April 2020

What medical groups say about reopening Oklahoma’s economy


In the wake of Gov. Kevin Stitt’s decision to start reopening Oklahoma’s economy, Oklahoma Watch reached out for reactions from top medical groups and checked the remarks from Oklahoma City and Tulsa mayors. Here’s what we gleaned:

Oklahoma State Medical Association

Dr. George Monks, president of the Oklahoma State Medical Association, stuck by his initial assertion that the governor’s May 1 date for the first phase of reopening was hasty. But he said Stitt had to take into account more than just medical advice.

Public Records - April 29



Allistair Kirk vs. Melissa J. Mullin Kirk.

Mike C. Davis vs. Jonna P. Davis.

Don Light Sr. vs. Amy Light.

Leann High vs. John Robert High.

Minnie Elizabeth Schiebert vs. Richard Schiebert Jr.

Trentin Duke Jones vs. Brittany Anne Jones.

Isaac Holder vs. Allicia Holder.

Kylie Nicole Allen vs. Bryan James Allen.

Billy Gene Raynor Jr. vs. Kelli D. Raynor.

Amelia A. Moore-Rizzo vs. Robert Rizzo.

Juan Cabrera Salgado vs. Paige Sharon Kay Benn.

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Tiffany Garrett


Private graveside services for Tiffany Lynn Garrett of Maysville will be held in the Pocasset Cemetery under the direction of Huber-Reynolds Funeral Home of Minco.

Tiffany passed away April 23, 2020, in Pocasset. She was born Dec. 12, 1986, in Oklahoma City. Tiffany was raised in the Pocasset community and graduated from Am/Po schools in 2006. She was working on her bachelor’s degree from Mid America Christian University in Oklahoma City. She moved to Maysville in 2017. Tiffany was a member of Pocasset First Baptist Church.

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Margaret Pawnee


Private services for Margaret Nell Pawnee will be held Wednesday in the Concho Cemetery with Rev. Gerald Panana officiating. Services are under the direction of Huber-Benson Funeral Home. 

Mrs. Pawnee died April 24, 2020, at Post-Acute Rehabilitation Center in El Reno. Margaret was born Feb. 17, 1934, in Concho. She was a homemaker and lived most of her life in Calumet. She was a member of the Native American Church. A traditional woman, she went through the Northern Arapaho Sundance a number of years and was one of the first fancy war dancers.

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Surviving isolation


While they have different personalities, brothers Brayden and Mason Fulton share similar passions like hunting, fishing and riding motorcycles.

While the siblings have been able to take part in some of these passions during the COVID-19 pandemic, the state’s shelter in place order has taken away one of their favorite pastimes – playing baseball.

“Not playing baseball and that stuff is hard. I talk with my friends on the phone but not getting to see them is something I kind of miss,” said Mason, a sixth-grader at Roblyer Learning Center and a year-round baseball player.

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Let’s dance


A pandemic can’t put a stop to everything. It may delay many events, and some of them may indeed be canceled. But when there’s a will there’s a way, and El Reno students are a perfect example.

They want to have fun. They want to dance. And they’re not giving up.

High school juniors and seniors have been working on their own prom. They’re calling it MORP 2020. Spelling prom backwards is a way to denote the event as an alternative to the usual tradition.

It’s by the students and for the students, and they’re getting help from a few parents.

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Book highlights life of El Reno native Bob Allen


Robert L. Allen is considered the pioneer of public television in Oklahoma. It’s doubtful you would be watching many of the programs on OETA if he hadn’t been the captain of the ship during the early years.

Allen is another shining example of the kind of person El Reno has produced. The town has a knack for cultivating a “can-do spirit.”

Growing up in El Reno, Bobby Lee Allen was all about El Reno. He was involved in every school activity including serving as chief photographer for the school district as well as covering sports for the El Reno Daily Tribune.

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Getting aggressive with COVID-19


Walmart began making employees wear protective masks last week. The El Reno store has closed off its Tire and Lube Express entrance to customers and turned it into a screening entrance for employees. Each worker must have their temperature taken and wear a mask before entering the store. The store has installed protective shields in front of its registers like other retail sites in town. 

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Area cagers earn OGBCA honors


While the status of the game is yet to be determined as the state emerges from its COVID-19 hibernation, the Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches Association recently released its 2020 All-State teams.

The association names three All-State teams each season - small, middle and large school squads for both the East and the West. Each team has 10 members and the teams face each other during a weekend of action in June.

“The games are on hold for now,” said El Reno High School girls head coach Jennifer Douglas, who sits on the OGBCA Board.