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Officials Urge Citizens to Develop Emergency Preparedness Plan

 

With the Rhea Fire winding down and severe weather season here, Weatherford Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director Mike Karlin is asking citizens to have an emergency preparedness plan.

Weatherford Police Chief Louis Flowers says citizens can visit the Oklahoma emergency management website to review possible emergency plans.

Spring Event at Weatherford Recycling Center

 

The Weatherford recycling center is hosting its spring event on Saturday, and will accept large metal items and non-working electronics. Faye Henson with the Weatherford recycling center says the center will also accept old tube televisions and monitors on Saturday.

 

Henson says habitat for humanity will also host a fundraiser in front of the center, serving hamburgers and hot dogs. The recycling center event runs from 9 to 3 on Saturday.

 

 

State Education Funds

 

State representative Harold Wright says recent rumors about the state legislature moving recently passed funds designated for common education to other areas are not true.

 

Wright says the education portion of the state budget is complete, as work continues on other portions of the budget.

 

 

Ribbon Cutting for Dr. Marshall Huser Family Medicine

 

Weatherford Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Dr. Marshall Huser Family Medicine on Tuesday. Huser grew up in Weatherford and says several reasons were behind his decision to move back and open his practice, including his family.

Huser says his practice has been open in Weatherford for nearly seven months.

 

Community Action Plan in Elk City Continues

 

Work continues on the community action plan in Elk City. City manager Lee Litterell says architects are completing the final draft for the master plan, which will then be taken to city commissioners and the public for review. Litterell says the city will seek an extension of a current sales tax to fund the plan.

 

Litterell says while the sales tax doesn't expire until 2023, the city will likely seek an election for the extension of the tax this year to allow for planning to begin.

 

 

Camp Invention at Stafford Air & Space Museum

 

Camp invention is returning to the Stafford Air and Space Museum this summer. Assistant director Chaney Larson says there will be two sessions, with one entitled "fast forward", and the other called "epic."

 

Larsen says camp invention is for children entering kindergarten through sixth grade, with the first session running June 25th through 29th and the second session is July 16th through 20th. Children can participate in one or both sessions. Parents can register online at camp invention.org.

 

 

Members Inducted into SWOSU PLC Class

 

The 12th annual presidents leadership class was held last night on the Weatherford campus of Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Former legislator, and current president of corporate development for the Chickasaw nation, Dan Boren, spoke about leadership to the incoming class of 2017-18.

 

17 members were inducted into the 12th P-L-C class at SWOSU. They include; Zachary Kincanon of Weatherford, Devyn Metcalf and Brendan Harrison of elk city, Ashlyn Murray and Leticia Ortiz of Clinton.

 

 

 

 

Victims Identified in Bessie Incident

 

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says two people were found dead inside a home in Bessie Sunday night. OSBISpecial Agent Adam Whitney says law enforcement went to the residence after it was reported that someone was shot inside the home. Whitney says 23-year-old Ciara Dawn Sloan and 27-year-old Tyler Scott Sloan have been identified as the victims who were found dead inside the 7th street home.

Whitney says the OSBI is not searching for any suspects related to the incident.

 

Fire Personnel Continue to Make Headway on Rhea Fire

 

Fire officials say the Rhea Wildfire in Dewey County has burned just under 287,000 acres and is 74% contained. Custer County Emergency Management Director Mike Galloway told county commissioners yesterday officials are still assessing damages as a result of the fire that affected much of Dewey County.

Anyone affected by the Rhea Fire is encouraged to visit the multi-agency resource center to learn about available resources. It is located at the Dewey County Fairgrounds from 9-11 Tuesday morning.

 

Rhea Fire Update

 

The Rhea fire has been burning for over a week in Dewey county. Weatherford fire chief mike Karlin says he commends his crew for stepping up both in Dewey county and in Weatherford.

 

Karlin also recognizes other firefighters and volunteer firefighters from local areas for their work over the past week. Karlin says the outside resources from around the country have allowed some local firefighters to rest.