow - Madlyn Nichols, Howard County 4-H
Rabbit - Lanson Moore, Howard County 4-H
Reserve Grand Champions
Steer - Seth Brooks, Coahoma FFA
Lamb - Brelyn Tubb, Howard County 4-H
Goat - Emilee Custer, Howard County 4-H
Barrow - Landry Brooks, Coahoma FFA
Rabbit - Katy Harris, Coahoma FFA
Finewool - Joseph Mosino, Howard County 4-H
Light Weight Goat - Case Custer, Coahoma FFA
Duroc - Julia Cox, Coahoma FFA
Hamp - Gabby Cox, Coahoma FFA
BOPB - Kristin Allen, Howard County 4-H
Light Cross - Lillian Gibson, Howard County 4-H
British - Landry Brooks, Howard County 4-H
Southdown - Claire Wegner, Howard County 4-H
Light Division Goat - Rowdy Atkins, Coahoma FFA
Duroc - Boyd Cox, Coahoma FFA
Hamp - Kacee Allen, Howard County 4-H
Light Cross - Peyton Beck, Howard County 4-H
During last night's meeting of the Board of Trustees for Big Spring ISD, board members approved an anonymous donation in the amount of $4,000 for the Big Spring Intermediate Activity Account. It was noted that the donation was to be used for students or any other BSI need. Board members also approved a Joint Election Agreement with the City of Big Spring to hold their Board of Trustees election on May 2, 2020.
At the end of the meeting, members of the BSISD Board of Trustees were given gifts for School Board Appreciation Month.
The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed Boot Barn as a new chamber member with a ribbon cutting today at their Big Spring location. Boot Barn is the largest Western retailer in the United States with over 200 stores in over 30 states. The store offers a great selection in Western Boots, Work Boots, Work Wear, Shirts, Jeans, Cowboy Hats, and Accessories.
Boot Barn is located at 2602 S. Gregg St. They’re open Monday-Saturday from 9 AM – 9 PM, and on Sunday they are open from noon to 6 PM. Norbie Nieves, Store Manager at the Big Spring location, told KBest News that their Grand Opening Weekend begins on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, and will include sales and an opportunity to spin the prize wheel. Also, on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, the KBest Crew will be on location from 11 AM – 1 PM.
The "Taste of Big Spring - Chamber Extravaganza" is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 7, from 5:30 – 8 PM, at the Howard County Fair Barn. Chamber members can set up booths to promote themselves to attendees for $250 per booth that comes with 2 tickets for the event. There will also be food, door prizes, and music during the event, along with the presentation of the Russ McEwen Community Award, 5 Under 55 honorees, and the announcement of Man and Woman of the Year.
The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce runs on fundraisers and memberships dues. In order to help the local organization generate more revenue to upgrade their software and website, sponsorship opportunities have been made available for this year’s annual networking event.
"We have presenting sponsors, event sponsor, a supporting sponsor, as well as friend sponsor and taste sponsor. There are different levels and you get different incentives when you are a sponsor," said Debbye Valverde, Executive Director for the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce.
Presenting sponsor for this year's evenet is $10,000. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Debbye at (432) 263-7641.
Tickets for "Taste of Big Spring – Chamber Extravaganza" are on sale now for $30 each. Tickets can be purchased at the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce, located at 215 W. 3rd St. in Big Spring.
On Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, Big Spring ISD students are encouraged to participate in “Titan up with Ryan Tannehill and the Tennessee Titans” by wearing blue.
"We decided to deem Friday as 'Titan up with Ryan Tannehill and the Tennessee Titans', and we're going to challenge all of our students, not only at the high school, but this is going to be district-wide. [We want them] to drape themselves with Tennessee Titan blue," said Mike Ritchey, Prinical and Athletic Director of Big Spring High School.
Ritchey is challenging the community to wear or decorate their business or store fronts with Tennessee Titan blue on Friday to show their support for the Big Spring High School graduate. Tannehill’s success in the NFL has been a recent hot topic since his current team the Tennessee Titans are currently 1 playoff game away from playing in this year’s Superbowl. Ritchey pointed out that if the Titans win this weekend against Kansas City, Tannehill will be the second Big Spring High School alum to play in the Superbowl.
"The 1978 graduate Kenneth Coffee won a Superbowl with the Washington Redskins. We would love for Ryan to be the second Big Spring High School graduate to have, not only play in a Superbowl, but to win one," said Ritchey.
Tannehill was a 2007 BSHS graduate led Big Spring Steers football team from 2004-2006, and went on to earn a scholarship to play football for Texas A&M. His parents, Tim and Cheryl Tannehill currently work for BSISD and done so for many years.
"It's an exciting time for him and the Titan organizations. It's an exciting time for this community, and for us as a family. We're just extremely proud of what he's accomplished this year," said Tim.
Ryan Tannehill and the Tennessee Titans will be taking on the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020 at 2:05 PM to compete for the AFC Championship. The winner of this game will move on to play in Superbowl LIV on Feb. 2nd at 5:30 PM.
Send your videos and photos and/or videos of your group, business, or organziation sporting your "Titan Blue" on Friday, to email@example.com.
AUSTIN – Last week, Governor Abbott today proclaimed January 2020 as Human Trafficking Prevention Month in Texas. In addition to issuing this proclamation, Governor Abbott encouraged all Texans to learn more about the risks and indicators of human trafficking and to do their part to help end these horrific crimes.
Governor Abbott stated, “The Lone Star State is adamant in its fight against the inhumane practice of human trafficking. Texas stands in solidarity with the survivors of this heinous crime, and we are grateful to law enforcement, the Child Sex Trafficking Team, prosecutors and the countless others who have stepped up to keep our communities safe. There is still much work to do, but we will not rest until this inhumanity is eradicated once and for all."
The Governor's Child Sex Trafficking Team (CSTT) is working to build sustainable capacity, enhance expertise, promote policies, and create new and leverage existing collaborations to end these crimes and help its young victims. In the past three months, CSTT has awarded over $26 million to programs that prevent child exploitation, identify and serve victims, and investigate and prosecute exploiters.
The proposed ordinance to designate Big Spring as a "Sanctuary City for the Unborn" was passed with amendments last night by Big Spring City Council members with a vote of 3-2, with 1 abstention. One of the amendments made was to remove the term "criminal organizations" from the ordinance prior to approval. Mayor Shannon Thomason, and council members Gloria McDonald, District 4, and Jim DePauw, District 6, voted for the ordinance. Raul Marquez, District 1, and Camilla Strande, District 5, voted against. District 2 representative Doug Hartman abstained from the vote and District 3 representative Terry McDaniel was not present for the meeting.
It should be noted that tonight's approval of the ordinance was only for the first reading. It will need a second approval by a majority vote at the next Big Spring City Council meeting on Jan. 28, 2020 in order for the ordinance to take effect.
Last night it was also announced that Colorado City became the 9th city in Texas to pass the ordinance, and now Big Spring is on its way to becoming the largest city in the state to become a "Sanctuary City for the Unborn", however, that may change after the City of Abilene makes a decision on the ordinance later this month on Jan. 23, 2020.
Yesterday, Howard County Commissioners extended the current burn ban for another 90 days. That took effect yesterday, Jan. 13, 2020.
It should also be noted that prior to yesterday’s meeting, a workshop was held by commissioners to discuss several items such as changes to the Howard County Tax Abatement Guidelines and Criteria, and changes to the Howard County Subdivision Rules and Regulations. Also, during the workshop, a concerned citizen presented allegations of possible water contamination in Howard County. It was noted during the meeting that entities involved would be looking further into the matter.
Tonight, Big Spring City Council members could possibly discuss and take action on the request to make Big Spring a Sanctuary City for the Unborn. City council members were presented with the request during the Public Comments section of a November 2019 meeting. Since then, the request was placed on the agenda for last month’s meeting where it was tabled with a 5-2 vote. Should City Council members vote to pass the ordinance, it would outlaw abortion within the city limits of Big Spring; making Big Spring the 8th and largest city in Texas to do so. The passing of the ordinance could also expose the city to various lawsuits, as previously informed by the American Civil Liberties Union.
Tonight’s meeting is of interest not only to Big Spring residents, but also to journalists abroad. French journalist Juliette de la Salle with Bangumi, recently interviewed local attorney Shonda Folsom to get background information about the proposed ordinance. De la Salle advised that she was producing a show dedicated to the women in the US after the election of President Donald Trump.
"It's my understanding that [Bungami] is getting both sides of the story," said Folsom. "I just think it's important for residents in Big Spring to know that what's going on in their city council meeting here is being watched all over the world. It's certainly something that folks in Big Spring need to be paying attention to."
The Big Spring City Council will be meeting this evening at 5:30 PM, however, it will be held in a different location. Due to the large turnout last month, tonight’s meeting has been moved to the Big Spring Municipal Auditorium, located at 310 E. 3rd St., in anticipation of another large audience. Due to the location for tonight, it should be noted that tonight’s meeting will not be broadcasted live on the local cable channel but it will be recorded to be aired at a later date.
It will, however, be live streamed on the KBest Media Facebook page beginning at 5:30 PM this evening.
Donor Recruitment Supervisor for Vitalant Dianne Scott visited Kindred Coffee Hour on Friday to speak to guests about National Blood Donor Month. According to Scott, 1 in 5 people will need blood in their lifetime.
She stated that many people, even usual donors, forget about donating blood over the holiday season. Since blood donations can only stay on the shelf for 42 days, this means that local blood banks are at risk of running critically low. In fact, Vitalant blood banks in the Permian Basin are at a critical level.
"Right this minute we're on a critical need for blood. That means, that there is not enough blood on the shelf. If there was a catastrophe or anything that happens, we would not have enough blood to take care of it," said Scott.
Anyone wanting to donate blood can visit bloodhero.com to sign up for an upcoming blood drive. Scott advised that up to 6 people can be saved by just 1 pint of donated blood. She noted that all blood types are needed, but O- blood is especially vital because it can be administered to anyone. Anyone can donate blood as long as they are healthy, and donors aged 16 and up are welcomed to donate.
The next blood drives coming up in Big Spring are at Back In Motion on Feb. 7th, and at Cosden Federal Credit Union on Feb. 14th.
If you would like to host a blood drive, contact Dianne Scott at 432-296-8755 for more information.