Be advised that entities are now accepting applications for a place on the ballot for the May 4th City and School Board Election.
The positions that will be open are as follows:
- For the City of Big Spring, the positions are Mayor, and City Council District 5
- For the City of Coahoma, positions are Mayor and 2 City Council @ Large
- For the City of Forsan, positions are (3) City Council @ Large.
- For the Big Spring Independent School District, positions are
- School Board Trustee District 5
- School Board Trustee District 6
- School Board Trustee District 7
- For Coahoma Independent School District positions are (2) Board Trustees @ Large.
- For Forsan Independent School District positions are (2) Board Trustees @ Large.
Deadline to file is Feb. 15th. For more information, contact the entity directly.
Chocolate Fest in Snyder will be on Feb. 9th, from 6-9 PM at the 1818 Arthouse on the downtown square. Local restaurants such as Butcher’s Block, Spanish Inn, Mrs. Kathy’s, 4H Culinary Club, and Ponderosa will bring sample menu items partnered with local wings and gourmet chocolate.
Tickets are $30 each and available at the Scurry County Museum, Eventbrite, or by calling 325-573-6107.
Chocolate Fest is an entertaining fundraiser for the Scurry County Museum presented by the Snyder Chamber of Commerce, Snyder Lions Club, B’s Beverage, Farmyard Vineyards, 1,000 Stories Wine, Horny Toad brewing, First Bank & Trust, and West Texas State Bank.
Last week, the Big Spring City Council approved the purchase of a Fire Truck for the Big Spring Fire Department. The bid was awarded to Lone Star Emergency Group, Inc. for $391,782.00.
During the meeting it was noted that this is $51,000 over budget, but Big Spring Fire Chief Craig Ferguson advised that all 4 bids received from different companies had been over the budgeted amount due to the rising cost of materials.
Chief Ferguson also advised that even though Lone Star Emergency Group was not the lowest bid received, it was a vehicle that met all of the specifications and would be delivered in a timely manner and has the same mechanical components as every other fire truck that they had. The bid that came closer to the budgeted amount had a projected delivery time of 14 months. He stated that the new fire truck was needed as soon as possible, as it would be replacing a 1992 E-1 fire truck that had been in service for 27 years.
The deadline to purchase tickets for the Chamber Extravaganza is today at 5 PM. Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased at the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce, located at 215 W. 3rd.
The event will be on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum on the Sonic Floor and it begins at 6:30 PM. Don’t forget to get there early to score a great seat at your favorite table. This year the Chamber Extravaganza will have food stations for the guests, and guests are encouraged to bring their $1 bills to vote for the best decorated table. Plus, there will many items to bid on from the silent auction!!
During the event the "2018 Man and Woman of the Year" will be announced, and the gavel will be passed from current Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce Board president Manny Negron to incoming president Randy Johnson.
Congratulations to Meade Robuck of Expedition Royalty who was the lucky recipient of the “Diamond in the Bubbly” at Saturday night’s 21st annual Silver Wings Ball.
Attendees had the opportunity to purchase glasses of champagne as a fundraiser for the Hangar 25 Air Museum. Each glass contained a semi-precious stone provided by The Folsom Law Firm, PLLC, and one glass contained a diamond provided by The Jewelers.
After the excitement of finding the diamond, as well as a pearl and emerald, Mr. Robuck donated the diamond and gems back to the Hangar 25 Air Museum.
A miracle in the form of a donated machine to Lubbock’s University Medical Center (UMC) from the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) helped save the life of Coahoma High School student Austyn Montgomery this past summer.
Now the 16-year-old is giving back by serving as the 2019 Miracle Kid for the CMN and KLLL 96.3 annual Miracle Pennies Campaign radiothon. Coahoma ISD is joining the fundraiser this year.
“I am a 16-year-old. I am an artist and a runner and I love to dance, but the thing I am most proud of is I am a part of Children’s Miracle Network,” Montgomery said as she told her story to a group of 130 students and adults attending a CMN Miracle Pennies Campaign kickoff held in Lubbock a few weeks ago. “June 24, 2018, I was in a car accident where I lost my mom and my boyfriend. I had many injuries including a broken femur, broken ribs, and a severely bruised lung.”
Following the accident, Montgomery was flown to UMC’s intensive pediatric care unit.
“My lungs were not doing well that first week,” she said. “They kept collapsing, so I was sent to the cardiac floor to have this machine call ECMO to help oxygenate my blood.”
An ECMO or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation is a machine that pumps and oxygenates blood throughout the body to allow the heart and lungs time to rest and heal.
“Two barn hose size tubes were inserted into my groans,” Montgomery said. “One tube took the blood out of my body and sent it to a machine to put oxygen into my blood while the other tube pushed the blood back into my body. CMN with all their donations had bought this machine to help save lives.”
“It’s very common to use this machine for infants and elders, not for teenagers,” Montgomery continued. “I was the first teenager at UMC to ever have ECMO.”
At the time, Montgomery said her chances at survival were at 50 percent.
“The machine ended up saving my life, but it didn’t fix all of my problems,” she said. “I ended up having four chest tubes, a trach, and surgery to clean out my lungs.”
More than just healing her physical injuries, Montgomery said the staff helped her “feel normal again,” during her 42-day hospital stay.
“My favorite thing beside the staff was the teen room which CMN put together,” she said. “The day I went, I watched Mary Poppins, and I felt so comfortable that I fell asleep. When it was time to leave, they woke me up, and I was sad to leave.”
Unfortunately, Montgomery caught an infection and the staff felt she should not return to the teen room for the rest of her stay at the hospital.
“So I couldn’t go to the teen room, they brought the teen room back to me,” she said. “They brought movies and an Xbox and paint and all amazing stuff to make me feel normal again. If it wasn’t for the donations that CMN had made, I wouldn’t be alive right now. Not only does CMN buy gadgets to help kids feel normal, but they also buy gadgets to save lives. I am here to encourage you to save a life and donate.”
Coahoma ISD will host a kickoff for the Miracle Pennies Campaign Friday during an afternoon school assembly in the high school auditorium. For the next two weeks, Coahoma schools will hold a variety of fundraisers from Hat Day and Pajama Day to no-shave pass and classroom penny wars. The community can also participate by bringing donations to the school office.
Money raised for the campaign stays local, according the CMN website. Donations support the need of 170-member children's hospitals including treatment, health care service, and medical equipment. The radiothon is set for Feb. 28 at UMC.
(Information and photos provided by Coahoma Media.)
Recent photos of Moss Lake in Howard County show that water levels have dropped extremely low. Many people believe that the lake is drying up, but John Grant, General Manager for the Colorado River Municipal Water District, told KBest News that the lake is being drained for a maintenance project.
"We're putting in a valve in the pipeline between Moss Creek Lake and our pump station below the damn," said Grant. "We've always needed a kind of isolation valve there. So, we're doing it during the winter so we can drop the lake level down during the winter. We'll get the work down here in a couple of weeks and we think the lake will be full again by about the first of March."
Grant noted that with the valve, the CRMWD would be able to shut the lake off if a problem arose at the pump station so that they could perform maintenance quicker.
Grant stated that they began draining the lake 5 weeks ago, and actually used as much as they could to pump into their system. He noted that with the valve, the CRMWD would be able to shut the lake off if a problem arose at the pump station so that they could perform maintenance quicker.
During last night’s Big Spring City Council meeting, 3 Proposals presented to Mayor Larry McLellan & City Council members to assist federal workers affected by the partial government shutdown were unanimously approved. They are as follows:
1) Monday - Friday, from 11 AM to 1:30 PM: A Free Lunch Meal for federal Staff will be offered with their federal worker ID at the Dora Roberts Community Center, located in Comanche Trail Park, for the duration of the shutdown.
2) All payments for Water, Sewer & Sanitation can be delayed upon request and there will be no late fees / zero disconnect of services during the shutdown. Due date for utility services provided will be extended to 30 days after the Government re-opens or unpaid federal workers receive payment for their work.
Federal workers can simply go to the Water billing office @ 501 Runnels in Big Spring and present their federal employee ID for automatic approval. After the shutdown concludes- Payment arrangements will be evaluated on a case by case basis as they want the opportunity to make the process as easy as possible for you. Contact Felicia Guerra, Water Officer Supervisor for the City of Big Spring, at 432-264-2540 or email her at email@example.com for more information.
3) City Leaders voiced / communicated that it is their expectation that all entities within the community be understanding of the financial circumstance of affected federal workers during this time. They also passed a resolution to encourage Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Legislature to authorize extensions of time to pay real estate property taxes w/o incurring interest or penalties during the shutdown.
Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services, is urging everyone to become a blood donor.
According to Dianne Scott, Senior Donor Recruitment Representative for Vitalant, blood supplies have reached a critical low. Scott says that her office keeps up with the blood supply every day and she noted that more than 90 percent of the time there’s not a lot of blood on the shelf. She stated that all blood types are encouraged to donate blood, but there is a huge need for O+ and O- blood types.
Scenic Mountain Medical Center will have a blood drive today from 9 AM to 3 PM in their main parking lot at 1601 W. 11th Pl. in Big Spring. You can still sign up for an appointment at bloodhero.com. If you miss out on the blood drive today, you can sign up for the next blood drive at City of Big Spring Council Chambers on Friday, Feb. 1st.
Dozens of people turned out for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Walk yesterday evening.
According to Senior Pastor Michael Smith of Mt. Bethel Baptist Church, the sponsoring organization, the event allows the city and surrounding towns to understand that we, in Howard County, are not as divided as our national political leaders are. He noted that Dr. King is an important icon in bringing us together and showing that we are better together.
This was the fourth year for Mt. Bethel Baptist Church to organize the event
Howard County Young Democrats have decided to step away from efforts to organize the donation drive for federal workers in order to allow a more experienced organization to lead.
The following is a statement released by HCYD President Shiloh Salazar:
"As of this morning the Howard County Young Democrats will be stepping away from the efforts to organize the donation drive for federal workers. We are very humbled to have been able to help so many and educate others about those who wake up every day and go to work without pay.
In the words of former President Obama, “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” Our organization stepped up when very little was being done to help our fellow family members, we got the ball rolling, but now it’s time for us to step aside and hand over operations to people who are more qualified and experienced in organizing help. We are proud to say that Isaiah 58 has stepped up to help workers more efficiently than we could at the current time. From here on out I WILL BE SUSPENDING ALL DROP OFF LOCATIONS. FURTHERMORE, THE ACCOUNT AT COSDEN WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY and turned into gift cards. here forth DONATIONS CAN BE MADE AT ISAIAH 58 during their normal business hours. Their hours are as follows; Monday & Tuesday 8-11 and then 2-630 Wednesday & Friday 8-11.
We are sad that this has to end but many factors are at play here. First, we feel that by stepping away those that could not see past our name would be willing to help the workers more. It is sad but there are some in this town that cannot put politics aside to come together, and that’s okay. Secondly, Isaiah 58 has been at this a lot longer than we have and can more easily help the workers in one central location. Finally, we believe this is in the best interest of the workers. Sometimes you need to know when to swallow your pride and step back so you don’t hold others back and that is what we are doing. We do not want to pull from too many resources at one time incase this shutdown runs on. We also don’t want to put all of our eggs in one basket and burn out the community. From here on out the Howard County Young Democrats will be focusing on our other projects to help the community. This is not an end to our efforts in helping the community. We will continue to work with Isaiah 58 but on an as need basis.
We as an organization appreciate all the support we have gotten from the community, I want to make clear this is not about pride, ego, attention, or otherwise. This is 100% about the workers and that is why we are doing this. By not stepping aside we feel that the workers will not receive all the care they could otherwise. We were humbled by the automatic support we received and hope that the community will keep up the momentum. I hope politicians in DC can learn from the bipartisan efforts in this town. I have to agree with former President Truman, “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”
Again, thank you all. Remember progression cannot happen if we do not work in bipartisan. This is no longer about politics but about helping people in your community.
The City of Big Spring is applying for funding through the Texas Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The primary objective of the program is to develop viable communities by providing funds which the City of Big Spring intends to use for replacement of aging water lines in the city.
The grant application requires the completion of a community survey. Letters and blank surveys were sent out, but they still lack many responses. As of now, at least 55 more surveys must be completed by January 31st in order meet the required 80% response rate and submit the grant application on time.
There are several addresses that the City of Big Spring attempted to survey but were unable to gain a response from. These addresses are in the following areas:
100 to 200 block of East 13th Street
100 block of East 15th Street
100 to 500 block of East 16th Street
1100 to 1500 block of Austin Street
1100 to 1700 block of Runnels Street
Be advised that completed surveys from residents at these addresses is crucial to the application’s completion. Code Enforcement employees have begun delivering surveys to these addresses and will continue through Saturday, January 19th. If no one is home at the residence, the survey will be left on the door. Residents are asked to look for the envelope and return the completed survey to City Hall as soon as possible.
Residents can return completed surveys by mail using the self-addressed, stamped envelope provided or hand deliver them to City Hall Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 AM and 12:00 PM or 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM. You can also arrange to have your completed survey picked up by calling City Hall at 264-2347.
Feel free to contact the Assistant City Manager’s office at 432-264-2345, with any questions or concerns.
Today is Day 27 of the ongoing partial government shutdown and many prison workers from the Federal Correctional Institution-Big Spring continue to work without pay.
Local organization Howard County Young Democrats is partnering with the Howard County Young Republicans and Howard County Democrats to rally help for local families affected at FCI Big Spring.
Shiloh Salazar, President of the Howard County Young Democrats, told KBEST News that they are organizing a food and goods drive for families affected by the shutdown. They are asking the community to donate non-perishable food items and household goods such as toiletries, and laundry detergent so that they can be distributed to the local FCI and USDA workers.
Drop off locations include KBST/KBest Media, Gold Rush, Mezcal, KBYG, Pizza Inn, North Side Movement, and All Washed Up.
Mayo Sauce Family Diner is offering 50% discount for families and free for individuals with a government ID. Taco Villa and Pizza inn are offering 10% off for those affected as well. All Washed Up is offering free washes for affected families.
Next Tuesday (1/22/19) Double L BBQ is feeding the affected staff from 5-7pm at Miss Royale on Gregg St. Next Friday (1/25/19) W Square is feeding affected staff as well.
There is an account set up at Cosden FCU under “Shiloh Salazar” that will soon be changed to “Government Shutdown Emergency Fund” and the public can make monetary donations to that account.
The combined effort of the Howard County Young Democrats and Republicans is stated on the HCYD Facebook page, “Things only happen if we work in bipartisan.”
The Big Spring Convention and Visitors Bureau and BAD Events, LLC are excited to announce the first artist to perform for the 2nd Annual FMH Foundation’s Song Swap at the Spring that will be held on June 6, 2019 at the Historic Spring Marie Hall Plaza and Performance Stage and SM Energy Pavilion is Texas Country Artist, William Clark Green. William Clark Green released his first album in 2008, and has since released 5 studio albums and 1 live album and been in the top 20 of the of the US Country Album Charts. Along with William Clark Green we will be announcing the other two artists on February 15th and March 25th.
They will also have Justin Frazell with the nationally syndicated, TxRDR radio show to emcee the event this year. Justin Frazell’s nationally syndicated show is in over 20 markets and 7 states across America and we are excited to welcome him to Big Spring! The concert will take place on Thursday, June 6th with gates opening at 5 PM.
According to City Ordinance no alcohol is allowed in the Historic Spring Plaza but they will be setting up speakers along with a video wall with live feed of the performers at the SM Energy Pavilion which will provide live access to the concert, the Big Spring CVB and BAD Events are very excited about this new improvement to the Song Swap!
Tickets for the event will go on sale on April 15th, stay tuned for the next artist in February.
The Battle for Big Spring, the freestyle rap battle contest, is set for Saturday, Jan. 19th, at the Desert Flower Art Bar.
During the event, 8 contestants – Antonio Blokka, Michael Mess, Shober Neva Sober, Young gaudy, 7 fold, Jab, Young Locc, and CJ Pimp – will attempt to lyrically dismantle their opponents throughout 3 rounds. The winner will move on to Battle for the Basin, as well as receive a music video sponsored by Nextanity Independent Radio, and custom art work from Tru_Form Designs.
Performances included throughout the night will be from: Ono, Ketchup, Antonio Blokka, Loets, G Boi, Flare, Voodoo child, CJ Pimp, and N-do. The event will be hosted by co-hosted by CJ Pimp and DJ Shay.
Tickets are currently sold out for the event. CJ McPherson, stage name “CJ Pimp”, local rapper and DJ, has been an organizer for the event. When asked how he felt about the show selling out in less than a month, he stated that he couldn’t believe it and he was thankful for everyone who’s been supportive. He went on to say that he’s excited to see how his future shows will turn out as well.
Yesterday was Thank a Veteran Day in Big Spring and KBest Media would like to thank Thomas Oakley, 3-year United States Army veteran, for his service.
Oakley is from southern Maryland and enlisted with the U.S. Army in 1967 when he was 18 years old, even though he had many men in his family who had served in the U.S. Navy. When asked why he chose Army, he stated that his hope was to become a helicopter mechanic, but, instead, he served in infantry and fought battles.
After discharging, Oakley says he drove a taxi for 2 years and eventually went to work for the U.S. Navy as a carpenter. He retired from that department after 33 years.
Even though he had spent time as a Prisoner of War while serving in the Army, Oakley still served his country and noted that they have great education opportunities for anyone willing to serve.
Every year many people make New Year resolutions to become more active, and pursue a healthier lifestyle. Ladies, if you’re serious about making that change then the YMCA in Big Spring has a program that can help.
Their 4th annual 14 Days of Success Women’s Boot Camp will begin on Monday, January 21st. Classes begin at 5 AM and are 30 minutes long. This Class will meet for 14 straight days, Monday-Sunday, January 21-February 3rd.
According to Dathan Jones, CEO of the YMCA in Big Spring, this is a great way to get a jump start on making a lifestyle change because it's in a group setting.
Cost is $40 for Ymca members, or $50 for non-members.
The class is open to all ages and all fitness levels, no prerequisites are needed.
Today is the last day to sign-up. For more information, contact Dathan at 432 254-9949.
The Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March will be on Monday, Jan. 21st. The event will begin at 6 PM on the corner of MLK Blvd and U.S. Hwy 87 in Big Spring. It’s noted that this is a city-wide event open to walkers, joggers, bikes, cars, vans, or traveling in a bus. All are welcomed to participate in this event.
BIG SPRING, TEXAS – Scenic Mountain Medical Center, a 146-bed facility in Big Spring, Texas, has announced they will be joining the Steward Health Care system upon completion of the transaction, which is expected to take place at the end of the first quarter.
“Yes, I can confirm our hospital is being purchased and will be joining the Steward Health Care system of hospitals in the near future. We look forward to sharing additional updates as they are available. We are excited about this new chapter in our hospital’s history and the dedication Steward shares with us to serve our community’s health care needs,” SMMC CEO Emma Krabill, said.
Statement from Steward Health Care System:
Pending the completion of this transaction, we look forward to welcoming Scenic Mountain Medical Center into the Steward family. Since our founding in 2010, Steward has grown to become the country’s leading physician-led, private for-profit hospital operator by building a different kind of health care company – one that unlocks access to affordable, high-quality and economically sustainable care. We look forward to continuing to further strengthening Scenic Mountain’s reputation as a pillar of the Big Spring community, and building on its longstanding commitment to delivering exceptional care.
The Coahoma ISD Board of Trustees officially named Brad Cox to the superintendent position Tuesday night.
“Dr. Amy Jacobs has set CISD along a great path,” Cox said. “I am excited to have the opportunity to work with the CISD board and staff in continuing this path for our students and community.”
Cox brings 17 years of experience in the education field to the job and has served as the assistant superintendent at Coahoma since 2014.
He started his career at ECISD. He then went to De Leon ISD where he was hired as a coach and teacher. Cox served as the head football coach at Klondike ISD for three seasons before he was hired at his alma mater, Grady High School, as the head football coach and athletic director.
Cox is a 2002 graduate of the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and earned his master’s degree from UTPB in 2009.
Effective Tuesday, Cox officially filled the shoes of Dr. Jacobs who moves into a advisory position to help with the transition through the district’s fiscal year. Dr. Jacobs announced in October of her departure in the fall of 2019 to work in the nonprofit industry.
In December, trustees named Cox as the lone finalist for the position to replace Dr. Jacobs, who has served as the CISD superintendent since March of 2012. Trustees were required by state law to wait 21 days before making the official hire.
Coahoma ISD is a 3A district in rural west Texas located in east Howard County serving 1,100 students in grades pre kindergarten through 12th grade.
Photo: Brad Cox, right, is pictured with his wife, Christina, and their four children Isabella, Boyd, Julia, and Gabby. Cox was officially named as the new CISD superintendent by the Board of Trustees Tuesday night.
(Information and photo by Coahoma Media.)
The Big Spring Fire Department announced that they had received a donation from Occidental Petroleum Corporation (OXY) in the amount of $10,000 for the purchase of bunker gear and cardiac monitor equipment.
The Hotel/Motel Tax Fund budget was increased by over $45,000 for the purpose adding additional funding for the Convention and Visitors Bureau events such as the Iron Orchard Movie Premiere, the trial run for the 2020 Pan American Hang Gliding Championships, the 2nd Annual Song Swap at the Spring, and a Texas Trail Plains Conference that will be held in Big Spring in the coming months, as well as any other events what will be held in Big Spring that are specifically sponsored by the CVB and not any other organization.
Progressive Commercial Aquatics, Inc. was awarded the bids for the Aquatic Center Improvements, for a total of $220,062.18. According to John Medina, Assistant City Manager for the City of Big Spring, the bid came in $8,000 below budget. Improvements include re-plastering the pool, and repainting the slide and play features at the Russ McEwen Aquatic Center.
Designed to increase awareness of the Crossroads area in the state legislature, every two years local residents and officials will once again join at the state capitol for Howard
County Day at the Capitol Wednesday, February 27, 2019.
The planning committee indicates there will be a full slate of activities planned for the day long event.
“For those who are planning to take advantage of the bus we have chartered, we’ll be leaving from the east parking lot at Howard College’s Dorothy Garrett Coliseum at 3:30 am” said Teresa Darden, Executive Assistant with Big Spring EDC.
Be advised that it will be $40 to take the bus. Food and drinks on the bus will be the responsibility of those traveling and on the way back the bus will stop off in Spicewood at Opie’s BBQ which will be Dutch treat. Arrival back to Howard College will be approximately 7:30 pm.
According to the planning committee, the time at the Capitol will be well spent, featuring a number of events to help highlight Big Spring and Howard County.
Resolutions will be read on the floor of the House and Senate proclaiming February 27, 2019 Howard County Day at the Capitol. BSHS Meister Singers will be performing in the Extension Open Air Rotunda, and pictures with our Legislators.
Darden said area residents planning to attend are asked to register ahead of time, whether they will be taking the bus or a private vehicle, by contacting the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce or the Big Spring EDC office. Also be advised that the deadline to pay for a bus ticket is February 15th.
“We’re asking everyone to wear a Howard County shirt with khaki pants or skirt”, Darden said. “If you don’t already have one of the black Howard County shirts, you can
order one by contacting the Big Spring EDC office. They are $29 and the deadline for the black Howard County shirts is January 25th."
Darden said the planning committee works very hard to make this day a great success.
Howard County Day at the Capitol is an excellent way to catch the attention of lawmakers in the Lone Star State and let them know Howard County residents are very interested in how state policy affects the Crossroads community.
“This is a great chance to see first-hand how the legislature works,” she said. “They make the laws that affect our lives, day after day. It’s very important that we let them know we’re interested in how the laws they make impact our lives.”
For more information on Howard County Day at the Capitol, call Big Spring EDC at 264-6032 or Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce at 263-7641.
The next Alive After 5, an event sponsored by the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce, will be hosted by Star, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram of Big Spring, and will be co-hosted by Porter's, and Big Mike's Farm Store
Clint Fox, General Manager for Star, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram of Big Spring, told KBest news that they saw the opportunity to host a great way to invite people to check out their facility and what they have to offer.
Be advised that the event is for Chamber members and non-members. If you’re interested in becoming a chamber member, this event is a great way to check it out, meet people, and ask questions.
The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce serves as an advocate for creation, growth and general welfare of businesses in Howard County. The Chamber actively promotes the expansion of business opportunities on behalf of its members through referrals, luncheons/breakfasts, and seminars, partnerships, technical assistance, and marketing.
Chamber Ambassadors are part of the local Chamber of Commerce and help to spread goodwill for Chamber members. According to Tana Bradley, Ambassador Director for the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce, the Ambassadors are a coordinated group that show up to events, gather people, and help to spread the word and excitement about upcoming events.
The group meets once a month during lunch, and it’s a great way to meet new people and build connections with local business owners and employees. If you’d like to become an ambassador, pick up an application from the Chamber office located at 215 W. 3rd St. If you’d like to become a chamber member, contact Debbye Valverde, Executive Director for the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce at 432-263-7641.
(Photo: Chamber Ambassadors joined by Chamber Members for a "Thank You" presentation at The Wardrobe in December 2018.)
The beginning of each new year inspires people to dream big and set goals. If one of your goals this year is to find an outlet to creatively express yourself, you won’t have to look any further than the Open Mic Night at the Desert Flower Art Bar on Thursday nights at 9 PM.
Sergio Cervantes, local stand-up comic, has been taking advantage of Open Mic Night to hone his craft for almost 3 years. He told KBest News that his first time on stage was meant to be a one-time experience but he fell in love with it.
"I really can't believe it's been almost three years! It's awesome, and to think how far I've grown as a comic. It's really cool to think about because when I first started off I was absolute garbage."
When asked how an Open Mic Night is beneficial to anyone looking to sharpen their craft in front of an audience, Cervantes stated that open mics offer absolute freedom.
"Here [at the Desert Flower Art Bar], it's amazing because you're free to say whatever you want and perform however you want," said Cervantes. "I've always thought of that as an incredible thing for open mics. You're able to do whatever you want and there's no stopping you. There's nobody saying 'You need to hold back doing this;' 'Oh, you're cursing too much;' [or] 'You need to do this material.' You're finding out what you're good at, and you just go with it."
According to Jeremiah Peters with the Desert Flower Art Bar, the establishment has always been open to musicians and artists of all kind. Feel free to participate or check out the next Open Mic Night at the Desert Flower Art Bar, this Thursday at 9 PM.
This year’s Chamber Extravaganza will be on Tuesday, Feb. 5th, at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum on the Sonic Floor. Doors for the event open at 6:30 PM and the event begins at 7. The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce is in the process of contacting members about the event. This year there will be 45 tables available to sponsor and decorate.
As in previous years, the event is for Chamber members and non-members who are interested in joining and creating partnerships within the community.
During the event, the 2018 Man and Woman of the year will be announced, as well as the passing of the gavel from current President of the Board of Directors Manny Negron, Tourism Coordinator for the City of Big Spring, to incoming President Randy Johnson, Superintendent of Forsan ISD.
Tickets for the event are on sale now for $30 each and can be purchased at the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce.
(Photo - 2017 Man and Woman of the Year, Mike Abusaab and Dene Sheppard, from last year's Chamber Extravaganza.)
The beginning of the year comes with many New Year resolutions. A common resolution made during this time of year is to drop a few pounds that may have accumulated over the holidays. If your desire is to be more active this year, or just to maintain your current fitness level here’s an opportunity coming your way.
Permian Basin Events is an organization that loves fitness and helping others get fit. In addition to this, they also raise money for worthy causes. Next month, the 5k event Run2Love2Run will be on Saturday, Feb. 9th at 10 AM. Participants will begin the race at Park Headquarters at the top of the Big Spring State Park. Awards for the top 3 male, female, and couples categories will be given out. It should be noted that couples must cross the finish line together in order to place.
This year’s 8th annual Run2Love2Run event will benefit CASA of West Texas. Registration for the race is available at permianbasinevents.com.
Volunteers are needed to help with this year’s Relay for Life of Howard and Glasscock Counties event, “Relay through the Decades: A Cure Never Goes out of Style” that is set for Saturday, May 11th, from 4-10 PM. This year will be Big Spring’s 25th anniversary to hold the event and this year it will be held outside at Comanche Trail Park.
A planning meeting for this year’s Relay for Life event will be on Thursday, Jan. 10th, at 6:30 PM at Hunan’s Chinese Restaurant in Big Spring. The meeting is for those currently on the Leadership team and anyone interested in volunteering to help make the event the best it can possibly be. Candice Escamilla, Community Development Manager for the American Cancer Society, told KBest News that volunteers help with everything from decorating, entertainment, and set up, to the survivor celebration. She noted that the more volunteers they have, the task of putting it together isn't as tough.
Relay for Life is a community-based fundraising event for the American Cancer Society. In addition to conducting cancer research, the American Cancer Society also provides rides to and from treatment facilities for cancer patients, and provide lodging for the patients and caregivers. Escamilla also advised that the organization also provides free wigs through Merle Norman Cosmetics in Big Spring, as well as other services.
According to Howard County Volunteer Fire Chief Mitchell Hooper, the HCVFD got called out at approximately 1:30 am on January 1st for large flames on FM 669 and County Road 36. He advised that upon their arrival, they found 4 horizontal treaters on fire that had pressurized gas and oil coming out of them.
Chief Hooper noted that the oil company had shut down all of the oil wells coming into the location. HCVFD extinguished the ground spill and had to wait about 3 hours for the pressure to decrease enough so they could go in and close multiple valves to extinguish the rest of the fire and cool the tanks.
Temperatures during the night got down to 25 degrees with a wind chill of 10 degrees. No injuries were reported, just some frozen hoses and valves. Chief Hooper noted that the units went back in service around 5 am that same morning.
(Photo shared from the Facebook page of Josh Sullivan.)
Howard County elected and appointed officials were sworn in this morning during a special meeting of the Howard County Commissioners Court by now former Judge Bennie Green. This was Judge Green's final official act before settling into retirement after 37 years of service to Howard County.
The list of those sworn in this morning includes: County Clerk Brent Zitterkopf, County Judge Kathryn Wiseman, County Treasurer Sharon Adams, Justice of the Peace Pct. 1, Pl. 2 Judge Robert Fitzgibbons, Justice of the Peace Pct. 2 Judge Connie Shaw, and County Commissioner Craig Bailey, Precinct 2. Angela Griffin, an appointed official, also took her oath at that time as well.
Griffin was sworn in as the new Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, Place 1, and will be taking over the rest of Judge Bennie Green's term. Judge Griffin stated that she is excited to take over the position and was excited that she was able to get sworn into office in front of her family who were there to support her.
Others who will be sworn in are District Clerk Colleen Barton, District Judge Timothy Yeats, and Howard County Commissioner John Cline.
Before the officials were sworn in, Howard County Elections Administrator Jodi Duck spoke about the Canvassing Report for Howard County for the General Election held on Nov. 6, 2018. She reported that 7,433 voters turned out for the last election, which was a 44% turnout. Duck noted that this was an 8.67 percent increase in voter turnout from the 2014 Gubernatorial Election.
Several Big Spring and Howard County residents will finally be able to display their acting skills on the movie screen early this year.
The first will be the free screening of Carnage Radio, a short film by Big Spring filmmakers James Fite and Brandon Johnson. The film will be shown at the Big Spring Municipal Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 2nd at 7 PM. After the film there will be a Q&A session with the cast and crew along with an after party. The runtime for the film is 30 minutes. Be advised that seating is limited and there will only be available for the first 1200 guests.
Also debuting in February is the Iron Orchard, the movie that was filmed in Big Spring. The film is about a young man thrust into the vibrant and brutal West Texas oilfields circa 1939 who works his way through the ranks to ultimately become a formidable wildcatter. The Iron Orchard is set to premier Feb. 22nd in select theaters in the Midland-Odessa and Dallas-Ft. Worth areas.
***PLEASE NOTE*** Due to the severe icing conditions, the FM Radio Towers will have intermittent issues with icing and may even go out altogether at times. You can still hear our radio stations CRYSTAL CLEARLY through our free apps and at www.kbst.com
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Road conditions in Howard County are VERY icy. This morning we had steady drizzle that has frozen on the streets. KBEST encourages you to stay off of the roads if possible. If you must drive allow a lot of extra time. Remember, you can check road conditions anywhere in the State at http://drivetexas.org
GOD BLESS OUR 1st RESPONDERS as they keep us safe and secure in this weather!
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HWY 158 CLOSED from Sterling City to Midland due to severe ice!
Dr. Haddad's office will be closed at 12:00 pm. If you have an appointment please go in Friday Morning.
Revision - Howard County Appraisal District offices will be closed all day today
Big Spring Senior Center will NOT be delivering meals today. They are still open but not delivering meals.
ALL Big Spring Basketball games are cancelled (Lady Steers and Steers).
Howard College Basketball cancelled this afternoon.
Tubb Quarry is closed today.
First Baptist Church Big Spring has cancelled Wednesday night services tonight.
"The Wardrobe" is closed today and tomorrow (01/03/19) due to weather.
Spanish Inn is closed today due to weather.
The Heritage Museum is closed today.
Westside Day Care is closed today.
Big Spring Education Credit Union is CLOSED today.
ALL Glasscock County Offices are closed.
Ward Family Dental, PC is closed today.
Crossfit Big Spring has cancelled today's 9:30 AM class and tomorrow's (01/03/19) 5:30 AM class is also cancelled.
Trax - Local Transportation for Big Spring has been cancelled due to road conditions.
** EARLY CLOSURES**
New Hope Christian School - closing at 10:30 am.
Hillcrest Child Development Center will be closing at 12:30 today. Please make arrangements to pick up your child. A decision will be made about closing tomorrow will be made this evening.
Pirkle Weir Insurance Agency will be open from 10 am - 3:00 pm today.
Howard County Library hoping to open at 10:00 am.
Bargain Mart will open at 10:00 am.
Dr. Ahmed's office will open at 9:00 am.
HNB Mortgage will open late.
Glasscock County Stock Show has been moved to 2:00 pm this afternoon.
ALL Big Spring CITY OFFICES will have a late opening. Offices will open at 10:00 am.
Social Security Administration Office will open late at 10:00 am.
Scenic Mountain medical Group (the clinic side of the hospital) delayed until 9 am. Includes all their outside office, Family Medical Center. If you have a non-illness appointment, please, please call and reschedule. Don't come out in this if it is not necessary.
Tommy Churchwell Farmers Insurance Agent - Churchwell Insurance will have a late opening. The office line will be answered.
Cornerhouse Coffee late opening
**AREAS OF ICY REPORTED CONDITIONS:**
South 87 reported to be very treacherous. Report of a pick-up roll over South of Big Spring.
Report that Hwy 350 N is very slick.
FM 821 between Coahoma & Forsan very slick.
FM 461 is also very slick.
Areas around Federal Prison (particularly on Randolph) are very slick. Reports of multiple cars that have slid off of the road.
I-20 to the East of Big Spring in the Westbrook ares is reporting icy conditions.
Traffice East & West bound in that area is moving VERY slowly.
Wasson Road is very icy.
3rd & 4th Streets reported to be very slick.
FM 700 & Birdwell is very dangerous. Consider exiting Kentwood via Baylor Road.
11th place extension over to Moss Lake Rd. is extremely icy.