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Boat wrecked

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A worker with Oklahoma Environmental Management Authority uses a crane to lift a boat into a dumpster next to the Denny-Crump Rodeo Arena over the weekend. The city is allowing free dumping into containers at the site for residents through May 2. Dumping is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

What medical groups say about reopening Oklahoma’s economy

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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

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DIVORCES GRANTED

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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Surviving isolation

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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

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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

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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

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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. 

Public Records - April 26

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MARRIAGE LICENSES

Gage Dean Kingery, 24; Madison Emmalee Johnson, 23.

Thomas Gunner Moser, 26; Chelsea Lauren Parker, 25.

Zachary Tyler Millwee, 21; Autumn Gail Jones, 19.

Jason John Spanich, 48; Julee Summer Thummel, 41.

Carl Alan Garrison, 48; Sharon Orlena Moore, 40.

Calin Matthew Conley, 25; Kaitlyn Michelle Mason, 24.

Ryan Collin Bland, 46; Dasa Sharee Chrisman, 38.

Gene Aaron Pyle, 56; Michelett F. Rizzo, 56.

Benjamin Aaron Holt, 37; Erica Renee Lee, 31.

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COVID-19 rates rise in Oklahoma

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The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma broke through the 3,000 mark Thursday, reaching 3,017, and deaths climbed by nine to a total of 179, the Oklahoma State Department of Health reported.

Well over half of the coronavirus-related deaths have occurred in five counties – Tulsa, Cleveland, Oklahoma, Wagoner and Washington. More than 80 percent of people who have died were ages 65 or older, and as of Tuesday, more than a third had lived or worked in nursing homes.