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School Board Candidate Filing Set to Begin in Under Two Weeks

CORDELL

Candidates for the Board of Education in five Washita County school districts will file their Declarations of Candidacy beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, December 3, 2018, and continuing Tuesday and Wednesday, Washita County Election Board Secretary Leah Jones said today.

Jones said the official filing period ends at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. All candidate filings will occur at the Washita County Election Board office, 111 E Main, in Cordell, Jones said.

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Christmas on the Square Set for Saturday in Cordell

CORDELL

If it is Thanksgiving then it must be time for Cordell’s 6th annual Christmas on the Square, scheduled to be held on Saturday, November 24.

Plan to bring the entire family and enjoy food vendors, craft booths, free movies, a chalk art contest and drawings for free prizes.

The festivities will begin at noon with the chalk art contest. There will be four divisions - grades one through three, grades four through six, Junior High and High school - and there will be cash prizes in each division. Judging will begin at 3 p.m.

Food and craft vendors will be lined up by noon on South Market Street between the First National Bank and the Pocket Park.

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Thanksgiving Gas Prices at Highest Level in Four Years

CORDELL

Thanksgiving gas prices will be the highest since 2014 even after a drop of 25 cents in the national average since the start of October, leading to a decline in holiday travel on the roads during the busiest traveling weekend of the year.

We project the national average gas price this Thanksgiving will be $2.57 per gallon. The last Thanksgiving day when gas prices were more expensive was in 2014 when the national average was $2.79 per gallon. Although prices are higher than previous years, seasonal declines have now hit every state in the country and may accelerate in the days leading into Thanksgiving.

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Spoofers Attempting to Scam Residents

CORDELL

Have you been “spoofed” recently?

Do you know what “spoofing” is?

Caller ID spoofing is when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to a caller ID display to disguise their identity.

Many individuals in the area have reported receiving telephone calls from their own phones in what AT&T officials say is a spoofing scam.

Apparently, scammers use a computer to clone a telephone number, then use it in an attempt to gain access to private information.

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Cordell City Council Discusses Trailer Ordinance & Theatre Lease

CORDELL

In its last meeting for November, the Cordell City Council discussed items regarding the city ordinance on occupation of travel trailers, the appointment of a representative for Cordell on the SWODA Board of Trustees, and renewal of the Washita Theatre lease.

Cordell Code Enforcement officer Brian Holden suggested altering the ordinance regarding occupation of travel trailers to allow temporary occupation on a limited basis.

He proposed allowing occupancy of up to seven days, with possible renewals, for special occasions. As examples he mentioned Christmas, Thanksgiving and school graduations.

Following a discussion City Attorney Johnny Beech was tasked with writing an updated ordinance allowing travel trailer occupancy of up to seven days, with a City permit, and no renewals.

Council members requested it by available by the first meeting in December.

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Old Pipes Creating a New Problem for City

CORDELL

Replacing old, cast iron water lines is a very expensive undertaking, and the Cordell City Council received information on how to afford it at their meeting on Monday, November 19, 2018.

Rick Schlegel of Cardinal Engineering told the council Cordell is functioning with cast iron lines which, if in top condition, were too small to handle today’s water needs.

The lines are not, however, in top condition. As the City has worked to fix the breaks and leaks the last few weeks, which number as many as five or six a day during the summer, they have seen the corrosion in the lines.

In some cases, only about 20 to 30 percent of the pipe’s diameter was available for use. The rest was filled with corrosion.

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City Administrator Delivers City Report

CORDELL

At the November 19, 2018 meeting of the Cordell City Council, administrator J.C. Moser gave the following report.

Mayor Plummer and I attended a Chamber of Commerce meeting Tuesday, November 13, 2018, and visited with the Chamber Board about the 2019 Pumpkin Festival location. The Board decided to have the Pumpkin Festival on the Square on October 12, 2019. They will have the car show that is held during the event at the park area where it usually is and be using the swimming pool bath house for the registration. This will leave the Pavilion and Park available for other use.

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Cordell Masonic Lodge Presents Awards to a Pair of Local Students

CORDELL

As part of their continuing service to the Cordell community, Cordell Masonic Lodge 127 recently presented awards to two Cordell students, honoring them as Students of the Nine Weeks.

Senior Chris Lee and Freshman John Robles were recognized for their outstanding citizenship.

“When we talked to the administration about this award, we stressed it was not about accomplishments in academics, athletics or other extra-curricular activities,” explained Cordell Masonic Lodge spokesman Landon Jones.

“It is about being a good citizen, whatever form that takes,” Jones continued. “The students to whom the award are given are chosen by the teachers.”

Criteria for the award include being helpful, courteous, no bad language, not taking a knee during the Pledge of Allegiance, and showing a willingness to be of service to others.

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Bridge Dedication Memorializes Cordell Native Jackie Elston

By Zonelle Rainbolt

CORDELL

Just seven months after entering military service, Pfc. Jackie L. Elston was killed in service to his country. On Friday, November 9, 2018, that sacrifice was memorialized as the bridge over Cavalry Creek south of Cordell was named the PFC Jackie Lindell Elston Memorial Bridge.

On hand to receive the Commendation from State Representative Todd Russ were Dickie Elston and Teresa Humphrey, Jackie's brother and sister.

Jackie, a 1966 graduate of Cordell High School was born on January 27, 1948, the son of Clifford and Betty Elston. He entered military service on September 20, 1967 and, after completing six weeks of basic training and ten weeks medical training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, reported to Fort Lewis, Washington on February 24, pending his transfer to Vietnam.

 

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Hinz Auction Opens New Headquarters

By Connie Burcham

WEATHERFORD

The phones were ringing off the hook and out of coat pockets Wednesday, Nov. 7, as Hinz Auction got ready for its inaugural sale, set for Nov. 9.

Grandfather Jim Hinz, son Jimmie Hinz and grandson Brandon Hinz were fielding calls as fast as their fingers could fly, booking cattle for promotion and nailing down last-minute details. In spite of the organized chaos, Brandon took a few minutes to express what the family was feeling, seeing a dream become reality.

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