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Johnson & Johnson One Dose COVID-19 Vaccines will be available in Big Spring beginning Monday, April 12, 2021


The City of Big Spring and Howard County Emergency management, in collaboration with the Texas Division of Emergency Management and the National Guard is pleased to announce the Johnson & Johnson One Dose COVID-19 vaccine is HERE!!

 

DATES:

Monday, April 12th thru Wednesday, April 14th

Scenic Mountain Medical Center (1601 W. 11th Place)

10 AM to 6 PM

 

Thursday, April 15th and Friday, April 16th

Lamun-Lusk- Sanchez State Veterans Home (1809 N. Hwy 87)

10 AM to 6 PM

 

DETAILS: The ONE DOSE Johnson & Johnson vaccination will be administered to recipients. Vaccines will be available for ANYONE (18 years old and above) wanting to receive it and no appointment is necessary.

 

 

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Thank You for Your Investment - Big Spring Abstract & Title


On Tuesday morning, the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce held a "Thank You for Your Investment" presentation for Big Spring Abstract & Title Co., Inc. to to thank them for all that they do for the community.

 

Big Spring Abstract & Title Co., Inc. is a title insurance company.

 

"So whenever you go to buy your house and are spending a large amount of money on your home, we make sure that your title is clear. That's a good chain of title. There are no liens on it, no encumbrances, and that what you're paying for is what you're getting. So we make sure to ensure that your title is clear," said Reina Cisneros, Owner of Big Spring Abstract & Title Co., Inc.

 

Cisneros told KBest News that they are proud to be locally owned and operated and they do their best to support their community.

 

She went on to say that realtors will bring the buyer's contract to them. "They can't necessarily refer one title company over the other, but if you have a preference, you can request that your realtor send you over to Big Spring Abstract & Title."

 

Big Spring Abstract & Title Co., Inc. is located at 208 W. 3rd St., in Big Spring and can be contacted at 432-267-1604.

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Artist Reception for Big Spring's Meghan F. Bias on Saturday, April 10th at Heritage Museum.


 

The Heritage Museum of Big Spring and Howard County will have an artist reception for Meghan F. Bias, creator of the “Expectations and Illusions” art exhibit, tomorrow evening at 6 PM. 

 

Bias’ works on display now range from her days in college up to recent finished pieces. It includes pastels, and big acrylic paintings, and mixed media items that involve mannequins.  

 

Bias included a guest book with the exhibit to encourage visitors to make comments about her work if they'd like to leave feedback.

 

Everyone is welcomed to attend Saturday’s reception at the Heritage Museum, located at 510 Scurry St. in Big Spring. Anyone who'd like to talk with her or ask questions is welcomed to do so at that time. Again, the artist reception for Bias will begin at 6 PM and the "Expectations and Illusions" art exhibit will be on display through April 23, 2021.

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Big Spring ISD Launches New Mobile App


Parent and community engagement enhanced with new district mobile app.

 

Big Spring, Texas, Wednesday, April 7 th , 2021 – The latest news and information from schools in Big Spring ISD are now available on smartphones and mobile devices with a new mobile app launching Wednesday, April 7, 2021. Big Spring ISD is partnering with Blackboard to expand its communications outreach with a mobile app that is now available in the online iTunes® and Google Play® app stores for free.

 

The mobile app will offer a constantly updated feed of district news and events with photos and links to the district’s website. The app can also be customized by the user by selecting the schools they are most interested in for news and updates. Users can also choose to receive push notifications to get breaking news, updates about school closures, calendar changes, or even sports updates.

 

“Big Spring ISD is committed to keeping our community members actively engaged and connected with our school district” said Jay McWilliams, Big Spring ISD Superintendent. “We strongly believe that our new app will help keep our parents and community members up to date on the various events and activities taking place each and every day in our school district. I sincerely hope all of you will download the app and keep up with the outstanding things happening in Steer Nation!”

 

Parents and the public are encouraged to download this free mobile app to their smart-devices at:

BSISD App on Google Play Store-

http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.blackboard.community.bsisd

BSISD App on Apple App Store-https://apps.apple.com/us/app/big-spring-isd/id1558187940

 

About Big Spring ISD

Big Spring Independent School District is a public school district based in Big Spring, Texas which serves approximately 4000 students in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade on nine campuses.

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Entries for Area Wide Art Show in Big Spring to begin accepting entries April 29 - 30, 2021


The Big Spring Art Association and the Heritage Museum will be hosting their Area Wide Art Show from May 4 to May 27, 2021.

 

Entries will be accepted on Thursday and Friday, April 29-30 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.The show  will open May 4th with a ribbon cutting by the Big Spring Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors. 

 

A category for miniature paintings has been added this year. Sizes smaller than 10” on all sides will be the criteria for this category. Other categories include Oil/Acrylics; Pastels/Colored Pencil;  Photography; Mixed Media/ Watercolor; 3D/Sculpture/Jewelry/Stained Glass; Digital Art (Must be  original work); 

Cash prizes and ribbons will be awarded. Best of Show will receive $ 150.00; First place in each  category $ 50.00; Second place each category $ 35.00; Third place each category will receive  a ribbon. 

 

Presentation of awards and reception will be held May 27, 2021 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. 

 

For more information please contact Michelle Worthan, mrs.worthan1111@gmail.com; Sandee Lockhart, b-slockhart@live.com; Linda Rupard, happyartist67@yahoo.com

 

 

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First day of STAAR Testing canceled due to statewide connectivity issues


On Tuesday, April 6, 2021, Coahoma ISD announced that testing for the STAAR grade 4 writing, grade 7 writing and high school end of the course English 1 will resume on Tuesday, April 13, after the Texas Education Agency advised school districts to stop testing Tuesday morning because of connectivity issues with the online testing platform.

 

As of now, the high school end of course STAAR English 2 will still be administered today as scheduled.

 

Tuesday morning, CISD students taking these three STAAR tests began to have connectivity issues early in the testing process. The CISD administration learned this was happening statewide caused by issues with the testing platform and was advised by the Texas Education Agency to stop testing for the day.

 

Students were then transitioned to other instructional activities for the rest of the day.

 

Big Spring ISD students were also impacted by this as well.

 

Both BSISD and CISD will provide updated information to parents and students when it becomes available.

 

While the STAAR test is required this year, results for elementary and middle school students will not affect students’ ability to move up to the next grade.

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Big Spring Rotary Club recognizes Students of the Month for March and April 2021.


On Tuesday, April 6, 2021, the Big Spring Rotary Club recognized their Students of the Month for March and April from Forsan, Coahoma, and Big Spring high schools.

 

Forsan's Thomas Gabehart and Cameron Allan were recognized along with Coahoma's Julia Cox and Brysen Kerby. Three students were recognized from Big Spring High School - Falicia Dahya, Maddie Miller, and Mattox Evans.

 

According to BSHS Principal Mike Ritchey, Dahya, Miller, and Evans will graduate from Howard College with their Associates Degree before they graduate from Big Spring High School this May.

 

 

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 Big Spring Charter Review Committee Meeting - TONIGHT, 04/07/21


As of last week’s meeting, the Big Spring Charter Review Committee has worked through the first eight Articles of the Big Spring City Charter. The recommended amendments include:

 

  • allowing two council members to call a special meeting, as opposed to 3 members;
  • adding language to ensure that a quorum is based on a full council - meaning that at least 4 council members must be present to call a meeting and conduct business;
  • residency requirements which would require councilmembers to reside in the district that they represent. This would also mean that if at anytime the council member does not meet all requirements he or she would forfeit their position.

 

The scope of this committee is to review the Charter for the City of Big Spring and to recommend changes to the Charter to the City Council for possible submission to the qualified electors of the City of Big Spring.

 

Big Spring Charter Review Committee will meet this evening at 5:30 PM at the City Council Chambers. Tonight's agenda includes discussion and possible action on the topics of term limits, automatic resignation, the repeal of bonding requirements for City Council, establishing fiscal year of the City, and rewriting Article VI, City Officers and Employees. They will also have discussion and possible action on the issuance of debt consistant with State law; disaster preparation; contiguity of government' duties and responsibilities of Mayor Pro Tempore, Acting City Manager, and Interim City Manager. The topics of the Charter Review Committee, City Council, City Manager, Staff Relations; the recommended amendments to the City Charter, All Articles, and related law.

 

You can watch a live broadcast of the meeting on local Suddenlink channel 17, or a live stream on the city website at mybigspring.com, or on our KBest Media Facebook page.  

 

Find the agenda for tonight's meeting here:

http://mybigspring.com/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_04072021-459 

 

View the meeting on the City of Big Spring website, here:

http://mybigspring.com/224/Channel-17-Live 

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Scenic Mountain Medical Center Reopens to Visitors


BIG SPRING, Texas (April 6, 2021)—On Wednesday, Scenic Mountain Medical Center (SMMC) will reopen its facility to visitors. Visitors for patients admitted with COVID-19 will still be restricted, but will be opened up for all other patients during set visiting hours.


“Decreasing positivity rates and hospitalization rates in our community related to COVID-19, as well as more people receiving the vaccine, makes us feel more comfortable opening up for visitation. It is also the right move for our patients and their families,” said Rohith Saravanan, chief medical officer at Scenic Mountain Medical Center.”


Visiting hours at Scenic Mountain Medical Center are:
? Monday-Friday from 7 am to 7 pm
? Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm

 

The reopening also applies to non-patient areas of the hospital including the Yellow Rose Café and the Scenic Mountain gift shop.


“Restricting visitation has been a critical need to keep hospital staff and patients safe, but we are pleased to see that our numbers are now in a place where we can welcome back the friends and families of our patients,” said Stacey Brown, president of Scenic Mountain Medical Center. “We understand how difficult it has been for them not to have access to see each other during such a vulnerable time.”


Visitors are required to self-screen upon entrance and to wear a mask at all times while in the
facility. Look for the posted signs at our entrances to self-screen for symptoms, and also familiarize yourself with the infection prevention etiquette. The new visitor policy and hours will go into effect Wednesday, April 7th.


SMMC has taken every precaution and made the necessary preparations to care for patients in a safe, controlled and professional way. For more information visit www.scenicmountainmedical.org

 

 

About Scenic Mountain Medical Center
At Scenic Mountain Medical Center, we are committed to caring for patients as we would our own families. We are a full service, acute care, 146-bed community hospital for adults and children, and we understand the importance of delivering world class health care along with the latest advances in technology and treatment options. Our specialized services include cardiology, orthopedics, maternity, diagnostic imaging, emergency care with a 24/7 Level IV Trauma Center, wound care, and women's health and breast care services.


About Steward Health Care
Steward Health Care is the largest private, tax-paying physician-led health care network in the United States. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Steward operates 37 hospitals in the United States and the country of Malta that regularly receive top awards for quality and safety. The company employs approximately 42,000 health care professionals. The Steward network includes multiple urgent care centers and skilled nursing facilities, substantial behavioral health services, over 7,900 beds under management, and approximately 2.2 million full risk covered lives through the company's managed care and health insurance services.

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Veteran spouses, caregivers, non-enrolled Veterans can get COVID-19 vaccine at VA


From the West Texas VA Health Care System:

 

BIG SPRING, TX — West Texas VA Health Care System (WTVAHCS) is providing COVID-19 vaccinations in accordance with the SAVES Lives Act.

 

On April 1, 2021, the Acting Under Secretary for Health defined the administration’s guidance and determined vaccinations could be administered to the following groups:

 

• All Veterans

• Spouses and surviving spouses of Veterans

• Caregivers of Veterans. For COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, we define a caregiver as a family member or friend who provides care to a Veteran. Caregivers may help a Veteran with personal needs like feeding, bathing, or dressing. They may also help a Veteran

with tasks like shopping or transportation.

• Recipients of Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) benefits

 

It is highly encouraged that those wanting to receive the vaccine, call our vaccination hotline to register – 432-268-2564.

 

Walk-ins are also welcome at the following locations, Mon-Fri from 8:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.:

- Big Spring VAMC

- Abilene CBOC

- San Angelo CBOC

- Permian Basin – Wilson and Young Medal of Honor CBOC

 

Dedicated vaccination clinics are being planned and scheduled for our Fort Stockton, TX and Hobbs, NM CBOCs.

 

If you meet the SAVE LIVES Act criteria, WTVAHCS is offering COVID-19 vaccines on a first come, first serve basis, dependent upon vaccine availability. If you are a Veteran not yet enrolled, although not required, it is helpful if you bring your DD-214 (separation papers) with you.

 

To learn about upcoming VA outreach COVID-19 vaccine clinics, please follow our website at www.bigspring.va.gov. You can also learn more on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.

 

We are honored to continue to serve America's heroes, their spouses, caregivers, and family.

For more information, please contact Michael Cole at Michael.Cole6@va.gov.

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Red Flag Warning in West Texas; Extreme Fire Danger


A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures will increase the potential for fire growth today in the Howard County area and much of West Texas. 

 

According to the National Weather Service, a Red Flag Warning is in effect from this afternoon through this evening for much of West Texas for very dry and windy conditions and extreme fire danger. 

 

The affected area includes the following counties: Gaines, Dawson, Borden, Andrews, Martin, Howard, Ector, and Midland, among others.

 

Wind speed is expected to be 25 to 35 mph with gusts as high as 45 mph. Relative humidity is as low as 3 to 5 percent. The Red Flag Threat Index will range from 6 to 8 or critical to extreme.

 

The public is urged to avoid the use of open flames or any activities that may generate sparks.

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American Red Cross assists families impacted by Sunday fire; Donation Center set up at College Baptist Church in Big Spring


Many people have inquired about what they can do to help those impacted by the fire at the Ponderosa Apartments that occurred early Sunday morning. 

 

The Howard County Emergency Chaplain’s Corp has advised that the best way to assist the families impacted by the recent fire is through the American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief, and disaster preparedness education in the United States. 

 

American Red Cross has been assisting the families affected by providing the following:

* financial assistance for 3-4 days,

* medical assistance for medical devices or pharmaceuticals

* spiritual care

 

According to Tracy Austin, Executive Director for the Permian Basin Chapter of the American Red Cross, the families are contacted every other day for follow-ups. She advised that the organization does not have the manpower or space to take item donations, but stated that the best way to help is with a monetary donation to the American Red Cross. 

 

Some people have reservations about donating to the ARC because they assume the money will be given to the national organization as opposed to the local chapter, but Austin says that’s not accurate. She told KBest News that the money donated may not go directly to the families affected by the Ponderosa Apartments fire, but it does go to help the local chapter which encompasses 23 counties and covers 30,000 square miles. This is covered by 3 staff members and many volunteers. 

 

College Baptist Church is the current donation site for items to assist the families impacted by Sunday's fire at the Ponderosa Apartments.

 

According to Cameron Crow, a youth pastor with CBC, they have all the initial necessities taken care of at this point. Right now they are in need of Walmart Gift Cards, vouchers for The Chalet, 10 apartments that the families can stay in for 30 days, blankets, and furniture.

 

Drop off times for donations are 9 AM to 12 PM and 1 - 4 PM at College Baptist Church, corner of Birdwell Ln. and E. 11th Pl. in Big Spring (across from Howard College campus). If you have any questions, contact Cameron Crow at 832-660-4338.

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Apartment Complex Fire displaces several families on Easter Sunday


Early Sunday morning, a large fire engulfed a portion of an apartment complex in Big Spring. 

 

According to Big Spring Fire Chief Craig Ferguson, Howard County 911 Dispatch Center received a call for assistance regarding a fire at the Ponderosa Apartments located in the 1400 block of East 6th Street at approximately 2 AM on Sunday morning.

 

The Big Spring Fire Department responded to the location and found multiple apartment units fully engulfed.  BSFD immediately began firefighting efforts.  The fire spread to adjoining units in the complex before BSFD personnel were able to get the fire under control at approximately 4 AM. 

 

KBest News has been advised that the fire affected 11 units. Two people were transported to Scenic Mountain Medical Center for smoke inhalation and burn injuries.  Their status is unknown at this time. 

 

This fire is under investigation by the Big Spring Fire Marshall's office.  

 

Big Spring Emergency Management in conjunction with the Red Cross have set up a Reunification Center at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum at Howard College to assist those families affected by the fire.  At this time, four families have been relocated. The Big Spring Emergency Chaplain Corp is also assisting the individuals and families affected by this fire.  Howard College and the Big Spring Independent School District also provided assistance. 

 

 

College Baptist Church is the current donation site for items to assist the families impacted by Sunday's fire at the Ponderosa Apartments.

 

According to Cameron Crow, a youth pastor with CBC, they have all the initial necessities taken care of at this point. Right now they are in need of Walmart Gift Cards, vouchers for The Chalet, 10 apartments that the families can stay in for 30 days, blankets, and furniture.

 

Drop off times for donations are 9 AM to 12 PM and 1 - 4 PM at College Baptist Church, corner of Birdwell Ln. and E. 11th Pl. in Big Spring (across from Howard College campus). If you have any questions, contact Cameron Crow at 832-660-4338.

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NazFamily Community-Wide Egg Hunt postponed until Saturday, April 10, 2021


UPDATED ON FRI., APRIL 9, 2021:

The Community-Wide Easter Egg Hunt has been cancelled.

 

---------ORIGINAL POST---------

First Church of the Nazarene in Big Spring, also known as NazFamily Church, recently announced that their Community-Wide Easter Egg Hunt will be postponed until Saturday, April 10th. 

 

Pastor Richard Schneberger told KBest News that their church has offered the event as a gift to the community for several years.

 

"We want to provide something fun, family-friendly for everybody in the community to come be a part of," said Pastor Richard.

 

Registration will begin at 9 AM and the event will begin at 10 AM. According to Pastor Richard, there will be approximately 15,000 to 20,000 eggs available for the event and the egg hunts will be divided by age groups. 

 

There will also be music, door prizes, hot dogs, and more.

 

"We want a lot of kids, and lot of families to come out. We'll have games, a bounce house, activities, a coloring contest, art contest, door prizes, just all kinds of stuff for the whole family," said Pastor Richard. 

 

Again, the NazFamily Community Wide Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 10th, at NazFamily Church, located at 1400 S. Lancaster in Big Spring. Registration begins at 9 AM.

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Community help needed in April 2021 to complete renovations at new West Texas Community Mediation Center


The West Texas Community Mediation Center, located at 501 S. Runnels St. -previously the Polly Mays Municipal Annex building in Big Spring, is calling out for volunteers to help them renovate their building in order to be ready for their Grand Opening on May 1, 2021. 

 

The non-profit organization recently acquired the building as a gift from the City of Big Spring and now are working on renovations. Beginning tomorrow, the community is encouraged to stop in on any Saturday in April, beginning at 10 AM to lend a helping hand. 

 

Danette Ross Watson, Executive Director for WTXCMC, told KBest News that even if you have no specific skill sets, there is always room for someone to help clean up the work areas.

 

For more information, contact Danette at 432-517-4200.

 

The mission of the West Texas Community Mediation Center is to provide conflict management education / services and other socially necessary services to the community; as well as for at-risk youth, adults, and families that have been court-ordered or referred for services by assisting the courts, school districts, students, parents and state agencies.

 

For more on the WTXCMC, visit http://www.wtxcmc.org/

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BSHS One Act Play to perform "Elektra" for community on Tuesday, April 6, 2021


Big Spring High School’s One Act Play performance this year is "Elektra" by Elizabeth Brendal Horn.  It is a modern adaptation of the Ancient Geek Tragedy. According to Tracie Moss, BSHS Theatre Arts Director, Big Spring advanced out of District competition to Bi-District and placed 4th. They had three actors receive a total of five acting awards.  Those receiving awards are:

 

Jorden Cervantez - plays Title Role of Elektra - All-Star cast at both District and Bi-District

 

Belicia Hernandez - plays the Doctor/Clytemnestra - Honorable Mention All-Star cast at both District and Bi-District

 

Orlando Martinez, Jr. - Honorable Mention All-Star Cast at District

 

BSHS’s One Act Play will have a performance of “Elektra” for the community on Tuesday, April 6th, at 7 PM in the Big Spring High School Auditorium.  The show runs approximately 40 minutes. Tickets will be sold at the door. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for students, and kids 10 and under get in for free.

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CHS Academic team qualifies 7 students, 2 teams for regionals 


The Coahoma High School academic team had an excellent day at the UIL district meet held in Stanton recently advancing seven students and two teams on to regional competition and placing second overall in District 5-3A.

 

“We had a great day at the competition,” said Melissa Watson, UIL academic sponsor. “The students have worked very hard to be competitive, and I am proud of them.”

 

Grayson Glidewell has spent years honing his speech and debate skills, and it paid off. The CHS senior captured first place in the Current Issues and Informative Speaking events. Fellow teammate Maggie Guo will also advance on to region in two events. She finished first in Copy Editing and third in Spelling and Vocabulary.

 

Others moving  on individually from the Coahoma team were Ruby Sosa, first place in News Writing;  Amy Guo, first place in Spelling and Vocabulary; Faith Raspe, second place in prose; Netalie Roberts, second place in Feature Writing; and Oliva Davidson, second place in Editorial Writing. Two CHS teams advanced, which were Current Issues and Spelling and Vocabulary. 

 In all, CHS placed second with 342 points just behind Sonora High School. The students brought home five golds, three silvers, and a bronze at the competition. CHS also had two first place teams and two second place teams. 

 

“My team can not wait until next year to compete with the goal of winning the district championship,” Watson said. 

 

Adding to the CHS teams overall competition points were the successful run by Glidewell and his partner Aubrey Green at CX Debate competition. Held earlier in the year, the two CHS seniors won the District 5-3A CX Debate championship. 

 

During the state CX contest held March 15-16, Glidewell and Green just missed making the 3A finals after losing their last debate. However, several judges did take notice of Glidewell’s performance. They ranked him in six place individually in the Class 3A speaker awards. 

The regional academic contest will be held virtually on Friday, April 16-17. 

 

5-3A District UIL Academic meet

Stanton High School

Results (Coahoma only)

 

Number Sense: 5. Nick Biddison (alternate); 6. Maggie Guo (alternate); 7. Braiden Boaz; 10. Bryden Fontana. The team of M. Guo, Boaz, Biddison, and Bryden - alternate.

Science: 5. Olivia Davidson (alternate); 7. Alexander Smalley, 17. Nick Biddison; 27.; Cailey Clover; 28. Jocelyn Young; 29. Braiden Boaz.

Ready Writing: 5. Olivia Davidson; 6. Netalie Roberts; 9. Emily Lowder.

Poetry Interpretation: 4. Cailey Glover (alternate). 

Prose Interpretation: 2. Faith Raspe (advanced).

Current Issues: 1. Grayson Glidewell (advanced); 7. Kenan Kimberly; 9. John Alex Reagan. The team of Glidewell, Reagan, and Kimberly — advanced.

Persuasive Speaking: 5. Natalie Rodriguez (alternate).

Informative Speaking: 1. Grayson Glidewell (advanced).

Spelling and Vocabulary: 1. Amy Guo (advanced); 3. Maggie Guo (advanced), 12. Nyssa Tran. The team of A. Guo, M. Guo, and Tran — advanced.

Copy Editing: 1. Maggie Guo (advanced); 5. Amy Guo (alternate).

News Writing: 6. Ruby Sosa (alternative).

Feature Writing: 2. Netalie Roberts (advanced); 4. Nyssa Tran (alternate); 5. Ruby Sosa (alternate).

Editorial Writing — 1. Ruby Sosa (advanced); 4. Netalie Roberts (alternate); 6. Nyssa Tran.

Headline Writing: 2. Oliva Davidson (advanced).

Social Studies: 5. John Reagan (alternate). The team of Davidson, Rodriguez, Reagan, and Biddison — alternate.

Mathematics: 4. Nick Biddison (alternate)

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West Texas VA Health Care System to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to all Veterans, their spouses and caregivers


BIG SPRING, TX — West Texas VA Health Care System (WTVAHCS) is very excited to begin providing vaccines effective April 1, 2021, to those described in the SAVE LIVES Act, which was signed into law on Tuesday, March 24, 2021.

 

If you are already an eligible, VA healthcare-enrolled Veteran and wish to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine, please call the COVID-19 Vaccination hotline at 432-268-2564, during business hours from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through

Friday.

 

VA is now offering COVID-19 vaccines to all Veterans, their spouses, eligible caregivers, and CHAMPVA beneficiaries. If you meet the SAVE LIVES Act criteria, WTVAHCS is offering COVID-19 vaccines on a first come, first serve basis, dependent upon vaccine availability. If you are a Veteran not yet enrolled, although not required, it is helpful if you bring your DD-214 (separation papers) with you.

 

COVID-19 vaccines are available currently at nearly every WTVAHCS location, including Permian Basin, San Angelo, Abilene, Big Spring, and Hobbs, NM Community Based Outpatient Clinics.

To learn about upcoming VA outreach COVID-19 vaccine clinics, please follow our website at www.bigspring.va.gov. You can also learn more on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.

 

They are honored to continue to serve America's heroes, their spouses, caregivers, and family.

 

According to William Hatton, Public Affairs Specialist for the West Texas VA Health Care System, “We will continue to prioritize vaccinations and healthcare delivery for Veterans already enrolled in VA care. As supply permits, Veterans currently not enrolled, caregivers, spouses and CHAMPVA beneficiaries may make appointment to be vaccinated by WTVAHCS. Walk-ins are strongly discouraged. If you have questions about the vaccine or would like to make an appointment, please call our COVID-19 Vaccination hotline at 432-268-2564.”

 

For more information, please contact Michael Cole at Michael.Cole6@va.gov or William Hatton at William.Hatton2@va.gov. You can also call their office at 432-263-7361 [Ext 7022].

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Don't Mess with Texas Trash Off scheduled for April 10, 2021


Keep Big Spring Beautiful will be holding the annual Keep Texas Beautiful “Don’t Mess with Texas Trash Off” on April 10, 2021.

The Don’t mess with Texas® Trash-Off is the single largest one-day cleanup event in the state and is part of the partnership between Keep Texas Beautiful and the Texas Department of Transportation.

The Trash Off is an annual event coordinated by Keep Big Spring Beautiful that encourages residents to clean up their homes, lawns, and garages of bulky items they would usually take to the dump. 

You can dispose of larger amounts of trash that you are unable to dispose of with your weekly sanitation pickup. This is a great opportunity to get rid of trash!!!

 

Trash containers will be provided at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum parking lot from 9 AM to 12 PM. Trash bags will be made available at the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce Office, located at 215 W. 3rd St., on Friday, April 9, 2021 from 9 AM to 12 PM. 

 

For more information, contact Sue McLellan at 432-816-1966.

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United Way Partner Agency Applications are now available for 2022. Deadline for all applications is Monday, April 12th.


The United Way of Big Spring and Howard County is currently accepting applications to become a United Way Partner Agency for 2022.

 

To be eligible to apply, the agency must be a 501(c)3 non-profit located in Big Spring or Howard County. They must also serve under a board of directors, must provide services to all of Howard County, and be a health and human services agency.

 

Christian Fair, Executive Director for the United Way of Big Spring and Howard County, told KBest News that even if your organization has not been chosen in the past you are still encouraged to apply.

 

Fair went on to say that the application review process is lengthy and one that is not taken lightly by the Board of Directors.

 

Applications are available at the United Way office located at 215 W. 3rd St. in Big Spring, or you can request an application via email at uway@bigspringtx.com. The deadline to return applications is Monday, April 12th. For more information, you can also call 432-267-5201.

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Capture Some Rainwater Harvesting Knowledge with the PBUWCD!


STANTON, TX – While West Texas has seen some exceptionally dry and extreme drought conditions since August, the little amount of rainfall received could have filled a rain barrel! One inch of rain on a 2,000 square foot roof will yield about 1,200 gallons of water. Imagine the possibilities of capturing large amounts of water to store in your own personal rain barrel.

 

Rainwater Harvesting is a great practice in dry arid areas because one heavy rain can fill a rain barrel. Stored rainwater can be used for landscape, small wild life, indoor plants, fire protection, or storm water management. While the practice of rainwater harvesting is not commonly known, the benefits of capturing rain can make a positive difference on your outdoor water use. Rainwater has a near neutral pH, is chlorine free, and doesn’t have mineral deposits or harsh chemicals. This makes rainwater ideal to use on lawns, landscape, and even crops and fields.

 

The Permian Basin Underground Water Conservation District (PBUWCD) would like to host a Rainwater Harvesting Seminar to teach the public more about rainwater harvesting and how simple it can be to install a rainwater harvesting system on your own home or building. The seminar would take place at the PBUWCD office at 708 W. Saint Peter St. in Stanton on Thursday, May 6th from 5:30-6:30 PM. Due to safety concerns, a pre-registration is required with no more than 10 guest being able to attend, but a minimum of 5 guests needed in order to proceed with the seminar. Guests will be temperature checked at the door and asked to wear a face covering and practice social distancing as much as possible. If you would like to attend, please call the PBUWCD office by Wednesday, April 7th, at 432-756-2136 to register.

 

Those in attendance will be introduced to some general knowledge of rainwater harvesting from the District’s education coordinator. Then the District’s field technician, Shain Howard, will tell how he installed an outdoor system on the PBUWCD building in 2016 which consists of 2- 2,500 gallon tanks as well as rain barrels and rain chains. Shain will tell how plans were Contact: Misty Mimms Education Coordinator 432.756.2136 education@pbuwcd.com developed, how the system was built, and what maintenance it requires. There will also be a door prize drawing for a rain barrel and rain chain giveaway.

 

 

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