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Local Superintendent Reacts To Passed State Spending Plan

Hime

By Mike Smith - Wright Wradio News Director - Published: May 26, 2017

The Oklahoma House of Representatives has passed a $6.8 billion spending plan. The proposal passed by a vote of 57-42. It now heads to the desk of Governor Mary Fallin where she is expected to sign it. The spending plan results in a flat budget for common education. Clinton Public Schools Superintendent Kevin Hime reacts to the budget.

the budget does cut most state agencies by 4%. The spending plan was a last-minute effort by Republicans after they failed to reach an agreement with Democrats on revenues, specifically on gross production. Hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues were built into the budget that passed after a deadline for new taxes. Democrats say that's a constitutional violation that will leave a huge hole in the budget in a few months, and leaves the state wide open for legal challenges.

Movies In The Park Tonight

By Mike Smith - Wright Wradio News Director - Published: May 26, 2017

After being postponed last Friday due to inclement weather, a new season of Movies in the Park kicks off tonight in Weatherford says Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Haley Kliewer.

The movie tonight is Moana. The film will begin at dark in the park next to city hall. Other Movie in the Park dates are June 23rd and July 14th.

Clinton Graduation Tonight

By Mike Smith - Wright Wradio News Director - Published: May 26, 2017

Graduation will be held tonight for Clinton High School. Superintendent Kevin Hime says another group of seniors will step into the next chapter of life.

Graduation for 165 seniors will be held at McClain Rogers Park this evening beginning at 7:30.

Celebration Of Freedom Planned In Hobart

By Mike Smith - Wright Wradio News Director - Published: May 26, 2017

A celebration of freedom event will be held at the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum in Hobart over the next two days says spokesperson Delise Travis. 

The events will be held today and tomorrow with a parade planned on Saturday.

Last Day Of Legislative Session Today

By Mike Smith - Wright Wradio News Director - Published: May 26, 2017

The Oklahoma house will likely vote today on a senate-passed budget bill. The proposed spending plan puts just over $21 million more to the department of education, but that only covers health insurance costs, so that budget will stay flat and does not include a teacher pay raise. State Representative Harold Wright says the senate did not go along with a proposed $1,000 pay raise for teachers.

The department of corrections and the department of transporation budgets also stay flat. The department of public safety, on the other hand, will see an extra $6 million in its budget. Every other agency will face at least a 3.5% cut.

Clinton Lady Reds Soccer Honored At State Capitol

By Mike Smith - Wright Wradio News Director - Published: May 25, 2017

House Speaker Pro Tem Harold Wright welcomed the Clinton Lady Red Tornado soccer team to the capitol this week to congratulate them on the class 4A state soccer championship. The Lady Reds defeated Santa Fe South 5-0 to win the Oklahoma class 4A state title. Head Coach Eugene Jefferson addressed the representatives.

While at the capitol, the Lady Reds were recognized by all representatives on the floor of the house.

Thomas-Fay-Custer Schools Forming Building Bond Committee

By Mike Smith - Wright Wradio News Director - Published: May 25, 2017

Thomas-Fay-Custer schools are in the process of forming a building bond committee says district superintedent Rob Royalty.

Royalty says the committee will then make a recommendation to the school board of education.  he says the bond committee isn't expected to meet until mid-July.

WRH Close To Loan

By Mike Smith - Wright Wradio News Director - Published: May 25, 2017

A USDA loan sought by Weatherford Regional Hospital to restructure previous construction debt is projected to close within the next 14 days says hospital chief executive officer Debbie Howe.

Howe says a specific closing date has not yet been set.

Weatherford School Board Meet In Special Session

By Mike Smith - Wright Wradio News Director - Published: May 25, 2017

The Weatherford School Board of Education this morning approved an agreement between Weatherford Public Schools and Easley Associates Architects to provide professional architectural design services for an upcoming bond proposal. Superintendent Chad Wilson says much of the discussion surrounded the district selecting a construction manager or general contractor for any upcoming project.

Wilson says it will be up to the board to decide which projects to seek funding for in a bond request.

Storm Spotters Venturing Out

Karlin

By Mike Smith - Wright Wradio News Director - Published: May 24, 2017

When it comes to storm spotting this year in western Oklahoma, Weatherford Emergency Manager Mike Karlin says city officials have decided to view storms in a different manner. Karlin says previoiusly, spotters would get about 8-10 miles outside Weatherford. But now, he says spotters are venturing much further away from Weatherford to watch the storms.

Karlin says spotters were also in the Gotebo, Carnegie and Hobart areas following storms into Weatherford last week.