November 2020

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COVID-19 cases spike again

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As temperatures begin to cool and people spend more time in confined spaces, the number of new novel coronavirus cases are spiking – just as health-care professionals feared.

“That is what we are observing. Our trend line in the county was ticking down but now it’s starting back up. We had hit a plateau in October but then we had events like Halloween and people started loosening up their guard.

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Recalling the winning memories

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Larry Annuschat just lost three brothers and a sister in his longtime Okarche family to COVID-19, and he has battled the virus himself, hanging on and fighting through it.

His sister, Victoria Lynn Marks, 66, lost her battle Nov. 22.

Ronald “Ron” Annuschat, 58, died of COVID-19 Oct. 30. Then older brother, Paul “Mac” Joseph Annuschat, 68, died of the virus Oct. 31. Nicholas “Nick” Thomas Annuschat, 59, died Nov. 6.

Kolar gets life sentence

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Adam Kolar was sentenced to life in prison for allowing his 3-year-old son to die in a locked pickup truck on an August day in 2018.

Canadian County District Judge Paul Hesse handed down the sentence Tuesday afternoon. Hesse accepted a plea agreement between the district attorney and Kolar in which the former Federal Correctional officer will have all but the first 15 years of the life sentence suspended.

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Who should expect to get vaccine first in state?

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With announcements earlier this month that two pharmaceutical giants have developed effective COVID-19 vaccines, Oklahoma and other states across the nation are ramping up plans to distribute millions of doses of the potentially lifesaving vaccine in the coming months. 

Like much of the rest of the country, Oklahoma is seeing the virus spread faster than ever as cases, hospitalizations and deaths continue to topple records. 

Christian school remains barred from state program

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The State Board of Education has shelved the request of a Christian school to participate in a program for children with special needs and instead requested an official opinion from the state attorney general.

The board voted to ask the attorney general if an Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) regulation — which requires schools to adopt certain policies regarding sexual orientation as a condition of participation in the Lindsey Nicole Henry (LNH) Scholarships for Students with Disabilities program — is legal.

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Hikers should be careful during deer hunting season

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For many nature-lovers, hiking through the woods on a crisp fall day is a great opportunity for exercise and fresh air. However, this time of year also is a favorite of deer hunters. With rifle season opening Nov. 21, both hikers and hunters must use caution.

Emily Long, Payne County game warden, said hunting activity is at its peak during the weekends. She urges bright colors and careful scheduling.

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Bobby Carl Castle

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Bobby Carl Castle, age 88 of Oklahoma City, passed away Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. He was born June 20, 1932, in Mangum to James William Victor Castle and Esther Pearl (Nikkel) Castle. He was raised in the City View Community near Mangum and graduated high school there.

Bobby was working in McLoud doing construction work on the highway and went to the drug store for a Coke and noticed the “soda jerk” named Wanda Lou Reed. As the story goes, he went in for just a Coke, and walked out knowing he had met the love of his life.

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Jon West

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Graveside services for Jon William West were held Friday in the Sunset Cemetery in Geary with Eugene Black Bear II officiating.

Services were under the direction of Turner Funeral Home.