Seminole/Gaines County News

Hess Named to 2017 Best Corporate Citizens List

NEW YORK — Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES) has earned a place on Corporate Responsibility magazine’s prestigious list of 100 Best Corporate Citizens for 2017, according to a press release issued by company officials earlier this week.

The list recognizes public companies across the United States that demonstrated strong performance in such areas as environment, climate change, employee relations, human rights, governance, finance, philanthropy and community support.…

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1.75M Barrels of Gaines Oil Produced in February

Oil wells operating within the Gaines County line produced just over 1.75 million barrels of oil in the month of February 2017, according to a preliminary production data report by the Texas Railroad Commission on Wednesday.

Gaines’ February figures comes on the heels of January’s 1.91 million produced barrels reflected by adjusted RRC numbers observed by the Seminole Sentinel.…

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Hospital Board Employs Search Firm to Fill CEO Vacancy

An outside search firm was appointed by a vote of the Seminole Hospital District’s Board of Directors to assist the local medical district in their search for a new Chief Executive Officer following board action taken this past Monday evening.

After a lengthy executive session discussion, SHD Board Directors approved of an agreement with the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals (TORCH) to assist local officials with their search for the replacement of former hospital district CEO Betsy Briscoe.…

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Associated Press News

Take that, Washington! Texas looks to nullify federal laws

AUSTIN (AP) — Republicans who control Congress and the White House have promised to slash the size of the federal government while easing regulations on guns, the environment and energy production. But in the nation’s largest conservative state of Texas, it may not be enough.

A proposal in the GOP-led Legislature would allow Texas to ignore federal law and court rulings and forgo enforcing national regulations.…

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Texas Capital Highlights — April 27, 2017

AUSTIN (AP) — Minority rights groups on Thursday told federal judges that Texas needs new election maps for 2018, which would likely boost Democratic candidates, following three recent court findings that Republicans intentionally discriminated against Hispanic and black voters.

Redrawn districts in Texas could bolster Democratic efforts to reclaim Congress in the first midterm election under President Donald Trump.…

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Exxon Mobil’s 1Q profit more than doubles

IRVING (AP) — Exxon more than doubled its profit in the first quarter as rising crude prices magnified the cost cuts made by the company as energy prices tumbled.

The company earned $4.01 billion, or 95 cents per share, for the three month period. A year earlier the Irving, Texas, company earned $1.81 billion, or 43 cents per share, as oil and gas prices sank.…

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Free News Briefs

106th: May 5 Jury Duty Service Cancelled

If you are a Gaines County resident who may have recently received a summons to appear for potential jury duty service on Friday, May 5 — you are excused.

According to officials with the 106th District Clerk’s Office of Gaines County, the cases pending for potential jury selection as part of the May 5 process have recently been settled and the need for jury service from Gaines County’s jury pool is no longer required.…

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NWS: Cooler Temps, Slight Rain Chances Coming This Weekend

Spring is in full swing for the West Texas and southeastern New Mexico region. The typical winds are ripping through the plains and daytime temperatures are flirting with the upper-80s and low-90s on some days.

This weekend, however, a cold front is anticipated to drop daytime high temperatures into the mid-60s locally in Gaines County, and bring the possibility of snow accumulations in the northern South Plains and Texas Panhandle region.…

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SHS Fine Arts Dept. to Host ‘Evening of Fine Arts’ Monday

The talents of a host of Seminole High School students will be in display Monday evening (May 1), as the SHS Art, Speech and Theatre Departments will be hosting their annual “Evening of Fine Arts.”

Beginning at 5 p.m. Monday, the SHS Art Show will take place in the lobby of the campus’ Performing Arts Center, followed by a 6 p.m.…

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