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Blake Cowboy Stephens Running for Governor


Long-time educator Blake Cowboy Stephens is one of the several republican candidates for governor in the June primary. Stephens says the teacher walk-out impacted his decision to run, filing for the office in the final hour on the final day of the filing period.


Stephens and his wife are educators in Locust Grove. Stephens says he knows teachers who are leaving the state to seek higher pay in other areas. The primary election is June 26th.






Police Chief Flowers Wanting to Expand the DARE Program


Weatherford police chief Louis Flowers says he wants to expand the DARE program in Weatherford schools before he retires.


Flowers says the DARE program teaches students about the dangers of drugs, tobacco, alcohol and bullying. Flowers says due to the passage of state questions 780 and 781 making several drug infractions misdemeanors, in addition to the possibility of adding state question 788 with medical marijuana, the DARE program is more important than ever.





Todd Russ Seeking Re - Election to the State House



State representative Todd Russ is seeking re-election to the state house in district 55. Russ says he wants to continue to push for oversight of state agencies.


Russ says another goal is to continue to diversify the economy of Oklahoma. Russ does not face a primary challenger this month, and will be on the ballot in November's general election.








Mayor Mike Brown to Serve Another 3 Year Term


It's another 3 year term in office for Weatherford mayor Mike Brown after not drawing an opponent during the recently completed three-day filing period. Brown looks ahead to future projects in the city of Weatherford.


Brown says with a sales tax scheduled to expire in 2020, officials will soon start planning for the needs of the city over the next ten year period.






Candidate Eric Foutch Running for Governer


Eric Foutch is a republican candidate for governor in the June Primary. Foutch retired from the air force a year and a half ago and started working in Mcloud Public Schools. Foutch says education is one reason he's running for governor.


Foutch says he's against the recall effort surrounding tax increases to help pay for teacher pay raises. The primary election is June 26th.






28th Weatherford Heartland Cruise and Car Show starts tonignt


The 28th annual Heartland Cruise and Car Show opens tonight in Weatherford. Weatherford rotary club president Louis Flowers says tonight's Heartland Cruise will include entertainment from the Oklahoma City Thunder Drummers, Thunder Girls and Rumble at the welcome party at 6.


The Heartland Cruise runs from 7:30 to 9 along Main street. Events continue on Saturday with the car show at Rader park. A poker run opens the schedule at 8, with the car show opening at 9 and continuing until awards are presented at 3. Proceeds from the event benefit the Weatherford Police Department DARE program.





Weatherford School Board financial shape update


Weatherford schools superintendent Chad Wilson updated the board of education this week on the financial shape of the district.


Wilson says the district is preparing for pay increases for support staff, while teachers remain on hold pending a ruling from the state supreme court on a petition to recall the taxes used to fund the teacher pay raise.





Weatherford Bond Marketing Campaign


A $10,000 request has been approved by the Board of Directors of the Weatherford Area Economic Development Foundation to partially fund a marketing and promotion campaign in support of the upcoming school bond. The request was made by the 2018 Weatherford bond committee. Superintendent Chad Wilson says Kathleen Kennedy is the person who will head-up the campaign.


The bond issue will, among other things, fund construction of new East and West elementary schools. The election is planned for August 28th.



Custer County Municipal Filing Period Ends

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Only one race developed after the three day filing period for municipal seats in the cities of Weatherford and Clinton. Incumbent ward 2 Clinton city councilman Don Rodolph is challenged by Ernie Dowdell. That race will be held in November. Clinton ward 4 city councilman Bobby Stewart filed unopposed, as did Clinton mayor David Berrong and Weatherford mayor Mike Brown.

Custer County EMS Board Appointment


Custer County Commissioners this week approved the reappointment of Taffalien Rigsby to the Thomas-Fay-Custer EMS district board.

That's commissioner Kurt Hamburger. The term is for five years.