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Scenic Mountain Medical Center Partners with Non-Profit Organzation Pink the Basin


This morning, Scenic Mountain Medical Center announced that they’d entered a partnership with Pink the Basin, a 501(c)3 organization that is dedicated to raise awareness of women’s health issues and foster educational and service initiatives that positively embrace women’s health. SMMC was awarded a $10,500 grant that will allow women in the Big Spring area, who cannot afford a mammogram due to a lack of or inadequate insurance, to get the mammography services they need.

According to Ginger Silva, Mammographer at SMMC, patients will be able to receive screening and diagnostic breast ultrasounds thanks to the funding from this grant.

Brigette Meyers, Executive Director for Pink the Basin, explained that their organization Pink the Basin is able to raise funds all over the Permian Basin and then distribute those funds back to hospitals to help women who cannot afford to pay for their mammograms and everything up to treatment for breast cancer.

Amanda Duforat, Marking Manager for SMMC noted, "We are excited to step into this partnership and the impact that it can have on the women in Howard County and the fight against breast cancer.”

For more information on how to apply for financial help for mammography services, contact Ginger Silva at Scenic Mountain Medical Center, (432) 263-1211.

 

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Restrictions on Sale of Certain Fireworks


On Wednesday, May 30, Howard County Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mitchell Hooper presented an order to the Howard County Commissioners Court requesting a restriction on the sale of certain fireworks, mainly "skyrockets with sticks" and "missiles with fins".

Failure to adhere to this restriction could result in a Class C misdemeanor.

The Restriction on Sale of Certain Fireworks is in effect until July 10, 2018.

 

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FREE SUMMER MEAL PROGRAM FOR KIDS, AGES 18 AND UNDER AT BIG SPRING JUNIOR HIGH.


This summer Big Spring ISD will be serving up good nutrition for local children by bringing healthy meals to Howard County children. The purpose of the program is to ensure that kids have a healthy vacation and return to school ready to learn.

The program began today and it will be connecting children 18 years old and younger with healthy Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) meals at no cost to the child. SFSP is a U.S. Department of Agriculture nutrition program administered by the Lone Star State by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA). For children who rely on school meals during the academic year, these meals offer a source of good nutrition when school is out for the long summer vacation.

SERVING AT: Big Spring Jr. High School, 624 E. 6th St.

WHEN: May 29, 2018 - June 29, 2018, No Fridays

TIMES: Breakfast from 7:45 - 8:45 AM / Lunch from 11AM - 1PM

WHO: All children 18 years old and younger for FREE

Big Spring ISD is one of the nonprofit organizations partnering with TDA to serve meals across Texas. Families are encouraged to use these three tools to find a meal site anywhere in the state:

* Call 2-1-1 to speak to an operator.
* Visit www.summerfood.org for an interactive site locator map
* Text FOODTX to 877-877

Organizations partner with TDA to serve meals in areas where more than 50 percent of children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch Program. Eligible sponsoring organizations include schools,faith-based groups, nonprofit summer camps, government agencies and other tax-exempt organizations. All meal sites must be sponsored by an organization that has a contract with TDA.

Summer food program meal sites help children succeed by providing the nourishment they need to return to school in the fall ready to thrive.

 

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Coahoma ISD welcomes New Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Chris Joslin!


COAHOMA - The CISD board of trustees approved the hire of Chris Joslin as the new Athletic Director and Head Football Coach today.

For the past two years, Joslin has been the offensive assistant football coach for the Rockdale High School Tigers. Last year, the Tigers went 13-3 for the season and clinched the 3A Division I state championship against the Brock Eagles at AT&T Stadium. In 2016, Rockdale advanced to regionals with an 11-2 record.

“We really loved our time here in West Texas,” Joslin said following his hire this morning. “When the position came open, it was really one of the only ones we looked at. We are really happy where we were at, but we love West Texas and jumped at the chance to come back here.”

Joslin added he is ready to step into his new position immediately.

“With it’s being so late, we’ve got to get busy right now meeting the coaches, trying to meet the kids as they come up and work out and getting everything in line before August gets here. It’s going to be a fast summer,” he said.

The move for Joslin means a return to West Texas and Howard County. For 10 years, Joslin was employed by Big Spring ISD as an assistant under the leadership of AD/Head Football Coach Phillip Ritchey.

For the majority of his time on the Steer coaching staff (2006-2007 to 2015-2016), Joslin was the offensive coordinator, backs/receivers coach. He was also the head coach of the junior varsity football team and, for a brief time, served as the interim AD after Ritchey retired. The Steers made six playoff appearances during Joslin’s time on the coaching staff.

Joslin also has a strong record of producing winning golf teams during his career. At Rockdale both his girls and boys golf team won back-to-back district and regional championships. In 2016-2017, the girls team placed third at state. During his time at Big Spring, Joslin took a number of golf teams to regional and state contests.

“We are very excited to welcome Coach Joslin and his family to Coahoma ISD,” said CISD Superintendent Dr. Amy Jacobs. “His success as a coach, a leader and a mentor for students will be an asset for our district, and we are honored to have him leading the Bulldogs and Bulldogettes.”

Joslin graduated from Jacksboro High School in 1993, earned his bachelor's in physical education from Tarleton State in 2002 and received his teacher’s certification from Weatherford College in 2004.

He was hired by Jacksboro High School from 2002-2003 through 2005-2006 where he coached football, golf, basketball, and track. During his tenure on the Jacksboro Tigers coaching staff, Joslin served as the offensive coordinator, wide receiver and secondary coach. The Tigers won two district championships and one district co-championship during this time. He also taught government, economics, health, PE, and several history courses.

Joslin will moved to Coahoma with his wife, Kristen, who was Director of Curriculum and Testing at Big Spring ISD before the family moved to Rockdale two years ago, and their two young children, Zoie and Austin. The couple’s oldest daughter, Trinady, will be attending college in the fall.

Joslin will take over leadership of the Bulldogs football team which went 7-4 last season ending with a bi-district appearance.

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Served Like a Girl - screened at Hangar 25 Air Museum by Basin PBS


Basin PBS previewed the Independent Lens film: Served Like a Girl yesterday evening at the Hangar 25 Air Museum. The film provided a candid look at a shared sisterhood to help the rising number of homeless women veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and suffer from PTSD, sexual abuse, and other traumas. By entering into the “Ms. Veteran America” competition, these amazing ladies unexpectedly come full circle in a quest for healing and hope.

Valerie Gross, a Navy Veteran who served nearly 6 years as a Hospital Corpsman, which is an enlisted medical specialist, told KBest News that the film Served Like a Girl was heartwarming but also hit close to home. "It definitely gives you a piece of the female side of the house, just a little bit of everything. Maybe not all female Veterans experience every single piece of the film, but it definitely gives you some kind of insight to what we went through and what we go through when we get home."

Basin PBS will be airing Served Like a Girl on Monday night, May 28th, at 9 PM. Here's a link for the trailor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTMibYCQMyk

#ServedLikeAGirlPBS

 

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Forsan Valedictorian and Salutatorian Named for Class of 2018


Elizabeth Long is graduating from Forsan High School and earned the honor of Valedictorian for the 2018 senior class. She is actively involved in band, Student Council, and is a yearbook editor. During high school, Elizabeth has won multiple awards including: Tennis MVP as a sophomore, 2nd in UIL number sense, Division I with Band Solo and Ensemble, as well as being elected to the National Honor Society. Elizabeth still enjoys playing tennis and is involved with her youth group from the 14th & Main Church of Christ. After graduation, she plans to attend Lubbock Christian University to major in Communications. Her parents are Angie and Kelly Long.

Bryce Hergert will graduate from Forsan High School and has earned the honor of Salutatorian of the 2018 senior class. Bryce has been elected Senior Class President by his peers. He stayed busy as the starting quarterback in football, starter in basketball, pitched for the baseball team, and qualified for the
regional track meet. He competes on the UIL mathematics and computer science teams. He was named been named Big 2 News Player of the Week during football. He earned State honors for the All-Academic teams in both football and basketball. His hobbies include hunting, metal fabrication, forensic sciences, and sports. He has signed to play football at Harden Simons University in the fall and major in Forensic Science. Bryce’s is the son of Tiana and Lonny Hergert.

(Photos contributed by Forsan High School.)

 

 

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Big Spring Senior Awards Assembly - Bryan and Tan top 2 at BSHS


Abby Bryan was named this year’s Big Spring High School Valedictorian, and Britney Tan was named this year’s Salutatorian at this morning's BSHS Senior Assembly.

Big Spring High School Seniors and their families gathered yesterday morning at the high school auditorium to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2018. At the beginning of the assembly, Seniors were reminded that they can carry BSHS into everything they do even after they graduate, if one only remembers to “Be Bold, Be Spirited, Be Honorable, and Be Successful.”

Many students were awarded scholarships, and several received multiple scholarships. Some of the most notable were the four students who made the decision to join the United States military: Layton Boswell – US Marines; Kory Stone and Luke Wood – US Army; and Krystelle Mikels – US Air Force, and Rachel McAlister received $100,000 in scholarships from Eastern Connecticut University. Breeana Matthews received $60,000 from Abilene Christian University. Charlie Correa received $30,000 from Texas Tech University. Full tuition and dorm at Odessa College was awarded to Josiah Garcia. Arianna Tijerina was awarded $10,000 from the Colleen G. Slaughter Endowed Scholarship. The Conley "Prime Cut" Scholarship was awarded to Abby Bryan and Nolan Otto for an amount of $6,000 each.

Out of 215 Big Spring High School Students, 55 will be receiving Honor recognition.

 

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May 2018 Veteran of the Month - Guy Griffith


Yesterday evening, Hangar 25 Air Museum awarded Guy Griffith with the prestigious Veteran of the Month Award. Griffith served in the United States Air force for a total of 20 years and flew 12 different fighter jets in that time period. He gave a presentation detailing his various missions each of which occured in different locations all over the world. Griffith shared his thanks to the Hangar for honoring his service.

 

The presentation covered the issues or, “teething problems” with each of the early jets he flew during his time serving and Griffith also shared personal stories of his experience with each jet. The ceremony was concluded with the presentation of several keepsakes for the veteran. They included a placard detailing his time served, an American flag that once flew at the capitol given to Griffith, and a handmade sign stating his name and the years he served.

Griffith later stated that he was pleased to be surrounded by family and friends to celebrate this honor alongside him.

 

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BIG SPRING CITY COUNCIL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS, 05/22/18


Hayley Herrera was recognized for completing all coursework toward her Certified Tourism Executive (CTE) designation from Travel & Tourism College, a program of the Texas Travel Industry Association (TTIA). Part of her coursework included her capstone project which was the creating the a 40 page magazine which highlights the important sites and information regarding things to do and places to see in Big Spring. Since it waspublished a few months ago, there have been thousands of copies that have been distributed throughout the state and beyond.

Bank depository bid awarded to local bank BBVB Compass Bank. It was noted that 15 invitations for bids were sent out to financial institutions with physical locations within Big Spring, but no other bids received.

Bid for street sweeper awarded to Heil of Texas for $230,800. The street sweeper will be financed for 5 years, and the money for the street sweeper is available through the lease agreement budget. By purchasing the new street sweeper, the city will ultimately save money by replacing a 10-year old street sweeper instead of continuously paying for repairs.

Terry McDaniel was voted Mayor Pro Tem.

The Comanche Trail Municipal Golf Course was a large part of tonight's meeting.

A 30HP pump will be replaced with the goal to provide additional water to supplement the retention pond to more effectively irrigate the golf course. The approximate cost of the project is $12,713.

A golf course #14 and #16 cart path maintenance was approved not only for aesthetic appeal but also for cart safety and course fairway protection. Over the last few budget cycles, the Golf Course Department has been budgeting funds for these types of maintenance costs, and there are only two remaining cart paths that are in need of major repair. The work will be done in-house, with the only cost being for materials. The estimated cost of the project for both paths is $29,725.50.

City Manager Todd Darden initiated the discussion regarding future golf course projects. It was noted by a majority of the city councilmembers that the current state of the municipal golf course reflects poorly on the city, but noted that the projects to improve the golf course would cost lots of money and would not be an easy fix. The last time the golf course was revamped was 10 years ago. Rule enforcement for the course was also discussed.

Councilmembers Jim DePauw and Howard Stewart were re-appointed to the Convention & Visitors Bureau. DePauw had been a member of the board since 2015, and Stewart has been a member since 2017.

It was announced that Debbie Wegman, Executive Director of the Big Spring Convention and Visitors Bureau, will be retiring soon. Councilmembers thanked Wegman for her service. City Manager Todd Darden stated that they would be looking for a new Executive Director in the near future.

 

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Joe Bright Basketball Training - Relating Basketball to Life Lessons


Goliad P.E. Teacher Joe Bright goes above and beyond helping students have fun while staying physically active in school, he also runs, Joe Bright Basketball Training, a program for local area students.

"My slogan is 'Let the dream begin,' says Bright. It's a hundred percent for the kids in the community [and] all around. It's just trying to teach them the basics, and at the same time let them know that [the program] is bigger than basketball."

Bright went on to say that his program focuses on building character and leadership skills. He advised that this training isn't exclusively for basketball skills and the conditioning and footwork can be beneficial for other sports, and noted that the lessons learned in the program can carry over to other areas of life. "It's definitely bigger than just basketball and wins and losses. What we do now carries over in the long run."

"I'm a former basketball player and I'm a firm believer in that," continued Bright. "Everything that I have learned and took from sports, I'm doing it now as a teacher."

Teaching kids lessons that they'll carry with them outside of basketball is something that Bright has a passion for, and he says that because of limited gym availability he's not able to accept all kids that want to sign up for his program. He stated that if anyone knew of a gym that's available for use or that's available to rent, he'd appreciate the information so he could reach out to them about using their facilities for his program.

Bright is originally from Chicago, IL. He later moved to Minnesota with his family where he graduated high school. He later attended Howard College and played on the 2009-2010 National Championship team. He was also named Region 5 Defensive player of the year once, he was also Named to the All- WJCAC Team his sophomore year. After graduating with his Associate's Degree, Joe attended Stephen F. Austin where he continued his college basketball career, and earned his Bachelor’s in Kinesiology.

You can keep up with Joe Bright Basketball Training through his Facebook page, Instagram - joebrightball, email Jabzoola@gmail.com, or call him at (763) 237-4800.

This summer, Bright will be working as Co-Director at the Nike Basketball Training Camp that will be held in Colorado City at Wolf Gymnasium from June 18-22nd. Ages eligible for this camp are 8-18 and it will be co-ed. For more information you can check out: https://www.ussportscamps.com/…/nike-basketball-camp-wolf-g…

 

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SWIM SMART event tomorrow at YMCA, Noon - 2 PM!


BIG SPRING, TEXAS – Warmer temperatures have arrived, school is almost out and thoughts of summer activities are swirling around. Swimming pools will be opening soon and several local
agencies are teaming up to ensure Howard County youth are swimming safely. Saturday,
families are encouraged to visit the YMCA between Noon and 2 p.m. for the Swim Smart event.
 
“Swimming is normally the first activity that pops into a child’s mind, even adults, when it
comes to ways to cool down in the summer, which is why we want to make sure that safety is
top of mind as well,” Dathan Jones, YMCA CEO, said. “It only takes a few seconds for a fun time to turn tragic when it comes to water. While we don’t want to take the fun away, we want to
make sure they are enjoying the water safely.”
 
Through combined efforts of the Big Spring Fire Department, Texas Regional Advisory Council J, Scenic Mountain Medical Center and YMCA, during the Swim Smart event, attendees will be able to have an opportunity to receive a free life jacket, hear some water safety tips and visit with the members of the local fire department.
 
“The main goal is to make everyone understand by being aware of your surroundings, and
understanding how quickly situations can change, a tragic event can be easily avoided. All these agencies want to make sure that the youth, of our community, is able to enjoy summer activities,” Jones said.
 
There is no charge for attending this event and during the two-hour span, admission is free to
the YMCA. This is an opportunity for families to get educated about water safety, see all the
recent renovations at the YMCA and find out about local resources.
 
“The YMCA is meant to be a family environment and anytime we can host an event that provides an opportunity for a family event, we are on board,” Jones said. “If you think about it the only two places that an entire family can be together is at church or at the YMCA – we really
do have something for everyone.”
 
Statistics show, each year about 4,000 people drown in the United States. Drowning is said to
be one of the top killers among children 1 to 4 years of age, except birth defects. Recently, there have been a couple drowning deaths in the media, which only emphasizes the importance of water safety events.
 
“We are excited about having the opportunity to provide life jackets to the youth in the
community. This was made possible through the Texas JRAC, Big Spring Fire Department and
Scenic Mountain Medical Center,” Jones said. “We encourage families to come out, enjoy a
little family time and get ready for summer, in a safe way.”

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Friends and Family say Goodbye to Santana Specialty Car Club Founder.


Earlier today, Johnson street was lined with family and friends of the late Billy, Wild Bill, Yanez .

Billy had been a member of ALSA car club in Big Spring before he became a founder of Santana Specialty Car Club in 1985. He later became a member of Low Image car club but after he was diagnosed with cancer in 2015 he returned to Santana Specialty with a dream of continuing his legacy through the organization. A chapter of Santana Specialty is currently established in Midland, where he had been residing when he passed.

ALSA, Low Image, and Santana Specialty have been noted as organizations that give back to their community, whether it be community-mined events or fundraising for families in need.

Billy was described by family and friends as having a big heart, always willing to help others, and very knowledgeable about cars. He participated in many car shows throughout the country and took pride in the vehicles that he and his brother John painted.

Billy recently passed away from stage 4 cancer. According to his widow, Ana Yanez, he had been advised that he would only have 3 to 4 more months to live after he was diagnosed, but Billy surpassed all expectations and went on to live another 2 years. He passed away at the age of 55 years old.

 

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Big Spring residents and businesses donate time, money, and supplies to help local families.


Wednesday's BURGER BASH was able to raise a little over $16,000 to help the families who lost their homes in the fire that occurred south of Big Spring earlier this month. The fire destroyed approximately 300 acres and 4 homes. The event was organized by Porsha Bryant with Big Spring High School and Mike Richardson with the Greater Big Spring Rotary Club.

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Henry found NOT GUILTY on charge of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.


The jury trial against Quincy Lamar Henry came to a close today with a verdict of "Not Guilty" on the charge of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

Henry was accused of shooting Lonnie Gray in the thigh and hand after an argument between the two had escalated back in August 2017. Gray had been discovered by Big Spring Police Department Officers at a residence on 11th Place with gun shot wounds. Gray was treated at Scenic Mountain Medical Center and was stabilized.

Henry had been facing a Felony 2 offense, which would have sentenced him to 2 to 20 years had he been found guilty.

 

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2018 Howard County Male and Female Students of the Year recognized at Commissioners Court


The Male and Female Students of the Year were recognized from each school district in Howard County during today's Howard County Commissioners Court.

Adam Gonzales and Jori Hanlan were named the Male and Female Students of the Year for Big Spring High School. BSHS Principal Mike Ritchey spoke on behalf of the students and noted that they both are very involved with BSHS and are honor students. Hanlan will be attending Angelo State University for Nursing. Gonzales will attend Texas Christian University and will study Biology.

Brynn Workman and Tyler McFall were named as the Male and Female Students of the Year for Coahoma High School. CHS Assistant Principal Trey Gardner spoke about each of the students and their accomplishments throughout their high school careers. Both students are in the top 10 of their senior class, and McFall is the Salutatorian. Gardner stated that Workman has been very active in FFA, and plans to attend Tarelton State for Agribusiness. McFall has been very active in Band, as well as powerlifting, and golf; he's set to attend University of North Texas to study in their music program.

The Male and Female Students of the Year for Forsan High School are Lexie Gee and Kolby Watson. FHS Principal Kenny Lowery, noted that both students radiate a great personality that is noticeable to all on their campus and both participate and been very successful in band. Gee is involved in cheerleading, and was nominated for the United Cheer Association Leadership Award. Watson is also involved with cross country and baseball. Gee will be attending South Plains College in the fall and plans to major in Speech and Communication Disorders. Watson will be attending Angelo State University and has plans to study Kinesiology.

 

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GUY GRIFFITH TO BE HONORED AS MAY 2018 VETERAN OF THE MONTH


The May Veteran of the Month, Guy Griffith of Big Spring, will be honored Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Hangar 25 Air Museum. The reception will begin at 6:00 pm in the Briefing Room of the Museum. The public is invited to the reception and to hear Mr. Griffith's presentation on his military service.

For more information please call Hangar 25 Air museum at 432-264-1999.

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Scholars Honored at CISD Banquet, 05/15/18


Coahoma ISD held a banquet to honor the top 10 students in the Coahoma High school Class of 2018 on Tuesday.

Those students are: Diana Gonzalez, McKinna Hector, Tyler McFall, Mason Moore, MaKayla Overton, Aubrey Parum, Nathan Ramirez, Preslie Smithie, Brynn Workman and Kaylee Wright. Each students was recognized individually in front of family and friends during the banquet held at the Hotel Settles.

Also honored were the top ten students in the junior class. They are Bryson Cline, Cassie Gutierez, Andrea King, Emily Krabill, Joseph Manning, Haven Martin, Julia Mashburn, Laura Romero, Andrew Romero Ortega, and Micah Worley.

Also receiving awards were Mark Richardson, Community Pride Award; Sue Tindol, Scholar Staff Award; Jody Nix, Scholar Graduate; and Kim and Kathy Nichols, Scholar Teachers.

 

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BURGER BASH FUNDRAISER, TOMORROW!!


A Burger Bash Fundraiser will take place tomorrow, May 16th from 11 AM – until sold out at the Blankenship Stadium at Big Spring High School. This fundraiser will be benefiting the victims of the wildfire that burned south of Big Spring earlier this month, destroying 4 homes causing 4 families to be displaced.

According to Mike Richardson, one of the people coordinating the fundraiser along with Porsha Bryant, local business such as Sonic, HEB, Porter’s, and Hull’s have made contributions with food. Richardson stated that the purpose of the event is to raise money for the families affected by the wildfire and he encouraged people to make donations.

"If you've got a large donation and you'd like to use that as a tax deduction, no problem. We've got a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that says that they can go ahead and take those in so they can get the tax exemption and funnel that money to us, The Greater Big Spring Rotary Club," says Richardson.

Richardson says that he encourages the public to come out and purchase $10 burger bags that include burger, chips, and drink. Churches are also called upon to bring their congregations to the fundraiser to help raise money for these displaced families. It should be noted that order of 10 burgers or more can be delivered.

For more information, to give donations, or to place large to go orders, contact Porsha at 432-268-3879, or Mike at 432-599-0351.

 

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Small grass fire on Hali Rd.


A small grass fire on Hali Rd. was confirmed south of town, approximately 5-7 miles off of Brian Rd. According to Howard County,Tx Volunteer Fire Dept.Chief Mitchell Hooper, the fire burned 2-3 acres but is 100 percent contained. Volunteer firefighters are continuing to put out hot spots.

No structures were reported to have been lost, as well as no injuries. The cause of the grass fire is yet to be determined.

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FMH Foundation Presents Song Swap at the Spring with Koe Wetzel and Parker McCollum @ The Historic Spring Marie Hall Plaza and Performance Stage


The Big Spring Convention and Visitors Bureau and BAD Events LLC are excited to announce the inaugural FMH Foundation’s Song Swap at the Spring with Koe Wetzel and Parker McCollum at the Historic Spring Marie Hall Plaza and Performance Stage. The concert will take place on Thursday, August 2nd with gates opening at 5 PM.

The opening band will be local artists, Big Spring, and will be followed by an acoustic song swap by Koe Wetzel and Parker McCollum. The concert will be free to the public but due to restrictions and limited seating available at the Historic Spring tickets will only be given to 1,000 people, including children of all ages. Tickets will be made available on June 4th at the Big Spring Visitors Center located at 113 E. 3 rd Street and the tickets are limited to 2 per person.

Food Trucks and vendors will be available in the SM Energy Pavilion adjacent to the Historic Spring Plaza. Please no outside food or drinks can be brought in but you are welcome to bring your lawn chairs.

 

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PROTEST DEADLINE IS TOMORROW AT MIDNIGHT!


DEADLINE IS TOMORROW AT MIDNIGHT!

The deadline for property owners to file a written notice of protest is tomorro night at midnight, that’s according to Lisa Reyna, Chief Appraiser for the Howard County Appraisal District. Property owners may submit their written notice of protest by dropping it off in person, sending through email, through their website at howardcad.org, or through mail, but it should be noted that mail must be post marked with today’s date to be accepted.

Reyna stated that their office is working the protests in the order that they are received. At which point, an appraiser will contact the property owners by phone in order to attempt to settle the protest informally. If an agreement cannot be reached, an appointment to see the Appraisal Review Board will be scheduled.

During the informal meeting, it should be remembered that appraisers don’t usually go inside the home when the property is appraised and if there’s something wrong with the property it is during this time that the property owner has an opportunity to bring it to the appraiser’s attention.

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Gonzalez, McFall named Valedictorian and Salututatorian for CHS Class of 2018


The top two students in the 2018 graduating class of Coahoma High School are Diana Cecilia Gonzalez and Tyler Austin McFall.

“I am proud to announce Diana is our valedictorian and Tyler is our salutatorian for the Class of 2018,” said CHS Principal Christina Cox.

Gonzalez is the daughter of Candido and Maria Gonzalez. During her years at Coahoma High School, she has taken on a number of leadership roles.

She is the editor of the 2017-2018 yearbook overseeing a large staff. She serves as the Student Council secretary and is a FFA chapter officer this year. Gonzalez is a member of the National Honor Society and serves as the secretary. She was the secretary for the FCCLA her junior year. Gonzalez is also a member for the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Howard College and the National Society of High School Scholars.
She has been recognized with a number of honors. As the stage manager of the one-act play for the last two years, she was part of the cast and crew which qualified for area competition in 2017. She was named to the all-star crew at district UIL One Act Play contest in 2018.

As a very active member of the Coahoma FFA Chapter, Gonzalez placed 8th at state for FFA Spanish Creed in 2016 and qualified for state in 2015 in FFA - Farm Business Management contest. She placed 1st in Ag Issues for District FFA contest and 4th in Area in 2017. She also qualified for state contests while a member of the FCCLA including Advocacy in 2017 and Recycle and Redesign in 2018.

In 2017, she was named the Big Spring Rotary Student of the Month, the Big Spring Herald Academic Star Student of the Week, a Coahoma Junior Scholar, and in the top 10 Academic Juniors.

Following graduation, Gonzalez will attend Texas Tech University to pursue a bachelor of science degree in nursing.
McFall is the son of Erinn and Greg Moore. He found his love of music at Coahoma ISD in the fifth grade. He served as the Drum Major in the Big Red Band for two years, is a member of National Honor Society and National Society of High School Scholars. Outside of school, McFall is the music director at Midway Baptist Church.

He was a ATSSB All-Region and Area Band qualifier all four years of high school. He qualified for All-State Band his junior and senior years. McFall is a three-year state solo and ensemble qualifier and received the John Phillips Sousa Award this year. He is also a TMEA Texas Music Scholar Student.

McFall was active in the golf program at CHS and was named the 2016 MVP for Golf.

Following graduation, McFall will attend the prestigious University of North Texas music program and will major in music education.

CHS will hold a graduation ceremony for the Class of 2018 on Friday, May 18.

 

 

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H.O.P.E. Foundation awards Grants through Innovative Teaching Grant Program.


Grants were awarded this week to teachers throughout Big Spring Independent School District by the H.O.P.E. Foundation through their Innovative Teaching Grant Program. The purpose of the H.O.P.E. Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, is to oversee the Innovative Teaching Grant Program.

Grants are awarded by the H.O.P.E. Foundation to support the Big Spring Independent School District's educational plan by supporting activities not supported by tax dollars. The grant program is designed to encourage, facilitate, recognize, and reward innovative and creative instructional approaches.

According to Emily McCann, Board President for the organization, the organization was created 4 years ago and has been able to award grants for the last 3 years. The H.O.P.E. Foundation raises money through non-event fundraiser, and they also have a permanent endowment with the Big Spring Area Community Foundation. McCann noted that they are always looking for donors to help them grow.

Last year, the H.O.P.E. Foundation awarded 4 grants last year; this year, they’ve been able to award even more grants to teachers at Kentwood, Marcy, Moss, Goliad, and Anderson, and they’re not done yet!

(Photo 1: Group photo after Grant Presentation at Kentwood Early Childhood Center.)

(Photo 2: List of teachers who were awarded grants, amount, and their idea. - Not listed is "SEL Hour, submitted by Pam Billick Gonzalez, in the amount of $2400 for the Anderson Accelerated Campus, Grades 7-12 for 40—50 students. SEL – Social Emotional Learning – Purchase Learning Activity Sets that focus on the skills needed to regulate emotions, resolve conflicts, avoid risky behavior, and make moral and safe choices. Grant also included teacher training for two teachers who will them train other teachers. Goal is to increase graduation rate and attendance while decreasing discipline referrals.")

 

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Health Business to Business Meet and Greet


The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce and Scenic Mountain Medical Center are partnering up to bring together all health care businesses in our area for an afternoon. The Health Business to Business Meet & Greet will be on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at the Hotel Settles in the Ballroom & Mezzanine from 4:30 to 7 pm.

The Chamber Meet & Greets is a great way for Chamber members and the community to come together and network. Health entities will be set up and ready to introduce themselves and tell you what services they provide.

The businesses that are participating are: Air Evac Life team, Back in Motion Chiropractic, Big Spring Center for Skilled Care, Big Spring State Hospital, Dora Robert Rehab Center Wellness, Home Hospice, Kindred at Home, Leonard's Pharmacy & Prescription Services, Marcy Place, Parkview Skilled Care & Rehab, Ward Family Dental, P.C., West Texas Centers, and Wiggins Worthy Wellness/Chiropractic.

This is open to the community. They will have refreshments and giveaways, so don’t forget to bring your business card!!

 

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Outgoing Board Members Recognized at Coahoma ISD.


The Coahoma ISD board recognized outgoing members Brian Moore and Jody Reid for their years of service to the community Thursday night during a specially called meeting to canvas the May 5 election results. Pictured are CISD board members Craig Ferguson, left, Kandy Alaman, outgoing member Brian Moore, Michael Brooks, Lori Martinez, and Dicky Stone. Reid was absent from the meeting as he and his wife were traveling to attend their son’s graduation from seminary in North Carolina.

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THREE ARRESTS MADE IN HIGGINBOTHAM BURGLARY w/ Update


UPDATE: Big Spring Police Department confirms that 7 of the 15 firearms that were stolen from Higginbotham in April were recovered from the 2600 block of Dow at 8:00 this morning. The weapons were abandoned in the roadway as if someone threw them out while driving. Three arrests were made yesterday. No further information is available as this is still an ongoing investigation.

 

THREE ARRESTS MADE IN HIGGINBOTHAM BURGLARY:

From Big Spring Police Dept:
5-10-18
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On the 12th of April 2018 at approximately 1:40 A.M., the Higginbotham Bartlett hardware store located at 1900 E. FM 700 was burglarized and 15 firearms were stolen. The Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigation Division was assigned to investigate this crime. For the past month Detectives have been following leads and on the 8th of May 2018, Detectives arrested Mikeal Ladarrean Chavera Hispanic/Male 21 years of age for this offense. On the 9th of May 2018, Detectives arrested Peter Manual Candelaria Hispanic/Male 30 years of age also for this offense. Both Chavera and Candelaria have been charged with the Burglary of the Building at Higginbotham Bartlett a State Jail Felony as well as Firearms Smuggling a Felony 2 Offense.

On the 10th of May 2018, following another lead regarding this investigation, Detectives executed a search warrant in the 2000 block of Morrison. Detectives seized a quantity of crack cocaine, powder cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, a Taurus 9mm pistol and over $5,000.00 in currency. The resident Kendrick Dashaun Harris aka “Keno” Black/Male 23 years of age was arrested and charged with 3 Misdemeanor warrants and two counts of Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 over 4 grams less than 200 grams, a Felony 2 Offense.

At the time of this media release the Big Spring Police Department has not recovered any of the firearms that were stolen. The Big Spring / Howard County CrimeStoppers is still offering an award for the recovery of the firearms. If you have any information you can call (432)263-TIPS (8477) or use the P3tips.com software to submit your tip online. Remember no caller ID is ever used and all tips are anonymous.

This continues to be an ongoing criminal investigation and we have no further information at this time.

Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon

Pictured from left to right: Peter Candelaria, Mikeal Chavera, Kendrick “Keno” Harris

 

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Big Spring ISD School Board Meeting Highlights, 05/10/18


Big Spring ISD School Board Meeting Highlights, 05/10/18

SM ENERGY DONATION

Kate Noble, External Affairs at SM Energy, presented a $10,000 donation specific to beginning a robotics program at Big Spring High School.

ATC GETS NEW WEIGHT ROOM EQUIPMENT AND FLOORING 
Big Spring ATC will be receiving an upgrade with new flooring and new weightlifting equipment. A budget amendment and expenditure over $150,000 was approved. The ATC has not been upgraded since it was built in 1997.

CAMPUS CARRY
Big Spring ISD will become a Campus Carry school district.

BOARD MEMBERS 
Melissa Miller sworn in as the newest member of the BSISD Board of Trustees, District 4.

BSISD Board of Trustees President Tony Kennedy stepped down from his seat on the Board. He was presented with a plaque by Superintendent Jay McWilliams for his 15 years of service with the school board, and a reception was thrown in his honor. Kennedy says that he plans to continue to volunteer with the school district, but it was time to step down because he has grandchildren now and no longer has children in the school district. He noted that he felt now was a good time to leave because he has a good feeling that the BSISD will knock their assessments out of the park.

Fabian Serrano was voted as the new Board of Trustees President. Serrano stated that he is excited to work with Superintendent McWilliams, and noted that there would be changes within the Board, but they'll continue to move forward. When asked how he felt about the decision to become a Campus Carry school district, Serrano stated, "I'm confident in the decision that we've made as a Board. I think it's something that's necessary as a school district the way things are changing within society. I think it's crucial for us to move forward with."

Julie Harris was voted as the Vice President, and Tom Olague was voted as the Secretary.

NEXT MEETING
Next school board meeting will be June 12th.

 

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COAHOMA FFA CELEBRATES STELLAR YEAR!


Coahoma High School senior Brynn Workman received the Ken Cobb Memorial Scholarship Monday during the Coahoma FFA annual banquet where a number of members were recognized for their achievement in the past year.

“Our FFA members are very lucky to have the support of so many people,” said Aaron Custer, Coahoma FFA advisor. “Thank you to everyone that took the time to come recognize one of the best years our Chapter has ever experienced. These students and I appreciate you all more than you know.”

The Coahoma FFA Chapter celebrated a stellar year earning 45 state, area, and district banners. In the fall CHS freshman Julia Cox won the state LDE (Leadership Development Events) Greenhand Creed Speaking contest and qualified for nationals. The Coahoma FFA Radio Broadcasting team of Aubrey Green, Micah Worley, and Emilee Custer placed 7th in state and the Ag Advocacy team of Selina Baldwin, Macee Grant, Brylea Gordon, and Seth Brooks placed 8th.

Recently, Coahoma FFA had 13 students advance to area contest in SDE (Speaking Development Events). They are Grayson Glidewell, Seth Brooks, Sydney Rinard, Brenner Gartman, Naughtia Rockwell, Ashley Crisp, Brylea Gordon, Kolt Redden, Bailey Wells, Bryden Fontana, Cutter Atkins, Richard Thurman, and Julia Cox.

Overall, the program won district sweepstakes in LDE and SDE and area and state sweepstakes for a single teacher division for LDE. During the banquet, it was announced that CHS 2017 graduate Landyn Young will be running for State FFA President this summer. Young is attending Texas A&M.

The following awards were presented during the banquet:

FFA Booster Scholarships $750: Brynn Workman, Diana Gonzalez, Trey Brumley, and Aubrey Parum

Ken Cobb Memorial Scholarship Winner $1,000: Brynn Workman

State Plaques: State Champion - Greenhand Creed Speaking - Julia Cox; FFA Radio Broadcasting, 7th Place, the team of Micah Worley, Aubrey Green, and Emilee Custer; Ag Advocacy, 8th Place, the team of Macee Grant, Seth Brooks, Brylea Gordon, and Selina Baldwin.

Proficiency Winners - each recipient was presented a belt buckle: Sr Steer, Seth Brooks; Jr Goat, Case Custer; Sr Goat, Emilee Custer; Jr Lamb, Jocelyn Young; Sr Lamb, Brynn Workman; Jr Swine, Brady Anderson; Sr Swine, Aubrey Parum; Jr Rabbit, Paislie Hipp; and Sr Rabbit, Sydney Rinard

Ag Sales Winners: 1st, Kolt Reddin; 2nd, Brynn Workman; 3rd Kaylee Kernick.

Distinguished Service Award: Co Winners, Walter Brumley and Russell Parum

Also recognized was the new Chapter Officer team. They are President Micah Worley, Vice President Emilee Custer, Secretary Julia Cox, Treasurer Sydney Rinard, Reporter Ashley Crisp, Sentinel Grayson Glidewell, Student Advisor Seth Brooks, Parliamentarian Aubrey Green, Historian Naughtia Rockwell, and Chaplain Bailey Wells.

Greenhand Officers (incoming freshmen) are President Tanner Atkins, Vice President Joe Mashburn, and Secretary Madison Rodgers.

Running for office are Micah Worley for area; Emily Custer and Ashley Crisp for district.

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CALVIO RECEIVES THIS YEAR'S GOOD SCOUT AWARD


Adrian Calvio is this year's recipient of the Good Scout Award for exemplifying the values of scouting in our community, both in his personal life and business endeavors. He was honored today at the Good Scout Luncheon held at Hotel Settles. The Good Scout Award is given by the Lone Star District within the Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch, Boys Scouts of America.

Adrian Calvio is the proud son of Alex and Martha Calvio. He is married toAmanda Cole Calvio, who is the Director at Parkplace Retirement Living. Adrian is also the proud father of 3 boys, Atticus, Adlae, and August.

When asked how he felt to have received the award, Adrian stated, "It's a tremendous honor, [and] pretty humbling, especially following the people who have received it before. So, anytime you're being honored for doing good things in the community, or character development that's an honor."

Past recipients of the Good Scout Award include:

2017: Jody and Tessa Reid
2016: Jerry Worthy
2015: Mike and Sheila Abusaab
2014: Larry McLellan
2013: Jordan Partee
2012: Keith Graumann
2011: John Scott
2010: Hayes Stripling, Jr.

 

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Veteran-run organization marches across United States to raise money for wounded Veterans and veteran suicide prevention.


An organization on a mission to raise money for wounded veterans and the prevention of veteran suicide made a stop in Big Spring at a local RV Park for a couple of days.

The Mother of All Rucks Foundation, also known as the M.O.A.R. Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) organization that’s committed to making veteran lives better by helping provide a better quality of life for those veterans that are afflicted by their time in service, whether it by PTSD, brain injuries, or wounded veterans.

This year, the M.O.A.R. Foundation is traveling 2600 miles across the United States for their first annual Coast to Coast Mother of All Rucks road march from San Diego, CA to Washington DC. Paul O’Keefe, President of the organization, told KBest News that his team marches 22 miles with their military backpacks to represent the 22 veterans who take their own lives each day.

O’Keefe stated that their journey began in March and they expect to reach their destination in Washington, D.C. in August. Their goal is to raise $250,000 in total donations from this 1st annual event, by inspiring others to help give back to veteran citizens who are afflicted by their time in service. It should be noted that The M.O.A.R. Foundation pledges that all monies donated will benefit citizen veterans.

When asked how they distribute their funds, O’Keefe stated that they help individuals directly. "As we raise money, we find causes that we can directly impact and we pay money from our accounts directly to helping individuals."

O’Keefe told KBest News that since beginning their journey in March they’ve gotten a lot of great feedback from the people they’ve come across.

"We're just really happy that we have received so much help along our journey. Everybody is very receptive to what we're doing. Everybody has been really gracious to us, trying to take care of us along the road, making sure we're fed, and that we have a place to stay. It's just amazing to see that," says O'Keefe.

O'Keefe and his team are also Veterans, and they are very passionate about what they do. To find more information about Mother of All Rucks Foundation, check their Facebook page, or their website: MOARFoundation.org

Support the Team & Foundation by purchasing their shirts, caps, and other items at: MotherRuckerUSA.com

Or you can support the Team here: https://rally.org/MOARFoundation

 

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"Campus Carry" Meeting, 05/09/18


The Big Spring ISD School Board hosted their second community meeting regarding campus carry yesterday afternoon, covering a wide variety of topics regarding the proposed plan to arm teachers under the Guardian Program.

BSISD Superintendent Jay McWilliams as well as BSISD School Board President Tony Kennedy and Jamie Farmer, a member of the Midland Fire Department and trainer for the Tactical Medical Team in the area, answered questions of concerned parents and offered valuable statistics. David Mathis, a parent in the district, was very active in the meeting and was, overall, satisfied that the Board had answered questions honestly and he was glad to have been able to walk away with more information about the topic.

The meeting itself focused on the drastic increase in school shooting incidents in the last few years. In the last four months alone, there have been a reported 17 school shootings. This number is dwarfed by the reported 290 school shootings since the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in 2013.

The Board also stressed the fact that this decision is not being made lightly. A plan of this nature was proposed in early 2014 but then the school district’s attorney advised against it. This time, the district’s attorney is in favor of moving forward with the potential plan.

A decision on the proposed plan is set for this evening’s Big Spring ISD School Board meeting at 5:15 PM in the Board Room at 707 11th Place.

 

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BIG SPRING CITY COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS, 05/08/18


BIG SPRING CITY COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS, 05/08/18

The Big Spring City Council held a meeting Tuesday evening, and here are the highlights:

In December, Requests for qualifications (also known as RFQs) were sought by the City of Big Spring for street engineering in conjunction with the TIGER grant and roads connecting the Airpark Industrial/Airport to the 87 Reliever Route. According to Johnny Womack, Big Spring Public Works Director, the City had 5 requests returned and after reviewing applications, a committee of Airpark and City staff had selected Freese and Nichols for approval by the Big Spring City Council. It was noted that a bid amount had not been announced and the fees would be negotiated later by the City Manager or his designee.

Councilman Jim DePauw, District 6 representative, had reservations about how much this would cost the city and from where the money would come. He also noted that the City Council agendas should list more information on order to provide transparency about items that will be discussed in the meetings.

Freese and Nichols was approved by the Big Spring City Council with a vote of 5-2, with Councilman DePauw and then Councilwoman Carmen Harbour voting against it.

Yesterday’s meeting was also the last for Carmen Harbour, and the first for new District 2 Representative Douglas Hartman.

Harbour was presented with a plaque by City Manager Todd Darden on behalf of the City for her service as Councilwoman. Harbour told KBest News that she is ready to retire with her husband, but she is a little melancholy to complete her term because she enjoyed working with everyone and helping people. Harbour served as District 2 Representative for 2 consecutive terms, a total of 6 years.

Doug Hartman was sworn in as Big Spring City Council District 2 Representative, along with Howard Stewart, District 4 Representative, and Jim DePauw, District 6 Representative. Hartman stated that he looks forward to helping his constituents and working with the other Council members to make Big Spring the best that they can.

Howard County Teen Court was approved to be re-established. Teen Court is an alternative to the adult criminal justice system. The Teen Court offers teen offenders an opportunity to make restitution for their offenses through community services thus avoiding fines and sentences handed down by an adult criminal justice system.

The program also serves in an educational aspect because it showcases how the justice system works and has the potential to encourage students to pursue a career in law.

During the Council Input portion of the meeting, Mayor Larry McLellan advised the City Council Members that there is a scholarship fund that has been set up in Tommy Sullivan's name at Howard College. It will be a $500/ year grant for EMT/Fire Service training. This is an endowment that can continue for years to come and several fundraisers are in progress to help fund this memorial. Donations can be submitted to Howard College, Tommy Sullivan Scholarship Fund in care of Julie Bailey.

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SUMMER FEST 2018 THIS WEEKEND!!


The North Side Movement presents Summer Fest 2018 this weekend at the Ryan Hall grounds, May 11th and 12th! This is the biggest fundraiser that NSM does and funds collected to be used to fund free activities that the organization puts on throughout the year!

Entry to the grounds is free and there will be lots of family fun activities and food vendors. Grounds will be opened on Friday from 6 PM - midnight, and on Saturday from Noon to 1 AM.

Live entertainment will take place inside Ryan Hall for Friday's Country Night and Saturday's Tejano Night! 2-Day passes are $25 and tables are $20. For more information, call 432-468-5363.

This weekend's line up:

Friday - Texicanos; and The Electric Cowboys
Saturday - Los Arenales; and Gary Hobbs

 

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2 Fires on Monday in Big Spring area


Yesterday Howard County Volunteer Fire Department and the Big Spring Fire Department responded to a large and massive fire that burned in the area.

The first fire began south of town on Ratliff Rd at approximately 12: 40 PM. The fire quickly spread north over to Callahan, West of Boatler and behind houses on Hack Valley. Many neighboring units, Texas A&M Forrest Service, and Howard County Road and Bridge Department responded to the area to assist with resources. According to Howard County Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Pepper Sullivan, it was confirmed that there were 4, possibly 5, structures that were lost, as well as over 300 acres that had been burned. There was also a report of a couple people suffering from heat exhaustion as a result of the fire.

At approximately 6 PM yesterday evening it was noted that the fire was at 99 percent containment, and Sullivan stated that the Howard County Volunteer Fire Fighters would be continuing to put out hot spots for the next couple of days. At this time, the cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

At approximately 3 PM yesterday, the Big Spring Police Department and Big Spring Fire/EMS were dispatched to the area of Martin Luther King Blvd and West FM 700 due to a large grass fire. Upon arrival it was found that the origin of the fire started on the south side of FM 700 near Mesa Street and crossed FM 700 just west of the Knollwood Heights Apartments on Martin Luther King Blvd. The fire continued moving in a north eastern direction.

Big Spring Police officers and Big Spring Fire/EMS personnel diverted their attention to the area of Peach and Grant off of Old Hwy 80 and to the west side of the Knollwood Heights Apartments in an attempt to protect life and property. The Howard County Emergency Management had already called for additional resources through the Texas Department of Emergency Management due to the Ratliff Rd. fire that had already been in progress. As resources began arriving at the Ratliff Rd. fire and no longer needed they were diverted to the fire at Martin Luther King and W. FM 700. City of Big Spring Emergency Management coordinated with the Big Spring Fire Department for the additional resources through the Howard County Emergency Management and the Texas Department of Emergency Management. The following agencies responded to assist with this fire as a result of the Texas Department of Emergency Management; City of Midland Fire Department, Midland County Fire Department, Glasscock County Fire Department and Texas A&M Forrest Service. The Big Spring Fire Department and Big Spring Police Department also had the assistance of the Big Spring Police Department Animal Control Division, Detectives Division, Howard County Road and Bridge, City of Big Spring Code Enforcement, City of Big Spring Public Works, City of Big Spring Streets Department and the Howard County Sheriff’s Office. With the help of all of the entities, Big Spring Fire/EMS personnel were quickly able to surround the fire with units and get it contained. As a result, there was no loss of any structures. All roads surrounding the fire was open back up for traffic just after 5:00 P.M.

According to the official press release sent by the Big Spring PD, the cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the City of Big Spring Fire Marshall.

At approximately 3 PM, a second fire began on the south side of FM 700 near Mesa Street where it then crossed FM 700 just west of the Knollwood Heights Apartments on Martin Luther King Blvd., where it continued moving in a north eastern direction. Big Spring PD and Big Spring Fire/EMS responded to the area, along with other departments and resources and with a combined effort, they were quickly able to surround the fire with units and get it contained. As a result, there was no loss of any structures, and only 15 acres were burned.

As a result of the fires, Oncor reported that over 4500 customers were without power for several hours while crews worked to remove debris and clear paths to be able to begin repairs and replacements of poles and lines that had been damaged in both fires. AS OF THIS MORNING, a majority of customers have been restored with power, and there are approximately 300 customers still without power.

 

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BIG SPRING POLICE DEPARTMENT DETECTIVES RECOVER STOLEN FIREARMS AND ARREST 4 JUVENILES


The following is a statement released by the Big Spring Police Department, 05/07/18:

On the 11th of April 2018 a Burglary of a Habitation was reported to have occurred in the 600 block of Hillside. Stolen from the residence were several firearms to include a Browning M2HB .50 Caliber “machine gun” valued at $15,000.00 and a FN P90 5.7 X 28 caliber rifle valued at $1,800.00. The Big Spring Police Departments Criminal Investigations Division was assigned this investigation and has since arrested 4 juveniles who had burglarized this residence.

On the 4th of May 2018, Big Spring Police Department Detectives recovered the Browning M2HB .50 Caliber “machine gun” and the FN P90 5.7 X 28 caliber rifle. The Big Spring Police Department expects additional adult and juvenile arrests and charges to come as a result of this investigation. There is no further information available at this time as this is an ongoing criminal investigation.

The Big Spring / Howard County CrimeStoppers is still offering an award for the recovery of firearms or additional information leading to the arrests of other individuals involved in this crime. If you have any information you can call (432)263-TIPS (8477) or use the P3tips.com software to submit your tip online. Remember no caller ID is ever used and all tips are anonymous.

Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon

 

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Howard and Glasscock County Relay for Life 2018


Howard and Glasscock Counties celebrated at Relay for Life on Friday evening. This year the event had a Star Wars theme and the slogan, “May the Cure be with you.” According to Event Lead Howard Stewart, the goal was to collect $120,000 and the local organization has only been able to collect $80,000 so far. The deadline to meet the goal is August 31st and some of the teams will continue to fundraise until then, and Stewart also noted that the organization still has yet to collect on some of the funds that were promised to them from the local golfing event that took place recently.

 

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Community Meeting Examines Campus Carry for BSISD


Big Spring ISD Superintendent Jay McWilliams hosted a “Campus Carry” community meeting yesterday evening at Goliad Elementary and explained the new proposed program for concealed carry among district employees. Throughout the meeting, McWilliams stated that, above all else, he is highly anticipating the new safety measures put in place for the next school year.

 

Under the “Guardian” program, volunteers must complete rigorous training in order to be considered. They must have a License to Carry (LTC) as well as undergo training with local law enforcement to ensure their mental stability, as well as proficiency with their weapon. A background check would also be included since it’s already built into the pre-employment screening with the school district as well as to receive a License to Carry. During the meeting, it was also stressed that if this new policy is passed, defense against aggressors would be the last of several vital steps necessary to keep students safe.

 

Staff members not volunteering in the program will also receive training that allows them to easier spot warning signs among students, further ensuring the safety of each and every student. Another meeting will be held next Wednesday, May 9th, beginning at 5:30 PM at Big Spring High School to address any concerns or questions that the public might have regarding the new proposition.

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Amphitheater Improvement Board holds First Public Forum


A public forum was held yesterday evening at Comanche Trail Amphitheater by the Amphitheater Improvement Board. The purpose of the meeting was to receive input from the community about the improvements that the board will be raising money for. Although it has been stated that one of the goals in making the improvements to the amphitheater included using it to create a regional music draw, it wasn’t the only reason. It was noted that by doing the improvements, the amphitheater would also be renewed as a valuable resource for the community whether it was used for local student performances or community events, and it would still be open for public use.

During the forum, Kelly Cook of KDC Associates advised that through the research that his firm has gathered thus far, the Comanche Trail Amphitheater is the largest amphitheater that was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and, according to their research, is the largest structure of its kind within a multi-state area.

Cook also noted that one of the biggest challenges would be to bring the amphitheater up to ADA standards and at the same time make these changes blend in seamlessly with the design and material that is already in place.

 

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Pampered Paws Resort Celebrates becoming a Chamber Member!


Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Pampered Paws Resort, located at 1501 E. 3rd St. in Big Spring. Pampered Paws Resort offers dog grooming, dog boarding, dog training, and dog daycare

Owner Betty J. Kelley told KBest News that today marks the 9th year for Pampered Paws Resort to be opened in Big Spring. She stated that she should have joined a long time ago and looks forward to the good things that will come from being a Chamber Member.

When asked how she felt about the turnout that was present for the Ribbon Cutting, Kelley stated, "It's just really awesome. I asked God to bless it and I think he has."

For more information about Pampered Paws Resort, call 432-267-5557.

 

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Thank you for your investment - The Trailer Guys West


Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a "Thank You for Your Investment" Ceremony for The Trailer Guys West, located at 9410 S. Service Rd in Big Spring!

According to Gary Day, Manager at The Trailer Guys West, the company is one of the largest trailer companies in the state of Texas. They were established in 2000 in Bonham, Texas and began with a gentleman selling a few trailers on the side of the road and it blossomed from there. The Trailer Guys have stores in different areas of the state and The Trailer Guys Westhas been opened since January 2017 to serve the West Texas area.

Day stated that The Trailer Guys West they carry about $800,000 worth of inventory in stock to take care of customers, and now they're growing their service department and can do all types of service on trailers, including repairs and add-ons.

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