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September 12th

Water rates could go down for some

September 12, 2014

Not everybody’s water bills are going to increase — some will even go down a bit.

The Big Spring City Council Thursday unanimously approved new water usage rates that will offer a little bit of relief to low -and fixed-income households.

The city is passing along a recent 6 percent increase from the Colorado River Municipal Water District to customers, but not everybody will see that increase reflected in their monthly bills.

For more of this story, read Friday's edition of the Herald.

BSISD enrollment up 147 students from a year ago

September 12, 2014

Big Spring schools are feeling growing pains.

Superintendent Chris Wigington informed board members Thursday night that district enrollment is up 147 students compared to this time last year.

Washington Elementary has the distinct honor for the second year in a row of having the largest student population of all the elementary schools with more than 600 enrolled, according to numbers given out by Wigington.

For more of this story, read Friday's edition of the Herald.

September 11th

City: Food vendors may not be safe

September 11, 2014

Big Spring city officials are warning residents to be cautious when buying food from street vendors.

City Fire Marshal Carl Condray said an increasing number of calls expressing concerns about street vendors have been received by his office.

For more of this story, read Thursday's edition of the Herald.

Art association will celebrate anniversary Saturday at museum

September 11, 2014

Two Big Spring institutions will join together for “An Evening of Wine and Art,” Saturday.

The Big Spring Art Association (BSAA), to celebrate its 60th anniversary, is partnering with the Heritage Museum’s Endowment Campaign kick-off with a joint reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For more of this story, read Thursday's edition of the Herald.

September 10th

9/11 ceremony set Thursday to honor fallen

September 10, 2014

A ceremony to honor and remember those who lost their lives during the terroristic attacks on the United States Sept. 11, 2001, and for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country in the fight against terror, will be held this week.

A 9/11 Memorial at the Spring Town Plaza will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday inside the mall by the yellow ribbon display near Sears. Last year, the annual event drew more than 400 people to the service, which is presented by the Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 47 and the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department.

City budget hearing Thursday

September 10, 2014

City residents will get a chance to sound off on the proposed budget and tax rate for FY 2015 when the Big Spring City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in council chambers, located at 307 E. Fourth.

City leaders have proposed a budget featuring a tax rate of 86.5043 cents per $100 property valuation, which is the same rate as the expiring budget. Because of a huge jump in property valuations, however, the rate is projected to bring in $826,000 more in revenue than it did last year.

For more of this story, read Wednesday's edition of the Herald.

September 9th

County to start roadwork

September 9, 2014

Howard County crews are going to start preparing area roads ready for state-financed repair, even though it is unclear at this time whether the state finances will be available.

During their Monday meeting, commissioners approved $400,000 in shoulder-widening work to be performed by county crews in preparation for a multi-million dollar repair project that has been on the books for the last several months.

For more of this story, read Tuesday's edition of the Herald.

PD: Chickens beaten to death

September 9, 2014

Police are working to determine who bludgeoned to death as many as a dozen chickens at the Big Spring Animal Shelter last week.

According to a Big Spring PD press release, a kennel worker discovered several deceased chickens in an enclosed area of the shelter when she reported to work at 8 a.m. Friday.

For more of this story, read Tuesday's edition of the Herald.

September 8th

Museum officials to make case for endowments during Saturday event

September 8, 2014

Heritage Museum are making a pitch to potential donors, and they’re using some of West Texas’ finest wines in the process.

The museum will host a wine tasting from 5-7 p.m. Saturday to kick off its annual endowment campaign. Representatives from Llano Estacado Winery in Lubbock will be on hand serving samples of their products and several local artists will display their work.

Museum Curator Tammy Schrecengost said the endowment campaign will help the facility, which has been hit hard by the loss of grant money, become more self-sustaining.

September 6th

College board to adopt new budget

September 6, 2014

Howard College trustees are primed to approve a new tax rate which will bring in roughly $300,000 in additional revenue during the coming fiscal year.
Following Friday's public hearing on the proposed rate of 17.7 cents per $100 valuation, college trustees have scheduled a meeting for 12:30 p.m. Sept. 15 to formally adopt the new levy.

Pick up a copy of the Herald for the entire story.

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