Seminole/Gaines County News

Council Names New Facility ‘Seminole Community Center’

Until Monday evening’s City Council meeting at City Hall, it was commonly referred to by area residents as “the new civic center”, to distinguish it from the “old civic center”. With a unanimous vote by the Council, however, the latest edifice on the Seminole landscape, given birth by a large charitable donation to the city, has been given a name: the Seminole Community Center.…

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Gaines Commissioners Adopt New Subdivision Policy Monday

A new document spelling out Gaines County’s regulations related to the development of new subdivisions in unincorporated portions of Gaines County was adopted by County Commissioners on Monday morning.

The business item was one of eight e faced by Gaines County Commissioners in their regular, semi-monthly meeting, held Monday morning at the Gaines County Courthouse.…

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Odessa father accused of spanking son for missed goal

ODESSA (AP) — A 31-year-old West Texas man faces a felony charge after allegedly spanking and leaving several welts on his 8-year-old son for missing a goal in a soccer match.

The Odessa American (http://bit.ly/1Tu04mZ ) reports that Carlos Jesus Vasquez of Odessa was charged with injury to a child after the boy’s grandmother told police Wednesday that the boy’s great-grandmother found several dark red welts on the boy’s buttocks.…

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At the Top of Texas, Perryton Offers Lessons In Oil Bust Survival

PERRYTON — Nick Long was ready to party. For four months of 1987, he and some confidants had secretly prepared to uncork a celebration in this town at the top of the Texas Panhandle. Folks needed some revelry amid a yearslong oil glut that left a trail of shuttered banks, foreclosed homes and repossessed vehicles.…

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3 more bikers file suit over Waco shooting involving police

WACO (AP) — Three bikers arrested after a shooting involving police outside a Waco restaurant have filed lawsuits against local officials, alleging civil rights violations.

The Waco Tribune-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1U6pioL ) that Bradley Terwilliger, Benjamin Matcek and Jimmy Dan Smith filed suit Friday in a Travis County federal court seeking unspecified damages.…

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El Paso candidate sent nude photos using work email

EL PASO (AP) — A woman running for the job of El Paso’s county tax assessor-collector was once punished and reprimanded for sending pornographic emails from her county work account, documents obtained by a newspaper show.

A 2001 disciplinary action memo showed that Siria Rocha was suspended for a day without pay and reprimanded for emails with nude photos of muscular men, “‘off-color jokes’ and cartoons to pictures of nudity and sexual activity.”

The county released documents Friday, the result of an open records request, from Rocha’s county personnel file from when she worked for the El Paso County Attorney’s Office, The El Paso Times (http://bit.ly/1swb3mL ) reported.…

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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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‘Border States’ Photo Exhibit to be Displayed at Seminole Elementary Campus Tuesday

The Seminole Elementary school campus will play host to another traveling exhibit by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, according to a press release issued by the school campus.

“Border States,” a photography exhibit, will be on display for the general public from 6 to 7 p.m.…

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