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Cordell Jazz Band Places Fourth In State Competition

On Tuesday, April 24, 2018, the Cordell Jazz Band competed for the first time in the State Jazz competition held at Tulsa Community College. At the State Jazz competition bands compete for both a rating and a ranking with the top three bands being awarded. The Cordell Jazz Band received a Superior rating for their performance. They were Fourth place in the state and missed being a top three ranked jazz band by only two points. The Cordell Band has had a great year.

 

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May
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CKenergy Awards Scholarships

 Five Washita County graduating seniors have received h$500 scholarships from CKenergy Electric Cooperative. CKenergy supports the educational goals of Oklahoma youth by offering the scholarships to college bound graduates and teens planning to attend technical school.

 

 

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Tue
24
Apr
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Relay For Life Set For Saturday

Party in the Park with family and friends as Washita County holds their annual Relay for Life on Saturday, April 28, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The opening ceremony will begin promptly at 6 p.m. followed by the Dog Costume and Best Dog Trick Contests at 6:45 p.m.

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Tue
24
Apr
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Commissioners Amend Resolution Calling for Alcoholic Beverage Vote

In a special meeting held on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, the Washita County Commissioners voted unanimously to amend the resolution which authorized the calling and holding of an election for the purpose of permitting the retail sale of alcoholic beverages by the drink for on-premises consumption.

The approved ammendment excludes sales on Sunday and any other holiday exempted by State statute.

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Tue
24
Apr
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Water Drop Planes Fly From Burns Flat

By Bob Fisher

"We catch a lot of bugs at our altitude," said pilot Jason Robinson, pointing to the insectspattered leading edges of the wings of the huge flying boat. The craft, one of three that gained fame dropping water on the huge Rhea wildfires this week, has been based at the old Clinton-Sherman air base at the Oklahoma Space Port at Burns Flat.

The plane, one of only four in the U.S., is a Bombardier CL-415, specially built for fighting fires, and flown by hand-picked pilots from the Aeroflite company based in Spokane, Washington.

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Tue
24
Apr
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OSBI Investigates Two Deaths In Bessie

Agents from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) are investigating a possible murder-suicide which occurred in Bessie on Sunday, April 22, 2018.

According to an OSBI report, the dead are Tyler Scott Sloan, 27, and his wife, Ciara Dawn Sloan, 23.

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Tue
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Cordell Memorial Hospital Looks To Sales Tax To Modernize, Expand

Cordell’s hospital wants to upgrade and expand services for Washita County’s citizens.

In anticipation of the summer 2019 Washita County sales tax vote, Cordell Memorial Hospital CEO Landon Hise has revealed a five-year plan to renovate and redesign hospital facilities and to add much-needed equipment.

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Tue
17
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CHS Promenade Will Be Friday, April 20

The annual Cordell High School Promenade will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 20, 2018, just prior to the Prom.

Prom 2018 will be held at the Washita County Activity Center. Due to the potential for rain, Promenade will be held inside the Activity Center.

Cars will be allowed to pull in to the far back portion of the building to drop off those attending the prom and valets will be available to park the student vehicles.

 

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Tue
17
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Races Develop For County Assessor, County Commissioner #3

Three Washita County residents, two Republicans and one Democrat, have filed for the position of Washita County Commissioner for District 3.

Longtime commissioner Raydell Schneberger had announced he was retiring, leaving the seat open for the first time in many years.

Floyd King and Steve Tompkins, both Republicans filed for the seat, as did Phil Delp, a Democrat.

 

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Tue
17
Apr
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Dill City Fire Destroys Six Houses

Single-digit humidity, winds gusting to 45 miles per hour, and dangerous drought conditions combined on Thursday, April 12, 2018, to fuel a fire in Dill City that destroyed six houses.

According to Burns Flat Fire Chief John Wilson, only one of the houses was occupied at the time of the fire, which broke out between 3 and 4 p.m.

“The fire had apparently been smoldering in cotton burrs for sometime,” Wilson said. ‘Between when one of our firemen was called and we could respond, flames were everywhere.”

 

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