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Meet The 2019 Cordell Municipal Candidates

Steven McLaughlin - Ward 1
J.D. Banks - Ward 1
Amy Riggs - Ward 1
Carl Ramsey - Ward 2
Kelly Maddox-Tilley - Ward 3
Selena Gideon - Ward 4
Rickey Oliver - Mayor

Editor’s Note: This is the second installment of an ongoing series about the candidates seeking office in the 2019 City Of New Cordell municipal election. The information herein represents answers to a questionnaire sent to all candidates by The Cordell Beacon. The candidates’ responses are printed exactly as they were submitted by the candidates, without edits.

Six of the candidates for City of New Cordell city council responded to the Beacon’s candidate questionnaire, along with one of the city’s mayoral candidates and one of the town marshal candidates.

Wed
20
Feb
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Happy Valentine’s Day

Members of Cordell’s junior class deliver singing telegrams and balloons to residents of the Cordell Christian Home for Valentine’s Day

 

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Wed
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Price Retires From School Board

After 16 years Jim Price is stepping down from the Cordell Public Schools Board of Education. Price announced his retirement to the board during the Feb. 11, 2019, regular meeting, citing a desire to avoid any potential conflict of interest as the school district looks to fill several openings for the coming school year.

Price decided to run for his seat on the school board when his three children were attending Cordell Public Schools. He did it, he said, from a desire to help the schools be as good as they could possibly be.

“The schools here were good,” he said. “But why settle for good when you can be great?”

Many things have changed during Price’s long tenure on the board, but the accomplishment of which he’s most proud is the district’s financial turn-around.

 

Wed
13
Feb
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Jazz Band Earns High Marks At Festival

On Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, the Cordell High School Jazz Band competed In The 49th Annual Jazz Festival at SWOSU.

“The jazz band rehearses at 7:15 am and these kids put a lot of effort into practicing for this performance,” said band director Steve Smith. “I am very proud of the students.”

The members of the jazz band are: trumpets - James Ivy, Jayla Smith, Kaitlyn Rodrique, & Nate Jackson; trombones - Evan Anderson, Austin Winnett, & Adam Lindsey; saxophones - Brittany Dudgeon, Gabby Giblet, Wyatt Earley, & Peyton Winnett; rhythm section - Brock Smith (drums), Gavin Jasmer (bass), Kirsten Bennett (piano), & Spencer Williams (auxiliary percussion).

 

 

Wed
13
Feb
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Equity Bank Completes MidFirst Acquisition in Cordell

Cordell’s branch of Midfirst Bank has been acquired by Wichita-based Equity Bank, see story on Page A7.

 

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Wed
06
Feb
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Commissioners Revise County Employee Drug Testing Policy

The Board of Commissioners for Washita County has approved changes to the county’s drug and alcohol testing policy to reflect recent changes to Oklahoma law regarding the medical use of marijuana.

The county’s new policy, adopted Feb. 4, 2019, with a Feb. 15, 2019, effective date, includes specific language regarding the use and possession of marijuana on county time and property regardless of the employee’s possession of a valid medical marijuana license.

Wed
06
Feb
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Top 10 Percent of Junior Class Receive Letter Jackets

Every year Cordell High School, in partnership with the Cordell branch of First National Bank, presents letter jackets to the top 10 percent of students in the junior class.

The jackets were presented during halftime of the Cordell Lady Devils home game against Burns Flat-Dill City Firday, Feb. 1, 2019.

“In order to earn the top 10 percent designation, a student must be motivated and put in the extra hours in order to excel in the classroom,” said superintendent Brad Overton.

The five students who comprise the top 10 percent of the Cordell High School junior class are, from left to right: Cloie Banks, Monarosa Dobbs, Kyda Gossen, Allyson Rees, and Alexander Thomison.

 

 

 

Wed
06
Feb
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Only One Race Contested in Cordell

With the municipal candidate filing period at the halfway mark, only one of Cordell’s municipal races is contested. Information obtained at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, indicates the only one of seven positions with more than one candidate is the Ward 2 Council seat being sought by both incumbent Zetta Penner and challenger Carl Ramsey. As of noon Tuesday, no candidates have filed for Ward 1 seat currently held by Steve McLaughlin or for the city treasurer position.

For the mayor’s office, to date only Rickey Oliver has filed. Incumbent mayor Bob Plummer has repeatedly stated that he is stepping down after his term of office ends this year.

In Ward 3 there are two seats available, one is for the full four-year term, for which incumbent Kelly Maddox-Tilley has filed. The other is for the two years remaining on the term of appointee Joe Boecker. Tim Lau has filed to run for that seat.

 

Wed
23
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City Plagued By Water Line Breaks

Water, sewer, and street crews in Cordell had a busy weekend repairing water line breaks all over town. City Administrator J.C. Moser said there were at least four breaks during the long weekend, running from Saturday morning through Tuesday morning.

He attributed the breaks to the city’s outdated water lines.

“Our water lines are old and they’re weak,” he said. “Fluctuations in the water pressure show those weak spots.”

 

 

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Wed
23
Jan
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Super Wolf Blood Moon Visible From Cordell

The Super Wolf Blood Moon, a rare full lunar eclipse of a super moon, was visible in the skies over Cordell Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019.

 

 

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