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Mason Takes First With 4-H Speech

What happens when you combine recognition of hard work and achievement, educational workshops, competitive events, making new friends and $100,000 in educational scholarships? These are just a few of the ingredients for a successful 97th State 4-H Roundup. Nearly 800 club members, volunteer leaders and Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension educators gathered recently on the OSU campus for the state’s biggest 4-H event. This year’s theme was Capture Your Moments, Develop Your Future.

 

 

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Tue
14
Aug
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Chamber of Commerce members

A ribbon-cutting was held on Friday, August 10, 2018, at Top Notch Nutrition (TNT), one of Cordell’s newest Chamber of Commerce members. Located at 105 North Market Street, TNT was purchased and restructured by Amy Riggs in May. TNT offers weight management, healthy living and coaching. Amy offers shakes, teas, and protein bars, as well as Hair, Skin and Body vitamins and supplements. TNT is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On hand for the ribbon-cutting were, from the left: Chris Gossen, Chamber treasurer; TNT employees Debbie Allen, April Boeckman, Jayla Smith, Chasity Powers, Adrianna Stanley; TNT owner Amy Riggs; Rebeca Law, Chamber member; and Virginia Jackson-Vega, Chamber vice president

 

Tue
07
Aug
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Public Sparks Discussion On Possible Change In Form Of Government

For most of the first two hours of the nearly four hour Cordell City Council meeting on Monday, August 6, 2018, a discussion was held about the possibility of changing Cordell’s form of government.

The possible change has been the source of seemingly endless discussion since being brought out publicly by mayor Bob Plummer at the July 16, 2018 meeting.

 

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07
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Washita County Residents Getting Strong Return on Property Taxes

Property taxes in Oklahoma are among the lowest in the region and the U.S. The median annual property tax paid by homeowners in Oklahoma is just $1,076, the seventh lowest amount of any U.S. state.

Some counties deliver a greater return on residents’ property taxes than others. A study by financial technology company SmartAsset compares counties across the U.S., measuring local crime rates and school quality relative to effective property tax rates. Washita County ranked among the best in Oklahoma for value compared to taxes paid.

 

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Tue
07
Aug
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Cordell School Board Approves Resurfacing of Parking Lots

by Phillip Keil

The Cordell Board of Education met Monday, August 6, for the regular meeting. Items for consideration on the agenda included extra duty assignments, paving for parking lots, and the purchase of a new bus.

The Board unanimously approved accepting a bid from Circle S Paving to repair and resurface the student, gym, and football parking lots. The bid of $192,000.00 was half the cost of a competing bid and well below the expected cost of $520,000.00. After considerable discussion of the necessity for and logistics of the project the Board voted to accept the bid.

 

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Tue
31
Jul
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While certainly helpful, the recent rainfall in Washita County didn't do much more than dent the drought

While certainly helpful, the recent rainfall in Washita County didn't do much more than dent the drought that plagues most of the county and much of the state. On the bright side, the drought has not reached the depth seen two years ago.

 

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Tue
31
Jul
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Jury Finds Hernandez Guilty, Recommends Four Year Sentence

A Washita County jury composed of nine women and three men took approximately four hours before returning with a verdict of guilty in the first degree manslaughter trial of Dr. Jerry Hernandez. They recommended a fouryear prison sentence.

According to Mark Henricksen, Hernandez’s attorney, his client will appeal the verdict.

 

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Let The Feud Continue

Who knew it could be so much fun being part of a feud?

Cordell’s Berry family found out first hand in April, 2017, when they traveled to Atlanta to play “Family Feud” on television.

Their segment of the show first aired on Thursday, October 12, 2017 and will rebroadcast on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, August 6 - 9, 2018, at 4 p.m.

 

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Tue
31
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Vice To Lead State Funeral Board

Chad Vice, of Norman, was recently elected by the Oklahoma Funeral Board to serve as president for the upcoming year.

Vice, formerly of Cordell, will lead the seven member funeral board which is the state licensing and regulatory agency for the funeral service profession.

 

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Tue
24
Jul
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Discussions Continue On Changing Cordell’s Form Of Government

Although he said he wasn’t “married” to the idea of changing Cordell’s form of government, mayor Bob Plummer has repeatedly floated the idea and now is pushing to have a possible change on the November ballot.

Currently the City of Cordell operates with an Aldermanic form of government which provides for a mayor elected by voters registered in Cordell, as well as eight council members, two from each of the four wards.

The change to a council manager form of government, as championed by Plummer, would reduce the council number to five, one from each of the four wards plus one at-large member.

 

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