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Scenic Mountain Medical Center is accepting Medical Supply Donations.


The following is a statement from Scenic Mountain Medical Center concerning medical donations:

 

At Scenic Mountain Medical Center, we are humbled by the generosity of all who have inquired about donating medical supplies to support our staff and patients during the COVID-19 outbreak. We are gratefully accepting donations of medical supplies for our “Rainy Day Bank.”

 

Donations must be in unopened, original packaging and in accordance with approved hospital standards.

Requested donation categories include:

 

Disinfection Wipes & Liquids

 

General Purpose Hand Cleansers

 

Disposable Head Covers/Caps

 

Disposable Gowns

 

Disposable Gloves

 

N95 Respirator Face Masks

 

Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPRs)

 

Disposable Face Masks

 

Face-shields/Goggles/Safety Glasses

 

Coveralls/Scrubs

 

Shoe-covers

 

 

Donations can be delivered:

 

1. By Mail to: SMMC (Attention to Materials)

1601 W. 11th Place

Big Spring, Texas 79720

 

2. In person (with scheduled delivery)

Please do not drop off. To schedule a drop off time/location, contact Daniel Moreno at 432-553-1271 or April Arms at 432-213-0740 or by emailing Martin.Morenoii@steward.org or April.Arms@Steward.Org

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Suspect Arrested and Charged with Aggravated Robbery: From BSPD:


On the 27th of March 2020 at approximately 1:40 A.M., Big Spring Police Department officers were dispatched to 300 S. Owens “Quick Track” in reference to a robbery.

 

While en-route dispatch informed officers that the Hispanic/Male actor had stolen items from within the store and when confronted by the clerk outside the store the actor exhibited what had believed to be a pistol.

 

Officers searched the area and located the suspect on foot in the 400 block of E. 3rd wearing a pink bandana over his face and carrying what was believed to be a pistol. The suspect (Robert Lyles Hispanic/Male 18 years of age) was ordered to the ground and taken into custody. The suspected pistol was found to be a BB gun. Officers recovered merchandise that had been stolen from the Quick Track. All items were returned to Quick Track.

 

Lyles was booked into the Howard County Jail for the offense of Aggravated Robbery a Felony 1 offense and is awaiting arraignment by a magistrate.

 

The Aggravated Robbery charge is due to Lyles exhibiting what appeared to be a deadly weapon during the commission of the Theft.

 

Chief of Police, Chad Williams

Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon

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Carnage Radio will be available for viewing for a limited time this weekend.


Yesterday, the makers of Carnage Radio announced that the film would be available to watch for free in a limited release window extending from today, March 27, 2020 through Sunday, March 29, 2020!

 

They advised the link to watch the film will be on their Facebook page at 5 PM today.

 

Carnage Radio was made by local filmmakers in Big Spring. The film is about a late-night radio show DJ in a small West Texas town receives a call on the air one night from an unfamiliar voice who leads him through a mysterious mind game.

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Area News: Scurry County issues "Stay Home Stay Safe" order that goes into effect tonight, 03/27/2020, at 11:59 PM.


Yesterday, Scurry County issued a "Stay Home Stay Safe" order that goes into effect tonight, March 27, 2020, at 11:59 PM and continues until 11:59 PM on Friday, April 3, 2020, unless extended. 

 

The intent of the order is to ensure that the maximum number of people self-isolate in their homes to the maximum extent possible, while enabling essential services to continue, to reduce the risk to the health and safety of the people to the maximum extent possible. It should be noted that failure to comply with the order shall be a criminal offense and punishable by a fine up to $1,000 or a jail term not to exceed 180 days.

 

During a live stream on the Scurry County Texas Facebook page, Scurry County Judge Dan Hicks, stated that everyone is ordered to stay home "except for essential activities or for performing or accessing essential governmental functions, healthcare operations, essential businesses, and essential critical infrastructure." 

He went on to assure the public that they would still get to go to the grocery store, get fuel, and care for family members in different households.

 

Under this order, all non-essential businesses are required to stop all activities with the exception of minimum basic operations. Among these that are closed include, but are not limited to:

 

  • hair salons
     

  • nail salons
     

  • tanning salons (including spray tanning)
     

  • barber shops
     

  • tattoo parlors
     

  • piercing businesses
     

  • hair removal waxing businesses
     

  • massage businesses
     

  • commercial amusement and entertaining businesses including:
    arcades
    adult arcades or gaming facilities
    game rooms
    indoor movie theaters
    bars and lounges
    gyms and fitness facilities

 

Judge Hicks encouraged the public to stay home, stay safe, and only go out if it’s absolutely necessary. It was also made clear that there were no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Scurry County as of the time of the live stream.

 

 

To read the Scurry County's "Stay Home Stay Safe" order, visit: 

http://www.co.scurry.tx.us/upload/page/7080/Stay%20Home%20Order%20Signed.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3tBCXs4OURvVBKxahf4jW7CmPKF78z4gfDANQ2uh9XZtgk2AmEsOV2gIE

 

Frequently Asked Questions:  

http://www.co.scurry.tx.us/upload/page/7080/FREQUENTLY%20ASKED%20QUESTIONS.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0lTBpIfbCLURgEhCrDGKEF2yE3WkUXOnPOdojtmCp-PXZXsMuP9eUNA2I

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Big Spring City Council Special Session, 03/27/2020


During last night’s special session of the Big Spring City Council, final readings of a Resolution of a Declaration of Public Health Disaster for the City of Big Spring and a Resolution amending Chapter VIII of the City of Big Spring Personnel Policies and Procedures were approved with a 5-1 vote. Councilman Jim DePauw, District 6, voted against the final reading because he said that there should be more time between the first reading, which was held on Tuesday, March 24, 2020,  and second reading. Councilman Doug Hartman, District 2, was not present for the vote. He later joined the meeting via teleconference.

 

Councilmembers also approved the final reading of a resolution authorizing and approving a project and loan of up to $6 million to finance infrastructure and road improvements to the Big Spring Airpark with a 5-2 vote. Those voting against were Mayor Shannon Thomason and Councilman Hartman.

 

The Big Spring City Council also approved the first reading to postpone the General Election that was scheduled to be held on May 2, 2020 for the purpose of electing  city council members for District 1 and District 3 to Nov. 3, 2020. This ordinance was not unanimously approved as an emergency and will be sent for a second reading.

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Scenic Mountain Medical Center restricts hospital visitors until further notice, 03/26/2020


Today, Scenic Mountain Medical Center announced that, in line with the latest guidance provided by the CDC and the Texas State Dept. of Health related to COVID-19, all hospital visitors will be restricted until further notice. The only exceptions are for women in labor and end of life circumstances, who will be allowed one (1) visitor each.

 

SMMC advised that in order to protect their patients and employees from the spread of COVID-19, they are making every effort to keep their facilities safe through the enhanced screening of patients and strict visitor restrictions to their facilities.

All patients who enter through available access points will be screened immediately upon arrival. Points of entrance will be limited to:

 

1) ER Entrance 24/7

2) West Texas Medical Plaza (Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM)

 

If you are not a provider working at the facility, hospital employee, or seeking immediate medical attention, you are asked to avoid the hospital.

 

If you are experiencing a cough, fever, and/or shortness of breath or have been in direct contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, please call your primary physician's office. Your physician will help determine whether you may go in for an appointment, or if you should stay at home and await further instruction.

 

You can also call the local COVID-19 hotline for a phone screening and additional resources at 432-268-4785. The public is urged to not go to the hospital unless it is an emergency.

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PSA: Big Spring Police Department states there's no need to "Panic Buy"


In a public service announcement released by the Big Spring Police Department, it was noted that on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Big Spring Mayor Shannon Thomason and Emergency Management staff met with management of local grocery stores. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss their current and foreseeable challenges and to see if there was anything the City of Big Spring could do to help.

 

According to the grocery stores' management, there is absolutely no shortage of the supplies that citizens are purchasing and there is no problem with the supply chain. The current shortage on the shelves is directly related to the citizens “panic” buying.

The grocery stores believe if they could get 5-6 days of “normal” shopping this would help them get caught up with stocking the shelves. Each of the grocery stores have taken proactive steps in an attempt to deter hoarding.

 

The Big Spring Police Department asks that our citizens are respectful of their decisions as the attention is on the citizens as a whole and not any one individual. Please help Big Spring and stop PANIC buying.

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Sterling County Nursing Home keeps residents engaged while slowing the spread of COVID-19.


It’s been almost a week since Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order which stated that people shall not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance. This was in accordance with guidelines from the President of the United States and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

 

Although visitors have not been permitted inside these facilities, Sterling County Nursing Home has continued to find a way to keep their residents engaged and safe.  

 

Derek Rankin, Administrator for the facility, told KBest News that it took some adjustments because they’re used to trying to engage their residents with the community, and with visits from family, friends, and volunteers. 

 

“We really had to make a lot of adjustments since we don’t get those luxuries anymore. [We thought,] how do we continue life within the walls confined in there and still make it fun for [residents] and make it feel normal and safe and secure?” said Rankin.

 

As far as how staff has been impacted by the Executive Order, Rankin pointed out that they’re fortunate to still be able to work and stated, “We just kinda focus on taking care of people who need it the most.”

 

Sterling County Nursing Home recently posted a video of an indoor parade on their Faceboo page. The video showed their staff dancing with residents to Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock” while residents displayed fun signs on why they're on "lockdown". In under 24 hours, it has received over 24,000 views and over 400 shares.

 

Rankin told KBest News that the Facebook page has been a great way to update the community on how residents are doing, and they’ve gotten great feedback from family members who appreciate getting to see pictures of their loved ones during this time when they can’t visit. 

 

In spite of the restrictions that residents are currently under, Rankin advised that keeping residents engaged has been beneficial to give them something to look forward to and get COVID-19 news off their mind. He also emphasized that it’s the staff at Sterling County Nursing Home that really makes the difference with their hard work and that advised that they’re blessed to have them.

 

According to Rankin, people can continue to communicate with residents through phone calls, facetime, or other effective ways.

 

“It’s mostly just utilizing the technology around us," said Rankin. "If you can’t come in the door, you can communicate via that technology, or find creative ways to keep a barrier between you and them and still have fun with it.” 

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PSA: Updated Water Office Contact Number and Payment Methods


Effective immediately, to contact the City of Big Spring Water Office, please call 432-466-3264, 432- 466-3568, or 432-466-7248. The Water Office is temporarily located at 305 South Johnson. Be advised, all City of Big Spring offices, including the Water Office, remain closed to the public and open by appointment and electronic means ONLY.

 

WAYS TO MAKE YOUR PAYMENT:
1. Pay online at www.mybigspring.com. Click ONLINE BILL PAY.

2. Pay via the automated phone system by calling 833-227-1752.

3. Payment can be placed in the Drop Box at the Polly Mays Annex (501 Runnels). Staff checks the box daily.

4. Pay over the phone by calling 432-466-3264, 432-466-3568, or 432-466-7248.

 

Water Office staff are still available to assist customers by appointment and over the phone during normal business hours.

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Howard County Library receives Family Place Grant for $6,000. 


During Monday’s meeting of the Howard County Commissioners Court, Children’s Librarian Sandra Verdin announced that the Howard County Library had been awarded a Family Place Library Grant in the amount of $6,000 from the Texas State Library & Archives Commission, also called the TSLAC.

 

Verdin advised that this will help Howard County Library be more family friendly and give a set of resources for the community, parents, and caregivers.

 

Verdin told KBest News that the goal is to help Howard County Library become a community center for literacy, promote early childhood development, provide parent education and engagement, support family and community information.

 

The money from the grant will be utilized for training to learn to implement parent child workshops, develop a special collections for parents and caregivers, set up a specially designated space for families, provide additional programs for babies and toddlers, connect parents and caregivers to community resources, and do outreach within our community to promote these services.


The TSLAC initiated the Family Place Libraries Project in 2015 to help public libraries address early learning with a goal of ensuring that all children enter school ready and able to learn.

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Big Spring City Council Meeting, 03/24/2020


In order to maintain a group gathering of fewer than 10 people as requested by Governor Greg Abbott, Big Spring City Council members were allowed to attend the meeting by telecommunication. Big Spring Mayor Shannon Thomason and Jim DePauw were in physical attendance and council members Camilla Strande, Gloria McDonald, Raul Marquez, and Doug Hartman, and Terry McDaniel joined by teleconference. 

 

During the discussion of Consent Items, Councilman DePauw, District 6, asked why the second reading of the Airpark project was not on the agenda. Mayor Thomason advised that he had removed the second reading regarding the Airpark on Friday before the agenda was published. Later, during Council Input, DePauw referenced the second reading not being on the agenda. He also spoke on the importance and impact that the Airpark Road project could have on the community. DePauw mentioned that there would be a special meeting on Thursday at 5:30 PM regarding the issue.

 

During New Business, a Resolution of a Declaration of Public Health Disaster for the City of Big Spring, Texas and a Resolution amending Chapter VIII of the City of Big Spring Personnel Policies and Procedures by adding a new section 11 entitled “Emergency/Disaster Employee and Working Conditions Designation; Telecommuting and Leave; and Exceptional Conditions Paid Leave were not unanimously voted on as emergencies. Both resolutions, however, were passed in a first reading and will be sent for second reading.

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Howard County Commissioners extend Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health, 03/23/2020 Emergency for Howard County.


During yesterday's meeting of the Howard County Commissioners Court, the Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency for Howard County was extended from 7 days to continue until the Governor of the State of Texas withdraws the state's Declaration of Public Health Disaster.

 

The declaration is a generic document that allows them to promote health, suppress the virus, and have a way to ensure compliance with their rules and directives IF needed. It will continue until Governor Abbott withdraws the State Declaration of Disaster that was issued on March 13, 2020.?

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Scenic Mountain Medical Center hosts Blood Drive, March 23 - 24, 2020


Scenic Mountain Medical Center is hosting a 2-day blood drive TODAY and TOMORROW. There will be 3 buses parked outside of the hospital from 9 AM - 3 PM today and tomorrow (March 23-24, 2020). 

 

According to Dianne Scott, Donor Recruitment Supervisor for Vitalant, there have been multiple blood drives that have been canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This has resulted in the local supply of blood being approximately 200 pints behind schedule.

 

For anyone who has concerns about being exposed to the virus, Scott ensured that Vitalant is adhering to their Standard Operating Procedures by only allowing 3 people in the bus at one time, wiping everything down after each person, and taking every donor’s temperature before they enter the bus.

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PSA: Water Office Payment Methods, 03/23/2020


The City of Big Spring Water Office has relocated to the City Hall Annex located at 204 Johnson Street. All City of Big Spring offices, including the Water Office, are currently closed to the public and open by appointment and electronic means ONLY.

 

WAYS TO MAKE YOUR PAYMENT:

1. Pay online at www.mybigspring.com. Click ONLINE BILL PAY.

 

2. Pay via the automated phone system by calling 833-227-1752.

 

3. Payments with a check or money can be placed in the Drop Box at the Polly Mays Annex (501 Runnels). Staff checks the box daily. Please do not place cash in the drop box.

 

4. Pay over the phone by calling 432-264-2319 or 432-264-2320.

 

Water Office staff are still available to assist customers by appointment and over the phone during normal business hours. To contact the Water Office, please call 264-2319 or 264-2320. Please note these are not the normal Water Office contact numbers.

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SMMG opens COVID-19 Triage Clinic in Big Spring


Statement from Scenic Mountain Medical Center / Scenic Mountain Medical Group about their newly opened COVID-19 Triage Clinic.

 

As of Monday, March 23, 2020, SMMG will be opening a COVID-19 Triage Clinic. This clinic will be available for patients who feel like they have the following symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath.

 

You will be able to call this triage clinic at 432-268-2800 and schedule an appointment. The clinic will be located at 1608 W. FM 700, Suite E.

 

Our hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 AM- 11:30 AM— 1:00 PM -4:00 PM

 

You will call upon arrival, stay in your car, and the staff will get you taken care of. We are following CDC guidelines for the COVID-19 testing, which includes getting a flu and strip test and then if necessary, will be followed up with a COVID-19 test. Please note at this time we do not have any state provided testing. We have a limited number of testing provided by Clinical Pathology Laboratories. That company will then bill your insurance for this test. If the physician feels like COVID-19 testing is not required, you will be responsible for your normal co-pay.

You can also call our 24 hour hotline at 432-268-4285 for phone screening.

 

We appreciate your patience through this process and look forward to helping our community.

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Howard County Commissioners and Big Spring City Council to hold meetings this week.


UPDATE: Please be advised that the 3:00 pm Commissioners’ Workshop meeting in the 2nd floor Conference Room has been cancelled.

 

The regularly scheduled Commissioners’ Court meeting at 3:30 pm will still take place. The public is encouraged to use the live stream link provided below:

 

http://www.co.howard.tx.us/

 

------ORIGINAL POST-----------

 

The Howard County Commissioners will have a regular meeting today, March 23, 2020, at 3:30 PM on the 3rd floor of the Howard County Courthouse, with a budget workshop before the meeting at 3 PM in the 2nd floor Conference Room.

 

It is unclear if the meeting will be restricted to only 10 people, but Judge Wiseman encouraged the public to watch the live stream from home on the Howard County Info Tech page. KBest News will also be sharing that live stream to our KBest Media Facebook page. Those wishing to make public comments will be able to do so by submitting comments on the live stream through Facebook.

 

To view the agenda for the Howard County Commissioners Court, visit: http://www.co.howard.tx.us/upload/template/1880/2020%20Agendas/ccm_agenda_3232020.pdf

 

Big Spring City Council will meet in regular session tomorrow evening, March 24, 2020, at 5:30 PM by telecommunication. The public is invited to watch the meeting on local channel 17 on Suddenlink, or through their live stream on the City website. Those wishing to make public comments can continue to do so by calling 432-271-6537. 

 

To view the agenda for the Big Spring City Council meeting, visit: http://mybigspring.com/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_03242020-391

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Big Spring Police Department makes modifications to operations to assist in preventing the spread of COVID-19.


Effective Sunday, March 22, 2020, at midnight and in response to the COVID-19, the Big Spring Police Department offices will remain open by appointment and electronic means ONLY.  The Big Spring Police Department will also be making the additional below modifications to our operations to ensure that our officers and the public are protected to the greatest extent possible while assisting on the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 and while effectively providing the necessary services our citizens require.

 

All ride along programs and building tours are suspended while under this plan.

 

Citizen fingerprinting services has been suspended during this plan.

 

The Police Department lobby will be closed and only accessible by appointment only.

 

Patrol Response:

Effective Sunday, March 22, 2020, at midnight, officers will only respond to calls in progress, assaultive, violent, or calls that require collection of evidence.

 

Calls requiring reports not fitting the above parameters will be taken over the phone by officers.  If an officer while taking the report by phone determines that collection of evidence is needed, the officer shall respond and use appropriate COVID-19 precautions.

 

It is imperative that when calling Communications that the caller leave a good call back number for Officers to return calls.

 

Animal Control:

Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. the Shelter will only be accessible to the public by appointment only.  The shelter will continue to be manned and the care of our animals will not change.  Animals that need to be picked up will be done so by appointment only arranged by calling 432-264-2372.  Again, social distancing will be implemented with anyone coming to the shelter.  Anyone that exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed inside the shelter.  Only one person from the public will be allowed in the shelter at a time during this plan.

 

Animal Service Officers will continue to respond to calls using social distancing whenever possible.  

 

Records Division:

During this time, the Records Division will remain open by appointment and electronic means ONLY.  Services and appointments may be obtained by calling 432-264-2568.

 

Identification Division:

During this plan, the Identification Division will remain open by appointment and electronic means ONLY.  Citizens needing to have property released or returned will be by appointment only and citizens are to call 432-264-2576.

 

When citizens who need to call and make an appointment for any of the above Divisions, COVID-19 screening questions will be asked prior to any appointment being made.

 

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Rest assured the Big Spring Police Department will continue to protect and serve our community during this trying time.  We will continue to respond to crimes in progress, keep our roadways safe, and work with other community partners to ensure the safety of the citizens we serve.

 

The Big Spring Police Department will notify our citizens upon return to normal services.  We do appreciate the support and understanding from our community.

 

Chief of Police, Chad Williams

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Special Session of Howard County Commissioners Court; Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency issued for Howard County


?Howard County Commissioners held a Special Session on Friday afternoon at the Howard County Courthouse and it was streamed live on the Facebook page for Howard County Info and Tech. During the meeting, commissioners met to discuss planning for employee safety and maintenance expenses during pandemic conditions. 

 

Terry Chamness, Emergency Management Coordinator for Howard County, advised that with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lubbock and Midland Counties, it was only a matter of time before a case was confirmed in Howard County. He suggested that a declaration of local disaster be issued for the county. Chamness stated that the sooner that the declaration was issued, the sooner the county could begin keeping a record of related expenses and that can later be refunded through the state or FEMA.

 

The Howard County Commissioners unanimously agreed to pass the declaration. Judge Wiseman then issued a Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency for Howard County, Texas. This will stay in effect for 7 days unless extended by the Commissioners Court.

 

Judge Wiseman told KBest News that the declaration does not mean that there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the county, instead, it is a generic document that allows them to promote health, suppress the virus, and have a way to ensure compliance with their rules and directives IF needed. 

 

The Howard County Commissioners will have a regular meeting on Monday, at 3:30 PM on the 3rd floor of the Howard County Courthouse, with a budget workshop before the meeting at 3 PM in the 2nd floor Conference Room. At this time, it is unclear if the meeting will be restricted to only 10 people, but Judge Wiseman encouraged the public to watch the live stream from home on the Howard County Info Tech page. KBest News will also be sharing that live stream to our KBest Media Facebook page. 

 

To view the whole agenda for Monday’s meeting, visit: http://www.co.howard.tx.us/upload/template/1880/2020%20Agendas/ccm_agenda_3232020.pdf

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Big Spring City Offices to be open by appointment only and electronic means ONLY


City of Big Spring offices will remain open by appointment and electronic means ONLY effective Sunday, March 22, 2020, at midnight. These offices include:

 

• City Hall (432-264-2401)

o Finance Department (432-264-2513)

o Public Works Department (432-264-2501)

o Human Resources Department (432-264-2346)

• Water Office (432-264-2319)

• Code Enforcement/Permits (432-264-2505)

• Community Services Office

o Convention and Visitors Bureau (432-263-8235)

o Facilities (432-264-2322)

o Cemetery (432-264-2323)

• Police Department (432-264-2550)

• Fire Department (432-264-2304)

 

The Big Spring Senior Center will be closed to congregate meals, but those who wish to pick up a to-go order can call 432-267-1268, for more information.

 

All city pavilions, playground structures, and Moss Lake will remain closed until further notice.

 

For any questions or concerns please contact the City Manager’s Office at 432-264-2401.

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City Park Playground Structures and Pavilions Closed


The City of Big Spring will be following CDC guidelines and the executive order by Governor Abbott concerning COVID-19 and will be closing all city park playground structures and park pavilions including Kidz Zone, Cotton Mize softball field, playground structures at ABC Park, Bert Andries Park, Dr. Morgan Park, and any other city-owned playground structure or pavilion until at least April 20th.

 

The date of closure has the possibility to extend. We also ask that you refrain from gathering in groups of 10 or more during this time so we can help stop the spread of COVID-19.

 

For any questions or concerns please contact the City Manager's Office at 432-264-2401

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BSPD: Raul Mendez arrested in Big Spring Murder


On March 5, 2020, at approximately 1:37 AM, an Officer with the Big Spring Police Department observed a silver in color, 2004, Chrysler PT Cruiser, parked on the south side of Kent Kwik located in the 300 block of South Gregg Street. The officer checked out with the vehicle and observed a male subject, later identified as Ramiro De La Rosa, Hispanic/Male, 64 years of age, of Odessa, TX, sitting in the front passenger seat, slumped over, and suffering from an apparent assault. Big Spring Fire Department Medics responded to the scene for medical treatment.

 

Ramiro De La Rosa was transported to Scenic Mountain Medical Center and then flown to University Medical Center located in Lubbock, Texas due to facial fractures. Ramiro De La Rosa ultimately succumbed to his injuries and passed away at University Medical Center.

 

Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigation Division Detectives along with the Texas Rangers conducted a murder investigation. During the course of the investigation, Investigators developed a suspect identified as Raul Mendez Hispanic/Male 40 years of age. Investigators had obtained the security video from Kent Kwik which clearly showed Ramiro De La Rosa’s vehicle on the south side of the building.

 

Investigators also observed a black passenger vehicle later identified as a black in color, 2015, Toyota Camry, pull into the Kent Kwik parking lot. Investigators then observed Mr. Mendez exit the Toyota Camry and approach Ramiro De La Rosa while Ramiro was sitting in the driver’s seat of the PT Cruiser. Shortly later, Raul Mendez was observed removing an item from his left rear pocket which was later identified as brass knuckles. The video shows that Raul Mendez punched Ramiro De La Rosa in the head and face area several times with the brass knuckles.

 

On March 18, 2020, at approximately 12:15 PM Investigators placed Raul Mendez under arrest for unrelated charges. Investigators had developed probable cause to believe Mr. Mendez murdered Ramiro De La Rosa at which time an arrest warrant affidavit was presented to a magistrate and an arrest warrant was issued for Raul Mendez for the offense of Murder. Mr. Mendez was then also charged with the murder of Mr. De La Rosa. Raul Mendez has been booked into the Howard County Jail and bond has been set at $750,000.

 

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

Chief of Police Chad Williams

Lieutenant Brian Gordon

Sergeant John Haynes

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Gov. Greg Abbott issues Executive Order to contain spread of COVID-19.


Yesterday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order to contain the spread of COVID-19 across Texas. In it, the executive order states:

 

  • Every person in Texas shall avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
  • People shall avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms or massage parlors; however, the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options is allowed and highly encouraged during the limited duration of the executive order
  • People shall not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
  • Schools are temporarily close.

 

Big Spring Mayor Shannon Thomason said that the City of Big Spring knew something like this could happen, but it was still a bit of a surprise.

 

"I was on a phone call with the Governor [Wednesday], and [he] made no mention of this; and it really kinda seems a little bit rushed to me, but that, of course, could just be the nature of the pandemic. We've seen that on the city-side, as well, how fluid things become in a situation like this with new information coming out everyday and trying to provide information to the citizens of Big Spring," said Thomason.

 

He told KBest News that the City of Big Spring will do their best to get the information in the executive order out to the public as quickly as possible and as syncly as possible. 

 

The executive order will go into effect as of 11:59 PM tonight and continue through 11:59 PM on April 3, 2020 unless extended by the Governor.

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BSISD Food Distribution


This week, Big Spring ISD has been serving meals for their students while schools are closed. These meals could be picked up at Marcy, Moss, and Big Spring Junior High from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Now, BSISD is reaching out to students that may not be able to make it to these locations.

 

George Bancroft, Assistant Superintendent for Big Spring ISD, told KBest News that they figured that would be kids who wouldn't be able to make it to these locations to pick up meals and they decided to utilize their bus drivers during this time to help. 

 

"Our bus drivers have nothing to do because we're not running bus routes, so now they have something to do now," said Bancroft. "They're gonna take ten buses to ten locations around town and they'll stop there at about 9 [AM]. Anyone under the age of 18 who needs meals can come to those buses and get meals."

 

According to Bancroft, the buses will stay at those locations for approximately an hour, and then move to a second location and stay there for approximately an hour. A map showing the all locations for BSISD food distribution can be found on the Big Spring ISD Facebook page.

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Big Spring YMCA NOTICE:


Yesterday, the Big Spring YMCA announced that no new memberships would be sold, but the decision would be re-evaluated on April 1, 2020. Beginning Monday, March 23rd, 2020 the following changes will be implemented:

 

•There will be No Child Watch (or babysitting) for mornings or evenings.

•No school-aged children allowed in the building during school hours. *exceptions for athletic programs.

•A workout class daily fee will be accepted during regular hours.

•Daily fee usage to the Fitness/Cardio Center and basketball gym will be restricted to the following hours only:

Monday thru Friday: 5:00am-8:00am
Monday thru Friday: 9:00am-3:00pm
Monday thru Thursday: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-3:00pm
Sunday: 2:00pm-5:00pm

PLEASE BEAR WITH US AS WE ALL TRY TO GET THROUGH THIS.

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Scenic Mountain Medical Center to implement new procedures


Earlier this week, Scenic Mountain Medical Center released the following statement on the list of new procedures that will be followed as a result of COVID-19:

 

Scenic Mountain Medical Center is committed in serving the patients, community and our employees. Safety of our patients and staff is a priority, particularly in times like these.
To protect our patients, community and staff from the spread of COVID-19, we are making every effort through enhanced screening of patients, visitors and employees before they enter our facilities. In accordance with federal mandates regarding the national State of Emergency issued on Friday, March 13, Scenic Mountain Medical Center will implement the following until further notice:

 

• ALL patients, visitors and/or vendors will only enter through the ED Entrance 24/7 and West Texas Plaza Main Entrance 7 AM until 5 PM


• ALL patients, visitors and/or vendors will be required to complete a questionnaire and be screened prior to entering


• Visitors, if you are sick or have a fever please stay Home


• Children under the age of 12 will not be permitted to visit UNLESS the child is a patient


• Inpatient visitors will be limited to 1 at any given time and this is at the discretion of the provider


• All elective tests, procedures and surgeries will continue and NOT be cancelled


• Avoid all unnecessary travel

 

Please feel free to visit our website and/or Facebook page for all informational updates. We will continue to monitor the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) for the latest updates and precautionary measures.


If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 or have questions, please call your primary physician or (432) 268-4785 for a phone screening. Please do not come to the hospital unless it is an emergency.


If you would like more information regarding COVID-19, visit the CDC website:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
https://www.cdc.gov/…/downloads/stop-the-spread-of-germs.pdf
https://www.cdc.gov/…/2019-ncov/if-yo…/steps-when-sick.html…

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