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Spotlight shines on local fare

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El Reno has been prominently featured in ROUTE Magazine for the second consecutive issue.

The colorful periodical is published six times per year and is dedicated to all things Route 66. It is published by Thin Tread Media with Brennen Matthews serving as publisher and editor.

In the latest issue, a three-page feature highlights El Reno’s fried onion hamburger history with a special focus on Marty Hall and Sid’s Diner.

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Juvenile director named

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A new director for the Canadian County Children’s Justice Center has been named.

Associate District Judge Bob Hughey said Melanie Johnson has been named as the next director for the center.

He said she will begin her duties Aug. 24.

Hughey said Johnson’s background, work experience and education made her a good fit to oversee the range of services offered by the Children’s Justice Center.

RCC Foundation raffling Corvette to launch eSports

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The Redlands Community College Foundation is holding a raffle for the chance to win a customized 2009 Z06 Corvette.

Proceeds will help launch the eSports program at RCC.

“eSports programs are providing great opportunities for students to attend college and become more engaged in student life,” said Redlands President Jack Bryant.

“Colleges across the country are starting eSports programs and giving students the chance to compete nationally and globally.”

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Movie in the Park

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First Baptist Church recently held Movie in the Park Night with the showing of Toy Story 4. Families did sit together but separate groups maintained social distancing and many wore masks or face coverings. Church leaders said attendance was down more than 100 watchers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Tribune photographer/Glen Miller)

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Late-blooming plants provide colorful touch in many gardens

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As the garden was winding down last fall, I noted the plants that were performing valiantly and planned to include them again this year.

Fortunately, some had saved their show for the end of the season, indicating perhaps the best had been saved for last.

The colors of the late bloomers seemed deeper and more vibrant, as though the stressful conditions of the summer heat gave them an extra boost.

CV Tech to resume classes

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Canadian Valley Technology Center will open Aug. 13 with students at all three area campuses.

Administrators will follow the guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and that of both the Oklahoma Department of Education and the state Department of Health. All of these departments encourage in-person education at this time.

Unsolicited seeds from foreign countries impacting Oklahomans

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The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry has received numerous reports from Oklahomans stating they have received unsolicited seeds from foreign countries. These seeds are sent in packages, usually stating the contents are jewelry.   

This act is known as agriculture smuggling. Although these items appear to be harmless, there is a potential of hidden threats in these seeds that could seriously threaten U.S. agriculture and our natural resources. Unsolicited seeds could be invasive, introduce diseases to local plants or be harmful to livestock.