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One-of-a-kind roundabout

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Progress continues on what would be Oklahoma’s first roundabout created on a highway system and that distinction is scheduled to land in El Reno.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is planning to build the roundabout at SH 66 and U.S. 81. The project is part of the eight-year construction work plan adopted by ODOT. Work is tentatively scheduled to begin in fiscal year 2022.

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Meth seized

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About 2 pounds of meth was seized on Friday, July 3 after Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics agents searched a vehicle pulled over in El Reno.

Mark Woodward, spokesman for OBN, said agents “working the interstate” stopped the pickup as it pulled into the Domino on U.S. 81, just north of I-40.

Woodward said the agents were part of the “interdiction” team. He said it was not known if the search came after a positive hit by a drug dog or through other information.

The truck apparently left Las Vegas, Nev., with the methamphetamine and was headed to Oklahoma City.

Arson suspected in string of fires

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El Reno police are investigating three separate fires that appear to have been intentionally set.

On Monday just before 6 a.m., a fire was reported at 307 S. Foster. Police and firemen found an old barn fully engulfed when they arrived.

At about the same time, a call came in that a dumpster was on fire at Frank Knight Park, about two blocks north of the barn fire. Both fires were extinguished quickly, reports said.

All inmates are back in county

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For the first time in at least a decade, Canadian County is not housing any inmates in jails outside of the county.

As of Tuesday, there were 138 inmates in the county jail in El Reno.

The last inmate being held outside of the county was a female, who was being held in Dewey County at that county’s request, said Sheriff Chris West. She was returned to Canadian County on June 25.

State awards contract for Frisco Road

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By October, crews from Sherwood Construction in Tulsa should begin pushing dirt to make way for an interchange that will allow travelers access to Frisco Road from Interstate 40.

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission awarded the contract to the company on Monday.

The company’s bid of just over $14 million was almost $3 million below estimates and was the lowest of five bids.

County, ONG to continue work at fairgrounds

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The construction company that is overseeing the work at the new Canadian County Fairgrounds will be able to continue working as the county negotiates with Oklahoma Natural Gas about a right-of-way on the site.

Members of the county’s Public Facilities Authority signed a letter of intent that notifies ONG of their plan to continue to negotiate the use of a right-of-way on the property at the intersection of Jensen and Alfadale roads.

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Main Street Loan Program launches

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CHEYENNE – Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas released the following statement after the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston announced the Main Street Lending Program (MSLP) is fully operational.

The MSLP will support small and mid-sized businesses, and their employees, that were in good financial standing before the public health crisis by ensuring credit flows to businesses in need.  Keeping these  Main  Street  businesses solvent will help ensure a strong and widespread economic recovery as communities across the country work to reopen.

Public Records - July 11

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MUNICIPAL COURT

Tanisha Ann Rhodes, Yukon, disobeying traffic light, $165.

David Nathanial Nichols, Newalla, disobeying stop sign, $165.

Oscar A. Mendoza Martinez, Oklahoma City, speeding, $165.

Christian Michael Walker, El Reno, disobeying stop sign, $165.

Carlos Alfredo Martinez, El Reno, speeding, $245.

Jacquelyn Shara Komers, Kingfisher, speeding, $165.

Ted Michael Garcia, El Reno, speeding, $245.

Francisca N. Juarez, Amarillo, speeding, $185.

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Happy birthday America

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Thousands of area residents gathered along U.S. 81 and adjoining side roads over the weekend to set off fireworks in celebration of the Fourth of July.

Lucky Star Casino at Concho put on a 30-minute show Saturday night with colorful bursts to honor the nation’s independence.