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Cordell Legislator Proposes Bills in Response to 2018 School Walk-Out

Ostensibly in response to last year’s nine-day teacher walkout, Rep. Todd Russ, a Cordell Republican, has filed two bills in the 2019 Oklahoma Legislature to punish teachers and unions for work stoppages.

The first, House Bill 2208, seeks to decertify employee organizations as bargaining units with all Oklahoma school districts after Dec. 31, 2020, unless such organizations are specifically approved by a secret ballot election of all employees in the bargaining unit between Aug. 1, 2020, and Dec. 1, 2020, regardless of the current contract status of the bargaining until with its respective school district.

Wed
30
Jan
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R.B. Mathis Named Cordell Person of the Year

R.B. Mathis is the recipient of the inaugural Cordell Person of the Year Award, sponsored by Great Plains Bank of Cordell and The Cordell Beacon.

Mathis is a Baptist minister and longtime Cordell resident, “with a servant’s heart,” said his wife, Pat Mathis.

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Wed
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Potential Disaster Averted At Junior High

The actions of Cordell Junior High School students were credited with helping to avert a potential tragedy last week, according to superintendent Brad Overton.

Shortly after 2:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, parents of students at Cordell Junior High were contacted via the telephone alert system and directed to a message posted on the Cordell Public Schools website.

“Today, Friday, Jan. 25, students reported to employees that a student planned to harm those at the the school in the coming months,” the statement read. “We want to thank those students for following the correct protocol in a potentially dangerous situation.

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Wed
13
Feb
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Jazz Band Earns High Marks At Festival

On Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, the Cordell High School Jazz Band competed In The 49th Annual Jazz Festival at SWOSU.

“The jazz band rehearses at 7:15 am and these kids put a lot of effort into practicing for this performance,” said band director Steve Smith. “I am very proud of the students.”

The members of the jazz band are: trumpets - James Ivy, Jayla Smith, Kaitlyn Rodrique, & Nate Jackson; trombones - Evan Anderson, Austin Winnett, & Adam Lindsey; saxophones - Brittany Dudgeon, Gabby Giblet, Wyatt Earley, & Peyton Winnett; rhythm section - Brock Smith (drums), Gavin Jasmer (bass), Kirsten Bennett (piano), & Spencer Williams (auxiliary percussion).

 

 

Wed
13
Feb
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Equity Bank Completes MidFirst Acquisition in Cordell

Cordell’s branch of Midfirst Bank has been acquired by Wichita-based Equity Bank, see story on Page A7.

 

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Wed
06
Feb
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Commissioners Revise County Employee Drug Testing Policy

The Board of Commissioners for Washita County has approved changes to the county’s drug and alcohol testing policy to reflect recent changes to Oklahoma law regarding the medical use of marijuana.

The county’s new policy, adopted Feb. 4, 2019, with a Feb. 15, 2019, effective date, includes specific language regarding the use and possession of marijuana on county time and property regardless of the employee’s possession of a valid medical marijuana license.

Wed
06
Feb
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Top 10 Percent of Junior Class Receive Letter Jackets

Every year Cordell High School, in partnership with the Cordell branch of First National Bank, presents letter jackets to the top 10 percent of students in the junior class.

The jackets were presented during halftime of the Cordell Lady Devils home game against Burns Flat-Dill City Firday, Feb. 1, 2019.

“In order to earn the top 10 percent designation, a student must be motivated and put in the extra hours in order to excel in the classroom,” said superintendent Brad Overton.

The five students who comprise the top 10 percent of the Cordell High School junior class are, from left to right: Cloie Banks, Monarosa Dobbs, Kyda Gossen, Allyson Rees, and Alexander Thomison.

 

 

 

Wed
06
Feb
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Only One Race Contested in Cordell

With the municipal candidate filing period at the halfway mark, only one of Cordell’s municipal races is contested. Information obtained at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, indicates the only one of seven positions with more than one candidate is the Ward 2 Council seat being sought by both incumbent Zetta Penner and challenger Carl Ramsey. As of noon Tuesday, no candidates have filed for Ward 1 seat currently held by Steve McLaughlin or for the city treasurer position.

For the mayor’s office, to date only Rickey Oliver has filed. Incumbent mayor Bob Plummer has repeatedly stated that he is stepping down after his term of office ends this year.

In Ward 3 there are two seats available, one is for the full four-year term, for which incumbent Kelly Maddox-Tilley has filed. The other is for the two years remaining on the term of appointee Joe Boecker. Tim Lau has filed to run for that seat.

 

Wed
23
Jan
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City Plagued By Water Line Breaks

Water, sewer, and street crews in Cordell had a busy weekend repairing water line breaks all over town. City Administrator J.C. Moser said there were at least four breaks during the long weekend, running from Saturday morning through Tuesday morning.

He attributed the breaks to the city’s outdated water lines.

“Our water lines are old and they’re weak,” he said. “Fluctuations in the water pressure show those weak spots.”

 

 

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Wed
23
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Super Wolf Blood Moon Visible From Cordell

The Super Wolf Blood Moon, a rare full lunar eclipse of a super moon, was visible in the skies over Cordell Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019.

 

 

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