On the 28th of June 2019 at approximately 2:35 P.M., an officer with the Big Spring Police Department conducted a traffic stop in the 100 block of W. 16th. The driver was found to be driving with a suspended license and an arrest was made. While the person was in Law Enforcement Custody and at approximately 3:15 P.M., the person was capable of retrieving a small firearm from their person and firing one shot striking only themselves. The officer immediately called for Emergency Medical Services whom arrived on scene and immediately transported the person to Scenic Mountain Medical Center for treatment. The person has since succumbed to the injuries sustained and has been pronounced deceased by the Justice of the Peace.
The Texas Rangers were immediately notified to investigate the in-custody death and the Big Spring Police Department will be conducting a concurrent internal administrative investigation on the incident.
The Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigations Division is working to notify the next-of-kin. This is an on-going investigation and no further information will be released.
Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon
Recently, many people have taken to Facebook to advise friends and family of a new scam alert. Many Oncor customers have received calls from alleged Oncor representatives who ask customers to make a payment to avoid immediate disconnection of electricity, or they may ask for personal information.
Kristy Tyra, Oncor Area Manager, told KBest News that Oncor will never request payment to prevent your power from being disconnected, and advised to never give credit card information or payment to someone claiming to be an Oncor employee who is threatening to disconnect your power without immediate payment.
She also advised that if you are ever unsure that the person who calls or approaches you works for Oncor, you can call 1-888-313-6862 to confirm their identity.
Here are a few more tips from Tyra to keep customers safe from these kind of scams.
* Ask for a photo identification. - All Oncor representatives in the field carry company identification. Even if you're expecting an Oncor representative, you should always request and verify their identification. Authorized contractors performing work for Oncor will also carry their company identification.
* Look for the Oncor logo. - Oncor employees wear company uniforms and drive vehicles with the Oncor logo on them.
* Oncor representatives have no reason to enter your home. - There's no reason for them to enter your home to perform work. If someone representing themselves as an Oncor employee insists that they need to enter your home to perform work, DO NOT LET THEM IN.
* If you feel unsafe or threatened, please call 9-1-1.
Last night's Big Spring City Council Meeting opened with many people gathered in the audience.
Public Comment was allowed at the beginning of the meeting. Speakers were required to fill out a "speaker sheet" ahead of the meeting and were given a 5-minute time limit. 3 people spoke during this section.
Bid for a 14-yard dump truck was awarded to Lonestar Truck Group of San Angelo, TX for $108,799.
Bid for Comanche Trail Golf Course Irrigation Control System and Pump Station Improvements was awarded to Greenworks Enterprises, Inc. of Albuquerque, NM for $103,580 and to Merket Industries of Colorado City, TX for $58,950.
Bid for the Big Spring/Howard County Big Sandy Draw Landfill Phase I Dirt Work (Excavation and Cell 1 Constructin project) was awarded to DE Rice Construction with a total proposed price of $3,816,960.25.
Lisa Reyna, Chief Appraiser for Howard County Appraisal District, presented the HCAD proposed 2020 budget. It was noted that 2020 estimated particpation showed that the City of Big Spring was see a -6.21% variance. Other jurisdictions that are estimated to see a decrease are:
City of Coahoma, -6.24%
City of Forsan, -8.54%
Stanton ISD, -4.70%
Jurisdictions that were expected to increase significantly were:
Forsan ISD, 46.91%
Sands ISD, 84.50%
Borden ISD, 287.80%
The Big Spring City Council voted 4:1 against a resolution amending the tax abatement guidelines and criteria by decreasing the administration fees tax abatement applications. An abatement means the full or partial exemption from ad valorem taxes of certain property in a reinvestment zone designated by Howard County or the City of Big Spring for economic development purposes. During discussion on the topic, a majority of the Council members agreed that applicants should have to pay a $1,000 application fee to show that they’re serious about investing in the community.
Council member Camilla Strande, District 5 representative, was elected as Mayor Pro Tem. Council member Raul Marquez, District 1 representative, was elected to the Tax Abatement Advisory Committee, and Council Member Gloria McDonald, District 4 representative, was elected to the Convention and Visitors Bureau Board.
Council members also voted 4:1 to approve the first reading of uncommitting $1,000,000 of General Fund committed fund balance for street construction in the 2018-2019 fiscal year.
All City Offices, Landfill, and Sanitation will be closed for July 4th.
Over the last couple of months, the West Texas Rumbleweeds have been drawing the attention of soccer fans in the area. The professional indoor soccer team is associated with the United States Arena Professional Soccer League. Their home games are played at the Ector County Coliseum in Odessa.
Leif Kertis, General Manager for the West Texas Rumbleweeds, told KBest News that the league had been in the works for about 5 years. Even though this is the inaugural year for the league, Kertis advised that they’ve had great turnouts for their games. He stated that the first game brought in over 2,000 people and they’ve been able to draw at least 1,500 for each of the following games.
Kertis described the games as being fast-paced, fun, and family friendly. He also advised that their organization is unique in that they allow the fans a lot more access to the players.
"After every game, we allow our fans to come on to the field and meet the players," said Kertis. "We make our players accessible, and just seeing the reaction of the community's had to that, seeing the fact that they love that. They have access to the players. They can get an autograph; they can get a picture. They can actually have that relationship with a player rather than having to idolize a player. They actually get to meet that player."
This Saturday, June 29th, the West Texas Rumbleweeds will take on the undefeated Amarillo Bombers at the Ector County Coliseum at 6 PM. This Saturday is Oil Appreciation Night and Military Appreciation Night. If you’re a part of the oil industry, or if you are present or past military, just show your ID at the box office for a free ticket.
The Big Spring City Council will hold a regular meeting this evening at 5:30 PM in the City Council Chambers located at 304 E. 4th St. in Big Spring.
Listed on today’s agenda is a section for Public Comment at the beginning of the meeting. Speakers will be limited to 5 minutes each, and no action will be taken during this time by the Council. It should be noted that citizens wishing to address the Council should fill out a speaker sign in sheet and turn it in to the city secretary prior to the meeting.
According to Big Spring Mayor Shannon Thomason, “Public Comment” will remain on the agenda for as long as he is Mayor and he hopes his successor will continue it as well. Thomason advised that having public comments during city council meetings is actually a city ordinance and he’s a firm believer in the right of the citizens to address their representatives.
New business items on the agenda include the presentation of the Howard County Appraisal District’s proposed 2020 budget, a first reading of a resolution amending the tax abatement guidelines and criteria by decreasing the administration fees for tax abatement applications, and the elections of a Mayor Pro Tem, and of a council representative to the Tax Abatement Advisory Committee and to the Convention and Visitors Bureau Board.
From BSPD: June 25, 2019
Effective immediately, the Big Spring Animal Shelter will no longer provide drop off kennels for public use. These kennels were provided for citizens to drop unwanted animals at the shelter outside of regular business hours. It is extremely difficult to provide the needed care for these animals, especially during extreme weather, when there are no Animal Control workers on duty. The City has also incurred additional expenses due to individuals cutting the safety lock securing the kennels in order to retrieve unprocessed animals that are of interest to them. Social media platforms, which were not available when the drop off kennels were constructed, provide an easy and more appropriate avenue to find homes for unwanted animals. We also know that an animal can have a much better chance of being adopted or rescued if information is able to be gathered from the person giving the animal up such as medical history, shot records, temperament of the animal, etc.
The Big Spring Animal Shelter will continue to accept owner-released animals during normal business hours. Outside of business hours, citizens are encouraged to use other area rescue organizations and social media to rescue or re-home unwanted animals.
Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Support Services Lieutenant, Lance Telchik
June is National Aphasia Awareness Month. Aphasia is an impairment of language, affecting the production or comprehension of speech and the ability to read or write. Aphasia is always due to injury to the brain-most commonly from a stroke, particularly in older individuals. But brain injuries resulting in aphasia may also arise from head trauma, from brain tumors, or from infections.
Aphasia can be so severe as to make communication with the patient almost impossible, or it can be very mild. It may affect mainly a single aspect of language use, such as the ability to retrieve the names of objects, or the ability to put words together into sentences, or the ability to read. More commonly, however, multiple aspects of communication are impaired, while some channels remain accessible for a limited exchange of information.
National Aphasia Awareness Month is a national campaign to increase public education around the language disorder and to recognize the numerous people who are living with or caring for people with aphasia.
For more information, visit www.aphasia.org.
The 18th annual Funtastic Fourth celebration will kick off this weekend in downtown Big Spring, June 28-29th. The event is organized by the Big Spring Downtown Revitalization Association. The DRA is a nonprofit volunteer organization that brings businesses, jobs, customers, and entertainment to the core of the community while staying true to Big Spring’s rich history.
"Our goal is to enhance the culture of downtown Big Spring through the Funtastic Fourth event," said Christy Brorman, President of the Big Spring DRA.
"We are all volunteers. Some of us work all year, some of us just work the day of, but everyone is important," continued Brorman. "We want to see the downtown be kinda the entertainment district of Big Spring, Texas. So, that's kind of our goal. We'd love to see restaurants all along the downtown area, different types of music, different bars, different boutiques, different whatever, we just want downtown to come alive."
Brorman told KBest News that the money raised from Funtastic Fourth goes back into the event for next year’s celebration, although some years they take a loss.
"We've never gotten to where we have a ton of money left. We usually break even or take a loss. We started charging last year so we can keep this event afloat, but something always comes up that we have to buy," stated Brorman. "I think a lot of people think we get paid, we don't. We don't have extra money yet, but when we do we'll give it back to the community."
Entry into the event is $10 per person each day. The event includes access to a variety of vendors and live entertainment from Country music artists Mark Chestnutt, Rick Trevino, Spur 327, Mark McKinney on Friday night, and performances from RATT, Buzzkill, The Band Big Spring, Loco Motives, and Fatal Flawz on Saturday night. Be advised that volunteers are still needed to help out with the event. For more information contact Lana at (432) 816-1058, or visit bigspringdra.com.
In years past, the DRA coordinated other events like Feed the Soul and Christmas on Main, but their organization has gotten smaller since then and it’s affected their ability to continue those events. After Funtastic Fourth, Brorman advised that they’ll be doing a membership drive to recruit new members to join their team.
For the past several days the Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigations Division has been investigating and following several leads regarding the murder of Eric Pool at 1407 ½ Settles.
Two individuals were suspected of committing this crime and on the 23rd of June 2019 at 2:54 P.M., Garcia, Gabriel H/M 17 years of age was arrested on a warrant for Murder at the Howard County Law Enforcement Center. On the 23rd of June 2019 at 8:04 P.M., Dillon Kayde Holmes W/M 19 years of age was arrested on a warrant for Murder at the Laredo Hills Apartments 1002 N. Main.
This continues to be an ongoing criminal investigation and no further information is available at this time.
Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon
(Photo - Gabriel Garcia, left / Dillon Holmes, right)
The Quail Dobbs Memorial Rodeo Parade was a HUGE success! This Parade was part of the 86th Annual Big Spring Cowboy Reunion and Rodeo.
There were 85 registered entries. With the Car Clubs and Groups with multiple vehicles, there were over 130 entries in the Parade. If you add the horses, we had over 150. There were over 300 people that participated in this year's Parade. Awards were presented for the following categories:
Best Riding Club - 40 Something Cowgirls
Best Float - HEB
Best Cycle - Guardians of the Children
Best Classic Vehicle - 71 Mercury Cougar (Ricky Brown)
Best Rodeo Pride - Pirkle Weir
Most Community Spirit - Big Spring Steer Drum Line
Quail Dobbs Memorial Rodeo Parade "BEST IN SHOW" - Big Spring Rods and Customs & Friends.
From BSPD 06-19-19:
On June 18th, at approximately 8:30 P.M., Big Spring Police Department officers were in the area of 15th and Settles on an unrelated call, when they heard screaming and crying coming from a subject. Officers contacted the subject who advised that a male subject had appeared to have been stabbed inside a residence in the 1400 blk of Settles. Officers responded to the residence and located the victim, identified as Eric Pool w/m 21 years of age, inside with gunshot wounds and was deceased. The Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene. The Detectives are currently following multiple leads regarding this incident.
This is an ongoing investigation and no further information is available at this time. If you have any information regarding this investigation you are urged to contact CrimeStoppers at (432)263-tips (8477). You can also leave an anonymous tip using the “P3 Tips” mobile application or from web address www. P3tips.com/1277. Remember no caller ID is ever used and all tips are anonymous.
Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon
From BSPD 6/18/19:
For the past several months the Big Spring Police Department Narcotics Division has been involved in a joint investigation with the Drug Enforcement Administration involving the Willis Duvall drug organization. On the 18th of June 2019 at approximately 6:30 A.M., three federal search warrants and several federal indictments were simultaneously executed in the 3700 block of Dixon, the 1600 block of Oriole and the 1600 block of Avion by the Big Spring Police Department/Howard County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team and the Department of Public Safety Special Response Teams. This morning’s activities resulted in several arrests on the indictments and a seizure of firearms, currency and controlled substances. Each of the individuals arrested on the federal indictments have been transported to Taylor County Jail where they will be arraigned in federal court.
We would like to thank the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Department of Public Safety and their Special Response Teams, the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the United States Marshalls, and the Howard County Sheriff’s Office for their participation and assistance.
This continues to be an ongoing federal investigation and no further information will be released.
Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon
The hearing for John Woodward, former Sheriff of Martin County, took place today at the Martin County Courthouse in Stanton.
Woodward accepted a plea deal that was agreed upon by his defense lawyers and the victim, which was Woodward's former live-in girlfriend. Under the terms of this deal, Woodward plead guilty to a charge of Domestic Violence-Impeding Breath, a third-degree felony, and would serve 3 years probation. He is also mandated, at his expense, to attend a 30-day in-patient treatment program for drug and alcohol rehabilitation, along with the accompanying after-care program. He has also been ordered to attend anger management / batterer’s intervention classes, and will pay $30,000 in restitution. A protective order guarding the victim was also extended another two years.
District Judge Timothy Yeats advised that Woodward's guilt would be deferred. Should Woodward fail to complete the terms of the plea deal, he is subject to be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.
District Attorney Hardy Wilkerson told KBest News that the prosecution was fully prepared to go to trial. Wilkerson advised that the negotiations were developed within the last 24-hours between the defense and the victim. He also advised that the $30,000 restitution is meant to be used for not only medical bills, but also for relocation expenses.
The live late-night talk show "Around the Desert" is filmed every Monday night at the Desert Flower Art Bar & Lounge in downtown Big Spring.
According to show host and local Big Spring comedian Sergio Cervantes, the show spotlights talent in the area and focuses in on the culture that is slowly building in the community. He also noted that the audience members may laugh, they may cry, but they’ll definitely have a good time.
Jeremiah Peters, one of the producers and editors for the show, told KBest News that "Around the Desert" started off as a magazine created by the Desert Flower and later turned into a newsletter. Now, it’s evolved into the unscripted talk show.
He noted the format, created by owner Jeannine Thibault, is similar to a televised late-night show with Cervantes opening with a short comedic set, followed by guest interviews and musical performances. The show is filmed by Peters and local photographer Israel Valdez and each episode is uploaded to Youtube. Episodes can be found at the Youtube channel for "Come & Get It!" - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj3AnAOlvCIV5a7_CJH0HnA
Anyone interested in being a guest on the show, can contact Jeannine through Facebook, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Photo - Host Sergio Cervantes interviews local musician Eddie Austin for the first episode of Around the Desert, while being filmed by Jeremiah Peters.)
On the 15th of June 2019 at approximately 5:52 P.M., Big Spring Police Department officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of Bluebonnet in reference to a shots fired call. Upon arrival it was found that a Silver 2001 Ford Mustang that had been parked in the driveway was struck by two bullets. Witness’s informed officers a newer model Brown Ford F-150 was seen driving by and firing at the silver Mustang and residence.
On the 16th of June 2019 at approximately 12:35 A.M., Big Spring Police Department officers were sent to the 1800 block of S. Owens in reference to a shots fired call. Upon arrival contact was made with the residents who advised they had been sitting inside the residence when they heard shots fired outside of the residence and then observed inside of the residence where the bullets had penetrated the walls and entered the residence.
While officers were on scene of the residence in the 1800 block of S. Owens a Big Spring Police Department officer observed a suspicious silver in color 2011 Chevrolet Impala in the vicinity in the 1800 block of Virginia. The officer attempted to catch up with the vehicle as it continued to travel northbound on Virginia and then turned westbound onto E. 15th. The officer continued to catch up with the vehicle as it turned northbound onto Settles disregarding the stop sign.
The officer caught up with the vehicle at the intersection of 11th and Settles and the vehicle disregarded the stop sign turning west on E. 11th Place. The officer activated his emergency lights and attempted to stop the vehicle and the driver refused to pull over. The officer activated the emergency siren and a pursuit was initiated. The driver continued to elude the officer and traveled to the west side of town and then back to the east side of town. During the pursuit the officer was capable of obtaining the License Plate information and a good look of the driver whom he recognized. The officer, already identifying the vehicle and the driver, determined to request a warrant for the driver for the Felony Evading in a Vehicle and not continue to pursuit of the vehicle.
The Deadly Conduct investigations have been assigned to a Criminal Investigations Division Detective and we are currently following leads. It is believed that the drive by shootings are related to one another though has not been confirmed if the subject who evaded officers is involved in the shootings.
If you have any information on these investigations you are urged to contact CrimeStoppers at (432)263-tips (8477). You can also leave an anonymous tip using the “P3 Tips” mobile application or from web address www. P3tips.com/1277.
Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon
On Saturday, 06-15-19, Deputies with Howard County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the 2400 block of North U.S. Hwy 87 in reference to a gunshot victim.
On arrival, Deputies received information that a silver Chevrolet Camaro with four occupants were traveling northbound on Hwy 87 when an unknown make and model of vehicle was observed following the Camaro, at which time occupants in the suspect vehicle began firing shots striking the Camaro multiple times.
A female juvenile passenger in the Camaro was struck by on of the rounds and was transported to Scenic Mountain Medical Center by Big Spring EMS for treatment. The victim was later transported to Lubbock for further treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. No other occupants within the vehicle were injured in the incident.
Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office are actively working this case and have developed persons of interest. This is an ongoing investigation and no further information is available at this time.
CASA of West Texas is hosting a CASA 101 in Big Spring on Monday, June 17th at noon at the Big SpringArea Chamber of Commerce, located at 215 W. 3rd St. in Big Spring.
A CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocate, volunteer is an adult, over the age of 21, who volunteers their time and talent to advocate for child abuse victims. When a child is removed from their home because of severe abuse and neglect and placed in foster care, a judge will appoint a CASA volunteer to advocate for that child's best interest. Once appointed to a child's case, a CASA will gather information and become familiar with the child's background. A CASA volunteer visits with the child on a regular basis and develops a relationship with the child; they ensure the child's needs are met while the child is in foster care.
For more information about becoming a CASA volunteer, call Patty Pisklak at 432-683-1114 or visit www.casawtx.org.
After serving as Director of the West Texas VA Health Care System for 3-and-half years, Khalautie JangDhari will be saying goodbye to Texas and transferring to the Miami VA Health Care System.
JangDhari thanked the community for being great supporters, even through tough times. She also thanked the staff with the West Texas VA Health Care System.
Jason Cave, recent Associate Director, will be returning as Interim Director until a new Director is hired, and James Douglas will be serving as the Interim Associate Director. Both Cave and Douglas will begin their interim duties on July 1st for up to 120 days.
In a follow up to an animal cruelty investigation from May, Howard County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest: Former Howard County Sheriff’s Deputy, James Dunlap, was arrested this morning, June 11, 2019 on charges of animal cruelty.
Sheriff Stan Parker tells KBest News that Dunlap had resigned from the Sheriff’s Department in January on a unrelated matter. The charges of animal cruelty are the result of the investigation launched May 6, 2019 when the Howard County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the 5100 Blk of Sterling, in Howard County. Upon arrival, deputies located one dog in a fenced enclosure that appeared to have been neglected and malnourished. Contact was made with the owner of the dog and the dog was voluntarily released to the Howard County Sheriff’s Office. The dog was then turned over to Big Spring Animal Control so it could be taken to a veterinarian for proper care.
As with all cases of this nature, investigators must have suspicion of malnourishment and neglect confirmed by a licensed veterinarian before a charge can be filed. The dog was taken to a licensed veterinarian on May 6, 2019 and the veterinarian did confirm the dog was malnourished and neglected. Upon completion of the resulting investigation, the arrest was made. Dunlap’s bond was set at $5000.00 and he is now awaiting prosecution.
The dog had been transported to the Big Spring Animal Shelter for care last month, and has since been rescued by an animal adoption organization.
Monday, Governor Greg Abbott signed Texas House Bill 1079, which directs Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to conduct a comprehensive study of the Ports-to-Plains Corridor. The study must evaluate the feasibility of, and the costs and logistical matters associated with, improvements that create a four-lane divided highway, which meets interstate highway standards to the extent possible.
According to TxDOT, the corridor has been designated as a High Priority Corridor since 1998 and will facilitate the efficient transportation of goods and services from Mexico through West Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, and ultimately Canada and the Pacific Northwest.
Newly elected Big Spring City Councilwoman for District 4 Gloria McDonald, who’s also a Port-to-Plains Alliance Board Member representing Big Spring and Howard County, told KBest News that the extension of I-27 is very important to Big Spring.
"We would be the fifth city in the state of Texas to have two crossing interstates. When you have crossing interstates, industries look at you. It doesn't matter where you are," said McDonald.
She went on to advise that the I-27 extension would provide an alternative north-south Interstate route, thereby helping to relieve congestion by diverting traffic off I-35 at Laredo.
"If industries know there's four ways out of your city without having to go clogged, then they look at basing their companies, or at least their warehouses. So, that's what's good for Big Spring," continued McDonald.
According to the Port-to-Plains Alliance, the extension of I-27 would also improve on-time delivery and decrease transportation costs for goods and services.
To read more on the benefits of the I-27 extension, check out the statement from the Ports-to-Plains Alliance show below.
The I?27 extension would be a logical addition to the Interstate Highway System.
? It would have connectivity benefits. The I?27 extension would provide the only major north?south corridor in Texas west of I?35, and it would intersect three major east?west Interstate routes: I?10, I?20, and I?40. It would serve three international border crossings: Del Rio, Eagle Pass, and Laredo. It would connect major West Texas population and economic centers, including Amarillo, Lubbock, Big Spring, Midland?Odessa, and San Angelo, in addition to numerous smaller communities. It is critical to linking the energy and agricultural sectors to state, national, and international trade.
? It would have congestion relief benefits. More than 2.3 million trucks passed through Laredo in 2018, more than through any other land port of entry by far (Detroit was next largest at 1.5 million). Many of these trucks head north on I?35 toward San Antonio, Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth, making I?35 one of the Nation’s most congested Interstates. The I?27 extension would provide an alternative north?south Interstate route, thereby helping to relieve congestion by diverting traffic off I?35 at Laredo. Results would be improved on?time delivery and decreased transportation costs for goods and services. Moreover, the $5.2 billion price tag for the 500?mile extension is cost effective when compared to the $4.8 billion cost of rebuilding just a 28?mile section of I?35 from I?635 to U.S. 380 in Dallas County.
? It would have economic development benefits. A future Interstate designation would be a significant new economic development tool for communities along the corridor. Site selectors for manufacturers, warehousing and distribution recommend sites along an interstate highway and travel services businesses such as hotels, truck stops, convenience stores and restaurants, which can have a dramatic impact on small communities will also expand. This will create much needed new jobs and expanded tax base in rural West Texas.
? It would have safety benefits. Travel on the nation's Interstate Highways is about twice as safe as travel on all other roadways. Given the large energy?related and agriculture?related trucks using this corridor, and the mix of personal, tourist, and truck traffic, safety will be greatly improved by the extension of I?27. Fatalities and
injuries will be reduced.
? It would have national defense and national security benefits. About 300 miles, or 60 percent, of the extension is on the Strategic Highway Network (STRAHNET), which are the roads that provide defense access, continuity, and emergency capabilities for movements of personnel and equipment in both peace and war.
? It would benefit energy production. The extension of Interstate 27 between Lubbock and Laredo will provide direct access into the heart of the oil and gas industry. This direct access will allow for more production and distribution of these resources. This extension is a crucial component as Texas leads the country in energy independence.
? It would benefit cross border trade. A future interstate designation would lead to improved cross border efficiency at the border crossings of Del Rio, Eagle Pass and Laredo. It would encourage more efficient use of all three crossings reducing wait time on congested international bridges.
Thomason and McDonald to be sworn-in at tonight's Big Spring City Council Meeting, 06/11/19.There will be a meeting of the Big Spring City Council members tonight at 5:30 PM at the Big Spring City Council Chambers located at 307 E. 4th St. in Big Spring.
During tonight’s Big Spring City Council meeting, the official results from this weekend’s runoff election will be read, and outgoing Mayor Larry McLellan and outgoing District 4 Councilman Howard Stewart will be recognized for their service to the city. Shannon Thomason, winner of the Big Spring Mayoral candidate runoff race will be sworn in tonight.
Other items on tonight’s agenda include 3 public hearings on zoning changes and specific use permit. There will also be first readings of a resolution amending the tax abatement guidelines and criteria by decreasing the administration fees for tax abatement applications., a resolution authorizing the auction of Howard County Trustee Properties to the highest bidder for cash, and an ordinance amendment to adjust building permit fees.
For more on this agenda, visit: https://www.mybigspring.com/AgendaCenter/City-Council-2
Election Day was Saturday and Big Spring voters turned out to polls to cast their votes to select the new Big Spring Mayor and the new representative for Big Spring City Council District 4.
The run-off candidates for Big Spring Mayor were Shannon Thomason and Debbie Wegman. Thomason received a majority of the votes with 58.41%.
Thomason noted that it's been a long, well fought campaign through, both, the general and now the run-off elections.
"I'm just tickled to death that the citizens have spoken, and I look forward to beginning my service to the citizens," said Thomason.
Thomason noted that his first order of business would be to start reviewing the City of Big Spring handles things and start taking some new ideas to the Council.
Gloria McDonald and Shonda Folsom were the run-off candidates for District 4 Councilmember seat. McDonald received a majority of the votes with 55.25%.
When asked how she felt to be the new representative for District 4, McDonald said that she thanked the voters of District 4 for putting their trust in her to do the job of taking care of their needs and concerns to the best of her ability.
When asked how she felt about Saturday’s election results, McDonald stated, "Well, it's mixed emotions, of course. I would like to have served with a woman - the first woman mayor of Big Spring. I've worked with Debbie and I feel like that we could work together, but I can work with anybody that wants to work."
According Jodi Duck, Howard County Elections Administrator, there was a record number of voters who turned out for the run-off election. She noted that there was an increase of 572 votes over the number of people who had turned out for the May 4, 2019 election earlier this year.
The Big Spring Center for Skilled Care will be hosting the Bringing Back Memories Car Show tomorrow, June 8th, outside of their facility located at 3701 Wasson Road, from 10 AM - 4 PM.
There will also be door prizes and plaques to be given away for participants.
"We're giving prizes and taking pictures," said Michelle Rodriguez, Activity Director for the Big Spring Center for Skilled Care. "What we want to do is bring back memories."
Rodriguez advised that they'll have recent high school graduates at the event working as volunteers to take Polaroid photos of people with the cars to capture that moment.
In addition to the car show, ALSA will be cooking hot dogs and hosting a washer tournament at the event. There will be prizes given for 1st – 3rd place, and the entry fee is $20 per team. Half of the money raised the tournament will be donated to ALSA’s choice of charity. The washer tournament begins at 11 am.
Be advised there will also be a Memorial Tree planting in honor of Paul Ramirez at 2 PM with his family and the ALSA car club.
Later today, 06/07/19, an organized group of Big Spring residents will be holding a “Block Walk” within Big Spring District 4 to remind people the local residents that tomorrow is Election Day.
Everyone is welcomed to join them spread the word, but be advised that they will NOT be endorsing any of the candidates. The group will meet at 1408 Scurry beginning at 5:45 PM. They will then split into teams and the walk will be from 6-7 PM.
Again, be advised that an organized group of Big Spring residents will be taking part in a Block Walk throughout Big Spring’s District 4 area to remind residents that Election Day is tomorrow and that they are a crucial part of the turnout for this election because they will be voting for a Big Spring City Council District 4 representative and selecting their choice for mayor.
The 4th Annual Asthma Camp by Scenic Mountain Medical Center will be next week from June 10-June 12th. This free camp will be held from 8 am to 5 pm at the Dora Roberts Community Center in Big Spring, located at 100 Whipkey Drive.
Children must be between the ages of 8-12 years old to attend the camp. To register, follow the link - https://bit.ly/2EX5UgR
Approximately 1 in 5 crashes in Texas involves distracted driving, which continues to be a problem in the state, even after a state law banned texting and driving in 2017.
TxDOT Executive Director James Bass stated that the message is no longer just a public safety suggestion to urge Texans to avoid distraction while operating a vehicle, it’s to remind them that the law forbids such activity.
The statewide texting while driving ban could be helping a little. According to recent data, the number of crashes involving distracted driving in Texas decreased by 6% when comparing the 12-month periods before and after the statewide texting-while-driving ban took effect on September 1, 2017. Then in 2018, TxDOT introduced “Heads up, Texas” to address the new law with a new call to action.
The “Heads up, Texas” campaign is a key component of #EndTheStreakTX, a broader word-of-mouth and social media effort that encourages drivers to make safer choices while behind the wheel. Since November 2, 2000, at least one person has died on Texas roadways every single day. #EndTheStreakTX asks all Texans to commit to driving safely to help end the streak of daily deaths on our roadways.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, DPS Troopers responded to the collision at FM 1379 and East CR 120, just 13 miles east of Midland on Monday at approximately 5:40 PM. The preliminary investigation revealed that Daniel Carreno-Hernandez, 24-year-old male of Midland and the driver of a 2015 Mack truck-tractor, was traveling north on FM 1379, when Teffoni Phillips, 34-year old female from Stanton and the driver of a 2017 Jeep Wrangler, failed to yield the right of way at the stop sign on E. CR 120 and thus struck the semi.
It was noted that both drivers had their seatbelts on at the time of the crash. The juveniles riding with Phillips were also secure in their child safety seats. Phillips and a male juvenile passenger were transported to Midland Memorial Hospital with non-incapacitating injuries. The female juvenile passenger was transported to University Medical Center in Lubbock, where she later pronounced deceased.
The driver of the Mack truck tractor was not injured.
Press release sent from the Howard County Road and Bridge Department:
According to Howard County Road & Bridge Engineer, Brian Klinksiek, the Howard County Road & Bridge Department will be placing concrete barriers across the intersection of Moore School Road and County Road 21 today. This is due to the location being flooded the week of May 27, 2019 and water remains too high for safe passage by the public. The barrier rails will remain in place until the water subsides enough that the roadbed can dry out enough to bear the weight of oil field traffic.
The public is advised to follow the marked detour and not to cross the road closures at CR 21 & Leatherwood, Moore School and CR 23, as well as Moore School Road.
Anyone who has questions should feel free to contact the Howard County Road & Bridge Department at 432?264?2280 between 7:30 A.M. & 4:00 P.M.
The C C Riders 19th Annual Car Show and Sonic Cruise will be this weekend, Friday, June 7th – 8th in Colorado City.
Registration for the cruise will be at 6 PM on Friday, at the Railhead Building, and the cruise begins at 7 PM in downtown Colorado City. The Cruise Radio Show will also be broadcasted on KVMC 1320 - KAUM 107.1 on Friday from 6-9 PM. Cruise Awards for the Top 10 Cruisers will be given out on Friday at 9 PM.
The Car Show will be on Saturday inside and outside of the Railhead building. Registration for that will be from 8 am until 12 noon. T-shirts and dash plaques will be available for the first 75 show entries. Plus, food and drinks will be available at the show. Car Show awards will be given at 3 PM on Saturday.
During the event pinstriping by Texas Famous Pablo from Texas Car Wars will be available. For appointments and more information, contact Scott Free 325-242-0929.
C C Riders is a non-profit organization, and all proceeds will benefit a scholarship fund for local graduates and donations to the local mission and Kiwaniannes toy drive.
Tomorrow evening, Texas Country artists Mike Ryan, William Clark Green, and Casey Donahue will be performing at the 2nd annual FMH Foundation’s Song Swap at the Spring in Big Spring.
Tickets are still on sale at the Big Spring CVB, located at 113 E. 3rd St. General admission is $12 per person, and can also be purchased at stubwire.com. VIP tickets are $20 each. Be advised that ticket prices do not include taxes. Be sure to purchase your tickets early, because the prices will increase at the gate.
You will be allowed to bring in a chair for the concert but be advised that the NFL Bag Policy will be enforced. There will also be no re-entry allowed, meaning if you leave the event, you will not be allowed back in. The Main Entrance will be located at the SM Energy Pavilion with parking near Dora Roberts Community Center. Gates will open at 5:00PM with music beginning at 6:30pm.
According to City Ordinance no alcohol is allowed in the Historic Spring Plaza but speakers along with a video wall of a live feed of the performers will be set up at the SM Energy Pavilion.
For more information, contact the Big Spring CVB at 432-263-8235.
According to our news partners at CBS 7, on May 26th, Big Spring resident Lana Munoz was surprised to feel her car sinking into what she thought was a puddle near the corner of Donley and 13th in Big Spring. Thankfully, she was able to escape her vehicle without physical injury before it took a nosedive into a massive hole created by a busted water main.
Shane Bowles, Public Works Director for the City of Big Spring, explained that there had not been a hole in the area prior to the leak. The hole resulted from the amount of water and pressure that arose from the break in the pipe.
"It's just caused by a 20-inch water leak that occured. There's so much water that comes out of a 20-inch that surfaced and created the hole there."
When asked how the City plans to repair the hole and keep others from falling in, Bowles stated, "Right now the City does have barricades around the hole. We're waiting for the rain to let up so we can empty the water that is currently sitting in there. Once that is dry, we'll be able to backfill and repave it."
Bowles advised that once the hole is dried out he anticipated that refilling it would take about a day, and the repaving it would take an extra day after that.
Today is the last day to make it over the Howard County Courthouse for Early Voting in the Run-Off Election. The Howard County Elections Office will be open from 7 AM to 7 PM today so registered Big Spring voters can cast their votes for one of the mayoral candidates. Big Spring residents living in District 4 will also have an opportunity to vote for their new City Council representative.
Run-off Candidates for Mayor of Big Spring are Shannon Thomason and Debbie Wegman. Run-off Candidates for Big Spring City Council District 4 are Shonda Folsom and Gloria McDonald.
On Election Day, June 8th, voters will be able to vote at any of the voting centers from 7 AM to 7 PM. Voting centers throughout Howard County are located at Ryan Hall, First Baptist Church, Dorothy Garrett Coliseum, or Coahoma Community Center.
As of the end of yesterday, there have been a total of ### votes casted during Early Voting.
Be advised that due to recent amounts of rainfall there are several road closures throughout Howard County. As of yesterday afternoon, the Howard County Sheriff’s Office noted 11 road closures around the county – Moore School; County Roads- 21, 29, 34, 35, 37, and 24; Salem; Old Colorado City Rd; McGregor, and Culp. For a more details on those closures, visit the KBest Media Facebook page or the Facebook page for the Howard County Sheriff’s Office.
According to Howard County Volunteer Fire Chief Mitchell Hooper, there have been 8 high-water rescues conducted by the Volunteer Fire Department in less than a month. He noted that usually, they only have about 1-2 rescues per year.
"The county has been putting out road barriers and cones trying to keep people off the roads that are flooded. They've had people moving them, going around them, and, eventually, we end up going to rescue them," said Chief Hooper.
Chief Hooper advised that the barricades are up for your protection.
"We're risking our lives [and] our equipment," continued Hooper. "
We've already had to put two brush trucks in the barn, and we're probably going to have to put our two big pumpers in to have the fluids changed from driving throug the high water to rescue people [because] the water gets into the fluids and stuff."
He went on to remind the public to be cautious when approaching rushing water, and if can’t see the road “Turn around, don’t drown”.
(Image used from Howard County Sheriff's Facebook page.)
West Texas VA Health Care System to implement VA Mission Act of 2018 on June 6, 2019.
On Thursday, June 6th, the West Texas VA Health Care System will undergo the implementation of the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act of 2018, also called the VA MISSION Act of 2018. Under this health care legislation, Veterans can expect a variety of improvements to community care.
Here, Dr. Shawkat “Shaw” Dhanani, Chief of Staff for the West Texas VA Health Care System, told KBest News that it will make it easier for veterans to be deferred to the care in the community, and streamlines it.
Dr. Dhanani advised that the eligibility criteria will be changed, so instead of 30-day wait times for primary care and mental health, it’ll be changed to 20 days. For specialty care, the wait time will change to 28 days.
Dr. Dhanani went on to explain that the VA is more familiar with the unique needs of veterans, which will result in better care and more coordination if they can provide the care. He also noted that the average wait time within the VA is shorter than within the community.
For more information on this the VA MISSION Act of 2018, check out the fact sheets below.
This week, June 3rd through June 7th, is the 6th annual Wound Care Awareness Week.
Currently, 6.7 million people in the United States are living with chronic wounds. Due to the lack of awareness of advanced wound care, the vast majority of these people do not receive the treatment they need and deserve.
This week is dedicated to raising awareness of advanced wound care and its benefits to every patient living with chronic, non-healing wounds. Through this effort, Scenic Mountain Medical Center will raise awareness of the chronic wound problem and help community physicians identify patients who may benefit from advanced wound care.
Thursday night, the Big Spring Area Community Foundation President Drew Mouton distributed a total amount of over $364,000 was distributed locally in the form of 23 scholarships and 24 grants to local organizations.
A few of the grant recipients from Thursday night included the Heritage Museum of Big Spring, CASA, Food2Kids Big Spring, Hangar 25 Air Museum, Hope Foundation and the Howard County,Tx Volunteer Fire Dept.
When closing out the presentation, Mouton reminded that the Big Spring Area Community Foundation is not the charity, only the conduit between the donor and their charity. He noted that they just agree to administer the funds, take care of it and keep it invested.
Last week, Permian Basin Regional Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Howard County Juvenile Detention teamed up for a cigarette clean-up at the Kidz Zone inside of Comanche Trail Park.
Rebecca Baker, Youth Prevention Coordinator for PBRCADA in Big Spring, told KBest News that thanks to Juvenile Probation Youth and Forsan 5th grader PBRCADA was able to get cans purchased, painted, and decorated cigarette butt disposal cans to place out in the Kidz Zone at Comanche Trail Park.
According to Baker, the cans are not chained down but they are weighted with 50 pounds of sand. She hopes that the public will be aware of what the cans are for, use them, and be respectful of their purpose for others to use.