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The need for speed

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The Hunter Showdown, a new stop on the Southern Drag Boat Association’s 2020 racing schedule, brought some interesting boats, paint schemes and speeds to Lake El Reno over the weekend. The SDBA event was the fourth stop on the 2020 tour but it was the first time the nationally-recognized racing series has held an event in El Reno.

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Sidewalk cafe?

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Downtown El Reno could see sidewalk dining in the future after a joint meeting of the city council and the Municipal Planning Commission.

The groups gathered outside the Centre Theatre last week to discuss the idea and from the sounds of it, it’s an idea that is moving forward.

Vicki Proctor, chair of the planning commission, along with realtor Kyra Escott and Shana Ford of Main Street have been hanging lights on canopies of downtown businesses as a way to give the area a boost.

Absentee ballots in the mail

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Voters who plan to cast their votes in the Nov. 3 General Election by absentee ballot should begin receiving them in the mail. Wanda Armold, Canadian County Election Board secretary, said more than 9,500 people had requested absentee mail-in ballots.

Armold said there were 84,578 voters in Canadian County as of Sept. 1, and those numbers have continued to climb.

In the 2016 presidential election, 5,682 people voted by absentee ballot.

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Frontier donation

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Frontier Chevrolet presented El Reno Public Schools with a gift of $10,000. The presentation was made in the showroom of the dealership and is part of the Chevy Drives Education Program. Pictured from left, Matt Goucher and Brooke Robertson with ERPS; Debbie Denwalt, Cameron Scott, Kalisha Brown, Stacey Gaylord and Shane Tuck, all of Frontier; and El Reno Superintendent Craig McVay.

Las Vegas technology firm, Lucky Star Casino donate thermal cameras to El Reno Public Schools to help with COVID-19

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A technology firm based in Las Vegas, Nev., has partnered with Lucky Star Casino to donate equipment to help keep El Reno children safe from COVID-19

eConnect has partnered with Lucky Star Casino to provide innovative COVID-19 thermal camera solution eClear™ to public schools in the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes tribal jurisdiction.

The devices are intended to ensure student and faculty safety as they gather in school buildings.

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COVID-19 biggest foe in 5A-1 run

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Year in and year out, there are very few games in the District 5A-1 lineup each week without some sort of playoff implications.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the length of the district schedule as well as the 2020 season as a whole still remains up in the air.

“It’s about to get crazy,” said El Reno head coach Chuck Atchison, whose team travels to Lawton Friday night to take on MacArthur.

Two games last week in the District 5A-1 lineup were canceled due to COVID-19 as Duncan, Lawton MacArthur, Altus and Capitol Hill did not play.