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Baker to be seen on OETA

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El Reno’s Bradleigh Baker will be among the 100 Oklahoma Academic All-Staters featured in a OETA Public Television broadcast Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17.

With the cancellation of its Academic Awards Banquet due to COVID-19, the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence is partnering with OETA Public Television to broadcast the 30-minute tribute to award-winning students and educators at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 17.

The program will also be shown on OETA World Channel at 8:30 p.m. May 23 and 7:30 p.m. May 30.

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CASA recognizes longtime volunteer

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Canadian County CASA Inc. (Court Appointed Special Advocates) recognizes longtime volunteer Jeff Coan.

For nearly five years, Coan has served as a CASA, speaking up for the best interests of two brothers in the child welfare system. The siblings have had at least three caseworkers and have moved over 40 times in the time Coan has been assigned to their case.

In describing why he became a CASA and why this work is important, Coan says, “I felt called to help children and I believed CASA was the best way to invest my time and efforts into my community and its future.”

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Diaper donation

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Wesley United Methodist Women donated more than 500 diapers and sanitary wipes to Youth and Family Services. Pictured from left, Donna Stirman, Lillian Ray, Pat Stephens and Jaylin Davison. The drive started in late March. YFS is still accepting diaper donations. “The need is always there,” said Ray.

Etta Dale welcomes newest honor society members

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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

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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

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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

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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 swadleys.com.

Wesley United observes Women’s Day via social media

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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

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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.