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3 Storm Chasers Killed Near Spur

March 29, 2017

SPUR (AP) — Storms that bore down on Southern Plains states brought powerful winds that upended a tractor-trailer on an Oklahoma interstate, killing the driver, while three storm chasers died in a collision as they raced toward a tornado-warned storm in West Texas, authorities said.

The storms that struck Texas and Oklahoma late Tuesday brought tornadoes, tennis ball-sized hail and powerful winds, but no widespread damage was reported.…

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U.S. Drought Monitor: Dry Conditions Continue to Expand in Region

March 28, 2017

The spring winds which weave their way out of the mountains of West Texas and southeastern New Mexico and across the South Plains and Permian Basin region have made their presence known in the early stages of the 2017 spring season.

Paired with just 1.50 inches of rainfall through the first quarter of the 2017 calendar year and above-average temperatures, drought-like conditions have grown — both within the region and in Gaines County, specifically.…

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2018 Farm Bill Keynote Event, Roundtable Slated for Friday

March 28, 2017

Area Congressmen, Former Ag Chair to Converge on Seminole for Discussions

Western Peanut Growers Assoc. officials are anticipating a large turnout Friday at the Seminole Conference Center, as the group will play host to an agriculture roundtable featuring three sitting members of the U.S. House of Representatives and a former chairman of the U.S.…

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Hospital: Phase II Completion Targeted for ‘August to Sept. 1’

March 28, 2017

SHD Board Approves 3rd Floor Plans for Clinical Offices

Following an at-length discussion Monday evening, members of the Seminole Hospital District’s Board of Directors approved of a base floor plan related to the district’s planned physician’s clinic construction associated with the medical district’s $48.5 million bond project.

Monday’s unanimous vote, according to SHD Interim Chief Executive Officer William Weldon, places the projected completion date for Phase II of the project for “an August to Sept.…

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Seminole Woman Booked on Aggravated DWI, Child Abuse Charges

March 28, 2017

Woman Spits Out Dime During Deprivation Period

HOBBS, N.M. — A Seminole woman picked up 10 charges, including child abuse and intoxicated driving, Saturday morning after a Hobbs police officer pulled her over after witnessing her vehicle drift side to side. Two children inside the vehicle were not wearing restraints.

According to the Hobbs News-Sun, Rocio Tarango-Barragan, 31, of Seminole, was charged with two counts of abandonment or abuse of a child, a fourth-degree felony; aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, possession of open container of alcohol in motor vehicle, driver must be licensed, display of plates, driving on roadways laned for traffic, insurance required and two counts of child restraint, all of which are misdemeanors.…

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Enrollment Continues Upward for Seminole ISD

March 27, 2017

The Seminole Independent School District grew by 21 students between the months of February and March 2017, according to enrollment figures released last week.

As of March 10, Seminole ISD had a total of 2,858 students enrolled among its six educational campuses, which was up from 2,837 reported by district officials in their February 9 count.…

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Gaines Commissioners Approve Bid Proposals Monday

March 27, 2017

A Seminole-based company was awarded a project constructing a three-foot tall metal pipe fence spanning the eastern property line of the Gaines County Golf Course grounds, following a review of bids by members of the Gaines County Commissioners Court on Monday.

In a unanimous vote, a $27,000 total bid from FWC Oilfield Services was awarded by county leaders for the project, which comes as Gaines County leaders seek to develop a physical barrier between their property and the neighboring property to the east, which according to county leaders, is being considered for a future residential development.…

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SEDC Appreciation Banquet Honors Local Business Ventures

March 24, 2017

Under the auspices of the Seminole Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), the Seminole small business community celebrated itself with the first Seminole Business Appreciation Banquet at a gleaming new Seminole Community Center Thursday evening. More than 200 business and community leaders and guests attended a night of awards, food, music, and fundraising.…

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Gaines Commissioners to Meet in Monday Regular Meeting

March 24, 2017

Gaines County Commissioners will address a 13-item business agenda as part of their regular, semi-monthly meeting slated for Monday morning at the Gaines County Courthouse.

The meeting, open to the public, is slated for a 10 a.m. start inside the Commissioners’ Courtroom at the Gaines County Courthouse, 101 S. Main St.…

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Gaines’ Job Numbers Increase in February; Unemployment Slides Up to 4-Pct.

March 24, 2017

Gaines County saw increases in the number of employed persons and its available workforce in the month of February.
Additionally, Gaines County saw increases in the number of persons who qualified for unemployment benefits and its related unemployment rate, as the county’s jobless rate reached the 4-percent mark for the first time since June 2016, according to figures released by the Texas Workforce Commission on Friday.…

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