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Area Unemployement in August

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Jobless rates move up over the year for most counties in Oklahoma in the month of august. The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission says unemployment in Custer county rose two-tenths to 2.5%. Beckham county was up nine-tenths to 3.1%. Washita county is up six-tenths to 3.2%. Blaine county had the second lowest jobless rate in the state at 1.9%.

Weatherford - Miss SWOSU Outstanding Teen

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Six teens from around Oklahoma will compete for the title of Miss SWOSU outstanding teen at this year's competition on November 9th in the Fine Arts Center on the Weatherford campus. They will join on stage a dozen candidates who are competing for the Miss SWOSU title. Tickets are on sale at the SWOSU Public Relations & Marketing office in room 205 of the administration building.

Washita County - Accident Related Fatality Near Sentinel

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One person is dead, another is hospitalized following a two vehicle accident yesterday in Washita county. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the accident occurred on State Highway 55, 2 miles east of Sentinel. Troopers say 57 year old John King of Sentinel died at the scene. 59 Year old Russell Ridling, also of Sentinel, was admitted in stable condition to O.U. Medical Center. O.H.P. says Ridling was driving an agricultural sprayer and failed to yield from a stop sign and drove into the path of the International unit driven by King. The collision remains under investigation. The roadway was closed for about three and a half hours yesterday while troopers conducted an investigation.

Custer Co Commissioners - Real Estate

Custer County Commissioners made a decision surrounding the acquisition of real estate following an executive session. However, commissioners did not elaborate on the reason for the pursuit of real estate acquisition.

Custer County Commissiners - Reap Grant Application

Custer County Commissioners have approved a REAP Grant application for Butler EMS. Butler EMS applied for the same equipment through the REAP Grant process last year.

Clinton - School Threat Investigation

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Following an investigation, Clinton police found no threat against Clinton Pubic Schools after an investigation over the weekend into what could be interpreted as being a possible threat against the district. However, police say the investigation revealed that a student's social media post was copied, altered and modified- by another person- and then reposted to social media. The original social media post by the student never contained anything that would have been considered a threat. Police say all of those involved are juveniles and no further information will be released. The case will be forwarded to the office of the district attorney for final review once the investigation is complete.

Weatherford - Magazine Feature

The city of Weatherford is being featured this month in the magazine Business In Focus says Economic Development Director Yolanda Creswell. The goal is to reach out nationwide to companies that could consider locating in Weatherford.

Custer County District Court - Rhodes Plea

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A pre-trial hearing is planned for February 21st in Custer County District Court for a Hobart man who pleaded not guilty this week to charges of assault & battery with means likely to produce death and possession of firearms after conviction or during probation. 38 year old Ryan Rhodes allegedly shot 26 year old James Azua May 11th in a Neptune Drive parking lot in Clinton.

Cordell - State Highway 152 Closure

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The Oklahoma Department of Transportation says both directions of State Highway 152 are closed at the railroad crossing between Temple and Grant streets in Cordell through late October. The closure is part of a railroad crossing upgrade project by Farmrail. ODOT says the signed detour is south on U.S. 183 To Rocky, then west on State Highway 55 to Sentinel, then north on State Highway 44 back to State Highway 152.

Clinton - City Council Approves Dobson Agreement

Clinton City Council approved a master service agreement with Dobson Technologies to provide internet services in the city, says City Manager Mark Skiles. The agreement to provide internet services to city government won't begin until later in 2020, however Dobson can provide those services to the public now that the city council has approved the master service agreement.