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Selling direct to the public


Luke and Lacey Scott are glad they sell beef directly to customers.

This approach, which they operate from their farm nine miles west of El Reno, is helping at a time when COVID-19 is causing billions of dollars of damage to the cattle industry.

The Scotts have plenty of customers who buy beef directly from them — starting with $45 for a starter pack and going up to a half of beef.

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State offers five calendar options for school year


The disruption COVID-19 has caused to schools is likely to continue into the new school year, and the state Education Department is asking school leaders to begin planning for it.

Schools should adopt multiple calendars, one primary and others as contingencies, to adapt to the unfolding public health situation, according to recently updated guidance from the department.

Here are five calendar options schools are asked to consider:

Public Records - May 27



Portfolio Recovery Associates LLC vs. Kandi Roller for $6,784.41 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.

CVI SGP-CO Acquisition Trust vs. Jason Horton for $2,915.05 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.

Velocity Investments LLC vs. Francis Ngo for $2,634.14 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.

LVNV Funding LLC vs. David Julian for $6,316.94 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.

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El Reno to hold graduation May 30


El Reno High School Class of 2020 is ready to graduate now versus later.

That’s the message Superintendent Craig McVay got last week and he obliged by setting aside May 30 for commencement exercises.

“The decision of the senior class was they wanted to do it sooner than later. Some of the governor’s actions and policies opened things up and it’s the seniors wishes to do it early,” said McVay.

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ER Cruisers shift ASTW into gear


Not everything can be put on hold.

A long-running El Reno tradition is gearing up to kick off the summer. And even though the world is kind of crazy right now, event organizers expect a turnout unlike any before.

The 22nd Annual A Small Town Weekend will be held June 5-7. For weeks, people wondered whether it would happen. Then city officials gave it the go-ahead on May 14.

Bids for county’s new fairgrounds construction come in under budget


Canadian County’s new fairgrounds complex won’t cost as much to build as first expected.

The county’s three commissioners, serving as members of the Public Facilities Authority, accepted several bids for construction during a meeting last week.

Contracts were not immediately awarded to give the general contractor, Lingo Construction, an opportunity to review the bids.

ERPS Foundation scholarships awarded


The El Reno Public School Foundation recently awarded scholarships to El Reno High School graduates. The scholarships include the Wilbur and Jean Gardner Scholarship, Gaylord and Barbara Reuter Scholarship, Ryan Tinsley Memorial Scholarship and the Hutchison Family Memorial Scholarship.

“Since its inception, our scholarship endowments, through El Reno Public School Foundation, has awarded over $159,000 in scholarships to El Reno High School graduates,” said foundation member Chad Neathery.

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Unlocking the codes


Beginning June 1, the city of El Reno will resume sending notices of code violations to people who have allowed their property to fall into disrepair.

During the shelter in place guidelines forced by the COVID-19 pandemic, the city sent only “courtesy notices” rather than notices of violations to property owners.

This practice took place March, April and May. The city also provided a weeklong free dump site for the spring cleanup event.

Now that the shelter in place guidelines have been lifted, violations will resume, the city said in a prepared statement.

Deadline for voter registration set for June 5


Friday, June 5 is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the June 30 primary election as well as elections for the City of Piedmont Ward 3, City of Piedmont Ward 5, Banner School Board, Riverside School Board, Okarche School Board, Geary School Board and Caddo-Kiowa Tech Center Board Member, said Canadian County Election Board Secretary Wanda Armold.