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Health officials work through vaccine hurdles

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Based on the number of phone calls flooding into the Canadian County Health Department, residents are eager to get in line to receive one of the two approved COVID-19 vaccines.

According to representatives at the El Reno branch, 700 or more calls are being fielded there each day related to either the disease or the vaccination efforts. The same, if not more, are being answered at the Yukon branch, according to one official, due to the proximity to Oklahoma City.

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McVay says El Reno will not follow Stitt’s new quarantine policy

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El Reno Public Schools will stay with its current protocols in dealing with quarantine issues related to COVID-19 and will not follow new guidelines announced by Gov. Kevin Stitt.

“I have said from the beginning that quarantine has been the big problem for us and not so much the virus – though it’s a serious deal. This (announcement) throws a monkey wrench into the whole scenario for us.

City issues strong safety ordinance for senior housing establishments

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Saying “enough is enough,” the El Reno City Council unanimously approved an ordinance that will require senior living establishments to ensure their residents have access to heat and air, as well as food and drink during times of power outages.

Mayor Matt White got emotional in calling for the new regulation that was approved Tuesday night.

“I’m sick and tired of our elderly not being cared for,” White said, pounding his fist on the table.

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Opera House makeover?

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Crews were recently working on the front veneer of the historic Opera House in downtown El Reno.  The building was reportedly purchased by a realtor from Yukon.

City Planner Dustin Downey said so far the building has been undergoing some repairs to “dry in the building.” At this point, the work is described as a “face-lift,” although an engineer has reportedly been hired.

No word on what the eventual plans are for the building. Attempts to reach the owner were not successful.

(Tribune photographer/Ray Dyer)

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The shadow knows

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El Reno High School sophomore Kaleb Roberts follows sheet music while playing the drums for the EHS Pep Band last week during a break in basketball action against Del City. Roberts’ shadow seems to know just where to go.

Sunday alcohol sales petition fails to gather required signatures

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It’s been a long journey for Trey Bishop and his associates.

A member of Canadian County’s Libertarian party, Bishop has spent the last few months seeking signatures for a petition regarding Sunday alcohol sales.

The aim of the petition was for bars and restaurants in Canadian County to be allowed to sell alcohol before 2 p.m. on Sundays.

ABLE checks county stores, two cited

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On Dec. 30, ABLE Commission officers conducted 40 alcohol compliance checks throughout Canadian County. Reports said two of the 40 stores checked were cited for selling alcohol to a minor.

Alcohol compliance checks are a tool law enforcement can use to reduce the availability of alcohol to underage youth from commercial sources such as bars, restaurants, liquor stores, grocery stores and convenience stores.

Canadian County to get slice of emergency food money

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Oklahoma, Canadian and McClain counties will receive $338,884 through the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board to supplement emergency food and shelter programs.

The Emergency Food and Shelter National Board is a program of the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, and consists of representatives from American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, U.S.A., National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., The Salvation Army, United Jewish Communities and United Way.

Public Records - January 16

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DIVORCES GRANTED

Tia Rena Goode vs. Glen D. Arnett.

Terry Scott Copelin vs. Vivien Vogel Copelin.

Melissa Marie Wilkerson vs. Michael Tak Wilkerson.

Evens Prophete vs. Angela Prophete.

Connie Rae Palmatary vs. Kevin H. Palmatary.

Gena Dale Davis vs. Kimberly Kaye Wellman.

Susanne James vs. Clifford James.

Jackson Stewart McNeil vs. Madison Sue McNeil.

Gentry Gabrielle Wilson vs. Brandon Michael Wilson.

Danielle Renea Hoeltzel vs. Curtis Ryan Hoeltzel.

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Daily doses

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El Reno’s First Baptist Church will be the site for COVID-19 vaccinations beginning Jan. 18.

The Canadian County Health Department is moving the vaccination site from Redlands Community College after the Friday, Jan. 15 distribution in an effort to deliver shots on a daily basis.

“Redlands has been great and we are thankful for everything they have done. There are some scheduling conflicts coming up when Redlands starts back to in-person classes and some upcoming events they have,” said District 2 Public Information Officer Maggie Jackson.