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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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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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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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Cordell Blue Devil Fall Sports 2018

2018 Cordell HS Football Schedule

Date Opponent Location
Aug 24 Mooreland Away
Aug 31 Okeene Home
Sept 7 Open
Sept 14 Thomas Away
Sept 21 Merritt Home
Sept 28 Sayre Away
Oct 5 Hinton Home
 

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My Point Of View

By Zonelle Cox Rainbolt

Much of the nearly four hour meeting of the Cordell City Council on Monday night centered on why - and how - the City could change its form of government. Currently, we operate under the Aldermanic form of government and the proposed change would move us to the Council/Manager form of government.

There appeared to be about as many in support of the change as those opposed to it, and at least some who didn’t go in with a preference for one form over the other but who were there to get information.

 

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Teachers to Receive Pay Raise Starting Aug. 1

By State Representative Todd Russ

Teachers hired for this school year and beyond will receive a pay raise of about $6,100 on average. The raise takes effect Aug. 1.

House Bill 1023xx, later incorporated in the general appropriations bill, Senate Bill 1600, ensures that all teachers will receive a raise, which increases in amount based on years of experience and level of education. Even teachers who already are paid above the state minimum salary schedule will see a bump in pay.

 

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Mildred Ruth (McLoud) Bybee

Mildred Ruth (McLoud) Bybee passed away August 6 2018 in Cordell, Oklahoma. Mildred Ruth was born April 30, 1914 in Cogar, Caddo County, Oklahoma to James Harvey Hedrick and Hazel Zella Hedrick. She married W.B. “Pete” McLoud October 15, 1932 in Anadarko, Oklahoma. Other spouses were Sam Zimmerman and G. Dutch Bybee. Ruth enjoyed gardening, sewing, and being a farmer’s wife. Ruth loved her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, James Harvey Hedrick and Hazel Hedrick; husbands, W.B. “Pete” Mc- Loud, Sam Zimmerman and G. Dutch Bybee; daughter, Willa Lou Gonzales; grandson, Kevin Dale McLoud; brothers, Charles, Clarence, Howard, and James; and, sisters, Eva Mae, Nellie, Ruby, Dollie and Thelma. Ruth is survived by her sister, Velma Garrett, daughter Joyce Marie Hill and Husband, Don. Son Dale McLoud and wife, Sue. Granddaughters, Debbie Yearwood, Doneitta Davis, Denise Trent, Shellie Gammill, Erica Gaddis, and Cara Hargrove.

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Charles Chason

Charles Chason, 76 year old Woodward County resident, died Wednesday, August 1, 2018 in Oklahoma City. A memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, August 9, 2018 in the Billings Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Jim Steenbergen officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the United States Air Force. A private family burial will be held at a later date. Charles Vassar Chason was born on December 26, 1940 in Jacksonville, Florida to William Vassar and Helen Elizabeth (Gross) Chason. Charles grew up in Jacksonville, Florida and graduated from Jacksonville High School. He was active in 4-H, showing dairy cattle and was on the high school swim team. He attended the University of Florida before joining the United States Air Force in 1959. He was honorably discharged in 1963. He was united in marriage to Madeline Lemasters Perkey in Dill City, Oklahoma on June 15, 1963.

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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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