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United Methodist Circle of Care Building Project

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The Elk City United Methodist church, SayreUnited Methodist church and OklahomaUnited Methodist circle of care, a statewide nonprofit foster care agency, have announced plans to collaborate on a building project to provide a home for large sibling sets in foster care in Beckham county. In 2017, circle of care launched the legacy of care campaign, a $5 million capital campaign to address the needs of sibling sets in foster care. The Elk City church donated about 1.5 acres just north of the church building across country club road for the project. The Elk City and Sayre communities aim to raise $200,000 locally to contribute to the construction of the Cimarron home. The home will be designed to accommodate up to six foster children with trained, certified foster parents.

Thomas-Fay-Custer High School Hosts Blood Drive

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The Oklahoma blood institute is putting out an urgent call for blood donations. OBI says it is now operating at less than a one-day supply. A blood drive will be held today at Thomas-Fay-Custer high school from noon until 5pm.

Alliance health Clinton gets new Equipment

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Alliance health-clinton has acquired another sophisticated piece of equipment to benefit western Oklahoma patients. The hospital recently purchased a gamma camera. The nuclear medicine machine provides the highest-quality images, including heart and bone scans. Hospital officials say among its many benefits, the new machine allows alliance health-clinton to perform cardiac stress tests for patients.

SWOSU Women's Basketball Send off

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A send-off reception for the Southwestern OklahomaState University women's basketball team is planned for this afternoon in the west lobby of the Pioneer Cellular Event Center on the Weatherford campus. The event will begin at 4:45. The team will board the charter bus at 5pm to leave for Hays, Kansas, to play in the NCAA division2 central region basketball tournament. The lady bulldogs will play their first game Friday at 2:30 against Emporia state university.

New Educational Workshops for Grades 4-8

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A new educational program, Oklahoma renewable energy education is now underway in Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma sierra club is currently seeking teachers in grades 4-8 to participate in free workshops focused on using information about solar and wind energies to teach state standards. An upcoming workshop will be held march 30th in Weatherford. Details of the workshop and registration information can be found on the OREEP website.

 

Byrge Sentencing

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An Arkansas man has been sentenced in U.S. District court to two years probation and ordered to pay $25,000 for interstate transportation of stolen property. 29 year old Brandon Byrge of Texarkana was charged by a federal grand jury with transporting two drill bits from Oklahoma to Arkansas when he knew they had been stolen, converted and taken by fraud. On February 26th, Byrge was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to pay $20,000 in restitution and a $5000 fine. However, this week the court amended its judgment by ordering $18,000 restitution to Smith International Inc. of Sugarland, Texas and $2000 to Bayless Sales & Services of Weatherford, Oklahoma.

Kisinger Sentencing

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A Clinton man gets 7 years in the department of corrections in Custer county district court. 30 year old Eric Kisinger pleaded no contest to embezzlement and second degree burglary. Kisinger was charged in connection with the theft of around $27,000 of items from his former employer.

Hinton School Teachers Received Threats

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According to the Hinton schools Facebook page, a situation was reported by teachers to high school administration concerning a threatening message that was sent Tuesday morning to several teachers using the schools online learning system. An investigation was conducted by police and school administration. No credible evidence was discovered of an immediate threat to the school. District officials say student safety is its number one priority and steps will be taken to keep students and staff safe at all times.

SWOSU new Dean of Arts and Sciences

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Dr. Jason l. Johnson has been named dean of College of Arts & Sciences at Southwestern OklahomaState University in Weatherford. Johnson, who has been chair of the department of chemistry and physics for the past four years, will start his new position July 1st.

SWOSU Hosts Oklahoma Research Fair

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Nearly 1000 students and faculty from Oklahoma universities and colleges will be coming to Southwestern OklahomaState University Friday as part of the 20th annual Oklahoma research day. Oklahoma's premier undergraduate research fair will take place in the Pioneer Cellular Event Center and Wellness Center on the Weatherford campus. This marks the first time SWOSU has hosted Oklahoma research day. The university will also host the 2020 event.