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SWOSU Women's Basketball Send off

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A send-off reception for the Southwestern OklahomaState University women's basketball team is planned for this afternoon in the west lobby of the Pioneer Cellular Event Center on the Weatherford campus. The event will begin at 4:45. The team will board the charter bus at 5pm to leave for Hays, Kansas, to play in the NCAA division2 central region basketball tournament. The lady bulldogs will play their first game Friday at 2:30 against Emporia state university.

New Educational Workshops for Grades 4-8

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A new educational program, Oklahoma renewable energy education is now underway in Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma sierra club is currently seeking teachers in grades 4-8 to participate in free workshops focused on using information about solar and wind energies to teach state standards. An upcoming workshop will be held march 30th in Weatherford. Details of the workshop and registration information can be found on the OREEP website.

 

Byrge Sentencing

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An Arkansas man has been sentenced in U.S. District court to two years probation and ordered to pay $25,000 for interstate transportation of stolen property. 29 year old Brandon Byrge of Texarkana was charged by a federal grand jury with transporting two drill bits from Oklahoma to Arkansas when he knew they had been stolen, converted and taken by fraud. On February 26th, Byrge was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to pay $20,000 in restitution and a $5000 fine. However, this week the court amended its judgment by ordering $18,000 restitution to Smith International Inc. of Sugarland, Texas and $2000 to Bayless Sales & Services of Weatherford, Oklahoma.

Kisinger Sentencing

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A Clinton man gets 7 years in the department of corrections in Custer county district court. 30 year old Eric Kisinger pleaded no contest to embezzlement and second degree burglary. Kisinger was charged in connection with the theft of around $27,000 of items from his former employer.

Hinton School Teachers Received Threats

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According to the Hinton schools Facebook page, a situation was reported by teachers to high school administration concerning a threatening message that was sent Tuesday morning to several teachers using the schools online learning system. An investigation was conducted by police and school administration. No credible evidence was discovered of an immediate threat to the school. District officials say student safety is its number one priority and steps will be taken to keep students and staff safe at all times.

Carter Robinson New School Board Member

Carter Robinson is the newest member on the school board of education. Robinson was administered the oath of office yesterday. Robinson says there are challenges in schools.

 

Robinson assumes the seat held by long time board member Scott Selsor.

 

 

 

Weatherford next on list for National Guard Rediness Center

Weatherford mayor Mike Brown says he is hopeful that Weatherford will be next on the list for a national guard readiness center.

 Several years ago the Weatherford industrial trust donated 30 acres of land to the national guard at the business & technology park for construction of the readiness center.

Clinton City Council Approved Budget

Clinton city council last night approved budget amendments for the capital improvement fund. Treasurer Debra Blanchard says it's a supplemental budget appropriation.

 

Additionally, in other business: the council nominated city manager Mark Skiles as a candidate for the board of trustees for the Oklahoma municipal assurance group.

SWOSU new Dean of Arts and Sciences

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Dr. Jason l. Johnson has been named dean of College of Arts & Sciences at Southwestern OklahomaState University in Weatherford. Johnson, who has been chair of the department of chemistry and physics for the past four years, will start his new position July 1st.

Custer County Jail Issues

 

Custer county sheriff Kenneth Tidwell told county commissioners Tuesday that the jail is having electrical issues following a power outage that occurred Monday. Tidwell says the issues surfaced once electricity was restored to the building following Monday's outage.

 

Sheriff Tidwell says officials are waiting for a response from the company that installed the system in an effort to troubleshoot the issue. Tidwell says there is also a heat exchange issue at the jail that is unrelated to the power outage.