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Four killed in I-40 collision


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?


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


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


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


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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El Reno Walls


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)

Public Records - October 21



Kevin Wayne Rowe, 39; Laura Kay Marcum, 52.

Blake Allen Sockwell, 38; Yetheda Cadelaria Takacs, 28.

Adam Kenneth Hall, 37; Carmen Daniela Sepeda Rodriguez, 33.

Matthew Allan Miller, 27; Shelbi Lynn Reed, 24.

Eric Alajandro Lopez, 24; Alma Adriana Velasco, 26.

Thomas R. McDonough, 60; Elizabeth Jean Kidd, 68.

Spencer Todd Basoco, 33; Deanna Faye Thompson, 26.

Shaun Paul Reid, 28; Karissa Suzanne Williams, 28.

Conner Holland Spradlin, 27; Mikayla Marie Boyanton, 24.

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ER’s bold works of color, art


What’s being called Phase 1 of a downtown mural project wrapped up last week, as artists from near and far converged on downtown El Reno to turn drab alley walls into works of colorful art.

El Reno Mayor Matt White said the idea to bring the “mural mafia” to town developed from seeing artworks on walls in Oklahoma City and Miami, Okla.

Funding for the project came from the city, local sponsors and the Oklahoma Mural Syndicate.

Local artists combined with those from as far as Tulsa and Dallas to transform the alley walls into canvasses of creativity.

City council gives go-ahead to buy mowers


It would appear El Reno is getting serious about mowing.

On Tuesday evening the city council agreed to purchase several new and rebuilt mowers to be used on parks, at the airport, Lake El Reno and on city rights-of-way.

Assistant City Manager Kent Lagaly and Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Kouba compiled the information presented to the council.

The mowers and related equipment will, as Lagaly said, “help us do a better job” of mowing and maintaining the parks and recreation areas.

Northwest Community Center updates revealed in El Reno Live session


Some major upgrades are in the works for the Northwest Community Center.

El Reno Mayor Matt White offered this information while fielding questions during the El Reno Live program.

The 30-minute question and answer session between residents and the mayor can be viewed on the city’s Facebook page as well as on the Facebook page of the El Reno Tribune. It has been running weekly. White said it is a way to help keep the public better informed.