Trustees project biggest Social Security increase in years

July 13, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Americans who rely on Social Security can expect to receive their biggest payment increase in years this January, according to projections released Thursday by the trustees who oversee the program.

But older Americans shouldn’t get too excited.

The increase is projected to be just 2.2 percent, or about $28 a month for the average recipient.…

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Area Residents Urged to be Aware of Rattlesnakes

June 30, 2017

West Texans are no strangers to snakes, but a Martin County man’s recent life-threatening encounter with one last week serves as a reminder of how dangerous the venomous crawlers can be.

The 53-year-old Milton Richards was bitten on the hand by a Mojave rattlesnake, a rare — and even more dangerous — cousin of the more familiar western diamondback  and prairie rattlers more common to the West Texas and southeastern New Mexico area.…

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UK Faculty Member, Seminole HS Alum Barnes Wins Prize for Book

June 29, 2017

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Tiffany Barnes, an associate professor in the University of Kentucky’s Department of Political Science, will be honored with the American Political Science Association’s (APSA) Alan Rosenthal Prize for her book “Gendering Legislative Behavior.”

She will be presented with the award at the APSA national meeting in September in California.…

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Woman with Seminole Ties Wins Honors in Prestigious Benjamin Franklin Book Awards

June 29, 2017

SAN ANTONIO — “Where the Water Meets the Sand” by Dr. Tyra Manning was selected as winner of the Gold Award for best memoir in the 2017 Benjamin Franklin Awards™.

Administered by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), the Benjamin Franklin Awards have been regarded as one of the highest national honors for small and independent publishers for nearly 30 years.…

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Local Leaders Warn of Firework Use this Independence Day Holiday

June 23, 2017

As the 10-day period related to the sale of fireworks in association with the Independence Day Holiday began Saturday, Gaines County leaders are urging county residents to use “extreme caution” in their use of the annual July 4th tradition.

“With it being as hot and dry as it has been the past few weeks, we’d like to get the word out to residents about the potential fire dangers associated with fireworks,” said Robert Barrett, Gaines County Emergency Management Coordinator.…

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AP sources: Senate GOP health bill would reshape Obama law

June 22, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans would cut Medicaid, end penalties for people not buying insurance and erase a raft of tax increases as part of their long-awaited plan to scuttle President Barack Obama’s health care law, congressional aides and lobbyists say.

After weeks of closed-door meetings that angered Democrats and some Republicans, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell planned to release the proposal Thursday.…

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Huggins’ Work to be Displayed at Texas Masters of Fine Art, Craft Exhibition

May 4, 2017

KERRVILLE — Seminole artist Jammey Huggins will be a featured artist in the upcoming, 14th annual Texas Masters of Fine Art & Craft Invitational Exhibition, slated to be held Memorial Day weekend in Kerrville.

A Seminole native, Huggins has had a life-long interest in Western and Native American memorabilia. She tries to portray the culture and history of the Southwest in her sculpture and paintings, imbuing a sense of the mystical spirit of the West and Native America.…

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Seagraves HS Students Experience ‘Shattered Dreams’ Scenario

April 28, 2017

SEAGRAVES — Led by Seagraves Police Chief Scott McAuley, Seagraves and Gaines County First Responders — along with several other players in the area of emergency management and 10 or so student actors, pulled out all stops Wednesday in portraying a drama that would follow an underaged drunk driving accident in which fatalities were involved.…

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Phones and social media turn consumers into whistleblowers

April 13, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Look out, Corporate America. Customers armed with smartphones and video cameras are watching when you screw up.

The viral video of a ticketed passenger dragged forcefully off a United flight is only the latest example of bad behavior exposed in the age of social media.

In February, Uber came under fire after a driver posted video of CEO Travis Kalanick berating him.…

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Small Business Spotlight: The Pink Castle

April 6, 2017

Martha Friesen operates the Pink Castle at 408 SW Ave. G. She was born in Mexico but came to Seminole when she was nine-years-old. Her father was Jake Peters, who, sadly, is now deceased. Her mother, Elizabeth Bergen, has re-married and they live in  Seminole.

In 2014 Martha and her husband Pete Friesen bought the sno-cone stand which had been in business at this location on near the intersection of S.W.…

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