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

2 killed, at least 17 wounded in Florida nightclub shooting

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A shooting at a Florida nightclub early Monday morning killed two people and wounded at least 17, police said. The attack apparently occurred at a teen party, billed as a “Swimsuit Glow Party,” at Club Blu in Fort Myers, according to local media.

Police detained three people and said the area around the club had been deemed safe, police Capt.…

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DNC steps off in Philadelphia with huge protests, high temps

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Democratic National Convention gets underway Monday in Philadelphia with much bigger demonstrations than the Republican convention and much higher temperatures as the region copes with an oppressive heat wave.

In one of the largest rallies planned for the day, a pro-Bernie Sanders group is expected to walk across the Ben Franklin Bridge, which connects Camden, New Jersey, with Philadelphia.…

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Verizon said to be buyer of Yahoo for $5 billion: Reports

NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon has agreed to buy online portal Yahoo Inc. for roughly $5 billion, according to multiple media reports, each citing a single unnamed source.

The deal is expected to be announced formally on Monday before markets open, the reports said.

Verizon had emerged in recent days as the front-runner for the beleaguered internet company.…

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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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