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Tue
22
Aug
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Juvenile Arrested In Home Invasion Murder

Just less than four weeks after the July 20, 2017, murder of Tammi Thomas and the wounding of her 14-year-old son, identified as CT in official documents, officers arrested Blaize Claude Eugene Teague for the crimes.

In the early morning hours of the 20th, Teague allegedly forced open an unlocked window on the Thomas residence and crawled in while wearing a ghillie suit, then shot both Thomas and her son.

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Tue
22
Aug
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Gatlin’s Garage Now Open In Cordell

Gatlin’s Garage, now open at 601 East Main Street in Cordell, is western Oklahoma’s newest full-service automotive shop.

The business is owned and operated by Kyle Gatlin. Originally of Sayre, Kyle is a lifelong gear head. Many in western Oklahoma are familiar with the Gatlin family, including Kyle’s grandfather, Bill Gatlin, who owned Gatlin’s Garage on Main Street in Sayre for over 30 years.

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Thu
17
Aug
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OSBI Special Agents Make Arrest in Cordell Murder Case

This afternoon, OSBI special agents made an arrest in the murder of a Cordell woman inside her home on July 20, 2017. Agents arrested a 14-year-old boy on a warrant for first degree murder, shooting with intent to kill, and burglary in the first degree. 
Tammi Thomas, 36, was shot inside her Cordell home during a home invasion. Her 14-year-old son was also shot in the shoulder. Both victims were taken to an Oklahoma City hospital. 
Thomas died shortly after she arrived. The boy was released from the hospital a few days later. 
The male juvenile was arrested at his home in Corn and booked into the Washita County jail. 
The Washita County Sheriff’s Office requested OSBI special agents assist with the murder investigation.

Tue
15
Aug
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The Big One Is Coming

Moving at the speed of light will take on new meaning Monday, August 21, 2017, when a total solar eclipse will bring night to day. For the first time since 1979 ,a total eclipse will be visible across the mainland of the United States. In Oklahoma, the eclipse, which will have between 83% and 89% coverage, will begin at approximately 11:37 a.m. and will end at approximately 2:37 p.m.

 

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Tue
15
Aug
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Cordell Elementary's Box Top

Olivia Neeley, third grader in Mrs. Moore's class, turned in the first 100 Box Tops of the 2017-2018 school year to kick off Cordell Elementary's Box Top collection drive. Box Top funds are used to reduce field trip expenses for families. More information may be found at www.boxtops4education.com or by contacting Mrs. Regier at Cordell Elementary

 

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Tue
15
Aug
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Cordell Blue Devil flags

Remember these old Cordell Blue Devil flags? We were cleaning out the back room and found ours. You will see it out in front of the Beacon every time Cordell schools are having an activity - academic, athletic, band, speech - you name it.

We are encouraging all other Blue Devil Boosters to show their school pride by decorating the front of their home and/or business when the Blue Devils are representing our community. Fly a banner; put a sign in the window; hang up balloons and streamers; use sidewalk chalk to decorate the space in front of your building.

The possibilities are endless and don’t have to be elaborate or expensive. Let’s make sure everyone who comes to town knows we support our Blue Devils.

 

Tue
15
Aug
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Around Town

Look who we caught at Molly’s Donuts on this cool first day of school. From left to right, are Jackson Eldridge, Kelby Eldridge, Joe Wilson, Caden Eldridge, Rome Lim, Josh Wilson, Kristen Trent, Talen Greer and Caleb Greer. 

 

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Tue
08
Aug
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The Cordell Chamber of Commerce

The Cordell Chamber of Commerce Yard of the Week was presented to Jim and Rayma Balzer, 902 Ella Street

 

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Tue
08
Aug
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Around Town

Look who we caught at Lauralynn’s Boutique, Jennifer Cary, left, and Edie Brown. Who will we catch around town next week?

 

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Tue
08
Aug
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The 2017-2018 school year

The 2017-2018 school year for many Washita County students, including those in Cordell Public School, will begin on Thursday, August 10. Please be aware of children in crosswalks and getting on and off buses. State law requires drivers of vehicles to stop when a school bus is loading or unloading passengers.

 

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