Seminole/Gaines County News

No Voter ID Options Will Be Available at Texas Polls this Fall

Gaines County Elections Administrator, Patricia Roberson, earlier this week, stated Gaines County voters who cannot obtain a form of approved photo ID now have additional options when voting in person.

Additional options which will apply to the upcoming November General Election process, which will feature the heated presidential race between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump.…

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Measurable Rainfall Seen Locally Thursday

Widespread showers and thunderstorms made their way through the West Texas and southeastern New Mexico region Thursday evening, dumping an estimated 2-plus inches of rainfall in some portions of Gaines County.

Around the Seminole community, rainfall totals ranged from 0.74 inches measured at the Gaines County Airport, located three miles south of Seminole, to 1.13 inches recorded at the Texas Tech University system’s mesonet weather monitoring station, located near the City of Seminole’s landfill site just northeast of the City of Seminole.…

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4-H to Sponsor Hunter Education Course

There will be a Hunter Education Course held Monday thru Tuesday, August 29-30, 2016 at the Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service/Gaines County Extension Office.

Every hunter (including out-of-state hunters) born on or after Sept. 2, 1971, must successfully complete a Hunter Education Training Course to legally hunt in Texas.  Every person who wishes to hunt out-of-state must also complete this course.…

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Associated Press News

US economy grew at tepid 1.1 percent pace in spring

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy expanded at a sluggish pace this spring as businesses sharply reduced their stockpiles of goods and spent less on new buildings and equipment.

The Commerce Department said Friday that gross domestic product, the broadest measure of the economy, increased at an annual rate of 1.1 percent in the April-June quarter.…

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Police say man, 87, found dead along Texas cliff killed self

TEMPLE (AP) — Police say an 87-year-old man found dead along a more than 50-foot cliff near a Central Texas lake killed himself.

Temple police on Wednesday said preliminary autopsy results show Robert James McClure of Belton died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Some boaters on Belton Lake spotted the body Monday.…

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Texas college students rally against gun law with sex toys

AUSTIN (AP) — Hundreds of University of Texas students waved sex toys at a campus rally during the first day of classes, protesting a new state law that allows concealed handguns in college classrooms, buildings and dorms.

Organizers said the sex toys were used Wednesday to mock what they consider an absurd notion that guns should be allowed in academic settings.…

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Free News Briefs

Storms Dump 5-Plus Inches of Rain Overnight

Gaines Remains Under Flash Flood Watch Through Monday

Local drought conditions changed drastically in a matter of hours on Sunday evening, as torrential rainfall caused flash flooding conditions within the Gaines County area after 5-plus inches of rainfall was recorded in the Seminole community alone.

Bryan Curran, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Midland regional office, said abundant moisture present in the region on Sunday, paired with the arrival of an upper level disturbance during the evening hours helped generate the heavy rain showers, which dumped 4.68 inches of rainfall between 8:30 p.m.…

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Rain Possible in Seminole Area Forecast for Thursday

MIDLAND — Rain chances remain in the forecast for the Seminole community, and other portions of the Permian Basin region today (Thursday) and the remainder of the work week, according to the latest forecast models from the National Weather Service.

“Thunderstorms are anticipated again today and tonight, mainly across the higher terrain of West Texas and Southeast New Mexico,” said NWS Midland officials on their agency website Thursday morning.…

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Seminole PD Reminds Local Drivers of School Zone Enforcement Beginning Monday

Officials with the Seminole Police Dept. are reminding local residents that with the start of the 2016-2017 school year rapidly approaching, motorists should begin to prepare to be aware of school zones and school zone enforcement.

“We are just encouraging everyone to keep in mind that we will be out in full force and monitoring the school zones around town beginning the first day of school,” said Bernie Kraft, SPD Chief of Police.…

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