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Clinton Citizen Calls For City Wide Smoke Alarms

By Mike Smith - Wright Wradio News Director - Published: April 21, 2017

A Clinton citizen addressed the city council this week about the need for each home to have a smoke alarm. The address by Mary Helen Jones comes on the heels of a recent structure fire in the city.

Jones says the fire department can provide the smoke alarms for those who do not have them and can also install them.

Kodak Breaks New Ground In Weatherford

By Mike Smith - Wright Wradio News Director - Published: April 20, 2017

Kodak breaks new ground for a new flexo plate line for production at the Weatherford operation. The ceremony held earlier today, featured a ribbon cutting. Flexographic packaging divison president Chris Payne says the theme of the event centered on regeneration and the revitialization and investment of the Weatherford plant in its 50th anniversary year. 

The $15 million investment represents the company's largest capital investments since 2000. Governor Mary Fallin and many other political and Kodak dignitaries attended the event.

Gas Leak In Weatherford

By Mike Smith - Wright Wradio News Director - Published: April 20, 2017

Businesses on the south side in the 100 block of west Main from Custer to Broadway in downtown Weatherford were evacuated this morning due to a natural gas leak in the downtown area says Fire Chief Mike Karlin.

He says cause of the leak is unknown.

Update On CIC Project In Clinton

By Mike Smith - Wright Wradio News Director - Published: April 20, 2017

The Commerce Industrial Center project in Clinton is wrapping up says spokesperson Lonnie Teal.

Teal says property lines are marked and electricity still needs to be put in place to operate the lift station.

Next Phase Of Landfill Construction Approved In Elk City

By Jared Atha - Published: April 20, 2017

At the latest Elk City Commissioners meeting, the commission approved a bid received from L.D. Kemp Excavating Incorporated of Fort Worth, Texas for phase 2A of the construction of a new cell at the city landfill. Bill Myers with Myers Engineering is overseeing the project and says there is no start date to the project.

The awarded bid was for just over $1.7 million.

Elk City Officials Approve Storm Siren Purchase

By Jared Atha - Published: April 20, 2017

City commissioners at Elk City have approved a bid from Joe Goddard Enterprises LLC for three storm sirens for just over $65,000. Assistant Fire Chief Billy Sizemore says the city has been approved grant dollars to help fund the purchase.

Sizemore says the city will be reimbursed 75% of the price for the sirens.

Lucas Visits Western Oklahoma

By Mike Smith - Wright Wradio News Director - Published: April 19, 2017

U.S. 3rd District Congressman Frank Lucas of Cheyenne held town hall meetings in western Oklahoma Wednesday. Congressman Lucas says the topic of health care is on the front burner for lawmakers when they return from the Easter break next week. Congressman Lucas says a piece of legislation to address health care never came to a vote. He says lawmakers have many opinions on what is termed as Obamacare.

Congressman Lucas says doing nothing will leave many without health insurance coverage. He says many of the products offered pre-Obamacare, no longer exist, thus leaving insurance exchange policyholders with no options should a replacement plan not be in place.

Tax Numbers Holding Steady For City Of Elk City

By Jared Atha - Published: April 19, 2017

The latest tax numbers are in for the City of Elk City. According to city treasurer Elisa Church sales tax for the month of March was down 3% and use tax was down 1%. However financial advisor Meredith Wilson says shes not concerned.

It was also reported that the city's cigarette tax was up 10% in the month of March.

Work Underway On Clinton R.O. Plant

By Mike Smith - Wright Wradio News Director - Published: April 19, 2017

Water project inspector Lonnie Teal told Clinton city council yesterday that work is underway on the reverse osmosis water treatment plant project.

Additionally, the city council approved the final payment to Layne Christensen Company for the golf course wells and facilities project.

Town Of Hinton Taking On Wind Energy Company

By Mike Smith - Wright Wradio News Director - Published: April 19, 2017

The Caddo county town of Hinton is facing off with a big corporation over wind energy. Earlier this year, Hinton lawmakers passed an ordinance banning wind turbines in a two mile radius around the city limits. Nextera Energy thinks the city did not have the right to pass such a law and is now suing the town. Hinton mayor Shelly Newton says she thinks the turbines will affect possible growth.

Nextera says it wants to build 156 wind turbines around Hinton. Mayor Newton says only about a half dozen turbines are affected by the two mile buffer zone. Nextera Energy has 13 wind farms in Oklahoma and says it is in the process of bringing about a dozen more online.