Seminole/Gaines County News

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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SHD Board Works through Monday Evening Business Agenda

Seminole Hospital District Board Directors worked through a 17-item business agenda Monday evening, approving of a pair of capital purchase requests and addressing some housekeeping issues related to the district.

In Monday’s meeting, SHD Directors approved of the purchase of a Hologic Bone Density measurement machine, quoted at $61,500 and the purchase of an Olympus endoscope system its various scopes and equipment, quoted at a total price of $252,103.53.…

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Third Candidate Files for Seagraves ISD’s District 4 Race

No Seminole Municipalities to Host May Elections

An 11th hour candidate added his name to the District 4 Seagraves ISD Board of Trustees race, according to a polling of Gaines County municipalities conducted by the Seminole Sentinel on Monday

Filing for the May 6 general election process ended at 5 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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