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Cordell Legislator Proposes Bills in Response to 2018 School Walk-Out

Ostensibly in response to last year’s nine-day teacher walkout, Rep. Todd Russ, a Cordell Republican, has filed two bills in the 2019 Oklahoma Legislature to punish teachers and unions for work stoppages.

The first, House Bill 2208, seeks to decertify employee organizations as bargaining units with all Oklahoma school districts after Dec. 31, 2020, unless such organizations are specifically approved by a secret ballot election of all employees in the bargaining unit between Aug. 1, 2020, and Dec. 1, 2020, regardless of the current contract status of the bargaining until with its respective school district.

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R.B. Mathis Named Cordell Person of the Year

R.B. Mathis is the recipient of the inaugural Cordell Person of the Year Award, sponsored by Great Plains Bank of Cordell and The Cordell Beacon.

Mathis is a Baptist minister and longtime Cordell resident, “with a servant’s heart,” said his wife, Pat Mathis.

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Potential Disaster Averted At Junior High

The actions of Cordell Junior High School students were credited with helping to avert a potential tragedy last week, according to superintendent Brad Overton.

Shortly after 2:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, parents of students at Cordell Junior High were contacted via the telephone alert system and directed to a message posted on the Cordell Public Schools website.

“Today, Friday, Jan. 25, students reported to employees that a student planned to harm those at the the school in the coming months,” the statement read. “We want to thank those students for following the correct protocol in a potentially dangerous situation.

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Wed
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May

Large Tornado Hits Kiowa, Washita Counties

A category EF-2 tornado touched down in Kiowa County Tuesday, May 7, 2019, and ripped a 20-mile path across pastureland and through the town of Rocky before dissipating just south of Cordell. While the tornado and accompanying storm caused severe property damage, no human injuries or deaths have been reported from the storm.

The town of Rocky lost power for a short time Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, but electricity was restored quickly. The towns of Rocky and Sentinel were without municipal water as of press time Monday, May 13, 2019. Washita County Emergency Management Director Sandy Settles said the outage was the result of two eightinch water lines breaking in Bechkam County. Those lines, he said, provide the municipal water to the towns.

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May

Audit Finds Issues With County Financial Controls

The Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector recently released an audit report for Washita County detailing nine separate instances of of insufficient internal controls within county financial accounts. The insufficiencies resulted in the under-reporting of reimbursable expenses by $163,166 and the overstatement of the county’s financial statement by more than $2 million.

The report, released May 2, 1019, covered the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, and included five finding related to Washita County’s internal financial controls and reporting, three related to internal controls on compliance with major federal programs, and one related to the Sheriff’s Office’s management of the inmate trust fund.

The first finding noted the Washita County Treasurer’s Office has failed to design and implement appropriate internal controls over the tax collection process, specifically with regard to the county’s ad valorem taxes.

 

Wed
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May
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Aldava Acquitted On Child Sex Abuse Charge

After a two-day trial and less than three hours of deliberation, a Washita County jury acquitted Alejandro Aldava on a single felony charge of sexual abuse of a child. The trial concluded Tuesday, April 30, at the Washita County Courthouse in Cordell.

The alleged assault was initially reported by the victim’s mother in February 2018. The mother, Priscilla Aldava, reported to Officer Orval Segler of the Burns Flat Police Department that her husband, Alejandro Aldava, had inappropriately touched her daughter on multiple occasions dating back to November 2017.

 

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Brown Wins Fourth At Golf

Megan Brown wrapped up her impressive athletic career at Cordell High School with a fourth-place finish at the state golf tournament last week. Brown shot 76 on the first day and 80 on the second in wet, rainy conditions at the Aqua Creek Golf Course in Guthrie during her fourth, and final, high school state golf tournament. After the tournament she was named as one of the two western Oklahoma players on the All-State golf team.

Brown visited The Beacon office earlier this week to reflect upon her two-sport career at Cordell and to talk about her future. She has already enrolled, on a full scholarship, to play golf at the college level at Midwestern State University, where she plans to major in accounting with hopes of becoming a Certifed Public Accountant.

 

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Smith, Addington Place Sixth At State Track And Field

Cordell Athletes Medal In State Competitions

Seniors Brock Smith and Hayden Addington both picked up medals for their performances at the Oklahoma State Track and Field Championship this past weekend at Western Heights.

Addington earned sixth place in the shotput event Friday, May 4, 2019, before rain and lightning prompted organizers to evacuate the stadium and delay the rest of the meet until Saturday morning. Saturday afternoon Brock Smith earned sixth in the 110-meter high hurdles.

“It feels great to win a medal,” Addington said. “I tried my best, but none of this wold have been possible without the training and practice I had.”

 

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May
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Burnin’ Down The House: Local Fire Departments Perform Joint Training

While most people were getting their weekends underway, the firefighters of the Cordell and Corn fire departments were getting themselves, and each other, ready to protect their communities. The two departments teamed up Saturday, April 27, 2019, for a live-burn structure fire training exercise in Corn.

After nearly a year of bureaucracy, forms, and permit applications, Corn fire chief Kim Gossen said he finally received authorization to ignite an empty house for the training session. The exercise, according to Cordell fireman Jason Dudgeon who led the training, was to give the firefighters a better understanding of fire behavior and to expose them to a more realistic fire scenario so they are better able to remain calm during a real fire.

 

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Cordell’s Special Guest

Cordell had a special guest at Thursday’s district tournament double-header against Hinton when Cordell alum and Oklahoma Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer Kelby Cook did a flyover between the games and then landed to watch the second game from the dugout. Bob Henline | The Cordell Beacon.

 

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