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Jury Selection Begins in Hardy Murder Trial

 

A capital murder case begins in Custer County District Court today with jury selection for a Texas man who faces several charges including two counts of first degree murder, malice aforethought. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Jeremy Doss Hardy who allegedly went on a multi-county shooting spree over several counties along Interstate 40 in December 2015. Hardy allegedly shot several vehicles and killed two motorists, one in custer county, the other in caddo county. The trial could last several weeks.

 

Merkey Named Weatherford District Teacher of the Year

 

 

A fifth grade teacher at West Elementary has been named Teacher of the Year in the Weatherford school district. Principal Robyn Randal says Meagan Merkey is a team player.

Merkey is a math and science teacher at west. Other campus teachers of the year in Weatherford include Christa Pennington at Burcham Elementary, Kathleen Ward at East, Deb Reynolds at the middle school and Jolie Hicks at the high school.

 

Clinton City Council to Discuss Slide Rebuild and Repair

The Clinton City Council meets in regular session this evening. The council will discuss the possibility of seeking bids to repair the slide and rebuild the slide tower at the pool says City Manager Mark Skiles.

Skiles says the slide also draws people from nearby communities who also eat and shop while in Clinton. The council will also discuss and take action on the hiring of an Economic Development Director. The council meets at 5:30 at City Hall.

 

Sales Tax Revenues Climb Slightly in Clinton

Sales tax revenues increased in Clinton in 2017 over 2016, says City Manager Mark Skiles. Skiles says through November, sales tax figures ranged from 1 to 2 percent higher than the previous year.

Skiles says the city is hopeful the economy is starting to rebound, but will continue to budget down.

 

Move-In Begins at New Elk City Elementary School

No school this week for students in the Elk City school district as personnel work to make the move into the newly completed elementary school beginning today, says Superintendent Rick Garrison.

The first day of classes in the new elementary will be next Monday when school officials will hold a ribbon cutting. Meanwhile, an open house is planned for January 30th.

 

Construction Continues on New CBA Building Near Clinton

A representative with Corn Bible Academy says work continues on its new school building just outside Clinton. April Javorsky says the goal is to complete construction of the building in 2018.

Additionally, Javorsky says the Corn Bible Academy German Feast will be held the first Saturday in February, which draws about 2000 people each year. Javorsky made the comments during a recent Community Coffee event in Weatherford.

 

No Date Set for Construction of Readiness Center

Weatherford Economic Development Director Chuck Dougherty says the city still does not have a tentative date for construction of a National Guard Readiness Center at the Weatherford Business & Technology Park.

The center would be constructed on donated land at the Business & Technology Park.

 

New Elementary School is Part of Thomas-Fay-Custer Bond Issue

Voters in the Thomas-Fay-Custer School District will be faced with a $23.7 million bond issue at the ballot box in March. Superintendent Rob Royalty says the district is proposing several upgrades including a new pre-kindergarten through 3rd grade building to attach to the upper elementary.

Other upgrades proposed in the bond include a new agriculture building, football stadium, new track and multi-purpose building, which will include a practice gym, concessions and visitors restrooms for football, weight room and football dressing rooms. Royalty says the multi-purpose building will also be utilized during the day for physical education classes.

 

Schulz Announces Membership of Senate Committees

 

Senate President Pro Tem Mike Schulz has announced the full membership of senate committees. The committee assignments are effective through the end of the 56th legislature. Senator Darcy Jech of Kingfisher has been assigned to the committees of agriculture and wildlife, and health and human services. Jech will also chair the transportation committee and will be vice-chair of the appropriations subcommittee on natural resources and regulatory services.

 

Corn Teen Pleads Not Guilty to Murder Charge

 

A Corn teen, certified as a youthful offender, has pleaded not guilty in Washita County District Court to charges of first degree murder, shooting with intent to kill and first degree burglary. 14-year-old Blaize Claude Eugene Teague is accused in the shooting death of Tammi Thomas and wounding of her 14-year-old son at their Cordell home last July. Prosecutors are appealing the youthful offender certification. Oral arguments on that appeal will be heard March 29th by the Court of Criminal Appeals. Additionally, hearings on any motions in the case will be heard by the district court on February 22nd. A pre-trial date is planned for March 1st.