Tomorrow evening, there will be two cornhole tournaments in Big Spring with on-site registration at 6 PM and bags fly at 7 PM.
The 1st annual Cornhole Tournament organized by the West Texas Community Collective will be held to benefit local teachers. This event will be held at the Train Car in downtown Big Spring. The cost is $20 per team. Participants & attendees will have several chances to win locally sponsored prizes. West Texas Community Collective will also be accepting donations of school supplies that will benefit local teachers.
Also tomorrow, the Steers Football Booster Club will hold their cornhole tournament at the ATC, next to Big Spring High School. The cost for this event is $50 per team with a 50 percent payout. During the event, there will also be burger and hotdog meal deals; as well as raffles, Kona Ice, a concession stand, and Steer Gear available for purchase.
Early morning on Thursday, Jul 29, 2021, a one-vehicle crash in Ector County results in one passenger’s death.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Troopers responded to a crash involving a 1990 Honda Accord along I-20, just 3 miles west of Odessa at approximately 12:02 AM yesterday morning.
The preliminary report states that the driver, 28-year-old Carlos Cortez of BIg Spring, had been traveling east on I-20 when he lost control of the vehicle due to a flat tire. Cortez and 3 of his passengers sustained injuries and were transported to Medical Center Hospital in Odessa. The fourth passenger, Sara Cortez, 24 of Odessa, died on scene.
The report also stated that only 1 of the 5 people in the vehicle was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
On Tuesday morning, the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a “Thank You for your Investment” presentation for Cowboys Steakhouse to thank them for all that they do.
According to Kimberly Hobbs Pierce, Owner and Manager for Cowboys Steakhouse, the business has served the community for 27 years and they continue to serve homemade meals in a family environment.
Cowboys Steakhouse is open 7 days per week.
Mon. - Thurs. open 11 AM to 8:30 PM
Friday and Saturday open 11 AM to 9 PM
Sunday open 11 AM to 3 PM.
Call-in orders can be made by calling 432-263-0181.
From: Mayor Shannon D. Thomason and Big Spring Emergency Management
Re: Delta Variant of the Coronavirus
Viruses frequently change by mutating, including the coronavirus. The delta variant of the coronavirus has triggered a devastating outbreak and has spread to at least 100 countries, attacking areas where vaccination rates are the lowest. The most effective way to curb new variants is to prevent spreading the virus and avoid giving it a chance to mutate.
** How contagious is the delta variant? **
Proteins on the outer spikes of the delta variant are “stickier,” making it more transmissible than other variants, said Dr. Katelyn Jetelina, an epidemiologist at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Dallas. Studies have shown that the delta variant is up to 60% more transmissible than the previous leading variant, the alpha variant. The hospitalization rate of those who contract the delta variant is about 85% higher than those fighting the alpha variant.
The delta variant’s symptoms are more similar to those of a cold — headaches, sore throat, runny nose and fevers — than common COVID-19 symptoms such as coughing and loss of smell, according to the COVID Symptom Study, a project by doctors and scientists to track the symptoms and spread of the virus.
Fully vaccinated people can and have gotten COVID-19. However, these cases are overwhelmingly asymptomatic or mild. These types of cases are known as “breakthrough infections,” but experts say they are uncommon. Fully vaccinated people who become seriously ill, hospitalized or die are even more rare, but this also means that vaccinated people may spread COVID-19 to others.
** How should I protect myself? **
If you’re able to do so, health experts say the best thing to do is to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The CDC also recommends avoiding poorly ventilated venues and large crowds, washing your hands often, covering your coughs and sneezes, cleaning and sanitizing highly touched surfaces daily, and monitoring your health daily. Texas health experts have also recommended staying away from people who aren’t following COVID-19 safety protocols, or individuals who have not been vaccinated.
All council members were present during Tuesday night’s meeting of the Big Spring City Council meeting.
During Public Comments, Aubrey Weaver, District 6 resident, called into the meeting to speak on the effectiveness of the city’s mosquito control, his concern on item #17 concerning the Convention and Visitors Board. He also suggested that an information session be held about the new gun law in Texas that goes into effect on Sept. 1, 2021. He suggested that it be held with law enforcement and qualified speakers to inform the public and have an opportunity for questions and answers.
A public hearing on the current juvenile curfew was held. BSPD Chief Chad Williams advised that it needed to be reapproved every 3 years. He stated that over the last 3 years, 74 curfew citations had been issued, and it was a great tool for the department. No one from the public spoke during the hearing.
City Attorney Andrew Hagen pointed out that if reapproved, some modification may be needed to the wording of the ordinance because it mentions that a minor may be referred to teen court, however that is no longer an available option for the City of Big Spring.
City Manager's Report, Todd Darden noted that 11 tons of trash were picked up during this past large item pick-up for District 1. He stated that Councilman Nick Ornelas was doing a great job of assisting his constituents to get items ready for pick-up.
Spraying to decrease the number of mosquitoes continues. It was noted that at this time there is only one so mm certified sprayer who works for the city, but the city hoped to have 3 more certified. In the meantime, citizens are encouraged to keep up with their yard maintenance to help decrease the mosquito population.
The City of Big Spring was awarded a grant in the amount of $320,000 for waterline replacement. That project is expected to begin today. The city also applied for a $5 million grant with a 20 percent match by the city that would show them to extend water and sewer lines to the reliever route. Darden also advised that the city had also applied for a $300,000 grant with a 15 percent match to replace waterlines on Runnels, but an answer wouldn’t be received until 2022. The city did not score high enough on the Downtown Revitalization Project that would have been for improvements to Main Street between 1st and 2nd street so the grant was not awarded at this time. Consultants are assisting the city in their application for the American Rescue Plan grant in the amount of $6.9 million. Half of this money would be awarded this year, and half would be awarded next year. They also applied for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Grant with ba 50-50 match. The city is in competition with other areas of the state to receive assistance for parks.
The consent agenda passed with a vote of 6-0, and 1 abstention by Gloria McDonald, District 4. Vouchers were unanimously approved. Council approved the sale of a tax property by Texas Communities Group to Juan Carlos Murillo in the amount of $2,500 for the property at 203 NE 8th St. in Big Spring.
Council approved the first reading of a budget amendment to add rubber mulch to Kid Zone at Comanche Trail Park. According to Darden, the budget amendment would be in the amount of $35,000 to ensure a safe place for kids to play. When asked if this would be done at all parks, Darden advised that he had only received complaints about Kid Zone and no other parks but did think that the river mulch should be added to all parks.
The Council discussed a possible ordinance that would update how the CVB Board operates. At one point the possibility of creating a 9-person board that would have equal district representation plus two ex-officio members from the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce and a hotel representative was discussed. Ultimately, the ordinance failed due to the lack of a second.
A legal description of an oil lease with Four Sevens was corrected. Council also approved the assignment of an oil and gas lease but the City of Big Spring from SM Energy to Camterra Resources Inc.
They also approved the extension of the City's health insurance until December 31st. Allowing them to get into the same schedule as most health insurance providers, which is a Jan 1 to Dec 31 fiscal year.
Brittany Hankins was confirmed to the Animal Rescue and Adoption Committee.
During Council Input, McDonald advised that she wanted to give Code Enforcement more teeth. She also suggested that the city might want to look into a public charging station for electric vehicles.
Councilman Cody Hughes stated that he agreed with Councilwoman McDonald but believed that before the City begins to impose fines on citizens, it should work on getting its lots in order first. Hughes noted that he’s seen several City lots that haven’t been mowed in months.
Councilwoman Diane Yanez announced information on the upcoming Head to Toe event organized by the North Side Movement at 5 PM on Aug. 9th at 605 N. Main. The event offers free haircuts, free shoes, free snocones, and raffles for all school-aged children.
Councilman Ornelas thanked the Crossroads Young Marines for their help in assisting with large item pickup in District 1. He also stated that he would not hold a town hall meeting this quarter, but he will have a meet-and-greet Back to School Social on August 21st at ABC Park with free hotdogs and drinks.
Mayor Shannon Thomason confirmed that there was a case of the COVID-19 Delta variant in Howard County. He stated that the COVID-19 cases never stopped, and updates could be found on the Texas DSHS website. As of Today evening, there were 20 positive cases in the City of Big Spring and Howard County. Since April 4, 2020, there have been 103 COVID-19 related deaths in Howard County. He advised that anyone not feeling well should get tested, and reminded that vaccinations are free. He also stated that the Delta variant is considerably more contagious.
Also during the meeting, a moment of silence was held for former Councilman Howard Stewart - requested by Councilman Hughes - and Greg Henry, recent Executive Director for the Big Spring Area Community Foundation - requested by District 6 Councilman Maury Smith.
BIG SPRING – A familiar face will be seen on Jack Barber Field as Howard College has hired Jack Giese as the new head coach for the baseball program. Giese was previously with the Hawks as the associate head coach under Britt Smith when the Hawks won the NJCAA Division I National Championship in 2009. He will be on campus and officially begin his duties on August 1, 2021.
The position was recently opened after the resignation of the Hawks head coach, Michael Lopez.
“We are very excited that Jack is returning to our program,” said Mike Yeater, Athletic Director. “With his previous national championship coaching experience with our program as well as the other Division I and Minor League coaching experience that he brings to the table, our baseball program will be positioned for tremendous success.”
Most recently, Giese has spent 6 years as a pitching consultant and recruiter with MVP Sports Group. Prior to that, he served 2 years as a Pitching Coach and Recruiter at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.
Following his stint with the Hawks and the National Championship win in 2009, Giese moved on to be a Minor League Pitching Coach with the Tampa Bay Rays.
“I’m excited to be coming back to Big Spring and Howard College”, said Giese. “I look forward to meeting the team and growing the tradition of excellence that has been started at Howard.”
Although this will be Giese’s first head coaching stint, his pitching coach record speaks for itself as he has worked and continues to work with several current Major and Minor League players, including 2 Cy Young Award winners.
“Jack has a lot of experience in player development,” added Yeater. “That in conjunction with his coaching and recruiting experience will be a huge asset for our program.”
That experience isn’t just limited to the United States as Giese was also tagged to travel to the Dominican Republic to work with pitchers at the Tampa Bay Rays Dominican Academy in 2010 and coached the 18U USA National Team in 2007.
“Being a first-time head coach, I couldn’t ask for a better place than Howard College,” added Giese. “I know the traditions here will guide us as we do things the right way both on and off the field and immerse ourselves in the team environment as well as our local and college community.”
The Hawks will soon be returning to campus in August as classes begin on August 25th.
For more information about Howard College and Hawk Athletics visit howardcollege.edu or hchawk.com.
If you still need and want to get your COVID-19 vaccine, there will be an opportunity to get one tomorrow afternoon in Big Spring.
Scenic Mountain Medical Center will be holding a drive-thru vaccine clinic tomorrow, from 3-6 p.m.
The clinic will be located outside of the Whatley Plaza at 1601 West 11th Place - in the north area of the SMMC hospital parking lot.
Vaccines will be offered, while supplies last, for anyone ages 12 and up. Both first and second doses will be available.
From: Shane Bowles, Public Works Director for the City of Big Spring
Re: Delayed Opening of the Big Sandy Landfill
Due to unforeseen technical difficulties, the opening of the Big Sandy Landfill has been postponed.
During a final inspection, City officials found essential components had been damaged by a lightning strike that presumably occurred over the weekend. Barring any other unforeseen events, we anticipate the opening of the Big Sandy Landfill will take place on Wednesday, August 4, 2021.
All waste from the public and commercial companies can be taken to the FM 700 landfill until further notice. The FM 700 landfill will remain open Monday through Saturday, 8 AM to 5 PM; closed on Sunday.
We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate everyone’s patience as we transition operations to the Big Sandy Landfill. If you have questions or need additional information, please call the Public Works Office at 432-264-2501.
AUSTIN - Big Spring native G. Brint Ryan was recently appointed to the ERCOT Board Selection Committee by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. In addition to restructuring the board of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), one of the provisions of Senate Bill 2, signed into law following the 87th Legislative Session, requires the Governor, Lt. Governor, and Speaker of the House of Representatives to each appoint one member to the 3-member ERCOT Board Selection Committee.
Upon making the appointment, Lt. Gov. Patrick issued the following statement:
"Brint Ryan is one of the most successful business leaders in Texas and the nation. He has significant experience working with search firms and directly hiring high-level staff around the world. He is perfect for this crucial appointment to select members of the ERCOT Board."
Ryan is the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Ryan, LLC, a global tax consulting firm based in Dallas. He is the chairman of the Texas Association of Business and served on the University of North Texas Board of Regents. Ryan is also a member of the Lt. Governor's Business Advisory Board and he chaired the Lt. Governor’s Back to Work Task Force in 2020. Ryan and his wife Amanda have 5 daughters and reside in Dallas.
Ryan is best known in Big Spring for purchasing and restoring the Hotel Settles located at 3rd and Runnels. Other projects taken on by Ryan in Big Spring include:
- restoration of the Petroleum Building near 1st and Main,
- renovation of the old Read Hotel at 2nd and Runnels,
- renovation of the old Hall-Bennet Hospital at 9th and Goliad,
- and the downtown plaza park project - Reunion Park.
During Tuesday’s meeting of the Howard County Commissioners Court, Commissioners approved the Howard County Emergency 5 year plan presented by Itzel Gomez, new Howard County Emergency Management Coordinator. Gomez took over the position in mid-June and noticed that it had been 15 years since the plan had been updated.
"I was able to put myself out there and get to know all of the officials face to face and update all our records for each annex, which includes a plan for what to do in that situation or type of disaster," said Gomez on working to update the plan.
Other highlights from the meeting included approval of the 2022-2023 interlocal agreement for the Public Defender, and an action to order a General Election and a Special Election for the purpose of voting on the creation of a Howard County Assistance District. Election Day will be November 2, 2021. The voter registration deadline for this election will be October 4, 2021, and early voting will occur from October 18-29, 2021.
Yesterday, it was announced that the COVID-19 virus has almost quadrupled in the state of Texas over the past two weeks.
Howard County Emergency Management Coordinator Itzel Gomez urges those who are able to get the COVID-19 vaccine to do so. According to Gomez, most chain pharmacies and many independent ones have a ready supply of the COVID-19 vaccine, which is administered free and mainly on a walk-in basis. Plus, many private doctors' offices also have doses.
The following locations offer COVID-19 vaccines in Big Spring:
H-E-B - 2000 S. Gregg
CVS - 701 Scurry St.
Walmart - 201 W. Marcy Dr.
Steve Ahmed’s Office - 1700 FM 700
If you’re able to do so, health experts say the best thing to do is to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
The CDC recommends that unvaccinated people avoid poorly ventilated venues and large crowds, wash their hands often, cover coughs and sneezes, clean and sanitize frequently touched surfaces daily, and monitor their health daily.
Yesterday, the City of Big Spring announced that the new BIG SANDY LANDFILL will be opening tomorrow, July 28, 2021. The Big Spring City Landfill on East FM 700 will permanently close today at 5:00 PM.
All waste from the public and commercial companies should be taken to the Big Sandy Landfill effective tomorrow. Cash and credit card transactions will be accepted. The Big Sandy Landfill is located at 3601 Old Colorado City Highway and will be open Monday through Saturday, 8 AM to 5 PM; and will be closed on Sundays.
The City of Big Spring apologized for the inconvenience and stated that they appreciated everyone’s patience as they transitioned operations to the Big Sandy Landfill. If you have questions or need additional information, please call the Public Works Office at 432-264-2501.
(Map of the location of Big Sandy Landfill located at 3601 Old Colorado City HWY, Big Spring, TX.)
Be advised, City of Big Spring crews will finish seal coating on South Goliad today before beginning work in District 4 to seal coat the following areas:
- Douglas Street from MLK Boulevard to West 14th Street
- Pennsylvania Avenue from West 18th Street to MLK Boulevard
- South Aylesford Street from West 16th Street to the dead-end
- West 15th Street from Pennsylvania to South Aylesford
- Pennsylvania Avenue from Ryon Street to West 18th Street
- Hillside Drive from Edwards Boulevard to South Lancaster
To complete the project more efficiently, the public is asked to remove ALL vehicles from specified roadways. Citizens are advised that vehicles will need to be removed from the roadway when the work crews are working on the designated street. There will be an attempt to contact vehicle owners to move their vehicles by knocking on doors. The towing of vehicles will only be done as a last resort for vehicles parked on the street in areas being seal-coated. Towing of vehicles will be done at the owner’s expense.
During the project, citizens will be permitted to park vehicles on the sidewalk and/or yard, but vehicles should be removed as soon as the roadwork is done for that area.
The City of Big Spring regrets any inconvenience related to the seal coating program and requests the public's patience during the project.
If you have any questions, please call the Public Works Office at 432-264-2501.
(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is reminding shoppers they can save money on clothes and school supplies during the state’s sales tax holiday on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Aug. 6-8.
State law exempts sales tax on qualified items — such as clothing, footwear, school supplies, and backpacks — priced below $100, saving shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend. The date of the sales tax holiday and the list of tax-exempt items are set by the Texas Legislature.
“For many families with children who are going back to their school campuses for the first time since the pandemic began, the sales tax holiday is the perfect opportunity to save money on school supplies and other tax-free items,” Hegar said. “As a father with three school-aged children myself, I know how these expenses can add up.”
Apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax-free are listed on the Comptroller’s website at TexasTaxHoliday.org.
During the annual sales tax holiday, qualifying items can be purchased tax-free online or by telephone, mail, custom order, or any other means (including in-store purchases) when either:
- the item is both delivered to and paid for by, the customer during the exemption period; or
- the customer orders and pays for the item, and the seller accepts the order during the exemption period for immediate shipment, even if delivery is made after the exemption period ends.
Texas’ sales tax holiday weekend has been an annual event since 1999, allowing consumers to save millions of dollars in state and local sales taxes each year. The Comptroller’s office estimates that shoppers will save an estimated $107.3 million in state and local sales tax during this sales tax holiday.
The “Run To The Dog House” car show was a huge success on Saturday, July 24, 2021. It was held at the Coahoma Football Field and was a great event for a great cause. Money raised from the car show benefits students in Howard County that will be attending a trade school. The event was organized by the local car clubs - Big Spring Rod and Custom and Side of the Road Gang.
According to event organizers, there were 97 entries ranging from classic to new and ranged from 2 wheels to 18. Spectators saw bicycles, motorcycles, fully restored vehicles, and rat rods. The car show was a perfect family event. Although there was an award ceremony, the winners were the many students that will benefit from the scholarships funds raised today.
(To view more photos from the Run to the Dog House Car Show, visit:
A suspect has been arrested in the Big Spring murder of 46-year-old Maria Soto.
Soto was found to be unresponsive in the 1100 block of Lloyd early on the morning of July 21, 2021. The Big Spring Police Department stated that her death appeared suspicious and appeared to be a homicide.
The following is an update on the investigation provided by BSPD:
Big Spring Criminal Investigations Division Detectives and the Department of Public Safety Texas Ranger Division have been investigating the suspicious death of Maria Soto Hispanic/Female 46 years of age. On the 21 st of July 2021 Detectives developed probable cause to have a warrant issued for the arrest of Luis Hernandez Jr. Hispanic/Male 49 years of age. At approximately 6:28 p.m. on the 21 st of July 2021, Luis Hernandez Jr was arrested and charged with Murder. Detectives will continue to work this investigation as this is an ongoing investigation and no further information is available.
The Big Spring Police Department continues to urge 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
CID Sergeant John Haynes
Tomorrow morning, the second annual Run to the Dog House Car Show will begin at 9 AM at the Coahoma High School football stadium parking lot. The event is organized by the local car clubs - Big Spring Rod and Custom and Side of the Road Gang.
All types of vehicles and clubs are welcome. The entry fee is $25 per vehicle and registration begins at 9 a.m. on the day of the event. Awards will be presented at the end of the show at 3 PM. All money made from the event will go towards funding scholarships for area high school seniors going to trade schools. According to Preston Harrison, event organizer, there will be a variety of awards, including a “Young Guns Award”.
"We want to encourage the kids that are building a car," said Harrison of the award. "That ‘Hey, we noticed!’ We’ve all been there. It may be a throw-down, it may be something that’s a work in progress, but we’ve been there. So we want to award the kid that’s building his own car with a Young Guns Award.”
In addition to the car show, there will also be a variety of vendors at the event. There is no admission cost for people who just want to check out the entries.
For more information about the event, contact Preston Harrison at 432-270-3070 or Don Adams at 432-270-3563.
The Crossroads Farmers Market will open tomorrow morning, 07/24/2021, from 7 am to 2 pm at the G.C. Broughton Ag Complex on the Howard College Campus, just east of Memorial Stadium.
There will be a variety of vendors to shop, including baked goods, produce, woodwork items, and homemade crafts. There will also be food vendors, $1 hot dogs, and a bounce house for the kids. The event is family-friendly and friendly dogs on leashes are welcome.
The Permian Basin Adult Literacy Center is re-launching English classes in Big Spring in partnership with First Church of the Nazarene, located at 1400 S. Lancaster St.. Fall enrollment will begin August 2, 2021, and interested students are encouraged to call now to make their enrollment appointment. Classes in Big Spring will meet in-person weekly on Tuesday nights from 6:30 - 8 PM beginning August 21. Additional classes are available online to Big Spring residents. The last day for students to enroll is September 9, 2021.
Classes are open to adults 18 years of age and older. Students are required to pay a once-yearly enrollment fee of $25. Please call (432) 682-9693, ext. 404 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions regarding enrollment. Prospective students can apply online at https://bit.ly/PBALC-student.
On Tuesday morning, the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a “Thank You for Your Investment” presentation for Mitchell’s Furniture and Mattress City, located at 2309 Scurry in Big Spring.
Previously Elrod’s Furniture, Mitchell’s Furniture and Mattress City opened in 2019 after Owners Mark and Jennifer Mitchell purchased the store from Dee and Linda Elrod. Mark told KBest News that since their opening they’ve faced a number of challenges, but they continued to move forward.
"No matter what you do in life, you're always gonna have some knockdowns, and if it knocks you down it's how you get back up," said Mark Mitchell.
He continued on to say, "Big Spring is full of a bunch of very resilient people. So I feel like we've actually learned a lot from the watching of the people here and in how they've reacted to tragedies, and through stress in their life. I said, 'If they can get up every day and keep going, we can too,' so that's what we did."
While many manufacturers had stopped producing items during the time of COVID, it didn’t stop Mark from making orders. Eight months later, the loads that had been ordered are now coming into the store, resulting in a full-stocked inventory with great prices.
According to Mark, there’s currently a foam shortage in the United States, which is causing furniture prices to increase. He stated that they are constantly getting price increases from every company on their inventory, and encourages customers to shop now and get the best deal possible.
Mitchell’s Furniture and Mattress City has an additional location in Midland, which is expanding by 10,000 sq. ft. by moving into a new building beside the original location. To check out their selection of furniture, visit their Big Spring or Midland store or view their inventory online at www.mitchellsfurniture.com.
A new mental health clinic called San Gabriel Psychiatry is now open in Big Spring. Located at 710 S. Gregg St., Ste. #226 (just behind Affordacare Urgent Care), it is operated by Gabriel Eleda, Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
Eleda and his family have lived in Big Spring since 2016. While working at a local indigent care clinic as a nurse practitioner, Eleda said he saw a lot of patients in need of mental health services and wanted to be able to provide a more thorough mental health service. He eventually went back to school to obtain the knowledge to do so.
San Gabriel Psychiatry offers treatment and services for a variety of mental health disorders, impulse control in children and adolescents, various addictions, anger management, insomnia, coping skills, loss and grief, and more.
According to Eleda, mental health should be seen as medical care.
"If you're having any issues, you're not alone. A lot of people have it," said Eleda.
"It's how we deal with them," he continued. "We have to find a proper way to deal with them, to deal with them - whether, [it's] behavioral modifications or medication - and it's okay. Like I said, it's just like going to the medical clinic - same thing, get treated, get stabilized, and you continue on."
Gabriel Eleda has been a nurse practitioner for 7 years and has been working in mental health care for 2 years.
San Gabriel Psychiatry is now accepting new patients. Currently, they are working towards being able to accept insurance, but at this time they accept private pay, and payment plans are available. For more information about San Gabriel Psychiatry call 432-652-2548 or visit the website SanGabrielpsychiatry.com or visit their Facebook page - San Gabriel Psychiatry.
Early Saturday morning, 07/17/2021, just after 1:30 AM a vehicle accidentally fell into a large hole that was located in the shoulder area near the intersection of Birdwell Ln. and E. 2nd Street in Big Spring.
In an interview with our news partners at CBS 7, the driver, Michele Meyers, stated that she had been on her way home when she saw high flood water on Birdwell Lane and tried to turn around to avoid driving through the water. As she was doing so, her front tire ended up hitting the edge of a large hole causing her vehicle to sink into it. With the help of a passerby, Meyers said she was able to exit the vehicle, but the vehicle is now a total loss.
According to Shannon Thomason, Mayor of the City of Big Spring, the large hole was a result of a water line that had been repaired last week.
“Now what I’ve been told - and obviously, you know, I wasn’t there - but what I’ve been told was after they did that there was already a hole there, so after the water line repair they moved the barriers out to include the area with the work they had just done. It was all supposed to have been inside barriers,” said Thomason.
Photos taken by Meyers from that night show the front end of her vehicle engulfed in what looks to be a large puddle located in front of the orange barriers blocking off 2nd Street. However, there doesn’t appear to be barriers blocking access to the hole from Birdwell Lane.
On Monday, July 19, 2021, KBest News visited the site to find a large access hole located in front of the orange barriers, with additional barricades and cones surrounding it. Barricades that Meyers says were not present during the time of the accident and she didn't receive a citation for the incident.
This isn’t the first time that a vehicle has fallen into a hole of this size. When asked what can be done to ensure that this doesn’t happen again, Mayor Thomason stated that anytime citizens see water coming over the road, they should avoid it and report it to the city immediately. He also urged drivers to be cautious when crossing bodies of water that they cannot see the bottom.
Moving forward, Thomason stated that the city will repair the hole and will do their best to properly mark affected areas so that people can avoid them. He also urged citizens to let the city know if they see issues with barriers.
According to Thomason, all West Texas cities are coming across similar problems.
"You would think that rain would be good for our water situation, it’s really not because it causes the ground to settle and basically change. We actually get a lot more water main leaks and breaks whenever we’ve had a really wet season, like this year, than we do during a dry season," said Thomason.
"We’re addressing those just as quickly as we can, and trying to get the holes filled in and patched just as quickly as we can but we got a lot to do right now and, obviously, we never have enough hands. We’re just asking folks to be patient with us and we’re doing our best to get it taken care of,” he continued.
As for the damage that Meyers’ vehicle incurred, Thomason told KBest News that she will have to file a claim with the City of Big Spring. He advised that this is what happens anytime there are damages that are attributed to the City.
The following are photos taken by Michele Meyers on 07/17/2021 right after the auto accident.
The following photos were taken by KBest News on Monday, 07/19/2021.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas—Texas A&M Forest Service is now accepting grant applications for the State Fire Assistance for Mitigation – Plains Prescribed Fire Grant through August 15, 2021. The grant will provide $74,514 in total funding for prescribed burns.
Funding will be provided to landowners and communities that have been or may be, threatened by wildland fire to reduce hazardous fuels. Properties in the panhandle, west and northwest Texas at a high risk for loss during a Southern Plains Wildfire Outbreak are eligible.
Grant recipients will be reimbursed actual per acre costs associated with conducting the prescribed burn up to $30 per acre with a limit of 500 acres per recipient.
Wildfires can be destructive when they occur at the wrong time or near a community that is unprepared. To plan ahead and mitigate these impacts, Texas A&M Forest Service works with landowners and local and county governments to complete Community Wildfire Protection Plans.
Landowners located within two miles of a Community Wildfire Protection Plan will receive priority funding. This program enhances awareness of wildfire risk and empowers individual landowners and the overall community to act to reduce the risk of wildfire in their area. For more information on Community Wildfire Protection Plans, visit https://tfsweb.tamu.edu/ProtectYourCommunity/.
To check eligibility and complete the State Fire Assistance for Mitigation – Plains Prescribed Fire Grant online application, visit https://tfsweb.tamu.edu/PrescribedFireGrantsApplication/.
Learn more about prescribed fire by visiting https://tfsweb.tamu.edu/PrescribedBurns/ or the TDA Prescribed Burning Board.
During Monday’s meeting of the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 47, in Big Spring, several businesses were recognized for their participation as a sponsor in last month’s comedy show fundraiser.
Businesses recognized were 350 Café and Convenience, Wolf Dirt Contractors, JNC Electric, H?E?B, Oncor, All Washed Up, and Expedition Royalty. With the help of the sponsors, the comedy show was able to raise $1,480.
Also during the meeting, it was announced that the office of Greg Lindsey, Department Service Officer, located in room number 147 A, near the front door behind the Benefits office in the West Texas VA, has now been reopened. Lindsey assists veterans to file claims, and a variety of forms, including burial benefits. The office is open 8 AM to 4:30 PM and walk-ins are welcome. These services are available for all veterans.
For more information contact Lindsey’s office at 432-263-7361, ext. 7604, or email: email@example.com.
On the 21st of July 2021 at approximately 12:40 A.M., Big Spring Police Department officers and Big Spring Fire/EMS were dispatched to the 1100 blk Lloyd in reference to an unresponsive female victim. Upon arrival officers and EMS found the female subject to be Maria Soto Hispanic/Female 46 years of age, to be deceased.
Soto’s death is suspicious and appears to be a homicide. The Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigations Division and Department of Public Safety Ranger Division were notified and are currently conducting their 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 P3tips.com 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