Seminole/Gaines County News

Lapusan Wins 2017 Seminole Elementary Spelling Bee

Seminole ISD fifth grade student Daniel Lapusan edged fellow fourth grade student Sultan Kantar to take top honors as the 2017 Seminole Elementary Spelling Bee Champion, in competition held earlier this month at the Elementary Multi-Purpose Room.
Lapusan, who also captured the fifth grade class crown, bested four other individuals from the fifth grade level to advance to the school championship round.…

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Seminole Council to Consider Canceling May Election

Five business items will await members of the Seminole City Council, as they will host their second semi-monthly regular meeting this coming Monday evening at Seminole City Hall.

Monday’s meeting, slated for a 7 p.m. start inside the Council’s Chambers, is open to the general public, for those who are interested in attending.…

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DPS: Seminole Man, 80, Killed in Ector Co. Rollover Sunday

ODESSA — “Unsafe speeds and wet road conditions” were identified by Texas Dept. of Public Safety officials as the possible cause of a one-vehicle rollover which claimed the life of an 80-year-old Seminole man Sunday afternoon north of Odessa.

According to the report, George F. Braun, 80, of Seminole was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred on SH 158, approximately one-half mile west of the Gardendale community at around 1:34 p.m.…

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Associated Press News

US, Mexico at odds over deportation as top officials meet

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s mounting unease and resentment over President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown are looming over a gathering of U.S. and Mexican leaders that the U.S. had hoped would project a strong future for relations between neighbors.

There is no shortage of tension points as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly meet Thursday with top Mexican officials.…

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7 Earth-size worlds found orbiting star; could hold life

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For the first time, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a single nearby star — and these new worlds could hold life.

This cluster of planets is less than 40 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius, according to NASA and the Belgian-led research team who announced the discovery Wednesday.…

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US Defense Secretary Mattis: No plan to seize Iraqi oil

BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday the United States does not intend to seize Iraqi oil, shifting away from an idea proposed by President Donald Trump that has rattled Iraq’s leaders.

Mattis’ arrived on an unannounced visit in Iraq as the battle to oust Islamic State militants from western Mosul moved into its second day, and as the Pentagon considers ways to accelerate the campaign against IS in Iraq and Syria.…

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Free News Briefs

Local Entities, Institutions to Observe Presidents’ Day Holiday

A number of governmental entities and financial institutions will observe Monday’s Presidents’ Day federal holiday, according to a polling conducted by the Seminole Sentinel.

The following are local closures obtained by the Sentinel:
• Gaines County Courthouse;
• Seminole City Hall;
• U.S. Post Offices: Seminole, Seagraves and Loop
• West Texas National Bank;
• Commercial State Bank;
• First United Bank: Seagraves and Seminole;

Students attending Seminole ISD will have classes at their regularly scheduled time on Monday, as the district will not be observing the federal holiday.…

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Seminole Woman Arrested at US, Mexico Border with Over $20K of Meth

EAGLE PASS – A 19-year-old Seminole woman was arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border by officers with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection late last month, as she was allegedly in the process of making a shipment of narcotics into the United States.

According to a CBP press release, on Jan. 31, “a 19-year-old woman requested admission into the United States to the CBP officers at the Eagle Pass International Bridge,  walking in the pedestrian lane from Mexico,” said the press release.…

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‘Fibfest’ Slated for Thursday at Gaines County Courthouse Lawn

It’s been a goal for Gaines County head librarian Jane Bering for some time now, having been inspired by similar events that highlight Americans’ and Europeans’ colorful history of storytelling. Now, the first annual “Fibfest” becomes a reality in Seminole on Thursday the 16th on the Gaines County Courthouse lawn.

The event is a collaborative effort between the library, the Seminole Friends of the Arts, Friends of the Library, and the Seminole Economic Development Corporation.…

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