Seminole/Gaines County News

Seminole ISD Board Goals for 2016-17 Adopted Monday

In the upcoming 2016-17 Seminole ISD School year, members of the district’s Board of Directors have identified three specific goals they would like to address — as a group — following discussion held Monday evening in the board’s regular monthly meeting.

Those goals, which were approved unanimously in a 7-0 decision, include:

• Given that communication can always improve, we strive to be open to the public, accept their input, improve parental involvement and be willing to answer any question at any time;

• Search for ways to better attract and maintain a highly qualified professional staff by offering competitive wages and benefits, and;

• Ensure that all student needs are met by developing instructional leadership and being education focused rather than test focused.…

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Seminole Council Reviews Lean FY 2017 Proposed Budget

While city budgets in the recent past have reflected somewhat headier times in Seminole’s marketplace, the proposed 2016-2017 budget that City Administrator Tommy Phillips submitted to the City Council on Monday was a considerably leaner one. With the tax rate holding steady at .5402 and no proposed increases in fees for city services, the proposed budget is an answer to projected double-digit declines in tax revenues.…

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SEDC Conducts First 2016-2017 Budget Workshop

With an anticipated decline in sales tax revenues for fiscal year 2016-2017, the Board of Directors of the Seminole Economic Development Corporation met a City Hall on Monday and reviewed a budget that will reflect a slightly slower local economy. The SEDC is funded by a half-cent of each dollar collected in Seminole’s local sales tax.…

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Associated Press News

N. Korea: US has crossed red line, relations on war footing

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea’s top diplomat for U.S. affairs told The Associated Press Thursday that Washington “crossed the red line” and effectively declared war by putting leader Kim Jong Un on its list of sanctioned individuals, and said a vicious showdown could erupt if the U.S. and South Korea hold annual war games as planned next month.…

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ConocoPhillips reports 2Q loss

HOUSTON (AP) — ConocoPhillips (COP) on Thursday reported a loss of $1.07 billion in its second quarter.

On a per-share basis, the Houston-based company said it had a loss of 86 cents. Losses, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to 79 cents per share.

The results did not meet Wall Street expectations.…

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Off-duty Fort Worth police officer shoots, wounds suspect

FORT WORTH (AP) — Investigators say an off-duty North Texas police officer has shot a robbery suspect holding a box cutter.

Fort Worth police say the suspect was hospitalized in critical condition following the shooting early Thursday.

The Fort Worth officer and an off-duty Tarrant County sheriff’s deputy were working security at some apartments when one heard a police call about a person robbed at a gas station.…

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Free News Briefs

SHS Mini-Cheer Camp Slated for Aug. 8-12

The 2016 Seminole High School Cheerleading “Mini-Cheer Camp,” will be held the week of Aug. 8-12, according to team sponsors in providing information to the Seminole Sentinel.

The mini-cheer camp is open to incoming Seminole ISD kindergarten through sixth grade students and at a cost of $45 per camper.

Registration forms can be picked up at Ace Hardware, located at 119 E.…

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Seminole VFD to Conduct ‘Fill the Boot’ Campaign Aug. 6

Members of the Seminole Volunteer Fire Dept. will participate in an annual drive to help raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

On Saturday, Aug. 6, members of the SVFD will conduct their annual “Fill the Boot” campaign at the intersection of U.S. 385 and U.S. 180, on the northwestern corner of the Gaines County Courthouse Square.…

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Monday’s 106th Jury Duty Call Canceled

Gaines County residents who were called for jury duty service this coming Monday (July 25th) have been dismissed from their duties.

According to Sharon Taylor, 106th District Clerk — Gaines County, those local residents who had received a jury summons for Monday’s originally planned session do not need to report to the Gaines County Courthouse as originally requested.…

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