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Classes Begin at New Elk City Elementary School


Classes will be held today in the new Elk City elementary school after district personnel spent last week moving into the brand new facility says Superintendent Rick Garrison.

Garrison says a ribbon cutting is planned at the school this morning at 10:30. An open house will be held January 30th.


Devon Energy Awards Grants to Four West Elementary Teachers



Devon Energy has awarded a grant to four West Elementary teachers in the Weatherford School District says Superintendent Chad Wilson.

Wilson says Devon has presented a check of $15,000 for the purchase of equipment for the STEM lab at West Elementary.


Karlin Reminds Residents About Importance of Smoke Detectors

Several fire fatalities have occurred around the state this month, leading Weatherford Fire Chief Mike Karlin to issue a reminder of the importance of having a working smoke detector.

Karlin says the Weatherford Fire Department can assist if you need a smoke detector or need help changing batteries.


City of Clinton to Seek Bids on Slide Repair and Replacement

Clinton City Council this week gave authorization to City Manager Mark Skiles to seek bids on the construction of a tower and refurbishment of the slide at the swimming pool.

The city will also look into the cost of a new slide.


City of Clinton to Add Economic Development Director

Clinton City Council last night decided to create the position and seek the hire of an Economic Development Director. Mayor David Berrong says it's a key position that would benefit the City of Clinton. Councilman don rodolph supports the idea.

The council also approved a selection committee to develop the process and to help choose the city's Economic Development Director.


Hardy Pleads Guilty to Murder Charges in I-40 Shooting Spree

A Texas man who was scheduled to stand trial beginning Tuesday in Custer County District Court has entered into a plea agreement and has pleaded guilty to 10 charges, including two counts of first degree murder, malice aforethought, in connection with a December 2015 shooting spree over multiple counties on Interstate 40. Jeremy Doss Hardy was sentenced to six life terms, two without the possibility of parole and four with the possibility of parole. Hardy was also given prison terms of 10 years, 2 years and 2 one-year jail terms in the Custer County Jail, all to be served consecutive to one another. District Attorney Angela Marsee says the defense counsel approached prosecutors yesterday over a possible plea agreement.

Hardy shot several vehicles during the shooting spree and also shot and killed motorists Jeffery Kent Powell of Arapaho and Billie Jean West of Lone Wolf. As part of the plea, Hardy waives all appeals, commutations and pardons, and will not profit from his actions.


Merkey Named Weatherford District Teacher of the Year



A fifth grade teacher at West Elementary has been named Teacher of the Year in the Weatherford school district. Principal Robyn Randal says Meagan Merkey is a team player.

Merkey is a math and science teacher at west. Other campus teachers of the year in Weatherford include Christa Pennington at Burcham Elementary, Kathleen Ward at East, Deb Reynolds at the middle school and Jolie Hicks at the high school.


Clinton City Council to Discuss Slide Rebuild and Repair

The Clinton City Council meets in regular session this evening. The council will discuss the possibility of seeking bids to repair the slide and rebuild the slide tower at the pool says City Manager Mark Skiles.

Skiles says the slide also draws people from nearby communities who also eat and shop while in Clinton. The council will also discuss and take action on the hiring of an Economic Development Director. The council meets at 5:30 at City Hall.


Sales Tax Revenues Climb Slightly in Clinton

Sales tax revenues increased in Clinton in 2017 over 2016, says City Manager Mark Skiles. Skiles says through November, sales tax figures ranged from 1 to 2 percent higher than the previous year.

Skiles says the city is hopeful the economy is starting to rebound, but will continue to budget down.


Move-In Begins at New Elk City Elementary School

No school this week for students in the Elk City school district as personnel work to make the move into the newly completed elementary school beginning today, says Superintendent Rick Garrison.

The first day of classes in the new elementary will be next Monday when school officials will hold a ribbon cutting. Meanwhile, an open house is planned for January 30th.