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Happy birthday America

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Thousands of area residents gathered along U.S. 81 and adjoining side roads over the weekend to set off fireworks in celebration of the Fourth of July.

Lucky Star Casino at Concho put on a 30-minute show Saturday night with colorful bursts to honor the nation’s independence.

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El Reno opts to skip grant funds other districts receive

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While the full impact of the coronavirus pandemic to public school coffers is unknown, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt last week awarded $16 million to some districts to help with student learning.

Only two Canadian County districts, Mustang and Yukon, were among the 150 in the state to receive the funds. The money is to help “mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on student learning and ensure students are able to access learning opportunities in the new school year,” said Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister in a prepared statement.

For now, county plans to hold fair

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If these strange times have taught us anything, it’s to hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

That's the attitude of the Canadian County Fair Board, whose members are planning for the festivities to be held Aug. 26-29.

Brad Tipton, fair board secretary, said the organizers will follow whatever guidance Gov. Kevin Stitt recommends in the way of social distancing and other preventative measures.

What exactly those measures will be is uncertain at the moment. Tipton says it's too early to make definitive statements.

County agrees to Banner water membership

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The county’s new fairgrounds could soon have access to water after the Canadian County Water Authority voted to approve the county’s membership to the Banner Rural Water District. The vote to accept the Canadian County Public Facilities Authority into the membership came last week.

Lance Brown, chairman of the Banner board, said there was never any doubt the county’s fairgrounds would be serviced by the Banner Water District.

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Tulsa World editor elected press association president

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Mike Strain, managing editor of the Tulsa World, is the new president of the Oklahoma Press Association.

Strain was elected June 18 at the annual business meeting held at the OPA office in Oklahoma City. He will serve a one-year term beginning July 1.

Other officers elected were John Denny Montgomery, co-publisher of The Purcell Register, as vice president, and Jeff Mayo, publisher of the Sequoyah County Times, as treasurer.

County commissioners wrap up fiscal year

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The upcoming end of the 2020 fiscal year brought with it a stack of bills to pay and contracts to renew for Canadian County officials. The county’s three commissioners spent most of their 75-minute meeting last week signing new contracts and paying the last of the fiscal year bills. The fiscal year ended Wednesday.

In all, the commissioners agenda included 57 items for consideration, and was by far, the largest agenda this year.