Seminole/Gaines County News

No Public Comments Fielded in Hospital District’s 2nd FY 2018 Tax Rate Hearing

No public comments were fielded Friday afternoon, as members of the Seminole Hospital District’s Board of Directors hosted the second of two required public hearings related to their proposed FY 2018 taxing rate.

SHD officials are proposing a 43.5809-cent per $100 valuation tax rate for the district’s upcoming 2018 fiscal year, according to documentation recently provided by the Gaines County Appraisal District, is 4.494765-percent above the district’s proposed effective tax rate for FY 2018, which was quoted at being 41.7063-cents per $100 valuation.…

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Hurricane Harvey: In Their Words

Local First Responders Recall Time Spent in Recent Relief Efforts Along Texas Gulf Coast

In the evening hours of Aug. 25, residents along the Texas Gulf Coast region braced for the damage to come, as Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 storm.

Packing winds of 130 mph during the height of the storm’s landfall, Harvey hammered the region with torrential rainfall totals that could be measured in feet, not just inches.…

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Gaines’ August Jobless Rate Quoted at 3.2-Pct.

Gaines County employers reported an increase in full-time equivalent staff positions in the month of August 2017, compared to the month prior, as officials with the Texas Workforce Commission released their latest monthly report Friday.

According to August figures, Gaines County’s employed workforce was quoted at 8,489 persons for the month, which was up from 8,373 persons reported n the month of July.…

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Associated Press News

Facebook may be facing an ‘era of accountability’

NEW YORK (AP) — The problems keep piling up for Facebook, and it’s unclear how long the internet giant will be able to brush them aside as it barrels toward acquiring its next billion users.

The world’s biggest social network has unwittingly allowed groups backed by the Russian government to target users with ads.…

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Trump, the ‘America First’ president, goes to the UN

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Elected on the nationalist slogan “America first,” President Donald Trump will use his debut address to the U.N. General Assembly to argue that individual nations should act in their own self-interest, yet rally together when faced with a common threat such as North Korea.

Trump, who has warned of “fire and fury” if North Korea does not back down, was expected to argue Tuesday that the dangers posed by Kim Jung Un’s pursuit of a nuclear weapons program should unite all nations.…

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Hurricane Maria batters Dominica as a Category 5 storm

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Maria intensified into a dangerous Category 5 storm and pounded the small island of Dominica as it surged into the eastern Caribbean on Monday night, and forecasters warned it might become even stronger.

The storm was following a path that could take it on Tuesday near many of the islands recently devastated by Hurricane Irma and then head toward a possible direct strike on Puerto Rico on Wednesday.…

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Free News Briefs

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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Details of Seminole HS’ 2017 Homecoming Parade Released

Details of the 2017 Seminole High School homecoming parade have been released by SHS officials ahead of Thursday’s planned event.

The theme for the 2017 SHS Homecoming parade is: “All Roads Lead to Home — Texas.”

As in years past, the 2017 SHS Homecoming parade will begin at 6 p.m. from the back (south) parking lot of the

Seminole High School campus.…

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