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KBST News Archives for 2018-08

Bulldogs Win the 2018 Howard County Bowl


Forsan and Coahoma teams participated in the 5th Annual Howard County Bowl that took place last night, August 30th, at Memorial Stadium in Big Spring. The final score resulted in 24-14 with the Coahoma being named this year’s winner and bragging rights for the rest of the year.

This year’s event brought out an appearance by CBS 7’s Jay Hendricks, and a half-time performance by country artist Mark McKinney. Former NFL player Cedric Benson also made an appearance at this year’s Howard County Bowl.

Benson is currently working with The Cedric Benson Foundation, an organization with the mission is to connect passionate and experienced leaders with young athletes of all abilities in order to facilitate athletic, personal and mental health development in a positive and safe environment while exceeding customer expectations.

With all of this excitement, by far the most exciting thing was the fact that the Howard County Bowl was able to award $38,000 in scholarships to several Forsan and Coahoma Seniors who participated in this year’s event.

 

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Allstate Insurance Agent Leslie Zant Retires after 36 Years of Service


Long time Allstate Insurance Agent Leslie Zant of Big Spring is retiring this month. Zant has been serving Big Spring area for over 36 years. When asked how he felt looking back at his time serving Big Spring, Zant stated that he enjoys what he does and has enjoyed every bit of it.

 

Zant told Kbest News that he looks forward to doing things that he hasn’t had time for in the past because he was working. Zant’s last day will be Friday, August 30th.

 

Zant’s customers will be transferred to Rondall Sanders, an Allstate Insurance Agent with offices in Abilene and San Angelo and over 19 years of experience.

 

A small retirement party will be held at Zant’s Insurance office, located at 408 W. FM 700, tomorrow from 11 – 2 PM.

 

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Heritage Museum uses Newspaper Dress Contest to Celebrate Big Spring Herald Exhibit


The Big Spring Herald is teaming up with the Heritage Museum of Big Spring to present a “Newspaper Dress Contest”. According to Tammy Schrecengost, Director of the Heritage Museum, the exhibit on the Big Spring Herald will be on display at the museum from August 31st to November 1st. Schrecengost believed that the dressmaking contest would be a good way to celebrate the opening of the exhibit because the wife of Tom Jordan, publisher of the Big Spring Herald, had made the newspaper dress featured in the center photo below in 1904 to commemorate the first newspaper off of the press.

The dress must be made from newspapers and must be able to display on a mannequin, but having a mannequin is not required. Schrecengost noted that it can be held together by stitching, staples, or glue and can have garnishes on it, but the main material must be newspapers.

Dresses will be accepted through 4 PM on Sept. 11th and judging will be on Sept. 12th with the winner announced on Sept. 13th. The winning dressmaker will receive a Singer 44S Classic Heavy Duty Sewing Machine with 23 Built-In Stitches and a 1-year subscription to the Big Spring Herald.

For more information about the contest, you can contact the Heritage Museum at 432-267-8255.

 

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Big Spring City Council Highlights 8/28/18


During yesterday’s meeting of the Big Spring City Council, a public hearing was held concerning a specific use permit, without term, in a retail zoning district to allow for a microbrewery located at 1400 and 1404 Scurry St., however, no one from the public spoke.  

The bid for a Wheeled Excavator with a 60” Diamond Mower attachment was awarded to Cisco Equipment of Odessa. The bid came in at approximately $20,000 under the other quotes received. It was noted that this piece of equipment would have multiple purposes and would be used in multiple departments. Plus, councilmembers approved a request for a quote from South Plains Association of Governments, also known as SPAG for the TxCDBG Grant Administrator Services. It was noted that SPAG will only be paid if the city is awarded a grant from Community Development Block Grant program for Texas.

(Photo - People in attendance at the Big Spring City Council meeting on 8/28/18.)

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Public Meetings for Aug. 28 - Aug. 31st, 2018


Big Spring City Council Meeting 

The Big Spring City Council will be meeting this evening in the Council Chambers located at 307 E. 4th Street. Some of the items on the agenda include: a public hearing concerning a specific use permit, without term, in a retail zoning district to allow for a microbrewery located at 1400 and 1404 Scurry St. A public hearing will also be held concerning the request for a zone change from heavy industrial to single-family dwelling zoning district for properties 912, 914, and 916 Ohio Street.

 

The Howard County 9-1-1 Communication District’s proposed budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year will be presented, as well as a presentation regarding upgrades to election equipment.

 

BSISD meeting

The Big Spring ISD Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting Thursday evening at 5:15 in the High School Board Room located at 707 11th place. Some of the items on their agenda include a report on 2018 accountability ratings, as well as possible approval of the approval of the hiring schedule for 2018-2019, approval of the proposed budget for 2018-2019 fiscal year, and approval of the tax rate resolution for tax year 2018.

 

 

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Blood Drive at SMMC


Scenic Mountain Medical Center will be hosting a blood drive tomorrow, August 28th, at Noon until 3 PM in front of the Main Lobby. Donors will receive a t-shirt, a chick-fil-a coupon, and 700 Hero points. If you’re able to donate 2 pints, you’ll receive 1200 hero points. Hero points are redeemable online at www.bloodhero.com for movie passes, Amazon gift cards, and more.

Register online at www.bloodhero.com with code: “smmc” or call 877-827-4376 to make a donation appointment. Don’t forget to take a photo ID and donor card when you go to donate.

 

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Teacher Arrested for Improper Relationship with Student


Yesterday, Big Spring Police Department Detectives arrested 23 year old Ricky James Shubert for Improper Relationship Between Educator and Student, a 2nd Degree Felony. The arrest stems from an investigation by the BSPD Criminal Investigations Division. Mr. Shubert had been employed by the Big Spring Independent School District, but it should be noted that the victim involved in this case was not a student of BSISD, and it should be noted that the Big Spring ISD administration has fully cooperated with this investigation.

 

According to a statement made by BSISD Superintendent Jay McWilliams, BSISD was made aware of the report against Mr. Shubert yesterday morning, and prior to his arrest the school district received a resignation from Mr. Shubert that was effective immediately. McWilliams also stated that the district has reported the incident to Child Protective Services and to the State Board of Educator Certification noting that BSISD will continue to cooperate with all agencies as needed, and to the fullest extent permitted by law.

 

McWilliams also went on to state, “Student safety, whether in this District or another, is a paramount concern to Big Spring ISD. The District’s policies concerning improper personal relationships between staff and students are strictly enforced. Employees receive regular training and warnings regarding proper professional relationships with students, and administration encourages anyone with information of a suspected improper relationship to immediately contact the office of the Superintendent or Big Spring Police Department.”

 

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Volunteers Needed to help build "Veteran Outpost".


The Military Veteran Peer Network is a group of veterans and veteran family members committed to supporting active and former service members by offering mentorship and guidance, as well as helping veterans access the services and resources available to them. Additional services provided include: Peer to Peer Counseling, Peer Support, Peer Support Groups, and Volunteer Opportunities.

Western Texas Centers are in the process of opening a facility called “Veterans Outpost.” According to Jesse Vick, Chief Strategy Officer for West Texas Centers, it’ll be a place for Veterans and their families to connect with one another.

Vick stated that they need skilled volunteers who can do some of the construction work like installing flooring, or hang drywall. He went on to say that it's something that he and West Texas Centers hopes will really make the facility something to be proud of and let the veterans know that they honor and appreciate them.

To volunteer labor with this project, contact Jesse Vick at Jesse Vick 432-288-3192 or call West Texas Centers.

 

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United Way Benefit Concert – Sept. 8th at The Train Car


According to Meghan Bias, Executive Director for the United Way of Big Spring and Howard County, the 2019 Campaign goal is to raise $250,000 for their 15 partnering agencies and this year they’ve created a new event to help them reach their goal.
 
A United Way Benefit Concert will be held at the Train Car, in downtown Big Spring, on Saturday evening, September 8th. Local talented artists J.R. McNutt and Eddie Austin will be performing, along with the band Insufficient Funds from the Midland.
 
There is no cover to get in to the Train Car on September 8th. There will also be food, donated and prepared by NuStar, that will be sold to benefit the United Way, plus donations will be accepted. The event begins with food at 6 PM at the Train Car and the live music will begin at 7 PM.
 
The local organization is a charitable cornerstone in our community with the ability to reach many people. They provide financial support and advocacy for their health and human service Partner Agencies in Howard County, while being a platform for encouraging philanthropy and economic development in the community.
 
To make a quick and easy donation from your smart phone, text the word “bigspringunited” to 40403.

 

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Christian Fair – New Executive Director of United Way


Earlier this morning, Meghan Bias, Executive Director for the United Way of Big Spring and Howard County, announced that she'll soon be leaving her position with the organization. The new incoming Executive Director was announced to be Christian Fair and will begin on September 4th.

Bias stated that she would stay on for a short time to help train Fair and to assist with next month's United Way Benefit Concert at the Train Car on September 8th.

 

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Thank You for Your Investment - Parks Fuel


Earlier this morning, the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a Thank You for Investment Presentation for Parks Fuel to thank them for everything that they do for the community. Parks Fuels has been serving Big Spring since 1948. 

 

According to Taylor Parks, Part Owner of Parks Fuels, the company is a whole sale and retail distributor of fuels, oils, lubricants, and greases.

 

“We provide everything from oil field service work to convenient stores. We service any part of West Texas for any kind of fuel needs.”

 

When asked how he felt about the Chamber presentation, Parks stated that it was appreciated and they enjoy working with the Chamber.

 

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Lupe Valdez, Democratic Candidate for Governor of Texas, visits Howard County


Yesterday afternoon, August 20, 2018, the Howard County Democrats hosted a “Meet the Candidate” event for Lupe Valdez, Candidate for Governor of Texas. While at the event she introduced herself and spoke briefly about her humble beginnings and accomplishments. She also spoke passionately about the changes she wants to see in Texas that includes fighting for universal healthcare, investing in education, and raising minimum wage to produce quality jobs.

For more information on Valdez, visit www.lupevaldez.com

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Wells selected for national FFA band.


A Coahoma High School junior has been selected to perform in the national FFA Band during the 2018 National FFA Convention and Expo.

“I am really excited about meeting new people and having new experiences,” said Bailey Wells, who plays trumpet in the CHS band. “This will be my first time to get on an airplane when I travel to Indianapolis. I am excited for that, and I am excited to meet new people.”

Wells will join musicians from across the nation to perform during the 2018 FFA National Convention and Expo set for Oct. 24-27 in Indianapolis.

She is the daughter of Cody and Gina Wells and has been a band student at Coahoma ISD since the seventh grade. Her father, who is also a trumpet player, inspired her to send in the audition tape to the national FFA organization, Wells said.

“He was in the 1991 national FFA Band,” she said. “He told me about it because I didn’t know they had a national FFA Band. I looked it up on online, and I saw examples of the 90th FFA national convention and it looked really cool. It also sets an example for my section. I am a co-leader with Aaron Turnbough for the section. I feel like doing something like national band enunciates my way of being a leader.”

Although she admitted she was a little nervous to audition, she felt she needed to show leadership to encourage other students to take chances.

“Doing something like that and then following through shows commitment,” Wells said. “It shows you are a good leader. Even if you don’t make it, I feel like the experience is really good, and it helps make you a better person.”

For the past two years Wells, who plans to become a veterinarian, has participated in the Coahoma FFA chapter, a program designed to cultivate leadership through agricultural education.

“I’ve always been an outgoing person, mostly,” she said. “I was a little shy and then when I got into the FFA organization my freshman year, that really brought me out. It showed me what it takes to be a leader and how to be an effective one and how to get people to respond to you and respect you. It’s really helped a lot with band, with everything.”

In October, Wells will head to Indianapolis with fellow CHS students Micah Worley and Julia Cox. Worley is a voting delegate for Texas FFA Association and Cox qualified for national competition in the Creed Speaking contest when she placed first at Texas State FFA Leadership Contest in December 2017.

The 2017-2018 academic year was a stellar year for the Coahoma FFA Chapter. The program, which has been led by advisor Aaron Custer for the past 17 years, raked in 45 state, area, and district banners.

Besides Cox’s strong showing at LDE (Leadership Development Events) contest, Coahoma had two teams place in the top ten. 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. At LDE state, the program earned the Sweepstakes Award for Single Teacher Division. The program also had a strong showing at SDE (Speaking Development Events) held in the spring.

More than 67,000 people are expected to attend the 91st National FFA Convention and Expo making it one of the world’s largest student conventions. The convention will be held at the Indiana Convention Center.

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Big Spring ISD approves a 4 percent raise for BSISD employees.


During this evening's special meeting of the Big Spring ISD Board of Trustees, the board members discussed several possibilities of offering a raise for employees of BSISD.

A couple of the points that were discussed were things like sustainability, wanting to offer a competitive salary with surrounding area school districts, and staff retention. Ultimately, the board members unanimously approved a 4 percent raise for BSISD employees.

This raise will not affect the BSISD superintendent, assistant superintendents, or anyone else who was promoted and would already be receiving a raise. (For example, an assistant principal promoting to principal.)

 

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BSISD Reveals Official Testing Results and Receives Accountability Rating from TEA.


Yesterday morning, Big Spring Independent School District’s Superintendent Jay McWilliams revealed that the district had received official results from the 2018 STAAR tests. He was proud to announce that both Goliad and Washington Elementary had tested out of the "Improvement Required" (IR) status that they had been in for six consecutive years. McWilliams advised that while they are pleased with the hard work that was put in for this accomplishment, the school district will continue to strive for improvements in all that they do.

During his interview, he also noted that Big Spring Intermediate (BSI), a school that was able to test out of the Improvement Required status last year, did fall back in. He stated that the student scores had to be at 60 percent passing rate to remain out of the IR status, but their scores came in just under by less than 1 percent. McWilliams stated that he knows that the BSI campus will continue to work hard this year to move out of the IR status. He also noted that Big Spring ISD will continue to work together as a team to continue to improve at all campuses.

Also this week, Texas school districts received their first A-F accountability ratings from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) this week.

The ratings come from how the districts do in the following, Student Achievement, Student Progress, and Closing the Gaps. Student Achievement rates how much students know and are able to do at the end of the school year. School Progress rates how students perform over time and how that growth compares to similar schools. Closing the Gaps rates how well different populations of students in a district are performing.

According to the TEA website, Big Spring ISD received a D rating, Coahoma ISD and Stanton ISD received a C, and Forsan ISD received a B rating.

To review other school ratings, check out: https://tea.texas.gov/2018Accountability.aspx

 

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Sunday's Car Show on August 19th at 10 AM will Benefit Private Eric Stinson.


2018 Big Spring High School Graduate Private Eric Stinson was diagnosed Stage 4 Bone Cancer less than 2 weeks after beginning basic training. While his family continues to be by his side during treatment and constant commuting between hospitals in San Antonio and Houston, it’s taking a toll on them financially and they’re dependent on donations to help them cover traveling expenses. Fortunately, Eric’s Steer Family is coming together to raise money for the family.

The Private Stinson Benefit Car Show is being organized by Christina Rodriguez, a member of the T.E.I. Car Club based out of Odessa that uses car shows to raise money for people in need and mother of a son who graduated with Eric.

"It just really touched my heart to see someone that young going through something like this," said Christina. "You kinda relate it to yourself because my son is his age and I put myself in their shoes, like, what if that was me? What would I want? I would want someone to reach out and help me."

The event will be held this Sunday, August 19th, at the Credit World parking lot located at 1611 S. Gregg in Big Spring. Entry fee will be $20 and registration begins at 10 AM. Awards will be given to the Top 20 and a Best of Show Award with ceremonies at 3 PM.

Melissa Miller, current Big Spring ISD Board Member, also has a son who grew close to Eric during their time in Cross Country together. She told KBest News that they’ve been able to put together other fundraisers, but this Car Show is the first one that the community will be able to come out and really show their support for Eric whether it’s entering a car, coming out to vote, or just buying something to eat.

The food vendors at the event will be La Parilla and Fruitful Creations. A portion of the money from the food sales will be donated to help the Stinson family.

 

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KBest Media Thanks Charles Kelse Cloud, for his Years of Military Service.


Today is “Thank a Veteran Day” in Big Spring and in honor of that KBest Media would like to recognize and thank Charles Kelse Cloud, a 3-year U.S. Army Veteran, who served in the 82nd Airborne Division, an elite division specializing in air assault, from March 1952 to March 1955.

A native of West Texas, Cloud graduated from high school at 17 years old and attended business school. When he was 18, he realized that the draft was on-going at that time and he decided to go ahead and enlist. He noted that before he enlisted, he had an older sister who served in the military during World War II.

During basic training, Cloud was injured and sent home on leave. After he had healed, he said he had to go through basic training again, but said that this time, the pressure to go to Korea was off.

During the 3 years of service with the 82nd Airborne Division, Cloud served as a Staff Sergeant and made 21 parachute jumps in career. He told KBest News that he had minimal injuries, but others didn’t have the same experience. Cloud told KBest News that he once saw 17 people killed at one time while in the air.

After discharging from the military, Cloud worked for Fort Hood then attended the University of Texas. He later returned to Odessa with his family to work in the claims department for an oil field company. He later retired after 18 years with the company as a Claims Director.

When asked what advice he would pass on, Cloud stated, "I think we have some wars that we shouldn't have and shouldn't have to go, but a soldier does his job. He always does that, and I expect him to go if he's called."

 

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Big Spring Graduate Battling Stage 4 Bone Cancer.


Eric Stinson, a Big Spring High School Graduate, dreamed of joining the military as a soldier in the US Army, and after graduating in the top 15 percent of his class, he as able to make that dream come true. Private Stinson enlisted as Military Police and began basic training on July 16th earlier this year. One week later, he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Bone Cancer, and now is fighting for his life.

KBest News reached out to his father, Dan Stinson, who reported that Eric is currently receiving treatment in San Antonio, but noted that his chances for recovery are slim. The plan now is to shuttle him back and forth from Brook Medical in San Antonio and MD Anderson in Houston with the hope that the combined staff can save him.

Dan stated that at this time, they are hoping to receive more donations so that they can continue to keep up with traveling expenses. Dan stated that the doctors that have been working with Eric have been keeping him in good spirits.

According to our news partners at CBS 7, an account to help the Stinson family with medical and traveling expenses has been set up at Citizens Federal Credit Union.

Donations can also be made through a gofundme account that his father has set up: https://www.gofundme.com/us-army-private-stinson-needs-help

(Photo is from the GoFundMe account that has been set up for Eric Stinson by his father, Dan.)

 

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School of Rock Students Perform for Packed House at Train Car


The students from the School of Rock showcased their talents on the Train Car stage in downtown Big Spring over the weekend. The two bands that performed were The Slick Ore60s and The Coffee Makers. Each band performed 4 songs to a packed audience of family, friends, and rock enthusiasts.

Drummer for The Coffee Makers, 12-year-old Donavan, told KBest News that he had a lot of fun in the program. He said that he didn't think the program would be as energetic as it was, but he met students from other grades and said that he had a lot of fun.

When asked how it felt to perform in front of the massive crowd at the Train Car, 12-year-old Kendall, also with The Coffee Makers, said that it was great to show off all of the hard work that she and the other students had been putting in all summer.

Students of various ages attended the summer music program created by Big Spring ISD teachers Eddie Vasquez and Billy Daves. The students worked hard to not only improve their musical talents but also learned the history of rock music. So, what happens now that the first class from the School of Rock is completed for the summer? Daves told KBest News that there was not a definite plan at this point, and it would all come down to continued community support.

 

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Weekend Weather Brings Rain and Land Spout.


Over the weekend, many Howard County residents were pleased to see rain falling in the area. Although it was much needed, it also brought flooded roadways to some areas.  On Friday afternoon, traffic was backed up on I-20 due to the flooding of a westbound service road in Stanton which had multiple vehicles trapped. It was noted that the congestion was so bad, it took approximately 90 minutes for a trip from Big Spring to Stanton.

Many Big Spring residents were met with what appeared to be a tornado north of Big Spring on Saturday evening at approximately 7:45 PM. A few minutes later it was confirmed by Sheriff Stan Parker with the Howard County Sheriff’s Office that it was no longer on the ground and had lifted back into the clouds. Shortly after 8 PM, it was confirmed by the National Weather Service to have been a land spout, and not classified as a tornado. The land spout was only on the ground for a short time, but did not cause any known injuries or damage.

 

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BSISD Board of Trustees Update, 08/09/18


The Big Spring ISD Board of Trustees had a regular meeting yesterday evening. Here are some of the highlights from the meeting:

2018-2019 Budget and Proposed Tax Rate was discussed. It was noted that the final budget is not yet completed, but will be by the end of this month.

The Board approved the Howard County Appraisal District Budget was approved by a 3-1 vote, with Melissa Miller voting against.

Guardian Update - Guardians have been working with both local law enforcement agencies to receive training for this school year. BSISD Superintendent Jay McWilliams noted that an email advising that there would be another opportunity to become a Guardian. It was noted by *Womack that when training is given for new guardians, the original group of guardians would receive training again in order to ensure that Guardians are constantly improving in their training.

(Photo 1 - Member of the Big Spring ISD Board of Trustees during last night's meeting. Photo 2 - New Campus-wide signs warning visitors that staff are armed.)

 

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Follow Up to Tuesday's Discovery of Body


From BSPD: On the 7th of August 2018 at approximately 7:30 P.M., Big Spring Police Department officers were dispatched to the 2600 block of S. Gregg in reference to an unattended death. Upon arrival it was found that Luanna Nadine Miers White/Female 54 years of age was deceased behind a local business in the wooded area. Mrs. Miers was known to be a local transient and in poor health. The investigation revealed no signs of foul play.

KBest News has since learned that the next of kin has been located and notified.

Since news of the discovery, many in the community have expressed outrage that help and assistance was not offered to the woman before her death. KBest has been informed by several residents that food, shelter, and employment had been offered on numerous occasions, but that Ms. Miers had refused the offers, stating that she was living her life the way she chose.

 

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Thank You for Your Investment: Mary Kay Cosmetics - Dene Sheppard


Yesterday morning, the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a "Thank You for Your Investment" for Mary Kay Cosmetics - Dene Sheppard to thank her for everything that she's done for the community.

 

“There’s nothing about [Mary Kay Cosmetics] that I don’t like,” says Sheppard of the business. “It gives a woman an opportunity to build a business, and a future, and still work around her family. I so appreciated that fact that Mary Kay’s philosophy is put God first, family second, and your career third. If you keep your priorities in that order, when you do get to the point that you feel successful, you haven’t lost the things that are important to you.”

 

Sheppard is a Senior Sales Director that has been with Mary Kay Cosmetics for 36 years, and 35 of those years, she’s been able to drive the Mary Kay vehicle by earning it every year. 

 

“The way I feel about my Mary Kay career and my business is [that] it gives me a chance to make people feel special.  So many times, it’s a natural thing for a woman to think about everybody else first, and we’re always ‘others-focused’, so sometimes you just need to give them an opportunity to feel special, and that’s what I love to do,” said Sheppard.

 

For anyone interested in learning more information about the business side of Mary Kay Cosmetics, they’re encouraged to call Dene at 432-270-0645.

 

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Back in Motion holds 5th Annual School Supply and Backpack Drive


Back in Motion Chiropractic had their 5th Annual School Supply and Backpack Drive this afternoon. Although the event began at 3 PM, there many families waiting to get their students geared up for the new school year. Irma Villes (V-eye-es), a single mother, had three children with her at the event, ages 14, 12, and 8. She told KBest News that she and her children had been coming to the Backpack Drives every year. When asked how much this event has helped her family financially, Villes stated that it helps a lot.

 

Ali (12) , John Michael (14) , and Jordan (8) were all excited to pick out a new backpack to kick off the school year. “

 

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Hang Glider Pilots Donate Over $9,000 to the Howard County Children's Welfare Board, 08/04/18.


On Saturday evening, August 4th, the City of Big Spring hosted a Welcome Dinner for the Hang Glider Pilots competing in the Big Spring Hang Glider Nationals that will be taking place this week.

Belinda Boulter, Co-Organizer and Meet Director for the Big Spring National Series, advised KBest News that this is the 16th year that the event has been held in Big Spring. She went on to say that amount of support that the hang gliders and the event receive from the Big Spring community is enormous. That's why in recent years, the pilots have raised money to give back to the community. Their donations go to the Howard County Child Welfare Board to help fund the Rainbow Room.

Rebecca Moughon, Chairperson with the Howard County Child Welfare Board, explained that the Rainbow Room is a place for emergency supplies.

"Maybe a child is removed from their home in the middle of night or something, so the CPS workers can go into the Rainbow Room and find the things they need for that child. They can find clothing, shoes, diapers, and hygiene items," said Moughon.

The Rainbow Room also has items such as car seats, and portable cribs.

Usually the Hang Glider Pilots raise about $2,000 to $3,000 from the welcome dinner to donate to the Rainbow Room, but this year, The Cloudbase Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, began raising funds for Big Spring in advance. $7,300 was raised online in anticipation of arriving in Big Spring, and they were able to raise another $1,800 at the Welcome Dinner, totaling over $9,000 that was raised for the Rainbow Room to benefit the foster children of Howard County.

"We appreciate [the Hang Glider Pilots] so much," said Moughon. "They are a major [contributor] for our board."

Photo 1: Rebecca Moughon, Chairperson of the Howard County Child Welfare Board, accepts the donations from hang gliders pilots that were presented by Belinda Boulter, Co-Organizer and Meet Director for the Big Spring Hang Glider Nationals, and Davis Straub, Co-Organizer.

Photo 2: Attendees at the Welcome Dinner for the Hang Glider Pilots.

 

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Kindred at Home Personal Home Care is the Newest Member of the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce.


Earlier this week the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting Celebration for Kindred at Home Personal Home Care.

Nick Ornelas, Kindred at Home Personal Home Care Branch Manager in Big Spring, said that he’s excited to become a member of the Chamber and he looks forward to working with the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce and the community.

Kindred at Home offers three different kinds of services for the community: Personal home care, home health, and home hospice.

"We offer personal care and medication reminders, shopping and meal preparation, light housekeeping, companionship, respite care, transportation and standby assistance," said Ornelas.

He also went on to say that Kindred at Home Personal Home Care is insured and bonded. They also conduct full background checks on all of their caregivers, as well as being a private pay agency. For more information, contact their office at 432-606-6265. Their office is located at 609 S. Gregg St. in Big Spring.

 

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Song Swap at the Spring with Koe Wetzel and Parker McCollum


The first official concert, Song Swap at the Spring presented by the FMH Foundation is today. Gates open at 5 PM and the opening band, Big Spring, will begin at 6:30 PM. The concert is free however, each person MUST have a ticket for entry to the event, this includes the SM Energy Pavilion. ID’s will be checked upon entry to the event and each person will be receiving a bracelet corresponding to age.

 

Parking will be available in the field next to the Dora Roberts Community Center, as well as Mize Baseball Field. No outside food, drink, or coolers will be allowed. No food or drink, with the exception of water, will be allowed in the plaza area, everything else must be kept in the SM Energy Pavilion. All attending are asked to respect the Spring area and pick up all trash.

 

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Pipeline Fire West of Big Spring, 08/01/18


At approximately 6:45 AM this morning, the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department responded to a pipeline fire that west of Big Spring and about 3 miles north of I-20 near Ranch Rd. 2599.

HCVFD Fire Chief Mitchell Hooper told KBest News that the pipeline had ruptured and had blown liquid out towards a nearby electrical pole and had caught fire. The fire burnt about 2 acres of grass and the power pole.

Chief Hooper also advised that upon arrival the firefighters had extinguished the grass fire and the electric pole, then allowed the pipeline to burn off what was left in the line after it was shut off. No injuries were reported as a result of the fire, and it was extinguished at approximately noon today.

 

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Tumbleweed Smith Celebrates his 50th Year with the "Sound of Texas".


Today, Big Spring resident Bob Lewis, more commonly known as “Tumbleweed Smith,” enters his 50th year of doing his radio program, the “Sound of Texas.” Tumbleweed has said that when he began his program in 1969 his goal was to explore the spirit, flavor, and character of the Lone Star State.

The first “Sound of Texas” program featured actor Jon Voight, star of the movie Midnight Cowboy, which had a few scenes filmed in Big Spring. Since then, Tumbleweed has traveled state-wide capturing entertaining stories from the interesting characters of Texas.

Tumbleweed went on to say that even though he’s beginning his 50th year with the program, he still feels like he’s only scratched the surface.

You can listen to the Sound of Texas, every weekday between 8:10 AM and 8:15 AM on KBest Country 95.7 and The Mighty 1490 AM.

 

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