Seminole/Gaines County News

Matters of Record — Aug 12-21

Seminole Police Dept.

Aug. 12 — Officers with the Seminole Police Dept. served a warrant in the 500 block of SW 23rd St. The subject, Garrett Lane Wickson, 32 of Seminole was arrested and transported to the Gaines County Law Enforcement Center for a theft by check warrant.

Aug. 19 — Seminole Police Officers stopped a vehicle in the 100 block of SW Ave D in reference to a traffic violation.…

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Council Receives Update on Recent Rodeo Event

On Monday night at City Hall, the Seminole City Council got a visit from a group of area cowboys as it met in its regular meeting for the month of August. Members of the Gaines County Riding Club, promoters of a rodeo event at the Gaines County rodeo grounds on July 29-30, appeared to offer a brief review of the event that was subsidized by the city’s Tourism office, and approved by the council.…

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Gaines Commissioners Accept FY 2016’s Third-Quarter Financial Report

Gaines County financial officials reported the governmental entity had $29.81 million in funds at the close of the third quarter of the 2016 fiscal year, according to a report given to County Commissioners on Monday morning.

In his quarterly report, Gaines County Treasurer Michael Lord stated Gaines County’s “General Fund” had $10.95 million in funds as of June 30, while the county’s “Capital Projects” fun possessed $3.15 million.…

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Associated Press News

Police say man, 87, found dead along Texas cliff killed self

TEMPLE (AP) — Police say an 87-year-old man found dead along a more than 50-foot cliff near a Central Texas lake killed himself.

Temple police on Wednesday said preliminary autopsy results show Robert James McClure of Belton died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Some boaters on Belton Lake spotted the body Monday.…

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Texas college students rally against gun law with sex toys

AUSTIN (AP) — Hundreds of University of Texas students waved sex toys at a campus rally during the first day of classes, protesting a new state law that allows concealed handguns in college classrooms, buildings and dorms.

Organizers said the sex toys were used Wednesday to mock what they consider an absurd notion that guns should be allowed in academic settings.…

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In dry, windy West, crews target flames in several states

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Growing wildfires stoked by windy, dry conditions have destroyed buildings and forced evacuations in California, Washington, Montana and elsewhere.

Here’s a look at the major wildfires in the West:



More firefighters headed to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, where large, growing wildfires have closed or threaten key roads and forced the evacuation of a large campground during a busy stretch of the summer tourist season.…

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Free News Briefs

Seminole PD Reminds Local Drivers of School Zone Enforcement Beginning Monday

Officials with the Seminole Police Dept. are reminding local residents that with the start of the 2016-2017 school year rapidly approaching, motorists should begin to prepare to be aware of school zones and school zone enforcement.

“We are just encouraging everyone to keep in mind that we will be out in full force and monitoring the school zones around town beginning the first day of school,” said Bernie Kraft, SPD Chief of Police.…

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Fried Jello Among Finalists of Texas State Fair’s ‘Big Tex Choice Awards’

DALLAS (AP)  — Eight funky foods, including fried Jell-O are in the running for Best Taste and Most Creative in the State Fair of Texas annual Big Tex Choice Awards.

Fair officials in Dallas on Wednesday announced the eight finalists, with the two top picks to be revealed on Aug. 28.…

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City’s SplashPad to End Summer Run this Friday

The first full summer season of the City of Seminole’s SplashPad water feature will come to a close this Friday evening, according to city officials.

Friday’s closure of the $1.28 million water feature, according to officials, is due to the availability of lifeguards to work the facility with the approaching start of the 2016-17 Seminole ISD School year next week.…

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