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Tue
03
Jan

Casey Gang Would Hide Out At Hughes Ranch In Washita County

By Vicki Salley
 
Lincoln County Sheriff Pat Garrett killed Billy the Kid, in New Mexico, on July 14, 1881. Billy was responsible for killing a multitude of people, including at least four lawmen. He was also well known as the leader of a gang of cattle thieves.
 
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Tue
03
Jan

City Elections Will Be April 4

With all but one City Council seat to be decided, the April 4, 2017, City election is set to draw a crowded ballot. Also on the ballot will be the offices of Marshal, City Treasurer, and City Clerk.
 
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Tue
27
Dec

Cordell Police Report Vehicle Break Ins

Within the last few days, several reports have been turned in to the Cordell Police Department of thefts, mostly occurring in the north, south and east parts of town.

According to Cordell Police Chief Brandon Rogers, the thief, or thieves, have mostly targeted vehicles.

In the most recent incident, reported on Tuesday, December 27, three vehicles at one residence were entered and the contents gone through.

“It is interesting that the contents of the vehicles are gone through, but items of value are being left in the vehicle,” Rogers said.

He thinks it is possible the would-be thief or thieves may be looking for prescription medicine which had been left in the vehicle.

“It is imperative that, until we catch whoever is getting into these cars, that residents lock their vehicles at all times,” Rogers said

 

 

Tue
27
Dec

Commercial Space Technology Slow To Develop For Clinton-Sherman

By Vicki Salley

 

By the power of eminent domain, in 1942, the United States of America obtained around 5,000 acres of land, in Burns Flat, Oklahoma, to build a navel airfield.

Located 17 miles southwest of Clinton the base served as a Strategic Air Command (SAC) base, during World War II.

The year was 1942, and the site was named Clinton Navel Air Station.

Four 6,000 foot long runways, three hangers, 24 barracks, and numerous installation support facilities were built next to the town of Burns Flat.

More than 3,500 officers and enlisted men served with the Special Task Air Groups in the operation of air craft drones and glider bombs.

 

 

Tue
27
Dec

4-H Collecting Donations For Ronald McDonald House

Washita County 4-H members are beginning to raise money for the 2017 Oklahoma 4-H Kids Helping Kids campaign.

While the campaign is a fundraiser for local 4-H clubs across the state, it is also a community service project for the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Oklahoma City, a non-profit that provides a “home away from home” for families with seriously ill or injured children who are being treated in the Oklahoma City area.

“The Kids Helping Kids campaign is more than just your average fundraiser,” said Kristin Knight, Oklahoma 4-H marketing coordinator. “It’s a way for all of us to help a charity that does so much for Oklahoma families as well as support local 4-H programs.”

 

Tue
20
Dec

Tenth Circuit Court Affirms Rojem Death Penalty

After hearing arguments on November 15, 2016, the Tenth Circuit Court issued their ruling on December 14, 2016, denying appeals from Richard Rojem challenging his death sentence. In 1985, Rojem was convicted of kidnapping, raping, and murdering his seven-year-old stepdaughter.

 

Tue
20
Dec

Aleta Jorgensen

Aleta Jorgensen of the Western Oklahoma Board of Realtors, recently made a $250 donation to the Cordell Academic Foundation. Accepting the check from Jorgensen is Cordell School Superintendent Brad Overton, along with other members of the foundation.

 

Tue
20
Dec

Germans Settle In Western Oklahoma During Land Run

By Vicki Salley

The word “Korn” is a German word translated in English as “grain”. German speaking Russian Mennonites were the first people to settle in Corn, or Korn as it was spelled at the time.. Rumor has it, the town received its name because the first post office was located in or near a corn field.

 

Tue
13
Dec

Cordell Board of Education Approves Superintendent Evaluation, Contract

Following an Executive Session to discuss the evaluation and contract for Superintendent Brad Overton, both were unanimously approved at the meeting held on Monday, October 12, 2016.
 
Earlier in the meeting the board had approved the school calendar for the 2017-2018 school year.

Tue
13
Dec

Christmas Organizations Donate Gifts

A gaily wrapped present was given to every resident at the Cordell Christian Home at their Christmas party as part of the fourth annual “Silver Santa Christmas.”
 
The second annual “Head Start Christmas” provided each student enrolled at the Cordell Head Start program a wrapped Christmas gift, handed out by Santa, at their Christmas party.

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