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Cordell’s Christmas Spirit

Cordell’s Christmas Spirit

 

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Christmas in Cordell!

Christmas in Cordell

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Schneberger chairs final meeting

Washita County Commission Raydell Schneberger chaired his last official meeting of the county commissioners Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. Schneberger will retire effective Dec. 31, 2018, after 32 years of service to Washita County.

Schneberger has held a variety of posts with Washita County. In his words, he’s done a bit of it all.

“Before I became a commissioner I was an employee of the county,” he said. “I was a road foreman, a ditch digger, and a pothole patcher, among other things.”

His tenure with the county dates back to times when equipment was scarce and finances tight. He smilingly recalled some of his more challenging experiences dealing with snowstorms and floods with old or broken equipment, struggling to keep the machines running and the county working.

 

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Cordell exploring options for water line replacement

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

The City of New Cordell has started investigating the possibility of replacing some, and maybe all, of the city’s aging water lines. Three options, complete with price estimates, will be presented to the city council at the next regular meeting, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, 2018.

Cordell city administrator J.C. Moser said the discussions are in an “extremely preliminary” stage at this point, but also added that the issue is becoming more severe with each passing day, with both water loss and discolored water coming from faucets.

“I do not have any idea what our exact water loss is,” he said. “But I know we lose a lot of water. We’re basically billing for the water we pump out of Foss Reservoir and losing the water we pump out of our own wells.”

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Law Enforcement Standoff in Clinton

A standoff last week between an armed suspect and law enforcement in Clinton, which resulted in the lockdown and later evacuation of Southwest Elementary School, ended without injury.

Officers from the Clinton Police Department arrived at the residence of 56-year-old Ivan Troncoso at approximately 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in order to serve an arrest warrant. Troncoso, who refused to open the door, communicated through the window with the officers and “threatened to harm the officers and himself,” according to Lt. Hammans of the Clinton Police Department.

Hammans said the officers backed away from the residence and began to negotiate with Troncoso for his surrender. They called for backup from both the Custer County Sheriff’s Office and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. OHP’s Tactical Team took command of the incident when they arrived on the scene, with Clinton PD and the Custer County Sheriff’s Office providing support.

 

 

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Senior Citizen Center Fundraiser Touted As ‘Tremendous Success’

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Hundreds of Cordell residents visited the Senior Citizens’ Center Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in support of a fundraiser sponsored by Pecan Creek Catering and the Masonic Lodge #127. While the final accounting is still outstanding, the Sunday baked potato bar is estimated to have raised more than $5,000 in support of the center and its activities.

“I’m going to just call this a tremendous success,” said Cordell Senior Citizens Board Chairman Dirk Webb. “It was incredible just seeing the people coming in, visiting and talking to each other and enjoying themselves. They were all enjoying being part of something great for the community of Cordell.”

 

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Eddie Campbell Retires After Nearly 50 Years

CORDELL

For the first time in almost 50 years, Eddie Campbell won’t be working in a retail business during the Christmas season.

Campbell’s retirement from “retail” was effective at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29. 2018.

His experience in retailing began at the tender age of 14 when he began working sweeping the floors of the United Supermarket in Hobart.

He later worked at United Supermarkets in Elk City and Cordell, finishing his tenure with the grocery marketer as the Cordell United Manager 10 years ago, when he went to work for Ace.

 

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New Editor Begins Work at The Beacon

CORDELL

After traveling 1,900 miles from Montana to their new home, Bob and Melissa Henline caught their first sight of Cordell from the hill out by the bowling alley.

“We could see for miles and thought it was just beautiful,” said Bob, the new editor of The Cordell Beacon. “We felt an immediate sense of community and know this is going to be a perfect fit for us.”

Henline brings a wealth of experience to his duties at the Beacon, having been a journalist for more than 10 years.

“There is a lot of reporting in the world of newspapers today, but not a lot of journalism,” said Henline. “Journalism means asking questions and bringing sometimes difficult issues to light, more than just reporting that an incident occurred or that someone said something. It is time to bring journalism back to community news and that is exactly what

 

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Vandals Hit Sentinel Farm on Thanksgiving

SENTINEL

By Zonelle Rainbolt
Special to the Beacon
TheBeacon@CordellBeacon.com

Vandals cut plastic wrapped cotton bales south of Burns Flat, probably sometime on Thanksgiving, exposing the cotton to moisture and high winds.

Jimmie Rhoades had stripped the cotton which belongs to Randy Ridling which is located two miles east of Sentinel, on Highway 55, then three miles north, on the west side of the road.

Rhoades has offered a $500 reward for the arrest and conviction of the vandals.

 

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Mixed Results for Washita County Sales Tax Revenues in November

WASHITA COUNTY

By Zonelle Rainbolt

Special to the Beacon

TheBeacon@CordellBeacon.com

Increased amounts of sales tax revenue for communities in Washita County hit something of a turn down in the last cycle, with only Burns Flat, Cordell, and Rocky seeing increases.

Although most communities did see a rise in collection of Use Tax, the increases were modest and, in most cases, did not erase the deficits in the sales tax collection.

The portion of Clinton which is in Washita County dropped about $10,000 over the same time last year, collecting just $5,486.42, compared with $15,488.13 with the same period in 2017.

 

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