Seminole/Gaines County News

Seminole United Location Celebrates Grand Opening

Being a West Texas native, Robert Taylor was familiar with the Seminole community. Through his travels about the region through a food/product service distributorship he started, he became even more familiar with the community, along with many others within the region.

Last Friday, before a crowd of on-lookers, Taylor — now the President of The United Family — stated he was excited to be a part of the Seminole community with the recent opening of the corporation’s flagship United Supermarket location on the Gaines County Courthouse Square.…

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18.1-Percent Voter Turnout Seen in Gaines Runoff Election

After seeing a 32-percent voter turnout in the March 1 Gaines County Democratic/Republican Party Primary election process, local voters returned to the polls this past Tuesday to participate in three heated races of local interest.

While not as many voters showed up this past week, 18.1-percent of Gaines County voters cast their respective ballots in the local runoff election, which saw two local races decided ahead of the Nov.…

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City’s SplashPad to Officially Open Saturday

One season in Seminole will come to a close on Friday, while another will begin on Saturday.

According to City of Seminole officials, the City’s newly constructed SplashPad youth water feature at the M.S. Doss City Park will officially open for the 2016 summer season this Saturday (May 28) , just one day following the completion of Seminole ISD’s 2015-16 school year.…

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Associated Press News

11 states sue over Obama’s school transgender directive

AUSTIN (AP) — Texas and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over its directive to U.S. public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.

The lawsuit announced Wednesday includes Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Arizona, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia.…

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Exxon, Chevron shareholders reject climate resolutions

DALLAS (AP) — Shareholders at Exxon Mobil and Chevron rejected resolutions backed by environmentalists that would have pushed the companies to take stronger stands in favor of limiting climate change.

Environmentalists took solace, however, that some of their ideas gained considerable support.

At Chevron Corp., a resolution asking for an annual report each year on how climate-change policies will affect the company received 41 percent of the vote.…

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Texas airports see respite from perimeter security intruders

DALLAS (AP) — Intruders got over the fencing that protects Texas’ two busiest airports more than authorities disclosed, though there were no breaches last year.

An Associated Press investigation shows 16 breaches of perimeter security at Dallas-Fort Worth International or George Bush Intercontinental since 2004.

The airports acknowledged 13 incidents when AP revealed problems with airport defenses last year.…

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Free News Briefs

May 24 Democratic, GOP Runoff Election Results — Gaines County Races of Interest

Gaines County Democratic/Republican Party Runoff Election — Final Results


Republican Races of Interest


Gaines County Commissioner, Pct. 3

David Murphree — 463

Neil Letkeman — 246


106th District Attorney (Gaines Co. Votes Only)

Michael Munk — 532

Philip Mack Furlow — 923


TX 19th U.S. House of Representatives (Gaines Co.…

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City Officials Urge Caution on Roof, Home Repair Contractors

The City of Seminole is encouraging its citizens to use caution in employing roofing contractors in the wake of this past Saturday’s damaging hailstorm, according to a press release issued Monday afternoon.

“Before a contract is signed with any contractor, you should contact the Better Business Bureau that serves the area the contractor is from,” said Tommy Phillips, Seminole City Administrator in the release, obtained by the Seminole Sentinel.   “Homeowners should also ask for references to see if people who have used this contractor in the past would use them again.  While this will not guarantee your satisfaction with the work, it should help you make an informed decision regarding your choice of contractors”

Local officials are also suggesting to Seminole residents that if a person has questions as to whether a contractor has provided the City of Seminole with proof of insurance, that residents may make those inquiries at Seminole City Hall by calling  (432) 758-3676 or coming by the facility, located at 302 S.…

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Decision 2016: 370 Early Votes Cast Through Tuesday

Gaines County’s early voting total climbed to 370 at the close of polling on Tuesday, as local residents continued to make their respective political decisions ahead of next Tuesday’s (May 24) Gaines County Democratic/Republican Party primary runoff election process.

According to figures from the Gaines County Elections Administration office, 169 Gaines County residents cast their ballots on Tuesday, compared to 201 on Monday — the opening day of a five day early voting period.…

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