Seminole/Gaines County News

Multi-Agency Operation Leads to Solicitation Arrests in Midland

MIDLAND – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Special Agents on Saturday arrested five suspects during a multi-agency operation in the Midland area targeting alleged sexual predators.

The investigation was an online undercover effort to identify and apprehend sexual predators participating in the online solicitation of minors.

In addition to the DPS Criminal Investigations Division, the Texas Highway Patrol, DPS Aircraft, Midland County District Attorney’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Odessa Police Department and U.S.…

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Former Sentinel Publisher, Day, Passes at 67

GATESVILLE — Marshall Day, 67, former Seminole Sentinel Publisher died Tuesday Oct. 24 in Gatesville.

Day published and managed the Gatesville Messenger at the time of his death. He fought a courageous battle against cancer.

A memorial service for Day will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday morning at Grace Bible Church, 4012 E.…

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EDC Board Takes No Action on Recruitment Firm Proposal

For the time being, officials with the Seminole Economic Development Corp. will be marketing their brand — and the Seminole community — virtually on their own.

But, the possibility of using an outside marketing firm in the corporation’s 2018 fiscal year remains in tact, as SEDC Board Directors took no action related to a contract extension with a Tupelo, Miss.-based marketing firm in their regular monthly meeting Monday morning.…

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Associated Press News

US intel chief: Getting NKorea to give up nukes ‘lost cause’

WASHINGTON (AP) — National Intelligence director James Clapper said Tuesday that the U.S. goal of persuading North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons is probably a “lost cause” and the best hope is to cap its capability.

Clapper’s comments come amid mounting concern that the North is moving closer toward having a nuclear-tipped missile that could reach the American mainland.…

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Iraq battles IS in western town, far from Mosul

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi forces battled Islamic State fighters for a third day in a remote western town far from Mosul on Tuesday, but the U.S.-led coalition insisted the latest in a series of “spoiler attacks” had not forced it to divert resources from the fight to retake Iraq’s second-largest city.…

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Child Protective Services chief: We need 550 more caseworkers

Amid increasing concerns that the state is regularly failing to protect endangered children, the Department of Family and Protective Services this week asked state leaders for $53.3 million to hire 550 additional staffers.

On Thursday, Department Commissioner Hank Whitman told state leaders in a letter that the agency is planning to hire a robust combination of caseworkers and investigators so that more children can be seen on time “and ensure that children who have sadly never been seen will finally be contacted.”

“Texas children remain at risk,” Whitman wrote.…

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Free News Briefs

Optimist to Host Turkey Shoot Nov. 12

The Seminole Optimist Club will once again be hosting their annual Turkey Shoot fundraiser on the afternoon of Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Gaines County Law Enforcement Shooting Range.

The event will begin at 11 a.m. and run until dark at the facility, located two miles west of U.S. Hwy. 62/385, on CR 216.…

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Optimist Seeking Coat Donations for Annual Christmas Program

Donations of gently used coats are currently being accepted by the Seminole Optimist Club for their annual “Give a Child a Smile” Christmas program, which is held every Christmas holiday season.

Interested persons wishing to donate to the local non-profit charity may take their gently used coats by Quality Cleaners, located in the 500 block of N.…

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‘Citizen,’ ‘Keenager’ Nominations Due Friday

Nominations for Seminole’s two top civic honors are being excepted through 5 p.m. this Friday afternoon by Seminole Area Chamber of Commerce officials ahead of their Wednesday, Nov. 16 Chamber Banquet.

According to Chamber officials, nominations for the group’s “Citizen of the Year” and “Keenager of the Year” awards are to be submitted, in writing, to the Chamber’s offices, located at 119 S.E.…

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