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Oklahoma DOC Honors North Fork Employees

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The Oklahoma Department of Corrections honored many dedicated employees this week during the department's annual awards ceremony.  The event featured videos highlighting staff achievements, including a group of North Fork Correctional Center staff at Sayre who saved an inmate's life.  Additionally, Sgt. Christopher Chapa, of North Fork was named correctional officer of the year.  The life saving award went to North Fork staff members Sgt. Chapa, Lisa Hall, Misty Gilreath, Kelsey Ramirez and Thomas Eslinger.  

Custer County Commissioners Outline Safety Sensitive Positions

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Custer county commissioners approved a resolution outlining safety sensitive positions within the county as it pertains to medical marijuana.  Commissioner Kurt Hamburger outlines the new policy. Under the policy, a safety sensitive employee who tests positive for marijuana would be terminated.  

Weatherord - Stafford Air & Museum Update

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The executive director of the Stafford Air & Space Museum, Max Ary, provided an update on the expansion project at the museum during a luncheon Friday in Weatherford. The museum is adding a 20,000 square foot addition; the museum already has a significant number of artifacts to be placed inside the expansion when it is complete.

 

Weatherford - Phase 3 Exit 82 Bids

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Weatherford Economic Development Director Yolanda Creswell says the third phase of exit 82 will need to be rebid. Bids will go back out on the project in March of 2020.  The project will allow for easier access to the south side of Interstate 40.  

 

Weatherford - Lyle Road Update

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City of Weatherford officials say engineers from Myers Engineering will be at the city commission meeting on November 26th to answer questions about the Lyle Road project and to provide an update.  

Thomas - Large Grass Fire

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Weatherford, along with more than a dozen other fire departments from Custer, Blaine and Dewey counties assisted Thomas Fire Department in extinguishing a large grass fire north of Thomas saturday.  Weatherford Fire Chief Mike Karlin says the fire burned about 500 acres. According to Chief Karlin, it is not clear as to how the fire started.

Beckham County District Court - Gladd Sentencing Delayed

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The sentencing date for a former Sweetwater school teacher and Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper has been moved to December 9th in Beckham county district court. The state requested moving the sentencing of 30 year old Cameron Gladd of Elk City from yesterday to next month.  Gladd pleaded no contest in September to 5 charges.  Authorities say Gladd had inappropriate contact with a 16 year old female student dating back as far as June 2018.  

Watonga Contractor is Accused of Embezzlement

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A Watonga contractor is accused of embezzling nearly $70,000 from multiple homeowners in Blaine County. 31 year old Joshua Doyel is charged with numerous counts of embezzlement and home repair fraud.  Three victims have filed charges, which combined add up to over $69,000. In a statement to News 9, Doyel says he does not deny the allegations and says he was dealing with mental health issues.  

Weatherford to Hold Recycling Event

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A recycling event will be held in the city of Weatherford later this month. Spokesperson Fay Henson says the Recycling event will be held November 16th. They will accept flat screen televisions, but not the old tube televisions. The event will be held at the Materials Processing Center at the corner of Clark and Illinoise From 9-3.

SWOSU to Hold Health Careers Day

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Health Careers Day will be held at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford November 22nd.  The free event is for any prospective health career student. Table browsing will occur from 9AM-Noon in the Pioneer Cellular Event Center on the SWOSU campus. SWOSU officials say health careers day is a great opportunity for high school students, transfer students, as well as adults to learn more about the majors available through SWOSU on both the Weatherford and Sayre campuses.