Seminole/Gaines County News

Local Drought Conditions Remain in Severe Designation

Severe drought conditions within Gaines County remained virtually unchanged this week, despite the return of light rainfall totals last weekend and patches of frozen precipitation on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

According to the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report issued by a four-agency cooperative, all but extreme southwestern Gaines County remained under a “severe drought” designation, along with roughly 38-percent of the State of Texas.…

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GCSO: Midland County Main Jailed for Alleged Connection to Gaines Copper Wire Thefts

Sheriff: ‘More Arrests, Charges Pending’ From Investigation

A Midland County man remains behind bars at the Gaines County Law Enforcement Center in Seminole after he was arrested in connection with a pair of copper wire thefts within the Gaines County boundaries.

Steven Jordan Smitch, 28, was arrested on Friday following an executed search and arrest warrant process in Midland County, ending an almost month-long investigation, according to a press release issued by the Gaines County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday.…

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Hospital Board Hears Dining Room Management Proposal

With a boardroom filled to near capacity, the Board of Directors for the Seminole Hospital District met in a scheduled session Monday night to hear a presentation from Unidine Corp. Business Development Representative Chad Cantwell. Cantwell described his company’s services to the hospital industry.

Unidine is a Boston-based firm that manages food and dietary services at hospitals in 27 states.…

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Associated Press News

Few states let courts take guns from people deemed a threat

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The warnings around Nikolas Cruz seemed to flash like neon signs: expelled from school, fighting with classmates, a fascination with weapons and hurting animals, disturbing images and comments posted to social media, previous mental health treatment.

In Florida, that wasn’t enough for relatives, authorities or his schools to request a judicial order barring him from possessing guns.…

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Trump stays quiet on shooting victims, fumes over Russia

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump spent the holiday weekend hunkered down at his Florida estate, watching cable television news, grousing to club members and advisers and fuming over the investigation of Russian election meddling.

In a marathon series of furious tweets from Mar-a-Lago, Trump vented about Russia, raging at the FBI for what he perceived to be a fixation on the Russia investigation at the cost of failing to deter the attack on a Florida high school.…

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Texas adds 14 rigs as US rig count jumps to 975

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 29 this week to 975.

That exceeds the 741 rigs that were active this time a year ago.

Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes reported Friday that 791 rigs drilled for oil this week and 184 for gas.…

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Free News Briefs

Texas Prepaid Tuition Program Enrollment Deadline Approaches

AUSTIN — Texas families can lock in today’s cost of undergraduate tuition and school-wide required fees at Texas public colleges and universities by enrolling their children in the tax-advantaged Texas Tuition Promise Fund® prior to the close of the current enrollment period on Feb. 28.

The Texas Tuition Promise Fund, the state’s prepaid college tuition program, allows participants to prepay undergraduate tuition and school-wide required fees by purchasing tuition units for a four-year degree, two years of community college or just a few semesters at Texas public colleges and universities.…

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Gaines Commissioners to Meet in Wednesday Regular Meeting

A nine-item business agenda awaits members of the Gaines County Commissioners Court, as they will meet in a Wednesday regular meeting at the Gaines County Courthouse.

The meeting is slated for a 10 a.m. start from inside the Commissioners Courtroom at the Gaines County Courthouse, for those local residents who wish to attend.…

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SEDC to Host Wednesday Special Meeting at Commercial State Bank

Members of the Seminole Economic Development Corporation’s Board of Directors will host a special Wednesday meeting this week, according to an agenda obtained by the Seminole Sentinel.

The meeting, slated for a 12-noon start Wednesday, will be held at Seminole’s Commercial State Bank branch location, 505 N. Main St.

According to the agenda, SEDC Board members will call their meeting to order and immediately move into an executive session, which is closed to the public, to “discuss business prospects that the Seminole Economic Development Corp seeks to have locate, stay, or expand in or near the City of Seminole, Texas and discuss possible incentives.”

Upon that closed session discussion, SEDC officials are anticipated to reconvene into open session and “take any action necessary from closed session.”

The SEDC, which was founded in 2002 and serves as a division of the City of Seminole, works under a 4B corporation status as defined by the Development Corporation Act of 1979.…

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