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September 20th

Bobby Cordova

September 20, 2013

Bobby Cordova, 58, of Big Spring, died Wednesday, Sept.18, 2013, at Scenic Mountain Medical Center. The family will receive friends from 5 p,m, until 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Myers & Smith Chapel. Vigil and memorial services will follow at 7:30 p.m. at Myers & Smith Chapel. Additional services and burial will be in Logan, N.M., on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013.

Lou Ann (Nall) Baker

September 20, 2013

Lou Ann (Nall) Baker, 79, of Burke, Va., passed away after a battle with cancer. She was born in Big Spring in 1934 to Raymond (Poncho) Nall and Eva Nall (Big Spring Health Food Store original owner) and lived there until she attended Abilene Christian University.

She returned to Big Spring to work at Webb AFB until 1958 when she married Paul Baker, retired USAF. They lived in several places in the U.S. and overseas.

Lou Ann is survived by her husband; two daughters; five grandchildren; and three sisters, including Betty Ray (Nall) Coffee of Big Spring.

September 19th

Municipal court packing up for ‘new’ digs at courthouse

September 19, 2013

It's almost moving day for Big Spring's municipal court.

Judge Tim Green and his staff are preparing to leave their current headquarters at 305 Johnson and move to the third floor of the Howard County Courthouse. There, they will occupy the former office of the district clerk and share courtroom space with county commissioners, the attorney general's office and Child Protective Services.

The move will begin Monday and is scheduled to be complete by the end of the week, Green said.

EDC says things looking up for Big Spring

September 19, 2013

The Big Spring Economic Development Corporation continues negotiations with Permian Energy in regards to a lease agreement for the proposed rail park on EDC property east of town near the ALON refinery.

In a statement provided by Permian Energy Partners, officials say a 90-day plan has been developed to facilitate progress. It is expected take 12 months to start rail operation. The project will include large crude trans-load operations, tank storage, a gas processing plant, pipelines, supporting logistics and warehousing facilities.

September 18th

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.

September 17th

Not unexpectedly, enrollment down at Howard College

September 17, 2013

A simple rule of thumb still holds true for Howard College — when the economy is up, enrollment is down.

Preliminary enrollment numbers for the fall 2013 semester show what college officials expected — enrollment at the junior college district is down 9 percent from this time last year and an increase in energy sector hiring is the major reason why.

Opera star Graham to open Symphony season Saturday

September 17, 2013

Susan Graham, internationally known opera diva, will be the guest artist Saturday when the Big Spring Symphony orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Keith Graumann, begins its 32nd season.

Graham will be performing some of the most popular operatic arias from Carmen, the Marriage of Figaro and the Merry Widow. She’ll sing in both halves of the program, before and after the intermission and she’ll close the concert.

“We’re fortunate to have such a distinguished personality to open this year’s season,” said Graumann, symphony conductor. “She brings a lot of excitement to the stage.”

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