Etta Dale welcomes newest honor society members


Etta Dale Junior High Honor Society would like to welcome its newest members.

Honorees are chosen based on academic achievement and include the top 5 percent of seventh-graders and top 10 percent of eighth-graders according to grade point average.

Students also must have attended El Reno Public Schools for a minimum of two consecutive semesters.

Seventh-grade members include Jackson Albrecht, Trinity Black, Rylan Fleenor, Mason McClure, Riley Ray, Conley Knapp, Heath Shelton, Aldina Watson, Gentri Baeriswyl, Josie Felton, Howard Keel and Daphne Mendoza.

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To bees or not to bees


Last week the killer hornet was in the news as it ravages bee hives, decapitating and killing all of the bees.

Suddenly the importance of our relationship with bees is forefront, for mankind is dependent upon them to pollinate 70 of the top 100 crop species that feed 90 percent of the human population.

Without their pollination these plants would cease to exist as would the animals who eat them. This could create a catastrophic effect that would ripple across the entire food chain.

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Barritt earns OSU vet degree


COVID-19 pandemic has posed extraordinary challenges for students across the nation including fourth-year veterinary students at Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

With hard work and determination to reach their goal, all 88 members graduated and took the veterinary oath during a special virtual commencement ceremony May 8.

Among those earning a DVM degree was Alisha Barritt of El Reno.

Earlier this spring Barritt was inducted into the Nu Chapter of the Society of Phi Zeta, the national honor society of veterinary medicine.

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Dining is back on the menu


At Swadley’s, get a smoked chicken dinner with two sides and a roll for $11.99. You can also grab a firehouse sandwich combo for $11.79. Sandwich includes brisket, hot links, spicy beans, cheese and pickles. Meal includes one side and a drink.

Grab a pound of meat for $16.99. Choose from smoked chicken, hot links, ham, brisket, turkey, sausage or Tennessee pulled pork. Dine in, carry out or drive-thru today. Curbside pickup still available for a limited time, or order by phone at 405-295-6566 or online at

Wesley United observes Women’s Day via social media


Wesley United Methodist Church’s United Methodist Women’s Day observance was held May 3 via Facebook by Pastor Allen Carson. Guest speakers were Kristin Harlin representing Mercy Ministries, and Robin Wertz of Exodus House.

It was noted that Circle of Care and New Day Camps were also in need of financial assistance as well as El Reno Mobile Meals, Project Transformation, Ministerial Alliance, Blessing Baskets, Blessing Boxes, Volunteers in Mission and Youth and Family Services.

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Dangerous hornet brings threat to America's bees


It was reported Monday an alarming insect has newly arrived from Japan via Canada. A roughly 2-inch-long insect known as the murder hornet has made its way to the U.S. for the first time, according to researchers.

The Asian giant hornet, Vespa mandarinia, has been known to kill up to 50 people a year in Japan, according to The New York Times, and has the potential to devastate U.S. bee populations, which have already been declining. 

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Nature has always had a cure for the ills of the world


With the panic over Covid-19 and the news predicting a cure will take possibly a year or more to discover, perhaps it is time to revisit the past.

Until the advent of chemical antibiotics, nature provided all the ingredients to ensure survival and health for the inhabitants of the planet.

Here in North America, our own Native Americans survived severely harsh conditions with an intricate knowledge of healthful foods. The Plains Indians ate as they nomadically traveled and the Apache alone had over 200 items in their yearly diet.

Cresap Family Foundation offering matching grant for restaurant and beverage workers


The Cresap Family Foundation has offered a $100,000 matching challenge to kick-start a relief fund managed by the Oklahoma Restaurant Association’s Hospitality Foundation.

Funds will be dispersed as $500 grants directly to restaurant and beverage workers to spend on their immediate needs whether that is food, rent, gas, medical expenses, etc. 

Applications will be taken until Wednesday, April 29 at 5 p.m. 

Updates will be given once the application process is live. Applicants must live in Oklahoma, Canadian or Cleveland counties.

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Be wary of fraudulent COVID-19 supplement claims


While many people are doing their part by social distancing in an effort to remain healthy and protect the community, there are others looking to make a quick buck.

Those fraudulent marketers are popping up and promoting various products that claim to help prevent or treat COVID-19, said Janice Hermann, Oklahoma State University Extension nutrition specialist.

“Fraudulent COVID-19 products can come in many varieties including dietary supplements and other foods, as well as products claiming to be tests, drugs, medical devices or vaccines,” Hermann said.