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13
Feb
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Canute To Host President's Day Blood Drive

Oklahoma Blood Institute is looking for local heroes who are strong, bold, and fearless to help save the lives of their fellow Oklahomans. Oklahoma Blood Institute will hold a blood drive with Canute Community Sponsored by Canute Lions Club on Monday, Feb. 19, from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Canute Heritage Center at 101 N. 9th Street. Each blood donor will receive their choice of t-shirt in “Strong” olive, “Bold” maroon, or “Fearless” teal. Healthy adults, age sixteen and up, are encouraged to give blood.*

“Accidents happen. People are battling cancer. Babies are born prematurely,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Oklahoma Blood Institute. “The need for blood is constant, and there is no substitute. Unfortunately, until we know that someone is fighting for life, we just don’t think about how critical it is.”

 

Tue
13
Feb
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Pictured (from left to right): Landon Jones, presented the awards last week for Masonic Junior and Senior Students of the Month for January. Greg Wedel, father of McKenna Wedel is pictured in the center, Lexie Lawson and her mom, Tricia Lawson are pictured to the far right.

 

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Tue
13
Feb
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ordell High School

Brock Smith, Brittany Dudgeon, Rylie Martin, Taylor Javorsky and James Ivy recently were awarded letter jackets for being within the top 10 percent of the junior class at Cordell High School. Jackets were presented to the students last week at the High School.

 

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Tue
13
Feb
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The Missiles of Oklahoma

By andry Brewer Instructor of History

Editor’s Note - This is the third in the series of Landry Brewer’s article about the ICBM missles located in Southwest Oklahoma in the 1960’s. Our thanks to the author and The Chronicles of Oklahoma for permission to reprint this article and accompanying photos.

The Altus Times-Democrat carried several stories about the April 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion, which occurred within President Kennedy’s first 100 days in office. “Rebels Swarming Ashore 90 Miles Outside Havana,” “Rusk Declares Invaders Not From U.S. Soil,” “Castro Declares Emergency State As Invaders Hit” and “Cuba Charges U.S.-Financed” were some of the headlines in the April 17 edition. April 18 headlines included “Nikita Calls On Kennedy to ‘Halt’ Rebels in Cuba” and “Navy Clamps Security On Guantanamo.”

 

Tue
06
Feb
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Hise Named One Of State’s Most Admired CEOs

Cordell’s hospital chief is admired, and he has the award to prove it.

Cordell Memorial Hospital Chief Executive Officer Landon Hise is being recognized by The Journal Record as one of the state’s 25 most admired CEOs.

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Tue
06
Feb
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Council Approves Advertising For Construction Of Three Bays At Fire Department

Following a tour of the current facilities at the Cordell Fire Department, the Cordell City Council unanimously approved advertising for sealed bids for the turn-key construction of three bays at the location.

An estimate from L & C Metal Buildings for a 68’ x 52’ building, not including demolition and removal of the existing building or electrical work was $98,700.00.

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06
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Hallie Sewell was crowned 2018 Cordell High School Basketball Homecoming Queen

Hallie Sewell was crowned 2018 Cordell High School Basketball Homecoming Queen on Friday, February 2, 2018.

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Tue
06
Feb
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County Commissioners Discuss Options Following Closure Of Sentinel Ambulance Service

At the January 22, 2018 meeting of the Washita County Commissioners, Ricky McPherson of the District Attorney’s office was present to discuss the closure of the Sentinel Ambulance and the effects that closure would have on the sales tax money for the ambulances, along with a service coverage plan for that area.

In accordance with the ballot measure, the fund earmarked for the ambulance services, both current account balances and future amounts, will now need to be split between the two remaining ambulance services, Cordell and Burns Flat.

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Tue
06
Feb
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Putman Is CHS Senior Of The Month

This means a lot to me,” said Rhett Putman, Cordell High School Senior of the Month for January 2018. “It is really great to be chosen for this, and it has a lot of really good benefits.”

He said the last with a smile, referring in part to the gift certificates from area businesses that are part of the prize package, but also to the honor of being the unanimous pick of Principal Nick Hutchins’ Administrative Team.

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Tue
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Jan
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Most County Communities See Increase In Sales Tax

Sales tax collections received for November (collected in January) in Cordell, Colony and Rocky were off the pace from 2017, but other communities, as well as the County, showed increases. The tax collection in Cordell was down nearly $9,000 from the previous year, but increased Use

 

Tax made up $352.97 of the shortage. Colony’s sales tax collection fell $124.86 and Rocky’s was off over $18,000.00. Foss and Sentinel gained the most ground, with both up approximately $2,000 from 2017. In something of a curiosity, the Washita County Use Tax collection fell nearly $100,000.00, from $113,162.85 to $16,019.10. This in spite of all communities in the County which collect Use Tax showing an increase. The vague nature of Use Tax collection, which often relies on selfreporting by consumers, may explain part of the drop

 

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