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September 21st, 2013
Howard County commissioners are expected to formally approve a 3-cent tax rate increase when they meet at 10 a.m. Monday on the third floor of the county courthouse.
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SAND SPRINGS â Howard County Sheriffâs Office is investigating a shooting early Saturday which left one man dead.
At 2:30 a.m., deputies were advised of an assault at 8705 Gillem Road in Sand Springs. When they arrived on the scene, investigators found that 50-year-old Bobby Reed had died of a gunshot wound.
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A Big Spring teenager is in critical condition and her boyfriend is in custody following a Thursday evening shooting.
Abigail Valencia, 17, was airlifted to University Medical Center in Lubbock shortly following the shooting, which occurred shortly before 6:45 p.m. Thursday in east Big Spring.
Big Spring Police Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Tony Everett said police responded to the Scenic Mountain Medical Center emergency room in reference to a gunshot victim. Upon arrival, they found Valencia suffering from a single gunshot wound to the left side of her head.
The Settles Hotel has attracted a lot of visitors since it reopened late last year â including a pair of cowboys on horseback.
As part of ongoing renovation and landscaping in the lot adjacent to the hotel, replicas of two Frederic Remington statues were relocated to the lot east of the hotel Monday, Settles Manager Bill Cole said.
The two bronze sculptures outside the Settles are titled âCowboyâ and âThe Rattlesnake.â
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.
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. Sheâll sing in both halves of the program, before and after the intermission and sheâll close the concert.
âWeâre fortunate to have such a distinguished personality to open this yearâs season,â said Graumann, symphony conductor. âShe brings a lot of excitement to the stage.â