Seminole/Gaines County News

EDC Board Takes No Action on Recruitment Firm Proposal

For the time being, officials with the Seminole Economic Development Corp. will be marketing their brand — and the Seminole community — virtually on their own.

But, the possibility of using an outside marketing firm in the corporation’s 2018 fiscal year remains in tact, as SEDC Board Directors took no action related to a contract extension with a Tupelo, Miss.-based marketing firm in their regular monthly meeting Monday morning.…

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Commissioners Approve 2016 County Tax Rolls

Gaines County Commissioners approved the 2016 tax roll for three different taxing funds by the entity as part of their regular, semi-monthly meeting held Monday morning at the Gaines County Courthouse.

For the 2016 calendar year, Gaines County was assessed a total taxable value of $2.865 billion by the Gaines County Appraisal District, which was a 31.6-percent decline in values compared to the 2015 calendar year.…

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TWC: Gaines’ Jobless Rate Remains 3.7-Percent for 4th Straight Month

Gaines County saw a slight decline in available workforce and employment numbers in the month of September 2016, but saw its jobless rate remain at 3.7-percent for a fourth straight month, according to a release of data by the Texas Workforce Commission on Friday.

Gaines’ 3.7-percent jobless rate, still considered as a “fully-employed” County by many economic insiders, remains the highest rate seen in the 2016 calendar year.…

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Associated Press News

Child Protective Services chief: We need 550 more caseworkers

Amid increasing concerns that the state is regularly failing to protect endangered children, the Department of Family and Protective Services this week asked state leaders for $53.3 million to hire 550 additional staffers.

On Thursday, Department Commissioner Hank Whitman told state leaders in a letter that the agency is planning to hire a robust combination of caseworkers and investigators so that more children can be seen on time “and ensure that children who have sadly never been seen will finally be contacted.”

“Texas children remain at risk,” Whitman wrote.…

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US rig count up 14 this week to 553; Texas gains 10

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 14 this week to 553.

A year ago, 787 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have sharply curtailed oil and gas exploration.

Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 443 rigs sought oil and 108 explored for natural gas this week.…

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AT&T’s $85.4B deal for Time Warner: A new bet on synergy

NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T’s $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner represents a new bet on synergy between companies that distribute information and entertainment to consumers and those that produce it.

The acquisition would combine a telecom giant that owns a leading cellphone business, DirecTV and an internet service with the company behind HBO, CNN, and some of the world’s most popular entertainment, including “Game of Thrones,” the “Harry Potter” franchise and professional basketball.…

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Free News Briefs

Optimist to Host Turkey Shoot Nov. 12

The Seminole Optimist Club will once again be hosting their annual Turkey Shoot fundraiser on the afternoon of Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Gaines County Law Enforcement Shooting Range.

The event will begin at 11 a.m. and run until dark at the facility, located two miles west of U.S. Hwy. 62/385, on CR 216.…

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Optimist Seeking Coat Donations for Annual Christmas Program

Donations of gently used coats are currently being accepted by the Seminole Optimist Club for their annual “Give a Child a Smile” Christmas program, which is held every Christmas holiday season.

Interested persons wishing to donate to the local non-profit charity may take their gently used coats by Quality Cleaners, located in the 500 block of N.…

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‘Citizen,’ ‘Keenager’ Nominations Due Friday

Nominations for Seminole’s two top civic honors are being excepted through 5 p.m. this Friday afternoon by Seminole Area Chamber of Commerce officials ahead of their Wednesday, Nov. 16 Chamber Banquet.

According to Chamber officials, nominations for the group’s “Citizen of the Year” and “Keenager of the Year” awards are to be submitted, in writing, to the Chamber’s offices, located at 119 S.E.…

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