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Oklahoma House Redistricting

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Oklahoma House Speaker Charles McCall says the house will again use the transparent, citizen-driven redistricting process that received bipartisan praise when it was last used in 2011. In addition, the house will enhance the process further by soliciting input from the Oklahoma Supreme Court, executive branch and state, county and local officials in its redistricting effort, which begins next year following the 2020 decennial census. Speaker McCall says the redistricting committee will travel around the state and receive input from citizens in town hall settings.

Clinton - Bridge Painting Project

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Beginning today, eastbound I-40 business loop / Gary Boulevard in Clinton will be narrowed to one lane, two miles east of U.S. 183 Between County Road 2274 and 2280 over Turtle Creek. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation says crews will be conducting a bridge painting project through the end of September.

Custer County - District Court: Barker Guilty Plea

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A Weatherford man has pleaded guilty in Custer county district court to a charge of threatening to perform an act of violence. 21 Year old Deonte Barker was placed in the delayed sentencing program for young adults for pulling a gun on another person during an altercation on March 10th in the 1700 block of north Lyle road in Weatherford.

Area Elections and Early Voting

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Early voting begins Thursday and concludes Friday for area elections. Voters in the Canute and Sayre school districts are casting ballots on bond issues. Voters in the city of Cordell are deciding on a sales tax increase for Cordell Memorial Hospital. Additionally, two candidates are seeking the Ward 4 Weatherford City Commission seat. Polling sites will be open September 10th from 7am - 7pm.

Washita County - Road Closing

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Beginning today, State Highway 54 will be closed at Calvary Creek- east of Cordell- in Washita County. The closing will continue through early 2020 as part of a bridge rehabilitation project. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation says the detour is westbound State Highway 55 toward Rocky, then north on U.S. 183 to Cordell, then east on State Highway 152. The $1.3 Million bridge rehabilitation project was awarded in May to Bridgeco Contractors Inc.

SWOSU Jazz Festival

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SWOSU will celebrate the 50th annual SWOSU Jazz Festival in 2020 with the Grammy award winning Gordon Goodwin Big Phat band. The SWOSU Jazz Festival is planned for February 6th and 7th on the Weatherford campus. Tickets go on sale today on stubwire.com beginning at 10AM. The band will be featured in concert on February 7th at the fine arts center beginning at 8pm.

Western Equipment to Merge with Green Country Equipment

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Two John Deere dealerships, Green Country Equipment and Western Equipment, have announced plans to merge their operations beginning on September 30th. The new company, which will operate as Western Equipment, will have 21 locations serving 72 counties across 100,000 square miles and will employ more than 600 people. Western Equipment will be comprised of 12 dealerships in Texas, 8 in Oklahoma - including Weatherford, Clinton, and Arapaho - and one location in New Mexico.

Weatherford - Upcoming Board Of Adjustment Meeting

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The Weatherford Board of Adjustment will meet next month. The board will consider two requests from Ritzway Construction and Design Group. The group is seeking fewer and shorter parking spaces than required by city code for the Home 2 Suites hotel planned on South Access & South Washington street. The board will meet September 10th to consider the requests.

Weatherford - Miss Swosu Informational Meeting

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An informational meeting for the Miss SWOSU Scholarship Pageant is planned for September 5th on the Weatherford campus. All SWOSU students who would like to participate in the November 9th pageant are invited to the meeting in the memorial student center east ballroom beginning at 5:30PM. The pageant is open to all full-time students between the ages of 17-25 on either the Weatherford or Sayre campuses. Participants must have a grade point average of at least 2.5. Deadline for entries is October 1st.

Beckham County District Court - Hart Jury Trial Date Set

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A jury trial has been set for October 31st in Beckham County District Court for an Oklahoma City man charged with sexual battery. Court records show 36 year old Kristepher Allen Hart allegedly inappropriately touched a 16 year old female at an Elk City hotel in February.