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West Texas VA Health Care System (WTVAHCS) celebrates November as the "Month of the Veteran"


West Texas Veterans Affairs Health Care System invites the community to join them for Month of the Veteran activities. The main facility will kick off the month with a flag raising ceremony conducted by Boy Scout Troop #5, 8:30 a.m., November 1st in the flag pole assembly area, 300 Veterans Blvd., Big Spring, Texas.

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November 9: Veterans 2K Parade located at the walking track at WTVAHCS, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

November 11: Annual Veterans Day Program and Wreath laying at Howard College, Dorothy Garrett Coliseum, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Lunch will be provided after the service).

November 30: Memorial Services at WTVAHCS chapel, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. honoring Veteran patients who passed away during the year.

The community is invited to join in the scheduled activities. If individuals or organizations would like to do something special for Veterans during the month, contact Akisha Woods at 432.263.7361, extension 4824.

 

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The Big Red Band ended its marching season Saturday with a solid performance at UIL Area A 3A Marching preliminary contest held in Amarillo.


Coahoma placed 13th out of the 19 West Texas and Panhandle bands that marched at Dick Bivins Field. The first seven bands went on to the finals held that same evening.

The award-winning Coahoma band performed its show entitled a Grimm Tale in front of hundreds of spectators who braved the sunny but cool and windy weather to watch a full day of competition.

“I am proud of the performance our student’s gave at Area,” said John Landin, head band director. “They worked many hours to get to this moment. They represented their school and themselves well at multiple contest this season.”

The band traveled about three and half hours to Amarillo to compete Saturday after spending Friday night in the stands exposed to freezing temperatures cheering on the varsity football players as they competed in a very important game against the Colorado City Wolves.

Earlier in the season, the band earned a Division I rating at UIL Region 6 contest and at the Concho Classic Marching Festival where the band’s Color Guard received the Outstanding Color Guard award for Class 3A Schools

“The kid’s are looking forward to adding more stand tunes for our upcoming playoff run with the football team,” Landin said. “After football season we will turn our attention toward concert season and completing our run at a third consecutive Sweepstakes award.”

The Color Guard Choreography for the 2017 show is by Zach McKennon and dance choreography is by Stevi McKinnon, owner of the Dance Gallery in Big Spring. The show centers on the Brothers Grimm version of Little Red Riding Hood.

This year’s band is led by seniors Tyler McFall, Hope Ramirez, and Reagan Deel. Assistant band directors for the program are Jessica Fox and Kira Landin.

The public can next watch the award winning Big Red Band perform on Friday, Nov. 9, during halftime of the Coahoma Bulldogs/ Lubbock Roosevelt football game in Lubbock. The game begins at 7:30 p.m.

 

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Big Spring Shop Owner Opens Portion of her Shop to Serve Cancer Patients


When cancer patients go through chemo treatments, one of the side effects is hair loss. This hair loss can have a huge impact on patients battling cancer, especially women. 

 

Sherry Phillips, owner of Merle Norman Cosmetics – located at 1210 S. Gregg St. in Big Spring, has opened up a portion of her shop to help cancer patients feel better about their appearance. There she has hats, scarves, turbans, and wigs for any of the cancer patients in Howard, Glasscock, or Martin counties who wishes to use them. There’s no charge for cancer patients to take from the collection, but Phillips only asks that the patient comes to the shop in person and calls ahead of time so that Sherry can make time to help them find something.

 

Phillips stated that she was inspired to do this after her mother, Joyce Phillips, passed away from cancer and that when she finally had the opportunity to put her plan into motion, she did. Phillips has been serving the citizens of Howard, Glasscock, and Martin counties for approximately 4 years and says that she’s seen a lot of patients come through over the years, but she would like to get the information out to anyone who needs it.

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Successful Fundraiser for Fire Chief Sullivan, HCVFD


On Saturday a fundraiser was held for Fire Chief Tommy Sullivan, Howard County Volunteer Fire Department, at the Stampede in Big Spring. The event was coordinated by Cherrie Burcham and included an auction of numerous donated items from the community, as well as "Smash the Car", and a dance that included the musical stylings of J.R. McNutt.

 

It was reported that the event brought in over $18,000 PLUS an additional $4,000 that was given to Chief Sullivan by other donors.

 

Burcham stated that, on behalf of everyone who organized the fundraiser, she wanted to give a huge THANK YOU to the Howard County community. She also went on to say, "We could never have pulled this off without all the donations we received. There are too many to list, but from the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much for your donations no matter how big or small."

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Forsan Mighty Buffaloes Head to STATE!!


Ms. Rebecca Medina reports the following to KBest Media:

The Forsan Mighty Buffalo Band is, once again, headed to state! The Forsan band had an eloquent and powerful showing on this cold Saturday in Lubbock. The band's success comes after many hours of dedication, practice, fine- tuning, and much passion. The band is under the direction of the amazing Jim Rhodes and Chans Moellendorf. Misty Moellendorf is the color guard director. 
The band will travel to San Antonio and compete with the best bands in the state of Texas next week!

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CISD's Charlotte Stovall named Outstanding Principal for ESC Region 18 by TASSP


Coahoma - Coahoma ISD is proud to announce Charlotte Stovall, former principal of Coahoma High School and current Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, has been named ESC Region 18’s Outstanding Principal of the Year by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP).

Stovall said she was surprised and honored to be nominated and chosen by a group of her peers within the region.

“I love what I do. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to work with kids every day,” Stovall said. “We are molding our future and the time I spend with them is amazing. Some people have a job they go to every day. When I go to work, it’s not a job. I have an opportunity to make a change in some child’s life. I think that’s pretty cool, and I love it.”

Stovall earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degree in education at Angelo State University in San Angelo. She has 22 years of experience in the education field.

“My first year of teaching was at Coahoma Elementary as a kindergarten teacher,” Stovall said. “I then began teaching for Colorado ISD and stayed there for 16 years as a teacher, counselor, and principal.”

Stovall returned to Coahoma ISD in 2013 to serve as the elementary school principal. In June of 2015, she was named the principal of the high school and for a short time in 2016, she served as the junior high and high school principal. She transitioned to her current position as Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction in June of 2017.

“We are blessed to have Charlotte as a leader in our district,” said Dr. Amy Jacobs, Superintendent of Coahoma ISD. “Her passion for providing students with the best possible learning environment, along with her ability to lead students and staff to achieving excellence make her a perfect choice to represent our district and our region with this honor.”

As part of her duties, Stovall also helps to oversee The Academy, an optional program for Coahoma ISD students using innovative methods of teaching, hands-on learning, movement and music to emphasize academic lessons in a structured environment.

“I love being a Coahoma Bulldog,” Stovall said. “Coahoma is special because we have a great team of people who challenge themselves to continue to grow and always put kids first. Innovation is happening here.”

Each of the 20 region education service center’s winners will be recognized during the Josten’s Night of the Stars Awards Dinner on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at the Hilton Austin Downtown Hotel. Each will be presented with an award and recognized in a commemorative book entitled Texas Principals, Texas Heroes. The TASSP Summer Workshop will be held June 13-15, 2018, at the Austin Convention Center.

 

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BSISD receives another set of Gold Star Distinctions from TEA


Moss Elementary recieved 2 Gold Star Distinction awards from TEA for Academic Achievement in Math and Top 25% Student Progress!!

 

 

 

 

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Coahoma HS band turns attention toward Area contest set for Saturday at Amarillo


COAHOMA - Monday evening was a day of celebration for Coahoma High School Band members after they earned a Division I at UIL Region 6 Marching Contest held at Wylie High School Stadium in Abilene.

Tuesday, however, the band was back to business on the field fine tuning its 2017 marching contest show to prepare for Area competition this Saturday in Amarillo and a bid at something that’s been elusive for the Coahoma band program - a slot at State.

“I think they did well today (Monday), but we have a lot of work to do for this Saturday, and I think they are eager to get to it,” said Head Band Director John Landin, who under his leadership for the past five years, the band has qualified for area marching contest twice and earned three sweepstakes awards.

In 2015, the last state marching contest qualifying year for Division 3A schools, the Coahoma band just missed a state slot by placing fourth at Area Contest finals.

“We are going to work really hard all week to get ready,” said senior Drum Major Hope Ramirez.

Overall, both Drum Majors for the Big Red Band said their were pleased with Monday’s performance.

“I think we did pretty well from my perspective,” Ramirez said. “We hit the visual we just barely added in a week ago. We hit it pretty well.”

“It was a bit of challenge for us because it’s a lot more wide open stadium, so our sound was a lot smaller, but we still managed to make it travel enough for the judges to enjoy it,” senior Drum Major Tyler McFall added.

McFall, who placed fifth chair in the trumpet section for the 2017 ATSSB All State Band, is one of two featured soloists. CHS junior Andrea King plays a flute solo.

This year’s show theme is a Grimm Tale featuring the following musical pieces by composer Luke McMillan: “Grimm's Theme”, “Red Riding Hood's Theme”, “The Chase”, and “Grimm's Theme Reprise”. The Color Guard Choreography is by Zach McKennon and dance choreography is by Stevi McKinnon. The show centers on the Brothers Grimm version of Little Red Riding Hood.

Assistant band directors for the program are Jessica Fox and Kira Landin.

The CHS band will compete in Area semi-finals at 2:45 p.m. Saturday in Dick Bivins Stadium Stadium in Amarillo. Finals is expected to begin at 7 p.m.

 

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Pharmaceutical Take Back Initiative Scheduled for October 28th


The National Pharmaceutical Take Back Initiative will take place on Saturday between 10 AM and 2 PM at the west doors of the Spring Town Plaza. This is a collaborative effort between the Big Spring PD Narcotics Division and DEA to strongly encourage the public to surrender expired, unwanted or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances, dangerous drugs and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction. 

 

Lt. Brian Gordon of the Big Spring Police Department told KBest News that last year people would drive up and hand over their unused or expired medical prescriptions to the investigators, and from there the investigators would place them in a disposal bag, no questions asked.

 

It should be noted that IV solutions, injectables, and syringes will not be accepted due to potential hazards posed by blood-borne pathogens.

 

"It's a safe way to get rid of the medications that they no longer need," says Lt. Gordon of the event.

 

The program is anonymous and all efforts will be made to protect the identity of individuals disposing of medications.

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October 2017 - Relay for Life Fundraisers


Don’t forget about the Relay for Life Fundraisers that are going on this month! The “Senior Rockets” at the Big Spring Center for the Skilled Care are still having their Bling-A-Bra fundraiser. Cost is $10 and the winner will be the blingiest bra. Entries and fees are due to Christy Brownfield at 3701 Wasson Rd by October 31st. Judging will take place on November 1st at 5:30 PM at the Big Spring Center for Skilled Care.

 

The Scenic Mountain Medical Group’s team the “Cancer Crushers” will be having the “Dark Maze of Nightmares” haunted house at 1901 Simler Dr. that begins tomorrow night. Cost is $10 per person, and if you purchase a $25 bracelet you can get in for an unlimited amount of times for all 4 days that it will be open. They’ll be open Friday, Saturday, from 7 PM to 11 PM, and again on Monday and Tuesday from 6 PM – 10 PM.

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"The Great Pumpkin Contest" is a Success for Goliad Elementary


“The Great Pumpkin Contest” took place for the first time today at Goliad Elementary. 4th grade participants had to create a decorated pumpkin that was based on their favorite book character and no carvings were allowed.

 

Goliad Librarian Kim Sides estimated that there were about 50 students who participated in the contest and went on to say, “I feel like we had a great participation turnout, especially considering that their 4th graders; [because] maybe now their feeling now like it’s not as fun as it was when they were younger.”

 

Guest judges were allowed into the interior foyer of the school to view and judge the pumpkins. Each entry was judged on originality, creativity, and likeness to actual book character. The four “Best in Show” winners would receive a $20 gift certificate to the book fair that is going on now through October 27th at Goliad.

 

“We love all the creativity that the students brought and we look forward to more next year!” 

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Polling Location Changes for North Side


Election Day is November 7th and on that day the voting polls may get congested, but by participating in early voting you can avoid the crowds. Luckily, early voting is taking place now through November 3rd.

 

As of the end of yesterday, out of 16650 registered voters there were only 42 of people who have voted in person and 191 who have submitted their ballots by mail. The ballot for this election includes the 7 propositions that could be added as amendments to the Texas Constitution and the Coahoma $4 million bond that would create improvements to campus security, athletic facilities; roofing, and parking lots; as well as the construction of concessions and bathrooms; and the expansion of the Coahoma Elementary School gym and cafeteria foyer area.

 

Jodi Duck, Elections Administrator for Howard County, reminds everyone to bring their photo ID when you go to vote, and if you’re waiting to vote until November 7th she has some information that you might find useful.

 

"Be sure and contact our office or look at your voting card for your polling location," says Duck. "We've made a change for the north side this year; it has now been moved to Ryan Hall instead of the Sacred Heart Charities building where it has been."

 

According to Duck this not many people usually turn out for these kind of elections, so it’s important that everyone turns out to cast their vote because holds more weight in the election. 

 

 

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Howard County Celebrates National Adoption Day


Howard County Celebrates National Adoption Day
Date of Ceremony: 11-8- 17
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: Howard County Courthouse, 3rd floor courtroom

Big Spring, Texas – National Adoption Day is a collective national effort to raise awareness of children waiting in foster care to get adopted and celebrate those that are being adopted. This is the first year that National Adoption Day has been planned for Howard County. The celebration will be on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. at the Howard County Courthouse in the third floor courtroom. The Hon. Sylvia Chavez will preside over the five adoptions that will be finalized that afternoon with a reception immediately following.

The Adoption Day festivities will be hosted by Howard County Child Welfare Board, Oil Patch Kids, CASA of West Texas, and Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (CPS). Kay’s Jewelers and Wells Fargo have donated stuffed animals to be given to the children.

According to the TDFPS statistics, there were 11 Howard County children adopted during 2017 while 15 other children are waiting for their forever family. On average children who were adopted last year from Howard County were in foster care 33.7 months prior to their adoption. Currently there are 6,999 Texas children that are available for adoption, of those 1,477 are between the age of 14 and 17 years old. Last year more than 1,300 Texas children turned 18 and left foster care without ever having a new family to call their own. In 2017 three Howard County youth turned 18 and left foster care without having an adoptive home.

Children enter foster care through no fault of their own – because of abuse, neglect or abandonment from the people who should have nurtured and protected them. They will often be separated from their siblings. They will spend at least three birthdays waiting for their forever families and the longer children are in foster care, the more at risk they are of growing up in care and leaving without being adopted.

Local agencies would like to encourage everyone to participate in National Adoption Day by investing in the lives of these children through volunteering, advocating in court, mentoring, foster parenting or adoption; donating to a local agency or by participating in a local National Adoption Day event.

 

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Thank You for Your Investment, Howard County Community Health Center!


The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a "Thank You for Your Investment" Ceremony for the Howard County Community Health Center, located at 1300 S. Gregg, to thank them for everything that they do for the community.

When asked what she thought about the presentation, Athena Koch, Office Manager at the Howard County Community Health Center, stated that she thought it was very welcoming and that it was a great way to thank them for being in Big Spring.

Howard County Community Health Center has been in Big Spring since 2011 and is dedicated to serving the community. They offer medical, dental, behavioral health, and pharmaceutical services. They also offer optical services through their Lamesa clinic.

"We're a federally qualified center," says Koch, "so we take all insurances as well as uninsured. We have programs to help financially to offer affordable healthcare."

According to Koch, they also have an office in Lamesa, and their main location is in Levelland.

 

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Salvation Army Angel Tree Registration Tomorrow and Nov. 1st


Salvation Army Angel Tree Registration will take place tomorrow, October 25th, and Wednesday, November 1st from 9 AM - 8 PM at The Salvation Army of Big Spring, located at 811 W. 5th St., for children up to the age of 13 years of age and it will also be applicable for senior citizens, age 60 and older.

When registering your child, please bring 1 proof of government assistance (food stamps, TANF, SSI) , your photo ID, a birth certificate for each child - some kind of record with their birth date on it.

Seniors can register for with only their ID.

(Please note - anyone who is not currently on government assistance but still needs help with Christmas this year is welcomed to come register with proof of income and contact Rachel McKain at the Salvation Army.)

 

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Community Comes Together to Raise Money for HCVFD Chief Tommy Sullivan


A fundraiser for Fire Chief Tommy Sullivan of the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department will be held on Saturday, October 28th, 2017 at the Stampede, located at 1610 E. HWY 350 in Big Spring.

The event is coordinated by Cherrie Burcham and the funds raised will go to Chief Sullivan to help cover his medical expenses and possibly his prosthesis.

"Tommy does so much for our community and we wanted to pay him back a little," says Burcham. She went on to say that Sullivan has been Fire Chief for over 30 years, and he does that voluntarily and does not get paid or compensated.

"We thought, man, he's done so much. Surely the community will step out and help us with him, and they have. They've all come together and helped us."

It’ll start off with an auction beginning at 2 PM that will go on through 5 PM. Some of the items that are up for auction include sporting event tickets, a signed Cowboy jersey, a football signed by Dax Prescott, a handmade picnic table, a handmade grill, and crafts, along with many other items.

Other activities include a cakewalk for the kids, a 50-50 raffle, and smash the car where you can get in on the fun for $5 a hit or 3 hits for $10.

Later in the evening there will be a dance and dinner for those who choose to eat. The cost of entry to the dance is $25 per person or $40 per couple and it includes a BBQ dinner plate that will be served at 7 PM until they run out, and dance begins at 8 PM. The entertainment for the event is provided by JR McNutt who will serve as DJ throughout the day, as well as play live music.

 

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The Big Spring Police Department is proud to announce the newest addition to their current fleet:


On the 22nd of February 2017, The Big Spring Police Department acquired an Armored Emergency Response Vehicle (AERV) from the Department of Defense through the Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO) program (formally known as the 1033 program). The LESO program was established by the federal government several years ago as a means of reallocating government equipment to law enforcement agencies for civilian use. The AERV will be serving the citizens of Big Spring and utilized by the Big Spring Police Department / Howard County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team. Members of the SWAT team have received training on the operation of this particular vehicle by the Department of Defense.

The AERV is a four wheeled vehicle on an International chassis that weighs 38,000 pounds and provides ballistic protection from handgun and rifle fire. The vehicle is equipped with run-flat tires and an 18,000 pound winch attached to the front providing many alternatives for the vehicle’s use. The vehicle is fully equipped with emergency driving equipment and provides a platform to protect officers and the community from high-risk and potentially deadly situations.

The AERV is capable of transporting eight to 10 SWAT officers and can also serve as a mobile command if needed. This vehicle will definitely provide superior ballistic protection in high-risk situations as well as the capability to rescue wounded or downed officers and civilians from positions officers may not otherwise safely approach. The vehicle can also be utilized in high-water rescues where a normal patrol vehicle would not be capable of accessing.

This particular vehicle acquired from the DOD had served our United States Armed Forces in Afghanistan and only had 4,600 miles at the time the Big Spring Police Department received it. It is important to note that the DOD still owns this vehicle that retails for approx. $658,000.00 and comes to the citizens of Big Spring / Howard County at no cost.

With the acquisition of this vehicle, the Police Department was able to retire a 1995 Ford Ambulance that had in the past served as an ambulance with the Big Spring Fire/EMS Department then later served as a Mobile Command Unit with the Big Spring Police Department. Since the AERV is a replacement vehicle, the Police Department’s fleet size has not increased and the maintenance budget will remain the same.

The Big Spring Police Department would like to give special thanks to Phillips Fabrication, Boyd’s Auto Glass and Vector’s Fleet Service for overseeing this project for the past several months in making our AERV ready for Law Enforcement use. This project was also made possible by the initiative of Lieutenant Kip Patterson with the Big Spring Police Department who attended the LESO program training and completed all of the necessary paperwork with the Texas Department of Public Safety and Department of Defense in order for the Big Spring Police Department to be authorized to acquire this vehicle.

The Big Spring Police Department invites our citizens to bring their children and come see our AERV as it will be available for public viewing at the 2nd annual First Responders Trunk or Treat located at Memorial Stadium on the 31st of October 2017.

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Permian Basin Company Giving Back to Help Homeless Veterans


Over the weekend many people browsed and purchased items from the Cowboys and Heels Fall Show that took place at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum. One of the vendors who participated in the event is "Patriot Shaving," who specializes in homemade soaps, and even though they only started their business a few months ago they are already dedicated to helping homeless veterans find stable homes to call their own.

The company is veteran owned and operated by Leon and Dana Humphries of Odessa. Leon is a 4-year US Army veteran who is still active with the State Guard.

When asked why he feels moved to assist homeless veterans, Leon, President of the company, stated "The reason this speaks to me is because there should be no reason why a veteran should be turned away for any type of help. We've put our lives on the line and they're my brothers and sisters in arms." He also went on to say that he wanted homeless veterans know that they're here to help and that this is a HAND-UP not a hand-out.

Leon told KBest News that in the military service men and women are trained to have a “Do it on your own” mentality and sometimes that carries over even after their service has ended and it can be difficult to ask for help when one is down on their luck. By actively reaching out to homeless veterans, Leon hopes that he can help them find the programs that can help them.

He went on to say that they've only been able to reach out to a handful of church organizations and VetStar out of Lubbock, but he’s open to making contacts everywhere he goes because he’s still new at it.

According to the company’s Vice President Walter Bartholf, the company came about because his stepdad, Leon, couldn’t find shaving soaps to purchase locally so he decided to make his own; and now they are proud to say that they’ve been able to help 7 veterans find housing, largely thanks to the connections that his wife, Dana, has working with a realtor and with the help of HUD vouchers.

If you’d like to find more information about how to connect with Leon Humphries or to check out their products you can find them on the Facebook page for "Patriot Shaving".

 

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Howard College Raises over $3,700 for Hurricane Harvey Relief, in addition to 7 Laptops that had previously been sent to Adopted Colleges


During a regular meeting of the Howard College Board of Trustees Cindy Smith, District Director of Information and Marketing for Howard College, reported to the Board that the District’s Hurricane Harvey [Relief] Effort had managed to raise over $3,700 to send to the colleges that the college had adopted during the Adopt-a-College program, Alvin Community College and College of the Mainland. They had also managed to previously send 7 laptops to help students be able to continue their education and 2 and half boxes filled with food and personal hygiene supplies that had been collected.

Fabian Serrano, Director of Correctional Studies / Workforce and Community Development Officer, also addressed the Board to advise that Howard College had been working with the North Side Movement to offer Adult Education Literacy evening classes on Mondays and Tuesdays from 5:30 – 8:30 PM at Ryan Hall, located at 605 N. Main, and there will also be English Second Language classes that will be available on demand. Morning classes will also be available at the Salvation Army, located at 811 W. 5th St., on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8-12 PM.

It should be noted that these are the same classes that are available at Howard College but beginning in January they will be offered at other accessible areas in the community. Those who do complete their High School Equivalency Test will be afforded the opportunity to be a part of the Howard College Graduation Ceremony beginning in May of 2018.

To sign up for the classes you can contact the Adult Education Literacy Coordinator for Howard College, Tammy Alexander at talexander@howardcollege.edu or call (432) 264-5069.

Photo: Cindy Smith, District Director of Information and Marketing for Howard College, speaks to the Howard College Board of Trustees.

 

 

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Early Voting begins Today!


Early Voting begins today for the Texas Constitutional Amendments and Coahoma School Bond Election and will continue through November 3rd.

 

The items on the ballot in addition to the Coahoma ISD Bond Proposition, include the “Home Equity Loan Amendment”, which makes changes to the home equity loan provision of constitution, the “Financial Institutions to Offer Prizes to Promote Savings Amendment” which would authorizes financial institutions to offer prizes to promote savings, the “Property Tax Exemption for Surviving Spouses of First Responders Killed in Line of Duty Amendment” which would authorizes property tax exemption for surviving spouses of first responders killed in line of duty, along with others. For a list of the items on the ballot for this election you can check out the Howard County Elections Facebook page or pick up an amendment information packet from their office.

 

According to Jodi Duck, Howard County Elections Administrator, it’s important to participate in this election because not many people turn out to vote and your ONE vote has a lot of weight in this election. To place your early vote, you can go to the Howard County Courthouse 1st floor between the house of 8 AM and 5 PM.

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Big Spring Girl Mauled by Pit Bull


BIG SPRING -- A girl was left fighting for her life after being attacked by a Pit bull in Big Spring Tuesday night.

9-year old K'Lyn Gillespie is left with a huge hole near her right shoulder after the dog grabbed her and tried to drag her.

"I just turned around for a second and it got me," dog bite victim K'Lyn Gillespie said.

"I just remember screaming God please, please, we've been through so much with her. Please, please make this ok," K'Lyn's mother Jennifer Gillespie said.

K'Lyn has been a fighter her whole life, born premature at only two pounds, her mother says she's a tough cookie.

"K'Lyn actually dug her bare feet into the sidewalk curb to keep from being drug in," Jennifer Gillespie said.

K'Lyn's life was saved by her 11-year-old best friend, Autumn Miller. Miller was able to distract the dog by hitting it with her scooter just long enough for K'Lyn to run away.

"I knew I wouldn't forget this for the rest of my life. I just remember saving her," Hero Autumn Miller said.

The Big Spring Police Department says the dog has been euthanized and sent to Austin to get tested for rabies. Officials believe the test will come back negative.

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West Texas VA Health Care System hold 5th Annual "Pink Out Day"


West Texas VA Health Care Systems began their 5th Annual "Pink Out Day" with a pizza, sweets, and decorating luminaria bags in the Outpatient Clinic Lobby during lunch today. The purpose of the event was to encourage breast cancer awareness.

Cynthia Shaffner, Women Veterans Program Manager told KBest News, "We are encouraging women, at least age 40, to be interested in talking with their provider about having a mammogram to screen for breast cancer. They may have a high risk that they are not aware of and we really want, especially our female veterans, to know that we have that service here and that's a service we can offer them."

As the Women's Program Manager, Shaffner went on to say that she tracks the mammograms in order to ensure that the patients know when they are due for another. She also sends them a letter with their results and ensures that they understand the results of their mammograms.

During the lunch event today, donations were taken to assist with "baby baskets" for their pregnant women veterans, as well as to offer a small token for female veterans who have experienced a pregnancy loss.

"Pink Out Day" continues tonight at the track in front of the VA where they will have a "Luminaria Walk" that will take place at 7 PM.

"We are writing names of breast cancer survivors or some that have lost their lives to breast cancer, and we'll be walking in their memory. Bags will be provided with sand and lights and we just encourage everyone to join us," stated Shaffner.

 

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Former BSHS Principal, Kent Bowermon, Honored at Steers Game Tonight


During tonight’s home game for the Steers at Memorial Stadium, former Big Spring High School Principal Kent Bowermon, who passed away in June of this year, will be recognized by Big Spring High School. Bowerman was the principal at Big Spring High School from 1987 through 2000.

The Bowermon family, which includes Kathy, wife of the late Kent Bowermon, Keely, and Kade, will walk onto the field prior to the beginning of the game with the Big Spring High School staff who worked under Mr. Bowermon, following behind the family.

According to current BSHS Principal Mike Ritchey, Kent Bowerman left his fingerprint on our community, school district, and Big Spring High School because he was the principal at BSHS for over thirteen years.

"I know he meant a lot to hundreds and thousands of students and staff," says Ritchey, "We've invited the staff to walk behind the Bowermon family...just letting them know that we followed Mr. Bowermon then and we still follow the Bowermon family today."

On Saturday at 10 AM there will be a small ceremony at the Big Spring High School Main Office to dedicate a bench in Mr. Bowermon’s memory to honor his life and his service. The bench was purchased by the class of 1993, which is his daughter’s graduating class, and will be placed in the main office of the high school.

 

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Coahoma HS Student Helps Stranded Motorist


COAHOMA - Sometimes heroes really do show up on their mighty steeds, or in this case a truck, to save the day. 

Early this morning, Brianna Rodriguez of Odessa, a photographer with Lifetouch, was heading to Coahoma ISD to take class pictures when her car had a flat tire along I-20 right at the Coahoma city limits. Her colleague Jessica Ramirez was driving behind Rodriguez but unfortunately for the two neither had a car jack to help change the tire. That’s when Coahoma High School junior Colter Hutchings stepped in to help.

“He said he didn’t like to see two ladies stranded on the road,” Rodriguez said.

Hutchings was heading to high school along I-20 when he noticed the two young women on the side of the road by the broken down vehicle as traffic whizzed by the scene at interstate speeds.

“I was passing by them, and I just had a feeling, so I got off on the exit ramp and drove back on the service road. I drove up on the grassy area.”

After asking the two ladies if he could help, Hutchings then positioned his truck to traffic to protect the women from oncoming traffic.

“I’d rather they hit my truck than those two ladies,” Hutchings said.

Hutchings helped to loosen the lug nuts holding the tire in place to help speed the process once Rodriguez could return to her vehicle to replace the tire. He also helped move Rodriguez’s photography equipment from her car into the Ramirez’s vehicle.

Hutchings has lived in Howard County for about seven years. Besides attending school, he is a member of the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department, works full time, and is also a competitive team roper in the rodeo circuit. 
And today is his 18th birthday. When Rodriguez learned this, she offered to buy the young man a present.

“You don’t own me a thing,” Hutchings told her. “Just getting you going again is all that matters to me.”

Photo/Coahoma Media
Picture from left are Jessica Ramirez, Colter Hutchings, and Brianna Rodriguez.

 

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Historic Spring Grand Opening Set for Next Month


The Big Spring Convention and Visitors Bureau, together with the City of Big Spring, Kelly Cook of KDC Associates &; Tommy Hawkins Construction announces the Grand Opening of the Historic Spring on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. After 3 years of planning and almost a year of construction, we are excited to open the area to the public.

The project uses construction materials featuring native stone and CCC style architecture that blend with the construction used in the park area. It is fully handicapped accessible and includes a new plaza area with seating capability for 1,000+ with full electrical hookups and performance stage. 8 large (5 ft. x 10 ft.) story boards made of engraved corten metal with a limestone block background are displayed in the plaza area. These story boards depict the significant historical periods of Big Spring History and are surrounded by native plants. A widened trail has been added along with additional lighting and security cameras as well as emergency vehicle access. New low-maintenance planting areas were added as well as thinning in some areas for visibility, appeal and safety. There are 3 observation decks overlooking areas of waterfalls and surrounded by native plants. There is an area devoted to the Native American history of our area and a replica of a ranch dugout has also been added to represent the importance of our ranching heritage.

The focus of the project are educational components that will inform visitors about the significant history of the Spring, not only to the development of Big Spring, but to areas west of Big Spring. From a historical standpoint, the “big spring” of Howard County is one of the most significant springs in Texas, and arguably, the United States. Studies have found that the spring was an important watering hole in West Texas prior to man setting foot in the region. Mastodon, woolly mammoth, saber-toothed tiger, and the remnants of many other now extinct species have been found near the spring, suggesting that this was an important watering hole for many thousands of years. Cabeza De Vaca documented he visited the site in 1535. The site was a meeting place for the Comanche Tribes as they set out on the Great Comanche War Trail. The site is designated by the State of Texas as a Historical Site where Captain Randolph Marcy stopped on his journey from Ft. Smith Arkansas to El Paso. The Spring became so important to the development of the railroad in West Texas, many cities in the area were formed along the rail line. The Bankhead Highway was eventually built adjacent to the rail line and ultimately became the route of Interstate 20.

We feel the importance of the Spring should be shared with visitors and local residents and our project will make this site a stopping point for many who pass through.

Thanks to the following partners; SM Energy, Permian Basin Area Foundation, TXU, Union Pacific Foundation, and HEB Phase 2 of the project is now in the planning stages and will consist of a large open air pavilion, additional parking and bridge connecting the pavilion to the Plaza area.

The Grand Opening of the Historic Spring will be held on Thursday, November 16 at 4:30 PM at the Historical Spring in Comanche Trail Park.

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Suspects Sought in Robbery


On the 19th of October 2017 at approximately 2:14 A.M., Big Spring Police Department Officers were dispatched to the 7-11 located at 1209 E. 11th Place due to a Robbery. Upon arrival officers were informed that two Hispanic males had entered the store, one armed with a small metal bar, and demanded all of the money in the cash register. The clerk then gave the suspects the money and the suspects fled the store. One of the Hispanic males was identified as wearing a two-toned gray in color zip up hooded sweat shirt with a bandana covering his face and the other Hispanic male was wearing a black jacket with a gray shirt and a bandana covering his face. It is estimated the suspects got away with approximately $60.00 in currency.
If you have any information regarding this incident please call CrimeStoppers at (432) 263-tips (8477). You can also leave an anonymous tip using the “P3 Tips” mobile application or from the Big Spring Police Department website www.bigspringpd.net.

 

Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Lieutenant Brian Gordon
Sergeant Tony Everett

 

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BSHS Band Earns Oustanding 4A Band and Outstanding 4A Auxillary at Monday's Marching Festival


Congratulations to the Big Spring High School Band who competed in the Big Country Marching Festival on Monday, October 16th and received a 1 rating for their performance, as well as Outstanding 4A Band, and Outstanding 4A Auxillary!

(Photo courtesy of Claxton Photography.)

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Last Presentation for CISD $4 Million Bond Election set for Friday


The last of three scheduled meetings over the upcoming $4 million bond election geared toward infrastructure improvements and the purchase of artificial turf for the football, softball and baseball fields will be held Friday, Oct 20, at 9 a.m. in the Coahoma ISD cafeteria.

During the meeting, CISD Superintendent Dr. Amy Jacobs will give an in-depth presentation on how the money will be used if the bond is approved by the voters in November as well as the financial impact on property owners.

If passed, the bond will add approximately $7.50 per month or $90 annually of additional taxes to a property owner who owns a home valued around $100,000. Taxes are expected to increase $11.25 per month or $135 annually for a home valued at $150,000 and $18.75 per month or $225 annually for a home valued at $250,000. All estimates are based on the district’s current taxable values.

For property owners over the age of 65 or disabled, their home property taxes will not increase if they have been granted the “Over 65” or “disabled” homestead exemption. This tax freeze is on the homestead only, and may be adjusted up if major renovations are done to the property after the exemption is granted. For more information on these exemptions, call the Howard County Appraisal District at 432-263-8301.

For more information about the bond, visit the Coahoma ISD website or call the administration office at 394-5000.

Early voting begins Oct. 23 and continues through Nov. 2, on the first floor of the Howard County Courthouse in Big Spring between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Howard County Election’s Office will extend voting hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31 and Nov. 2. Election day is Nov. 7. Voting will occur between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 
 

 

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State Senator Kel Seliger holds Town Hall Meeting at Howard College


Earlier this afternoon, State Senator Kel Seliger held a town hall meeting at Howard College’s Center Hall Center for the Arts. At the meeting, the senator spoke on the recently completed regular and special sessions of the 85th Legislature and answered questions from the audience.

When asked what the purpose of the event was, Senator Seliger stated, “I do town hall meetings in all of the counties I represent, 37 of them, to report to the people who gave me this job and who send me to Austin to find out what they think of the job we do in Austin and to find out what they think we ought to do in the future.”

 

Senator Seliger is a Republican member of the Texas State Senate representing District 31, which spans 37 counties from the Panhandle through the Permian Basin. He was elected in 2004 and currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee and is a member of the Senate Education Committee, Senate Finance Committee, and Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Economic Development.

Senator Seliger has been recognized by many groups for his conservative principles as well as his dedication to small government and local control. He has been named a Fighter for Free Enterprise by the Texas Association of Business four times for his steadfast support of policies that encourage and promote a healthy business climate in Texas. Seliger is privileged to be the recipient of the Texas Municipal League Legislator of the Year Award, Texas Conservative Coalition's Conservative Champion Award, Texas Association of Counties Friend of County Government Award, Texas Wildlife Association's Conservation Hero Award, the Conservative Roundtable of Texas' Effective Conservative Lawmaker, and the Texas Parent Teacher Association Legislative Honor Roll.

During the 85th Legislative Session, as Chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee, Senator Seliger secured an additional $1.07 million in funding for the University of Texas of the Permian Basin College of Engineering, which will be used to expand the chemical and electrical engineering programs. Additionally, $4.2 million is provided to UTPB as a hold harmless, to ensure the school does not lose more than 10 percent of its state funding. Senator Seliger also succeeded in securing $4.17 million for Texas Tech University's future Veterinary Medical School.

As part of his continued service on the Education Committee, Seliger authored Senate Bill 463, a bill that extends the option of Individual Graduation Committees for students who passed all of their courses, but failed to pass up to two state-mandated tests.

Chairman Seliger and Representative John Smithee championed House Bill 1463 to reduce frivolous lawsuits and aggressive shake-down tactics related to the Americans with Disabilities Act that harm small business in Texas. Together Smithee and Seliger also passed Senate Bill 654, which will help improve access to health care in rural and medically underserved parts of Texas.

Prior to his election to the Senate, Senator Seliger served four terms as Mayor of Amarillo and as a member of the Amarillo City Commission and the Amarillo Civil Service Commission.

He and his wife Nancy reside in Amarillo, and have two sons, Jonathan and Matthew.

 

 

(Texas State Senate Official Website)

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Big Spring Intermediate School Honored with TEA Distinction


Big Spring Intermediate School has been honored with a Texas Education Agency distinction for scoring in the top 25% of all Texas intermediate campuses in the category of Student Progress.

The performance of the students was high enough to rank number 10, among all Texas intermediate campuses, in the Student Progress category.

Wednesday, October the 18th at 4:00 PM, BSI will be honored in its library with the presentation of a banner in recognition of the accomplishment.

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OBY/GYN PA Carolyn Frerich gives Presentation on Preventative Health Care to Prevent Cancers that Affect Women


Scenic Mountain Medical Center held another “Our Healthy Circle” presentation last week with this month’s speaker was Carolyn Frerich, OBY/GYN Physician Assistant at Family Medical Center. Frerich’s presentation focused on preventative health care to prevent breast cancer and other cancers that affect women.

According to Frerich, beginning at age 20, people should be doing their own self breast exams, which should be completed once every month at the same point in their menstrual cycle.

"The whole purpose of that is to get familiar with your breast, so that way when you do have a change, you're going to notice it and you can call it to your provider's attention," says Frerich.

"From ages 21-39 they should be getting a clinical breast exam by a provider every 3 years. Starting at age 40, women should be getting a mammogram every year until their health [insurance] will no longer support the mammogram."

Frerich also went on to cover preventative measures against cervical cancer which include pap smears. She went on to say that beginning at age 21-29. From age 30-65 the recommendations are a pap smear with HPV (Human Papillomavirus) co-testing every 5 years.

As long as everything stays normal those recommendations are valid. If something comes up abnormal then those recommendations change accordingly.

 

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Local Family Makes Horror Film that has been Accepted to Multiple Film Festivals


The local filmmaker of “Project Mone’t” James Fite of Check Your Brain Productions and producer Brandon Johnson of Cruiserfilms are presenting their latest film entitled “I See Something.”

Fite explained that "The film is, basically, about two kids who realize that their home alone; they don't know where their mom went. They think they see something outside of the window. The audience isn't sure if they see something or if it's their imagination, and we go on a short little journey with them."

Fite told KBest News that the film took 3 months to complete filming and he used his kids as the actors in the film and his wife was actually a producer on the film, as well. He went on to say that the film is being submitting to different film festivals and that the film has already been accepted to several festivals, such as the West Texas Film Festival in Odessa, the Rendezvous Film Festival in Florida, and the American Horror Festival in Wisconsin.

There will be a free screening of “I See Something” at Cinemark Movies 4 in the Spring Town Plaza tomorrow at 8:30 PM. Fite says that they will be taking donations to help cover the cost of renting the theater for the screening and to help with the film festival fees. There will also be a short Q&A session with the filmmakers and the two actors in the film.

 

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Senator Kel Seliger to hold Town Hall Meeting at Howard College


State Senator Kel Seliger invites the citizens of Howard County to a Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Hall Center for the Arts (Howard College), located at 1001 Birdwell Lane in Big Spring, Texas.

If you have any questions, please contact Juan Delgado in the Big Spring District Office at (432) 268-9909.

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National School Bus Safety Week Begins Today


AUSTIN – In conjunction with National School Bus Safety Week (Oct. 16-20), the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is urging Texans to comply with laws prohibiting drivers from passing school buses. During this period, DPS Highway Patrol Troopers will be looking for drivers who violate the law. It is illegal to pass any school bus that is stopped and operating a visual signal – either flashing red lights or a stop sign.

 

During National School Bus Safety Week, Troopers in many areas will be riding on or following school buses to catch motorists who break the law. Because children are particularly vulnerable when entering or exiting a school bus, Troopers will also be patrolling areas where school buses pick up and drop off students. Drivers who violate the law could face fines as much as $1,250.

 

In 2016 and year to date in 2017, Texas Highway Patrol Troopers have issued 1,100 citations and 573 warnings for passing a stopped school bus.

 

According to Texas statute, a driver – traveling in either direction on a roadway – must stop when approaching a school bus that is stopped and operating a visual signal. The driver may not proceed until one of the following occurs: the school bus resumes motion; the operator is signaled by the bus driver to proceed; or the visual signal is no longer activated.

 

If a road is divided only by a left-turning lane, drivers on both sides of the roadway must stop for school buses with alternating red flashing lights activated. However, if the lanes are separated by an intervening space or physical barrier, only motorists traveling in the same direction as the bus are required to stop.

 

(As a reminder, school buses, by law, must stop at all railroad crossings.)

 

Here are several safety measures drivers can take to help keep children safer:

 

·  When driving in school zones, watch out for student pedestrians.

·  Slow down and watch for children congregating near bus stops.

·  Look for children who might dart into the street without checking for traffic.

·  Know and obey the traffic laws regarding school buses in Texas.

 

According to the Texas Education Agency, more than 42,000 school buses transport approximately 1.5 million Texas children every school day.

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Texas LULAC Officials Hold Quarterly Board Meeting in Big Spring


Today Texas LULAC Officials from San Antonio held their Quarterly Board Meeting in Big Spring at Ryan Hall. During the event the officials spoke on Senate Bill 4, Education, and Economic Development.

State Director Lupe Torres stated that the State LULAC Officials like to hold their meeting in areas in Texas like Big Spring when they hear that there is still a lot of need for Hispanic families to improve their quality of life in the community.

"When we're invited to come into an area because they want the community here to know that LULAC is in the forefront of all these issues . We will look at them. We will investigate it. We try to improve the situations there either through partial investigations or through federal courts."

Dr. Cheryl Sparks, President of Howard College, was invited to speak about the college's vision and what Howard College is doing to assist people and further their opportunities in life.

 

 

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2nd Annual Camp Out on the Comanche Trail


The 2nd Annual Campout on the Comanche Trail ended early this morning. The event was put together by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

The event began on Saturday morning with kayak lessons on Comanche Trail Lake. Other activities included fishing, learning how to cook on a campfire, knot tying, and other outdoor skills.

One of the children who participated in the event was 11 year-old Gregory, who had attended the event with his family and his Boy Scout Troop. He told KBest News that he had enjoyed the kayak lessons and was excited to return next year.

Outdoor enthusiast Kent Lee Ivey, said that he felt the event was a wonderful opportunity for people to take a break from technology and create human bonds.

He also went on to say that it was important for families to attend events like Campout on the Comanche Trail "because they spend time and learn to rely on each other and work together, and that's what makes a family."

 

 

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Murder Bond not set for Murder Suspect Calvin Jacob Lawson


Murder Bond was not set for 34 year-old Calvin Jacob Lawson, arrested yesterday following the homicide of 34 year-old Sterling McIntosh. Lawson was taken into custody by Big Spring Police on outstanding warrants for Theft of Property less than $100 & Failure to Appear, both of which were set at "No Bond."

An autopsy has been scheduled this morning for Mr. McIntosh. This is an ongoing investigation. For more information, see the previous post from 10-12-17 titled "Murder Suspect in Custody---From Big Spring Police Department".

 

 

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New "Silent Witness" Silhouette Revealed at National Domestic Violence Awareness Ceremony


This afternoon many people crowded around the “Silent Witnesses” display inside of the Howard County Courthouse. Victim Services held a ceremony there to bring awareness to Domestic Violence and to unveil another silhouette to add to the display.

The ceremony had opened with Linda Calvio, Executive Director for Victim Services of Big Spring, thanking everyone for attending. Howard County Judge Kathryn Wiseman then announced the shocking statistics for 2015 that were a result of domestic violence.

Young women read aloud the Silent Witness plaques and finally, the latest silhouette was revealed. The silhouette was of Irma Lozano, 64, who had died trying to protect her daughter from her abuser. Victoria Warren, the daughter, was present at the ceremony and read her mother’s plaque aloud.

When asked what this ceremony meant to her, Warren had this to say, "It's basically giving out awareness. Letting people know this situation is serious. It doesn't just happen to women who are getting abused. It also happens to the people who are trying to protect them."

"That could have been my niece and nephew, cause they were there. They witnessed my mom get murdered. They witnessed her getting pushed, and they ran. It could have gone a whole different way. They could of have tried to protect her and that could have happened to them. So this right here is just raising awareness, letting [people] know that this is serious. This affects everybody."

"Everybody in my family is completely affected by this. It means a lot that they're doing this for them."

The ceremony then ended with a prayer by Billy Guy, from Big Spring Full Gospel Fellowship.

 

Photo: 

"IRMA LOZANO
AGE 64
JULY 25, 1964 - SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

Irma resided in Big Spring, TX. On September 28, 2016 while protecting her daughter from her abuser Abel Torres, she was pushed to her demise and passed away the next day. She died a hero."

 

 

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Murder Suspect in Custody---From Big Spring Police Department


On the 12th of October 2017 at approximately 2:05 P.M., Big Spring Police Department Officers were dispatched to the 1600 block of Settles in reference to “shots fired”. Upon arrival, Officers detained Lawson, Calvin Jacob W/M 34 YOA, who was walking away from the scene. Upon further investigation, within the residence, Sterling Donald McIntosh W/M 34 YOA was found deceased. It was determined that some sort of altercation occurred between Lawson and McIntosh which resulted in the death of McIntosh. At this time Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division are submitting an affidavit for a search warrant for the residence and an arrest warrant for Lawson for the Murder of McIntosh. Lawson has since been arrested for outstanding warrants (Theft of Property less than $100 & Failure to Appear). Justice of the Peace Fitzgibbons pronounced McIntosh deceased at 2:35 P.M., and an autopsy has been ordered and is scheduled for tomorrow morning. This is an ongoing investigation and there is no further information that can be provided at this time.

Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Lieutenant Brian Gordon
Sergeant Tony Everett

 
 

 

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"Silent Witnesses" Display at Howard County Courthouse set up to bring Awareness about Domestic Violence


October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and there is currently a “Silent Witness” display set up at the Howard County Courthouse in the middle of the first floor for public viewing.

"Each silhouette in the display is of an actual victim, and it has her name written on it," says Linda Calvio, Executive Director for Victim Services of Big Spring. “That’s why they’re called ‘Silent Witnesses’ because they can no longer speak for themselves, but in memory of them, the families have agreed to let us do a silhouette of them."

The display was set up by Victim Services to bring attention to the staggering statistics of domestic violence that occur every year. Last year the Victim Services of Big Spring served 256 victims of crime within the 6 counties that the organization serves. 80% of those cases involved domestic violence; that’s over 200 REPORTED cases of domestic violence within 6 counties.

There will be a National Domestic Violence Awareness ceremony today at the courthouse beginning at 4:30 at the Howard County Courthouse.

County Judge Kathryn Wiseman told KBest News that this was an issue that is close to her heart.

“I served as County Coroner when I served as Justice of the Peace for eleven years, and so it was my sad duty to go out to one of those scenes where someone had been killed as a result of domestic violence,” stated Judge Wiseman.

“We have an issue. We need awareness. You cannot force someone to get help, but you can certainly offer your support to someone who is living through domestic violence. It’s an awareness,” she repeated, ”and we all need to be aware and need to be able to talk to someone who we suspect is going through domestic violence.”

 

 

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CASA of West Texas Hopes to Increase Number of Hispanic Volunteers


CASA of West Texas held a Lunch and Learn this afternoon at the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce to give information to anyone who might be interested in becoming an advocate or volunteer with the organization.

Kathy Harmon, Volunteer Recruitment and Marketing Specialist for the organization, stated that approximately 56% of the children that CASA of West Texas serves are Hispanic, but only 12% of the volunteers with the organization are Hispanic.

“When children have a volunteer who speaks their language, looks like them, and knows their culture it is easier for them to build a trusting relationship,” stated Harmon.

CASA stands for Court-Appointed Special Advocate, and the mission of the organization is to recruit and train volunteers that will speak in court for the best interest of children in foster care. Unfortunately, there are some misconceptions about it means to be a CASA volunteer, because some people get CASA volunteers confused with foster parents.

According to Harmon, “We don’t take care of the children. We’re not foster parents. They don’t come live with us. We only advocate for their best interest.”

The next volunteer training for CASA will begin on October 30th, in Midland. Volunteers must complete 30 hours of training and some of the training is completed by online courses. Potential volunteers must submit a completed application prior to registering for the training.

Applications can be filled out online at www.casawtx.org and the deadline for this month’s training is October 18th.

 

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"Thank You for Your Investment" Ceremony held at Isaiah 58


The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held another "Thank You for Your Investment" ceremony today at Isaiah 58, located at 809 Scurry St., to thank them for all that they do for the community.

Isaiah 58 is a Howard County Food Pantry and they hand out food to people who need it. All that is required to receive food is to provide proof of address, and eligibility is based on income.

According to Board President for Isaiah 58, Shawn Cooley, says that anyone who receive benefits from social security, medicare, medicaid, or disability automatically qualify for benefits.

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Coahoma Bond Election Information


Coahoma Bond Election Information:

Coahoma ISD will host the first of three public meetings beginning today over the upcoming $4 million bond election set for Nov. 7.

“We encourage everyone who is interested in this upcoming election to attend one of our public meetings to hear all the facts about how we intend to use the money from this proposed bond and what the financial impact on property owners will be,” said Superintendent Dr. Amy Jacobs.

The meeting will be held at 7 tonight at the Coahoma High School Auditorium.

Coahoma ISD trustees have called for a $4 million bond election to be used for district-wide infrastructure improvements, upgrades to existing athletic facilities, and the purchase of artificial turf for the football, softball, and baseball fields.

Particularly, the money from the proposed bond election is slated to finance the installations of keyless entries at the Coahoma HS/JH campus, the Coahoma Elementary campus and the Rob Ethridge campus to enhance overall school safety measures. 
The plan includes upgrades to some of the parking lots, bus lanes and the courtyard located behind the Rob Ethridge campus and to the restrooms and concession stands at the football field. The money will also be used to finishing roofing projects at the Coahoma HS/JH campus, the Coahoma Elementary campus and the Rob Ethridge campus.
Funds will be used to create an entrance and foyer leading to the Coahoma competition gym to be used as a community gathering place.

If passed, the bond will add approximately $7.50 per month or $90 annual of additional taxes to a property owner who owns a home valued around $100,000. Taxes are expected to increase $11.25 per month or $135 annually for a home valued at $150,000 and $18.75 per month or $225 annually for a home valued at $250,000. All estimates are based on the district’s current taxable values.

If the $4 million bond is approved by the voters in November, the financing will be structured to match the term of the existing bonds and have a final maturity in 2037. The new debt would not extend the payoff date, Jacobs said.

Over the past three years, the CISD board of trustees has refinanced the 2007 Bond series resulting in over $1.3 million savings for the public, Jacobs added.

A second and third meeting will be held Friday, Oct. 13, at 5:30 p.m. in the Coahoma High School Auditorium and Friday, Oct. 20, at 9 a.m. at the Coahoma ISD Cafeteria.

“We hope everybody will take the time to become educated on the proposal and will participate in the election process,” Jacobs said.

Early voting begins Oct. 23 and continues through Nov. 2, on the first floor of the Howard County Courthouse in Big Spring between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Howard County Election’s Office will extend voting hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31 and Nov. 2. Election day is Nov. 7. Voting will occur between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

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Dr. David L. Ward DDS Breaks Ground to Expand Office Site


Today, Dr. David L Ward DDS broke ground on the site of his office expansion.

Dr. Ward told KBest News that this will lead to better parking and a whole new clinical wing added to the south side of the office while preserving and remodeling the historic rock house.

Dr. Ward said that C.M. Butler from Midland will begin working soon and they are expected to be completed by March 2018.

"Basically, this will double our clinical space. Most of the inside of the existing office will stay unchanged other than some remodeling."

When asked how important it was to him to maintain the historical quality and appearance of the building, Dr. Ward stated, "We're certainly trying. It's a landmark and we wanted to keep it. We've looked at different ways and, honestly, have been working on this for three years looking at how we wanted to do it. With the design, it will pretty much leave the original house in tact."

Dr. Ward also went on to say that the connection will be between two of the South-side windows on the house and will almost look like separate buildings.

They worked on several plans with the architect, Cruz Castillo from Odessa, to see what the best way would be to get the result they wanted.

Ultimately, Dr. Ward had this to say about the end design, "We can get a good functional result and still preserve the house, and that was our goal."

 

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Powell is Howard County's First Employee to Earn ASE Master Technician Certification


Yesterday afternoon, Casey Powell, Howard County Road and Bridge Service Technician II, was recognized by Brian Klinksiek, County Road and Bridge Engineer of Howard County, for earning his ASE Master Technician Certification and Patch from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

According to Klinksiek, "It was his own initiative. He came to me and said, 'I think there's some value to the county for doing this.' and wanted to start taking [the classes], and I supported it. The county did support with some payments on class time and stuff like that to help him."

Thanks to Powell's initiative, he is now the first ASE Master technician that Howard County has ever had to work on their vehicles.

Other items on the agenda included the approval of the annual agreement between Howard County and Midland College regarding the Breath Alcohol Testing Program. This program is only locally offered at Midland College and certifies local law enforcement officers to become Breath Alcohol Operators and to be able to use the Alcohol Breathalyzers.

 

 

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Christian Heritage Foundation brings Scroll Set of Old Testament to Midway Baptist Church


Many people gathered at Midway Baptist Church in Big Spring on Sunday evening to see a complete set of The Bible's entire Old Testament in scroll form.

The scrolls were brought in by the Christian Heritage Foundation and are the only complete set in scroll form in the world that is available for public viewing. There was a set of 16 scrolls that were presented, including Torah and Haftorah scrolls. Several of them are anywhere between 500-700 years old and were written in the traditional Hebraic way of writing scrolls.

Executive Director of the Christian Heritage Foundation, Charles Garrett, stated that the Christian Heritage Foundation exists to help churches in Johnson County, Texas be better in what they should be doing.

He also went on to say, "The scrolls were kind of an afterthought. We saw the scrolls and had them when the originator, Walter Mize was alive, but then when he died we came in contact with a man who could get these scrolls for us. So we've done it and we've traveled and shown them and shared them and have been excited about it."

When asked what he hopes people will take away from the event Garrett stated, "People who have been saying for a long time, 'We're just not sure that God's word is the same yesterday as it is today and tomorrow.' and I think we can prove that it is without just having to accept it. I would like to hear people say, 'This is what [the message] was 2,000 or 3,000 years ago and that's what it is today.'"

Mike Seay, Pastor at Midway Baptist Church, had invited the Christian Heritage Foundation to conduct their presentation at his previous churches and felt that this was a great idea to bring to Midway Baptist.

"When my churches have gone through this, they've left with a hunger. They've gone home, read their bibles, and it's amazing. They come to me and say, "We've never seen this before!" Well, it's always been there, you've just never read it before!"

"God's word is called 'The Living Word'. It speaks to us. It helps us. It directs us; it changes us. As we fall in love with the word of God, we fall in love with the person of God. And the more in love we are with him, the more we're telling people about the love of Jesus."

"That's what this is all about, to let people know that there is a God that loves them and cares for them and wants a relationship with them."

At the end of the night, Midway Baptist Church was given a Torah sheet (a sheet out of a Torah scroll) that is about the provisions of the priesthood found in the book of Deuteronomy as a gift from Christian Heritage Foundation.

This presentation does not cost the church anything and if other churches are interested in having the Christian Heritage Foundation come to their church they can contact Charles Garrett at 817-683-1916, or emailing him at chfcharles@sbcglobal.net.

 

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Coahoma Wins State Honor Board!!!


Congratulations to our Coahoma ISD Board of Trustees for being named the 2017 Outstanding School Board of the Year of the State of Texas by the Texas Association of School Administrators.

“This is a very well deserved award,” said Superintendent Dr. Amy Jacobs. “Our board has been at the forefront of making Coahoma ISD the greatest place for kids to learn and receive the best education. They continue to hold me, our staff, and our students to high standards. They really want what is best for our kids and for our community.”

Earlier in the year, Coahoma ISD trustees were named as one of the top five boards in the state out of 16 regional nominees by the TASA awards committee. The Coahoma ISD trustees were recognized during the TASA/TASB Convention held today in Dallas.

Members of the 2016-2017 Coahoma ISD Board are: Brian Moore, president; Jody Reid, vice president; Craig Ferguson, secretary; Kandy Alaman, Michael Brooks, Lori Martinez, and Dicky Stone.

Coahoma ISD is a public school district located in east Howard County providing Pre-K through high school education for the city of Coahoma and surrounding area. The school district serves approximately 1,000 students.

Photo Caption: Pictured from left are Coahoma ISD board members Dicky Stone, Lori Martinez, Craig Ferguson, Kandy Alaman, CISD Superintendent Dr. Amy Jacobs, Brian Moore, Jody Reid, and Michael Brooks.

Way to go Bulldogs!!!

 

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Big Spring HS Lights Up School Spirit with Homecoming Bonfire


It's Homecoming week for Big Spring High School. The Steers prepared for the "Battle of the Cattle" (Big Spring Steers vs. the Graham Steers) with various spirit days each day this week. One of the longest running traditions of homecoming is certainly the bonfire. Last night the bonfire took place at the Anderson Alternative School Campus. The Big Spring Band fired up the crowd, blasting out the Steer's fight song, School song and other crowd favorites. The Steer cheerleaders lit up the crowd and filled everyone with school spirit. Students, teachers, alumni and community members came together to cheer on our mighty Big Spring Steers. Further activities include the Homecoming Pep Rally at 3:00 and the Homecoming Parade at 4:30 this afternoon. Photos courtesy of Misty Middleton.

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DPS Urges Texans to Stay Vigilant, Report Suspicious Activity. State iWatch program accepts tips via website, mobile app


**DPS Urges Texans to Stay Vigilant, Report Suspicious Activity.
State iWatch program accepts tips via website, mobile app**

AUSTIN – In light of the attack in Las Vegas over the weekend and as part of national Crime Prevention Month (October), the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is calling on all Texans to remain vigilant regarding potential crime and terrorist activity in their communities, and to report suspicious behaviors to local authorities or the department’s iWATCH website at www.iwatchtx.org.

“In the wake of the cowardly attack in Las Vegas, we continue to keep everyone impacted by this tragedy in our thoughts and prayers,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “We also want to remind the public of the potentially crucial role they play in helping law enforcement combat groups and lone-wolf actors intent on harming others. No matter where you are – alone or in a large group – always stay alert, and report any illegal or suspicious activity you witness to iWATCH or to your local authorities.”

The iWATCH program was created as a partnership between communities and law enforcement, and utilizes citizen-sourced tips related to criminal activity. Concerned citizens who observe suspicious activity can visit the iWATCH website – www.iwatchtx.org – to fill out a report. A report usually takes fewer than five minutes to complete, and once submitted, each report is reviewed by law enforcement analysts. To make an anonymous report, individuals can contact DPS at 1-844-643-2251. (iWATCH is not designed to report emergencies. If a situation requires an emergency response, call 911.)

Preparations for terrorist attacks may often be seen but rarely reported. When in doubt, speak up.

Here are some examples of behaviors and activities to report:

Strangers asking questions about building security features and procedures.
Briefcase, suitcase, backpack or package is left behind.
Cars or trucks are left in no-parking zones at important buildings.
Chemical smells or fumes that are unusual for the location.
People requesting sensitive information, such as blueprints, security plans or VIP travel schedules, without a need to know.
Purchasing supplies that could be used to make bombs or weapons, or purchasing uniforms without having the proper credentials.
Taking photographs or videos of security features, such as cameras or checkpoints.

Reports to iWATCH can also be made through the DPS Mobile App. The app is currently available for iPhone users on the Apple App Store: (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/texas-dps/id902092368?mt=8) and for Android users on Google Play: (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details…).

 

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Coahoma ISD Takes Part in Annual Homecoming Bonfire


Coahoma Bulldogs and Bulldogettes were surrounded by family and friends at the annual Homecoming Bonfire last night.


#54 Lane Williams, a Senior at Coahoma High School, and Left Guard for the Bulldogs said that he’s been to the bonfires every year since he was in Pre-K. When asked what the annual bonfire means to him, Williams said, "It's a school tradition and we gotta keep it alive and keep it going. It means a lot. It signifies Homecoming and all the things that come with it."


The fire was lit by Coahoma Senior and football player Bracy Bacon, who is currently training with the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department.


Photo provided by Deena Richardson Photography.

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Carson Pleads Guilty to Felony Firearm Smuggling and is Sentenced to 15 Years


On Monday Kimberly Kay Carson plead guilty to Felony Firearm Smuggling and was sentenced to 15 years out of a maximum sentence of 20 years. Carson was one of four people who had been arrested earlier this year in connection of the death of local 12-year-old Jose Hernandez.

District Attorney Hardy Wilkerson told KBest News, “There was some contention because this was the case that involved the 12-year-old young man who was fatally injured during the course of this thing, and in front of the Grand Jury, and all along, we have wrestled with the concept of the felony murder rule and how to apply it versus applying it to the felony firearm smuggling case.”

Ultimately, it was concluded that the Felony Firearm Smuggling case would be the strongest case to pursue and she was given a stiff sentence of 15 years out of the maximum of 20 years.

According to District Attorney Wilkerson, Carson “will be sent to where the original burglary was committed and now she can look at what they’re going to do with her in addition to what we did.“

The other people who had been arrested with connection of the death of Jose Hernandez are Cody Alan Wingo, Christopher Yanez, and Cindy Manchado Lopez, all of whom were also charged with Felony Firearm Smuggling.

 
 

 

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Press Release from BSISD - Relative to Social Media Speculation about Bathroom policy at BSI


Students at Big Spring Intermediate school have and will continue to have multiple opportunities to use the restroom facilities during the school day. In addition to scheduled trips to the facilities, students may request to use the restroom during class and may do so with a hall pass. Apparently, there has been some confusion about the situation due to the temporary closing of twoof the BSI restrooms for emergency repairs. Student health and safety are always the top priorities for school officials and staff, and that was certainly the case as we adjusted restroom procedures in response to a reduction in the number of available restrooms. We expect repairs to be completed no later than afternoon.

George Bancroft
Human Resources Director &
Community Relations Coordinator

 

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Howard County Volunteer Fire Department Battle Blaze for 4 Hours


On Monday at approximately 12:45 PM the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department responded to a report of a hot oil truck fire off of FM 2230 and N. CR 19.

Chief Tommy Sullivan, HCVFD, told KBest Media that about the time that they arrived on scene, a major explosion occurred that caused fireballs to shoot 80 feet into the air. Thankfully, no one had made it to the scene at the time of the explosion.

The HCVFD was able to knock the fire down safely by using their pumper tin that they acquired last year with the remote-controlled deck gun. With this device, they were able to pull hoses into it and block in the LPG tanks that were popping off, which Chief Sullivan stated was the biggest danger that the firefighters faced on the scene.

They extinguished the hot oil truck and there was also a pulling unit that was on fire with it. The HCVFD were on scene for over 4 hours. No one was injured during the incident.

 
 

 

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Did My Info Get Hacked During the Equifax Breach? Here's How to Check!


Earlier this year one of the nation’s three major credit reporting agencies, Equifax, had a major cyber security incident. Hackers accessed people’s names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and some even found driver license numbers. They also stole credit card information for over 200,000 people.

 

Equifax gets information from credit card companies, banks, lenders, and retailers to help determine a person’s credit score; so even if you don’t think that you were affected by the security breach, you may have been.

 

You can find out if you were affected by the breach by

1. Visiting www.Equifaxsecurity2017.com

2. Click on "Am I Impacted"
3. Enter your last name and last six digits of your social security number - on a secure computer and an encrypted network connection any time you enter it.
4. You will get one of two responses

It will say "we believe that your personal information was not impacted" or "we believe that your personal information was impacted."

 

Regardless if you were affected by the breach or not, it’s recommended that you protect you review your information and protect it by -

  1. Visiting www.annualcreditreport.com and pull a credit report to see if there's been any activity.
  2. Consider putting a fraud alert on your three accounts - Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. It's free and good for 90 days.
  3. Consider putting a freeze on your accounts

So, what’s the difference between a fraud alert and a credit freeze?

 

Heather Massey, Regional Director of the Better Business Bureau for the Permian Basin, says that with a fraud alert businesses must be able to verify identity for the consumer before opening a new line of credit. With a credit freeze no one, inlcuding the consumer themselves can access the person's credit report to open a new account. These options do not affect your credit score. The fraud alert is free bu the credit freeze costs $10.

 

Massey went on to say that ultimately, fraud alerts are much more commonly used between the two but may not be as effective as credit freezing when it comes to keeping someone from opening new accounts. The fraud alert lasts 90 days and will automatically expire unless it is reactivated by the consumer. It is important to note that identity theft victims are entitled to an extended fraud alert which can last up to 7 years.

 

In Texas, a credit freeze lasts until the consumer lifts it, either temporarily or permanently. Unfreezing the account can take up to several days.

 

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