August 2020

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El Reno wins OT thriller over Cache, 42-35


What looked to be a blowout at the start of the third period turned out to be an overtime thriller as El Reno High School’s football team defeated Class 4A's Cache 42-35 to kick off the 2020 season.

El Reno junior Kade Mayo picked off a pass from Bulldogs’ quarterback Hunter Glenn on Cache's first play of overtime to seal the win for the Indians.

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Out with the old?


Marie Hirst said members of Historic Fort Reno Inc. are being locked out of the Fort Reno Visitors Center and Museum, making it impossible to raise funds to help support the efforts of the organization.

Hirst is president of the organization, she’s also Canadian County Court Clerk. Last week she turned to social media to call for those interested in the history of Fort Reno to gather to discuss concerns, especially related to the USDA tearing down structures at the historic fort.

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Race set for Ward 1 seat


Jacqueline Stevenson-Smith and Steve Jensen will face off Nov. 3 for the Ward 1 El Reno City Council seat.

Election Board Secretary Wanda Armold said those two were the only ones to file for the seat during the filing period that ran from Monday through Wednesday.

Stevenson-Smith, 42, was appointed in July to fill out the term of J.T. Chronister. Chronister missed too many meetings and was automatically removed from the council.

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County mask rule discussed


County officials will decide whether to require masks to be worn by employees and visitors to their respective offices.

County commissioners left in place the mask policy that has been in place at Canadian County offices since earlier this year. The decision not to make a change came during Monday’s meeting, but followed a lengthy discussion on the policies.

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Dealership changes name but not commitment


At 65, Rick Jones said he wanted to make sure the Buick-GMC dealership he built and has operated for the past 32 years continued with the same commitment to “trust and integrity” when it came time for him to step away.

That’s why the El Reno dealership is now known as Dorsey-Jones Buick-GMC.

At 32, Cole Dorsey hasn’t been in the auto business as long as Jones, but he’s been in it as long as he can remember.

Dorsey grew up in it.

Local church holds outdoor concert for students


Fresh Anointing Church recently hosted a back-to-school outdoor concert.

A rapper originally from Chicago and now in the construction business in Oklahoma City shared his testimony, followed by a song that he had written, “Let Out The Pain.”

“Give it all away, the pain you feel to God. God truly knows what we need. It’s not always about me, it’s about God. God is doing something in your life – if you just let Him.”

Underwood conducts meeting at lake


The Underwood Oklahoma Home and Community Education Association of Canadian County met recently at Lake El Reno with Natalia Valenzuela as hostess.

Valenzuela called the meeting to order and led in the flag salute. Bernita Davis read minutes of the previous meeting, with Sue Snyder giving the treasury report.

Vicki Duncan and Valenzuela gave a report on the local Blessing Boxes, with members voting to continue to fill the boxes on a quarterly basis with food and personal items.

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Spikers sweep Eagles


Fresh off a win in the Cache tournament, El Reno High School’s volleyball team celebrated its first state ranking of the 2020 season last week with a 3-0 win over Hennessey.

El Reno, which debuted in the Class 5A rankings at No.4 - the highest ever ranking under head coach Kristen Koehler - ousted the Eagles inside the Jenks Simmons Annex by scores of 25-11/25-6/25-9.