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Pipeline Safety in the Permian Basin

When anyone digs in Texas, whether planting a tree or digging the foundation of a skyscraper, there is a high probability of an underground utility line being within the site.  There's a whole world that lives beneath our feet, with infrastructure moving the supplies we need to run our homes, hospitals and businesses. From electrical and fiber optic lines to pipes carrying natural gas and water, it’s everyone’s responsibility to keep these underground assets safe.?

When you call two business days before you lay a new foundation, install a fence or plant a tree, you are doing the right thing to protect yourself, your neighbors and our underground resources.


Damage to underground utilities can result in costly disruptions to essential services, require expensive repairs and cause serious injury or death. If you don’t call Texas811 and you hit an underground line, you are responsible for paying to fix the damage.


Texas811 is the link between your plans to dig and their member utility companies.  Texas811 does not actually mark underground utilities. They notify utility companies of the planned excavation and they send locators to mark their lines.


Founded in 1984, the non-profit Texas811 is the largest one-call contact notification center in the country with more than 2,000 members.


Howard County Elections Office releases statistics from May 1, 2021 Local Elections

The Howard County Elections Office released some statistics and facts about the last city election that was held on Saturday, May 1, 2021.


In the City of Big Spring, District 2 had the lowest turnout for the election with only 6.87 percent. Out of 1,645 registered voters, only 113 people voted to choose their council representative.  District 4 had a 9.24 percent voter turnout. Out of 2,022 registered voters in District 4, there were 152 people who voted in the local election. The total cost per vote for the City of Big Spring was $81.41.


The City of Coahoma had the highest voter turnout with 19.74 percent of their registered voters casting ballots in the local city election. There are 608 registered voters in Coahoma and 120 people participated in the election. The total cost per vote for the City of Coahoma was $51.54. 


According to the Howard County Elections Office, the highest age group turnout was 65 to 74.


Governor Abbott, HHSC Announce Extension Of Emergency SNAP Benefits For May


AUSTIN – This week, Governor Greg Abbott announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is providing approximately $246 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits for the month of May as the state continues its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


"Thank you to the USDA for extending these crucial emergency SNAP benefits for the month of May," said Governor Abbott. "Through the continued extension of the benefits, Texas families have been able to provide for their families and put food on the table throughout the pandemic."  


"We will continue to provide additional support to Texans and their families during this pandemic so they can purchase nutritious foods with their SNAP benefits," said Texas HHS Access and Eligibility Services Deputy Executive Commissioner Wayne Salter.


HHSC received federal approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to extend the maximum, allowable amount of SNAP benefits to recipients based on family size, and all SNAP households will receive a minimum of $95 in emergency allotments.


The emergency May allotments are in addition to the more than $3.1 billion in benefits previously provided to Texans since April 2020.


Recipients will also continue to receive a 15 percent increase in their total benefits, which will continue monthly until September 2021. This 15 percent increase and the additional emergency allotment amount should appear in recipients’ accounts by May 31.


Administered by HHSC, SNAP is a federal program that provides food assistance to approximately 1.6 million eligible low-income families and individuals in Texas. Texans in need can apply for benefits, including SNAP and Medicaid, at or use the Your Texas Benefits mobile app to manage their benefits.


The Big Spring Art Association's Area Wide Art Show is now open through May 27, 2021.

The Big Spring Art Association’s Area Wide Art Show at the Heritage Museum in Big Spring is now open to the public! They celebrated their grand opening yesterday morning with a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce. 


According to Ruby Bruns, President of the BSAA, there are 85 entries that were submitted - an increase of 25 pieces from last year's show. 


Most of the works on display are for sale and can be purchased at the museum. The show will be open at the Heritage Museum until May 27, 2021.


This year’s show winners are as follow: 

Best of Show - Linda Rupard - "Breaking Silence"



1rst - Roseanna Enns - "Butterfly in September"

2nd -Robert Eshleman - "Stormy Evening"

3rd - Ikie Rupard - "South Pass Teton Mt"



1rst - Vicki Diggs - "Blue Pitchers"

2nd - Carolyn Walker - "Longhorns"

3rd - Doug Mays - "Flo"

Honorable Mention - Michelle Worthan - "Cosmic Bubbles"


Pastel/Pencil/Colored Pencil

1rst - Beth Henry - "Fairy of the Fall"

2nd - Melinda Segura - "Peach Delight"

3rd - Vicki Diggs - "Blue Pitcher"

Honorable Mention - Meghan Bias - "Broken Serotonin"



1rst - Linda Choate -"Autumn Rain"

2nd - Linda Choate - "First Lady, Second Act"

3rd - Linda Choate - "Life Reflected"

Honorable Mention - Linda Choate - "Dreams Awakened"



1rst - Kay Smith - "Pansy Party"

2nd - Estelle Howard - "Lodge in the Snow"

3rd - Annalisa Ramirez - "Hidden Feelings"


Mixed Media

1rst - Michelle Worthan - "Simply Golden"

2nd - Sami Cave - "Spring Elephant"

3rd - Ruby Bruns - "Windmill at Sunset"

Honorable Mention - Annalisa Ramirez - "Give Me Your Burdens"

Honorable Mention - Annalisa Ramirez - "Restless Female"



1rst - Saffron Pierson - "Untitled"

2nd - Carolyn Walker - "White Pot"



1rst - Linda Rupard - "Sail Away"

2nd - Kay Smith - "Barnyard Hen"

3rd - Sandee Lockhart - "Pink Pansy"

Honorable Mention - Sonja Booker - "Old Pump"


The Big Spring Art Association was formed in 1956. Their charter member Estelle Howard is 102 years old and she still paints. The organization meets every month, September - May, on the third Saturday of the month in the basement of the Howard County Library, located at 500 S. Main in Big Spring. For more information, visit their Facebook page for Big Spring Art Association.


National Day of Prayer observed in Howard County tomorrow, May 6, 2021

A National Day of Prayer event that will be held outside of the Howard County Courthouse tomorrow, May 6th, at 12:15 PM to pray for our city, state, and nation. According to Sam Segundo, Lead Pastor of the Family Faith Center of Big Spring, the public is invited to join local dignitaries and community representatives in this non-denominational event to pray for our community.


“This isn’t for the deep spiritual people around us. It’s just for all of us who want to see God’s goodness in our lives," said Pastor Segundo.


Again, the event begins at 12:15 PM on the east side of the Howard County Courthouse, 300 S. Main in Big Spring. The event is expected to last 30 minutes.



(Photo: National Day of Prayer in Howard County, 2019)


Suspect Arrested and Charged with Murder in Big Spring

From the Big Spring Police Department:


May 5th 2021


On the 4th of May 2021, at approximately 7:30 P.M., Big Spring Police Department officers and Big Spring Fire/EMS were dispatched to the Shell station located at 2501 S. Gregg for a male subject lying in the parking lot, unresponsive. Upon arrival, officers found the male subject to be Antonio Iglesias, Hispanic/Male 25 years of age, to have a laceration to his chest. Officers attempted life saving measures, but unfortunately, Iglesias succumbed to his injuries.


The Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigations Division arrived on scene. The preliminary investigation has found Iglesias was inside a small red vehicle at the Shell station when an altercation occurred and, shortly after, the door of the small red vehicle opened and Iglesias fell from the vehicle. The vehicle then departed the area. Detectives have found Iglesias suffered a stab wound to his chest.


On the 5th of May 2021, at approximately 3:00 A.M., Marcus Anthony Melendez, Hispanic/Male 19 years of age, was arrested for the murder of Antonio Iglesias and is currently being housed at the Howard County Jail awaiting arraignment.


The Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigations Division suspects additional individuals are involved in this incident and this is an ongoing investigation. The Big Spring Police Department urges anyone with information relating to this incident to call CrimeStoppers at (432) 263-TIPS (8477) or use the software to submit your tip online. Remember, no caller ID is ever used and all tips are anonymous. No further information will be released at this time.


Chief of Police, Chad Williams

Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon

CID Sergeant John Haynes


Sylvia Polanco CNA Scholarship established at Howard College 

The Sylvia Polanco CNA scholarship has been established at Howard College to help single moms and dads who are wanting to start their nursing career through the Howard College Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) program. Polanco, a 1971 Howard College graduate, was a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) for 34 years before retiring from the Big Spring State Hospital. After Polanco recently passed away, her daughter, Josette, wanted to honor her mother by establishing the scholarship to help others who want to enter the nursing field. 


Interested in making a donation to the scholarship fund? Contact Julie Bailey at or 432-264-5051.


Big Spring Councilman Nick Hilario Ornelas holds town hall meeting with constituents

A town hall meeting was held last week by Nick Hilario Ornelas, Big Spring City Councilman for District 1, to update his constituents on things that he’s been working on and to listen to their concerns.


During the meeting, Ornelas reported that he has worked with city staff and Oncor to get appropriate lighting on the bridge at North Gregg / U.S. Hwy 87 in Big Spring. Ornelas told KBest News that this had been important because the lights had been out for almost a year and it was a safety issue for pedestrians. He has also been coordinating with ALSA Car Club to assist those in his district aged 60 and older with large item pick up. He also advised constituents that a majority of the man-made speed bumps throughout District 1 had been filled.  


Now that the Code Enforcement department is now fully staffed, Councilman Ornelas stated that he would be conducting a ride along with the department staff so he could point out things that need to be addressed. 


Recently, Ornelas approached city staff about building pavillions at ABC Park. As a result of that, two pavilions will be constructed at ABC Park, located on the corner of W. 4th and Price St. The first will be completed by June 2021, and the second will be constructed next year. The funding for these pavilions was made possible through the Big Spring Convention and Visitors Bureau. 


He also advised that a draft of the layout for Reunion Plaza will be presented by Brint Ryan at the next City Council meeting on May 11th and encouraged citizens to attend the meeting to learn more about the project and to ask questions. 


Other topics that were discussed were TIRZ, progress of the Big Spring City Charter Review Special Committee, and his contact with TXDOT about the rough condition of the road at Gregg St. between 3rd and 4th Streets. According to Ornelas, TXDOT will begin working on this area approximately May 10th. 


Concerns that were brought to the Councilman during the meeting included illegal dumping, recognition for Purple Heart Veterans and their families, and a possible block party downtown that encompassed the venues in the area to enjoy a night of music. 


Big Spring ISD to provide free school supplies to student in grades Pre-K through 8th for 2021-2022

The following announcement is from Big Spring ISD Superintendent Jay McWilliams:


Steer Nation: 


I have very exciting news for everyone with school age kids, as well as a few other special announcements about upcoming events at BSISD.


Once again thanks to the efforts of our dedicated federal program people utilizing a 2 year federal grant, we are happy to once again announce that ALL school supplies for ALL kids PK8th grade will be completely paid for in 2021-2022. The only thing our parents will be responsible for is a school backpack on the first day of school. All supplies will come individually packed and ready to hand out to your child on the first day of school in August. We are excited to use this grant money to help save our parents the expense of buying school supplies for their kids in 2021-2022.


Also, be aware that in the next week or so you will see the Pre-K and Kindergarten PreRegistration announcement posted on the BSISD website. We feel strongly that we have created a plan to help make registration flow much more smoothly this year, and we look forward to visiting with parents during this exciting time. Our Pre-K and Kindergarten pre-registration packet pick up will take place from May 24-May 27. Our Pre-K and Kindergarten registration will take place from July 26-July 30. Again, stay tuned for detailed information on the BSISD website.


Third, special thanks to Jamie Scott and our technology department for the launching of the new Big Spring ISD app. If you have not downloaded the app, I would like to invite you to do so in the near future. The app is just another way we at BSISD are striving to communicate more efficiently with the community of Big Spring. If you have any questions concerning the app, please feel free to reach out to Jamie Scott (264-4155), and he will be glad to help navigate you through our outstanding app.


Finally, the Class of 2021 will graduate on Friday, May 21, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. The graduation will take place at Memorial Stadium, and Mr. Ritchey will be delivering updates to the seniors and their parents as the day approaches. I look forward to an outstanding graduation ceremony recognizing the amazing accomplishments of the Class of 2021. Go Steers!






Jay McWilliams


Big Spring ISD


Big Spring Emergency Management offers opportunity to vaccinate homebound citizens

From the City of Big Spring Emergency Management: 


Re: Homebound Citizens and the COVID-19 Vaccine?


City of Big Spring Emergency Management and Mayor Shannon Thomason have partnered with the Texas Department of Health and Human Services (DSHS) to ensure that homebound citizens have access to the COVID-19 vaccine.


If you want to get vaccinated for COVID-19, but are unable to go to a vaccine clinic, please call (833) 832-7067 or visit to register for the vaccine. After you register, a local DSHS representative will contact you and set up an appointment to come to your location and give you the COVID-19 vaccine.


This is a free service to our citizens.


Kids Fishing Tournament in Big Spring - Results

It was a picture perfect day at Comanche Trail Lake on Sunday afternoon with 127 kids registered in the kids fishing tournament. 


According to Game Warden Matt Woodall, this was one of the best turnouts he had seen. 


"It's about getting kids outdoors, getting them out of the house, away from the video games. Teaching them things they might not normally get to do if they're just sitting around the house," said Woodall when asked about the importance of the event. 


"It's always good to see the kids come out, enjoy the outdoors, and catch a few fish," he continued.


Some of the highlights of the day included an 8.5 pound carp caught by Mathew Pickett, the first fish caught by Xander Garza (who went on to catch 10 more), and 24 fish caught by Owen Richardson. Some of the bounty included catfish, carp, trout, and blue gill.


The kids fishing tournament is an annual event organized by the Greater Big Spring Rotary Club, and sponsored by Oncor, Credit World, and KBest Media.


The end of the day stats are:

FIRST FISH: A catfish caught by Xander Garza



1st: Mathew Picket—8.5 lbs

2nd: Ivan Cruz—6.1 lbs

3rd: Jake Lopes—4.7 lbs



1st: Owen Richardson—24

2nd: Diego Villa—22

3rd: Alex Vela—15

4th: Xander Garza—11

5th: Bella Salazar—10

6th: Zack Folsom—9

6th: Gavin Vickers—9





Election Day Results, May 1, 2021

Election Day was Saturday, May 1st, and here are the results of the local elections for the contested races in Big Spring and Coahoma: 


City of Big Spring Council Member, District 2:

Diane Yanez received a majority of the votes with 73.45 percent. Willie Rangel, Jr. received 25.66 percent of the votes. 


Yanez will take her place as the new District 2 Councilwoman after the votes are canvassed by the Big Spring City Council at their next meeting. 


This is the first time that Yanez has ran for office. When asked what she looks forward to the most about being on City Council, she told KBest News that she looks forward to working on infrastructure, working with the other councilmembers, and making the voices of her constituents heard because they are important.


City of Big Spring Council Member, District 4:

Incumbent Gloria Byrd McDonald received a majority of the votes with 60.53 percent.  David A. Scott received 39.47 percent of the votes. 


City of Coahoma, Mayor: 

Incumbent Warren Wallace received a majority of the votes with 58.33 percent. Lori Gonzales received 41.67 percent of the votes.


Gloria McDonald, Big Spring City Councilwoman for District 4, and Warren Wallace, Mayor of Coahoma, will keep their elected seats. They will also be sworn in again after the results from their elections are canvassed by their respective city councils. 


Out of 4,272 registered voters that were eligible to vote in these elections, only 385 voted. The total turnout for this election was 9.01 percent.


BSHS Golden Belles Dance Team holds Fundraiser on Sunday, May 2nd

The Golden Belles of Big Spring High School will have a bake sale on Sunday, May 2nd, outside of the Inkspot, 610 S. Gregg St. in Big Spring, from 1-5 PM. They'll be selling various baked goods and Texas Roadhouse Rolls with cinnamon butter. 


The Golden Belles are the first ever dance team at Big Spring High School. This will be a performance and competitive-based team. In addition to being a spirit squad that supports the Steers, they'll make community appearances, and compete in their own UIL competitions.


The Golden Belles Dance Team is led by Director and Founder Niccolette Wells.


Grand Opening for West Texas Community Mediation Center scheduled for Saturday, May 1, 2021

The West Texas Community Mediation Center in Big Spring will be celebrating their Grand Reopening on Saturday, May 1st, from 9 AM to 3 PM. They are located at 501 S. Runnels St. in the Polly Mays Annex Building on the corner of 5th and Main St. The building had been gifted from the City of Big Spring, and after many hours of renovations WTXCMC is ready to open their doors to the community.


The organization's goal is to make Big Spring and the surrounding areas a conflict-free environment for all.


If you’re having neighbor-to-neighbor disputes, or in-school conflicts that we’re dealing with a lot like bullying, family mediation - if people are going through a divorce, custody, visitation - those kinds of things, we’ll be a one-stop shop for you," said Danette Ross Watson, Executive Director for WTXCMC. 


"Come to see us before you go to court. Come to see us if you're just having that conflict with someone you just can’t resolve, or you just need help getting some understanding.”


Watson told KBest News that the West Texas Community Mediation Center is still in need of volunteers. The non-profit organization will be offering free initial training.


“Our initial training will be for free so we can get people trained and ready to provide the services. Everything from learning about trauma, informed care, to working with mediation, in-school conflicts -why are the kids having conflicts; why are the adults having conflicts. It generally goes back to either some kind of childhood trauma or some event that is causing the trauma. We really want people to understand that even if you don’t volunteer with us on a regular basis, it’s just great information, knowledge, and experience we can use in our everyday life.”


For more information, contact Danette Ross Watkins at 432-517-4200 or at 301-792-3340.


For more on the WTXCMC, visit


Tank Battery Fires in Howard County common during Thunderstorms

A severe thunderstorm on Tuesday night in Howard County made for a busy night for local volunteer firefighters. At approximately 9 PM that night, the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department was called to respond to a location in northern Howard County that had 8 tank batteries engulfed in flames. Later that night and into the early morning hours of the next day, the HCVFD responded to a total of 3 fires with a total of 10-11 tanks.


According to HCVFD Chief Mitchell Hooper, firefighters used a total of 12,000 gallons of water and 60 gallons of foam to extinguish the flames. He said they also had to call for assistance from the Ackerly Volunteer Fire Department to help supply water.


HCVFD Chief Mitchell Hooper told KBest News that they tanks belong to oil companies and they can catch fire when they are struck by lightning during thunderstorms. 



Scenic Mountain Medical Center acquires breakthrough Philips MRI scanner designed to improve Confidence, Speed, and Comfort

BIG SPRING, Texas— Scenic Mountain Medical Center (SMMC) recently announced their acquisition of the Philips Ingenia Ambition 1.5T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). 


The Ingenia Ambition delivers superb image quality even for challenging patients and performs MRI exams up to 50% faster with its Compressed SENSE acceleration flagship software for all anatomies in both 2D and 3D scanning. Fast overall exam-time is also achieved by simplifying patient handling at the bore with the touchless guided patient setup. Furthermore, the device offers an immersive audio-visual experience to calm patients and guide them through MRI exams.


An MRI study can be a challenge for patients young and old. Inconclusive image quality due to patient motion is a constant issue, making it difficult for clinicians to obtain accurate results in their first attempt. At the same time, one repeat exam can throw an entire day’s schedule off by two or three hours, impacting a facility’s throughput and patient satisfaction. The Ingenia Ambition 1.5T is designed for “First Time Right” imaging and addresses the issue in a holistic way.


Perhaps the most exciting feature of the Ingenia Ambition 1.5T is its unique patient experience. The in- bore experience offers patients a comforting, engaging audio enhancement. Clear patient instructions are provided by the AutoVoice component of the system, which coaches the patient through their examination while scanner noise is reduced through the ComforTone scan techniques portion of the system.


“I am incredibly excited to announce the acquisition of this high-end technology to the Big Spring and surrounding communities,” said Stacey Brown, president of Scenic Mountain Medical Center. 


“This MRI is yet another example of Steward Health Care’s investment into our community. With a total cost of $2.8M, this MRI is also now housed inside the hospital adjacent to our Emergency Department which will provide easier access for our patients and our staff. We will also now be able to perform inpatient and outpatient exams.”


Big Spring City Council – Regular Meeting, 4-27-2021 - Highlights

NOTE: Doug Hartman, District 2 – not present, all other councilmembers were present for the meeting.





Carmen Harbour, former District 2 Representative, passed away Monday, April 26, 2021. Prayers are with her family.


Mayor Shannon Thomason proclaims the month of May 2021, to be Motorcycle Safety and Awareness month in the City of Big Spring. He also proclaimed May 2 – 8th, 2021 as National Travel and Tourism week in Big Spring.



Todd Darden, City Manager, advised of seasonal job openings that will soon be available for the Aquatic center, Sports Complex, and Parks Department. Noted that they could be good summer jobs for students looking to earn money over the summer.


Colorado River Municipal Water District (CR MWD) Board of Directors has 2 positions that will soon be open. Darden advised that there are currently 2 board members who are willing to serve again, if council so chooses.


If you have a warrant or think you have a warrant contact Judge Timothy Green to get that taken care of as soon as possible.


District 4 Large Item Pick-up collected 5,000 lbs. of trash. District 5’s date for Large Item Pick-up will be in mid-May.  


CONSENT ITEMS – all items pass with vote of 6-0 (Items #11-16)



Councilmembers approved a resolution expressing support for second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The resolution also expresses its refusal to accept, fund, or participate in unconstitutional restrictions on legal gun ownership; and declares the City of Big Spring, TX to be a “Second Amendment Stronghold”.


The resolution was originally brought to council by Mike Cross of Big Spring. The resolution passed with a 6-0 vote.



The first reading of an ordinance authorizing the rezoning of approximately 18 acres of a 50-acre tract in Big Spring, located on west side of Hwy 87, and north of Big Spring State Hospital from Light Industrial to Planned Development, Temporary Workforce Housing failed during Tuesday night’s meeting.


The vote was 5-1, with Councilman Nick Ornelas voting for the rezoning.


VOUCHERS – were approved



The bid for seal coat was awarded to the lowest bidder. With a vote of 6-0. –



Councilmembers acknowledged receipt of the Big Spring EDC Minutes from the meeting on March 16, 2021.


A discussion was led by Councilman Troy Tompkins, District 5, regarding how the City Council appoints positions on Boards, committees, and other entities. Tompkins stated that it was time to re-evaluate how these appointments are made. He pointed out that the boards and committees impact the city, but there is not always equal representation on these boards and committees; a topic that has been brought up in the Charter Review Committee multiple times. Tompkins went on to say that it's up to council members to be proactive to recruit representatives from their districts such as residents, business owners, because it’s important to have new faces and new ideas.


Councilmembers agreed on equal representation and discussed how they might be able to recruit volunteers and increasing 5-member boards to 7-member boards so that there could be equal representation for the city.


An Emergency Reading of a resolution extending the disaster declaration from February 2021 in response to the winter storms was amended and passed with a vote of 6-0. The disaster declaration was extended through June 1, 2021. The amended resolution passed with a vote of 6-0.


Jordan Partee was approved as the City Council’s nomination to the Howard County Joint Tax Appraisal District to fill the unexpired term. The resolution naming Partee as the nominee was approved with a 6-0 vote.


The Big Spring Convention and Visitors Board proposed a reduction in rental fees for the Marie Hall Plaza and Performance Stage, the SM Energy Pavilion, and the City of Big Spring portable restroom trailer. They also recommended a “special events” package that includes the Marie Hall Plaza, Performance Stage, SM Energy Pavillion, and Portable Restroom Trailer to accommodate for large events for $350 per day. These ordinance amendments were both approved with a vote of 6-0.  



District 1 Councilman Ornelas advised that there will be a Townhall Meeting on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at Ryan Hall, 605 N. Main in Big Spring from 6-8 PM.


Mayor Thomason advised of a slight rise in COVID-19 rate recently. He stated that 20 percent of the population in the county had been vaccinated. Thomason advised that the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine would be returning to vaccination clinics. He also stated that there was a plan in the works to vaccinate home-bound citizens.


Forsan Science teacher wins Conservation Teacher of the Year for Texas

ODESSA, Texas (KOSA) - Ms. Sherlynn Welch, a fourth grade science teacher at Forsan elementary school, was named Conservation Teacher of the Year for the state of Texas.


Along with the honor, she also received a donation to go towards classroom conservation experiments.


Forsan students also received awards for their entries in an annual poster contest. This year’s theme was “Healthy Trees Equal Healthy Communities.”


Students were encouraged to create posters demonstrating how trees connect with our communities. Trees help clean our air, provide shade to conserve water, and protect soil from erosion.


From the 4th grade class of Ms. Welch, Forsan students Summer Long, Taelor Worley, and P’Jae Yabes each placed first in their division. In Ms. Whitney Gressett’s class at Forsan, 5th grade students Aubrey Dennis, Max Myers, and Paxton Skaggs each received first place.


Paxton Skaggs and Taelor Worley’s entries were Area Finalists and sent on to compete against other entries from Area 2 of the TSSWCD encompassing approximately 51 Texas counties. HSWCD is proud to announce that Paxton Skaggs received 2nd place for his poster and will be receiving a special plaque from the TSSWCD for his achievement.


Second place winners were Alizabeth Barker (4th), Maggie Woodell (4th), Finley Strickland(4th), Jules Nichols(5th), Kaelyn Foust(5th), and Elijah Hess(5th). Third place winners were Allie Olson (4th), K’dynce Peterson(4th), Joshua Austin(4th), Madilynn Reaves(5th), Eliana Mae Zuniga(5th), and Ryker Smith(5th). Honorable Mentions were presented to Matthew Pickett(4th), Emma Mathis(4th), Rylie Wilson(4th), Elyssa Amaro(5th), Karli Wooldridge(5th), Taylor Rose(5th), and Kaelyn Foust (5th grade essay).


Big Spring Art Association Area Wide Art Show to accept entries this week.

The Big Spring Art Association will open their annual Area Wide Art Show on May 4th and it will continue through May 27, 2021.


Entries for the art show will be accepted on Thursday and Friday, April 29-30th, from 10 am to 4 pm. There will be cash and ribbons awarded in several categories.


For more information, contact Michelle Worthan, Sandee Lockhart, or Linda Rupard at the emails listed below:


Michelle Worthan  -

Sandee Lockhart  -

Linda Rupard  -


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Howard College Board of Trustees discuss Graduation Plans

During Monday’s meeting of the Howard College Board of Trustees, Dr. Cheryl Sparks, President of Howard College, spoke on their plans for graduation. She pointed out that the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum is the largest indoor facility in Howard County and they have been very cautious in opening it up because they wanted to adhere to recommendations of local health officials. She also advised that Big Spring Fire Chief Craig Ferguson and Dr. Rohith Saravanan with Scenic Mountain Medical Center have been consulted on how they continue with the graduation ceremonies. 


Howard College is planning a live, in-person graduation event this spring at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum and there will be a live stream option so that the ceremony can be viewed online. Students will receive 4 tickets for graduation. Tickets that are unused by a certain date will be redistributed as requested. Individuals must wear masks while inside of the coliseum. If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, you are urged to not attend. Visitors/viewers are asked to self-screen. Family groups will sit together and social distancing will be created by marking off rows. The maximum capacity for the coliseum will be at 25 percent.


Under guidance of Chief Ferguson and Dr. Saravanan, looked at air exchange in the facility. They’re goal is to complete 7 to 9 air exchanges within the building every hour. Dr. Saravanin advised that the spread has been controlled but it’s not absent. He stated that the local community was currently at 20 percent of the eligible population is vaccinated, but we still have a long way to go to achieve herd immunity. There are a number of vulnerable individuals who are unvaccinated who will attend the events.  


Dr. Saravanin advised that this is a risk mitigation strategy. If the ceremony were outside and people were able to social distance, then face masks would not be needed. Since the event is indoors, the risk increases. Face masks, social distancing, and air exchanges will help to mitigate these risks. With the strategies that Howard College plans to implement, there will only be a 25 percent capacity allowed in the coliseum. 


During the meeting, Chief Ferguson advised that approximately 3 weeks ago, Region J hospitalization rate had been at 1.5 percent, but that rate has more than doubled to 2.7 percent in the past 2 weeks. Approximately 3 weeks ago, there were only 12 cases of COVID-19. As of Friday, April 23rd, there have been 48 cases. Chief Ferguson stated that although 48 cases is not a huge amount of people infected, but it does show a spike in local cases of COVID-19.


Thank you for your Investment - Lula Blu Boutique

This morning, the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a “Thank You for Your Investment” presentation for Lula Blu Boutique, located at 406 E. Marcy Dr., Suite A. in Big Spring. 


They sell women’s and men’s clothing, jewelry, and accessories. They also offer the following services: spray tanning, massage therapy, waxing, nails, and facials. Call them at (432) 935-6023 to schedule an appointment.


Follow their Facebook page - Lula Blu Boutique - for information on their flash sales.


AREA NEWS: Rural Veterans, spouses and caregivers can receive COVID-19 vaccine


BIG SPRING, TX — West Texas VA Health Care System (WTVAHCS) will conduct a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Fort Stockton Outreach Clinic, May 7, 2021 from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.  The Fort Stockton Outreach Clinic is located at 1205 North Sycamore Street, Fort Stockton, TX 79735-4122.


Both the Moderna and Janssen vaccines will be available to all Veterans, enrolled in VA Health Care or not, spouses and caregivers. 


To better enable WTVAHCS staff to ensure an adequate supply of vaccine is on hand, WTVAHCS encourages those desiring to receive the vaccine to call the COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline, 432-268-2564, to schedule an appointment.  Appointments, however, are not required. 


“We appreciate the patience and resilience of our Veterans in the Fort Stockton and surrounding areas,” said Jason Cave, Director of WTVAHCS.  “We’re glad that we are now able to extend the reach of our vaccination team and look forward to bringing this team to Fort Stockton.”


VA has resumed offering the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine to individuals 18 years and older, in accordance with CDC and FDA guidelines, following a 10-day safety pause. After careful review and evaluation, the FDA and CDC have confidence that this vaccine is safe for use and effective in preventing COVID-19. The available data show that the vaccine’s benefits outweigh its risks and the chance of blood clots occurring following its administration is very low.


The primary goal of COVID-19 vaccination is to protect those we serve from COVID-19, and VA’s priority remains the safety of all those receiving vaccine from VA, including Veterans, their spouses, caregivers, employees and federal partners.


COMMUNITY SHRED DAY from 4-7 PM in Big Spring TODAY, 04/26/21

Complex Community Federal Credit Union will host a Community Shred Day in Big Spring today, April 26th, at their Big Spring branch located at 503 E. FM 700 from 4-7 PM.


Complex Community FCU hosts this free event twice per year, once in the spring and once in the fall. They invite members and non-members to participate by taking their confidential documents to the event to shred so that their information can be secured. They can even bring junk mail that may have been cluttering the home.


When you just rip something up and throw it away, anyone can steal your information by raiding your trash. By shredding the documents, you’re able to keep your personal information secure and prevent identity theft.


Cindy Carlisle with Complex Community FCU, told KBest News that there is no limit to how many documents can be brought to shred. It can be brought in boxes or bags. The items will be unloaded from your vehicle and placed into a large bin to be shredded. She noted that the items will be shred in front of you.


Carlisle went on to say that they only ask that the documents do not come in binders, have paperclips, or any other metal items with them.


DPS Graduates Three New Canine Teams, Duty Stations include Eagle Pass, Laredo, and Big Spring

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) recently graduated three new canine teams from a nine-week training program on Thursday, April 1. These canine teams will join more than 50 DPS Canine Detection Teams across Texas within the Texas Highway Patrol Division.


“Our canine units play an integral role in interdicting criminals and detecting narcotics on the streets, and because of their hard work, there are victims and victims’ families that will never be known,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “I’m proud to welcome these three new handlers and canines to the roster. After completing the necessary training, these teams are ready to take on their next assignment in protecting and serving the state of Texas.”


Two of the dogs were donated from a nonprofit organization, and the other came from Lackland Air Force Base. The breeds include two German Shepherds and one Dutch Shepherd/Belgian Malinois. The newly trained canines will be used for drug detection. The new dogs and their duty stations are as follows: Reno (Eagle Pass), Eztold (Laredo) and Tara (Big Spring).


In 2020, DPS canine teams assisted in the seizure of approximately 5,342 pounds of marijuana, 342.92 pounds of cocaine, 37.75 pounds of heroin, 816.69 pounds of methamphetamine, 35.77 pounds of hashish and $4.2 million in cash.


Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce hosts Health Info Fair in downtown Big Spring TOMORROW - Sat., April 24th

The Health Info Fair, hosted by the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce in downtown Big Spring, will be held tomorrow from 8 AM to Noon in the 100 and 200 blocks of Main Street in downtown Big Spring.


Debbye Valverde, Executive Director for the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce, told KBest News that this year's event is totally different. This year they'll be set up in the street and will include screenings, food, fun, and an opportunity to get vaccinated.


Those wanting to get the COVID-19 vaccine will be able to do so with Scenic Mountain Medical Center for free. They'll be set up for vaccinations inside of the Expedition Royalty office building, located at 220 S. Main.


Although the Bike Rodeo will not be returning this year, there will be a Kids Fitness Course. Those that finish the fitness course will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a Nintendo Switch, courtesy of Star Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Big Spring.


This year’s Health Info Fair is sponsored by Big Spring Center for Skilled Care, HEB, Dora Robert Rehabilitation Center, Parkview Skilled Care and Rehabilitation, Home Hospice, Scenic Mountain Medical Center, KBest Radio Group, Star Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Expedition Royalty, and KBYG.


The event is free and the public is welcomed and encouraged to attend. Be advised that masks and social distancing are encouraged.




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