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Wed
23
Jan
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Council Passes New Parking Ordinance

During its Jan. 7, 2019, meeting, the New Cordell City Council unanimously adopted changes to the city’s ordinance regarding the parking of commercial vehicles and trailers within the city’s residential districts.

The amended ordinance prohibits the parking of more than one commercial vehicle per family living at any residence in the city. Further, the commercial vehicle in question can not exceed one and onehalf tons’ rated capacity and must not be used for hauling explosives, gasoline, or liquid petroleum products.

Wed
16
Jan
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Cordell Family Honored By Farm Bureau

Editor’s Note: I would like to thank Hannah Davis of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau for her assistance with this report.

Cordell-area farmers Nocona and Jordan Cook recently returned from New Orleans, La., where they competed for the American Farm Bureau Association’s national achievement award for young farmers and ranchers. The Cooks earned their place in the competition after winning the Oklahoma Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee Achievement Award.

The Cooks didn’t finish in the national top 10, but Nocona said he was still very glad to have had the opportunity to attend the national conference.

Wed
16
Jan
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District Attorney Sworn In For Second Term

Earlier this month District Attorney Angela Marsee was sworn in for her second term in office. During her first term, Marsee said she faced significant challenges, but also made positive strides forward in her office.

The biggest challenge she has faced, Marsee said, is the ongoing struggle to operate an effective office within the constraints of ever-tightening budgets. When Marsee took the leadership of the District Attorney’s office four years ago, the office was in a state of severe budget crisis. She recalled more than one occasion on which staff were furloughed due to a lack of funds for the office.

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Wed
09
Jan
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Commissioners Hold First Meeting of 2019

Commissioner Steve Tompkins, who was sworn in last week by Judge Christopher Kelly, took his seat for the first time at the Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, meeting of the Board of Commissioners for Washita County.

After approving the minutes from the Dec. 17, 2018, meeting, the board elected its officers for the new year. Leo Goeringer was elected as chairman, replacing retired commissioner Raydell Schneberger. Bart Gossen was elected vice chair.

The board dispensed with several housekeeping items, including the cancellation of an unpaid warrant to a county vendor, an agreement to operate as a Point of Distribution (POD) in conjunction with the Custer County Health Department in the event of an emergency, and the disposal of several pieces of surplus county equipment. The board also accepted the allocation of more than $20,000 in alcohol and vehicle tax collections for the various municipalities within Washita County.

 

Wed
09
Jan
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New Year Starts Quietly For Cordell Police

Editor’s Note - I would like to express my appreciation to Cordell Police Officer Trevor Stewart and to Chief Brandon Rogers for allowing me to ride along on New Year’s Eve.

Officer Trevor Stewart started his New Year’s Eve patrol shift at 10 p.m. Dec. 31, 2018, with a reporter along for the ride.

Stewart began the night patrol cruising up Glenn English Road in Cordell, eyes peeled and looking for any signs of dangerous or impaired driving. He initiated traffic stops for a number of infractions, such as missing or nonfunctional tag and brake lights, failure to properly stop, and failure to wear safety belts, but for the entire shift did not encounter a single impaired driver.

Cordell Officer Michael Cody and Chief Brandon Rogers were also patrolling the streets of Cordell into the early hours of the new year, and neither encountered any drunk driving.

 

 

Wed
02
Jan
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Man Facing Life In Prison For Child Abuse in Cordell

By Bob Henline

Thomas Anthony Flowers, age 29, was arrested in Cordell Dec. 14, 2018, and charged with a single felony count of child abuse. If convicted, Flowers could spend the rest of his life behind bars.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Cordell Police Officer Trevor Stewart was dispatched to a residence on West Street in Cordell just before 9:00 p.m. Dec. 14, 2018, to investigate a reported disturbance. Upon arrival Stewart made contact with Flowers and noted the smell of alcohol on or about his person.

Wed
02
Jan
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Development Agency Honors Local Officials

The Southwest Oklahoma Development Agency recently honored two local officials for their work with as trustees for the agency. During a Dec. 11, 2018, meeting of the SWODA Board of Trustees, Cordell Mayor Bob Plummer and Washita County Commissioner Leo Goeringer were presented with certificates commemorating their service at SWODA.

Goeringer was recognized for 10 years of service as a trustee, beginning as the representative for the county soil conservation agency and then stepping in as the county commissioners’ representative after his election.

“It’s been nice being part of giving grants to rural Oklahoma groups like fire departments or to take care of senior citizens,” he said. “I’ve been able to meet a lot of good people in SWODA over the years, it’s been good.”

 

Wed
02
Jan
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County Dedicates Bridge to Former Commissioner

Washita County Commissioners and a group of family and friends gathered Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, at the site of the new Kenneth “Bill” Jones Bridge along County Road 1230 to celebrate the dedication of the bridge to the former Washita County Commissioner.

“I’m glad we were able to do this for him,” said current Washita County Commissioner Bart Gossen. “I’ve known him for a long time and he’s a good guy.”

The bridge was built to connect two stretches of County Road 1230, which previously swung further north before connecting. The Jones family, who has farmed the land for six generations, donated the stretch of land on which the bridge was built to Washita County.

 

Wed
26
Dec
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Lions Club Gives Quarterly Citizenship Award

The Cordell Lions Club last week announced the recipients of its Citizenship Award for the second nine weeks of the school year. Each nine weeks, teachers from each of the third through sixth grade classes at Cordell Elementary School nominate two students from their classes for demonstrating exceptional citizenship behavior by being responsible, caring, and considerate to their fellow students.

Two of the nominees are then named as the trophy award winners for the nine weeks. This quarter’s nominees were Daxton Nixon, Tralyn Moss, Colin Dixon, Faith Ballinger, Andrew Willard, Kaziah Wilson, Mackinlee Brunker, Isabella Doughty, Maci Thain, Axton Zarecki, Rainey Cooper, Tyler Caneterberry, Jackson Eldridge, Cayli Harris, Addison Rich, Morgan Dixon, Mya Wess, Madi Maddox, Emma Christian, Elanor Gatlin, Kaylin Holt, Kylie Fuller, Rhyan Ramirez, Annie Schmidt, Border Dodd, and Britton Shields.

 

Wed
26
Dec
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Cordell’s Christmas Spirit

Cordell’s Christmas Spirit

 

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