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Bison Travel to build at I-40, Radio Road, White tells El Reno Live


The second installment of El Reno Live brought more breaking news as Mayor Matt White said another truck stop is coming to I-40 and Radio Road. He said also there are some “major” industrial projects looking to possibly locate at the El Reno Regional Airport.

White, assisted by City Manager Matt Sandidge and other members of the city staff, fielded questions on Facebook Live from El Reno residents.

The program lasted for a bit more than 30 minutes and drew a wide array of questions and comments.

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ER schools coronavirus case counts on the rise


For three straight days last week, El Reno Public Schools sent students and faculty members into quarantine due to cases of the coronavirus.

On Wednesday, the district began issuing daily updates for its COVID-19 Response Efforts after an El Reno High School student and another at Roblyer Learning Center received positive test results.

The report breaks down the district’s numbers by students and faculty, with isolations reflecting those that have tested positive.

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Walk like a quilter


MaCrae Putnam is stitching together what she believes could be a colorful event for downtown El Reno. The owner of Make it Sew has organized a Quilt Walk for the downtown area. The three-day event is set for Oct. 15-17 and it’s expected to attract quilters from throughout the region.

Putnam has enlisted help from “every business” in the downtown.

The stores have agreed to hang a handmade quilt in their front windows, allowing visitors and locals to walk through the area and examine the creations.

Several shops will also have quilts inside.

Kolar waives his right to jury trial in death of son


The man charged with leaving his young son to die in a pickup on an August day in 2018 will be sentenced for his crime after waiving his right to a jury trial.

Adam Kolar is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his 3-year-old son, Ryker.

Assistant District Attorney Eric Epplin said Kolar waived his right to a jury trial. He will enter a plea and be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 24 in Canadian County District Court.

Public Records - September 26



Jefferson Capital Systems LLC vs. Scott Myrick for $30,843.96 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.

Crown Asset Management LLC vs. Joseph Sossamon and Brenda Sossamon for $10,426.86 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.

Deon Sharp vs. Blake Pastorello and Orr Construction Inc. for an amount in excess of $75,000 for injuries and damages alleged to have occurred during an automobile accident.

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Etta Dale coach tests positive for COVID-19


Etta Dale Junior High has another case of COVID-19, this time after a coach reportedly tested positive, possibly impacting as many as 90 students and two staff members.

“It does seem like Etta Dale is the center but there is no reason for that. There is no evidence of a spread, it's just two cases that hit them hard and by the nature of what those two cases are," said Pat Liticker, who serves as El Reno Public Schools Director of Instructional Leadership.

“Just like the high school, there is no evidence of a spread, it's just hit and miss.”

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SDBA racing comes to Lake El Reno


Editor’s Note: This free story is courtesy of the El Reno Tribune and the City of El Reno.

The success of El Reno’s own Smoke on the Water has caught the eye of the Southern Drag Boat Association in the past and now one of the nation’s premiere racing leagues is coming to town.

The SDBA has added Lake El Reno to its 2020 race schedule as the Hunter Showdown is set to take place Saturday and Sunday.

The event is named after the late Bruce Hunter, an El Reno resident who served on the SDBA board before his death.

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Police make arrest on auto burglary complaint, find alleged stolen property


El Reno police arrested Dustin Ray Edsall last week after a reported auto burglary led to him.

Assistant Police Chief Kirk Dickerson said Edsall, 41, was arrested Wednesday evening on complaints of burglary and outstanding arrest warrants.

Additional charges may be sought, Dickerson said.

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Crowd hears pitch on state tax credit designed to help expand education


Several dozen people gathered last week to learn about Oklahoma’s Tax Credit Scholarships program.

Peter De Keretry, development director for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, told the crowd gathered in the gymnasium at Sacred Heart School that three Catholic schools in Oklahoma have closed for good this year.