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Senior living housing plan gains support

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A planned 200-unit senior living housing complex got the full support of the El Reno Municipal Planning Commission last week even though some area residents fear the development could create problems, especially related to drainage.

Gary Owens Development Inc. intends to build the 55 and over market rate project on East Elm, just to the west of the El Reno Cemetery.

Owens has a similar development at SW 15th and Czech Hall in Mustang.

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ERPS to use third party for COVID-19 vaccine

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El Reno Public Schools faculty and staff will join other Canadian County schools in using a third party to administer the COVID-19 vaccination.

Superintendent Craig McVay said El Reno will use Passport Health to vaccinate the district’s 400 employees. He made the statement during the weekly El Reno Live program hosted by Mayor Matt White.

McVay said the timetable for administering the vaccines is not yet set, but the hope is that it will take place in February. El Reno will join Yukon, Mustang and Piedmont in turning to Passport Health for the vaccines.

Public Records - January 27

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LAWSUITS

The Independent Savings Plan Company vs. Pamela Morrison and Craig Morrison for $8,132.88 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.

The Independent Savings Plan Company vs. Dusti Herrera and Jose Herrera for $7,897.22 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.

Tinker Federal Credit Union vs. Angela C. Huckabee and Jason Oldman for $6,299.19 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.

Discover Bank vs. Chandra Crawford for $2,549.98 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.

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Lasting memory of dad

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The family of David Airington has established a scholarship in his memory in a move that will help El Reno High School graduates for years to come.

Airington, proud of the fact he was the second child born at then Parkview Hospital when it opened in 1954, died Dec. 23.

Dana Gibson with the El Reno Public Schools Foundation said the scholarship will be endowed and would be for any student who graduates from EHS. She called the memorial a “wonderful and a fitting tribute to a man who genuinely loved El Reno.”

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Residents use survey to voice ideas for parks

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More walking trails, playground equipment, gathering spaces and improved maintenance were some of the responses the city of El Reno received from residents who took part in a survey focusing on improving the parks system.

City Planner Dustin Downey told the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board the survey attracted responses from 470 community members.

In all, more than 800 responses were received when just individual parks were taken into account.

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Ida’s Law gets backing from state senator

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A state senator will sponsor legislation known as Ida’s Law when the Oklahoma Legislature convenes in February.

Sen. Paul Rosino, R-OKC, has signed on to sponsor the legislation.

For LaRenda Morgan, it’s another step in the journey to help end the nightmare Native American families live with when their loved ones go missing or fall victim to homicide.

Named for Ida Beard, the 29-year-old El Reno woman who hasn’t been seen since the summer of 2015, Ida’s Law would create an Office of Liaison of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons.

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Volunteers needed to support COVID-19 vaccination efforts

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps (OKMRC) is seeking medical and non-medical volunteers to support COVID-19 vaccination efforts at more than 50 points of vaccine dispensing locations statewide.

“This is a huge, unprecedented effort to vaccinate the majority of our population of nearly 4 million Oklahomans. We need as much help as we can get from our community to make it possible,” said Lezlie Carter, state coordinator for the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps.

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Bill to help kidnap victims

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State Sen. Darrell Weaver has filed legislation to require cell phone companies to provide phone location information to law enforcement in emergency situations, such as an abduction.

Senate Bill 272, the “Kelsey Smith Act,” is named for an 18-year-old from Kansas who was abducted from a store parking lot in 2007 and found murdered four days later.

Weaver said law enforcement had been unable to get the cell phone records to locate Kelsey until it was too late.

CASA welcomes new volunteers

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Canadian County CASA Inc., which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, welcomes volunteers Regina Sabatini and Dannie Mitchell.

The pair completed their advocate training with a court observation and swearing-in by Judge Bob Hughey with the Canadian County Children’s Justice Center.

In all, 20 new volunteers became CASAs in 2020.

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COVID-19 vaccinations

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The Canadian County Health Department began a daily COVID-19 vaccination pod last week at El Reno's First Baptist Church. Shots are given from 8 a.m. until noon and both the Moderna vaccine and the Pfizer-BioNTech booster shots are being administered.

Residents must use the State of Oklahoma's Vaccine Scheduling Portal (vaccinate.oklahoma.gov) to make an appointment.