‘Wine and Canvas’ Events Becoming Popular Draw for Seminole Area Women

August 8, 2017

It’s six-o’clock on a typical Seminole Sunday evening and outside, Main Street is beginning to slow its pace a bit as the town begins to wind down at the end of the weekend. For most, there are meals to start and a new work week to prepare for.

Inside Main Street’s Perika’s Terrace, however, where Sunday evening is normally considered a relatively “slow” period, it’s a flurry of activity.…

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Don’t Fall for These Financial Scams

August 3, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Beware of the stranger on the phone — it could be a scammer.

Fraudsters are increasingly picking up the phone and using old-school tricks to steal your money by pretending to be a government worker or a family member in trouble. Impostor scams overtook identity theft last year for the first time, becoming the second-most reported fraud behind debt-collection scams, in which fake debt collectors say a loan payment is due, according to the U.S.…

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Dow bull session: What does 22,000 points mean anyway?

August 3, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — You could say the Dow cruised to 22,000: The blue chip index rose to its latest milestone without much excitement or drama as aerospace giant Boeing and a few other companies did most of the work.

Stocks have spent the last five months gradually moving higher, without many big gains or losses.…

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Why you still can’t ditch your cable box

July 27, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Not that long ago, the clunky cable box looked like it was on its way out. The federal government was pressuring cable companies to open up their near-monopoly on boxes to more competition, and industry leader Comcast promised apps that could render some boxes obsolete.

That was then.…

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Texas’ Sales Tax Weekend Slated for Aug. 11-13

July 25, 2017

AUSTIN — Texans will have three days in August to shop for clothing and back-to-school supplies without having to worry about add on a sales tax, according to a release from the Texas Comptroller’s Office.

On Monday, officials with the Comptroller’s Office stated the 2017 Texas Sales Tax Holiday as being Aug.…

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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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