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Weatherford Hospital Talks of Cutting Board Members


Members of the Weatherford hospital authority will consider action at a future meeting to reduce the number of board members from 9 to 7. The board, including member Brad Berrong, held discussion over the issue this week.


Berrong says many hospital boards consist of only five members. Chief executive officer Debbie Howe says with the SSM management team in place, it is believed it is not necessary to have a nine member board. The board is currently at 8 members due to a vacancy and the retirement of another board member in December will leave the board with 7 members.





XTO Energy Expands in Thomas


Custer county commissioner Kurt Hamburger says there is a wind generator project in the area that will include the installation of some 240 units.


Hamburger says oil and gas exploration continues in the north and northeast corner of district 2. He says XTO Energy has bought property and plans to expand and put a facility in the Thomas area.

Major Road Construction Plans for Weatherford


Two major construction projects remain on track in the city of Weatherford. Economic development director chuck Dougherty says a $9.9 million new 5-lane bridge replacement is still planned for Airport road at exit 84.


Additionally, Dougherty says phase 3 of exit 82 that connects Main street to the south access road remains in the design phase.

State Representative Harold Wright wants to Address Specific Issues


State representative HaroldWright says he has some specific issues he wants to address in the state legislature after being re-elected to serve another term as house speaker pro tem.


Wright says he will do a lot of presiding over the legislature over the next couple years.

Custer County Commissioner Proposal from National Financial Partners


Custer county commissioners held discussion yesterday on a proposal from national financial partners of Oklahoma City surrounding insurance benefits for full time county employees and retirees. NFP spokesman Jordan Cook outlines three different health benefit options.

Commissioners took no action on the proposal. Additionally, commissioners took no action on a proposal from pioneer surrounding internet and telephone service.




Custer County offers assistance for Storm Shelters


Custer county residents who are seeking rebate assistance for a storm shelter can apply November 28th. Custer county emergency management director Mike Galloway says grants will be provided for 50 safe-rooms in Custer county.


Applications can be filled out at the Custer county fairgrounds in Clinton on November 28th at 10am, 2pm or 6:30pm. Galloway says applicants are asked to have their money ready for the project when they apply.



Motorist Cold Weather Precautions


As cold temperatures arrive in western Oklahoma, Weatherford fire chief Mike Karlin issues a word of caution about the use of heating sources.


Karlin says during the winter, motorists should also take extra blankets and jackets when traveling in the event they would become stranded.



Weatherford Man Arrested over Incident Involving a Juvenile


A Weatherford man has been arrested by police over an incident involving a juvenile. Police detective Chris Cote says 29 year old Jesus Galindo De La Rosa was arrested Friday.


De la Rosa was arrested on an allegation of lewd or indecent proposals or acts to a child under 16.

SWOSU Homecoming Recap

Sounds from the Southwestern Oklahoma State University homecoming parade Saturday. Homecoming was filled with many activities. The homecoming float results found SWE & SME finishing first place. The Custer 4-H performing arts club finished 2nd. The sweepstakes band award went to Sayre High School.

Carbon Monoxide Checks


With colder temperatures now in western Oklahoma, Weatherford fire chief mike Karlin says now is a good time to check carbon monoxide detectors.


Cold temperatures are expected over the next few days.