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Four killed in I-40 collision

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Authorities are asking anyone with information concerning where a woman was prior to a deadly accident on I-40 to come forward.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is seeking information about where Ashley Louise Ricks was prior to the accident that claimed four lives. Anyone with information is asked to contact the OHP Central Communications Center at 405-425-2323.

OHP said 911 calls show Ricks, 33, of Moore, was driving east in the westbound lanes of the interstate for 10 miles before her vehicle collided head-on with the other auto.

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One lane or two?

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More thought needs to go into what to do with a narrow bridge before making it one-way where vehicles would cross one at a time.

El Reno City Council decided to table the plan put forth by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to make the bridge on Foreman and Keith into a one-way passage. The bridge is narrow and is crumbling at the edges. Guard rails are in place, but council members expressed concern the ravine it crosses is deep.

“No one wants to see someone get hurt or killed,” Mayor Matt White said. “That’s about a 25-foot drop to the bottom.”

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Masked to Remember the 44

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Brian Rukes is selling masks in honor of the El Reno students who lost their lives in World War II.

An El Reno High School English teacher, Rukes led the effort to create the monument to the El Reno 44. The fixture was dedicated a year ago with hundreds gathering at Memorial Stadium on Oct. 4 to remember and honor those 44 men from El Reno who gave their lives in the fight to save the world from tyranny.

County’s Family Justice Center takes next step

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A board of trustees has been formed for Cardinal Point, Canadian County’s new Family Justice Center. The appointments were confirmed by the county commissioners.

The spots on the board will be on a rolling basis and include representatives from the district attorney’s office, the sheriff’s office and the county commissioners, along with two members of the public who are appointed.

Redlands, OSU sign transfer deals

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Redlands Community College and Oklahoma State University have signed transfer agreements designed to help students earning an associate degree in business administration to easily transfer to OSU for the completion of a bachelor’s degree.

“We are excited to provide our students with greater options for continuing their education within the state,” said Redlands President Jack Bryant.

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Leading the pack

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With three games left in the regular season, the four schools headed for the playoffs from District 5A-1 seem to have been determined, even though the records have been skewed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now what place those teams will fall into the pecking order for the postseason is still far from being finalized, which makes El Reno High School’s game with Ardmore Friday night a must-win for the Indians.

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El Reno Walls

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A collection of artists from El Reno, Oklahoma City, Tulsa and around Oklahoma as well as Dallas painted several walls in an alleyway in downtown El Reno last week. The Phase 1 collection is known as the El Reno Walls.

(Tribune photographer/Glen Miller)

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El Reno casts out Demons with trick play

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Stealing a page from Bill Belicheck’s NFL playbook, El Reno High School’s football team rolled out a long-practiced trick play to score a 2-point conversion and a defeat of Duncan in overtime, 43-42.

“It’s like what the Patriots ran in the Super Bowl with Tom Brady. At first we were going to go for just one point and overtime again. Coach Atchison (Chuck) and all of us felt strongly about the play. We have been practicing it for weeks so it was nothing new,” said senior Darius Moore.