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Council approves 85.66-cent tax rate

September 18, 2013

Big Spring City Council members have given their stamp of approval to a tax rate that will bring the city almost $500,000 more in revenue this coming fiscal year.

During a special meeting Tuesday afternoon, the council voted unanimously to approve a tax rate of 85.66 cents per $100 valuation for the new fiscal year, which begins in October.

The new tax rate is almost one cent below the existing rate, but that doesn't automatically mean city property owners will see a break in their tax bills.

Schools show modest enrollment gains

September 18, 2013

If there's an oil boom going on, you can't tell it from school enrollment figures.

Through the first few weeks of the school year, enrollment at Big Spring, Forsan and Coahoma districts is up, but not dramatically so, compared to this time last year.

Big Spring Independent School District officials report 4,156 students enrolled in classes, up 23 from this time last year. Most of that increase is centered around the junior high, which saw a boost of 56 students from this time last year, but elementary enrollment, which has trended up in recent years, is down 24 from last year.

Carlene Elizabeth Barron

September 18, 2013

Carlene Elizabeth Barron, 73, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Seabrook, Texas. She was born in Big Spring, Texas, March 1, 1940 and was preceded in death by her parents, Luther and Alma Coleman.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Jerry Barron; son, Keith Barron; daughter, Sheryl Swinney and husband, Troy; two very special granddaughters, Ashlee Lucus and Leslee Hindman and husband, Matt; great-grandchildren, Grayden and Baye Biddix; brother, Jake Coleman and wife, Polly; and friends too numerous to count.

Bonnie M. Foster

September 18, 2013

Bonnie M. Foster, 93, of Big Spring, died Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, in a local nursing home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel with the Rev. Joey Bacon officiating. Interment will follow at Coahoma Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at the funeral home.
Bonnie was born June 12, 1920, in Howard County, Texas and married Leonard Foster in 1951 in Clovis, N.M.. He preceded her in death March 18, 1972.

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