Seminole/Gaines County News

Gaines Commissioners Opt to Keep Pct. 1 Constable’s Seat Vacant

For the foreseeable future, the duties typically executed by the Gaines County Constable, Pct. 1 office will be handled by deputized officers with the Gaines County Sheriff’s Office.

In a unanimous vote Monday morning, Gaines County Commissioners opted to not seek to fill the vacancy of the Pct. 1 Constable’s position, which came in the wake of a late March resignation of former Pct.…

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Census: Percentage-wise, Gaines the 40th Fastest Growing County in U.S.

A total of 3,142 counties are situated among the 50 individual states inside the U.S.

All those counties — including locally here in Gaines County — have seen either growth or population declines over the years, as monitored and recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Specifically, in Gaines County, growth has been seen over the past decades, including since the latest U.S.…

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EPA chief delays methane rule at behest of oil and gas firms

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is again moving to derail Obama-era regulations aimed at reducing pollution from the fossil fuel industry.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced Wednesday he’s issued a 90-day delay for oil and gas companies to follow a new rule requiring them to monitor and reduce methane leaks from their facilities.…

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Associated Press News

Controversial insurance bill moving in Texas Legislature

Texas property owners could face new hurdles when they try to sue their insurer over storm claims under controversial legislation being cheered by groups seeking curbs on lawsuits but jeered by consumer advocates and some businesses.

Senate Bill 10 emerged this week from a Senate committee that narrowed the bill to include only storm lawsuits and property damage claims.…

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Gov’t shutdown, health bill rescue at stake in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bipartisan bargainers are making progress toward a budget deal to prevent a partial federal shutdown this weekend, a major hurdle overcome when President Donald Trump signaled he would put off his demand that the measure include money to build his border wall with Mexico.

Republicans are also vetting proposed changes to their beleaguered health care bill that they hope will attract enough votes to finally push it through the House.…

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Clock ticking toward 2018 as court to mull redistricting questions

A pair of federal court rulings that Texas leaders purposefully discriminated against minority voters in rejiggering congressional and state House boundaries have triggered a slew of pressing questions among politicos here:

Will Texas soon see new political maps that are friendlier to Latino and black voters and, in turn, Democrats? If so, who would draw them: the scolded Republican-led Legislature or the courts themselves?…

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Seminole ISD Physicals Slated for May 3

Seminole ISD student athlete physicals will be conducted on the afternoon of May 3, according to SISD Athletic Dept. officials.

The physicals will be conducted at the Seminole High School campus’ main and auxiliary gymnasiums, beginning at 3 p.m.

Physical are required for all incoming seventh, ninth and 11th grade athletes, as well as those student athletes who had surgery in the past year, as well as those student-athletes with a heart condition.…

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Babe Ruth League Registration Underway

Registration is currently underway for the 2017 Seminole Babe Ruth Baseball league.

The local league is open to players 13-years of age to 18 years old, and will be divided between various age groups.

Registration is $70 per player and the application deadline is April 26.

Tryouts for the league will be held April 29, at the Indios baseball field, located on CR103, near the Seminole Rodeo Arena.…

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Early Voting Begins Next Week for 2 Seagraves Entity Races

SEAGRAVES — A seven-day early voting period for a pair of elections related to the City of Seagraves and Seagraves Independent School District will begin on Monday, according to an election calender related to the May 6 municipal general election process.

Early voting for both the City of Seagraves’ District 3 City Council Seat, and the District 4 and District 5 seats upon the Seagraves ISD Board of Trustees will begin on Monday, April 24, at 8 a.m.…

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