Seminole/Gaines County News

Seagraves High Plays Tribute to its ‘Music Man’

Band Hall Named in Honor of Bill, Myrna Woods Saturday

SEAGRAVES — Seagraves High School faculty, administrators, alumni, and students gathered at the SHS Auditorium on Saturday to pay tribute to one of their most beloved educators, Bill Woods. By the end of the day, those warm feelings toward the teacher, and the wife who stood by him throughout his career, were immortalized with a permanent inscription that reads “Bill and Myrna Woods Band Hall” on the north side of the campus.…

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Area’s Population Growth Reflected in Recent Report

Population growth within the Permian Basin region, thanks in part to a steady oil production economy, was recently reflected in a recent national study.

According to WalletHub, a website specializing in financial advice, Midland ranked as the fourth fastest-growing mid-sized city in the United States, in a study of 515 U.S.…

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Seminole Hospital Board to Consider Smoking, Dress Code Policies Monday

A pair of policy considerations will be placed before members of the Seminole Hospital District’s Board of Directors, according to a business agenda observed by the Seminole Sentinel on Friday.

The considerations are two of seven agenda action items set to be faced by the seven-member board as part of their regular monthly meeting, scheduled for a 7 p.m.…

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Associated Press News

Social Security recipients will see 2 percent boost in 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees will get a 2 percent increase in benefits next year, the largest increase since 2012, thought it comes to only $25 a month for the average beneficiary.

The cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, affects benefits for more than 70 million U.S.…

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Winds expected to drive next wave of deadly California fires

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Wildfires already well on their way to becoming the deadliest and most destructive in California history could gain momentum Thursday and erase even the modest gains firefighters have made.

Steady winds with gusts up to 45 mph (72 kph) with nearly non-existent humidity are expected to descend on the areas north of San Francisco where at least 23 people have died and at least 3,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed.…

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Family held captive by Taliban-linked group released

ISLAMABAD (AP) — An American woman, her Canadian husband and their three young children have been released after years of being held captive by a network with ties to the Taliban, U.S. and Pakistani officials said Thursday.

U.S. officials say Pakistan secured the release of Caitlan Coleman of Stewartstown, Pennsylvania, and her husband, Canadian Joshua Boyle, who were abducted five years ago while traveling in Afghanistan and had been held by the Haqqani network in Pakistan.…

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Free News Briefs

Citizen, ‘Keenager’ of the Year Nominations Sought by Chamber

The Seminole Area Chamber of commerce is currently seeking nominations for the 2017 Citizen and Keen-Ager of the Year awards.  

Nominations are due in writing by 5 p.m. on Nov. 3, according to a recent press release issued by the CoC.  

Nomination forms can be obtained by visiting the Seminole Area Chamber of Commerce’s office, located at 119 S.E.…

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NWS: Cold Front Anticipated to Pass Late Saturday, Early Sunday

After a recent round of above-average temperatures on Thursday and Friday of this week, another fall cold front is anticipated to roll through the West Texas and southeastern New Mexico region late Saturday and early Sunday morning.

A front which could bring another chance of precipitation to the region, according to the latest forecast models from the National Weather Service’s Midland and Lubbock regional offices.…

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Gaines Friends of the Library’s Annual Fall Book Sale Slated Next Week

The Friends of the Gaines County Library System will be hosting their annual Fall Book Sale this coming Thursday through Saturday, at the Gaines County Civic Building in Seminole.

All items in this year’s sale have been donated to the Gaines County Library system within the last year, with over 8,000 books and movies available for purchase.…

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