Archive - 2013 - News Article
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.
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.
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.
A simple rule of thumb still holds true for Howard College â€” when the economy is up, enrollment is down.
Preliminary enrollment numbers for the fall 2013 semester show what college officials expected â€” 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.
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. Sheâ€™ll sing in both halves of the program, before and after the intermission and sheâ€™ll close the concert.
â€śWeâ€™re fortunate to have such a distinguished personality to open this yearâ€™s season,â€ť said Graumann, symphony conductor. â€śShe brings a lot of excitement to the stage.â€ť
The city of Big Spring may seek outside help to repair water line breaks this winter.
The city council gave its blessing last week to a â€śemergency back-up planâ€ť which could result in private contractors repairing line breaks in the coming months.
The reason for the plan is simple â€” severe staff shortages.
Interim Public Works Director Johnny Womack told the council that only five of the 16 budgeted water maintenance positions for the city are currently staffed.
The reason behind that shortage? Economics.
Big Spring City Council is expected to approve a tax rate for the 2013-2014 fiscal year when it meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers, 307 E. Fourth St.
The meeting is expected to be brief â€” a public hearing on and probable adoption of the proposed rate are the only items on the agenda.
Earlier this month, council members gave tentative approval to a rate of 85.664 cents per $100 valuation, which is above the effective rate (which would raise the same amount of revenue as the previous year) but below the rollback rate (which could trigger a tax rollback election).
The Steer band lines up behind the a Big Spring Police Department cruiser as the parade begins its route in front of the high school.
HERALD photo/Andreia Medlin
Big Spring High School celebrated homecoming Friday with naming Roy Gomez as king and Valerie Goodblanket as queen during the halftime show of the Steersâ€™ football game with San Angelo Lakeview.
HERALD photo/Tony Claxton (www.claxtonphotography.com)
Bookworms, beware: Nirvana is fast approaching.
Final preparations are being made for the Friends of the Library's annual book sale, which will begin Thursday at the Howard County Library.
Hardcover and paperback books in a wide range of categories ranging from science fiction to westerns to how-to publications, will be on sale. And the nicest thing is, they won't break your pocketbook, either.
Current hardcover fiction and non-fiction less than a year old will sell for $5, while older copies will cost $4. Paperbacks will cost you between 50 cents and $1, depending on size and age.