Seminole/Gaines County News

Hospital Board Employs Search Firm to Fill CEO Vacancy

An outside search firm was appointed by a vote of the Seminole Hospital District’s Board of Directors to assist the local medical district in their search for a new Chief Executive Officer following board action taken this past Monday evening.

After a lengthy executive session discussion, SHD Board Directors approved of an agreement with the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals (TORCH) to assist local officials with their search for the replacement of former hospital district CEO Betsy Briscoe.…

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SEDC, Seminole Community Leaders Learn to ‘Sell Seminole’

With several community leaders from the SISD, hospital district, and the general public at City Hall on Monday, both the Seminole City Council and the Seminole Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) received special presentations from Melissa Woodall, Senior Vice President at Austin-based Johnson and Associates.

In two separate presentations, the SEDC received specifics on how to create and maintain a more effective Board of Directors, and the City Council got a more generalized pep talk on how community leaders can play an important role in marketing Seminole as a commodity to the outside world.…

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SHD Med Staff, Citizens Question Bond Project Debt

Hospital District Board Could Address Debt Concerns in Future Meeting

Project revisions over the course of the Seminole Hospital District’s 2013 voter-elected expansion/renovation project has resulted in an increase in project costs totaling over $50.5 million for design and construction costs alone.

Add in the district’s October 2016 decision to pursue a capital lease loan — quoted as being up to $6 million in value — and some lower-scale construction project changes and additions along the way, and the end result is a concern of financial stability expressed by medical staff professionals with the district and some members of the general public to members of the SHD’s Board of Directors in the board’s regularly scheduled business meeting held Monday evening.…

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Associated Press News

White House backs off as lawmakers work to avert shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are nearing agreement on sweeping spending legislation to keep the lights on in government, after the White House backed off a threat to withhold payments that help lower-income Americans pay their medical bills.

It was the latest concession by the White House, which had earlier dropped a demand for money for President Donald Trump’s border wall.…

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Trump says US won’t leave NAFTA _ for now

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he has told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement at this time, but could still withdraw if he concludes a renegotiated pact is not “a fair deal for all.”

Trump tweeted early Thursday that he has agreed to remain a partner in the much-discussed trade agreement in calls he received from Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.…

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Controversial insurance bill moving in Texas Legislature

Texas property owners could face new hurdles when they try to sue their insurer over storm claims under controversial legislation being cheered by groups seeking curbs on lawsuits but jeered by consumer advocates and some businesses.

Senate Bill 10 emerged this week from a Senate committee that narrowed the bill to include only storm lawsuits and property damage claims.…

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Free News Briefs

106th: May 5 Jury Duty Service Cancelled

If you are a Gaines County resident who may have recently received a summons to appear for potential jury duty service on Friday, May 5 — you are excused.

According to officials with the 106th District Clerk’s Office of Gaines County, the cases pending for potential jury selection as part of the May 5 process have recently been settled and the need for jury service from Gaines County’s jury pool is no longer required.…

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SHS Fine Arts Dept. to Host ‘Evening of Fine Arts’ Monday

The talents of a host of Seminole High School students will be in display Monday evening (May 1), as the SHS Art, Speech and Theatre Departments will be hosting their annual “Evening of Fine Arts.”

Beginning at 5 p.m. Monday, the SHS Art Show will take place in the lobby of the campus’ Performing Arts Center, followed by a 6 p.m.…

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Seminole ISD Physicals Slated for May 3

Seminole ISD student athlete physicals will be conducted on the afternoon of May 3, according to SISD Athletic Dept. officials.

The physicals will be conducted at the Seminole High School campus’ main and auxiliary gymnasiums, beginning at 3 p.m.

Physical are required for all incoming seventh, ninth and 11th grade athletes, as well as those student athletes who had surgery in the past year, as well as those student-athletes with a heart condition.…

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