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SHD Board to Consider Construction Project Manager Bids Monday

January 13, 2017

Seminole Hospital District Board Directors will consider the possible employment of a construction project manager for their ongoing $48.5 million expansion and renovation bond project, as part of a listing of business items slated to be addressed in the board’s regular, semi-monthly meeting Monday evening.

Monday’s meeting, which is open to the general public, is slated for a 7 p.m.…

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NM Man Killed in Thursday Wreck West of Seagraves

January 13, 2017

SEAGRAVES — A 51-year-old Lake Arthur, N.M. man was pronounced dead at the scene of a two-vehicle accident four miles west of the Seagraves community early Thursday morning, according to a preliminary report issued by the Texas Dept. of Public Safety.

According to DPS officials, Rafael L. Lopez, 51, of Lake Arthur, N.M.…

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SISD Board to Conduct Annual Superintendent’s Evaluation Monday

January 13, 2017

It’s been a shade under seven months since Seminole ISD Board Trustees unanimously approved of a one-year contract extension with it’s top administrative official.

In a scheduled Monday evening executive session discussion, SISD Trustees will consider the action again, as they will conduct their annual evaluation of Superintendent Gary Laramore as part of their January regular meeting.…

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Two Jailed for Theft Charges; Lead Law Official on High-Speed Chase

January 12, 2017

A theft-in-progress call reported to the Seminole Police Dept. early Thursday afternoon led to a high-speed pursuit through southern Seminole and southern Gaines County, before being terminated in neighboring Andrews County, as well as the arrest of two individuals.

According to a press release issued Thursday afternoon by the Seminole Police Dept., Kayleen Graham, 35, and Thomas Taft, 37, are behind bars at the Gaines County Law Enforcement Center.…

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Gaines County Public Records — Jan. 4-10, 2017

January 12, 2017

Marriage License
Christopher Abel Gonzales, 36 and Lisa Jean Sears, 35.
Clay Kenneth Kearney, 31 and Audrey Laine Hester, 30.

Gaines Co. Filings
State of Texas vs. David Hernandez, theft.

Gaines Co. Dispositions
State of Texas vs. Francisco Porras, assault family member, order to dismiss, victim has denied prosecution.
State of Texas vs.…

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Matters of Record — Jan. 9-11, 2017

January 12, 2017

Seminole Police Dept.
Jan. 11 — Officers were dispatched in reference to criminal mischief. A report was taken and investigation is underway.

Jan. 11 — Officers with the Seminole Police Dept. conducted a traffic stop in the 1000 block of South Main. During the traffic stop the driver was found to be intoxicated.…

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Seliger Files Bill to Continue use of ‘Individual Graduation Committees’

January 12, 2017

AUSTIN — Texas Dist. 31 State Senator Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo), filed Senate Bill 463 on Thursday, which allows for the continued use of Individual Graduation Committees.

According to a press release issued by Seliger’s Austin office on Thursday, SB463 “gives students who fail one or two STAAR exams, but otherwise meet all other graduation requirements, a path to graduation.”

“I am proud to author SB 463 to remove the Sunset date that was included in SB 149 last session,” said Seliger.…

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Burrows Discusses Sophomore Term of Texas Legislature

January 12, 2017

The 85th Legislature convened earlier this week, and according to preliminary budget numbers, things might get tight.

Texas Dist. 83 State Rep. Dustin Burrows (R-Lubbock) said prior to the session that despite those challenges ahead, he was eager to get to work for his constituents, which includes the citizens of Gaines County.…

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Xcel Energy Seeks Adjustment in Texas Fuel Costs

January 12, 2017

AMARILLO — Higher prices for the natural gas Xcel Energy uses to produce electricity at area generating plants is leading the company to seek an adjustment to the monthly fuel charges Texas customers pay.

If the adjustment to Xcel Energy’s fuel factors is approved by the Public Utility Commission of Texas, a typical residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours per month will see an average monthly increase of $1.78 – or 1.6 percent.…

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Seminole Allocation Payments on the Rise to Start 2017

January 12, 2017

After seeing allocation payments slip for the Seminole community in the 2016 calendar year, where declines were recorded in all but one month, the 2017 calendar year appears to be taking a step back in the right direction, according to data released Wednesday by the Texas Comptroller’s Office.

The City of Seminole, for sales transactions which occurred in the month of November 2016, was scheduled to receive a January allocation payment of $161,498  from the state office.…

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