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Keyes Sets Lower Gaines CWE Tax Rate for FY 2018

August 17, 2017

A lower rate for a unique tax to Gaines County residents, used for the funding of the county’s three public school districts, was established by Gaines County Judge Tom Keyes for the 2018 fiscal year on Wednesday morning.

A 3.3695-cent lower rate, to be exact.

Following a law-required public hearing, Keyes established at 32.0305-cent per $100 valuation taxing rate for Gaines County’s FY 2018 Countywide Equalization Tax (CWE).…

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US: War would be ‘horrific’ but NKorea nukes ‘unimaginable’

August 17, 2017

BEIJING (AP) — A military solution to the North Korean missile threat would be “horrific” but allowing Pyongyang to develop the capability to launch a nuclear attack on the United States is “unimaginable,” the top U.S. military officer said Thursday in Beijing.

The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Gen.…

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Federal court orders Texas voting map changes ahead of 2018

August 16, 2017

AUSTIN (AP) — Texas’ congressional maps are still flawed by racial gerrymandering and must be partially redrawn before the 2018 elections, a three-judge federal panel ruled Tuesday.

Courts have chided Texas in recent years for intentional racial discrimination in voting maps and a strict voter ID law, and the state must now quickly redo two of the state’s 36 congressional districts.…

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‘Bathroom bill’ dies again in Texas as session abruptly ends

August 16, 2017

AUSTIN (AP) — A Texas “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people died again late Tuesday along with many of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s summer demands as an already bruising legislative session was derailed by Republican backbiting that could preview an even nastier 2018 primary season.

It is the second time that North Carolina-style bathroom restrictions have failed to pass in Texas, and Abbott gave no indication he would order weary lawmakers to stay in Austin and try again — which would risk a third failure over what has erupted into one of the most high-profile bills in any U.S.…

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All 3 Gaines Public Schools ‘Met Standard’ in 2017 Accountability Report

August 15, 2017

All three of Gaines County’s public school districts and their respective educational campuses joined some 95-percent of Texas’ public school districts to earn the Texas Education Agency’s highest accountability rating designation for the 2017 reporting year, according to a press release issued by the agency on Tuesday morning.

Loop ISD, Seagraves ISD and Seminole ISD all achieved the rating of “Met Standard” in the 2017 report, which also saw the number of individual campuses achieving a rating of “Met Standard” or “Met Alternative Standard” increase from the 2016 reporting year.…

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Oilfield sand miners encroaching on threatened West Texas lizard

August 15, 2017

A voluntary plan the state of Texas crafted to protect a tiny West Texas reptile — and avoid its listing as an endangered species — is facing a significant threat from companies that mine the fine-grain sand oil producers use for hydraulic fracturing.  

That’s the central message of a letter Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar’s office sent late last week to the U.S.…

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County Renews 2-Year 9-1-1 Communications Agreement with PBRPC

August 14, 2017

Gaines County Commissioners approved of a major, biennial interlocal agreement which provides crucial 9-1-1 emergency communications service to local residents, all through business action taken Monday morning at the Gaines County Courthouse.

In an unanimous vote, Gaines Commissioners approved of a two-year agreement between the county and the Permian Basin Regional Planning Commission (PBRPC) for the use of 9-1-1 emergency community cations service.…

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GCSO Traffic Stop Nets $60K in Currency, 2 Arrests

August 14, 2017

A weekend traffic stop by resulted in the seizure of over $60,000 in U.S. currency and the arrest of two men, according to a press release issued Monday by the Gaines County Sheriff’s Office.
Shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday evening, a Gaines County Sheriff’s Office deputy made contact with a 2017 Ford Fusion traveling northbound on U.S.…

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Area Democratic Party Candidates Offer Visions in Recent Seminole Forum

August 9, 2017

To actively and agressively campaign for state or national office as a member of the Democratic Party in the “reddest” of districts is no easy feat, but at the Texan meeting room of the Wingate Hotel last week, three candidates made the attempt to set themselves apart from the Republicans currently occupying the District 19 Congressional seat and the Texas State Representative’s seat for District 83.…

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Texas’ Sales Tax Weekend Begins this Friday

August 9, 2017

This coming weekend could prove to be a busy one for retailers, both locally and across the State of Texas, as Texans will spend three days — Friday, Saturday and Sunday — shopping for clothing and back-to-school supplies without having to worry about adding on a sales tax.

The 2017 Texas Sales Tax Holiday, as in previous years under guidelines established by Texas lawmakers, exempts the addition of sales taxes on most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced less than $100 from sales and use taxes, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend.…

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