Seminole/Gaines County News

Texas’ Statewide Gas Price Average Drops a Penny This Week

COPPELL — The statewide gas price average in Texas this past week was quoted at being $2.15 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. That price is one cent less than last week and 48 cents more per gallon than last year.

The average drop in price wasn’t the case in the Seminole  community, as fuel prices remained at $2.29 per gallon, among the highest fuel prices in the West Texas and southeastern New Mexico region, according to fact finding conducted by the Seminole Sentinel.…

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Authorities: Southeastern New Mexico sheriff killed in crash

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a southeastern New Mexico sheriff has died in a crash.

The Lea County Sheriff’s Office said Sheriff Steve Ackerman died Tuesday as a result of injuries he sustained in the crash. There were no passengers the vehicle.

The office says New Mexico State Police is handling the investigation.…

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Noble Energy to Buy Clayton Williams Energy for $2.7B

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Associated Press News

Democrats again to lead just 2 Texas Senate committees

AUSTIN (AP) — Democrats will again head just two Texas Senate committees, the same number that the minority party ran last session in 2015.

Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced Wednesday that all committee assignments from two years ago will remain the same except one. Brenham Republican Lois Kolkhorst will now run Senate Administration, which had been headed by Sen.…

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NASA study in Hawaii paving way for human travel to Mars

HONOLULU (AP) — A group of NASA-funded researchers are poised to enter an isolated geodesic dome on a remote Hawaii volcano to study human behavior in long-term space exploration, including a planned voyage to Mars.

The six scientists enter their new home Thursday on the Big Island’s Mauna Loa volcano for an eight-month stay.…

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Highlights from around the Texas Capitol — January 18, 2017

AUSTIN (AP) — A federal judge deciding whether Texas can block Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid dollars scolded attorneys Tuesday for rehashing the debate over secretly recorded videos that Republicans across the U.S. — Texas included — have used to try defunding the nation’s largest abortion provider.

“You can give me all this baloney you want,” said U.S.…

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Free News Briefs

Local AA Meeting Site Changed

Those local residents struggling with alcohol issues and who are seeking help can do so through a locally revamped group of Alcoholics Anonymous.

The local group meets each Wednesday evening, at 8 p.m. at 104 S.W. 7th St., according to local organizers.

Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem.…

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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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GCAD Reminds Taxpayers of Delinquent Tax Deadline

The 2016 taxes become delinquent February 1st. State law requires a six percent penalty and one percent interest to be added to the tax beginning February 1st. The penalty and the interest increases by one percent each month until the taxes are paid.

If you have any questions concerning your taxes please contact the Gaines County Appraisal District at 302 S.E.…

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