Seminole Sentinel (Seminole, Tex.), Vol. 98, No. 14, Ed. 1 Sunday, November 26, 2006 Page: 1 of 10
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Seminole (Gaines County),
Back to the Drawing Board
EDC Planning to Use Local
of Builders to Start Housing Project
By Dustin Wright
Sentinel Managing Editor
housing for Seminole has been
a problem that has plagued the
It was a problem that was
thought to have been solved
with a contract agreement
between the Seminole Economic
Development Corp. and a
Lubbock home construction
company--but a slow work
schedule in the construction of
the first of what was promised
to be two speculative houses
"We have to have a housing project up and
running soon if we are going to join in on the
economic bandwagon that is taking place in this
Seminole Economic Development Corp.
Sentinel Photo/Dustin Wright
STILL NOT COMPLETED
A "For Sale" sign is displayed in front of Seminole's only speculative
house bitilt by Vernacular Design, located in the 800 block of S.W.
Ave. B. The house, which is not fully completed, was expected to be
completed in 90-120 days when constrution began earlier this year.
has brought the SEDC, and
Seminole, back to the drawing
board in an attempt to solve a
problem that not only is a thorn
in the side for Seminole, but
many cities in the West Texas
and Southeastern New Mexico
"We have to have a housing
project up and running soon if
we are going to join in on the
economic bandwagon that is
taking place in this region,"
said SEDC Executive Director
Donna Johnson. "If we don't,
we will miss out on a great
opportunity of attracting people
who are moving to this region to
live here in Seminole."
In a 7-0 decision in a
Monday regular meeting of the
SEDC, board directors opted
to allow Johnson to begin the
process of exiting an Oct. 2005
contract between the SEDC and
Vernacular Design of Lubbock.
According to Johnson, the
Lubbock construction company
has not fulfilled the terms of their
rnntrart u;ith the AFOP fie thy
first spec home that the Lubbock
based construction company
has been working on, located
in the 800 block of S.W. Ave.
B, has not been fully finished
since the start of construction
earlier this year.
According to Johnson,
Vernacular Design wasn't able
to complete the first house of the
housing project on their quoted
time table due to construction--
crew staffing issues.
"I was told by the builders
that when bids came in from
local subcontractors for the
project, the bids were higher
than what they had wanted,"
See HOUSING...Page 2
Commissioners to Meet
with SEDC Head Monday
Commissioners.are expected to
meet with Seminole Economic
Development Corp. executive
director Donna Johnson in
regard to incentives given to
Southwest Energy and Feed,
LLC for the construction of a
biodiesel plant set to be located
in western Gaines County,
during the Court’s called meeting
set for Monday morning at the
Gaines County Courthouse.
Back on Nov. 7, directors
of the SEDC voted to enter into
'a financial loan agreement with
Southwest Energy and Feed,
LLC, in an estimated $3.80
million dollar biodiesel plant that
will be located 15 miles west of
Seminole just off of U.S. Hwy.
The company will receive
an interest-free forgivable loan
in the amount of $250,000 from
the SEDC, which will be paid
out in 20 quarterly payments
beginning with the completion of
the first quarter of manufacturing
operations for a period not to
exceed five years.
Once in full operation, the
plant is expected to produce an
estimated 1.6 million gallons of
biodiesel eadh production year,
as well as various feed products
and linters from cotton seed on
its proposed 32-acre site which
will be located near Ocho Gin.
. "This project will have
a significant impact on the
economic landscape in Gaines
County," said Johnson in the
See COMMISSIONERS...Page 5
By Mike Marino
Seminole Sentinel * *
The Sentinel's Flashback series starts off with a look at the
year 1963. Primarily a peek through the past to November of
that year. * % ,
The Vietnam War was still in the early stages and Civil Rights
were correcting past wrongs.
At the movies we enjoyed Alfred Hitchcock's avian horror-
adventure "The Birds" and thrilled to Steve McQueen racing from
a German prison camp on a motorcycle in "The Great Escape. "
On the AM radio dial the Ronnettes were asking us "To
Be My Baby" and on television Judy Garland kicked off her ill
fated variety show while Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver, his brother
Wally and the irrepressible Eddie Haskell called it quits and said
goodbye in their final season.
In Texas, The Longhorns beat the Navy team becoming
National Champs, and in Dallas, Camelot was shot down as JFK
was assassinated in a motorcade.
In Seminole in November of that year, the wig was considered
high fashion and to prove it, the Seminole Junior Study group,
met, co-hosted by Mrs. Benny Nichols and Mrs John Shepard.
The guest speaker was a cosmetologist from Hobbs who
gave a demonstration of the latest fashion in a seminar entitled,
'The New Coiffeur"
The Chamber of Commerce was on the grow and on the go,
finishing up a membership drive in November and garnering
See FLASHBACK...Page 2
D.C. Man Killed in
A Denver City man was prounounced dead on the scene
by Gaines County Justice of the Peace Tammy Clark following a
one-vehicle rollover that occured during the early morning hours
on Wednesday in northwestern Gaines County.
Gregory Glen Huffaker, 47, of Denver City, was prounounced
dead at the scene shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday morning by
Clark, after his wrecked vehicle was discovered on County Road
228, just ohe-quarter mile west of County Road 237, which is
located just six miles southwest of Denver City, just inside the
Gaines County line.
As of presstime Friday, Texas Dept, of Public Safety troopers
were still working on the investigation of the accident.
Funeral services for Huffaker were held Saturday morning at
the Denver City Church of Christ, with funeral services under the
direction of Ratliff Funeral Home of Denver City.
Huffaker, who was a farmer in the area, is survived by his
wife, Shelia of Denver City; a son, Tyler Huffaker of Denver City;
a step-son, David Folmar of Lubbock; his parents and one sister
Gaines County Gins Nearing
200,000 Processed Bale Mark
Gaines County's 2006
cotton crop is rapidly
approaching the 200,000 bale
mark for the harvest season,
as the county's harvest total
reached 196,407 bales as of
During the holiday week,
Friday morning, while Ocho Gin
followed with 45,500 processed
Gaines County Bale Count
among the county's nine county
Oasts Gin continues to be
the county's leading ginner for
the 2006 harvest season with
63,025 processed bales as of
State Line Co-Op
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PREPARING FOR CUSTOMERS
Jamie Bacon, an employee at Bealls, located on the courthouse square, folds a pair of women's Jeans
Friday morning, as various customers browsed through the stork for holiday specials on the first official
day of Christmas shopping, also known as "Black Friday" by many retailers and shoppers.
Boyd, Brown Earn
- See Page 10
The City Council of
Seminole will meet in a
special session on Mon.,
Nov; 27, 2006 at the
council chambers at the
City Hall: The meeting will
get underway at 12 noon
in the Council Chambers
located at City Hall, 302
On the agenda the
council will consider
awarding a bid for concrete
work at the sports complex.
James Singleton, 72
Homer Allen, 74
See Page 3
Mostly Cloudy. Highs in the low
70s and lows in the mid 40s.
City Council Set
to Hold Noon
If You Ask Me...
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Wright, Dustin. Seminole Sentinel (Seminole, Tex.), Vol. 98, No. 14, Ed. 1 Sunday, November 26, 2006, newspaper, November 26, 2006; Seminole, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth864505/m1/1/: accessed October 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Gaines County Library.