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Tue
23
May

A History Of The Washita County Courthouse Offices Part II

By Vicki Salley

Mike Brown, a county commissioner, and G.E. Wagoner, a newly elected court clerk, went to Cloud Chief on Tuesday, August 22, 1900, to collect a portion of the county records and all of the court records.

It was not a peaceful trip. People in Cloud Chief were very unhappy about the move so Brown and Wagoner decided not to leave in the late afternoon but to slip out of town around 2:30 a.m.

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Tue
23
May

Les and Nelda Goetz at 608 North Grant Street

Les and Nelda Goetz at 608 North Grant Street have been working hard in their yard this week to make it beautiful, clean and lush following a damaging tornado in Cordell and are the Cordell Chamber of Commerce Yard of the Week.

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Tue
23
May

Winds Come Sweeping Down The Plain

Following a track that closely resembled the path of Cordell’s 2001 tornado, storms ripped through town on Thursday, May 18, 2017, causing significant damage.

Weather forecasters had been warning of the potential for strong storms for several days, and on Tuesday a tornado had caused millions of dollars of damage to Elk City.

On Thursday, warnings began early in the day and by noon, many businesses were making arrangements to have employees leave well ahead of the early afternoon time given for the arrival of storms.

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Tue
23
May

Thief Attacks Dawn Stegall At Erv’s

“We’re closed,” Dawn Stegall told the man who entered Erv’s between storms on Thursday, May 18, 2017.

“I know,” he replied, “I’m here for the money.”

With that exchange began an ordeal that left Stegall with staples in her head, her left arm in a sling, and bruises all over her body.

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Tue
16
May

Cordell Council Considers Account For Adams Lake Permits

Due to graduation services held on Monday, May 15, 2017, the Cordell City Council held their regularly scheduled second meeting of the month on Tuesday, May 16.

At the meeting, items of voting business included the possibility of creating an account for the income generated by Adams Lake permits.

Funds in the account would be dedicated to the lake and used for maintenance and improvements to the Adams Lake Conservation and Wildlife Area.

 

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Tue
16
May

Balzer, Fletcher, Kauk And Mitchell Win Booster Page Scholarships

At the Cordell High School Awards Assembly held on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, seniors Layne Balzer, Brooke Fletcher, Kale Kauk and Jacolby Mitchell received The Cordell Beacon Booster Page Scholarships. The scholarships are funded by individual and business sponsorships of the Booster Page which is published every week during the school year.

“Each year, individuals and businesses help sponsor the Booster Page,” explained Zonelle Rainbolt, editor. “Not only do those sponsorships allow us to publish photos each week of students participating in extracurricular activities, but a portion is also designated to be used for the scholarships.”

 

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Tue
16
May

Cordell Elementary

Four Cordell Elementary Fifth Grade girls qualified for the President’s Physical Fitness Award and were honored to carry the school banner as they led in the students participating in the Cordell Elementary Little Olympics. The banner promotes healthy eating and physical activity, including walking and biking to school. All students, faculty and staff walked one lap around the school’s new track as part of the Safe and Healthy School Plan.

 

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Tue
16
May

Cordell FFA Holds 2017 Banquet

Thirty-four Cordell FFA members, along with parents, guests, supporters, and school faculty and administration were in attendance at the Cordell FFA Chapter banquet on May 9, 2017.

The annual event is held to recognize members for their achievements of FFA degrees, proficiencies and scholarships.

FFA is structured into a degree program with the first three of the five degrees awarded at the local level.

 

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Tue
09
May

School Board Hires Certified Personnel

At their meeting on Monday, May 8, 2017, the Cordell Board of Education met in Executive Session to consider the recommendations of Superintendent Brad Overton regarding the hiring of certified personnel, support personnel, summer school teachers, employees for summer repairs/labor and extra duty assignments.

Tue
09
May

Hamlett Receives State Award

At an awards ceremony held at the Scottish Rite Temple in Guthrie, Oklahoma, on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, Cordell High School student Justin Hamlett received the prestigious 2017 State Superintendent Award for Arts Excellence.

According to State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister, the awards are given to high school juniors and seniors who have achieved artistic and academic excellence and served their communities.

Hamlett was awarded for his outstanding accomplishments with the Cordell High School Band where he serves as Drum Major and plays the trumpet and saxophone as well as other instruments.

 

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