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September 25th, 2012

Commissioners formally OK new tax rate

September 25, 2012

Howard County commissioners closed the books on their fiscal plan for the coming year Monday morning, as the court adopted its 2012-2013 tax rate on a unanimous vote.

The court adopted a tax rate of 33 cents per $100 valuation, down considerably from last year's 43.6720 cents per $100 valuation.
County Auditor Jackie Olson said the 2012-2013 rate — which is slightly more than the effective tax rate of 30.9221 cents — will generate $753,000 more tax dollars for the county than last year's levy.

Lillymay Hildreth Dawkins

September 25, 2012

Lillymay Hildreth Dawkins, 89, of Midland, Texas, passed away peacefully Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at her home of 62 years.

Merrita Chambers

September 25, 2012

Merrita Chambers, 59, of Big Spring, died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, at the Baptist Hospice House in San Angelo. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home Chapel in Midland with the Rev. Bob Porterfield officiating.

She was born Dec. 28, 1952, in Ouachita Parish, La., and married Charles Leon Chambers in 1975 in Austin, Texas. He preceded her in death Nov. 5, 1987.

Merrita moved with her family to West Texas during the 1960s. She enjoyed making jewelry.

Billie Jean Johnson

September 25, 2012

Billie Jean Johnson, 79, of Austin, formerly of St. Lawrence, died Monday, Sept. 24, 2012 in an Austin nursing home. Her services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.

September 24th

Grady homecoming queen

September 24, 2012

Courtesy photo
Grady High School 2012 Homecoming Queen Ellyn Avery shares a laugh with Kelly Cook, the 2011 Grady Homecoming queen, at midfield during the crowning ceremony. Ellyn's father, Jimmy Avery and Sam Warren, a member of the Grady Student Council look on.

Police beat

September 24, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
• MYRA ANN BOONE, 32, of 4201 W. Highway 80 Apt. 2, was arrested Sunday on a charge of public intoxication.
• TERRENCE ALI YOUNG, 23, of 711 Abrams, was arrested Sunday on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, assault or family violence – intentionally/recklessly impeding normal breathing or circulation and unlawful restraint.
• MARTHA ANN CRENSHAW, 47, of 4200 Hamilton, was arrested Sunday on a warrant from another agency.

Police beat

September 24, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
• MYRA ANN BOONE, 32, of 4201 W. Highway 80 Apt. 2, was arrested Sunday on a charge of public intoxication.
• TERRENCE ALI YOUNG, 23, of 711 Abrams, was arrested Sunday on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, assault or family violence – intentionally/recklessly impeding normal breathing or circulation and unlawful restraint.
• MARTHA ANN CRENSHAW, 47, of 4200 Hamilton, was arrested Sunday on a warrant from another agency.

Council to finalize tax rate, budget

September 24, 2012

The city of Big Spring is expected to cinch up its fiscal plan — and hopefully put a rather confusing appraisal gaff behind it — for the coming year Tuesday, as the panel hears final reading of the proposed 2012-2013 tax rate and budget.
The council approved first reading of the rate — 86.5043 cents per $100 property valuation — during its Sept. 11 meeting on a 6-1 vote, with District 4 Councilman Bobby McDonald the lone dissenter.

Jacky Coffman

September 24, 2012

Jacky Coffman, 66, of Big Spring died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at Scenic Mountain Medical Center. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.

Ronnie Gaskins

September 24, 2012

Ronnie Gaskins, 67, of Coahoma died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, at his residence. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.

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