Seminole/Gaines County News

SHD Board to Consider Construction Project Manager Bids Monday

Seminole Hospital District Board Directors will consider the possible employment of a construction project manager for their ongoing $48.5 million expansion and renovation bond project, as part of a listing of business items slated to be addressed in the board’s regular, semi-monthly meeting Monday evening.

Monday’s meeting, which is open to the general public, is slated for a 7 p.m.…

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SISD Board to Conduct Annual Superintendent’s Evaluation Monday

It’s been a shade under seven months since Seminole ISD Board Trustees unanimously approved of a one-year contract extension with it’s top administrative official.

In a scheduled Monday evening executive session discussion, SISD Trustees will consider the action again, as they will conduct their annual evaluation of Superintendent Gary Laramore as part of their January regular meeting.…

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Gaines County Public Records — Jan. 4-10, 2017

Marriage License
Christopher Abel Gonzales, 36 and Lisa Jean Sears, 35.
Clay Kenneth Kearney, 31 and Audrey Laine Hester, 30.

Gaines Co. Filings
State of Texas vs. David Hernandez, theft.

Gaines Co. Dispositions
State of Texas vs. Francisco Porras, assault family member, order to dismiss, victim has denied prosecution.
State of Texas vs.…

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Associated Press News

Texas attorney general’s criminal fraud trial set for May

AUSTIN (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is set to stand trial on criminal securities fraud charges in May.

The trial date finally set by state District Judge George Gallagher comes 18 months after Texas’ top prosecutor was indicted on felony charges of defrauding wealthy investors.

Paxton has pleaded not guilty and faces 5 to 99 years in prison if convicted.…

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Woman pleads guilty in $7.8 million Medicaid fraud scheme

HOUSTON (AP) — The administrator of five Houston-area home health agencies has pleaded guilty for her role in a $7.8 million Medicaid fraud scheme.

Federal prosecutors say Idia Oriakhi and others obtained patients for her family’s home health agencies by paying kickbacks to patient recruiters and physicians for referring and certifying Medicaid patients for in-home attendant and community-based services that were medically unnecessary.…

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2 shot, hurt on Texas ranch in confusion during hunting trip

CANDELARIA AP) — Authorities say two men who were shot at a remote West Texas ranch near the Mexico border last week were injured when they and another member of their hunting group opened fire during a “state of confusion.”

Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez said Thursday they’re trying to determine who shot who on the night of Jan.…

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Gaines Appraisal District Board to Meet in Tuesday AM Meeting

Members of the Gaines County Appraisal District’s Board of Directors will host their regular, quarterly business meeting this Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 8:30 a.m. at the GCAD offices, per a business agenda obtained by the Seminole Sentinel.

Tuesday’s meeting is open to the public and will be held at the GCAD Office’s conference room.…

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Few Local Operations to Cease for MLK Holiday Monday

Some local operations will cease on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, according to a polling conducted by the Seminole Sentinel.

Seminole’s three financial institutions — Commercial State Bank, First United Bank and West Texas National Bank — will all observe Monday’s federal holiday with closures at their respective locations.…

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Property Taxes on Farms, Ranches Could Be Reduced with Productivity Appraisal

Texas Farmer and Ranchers may be eligible for property tax relief on their land. They may apply to the Gaines County Appraisal District for agricultural productivity appraisal and for a lower appraisal of their land based on what the land will produce rather than what it would sell for on the open market.…

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