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Around Town

Look who we caught at MidFirst Bank…Donna Goeringer (front), back, from left to right, Virginia Jackson-Vega, Tammy Reese and Kent Sawyer. Who will we catch Around Town next week?

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Let The Feud Begin Around Town

Who knew it could be so much fun being part of a feud?

Cordell’s Berry family found out first hand this past April when they traveled to Atlanta to play “Family Feud” on television.

Their segment of the show will be aired on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at 6 p.m. local time on KOCB CW34 (Cable One channel 11, Dish channel 34, DirecTV channel 34).

Penny Berry said the family’s “Feud” adventure actually began when Straw was hospitalized for 26 days following a bad car wreck.

“We were looking for something to keep Straw entertained and in a happy frame of mind,” Penny explained. “What we found was Family Feud. We would play along and laugh. It was very therapeutic for us.”

During the time the family was at the hospital, daughter Jamie Allen noticed the game show was going to hold an audition in Oklahoma City.

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Jury Finds Hicks Guilty Of Murder

Just before midnight on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, the jury in the murder trial of Kathryn Lynn Hicks returned a guilty verdict, convicting Hicks of Murder in the First Degree - Malice Aforethought in the November, 2015, shooting death of Cordell resident Mike Beach.

The trial began on Wednesday, September 6, with a full day devoted to jury selection and opening statements.

After hearing five days of testimony, the jury, composed of nine women and three men, took only about two hours to reach the guilty verdict.

In something of a surprise to Assistant District Attorney Brooke Gatlin, who prosecuted the case, Hicks took the stand in her own defense. Hicks was first questioned by her attorney, Gregg Graves of the Tulsa office of the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System.

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Council Votes To Retain Current EMS Service

After hearing a lengthy committee report by council representative Darryl Anthony and a brief presentation by committee member Charlie Greene, the council voted unanimously to keep the Cordell ambulance service as it is now operated.

The vote came at the meeting of the council on Monday, September 18, 2017.

Anthony’s report followed two committee meetings, one on August 20 and another on August 28.

Other committee members included council representatives Loretta Waddell and Vona Hicks and Cordell Memorial Hospital (CMH) administrator Landon Hise.

Greene, former CMH administrator and 25-year EMT, said he had reviewed the proposal by Miller EMS and he advised he did not think going with Miller was a good idea.

Anthony’s report indicated it would be costly to the City to accept Miller’s proposal, which would probably require an increase in the ambulance fee of approximately $3.25 a month to a total of $9.75 per month.

Wed
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Sep
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Cordell Elementary Receives $65,000 Technology Grant

Students and teachers at Cordell Elementary School are experiencing learning in new and innovative ways thanks to a grant from the Oklahoma Educational Technology Trust (OETT).

The school was notified they had received a $40,000 grant to purchase new technology equipment and professional development for teachers valued at over $25,000.

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Tractor Supply, Volunteers Team Up On School Beautification Project

“Just after accepting the job in Cordell I walked in to the Tractor Supply store and Kevin (Hougland) asked what he and the store could do for the school,” said Nick Hutchins, principal at Cordell High School and Junior High. “That is the kind of community involvement that is so important and I was thrilled to see it was alive and well in Cordell.”

Hutchins and Hougland put their heads together and came up with several beautification projects that would make the campus a more inviting place for students, faculty, administration and visitors.

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Cordell’s Highlights

For everyone tired of the negative and downright depressing, there is a new Facebook page that showcases everything bright and positive about Cordell. Check out the Facebook page begun by Dalton Gray - Cordell’s Highlights.

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Hicks Murder Trail Nearing Conclusion

(Editor’s Note: At press time on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, the Kathryn Hicks murder trial was continuing. The defense began presenting witnesses at 1:30 p.m. When a verdict is reached, it will be announced by the Beacon on our website and Facebook page. The following article, written by Gerald Green and published by The Clinton Daily News, is used with their permission. zr)

Testimony began here Thursday in the murder trial of Kathryn Hicks, a Lawton woman accused of shooting to death a Cordell man who answered her ad on Craigslist.

The victim, Michael Beach, 59, was shot to death in his home sometime between Nov. 27 and Nov. 30, 2015. Assistant District Attorney Brooke Gatlin inferred in her opening remarks to a just-selected jury of nine women and three men that even though Beach had introduced Ms. Hicks sometimes as his girlfriend, their relationship was just platonic.

Tue
05
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City Holds Public Hearing On Fire Station Construction

A Public Meeting was held by the City of Cordell on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, just prior to the regularly scheduled Council meeting.

The purpose of the meeting was to hear public comment regarding a proposed SWODA REAP grant in the amount of $44,900 to help with construction of an equipment bay at the Cordell Fire Station.

According to information released prior to the meeting, the City would spend $5,100 for engineering services and a REAP grant would provide $11,300. 

 

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Employee of the Month for September

Bo Ainsworth has been named the City of Cordell Employee of the Month for September. He works in the Parks Department and is the City’s meter reader. Bo has worked for the City for 25 years. He moved to Cordell when he was five years old and has enjoyed his life and work in the community, saying he wouldn’t think of living anywhere else. Bo and his wife, Michelle, have one son, Cody. The family loves playing golf and whitewater rafting. Bo’s long-term goal is to retire and spend time enjoying life in his small town. 

 

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