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More entries needed for talent competition "Big Spring's Got Talent" on Feb. 1, 2020.


The Greater Big Spring Rotary Club is calling for a variety of talent to enter their first talent competition “Big Spring’s Got Talent” that will be held on Feb. 1st in the Big Spring Municipal Auditorium. The competition is open to everyone, even those outside of Big Spring, and features a talent category and a visual arts category.

 

Barney Dodd with the Greater Big Spring Rotary Club, told KBest News that they need more entries.

 

"Right now we don't have enough entries. We're gonna need a minimum number of entries for this thing to kick off," said Dodd. He also stated that the organization currently had a total of 15 entries and would like to have at least 10 visual art entries and, possibly, 20 talent entries.

 

Visual art entries, such as photography, paintings, or sculptures, will be displayed in the Mezzanine of Hotel Settles from Jan. 27th – Feb. 1st for the public to vote on. Cash prizes for the competition range from $100 to $500. Talent entries will have a 3-5 minute presentation on Feb. 1st, 2020.

 

Students can enter the competition for free, and entry fee for adults is $25. Tickets for the event are $15 for adults, $7.50 for students, and children age 5 and under enter for free. He noted that alcoholic drinks would be available to purchase at the event. Tickets will go on sale Jan. 15, 2020.

 

Money raised from the event will be used to purchase a new scoreboard for Memorial Stadium in Big Spring. According to Dodd, the scoreboard has been in use since the stadium opened in 1956.

 

For more information, or to request an application email Hayley Herrera, Big Spring Community Services Director, at hherrera@mybigspring.com, or Barney Dodd at barney@badeventstx.com, or call Barney at 432-755-9529.

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"A Taste of Big Spring a Chamber Extravaganza" set for Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.


"A Taste of Big Spring- A Chamber Extravaganza" will be on Friday, February 7th from 5:30pm-8pm at the Howard County Fair Barn.

 

The format will be different but the recipients for Man and Woman of the Year, the Russ McEwen Community Award will still be announced, and the gavel will be passed from outgoing Board President Randy Johnson to the incoming Board President Mark Richardson.

 

The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce is also excited to announce the first 5 recipients of the 5 UNDER 55 awards. Nominees must display leadership qualities and have some community involvement. Nominations for this award are currently being accepted. The deadline is January 29th. Nomination forms can be picked up from the Chamber office located at 215 W. 3rd St. Those nominating individuals must be a Chamber member and in good standing with the Chamber.

 

For more information about the 5 UNDER 55 awards, being a sponsor or getting a booth call the Chamber at 432-263-7641.

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Big Spring's Got Talent continues to accept applicants. Local and non-local talent encouraged to apply.


The Greater Big Spring Rotary Club is excited to announce “Big Spring’s Got Talent”: a city-wide talent show! They are looking for Big Spring’s most talented, which could include singers, dancers, comedians, and even the visual arts. The event will take place on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at the beautiful and historical Municipal Auditorium. All ages are welcome to compete. Talents that include singing, dancing, or comedy will take place on February 1st at 7:30 PM, while visual arts talents will be on display on the Mezzanine at the Hotel Settles January 27th -February 1st for judging by the citizens of Big Spring. We encourage talents of all levels and ages to join and try out!

 

The Greater Big Spring Rotary Club will continue to take applications until they have enough participants. The show is open to Big Spring residents as well as all surrounding areas. Entry fee is $25 for adults and students can enter for free.

 

For an application or for more information, please contact Barney Dodd at 432- 755-9529 or Hayley Herrera at hherrera@mybigspring.com or 432-264-2516.

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2020 Census workers needed for the Big Spring Area.


The U.S. Census Bureau is currently recruiting to fill hundreds of thousands of temporary positions across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count. The census results are used to determine representation in Congress, and they help inform how billions of dollars are distributed for hospitals, schools, roads, and more.

 

Just in the Big Spring area alone, the U.S. Census Bureau is looking to hire 300 people, that’s according to Charlie Carrizalez, Recruiting Manager for the U.S. Census Bureau. The temporary jobs will run from late January to September 2020 and offers competitive wages that are paid weekly. The hours are flexible and workers can work up to 40 hours per week.

 

The U.S. Census Bureau will be holding two job fairs at the Workforce Center at Howard College on Monday, Dec. 30th, at 3 PM, and on Friday, Jan. 3rd, also, at 3 PM. For more information or to apply, visit 2020census.gov/jobs.

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Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce begins new "5 under 55" recognition.


The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce is shaking things up for 2020 with the new format that’s to come for their annual Chamber Extravaganza. This year there will be a new set of awards that will recognize 5 individuals under the age of 55 for their community involvement and leadership qualities. 

 

"We've honored "Man and Woman of the Year" and we have a lot of those people that we've honored and recognized. So, we have another set of group and generation of future leaders and people that are doing amazing things in our community and we want to take that time to honor them as well," said Manny Negron, member of the Board of Directors for the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce.

 

To be nominated for the award, the nominee must be under 55 years old, must have had some community involvement, and show leadership qualities. The nominees will be announced prior to the event, "A Taste of Big Spring a Chamber Extravaganza", on Feb. 7, 2020. They will then be recognized at the Chamber Extravaganza.

 

Nominations are being accepted now and those forms can be picked up at the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce, located at 215 W. 3rd St. The person nominating someone for 5 under 55 recognition, must be a chamber member and be in good standing with the Chamber. The deadline to turn in nominations is January 29, 2020.

 

For more information, contact the Chamber office at 432-263-7641.

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Eating Healthy for the Holidays


The holiday season brings together families, friends, and several traditional and new holiday dishes to be shared. For those who have been watching their caloric intake, this festive season can be difficult.

 

Sandy Taylor, AgriLife County Extension Agent for Family and Community Health for Howard County, tells KBest Media that the best way to avoid over-indulgence is just to be mindful of what you eat. She suggests that prior to going out to a party or big meal to eat eat a few fruits and vegetables so you're not tempted to overindulge at the party.

 

Taylor went on to say that when your cooking to think about ways to cut down on fats and sugars, such as possibly substituting applesauce for certain oils when making cookies. 

 

For more tips on making healthier holiday choices, visit: https://www.choosemyplate.gov/ten-tips-make-healthier-holiday-choices

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DPS Increases Enforcement Efforts to Help Keep Texas Roads and Drivers Safe This Holiday


 

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) wants to remind all Texans to do their part to celebrate the holiday season responsibly by obeying traffic laws, practicing safe driving habits and using extra caution when traveling on Texas roads. Throughout the Christmas (Dec. 20-29) and New Year’s holidays (Dec. 31-Jan. 1), DPS Troopers will be increasing enforcement in an effort to increase safety on Texas roads. Troopers will be on the lookout for intoxicated drivers, speeders, seat belt violators and other dangerous drivers.

 

“The holiday season gives us many reasons to celebrate with friends and family, and it’s up to every one of us to make sure that we do so responsibly, including driving without distractions and obeying traffic laws as we travel during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “DPS Troopers will increase their patrols, along with many other law enforcement partners across the state, throughout the remainder of the year. Troopers will be on the lookout for anyone violating the law and will remove dangerous drivers from our roadways — all in an effort to protect the public during the holidays.”

 

During the 2018 Christmas and New Year’s holiday enforcement periods, DPS Troopers issued nearly 100,000 citations and warnings for a variety of violations, including speeding, no insurance and seat belt/child safety seat usage. In addition, DPS enforcement efforts resulted in 353 felony arrests, 348 fugitive arrests and 351 DWI arrests.

 

DPS offers the following tips to help drivers have a safe journey on our roadways during the holidays:

 

  • Do not drink and drive. Make alternate travel plans if you are consuming alcohol.
  • If you can Steer It, Clear It: If you are involved in a non-injury crash and your vehicle can be moved, clear the traffic lanes to minimize the impact on traffic. Leaving vehicles in a traffic lane not only increases traffic congestion, but it also leaves those involved with an increased risk of harm and chance for a secondary collision. On some highways, it is actually a violation of the law to not move your vehicle over when it is safe to do so.
  • Move Over or Slow Down for police, fire, EMS, Texas Department of Transportation vehicles and tow trucks stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated. Also, show the same courtesy to fellow drivers stopped along the road.
  • Slow down — especially in bad weather, construction areas, heavy traffic and unfamiliar areas.
  • Eliminate distractions while driving, including the use of mobile devices. Texas law prohibits using a portable wireless device to read, write or send an electronic message unless the vehicle is stopped.
  • Buckle up everyone in the vehicle — it’s the law.
  • Drive defensively, as holiday travel may present additional challenges.
  • Don’t drive fatigued — allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
  • If you see a road hazard or if you observe anything suspicious, report it to the nearest law enforcement agency.
  • On multi-lane roadways, use the left lane for passing only. Not only is it courteous driving and avoids impeding traffic, Texas law requires slower traffic to keep to the right and to only use the left lane for passing (when posted).
  • Before your trip begins, make sure your vehicle is properly maintained and always double check to make sure all cargo is secure.
  • Monitor weather and road conditions wherever you are traveling. For road conditions/closings in Texas, visit Drive Texas.

 

Police agencies, including the Texas Highway Patrol, will also increase enforcement efforts over the Christmas holiday as part of Operation CARE (Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort).

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Isaiah 58 gives toys away to clients for Christmas.


Local food pantry Isaiah 58 in Big Spring held their 1st annual Toy Drive this month. Toy donations were accepted at Evita’s Fine Mexican Restaurant, Star Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Big Spring, Anytime Fitness, and Big Spring Chiropractic. John Loveless, Public Relations for Isaiah 58, told KBest News that they were also able to get additional uncirculated toys from the West Texas Food Bank.

 

On Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, Isaiah 58 was able to invite their clients in to pick up free toys to help make their family’s Christmas just a little bit better. When asked what brought about this idea, Loveless stated, "We want to become more of a presence to help out and assist our community."

 

"We want to make sure that Big Spring has every resource it needs. We have all sorts of things going on in town. We have higher education and everything else like that, but what we don't have is a gathering for the community to express embetterment to our own community. We want to promote shop locally, stay local, but we also want to promote that, locally, you can get assistance if you are needing it," said Loveless.
 

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Troy M. Hogue Memorial on 12/30/19.


Monday December 30, 2019, will mark the 25th Anniversary of the tragic loss of Trooper Troy M. Hogue. Troy was not only a fellow law enforcement officer; he was a great friend to many of this community. He was born and raised in here in Howard County. In 2012 the Joint Law Enforcement Center was opened and named the Troy M. Hogue Law Enforcement in his honor.

 

To remember Troy, the Howard County Sheriff’s Office, Big Spring Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety, will have a special wreath ceremony starting at 1:00pm at the Law Enforcement Center, 3613 W. Hwy 80. We have invited members of Troy’s family as well as all his co-worker that worked with him throughout his career. We would also like to invite you, the members of the community to join us for this time of remembrance of Troy M. Hogue.

 

 

Sheriff Stan Parker
Chief Chad Williams

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Fatal crash in Midland County on 12-20-19 kills 1 and leaves another in critical condition.


A fatal crash was reported in Midland County on Friday afternoon. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, DPS Troopers responded to a crash at State Highway 137, just 5 miles south of Stanton. The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2017 Dodge Ram pickup was traveling south on State Highway 137 at a high rate of speed when it collided into a semi-trailer. The driver, identified as Eric Bryce Lozano, 30 of Granbury, TX, sustained incapacitating injuries and was noted to be in critical condition as of Sunday evening. His passenger, Lauren Taylor Gillum, 26, also, of Granbury, was killed as a result of the crash. The driver of the semi-trailer sustained no injuries.

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City, County, DPS Holiday Closures for Big Spring and Howard County.


Big Spring city offices and Howard County offices will have closures this week for the holidays.

In observance of the Christmas holidays, all City offices, including the Landfill, will close at 3 PM on Monday, December 23, 2019. All offices will remain closed on Tuesday, December 24th, and Wednesday, December 25th. Customers are advised that sanitation collection will remain on schedule thanks to our dedicated Sanitation Truck Drivers who will be working on Christmas Eve! All City offices will resume normal business hours on Thursday, December 26th.

 

All essential services (Police, Fire, and EMS) will operate normally during the holiday. The Emergency Utility Department will also continue normal operations during the holiday and can be reached at 264- 2392.

 

All Howard County offices will be closed for the Christmas Holiday beginning at noon, tomorrow, Dec. 24th. They will be closed all day on Wednesday, Dec. 25th and Thursday, Dec. 26th. Howard County offices will re-open for regular business hours on Friday, Dec. 27th.

Sheriff’s Administrative Offices will be closed but Law Enforcement Services will operate as normal.

 

DPS offices including the Driver License office will be closed today through Thursday, Dec. 26th and will re-open on Friday, Dec. 27th. They will also be closed Dec. 31st and Jan. 1st for New Years.

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Arguello Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon; sentenced to 10 years in prison.


Noe Adrian Arguello was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he plead guilty to Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon on Monday morning, 12/16/19, in the 118th Judicial District Court in Big Spring. 

 

According to District Attorney Hardy Wilkerson, Arguello, now an ex-marine, had been arrested for shooting his ex-girlfriend twice with a .22 riffle back in February 2019. Although, the 16-year-old victim was shot once in each shoulder, she made a quick recovery and was able to return to athletics within two weeks.

 

Wilkerson told KBest News that the ultimate punishment in a charge like this is no less than 2 years and no more than 20 years and up to a $10,000 fine. 

 

Wilkerson told KBest News that after some discussions, a 10-year sentence was acceptable by the family and accepted by the defense.

 

"[The family] wanted him to go to prison. They were intent on that and this satisfied their goals, and this would, more or less, put him out of [the victim's] life for the duration," said Wilkerson.

 

"We thought in the terms of judicial economy, getting the case over with, not having to worry about appellate issues or anything of that nature, we determined it would be in the best interest of justice to plea him out to 10 years and send him to prison."

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Grace Fellowship Church of God welcomes public to free concert on Jan. 6, 2020.


Grace Fellowship Church of God, 603 Tulane Ave, in Big Spring will have a FREE worship concert on Monday Night, January 6th, 2020 at 7 PM with award-winning Christian Rock band Seventh Day Slumber, and Christian recording artist Nathan Sheridan.

 

Admission is free, but they will be take up a love offering during the concert.

 

Doors open at 6:30 PM. For more information, or to reserve space for large groups, please call Mark Smithson at 620-719-8067.

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Family Faith Center holds Blessing of Warmth Coat and Ham Giveaway.


On Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, the Family Faith Center located at 810 E. 11th Place in Big Spring, held their Blessing of The Warmth Coat and Ham Giveaway. The event began with a service to get the spirit of Christmas kicked off and prayer with those in attendance before the crowd moved to the gym. There, the volunteers welcomed everyone and coats, hams and canned goods were distributed.

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Big Spring Veterinary Diagnostic Hospital celebrates Grand Re-opening and partnership with Texas Tech University's School of Veterinary Medicine.


Earlier today, Big Spring Veterinary Diagnostic Hospital, located at 3404 E. FM 700, celebrated their Grand Re-Opening of their expanded hospital. They were joined by the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce and their ambassadors, as well as by other community members.

 

The hospital has expanded from approximately 1600 sq. ft. to 7000 sq. ft. This expansion includes a new surgical suite, new isolation area, updated lobby and a radiology department. Their advanced diagnostic equipment which includes: digital radiography, video otoscope, ultra-sound, and CT.

 

During the event, Dr. Sandy Hurwitz, General Partner for the Big Spring Veterinary Diagnostic Hospital announced that the facility is one of 14 veterinary hospitals that will be a teaching hospital for Texas Tech University’s new School of Veterinary Medicine that is set to open in Fall 2021.

 

Dr. Guy Loneragan, Dean of Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine in Amarillo and guest speaker for the event, told KBest News that he was excited to work with the state of the art facility and it's great team.

 

“We get to be able to provide students with hands-on real-world experience in the best vet clinic, so that’s fun! It’s exciting," said Dr. Loneragan. 

 

"It really makes for us to have an exceptional program for the students when they can come to practices like this and work with veterinarians like Dr. Hurwtiz and teams like this. So, really, our success as a school of veterinary medicine is completely dependent on communities like Big Spring, and practices like the Big Spring Veterinary Diagnostic Hospital.”

 

Dr. Loneragan told KBest News that their plan is to begin their admissions process for the Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine in December of 2020 and have their first pioneering class of students in the Fall of 2021.

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FREE Comedy Shows in Big Spring, Dec. 19-20th.


The holidays can be stressful for many people, but you can relieve that stress with laughs at the free comedy shows in Big Spring this week.

 

CNGI Entertainment will have a free comedy show tomorrow night, 12/19/19, at Hotel Settles. This show is recommended for 18 and up, and a cash only bar will be available. Show starts at 7:30 PM and features local comics - Sergio Cervantes, Redd Giles, Nano That Funny Guy, Adrienne Green, and the Potasyos.

 

 

 

 

On Friday night, 12/20/19, actor and stand-up comedian Marc Price, who portrayed “Skippy” from the television show “Family Ties”, will be performing with MSPN Entertainment at the Desert Flower Art Bar in downtown Big Spring. This is a free comedy show, courtesy of the Desert Flower located at 123 S. Main, and will feature Big Al Gonzales, and will be hosted by Michael Shields! Show starts at 9:30 PM.

 

 

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Crime Stoppers requests for help in identifying and locating Aggravated Robbery suspects


Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help in locating and identifying Aggravated Robbery Suspects. On the 11th of December 2019, at approximately 7:20 P.M., Big Spring Police Department Officers were dispatched to Posh Nail & Spa located in the 1700 block of Gregg Street in reference to Aggravated Robbery.


Upon arrival, officers learned from witnesses that a Hispanic/male wearing dark clothing and a hoodie with his face covered with a dark color bandana and another unknown male subject wearing a white t-shirt and light colored mask and head cover, entered the building and approached an employee demanding money. The Hispanic/male was displaying a handgun. The male subjects were given a bag of money and they quickly left the store.


Officers obtained video of the actors moments before they entered the business and found that one of the actors was not yet concealed.


Crime Stoppers is offering UP TO $1000.00 to the FIRST person who can provide information that identify the actor.


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You can also call the TIPS line at 432-263-8477 (TIPS) you will remain anonymous and no caller ID is ever used. Or use the new P3tips.com software and you can submit your tip online we have and it is also completely anonymous. Remember you can earn up to a $1000.00 Dollar CASH reward if you're the first caller with information that leads to the arrest of the person(s) involved. That’s a CASH REWARD.. You don't have to tell your wife, husband, or anyone if you're the first caller with information that leads to an arrest and you receive the reward!!! Please keep the ID Tip number that you receive when you submit your tip on P3tips.com. DO NOT LOSE YOUR TIP NUMBER.

 

Please reference case # 2-19-04939 in your tip.
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to assist with Angel Tree preparation.


The Salvation Army of Big Spring is in desperate need for volunteers to help in organize Angel Tree items for this Saturday’s distribution date.

 

According to Lt. Charlsie Godwin with the Salvation Army of Big Spring, the items have to checked to ensure that children are getting appropriate items. She also stated that they also try their best to add extra items where needed, and to create bags for those Angels tags that were not returned. Lt. Godwin also noted that they also need help organizing their toy tables and clothing items.

 

Volunteers will be welcomed today through Friday, from 9 am – 7 pm at the Boys and Girls Club, located at 811 W. 5th St. in Big Spring. Lt. Godwin advised that all ages are welcomed to help, but those under 16-years-old will require adult supervision.

 

In addition to volunteering your time to help get these items ready for pick-up on Saturday, the Salvation Army is also asking for blankets, heaters, bedding, and socks for their senior Angels to be donated. They are also requesting loafs of bread or packages of rolls to be donated for their family food boxes that will also be distributed.

 

For more information, contact the office of the Salvation Army in Big Spring at 432-267-8239.

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Murder Investigation Update by BSPD


The Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigations Division has been actively investigating the murder of Chandon Dakota Davlin, that occurred on the December 11, 2019 in the 300 block of San Jacinto. On December 12th, 2019, a probable cause affidavit was submitted to a magistrate requesting a warrant be issued for Brian Christopher Lewis black/male 35 years of age, for the offense of Murder. An arrest warrant was issued and Investigators attempted to locate his whereabouts. On the 15 th of December 2019 at approximately 1:00 A.M., Lewis was captured in the 1000 block of E. 6 th . Lewis was arrested for the Murder of Chandon Dakota Dalvin, a Bondsman off Bond warrant, a Terroristic Threat warrant and a Theft of Property over $750 warrant. Lewis was booked into the Howard County Jail and is awaiting arraignment by a magistrate.

 

This continues to be an ongoing investigation and no further information is available at this time. The Big Spring Police Department urges anyone with information relating to this incident to call CrimeStoppers at (432) 263-TIPS (8477) or use the P3tips.com software to submit your tip online. Remember no caller ID is ever used and all tips are anonymous.

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Space Heater Safety


With temperatures forecasted to fall below freezing on Tuesday night in the Big Spring area, many people will be plugging in their portable electric space heaters for extra warmth. Although they can be a convenient source of supplemental heat for your home in cold weather, they can, also, pose significant fire and electric shock hazards if not used properly.

 

According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, a non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety at home and in the workplace, fire and electrical hazards can be caused by space heaters without adequate safety features, as well as, space heaters placed near combustibles, or space heaters that are improperly plugged in.

 

 “I’m not saying don’t use space heaters,” said Big Spring Fire Chief Craig Ferguson. “I have a couple at my house, but plug them directly into the wall and use them as designed. That’s all I ask.”
 
Safety should always be a top consideration when using space heaters. Here are some tips for keeping your home safe and warm when it’s cold outside:

 

  • Make sure your space heater has the label showing that it is listed by a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Before using any space heater, read the manufacturer’s instructions and warning labels carefully.
  • Inspect heaters for cracked or broken plugs or loose connections before each use. If frayed, worn or damaged, do not use the heater.
  • Never leave a space heater unattended. Turn it off when you're leaving a room or going to sleep, and don't let pets or children play too close to a space heater.
  • Space heaters are only meant to provide supplemental heat and should never be used to warm bedding, cook food, dry clothing or thaw pipes.
  • Install smoke alarms on every floor of your home and outside all sleeping areas and test them once a month.
  • Proper placement of space heaters is critical. Heaters must be kept at least three feet away from anything that can burn, including papers, clothing and rugs.
  • Locate space heaters out of high traffic areas and doorways where they may pose a tripping hazard.
  • Plug space heaters directly into a wall outlet. Do not use an extension cord or power strip, which could overheat and result in a fire. Do not plug any other electrical devices into the same outlet as the heater.
  • Place space heaters on level, flat surfaces. Never place heaters on cabinets, tables, furniture, or carpet, which can overheat and start a fire.
  • Always unplug and safely store the heater when it is not in use.

 

 

Source: https://www.esfi.org/resource/space-heater-safety-tips-146

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2 vehicle fatality crash on 12-11-19 in Dawson County


A 2-vehicle crash in Dawson County on Wednesday morning resulted in the death of a 16-year old male from Lamesa.

 

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the crash occurred 13 miles southwest of Lamesa on FM 829 at approximately 8:17 AM on December 11th. The preliminary investigation revealed that the 16-year-old had been traveling south on FM 829 when his vehicle veered off the roadway, over-corrected, and lost control. The vehicle then entered the northbound lane where it collided with a 2015 Kenworth truck tractor towing a semi-trailer.

 

The 16-year-old driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

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Weekend Christmas Activities, Dec. 13 - 15, 2019


FRIDAY, Dec. 13

** 6:30 - 9:30 PM - 33rd annual Drive-Thru Nativity presented by First Church of the Nazarene @ 1400 Lancaster (Dec. 13 - 15, 2019)

 

With a cast of over 100 people and live animals, this beautiful luminary trail will lead you through the wonderful presentation of Christmas. The entrance to the Nativity Drive-Through is best approached from the west on Martin Luther King Boulevard and then turn south onto Lancaster. Free event, but donations are welcomed. For further information, call 432-267-7015.

 

** 6-10 PM, (nightly - Dec. 25th) - Comanche Trail of Lights @ Comanche Trail Park

 

Free display of lights, but donations are welcomed.

 

 

SATURDAY, Dec. 14

** 8 AM - 3 PM - Christmas Bazaar presented by Knights of Columbus at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish @ Family Center, 1009 Hearn St.

 

There will be breakfast, lunch, baked goods, and over 20 vendors to shop from.

 

** 10 AM - Coat and Ham Giveaway @ Family Faith Center, 810 E. 11th Pl.

 

Be advised, children must be present to receive a coat, and items will be given away on a first come, first served basis. For more information, contact 432-267-6001.

 

** 10 AM - Holiday Cookie Contest @ Heritage Museum of Big Spring, 510 Scurry St. in Big Spring. Deadline for entries is 1 PM.

 

Category winners will be chosen for most beautiful and most delicious. Must make 6 cookies for each category entry. The winners will be awarded a gift basket valued at $250 with kitchen gadgets, restaurant certificates, cook books and more. Winners will be announced at 3 PM.

 

** 10 AM - 2 PM - Toys for Joys Truck Drive @ Big Spring Ford, 500 W. 4th St.

 

Santa will be at Big Spring Ford from 10-2 pm, and the KBest Crew will be there from 12 - 2 PM. Deadline to turn in new, unwrapped toys is 5 PM. Each toy earns one entry for the framed autographed jersey for Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez. Toys will be donated to Salvation Army.

 

** 3-6 PM - Christmas in Coahoma, sponsored by the Coahoma Lions Club @ Coahoma Park.

 

Open to the community and will have hayrides and caroling, Christmas art projects for the kids, and a Special Visit from Santa from 3-5 PM. This community get together will also have free coffee, hot cocoa, popcorn and cookies.

 

** 7:30 PM - Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet @ Big Spring Municipal Auditorium

 

Tickets available at H-E-B. Cost is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and students are free. Children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

 

 

SUNDAY, Dec. 15

** 11 AM - 1 PM - Snaps and Snacks with Santa @ Ryan Hall, 605 N. Main, in the rear

 

Join the North Side Movement for photos with Santa and snacks.

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Male suspect steals cash and nicotine products from DK at 1801 S. Gregg in Big Spring, 12/10/19.


On the 10th of December at approximately 3:15 A.M., Big Spring Police Department officers were dispatched to the DK located at 1801 S. Gregg in reference to a Robbery. Upon arrival contact was made with witnesses and officers learned that an unknown male wearing a black and yellow hoodie, gloves and a mask walked into the store and threw a backpack onto the counter while displaying a hand gun and demanding money from the register. The male also demanded nicotine products to be placed in the backpack. The clerk complied with the demands and the male then quickly left the store last seen walking southbound on Gregg St with the currency and nicotine products in the backpack. This investigation has been assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division. No one was injured during this incident.

 

This is an ongoing investigation and there is no further information available at this time. The Big Spring Police Department urges anyone with information relating to this incident to call CrimeStoppers at (432) 263-TIPS (8477) or use the P3tips.com software to submit your tip online. Remember no caller ID is ever used and all tips are anonymous.

 

 

Chief of Police, Chad Williams

Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon

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Big Spring PD investigates robbery at Posh Nail & Spa.


On the 11th of December 2019 at approximately 7:20 P.M., Big Spring Police Department Officers were dispatched to 1703 S. Gregg (Posh Nail & Spa) in reference to a Robbery. Upon arrival officers learned from witnesses that a Hispanic/male wearing dark clothing and a hoodie with his face covered with a dark color bandana and another unknown male subject wearing a white t-shirt and light colored mask and head cover, entered the building and approached an employee demanding money. The Hispanic/male was displaying a handgun. The male subjects were given a bag of money and they quickly left the store. This investigation has been assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division. No one was injured during this incident.

 

This is an ongoing investigation and there is no further information available at this time. The Big Spring Police Department urges anyone with information relating to this incident to call CrimeStoppers at (432) 263-TIPS (8477) or use the P3tips.com software to submit your tip online. Remember no caller ID is ever used and all tips are anonymous.

 

 

Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon

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BSPD Investigates Murder that occurred on 12/11/19.


On the 11th of December at approximately 10:35 P.M., Big Spring Police Department officers were dispatched to the 300 block of San Jacinto in reference to a gunshot victim. Officers arrived on scene and found Chandon Dakota Davlin white/male 29 years of age, lying inside a residence with an apparent gunshot wound. Big Spring Emergency Medical Services arrived on scene though Davlin had already succumbed to his injuries. Davlin’s next of kin has been notified. The Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigations Division responded and is currently investigating this incident as a murder.

 

This is an ongoing investigation and there is no further information available at this time. The Big Spring Police Department urges anyone with information relating to this incident to call CrimeStoppers at (432) 263-TIPS (8477) or use the P3tips.com software to submit your tip online. Remember no caller ID is ever used and all tips are anonymous.

 

Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon

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Coahoma's Corely Signs with Sul Ross Lobos to play basketball


COAHOMA - Four years ago Caitlyn Corley knew what she wanted to do after high school. On Monday morning at the Coahoma High School auditorium, it became a reality when the Coahoma senior signed an agreement to play basketball for the Sul Ross State University Lobos. 

 

Sul Ross is a Division III school in Alpine. It plays in the American Southwest Conference and Katherine Novak is the women’s head basketball coach.

 

Corley, who plans to major in physical therapy, said Sul Ross is a good fit for her. 

 

"I had other schools contact me by e-mail, but I visited Sul Ross and I liked the place," Corley said. "I felt comfortable, at home there. I love coach Novak. I like what she's trying to do with the program, turn it around. I feel she's thinking about the best interest of the team."

Novak said Corley is a "great find" for her team. 

 

"I think Caitlyn Corley is going to be a great fit for our program," she said. "She is a natural competitor. She is hungry to win and get better and obviously has the skills to play at the next level."

 

Novak, Coahoma ISD Athletic Director Chris Joslin and Coahoma girls basketball coach Jim Kinnear all agree that it's Corley's drive that makes her special.

 

"She very dedicated and works very hard. She makes a lot of sacrifices. One of her goals was to make it to the next level,” Kinnear said.

 

"She is an awesome person and athlete," said Joslin. We challenged all of our athletes to commit to summer conditioning every day. Caitlyn took a big step in encouraging all the girls to show up and participate. She plays every sport we offer and excels at every one. Sul Ross is getting a great person as well as a great athlete.”

 

Novak already has plans for Corley. 

 

"My plans are to play her at a point guard position first. She has the ability to play off guard as well. She will add toughness to our team. Another aspect about Caitlyn's game that  really stands out is her leadership ability. She is very vocal on both ends of the court and vocal high school players always have an easier time transitioning to college," Novak said.

 

The 5-foot-8 Corley has participated in basketball, volleyball, track and field and softball throughout her career. Last year she was first team All-District in 5-3A in basketball. This year, she has led Coahoma to one its best basketball starts in recent history. 

 

The Bulldogettes are 7-2, coming off a second place finish at the O.W. Follis tournament in Lamesa last weekend. Corley is averaging 12 points per contest.  

 

"My freshman year I decided I wanted to play college basketball. Everybody told me I couldn't do it," said Corley. "I come from a small school with not much basketball tradition. I wanted to prove everybody wrong."

 

Indeed, she did.

 

(Photo taken by Megan Ditto, CISD Technology Director.)

 

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A bomb threat that was made against a "gym" at Big Spring ISD has been cleared by local law enforcement.


Earlier this morning, Big Spring Independent School District issued a message to parents and guardians of all students in their district advising of a bomb threat that they were made aware of at approximately 8 AM this morning. They noted that the threat had been made against a "gym" via an email to a school employee.  All students and staff were immediately evacuated from areas in close proximity to all gymnasiums across the district, and law enforcement was notified.

 

The Big Spring Police Department inspected all Big Spring ISD gymnasiums and they cleared all for occupancy. 

 

BSISD advised that the school district will consider any threat of this nature seriously and will always err on the side of caution to keep their students and staff safe and free from harm.

 

 

 

Facebook post from Big Spring ISD, 12/09/19 at 9:21 am:

 

UPDATE: The Big Spring Police Department has inspected all Big Spring ISD gymnasiums and they have been cleared for occupancy. We are thankful to the police department for their timely assistance and to our parents for their patience.

 

This message is for parents and guardians of all students on in the Big Spring ISD. Earlier today, at approximately 8:00 AM, District administration became aware of a bomb threat was made against “the gym” via an email to a school employee . All students and staff were immediately evacuated from areas in close proximity to all gymnasiums across the district, and law enforcement was notified. At this time, local law enforcement professionals and school administrators are evaluating the credibility of the threat and the safety of the building. If or when law enforcement officials determine it is safe to occupy the building, students and staff will return but not sooner. In the meantime, if you choose to get your student prior to our typical release time, please be prepared for a longer pick-up process than normal as we work together to account for all students. The school district will consider any threat of this nature seriously and will always err on the side of caution to keep your students and our staff safe and free from harm.

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MIDLAND MAN SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR ATTEMPTED ONLINE ENTICEMENT OF A MINOR


In Midland on Wednesday, 12/04/19, a federal judge sentenced 37-year-old Midland resident Cole S. Crocker to 20 years in federal prison for attempting to entice a minor into sexual activity, announced U.S. Attorney John F. Bash, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw and FBI Special Agent in Charge Luis Quesada, El Paso Division.

 

In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge David Counts ordered that Cole pay a $50,000 fine, pay a $5,000 special assessment under the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA), and be placed on supervised release for a period of ten years after completing his prison term.

 

“The defendant in this case attempted to have sex with an eight-year-old girl—eight years old. I would say that parents can rest easy with this man in federal prison, but there are so many more predators like him. We remain committed to the fight against child abuse,” stated U.S. Attorney Bash.

 

On September 4, 2019, a jury convicted Crocker of one count of attempted online enticement of a minor. Evidence presented at trial revealed that on March 22, 2019, Crocker responded to an online advertisement uploaded by an FBI undercover agent. Crocker began chatting with the undercover agent via messaging applications, and the conversation quickly turned graphic and sexual in nature. The undercover agent represented to Crocker that he had access to an eight-year-old girl for sex, and Crocker expressed interest. As the chats progressed, Crocker also engaged in several recorded phone conversations with the undercover agent where they discussed the logistics of a meet-up to have sex with the eight-year-old girl. Crocker was arrested later that evening when he arrived at the purported meeting location in Midland.

 

This investigation and arrest were the result of a joint operation between the Texas Department of Public Safety and the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Shane A. Chriesman is prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government.

 

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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Lewis recognized as Volunteer of the Year by national DAVA.


Yesterday, Clara Lewis of Big Spring was presented with the George H. Seal Memorial Award by DAV National Commander Dennis Nixon from the Disabled American Veterans Association for being the 2019 DAV Auxiliary George H. Seal Memorial Trophy recipient.

 

Each year, the prestigious George H. Seal Memorial Trophy honors one DAV and DAV Auxiliary member who have gone above and beyond in their service through the Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS) Program.

 

Lewis began her 44-year volunteering career when her late husband, a Vietnam veteran, was receiving care at the West Texas Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care System. During her tenure, she has dedicated approximately 44,000 hours of her own time to veterans, the DAV Auxiliary and the VA staff.

 

Lewis told KBest News that receiving the award was the biggest shock of her life and . When asked about how she felt about her time of service at the West Texas VA Health Care System, Lewis stated, "The veterans are why I come here. They are number one. They come before anyone else. If I can do anything to help a veteran, I will."

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TDLR permanently revokes Odessa man's Massage Therapist license


AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation has permanently revoked an Odessa man’s massage therapist license for engaging in prohibited sexual contact with two different women during massages.

 

Frank Garcia Acosta signed a settlement agreement with the Department revoking his massage therapist license for the rest of his life. The terms of the Agreed Order state that Acosta will never be eligible to practice massage therapy or own a massage establishment in Texas.

 

According to the agreed order, Acosta acknowledges that TDLR determined that he violated TDLR massage therapy rules by engaging in prohibited sexual conduct with two different clients.

 

Acosta signed a negotiated settlement agreement with TDLR acknowledging the accusations against him but without admitting to the alleged violations. In signing the agreement, Acosta agreed to the lifetime revocation of his Texas massage therapist license and agreed that he will never own a massage establishment in Texas.

 

“Most massage therapists are law-abiding care providers, but we will do what we need to do to protect the public from people who should not be in this profession,” said Brian E. Francis, TDLR executive director. “A lifetime ban from practicing massage therapy and from owning a massage establishment is the type of consumer protection that Texans deserve.”

 

About TDLR

TDLR provides regulatory oversight for a broad range of occupations, businesses, facilities, and equipment in Texas. The agency protects the health and safety of Texans by ensuring they are served by qualified, licensed professionals. Inspections of individuals, businesses, and equipment are done on a regular basis to safeguard the public. Currently, the agency regulates 38 business and occupational licensing programs with more than 1,000,000 licensees across the state.

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Christmas Activities in Big Spring, Dec. 5th - Dec. 8th, 2019


Thurs. Dec. 5th

5-6 pm @ Howard County Library, 500 S. Main St. – FREE photos with Santa

  • No registration is required. Must bring your own camera. First 100 kids will receive a free book. Sponsored by STAR CDJR and the Greater Big Spring Rotary Club.

 

6-9 pm in Big Spring – 1st Christmas Tour of Homes

  • Take a tour of 6 Big Spring homes/offices decorated wonderfully with Christmas spirit! Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the United Way Office on the corner of 3rd and Gregg in Big Spring, at Dazzling Décor, the Blue-Eyed Buffalo, or any United Way Board member. Tickets can also be purchased at the Alive After 5 event hosted by the United Way of Big Spring and Howard County from 5-6:30 pm at Hotel Settles on Thursday.
  • Limited VIP packages are also available. They include a personal chauffer for the evening, a goodie basket, and entry for 6 people. Contact Christian Fair for more info at 432-816-3573.

 

Fri. Dec. 6th

5:30 PM – 7 PM @ West Texas VA Health Care System, 300 W. Veterans Blvd. – Lighting of the Christmas Tree

  • Join the West Texas VA at the George H. O'Brien, Jr., Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center for our annual Lighting of the Tree ceremony.

 

Sat. Dec. 7th

8 AM – 5 PM @ Heritage Museum of Big Spring, 510 Scurry St. – Vintage Christmas

  • Breakfast with Santa – booked up, no spots are available for this
  • Shopping event with various Cowboys and Heels vendors

 

10 AM @ Forsan – 6th annual Christmas in Boomtown Parade

  • Parade begins at Forsan High School Cafeteria parking lot. It will travel south on Ave. H to 1st street, then it will move east towards Rex Avenue, and move north towards Main St. where it will travel west and end at the Church. After the parade there will be photos with Santa along with cookies and hot chocolate
  • Sponsored by the City of Forsan
  • To participate in the parade, contact Jenny Sayles at 816-6168.

 

2-5 PM @ Manny’s Janitorial Service, 1510 S. Scurry St., Suite A - Christmas with the Grinch

  • Free popcorn, hot chocolate, and photo opportunities with The Grinch.

 

5:30 PM @ Scurry St. – Big Spring Herald Annual Lighted Christmas Parade

  • Letters to Santa are due to the Big Spring Herald by Friday, Dec. 6th. These letters will be published in the December 22nd issue of the Big Spring Herald.

 

8 PM @ First United Methodist Church, 400 Scurry St. – Our Savior

  • "Our Savior" is a free event that includes the sounds of a live orchestra, FUMC’s Bridge Worship band, a fifty-member choir, and a Drum Line! Featuring songs by Bethel, Kari Jobe, Hillsong and a dramatic story line to go with it all!

 

Sun. Dec. 8th

11 AM – 3 PM @ Howard County Fair Barn – H-E-B Feast of Sharing

  • Free event that has planned to serve 5,000 meals to the community. Open to everyone and includes entertainment, a kids’ zone, and photo opportunities with Santa and H-E-B Buddy.

 

2-4 PM @ C. Larson Real Estate, 1600 S. Gregg St. – Jolly Jamboree

  • Photo opportunities with Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and the Grinch! You can also enjoy some Christmas music, hot cocoa and cookies, play on the bounce house and other fun surprises! This event is FREE and open to everyone!

 

6 PM @ First United Methodist Church, 400 Scurry St. – Our Savior

  • "Our Savior" is a free event that includes the sounds of a live orchestra, FUMC’s Bridge Worship band, a fifty-member choir, and a Drum Line! Featuring songs by Bethel, Kari Jobe, Hillsong and a dramatic story line to go with it all!

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Big Spring Police Department arrests 2 for Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance.


For the past couple months the Big Spring Police Department Narcotics Division has conducted investigations into the distribution of Crack Cocaine and Marijuana at 100 Lockhart Lot C.

 

On December 3, 2019 at approximately 2:00 P.M., a search warrant was executed at the location by the Big Spring Police Department Narcotics Division assisted by the Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigations Division. During the execution of the warrant two individuals, 39-year-old Brady Baldwin III and 30-year-old Devasia Jenae Green, as well as two children ages 9 months and 2 years were located inside of the residence. The two adults were found to be in possession of Marijuana, Crack Cocaine and over $1,000.00 in U.S. currency.

 

At the time of this media release the two children have been placed with Child Protective Services and the two adults were arrested and charged with the Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance PG1 4G<200G. Narcotics Investigators are expecting additional charges to follow at a later date as this investigation continues.

 

Brady Baldwin III 39 YOA

 

Devasia Jenae Green B/F 30 YOA

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Rainbow Trout Stocking at Comanche Trail Lake in Comanche Trail Park


Once again the City of Big Spring will be partnering with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department in stocking Comanche Trail Lake with Rainbow Trout. The first stocking will take place on December 3, 2019 and an additional stocking will occur on January 13, 2020. Over 4,000 catch-able size trout will be released into the lake during these 2 stocking dates. Below is an excerpt from a letter from Mr. Carl J. Kittel, Program Director – Trout – Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

 

“The goal of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s rainbow trout stocking program is to release catch-able size rainbow trout in select waters in Texas to provide a unique winter fishing opportunity, to provide additional fishing opportunities in urban areas and to provide support to educational fishing programs. Since 1966 the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has stocked rainbow trout into numerous locations around the state. To date the total number of trout stocked exceeds 8.2 million.

 

Lake must have water temperatures cool enough to sustain trout from December through February in most areas of the State. The stocking site must be open to the public and approved by the TPWD Inland Fisheries Biologist in your area. The trout remain the property of the state of Texas and subject to TPWD regulations.

 

Since 1994 the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has sought to expand this very popular program by creating partnerships with municipalities, corporations and special organizations with a common goal of providing unique winter fishing opportunities in Texas. By participating in the program, these entities ensure that this unique fishing opportunity continues to be available to the public in their area. Thanks again for your support and interest in participating in the program.”

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Murder Suspect arrested


On Thursday, November 28th, 2019 at approximately 8:34 P.M., Big Spring Police Department officers were dispatched to the 1900 block of S. Main in reference to a gunshot victim. Upon arrival officers found 34-year-old Pablo Viera Jr. to by laying outside of the residence with apparent gunshot wounds. Officers immediately began life saving measures.

 

Big Spring Fire/EMS services arrived on scene, took over for officers and immediately transported Viera to Scenic Mountain Medical Center for treatment. Big Spring Police Department Detectives were notified to respond. Viera later succumbed to his injuries sustained and was pronounced deceased at 9:00 P.M.

 

As a result of the investigation Jason Allen Partlow-Aguilar, 31, was arrested and charged with the murder of Viera.

 

This is an ongoing investigation and no further information is available at this time.

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