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Nov
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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.

 

Wed
14
Nov
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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.

Wed
14
Nov
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Republican Party Sweeps Election Races Across Washita County

By Eric Warsinskey

WASHITA COUNTY

It was a clean sweep for the Republican Party across all races in Washita County last week, as voters across the state turned-out in near-record numbers for a mid-term election.

“We are extremely pleased with voter turnout in yesterday’s election,” said Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax last week. “With nearly 1.2 million votes cast and turnout over 56 percent, this election ranks head and shoulders above any gubernatorial year turnout since at least 1986, and by a wide margin. Good voter participation is a sign of a healthy democracy, and Oklahomans should be proud of their engagement in the election process this year. We have set modern records for the number of candidates to file for office, turnout in a gubernatorial year primary election and turnout in a gubernatorial year general election. This is a banner year for elections in Oklahoma."

Wed
07
Nov
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Local Voters Shoot Down Proposition, Republicans Sweep Washita County Elections

Voters in Cordell have made their decision… and their decision is to stay the course.

Faced with a question that goes directly to what form of government Cordell will have in the future, voters decided if the city would continue with the Aldermanic-Manager form of government or change to a Council-Manager form.  In the end, by a clear margin, voters elected to stay with Cordell’s current system. Under Cordell’s current system, voters directly elect a mayor, as well as two council representatives from each of four wards.

A total of 599 voters voted against the proposal (66.78 percent) and a total of 298 voters voted for the proposal (33.22 percent). In total 897 voters casted ballots in Cordell.

Tue
06
Nov
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Meet the Boys & Girls Basketball Players

By Zonelle Rainbolt

Grab a seat at the Cordell High School Gym and get ready to meet the players who will be on the basketball court representing the Blue Devils during the 2018-2019 season. Players from the fifth grade through high school will be the focus of Meet the Players Night, scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. on Fri. Nov. 9, 2018. There will be games and competitions which will include team members as well as those in the audience, so don’t miss the opportunity to get on the court with Cordell’s best. A player auction is also scheduled. Funds raised at the night of basketball fun will be used to benefit Cordell basketball players.

 

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Tue
06
Nov
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Area Cotton Farmers Preparing to Harvest this Year’s Crop Soon

By Connie Burcham

 

Sooner state farmers planted about 780,000 acres of cotton this year, according to estimates from Oklahoma Cotton Council Executive Director Harvey Schroder. In 2017, that number was just more than 470,000 acres. Dryland cotton may remain in the fields until first frost, usually in early November in this area. Schroder said producers with early cotton may have used a defoliant – a product that causes the leaves to drop from the plants – but with recent heavy rains, are finding it impossible to get into the fields to harvest.

Tue
30
Oct
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Early Voting Begins Thursday

As the rhetoric heats up just ahead of the November 6 election, voters are reminded in-person absentee voting will begin at 8 a.m. on Thursday, November 1.

The early voting will be available at the Washita County Election Board office (first floor of the Washita County Courthouse, on the north side) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday (November 1 and 2) and will be available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 3.

A long list of statewide offices will be on the ballot, as well as judicial retention, state questions, and county offices.

 

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Tue
30
Oct
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It Isn’t Always About The Score

There was a special moment at the football game against Hollis on Friday night which highlighted the life lessons that can be learned from team sports.

With the Blue Devils holding a 41 to 14 lead with just under six minutes to play, the Hollis coach called a time out.

“We had arranged this earlier,” said Cordell Head Coach Dustin Beasley. “There was a good possibility Hollis wouldn’t have the ball again since our run game had been so effective, so this was the time for Hollis to put in their special player.”

 

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Tue
23
Oct
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It Is Up To You

If you have been one of the Cordell residents who has voiced a complaint about how the city is run, then you should also be one of the residents who votes in the election scheduled to be held on Tuesday, November 6.

There are a number of state wide races on the ballot, as well as some that are for Washita County offices, but there is a big question on the ballot that directly affects Cordell.

 

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Tue
23
Oct
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Trick Or Treat Night Is October 31

Ghosts, goblins and ghouls will be seen on the streets of Cordell on Wednesday, October 31, the night officially recognized for Trick or Treat.

According to Cordell Police Chief Brandon Rogers, Trick or Treat will begin at dusk and run until 10 p.m.

 

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