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Roads Closed in Clinton Due To An Overlay Project

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The Public Works Department in the city of Clinton says Custer Avenue is closed through 4pm today. Custer will be closed from 15th to 28th street to all but local traffic due to an overlay project.

Enrollment Trends for SWOSU Have Been Up

 

Enrollment trends have been up for Southwestern Oklahoma State University over the past four years. SWOSU president Randy Beutler says enrollment may have hit its peak.

 

President Beutler says higher enrollment has helped SWOSU with the budget cuts sustained over the past few years.

 

Jury Trial For Sayre Man Rescheduled

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It will be at least November before a Sayre man stands trial in U.S. District court on a superceeding indictment for attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction at a downtown Oklahoma City bank. A jury trial date of November 6th has been set for Jerry Drake Varnell. Varnell was arrested last august after he allegedly attempted to detonate what he believed to be an explosives-laden van he had parked in an alley next to Bancfirst in Oklahoma City.

 

Former Owner of Richardson Homes Sentenced to 36 Months in Federal Prison

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It's 36 months in federal prison for the former owner of Richardson Homes. 45 year old Dennis Lee pleaded guilty last November to various allegations, incluing his involvement in the theft of motor vehicles and other items in four states. Lee transported the stolen property to the Oklahoma City area and profitted from the items. Among other things, Lee also was charged with receiving, possessing, concealing and storing a stolen tractor in September 2016. According to their website, Richardson Homes has several locations in the state, including Clinton.

 

Foss Lake Christmas in July Starts Today

 

Christmas in July opens today at Foss lake. Park manager Barry Hardaway says there will be plenty of activities.

Hardaway says the park is 100 percent full for the Christmas in July festivities. Hardaway says events begin at noon today, and includes the Foss dam run Saturday morning.

 

 

 

Weatherford WTC Medical Marijuana Workshop

 

With the recent law changes surrounding medical marijuana, Western Technology Center Weatherford campus director Audie Corning says it will change the way business is done in the workplace.

 

Corning says a training session will be held July 24th on the Weatherford campus of Western Technology Center beginning at 1:30. You can register by calling Marsha Morris at W-T-C.

 

 

 

Weatherford Charitable Giving

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Southwestern Oklahoma State University with campus locations in Weatherford and Sayre has benefited from investments made through private charitable giving. Now an exciting opportunity for supporters of SWOSU in the form of a fundraising challenge. For every planned gift that SWOSU records, an anonymous donor will contribute to SWOSU an additional gift of $5000. The anonymous donor has committed up to $100,000 to help SWOSU achieve its goal of recording at least 20 planned gifts in the near future.

 

Trial Date for Saudi Arabia Citizen Moved to Next Year

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The trial date for the Saudi Arabia citizen arrested in Weatherford on complaints visa fraud and making a false statement has been moved to next year in U.S. District court. The trial for Naif Abdulaziz Alfallaj has been rescheduled for February 12th to allow for an extension for the filing of motions in the case.

 

Hinton State Park Operations

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The town of Hinton is hoping to take over operating a state park that may face closure. Hinton officials have submitted a proposal to operate or have another entity operate the Red Rock Canyon State Park. The state and town already have a management agreement that allows Oklahoma to still own the park. Town officials approached the Oklahoma Department Of Tourism and Recreation about taking over the park after it was added last year to the state's list of parks considered for closure. State tourism spokesperson Leslie Blair says if Hinton took over park operations it would save the state money.

 

Elk City School Board Finishes Fiscal Year 2018

 

Elk City schools finished fiscal year 2018 on a good financial note says district superintendent Rick Garrison.

 

Garrison told the board of education last night that he projects getting into the carryover by some $800,000 going into the next fiscal year.