Yesterday, 04/24/19, a jury found 44-year-old Andrew Garza to be guilty of aggravated assault against a public servant, a first-degree felony. He was sentenced to serve 60 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and pay a $10,000 fine.
On February 8, 2018, evidence revealed that Garza had been involved in a burglary on Feb. 8th, 2018 in the 400 block of S. 9th St. in Big Spring. BSPD Police Officer Blake Grantham responded to a call about the burglary and attempted to make contact with Garza. Before he could do so, Garza evaded Officer Grantham by running southbound through the west alley of the 900 block of S. Goliad and into the yard of 400 E. 10th. There, Garza had retrieved a .45 caliber semi-automatic firearm from his pocket, and Officer Grantham immediately discharged 5 rounds from his service firearm in the direction of Garza, striking Garza once in the abdomen area.
Garza was transported by EMS to Scenic Mountain Medical Center Hospital and later flown by helicopter to Odessa Medical for treatment. The firearm Mr. Garza brandished was found to have been stolen during a burglary of habitation that was reported on Feb. 6, 2018.
The case was heard in the 118th District Court with Judge Timothy Yeats presiding. During sentencing, District Attorney Hardy Wilkerson noted that due to the aggravated nature of the charge, Garza would have to serve at least half of his sentence before parole would be a possibility.
During last night’s meeting of the Big Spring City Council, Board Members were appointed to serve on the Parks and Recreation Board, Traffic Commission Board, and the Zoning Board of Adjustments. The appointments are as follows:
PARKS AND RECREATION
* Stacy R. Barr - 3 yrs.
* Justin Myers - 3 yrs.
* Johnny DeLeon - 2 yrs.
* Barney Dodd - 2 yrs.
* Danny Flenniken - 1 yr.
* Ryan Williams - 1 yr.
* Carmen Moreno Harbour - 1 yr.
* Jodi Duck - 3 yrs.
* Marvin Boyd - 3 yrs.
* Charles Smith - 2 yrs.
* Lee Harris - 2 yrs.
* Roy Gomez, Jr - 1 yr.
* Nati Saldivar - 1 yr.
* Amy Powell - 1 yr.
ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS
* Jonathan Ray - term exp. 9-2020
* J.D Smith - alternate
Earlier today a crane has crashed through the side of the west end of the Russ McEwen Family Aquatic Center building, located inside of the Comanche Trail Park in Big Spring.
KBest News has learned that the crane, operated by Cathey Construction, was being used to help with routine maintenance on the pool when this morning's thunderstorm hit. City workers left to take shelter during the storm. The crane was parked at the top of the hill by the operator and the construction workers left the area during the storm. After the storm passed, workers returned to the area to find the crane had rolled down the hill and into the Russ McEwen Family Aquatic Center.
No one was injured in the crash, but it did cause extensive damage to the pumps, filters, and electrical room that is housed on the west end of the building. The extent of the damage has yet to be determined.
According to David Fort, Parks/ Sports Complex Superintendent for the City of Big Spring, it is possible that the opening of the Aquatic Center may be postponed this summer but he assured that the City of Big Spring would definitely explore options to open the facility as soon as possible.
Blended and Blessed is a one-day live event and livestream for stepfamily couples, single parents, dating couples with kids, and those who care about blended families. The event will be on Saturday, April 27th, from 8:30 to 3:30 PM at First Baptist Church in Big Spring.
According to Courtney Samsel, Licensed Professional Counselor, blended families make up more than 40 percent of the population. Samsel told KBest News that many people enter a blended family situation with unrealistic expectations, thinking that everyone will easily get along with each other.
"I think that there are so many emotions already involved due to the past of what's gone on in the family, and then you add [blending families] in. I think it causes so much more stress," said Samsel.
She went on to say that the information offered at the event will help parents be able to develop realistic expectations on where everyone is with their feelings, how to respect that, and, ultimately, learn to communicate with each other within the family.
RSVP for the event is required. To do so, contact Courtney at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP with number attending.
Applications are still being accepted for the Phyllis Graumann Memorial Scholarship for 2019. This will be the 7th year that the scholarship is awarded in honor of Phyllis Graumann, a Charter Guild and Board member, as well as a longtime Big Spring Symphony supporter.
The purpose of the scholarship is to aid 7th – 11th grade Howard County music students in acquiring additional instrumental or vocal training. If selected, high school recipients will receive a $300 scholarship and junior high recipients will receive a $150 scholarship that is to be used for private music instruction, music camp/school tuition, music festival attendance or any other music training related expense.
Instrumentalists and vocalist may apply from their 7th grade year through the completion of their junior year of high school. Applicants should be between the ages of 12 and 18.
For applications and more information, contact Natalie Permenter at 432-270-2125. The deadline for the applications has been extended to Monday, April 29, 2019.
KBest News has received more information concerning yesterday's shooting on eastbound I-20 between Coahoma and Westbrook.
According to Mitchell County Sheriff Patrick Toombs, the first calls on 04/18/19 received reporting an incident along I-20 were received at 6:22 AM and 6:35 AM with reports of a possible stranded motorist or that someone may have been struck by a vehicle. DPS Trooper arrived on scene at 6:46 AM and called for additional help to the scene.
Sheriff Toombs reported that one subject was found deceased on the scene, one subject was sent to the hospital, and 1 subject was taken into custody.
The subject taken into custody has been identified as 20-year-old Brandon Christopher Madrid, from Odessa (DOB:02/08/1999). He is currently in custody in Mitchell County Jail, and has three charges filed against him. His bail has been set for those charges as follows:
Murder - $500,000 bond
Aggravated Assault causing Serious Bodily Injury - $100,000
Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon - $100,000
No further information is available at this time.
KBest News has just confirmed a death that occurred on Interstate Highway-20 near the mile marker 201 on Thursday morning.
According to Sgt. Frederick Biddle with the Texas Department of Public Safety in Abilene, on 4/18/19, at around 6:50 a.m., a DPS Trooper in Mitchell County stopped for what appeared to be a motorist in need of assistance on eastbound IH-20, near mile marker 201. After making contact with other motorists at the scene, the Trooper found that a subject had been shot and died as a result of the injury.
Sgt. Biddle noted that there were two vehicles involved, and a suspect is in custody while another subject was transported to Hendrick Medical Center with a gunshot injury.
There is no further information available at this time, and the Texas Rangers are investigating the case.
This week is National Public Safety Telecommunicators week, a time when our local 9-1-1 dispatchers are honored for their service to our community. Although the common misconception about 9-1-1 dispatchers is that they only answer phones, they provide vital information that ensures the public receives the help they need and first responders can respond as quickly and safely as possible.
Cherrie Burcham, Howard County Dispatcher Supervisor and 9-1-1 Communications Director, told KBest News that the dispatchers try to be empathetic to their callers, but they are still required to get as much information as possible.
"Just because we're asking them those questions, doesn't mean we're not sending the help they need right then. Usually, your partner is sending the help and you're asking the questions," said Burcham. "We want the public to know that we're getting them that help, but we still have to ask them a few questions to get the information we need to protect them, to make sure they're getting the right services, and to protect our officers."
Burcham has 20 years of experience in the field and told KBest News that the most rewarding thing about the job is getting help to people who need it.
FMH Foundation’s Song Swap at the Spring featuring William Clark Green, Casey Donahew, and Mike Ryan is scheduled for Thursday, June 6, 2019 at the F. Marie Hall Plaza and Performance Stage.
Tickets are now on sale at the Big Spring Visitors Center and online at stubwire.com. Pre-Sale tickets are $12 (plus tax) for General Admission and $20 (plus tax) for VIP. Be advised that there are only a limited number of VIP tickets left. Ticket prices will increase to $15 (plus tax) for GA and $30 (plus tax) for VIP at the gate.
You are allowed to bring in a chair for the concert but clear or small bag policy will be enforced for the concert. Gates will open at 5 PM with music beginning at 6:30 PM.
According to City Ordinance no alcohol is allowed in the Historic Spring Plaza but speakers and a video wall will be set up to provide a live feed of the performers at the SM Energy Pavilion.
Music Scholarship Established at Howard College
BIG SPRING – The ‘Marie Louise Barnes Music Scholarship’ has been established at Howard College in honor of Marie Louise Barnes who taught piano lessons in Big Spring for over 50 years. The scholarship was given to the Howard College Foundation by her son, Chester F. “Buddy” Barnes, II, and grandchildren, Jennifer Marie Edmiston and Jason H. Barnes, in remembrance of her love for music and her students.
“We are so proud to receive this scholarship donation in memory of Mrs. Barnes,” said Dr. Cheryl T. Sparks, Howard College President. “It is a privilege to be a part of her legacy as well as the future of so many music students that will be touched by her love of music.
Marie Louise Castille grew up in an upper-class family in Opelousas, Louisiana. She attended Sacred Heart Academy for two years and then transferred to Tulane University. She was chosen to be a pianist for the New Orleans Symphony for one year.
Marie married Chester Franklin Barnes, Sr., who was a geologist with Humble Oil & Gas and an independent geologist in Big Spring, in 1936 and moved to Taylor, Texas and then relocated to Big Spring, Texas in 1937.
Prior to her tragic death in 2001, Barnes stayed in contact with hundreds of her former students. She held her recitals each year at Howard College to showcase the achievements of her many students.
“I took piano lessons from Mrs. Barnes as a young girl. She was the perfect mix of strict and absolute sweetness,” stated a former student. “She would not put up with excuses for being unprepared due to a lack of practice but at the same time she would listen with interest about your day and your life. I understood that she really wanted me to enjoy playing the piano.”
The scholarship application can be found online at www.howardcollege.edu. If students have already submitted their scholarship application for the 2019-2020 academic year, they can contact financial aid and ask to have their application considered for the new scholarship.
Students who have not yet submitted their scholarship application can still apply with an extended deadline of May 1, 2019.
Former students, friends or families wishing to contribute to the scholarship fund in memory or honor of Mrs. Barnes may contact Julie Bailey at email@example.com or 432-264-5051 for further information.
For more information on Howard College contact Cindy Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.howardcollege.edu
Contributed Photo Attached: Dr. Cheryl T. Sparks, Howard College President pictured with Howard College Foundation President, Roy Worthy and local attorney, Mr. Mike Thomas.
Yesterday Big Spring Lady Steers competed at the 5/6-4A Area Track meet in Graham, TX. Girls who finished in the top 4 of their events will advance to the Region 1 4A meet next Friday and Saturday in Lubbock.
The results as follows:
Elisabeth Jones – 800m Run 1st Place, 400m Dash 5th Place
Falicity Calderon – 800m Run 3rd Place
Amozoneaq Green – 100m Hurdles 4th Place
Kailey Mathews – 100m Dash 4th Place, Long Jump 3rd Place
Kyla Mathews – 200m Dash 5th Place
Jha’Niah Johnson – Discus 6th Place
Logan Terrazas – High Jump 5th Place
Alyssa Pullins – Pole Vault 4th Place
Aissa Cervantes – Shot Put 1st Place
Keila Yanez – Shot Put 6th Place
4 x 100m Relay – 4th Place
(Alex Enriquez, Amozoneaq Green, Jada Vanderbilt, Kailey Mathews)
4 x 200m Relay – 4th Place
(Logan Terrazas, Amozoneaq Green, Alex Enriquez, Kyla Mathews)
4 x 400m Relay – 3rd Place
(Makenzie Rodriques, Falicity Calderon, Kyla Mathews, Elisabeth Jones)
NOTE: Bold indicates those who will move on to the Region 1 4A Track Meet in Lubbock on April 26-27, 2019)
BIG SPRING – Student success was in the spotlight last night as the Big Spring campus of Howard College held their annual award convocation to celebrate student achievement and excellence.
“This is what Howard College is all about – students achieving their dreams,” said Dr. Cheryl T. Sparks, President. “Tonight is our opportunity to recognize the students for reaching different milestones in their educational journey.”
Among recognizing the President’s list, the Dean’s list and various departmental awards, the college also hands out an Educator of the Year award, Career Technical Education Outstanding Student award, American Legion Citizenship award, and the coveted Presidential Outstanding Student award.
The Outstanding Educator of the Year award is chosen by popular vote of the student body. This year’s recipient is Kirk Davidson.
Davidson came to Howard College in July 2007 to teach theater and in 2013, he transitioned into a full-time speech faculty. He is a native of Wisconsin and came to Texas to earn a bachelor’s degree from Pan American College and then his Master’s in Fine Arts from Texas Tech University.
“Mr. Davidson has high expectations of his students, but he also cares about his students,” said Kaki Simpson, Student Government Association president. “He works hard to prepare us for the future and gives us a safe platform to learn how to express ourselves.”
The Career and Technical Education (CTE) division is a very big part of Howard College and has a long-standing tradition of recognizing excellence among the CTE students.
Each year, the CTE division gives a special award to one deserving student to pay tribute to our future business leaders. This year, the CTE division proudly honors Darnice Valentine as the CTE Outstanding Student for 2018-2019.
After graduating from high school and working in various business positions and sales, Valentine realized she needed to obtain her education in order to progress in her chosen field. She is currently majoring in business with plans to transfer to a university after she completes her associate’s degree. She holds a 4.0 GPA and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa.
The American Legion Citizenship Award is presented to individuals who exhibit the most outstanding leadership, character, and citizenship qualities. The recipients can be a freshman or sophomore and selection is based on popular vote by the faculty, staff, and administration. The winners are presented a plaque and their names are placed on a plaque in the student union building.
The female recipient of the 2018-2019 American Legion Citizenship award is Paula Mills.
Mills, who is known as a remarkable and dedicated student, has been involved with the Howard College theatre department since 2007. She is active on campus and is always willing to take risks and try new things in all of her studies. While she has received accolades for her work in the arts, it is her desire to help and her genuine personality that makes her one of the finest individuals to know.
The male recipient of the 2018-2019 American Legion Citizenship award is Jeremiah Maxfield.
Jeremiah is a United States Veteran having served three tours of duty in the U.S. Army. He reached out to Howard College two years ago seeking an opportunity to play in the Hawk baseball program. Since the fall of 2017, he has brought his work ethic and dedication to the baseball team as well as the classroom and has also earned a scholarship to South Eastern University in Florida where he will continue his baseball career.
The Presidential Award for Outstanding Student of the Year is the most prestigious award given to a student of Howard College. The recipient must be a sophomore and selection is based on academic excellence, participation in student life, leadership qualities, and overall college spirit. Nominations are received from all employees.
This year the 2018-2019 Presidential Award goes to Collin Hansen.
Hansen is a computer science major who has maintained a 4.0 GPA during his time at Howard College. As he has pursued his degree, Collin has also worked as a resident assistant at the men’s dorm while participating in multiple extra-curricular activities. He has been an active member in the theatre department during his two years at Howard College and has received multiple awards for scenic design and has also joined the choir during his final year.
“It is a pleasure to bestow this award on Collin as he embodies the best of Howard College in the way that he is willing to help his fellow students,” said Sparks. “He wants everyone to have the success he has had, and we are very proud of his many accomplishments.”
Hansen was awarded a medal and a $250 scholarship.
In addition to the superlative awards handed out, Kaki Simpson and Justice Garcia were recognized for their selection to the 2019 All-State Academic Team, each receiving a $250 scholarship.
The Hawk softball team brought home the 2018-2019 Top Team GPA award after racking up an impressive 3.48 GPA.
(Contributed Photo: Dr. Cheryl T. Sparks, President and Collin Hansen, 2018-2019 Presidential Outstanding Student Award Winner)
BIG SPRING, TX - On Monday, April 22, 2019, all former and current students of Texas A&M University, family and friends are invited to uphold a century-old tradition by gathering at the Howard County A&M Club Muster in Big Spring, Texas.
Muster activities will include a mix and mingle beginning at 6:30 PM and meal beginning at 7:00 PM. Our speaker this year is Mark S. Browning '88, Senior Gift Planning Officer with the Texas A&M Foundation. During the traditional Roll Call, we will read the names of Aggies we have lost in the past year, answering “Here” for each and lighting a candle. Contact organizers to add a name.
Muster will begin Monday, April 22, 2019 at 6:30 PM at The Stampede. For details, tickets and to reach the organizers, visit tx.ag/HCAMMuster or contact Marie Mashburn at 432-213-0429 or email@example.com. The cost of the meal is $10, children 12 and under eat free. There is no charge to attend the Roll Call which will begin at approximately 7:30 PM.
Some 25 Aggies and family attended last year’s Howard County A&M Club Muster.
It is one of more than 300 such gatherings worldwide that are held annually on and around April 21. The Muster tradition at Texas A&M forever unites Aggies past with Aggies present, and provides the men and women of Texas A&M the chance to meet and renew their ties to each other. Read more at http://tx.ag/MusterHistory.
The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a "Thank you" presentation for Big Spring Collision Center, located at 207 Goliad St. in Big Spring, to thank them for everything that they do for the community.
Big Spring Collision Center offers full collision repair, glass work, and all insurance work. According to General Manager Todd Bryans, the business has been serving Big Spring in the same location for 19 years!
For more information, contact them at 432-263-7306 or visit them at www.bigspringcollision.com.
Today, Mike and Sheila Abusaab, Owners of Sonic Drive-Ins and KBest Media in Big Spring, donated $5,000 to establish the new Mike and Sheila Abusaab Teaching Scholarship at Howard College for anyone pursuing a career as a teacher.
After learning that Howard College has partnered with Tech Teach Across Texas, a program that fast tracks students to help them progress from an Associate to a Bachelor’s degree in a single year while earning their teaching certification, the Abusaabs decided to make the donation. They hope that donation will encourage others to donate as well.
Sheila Abusaab has taught for most of her life and a majority of her career was spent at Big Spring High School. She told KBest News that good teachers are desperately needed in Texas and she believes the new program will bring about dynamic teachers for the area.
"We want to make sure that Howard County is covered, because we have the best schools and best people. We have the best administrators, school boards, [and] the best students. Our students can't be beat," said Sheila. "This is what the money is going for. We are very proud to do this and we hope that other peole will follow."
Steward Expands Its Footprint in West Texas And Open Its 37th Hospital Nationally
DALLAS, TX – Steward Health Care, the nation’s largest private, tax-paying physician-led health care network, announced Monday that it completed the acquisition of Scenic Mountain Medical Center in Big Spring, Texas. Scenic Mountain becomes Steward’s 37th hospital nationally and its 6th in Texas. The acquisition was final on April 12, 2019 at midnight.
“The addition of Scenic Mountain Medical Center to the Steward family expands our successful, physician-led, integrated care model in Texas,” said Trip Pilgrim, Texas Regional President of Steward Health Care. “We look forward to working with the exceptionally talented team at Scenic Mountain to provide the highest quality of care to residents in Big Spring and surrounding communities.”
Through the acquisition, 16 providers at Scenic Mountain Medical Group will join Steward Medical Group, including physicians who specialize in primary care, family medicine, and pediatrics, as well as obstetrics and gynecology, ENT, and general surgery.
“We are proud to welcome the providers at Scenic Mountain Medical Group and look forward to helping our patients lead their healthiest lives” said Michael Callum, MD, president of Steward Medical Group. “Our physicians and advanced practitioners have strong relationships with the circle of specialists at Scenic Mountain Medical Center and will work collaboratively with them to provide high quality, compassionate care close to home.”
As the newest member of the Steward Health Care system, Scenic Mountain Medical Center, joins an organization caring for millions of people across the U.S. and beyond. Steward’s transformative, fully integrated model focuses regularly receives top awards for quality and safety.
“We’re thrilled that Scenic Mountain is becoming part of Steward Health Care, which enables our physicians and other care providers to join a tradition of excellence,” said Emma Krabill, CEO of Scenic Mountain Medical Center. “Our focus is on keeping people active and healthy in Big Spring and being an engaged community partner.”
About Steward Health Care System
Steward Health Care is the largest private, tax-paying physician-led health care network in the United States. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Steward operates 37 hospitals in the United States and the country of Malta that regularly receive top awards for quality and safety. The company employs approximately 42,000 health care professionals. The Steward network includes multiple urgent care centers and skilled nursing facilities, substantial behavioral health services, over 7,900 beds under management, and approximately 2.2 million full risk covered lives through the company's managed care and health insurance services.
The Steward Health Care Network includes 5,000 physicians across 800 communities who help to provide more than 12 million patient encounters per year. Steward Medical Group, the company's employed physician group, provides more than six million patient encounters per year. The Steward Hospital Group operates hospitals in Malta and nine states across the U.S., including Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Utah.
After last week's story about local artist Rene Thomas, also known as "Renrobot", and the murals that she’s created around Big Spring, several residents were surprised to learn that one of the murals, “Cowboy Eagle” is no longer available to display.
"Cowboy Eagle" featured a Bald Eagle wearing a cowboy hat in front of an American Flag while surrounded by stars and cacti. It was originally displayed outside of Bob’s Custom Woodwork, located at 409 E. 3rd St. in Big Spring until it was demolished a few weeks ago.
Bob Noyse, Owner of Bob’s Custom Woodwork, told KBest News that the building was falling apart and the City of Big Spring gave him two options: repair the buildng, or demolish it. Since he couldn't afford the repairs, that portion of the building had to be torn down.
According to Noyse, a portion of the popular “Welcome to Big Spring" mural was also meant to be demolished, but after speaking with the contractor who was tearing down the building Noyse was able to keep the mural intact. He plans to have Thomas create a wraparound mural that extends to the newly exposed portion of his building.
The "Welcome to Big Spring" mural has brought a lot of attention to Bob's shop in the few months that it's been up.
"People are looking at me. I've been here for 20 years and they haven't seen me, and now I have something on the wall and they stop and look! I don't how many people are from out of town, but I know that people go by third and fourth street every single day [and] don't see anything around them except stop lights. It's changed," said Noyse.
Noyse told KBest News that he’s been in the same location for 20 years, and he’s never gotten as much attention as he does now with the mural on his building.
BIG SPRING, Texas (April 15, 2019) – West Texas Centers (WTC), one of the state’s 39 community centers providing mental health and intellectual developmental disability (IDD) services, has announced its new administrative headquarters located in Big Spring, made possible by a philanthropic gift from The Ryan Foundation. The new building will be known as the Amanda and G. Brint Ryan Center.
“In 23 counties across West Texas, WTC serves those with Medicaid, the uninsured, and those often overlooked, with funds from state general revenue, a variety of grants, and other governmental payer sources. We combine those resources to stretch every dollar for the benefit of our patients and their families,” said Chief Executive Officer of West Texas Centers Shelley Smith. “With The Ryan Foundation joining us in our vision to reach people with mental illness and IDD, we are better able to provide services to those most in need in a more functional, productive, and contemporary work environment.”
This investment in West Texas Centers allows the relocation of the facility and its services into a new, state-of-the-art building with more than 15,000 square feet along 4th Street, between Johnson Street and Nolan Street. The building will be developed by Caprock Holdings, LLC, a real estate development venture of G. Brint Ryan, which has been active with the reinvigoration of several businesses throughout Big Spring and beyond, creating economic development and growth opportunities for the county seat.
“West Texas Centers was running out of space to serve its patients and grow its team in Big Spring,” said Chairman and CEO of Ryan and Big Spring native G. Brint Ryan. “Supporting this important healthcare institution with a larger and modernized facility to serve the community means eligible residents of Big Spring who struggle with mental health issues will have local access to the care they need.”
According to Smith, the investment in West Texas Centers enables the organization to expand its outreach to veterans and people struggling with substance abuse issues in WTC counties.
“As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, virtually every dollar donated goes to the services for those in need, which is about 500 people with mental health needs and 65 with IDD issues in Big Spring every month,” said Smith. “On behalf of my Board and my team, we can’t begin to express the gratitude we have for The Ryan Foundation, Caprock Holdings, and people like Mr. Ryan who continue to care for those in their hometown. The Ryans’ generosity and desire to help others with less will enable West Texas Centers to positively affect the lives of thousands and their families for years to come.”
About West Texas Centers
West Texas Centers (WTC) is home to 15 mental health centers and 23 other community locations reaching rural populations across 23 counties in Texas. The organization supports and serves people with mental illness and intellectual and developmental disabilities, so they can begin on a road to wellness and lead more productive lives in their communities. In addition to serving those struggling with mental health issues and IDD, the Center operates an Early Childhood Intervention program, known as Little Lives ECI, for children ages 0–3 years old and their families. For more information, visit www.WTCMHMR.org or on Facebook at “WestTexasCenters.” WTC proudly serves the people of Andrews, Borden, Crane, Dawson, Fisher, Gaines, Garza, Glasscock, Howard, Kent, Loving, Martin, Mitchell, Nolan, Reeves, Runnels, Scurry, Terrell, Terry, Upton, Ward, Winkler, and Yoakum counties.
About The Ryan Foundation
Formed in 2011 with a charter to help organizations that address health, poverty, and education, The Ryan Foundation supports key beneficiaries and other important community outreach organizations across the United States. Founded by Ryan, the world’s largest firm dedicated exclusively to business tax services, The Ryan Foundation is based on one of Ryan’s five values, “Generosity Matters—I share success with colleagues, clients, and the community.”
Ryan, an award-winning global tax services and software provider, is the largest Firm in the world dedicated exclusively to business taxes. With global headquarters in Dallas, Texas, the Firm provides an integrated suite of federal, state, local, and international tax services on a multijurisdictional basis, including tax recovery, consulting, advocacy, compliance, and technology services. Ryan is a seven-time recipient of the International Service Excellence Award from the Customer Service Institute of America (CSIA) for its commitment to world-class client service. Empowered by the dynamic myRyan work environment, which is widely recognized as the most innovative in the tax services industry, Ryan’s multidisciplinary team of more than 2,500 professionals and associates serves over 14,000 clients in more than 50 countries, including many of the world’s most prominent Global 5000 companies. More information about Ryan can be found at ryan.com. “Ryan” and “Firm” refer to the global organizational network and may refer to one or more of the member firms of Ryan International, each of which is a separate legal entity.
The City of Big Spring will close all offices including Landfill and Sanitation for Good Friday, April 19.
Be advised that this week only, Thursday sanitation routes will be picked up on Wednesday and Friday routes will be picked up on Thursday. There will be no sanitation pickup on Friday, April 19th.
The Landfill will re-open Saturday, April 20, 2019, with regular working hours from 8:00am – 5:00pm.
Emergency services (Police, Fire, and EMS) will continue normal operations during the holiday.
Emergency Utilities Department will also continue normal operations and can be contacted at 264-2392.
Yesterday afternoon, approximately 200 people gathered at Trinity Memorial Park in Big Spring to lay to rest local veteran who had no known family.
Although very few people in attendance had actually met U.S. Army veteran Michael James McGrath, 64 of Big Spring, many were moved to attend the funeral service because he had once served our country.
Roger Rodman, Crossroads Young Marine Unit Commander and 1st Texas Regiment Commander, told KBest News that he was proud to see the large turnout for the local veteran.
"I am exceedingly proud to see all of these people come out," said Rodman. "It means everything to me that a veteran with no family has this big of a turnout. We shouldn't let any veteran go to his resting place alone. We are brothers, sisters, and that's the way it'll be forever."
McGrath passed away on April 8, 2019. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Nalley-Pickle-Welsh Funeral Home and Crematory.
Howard County Judge Kathryn Wiseman has been honored by the Texas Association of Counties (TAC) Texas Judicial Academy for going the extra mile. The Academy recognizes county judges as Fellows who attain significant judicial education beyond state requirements.
A number of country judges were inducted as Fellows during the Academy’s 2018 Fall Judicial Education Session, Nov. 14-16 in San Marcos.
The Texas Judicial Academy is a partnership between TAC and the Texas Tech University School of Law. The educational program is overseen by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and includes instruction by higher court judges, law school faculty, as well as representatives of the Texas Probate College and the National Judicial College.
TAC unites, supports, and provides services to Texas counties so they can more effectively serve their local communities.
The Veterans Outpost had their grand opening today with Big Spring Area Chamber members, ambassadors, and many local supporters.
Veterans Outpost is a regional hub for service-members, veterans, and their families to address the issues they face. It is a non-clinical design, with no checking-in, no doctors, and no waiting rooms. It's a place to get together, hang out, and be connected to resources.
Before the ribbon cutting Shelley Smith, West Texas Centers CEO, noted that the Veterans Outpost is meant to compliment the services at the West Texas VA, and want the facility to be known as a veteran and family center.
The Veterans Wall mural on display outside of the Veterans Outpost was donated by Smith in honor of her father Darrell E. Smith who served in the U.S. Navy, and her uncles who served in the U.S. Army.
Frankie Garza, Veteran Liason Officer with the Veterans Outpost, told KBest News that the facility is open to any veteran, regardless of their discharge, as well as their family member who's interested in volunteering or receiving services.
"I'm really excited about this opportunity because in Big Spring and smaller rural Texas things like this don't exist," said Garza. He anticipated that the Veterans Outpost would be one of the first resource centers like this within the region.
"It's going to be really nice to have all these different partners working together to help veterans and their families," he continued.
Garza went on to say that it was great to see so the large turnout for the event because the organization would be relying on people within the community to help them help people.
Anyone intersted in learning more about volunteer opporutnities at the Vertans Outpost can contact Nanette Yanez, Veteran Peer Specialist, at 432-466-4024.
Veterans Peer Network and the Veterans Outpost are located in the same building in the rear of 3205 S. HWY 87 in Big Spring.
The Coahoma High School National Honor Society inducted 24 new members into its prestigious chapter this past week during a brief ceremony held at the high school auditorium.
Membership is open to students who have demonstrated they excel in character, service, leadership, and scholarship.
The following new members were inducted into the Honos Hapet Onus Chapter: seniors Paige Atkins and Gary Hernandez; juniors Garrett Anderson, Brant Gartman, Anthony Hill, Marcus Martinez, Madison Ramirez, Jonathon Schneider, and Hunter White.
Also inducted were sophomores Sarah Bandy, Nicolas Biddison, Julia Cox, Noah Dials, Bryden Fontana, Grayson Glidewell, Cailey Glover, Rosario Gonzalez, Aubrey Green, D’Kota Harrison, Victoria Harrison, Kaylee Kernick, Ashleigh Mull, MaKynlee Overton and Richard Thurman.
The Coahoma High School theater students will perform their UIL One-Act competition play “Any Body for Tea,” at 6 p.m. Monday in the high school auditorium.
For months, the OAP team worked to bring to life CB Gilford’s comedic play which features six sweet but eccentric women who fall in love with their neighbor. That neighbor happens to be Detective Dennis O’Finn. In order to get his attention, the ladies stage a homicide. And to keep their love interest around, they realize they must stage another one.
At the 5-3A District contest held in March, three members of the CHS One-Act team landed on the competition’s superlative list for their stand-out performance.
Several of the judges took note of Hartlie Smithie’s performance as Miss Birdie and named the freshman to the All-Star Cast list. Also receiving recognition were senior Joe Manning and sophomore Grayson Glidewell. Manning received an Honorable Mention for his performance as Detective O’Fin and Glidewell was name to Outstanding Crew.
Members of the cast are: Hope East as Miss Hildegard, Brianna Coskey as Miss Lucky, Cailey Glover as Miss Amantha, Jayden Barnes as Miss Elizabeth, Hartlie Smithie as Miss Birdie, Aubrey Green as Miss Nettie, Hunter White as Captain Williams, Joe Manning as Detective O’Fin, and Bryson Cline as Kramer.
Members of the crew are: Julia Cox, stage manager; Grayson Glidewell, light technician; Katy Manning, sound technician; Dylan Thompson and Khayman Rawls, crew members, Lexi Montelongo, alternate.
The play is under the direction of Kristen Joslin and admission is free to the 6 p.m. public performance set for Monday in the high school auditorium.
The Keep Big Spring Beautiful and Don’t Mess with Texas Trash Off will be on Saturday, April 13th. Trash containers will be provided at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum parking lot from 8 AM to noon. The event is sponsored by HEB, Porter’s, Sonic, and Taco Villa.
Those planning on participating are encouraged to sign up and pick up supplies at the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce on Friday, April 12th from 9 AM to 2 PM.
Peggy Skiles, President for Keep Big Spring Beautiful, reminded that e-waste is not accepted during the Trash off because electronic are not allowed in the landfill.
She also noted that Keep Big Spring Beautiful appreciates everyone’s help with picking up trash, not just on Saturday, but also with Toasty Tuesday Trash-Off’s that take place every Tuesday at 6:30 PM during Daylight Savings Time. For more on that, you can keep up with the Keep Big Spring Beautiful Facebook page.
The SouthWest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf (SWCID) held their annual awards convocation on Tuesday, April 9th and took time out to recognize student achievement.
Each year, two students (a male and a female) are recognized for the American Legion citizenship award. The recipients can be a freshman or a sophomore and are selected based upon votes of the faculty and staff. The students must exhibit outstanding leadership, character, and citizenship qualities. The 2018-2019 SWCID American Legion Citizenship Awards were presented to Oluwatobi (Tobi) Lisoyi and Destinique Rahming.
The Presidential Award for Outstanding Student of the Year is the most prestigious award given on each campus at Howard College. This award is based on academic excellence, participation in all facets of student life, leadership in extra-curricular activities, and college spirit. The recipient must be enrolled full-time and should be a visible and active leader on campus. The 2081-2019 Presidential Award for the SWCID campus was presented to Pio Fidel Aquino.
Pio came to SWCID from El Paso, Tx to major in the dental lab technology program. He is very active on campus, participating in all activities and sports while in attendance at SWCID. He is very respectful of his fellow students, faculty, and staff and has shown great ambition to continually learn more about his program and advance his skills.
Pio will graduate from SWCID in May 2019 with a certificate in dental laboratory technology and plans to return to El Paso pursuing a career in the field of dental lab technology.
A complete list of student awards is below.
Full Name - Award
Aaron Richards - Outstanding Construction Trades Student
Alexander Jones - Dean's List Fall 2018
Alexis Nandin - LEADS Completer
Alfredo Salazar - Honors List Fall 2018
Ashley Coffey - Outstanding Visual Communication Technology Student, Outstanding BSM Student, Presidents List Fall 2018
Bayleigh Rollo - Most Improved ITP Student, LEADS Completer
Chris Almanzar - Dean's List Fall 2018, LEADS Completer
Cinthia Orozco Cortes - Honors List Fall 2018
Destinique Rahming - Outstanding Biology Student, Honors List Spring 2018, American Legion Award, SGA Secretary 2018-2019
Edward Arzy - Outstanding ENGL 2333 World Literature II Student
Egardo Abarca Gutierrez - Outstanding Visual Communication Technology Student, Honors List Fall 2018
Emily Campos - Dean's List Fall 2018, Honors List Spring 2018
Fidel Aquino - Honors List Fall 2018, Presidential Award
Jayvon Lockhart - Honors List Fall 2018
Joe Segura - Honors List Spring 2018, Honors List Fall 2018
Johnny Saenz - LEADS Completer
Jonathan Withrow - Outstanding Business Specialization in Accounting Student
Jonython Mason - Outstanding ENGL 0316 Reading/Writing Student
Jose Garcia - LEADS Completer
Kanyinsade Fatunda - Outstanding BSM Student
Lorenzo Gonzalez - SGA Vice-President Fall 2018
Luis Zuniga-landa - Outstanding ENGL 1301 English Composition and AS in Computer Science Student
Maricruz Arriola - Honors List Spring 2018, Honors List Fall 2018
Marlin Jones - Outstanding Office Technology Student
McKenna Stewart - Outstanding ITP Student, Presidents List Fall 2018
Miguel Varela - Outstanding Business Specialization in Business Support Services Student
Miriam Hernandez - Outstanding ITP Student, Dean's List Fall 2018
Noelle Lamasanguiano - Honors List Fall 2018
Olayinka Dada - Outstanding College Algebra Student, Honors List Spring 2018, Honors List Fall 2018,
Oliva Brooks - SWCID Diplomat, SGA parliamentarian Spring 2019
Olivia Gutierrrez - LEADS Completer
Oluwatobi Lisoyi - Honors List Fall 2018, American Legion Award, SGA President 2018-2019
Roland Blanco - Outstanding Beginning Algebra Student
Samantha Padilla - Outstanding ENGL 1302 English Composition II Student, SGA Treasurer-Fall 2018, SGA Vice President/Treasurer Spring 2019, LEADS Completer
Shawna Rasmussen - Outstanding HIST 1302 American History II Student
Tiffany Sellers - Dean's List Spring 2018
Yasmin Garcia - Outstanding Pre-Algebra Student, Honors List Fall 2018, LEADS
Zhirtien Warmack - Honors List Fall 2018
(Contributed) Photo: Presidential Award Winner Pio Aquino with Dr. Cheryl T. Sparks, President
At the end of the Big Spring City Council’s meeting on March 26, 2019, District 5 Councilmember Raul Benavides made a motion authorizing City Attorney Marianne Banks to file a declaratory judgement seeking judicial interpretation of Section 3(a) of the City Charter regarding term limits. The motion was unanimously approved.
This left several local residents with the impression that the City Council members had voted to do away with Council member term limits, but, according to Banks, this was not the case.
"They did not do away with term limits. They authorized me to file a declatatory judgement, which is just asking for the judge's opion on what the certain language in the charter is related term limits," said Banks after the City Council meeting on April 9, 2019.
Banks noted that since the amendment was written by citizens, it couldn’t be amended by the council when it was first adopted and had to be passed as presented.
After a judgement is received it will be applied to the next election cycle. Banks also noted that the City Council could choose to do a Charter Commission to make a change to the Charter if the language needs to be cleared up.
The declatory judgement will be determined by Judge Timothy Yeats, 118th District Court in Texas.
The wording in the City Charter is as follow:
Sec. 3.a. Council Member Term Limits.
No member of the council may run for election to the same council position more than two (2) consecutive times. No person may be appointed or elected to the council in a general election or in a special election as provided by Section 2 of this article within two (2) full terms of having previously held a council position. (Amendment 5-14-11)
*Note - The highlited word, "same" is what is being questioned in the declaratory judgement.
Section 2 refers to the following:
Sec. 2. Filling of vacancies.
If a vacancy occurs neither councilmen and/or councilwomen or mayor, the remaining members of the council, by a majority vote, shall appoint a qualified resident to fill such office for the remainder of the term of such vacancy. The successor must possess all qualifications required for the office. Where more than one vacancy shall develop at one time, then a special election shall be called and members of the council, elected at such special election shall fill such office for the remainder of the term for the place to which each has been elected. If such vacancies occur within ninety (90) days of a general election then no special election shall be called. (Amend. No. 1, 10-2- 73)
The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual Health Fair this Saturday, April 13th, at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum on the Sonic Floor from 9 AM to 1 PM.
The event is great way to find health related information, and it's FREE to the public.
The Bike Rodeo will be returning this year, but unfortunately, they were not able to get the Car Seat Safety Check for the event.
Debbye Valverde, Executive Director for the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce, told KBest News that they hope to be able to have a car seat safety check event later this year. If not, then they'll have one lined up for next year's health fair
West Texas Centers has partnered with local agencies and businesses to open the Veteran’s Outpost in Big Spring.
The Outpost, which functions as the headquarters for all 33 counties serviced by the West Texas VA, is a drop-in center for veterans, service members, and their families to provide resource information and to advocate on their behalf to ensure their needs are met.
The center consists of approximately 1800 square feet and includes a group socializing room, a children’s area with toys and games, a large training room, and a computer center. The setting is non- clinical – no checking in, no doctors, and no waiting rooms.
The vision is to provide peer to peer resource services such as housing and employment assistance, benefits navigation, and referrals to mental health and substance abuse providers as needed. In addition, the Outpost provides opportunities for support and training to include, but not limited to, PTSD groups and spousal support groups as well as classes for Military Cultural Competency, Basic Training, and TCOLE Trauma Affected Veterans.
“Veterans helping veterans, that’s our creed. We hope to become a hub for veterans in the region. There are many resources out there, and we can help link service members, veterans, and their families to those resources,” says Frank Garza, Veterans Liaison Officer for West Texas Centers.
The Outpost will also host an array of social events and recreational activities and provide outreach programs to the outlying counties.
West Texas Centers is accepting corporate sponsorships, private donations, and grant funding, in addition to the Veterans Outpost fundraising activities, to support the facility and programs. They are also seeking volunteers to help in a variety of areas.
If any individuals or groups would like information or are interested in volunteering opportunities, please contact Frank Garza at 432-268-3003 or Nanette Yanez at 432-466-4034.
The Veterans Outpost Grand Opening is scheduled for Friday, April 12 th at 1:30 pm, 3205 S. Hwy 87, Big Spring.
Saturday was an eventful night for the 2019 Cars, Stars, and Handlebars. An event that raises money for the patients of the Big Spring State Hospital and the Big Spring Rotary Club’s children’s literacy project.
Debbie Ramirez was the winner of a brand new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Truck. Ramirez passed up a final bid of $15,000 to become the big winner of the night.
The vibrant pictures painted on dull or dreary walls quickly capture the attention of Big Spring visitors. In addition to the murals painted by Bianca Mireles and the Big Spring Intermediate Art students, there are now new murals that can be found downtown.
Big Spring artist Renee Thomas, street name "Renrobot", has been creating street art for over a year now. Her first piece was a parrot on a dumpster that sits between the Eric Escamilla, Farmers Insurance Agent office and the Taco Villa on 15th street. Since then Thomas has produced other pieces such as a crow mural on the corner of Runnels and 2nd, the Welcome to Big Spring sign and the Cowboy Eagle mural on the corner of Runnels and 3rd St., as well as other pieces. Her current project is a mural with Prickly Pear Cactus outside of the soon-to-come boutique The Krazy Kow Co., also on 3rd St.
Thomas, who hails from the northeastern part of the U.S., told KBest that she had began drawing back in high school but it was the Desert Flower Art Bar that inspired her to do art in Big Spring.
"They're pretty much the reason why I started doing art in Big Spring," said Thomas of the Desert Flower Art Bar. "They kinda woke up Big Spring to art with the Artwalk and the Desert Flower [Art Bar] itself. It's a place for artists to come show their stuff."
She went on to note that Jeremiah Peters and Jeannine Thibault from the Desert Flower have been very supportive of her art.
When asked what kind of reactions she’s gotten from her street art, Thomas had stated, "People love seeing colors in their commute! It's not just black and white anymore. It's like, 'There's colors! There's things to look at!' I think people really enjoy that, and it's given a lot people a place to take pictures and take pride in the town."
"I feel good about giving people a place that makes them happy," said Thomas.
For more on Thomas and the work she does, check out her Facebook page, Renrobot Art.
Big Spring Mayoral candidate Debbie Wegman has come under scrutiny from community members about her marriage to the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) Executive Director Terry Wegman and whether it would constitute nepotism.
She briefly addressed this during last night's candidate forum at Hotel Settles, stating that there are laws in place that allow her to be mayor and allow Terry to maintain his involvement with the EDC. Debbie also stated that she was aware that there are times that she would have to abstain from certain discussions and votes that would involve EDC business. Debbie mentioned that there was a video on her candidate Facebook page that addresses these concerns.
In her video, she mentions that the couple cleared the matter through a Texas Municipal League attorney and an Economic Development attorney prior to filing as a candidate for Mayor. Debbie states that although there may be an indirect route of nepotism, the clause “Continuous Employment” allows her husband to retain employment with the EDC. Since Terry has been employed with the EDC for 10 years, he can retain employment as long as Debbie abstains from discussions and votes that involve certain EDC business.
The following links below confirm what Debbie Wegman states in her video.
There will be a FREE outdoor screening of Carnage Radio tonight at the Train Car Cigar Bar, located at 100 S. Main St. in Big Spring. The screening will begin at 9 PM. Before and after the screening, AC/ZC will be performing at the Train Car.
Written and directed by Big Spring's James Fite, Carnage Radio recently won Best Thriller Film, and Best Sound & Sound Mixing from the 2019 Prison City Film Festival, and has been nominated for the Best Horror Short in the Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival that will take place in Muskogee, Oklahoma April 23rd through April 29th.
A court document filed in the Northern District of Texas shows that a jury unanimously found Shannon Thomason guilty of “harm to Plains Seafood, Inc.” and “the harm to John R. McVey resulted from malice.”
The document, dated September 11, 2018 contains information regarding a bankruptcy filing by Thomason on June 29, 2017 in which Thomason attempted to have his debts discharged, some of which include $93,990.00, which he described as a “Judgment lien from a lawsuit.” The court ruled that the debts are nondischargeable “because they are the result of a willful and malicious injury.”
The court document states the following:
“Thomason’s debt to Plains Seafood and McVey resulted from a judgment issued in a lawsuit filed in a state court. Some background regarding the lawsuit is needed. According to the complaint, Thomason received, by assignment, a judgment entered in favor of Delilah Kellum (Kellum Judgment) against Plains Seafood. Plains Seafood operated a local restaurant, and McVey, according to his testimony, managed the restaurant and had an ownership interest in Plains Seafood. Seeking to collect on the Kellum Judgment, Thomason and a constable entered the restaurant on November 24, 2014, evicted everyone inside the restaurant at the time, changed the door locks, and refused any future entry to the restaurant.”
The seven-page document goes on to state:
“In the case at hand, the jury expressly found that Thomason’s malice caused plaintiffs’ injuries and awarded exemplary damages: ‘Do you find by clear and convincing evidence that the harm to [Plains Seafood and McVey] resulted from malice?...The jury unanimously answered… ‘Yes.’” Consistent with Kawaauhau and Miller framework, the jury found that Thomason had a subjective motive to cause harm to the plaintiffs. In fact, it was the harm that plaintiffs would suffer that Thomason hoped would coerce plaintiffs into paying the judgment owed.”
The legal document in its entirety is a public record, and can be found by clicking here:
Yesterday evening, 3 of the 4 Big Spring Mayoral candidates gathered for the Mayoral Debate at Big Spring High School that was moderated by the Big Spring High School Debate team.
During the event, candidates – David Mathis, Anna Scott, and Shannon Thomason - answered questions presented to them during the debate. The Big Spring High School debate team presented topics such as how to bring new businesses to Big Spring, addressing potholes and watermain repair, and budget issues.
There were over 80 people in attendance at last night’s event that was presented by the Howard County Democrats and Young Democrats, as well as the Howard County Republicans and Young Republicans.
Shiloh Salazar, organizer for the event, told KBest News that she was pleased the number of people at the debate and felt like attendees had a great opportunity to learn more about the candidats.
"We had the people come up to ask their own questions, and I think it really hit home for them. I think people who watch the live videos will feel a little more comfortable choosing who they want for mayor," said Salazar.
Facebook live videos of the Tuesday's debate can be found on our KBest Media Facebook page.
Life Center Big Spring is giving away free tickets to film screening of the new movie Unplanned - the story of Abby Johnson, the youngest clinic director in the history of Planned Parenthood, until a life-changing experience turns her into an abortion-activist. The screening will be on Thursday, April 4th at 2 pm at the Big Spring Cinemark located inside of the Spring Town Plaza.
Tracy Watson, Executive Director for Life Center Big Spring, told KBest News that the 100 tickets were donated to the organization, and they are eager to pass them out to the community.
"The Life Center is an alternative to abortion organization. We promote life and sexual integrity, and so, of course, this is the field that we walk in. It's really important for us to get the message out of what's really going on," said Watson.
Tickets can be picked up at 1801 S. Main in Big Spring or by calling 432-606-5041.
The Howard County Volunteer Fire Department made a recent addition to their fleet of vehicles. The new 2019 F-550 was delivered on Friday to the Forsan Station. Volunteer Fire Chief Mitchell Hooper told KBest News that the fire truck was purchased for $142,000 with funds from a private donor.
The new quick attack unit, has a 400-gallon water tank with a 10-gallon class A foam cell, and disel motor. ?
The Howard County Young Democrats, Howard County Young Republicans, Howard County Democrats, and the Howard County Republicans will be hosting a Mayoral debate on Tuesday, April 2nd, at 6 PM. The debate will be at Big Spring High School with Big Spring Mayoral candidates Anna Scott, David Mathis, and Shannon Thomason. The debate will be moderated by the Big Spring High School Debate team.
The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce will have a Meet the Candidate Forum at Hotel Settles in the Ballroom on April 4th from 6:30 to 8 PM. This will be an opportunity for the candidates to speak to the public about their platforms.
Participating candidates include Big Spring Mayoral candidates Debbie Wegman, and Thomason, as well as Big Spring City Council candidates for District 5 Camilla Strande and Daniel Moreno. District 4 candidates and Big Spring ISD candidates have also been invited to the event. District 4 candidates are: Gloria Byrd McDonald, Shonda Folsom, David A. Scott, Adriel E. Saldivar, and Dylan Archer-Pauchet.