Seminole/Gaines County News

EDC to Tweak Seminole’s Marketing Approach

With the exception of one actionable item, Monday’s scheduled meeting of the Seminole Economic Development Corporation Board of Trustees was more of a roundtable discussion of matters that are pending before the group. The lone exception, however, will influence, to some degree, how the city markets itself.

A two-year-old marketing relationship with the World Economic Development Alliance (WEDA), one that was forged by a previous SEDC Executive Director, is one that involves primarily e-mail marketing campaigns that are designed to connect communities with companies that are considering expansion or relocation.…

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Commissioners Approve 106th Indigent Defense Contract for FY 2018

Gaines County Commissioners approved of the annual renewal of the 106th District Court’s indigent defense contract, valued at $75,000 for the 2018 fiscal year, as part of a lengthy business agenda faced in their regular, semi-monthly meeting held Monday morning.

With no change to the overall value of the contract in comparison to FY 2017, Gaines County’s pro rated portion of payment for the contract for the upcoming fiscal year will decrease in the new financial cycle, according to figures produced on Monday.…

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D.C. Conference Is All About Leadership For SHS SkillsUSA Students

On Saturday, the same day that former Seminole High School students were in town for the triennial “Great Comeback” All-School reunion to celebrate the past, four SHS students were outbound, with their eyes on the future. Seniors Jaqueline Chavarria, Katie Spradlin, Alondra Gonzalez, and Kimberly Carnero will be this year’s picks to represent SHS at the annual SkillsUSA Washington Leadership Training Institute from September 24th through the 27th.…

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Associated Press News

Austin pilot sentenced to 3 years for drug smuggling flight

AUSTIN (AP) — A Texas pilot whose suspicious flight pattern from Oregon to Arizona drew law enforcement attention must serve three years in federal prison for the drug-smuggling trip.

Wayne Douglas Brunet in June pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute marijuana. The 65-year-old Austin man was sentenced Friday, plus must forfeit his 1969 Piper Comanche and pay a $5,000 fine.…

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Health care bill teeters, GOP adds money to woo dissidents

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Republicans are adding money to their staggering effort to repeal the Obama health care law and say they’re pushing toward a climactic Senate faceoff this week. Yet their path to succeeding in their last-gasp effort has grown narrower, perhaps impossible.

GOP senators’ opposition to their party’s drive to scrap President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act swelled to lethal numbers Sunday.…

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Maria destroys homes, triggers flooding in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in more than 80 years destroyed hundreds of homes, knocked out power across the entire island and turned some streets into raging rivers Wednesday in an onslaught that could plunge the U.S. territory deeper into financial crisis.

Leaving at least nine people dead in its wake across the Caribbean, Hurricane Maria blew ashore in the morning near the southeast coastal town of Yabucoa as a Category 4 storm with winds of 155 mph (250 kph).…

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Free News Briefs

Rep. Burrows to Speak at Upcoming SEDC ‘Eggs and Issues’ Forum

Texas Dist. 83 State Representative Dustin Burrows (R-Lubbock) will be the keynote speaker in an Oct. 4 “Eggs and Issues” breakfast forum, scheduled to be hosted by the Seminole Economic Development Corp.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Wingate by Wyndham hotel’s meeting room, located at 1103 Hobbs Hwy.…

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Gaines Commissioners Adopt FY 2018 Tax Rate

Gaines County Commissioners adopted their proposed total taxing rate of 59.3967-cents per $100 valuation to fund the entity’s recently adopted 2018 fiscal year budget, in a Friday morning special meeting held at the Gaines County Courthouse.

The FY 2018 fiscal year tax rate, according to Seminole Sentinel statistics, is down FY 2017 budget tax rate of 60.5445-cents per $100 valuation.…

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Gaines 4-H to Host Sept. 23 Shooting Sports Meeting

All third through 12th grade Gaines County youth interested in participating in trap and skeet shooting events through the Gaines County 4-H are encouraged to attend a Sept. 23 meet-and-greet.

The meeting is slated for 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 23 at the Gaines County 4-H Shooting range, located off of CR 216, roughly two miles west of U.S.…

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