UCO lists summer graduates


Among local summer 2020 graduates from the University of Central Oklahoma include Wade Thomas of El Reno, BBA, Business Administration - General Business; Nikki Rios, MA, Psychology - Counseling, and Matt Newcomb, BS, Accounting, both of Okarche; and Ashley Dawson, BA, English, and Carly Watson, Magna Cum Laude, BS, Biology, and BS, Forensic Science, both of Piedmont.


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Zinnias are a bright, shining garden addition


The darling zinnia, whose dutiful countenance is bound to bring garden cheer, survives even during a drought.

The bright and shining little zinnia originated in Mexico where it was once considered a weed.

There is record of the first seeds arriving in Europe around 1627, however, the zinnia remained in quiet obscurity until 1750 when the seeds called mal de ojos were sent by the European ambassador to Johann Gottfried Zinn.

Wesley United Women hold quarterly meeting


United Methodist Women of Wesley United Methodist Church met recently for their unit quarterly meeting in the home of Lillian Ray. Pat Stephens presided as acting president.

It was reported that the conference annual meetings in Oklahoma City would be canceled, with all reports being handled virtually by district officers.

Members held bazaar planning discussion, but because of the current COVID situation, it was uncertain of the status of the bazaar.

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SSM Health adds new physician


SSM Health St. Anthony welcomes Sydney Haggins, MD, as a family medicine physician for men, women and children in El Reno and the surrounding areas.

Haggins will join the SSM Health Medical Group primary care practice at 2315 Parkview Drive alongside Anas Siddiqui, MD, and Robert DiCintio, PA.

“I couldn’t be more excited to join the team of Saints in Action here in El Reno,” Dr. Haggins said.

Local church holds outdoor concert for students


Fresh Anointing Church recently hosted a back-to-school outdoor concert.

A rapper originally from Chicago and now in the construction business in Oklahoma City shared his testimony, followed by a song that he had written, “Let Out The Pain.”

“Give it all away, the pain you feel to God. God truly knows what we need. It’s not always about me, it’s about God. God is doing something in your life – if you just let Him.”

Underwood conducts meeting at lake


The Underwood Oklahoma Home and Community Education Association of Canadian County met recently at Lake El Reno with Natalia Valenzuela as hostess.

Valenzuela called the meeting to order and led in the flag salute. Bernita Davis read minutes of the previous meeting, with Sue Snyder giving the treasury report.

Vicki Duncan and Valenzuela gave a report on the local Blessing Boxes, with members voting to continue to fill the boxes on a quarterly basis with food and personal items.

Bible Baptist Church ladies group discusses Shields for Moms, Missions Day projects


Ladies of Bible Baptist Church met recently for their monthly meeting with Jennifer Pearson presiding. She offered the devotional and led in a game called AKA Jesus.

There was discussion about a new project for the ladies called Shields for Moms to be held once a month beginning Aug. 28 at 5 p.m. at the church. There will be discussion on raising children and the home. You don’t have to have children at home to participate, anyone is welcome to attend.

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Mushrooms popping up all over the area


With the weather of late we are seeing strange occurrences in the garden.

For perhaps the first time in many years we have an odd assortment of mushrooms appearing everywhere.

It seems that every flower pot and crevice has sprouted a different and interesting specimen, with some tiny, others in large clusters, some wrinkled, others silky smooth, and all with interesting texture and color.

We are rarely treated to their presence since they require cooler weather and moisture to complete their life cycle.