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Several members of the Cordell Chamber of Commerce gathered on Monday

Several members of the Cordell Chamber of Commerce gathered on Monday, October 2, 2017, to celebrate the ribbon cutting at one of Cordell’s newest businesses, Gatlin’s Garage, located at 610 East Main Street. Cutting the ribbon is business owner Kyle Gatlin, with his wife, Brooke, standing to the right. Others at the ribbon cutting are, on the back row, from the left: Billy Gatlin, Kyle’s father; Larry Bostwick, Kyle’s grandfather; Ulyssius Emerson, service technician; Jim “Cooter” Schmidt, service technician; Jeremey Goodson, shop manager; Brooke Gatlin, Aleta Jorgensen, and Ronnie Smith. On the front row, from the left, are: Landon Hise, Jean Bostwick, Kyle’s grandmother; Becky Law, chamber president; Kyle Gatlin, Jan Byrd, chamber secretary; and Mira Burrows.

 

Wed
27
Sep
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Most Communities See Increase In Sales Tax Collections

Cordell was one of only three communities who did not see an increase in sales tax collections in September, 2017, as compared to the time period in 2016.

The tax receipts from July business were distributed in September.

Cordell collected over $9,000 less in sales tax compared to the amount in 2016. Colony and Corn collected marginally less than the 2016 numbers.

Sales tax collections jumped over $1,700 in Burns Flat and nearly $1,700 in Canute. Foss saw a nearly $2,000 increase and Sentinel’s sales tax collection shot up nearly $6,000.

Use Tax receipts in Cordell were over $3,600 more in 2017, making the City’s net loss just over $5,600.

Unpredictable Use Tax collections showed an increase in every County community except Dill City and a marked increase in Cordell.

The unpredictability of the Use Tax collections slammed Dill City, with their distributed amount dropping from nearly $6,000 in 2016 to less than $300 in 2017.

Wed
27
Sep
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Homecoming Will Be Friday

Homecoming festivities will be held in Cordell on Friday, September 29, 2017.

Kicking off the annual celebration will be a parade, scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

The parade route will be the same as in previous years, entering Highway 152 from Linwood Street and traveling west, around the Courthouse Square from the south to the north.

A pep rally will be held on the east side of the Courthouse.

The coronation of the 2017 CHS Football Homecoming Queen will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Blue Devil Field and will be followed by a game against the Watonga Eagles.

Wed
27
Sep
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Ledbetter Receives Patriot Award

Cordell’s nurses exemplify service.

Kay Ledbetter, Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at Cordell Memorial Hospital (CMH), was recently honored by the office of the United States Secretary of Defense with the Patriot Award.

The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support citizen warriors in the Guard and Reserve through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed.

Ledbetter, who makes the CMH nurse schedule, was nominated for the award by fellow Cordell Memorial Hospital LPN Laurie Walton.

Walton serves in the National Guard and has been deployed several times recently.

“Laurie wanted to recognize Kay for accommodating her Guard training and deployments,” said Cordell Memorial Hospital CEO Landon Hise.

Wed
20
Sep
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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?

Wed
20
Sep
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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.

Wed
20
Sep
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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.

Wed
20
Sep
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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
13
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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Wed
13
Sep
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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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