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New Cotton Technologies Add to Grower Responsibilities

March 24, 2017

LUBBOCK – From a cotton farming standpoint, it may be more important now than ever to know your surroundings, said a pair of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists at Lubbock.

In the past, farmers used to plant brown bag seed and had few postemergence herbicide options, said Dr. Seth Byrd, AgriLife Extension agronomist.…

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Gusty Winds Whip Through Region Thursday

March 24, 2017

A measured wind gust of 54 mph was officially recorded shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday evening, highlighting a day full of brown skies and loose blowing debris, as an upper-level weather system moved through the region from west-to-east.

The system, which saw Gaines County fall under a High Wind Warning for several hours Thursday afternoon and evening, also generated a line of dry-line thunderstorms which skirted over the Seminole community but delivered some light, but measurable rainfall totals in the Texas Panhandle region.…

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SISD Trustees Approve Non-Probationary Contracts for 2017-18 School Year

March 23, 2017

Seminole ISD School Board Trustees approved of the renewal of 179 non-probationary educator contracts and five non-certified professional contracts as part of the district’s annual employee evaluation process following an executive session discussion held this past Monday evening.

SISD officials additionally moved to accept the resignation of two dual-assignment term contracts from a pair of district employees, and the issuance of single assignment, non-probationary contracts to those same two employees for the 2017-18 school.…

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Census Estimates: Gaines Experiences Slight Growth in 2016

March 23, 2017

A decline in population for many rural West Texas counties has been a trend experienced over the past several years, according to estimated figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Gaines County, with its strong German-community growth over the past decades, has been the one of the few exceptions in the region since the U.S.…

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TDA Recognizes Seminole ISD for Success in Local Products Challenge

March 23, 2017

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller and the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), on Wednesday, honored the Seminole ISD child nutrition department with a Best of the Bunch Award for its achievement in Commissioner Miller’s 2016 Local Products Challenge.

Winners of this award successfully incorporated local ingredients from Texas in at least three of the following meal components: milk, protein, fruits, vegetables or grains.…

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Seminole OAP Advances to Area Competition

March 22, 2017

CANYON — The Seminole High School One-Act Play cast and crew advanced out of their Class 4A Bi-District competition Tuesday afternoon to the UIL’s Class 4A Area Competition, following their performance of “By the Bog of Cats” at Canyon Randall High School.

Other advancing schools from the Bi-District competition include Levelland High School (“Silent Sky”) and Denver City High School (“Violet Sharp”).…

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Xcel Plans to Invest $1.6B in Wind Energy for South Plains, New Mexico Region

March 22, 2017

AMARILLO —  Xcel Energy projects it can save Texas-New Mexico customers $2.8 billion over a 30-year period by displacing higher-cost energy with an additional 1,230 megawatts of wind energy – enough electricity to power more than 440,000 typical homes.

Most of the new megawatts of wind energy would be generated at two facilities constructed and owned by the company at sites located in eastern New Mexico and in the Texas South Plains region.…

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Seminole ISD Board Approves $359K in Student, Staff Technology Purchases

March 21, 2017

In keeping with their goal of being a 1-to-1 initiative district, where each student has access to either a school-owned laptop computer or electronic tablet device for use in the classroom or at home, Seminole ISD Board of Directors approved of the routine purchase of $359,587 in electronic devices on Monday evening as part of a yearly technology rotation schedule.…

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Seminole ISD Trustees Officially Cancel May Election

March 21, 2017

In two motions Monday evening, the 2017 May 6 municipal election process of the Seminole Independent School District came to a close, as SISD Trustees adopted a Certification of Unopposed Candidate for the Place 1 and Place 2 SISD Board positions, and the cancellation of the 2017 SISD Trustee Election.

SISD Board President Ben Royston, representing Place 2, and SISD Trustee Janelle Sullivan of Place 1 both re-filed their re-election intentions in the month-long filing period held recently for the May 6 general election process.…

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Seminole ISD Eyeing Path to Become ‘District of Innovation’

March 21, 2017

A law passed in the 84th session of the Texas Legislature — House Bill 1842 — in part amended Chapter 12 of the Texas Education Code to create Districts of Innovations.

Under the law change, Texas’ public school districts are eligible to the designation “if certain performance requirements are met and the district follows certain procedures for adoption as outlined in Statute,” according to the TEA.…

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