June 2020

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One book at a time


The power of reading, especially over the summer months, has been the main focal point of Wesley United Methodist Church’s Project Transformation.

The project started eight years ago with the goal to help elementary students in El Reno maintain or improve their reading skills over the summer break.

This year, Project Transformation had planned to up the summer offerings with a bookmobile after partnering with El Reno Public Schools.

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Historic military plane to prepare aircraft mechanics given to CV Tech


A U.S. military airplane built in the mid-1950s to prepare young pilots for flying an array of Vietnam-era jets has been recalled to active, non-military duty.

The North American Aviation (NAA) T-28C was replaced by more modern military aircraft in the early 1980s. Now, one of these historic planes will be used to prepare aircraft sheet metal workers and mechanics for Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) licensure at Canadian Valley Technology Center’s El Reno campus.

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The spirit of giving


Some El Reno youngsters were in the giving spirit last week, setting up a lemonade stand and offering their product for free.

Emmie Evans, Teagan Finnigan, Cheyenne Denwalt and Jentri Denwalt were accepting donations and said they planned to use the donated funds to purchase snacks to give to nurses who work at local nursing homes.

Center of Family Love telethon raises more than $500,000


OKARCHE – More than $500,000 was raised for the Center of Family Love during a live stream telethon that was held in place of the nonprofit’s usual gala, an event that for the past two years delivered more than $1 million to help support the home for adults living with intellectual and physical disabilities.

The live stream event was held Saturday night and made history on several fronts.

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Fallen deputy honored during commissioners meeting


A veteran Canadian County deputy who died in a traffic accident Feb. 14 was honored during a county commissioners meeting.

David Lanning, the husband of Lt. Shirley Lanning, was presented with a citation from the Oklahoma Legislature during the meeting.

The presentation was made by State Reps. Brian Hill, R-Mustang, and Denise Crosswhite Hader, R-Piedmont.

Mustang police officers cleared following shooting


Two Mustang police officers who were involved in a deadly shooting earlier this month have been cleared of any wrongdoing.

Canadian County Assistant District Attorney Eric Epplin said the two officers, whose names have not been made public, were cleared following a review of a report from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

The shooting, which occurred June 5, resulted in the death of Benjamin Ballard of Yukon.

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Partnership could aid beef production


OKLAHOMA CITY – A couple of state lawmakers are touting the potential of a new partnership that could help Oklahoma grow its beef processing capacity.

State Reps. Ty Burns, R-Pawnee, and Kyle Hilbert, R-Bristow, said the partnership between the Oklahoma Departments of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and Career Tech schools could help clear a processing backlog for Oklahoma cattle producers.

Public Records - July 1



Tinker Federal Credit Union vs. Clyde L. Clark for $17,483.19 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.

Magnolia Trace Property Owners Association Inc. vs. Jerome Askin for declaratory and injunctive relief.

Cavalry SPV I LLC vs. J. Wesley Cusher for $11,532.88 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.

Iron Goat Garage LLC vs. Chris Day for $25,000 for alleged damages.

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District seeks parent input for new school year


Craig McVay knows education in Oklahoma, during the COVID-19 pandemic, is not a one-size-fits-all deal.

So that’s why the El Reno superintendent wants to know what parents in the district feel about the 2020-21 school year and how the administration should handle classwork for its nearly 3,000 students.

“Most school districts are planning to see what parents feel comfortable doing. Our team wants to know what is the best scenario for our parents. We have a lot of families with two working parents and if we went straight digital, it would not work,” said McVay.