House Speaker Pro Tem Harold Wright of Weatherford held an interim study yesterday before the House Health Services and Long-Term Care Committee to examine modernization to the Smoking in Public Places and Indoor Workplaces Act as a way to address second-hand smoke exposure and related illnesses in Oklahoma. Presenters said that even brief exposure to smoke or second-hand smoke leads to increased risk of illnesses such as cardiovascular disease.
A spokesperson with Invenergy spoke to a group of senior citizens in Weatherford yesterday regarding a new wind farm project in Custer and Blaine counties. Allie James says the wind energy project is still about a year from getting underway. James says during construction there will be a peak of 350 construction jobs, with 32 fulltime jobs following construction.
Progress is being made in connection with the search for a permanent Chief Executive Officer for Weatherford Regional Hospital. Interim CEO Bridget Cosby provided a progress update to the hospital board last night. The hospital is seeking a new CEO after hospital officials with SSM Health recently decided to make a leadership change.
Custer county Emergency Management Director Mike Galloway provided an update to Custer County Commissioners on reimbursement of a county saferoom project. Galloway says there were 54 saferooms to be funded in the Grant, and that there are 29 on a waiting list for the next saferoom project.
Custer County Commissioners approved resolutions with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation surrounding the bridge project over West Barnitz in the northwest corner of the county, says Commissioner Lyle Miller. Work on the project isn't expected to occur until next year.
Weatherford Schools Superintendent Chad Wilson says the district is making progress toward the construction of two new elementary schools for East and West Elementaries. Being able to construct both schools at the same time will save money on construction costs in the long run.
The Superintendent of Clinton Public Schools says the district is in the early stages of getting a telemedicine program up and running. Kevin Hime says for now it will benefit both staff and students at Nance and Southwest Elementaries. Hime has hopes of offering the program district-wide.
Custer County 4-H educator Jordan Nel told County Commissioners on Monday about the recent events at the West District Action Conference. Custer county won the spirit contest and turned in nearly $900 which benefits the Oklahoma Children's Hospital Foundation.
Cordell City Council tabled any changes to an ordinance surrounding vendor, solicitor or peddler licenses, says city administrator J.C. Moser. The council also tabled another ordinance until November 4th surrounding prohibiting the display of merchandise for sale on any street, alley or sidewalk or from any vehicle parked in the city limits.
A recent city-wide clean up that started earlier this month and will occur the first Saturday each month was a success, says Clinton Mayor David Berrong. The program is called Clinton First and is part of an effort to help move Clinton forward in many areas including economic development.